(Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Cusco, Aguas Calientes)
Alter your reality. Behold the Andes, from soaring canyons to floating villages, this Signature tour not only includes Machu Picchu, but also the lesser known gems of this mountain region.
Peru is a land of splendid natural beauty and tremendous archaeological wealth. From the snow capped Andean peaks to forgotten sun-bleached temples and steamy rainforests of the Amazon basin, it is the crown jewel in all of South America. View ancient ruins that hold age-old secrets and explore labyrinthine cities where time stands still. Hike stone pathways that lead to lofty points offering breathtaking views of distant canyons, and gaze in awe at the majestic flight of a condor. In the evening, relax in well-appointed and comfortable accommodations.
Explore the observation point “Cruz del Condor” and take in the grandeur of the canyon below. Boat across Lake Titicaca and visit one of the native Uros communities located on a man-made floating island. Head to the historic city of Cusco and tour the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun), the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, and the labyrinth of Puca Pucara. A short train ride through picturesque landscapes brings you to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a private guided tour and learn all about this mysterious lost city. Hike to the top of Wayna Picchu, which towers over the Incan city, and take in views from the top that will alter your reality.
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Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Our local representative will meet you at the airport, walk with you to the lobby of the hotel and assist you with check-in.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
Enjoy a three hour private, guided city tour of Arequipa starting with a visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery, a city within a city, founded at the end of XVII century and only opened to the public a few years ago. Your English speaking Guide will also bring you to the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Jesuit Cloister and the residential areas of Cayma and Yanahuara before finishing the tour at the “Mirador de Yanahuara” for a superb view of the volcanoes.
Today you will travel from Arequipa to Colca Canyon. This tour offers beautiful landscapes and a visit to the thermal baths, as well as the history of the ancient Andean cultures and the Catholic influence and introduction through the Spanish. The people living in the valley today are testimony to this history and the cultures of Collaguas and Cabanas settling there. In the early morning depart from Arequipa and head towards the valley. On the way you will pass Yura, Pampa de Arrieros, Pampa Cañahuas (where we’ll find the Vicuna National Reserve of Aguada Blanca), Vizcachani and Tojra (a great place to witness migratory birds resting in so called “bofedales”, a sort of peat bog). Apart from the impressive landscape with several snow-capped volcanoes, we’ll see a lot of small stone towers called “apachetas”, which have been assembled this way by the locals as an offering to the “Apus” or the mountains according to old Andean religion. Upon entering Colca Canyon we’ll arrive at the most important town, Chivay, where you can enjoy lunch. In the afternoon we’ll visit the thermal baths of La Calera (about 1 km from Chivay) and on our drive back we’ll make a short stop in the city to visit the market and the main square before arriving to your hotel in Colca Canyon.
The Colca Valley is an ideal spot for open-air activities and certain adventure sports. Colca Lodge is strategically located for use as a comfortable and convenient base camp whatever activity is to be carried out during your stay in the area.
For those who visit us as a family or simply wish to participate in non-stressful activities, Colca Lodge offers short hikes to the nearby ruins at Uyo Uyo, an ancient pre-Inca settlement which functioned as the capital of the region. This site is close to the hotel. The excursion can be extended to take in the colcas - seed warehouses used by the ancient cultures that inhabited the valley - which are spectacularly situated in a small canyon close to Uyo Uyo. From there, the trip can be made to the village of Yanque, one of the sixteen settlements along the valley, where one can visit the colonial church and the museum and observe the customs of this old-style Peruvian agricultural community.
At Colca Lodge it is also possible to hire horses or mountain bikes for excursions into the countryside.
Indeed, for the more experienced cyclists, the Colca Valley offers some magnificent circuits. Likewise, those who enjoy trekking can request two- or three-day expeditions into the depths of the canyon, one of the deepest in the world. Or, if one prefers, it is possible to visit the River Amazon's most remote source on Mount Mismi at more than 5000 metres altitude.
