Category Archives: South America

Guatemala & Peru

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This new tour is a great combo of Guatemala and Peru!

$3,999 per person

All flights to and from Los Angeles included!

May 15-26, 2018

No visas needed for either country.

Single supplement: $695 extra

10 spots available

Travel Itinerary:

May 15 - Travel to Los Angeles and board night flight to Guatemala.

May 16 - Day #1 Guatemala City  / Antigua –Wednesday May 16th 2018:

Reception at “La Aurora” International Airport. Upon arrival visit to Guatemala

City. We will take you to the center to visit the “Palacio Nacional” (panoramic),

“Metropolitan Cathedral”, “Centro Cívico” and the residential zone. Transfer to Antigua for overnight accommodations.

May 17 - Day#2 Antigua Tour (Breakfast)– Thursday  May 17th 2018:

After breakfast, time to explore Antigua Guatemala. Antigua is among the world’s

best conserved colonial cities. It is a magical and captivating small town that will

make you feel time stopped some 300 years ago. We will visit the “Plaza Central”

to see “The Cathedral”, “San Francisco Church”, “La Merced”, “Calle del Arco”, and “Museo del Jade”. Time for lunch on own. In the afternoon visit to San Antonio Aguascalientes and Ciudad Vieja, where you will get to visit a great diversity of handicrafts. Overnight accommodations in Antigua.

May 18 - Day#3 Tikal (Breakfast,Lunch)–Friday May18th 2018:

3:45 A.M. Transfer to the Airport to take the flight to Flores, Petén, breakfast box

included. Upon arrival transfer to one of the most important archaeological sites

of the Mayan World, Tikal, its name means “Place of Voices”, built during the

Maya Classic Period. There are places on this earth that are so stunning that it is

impossible to capture them in words or photographs. Tikal is such a place and is

considered the second largest city in the Maya world. Upon arrival at Tikal

archaeological site, the guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples

and Acropolis. Visit to the Complex Q and R, then to the Central Acropolis,

Temples I “El Gran Jaguar and the Temple II “Los Mascarones “, regarded as the

first and one of the most important monuments in the complex. Visit to the Lost

World. Time for lunch at one of the restaurants inside the Park. In the afternoon

transfer to the Airport to take the flight back to Guatemala City. Upon arrival

transfer to Antigua.

May 19 - Day#4 Lake Atitlan–Boattourto Santiago  (Breakfast)–Saturday May 19th 2018:

Departure from Antigua to visit Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in

the world. The word “Atitlán” is a Mayan word that translates as “the place

where the rainbow gets its colors”. Upon arrival discover the magic that

surrounds all its greatness while taking a boat to cross the Lake and visit the

Tzutuhil Village of Santiago Atitlan where you will visit its main church and also

you will visit the confraternity of the local saint named Maximon or RiLaj Mam,

visited by different people of different ethnicities who come to ask health and

prosperity in their lives. Whether you believe in it or not, make sure to enjoy this

magical experience. Night in Panajachel.

May 20 - Day#5 Chichicastenango–Guatemala City(Breakfast)–Sunday May20th 2018:

After the breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Chichicastenango’s market, the most

colorful and exciting place in the Mayan Highlands and the only place in

Guatemala of 100% Quiché population. Admire the historical and mystic Church

of Santo Tomás, where the Mayan bible was discovered. Be the witness of Mayan ceremonies inside the church, where you can presence their gifts to the Mayan God’s. In the afternoon transfer to Guatemala City for overnight accommodations.

May 21 - (Breakfast) Take a midday flight to Lima, Peru. Overnight at a hotel connected to the airport terminal.

May 22 -  CUSCO ARRIVAL + CITY TOUR (Breakfast)

After breakfast transfer to Lima airport. Once arrival to Cusco An authorized representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your selected Cusco hotel.

 Early afternoon:  Guided Tour of Cusco and Surroundings

Highlights:

  • Historical capital of Peru
  • Incan and Spanish Colonial architecture
  • Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a Baroque church built on the ruins of the opulent Incan Koricancha Palace (Temple of the Sun)
  • Incan holy place of Q’enko, an amphitheater once used for ceremonial sacrifices
  • Incan monument of Tambomachay, ceremonial site of water worship
  • Sacsayhuaman, an Incan fortress and site of the IntiRaymi (Fiesta del Sol), most notable for its hand-carved stones up to 9m tall and weighing over 350 tons
  • Incan tambo (travelers’ rest stop) of PukaPukara

Late Afternoon/Evening at Leisure: Suggested Activities

  • Browse the markets for an alpaca wool sweater
  • Meet the local people and savor the local dishes in one of Cusco’s many restaurants and cafes.

