11 DAYS TRIP ON PERU’S HIGHLIGHT

WE CUSTOMIZE VIRTUALLY ALL SERVICES AVAILABLE IN PERU

BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY – 2 PEOPLE
Basic Class 2** Tourist Class 3*** First Class 4**** Luxury Class 5*****
Loding Lima La Castellana Carmel Casa Andina P.C Country Club
Lodging arequipa La Gruta Maison D’Elise Casa Andina P.C Libertador
Lodging Colca Collahua Casa Andina Colca Lodge Casitas del Colca
Lodging Puno Munay Tambo Qelqatani Casa Andina P.C Libertador Isla Estevez
Lodging Cusco Orquidea Real Los Andes de America Casa Andina P.C Monasterio
Train Tickets on Expedition Vistadome Vistadome Vistadome
Lunch on Local restaurant Sanctuary Lodge Sanctuary Lodge Sanctuary Lodge
BASED ON SINGLE OCCUPANCY – 1 PERSON
Basic Class 2** Tourist Class 3*** First Class 4**** Luxury Class 5*****
Loding Lima La Castellana Carmel Casa Andina P.C Country Club
Lodging arequipa La Gruta Maison D’Elise Casa Andina P.C Libertador
Lodging Colca Collahua Casa Andina Colca Lodge Casitas del Colca
Lodging Puno Munay Tambo Qelqatani Casa Andina P.C Libertador Isla Estevez
Lodging Cusco Orquidea Real Los Andes de America Casa Andina P.C Monasterio
Train Tickets on Expedition Vistadome Vistadome Vistadome
Lunch on Local restaurante Sanctuary Lodge Sanctuary Lodge Sanctuary Lodge

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Duration 11 Days and 10 Nights
Departures Daily departures
Activities The best of the Peruvian Andes
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 PACHACAMAC RUINS & LIMA CITY TOUR

Breakfast, then you will be picked up from your hotel around 9.00am.
We will visit a place that is near Lima, there is an archaeological enclosure whose constructions conserve the mysticism and religiosity of their past. Its name: PACHACAMAC
Guided tour of the splendid and vast archaeological citadel of Pachacamac, the temple of the deity, Pachacamac, believed to be the creator of the universe and a divinity adored by old Andean civilizations. A sacred and ceremonial site dating back to the beginnings of Christianity where thousands of pilgrims converged to pay tribute and consult the Pachacamac oracle, who they believed could see the past, the future and people’s fate.
The site comprises pyramidal temples and enclosures built by successive pre-Colombian civilizations and finally the Incas. Highlights include the Temple of Pachacamac, the Sun God shrine, and the Palace of the Chosen Women or Virgins of the Sun. At the site museum there is an idol of the deity, Pachacamac, which couldn’t be seen by the profane, and was reserved for the high priests who kept, revered and interpreted the divine oracle in the old times. A sacred site, the temple was considered to be part of the planet’s mystical axis.
Then we return to Lima to take our buffet lunch to continue with the Lima City tour. We will visit the colonial area and to the Plaza de Armas where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the City Hall as well as the XVII century church and cloister of San Francisco, a world cultural heritage. Then we will go to the modern downtown with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the modern residential suburb of San Isidro. Finally, transfer to the hotel and 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)

DAY 4 COLCA CANYON

08:00 am Leave Arequipa to a journey to the center of the Earth, our end Colca Canyon, towards nor west direction behind snow-covered Chachani, Yura, small valley with thermal springs, see wild vicuñas in Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, Alpacas & llamas in Tocra, some birds like flamingoes, ibis, andean gooze, ducks, Andean eagle “Kara Kara” view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m.)(15,000ft.), See the Ampato, Sabancaya, Walca Walca, etc.) Chivay Capital of the valley. Afternoon visit to the thermal springs & pools in La Calera. (Admission to the pools not included, about $5 per person). Overnight at selected accommodation. (B,L, D)

DAY 5 COLCA CANYON – PUNO

Early morning after breakfast leave for the excursion. We departure to Cruz del Condor where you can appreciate the flight of the condors. Also the Geographical Impressive scene, created by the Colca river can be admired. Approximately one hour after, the tour will come back to Chivay, stopping in the typical villages of: Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque.
Viewpoints of Chocotetico and Antahuilque where the stone and mock ups Collaguas can be seen that people have used to test, parts of the canyon which are suitable for cultivation. This is a good place to appreciate the Andean valley of the Colca. Hanging pre-Inca tombs.
Lunch in the village of Chivay and then bus transportation to go Puno. Upon arrival assistance and transportation to the hotel. Overnight (B, L)

DAY 6 UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS

You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:30 a.m., to go to the port of Puno to take a tourist motor boat and to direct towards the wonders floating islands of the Uros. After a 2 hour motorboat ride, you will arrive at the Uros island in the Titikaka lake. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros are known as the “water tribe”, because they must construct its own Islands periodically, adding new layers of totora reeds, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water.
They used it as home and trade centers for the natives, who use hand-made boats of the same material as their means of transportation. At present, they speak Quechua and Aymara. Following this exciting tour, you will be led to the Island of Taquile, , place where the form of typical and rustic experience was appraised, the place is colorful and landscaping, where they even maintain its customs, ritual, religious and folkloric traditions, in the town of Taquile we will taste a typical lunch with fresh fish (trout). There is also a craft fair on the plaza that sells exceptional wool goods which are of very fine quality and somewhat expensive. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. The island is narrow at about 1 Km. wide and 6 to 7 Km. long. The visit could be exhausting because of the altitude (13,000 ft above sea level). On Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins as well as Inca terracing. We will return in Puno in the afternoon, overnight (B,L)

DAY 7 PUNO – CUSCO

Early breakfast and transfer to the bus station so you can take the ride to Cusco. Departs Puno on guided bus to Cusco, visiting on the route picturesque towns and archeological sites such as Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Sicuani, La Raya and Pukara. Lunch included. Afternoon arrival in Cusco, reception and transfer to your accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.(B,L)
(*) Additional fare if travelling by train. Ask for availability.

DAY 8 CUSCO CITY TOUR

Breakfast and morning free; 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)
NOTES:
*City tour: from 1.45pm to 6:30pm approx. (Pickup from the hotel starts at 1:15pm)

DAY 9 FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Breakfast. You will be picked up between 7:15am 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 10 FULL DAY MACHUPICCHU 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 take the train that will return us to Cusco City. Reception at the train station and transfer to your accommodation. (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 11 TRANSFER OUT

Breakfast and according time, transportation will be provided to go the airport (B).

END OF SERVICES

INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double or single occupancy. All scheduled 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 INCLUDE: 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 international flights and items of personal nature.

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