Take your time to enjoy the top spots of South Peru. Journey to the Sacred Valley and enjoy the wonder and mystique of Machu Picchu. Visit the largest lake in South America and experience life on an island with locals. Gaze down one of the deepest Canyons in the world and enjoy one of the most beautiful colonial city in South America!
|PHYSICALITY||2 or 3 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1= for everyone / 10= only for athletes!)
No specific physical difficulty.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Time of collection will be discussed the day before in your briefing.|
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Welcome to Peru! Your Peruvian Andes Tour begins in Lima.
Private transfer will be arranged from Lima airport to your hotel. There is not scheduled activity today assuming you will take a good rest for adapting the jet lag or spend the day at your leisure. We recommend you to visit Larco Museum (entrance fee of US$10), where showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Lima
DAY 2 AND 3 - CUSCO
You will be taken to the Lima airport where you will take a flight to Cusco. The flight will last an hour, taking you up into the Andes over spectacular scenery. After arriving to Cusco you will have the rest of the day free to acclimatize and explore this charming city, which is one of the most beautiful combinations of Inca and Colonial architectures.
The next morning you can also rest or go outside and discover the city. In the afternoon, you will take a part of the city tour including: the Cathedral (a marvel of religious art with 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School), the ‘Qorikancha’ temple (the most important one in the Inca Empire and the religious, geographical and political centre of Cusco), the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuamán (a majestic place with a great view over Cusco and impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons), the Q’enqo Labyrinth (a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth), Tambomachay (a center of adoration and worship of water), and Puca Pucara (once used as a military centre).
Included Excursions: City Tour of Cusco (private transfer and tour guide, entrance of all sightseeing places)
Accommodation: 2 nights in 3 star hotel in Cusco
DAY 4 - SACRED VALLEY of the INCAS
The Sacrd Valley tour begins with a visit to the ruins of Pisac. The ruins are located on the top of the hill and the view is incredible. After climbing down from the ruins, on the market days you have a change to visit the famous, traditional market where you can buy souvenirs. We will eat lunch and continue to charming town of Ollantaytambo. We visit the temple fortress and see the impressive Inca terraces which were built on the sides of the steep mountains.
Included Excursions: Guided Tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas with entrance of Pisac and Ollantaytambo Inca runis
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Ollantaytambo
DAY 5 AND 6 - MACHU PICCHU
Having a rest and free time in Ollantaytambo in the morning. In the afternoon, you will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. After arriving to Aguas Calientes you will have time to explore the town by your own, for example you can enjoy your time at the hot springs. In the evening, around 7:30 pm you will have a meeting with the tour guide, who will explain the schedule of the following day.
The following day is the day to explore the lost city of Machu Picchu. Taking tourist bus to entrance of Machu Picchu. At the entrance, you will be greeted by the guide, who will give you 2-hours guided tour to show you the most important places and describing their purposes during the Inca Empire. It will be a fascinating lesson of history and culture of the Inca Empire connected with the enjoyable walk surrounded by the beautiful scenery. You will then have your own time for discovering this unique place on your own. If you are good fit in shape, you can consider to have short hike to Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain (Optional with US$10 per person). You will stay in Machu Picchu until the maximum of 4 pm. From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes you will return your own. Remember that you need to be in Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes before the departure of your train to Ollantaytambo. Then, private transfer will be arranged from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. Arrival at Cusco around 9-10pm
Included Excursions: 2-hours Guided Tour in Machu Picchu, Roundtrip bus tickets in Machu Picchu and Aguas Calients. Roundtrip Train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
Accommodation: 1 nights 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes and 1 nights 3 star hotel in Cusco
DAY 7 - PUNO
Pick you up at early morning to start the journey to Puno. We will drive through the beautiful scenery. The drive goes along roads with herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, before reaching the Altiplano (high plain). We will visit some colonial churches and Inca ruins including Andahuaylillas, Raqchi and Pucara. At the highest point, La Raya pass 4,321m, is located a research station for high altitude animals. Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake is 3,855m.a.s. l and it means it is the highest accessible lake in the world. Arrive at Puno around 5 pm and you can spend the time in Puno at your own leisure.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Puno
DAY 8 to 9 - LAKE TITICACA
The morning starts with departing Puno for an overnight excursion. First we will visit the floating reed islands and see the Uros islanders’ way of the life. There will be an option to ride in the traditional reed boat before it is time to continue the excursion with a 3-hour boat ride to the island of Amantaní. After arriving to the island we will hike to the top of the mountain (4150m) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata. Then you will be welcomed by the local Aymara/Quechua families and experience their hospitality by staying with them for the night. You will experience the local life with their traditional manners: food made in a traditional way and authentic music performed by the family.
