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Lima, Arequipa, Colca, Puno and Cuzco Tour

Lima, Arequipa, Colca, Puno and Cuzco Tour

USD2186 per person

“Visiting the best side of Peru”

 

Included:
• Bilingual Guide
• All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
• Meals: As indicated in the itinerary
• 01 Roundtrip train ticket to Machu Picchu via Expedition coach or similar per person
• 01 Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu per person
• 01 Roundtrip bus ticket to Machu Picchu per person
• Accommodation as mentioned in the program
• Return transfer to and from Airport
• Tours and activities as described in the program

 

Not Included:
• International and domestic airfares
• Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
• Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Tips for hotel staff & guides
• Visas and extras
• Health and travel insurances

11 nights
1

AIRPORT PICK UP

On arrival at Lima you will be assisted and transferred to your Hotel. Overnight in Lima. FREE NIGHT.
2

LIMA CITY TOUR

After breakfast, you will discover the history and traditions hidden in every corner of the capital of Peru. Your tour starts visiting the market of Surquillo where you can try some exotic fruits and vegetables grown in the country. Continuing the tour, you will visit downtown, stopping at El Cordano bar, a Lima institution since 1905. This old-world dining hall with swinging, “saloon-style” doors and it has received practically every Peruvian president for the last 100 years as a customer. From here, you will visit The Archbishop’s Palace; it was the residence of the Archbishop and the administrative headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lima. The current building is considered a prime example of neo-colonial architectural that developed in Lima. Then, you will pass through The Jiron de la Union, a pedestrian street that for many years was one of the most important boulevards of the city. Afterwards, you will see the Piscosour at El Bolivar Hotel that was declared a Historical monument in 1972. Finally, you will visit the modern part of Lima, passing through Huaca Huallamarca and ending in Miraflores. Return to Hotel. Overnight in Lima. Free night. Meals: Breakfast
3

AREQUIPA CITY TOUR

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Airport. On arrival in Arequipa, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel. City tour Arequipa In the afternoon, you will visit Arequipa. The city was founded on August 15, 1540, by Garcí Manuel de Carbajal as “Villa Hermosa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción”. You’ll start your tour at Carmen Alto viewpoint where is possible to have the best view of the city. Afterwards, you will see The Santa Catalina Monastery. It is a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order. It was built in 1579 and was enlarged in the 17th century. There are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex; the rest of the monastery is open to the public. Afterwards, you will pass by the main square to see The Basilica Cathedral Arequipa. It is the most important neoclassical edifice Peru, product reconstruction started in 1844 and finished three years later and led by architect Lucas Poblete. Later, you will see the Church of the Company. It is a fascinating colonial religious complex, perfectly preserved for four centuries, where you will go back in time as you enter the cloister and see the numerous, spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs. About 20 nuns, of what were once 500, still live in a section of this Convent. Return to you hotel. Overnight in Arequipa. Free night Meals: Breakfast
4

COLCA VALLEY TOUR

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Colca Valley. You will cross the vicuñas reservation of Pampa Cañahuas. It is located at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, behind the Chachani peak. It is about 4,000 meters (one of the deepest canyons in the world) and represents one of the best habitats for the protection of vicuñas. You will also see beautiful pre-Columbian terraces, still being cultivated by the native Collaguas. You will be served a Box Lunch on our way to the hotel. Free afternoon to rest and explore Colca Valley. Overnight in Colca Valley. Free Night. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch
5

CONDOR CROSS TOUR

Visit to the Condor Cross After breakfast, you will visit Colca Canyon. With a depth of 3,270 m it is one of the deepest in the world, and more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times. It is still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces. You will get to Condor cross viewpoint to see the flight of the condors and to appreciate the canyons depth. Afterwards, you will visit Yanque district. It is a small town where people are mainly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent. You will stop for lunch. Private guide & transfer Colca / Puno After lunch, you will continue your journey to Puno, passing by Lake Titikaka. It is approximately a total of 8 hours travelling. You will see amazing landscapes along the way, corresponding to high altitude ecosystems. Puno sits on the banks of Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. This region is the birthplace of Inca Mythology; according to the legend, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo emerged from the sacred Lake Titicaca to found the Inca Empire and give birth to Inca civilization. Upon arrival in Puno, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Puno. Free Night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
6

