16th June: LIMA
Arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel.
17th June: LIMA
PM SHARED: H/D City Tour + Larco Herrera Museum. Peru’s capital is a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architectural jewels, revered pre-Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched over the blue Pacific. Explore these many facets, including the 16th century Plaza Mayor (Main Square) – still graced by the Government Palace and the City Hall. We’ll visit the Cathedral and the San Francisco Convent, built in the 17th century, and its “Catacombs” ancient underground cemetery of Lima. Afterwards, visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum: this fabulous museum includes the exquisite Collection of Peruvian Gold and Silver from the olden days, and the Pre-Hispanic Erotic Art Salon. Its pieces have toured major world museums. The Larco Museum exhibits the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world. Our tour continues along the city’s lovely Pacific coast through the enchanting neighborhoods of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar. Return to your hotel to rest
18th June: LIMA/AREQUIPA
Transfer out Lima. Flight Lima/Arequipa(not inc). Transfer in Arequipa and transfer to your hotel. PM PRIVATE : H/D City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery & Juanita Mummy. Visit to the city, beginning with the extraordinary architecture of the Convent of Santa Catalina, opened in 1970 to the public after more than 400 years of religious cloistered life. Then tour the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the Cathedral, Church of La Compañia with all its colonial jewels, them crossing the city along the Chili River, going to the Carmen Alto viewpoint, where you will enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape and the origin of the Arequipa´s valley and the colonial district of Yanahuara. Continue and visit to the exhibit of the mummy “Juanita”, a virgin of the Sun who was sacrificed to the “Apus” or spirits of the mountains and recently discovered in Ampato glacier.
19th June: AREQUIPA/COLCA VALLEY
SHARED : 2D/1N Colca: We will meet in your hotel and then start our guided tour to the second deepest canyon in the world, depart from Arequipa to 2 350 meters of altitude for Yura we will admire the volcanoes which around of the city: Chachani, Misti and Pichu Pichu. Colca: We will ascend the Chachani’s slope, to a plain: Pampa Canñahuas, between 4 000 and 4 500 meters. This area constitutes the National Reserve of Salinas and White watery. Then, we will observe groups of “Vicuñas”, and a great variety of plants. Continue to Patahuasi, Vizcachani, Tojra, Chucura and Patampampa (observation point at 4,800 m.s.n.m.); Box Lunch is included; We will arrive to Chivay after 185 km of run. Then transfer to the Casa Andina Hotel, Afterwards we’ll visit “La Calera” Natural Hot springs (fee entrance is not included).
20th June: COLCA VALLEY / PUNO
Breakfast and travel 2 hours (Aprox) on our transportation to the famous Condor Cross, at this place is possible to appreciate the fly of Condors or sometimes seating on the big rocks, two hours spending looking this amazing and biggest bird in the world, also there are many villages at the deep part of this spectacular Canyon. Then we drive back to Chivay, arrival and continue our trip to the city of Puno (shared transfer).Transfer to your hotel in Puno
21st June: PUNO
SHARED: FD Uros + Taquile <lunch, fast boat, private guide. Morning visit to the Uros islands, these islands are made of reeds, rising six meters above the lake level. They are anchored by logs and connected to each other by ropes. The main activities of the people who live here are fishing and handcrafting several items that they sell to visitors. Continue to Taquile Island which has two essential characteristics; its geography, offering a spectacular view from its hills, and its standing as a first-rate textile center. Taquileños live on their textile activities. This can easily be seen in the men walking about in rubber sandals (“ojotas” in quechua), wearing black pants, white flannel shirts and beautiful, finely woven chumpis (belts), covering their heads with finely knitted warm “chullos” (caps with ear flaps). Lunch included.
22nd June: PUNO/CUSCO
Transfer to the train station of Perurail.Full day transfer to Cusco city on the ANDEAN EXPLORER train (Orient Express)- aprox 8 hrs journey. Lunch included on board. Please note this train runs from APRIL to OCTOBER on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays. Please note this train runs from NOVEMBER to MARCH only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Shared: Andean Explorer Train
- Km 281 – The train departures from Juliaca, commercial town and railway center of around 150,000 inhabitants, whose unbridled trade appears sometimes spilling onto the tracks as the train continues its way through tissues and crafts sellers.
- Juliaca is the first stop on this journey through Andean culture before reaching to Cusco (3.400 meters) Transfer in Cusco. Train route as follows:
- Km 186 Located in Marangi we can still find the house, where the wool barons hundred years ago established the only textile factory in the region “From here you start to leave behind the fertile hills of Cusco giving way to all known plains known as the Altiplano.The train continues its ascent for another 27 km past the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes to La Raya, 210 km from Puno. With 4.321 meters above sea level, this is the highest point of the trip, a cold and remote place, where a fine mist or rain often hide the spectral peaks and whose silence can be attributed to a dizzying height that blocks the eardrums of each traveler. After going through this huge shed, the train travels through a sea of seemingly endless pastures and remote villages that seem immune to the passage of time.
- Km 120 – The train arrives at Raqchi, just before reaching the railway station of San Pedro, from where travelers can observe the remains of the great temple of Viracocha, the creator god in Inca mythology. Raqchi has been described by John Hemming as “probably the largest roofed building built by the Incas.” Seventeen miles beyond San Pedro, the train stops in Sichuan, a bustling commercial island set in a plain landscape. Aymara women bring their products to this important picturesque village board taxis, tricycles.
