JULY 2024
JULY 2024
JULY 2024
Tour Summary

Amid the soaring flanks of the Peruvian Andes lie the treasures of a once-great empire and villages where age-old traditions endure. We invite you to join us on our Peruvian Passage Small Group Tour & Conference in July 2024.

Explore the legacy of rich pre-Columbian cultures and the marvellous creations of the Inca as you travel from Lima to Cusco and then through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, visiting artisans and ancient ruins. You’ll then head higher into the Andes, getting acquainted with everyday life as you travel through the altiplano and arrive on the shores of Lake Titicaca, where you’ll explore the reed islands of the Uros people.

You’ll begin your journey in Peru’s capital, Lima. Located on the central coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a population of more than 10 million people this vibrant and chaotic city has weathered the rise and fall of empires, including the Inca and Spanish colonial periods to emerge today as a modern South American city in the forefront of the world’s global cuisine.

You’ll then fly to Cusco and soak up the Andean culture in the majestic Sacred Valley. Cusco was once the capital of the Inca empire and is still the gateway to Peru’s most important Inca sites.

Descend into the beautiful Sacred Valley, where traditional Andean villages and Inca ruins lie tucked into the folds of the majestic Andes. Get immersed in Andean culture at the colourful open-air market at Pisac, a maze of bright, woven textiles and local produce.

You’ll meet a Promotoras – a graduate of an NGO-run program that trains community health workers dedicated to providing crucial health education and support to over 50 communities in the Ollantaytambo area. You’ll witness firsthand the transformative benefits the program delivers to these remote towns.

You’ll explore the town of Ollantaytambo, where remarkable Inca fortifications guard a charming town built atop the remnants of an ancient Inca settlement before you embark on a spectacular journey that follows the Urubamba River deep into the mountains onboard a glass-domed train into the ‘Lost City of the Inca’ – Macchu Pichu.

An overnight stay here will allow you to visit Macchu Picchu twice – once on a guided walk where your guide will highlight the incredible engineering and innovations of the Inca—and the mysteries that still surround the “Lost City of the Inca.”

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The luxurious Sumaq Machu Picchu – with its sophisticated decor built to echo the Andean cross in Aguas Calientes, just below the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu is home for the night. The following day at you have access to Machu Picchu again at leisure the site to absorb its magnificence and perhaps try another path.

You’ll return back to the hotel for an afternoon of conference sessions before returning back to the Sacred Valley in style on the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham. Be swept away by old-world charm as Hiram Bingham journeys through the Peruvian highlands on its way to Cusco. Gleaming wood-paneled interiors and brass finishes evoke classic 1920s parlour cars.

You’ll enjoy decadent gourmet cuisine laden with classic local flavours as the train meanders through the breathtaking Sacred Valley to Cusco.

Cusco will be your base for the next three days. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, known for its Spanish colonial architecture and endearing streets. Every street corner offers a piece of history, having witnessed the arrival of the Spanish, and yet to this day, the city conserves its ancestral Incan magic as part of its living history.

Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the city taking in the Plaza De Armas and the Cusco Cathedral, colonial churches, and convents. You’ll venture through many long-gone eras of the city’s past – it’s the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas!

Another train adventure awaits as you board the Titicaca Train – an unforgettable journey traversing the incredible route from Cusco to Puno across the Peruvian Andes.

Whilst you enjoy the plush surroundings of your 1920s Pullman carriages with elegant interiors you’ll be whizzing through the Abra La Raya Mountain Pass at 4350m elevation, passing local towns and majestic mountain scenery and finally hugging the coast of Lake Titicaca before pulling into Puno.

At 3800m above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. The lake straddles Peru’s border with Bolivia, and the lofty Cordillera Range creates a striking backdrop for the deep blue water.

You’ll spend a final day visiting the floating island of Los Uros, where the bowler-hatted Uros people live on floating islands made of reeds that grow in the lake’s shallows before a farewell dinner to celebrate the rich culture and diversity of this fascinating country. 

