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, few miles 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, perceptive traveler will enjoy our 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 City Tour (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 City Tour||Pick up at your hotel at 14:00 and returning|
to your hotel at 18:30.
|4* Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa||Superior Rooms|
Private Arequipa City Tour
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 City Tour of Arequipa 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.
Superior 4* Casa Andina Private Collection – Arequipa
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa is raised on the old «Casa de la Moneda» (old Mint), a national historic landmark built in 1794, what makes our hotel more a living museum than a hotel.
Its strategic location only a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa makes it the ideal choice for leisure travelers. It features 40 rooms – 100 % non-smokers.
In addition Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa offers an Internet center, and Wi-Fi available.
- 1 King bed or 2 Full-size beds
- Coffee kit
- Hair dryer
- AC / Heat
- LCD TV
3th Day Private Colca Canyon Tour (B,L)
|Private Transfer to Colca Canyon|
Lunch is Included
|Collection from your Hotel Foyer at 07:30.|
Lunch is Included at a good local Restaurant.
|Colca Lodge Hotel & Spa|
(Medicinal Thermal Hot Springs)
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 an 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.)
Colca Lodge Hotel, Spa, & Hot Springs
We invite you to feel the energy of one of the most spectacular regions in the south of Peru: the Colca Valley. This is where the river meets the sky, the sun joins the moon and the mind and body are connected; there is history, and the friendly people retain their traditions, their legends and their spirit.
At an altitude of 3250 metres above sea level and two-and-a-half hours travel from the city of Arequipa, our hotel nestles on the banks of the River Colca. It is surrounded by hundreds of pre-Inca agricultural terraces, which have been declared a Peruvian cultural heritage, and is blessed with relaxing hot spring waters rich in lithium.
This is a place with ancient energy, synchronized with nature and the starting point for exploring the valley and visiting the Colca Canyon, one of the world`s deepest ravines.
At Colca Lodge you will feel another dimension to relaxation at our hot springs Eco-spa where we offer you a steam room, Jacuzzis, and massage sessions with local therapists. The spa was conceived as eco-friendly, and makes use of geothermal energy without interfering with or polluting the natural environment.
You will also feel the healing power of our open-air hot pools, each one with a different temperature. Taking a bath in the light from the stars is simply a magical experience. In addition to the sense of tranquility and harmony provided by the relaxing effect of the lithium, the landscape and the never-ending murmuring of the river complete an experience not to be forgotten.
Each of the 45 rooms have a wonderful view towards the valley and are built around the gardens and courtyards which make up the hotel. The style is rustic, with thatched roofs and some of them have adobe walls. An ecological heating system which uses the geothermal energy has been implemented in the hotel. The bathrooms are supplied with hot water from solar heaters.
All 27 standard rooms have small terraces where one can sit in the sunshine and admire the unique local Andean landscape. There are 15 quadruple rooms fitted with two beds up in rustic mezzanines built out of eucalyptus logs. There are two suites suitable for families of four members, and one bridal suite ideal for honeymooners, with the hotel’s best view and its own Jacuzzi fed by a hot spring.
4th Day Cruz del Condor – Private Transfer to Lake Titicaca (B,L,D)
|Private Cruz del Condor Tour|
& onto Arequipa
|Collection from your Hotel Foyer at 06:00.|
(It is best to visit the Condors in the early mornings) Arrive to Arequipa Airport around 16:00.
|Lunch is Included||Lunch is included at a good local restaurant.|
|4* Casa Andina Private Collection|
With Lake Views
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.
Superior 4* Casa Andina Private Collection – Lake Titicaca
Perched at water’s edge and taking full advantage of its privileged location on the Puno area of Lake Titicaca, with extraordinary views 3,800m (12,500 ft) above sea level.
A majority of the hotel’s 46 rooms boast unparalleled lake views; the hotel’s gourmet restaurant is enclosed by a glass wall framing the lake and gardens; and a large, sunny terrace invites guests to contemplate Lake Titicaca’s seemingly endless expanse.
Uniquely among Puno hotels, oxygen is available in all rooms (a bonus for guests having difficulty adapting to the high altitude). Inviting rather than imposing, the hotel is a reflection of its altiplano location. It is built with rustic local materials, including stone, wood and clay tiles, while stone fireplaces warm the lobby lounge and restaurant.
With Lake Titicaca the premier draw, guests can set off to explore its unique islands — the floating Uros, Taquile and Amantaní right from the hotel’s long private pier extending over the lake.
5th Day Full Day Small Group Lake Titicaca Tour (B,L)
|Full Day Lake Titicaca Tour||Collection from your Hotel Foyer at 07:00 for the full day small group tour of Lake Titicaca.|
Lunch is included.
|4* Casa Andina Private Collection|
With Lake Views
Full Day Lake Titicaca Tour
Lake Titicaca, at 3,820m above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. At this altitude, the pure air creates wonderful light, and the views of the snow-capped Cordillera Real rising over the lake are superb. This immense body of water is home to the Uros people, who live on reed islands they have woven, and to the people of Taquile Island, who create some of the finest crafts in the Andes.
Titicaca Express (By Speedboat – Toilet On-Board)
Duration: 9.5 hours Distance: 99 kilometers round trip.
07:00 Transfer to the port.
7:15 a.m. Depart on the speedboat «Titicaca Express», fully equipped and with on board service.
08:30 We arrive to a secluded section of Taquile Island, Explore the less touristy and scenic area of Taquile Island (exclusive), and enjoy a pristine sandy beach. You will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of
Titicaca. Then Hike through a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art & symbolism that has been declared by UNESCO as world heritage.
11:30 am We leave the island, after more than 3 hours of an intensive natural and cultural approach.
