CLASSIC PERU

Duration of program: 14 days 13 nights

Southern Peru offers a unique combination of impressive natural sites, in addition to its cultural heritage.

The charming colonial city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world; observing the Andean Condor in one of the deepest canyons in the world; a stay on a private island of Lake Titicaca; not to mention the discovery of Peruvian gastronomy; so many things that come together in the incredible two weeks of this program. 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Meeting with a representative of the agency at the airport and private transfer to the hotel.

Along the way, our representative will provide information on the city and its places of interest as well as practical information such as where to change money, for example.

He will review the program, more precisely, and answer any questions.

Meals included: none

Day 2: Lima City Tour

After breakfast, meeting with our local guide at the hotel reception.

We will visit Lima, also known as the “City of Kings”.

The tour will begin with the panoramic view of Huaca Pucllana, a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological center considered a “holy village” by the Incas.

Our visit will continue towards the historical center of the capital.

We will make a brief stop at Plaza San Martín, one of the most representative areas of the city, where we will see the Gran Hotel Bolivar, the Teatro Colón, the statue of the Three Graces and the monument erected in honor in San Martin.

We will visit the Plaza Mayor, from where we will have the chance to see the Government Palace and the Renaissance Cathedral Basilica.

Our visit will then take us to the convent of San Francisco where we will visit the catacombs.

After lunch, the visit of the Peruvian capital will take us to the most traditional residential areas: Miraflores Central Park and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima. In addition to being a shopping center with restaurants and shops, it is also a privileged place as it offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.

Then we will visit the famous Parque del Amor, in Miraflores, and finally the Anthropology Museum, before returning to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 3: Lima – The White City of Arequipa

At the appointed time, our representative will join us at the hotel.

He will accompany us to Lima airport to take the flight to the white city of Arequipa.

Arrival in Arequipa and hotel check-in.

The afternoon will be devoted to the discovery of the city, also known as “the white city” because of the predominance of the white volcanic rock, called “sillar”, used in the construction of its buildings.

We will begin our tour by visiting the magnificent convent of Santa Catalina, founded in 1580 and located in the historic center of Arequipa; a real little village itself, with its houses for the nuns, its cloisters, its narrow streets, its kitchens, its old ovens and its laundry, magnificently maintained.

From there, we will continue our discovery of the city, by visiting the Andean Sanctuary Museum (Museo Santuarios Andinos) in which the impressive “Mummy Juanita” remains, a young Inca sacrificed as an offering to the Inca deities. The mummy was found only 10 years ago in the Ampato volcano after the eternal snows of glaciers were stirred by an earthquake.

We will continue our journey by going to the Jesuit church. Built by the Jesuit order, it has a beautiful baroque facade, an impressive dome, and a famous cloister.

We will end our visit in the residential areas of Yanahuara and Chilina, which both offer spectacular views of the Misti volcano.

Return to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 4: Arequipa – Colca Canyon

After breakfast, departure from the hotel.

Our journey will begin with a land trip to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. On the way, we will drive through Pampa Cañahuas and several cities like Pulpera, Callalli, Sibayo, and Tuti, reaching an altitude of 11,152 ft above sea level.

We will probably have the opportunity to see herds of alpacas and llamas, and perhaps also vicunas.

Inactive volcanoes and curious geological formations due to erosion will also be characteristic of our itinerary.

Finally, we will arrive at Chivay, the largest and most populous city in Colca Canyon, near which most hotels are located.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy a relaxing bath in the thermal waters of La Calera, which are naturally warm due to the volcanic presence in the region.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

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Day 5: Colca Canyon

This day, we will leave our hotel very early in the morning. We will drive on the left side of the canyon to the viewpoint of Cruz del Cóndor, from where we will see the Andean condor, considered the largest bird in the world with a wingspan of more than 10 ft. We will also appreciate the impressive depth of the canyon.

On our way back to the hotel, we will drive through beautiful typical villages such as Yanque and Maca, with charming colonial churches, and we will have the opportunity to meet the locals wearing their typical outfits of the region.

