7 days / 6 nights

  • Lima
  • Lima
  • Lima / Arequipa
  • Arequipa / Colca
  • Colca / Puno
  • Puno
  • Puno / Cusco
  • Cusco / Sacred Valley
  • Sacred Valley / Machupicchu
  • Machupicchu / Cusco
  • Cusco
  • Cusco / Transfer Out

Day 1

ARRIVAL TO LIMA -/-/-

Today you arrive to Peru. At arrival you will be assisted and transferred to the hotel, where you will have a briefing about the itinerary. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about your journey in our country.

Day 2

HD LIMA CITY TOUR B/-/-

Your tour will start in downtown Lima, where you will visit the Main Square, where Lima was first founded as "The City of Kings," in 1535, and it was already known by the name of Lima when Peru proclaimed its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821. There you may see the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the Lima Cathedral. You will then visit the Aliaga House (1) , a viceregal construction delivered by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains (Jerónimo de Aliaga) when he founded the city. You will then go to Saint Francis' Church, which has an enviable collection of old books and an authentic network of catacombs open to the public. Next, you will go to Pueblo Libre district to visit the Larco Museum, founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle en 1926. The museum, located inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts as well pieces of erotic art.

(1) A Lima Tours Exclusive

Day 3

LIMA / AREQUIPA: "THE WHITE CITY" B/-/-

Breakfast at hotel In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. At arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Arequipa, also known as "the White City" because of the white volcanic rock, sillar, used in its buildings. You will visit the beautiful Santa Catalina convent, founded in 1580. This convent is an almost self-sustained village, made up of houses for the nuns and their servants, cloisters, plazas and narrow streets, kitchens, refectory and laundry. From there proceed to the Jesuit Church, where you will be impressed by the beauty of its facade, considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style in Arequipa. The ancient vestry is particularly beautiful with its cupola and walls covered in murals that recall the jungle. The ancient Jesuit seminary is famous for its beautiful principal cloister. After visiting the Main Plaza continue to the residential district of Yanahuara and Chilina, where you will have a magnificent view of Arequipa's countryside and Mount Misti volcano. You will also stop to see the Mummy Juanita at "Santuario de Altura del Sur Andino" Museum in the "Catholic University of Santa Maria" in Arequipa. This mummified female was found on Mount Ampato and dates back to the time of the Incas.

Day 4

2 DAY TRIP TO COLCA B/L/D

Breakfast at hotel Early morning departure for a two-day overland trip to the Colca Valley. Drive across Pampa Cañahuas within the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of herds of vicuñas. Admire beautiful pre-columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas. Boxlunch. Lunch will be served at Balcon Don Zacarias Restaurant.

Day 5

COLCA & CONDORS CROSS

Breakfast at hotel Early departure to "Condors' Cross", observation point from where you can view these great Andean birds. Impressive panorama of the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world (3,000 mts/ 9,800 ft). Enjoy your lunch at Casa Andina Colca. In the afternoon, ride to Puno across the Peruvian high plateau. Enjoy the magnificent view of clear blue skies and unusual highland vegetation, known as Ichu. Upon arrival, accommodation at your hotel in Puno.

Day 6

FD EXCURSION TO UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS B / L / -

Breakfast at hotel.

Enjoy a complete day of sailing in Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable lake in the world. Depart early in the morning for the floating islands of Uros, where the inhabitants still live as they did centuries ago, on floating islands they make with the totora reeds that grow on the lake. Continue sailing towards Taquile Island for a 30 minute, hike towards its small town inhabited by Quechua speaking natives who have, over the generations, developed both an efficient and original social system as well as a refined handweaving technique. Lunch will be served in a local house that serves as a restaurant. After lunch we will explore the island and you can appreciate the magnificent views of Lake Titicaca. After this trekking will embark and return to Puno city.

Day 7

PUNO / CUSCO B / L / -

Breakfast at hotel.

Today you will take a touristic bus ride to Cusco along the dramatic landscapes of the highland plateau with occasional views of tiny Andean villages and herds of llamas and vicunas. We will stop at the archaeological site of Pukara (200BC-AD300) as well as in Raqchi an Inca temple built to worship Wiracocha, one of the most important Inca gods. Finally we will stop at Andahuaylillas, a beautiful baroque church built at the beginning of the XVIIth century and very well-known thanks to its beautiful mural paintings. We will have lunch on a restaurant en route. linea

Day 8

FD SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS B/L/-

Breakfast at hotel.

We take a trip to the Urubamba valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. The site was built just as the Spaniards arrived, and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. After admiring the site's magnificent past stroll through the quaint streets of today's town. Continue to Pisac for an opportunity to haggle with vendors at its handicraft market. You will be able to observe a magnificent view of the Urubamba valley along the way.

Lunch will be served at Tunupa Restaurant.

Day 9

MACHU PICCHU: "LOST CITY OF THE INCAS" B/L/D

Breakfast at hotel.

In the morning you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo station to board the train towards Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to the station you will take a 25-minute motor-coach ride to "The Lost City of the Incas", which was discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Enjoy a guided tour of the marvelous citadel, a unique awe-inspiring experience.

Lunch will be served at the luxury Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant.

Day 10

2ND ENTRANCE TO MACHU PICCHU B/-/-

Breakfast at hotel.

Today you have the option of having a 2nd entrance to the ruins by your own. To further enhance your travel experience we recommend you to visit the private art gallery: "Machu Pictures - Inspiring Views of the Sanctuary", located within Cafe Inkaterra in Machu Picchu pueblo, nearby the rail station. A privileged access created for you. For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu. In the afternoon, return by train to Ollanta station and transfer to hotel.

Day 11

HD CITY TOUR AT CUSCO B/-/-

Breakfast at hotel.

We take a tour of the city, starting out at the Santo Domingo convent monastery.

This former Colonial monastery was previously the Koricancha temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold Leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Also included in the tour are stop at the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. After touring the most interesting sites of the city, you will be driven to the countryside outside Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area. Included are the cult center of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.

Day 12

CUSCO /TRANSFER OUT B / - / -

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take your flight.

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