For those who are ready to discover more of Peru, we recommend you extend your stay and join us on our Post Tour to the Colca Canyon and Arequipa.

You’ll continue your journey from Puno traversing incredible landscapes to arrive on the shores of the Colca River. Prepare to be awed by one of the deepest canyons in the world. Watch as the Andean Condor, the largest flying bird in the world with a wingspan of up to 3.2 metres flies overhead. 

You’ll travel deep into the canyon where you’re surrounded by breathtaking views dotted with small local villages.

You’ll have a choice of hiking one of the famous trails, hopping on a saddle and horse riding or spending time exploring the quaint town of Yanque.  Then spend the afternoons soaking in the thermal pools at your leisure, located right on the riverbank steps from your room.

It’s then onto the colonial era capital of Peru, Arequipa. This is where Andean tradition meets Spanish architecture against a backdrop of volcanic landscapes. You’ll arrive after travelling through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve passing through lagoons, volcanoes, wetlands and unique flora and fauna.

Enjoy your final day with a guided tour of Arequipa’s historic buildings, including the main square and cathedral, made from white volcanic material (sillar) which gives Arequipa its colloquial title of ‘the white city’.

Finally, you’ll visit the extraordinary 16th-century Santa Catalina Convent, a huge complex of buildings, that once served as a town within itself housing 450 nuns, and was only opened to the public in 1970 after 400 years as a cloister.

Your final evening ends with a dinner to celebrate the region’s authentic cuisine. Peru’s second biggest city, whose culinary traditions, most Peruvians will agree, far surpass Lima’s has so much to offer and will leave you spellbound.

As with all Amaco conferences, we have integrated the educational program into the daily itinerary ensuring that conference participants don’t miss a thing.

Expertly curated by our staff, every detail in this itinerary has been meticulously crafted to ensure… it’s not just a conference, it’s an experience!

The all-inclusive travel package covers carefully selected accommodation, all touring, all entrance fees as well as many specially arranged activities not available to the general public. We’ve also included all meals and take great care to ensure those with special dietary requirements are looked after.

We hope you can join us as we travel through Peru in July 2024.  Register now or risk missing out on this bucket-list travel and educational experience.




11 Days / 10 Nights

Value For Money

All Inclusive Tour Package

Booking Info

Peruvian Passage Main Conference

Colca Canyon & Arequipa Extension

Start Date & Time

9th July 2024 @ 7:00pm

19th July 2024 @ 10:00am

End Date & Time

19th July 2024 @ 9:00am

24th July 2024 @ 9:00am

Start & End Location

Starts: Lima, Peru

Ends: Puno, Peru

Starts: Puno, Peru

Ends: Arequipa, Peru

Registration Fees

Conference Participant: $995 pp
Non-Conference Participant: $795 pp

Not Applicable.

Travel Packages

Amaco Family Price: $13,995 pp
(For previous Amaco Conference Participants)

Early Bird Price: $14,995 pp
(if booked on or before 15 December 2023)

Standard Price: $15,995 pp
(if booked on or after 16 December 2023)

Peruvian Passage Single Supplement (if traveling alone): $3,995

Extension Package Price: $3,995 pp

Colca Canyon & Arequipa Extension Single Supplement (if traveling alone): $1,295

Note: The Colca Canyon & Arequipa Extension must be purchased in conjunction with the Peruvian Passage Small Group Tour & Conference Travel Package.