Along the roads, we will see hundreds of pre-Inca terraces, where people still cultivate Andean products such as corn, quinoa, kiwicha, among others.

In the afternoon, we will have several options: hiking with our guide in order to continue the visit of Colca Valley or simply relaxing at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 6: Colca Canyon – Sillustani – Puno

After breakfast, we will begin our journey, first taking a dirt road, then the main road that connects Arequipa to Puno.

From Puno, we will continue our way to Lake Titicaca, marking a stop at the archaeological site of Sillustani, located only 21 miles away from the city. It is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Built once by the Collas, the “chullpas” are gigantic funerary monuments perched at more than 13120 ft above sea level, above a plain surrounded by the beautiful Lake Umayo.

Arrival in Puno and hotel check-in.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 7: Lake Titicaca: Uros – Taquile

After breakfast, we will meet our guide at the hotel and head towards the port of the city.

We will board a boat that will take us first to Uros floating islands, a set of living artificial surfaces built with reeds. Its inhabitants, the Uros, descend from an ancestral people currently concentrated on the Collao plateau and the floating islands.

Each of the islands is inhabited by 3 to 10 Uro-Aymara families, who build and carpet their houses with totora mats (reeds).

Then, we will take the boat heading towards Taquile, an island mainly known for its traditions and weaving, an activity performed by men.

We will have lunch in a typical restaurant of the locality and will have the opportunity to discover this extraordinary place.

Return by boat to the port of Puno, then to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 8: Puno – Cusco

Departure from the hotel towards the bus station.

From there, we will leave by bus, to go to the imperial city of Cusco.

On the way, we will mark the first stop at “La Raya”, the highest point and natural border between Cusco and Puno, from where we will have a magnificent view of the Altiplano (the highlands) and the possibility of making beautiful shots.

Afterwards, we will visit the Inca archaeological site of Raqchi, known for its imposing temple dedicated to the god Wiracocha.

We will make a stop at the village of Andahuaylillas, where there is a real architectural jewel from the 17th century: its main church, nicknamed the “Andean Sistine Chapel”. The church surprises with its richly decorated interior and finely painted murals.

Arrival in the city of Cusco in the late afternoon and hotel chek-in.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 9: Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas: the remains and the market of Pisaq & Ollantaytambo

This day will be dedicated to exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Our first visit will be Pisaq, home to one of the largest archaeological centers. The city was probably built in the 15th century, during the expansion of the Inca empire. In addition to the Inca remains, we will discover its colorful market, which will not fail to attract our curiosity.

We will have lunch at Casa Hacienda Orihuela where we will be welcomed by the Lambarri-Orihuela family. This place is a private residence that has an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art, among others.

In the afternoon, we will take the road back to Ollantaytambo, a living Inca village located below an ancient Inca fortress and a temple. We will visit the site and places. Ollantaytambo offers breathtaking views of the valley and gives us the impression of a return to the 15th century.

Accommodation at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 10: Sacred Valley of the Incas: Chinchero – Salineras de Maras – Moray

After breakfast, we will head towards the other part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting with the visit of the village of Chinchero, where we will visit the Inca remains and the colonial church.

Then we will participate in a beautiful session in a traditional weaving workshop while enjoying a delicious muña tea (Andean mint).

We will continue our tour towards the terraces of Moray. The landscapes are really impressive. We will spend some time there, in order to discover the true history of the Inca agricultural laboratories.

Picnic and continuation of our journey to the small town of Maras, where we will live a new experience. This time, we will have the chance to taste and appreciate the famous “chicha de jora”, the most famous drink in the Peruvian Andes. It is a corn beer, prepared naturally. During our visit, we will have the chance to see how and where it is made.

Finally, we will visit one of the most beautiful and incredible salt mines in South America. We will walk among the 5,000 “wells” of the area and learn about salt production. It is important to mention that the salt of this place has been produced and extracted in the same way since before the time of the Incas.

Back to Ollantaytambo and accommodation at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 11: From the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Depending on the train schedule, we will head towards Ollantaytambo’s train station. The train is a great experience, in Peru, and this journey, which lasts a little less than 2 hours, will allow us to appreciate the beauty of the landscapes.

