1st Day 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 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.|
|5* Libertador Hotel – Arequipa||Suites|
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.
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 3rd 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.|
|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 4th Day – Cruz del Condor – Continue luxury travel to Arequipa (B, L)
|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.|
|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 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.|
|Superior 5* Monasterio Hotel Cusco||Superior Rooms|
Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour
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 center.
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.
Luxury 5* Monasterio Hotel
Right beside the lively Cuzco Central Square is Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites.
The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cuzco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving ‘new Andean’ cuisine.
The Monastery was originally built in 1595 on the site of the palace of Inca Amaru Qhala. In 1598, it was founded as the Seminary of San Antonio Abad by the sixth Bishop of Cuzco, Monsignor Antonio de la Raya, to train Catholic priests.
Art and architecture
The building which houses Belmond Hotel Monasterio is steeped in history and hosts its very own art collection. You don’t need to travel far to soak up the local culture.
Feature warm and inviting Spanish colonial décor, king-size or twin beds and luxurious marble bathrooms. Each Room is wonderfully unique, reflecting the monastery’s charm and elegance.
These luxurious rooms feature rich wood furnishings and antique artwork, and some Rooms can be enriched with oxygen to combat the effects of Cusco’s high altitude.
All rooms also offer:
- Individually controlled heating system and air-conditioning
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection
- Rooms can be enriched with oxygen to combat the effects of Cusco’s high altitude.
6th Day 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.|
|Superior 5* Monasterio Hotel Cusco||Superior 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 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.|
|5* Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel Machu Picchu||Superior Rooms Gourmet Dinner is included in the Hotel.|
Luxury Hiram Bingham Train
To 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* Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Breakfast | A la Carte Dinner | Orchid, Hummingbird, and Nature Tours Included
Inkaterra’s vacation paradise and luxury boutique Hotel, a pueblo of luxurious whitewashed bungalow nestles into terraced hills. Spa services use sublime natural essences, and a first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River.
The train station is only steps away but Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel exists in a world apart. An intimate 85-cottage luxury Hotel in sprawling Andean style village within the secluded 12 acres of exquisite beauty, where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two-story whitewashed casitas.
Pueblo Hotel includes several services in their prices being:
- Your choice of 6 tours Detailed below
- A la carte Dinner
- Welcome gift
- Tea Time
- Happy Hour
Optional Tours – All Included
Birds (2 Hours)
Walk early in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for cloud-forest bird watching. Begin at a river observatory, with the possibility of sighting the sought-after torrent duck and the white-capped dipper. Then proceed to a productive tanager feeding area, where silver-beaked, blue-necked, fawn-breasted and saffron-crowned tanagers can be found. Along the hotel’s pathways, be on the lookout for the cock-of-the-rock, the golden-headed quetzal and many of the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the grounds, including the booted racket-tail and the green- and-white hummingbirds, which are native to the area.
Orchids (2 Hours)
Walk through the orchid garden to observe some of the hotel’s 372 different native orchids in bloom. Discover this extraordinary plant family, which has captured the human imagination for centuries. From the largest orchid flower in the world – the Phragmipedium caudatum, to tiny flowering specimens properly appreciated only through a magnifying glass, there are orchids to amaze both the newly inquisitive and the expert, including species new to science which have been discovered on the hotel grounds.
Nature Walk (2 Hours)
Walk along the hotel’s trails, and discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, and learn about its many indigenous plants and animals. The Nature Walk offers guests a glimpse of cloud forest flora: ferns, bromeliads and orchids and fauna -an interesting variety of birds; as well as an introduction to the Vilcanota river system, the Observatory, the tea garden and house.
Tea Plantation (2 Hours)
Visit our organic tea (Camellia Sinensis) plantation and tea house to discover the wonders of the traditional tea making process. Take part as the freshly picked leaves are pressed over wooden blocks and finally seal your own tea bag. A glass of fresh iced-tea is included.
Twilight Walk (2 Hours)
This early evening walk is designed to connect on a spiritual level with the environment and the historical energy of the Machu Picchu area. With special attention placed on nature’s core elements, the walk pauses at the Rocotal Observatory to appreciate an enchanting waterfall and sacred pre-Inca pictographs.
Spectacled Bear Project (2 Hours)
The Inka Terra Association (ITA) and the Peruvian National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) manage the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Spectacled Bear Project, an effort designed to recover bears that have been negatively affected by human impact, and reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Donations are appreciated.
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 8th 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.|
|Belmond 5* Monasterio Hotel Cusco||Superior Rooms|
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***
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.
9th Day 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 travel to Arequipa & Machu Picchu ends with your arrival to Lima Airport.|