Peruvian Passage Main Conference

Colca Canyon & Arequipa Extension

  • 2 nights at Belmond Miraflores Park Lima Hotel
  • 2 nights at Tambo Del Inka Sacred Valley
  • 1 night at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
  • 3 nights at Belmond Monasterio Cusco
  • 2 nights at GHL Lago Titicaca Hotel Puno
  • Economy Class Airfare Lima - Cusco (11 July 2024)
  • 10 x Breakfasts, 10 x Lunches & 11 x Dinners
  • Colonial Lima City Tour (10 July 2024)
  • Larco Museum Visit (10 July 2024)
  • Pisac Market Tour (11 July 2024)
  • Peruvian Paso Horse Show (11 July 2024)
  • Sacred Valley Health Tour (12 July 2024)
  • Ollantaytambo Town & Ruins Tour (12 July 2024)
  • Vistadome Panoramic Train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (13 July 2024)
  • Guided Machu Picchu Afternoon Tour (13 July 2024)
  • Machu Pichu Morning Self-Guided Exploration (14 July 2024)
  • Belmond Hiram Bingham Train – Aguas Calientes – Poroy (14 July 2024)
  • Choice of Cooking Class, Pisco Sour Class or Payycoyo Trek (15 July 2024)
  • Cusco City Tour (16 July 2024)
  • Peru Rail Titicaca Train – Wanchaq – Puno (17 July 2024)
  • Uros & Taquile Islands Tour (18 July 2024)
  • All Entry Fees, Taxes and Levies
  • 3 nights at Colca Canyon Spa & Hot springs
  • 2 nights at Palla Boutique Hotel Arequipa
  • 5 x Breakfasts, 5 x Lunches & 5 x Dinners
  • Coach transfer from Puno to Colca Canyon (19 July 2024)
  • Unlimited Hot Springs Pass (19, 20 and 21 July 2024)
  • Colca Canyon Guided Day Tour (20 July 2024)
  • Yanque Valley Horse-riding Adventure (20 July 2024)
  • Colca Canyon Coporaque & Volcano Hiking Adventure (21 July 2024)
  • Villages & Sillar Route Arequipa Tour (22 July 2024)
  • Arequipa Day Tour (23 July 2024)

Amaco Gold Standard Inclusions

  • Services of specialist, experienced and professional guides & drivers
  • Tips to guides, drivers, restaurant and hotel staff and wherever deemed appropriate
  • Airport Transfers for Group Arrivals and Departures
  • All applicable entrance fees, taxes, and hotel porterage charges
  • Beverage With All Included Lunches and Dinners (Alcoholic Beverages Where Permitted)
  • Hassle free luggage management
  • Amaco Staff Escort


  • Airfares to and from the conference and post conference extension
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, mini bar, room service, laundry and business communications
  • Beverages outside of meal times
  • Travel, optional tours & excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas & Entry Permits (if required)

Peruvian Passage Main Conference

Colca Canyon & Arequipa Extension

Day 1 - 9 July 2024Welcome to Lima

On arrival at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport, you will be met by Amaco staff or one of our local representatives and transferred to our group hotel. Following check-in at the hotel, you are free to relax in your room or begin enjoying the area surrounding the hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a Welcome Networking dinner.

Overnight: Belmond Miraflores Park Lima Hotel   

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - 10 July 2024Conference & Highlights of Colonial Lima

Conference Sessions 1 & 2 will take place at the hotel this morning followed by lunch.

In the afternoon enjoy a guided city tour of Lima – the ‘City of Kings’. Walk the streets filled with colonial architecture visiting Plaza Mayor, the Santo Dominican Convent, with its sprawling courtyard complex lined with baroque paintings and clad in vintage Spanish tiles, and the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, one of the largest privately owned collections of Pre-Columbian Art dating back to the first millennium AD.

You’ll also visit Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima, maybe even in the whole of South America. The house has been owned and lived in by the Aliaga family and their descendants since Franzisco Pizarro granted the land to Jerónimo de Aliaga in 1535.

Return to the hotel late afternoon in time to freshen up for dinner this evening.

Overnight:Belmond Miraflores Park Lima Hotel   

Included Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - 11 July 2024Into the heart of the Incan Empire – the Sacred Valley

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport to board your short flight to Cusco.