URUS & TAQUILE ISLAND TOUR

After breakfast, you will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique “Floating Islands” of the Uros. The inhabitants of the lake as known as the Water Tribe and have built their own islands adding new layers of a vegetable fiber of the Papyrus family called “Totora” (scientific Scirpus totora), which is unique to the area. You will continue the tour until Taquile Island. There, you will find the Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile you will have lunch at one of the local homes served by the owners. After lunch, you will take a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. Return to your hotel in Puno after the visit. Overnight in Puno. Free Night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
7

PUNO - CUZCO BUSS TRAVELIING

After breakfast, you will be transferred by bus to Cusco. On the way you’ll stop to visit Pucara Museum. Pucara was occupied by Qaluyo cultures, Pucara, Tiwanaku and kingdoms Qolla altiplano many years ago. Today, there is museum with sculptures found in Pucara dated between the years 100 BC and D.C. 300. After, you will stop at La Raya. La Raya Montain extends in a northeasterly direction approximately about 10 km. It is a natural border between Puno and Cuzco. Continuing your tour, you will visit the Racchi Temple of The Wiracocha God. It is an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure that measures 92 metres by 25.5 metres. The Temple is the only Inca building that people can walk through it. According to Inca mythology, Wiracocha came to the region called Kacha but the local people there did not recognize him and tried to attack him. So, he made fire fall from the sky and burn the hills around the people. The Kacha went to Wiracocha pleading forgiveness and he put the fires out and explained to them who he was. Afterwards, you will stop at Andahuaylillas. It was created on January 2, 1857 There you will see the baroque church dedicated to Saint Peter the Apostle. The church is known as “the Sistine Chapel of South America” because of the magnificent frescos that adorn its walls. Check in your hotel. Overnight in Cusco. Free Night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
8

CUZCO CITY TOUR

After breakfast, you will have free morning to explore Cuzco. Half day City tour Cusco & surrounding ruins: In the afternoon, you will climb up the Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman. Your excursion starts visiting the fortress with the same name, a beautiful place that radiates peace and quiet, where we will be able to admire the huge rocks measuring up to 4 meters high that were used in its construction. After, you will head for Q’enqo, and ancient temple of the Puma, where you will be able to appreciate an altar for sacrifices in the inner part of a huge rock, and then Tambomachay, sacred fountains of life and health. Continuing your tour, you will see a panoramic view from Puca Pucara, at a watchtower with a controlled entrance to the city. Then, you will visit the Temple of the Sun “The Korikancha”, on top of which the Saint Dominique Convent. A legend tells that this temple was entirely lined in gold sheets that marveled the Conquistadors upon their arrival. At the end of your tour, you will visit the Main Square and the Cathedral that has invaluable colonial paintings and other works of art such as the Cross that arrived with the first conquistadors. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Cuzco. Free Night. Meals: Breakfast
9

SACRED VALLEY CITY TOUR

After the breakfast, your tour will visit The Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop is at Awanacancha, a small complex to admire Andean camelids such as alpacas and llamas. Also, learn from local inhabitants about traditional dyeing and knitting techniques. Later, you will explore the Pisac Market and be able to buy handcrafts, taste some traditional food and stop by the wood ovens. Stop to lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, your tour continues to Ollantaytambo, a small colorful town and inhabited since Inca times. There, you will visit the main temple used as a fortress during the Inca resistance. Breathtaking views will be seen. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. Free Night. Meals: Breakfast
10

MACHU PICCHU TOUR

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. The legendary ‘Lost City’ is without a doubt one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of “Machu Picchu” (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area of 120 Km from the city of Cusco at 3,400m. It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca’s best kept secrets, as they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery. Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, you will board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. In the afternoon, you will return to Cusco by bus and train combination, and upon arrival at the train station. Return to your Hotel. Overnight in Cusco. Free Night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
11

FREE DAY

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Airport. On arrival in Lima, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Lima. Free Night. Meals: Breakfast
12

GOING BACK HOME

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Airport. Meals: Breakfast End of our service.

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