From the middle coast to the high mountains of Peru, this experience will combine the essential places to encounter the native people of the Andes, share their amazing traditions in time, ways of living and appreciating nature in their daily live. On our journey, we will visit the Majestic city of Arequipa, the so-called white city, surrounded by volcanoes. In addition, we will travel to the highlands of Peru: Puno, and visit the unmissable Lake Titicaca, meet the inhabitants of an ancient island and enjoy hearing their stories about the past! The experience will also take us to meet and visit traditional Andean places such as Patabamba and Chinchero, located at the heart of the Inca Empire, and we will be able to interact with this ancient living culture. We will not forget to go on the quest of the majestic citadel of Machupicchu, Wonder of the World, 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.
During 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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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, return to the Hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
After breakfast, we will depart towards Pisac, 34km away from Cusco (around 20 miles). In this place, also called Pisaqa, we will visit the sacred sites, overlooking the astonishing terracing system and the biggest ancient cemetery of Peru. In addition, after the visit of the huge archaeological site, we will see the local colorful artisanal market of the town. Finally, we will drive to the Patabamba community for a traditional lunch. We will be able to explore the village and talk to the local people. Overnight with the local inhabitants in Patabamba and a great journey to deep yourself into the living tradition of the Andes.
You will leave your luggage and personal belongings for the next 4 days, leaving them at the hotel in Cusco before the excursion. After the excursion of Machupicchu, you will return to the Hotel in Cusco.
After breakfast and the farewell of our host, we start trekking an up and down trail, visiting different local Ayllus or small communities. All the way to Huchuy Qosqo, we will witness great views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba range of mountains. At some point we will the reach the highest pass named Pukamarka (4280m // 14,040 ft.) Later on the trail, we will come across an ancient Inca trail called Qapac Ñan. Through this path, we will reach the Pumapunku Canyon (Canyon of the cougar’s door) until we arrive to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo. We will meet our local hosts who will walk us to their home for the night. Overnight with the local inhabitants of Huchuy Qosqo.
The next day, after breakfast, we will start our way to another traditional village: Chinchero. We will regain the trail to keep walking over a pass named as Tauca (4420 m // 14,500 ft.). From there, we will start our descent until we arrive to Cuperalto, a small village of alpaca and llama herders. This amazing journey will end when we arrive to Chinchero’s village and meet our hosts that will give us comfort for the night. Overnight with the local inhabitants of Chinchero.
Chinchero is a town that looks to be frozen in time; we will find wonderful Inca sites, a wonderful view and a traditional market where you can find all kind of souvenirs and traditional clothing. Then, will continue to the archaeological site of Moray, that according to historians, the place has constructions that were part of an agricultural investigation in the Incas Empire. Next place to visit in our journey is the village of Maras and visit their famous salt mines. We will witness the thousands little salt ponds where the process of solidification is naturally happening, and we even might be lucky to see the local villagers collecting it. We will continue our descent to the Sacred Valley of the Incas until we reach the town of Urubamba, where we will have lunch. Then, we will 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.
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.
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