On arrival, you’ll visit the Pisac Market, one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. Local artisans sell their handicrafts, and you’ll be immersed in the Andean culture in the maze of bright, woven textiles and local produce, the streets are an explosion of colour.

Enjoy lunch at a Hacienda and witness Peruvian Paso horses at their best before descending into the Sacred Valley where traditional Andean villages and Inca ruins lie tucked into the folds of the majestic Andes. Dinner this evening is at your hotel.

 Overnight: Tambo del Inka

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - 12 July 2024Exploring the wonders of the Sacred Valley

Today you’ll be immersed in the beauty of the Sacred Valley.

You’ll begin your day with an introduction by Sacred Valley Health – an NGO-run program that trains community health workers dedicated to providing crucial health education and support to over 50 communities in the Ollantaytambo area.

Spend time with a Promotoras – a graduate of the program and witness firsthand the transformative benefits the program delivers to remote towns. The primary focus of the program is to empower local women with the education and skills over a 2 year period focusing on fundamental learning techniques and health education relevant to their communities. They become equipped to prevent, detect early, and treat certain conditions common in the high Andes region.

After lunch, you’ll head to the village of Ollantaytambo, where remarkable Inca fortifications guard the charming town built atop the remnants of an ancient Inca settlement.  Set on the Urubamba River and surrounded by snowcapped mountains, the area is an architectural jewel believed to have been a refuge for Inca royalty and nobility.

Return back to your hotel later afternoon. Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Overnight: Tambo del Inka

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - 13 July 2024Journey to Machu Picchu

Today you depart the Sacred Valley and head to Machu Picchu on the Vistadome train.

With each carriage featuring panoramic windows, you feel immersed in your surroundings. You’ll arrive in Aguas Calientes and be transferred to Machu Picchu for your guided visit to the legendary Inca citadel.

With only 10 guests per guide, you will navigate the site with ease, taking time to absorb the splendour of your surroundings. Your guide will highlight the incredible engineering and innovations of the Inca and the mysteries that still surround the “Lost City of the Inca.”

You’ll head back to Aguas Calientes for the remainder of the day and spend the night nestled in the cloud forests just below the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.   

Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Overnight: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel  

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 14 July 2024Machu Picchu & Conference

Enjoy an early morning breakfast or head back to Machu Picchu and enjoy this archaeological marvel at your own pace.

There are many alternative paths and short hikes within the Machu Picchu citadel that are waiting to be discovered.

Return to the hotel for lunch and Conference Sessions 3 & 4.

This afternoon you board the luxurious Hiram Bingham and enjoy a lavish dinner onboard as you head to Cusco. You’ll arrive in Cusco late evening.

Overnight: Belmond Monasterio Cusco

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - 15 July 2024Cusco - Choose Your Own Adventure

Today you decide the itinerary.

You can elect to spend the day partaking in a cooking class and enjoy the spoils of your hard work at lunch or you might prefer to explore the history of Pisco Sour and learn how to make the perfect Peruvian Cocktail.

If you prefer something more physical, you can head further afield and sign up for a guided hike to the Pallycoyo.

The choice of pace is yours…. but you’ll come back together will all participants for dinner at a local restaurant in town.

Overnight: Belmond Monasterio Cusco

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 - 16 July 2024Conference & Cusco – the ‘Navel of the World’

Conference Sessions 5 & 6 will take place this morning followed by lunch.

Considered the “navel of the world” by the Inca, the World Heritage site of Cusco is South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city.

You’ll spend the afternoon on a walking city tour getting acquainted with Cusco’s beautiful streets and squares during a free morning. Later, delve further into the history of this dynamic city on a guided tour. Trace the legacy of the Inca and the Spanish, interwoven throughout Cusco’s architecture and urban planning.

Visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and meander through the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a masterpiece of Inca stone masonry.

Overnight: Belmond Monasterio Cusco

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - 17 July 2024Crossing the Andes to Lake Titicaca

Depart Cusco onboard Peru Rail’s Titicaca Train.

