Peru, South America
Location
12 Days
Duration

Discover Peru

Welcome to Peru, South America!

ROUTE: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titikaka, Uros, Taquile Islands, Puno, Cusco, Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lima

DURATION: 12 Days

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit to historical sites/monuments
  • Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima
  • Arequipa City Tour and Santa Catalina Convent
  • Visit and overnight Colca Canyon area
  • Boat excursion to Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka
  • Bus journey through the Peruvian Andes from Puno to Cusco
  • Stops at Raqchi to see the remains of the remarkable temple of Viracocha
  • Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins
  • Visit to the Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex
  • Train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu
AIRFARE: International Airfare Upon Request
ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hotels used (or similar)
FIRST:
  • Lima – Casa Andina Pvt Coll Miraflores, traditional room
  • Arequipa – Casa Andina Pvt Coll Arequipa, superior room
  • Colca – Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca, deluxe room
  • Puno – Casa Andina Pvt Coll Puno, superior room
  • Cusco – Casa Andina Pvt Coll Cusco, superior room
  • Sacred Valley – Casa Andina Pvt Coll Valle Sagrado, superior room
  • Aguas Calientes – Casa del Sol Machu Picchu Hotel, superior room
DELUXE:
  • Lima – Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, deluxe room
  • Arequipa – Libertador Arequipa, superior room
  • Colca – Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca, deluxe room
  • Puno – Libertador Lago Titicaca, superior room
  • Cusco – Palacio del Inka A Luxury Collection Hotel, superior room
  • Sacred Valley – Tambo del Inka A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, superior room
  • Aguas Calientes – Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Sumaq deluxe room
LUXURY:
  • Please inquire

 Included: 

Accommodations Per Person Sharing, including hotel taxes

Arrival & departure transfers where applicable

Local guides where applicable

Meals per itinerary

Park entrance fees and sightseeing fees where applicable

Applicable transportation

Not Included:

Airfare and air taxes

Cancellation, baggage, travel and medical insurance

Items of a personal nature such as baggage porterage, gratuities/tips, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.

Visa and visa fees

Optional sightseeing and activities

Meals, beverages and services not mentioned in itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lima

Lima, the “City of Kings” famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival at airport in Peru, you will be warmly met by a representative, who will provide assistance and transfer to your accommodation to check-in.

Overnight: Lima

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Day 2 Lima City Tour

Activities:

  • Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima – This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Overnight: Lima – (B)

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Day 3 Lima - Arequipa

Activities:

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa at an elevation of 7,300 feet. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
  • Also known as the “White City” for its many constructions built of white volcanic stone, Arequipa is at the foothills of the Misti Volcano (the guardian of the city) and it has a splendid Cathedral that is considered one of the first seventeenth century religious monuments of the city.
  • Arequipa City Tour and Santa Catalina Convent – Your half day sightseeing of this beautiful city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features Mixed Baroque churches and mansions from the colonial period like the Monastery of Santa Catalina, The Main Square is bordered by various arched walkways and the Cathedral, it showcase a beautiful bronze fountain of three plates crowned by the figure of a sixteenth century soldier. Around the square, you see three granite portals with brick and lime bases.
  • The Santa Catalina Convent is called “a city within a city”, a Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plaza, it is a masterpiece of colonial architecture, and houses some of the finest examples of Spanish American religious art. Since 1970 visitors have been able to stroll through the streets and cloisters that during colonial times were the refuge of female nobility who had decided to isolate from the world and dedicate entirely to prayer.

Overnight: Arequipa – (B)

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Day 4 Arequipa - Colca Canyon

Activities:

  • Departure towards the highlands passing through Yura-Pampa Cañahuas and La Pulpera with good possibility of observing groups of wild vicuñas and fighting cattle. The road to the Colca Canyon reaches a high point of 13,000 feet before dropping down to the valley, an area of breath taking landscapes surrounded by terracing and snow-capped peaks. Far below, at a depth of 10,000 feet, the Colca River winds along the bottom of the canyon, the world’s deepest.

