|Duration||11 Days and 10 Nights|
|Departures||Daily departures from Lima Peru|
|Activities||Relax at Colca Canyon and be delighted for Machu Picchu|
|Airfares||NOT INCLUDED, can easily be included in the package upon request|
|Customizable||YES, feel free to ask for extra services or modifications|
DAY 1 LIMA
Pick up upon arrival at Lima’s airport and transportation to the hotel. Overnight (No meals)
DAY 2 FULL DAY LIMA CITY TOUR & LARCO HERRERA MUSEUM
Breakfast, then you will be picked up from your hotel around 9.00am.
The city tour begins with the visit to the Plaza the Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Running along two sides are arcades with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. In the centre of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating from 1560. Located in the Plaza is the Cathedral (outside view). Then you’ll visit the Monastery of San Francisco, this is famous for the Seville tile work and paneled ceiling in the cloisters, the catacombs under the church and part of the monastery are well worth seeing, You’ll visit the old colonial streets in the center of the city.
After visiting Lima city we will go to the Larco Herrera Museum , 18th century colonial-style museum houses the largest and most impressive ceramic collection in the world, with about 55,000 pre-Colombian clay pots on display. The collection concentrates on the refined ceramics of the Moche Dynasty, the people who lived along the northern coast of Peru between 200 and 700 AD. The Moche culture is recognized as accomplishing one of the greatest imaginative languages of ancient Peru through the use of creative pottery, providing clues to all aspects of their civilization without the use of the written word. One can learn about their religion, agriculture, transport, dance and music through their ceramic designs and shapes. The Moche are also renowned for their fascinating erotic pottery and the famous collection is on display in the separate ‘Erotic Hall’, depicting sexual practices of several Peruvian cultures in a lifelike, explicit and often humorous way. At the end of the services transfer to your hotel. Overnight (B,L)
DAY 3 LIMA – AREQUIPA
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Arequipa (airfare not included). Upon arrival reception and transfer to the selected Hotel. In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your Arequipa hotel to start the tour.
Church and lookout of the Colonial District of Yanahuara where we can see great part of the city, Carmen Alto neighborhood lookout of the countryside and the bottom the Chilina valley, Beautiful view of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Pichu Volcanoes, Typical Pre Inca Terraces still cultivated, View of the Chilina valley next to the Chili river, Return to the city, visit the Cathedral, main square, the colonial area, Church and Jesuits Cloisters of La Compañía and its Polychromatic dome, Finally the Famous cloister’s nuns Santa Catalina Monastery citadel, built in XVI century and opened to public in 1,970 after 400 years. (Ticket for the Cathedral & its Museum it’s not included) (B)
COLCA CANYON – 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS (Group service)
DAY 4 (AREQUIPA/CHIVAY: Taking 4 hours).
Between 07:45 to 08:30 pick up from the hotels and leave behind the Chachani snowy, Pampa Cañahuas, Aguada Blanca national reserve, Vicuñas in wild life, Pampa Cañahuas, typical high plateau landscape: Andean grass or Ichu, bushes like: Tola, Ccapo or Yareta. Tocra fields. Some wetlands with birds like Flamengo, Ibis, Huallata, etc. Continue by Patapampa route: lookout of Volcanoes, Maximum Altitude 4,800 meters, view of the mountains Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, etc.) Lookout Of the Colca Valley, arrival to Chivay. And Transfer to the Hotel, time for lunch (not Included) After visit the hot springs and pools in La Calera (Not included tickets) (B, L)
DAY 5 COLCA
Day at free in Colca. Accommodation. (B).