Enjoy an unforgettable journey linking the magical cities of Cusco and Puno. You’ll spend the day crossing the Peruvian Andes between the shores of the mystical Lake Titicaca and the Imperial City of the Incas in an unparalleled experience.

Be wined and dined as you enjoy the plush surroundings of your 1920s Pullman carriage with elegant interiors.

Travel through the Abra La Raya mountain pass at 4350m elevation, passing remote local towns with herds of of Llamas and Alpacas and marvel at the majestic mountain scenery, finally hugging the coast of Lake Titicaca before pulling into Puno.

At 3800m above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. The lake straddles Peru’s border with Bolivia, and the lofty Cordillera Range creates a striking backdrop for the deep blue water.

You’ll check in to your hotel and continue to dinner.

Overnight: GHL Lago Titicaca Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - 18 July 2024The Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca

This morning, you’ll set out with your expert guide to cross the waters and step ashore on the Uros Islands.

Made of reeds by the local Uros people you’ll learn firsthand about their construction and maintenance, and the secrets behind their buoyancy, you’ll also gain insight into the history, traditions, and daily life of the Uros.

The inhabitants of the Uros continue to live just as their ancestors did, maintaining their customs and idiosyncrasies.

Prepare for the sensation of the island moving about under your feet rather like a huge waterbed You’ll then visit Taquile Island, famed for ancient agricultural terraces that climb the hillside from the lakes shore; its residents still speak the language of the Inca and weave beautiful textiles using techniques that have changed little over the centuries. 

Tonight, celebrate your Peruvian adventure at a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: GHL Lago Titicaca Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - 19 July 2024Farewell Peru

After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward journey home.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 1 - 19 July 2024Journey to the Colca Canyon

Today you continue your Peruvian journey travelling overland with a stunning drive towards Colca Canyon, reputed to be the deepest canyon in the world.

On the way, you will see snowcapped volcanoes and reach an altitude of 4850m. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, this natural Peruvian wonder is home to one of the world’s deepest gorges, as well as the Andean Condor’s home. Stop for lunch before arriving in the outskirts of quaint Yanque village.

Check in to your accommodation nestled alongside a riverbank in the mountains with time before dinner to enjoy the natural springs located on the riverbank. 

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - 20 July 2024The Land of the Condors

After breakfast, you’ll make the journey to the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon.

You’ll pass through the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve and several picturesque villages such as Pulpera, Callali, Sibayo and Tuti. Wander by vast inactive volcanoes and various other geologically fascinating formations that are characteristic of this area.

Along the way, stop briefly at Yanque to enjoy some time with local village children and watch them practicing their community’s traditional dances.

You’ll arrive at Cruz del Condor – the best spot for admiring the majestic Andean Condor – where you’ll gain a new insight as to why they’re considered Peru’s most important bird. Claiming to be the largest bird of prey in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan, the Andean Condor has an impressive wingspan of 3.3m and can weigh up to 15kg.  Admire the vast openness of this amazing space and expect to feel the breeze as they swoop overhead.

Return back to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon with plenty of time to enjoy the resident hot springs.

Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Overnight: Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - 21 July 2024Exploring the Arequipa Region

Today the pace is yours.

Enjoy the rest of the Valley’s diverse wildlife – expect to see llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas – hiking, horseriding, or cycling up and down this ancient agricultural landscape, through Cabanaconde and by Sabancayo and Ampato, the largest volcanoes in the valley.

For those keen to explore, the hike from Yanque to the hamlet of Coporaque is a great way to take in the stunning natural beauty of the Colca Canyon region. Appreciate the gorgeous terrace views, flowering cacti, and crumbling stone ruins of the Pre-Inca civilization of the Collawa, or Collagua culture.

As you walk through pastures, see women working in their intricate blue skirts pulling at stubborn donkeys, or carrying a fresh harvest on their backs. There is a charm to the village and there are plenty of tiendas to grab snacks and benches to sit on. When ready, head past the Plaza de Armas and look for the clearly marked signboard towards Uyo-Uyo.

