If you want the best for a well rounded trip, look no further. Start with a visit to the famous city of Cuzco, the Indian Market of Pisac and the Inca citidel of Machu Picchu.
Then on to the highest navigatable lake in the world of Lake Titicaca and a homestay on the Island of Amantani where time seems to have stood still.
Complete the trip of Peru with a visit to the "White City" of Arequipa with a visit to the famous Santa Catalina Convent & then to Colca Canyon to view the Condors.
This program gives you the best for the time and interest covering the Capital of the Inca and Machu Picchu, the highlands of Lake Titicaca & Colca Canyon of Arequipa .
Day 1 - Depart to Peru arrive Lima
Depart from the home city to Lima where you will be met and transferred to the hotel located in Lima. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Lima - Cuzco - City Tour & Sacsayhauman Park - Cuzco
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport for the local airline flight to Cuzco.
On your arrival our staff will meet and transfer you to the hotel where you can use the remainder
of the morning to acclimate to the 11,300 ft. altitude in the Inca capital of Cuzco. In the afternoon
(1:45 p.m.), our staff will meet and transfer you by group tour bus and guide for a City tour of Cuzco and the Colonial
and Inca sites of La Cathedral and Santo Domingo Convent, or Q’oricancha, Tambo Machay, Kenko,
Pucapucara, and Sacsayhauman. Early evening return to Cuzco and the hotel. (5:45 -6:15 p.m.)
Over night at the hotel. (CB or BB)
Day 3 - Cuzco - Pisac Market - Ollantaytambo
Our staff will meet and transfer you in the morning ( 8:45 -9:00 a.m.) into the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
This fertile region includes many Inca terraces and farm land. Travel to the town of Pisac and the Ancient
Pisac Market for the annual show where many of the local Indians sell and barter their hand made textiles,
fresh fruits, and vegetables. After an hour or so of mingling with the locals, you will proceed to eat lunch
at a local hacienda restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, continue to Ollantaytambo which is
the oldest continuously habituated town of the Inca that contains several important Inca structures.
At the top of the sixteen massive terraces are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress.
This is where the Inca fought some of their fiercest and strongest battles. It is unknown how the huge
precisely carved stones were transported down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location,
or how they were fitted perfectly to support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time.
Also found here are “silos” or grain mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress that could
have maintained thousands of pounds of grain for the Inca and its people. Some of the grain was
most likely produced in the surrounding agricultural terracing by the variety of crops that were
grown. Afterwards, remain in the Sacred Valley. (3:45 p.m) Overnight at the hotel. (CB or BB / L)
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
Morning on your own in Ollantaytambo to explore the area. Afterwards you will be assisted to the Ollanta train station for the First Class train departing mid - afternoon
to Machu Picchu. Here you will continue into the Andean Mountains winding and passing through several small villages where the local Indian farmers manage their farms
and reside just as they have for hundreds of years. After a short but scenic ride (1½ hours) you arrive into the final stop at Aguas Calientes. Here the temperatures will have
changed to that of tropical and a abundance of plants typical for this region of the Amazon basin can be appreciated. Here you will be met by the hotel staff and transferred
to the preferred hotel. Remainder of the evening on your own. Evening your guide will meet with you for the orientation regarding the following morning trip into Machu Picchu.
Overnight at the preferred hotel. (CB or BB/L)
(NOTE: Sanctuary Lodge includes: BB/L/D, Pueblo Hotel includes: BB/D)
(*NOTE: Entry of Machu Picchu is limited to 4 hours. Entries start at 6:00 A.M. / last entry is 2:00 P.M. All 4 hour time
slots are limited to available spaces at time of purchase.
Based on train times and availabilities service maybe by tour bus from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo and train to Machu Picchu.
The return from Machu Picchu could be train to Ollantaytambo then by tour bus to Cuzco. )
Day 5 - Aguas Calientes - PRIVATE TOUR Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Early morning you will meet your private guide and board the tourist bus and proceed up an incredible winding road that leads to the fabled site
for early morning tour of Machu Picchu. On your arrival your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder.
Several ideas or possibilities have been noted of this massive archaeological complex of acropolis proportion. Whether this site was pre Incan, a
previous leaders sanctuary for his retirement, or maybe a location for the virgins to be separated from the kingdom and used as wives for the Inca
rulers or even sacrificial for the gods. It seems that the world will never know. After your tour (2 hours) time will permit to hike to the Inti
Punku Pass (Gate of the Sun) or explore and take more photographs of the area. Remainder of the day on your own. Late afternoon bid farewell to the
lost city of Machu Picchu and proceed to the Aguas Calientes where you will re-claim your baggage at the hotel before departing on the train to Cuzco.