On the following day we will visit the neighbouring Taquile Island, where you will take a part of the our around the ruins and see another way of islanders’ life. The men are busy knitting distinctive woollen hats and the women are working on the fields. They are also world famous for their complicated and fascinating weavings. There will be an opportunity to buy some of these unique handicrafts.
After the lunch we will return to Puno for the night.
Included Excursions: Overnight Excursion including tour guide, entrance of all islands, meals in the islands and homestay in Amantani Island
Accommodation: 1 night in a rustic island accommodation, 1 night 3 star hotel in Puno
DAY 10 to 11 - COLCA CANYON
We will leave from Puno early in the morning to enjoy the beautiful journey on the bus: the road takes you high up into the Andes, where you will see abandoned towns; destroyed by earthquakes, typical fauna and flora of the region and the Pre-Inca farming terraces known as “Andenerias”. On an arrival to Chivay, you will take a stroll to the entrance of the Colca Canyon, which is said to be one of the deepest canyons in the whole world. If the weather permits it will be possible to visit the nearby hot springs in the afternoon.
The following morning, you will be transported to the Colca Valley to visit the famous Cruz del Condor (Condor’s Cross) vantage point, where you can observe condors which are majestically overflying the canyon. Then you will enjoy a gentle walk along the canyon’s edge. The road to Arequipa is also beautiful, on the way you can see the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura), the famous volcano’s panorama (from 4.800m.a.s.l.), the snow-covered Chachani mountain and the Aguada Blanca National Park, natural habitat of the beautiful South American camelids (vicuñas, alpacas, guanacos and llamas). We will arrive to Arequipa in the late evening and spend the night there.
Included Excursions: Entrance of Colca Canyon & Guided Tour of the Colca Canyon
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Colca Canyon and 1 night 3 star hotel in Arequipa
DAY 12 - AREQUIPA
In the morning or afternoon, subject to your request. Pick you up for 3 hours Arequipa city tour. In this tour you will visit the Compañia church, it has a impressive Andean Baroque style and also its cloisters where young men were formed to become priests. After you will visit the beautiful Main Square, with its Cathedral and its impressive facade Classic style where we will enter. The interior demonstrates us a French pulpit, a Belgian organ of big size, Italian decoration. We will continue towards the Santa Catalina Monastery where you will visit the most famous constructions made in the Colony time for women, who wanted to become nuns.
Included Excursions: Entrance of all sightseeing points & Guided Tour in Arequipa
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Arequipa
DAY 13 - LIMA
Arrange your own domestic flight from Arequipa to Lima in the morning. Upon arrival at Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel by our private bus and start half day Lima city tour, which will take you to the city’s main historical, religious and contemporary sites. We will visit Lima’s historic center, now world heritage site, founded by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarr and the colonial Plaza Mayor (the central square). You’ll then travel a few blocks to the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs where over 250,000 human bones are still on display. The tour will be ended at Miraflores, where is modern and upscale areas full of numerous world-class restaurants.
Included Excursions: Entrance of all sightseeing points in Lima & Guided Tour in Lima
Accommodation: 1 night 3star hotel in Lima
DAY 14 - DEPART LIMA
If you want to stay longer in Peru and explore more, please contact us.
Our tours are customized for small group starting from minimum 2 persons and maximum 12 persons. The price shown in this itinerary is applied 2-4 persons.
If your group is more than 4 people, please contact us for the price.
We can provide a tour guide in some other languages like French, German, Polish, etc as you requested.
All our tours are aimed at people in good physical and mental condition.
Some tours requires better physical conditions than others: please check the “Physicality” information.
All accommodations are done in double rooms unless you ask for single room (with extra supplement).
Breakfast are generally included in the accommodation.
To allow the freedom of food option, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour. However, upon your request, we can arrange lunch and dinner with additional cost.
Some details of the tour may change depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable things, like for example strikes.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as far as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information in the “DETAILS” tab of the tour, and also the details of the “ITINERARY” tab that provides more information about optional excursions, visits or activities.
The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us the scan of their ISIC card by email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without valid ISIC card, you would not only loose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance). There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during booking process and bring valid document with them for the tour. In both above mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (50% or full payment) according to current prices and to have your full details (no errors), which are necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf.
Please note that your reservation is not confirmed or safe until we receive these elements.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before travelling, you should always check current information about the necessary vaccines.
We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel.
Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen situation by being at departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour.
Check requirements about passports and visas to enter Peru enough time in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
Here you will find some recommendations what kind of items may be needed on the tour:
A lightweight water&windproof jacket with hood
Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
Wide-brimmed hat or cap
Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
Your medicines if you are taking any
Small backpack for 2 days tour
Warm jacket and pullover
Gloves, hat and scarf
Comfortable trekking trousers
Original of your passport