You are welcomed by our staff at the airport and transferred to your hotel. During the ride we will tell you about Lima and Peru and go through your itinerary day by day. We will also answer any question you may have.
Free day to visit more about this wonderful city on your own. You will also take a pleasant drive along the Costa Verde, Lima's Ocean front, for a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean. Return to your hostel.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Arequipa, the most beautiful city in Peru. Pick up and transfer to your hotel. Rest and relax during the day to get used to the altitude.
After breakfast you are picked up at the hotel for your 2 day Colca Canyon tour. You will pass the hot springs in Yura and then ascend to the Pampa de Cañahuas National Reserve where you will see groups of Llamas and Alpacas. After a few more hours the descent to the Colca Valley begins and you arrive to Chivay, the most important village in the Valley. You are dropped off at your hotel and you can enjoy a free afternoon in the Colca Valley which can be used to visit the hot springs.
Early in the morning we go further into the Valley towards the deepest part of the Canyon called Cruz del Condor. The scenery from this point is spectacular and hopefully you will see the great condor flying by just above your heads. The condors are most likely to be seen April-October but they are also seen during other periods of the year. After a short walk along the Canyon it is time to go back to Chivay from where you take the bus to Puno (6 hours). You are picked up at the bus station and transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast you are picked up for your guided tour of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. On the first stop you will visit the floating reed islands of Uros. The inhabitants will show you how the islands are built and you will go for a short trip in one of their reed boats. Then you go to Taquile, a truly beautiful island where the locals live as they have been doing during centuries with their small scale agriculture and animals. You walk around on the island with the guide and after lunch it is time to go back to Puno where you will arrive late afternoon and get transferred to your hotel.
(It is possible to stay overnight on the island in a family´s home. This is a very nice and special experience which we really recommend, keep in mind that the houses are very rustic though.).
Transfer to the bus station for the tour that will take you to Cuzco. The bus trip over the altiplano is very beautiful and you will do several stops on the way to visit museums, Inca ruins and small villages. You will also make a stop for lunch. You arrive in the afternoon to Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire. We pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.
Free day, opportunity to visit the attractive places of this city, as the San Blas district, museums, churches and shopping.
Today you will do a full day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You visit the village of Pisac that was founded during colonial times and is located at the foot of some impressive Inca ruins. Visit the Pisac market on the Main Square where the Indians sell their products and handicrafts. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are the busiest days, but the market is always open. After lunch, visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca village that the Spaniards never conquered and explore the ruins located above the village. Return to Cusco.
It is time for the highlight of the tour, the forgotten city of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu. You will catch an early train to Aguas Calientes where you are met by your guide. You then take the bus up to Machu Picchu for your guided tour (2 hours). After the tour you will have some free time to explore the ruins and take more photos. In the afternoon you take the train back to Cuzco. You are picked up and transferred to your hotel.
(It is possible to stay the night in Aguas Calientes if you want to visit Machu Picchu on the following day also. Some people want to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu and visit the ruins early in the morning before other tourists arrive.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima.
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Price per person based on 2 sharing a double room according the hotel category:
Lima - Arequipa and Cusco - Lima to be quoted on the day of enquiry (prices vary from US$300 to US$400 per person depending on the season)