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Lima > Arequipa > Puno > Cusco

Itineray

12 Days

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USD$ 1799.00

We design this package especially for culture and nature lovers! This adventure will take us from the beautiful Peruvian coastline all the way to the heart of the Andes.
We will discover the Colca Valley, with the majestic, Andean condor soaring above us putting on a great show in the mountain skies. We will navigate through the highest lake in the world, the Lake Titicaca and exploring together the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Without a doubt, this will be an incredible travel experience!

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Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Welcome to Peruvian soil!! Upon arrival to the Lima International Airport, one of our representatives will be awaiting you to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. The adventure of this trip will begin in Lima, Peru’s capital.

Overnight in Lima.


Day 2: City Tour in Lima

Today we will explore the city of Lima, also known as “the city of the kings”. After a re-energizing breakfast in our hotel, we will continue on together with our professional guide to see the center of Lima, considered a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1988. We will walk around its main square surrounded by colonial buildings such as the Monasterio de San Francisco (San Francisco Monastery).

Lastly, we will discover the modern area of Lima along with its coastal beauty, lined with its grand sea and spectacular cliffs. We will visit the Miraflores district, San Isidro, and the Bohemian district of Barranco.

We will take advantage of the evening by discovering the various culinary offers of Peru. Many restaurants of high category will offer you exquisite dishes that will certainly please your taste buds.


Day 3: Lima - Arequipa

Fly time Lima-Arequipa: 1h25
Arequipa is situated at 2300 meters above sea level. (7,554 feet).

The time has come to leave the Peruvian capital and explore our next destination, Arequipa, also known as the “white city”. Early in the morning, we will take a flight to Arequipa, considered the second large city by population of Peru. Surrounded by various volcanoes, among all Misty, this city is characterized by its volcanic rock constructions, the reason for which white radiates throughout the city. Without a doubt, this is an excellent city to see!
Night in Arequipa.


Day 4: Arequipa City Tour

Arequipa offers different points of interest that you will discover alongside our professional tour guide. Firstly, we will visit the gorgeous main square (Plaza de Armas), certainly one of the most beautiful in all of the country. Following this, we will visit the Jesus society, as well as the district of Yanahuara. We would like to mention that it is definitely worth visiting the Convento de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina convent), which dates back to 1579 and is considered to be the largest convent in the world at 20,462 square meters!

At night, we recommend that you try the local cuisine, as many restaurants offer a variation such as the famous "Rocoto Relleno" (stuffed pepper), the adobo, etc.


Day 5: Arequipa - Chivay

Chivay is situated at 3600 meters above sea level (11,800 feet)

Today our adventure continues on to the majestic Colca valley, more specifically to Chivay. During our route, we will be able to observe the Chachani volcano as well as the Salinas (saltworks) and Aguada Blanca natural reserve. This will be the ideal chance for wildlife lovers, as we will then be able to see the vicunas (a type of mammal native to the Andes mountains) in their natural environment. Lastly, we will descend downward toward the town of Chivay where we will spend the night.
Night in Chivay.


Day 6: Chivay - Cross Condor - Puno

Puno is situated at 3800 meters above sea level (12,467 feet)

This will be a special day for condor lovers! Early in the morning, we will transfer you a place called the “Cruz del Condor” (Condor Cross), where you can have the privilege of seeing the spectacular Andean condor soaring above us. Lastly, we will pass through Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. After this heartwarming experience, we will head towards our next destination, Puno in the afternoon.
Night in Puno.


Day 7: Puno - Uros Island - Taquile Island

The Taquile Island is situated at 4000 meters above sea level (13,123 feet)

Lake Titicaca is a legendary site, according to the legend that says the founders of the Inca Empire (Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo) left this lake to later found the great empire in Cusco.
In the morning we will head toward Puno’s port to board the speedboat which will transfer us to the first visiting point, the island of Uros, which consists of a group of floating islands made by reed whose inhabitants work primarily as craftsmen. Next, we will be transferred to the famous island of Taquile, primarily known for its men who have a reputation for being expert weavers. The population of Taquile is known to be warm and kind, which allows us to get to know their way of life as we enjoy the beautiful, spectacular views of Lake Titicaca.

At the end of the afternoon, we will return to Puno.
Night in Puno.


Day 8: Puno - Cusco

Travel time: 7 hours by tourist bus (out from visit time).

Cusco is located at 3400 (11200 feet) meters above sea level.

Early in the morning, we’ll board our tourist bus which will transfer us to the “Ruta del Sol” (Sun Route) which will take us to Cusco. We will visit emblematic sites such as the Andahuaylillas and its famous chapel, the Rachi archaeological center, and the Pre-Inca site known as Pukara.  After experiencing this authentic experience on Lake Titicaca, our journey will continue on to one of the most famous destinations in the world, Machu Picchu.
To end the afternoon, we will head towards the city of Cusco to later be transferred to a comfortable hotel in the city center.
Night in Cusco.