Afterwards transfer to the train station where you will board the First Class train for your return to Ollantaytambo and then to Cuzco and the hotel.
Overnight at the preferred hotel.(CB or BB)
Day 6 - Cuzco Free day
Full day on your own in Cuzco to visit for shopping or visiting a local museum. Overnight at the
Day 7 - Cuzco - Puno
Morning our staff will transfer you for your departure via a First Class tour bus for the scenic
ride to Puno.(8 hours). On the way you will travel through the Andean mountains passing and making
short visits to the archaeological sites of Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi & La Raya while on
the way to Puno. On your arrival to Puno and the highest navigable lake in the world of Lake Titicaca,
you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the evening on your own. (BB)
Day 8 - Puno - Uros - Amantani ( homestay )
Early morning departure to Lake Titicaca where you will go by boat to the floating Uros Islands.
Here time will be allowed for mingling, shopping or even to barter for a large selection of local
hand made items with the descendants of Uros Indians. After a short time here you will proceed
again by boat to the Island of Amantani where many archaeological sites will be visited with your
guide. There are several temples and a Royal throne "Inkatiana" carved of stone on the shore of
the lake. You as well will visit the impressive points of either Pacha Tata or Pacha Mama for a
magnificent view of Lake Titicaca from the highest point of the island. Later a cultural excursion
to visit up to six different villages that exist on the largest island. Here these humble and simple
Amara Indians descendants have lived on this some what secluded island from the mainland unchanged in
their traditions for hundreds of years. Afterwards you will proceed to a local family home that is
your accommodations for the night. Overnight at a local Indian family home. (CB/D)
Day 9 - Amantani - Taquile - Puno
Morning after breakfast and a last visit in the area proceed to the Island of Taquile where you can
view pre Inca & Inca archaeological ruins & terracing. Mid day depart by boat from Taquille with a
late afternoon arrival into Puno. Here you will be met and transferred to the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel. (CB)
Day 10 - Puno - Chivay - Colca Canyon
After breakfast depart at 8:00 a.m. by tour bus from Puno and travel 45 minutes, then pass through
Juliaca Cabanillas. Here we will gradually descend until we reach Lagunillas where time will be allowed
to stretch our legs and take pictures, then continue to Imata where we can appreciate from afar the
impressive stone forest. Continue on passing through Patapampa ( Mirador of volcanoes ) peak in route
some 4,800 meters above sea level after 30 minutes to descend to reach Chivay at about 1:00 p.m. Here
you will transfer to the hotel of your choice. Overnight at the hotel. ( BB )
Day 11 - Colca Canyon - Arequipa
Morning departure (7:00 a.m.) to "El Mirador de la Cruz del Condor" where the best possibilities of
viewing the fabled Andean condor are available. Later return to Chivay, where you will visit some
pre-Inca tombs as well as several small traditional villages like Pichollo, Maca and Yanque before
returning to Chivay. Afternoon depart by tour bus from Chivay and then to Arequipa ( 8:00 p.m. )
wher you will transfer to the hotel of your choice. Overnight at the hotel. (BB)
Day 12 - Museo de Altura - Santa Catalina Convent
Mid morning tours of the Museo de Altura where the noted Inca Ice Princess ( Momia Juanita) is preserved for the public view. In 1995,
American archaeologist Johan Rienhards is credited for discovering this child mummy of the Inca civilization high above Colca Canyons
Mt. Ambato (20,700 ft.) Afterwards continue to the Santa Catalina Convent, which was opened to the public in 1970 after four centuries
of mysterious isolation this site is by far the most interesting of the Arequipa sites. History is said that at one point there were
over 450 nuns whom lived in seclusion from the outside. The convent has been beautifully remodeled with Colonial furniture & paintings
from the Cuzco & Arequipa Schools of Art. The convent with the traditional painted homes, cobblestone streets & plazas spread throughout
is literally is a city in itself and its massiveness will amaze. Additional time for photographs and shopping then return to your hotel.
Over night at your hotel. (BB)
Day 13 - Arequipa - Lima
Morning on your own. Mid day you will be met & transferred to the Arequipa airport and the departing flight to Lima.
On your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.(optional tours available in Lima)Overnight at the Hotel. (BB)
Day 14 - Lima - arrive home
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport for your departing flight home. (BB)
NOTE : All hotels include Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Room type : ST=Standard;CR=Colonial;SP=Superior;DR=Deluxe;
SPD=Superior Deluxe; JS=Jr.Suite;MV=Mountain View;MVT=Mountain View Terrace.
NOT INCLUDED :
International air to Peru, local air inside Peru. Local air inside Peru available directly from airline or via the Peru office representatives.
Also not included local visas, departure taxes and any add on incidentals not included in program.