Machu Picchu - Titicaca Lake and Colca Canyon

Inca citadels, striking Andean scenery, cities brimming with history, one of the deepest canyons on this planet, and the world’s highest navigable lake… Southern Peru is host to an astounding list of highlights, and you can see them all on this comprehensive luxury tour of Peru! Start with a lesson in colonial history in Arequipa, then go on condor-spotting excursions and hot spring dips in the Colca Canyon. After meeting the island communities of Lake Titicaca, venture along to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to survey the region’s Inca sites and get better acquainted with the authentic indigenous culture. During this private tour of Peru, the best is saved for last: Machu Picchu. You’ll have two days devoted entirely to exploring and pondering the mysteries of the marvelous “lost city” of the Incas. Travel to Peru with this sample Discover Southern Peru tour as inspiration!

DAY 1

Arrival in Lima.

Upon arrival in Lima, our staff will assist you at the domestic terminal or airport, directing you to your hotel.

DAY 2

City Tour in Lima. B.

Our tour will begin with a panoramic view of the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial and archaeological center of the 5 th century a.d.; place respected by the Incas but forgotten by the Spaniards. Later on the tour, we’ll visit the Historical Center of Lima, finding more than 55 monuments like the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall, San Martin Square among others. The tour also includes the San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in Latin America, the highlight will be its catacombs. Finally we’ll be in the residential area of Lima and Larcomar Mall. Afternoon free. Overnight at your selected hotel in Lima.
 
DAY 3

Lima – Cusco. B.

Arrival in the morning to Cusco’s airport, accommodation at the hotel and at 13.15 pm, you will be picked up from your hotel to visit the best of Cusco, beginning with the exquisite Qoricancha Sun Temple (today Santo Domingo Church), considered in Inca times the most important religious place of the empire; if Cusco was the navel of the world, Qoricancha was the center of that navel. Our tour is going to continue to the Cathedral, where we are going to learn about probably the oldest Spanish construction, symbol of the Hispanic domination. The furniture inside shows a mixture of the Spanish and local art. Later on we’ll be in Saqsayhuaman Sun Temple, place to which the Spanish called the fortress. The tour is going to finish with the visit of small Inca sites still important like the Water Temple of Tambomachay and Qenqo (Mother Earth Temple). Tonight around 7.00 pm, appointment with the guide at the hotel for your briefing on the Inca Trail the day after tomorrow. Overnight at your selected hotel in Cusco.
 
DAY 4

The Sacred Valley of the Incas. B, L.

This valley was the agricultural key to the Incas, for the agreeable climate and fertile plains in the high Andes. In this 60 km length area you will know the archaeological ruins of Pisaq and its touristal market. After lunch, the tour will visit the nice archaeological site of Ollantaytambo with its impressive temples and palaces from Inca times. After the tour, you’ll be left close of the train station of the town and at the adequate time, you’ll take the train to Machu Picchu town. Transfer and overnight at your selected hotel.

DAY 5

Machu Picchu. B, L

Day exclusively to the visit of the lost city of the Incas or Machu Picchu. There the guide of the company will take us of the town up by bus to the ruins in 25 minutes for the guided tour (more than 2 hours). Lunch at the town and return in the afternoon, getting Cusco at night. Overnight at your selected hotel in Cusco.

DAY 6

Cusco – Puno. B. L.

This is basically a traveling day in bus. You will need to empty the rooms, taking your valuables and luggage with you. This ride along pretty scenery will take 10 hours approximately. On the route we will meet a colonial humble church with impressive murals and paintings belonging to local artisans in colonial times, it is called the Sistine chapel of South America. The next stop will be the town of Raqchi to visit the Wiracocha Temple (one of the many Inca gods). Before to get Puno, we’ll visit the museum of Pucara pre-inca culture; the museum displays a nice collection of preinca and Inca lithic objects. We’ll reach Puno around 5 pm. overnight at your selected hotel in Puno.

DAY 7

Uros and Taquile Islands. B. L.

Our visit today will be the Uros floating island in our speedboat, islands where the inhabitants still are weaving handicrafts to offer us. You can also go between two islands on a reed boat at an extra cost. The tour still is going to take us to Taquile Island where we are going to have a delicious local lunch, in this place the local people will tell us their history, showing us part of their tradition. A short hike will be nice as a complement of our visit. In the afternoon, back to Puno’s hotel.

DAY 8

Puno – Sillustani Funerary Towers – Chivay. B. Box Lunch.

Today we are leaving Puno in direction to the Sillustani Archaeological complex, where we are going to learn a lot about the funerary towers of the Inca and Qolla cultures in Sillustani Archaological complex. Afterwards, we’ll cross nice mountains in the Andes to Chivay, colonial town where we are going to sleep.

DAY 9

Chilca and Arequipa. B, L.

Today we’ll get Cruz del Condor, where with a lot of lucky, we’ll see many condor flying around. The complement will be the nice landscape of the area and the visit of local towns with nice kind of traditions. Late in the afternoon, we’ll get the comfortable Arequipa’s hotel.

DAY 10

Arequipa. B.

Today we’ll explore the colonial “White City” of Arequipa, a must see is the Santa Catalina Convent (place where Dominican nouns still are living), the church and convent of the Company of Jesus, the famous mummies at the Juanita Museum and the lookout of Yanahuara, a special place where are seen the 3 volcanoes or protectors of the city. Overnight at your selected hotel in Arequipa.

DAY 11

Arequipa – Lima. B.

Transfer to Arequipa’s airport to fly to Lima, where you will connect the international flight back home. End of our services.

  • Shared tours in english or spanish and entrance fees.
  • Detailed excursions on the itinerary.
  • Professional tour guides.
  • All the transfers and ground transportation.
  • All mentioned meals.
  • All accommodations based on double or triple room at selected hotels. (Otherwise tell us).
  • Machu Picchu train ride in standard class category.
  • Surprises of erudition.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International and national flights.
  • Meals not detailed.
  • Personal expenses, drinks, medical and travel insurance and tips.
  • Not mentioned expenses.

 

  • Original passport.
  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Small back pack and confortable shoes.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
  • Three complete change of clothing.
  • Sport sandals or water shoes.
  • Personal hygiene products.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sun block (sun protection cream).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
  • Camera, plenty of film and batteries.
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Money (soles).
  • Swimwear.

 

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