Day 9: Cusco City Tour     

The city of Cusco is one of the most important destinations of Peru. It was the ancient capital of the Inca empire, with its streets and buildings still reflecting its grand historical past. Due to this, the city is known as “the belly button of the world”. In the morning/afternoon, our professional guide will accompany you to discover the best of this Inca city. We will begin by visiting the Temple of the Sun (also called Qoricancha). After, we will visit the treasures that the Basilica Cathedral of Cusco has to offer, and then finish by visiting the ruins adjacent to the city, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay.
In the evening, spend at your leisure enjoying the local cuisine, music, and the lights of Cusco at night, the surrounding hills and the sky overhead littered with stars

Overnight in Cusco


Day 10: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes

The Sacred Valley lies at 2800 meters above sea level (9,190 meters).
Aguas Calientes lies at 2040 meters above sea level. (6,690 feet).
Travel time between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes: 1 hour 40 min by train.

Our adventure continues onto the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an enigmatic place whose fertile, beautiful lands and gorgeous landscapes were intelligently taken advantage of by the ancient Peruvian people. Our first visit will be to Pisac, a greatly important archaeological site whose shape and construction are inspired by a local bird (the Puna partridge). Straight away, we will visit the local market, famous for its products that they trade there. In the afternoon, we will go on towards Ollantaytambo, a place that clearly shows how the Incans designed their cities with narrow streets and lovely canals, all in harmony with its natural environment. We will then visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo with its spectacular Incan terraces that will take our breath away, not to mention the spectacular views of the Sacred Valley from them! At the end of the afternoon, we will board the train to our next stop, the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu town.

Night in Aguas Calientes.


Day 11: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Machu Picchu is located at 2400 meters above sea level (7,900 feet).

This will be a memorable day during your visit in Peru, given that you will see one of the Wonders of the World that all travelers dream of visiting, we mean the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Early in the morning, our professional guide will pick you up from your hotel to board the bus to the Machu Picchu citadel all together (20 min trip). Once in Machu Picchu, you will visit the farming and urban zones, as well as its main temples. The tour will take about an hour and a half, after which you will have time to explore the ancient city on your own as well as take additional photographs.

In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco on a comfortable train.

Night in Cusco.

Day 12: Depart Cusco - Lima

Flight time: 1h10 minutes

Last day in Cusco! Ideal for doing some additional shopping as well as visiting other points of interest. After experiencing this authentic journey through the Inca's land, we will accompany you to the airport to board your flight. 


End of our Services.

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Our Rates: (Valid until December 2016)

N° People Price per person
(USD, American dollars)
2 1799.00 USD

HOTELES (3*, Based in a Twin/Double room)
Cusco
San Agustin El Dorado, Maytaq Wasin or similar.

Aguas Calientes
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu, Casa Andina Machu Picchu or similar.

Puno
Casa Andina Tikarani, Tierra Viva Puno or similar.

Chivay
Casa Andina Classic Colca or similar.

Arequipa
Tierra Viva Arequipa or similar.

Lima
San Agustin Exclusive or similar.

Included

Hotel 3 stars

  • 02 nights of accommodation  in Lima  and breakfast Included
  • 02 nights of accommodation in Arequipa and breakfast Included
  • 02 nights of accommodation in Puno and breakfast Included
  • 01 night of accommodation in Chivay and Breakfast Included
  • 03 nights of accommodation in Cusco and breakfast Included
  • 01 night of accommodation in Aguas Calientes and Breakfast Included

Tours

  • City tour in Lima: English tour guide + transportation (Shared Service)
  • City tour in Arequipa: English tour guide + transportation (Private Service)
  • Tour Colca Canyon + Cruz del condor + transportation
  • Tour full day lake Titicaca + english tour guide (Shared Service)
  • Tour Bus Inka Express, full day Puno-Cusco + Lunch + English tour guide
  • City tour in Cusco: English tour guide + transportation (Shared Service)
  • Tour Sacred Valley: English tour guide + transportation + Buffet Lunch (Shared Service)
  • Tour in Machu Picchu: English speaking guide (shared service)
  • Bus Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes
  • Train Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes (Expedition or Inca Rail)
  • Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/Poroy station (Expedition or Inca Rail)
  • Entrance fees at all sites

Transfers

  • Transfer in-out in Lima
  • Transfer from airport in Arequipa to the Hotel
  • Transfer in from Bus station to the Hotel in Cusco (private service)
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo/Poroy station to the Hotel in Cusco
  • Transfer out from Hotel to the Airport in Cusco

Not Included

  • Airfare.
  • Lunches, dinner or drinks not mentioned.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips.
  • * Consider the possibility of taking the VISTADOME train instead, an extra of $35.00 will be required.

Our Tips For You:

    • Remember to minimize your efforts and stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness while traveling in Peru. We highly recommend that you take a coca tea upon arrival! See more information about altitude sickness on our blog post.
    • It's not every night that you will have the opportunity to sleep with an Andean family, consider the possibility of including a homestay in your itinerary.
    • During each step of this journey in Peru, take some time if you can, to explore on your own. Interesting details in towns and villages might be found!

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