TOUR OF THE ANDEAN COMMUNITIES OF PERU

14D / 13N
Chivay - Uros - Taquile - Machi Picchu
Hotel 3 ***
Guide in English
Private or shared transportation
Tickets included
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Tour in the heart of the Andean communities

A trip to discover different Andean communities in Peru, we will spend several nights with local families in the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Maras and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In this way, the local people will become guides to explain their own culture and traditions. For this and much more, this trip guarantees an unforgettable experience. You will also discover the main attractions of southern Peru in a fun and relaxed way. This complete tour will take you to the capital Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Valley, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and of course Machu Picchu. A real concentrate of culture and history in 14 days.

Includes:

  • 13 nights included
  • Accommodation in comfortable 3-star superior hotels
  • Overnight stays with local people
  • All breakfasts and meals mentioned in the program.
  • Private or group ground transportation as detailed in the program.
  • Airport assistance
  • Domestic flights: Lima - Arequipa, Cusco - Lima.
  • All entrance fees to the places to be visited according to the program.
  • Spanish speaking guide for all visits.
  • Shared or private excursions, according to the program.
  • All activities mentioned in the program.

Not included:

  • Some lunches and dinners are not mentioned in the program.
  • Drinks
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • Advice

A city that lives, where the past blends with the present. Where colonial palaces, monasteries and convents coexist in amazing harmony with modern buildings and the most impressive pre-Inca huacas thousands of years old. Whether in the hallway of an old mansion or in the depths of a gloomy catacomb. Lima, the city of kings, awaits you to dazzle you with its magic and intoxicate you with its flavor. Upon arrival at the Lima airport, a host will greet you and help you arrange your transfer and check-in at the hotel.

  • Private vehicle for transfer
  • Spanish-speaking private assistance
  • Night in a 3* hotel in Lima

In the morning you will fly to Arequipa and upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the emblematic places of the city and its surroundings. Our visit begins at the viewpoint "Carmen Alto", from where we will be able to observe the three tutelary volcanoes that surround the city of Arequipa. Then the district of Yanahuara to appreciate the portals built with carved stone. Later we will visit the monastery of Santa Catalina, which has a citadel founded in 1579, and also take a walk through the Plaza de Armas and we can observe the facade of the Basilica Menor de Arequipa, neoclassical style, and the church of the Society of Jesus. Later, we will visit the Andean Sanctuary Museum, where objects and artifacts from the pre-Inka and Inka periods are exhibited, as well as the famous "juanita mummy", the little girl from the ice.

  • Private vehicle for transfers and visits
  • Private Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance to the convent of Santa Catalina, Iglesia de la Compañía and viewpoints.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in a 3* hotel in Arequipa
  • Flight Lima - Arequipa (about 40 min.)

After breakfast, around 7:30 am, our transportation will pass by your hotel to start our trip to one of the deepest canyons in the world, taking the road from Yura, along the snowy Chachani towards the Pampa Cañahuas (Aguada Blanca and Salinas National Reserve) home of the magnificent South American camelids, the vicuñas; as well as enjoying a variety of migratory birds, among them the flamingos. We will stop at the viewpoint of the volcanoes, which is also the highest area of the route (4,950 m.a.s.l.) from where we can see much of the western mountain range, this place offers a magnificent panorama of huge snow-capped volcanoes such as the ampato (6,400 m) and the huallca huallca (6,025 m). Then we will arrive to Chivay and then to your hotel. Later you can go to the hot springs (37°C) of "la calera" (optional, with cost).

  • Shared vehicle for visits
  • Shared Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance to the Colca Valley
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight in a 3* hotel in the Colca Valley

This will be a wonderful day, as early in the morning you will go to the viewpoint of the condor's cross, where you can usually see the world's largest birds fly, the condors, whose majestic flight will offer you a fantastic and unforgettable spectacle. It will also offer you a magnificent view of the canyon, which is spectacular in the morning hours. On the way back, we will pass through villages such as Yanque, Coporaque and Achomas, villages that preserve their traditions such as their typical costumes, their customs and you will see that they have not changed at all since the time of the Incas. Then we will stop in the town of Maca, where we will visit its beautiful church and its stone streets among other attractions, then we will return to Chivay where we will have time for lunch. Then we continue our journey to Puno and your hotel.

