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TOTAL DAYS : 12 Days
STARTS IN : Lima
ENDS IN : Lima
Highlights : Andes Mountains , Colonial Lima , Arequipa , machu pichu
TRANSPORT : Airplane , Air-conditioned vehicle , train , Foot
Our Peru fixed departure tour starts in Lima, the city of kings with its large but orderly slum areas and colonial architecture in the centre of the city with its wonderful cloisters, monasteries and churches that are worth a visit. Lima is also well known for its wonderful cuisine influenced with a variety of ingredients from the Amazon, the coast and the mountains.
Our tour then continues south to the gorgeous “White City”, Arequipa, known by this name because many of the buildings in the area are built with “Sillar”, a white stone. Arequipa embodies a rich mix of Spanish colonial and indigenous cultures. Arequipa region is a place of unique scenic beauty and one of the country’s top attractions is known as one as one of the world’s deepest canyons, reaching a depth of approximately 4,160 metres. Its depth can easily be appreciated from the “Cruz del Condor”, a viewpoint where Andean condors can be seen most days throughout the year.
Day 1 Arrive in Lima
Arrive into Lima known as the ‘The City of the Kings’. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your selected Hotel.
Day 2 Lima (B)
This morning explore Lima like a native by foot, starting at the Plaza San Martin, see the Club Nacional and the Colon Theater, continue along Jr. de la Union, where you will find the Casa Courret – Lima’s oldest photography studio, also visit the Casa Welch once known as the Limenian Harrods of the 20th century. Afterwards see the San Pedro Church, built by the Jesuits in 1638. Finish off by visiting Hotel Maury, once one of the most exclusive properties in the last century and where supposedly the famous cocktail Pisco Sour was invented here.
Day 3 Lima-Arequipa (B)
After breakfast head to the airport to board the flight to Arequipa (included). On arrival you will be met and taken to the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of the City known as The White City and visit the Santa Catalina Convent, built in the 16th century, which has been beautifully refurbished, bringing the past vividly alive once more. Afterwards head to the Yanahuara lookout point for magnificent views of the Misti Volcano and the city.
Day 4 Arequipa – Colca Canyon (B)
This morning departure towards Colca Valley and admire the beautiful landscape as you drive 4 hours into Chivay, Colca‘s most important town where we’ll make a short stop to explore the local market. Afterwards we continue to your hotel.
Day 5 Colca Canyon – Puno (B)
Early morning drive to the observation point of Cruz del Condor, to find the perfect spot to look down 1,200 m (3,937 ft) into the canyon. Here you may be lucky in spotting one or more of the legendary condors with the largest wingspan in the world. Continue your trip towards the Altiplano into Puno and admire the beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lakes, vicuna and alpaca herds as well as different kinds of cacti you will see along the way.
Day 6 Puno (Lake Titicaca)(B,L)
After breakfast travel to the boat pier where you will take a boat excursion to the floating reed Islands home to the Uros Indians, who live in the shallows of the lake. Learn of their daily lives and how they built their reef homes. Afterwards continue onto Taquile Island, the weavers’ island, where the local Indians still conserved many of the customs of the old lake population, such as a communitarian life where everything is shared. Enjoy magnificent views of Lake Titicaca from the top of the Island.
Day 7 Puno – Cusco (B,L) (389 Km – approx. 9 hours)
Early morning departure to Cuzco from Puno by tourist bus. This 10 hour bus trip will take you through some of the most picturesque Andean landscapes, travel through some of the small villages along the way as you head towards Cusco. On the way stop at La Raya Pass (4,335 m/ 14,172 ft) to enjoy a panoramic view of the snow-capped Andes. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant and then continue to visit the Viracocha Temple, the only Inca temple featuring cylindrical stone columns covered by fine clay layers and lastly stop at Andahuaylillas known by its baroque church dating back to the 17th century. Continue onto Cusco City.
Day 8 Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes (B,D)
This morning visit the charming community of Chinchero and visit the Sunday market that traces back to the Inca time when barter or ‘trueque’ existed. Today the market is better known for its colourful textiles and handicrafts.
Continue onto Ollantaytambo and visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo where the Temple of the Sun and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out. Afterwards head to the train ride to board your train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 9 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)
After meeting with your guide, board one of the local buses that will take you up the steep road to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and it was only until 1911 that it was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During your guided tour, learn about the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, return by train to Poroy and take a further transfer to Cusco. (Optional: You can climb Wayna Picchu. This tour requires to be booked in advance at least 3 months. See extra cost)
Day 10 Cusco (B)
Today enjoy a City tour of Cuzco and visit the famous cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School located in the Plaza de Armas. Continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where you will witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains a mystery to this time. Stop at San Blas artisan quarter where the cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city but are lined with workshops and galleries, which Cuzco has to offer. Afternoon at leisure
Optional: Nearby ruins of Cusco (extra cost) Visit Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. Then head towards Kenko, the temple dedicated to Mother Earth. Before heading back to Cusco stop at Puka Pukara (the red fortress) and Tambomachay (the resting place of the Inca).
Day 11 Cusco (B)
Day at leisure for optional activities.
Day 12 Depart Cusco (B)
At convenient time, you will be transferred back to the airport or your flight out of Cuzco to Lima. (Flight Included)
Peru Fixed Departures Tour - 17Apr16, 15May16, 12Jun16, 10Jul16, 7Aug16, 18Sep16, 9Oct16, 6Nov16, 27Dec16, 22Jan17, 26Feb17 & 26Mar17
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Peru Fixed Departure Tour
Custom-made, flexible trips to Central and South America. You tell us when, where and how you’d like to travel.
We will put together a program that best suits your needs and preferences.