1st Day Arrive Lima
|Most flights arrive in the evening||The Hotel is attached to the airport by a footbridge. Simply walk across to the Hotel and check-in.|
|4* Ramada Airport Hotel||Superior Room|
4* Ramada Airport Hotel
Strategically located in the heart of Jorge Chavez International Airport, an hour away from all cultural and historical wonders Lima has to offer, Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel is the first hotel that provides the necessary services to meet your expectations during your stay. Perfect for those on transit, you will enjoy the services and amenities with the tranquility of walking to or from your flight in a few minutes. Indoor pool and free Wi-Fi.
2nd Day Fly Arequipa – Private Arequipa Tours (B)
|Private Transfer to Lima Airport||The Hotel is attached to the airport by a footbridge. Simply walk across to the Airport and check-in.|
|Fly Arequipa||Flights depart around 10:00. Arrives to Arequipa approx. 11:35.|
|Private transfer to your Hotel in Arequipa||Approx. 20 minutes to your hotel.|
|Private Arequipa Tours||Pick up at your hotel at 14:00 and returning to your hotel at 18:30.|
|5* Libertador Hotel – Arequipa||Suites|
Private Arequipa Tours
Nicknamed the ‘white city’, Arequipa is surrounded by spectacular mountains, including the volcano El Misti. A fascinating feature of the city is its many beautiful buildings made of a light-colored volcanic rock called sillar.
The luxury travel to Arequipa City Tour is a great way to get to know the impressive beauty of “La Ciudad Blanca”, the White City. The tour includes sites such as the church and square of San Francisco, home of La Compañía de Jesus, colonial homes, the Plaza de Armas and the unforgettable Convent of Santa Catalina, characterized by its narrow streets and different styles and famous in the 16th century.
The Convent of Santa Catalina, perhaps the most fascinating colonial religious building in the country, was until recently home to almost 450 nuns.
Luxury 5* Libertador Hotel Arequipa
Check into your Hotel the beautiful Hotel Libertador, the only 5-star Hotel in Arequipa.
The Hotel Libertador Arequipa offers a distinguished and warm service, to tourists traveling the Arequipa- Cuzco circuit. Its facilities and location make it an ideal starting point for exploring the Colca Canyon, which is one of the deepest canyons in the world.
The spacious Guest Rooms and Suites offer:
- Internet access
- Room service 24 hours a day
- Minibar refrigerator
- Laundry service
- Cable TV and radio
- 220V and 110V electrical current
- Gift Shop
- The Kuna store – offers a wide variety of gifts, which are indigenous to Peru.
- Gym and sauna – Recently remodeled, new equipment, sauna and massages
- Jacuzzi and swimming pool – available 24 hours.
- Los Montoneros Bar
- Los Robles Restaurant – Where you can enjoy our buffet breakfast (05:00a.m. to 10:30a.m.).
3th Day Private Colca Canyon Tour (B, L)
|Private Transfer to Colca Canyon|
|Collection from your Hotel Foyer at 07:30.|
Lunch is Included at a good local Restaurant.
|5* Las Casitas Del Colca Colca Canyon||Superior King Rooms|
Private Colca Canyon Tour
We will depart at 7:30, crossing 160 Km to the town of Chivay, capital of the Province of Caylloma. At the beginning of our excursion we will enjoy the majestic views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes and then approach the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”, where our transportation will make a short stop to observe the wild Vicuñas (the most important American camel) in its natural habitat. At this point we will be around 3,400 meters above sea level.
We will arrive to “Pata Wasi” (Pata=high Wasi=home) an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve. Here you might enjoy the natural formation of rocks and the view to the backside of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. To prevent altitude sickness, we will have an original
Andean “Mate de Coca” drink in Sunbay at 3,800 meters above sea level.
Continuing on the road we will pass through “Tocra” over the 4,500-meter-high mountains, where we will observe lakes with migrant birds and get pictures of the “Antiplano” (high plains) with its Llamas and Guanacos. Our highest point will be “Pata Pampa” (Pata=high, Pampa=land) located at 4,820 meters, where we’ll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, Mismi (the source of the Amazon River), and the “Cordillera de Chila”.
When we are getting close to the town of Chivay (3,651 meters) we will start to wonder at the spectacular multicolor view of the terraces of the Colca valley. In Chivay we will drive to our hotel and after occupying our rooms we will have time for lunch, (cost of lunch is included in program).