Overnight: Colca Canyon – (B, L)

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Day 5 Colca Canyon - Puno - Lake Titikaka

Activities:

  • To maximize your probability of seeing condors we depart very early towards a superb natural lookout point “Cross of the Condor” from where one can watch condors wheeling across the Colca Canyon, at about an altitude of 15,000 feet. The valley also features pre-Inca ruins, pre-Inca burial grounds and archaeological remains left behind by the Collagua, the ancient inhabitants of the area. Drive further in to the canyon to observe the way of life in this remote land and to admire the impressive irrigation system and the fertile mountains terraced for farming of the Colca valley.
  • Ask your guide to take you to one of the many workshops in which close to a thousand artisans, scattered throughout the towns in the canyon, turn their ancient sewing and weaving machines into paint brushes to give life to impressively intricate and colorful embroidery and shawls.
  • The overland trip to Puno features unique natural scenery of the Peruvian Highlands.
  • Evening arrival in Puno.

Overnight: Puno – (B, L)

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Day 6 Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka

Activities:

  • Boat excursion to Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka. This full day excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in the world to the floating islands of the Uros Indians, man-made islands by tying totora reeds. The Uros considered themselves Lords of the Lake; they hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods. The men have developed an extraordinary skill in weaving reeds; producing houses, boats and handicrafts, and the women are expert knitters.
  • Continuing to Taquile where a native community of about 400 families still lives with the traditions and high principals of the Incas. Taquile is a very important site on Lake Titikaka for its archeological remains, the sacred and ceremonial sites, the festive activities and their rituals. Taquile is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who maintain their customs and traditional clothing. They distinguish themselves by their detailed, fine, and colorful textiles with symmetrical decorations and symbols that reflect their way of life and Andean beliefs.

Overnight: Puno – (B, L)

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Day 7 Puno to Cusco

Activities:

  • Bus journey through the Peruvian Andes from Puno to Cusco – Today one of South America’s most extraordinary overland trips takes you by coach to Cusco passing through striking highland scenery and picturesque Andean villages.
  • Brief stops at Raqchi to see the remains of the remarkable temple of Viracocha, considered by the historians an important Inca construction, and at the town of Andahuaylillas, a showcase of the colonial art in Peru, sometimes called “the Sistine Chapel of America”.

Overnight: Cusco – (B, L)

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Day 8 Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins

Activities:

  • Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins – Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture.
  • The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco’s Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”.
  • This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.

Overnight: Cusco – (B)

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Day 9 Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex

Activities:

  • Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress – Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where a unique Indian Market takes place daily. The variety of products offered is overwhelming, from pottery with reproductions of archaeological pieces, to all kinds of textiles, jewelry and Peruvian handicrafts. During your visit to this bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the artisans and indigenous traders. Grab the items you like, you will hardly see the same one again.
  • Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a “Living Inca Town” since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.

Overnight: Cusco – (B, L)

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Day 10 Machu Picchu with overnight stay and with lunch at Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge

Activities:

  • Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca “Virgins of the Sun” took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here.
  • Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival.
  • Lunch is at the Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel. Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.

Overnight: Aguas Calientes – (B, L)

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Day 11 Machu Picchu Free Day - Return Train Ride

Activities:

  • Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins or hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking “condor view” of the citadel (reservation and extra fee are needed).
  • Or stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca’s army or walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Intipunku or “Sun Gate” or visit Manuel Chavez Museum or hike in Mandor Valley or just enjoy the thermal springs of the town.
  • Afternoon return train ride.

Overnight: Cusco – (B)

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Day 12 Cusco - Lima - Home

Departure: Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima and your connecting international flight. Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima, the snowcapped roaring Andean mountains and lush valleys, and the zig-zag road to the overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu, the amazing legacy the Incas. – (B)


Meals as per itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)


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Location Name: Peru, South America
Area (SQ KM): 1,285,216
Population: 30,444,999
Capital: Lima
Language(s): Spanish, Quéchua (both official); Aymara; many minor Amazonian languages
Religion: Roman Catholic , Seventh-Day Adventist, Christian
Currency: Peruvian sol - PEN
Time Zone: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) – 5 GMT
Electricity: 220 V
Phone Country Code to Call (Peru, South America): 51


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