May 23 : SACRED VALLEY TOUR (Breakfast,Lunch)

Breakfast and Transfer Following an early breakfast at your Cusco hotel, a representative will pick you up for a short bus ride to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the lush Andean landscapes and the traditional villages that dot the hillside!

Pisac Visit This small town with its exquisite architecture is the perfect place to purchase authentic Andean souvenirs. As you browse through the selection of traditional clothing and crafts, you will easily understand why Pisac’s market has a reputation all its own.

Tour of Ollantaytambo This Incan site began as a palace, but was eventually used in the last Incan stand against the invading Spanish conquistadors. Whether palace or fortress, these ruins offer an unforgettable view of the surrounding area.

Transfer and Evening at Leisure After an exciting day of archaeological exploration, you will be escorted to the train station. Next destination: AGUAS CALIENTES

Trip Notes:  Clay fire ovens. Traditional costumes. Agricultural traditions. Handmade crafts. Your day in the Sacred Valley will take you back in time over 500 years. When you are surrounded by the rich soil and small villages, you will quickly see why this beautiful place was so important to the Incan civilization, and why many still embrace this lifestyle still today.

May 24MACHU PICCHU TOUR + NIGHT AT A.C (Breakfast)

Very early in the morning your will be escorted to the bus station, where you’ll catch your ride up to the secluded citadel. At Machupicchu you will have the opportunity to catch the first sun shine.

After that expert English-speaking guide will greet you and take you on a two-hour tour of Machu Picchu’s most important sites, including its three primary structures: Intihuatana (Sun Stone), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Indeed, the intricate stonework of this amazing site is truly something to behold. To think that these giant stones were hauled to the mountain by hand, centuries ago, and yet their foundations remain standing today. After these Machu Picchu tours, you’ll have the opportunity to continue exploring the site on your own and to take some final photos. Night at Aguas Calientes.

***In Machu Picchu, they get strict about professional photographers. They don't allow tripods.

May 25MARAS & MORAY TOUR (Breakfast)

After breakfast train back to Ollantaytambo and then you will visit the complex of Moray and the salt mine of Moray.

The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times, will amaze you--the stark white of its steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes.

Your journey will continue until you reach the archeological site of Moray.  Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site's system ofcircular terraces descends 490 feet (150m) from where you will be standing, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancementachieved by the Incas.

 After your tour you will be transported to your confortabl hotel at Cusco.

 Night at Cusco.

May 26 - Early flight of Cusco back to Los Angeles with evening arrival into Los Angeles. (Breakfast)

Brazil

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October 20-30, 2017 SOLD OUT

Cost $4495

Duration: 11 Days

Location: Brazil

Airfare included from Los Angeles.

This trip is limited to 10 guests. Only 4 spots remain.

To register and for more information call us at (208) 523-6789 or send us an email at perfectlightstore@gmail.com.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 -  Oct 20

Travel late at night to Los Angeles.

DAY 2 -  Oct 21

International flight leaves Los Angeles at 3:00 am. Late night arrival into Sao Paulo, Brazil. Overnight and at stay at the airport hotel.

DAY 3 -  Oct 22

Morning is free before noon flight to Iguacu Falls. Transfer to hotel upon arrival and relax and enjoy the property. Eleanor Roosevelt once said when visiting the falls: "Poor Niagara!". Iguacu Falls is truly spectacular.

DAY 4 -  Oct 23

Full day to explore and photograph Iguazu Falls park.

DAY 5 -  Oct 24

Return to the park and take part in Macuco Safari. You'll get wet as you get next to the falls on your boat!

DAY 6 -  Oct 25

Optional bird sanctuary park before the afternoon flight to Cuiaba, Brazil. Overnight at an airport hotel.

DAY 7 -  Oct 26

Take a 5-hour journey into Jaguar Country to Porto Jofre which is in the heart of the Pantanal. Stay at a beautiful lodge that has all meals included and take part in daily boat excursions to search for jaguars, birds and other animals.

DAY 8 -  Oct 27

Full day at the lodge. Lodge website: http://portojofre.com.br/pb/#about-us

DAY 9 -  Oct 28

Full day at the lodge.

DAY 10 -  Oct 29

Transfer back to Cuiaba for the night flight to Sao Paulo where you will stay overnight at the airport hotel.

DAY 11 -  Oct 30

Fly back to Los Angeles with an evening arrival in Sao Paulo.