Sitting on the right bank above the Colca River is the archaeological site of Uyo Uyo. A pre-Inca village attributed to the Collagua culture of the region that was later occupied by the Incas, the town is thought to be the original capital of the Colca Valley. The building and structures of the site are a fascinating testament to the strong construction techniques and advanced architectural and agricultural strategies of the Collagua and Inca people.

Visitors can explore the ruins, admiring some of the original houses, meeting places, and centre of worship, that date back to the year 1200.

Alternatively, you may not want to leave your lodge and instead spend the day soaking in one of the riverside natural pools. Whatever your choice we will all meet for dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - 22 July 2024Journey to Arequipa via the Sillar Route

After breakfast you’ll set off on the journey to Arequipa, stopping on the way at Quebrada de Añashuayco (“gorge where the fox lives” in Quechua).

It emerges from the hillsides of Chachani volcano and follows along the Chili River – stretching over 18km. Commonly known as “sillar”, this pyroclastic stone that has been formed by volcanic ashes, from eruptions millions of years ago. It will be possible to observe the work of the sillar expert cutters,  who continue to play an important role in the lives and livelihood of Arequipa.

Through the years, they have contributed to the construction and reconstruction of this city. The extraction processes they use are ancestral techniques passed on from generation to generation, that haven’t changed much over the centuries.

At nearly 2400m altitude, vistas surrounding ‘The White City’ – a name which has mysterious indigenous origins but is also known because of the pearly volcanic rock used to construct many of its historic houses – are truly jaw-dropping.

Wonderfully bordered by three dramatic volcanoes, notably the ethereal ‘El Misti, the city is overflowing with spectacular baroque architecture and a culture worth exploring.

Also known as the City of Eternal Spring – this name stems from the fact that the city enjoys incredible weather all-year-round – Arequipa is one of Peru’s cultural hotspots, as it’s home to deliciously authentic culinary delights.

Overnight: Palla Boutique Hotel Arequipa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - 23 July 2024'The White City' Arequipa

After breakfast your guide will lead you on a walking tour of  one of Peru’s prettiest towns. Arequipa is filled with beautiful architecture built from the local sillar, a pale volcanic rock. You’’ visit the UNESCO Historic Centre and Plaza de Armas with its splendid Cathedral before stopping at the Jesuit Church.

Built in 1579 and enlarged in the 17th century, the Santa Catalina Monastery is not be issued. The founder of the monastery – the rich widow Maria de Guzman only accepted women from upper class Spanish families into the monastery. Each family had to pay a dowry of 2400 silver coins, equivalent to about $300,000 today. At its height, the monastery housed approximately 450 people, before being reformed by a a strict Dominican nun in 1871 who sent the rich dowries back to Europe, and freed all the servants and slaves, giving them the choice of either remaining as nuns or leaving. Today, there are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex.

After lunch, you’ll visit Amato’s Princess Museum, where you’ll see the momia Juanita (Juanita mummy). Discovered in September 1995 by the anthropologist John Reinhard in the heights of  the Ampato Volcano, she is believed to have been an offering to the Apus over 500 years ago. Her discovery astonished scientists due to the conservation of her body.

Your Farewell Dinner this evening will be in the historic centre of town. The Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio offers a blend of modern and traditional cuisine highlighting the regional food of the area.

Overnight: Palla Boutique Hotel Arequipa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 24 July 2024Farewell Arequipa

After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward journey home.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Note: This trip is appropriate for travellers who are physically fit, with a sense of adventure. Expect to travel by coach up to 150kms on some days and participate in up to 2 – 3 hours of light to moderate physical activity per day. Access to many sites in the program requires you to navigate stairs and uneven ground.

Travel Options & Extensions

Amaco is not only a member of ATIA (the Australian Travel Industry Association) and CATO (Council of Australian Tour Operators) but we are also ATAS Travel Accredited.

