Tour Duration : 12 Nights And 13 Days
Destinations Covered: Lima - Arequipa - Colca - Puno - Cusco - Urubamba - Machu Picchu
. All internal transportations and transfers in Peru
. All flights and train fares within Peru
. Hotels as specified in the itinerary
. Breakfast as specified
. Comprehensive sightseeing with all entrance fees
. English speaking guide in each city
. International Airfares
. Personal expenses in hotels
. Travel insurance
. Gratuities for service by tour guides and drivers
. Government service tax
. Other personal expenses
DAY 01 LIMA
Arrive in Lima. Transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Gateway for all international flights, Lima is located in the central coastal area, founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro. Today, with a population of over 8 million people, Lima is a bustling metropolis with a mix of colonial mansions and modern buildings, art galleries and baroque churches, fastfood restaurants, beautiful parks, bohemian bars and discotheques.
DAY 02 LIMA -AREQUIPA
Morning city tour including the historical centre of Lima: the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent and the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, transfer to selected hotel.
DAY 03 AREQUIPA City
Tour of the 'White city' of Arequipa. Afterwards a visit to the Yanahauara neighborhood with its famous "Mirador." Visit to the Santa Catalina Convent. Return to the Hotel and overnight.Afternoon at leisure
DAY 04 AREQUIPA - COLCA
Departure for a full day journey to the Colca Valley. Several stops will be made for photographing the vicuñas in Pampa Cañahuas. Arrival to Chivay. Lunch at a local restaurant and accommodation at selected hotel.
DAY 05 COLCA - PUNO
Early departure to the Cruz del Condor to admire the Canyon at one of its deepest points and look at the majestic condors in flight. Early afternoon departure on regular bus service to Puno. Evening arrival to the bus station and transfer to selected hotel for the overnight..
DAY 06 PUNO
Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (3800 m / 12000 ft). There is a legend that states that Manco Capac and his wife Mama Ocllo, founders of the Inca Empire, emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca. Surrounding the lake there are several small villages or colonial towns each of them with special characteristics. Folklore is part of their lives and there are innumerable festivals that make the area of Puno a fascinating region. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. Taquile is essentially a communal island where "Hands On Tourism" is practiced and it is world famous for the coloring and originality of its fabrics and garments, as well as for its music. Full day excursion to Taquile Island. Lunch included.
DAY 07 PUNO - CUSCO
Leave by regular bus service to Cusco. Stopovers at Racchi and Andahuaylillas. Evening arrival in Cusco and transfer to selected hotel. Lunch included. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. Once capital of the Inca Empire, there are no words to describe the beauty of this city also named the "archaeological capital of Peru". From Cusco the army of the Inca empire traveled along the four "suyos" (roads) to conquer the world. The Incas arrived to Ecuador and Colombia to the north, to Bolivia and Chile to the south, the Pacific coast to the west. Their dynasty lasted from 1200 A.D. until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Red tiled roofs and cobbled stone streets serve as a picturesque backdrop for an abundant variety of crafts and local musicians playing quena.
DAY 08 CUSCO
Morning at leisure. Afternoon city tour including the surrounding ruins.
DAY 09 CUSCO - URUBAMBA - CUSCO
Full day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stroll and bargain at the handicrafts' market of Pisac. After lunch, drive to Ollantaytambo fortress. Overnight at a local hotel in the area
DAY 10 CUSCO -MACHU PICCHU
Early transfer to the station on time to catch the train to Machu Picchu. 120 Km from Cusco, hidden in the exuberant vegetation of the jungle in the Urubamba Valley, the Inca Citadel is found between the Huayna Picchu (young peak) and Machu Picchu (old peak). Its history is still a mystery, however there is a strong belief that it was built by the last Inca as a refuge from the Spanish conquerors. Since the discovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911, thousands of archaeologists have tried to unravel its history. The train journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu is a highlight of any trip to the Andes. The scenery is simply spectacular, and the recently refurbished "Vista domes" with their panoramic windows allow you to enjoy it in comfort. The 3 hour journey takes your clients through a changing landscape. First there is a steep climb out of Cusco into the surrounding hillside, by means of a series of switchback turns known locally as "the zig zag". Soon the train stops at the beautiful village of Poroy, and then descends into the Sacred Valley, passing by lush, green fields and colourful villages in the foothills of the Andes. From here on, there are wonderful vistas of the mountains and, deep in its dramatic canyon, the beautiful Urubamba River running through the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, bus transportation to the entrance of the ruins where the guided tour of the Lost City will start. Dinner and overnight at a local hotel in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 11 MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Morning at leisure. Lunch. Afternoon return by train to Cusco and to selected hotel.
DAY 12 CUSCO -LIMA
Transfer to the airport for one-hour flight to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to selected hotel. Afternoon visit the Gold Museum.
DAY 13 HOMEBOUND FLIGHT
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home