Experience the lifestyle in the Valles Calchaquies

5 Days / 4 Nights

OVERVIEW

Overview

Lima, Arequipa, Colca, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

ITINERARY

Itinerary

The Andes Route 12 Days / 11 Nights

Welcome to Lima.

Upon arrival you will be assisted at the Lima airport and then transferred to your hotel.

You will have free time to rest. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Lima.

Meals included: None.  

Lima City Tour: Historical Center, Santo Domingo Convent and Larco Museum (Half-day tour)

You will visit the modern and colonial parts of Lima, known as The City of Kings, starting at the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, and passing along a “huaca” or sacred pre-Inca site, before heading to the Historic Center. There, you will walk along some of the most historically important streets of the city, leading to the Plaza de Armas, where you will have some time to take pictures of the amazing colonial architecture that surrounds it. You will also have the chance to take a peek into an iconic building, that has served Lima’s citizens for centuries and continues to be an important landmark. Then you will visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo, an astonishing building with colonial style. After exploring the Historical Center, you will head towards the Larco Museum, which houses the incomparable Treasures of Ancient Peru private collection.

** La Casa de La Literatura closed on Mondays: visit to be replaced

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Lima.

Meals included: Breakfast.  

Transfer from your hotel in Lima to the airport to board your flight to the City of Arequipa.

Upon arrival in Arequipa, you will be assisted at the Arequipa airport and then transferred to your selected hotel.

Arequipa City Tour: Santa Catalina Monastery and Church of the Company of Jesus (Half day tour)

Start the tour at the meeting point, in the cloisters of the Company of Jesus, to begin your walk through the Plaza de Armas, as well as through the most representative streets of the city. On the way, you will see the facades of the San Francisco church and the Third Order, as well as its beautiful square adorned with Jacaranda. Then, you will go to the Monastery of Santa Catalina, founded in 1580, where you can appreciate its cloisters, picturesque streets and squares, which have remained intact over the centuries. In addition, you will learn about the way of life of the select group of nuns who lived there. Afterwards, you will go to the beautiful Barrio del Solar to visit the Church of La Compañía de Jesús, a temple that constitutes the oldest and most important testimony of religious architecture made with ashlar volcanic stone.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Arequipa.

Meals included: Breakfast.  

Route from Arequipa to Colca

You will leave your hotel to begin an unforgettable trip. Travel through the town of Yura, through the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas. Make a stop in Patapampa to cool off, before continuing to the town of Chivay, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch. You will have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or take the optional visit to the thermal waters of the Calera. At night, you can dine at the hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Colca.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Visit the Cruz del Condor and route from Colca to Puno

You will go to the Cruz del Cóndor, the best location to admire the Colca Canyon and, if the weather permits, you will be able to observe the flight of the majestic condors. Then, you will start the way out of the Colca Valley, visiting the picturesque villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Chivay. Enjoy a lunch along the way, while traveling the route that will take you to Puno.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Puno.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Visit Lake Titicaca: Uros and Taquile Islands

In the morning you will travel to Taquile Island, where the community kindly welcomes tourists, keeping alive their traditions, customs and colorful clothing in the old style. The islanders are skilled artisans and capture in each work surprising techniques developed over centuries by their ancestors. Then visit the floating islands of the Uros, also called the Town of the Lake, because these islands are built with layers of totora and serve as homes and trading centers for the natives of the same name who are mobilized in rafts built by hand.

Accommodation at selected hotel in Puno.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.  

Route from Puno to Cusco: Visit La Raya, Racchi and Andahuaylillas

You will leave the station to start the trip by bus to Cusco, to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the Southern Valley of Cusco. You will continue with a visit to La Raya, highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno, from where you will have excellent photographic views Then visit the ruins of Racchi, also known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha." The last stop will be in Andahuaylillas, a city where there is a beautiful church of the XXVII century has an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Finally, you will arrive in Cusco.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.  

Morning at leisure

 

13:00 Cusco City Tour: San Pedro market, Korikancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuamán and Kenko (Half-day tour)

You will visit the city of Cusco, known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colors, flavors and traditions of modern Cusco. The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. You will continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will explore Q’enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place.  Finally, you will arrive to the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Sacred Valley Treasures: Moray, Misminay and Ollantaytambo

You will head towards Moray, a fascinating archaeological site in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its huge concentric terraces were used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory. Then, you will visit the Andean Misminay community, where your local hosts will welcome you with music and dancing, invite you to experience a bit of their daily life activities and serve you a delicious meal made with native products. After experiencing living culture in Misminay, you will continue to Ollantaytambo, where you can visit the archaeological complex of the same name, one of the largest in Peru, strategically located on top of a mountain. Afterwards, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo, which stands out for maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of its original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone streets. Here you can tour the town and visit the local market.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch. 

Machu Picchu Tour with Voyager or Expedition Train round-trip (Full-day tour)

Early in the morning you will be transferred to the train station. You will visit one of the world's most famous landmarks: the citadel of Machu Picchu. The excursion begins on board the train. Upon your arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will begin your ascent to Machu Picchu, where, surely, you will live one of the most unforgettable experiences. Once there, you can walk through every corner of one of the Seven Wonders of the world, accompanied by an expert guide, and enjoy free time to explore the area and take impressive pictures. Later, you will head down to Aguas Calientes and settle into your hotel. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. 

Tour Machu Picchu (Optional second entrance)

You will have the morning free and you can visit Machu Picchu for the second time, this time to walk on your own, relax in the place or take impressive photos. Then, descend again to the town of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, board the train that will take you back to Cusco through the corresponding station. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast.

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight.

 

Meals included: Breakfast.

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