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Culture, Gastronomy and Inca Trail

Peru is a country that has won over 10 times the price of best culinary destination in the world! Our country has an amazing variety of crops, and farmers harvest thousands of natural products in the main three regions: The coast, the jungle and the mountains. Each of these regions have their own specialties, considering spices, drinks, vegetables, fruits and even meat. Join us in this wonderful adventure to discover the traditional ways of living of our ancestors and the products they usually used to eat. This journey will stroll you through the alleys of the markets, participate in cooking classes, meeting different traditional communities that will make you discover a new way of seeing Peru. An experience that will combine culinary experiences and an opportunity to know and learn from our people!

Included:
  • Accommodation in 3* hotels for the days mentioned as included on the itinerary with exception in day 6, that is an inhabitant's house.
  • Meals and activities mentioned as included on the itinerary.
  • Transportation according to the itinerary (private or shared transportation, trains, boats, public buses with VIP seat or tour bus)
  • Domestic flights: Lima - Arequipa // Cusco - Lima
  • English guides according to the itinerary (private or shared)
  • English assitance according to the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for the sites mentioned on the itinerary (archaeological sites, museums, national parks, churches, etc.)
Not Included:
  • Meals not mentioned in the program.
  • Beverages.
  • Insurance.
  • International flights.
  • Tips for guides, drivers, carriers or others.

Upon arrival at Lima’s airport, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel. Free evening in the dynamic districts of the Peruvian capital. Overnight in Lima.

  • Private transportation with assistance-ENG Airport-hotel.
  • Night at Hotel in Lima.

We will start our journey discovering the delicious gastronomy of the capital. A four-hour tour where we will visit a variety of restaurants and small businesses, to be able to taste the most traditional local specialties. We will taste around 15 flavors of Peruvian fruits, drinks and dishes. In addition, we will learn to cook the Ceviche, Lomo Saltado and Pisco Sour, traditional dishes of Peru. Immerse yourself in Peruvian history and culture, and as you will see, each bite has a story to tell! Return to the Hotel and in the afternoon a transportation will take us to the airport for your domestic flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, our staff will be there to greet, meet and transfer you to your hotel located at the heart of the city. Time to rest and adjust to the altitude.

  • Shared transportation for the visits in Lima // Private transportation Hotel-airport in Lima // Private transportation Airport-Hotel in Arequipa.
  • Shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits in Lima.
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast.
  • Night at Hotel in Arequipa.
  • Flight Lima – Arequipa

In the morning, discover the so-called white city and its colonial center by walking: the Plaza de Armas, the Santuarios Andinos museum and the Santa Catalina’s Convent. A true city with its alleys lined with colorful houses. You will then go to the Yanahuara and Cayma overlooks, which offer panoramic views of the fabulous surrounding volcanoes. Return to the hotel and free afternoon. Overnight in Arequipa.

Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package)
River rafting on the Chili River.
Horse or bicycle excursion in the Arequipa countryside

  • Private transportation for the visits.
  • Private ENG guide for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast
  • Night at Hotel in Arequipa.

Early in the morning, we will depart for the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Along the way, we will pass at the slope of the Chachani, and cross part of the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, populated by wild vicuñas. The road gradually climbs to reach its highest point: El mirador de los volcanes at 4900 m or 16,076ft. From there, the view of the Ampato (6400m//20,997ft), the Sabancaya (5976m//19,606ft), and the HuallcaHuallca (6025m//19,767ft) is breathtaking. There will be a descent towards Chivay, where you can have lunch (not included in package) and will be our place for overnight. In the afternoon, we will ascend to Canacota and then descend to the hot springs of La Calera. End of the day free. Overnight in Chivay.

Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package) Bathing in the thermal baths (bring your bathing suit and towel).

  • Shared transportation for the visits.
  • Shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast
  • Night at Hotel in Chivay.