In the morning we’ll drive to the observation point “Cruz del Condor”. While this is not the deepest point of the Canyon, from Cruz del Condor you can appreciate the grandeur of the canyon and with a bit of luck, you might even spot an Andean condor, the largest flying bird in the world, soaring across the high plain.
After visiting the Cruz del Condor observation point you will continue to Puno with your English speaking guide and driver in a private vehicle. Enjoy a box Lunch along the way.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel (included in the tour price).
Uros and Taquile Islands excursion in private service with english speaking guide. Pick up from the hotel is at 08:00an, visit Lake Titikaka, see the Uros Floating Islands, a group of 40 big island located within the Titikaka National Reserve, where the Uros people continue living like their ancestors did, preserving their customs and communal way life. Travel to Taquile Island, a peaceful island with no roads or electricity, but plenty of hills and archeological ruins. Lunch at a local restaurant in Taquile (included) Return to hotel at approximately 5pm.
Airport transfer with your private guide and vehicle, including a visit en route to the impressive Sillustani tombs. Sillustani sits on a small hilltop overlooking Lake Umayo. There are about 100 burial towers, demonstrating complex engineering challenges, more than other Incas constructions. The more important people were buried in the towers. Visit this unique site en route.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
High in the Andes, 3000m above sea level, lies the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Take a half day private tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Coricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.
Includes tourist ticket and entrance fees.
Enjoy a full day private excursion to the Sacred Valley with your own private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide. Traveling north of Cusco, enjoy a visit to Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire that is an excellent example of military architecture. Enjoy a buffet lunch (included) at Wayra Restaurant. Afterwards, visit the village of Pisac and attend the local agricultural open-market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts.
“Please note that due to weather conditions during the rainy season (December through March, and possibly longer) the Marinera dancers will not be performing during the show, however the Paso horse show will still take place”
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
Once at the train station you will board the Vistadome train for a 6:05am* departure to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu (train ride is 4 hrs). The journey begins with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the 'zigzag', up the hill out of Cusco, before a brief stop at the village of Poroy. The train then descends from the highest point of the journey into the Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the train travels along the Urubamba River, with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.
Please note that your guide will travel with you onboard the train from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes. This guide will also provide the private tour of Machu Picchu. After the tour the guide will explain all the necessary information and provide you with any entrances or tickets required for the rest of your time at Machu Picchu (evening and following day). The guide will return to Cuzco that evening.
Note: When staying overnight at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes the following day will be at leisure, with no guide (unless otherwise specified). If you would like to have a guide please speak with your sales consultant about adding this service.
Note about luggage: When you board the train to visit Machu Picchu with overnight, bring only a small bag with you. Due to limited storage space on the train, passengers are asked to bring only one small piece of luggage. The rest of your luggage will be stored safely at your hotel and returned to you either in Cuzco or The Sacred Valley. Hand luggage on the train is limited to 11 pounds or 5 kgs.
*Note: train times and schedules may vary based on availability, your train times will be confirmed on your final itinerary.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!
After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Please note: For itineraries including an overnight stay at the Sanctuary Lodge (instead of Aguas Calientes) you will simply return to the lodge after your tour.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is provided for your convenience. Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, alternative date(s) will be provided where possible.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included. A limited number of hikers are allowed each morning and there are two scheduled times to do this hike, 7am and 10am.
The eternal guardian of the Sanctuary, Wayna Picchu (meaning “Young Mountain’ in Quechua) towers over the Incan city, and an amazing view can be appreciated from the top. The route to the top of the mountain is treacherous, with very narrow pathways, and to conquer the summit is truly a rewarding experience! Along the route and at the top of the mountain are sacred structures and eye-catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge. Depending on each person's hiking pace, this activity may take up to 3 hours. This activity is on your own; please speak to your sales agent about organizing a guide to accompany you. Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, either alternative date(s) will be provided where possible or arrangements to hike Montana Machu Picchu will be provided.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:25pm* and takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Explore Lima on a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima with a private guide and driver. Visit the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral at the Plaza Mayor (closed on Sundays), along with the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores for a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Please note that the airfare quoted in your itinerary is being quoted based on LANTAM South American Pass rates. These rates are only offered when international airfare is booked on one of the following airlines: LANTAM Airlines (LA/4M/4C/LP/XL/JJ), American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA), Air Canada (AC), Iberia Air (IB) Delta (DL).