In the afternoon we will walk to the real Indian Town of Coporaque, where we will visit its traditional main square and – optionally- go on a hike to the hill of the San Antonio ruins, where we will visit a cemetery and have a wonderful view to the terraces of the Canyon (the hike takes about 1 hr.)
Luxury 5* Las Casitas Del Colca
Inspired by its surroundings, Las Casitas del Colca was designed and built to fit in perfectly and harmoniously with the landscape, scattering twenty spacious and private cottages (casitas) throughout the complex. The hotel was constructed to be a refuge of peace and tranquillity, providing the guest a chance to forget about all the worries of everyday life and enjoy the serenity and beauty that the Andes offer.
Las Casitas features luxurious cottage – style villas with private fire place and free Wi-Fi. It offers a spa and an outdoor pool, integrated in the beautiful surroundings of Colca Canyon, marvelous views, a singular hospitable setting, excellent weather, and the height of service you deserve are a few of the delights this hotel offers.
All villas at Las Casitas del Colca are equipped with a minibar and an Ipod Docking Station. The sofa is situated in front of the cosy fire place and the bathrooms feature both indoor and outdoor showers with bathtub. Wellness facilities include a sauna and several massage treatments. A large variety of outdoor leisure activities are available, such as the giant condors spotting, horse riding, hiking or visits to the local alpaca farm.
Guests can enjoy magnificent views at Las Casitas’s restaurant. Dishes are prepared with tasty regional ingredients. The bar is open throughout the day for refreshments and drinks. Room service is also available.
Other features include:
There are five beautiful Peruvian paso horses that live in the stables which you can visit and feed.
Horseback riding excursions are also offered along different trails that lead to nearby communities.
The hotel is located on 24 hectares, which include an extensive organic garden where a large variety of plants and vegetable are grown, many of which are used in the food offered to the guests. There are also 5 greenhouses set aside for growing vegetables and other flowers. A lovely picnic is offered to all guests in the midst of the flower fields.
This hotel has an incredible variety of plant and animal species, and many people visit us just to experience the diversity of birds that can be seen in this region of the country, like the giant hummingbird that feeds on the cantuta flower, regional flower of Arequipa.
Ducks, chickens, turkeys, pigs, rabbits, and Guinea pigs at the farm are also raised on the hotel grounds.
4th Day Cruz del Condor – Return to Arequipa (B, L, D)
|Private Cruz del Condor Tour & return to Arequipa||Collection from your Hotel Foyer at 06:00. (It is best to visit the Condors in the early mornings)|
Arrive to Arequipa around 16:00.
|Lunch is Included||Lunch is included at a good local restaurant.|
|5* Libertador Hotel – Arequipa||Suites|
Private Cruz del Condor
We will have our breakfast very early in the morning (about 6:00 am), so we can leave to the famous “Cruz del Condor” point as early as possible. We’ll arrive to “Cruz del Condor” at approximately 8:00 am. After taking pictures of the majestic Condors, our guide will take you for a short walk near the Canyon.
We will then drive back to Chivay, visiting the traditional town of Pinchollo and the “Antahuilque viewpoint”, where a wonderful 1,500-year-old terracing constructed by the Collaguas culture well before the Incas’ time can be observed.
We visit the town of Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in November of 1991 and the town of Yanque with the most beautiful church in the valley.
We’ll return to Chivay for lunch at a local restaurant (cost of lunch is included in the program and then, onto to Arequipa.
5th Day Fly Cusco & Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour (B, L, D)
|Private Transfer to the Airport in Arequipa||We will collect you from your Hotel Foyer at approx. 08:00 for a 20 minute transfer to the Arequipa Airport.|
|Fly Cusco||Flights Depart at 10:25 and arrive to Cusco at 11:25.|
|Private Transfer to your Hotel in Cusco||We will be waiting for you outside of Cusco Airport Arrival Hall with a sign with our and your names on it. Approx. 15 minutes.|
|Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour||Pick up in your Hotel foyer at 13:45. Return at approx. 17:30.|
|5* Palacio Nazarenas Hotel Cusco||Junior Suites|
Luxury 5 * Palacio Nazarenas
Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent, now known as the Palacio Nazarenas, emerged from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels.
Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cusco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine.
This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.
Junior Suites are located in both the ancient part of the hotel and the new section – close to the pool.
A choice of bedding includes one king or two twin poster beds. Suite amenities include complimentary full buffet breakfast or are room only – depending on the rate plan selected.