After breakfast, departure for “la Cruz Del Cóndor” (Condors cross), a viewpoint that offers a magnificent view of the Colca Canyon from the first rays of the sun. This is where we can admire the flight of the condor, the largest bird in the world. We will then set off on foot towards the “Salto del Cura” (Priest’s Jump). The path offers splendid perspectives on the canyon (1h30 of walk). On the way back to Chivay, we will discover the villages of Yanque, Coporaque, Achoma and Maca, where the way of life of the inhabitants has changed little since Inca’s times. Lunch in Chivay (not included in package). Early in the afternoon, we will take a tourist bus towards Puno and arrive in the evening. Overnight in Puno.

  • Shared transportation for the visits of Cruz del Condor // Touristic bus Chivay - Puno with shared ENG-ESP guide. // Private transportation bus station-hotel in Puno.
  • Shared ENG-SPA for the visits of Cruz del Condor. // Assistance-ENG upon arrival to Puno.
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast
  • Night at Hotel in Puno.

In the morning, we will be transfered to the port of Puno to take the boat to Amantaní Island, located on Lake Titicaca (“stone puma” in the Aymara language).
Along the way, we will visit the floating islands of Uros, where Aymara inhabitants build their homes on gigantic reed boats (totoras).
Our navigation on Lake Titicaca will continue to Amantaní Island. We will walk the trails and enjoy the exceptional view of the Royal Bolivian Cordillera. By ascending the Pachatata (4200 m // 13,779ft.) we will discover the magnificent sunset over the lake.
We will then descend and encounter our family hosts for the night, who will welcome us to their home and share us their traditional food and tell us stories about their daily lives.
Overnight at the local house in Amantaní.

For the excursion on Lake Titicaca, bring a backpack of maximum 10 kilograms so as not to overload the boat. The rest of your belongings will be left in storage at the hotel in Puno.

  • Private transportation Hotel-port in Puno // Shared boat for the visits on the Titicaca Lake.
  • Shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits on the Titicaca Lake.
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Night at the inhabitant's house in Amantaní.

In the morning, we will have breakfast with our hosts in Amantaní and depart to Taquile Island by boat.
Upon arrival, we will start walking for about 45 min until we reach the main square of the island.
In this particular island, their inhabitants live in a very traditional way, dating back to the time of the Incas. Here about 300 people work one day for themselves and the next for the community.
Taquile’s life is self-sustaining and has maintained for centuries the Inca principles of “do not steal, do not lie, and do not be lazy”.
We take our boat back to Puno, overnight in the Hotel.

  • Shared boat for the visits on the Titicaca Lake. // Private transportation Port – Hotel in Puno.
  • Shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast.
  • Night at Hotel in Puno.

Early departure by bus towards Cusco. We will cross the Collao plateau where you will stop at the village of Pukará. It is one of the last places to testify to the pre-Inca’s culture of the same name.
We will then pass La Raya (4360m // 14,304ft), symbolizing the end of the Altiplano (plateau) and the beginning of the Cusco region.
It is in Sicuani where we will stop for an Andean lunch before resuming the road towards Raqchi. We will visit the spectacular Incas sanctuary, built by the Inca Pachacutec in honor of the Inca god Wiracocha.
Then, we will continue on to the village of Andahuaylillas and San Pedro’s Church, known as the “Sistine Chapel of South America” for its richly decorated ceiling.
Arrival to Cusco and transportation to the Hotel.
Free evening and overnight in Cusco.

  • Private transportation Hotel-bus station in Puno // Touristic bus Puno-Cusco // Private transportation bus station-hotel in Cusco.
  • Shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits between Puno – Cusco. // Assistance ENG at arrival in Cusco.
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Night at Hotel in Cusco.