  • Shared vehicle for visits
  • Shared Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrada al Valle del Colca
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight in a 3* hotel in Puno

This day we will visit Lake Titicaca and its islands by boat, the excursion begins with the floating islands of the Uros, famous for its unique way of life, in this Aimara people build their houses on large rafts of reeds and moored by stakes that do not allow the islands to drift, the people who inhabit these islands live on fishing, crafts, hunting and collecting eggs that are sold in the city of Puno. Then we will continue to the island of Amantani, after 45 minutes we will reach our destination and continue with a 30 minute walk to reach the rural houses, where we will settle in typical rooms, then we will have a typical lunch of the region and then we will have time to rest and explore more of the island, where we will observe the ceremonial centers of PACHAMAMA and PACHATATA; From this point you can also see the Andean mountain range and Lake Titicaca in all its magnitude. After the activity, we return to the rural houses to share dinner and then participate in the folkloric dance with the families, who will provide us with the typical clothes of the people, to dress up and enjoy the party with Andean music.

  • Shared boat for visits
  •  Shared Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance to Lake Titicaca and the Uros and Amantani islands.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overnight stay with the local population.

In the morning we have breakfast with the families of Amantani, then we leave for the island of Taquile, we arrive at the port, from where we start our walk to know the island of Taquile, a 45 minute walk, to reach the main square of the island of Taquile, its inhabitants live in a traditional way, a kind of communism where the property is private but the work is collective; about 300 people work in the community, one day for them and others for the community. Taquile's self-sufficient life is lived according to the Inca principles of "don't steal, don't lie and don't be idle", customs that have been maintained for centuries. We will then enjoy a typical buffet lunch on the island, before heading to the port where our boat awaits to take us back to Puno, and then to your hotel.

  • Shared boat for visits
  • Shared Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance to Lake Titicaca and the Taquile islands
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Overnight in a 3* hotel in Puno

This morning we head to the city of Cusco. The road crosses the Collao plateau where we will stop in the village of Pucará (70 km away), famous for its handicrafts of the popular "toritos de Pucará". Further on, we will stop at the border between Puno and Cusco and observe the South American camelids. Continuing the journey, we will arrive at the archaeological center of Raqchi, a sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec in honor of the God Wiracocha. In addition, the structure has two circular lateral columns. Around the temple there are several buildings that were once houses and warehouses. Then we will arrive at the town of Andahuaylillas, where we will visit the church of San Pedro, better known as the "Sistine Chapel of America", characterized by its richness and artistic beauty. Finally, transfer to the hotel.

  • Shared vehicle for visits
  • Shared Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to Pucara, Raqchi and the church of Andahuaylillas
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Night in a 3* hotel in Cusco

Free morning. In the afternoon, we will visit the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and current archaeological capital of America. The visit begins with the Cathedral of Cusco, which is decorated inside with numerous gold leaf altarpieces and paintings of the Cusco school, followed by the Temple of the Sun, better known as Q'oricancha. We then visit the Inca archaeological sites, such as the complexes of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Q'enqo and the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman; strategically built on a hill overlooking the city of Cusco. Its enormous stone walls have been cut and assembled with amazing precision. Some of these stones are more than 9 feet high and weigh more than 100 tons.

  • Private vehicle for visits
  • Private Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees: Cathedral, Qoricancha and 04 ruins
  • Breakfast
  • Night in a 3* hotel in Cusco

This day we will begin to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the banks of the Vilcanota River. The tour begins in the Inca citadel of Pisaq, composed of terraces, fountains, observatories and a cemetery, the largest in the region, was a point of control and domination of the Incas in the Sacred Valley. After the guided tour we will go down to the village and head to the traditional market of Pisaq, there we will have the opportunity to discover the customs of the people and also to bargain with the sellers their handicrafts; then we will continue to the community of Patabamba to meet its people and their customs, we will take an accommodation in one of their houses to sleep tonight.

  • Private vehicle for visits
  • Private Spanish-speaking guide
  • General Tourist Ticket (BTG)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overnight stay with the local population.