Also included are complimentary wireless Internet access, butler service, widescreen LED satellite TV with premium channels, CD and DVD players, iPhone and iPad for guest use, iPod dock, personal safe large enough for a notebook PC and a well-stocked mini-bar.
The sumptuous marble bathroom is equipped with a separate bath and shower, dual washbasins and luxurious bath amenities.
Other Suites Available:
Suites – Our Suites provide the utmost comfort while reflecting the authentic charm of Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.
Grand Master Suites – Our grand Master Suites offer guests two luxurious Master Suites. Each has a spacious bathroom with underfloor heating and Peruvian travertine marble décor.
Palacio Suite – This beautiful Suite is located in the ancient part of the hotel.
It is ideal for longer stays in Cusco or for those who enjoy the luxury of space.
Nazarenas Suite – This elegant master suite boasts an original, handcrafted ceiling, whose colours have inspired the entire palette of the hotel. The authentic charm and exclusivity of the Suite make for an irresistible combination.
**** All Suites are enriched with oxygen to help combat altitude sickness. You may also choose to have your room delicately scented with healing essential aromas of Andean flowers and herbs.
Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour
The Private Half Day Cusco City Tour Visits all of the Principal Inca & Colonial Attractions in Cusco
Tambomachay – This was an Inca sanctuary dedicated to the cult of water, a place reserved for Inca Royalty.
Puca Pucara – This is an Inca archaeological site located again on the peak of a hill and is thought to be a military position and an administrative centre.
Qenko – A sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals, and consists of ruins formed by a rocky site with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.
Sacsayhuamán – Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of approx. 20,000 men, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stone setting. Many say it is as impressive as Machu Picchu itself!
Cusco Cathedral – One of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Americas.
Coricancha – Originally named Inti Qancha (‘ Temple of the Sun’) was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God.
6th Day Private Full Day Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inca (B, L)
|Private Full Day Tour The Sacred Valley of the Inca||Pick Up in your Hotel Foyer at 08:30. Returns at approx. 18:30. Lunch is included.|
|Lunch at Posada Tunupa||Buffet Lunch is included at Posada Tunupa.|
|Luxury 5* JW Marriott El Convento – Cusco||Inca Wall Rooms|
Full Day Private Sacred Valley of the Inca Tour
Pisac Market | Pisac Ruins | Lunch Posada Tunupa | Ollantaytambo
A famed hill town, Pisac is a great place to purchase top quality Andean knitwear at lower prices than visitors will find in major cities during their travels in Peru. Woven blankets, tapestries, and alpaca garments such as sweaters and mittens, colorful fabric and accessories are found in abundance at the Pisac market in addition to pottery, jewelry, and other handicrafts.
Pisac Inca Ruins
It’s not hard to succumb to the charms of sunny Pisac, a bustling colonial village at the base of a spectacular Inca fortress perched on a mountain spur. Its pull is universal and recent years have seen an influx of expats and new age followers in search of an Andean Shangri-la. Located just 33km northeast of Cuzco by a paved road, it’s the most convenient starting point to the Sacred Valley.
After lunch, we proceed onto Ollantaytambo an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River – an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed.
7th Day Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu (B, Br, D)
|Private Transfer out Cusco and Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu||Pick Up in your Hotel Foyer at 8:00 for the thirty-minute private transfer to Poroy train station. Catch the 09:05 Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu, arriving at 12:24. Gourmet Brunch is included on board.|
|Private Machu Picchu Tour||2-3 Hours with plenty of time to ask questions.|
|Exclusive 5* Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu (All-Inclusive)||Superior Mountain View Terrace Rooms Gourmet Dinner is included in the Hotel.|
Luxury Hiram Bingham Train
To & From Machu Picchu
The Hiram Bingham is an exclusive Luxury Orient Express service operated by Peru Rail, all service inclusive where you will enjoy a full day of unforgettable experiences.
The Service Includes:
- Champagne Reception
- Brunch and dinner on board.
- Exclusive Bus return to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
- Guided tour in the citadel.
- Gourmet Dinner & Small Show included on the return journey
Observation Car: At the back of the Hiram Bingham is the Observation car, offering a space in which to truly appreciate the stunning Peruvian landscape. Observations cars are a great addition to any train and this one is furnished with dark wood, polished brass and large cushioned seats, thus making it the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the unfolding Peruvian landscape.
Carriages: The carriages are luxurious with elegant decoration in the style of the 1920′s Pullman trains. Each of the four carriages has been furnished in polished wood and brass, with large chairs and plenty of space.