11:55 Arrival to the community of Santa Maria – Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula, a very scenic off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by a small community and quickly introduced to an intensive cross cultural experience, observe their traditions and participate in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world.
Then experience the preparation of «Pachamanca» a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens – this is one of the main dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy these delicacies in a small, but very scenic, restaurant.
13:50 We leave Santa Maria.
14:25 Arrival to a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca, and explore UROS Ccapi, these are considered as the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. Optional tours in reed boats.
Return to Puno at 15:25 pm.
16:30 Arrival in Puno and transfer to hotel.
6th Day First Class Tourist Bus to Cusco (B,L)
to the Train Station in Puno
|Pick Up in your Hotel Foyer at 07:00 for the 15 min.|
Private transfer to the Bus Station.
First Class Tourist Bus between Cusco
|Departs at 07:30 and arrives at approx. 17:00.|
Visits historic and natural sites en route.
Lunch is included.
|Private Transfer in Cusco||We meet you at the bus Station for the 15 minute private transfer to your Hotel.|
|4* Casa Andina Private Collection|
First Class Tourist Bus between Cusco & Puno (Lake Titicaca)
Departs at 07:30 and arrives at approx. 17:00.
Visits the following sites of interest on route and Lunch is included.
Sistine Chapel of America» The church is of simple construction, made of thick adobe mud-brick walls, common in colonial buildings, and features a relatively modest structure: a single nave with a bell tower and a façade with two solid stone columns that stand out against the others around the main entrance.
While the exterior of the church looks rather humble, it is the interior, that makes this one of the most valuable jewels of the colonial art in Peru, sometimes called the «Capilla Sixtina» or «Sistine Chapel» of America.
Raqchi: «Temple of Wiracocha»
The Temple of Wiracocha, an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure that measures 300 ft. by 84 ft. This structure consists of a central adobe wall some 18 to 20 meters in height with an andesite base. Windows and doors allow passage. It is flanked on each side by a row of eleven columns.
Felipon Restaurant – Buffet Lunch
Sicuani is a relatively large highland town. The town is a major intersection, with the road to Puno/Arequipa passing through here. This town is surrounded by some very pretty hills. Afterwards, you have a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with family atmosphere.
This is La Raya pass Mountain views, 4310m – 14,172ft above sea level, here we have the chance to get out and breathe the air and take some photographs of grazing llamas and alpacas extend to the broad Altiplano horizon. This point is the conjunctions of the cordillera and the origin of the Vilcanota knot.
Pukara: «Museum of Pukara»
Located 106 kms. from the city of Puno. People of potters, which retains the name of the first civilization of southern Peru, which dates back to 1600 years BC and archaeological remains of which, besides its lithic and ceramic pieces are exhibited in the Museum site.
Pucara Puno, Has its origin in the Late Formative Period (200 BC – 200 AD) around Titicaca Lake in the Collao Plateau, was one of an Aymara speaking cultures that flourished in that región.
4* Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco
A beautifully renovated 18th- century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, it is replete with authentic colonial character. The Hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies and surrounded by four colonial style courtyards The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco’s emblematic colonial courtyards.
In the Hotel’s cozy lounge and reading room has a massive stone fireplace that’s always crackling, while the romantic gourmet restaurant invites guests to dine by candlelight in one of 4 connected salons richly decorated with 18th-century Cusco School paintings.
Superior Rooms Includes:
- 1 King bed or 2 Full-size beds
- Hair dryer
- Desk and/or breakfast table
- Coffee kit
- LCD TV
- Safety box
7th Day Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour (B)
Cusco City Tour
|Pick-up from your Hotel Foyer at 13:45, returning|
At approx. 18:00.
|4* Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco||Superior Rooms|
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.
8th Day First Class Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu (B,L,D)
|Private Transfer out|
Cusco and Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu
|Pick Up in your Hotel Foyer at 07:00 for the ninety minute private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station. Catch the 08:50 Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu, arriving at 10:24.|
A Small Meal & Show on board.
|Private Machu Picchu Tour||2-3 Hours with plenty of time to ask questions.|
|Lunch||Buffet Lunch is included at the 5* Sanctuary Lodge.|
|4* Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel|
|Superior Deluxe Rooms|
Gourmet Dinner is included in the Hotel.
4* Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel
Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective.
The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Perus most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site.
Superior Deluxe Rooms
Each room is equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal amenities, 32″ flat screen TVs and tight- focus reading lights.
El Bar – Comfortable bar/lounge with Plasma TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, features a delectable variety of snacks and tapas, a wide selection of Piscos, and organic wines.
The Vistadome Train Service
This DELUXE train ride into the spectacular land of the Inca is highlighted by amazing views of valleys, Inca farming terraces, snow capped mountains, and sub-tropical jungle.
After arriving in Aguas Calientes, a shuttle bus will transport you to this magic, sacred, and mysterious town known as Machu-Picchu.
The Vistadome service has large panoramic windows and additional windows in the roof allowing you to enjoy the mountain scenery.
A small meal and hot drink are included with the Vistadome service.
There is also a table in front of you and posh leather seats which are very comfortable with plenty of leg room.
The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip, and a traditional show as well as a fashion show to keep you entertained – as if the amazing scenery isn’t enough.
This service allows the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and food carefully prepared with local ingredients.
On-board experience with the best comfort and quality service.
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.
9th Day Revisit Machu Picchu & Vistadome Train to Cusco (B,L)
|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)|
|First Class Vistadome Train||Catch the 15:20 Vistadome train returning to Poroy Train Station at 19:06.|
A Small Meal & Small Show on the train tonight
|Private Transfer in Cusco||Approx. 30 minutes to your Hotel.|
|4* Casa Andina Private Collection|
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. For fit people it is not a difficult climb.
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***
10th 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, our services end with your arrival to Lima Airport.|