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
Upon your arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Miraflores for your overnight. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Lima - Cuzco - City Tour & Sacsayhauman Park
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport & the local airline flight departing to Cuzco. Here our staff will meet and transfer you to the hotel of choice
and you can 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 bus 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.) Afterwards (7:30 p.m.) you will meet with your guide for the orientation for the Inca Trail. Over night at the Hotel. (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. (BB/L)
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
You will be assisted to the Ollantaytambo train station for the 8:00 a.m. Vista dome First Class
train. As it winds through the Andean Mountains, you will pass through several small villages where
the local Indian farmers manage their farms and reside just as they have for hundreds of years.
After the scenic ride you arrive at the final stop Aguas Calientes about ( 9:45 a.m. )Here, you
will notice that the weather has changed to a tropical climate. You can now appreciate the
abundance of plants typical for this region and the Amazon basin. Here you will board the tourist
bus and proceed up a incredible winding road that leads to the fabled site of Machu Picchu.
Thousands of people from around the world frequent this magnificent ancient site to pay homage and
grasp the spectacular views of Machu Picchu’s 7,800 ft. plateau. Upon your arrival ( 10:15 a.m. )
your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder. After
your tour, you will be transferred by bus to the base of Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas
Calientes. Lunch will be served at the local hotel.( 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Remainder of the day on
your own. Ovenight at the hotel.(BB/L)( Note: Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge incl. BB/L/D,
the Pueblo Hotel incl. BB & D )
Day 5 - free day Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Full day on your own in Aguas Calientes where you can take a short hike to visit a local butterfly
farm, the orchid trail or bird watch for the many variety of semi tropical birds that are habitants
of this area. You may as well choose to re-enter Machu Picchu where you can watch the sunrise, hike
to the top of Huayna Picchu, visit the Inti Punku Pass (Gate of the Sun ) or explore and take more
photographs of the area. In the late afternoon you will bid farewell to the lost city of Machu Picchu
and proceed to the Aguas Calientes train station where you will board the (3:00 p.m.) Vistadome train
for your return to Cuzco. After your arrival into the Cuzco train station (6:45 -7:00 p.m.) our staff
will meet and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. ( BB ) Note: 2nd day re-entry
into Machu Picchu not incl.
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. (CB/D)
Day 12 - Arequipa
After a late breakfast, mid morning you will be met and taken for a guided tour to 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
(20,70 ft.) Afterwards continue to the Santa Catalina Convent. Opened to the public in 1970 after four
centuries of mysterious isolation this site is by far the most interesting. At one point there were over
450 nuns that lived in seclusion from the outside. Contrary to what you would expect from the nuns who
take vows of living in poverty. The convent has been beautifully remodeled with Colonial furniture &
paintings from the Cuzco & Arequipa Schools of Art. The convent itself literaly is a city in it self.
With the traditional painted homes, cobblestone streets & plazas spread throughout, its massivness
will amaze. Additional time for photographs and shopping then return to your hotel. Over night at your hotel. (CB)
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 either Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Libertador Hotel rooms in Puno & Arequipa are a standard rooms.
Note room type: BV = Best View; CR = Colonial; DR = Deluxe; JS = Junior Suite.
Note room type in Sacred Valley is 3-4 star hotel in ALL programs.Upgrade options available at additional costs.
Not included : International air, visas, departure taxes, additional meals / incidentals.