Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences as you discover the ancient Inca culture. Explore the capital, heartland, and ancient wonders of the most important historical and cultural sites surronding Cusco. Also visit Arequipa, one of the most beautiful places in Peru and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Colca Canyon. These adventures are truly authentic Peru experiences!
DAY 01: PLACE OF ORIGIN – LIMA (CITY TOUR / ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM)
DAY 02: LIMA – AREQUIPA (COUNTRYSIDE CITY TOUR)
DAY 03: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON – CHIVAY
DAY 04: COLCA CANYON – CRUZ DEL CONDOR – AREQUIPA
DAY 05: AREQUIPA – CUSCO – RECOCIJO PLAZA – CATHEDRAL – QORICANCHA – WHITE CHRIST – SAQSAYHUAMAN- QENQO
DAY 06: CUSCO – PISAQ TOWN AND ARCHEOLOGICAL COMPLEX – URUBAMBA – OLLANTAYTAMBO – VALLE SAGRADO
DAY 07: SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES – SANCTUARY OF MACHU PICCHU
DAY 08: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
DAY 09: CUSCO – TRADITIONAL DANCES SHOW
DAY 10: CUSCO – LIMA
DAY 11: LIMA – PLACE OF DESTINATION
PLACE OF ORIGIN – LIMA (CITY TOUR / ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM)
Arrive at scheduled time. Pick up and welcome at the airport. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel.
In the afternoon, at a proper time we will have a city tour visiting the Historical Center: Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall, etc. Convent and Church of San Francisco, with monumental assembly of colonial art; its Chorus and Library of the monks; Sacristy with paintings of Zurbaran and Rivera; Big Patio of the Main Cloister, Moorish arches and Catacombs, underground crypts from the colonial era. Modern Lima: The tour continues through the more traditional Residential Areas: El Olivar de San Isidro, Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, ended with a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Finally we will visit the Archaeological Museum.
LIMA – AREQUIPA (COUNTRYSIDE CITY TOUR)
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for our domestic flight to Arequipa. Arrival, reception and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a city tour, where we will visit the monuments of the White City of Arequipa: the Monastery of Santa Catalina, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Church and Cloisters of the Society of Jesus; Dome of San Ignacio; Yanahuara and Cayma Alto Mirador, Plaza and Mirador of Sachaca, Tingo’s SPA, Inka terraces of Paucarpata District, Mill of Sabandia, Founder’s Mansion. Return to selected hotel.
AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON – CHIVAY
Pick up from the hotel and departure from Arequipa. We will start our trip to one of the deepest canyons in the world, taking the road to Yura , bordering the snowy Chachani through Pampa de Arrieros and Pampa Cañahua (National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas) habitat of the beautiful south american camelids, vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. Then we will go to Viscachani where we will enjoy a coca tea to acclimate our bodies. Continuing the tour will appreciate in the wetlands of Tocra a wide variety of migratory birds, including flamingos and ibises. Also we will pass by the crater of an extincted volcano (Chucura). After we will stop at the viewpoint of the volcano, which is the highest point of the road (16.076 feet latitude) where we will see much of the western range. Later we will descend to the town of Chivay (11.811 feet latitude) where we will have lunch. Accommodation at the hotel. In the afternoon, optional visit to the hot springs of La Calera, which surpass 100°F (38°C). In the evening we will enjoy the dinner accompanied by a folkloric show.
COLCA CANYON – CRUZ DEL CONDOR – AREQUIPA
Early in the morning breakfast at the hotel. Then we will head to the Cruz del Condor, where we can appreciate the depth of the canyon and the flight of the majestic condor at close distance. Returning back we will observe archaeological pre-Inca remains, agricultural terraces and other panoramic views of the Colca Canyon. We will also pass through the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and we will stop in the last one so we can visit the typical churches and interacting with inhabitants who still wear their traditional dress embroidered by themselves. Adittionally, we will visit the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, where we will observe the impressive terraces of the valley, pre-Inca tombs and models. Arrival to Chivay and lunch. Departure to Arequipa.
AREQUIPA – CUSCO – RECOCIJO PLAZA – CATHEDRAL – QORICANCHA – WHITE CHRIST – SAQSAYHUAMAN- QENQO
Transfer from the hotel in Arequipa to the airport. Arrival in Cusco. In the afternoon we will have a City Tour of Cusco visiting the main tourist areas in the city, such as, the Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, passing through various traditional streets. Also we will visit the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) and we will continue our route visiting Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and completing our journey in Pucapucara.
CUSCO – PISAQ TOWN AND ARCHEOLOGICAL COMPLEX – URUBAMBA – OLLANTAYTAMBO -SACRED VALLEY
Breakfast and pick up from hotel. We will begin our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we will have brief stops for photographing cultural elements and landscapes on our way to the first visit point, Pisaq. We will stop at the viewpoints of Qorao – Taray where we will have a fantastic view of the valley and river Willcamayu . Once in in Pisaq we will appreciate the colorful village and we will have a guided tour of the archaeological complex. Continuing our journey we will get to Urubamba where we will have our buffet lunch.
After lunch, we will follow our tour until we arrive in the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo, where Incas still live and whose urban planning is purely Inca. We will visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the religious, astronomical and military complex. Also we will see how the ancient Incas moved stone blocks of nearly 60 metric tons from one mountain to the other. We will finish our journey with the transfer to the selected hotel
SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES – SANTUARY OF MACHU PICCHU
After breakfast, early in the morning we will go to the station to board the train heading to the town of Machupicchu. Pick up at the train station and then we will board our bus to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu (travel time approx. 25 minutes). Once we get to the Inca Citadel we will have a guided tour visiting main attractions, streets, plazas, ceremonial centers and stairways. After that we will have some free time to take pictures of memories in the archaeological complex. Optional hike to the mountain of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu. At the indicated time we will return to the village where we will have a buffet lunch. Rest of the afternoon free for personal activities or relax in the hot springs or hiking around the villag.
MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
After breakfast at indicated time we will board our train back to Cusco, which will be a fantastic trip with marvelous scenic beauty of the place. Arrival at the train station and transfer to selected hotel.
CUSCO – TRADITIONAL DANCES SHOW
Breakfast and free day to perform personal activities like visiting museums, typical markets and traditional neighborhoods in the city. In the evening we will enjoy a show of typical dances of Cusco, where we will appreciate art and customs expressed in varied repertoire.
CUSCO – LIMA
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. Domestic flight to Lima and transfer to the hotel. Free day for personal activities.
LIMA – PLACE OF DESTINATION
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure by scheduled flights.
|505 ft||Lima||Arequipa||601 mi|
|7.660 ft||Arequipa||Colca Canyon||146 mi|
|11.916 ft||Colca Canyon||Arequipa||146 mi|
|7.660 ft||Arequipa||Cusco||321 mi|
|11.154 ft||Cusco||Sacred Valley||58 mi|
|9.350 ft||Sacred Valley||Machu Picchu||46 mi|
|7.972 ft||Machu Picchu||Cusco||104 mi|
|11.154 ft||Cusco||Lima||686 mi|