Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
12 Days / 11 Nights
ends in Lima on Tuesdays of each month. Exact dates are shown below.
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
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 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
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.
End of Services
Selected Hotels -
Lima - Casa Andina Classic Lima
Arequipa - Casa Andina Classic Arequipa
Colca - Eco Inn Colca
Puno - Eco Inn Puno
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