Arrival in the city of Aguas Calientes and hotel check-in.

We will then board the bus that will take us to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

We will enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge, a privileged and unique location, next to the site entrance.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Inca sacred citadel, exploring its main temples and places.

Return to the city of Aguas Calientes and accommodation at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 12: Machupicchu – Cusco

Free day.

Option 1: continue to freely explore the paths of the sacred city and/or do one of the 2 possible ascents (Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain).

Option 2: stay in Aguas Calientes and visit the craft market.

In the afternoon, we will take the train and a vehicle to return to Cusco.

Accommodation at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 13: Cusco

After breakfast, we will visit the legendary Qoricancha. This is the most important temple, dedicated to the worship of the sun’s deity, the Inti. Its walls were once covered with golden leaves.

We will continue our visit by going to Plaza de Armas, the main square, to visit the cathedral.

Our tour will then take us to San Blas, the city’s bohemian district, where Cusco’s most renowned artisans and workshops are located, including Mendivil and Merida.

Afternoon free to stroll through the charming colonial streets of Cusco and perhaps buy souvenirs or beautiful alpaca fabric items, which can be found in the beautiful shops of the city.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 14: Cusco – Lima

Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima. Then, connection with the international flight or departure for any other destination.

Meals included: breakfast.

MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: 

  • The monumental remains of the Inca Empire and the Spanish colony in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

  • Arequipa andColcaCanyon, with the possibility to see the Andean Condor in its habitat. 

  • Lake Titicaca: the highest navigable lake in the world.

  • Lunch in a private hacienda, home to an impressive collection of art and artifacts, in the Sacred Valley.

  • Gastronomic experience in Lima.

RECOMMENDED FOR: 

  • Everybody. 

  • The route has been designed in such a way that it makes the process of acclimating the body to altitude easier as the program progresses. 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 

  • Low.

RATES 2019

This personalized tour is available from (*): 

Private Services

206500$per person
  • Single room supplement: $US 505.00 per person – Private services

Mixed Services (**)

179000$per person
  • Single room supplement: $US 505.00 per person – Mixed services
MAKE A RESERVATION

Estimated cost of airline tickets: US$ 180.00 per person (***). Price subject to variations except once issued. 

(*) Price established on the basis of a group of four persons, in a double room, in 3 * hotels. 

(**) Mixed services offer group travel packages where possible and where private services are not available. Itinerary changes and included services apply. Please contact us for more information. 

(***) This price is subject to variations without any notice from the airlines. We strongly recommend that you make your reservation in advance in order to have the guarantee of the price indicated.

Check out our selection of hotels in the Travel Services section of this website for a detailed description. 

Since the price per person depends on several factors (date of your trip to Peru, number of people in your group, type of hotels requested, type of preferred services, among others), contact us or click on the Reservations section of this site for a detailed design of the program and prices according to your trip. 

A travel advisor will contact you within two business days. 

INCLUDING: 

  • All transfers.

  • Entries for all visited sites.

  • Train tickets Cusco -AguasCalientes – Cusco. 

  • Transportsto Lake Titicaca.

  • Guides in English / French / Spanish. All our guides are professional,owningan official license and trained in first aid. 

  • All guided tours described in the itinerary.

  • Accommodation in a double room with private bathroom in the selected hotel category. Contact us for more information or check out our selection of hotels in theTravel Servicessection of this site. 

  • All meals specified. Vegetarian option is available at no extra cost.

  • Confirmation of domestic flight and boarding card issues.

NOT INCLUDING : 

  • International air tickets.

  • National airline tickets.

  • Excess baggage.

  • Extra nights during the trip due to flight cancellations.

  • Beverages, alcoholic or not.

  • Entries, for sites that you would like to visit freely.

  • Insurance of all kinds.

  • Laundry service.

  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages.

  • Other articles of a personal nature.

  • Tips.

  • Additional charges arising from changes in itinerary or otherwise, for reasons ofcases of emergencyor other circumstances beyond the control of Peru Top Travel Experience.