$3299.00

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UPCOMING: June 20, 2012

Gay Travel Peru

Comfort Peru Inti Raymi Festival

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Get OUT & explore the heart and soul of Peru on this eye-opening sojourn from the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes. Offering an up-close look at Peru's diverse attractions, this is an unforgettable trip at a relaxing pace. Discover ancient cultures, natural wonders, welcoming locals and vibrant modern life as you journey through the homeland of the Inca. The highlight of this trip is Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun. During the Inca Empire, the Inti Raymi was the most important of four ceremonies celebrated in Cuzco, as related by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. The celebration took place in the Haukaypata or the main plaza in the city and is now recreated for locals and tourists alike.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Stroll through Lima's vibrant Plaza Mayor, learn the secrets of the Amazon Jungle from a local guide, stroll geometrically perfect streets in Ollantaytambo, wander among the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, and experience Inti Raymi - the Festival of the Sun.

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Plaza Mayor is the ideal place to begin an exploration of Lima's churches, palaces and colonial mansions. Take a stroll and admire the intricately carved balconies of the Archbishop's Palace or descend into the eerie catacombs below the Monasterio de San Fransisco. Sample some ceviche, a local specialty of white fish marinated in lemon juice, onion and hot peppers.

The call of exotic birds and dense jungle awaits. Learn about the Amazon's complex ecosystem on a hike with a local guide. Spy everything from vibrant macaws to cheeky monkeys and colourful butterflies, and discover the medicinal properties and practical uses of jungle plants. Stay in an eco lodge that combines low-impact architecture with native-style rooms.

Acclimatize to the high altitude with a stroll around Cuzco, a melting pot of Spanish and Inca influences, rich in history and legend. Visit a coca tea shop - tasting included - then holler and haggle at the colourful San Pedro market. Top off the stay here with a trip out to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

The Inti Raymi package includes: Return transportation from hotel to the venue, VIP entrance tkts (best seats), box lunch, local guide and a special dinner at a locally gay owned and managed restaurant Fallen Angel. This is always a highlight! Inti Raymi is the second largest festival in South America. Hundreds of thousands of people converge on Cuzco from other parts of the nation, South America and the world for a week long celebration marking the beginning of a new year, the Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun.

See woolly llamas and locals dressed in brightly coloured traditional clothes on a trip through the spectacularly terraced Sacred Valley, or Wilcamayo, as the Incas called it. Stay overnight in the ancient Inca town of Ollantaytambo, famed for its remarkable street layout and impressive nearby ruins.

Reach the mountain village of Aguas Calientes by train and prepare to be awed by the first view of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour and be sure to have cameras ready - these ruins are seriously photogenic. Spend the rest of the day exploring the citadel at leisure, perhaps making the climb up Wayna Picchu for extraordinary views of this magical site.

Relax in one of the cosmopolitan cafes surrounding the Plaza de Armas, grab a few bargains or squeeze in some last-minute sightseeing. The city's imposing Baroque cathedral is built upon an Inca palace and is well worth a visit, as is the remarkable 12-sided stone. Why not celebrate a wonderful adventure with lunch at the Aldea Yanapay Cafe - as well as serving delicious fare, all proceeds go towards helping Cuzco's disadvantaged kids.

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