You will need to provide your international ticket numbers in order for us to issue the domestic flights at the special rates. Without international ticket numbers on above mentioned airlines, special rates do not apply. If you purchase your international ticket on one of the above mentioned airlines with points or mileage the special fare in this itinerary will not be applicable.
Please note that rates are always subject to change until purchased.
Conveniently located beside the Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima, the Ramada Costa del Sol is a great choice for travelers. The 130 guest rooms include mini bars and climate control. Breakfast offers a lovely range of options, with all the necessities required to start the day off. Try the hotel restaurants which feature items from across the world. Spend time using the sauna and massage services for a relaxing stay.
Casa Andina Private Collection proudly shares with travelers to Arequipa its newest acquisition, converted from an old mansion and opened in early 2008. The 41 rooms are immaculately kept, each designed with a fusion of contemporary and traditional decor so that one may embrace the history of this city in each hallway. For those who will spend time learning the history of Arequipa, the hotel is just a few blocks from the main square and the monastery. One will appreciate the quiet and convenience this placement offers.
In the mid 1980s, tourists began to arrive in the Colca Valley, attracted initially by the views of the canyon and the majestic flight of the condor. The first adventurers were accommodated in disused construction camps left over from the Majes project. This was the time when, believing there would be an increase in tourism in the future, our founders decided to set up the first hotel in the zone; its main attraction were the hot springs. During the 1990s and the beginning of the present century, Colca Lodge, as a part of the tourism division of the Grupo Inca, started to grow steadily until it became one of the chief and most complete hotel establishments in Colca.
At the present time, the Colca Lodge team brings together shareholders from Arequipa with a commitment to the development of sustainable tourism, managers imbued with the philosophy of providing professional hospitality for their guests, and friendly local people who are glad that Colca Lodge offers them a means of supporting their families. Providing our guests with personal attention, which is the focus of our day-to-day business, care of the natural environment, conservation of and respect for the local culture, together with the firm wish to continue offering opportunities for sustainable development in the area, are some of the main concerns of our team. We hope your visit will be enjoyable.
Peering onto the banks of Lake Titicaca in Puno, the largest lake in South America, the Libertador welcomes guests to discover this region. Its 123 rooms provide delicious panoramic views of the lake and all its activity. Rooms are equipped with all the amenities of home plus all sorts of toiletries for convenience. Dine at Los Uros Restaurant, where one may sample Andean cuisine at its best. Take advantage of this opportunity to truly savor the talents of chefs using traditional ingredients and techniques. Make sure to learn about the unique Uros people that inhabit the manmade islands on these waters. Also take some time to loosen up in the Jacuzzi and sauna.
The Palacio del Inka Hotel is located opposite to the Temple of the Sun or “Koricancha”, and walking distance to the main square. From here, you can visit one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, a place that will be steeped in the memory of every traveller. A stay at Palacio de Inka Luxury Collection is more tan a refined visit; it’s the key that unlocks authentic locales for today’s seasoned global explorers.
The new luxury accommodations at Sumaq Hotel in Machu Picchu are remarkable, with unparalleled natural surroundings and solitude. The 60 rooms offer stunning views of the river flowing below, as well as private balconies. Enjoy high-quality toiletries and bath products. The hotel's considerate staff are willing to go to all lengths to ensure guests are pleased with their stay. Chefs whip up mouth-watering cuisine, with ingredients and methods taken from across the world. Local specialties are also available. Test out the hotel spa, or take a short walk to the train station, where more restaurants and markets are available for the guests to enjoy.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out. I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
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