This means we have met strict industry financial, operational, and management standards and criteria. Only the best industry agents achieve this accreditation meaning that you can travel with us knowing that you’re in safe and very capable hands.

With almost 30 years of experience in planning and running conferences and booking international travel, we understand that participants may want to add additional destinations and adventures either before or after the all-inclusive packages we provide.

Other companies might discourage you from doing this. Sometimes, it’s because of the added complexity it creates and at other times they’ll try to talk you out of it simply because they don’t have capable or experienced advisors with the breadth and depth of knowledge our team has. 

We encourage all participants to make the most of the time away. This might mean departing earlier than the rest of the group and visiting other destinations before meeting up with the main group at the conference or staying on at the conclusion and doing some additional travel.

Either way – our advisers are perfectly positioned to assist you with making these arrangements and will do all the hard work for you – seamlessly combining your personalised itinerary with the group program.

Whatever you’re interested in, we will create your bespoke, perfect trip. Get inspired with our example trips and get in touch to plan your own unforgettable tailored adventure.

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Sample Travel Extensions

Paracas and Nazca

Appreciate one of the largest-scale artworks on Earth. The famous Nazca Lines found are geoglyphs left by the Nazca culture which succeeded that of the Paracas between 300BC-700AD.

More than seventy giant animal and plant figures etched into the sand of the pampas, some reaching 1,000 feet in dimension, have prompted many hypotheses and premises from academics to religious fantasists. however not an awful lot is known about this civilisation as little was left behind.

Your flight will cross the twenty geoglyphs on the Nasca plain as well as those discovered more recently at Palpa. The trip ends by flying over the mountains, where you will find marine fossils up to 150 million years old, and take in the unfolding scenes of strikingly beautiful deserts, valleys, and craggy coastal pampas.

Continue exploring this fascinating stretch of coastline to the south of Lima. The Ballestas Islands are Peru’s answer to the Galapagos, a protected area rich with bird and marine life. Expect to see a myriad of wildlife like sea lions, fur seals, blue-footed boobies, Humboldt penguins, Guanay cormorants, and Peruvian pelicans.

For those with an adventurous spirit add one more day and head to the desert oasis of Huacachina. The oasis is located right next to Ica, about an hour away from Paracas.

If you’re up for a little sandy adventure, you could combine a sandboarding morning with a grape brandy-filled afternoon, since the vineyards of Ica are right there. Or, take the evening tour to the dunes and experience a sunset like no other. I’d rather see it with a pisco in hand, but your experience may differ.

Allow 3 to 5 days for this extension.   

The Amazon Rainforest

Peru‘s Northern Amazon is a huge area, reached by flying into the ‘forest-locked’ city of Iquitos which has no road connections to the rest of Peru.

By travelling here, you gain access to one of the most pristine areas of the Amazon, the Pacayra Samira Reserve of flooded forest. An area of outstanding beauty that is best visited by boat.

We recommend Delfin Luxury Expedition Cruises to allow you to explore deep into the jungle, whilst remaining in comfort.

The guides are what make a trip to the Amazon exceptional – and you won’t find better ones than those on board the Delfin vessels. It’s through their intimate knowledge of the rainforest that you will come to appreciate and enjoy this vast wilderness.

The Amazon is a truly extraordinary location that needs to be experienced to be fully understood. Peru‘s South Amazon region, called Madre de Dios, is located in the southeastern part of the country just north of Lake Titicaca and is home to the pristine Tambopata National Reserve.

This is one of the easiest parts of the Amazon to access, just a short flight from Cusco or Lima, making it ideal for those who want a relatively quick taste of the Amazon. The region takes its name from the Madre de Dios River (a tributary of the Amazon) that runs through the area.

Stay at one of the lodges and be immersed in this magnificent place to see hyacinth macaws, monkeys, caiman, giant otters, and other amazing wildlife in one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. 

