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The Amazing Southern Peru

This is one of the most impressive and breathtaking areas of the country, during this 11 days itinerary you will experience the millenary Inca culture and its legacy while visiting some of the most impressive sites and places they inhabited.

Trip Highlights

  • The visit to Machu Picchu includes the standard train trip.
  • This tour includes guided tours and all entrances to the sites of interest.
  • Domestic flights and bus within Peru.

Schedule by Day

  • Day 1 Lima
    • Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
  • Day 2 Lima – Arequipa
    • Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Arequipa. Upon your arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel.
    • Rest of the day free.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Arequipa.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 3 Colca Canyon Excursion
    • Departure to Colca Valley located over 3,500 meters above the sea. On the way you will cross the Aguada Blanca and Salinas National Reserve, with the highest presence of Andean flora and fauna. The trip continues to Tojra wetlands. Later you will cross Patapampa which is a land located over 4,800 meters above the sea where you will find the “Mirador de los Andes”, a strategic point to see the cordillera Chila with great volcanoes: Mismi, Chucura, Huaracante, and far away the Ubinas, Misti, Chachani, Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca. To continue you will arrive at Chivay town and you will be transferred to the selected accommodation.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Chivay.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 4 Colca Caynyon – Lake Titicaca
    • After breakfast, you will start the journey through the main towns of the valley until the first stop at Yanque, where you will appreciate the typical dances exposed in the main square. Then you will departure to “La Cruz del Condor”, the best spot to observe the deepness of the canyon (3,400 meters deep, 124 miles length) and also see the majestic fly of the condor. There is not an exactly time to see them, it can be at any time; sometimes it depends of your good luck and patience. On the way back you will visit some interesting places such as: Pre -Inca's hanging tombs. You will arrive to Chivay for lunch.
    • At appropriate time transfer to Puno.
    • Upon arrival, transfer to the selected hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Puno.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 5 Lake Titicaca: Uros & Amantani Islands
    • Transfer to Uros, these floating islands are occupied by people known as the "Water Tribe" because they have built their own "Island" by adding periodically new layers of "Totora" a type of marram-grass very typical from this place. Then you will be transferred to Amantani Island, after welcome you will take lunch with locals. At appropriate time you will start a hike, where you will appreciate the local culture and customs. Then you will arrive to Pachatata ceremonial center, a place where Amantani's habitants deposit every year their ritual offerings. In front it’s another center called Pachamama, where the rituals and worships are offered to the cosmic deities. Return to family houses to take a typical dinner.
    • Overnight at local house in Amantani Island.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Day 6 Lake Titicaca: Taquile Island
    • After a typical breakfast, transfer to Taquile Island where you will have a four hours visit. There you will visit the Handicraft Center where you can buy a great variety of handmade tissues with very colorful and delicate designs. At proper time transfer to Puno.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Puno.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 7 Puno – Cusco
    • Departure towards Cusco. The Inka Express bus will stop in some interesting places such as Raqchy Temple and some old Inca constructions. You will contemplate marvelous landscapes and typical animals like the "llama", "alpaca" that will make of your journey an unforgettable one.
    • Arrival in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 8 Cusco
    • City Tour:
    • Visit the city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The tour will start at the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then visit the Main Square, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. Continue to the San Cristóbal colonial chruch to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, also Qenko and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 9 Sacred Valley
    • Half day visit to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire. The fortress is located on top of a mountain to allow them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot you will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Sacred Valley.
    • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Day 10 Machu Picchu
    • Transfer from the hotel to the train station to take the train to Machu Picchu.
    • You will arrive to station in Machu Picchu town, and then you will be transported by bus to Machu Picchu citadel, one of the most renowned examples of the Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to the Sacred Valley. From there transfer to Cusco city and to the selected hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 11 Cusco - Lima
    • Transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight to Lima.
    • Arrival and board the connecting international flight back home.
    • Included: Breakfast.

Accommodation

  • 1 night of accommodation in Lima at standard hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Arequipa at standard hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Colca canyon at standard lodge.
  • 2 night of accommodation in Puno at standard hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in a local house in Amantani Island
  • 3 nights of accommodation in Cusco at standard hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Sacred Valley at standard hotel.

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Additional Tours In Cusco

  • Full Day South Valley
    • TIPON, PIQUILLACTA & ANDAHUAYLILLAS
    • Southeast of Cusco is the Tipon archeological center. Your excursion today includes a tour of the site to see long stone canals built by the Incans, representing the height of their hydraulic engineering skill. Afterwards, it’s a visit to Pikillacta, one of the most important Pre-Incan archeological centers. Next on the itinerary is Andahuaylillas town and its precious 17th century church that is a spectacular expression of Andean Baroque architecture.

Additional Tours In Lima

  • Larco Herrera Museum
    • You will visit Larco Herrera Museum, where you will see a private collection that has an insuperable number of Ancient Peru treasures, which inspire the visitors to discover, understand and enjoy more than five thousand years of Peruvian history through more than 45,000 pieces. It contains the largest private collection of gold and silver pieces, as well as semiprecious stones of the pre-Columbian art. The famous collection of erotic pottery shows that the old peruvian artists handled an explicit and uninhibited way to express sex.
  • Pachacamac Ruins
    • You will be driven to the south of Lima to visit the Pachacamac Pilgrimage Center. Built around 700 AC. as a temple to worship the Sun God, Pachacamac that housed an oracle that’s why is considered the main pilgrimage centre in the Pre-Columbian Peru. The site includes palaces and squares that have been carefully restored.
  • Magic Fountains
    • Visit the amazing Magic Water Circuit, considered the largest fountains' complex of the world, obtaining the Guinness Record. The main fountain spreads a jet of water that reaches a height of 80 meters. We recommend walking through "The Tunnel of Surprises" about 35 meters long, go through the "The Children Fountain" that has an irresistible water system to play and the "Daydream Labyrinth" fountain which has walls of water with different effects.


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