Free morning to adjust to the altitude.
In the early afternoon, we will start our experience walking the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Incas capital. We will start visiting the Cathedral, an impressive building that has many paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña (School of Cusco) as well as real goldsmith treasures. We will continue our discovery in Santo Domingo and Koricancha Monastery, ancient temple of the Sun.
Then we will head towards the most important archaeological sites surrounding the city of Cusco. We will start with Tambomachay, and then descend on foot to PucaPucara, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman. This last one is a fortress, and it was built on a hill, which dominates the city of Cusco. It is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stones nested to the nearest millimeter, some of which exceed 9 meters (29.5 ft.) in height and weigh more than 550 tons.
After visiting these 4 ruins, return to the Hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

  • Shared transportation for the visits.
  • Shared ENG-SPA for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast
  • Night at Hotel in Cusco.

After breakfast, we will start our journey going to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (30 km // 18 miles away from Cusco) with a beautiful landscape bordering the Urubamba river. We will stop in different spots to take pictures and arrive to the archaeological complex of Pisac. It is made up of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest in the region. It was from there that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley.
At our descent, we will be able to visit the town’s famous craft market.
We will continue until we reach the town of Urubamba, the place for our lunch and then follow the river until reach the village of Ollantaytambo, the place for our overnight. We will visit the imposing archaeological fortress and return to the Hotel.
Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

  • Shared transportation for the visits.
  • Shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) of the site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Night at Hotel in Ollantaytambo.

Early in the morning, we will depart to the train station of Ollantaytambo to take a train towards Km104.
At our arrival, we will see a control booth to check entrances and passports and from there we will start our excursion towards the beautiful Wonder of the World!
We will start walking close to the Vilcanota River until we see the Chachabamba ruins. We will observe how the geography changes from a dry climate to a tropical and rainy jungle. The trail will take us to Phuyupatamarca (town in the clouds), another important archaeological monument, and after a short walk we will arrive to the beautiful archaeological site of Wiñaywayna.
From here starts the last path of our journey and reach the Intipunku (La Puerta del Sol // The Gate of the Sun). After 1 to 2 hours depending on pace, we will reach the ancient gate to Machupicchu, and exceptional overlook of the whole Incas city. After resting for a while and enjoyed the panoramic views, we will descend peacefully to the citadel of Machupicchu. There will be plenty of time to visit it the day after, so we will descend to the village of Aguas Calientes to rest.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

* In order to guarantee a safe and punctual service, the national train company Perurail asks passengers going to Machupicchu to take only a small backpack of 5kg and 157cm (height + width + length) maximum or a bag cabin type. Please note that the company has become very strict regarding these restrictions. Suitcases and large travel bags will not be accepted on the train.
You will leave your luggage and personal belongings for the day, leaving them at the hotel in Cusco before the excursion. After the excursion of Machupicchu, you will return to the Hotel in Cusco.

  • Train to Km 104 // Shared bus to descend from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Private ENG guide for the excursion.
  • Entrances for Inca trail 1D
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Night at Hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Early in the morning, we will take the shared bus to go up to the most famous Inca site in the country: Machupicchu, “old summit” in Quechua’s language.
During your guided tour (around 2h), you will discover, still enveloped in the morning mist, this architectural complex built on a narrow ridge bordered by precipices. An impressive vision that evolves with the progression of the sun.
We will then walk through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, its paths and its observatories.
After the guided tour, we descend in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Poroy. (The closest train stop to the city of Cusco)
Arrival to Poroy and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (Without assistance on arrival).

Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package and reserved in advanced)
Possibility of adding the ascent of the Huaynapicchu Mountain or Montaña Machupicchu depending on availability. (These mountains are part of the landscape of the citadel of Machupicchu and have different times and entrances, since they take more time to climb and visit).

  • Shared bus roundtrip to Machupicchu // Train to Poroy (without guide) // Private transportation Poroy - Cusco
  • Private ENG guide for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) for the site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast
  • Night at Hotel in Cusco.

Day free to explore and enjoy the Capital of the Inca Empire. We could visit the traditional markets on the city center, the local churches and more!
Overnight in Cusco.

  • Breakfast
  • Night at Hotel in Cusco.

Transfer to the airport of Cusco for a national flight with destination Lima. This flight can correspond with your international one.

  • Private transportation Hotel-airport with assistance-ENG.
  • Breakfast
  • Flight Cusco – Lima

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