After saying goodbye to our families and enjoying a delicious breakfast of Andean products, our hike will last about 5 hours, we will walk through the natural balcony of the Sacred Valley, which has an average altitude of 600 meters above the valley and the view is simply breathtaking, you can see the towns of Calca, Lamay, Coya and Pisac, as well as the snow-capped peaks of La Veronica, Pitusiray and Sawasiray. The trail ascends slowly, passing through the community of Sihuas, and then heads towards the archaeological remains of Pucamarca, at 4,000 m above sea level, which once served as a tambo and checkpoint for the entry and exit of travelers in the region. Then we descend to the archaeological group of Huchuy Qosqo at 3656 meters above sea level. The road crosses a spectacular canyon known as Leon Punku, which has the remains of three bridges and an original Inca road; crossing the canyon, we can enjoy incredible landscapes that leave any traveler breathless. Next, the trail continues descending to the archaeological complex of Huchuy Qosqo; here we will have time to explore and marvel at the magnificent views of the Sacred Valley. This archaeological complex was built around the 15th century and features a ceremonial center with fine Inca imperial style stonework, as well as abundant terraces.

  • Hike from Patabamba to Huchuy Qosqo (*Duration 6 hours)
  • Private Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance to Huchuy Qosqo
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overnight stay with the local population.

After breakfast, we depart to the Inca archaeological complex of Huchuy Qosqo where we will visit its imposing architecture that includes a large ceremonial center, which offers an impressive panoramic view. After the visit, we continue our hike to the Piuray Lagoon, on the way we will enjoy the changing landscape and encounter typical animals such as llamas and alpacas, until we reach the highest point of the hike; the Pucajasa Pass (4393 masl / 14413 ft) from where you can see the Piuray Lagoon and where you can see a variety of birds flying while enjoying lunch in a natural environment.

We then descend to the village of Tauca, where we board a bus to the town of Chinchero, where we spend the night.

  • Hike from Huchuy Qosqo to Chinchero (*Duration 6 hours)
  • Private Spanish-speaking guide
  • General Tourist Ticket (BTG)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overnight stay with the local population.

This day we continue exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The tour begins in Chinchero; it is a city stopped in time, and like in no other place you will be able to observe the living culture that is still carried over from the Inca times, where you will visit its main square, a beautiful combination of Inca and colonial architecture, where the temple is built over what was the palace of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, inside it contains beautiful works of art by notable indigenous painters of the Cusco school. In the square there are three large portals, two of them accompany a beautiful Inca wall containing trapezoidal niches, also on the side of the square you can see remains of Inca walls and terraces; then we headed to Moray; an archaeological site of depressions or gigantic natural holes in the surface of the land that were used to build terraces or agricultural terraces with their respective irrigation canals. We continue with the salt mines of Maras; composed of about 3000 small wells, during the dry season they are filled or "irrigated" every 3 days with salt water that emanates from a natural spring located at the top of the wells so that when the water evaporates, the salt contained in it solidifies, then the salt is beaten and thus granulated. Then we leave for the fortress of Ollantaytambo, located on the hill overlooking the city, with buildings such as the Temple of the Sun and its gigantic monoliths: the Mañaracay or Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Princess Baths. At the top is a fortress, with a series of carved stone terraces, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions by jungle dwellers. After the visit we will go to the train station to leave for Aguas Calientes, upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

  • Private vehicle for visits // Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
  • Private Spanish-speaking guide
  • General Tourist Ticket (BTG)
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Overnight stay in a 3* hotel in Aguas Calientes

That day, after breakfast, we head to the bus station and depart for Machu Picchu. We will see how spectacular is the citadel of Machu Picchu, the "old summit", considered a jewel of Inca architecture: with neighborhood squares, houses, agricultural areas, roads, observatories, etc.. Built on one of the flanks of the ancient mountain in the middle of semi-tropical vegetation. It was built on one of the slopes of the ancient mountain and discovered on July 24, 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. We will have a 2-hour guided tour, where we will visit the most representative places of the Inca citadel of Machupicchu. After the tour, we have free time to continue exploring and, as an option, we can visit the mountain of Huaynapicchu; from where we have beautiful views of Machu Picchu. Later we return to Aguas Calientes and then we head to the train station to go to Poroy and then transfer to your hotel.

  • Train Aguas Calientes - Poroy // private vehicle for the transfer
  • Private Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance to the historic sanctuary of Machupicchu
  • Breakfast
  • Night in a 3* hotel in Cusco

At the appointed time that day, you will be transferred to the airport, where you will take your flight to Lima and then your international flight back home.

  • Private vehicle for transfer
  • Breakfast included
  • Flight Cusco - Lima (approx. 50 min.)
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