- Km 59 – Urcos is, according to legend, the place where local bosses hided the Inca gold from the Spaniards and prevent their sacred objects from being merged into banal jewelry.
- Km 80 – The people of Cusipata and Checacupe (in Km 99) hide unexpected treasures of pre-Columbian and colonial origin, from pre-Inca and Inca ruins in a church whose origin dates from the seventeenth century.
- Km 40 – In Rumicolca we approached the great stone doorway of the same name, silent guardian of the southern entrance of Cusco in the Incas time. For the Wari culture, the predecessor of the Inca culture, it was served to channel water aqueduct from the picturesque Laguna from Lucre to the walled city of Pikillcta.
- Km 45 – We arrived at the Andahuaylillas church, one of the crown jewels of the colonial Cusco, with its magnificent murals and splendid paintings of religious themes.
- Cusco – The train arrives to the southeast along the Hutanay river through green fields dotted with willow trees and eucalyptus trees across remote communities gathered around colonial churches.
- Km 25 – The train crosses Oropesa, a working community who is responsible, thanks to its forty-seven bakeries, to provide daily bread consumed in the imperial city.
- Km 32 – Before you reach the Lake Muina, the train turns left, crosses the valley road to reach Huambutio Vilcanota River, which plunges steeply into the gorge before widening to reach the Grand Canyon of the Urubamba.
23rd June: CUSCO
Half day – City tour and nearby ruins. The city tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, considered the best repository of colonial art from the Cusco school. We’ll continue the circuit to Qoricancha (“court of gold”, also known as the temple of the sun), the religious and political center of Cusco during the Inca era. Just outside the city is Sacsayhuaman (“speckled falcon”), the fortress above Cusco whose precise zigzags of massive stone remain unmoved by the centuries. This is the center of the ceremonies for the famous Inti Raymi festival. Continuing away from the city, we’ll visit the labyrinthine ruins of Qenqo (“zigzag”), Puca Pucara (Red Fortress) and Tambomachay (“cavern lodge”) where fountains built by the Incas capture the waters of a natural spring. Return to your hotel to rest.
24th June: CUSCO/ INTI RAYMI / CUSCO
PRIVATE: Full day – Inti Raymi + box lunch. The Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere and the local harvests are the driving force behind the greatest, most majestic pre-Hispanic ceremony to render homage to the sun. Today, the Inti Raymi festival evokes the splendid Inca ritual of yore, being carefully scripted by Cuzco professors, archaeologists and historians. The central event is acted out on the esplanade below the imposing fortress of Sacsayhuaman, 2 km outside the city of Cusco. There, step by step, thousands of actors enact a long ceremony giving thanks to the sun god, Inti. The Inca ruler is borne on a royal litter from the Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun to the Huacaypata, the city’s main square, where he commands the local authorities to govern fairly. This is the most spectacular feast of the Inca empire, according to one Spanish chronicler: “It was the most impressive and splendid of all the feasts in America in the pre -Columbian era”.
25th June: CUSCO/ SACRED VALLEY
SHARED: Full day – Sacred Valley (Pisac market and Ollantaytambo) + lunch. You will visit Pisac, a picturesque town located 19.8 miles or 32 Km. northeast of Cusco. It is famous for its colonial Church, where masses in Quechua are held every Sunday. Its colorful fairs also take place every day. Here merchants offer for sale all sorts of handicrafts, the most important of which are the textiles and ceramic goods such as ceremonial goblets called “Q’eros”, plates, ashtrays, necklace and replicas of pre-Hispanic pottery. Lunch is included. In the afternoon you will visit the remarkable fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas. A very steep stone staircase leads into the fortress. Across an esplanade there is a temple with 10 niches, and beside it a block of partially unworked stones. Beyond another esplanade, six huge rectangular monoliths (estimated weight: 50 tons) form the Temple of the Sun. Vestiges of rooms are seen on top, and on the other side of the hill a four storey building, either a military school or prison.
26th June: SACRED VALLEY/ MACHU PICCHU
SHARED: Full day Machu Picchu tour (Vistadome train) + lunch. Transfer to the train station to board Vistadome train that goes through the Urubamba Valley or Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the fabulous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spaniards. For centuries it was buried in the jungle until Hiram Bingham found it in 1911. The Holy City of Machu Picchu was built in stone among the flanks of two hills belonging to the eastern mountain range of the Andes, descending into the Amazonian upper sylvan. There is no doubt that Machu Picchu represents an extraordinary example of architecture and engineering. Upon arrival to the station, the buses wait to transfer you to the top of the ruins (30 minutes). A guided tour of the ruins gives you some idea of what the city must have looked like. Return to the hotel. Note: Guide will travel with passengers on the train to Machu Picchu but the guide will return to Cusco this day.
27th June: MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO
Second visit to Machu Picchu ruins, bus ticket (round trip) included – guide is not included. Afternoon Vistadome back to Cusco. Arrival to the station, meet and transfer to your hotel.
28th June: CUSCO/***
Transfer out Cusco. Flight Cuzco/Lima (not inc) Connect with your international flight
- Lima – Casa Andina Select
- Arequipa- Sonesta Posada del Inca
- Colca – Aranwa Colca
- Puno – Casa Andina Private Collection
- Cusco – Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco
- Sacred Valley – Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
- Aguas Calientes – El Mapi