|Tour dates:||26 July – 08 August 2018|
Explore and enjoy the ancient land of the Incas and its remarkable variety of archaeological wonders and diverse landscapes. Starting on the Peruvian coast we explore Lima, one of the colonial capitals of the Conquistadors, and learn more about the emerging Muslim community. We then take a trip into the Amazon jungle, marvelling at Allah’s creation. Finally, we hike along the last section of the fabled Inca Trail to the world famous 16th century citadel of Machu Picchu, the ancient “Lost City of the Incas”.
Like with many ancient kingdoms around the world as described in the Qur’an, Latin America experienced various dynasties reaching it zenith under the Incas. The Inca Empire was formed during the reign of Pachacútec Yupanqui, who conquered and united other Amerindian nations in the 15th century. In little more than 50 years, Inca influence was extended from what is now Colombia in the north to present-day Chile in the south, with the bustling city of Cusco as its capital. The united tribes of humble Andean farmers who called themselves the “Children of the Sun” shared knowledge of textiles, irrigation and building techniques to form an advanced and highly structured society until the arrival of the Conquistadors in 1532, and the rest, as they say, is history.
A Lost City is found – Re-discovered in less than a century ago, it is believed by many that Machu Picchu was a royal retreat for Inca nobility in Cusco, built during the reign of Pachacútec, a place of spiritual and ceremonial significance, or possibly the administrative center for a well-populated region. It would have been no more than a small town by Inca standards; home to less than 1,000 people at its peak. It is still a mystery as to why the Spanish never found the hidden jewel of the Andés. Some believe that it was abandoned and its memory lost even to the Amerindians of the region before the conquistadors arrived. The entire mountain masterpiece was built, settled and abandoned in less than 100 years. We may never know why.
Today, Muslims account for about 0.1% of the population and is growing amongst the indigenous population. Join us, as we rediscover “El Tarico de Los Incas”.
Our guides are local Peruvian Muslims with experience organising tours in this region.
The package comes without international flights but includes local transportation [including, taxis, mini-vans, river boats, buses and trains], breakfast only, 3* hotel accommodation. Main entrance fees to sights/museums mentioned below. Lunch and dinner is NOT provided but can be arranged our guide. The food we offer is good wholesome and indigenous to the area, thus giving an authentic feel of the tour. Main entrance fees to sights/museums mentioned below and itineraries are subject to small modifications depending on the size and composition of the group as well as local circumstances at the time of the trip. Overland journeys may be tiring and sometimes uncomfortable due to changes in temperature and humidity, therefore a basic level of fitness is required to fully benefit from this trip. Days will begin relatively early at around 8.30 am but exact times will be provided by your guide. Each day there will be a brief for the day, spiritual reminders throughout the day with important historical facts and points by our guide and an evening summary.
As flights to and from Peru (Lima – capital city) are not included in the package, you are advised to book flights according to the dates advertised.
Destination: Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)
Arrival Date: As advertised [Please depart from your country origin day before]
Time: Any time in the morning, preferably before 11.00 am
Departure Location: Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM)
Departure Date: As advertised
Time: Any time after 4.00 pm
Upon arrival to Lima our local operatives will take over all transportation within the country, including to and from the airport.
3 star hotels in convenient locations will allow you to easily reach the most important attractions. Participants will typically spend 1-2 nights in each city or town.
Rooms: The standard is twin rooms (2 separate beds in a room) or 1 double bed for couples. A triple room (3 single beds in a room) can be arranged for larger families if available. Rooms include en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, air-conditioning, wi-fi internet connection (except in the Amazon) and TV.
“One of the best tours of my life!” – Nasrin, UK, October 2014
“The itinerary was thorough and gave us a wonderful view of Peru, its main attractions, its communities and local food. The detailed itinerary, and the variety of the places we got to experience. My favourites were Machu Picchu (breathtaking – I couldn’t get enough of it); the Amazon Lodge stay (taking us back to nature); the floating islands at Lake Titicaca (stunning views and interesting communities). If anything we didn’t get enough time in Peru as I could have easily spent more time there. Having someone go with us from Islamic Travels is very helpful and reassuring. I often travel with tour groups like VJV who also send reps from London on the tour so it met the quality I would expect from major tour groups. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone who is interested in travel and exploring the world. Though I have already travelled well across many countries, there is no other place like Peru. Amazing country, made possible to experience through Islamic Travels vision and support. I really enjoyed the Amazon stay because it was different and well organised.” – Alima, UK, October 2014
“I enjoy travelling particularly to places of historical interest and natural beauty. I enjoy studying about ancient civilizations and challenging myself physically and mentally. Therefore, the prospect of visiting the Amazon and Inca sites was very appealing to me. I also like the prospect of an Islamic tour which allows me time to pray and eat halal food so I can enjoy the trip properly in accordance with my faith. Guides were very friendly, informative and safety conscious. Food was usually good. The itinerary was well planned. We were able to cover a lot in a relatively short space of time. The guides were very informative and open to answering questions. Our concerns about the Inca trail, malaria, altitude sickness were dealt with sensitively. The views of Machu Picchu at sunrise were truly breathtaking and well worth the journey. I particularly enjoyed the train ride and the horse riding which were a nice change to the long haul flights.” – Siddiq, UK, October 2014
“This was my first trip outside without my family and one of the best I have been on. Professionally organised from start to finish. Thank you for providing this opportunity. I will definitely recommend it to others.” – Sumaya, South Africa, November 2016
“Jazakallah khairan for organising the trip. It has been an amazing experience, with Machu Picchu, the Amazon and especially meeting the lovely Muslim community in Lima and Cusco, who were very hospitable.” – Shabela, UK, November 2016