Luxury 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel
All Inclusive | A la Carte Full Board | Beverages & Minibar
Superior Mountain View Room with Terrace
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left.
Sit out on a terrace and savor Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: This delightful Orient- Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.
Guided Tour of Machu Picchu (2 – 3 Hours)
The ‘Holy Grail’ for lovers of Inca monuments, the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in all of South America and possibly the world.
The spectacular collection of temples, terraced hills and plazas was the mountain-top citadel of the Inca under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui, until the coming of the Europeans with Pizarro.
It may have the most familiar name, but Machu Picchu has refused to reveal many of its mysteries, including the secrets of its construction, function, and demise. The overgrown ruins were discovered by US historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, and the quality of the stonework hints that it was an extremely important ceremonial site.
The remains are thought to date from around 1450, built at the height of the Inca Empire, and as they escaped being plundered by the Spanish they include semi-intact icons and shrines that were defaced or removed at other sites.
Entering the site, a set of steps leads to the ruined Temple of the Sun and a series of altars and niches. Highlights include the remains of ceremonial baths, the Sacred Plaza with its tremendous view across the Urubamba River valley, a rare shrine to the sun, and a labyrinth of passageways and cells.
8th Day Revisit Machu Picchu & Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco (B, L, D)
|Private Machu Picchu Tours||There are 4 additional Machu Picchu Tours you may choose from. There are no additional charges, you are only limited by your time and energy.|
|Lunch||Buffet Lunch is included at the 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. (12:00 – 15:00)|
|Luxury Hiram Bingham Train||Catch the 17:50 Hiram Bingham train returning to Poroy Train Station at 21:16. A Four Course Gourmet Meal & Show on the train tonight.|
|Private Transfer in Cusco||Approx. 30 minutes to your Hotel.|
|Belmond 5* Palacio Nazarenas Luxury Hotel – Cusco||Junior Suites|
Revisit Machu Picchu
Today you will enjoy further Private Guided Tours of Machu Picchu. You may start at Dawn or as you wish. All tours are included and you are only limited by your time and energy.
The Sun Gate (2 Hours)
Inti Punku the Sun Gate marks the entrance to Machu Picchu.
It is a one-hour uphill hike to the southeast of the Sanctuary, climbing more than 300 meters. The hike is on the original Inca trail and is paved with Inca stones. There is a spectacular view from the gate!
Additional Tours Available
Apu Machu Picchu (4 to 5 Hours Roundtrip)
The hike to the summit of Apu Machu Picchu is 2 ½ hours and can be quite steep in places.
This is a breathtaking hike, lot of orchids along the way, birds in the bushy areas, and with every stop the view is gets better and better. The climb is 600 meters uphill, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
***Access to Apu Machu Picchu is controlled by special tickets which need to be purchased in advance by us. Access is 07:00 – 11:00. Please ask to have these tickets included in your tour if desired***
Inka Bridge (Bridge 1 Hour Round Trip)
This hike is to the south west of Machu Picchu, a nice original trail that overlooks the Aobamba valley and the Hydro-electric plant.
This Inca Bridge is a part of a mountain trail that heads west from Machu Picchu. The trail is a stone path, part of which is cut into a cliff face. A twenty-foot gap was left in this section of the carved cliff face, over a 1,900 feet drop that could be bridged with two tree trunks. When the tree trunks were removed then the trail became impassable to outsiders. The path is narrow and paved with original Inca stones.
Huayna Picchu (3 – 4 Hours)
Huayna Picchu is the mountain you see behind Machu Picchu. Towering above the north end of Machu Picchu this steep mountain is often seen in the backdrop to the classic photos of the ruins.
The mountain is steep, but stone steps are laid along most of the way and where the mountain is steeper you will find steel cables used as handrails. It is not a difficult climb for fit people.
Very Limited Access!
Only 400 people are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu each day. You have to sign in at the entrance gate. The first 200 tickets are available for the 8:00am hike. The second 200 are available at 10:00am.
***We need to buy these special tickets in advance to be sure you will have space for this hike***
9th Day Free Day – Private Transfer to Airport – Fly Lima & Home (B)
|Free Day in Cusco||Take the day to relax and buy souvenirs. There are many shops in Cusco.|
|Private Transfer to Airport||At the appropriate time a private transfer to Cusco Airport. approx. 20 minutes.|
|Fly Lima & Home||Have a nice flight Home.|
|At this time, your Luxury Machu Picchu & Arequipa Tours end with your arrival to Lima Airport.|