Allow 3 – 7 days for this extension.   


Yes… not a problem. We understand that people may have a preferred Travel Agent they want to use and we don’t have any issues with you doing so. We’ll advise you of suggested arrival and departure times to allow you to make use of our group transfers.

That said though… we do have experienced consultants who are ready and waiting to help… even if that means just giving you a comparison price – nothing wrong with some competition.

If you do book your own flights, we do ask for a copy of your full itinerary so that we can double-check it to ensure that it fits with our program and group itinerary.

One word of warning, however, when booking flights independently – as the non-ticketing Agent we’re not notified of any time changes or cancellations to your booking. If anything changes with your booking, it will be up to your agent to contact you and then for you to contact us.

It is also worth pointing out that even though we’ll have experienced staff members escorting the group during the conference, as the non-ticketing Agent we are unable to make contact or deal with the airline on your behalf.


We used to include flights in our travel package but found that in many cases the fares were more expensive than the best available daily fares or were not applicable for people who were looking to extend before or after the main conference travel dates.

We also felt it was unfair on you, as a participant, to unknowingly pay a premium for a more flexible group fare when you are already committed to attending the conference.

By not including the airfare in the package, you are able to work with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Travel Consultants to arrange flights on any airline and from any destination depending on your preferences…. including the class of travel.


In short….. Yes!

You’re encouraged to talk to our experienced travel consultants to learn more about the options open to you either before or after the conference itineraries. We will gladly work with you to put together a personalised itinerary that can include as much or as little as you want.

We believe it is important for your own peace of mind to know that our consultants are all employed directly by Amaco Small Group Tours and are located in our office.

We don’t subcontract out the travel to a third party which means you can be comfortable knowing that whatever arrangements you make through Amaco will be tied together with the conference program to make one continuous, seamless travel itinerary. We’ll put as much care and effort into your extension as we put into the planning of the conference.

Whether it is simply booking some airport transfers with a couple of nights accommodation through to more elaborate arrangements we are perfectly positioned to incorporate any individual travel plans into your overall conference itinerary.

Email or call us so we can put together your perfect itinerary.


Much has been said about the value of travel insurance – especially given the broad-based exclusion policies many underwriters had in place which protected them from claims resulting from pandemics and epidemics.

A lot has changed in the past 12 – 18 months and many of the reputable travel insurance policies available in the market now not only include the usual cover for luggage and emergency medical expenses but also include coverage for COVID.

All members of the Amaco team are trained and authorised to provide information to clients regarding travel insurance. We routinely attend product updates on the various policy options and inclusions and stand ready to assist you in finding the right policy for you.

Please call our office and we will gladly explain the various different scenarios to you in greater depth.


Amaco is an Accredited Education Provider for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.

Each conference we run includes an education syllabus that assists GP’s, pharmacists and health professionals to improve the quality of care they provide to patients and customers while at the same time providing them the opportunity to travel to and experience new and exciting destinations.

Our conference will allow delegates the opportunity to earn CPD hours / points based on the content and time in sessions. As has been the case with past conferences, we will work closely with participants affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

The content of the education sessions will be relevant to GPs, Medical Specialists, Pharmacists, Dentists, Nurses, and other health providers. We encourage all attendees to register for the conference sessions.

The Education Committee for the Peruvian Passage Conference will be selected in early 2024 with final conference topics to be chosen based on the feedback from our previous conference attendees and with input from the RACGP, ACRRM, and medical journals. Suitable speakers will be approached based on the topics selected.

Subject to final accreditation, the Peruvian Passage Conference will include up to 14 hours of accredited education. 

ACRRM members can also expect the education program to be accredited and to earn CPD points. RACGP and ACRRM accreditation will be applied for under the triennium 2023 to 2025.

As has been the case in the past, Amaco will work with pharmacy bodies and those affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

We welcome applications from potential presenters and encourage anyone interested to contact us to obtain further information.

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