(Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Cusco, Aguas Calientes)
Alter your reality. Behold the Andes.
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 arrival you will be met by our local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Our local representative will meet you in the lobby of the hotel, walk with you to the airport, and assist you with airport check-in.
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.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
Fly from Lima to Arequipa direct on Lan Peru Airlines. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and local representative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Enjoy a Full day shared tour to visit Uros and Taquile Island on a shared boat with a private English speaking guide. A Quechua speaking population developed an efficient and unique social system that continues to be passed from generation to generation in these parts. The islands are also famous for one of the world’s finest hand weaving techniques. Board a small boat and venture out onto the waters of Lake Titicaca. Visit one of the native Uros communities located on a man-made floating island in the lake. The Uros people live totally interwoven with the "Totora" reed which grows abundantly in the shallows of the lake. This way of life began over 500 years ago when the Uros built the islands in an effort to isolate themselves from the Coyas and the Incas. From here, continue onwards to visit Taquile. The community here lives in perfect harmony with the environment. The locals wear colorful traditional clothes which they make themselves and maintain a strong air of group individuality. Men always seem to be walking around the island knitting the woolen caps they wear. Women weave traditional clothes, which are among Peru's most beautiful. Enjoy a great lunch on Taquile and then return to Puno in the afternoon.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking local representative.
Flight from Juliaca to Cusco. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
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 Koricancha 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.
Situated in the historic area of Cusco, the Libertador Palacio del Inka is highly commended by past guests for its services and facilities. The 240 rooms and 14 suites are well-appointed, with comfortable beds and stimulating views. The breakfast buffet is delicious, with a good spread of options that will satisfy everybody. The hotel has a grand, ancient atmosphere, and is simply impeccable when it comes to staff and an amiable atmosphere. There is plenty of lounging space for those who want to interact with other guests or friends. The Libertador is conveniently situated, within easy walking distance to key points in the city for shopping and sightseeing.
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 a 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.
Includes transfer to/from the train station with shared bus and professional driver.
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: train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included.We will confirm the 7:00am hike,there is the option of doing the later hike, so if you would like the later hike (10:00am) please let us know.
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.
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.
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
Direct flight from Cusco to Lima. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.Please note: Flights' rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima in the company of your private vehicle, driver and English speaking Guide, passing by outstanding monuments such as the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral (closed on Sundays) at the Plaza Mayor. Visit the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
After lunch at "La Rosa Nautica" (included in tour) visit the Larco Herrera Museum. Since 1926 this museum holds the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art with a unique assortment of erotic pottery, genuine and rich jewels in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. With more than 45,000 pieces of ceramics plus genuine mummies and marvellous Paracas textiles, this is a great place to visit.
Return to your hotel at day's end.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Peru for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Lima. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1824, having declared it in 1821. Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages. English is spoken in major tourist areas. Religion: 81% Roman Catholic, 2.1% other denominations, 16.3% unspecified or none. Time: GMT - 5. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.) Telephone: Country code +51. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones can be rented in Lima and the main cities. Coverage is sporadic. Internet: Public Internet booths and Internet cafes are widely available in cities and most towns.
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