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Wonders of Peru

Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Length:  12 Days / 11 Nights

Begins and ends in Lima on Tuesdays of each month.  Exact dates are shown below.


  • Day 1- Arrival in Lima (-) - Upon arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Our representative will give you a documentation kit with detailed program explanation. Luggage and hotel registration assistance is offered.  Overnight in Lima.

 

  • Day 2 - City Tour: Colonial and Contemporary Lima (B) - In the morning, a trip to the essential Lima, “The City of Kings” including the most important architectural icons of the city, such as the Main Square, where you can find the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Then, we continue with a visit to the San Francisco Convent, an architectonic jewel dating back to the 16th century. On our way to the modern area of the city, we will cross the exclusive district of San Isidro, the new financial heart of the city, to take a look at pre-Inca Huaca Huallamarca. Finally, we conclude our circuit in Miraflores, where we will visit the “Parque del Amor” (Love Park) an excellent spot to enjoy a great view of the Pacific Ocean.  Overnight in Lima.

 

  • Day 3 - Arequipa – City Tour and Visit to Santa Catalina Convent (B) - At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, reception by our representatives and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the “White City” including the Santa Catalina Convent, beautiful citadel from the 16th century, in the style of Spanish cities of that time. The Main Square, with its three portals, the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesus (Church of the Company of Jesus) which is a beautiful sample of the Peruvian and Spanish baroque art from the 17th century, along with the multi colorful paintings of the San Ignacio’s Dome. Continuing with the trip, we will see the typical districts of Cayma and Yanahuara.  Overnight in Arequipa.

 

  • Day 4 - Colca Canyon (B/L/D) - You will be picked up from your hotel to start the trip through the town of Yura and the National Reserve of Salinas/Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas, where you can see many species of birds in their natural habitats, and also South American camels. We will make a stop in Patahuasi to freshen up and enjoy a coca infusion, and later keep going to the town of Chivay. Depending on the schedule, you may have lunch in town or have a picnic enjoying the beautiful scenery from one of the natural viewing spots of the zone. In the afternoon, we highly recommend you to visit La Calera and enjoy an invigorating bath in the hot spring waters or just to spend a delightful afternoon in the hotel. Dinner at the lodge.  Overnight in Chivay or Yanque.

 

  • Day 5 - Condor Cross – Transfer to Puno (B/L) - Very early, we will start the trip to Cruz del Cóndor (Condor Cross), which will allow us to enjoy a spectacular view of one of the deepest canyons in the world, and with luck, have a chance to take pictures of the biggest and most impressive flying bird in the Andes, the majestic Condor. Depending on the schedule, we could make a stop in the town of Pinchollo, the only pre-Inca town still inhabited, and the Maca town, with its beautiful craft market and colonial church. We will have lunch in Chivay and later we will continue with the trip to Puno.  Overnight in Puno.

 

  • Day 6 - Lake Titicaca – Floating Islands of the Uros and Taquile (B/L) - Excursion to the Lake Titicaca and as a first starting point, visit the floating islands of the Uros, also called Lake Town. These islands are built using totora reed and are used as home and trade centers for the natives, who use hand-made boats of the same material as their means of transportation. We will go on to Taquile Island, where the community kindly welcomes tourists, keeping their traditions alive, as well as their costumes and colorful typical dresses; these people are very skilled artisans and they show in every piece of work all the techniques developed for centuries. Lunch included.  Overnight in Puno. 

 

  • Day 7 - Monday - Departure to Cusco – La Raya/ Racchi/ Andahuaylillas (B/L) - We will start our trip by bus to Cusco, stop at Pucara and La Raya, highest point on the road between Puno and Cusco,  from where we will get excellent photo opportunities. You can enjoy  the wonderful scenery of the  South  Valley  of  Cusco. We will  stop  at  the  Racchi  ruins,  known  as  “The Temple  of God Wiracocha”. Lunch will be served  in a  restaurant on  route. Then, we will visit Andahuaylillas, a  town where a precious church  from  the 17th  century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and  cherubs. The arrival  to Cusco is in the afternoon.  Overnight in Cusco.

 

  • Day 8 - City Tour, Sacsayhuaman and Nearby Ruins (B) - In the afternoon, we will visit the Imperial City, living example of the mixture of the Andean and Spanish cultures. We start our trip visiting the Santo Domingo Convent, built over the Koricancha, and ancient Inca palace and main worship center of the Sun God. Later, we will stop at the Main Square, where you can find the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of La Compañía. Going on with the tour, we will visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, imposing sample of military Inca architecture which domains the city. Finally, we will take a look at the archaeological sites of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, located north east of the city.  Overnight in Cusco.

 

  • Day 9 - Free Day – Explore the City on your Own. (B) - Day at leisure.  Overnight in Cusco.

 

  • Day 10 - Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo (B/L) - We will drive towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We will stop on the way to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley, with crops dressing the mountains like carpets. We will arrive to the colorful market of Pisac, where we will have free time to interact with the local craftsmen, or to purchase their hand-made souvenirs. We will continue to the town of Urubamba for a buffet lunch. Finally, we will visit Ollantaytambo, attractive town of Inca origin with remarkable channels and stone streets. In its high part one rises to an impressive ceremonial center of cult to the water and a fortress that guarded the access to the inferior part of the valley.  Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

 

  • Day 11 - Machu Picchu “The Lost City of the Incas” (B/L) - You will visit one of the most important energetic centers of the world: Machu Picchu. The excursion will be by train and during the trip we will have an amazing view of the landscapes of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, our representatives will assist you to board the bus which will take you to the citadel. It will be an unforgettable experience, where a professional tour guide will transmit us the history around this mysterious and charming place. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the zone on your own, relax and meditate. Buffet lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will board the train that will take you back. On arrival, our collaborators will be waiting in the train station, from where we will transfer you to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

 

  • Day 12 - Return to Lima – International Departure (B) - At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arrival, assistance and connection with your international departure flight.

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Selected Hotels - Lima - Casa Andina Classic Lima www.casa-andina.com, Arequipa - Casa Andina Classic Arequipa www.casa-andina.com, Colca -  Eco Inn Colca www.ecoinhotels.com, Puno - Eco Inn Puno    www.ecoinnhotels.com, Sacred Valley - La Casona de Yucay www.hotelcasonayucay.com, Cusco - Eco Inn Cusco www.ecoinnhotels.com.

Fixed Departures Dates - Tuesdays - September 14, October 12, November 9, December 7, January 11, 2011, February 15, March 15, April 12, May 17, July 12, August 16, September 13, October 11, 2011

 
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