From the middle coast to one of the seven wonders of the World: Machupicchu, this trip combines the essential places to be an expert of southern Peru.
The start is by the coast with the arrival at the capital of Peru: Lima. We will quickly fly to our next destination: the mythical city of Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, before venturing out to Lake Titicaca in Puno. We will enjoy the unique experience with the inhabitants of the islands and therefore havethe opportunity to discuss their culture and traditions.
At the end but not least, the journey will end with the unmissable region of Cusco and the most remarkable places of the Inca’s culture. Among these, you will discover the majestic citadel of Machupicchu, still shrouded in wonder and mystery.
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.
In the morning, we will transfer you 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.
In the afternoon, we will 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.
Then, we will do towards the Yanahuara and Cayma overlooks, which offer panoramic views of the fabulous surrounding volcanoes.
Return to the hotel and free evening. Overnight 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 descend 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.
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package)
Bathing in the thermal baths (bring your bathing suit and towel).
End of the day free. Overnight 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.
In the morning, transfer to the port of Puno and start our visit of the famous Lake Titicaca (“stone puma” in the Aymara language).
First in our schedule is to 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 Taquile Islan, where its inhabitants live in a traditional way, here about 300 people work one day for themselves and the next for the community. Taquile’s life is self-sustaining and has lived maintaining for centuries the Inca principles of “do not steal, do not lie, and do not be lazy”.
Andean lunch at the island (not included on package) and return to Puno by the same boat.
Overnight in Puno.
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.
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.
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, we will continue your descend to
Rest of the day free and overnight 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 and visit the imposing archaeological fortress. Finally, we will walk towards the train station located in the same village and take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small village located at the foot of the famous Machupicchu.
Arrival and installation at the hotel.
Free evening and 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.
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).
Transfer to the airport of Cusco for a national flight with destination Lima. This flight can correspond with your international one.
From $ 1.000,00 / Person