DAY 6 COLCA/AREQUIPA
Very early (06:30) leave by the left side of the Colca river until the de la CRUZ DEL CONDOR lookout, can see the deep of the canyon, in that point 1,200 meters approximately, the Flight of the Condors, then visit the typical towns like Yanque, Maca, etc, “Stones scale model”, hanging pre Incas tombs, beautiful and typical suits of each town, and the incredible amount of pre Incas terraces still cultivated with Andean growing like the Potatoes, Corn, Quinua, Kiwicha, Olluco, etc, Return to Chivay, time for lunch and after midday pick up from the hotels to return to Arequipa by the Patapampa route and arrival to Arequipa approx 18:00 Hs. (B)
DAY 7 AREQUIPA-CUSCO
Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take flight to Cusco (airfare not included). Upon arrival to Cusco Airport. Reception and transportation to the Hotel where you will receive an aromatic coca tea to help you to acclimatize to the altitude, will have the free morning to rest and also we suggest you have a light lunch either at your hotel or in one of the surrounded; in the afternoon we will depart on a guided city tour, where tourist have the opportunity to visit 6 places (entrance to the archaeological centers and museums including) we will visit the Main square, Cathedral, the Koricancha (temple of the sun) and in addition we will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q’enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 6:30pm approximately at the main square in order you can take dinner in one of the exquisite restaurants in the area, then overnight. (B)
*City tour: from 1.45pm to 6:30pm approx. (Pickup from the hotel starts at 1:15pm)
DAY 8 FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. You will be picked up between 7:15 am and 7.45am. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting: The colorful Indian market in Pisac where a mixture of color, tradition will be able appreciated. Pisac is located to the entrance of the Sacred Valley followed by Ollantaytambo. Most people visit Pisac to see the market on Sunday, but there are smaller markets on both Tuesday and Thursday. However Pisac is a pretty village and has plenty of small handicraft shops and is worth a visit on any day of the week as is a good place to buy the local ceramics including a huge and varied collection of hand-painted multi-coloured beads. Lunch in a typical restaurant in Urubamba then we continue with Ollantaytambo which is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley, considered the older town continuously occupied of the American continent is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the Inca time, evoke their ancestral inheritance, and then finish visiting Chinchero.
Chinchero is a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m about 30km from Cusco and is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, return to Cusco arriving at 6:30pm approximately at the main plaza.
The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; although we always have plenty of suggestions for you should you require them. (B, L)
DAY 9 MACHUPICCHU OVERNIGHT TOUR
Early breakfast and pickup to go the train station to depart to Machu Picchu, the trip takes about 4 hours. During the trip we will have an amazing view of the landscapes of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba and the Amazon rainforest providing you a small hint of how much Peru has to offer. Upon arrival to the little town of Aguas Calientes you will have to approach the bus station towards Machupicchu the “Lost City of the Incas” (Only 20 minutes ride) to receive a professional guided tour by this Huge Historical Sanctuary visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds follow by some free time to explore the zone on your own and experience the energy and force contained therein, an according time, we will go down to the Aguas Calientes town to relax at the hot springs or just overnight at the select lodging in Aguas Calientes town. (B,L).
TRAIN SERVICES :
The Vistadome connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory travel experience; is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru.
The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip and has a different service, which allows the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food carefully prepared with local ingredients
The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits at a lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere.
DAY 10: MACHU PICCHU / CUZCO
Breakfast and rest of day at leisure by your own (Entrance and bus fee to Machu Picchu Not included on this day) in the afternoon return to Cusco. Reception at the train station and transfer to the Hotel where it passed the night (B).
Upon request: You can make a second visit to Machu Picchu and have the chance to know hidden places, such as the Intipunku (Gate of the Sun) or for more adventures can take a hike to the top of Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) to visit the Temple of the Moon and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Or if you have good physical conditions can take a hike full of adrenaline to the Putukusi Mountain opposite position than Machu Picchu which allows us to have other unforgettable views from this new wonder.
DAY 11: CUSCO / LIMA
Breakfast and transportation from the hotel to the airport for your return flight back to Lima (airfare not included). Arriving just in time to catch your international connection (B)
END OF SERVICES
INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double or single occupancy. All scheduled land, lake and river transportation. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
IMPORTANT: For a better service, the company informs you that it has autonomy to change the Hotels mentioned in the itinerary with another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE
International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.