THE HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH PERU – COAST AND HIGHLANDS
15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS
 

During the 2 weeks through South Peru you will visit UNESCO world heritage sites like the NASCA LINES, MACHU PICCHU, the mysterious lost city of the Incas, the colonial city centres of LIMA, AREQUIPA and CUSCO as well as LAKE TITICACA, the world´s highest navigable lake, visiting the Uros, a group of artificial islands made o floating reeds and Taquile Island, famous for its textile art. The program also includes the SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS, the COLCA CANYON, one of the deepest canyons in the world, where you can admire the flight of the giant Andean condors and right at the beginning of this amazing tour we will go to BALLESTAS ISLANDS, an important wildlife reserve 240 km south of Lima, also called the little Galapagos with over 160 species of marine birds, including Humboldt penguins and huge colonies of sea lions.

The entire tour will take place on good paved roads with new vehicles and experienced drivers and competent English speaking guides will accompany you during the whole tour. You can also combine this trip with one of the tours we offer to Northern Peru.

 

1. day: Flight to Lima Arrival at international airport Jorge Chávez in the afternoon or evening and transfer to selected hotel
Hotel Britania *** or Antara ****

   

2. day: Archaeological Museum Larco Herrera – Lima city tour
After a late breakfast we will visit the most important archaeological museum of Lima, the Archeaological Museum Rafael Larco Herrera, which provides an excellent overview of 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Afterwards we invite you for lunch to the restaurant El Bolivariano, famous for its delicious typical Peruvian dishes, and then you can try in the authentic tavern Queirolo a pisco sour, the traditional Peruvian cocktail, made of grape liqueur and other ingredients. In the afternoon we bring you to the colonial city center, visiting the Plaza San Martín, Plaza Mayor with the cathedral and San Francisco Church with its catacombs. We will also make a couple of stops in the modern district of Miraflores, enjoying the beautiful view down to the Pacific Ocean.
Hotel Britania *** or Antara **** ( B /L )

   

3. day: Pachacámac – Tambo Colorado - Paracas
Today we will visit two important archaeological sites. In the morning we drive to nearby Pachacámac, a vast sacred citadel, built by the Lima, Wari, Ichma and Inca civilisations, place of pilgrimage and of the oracle with temples and palaces, such as the Temple of the Sun and the Palace of the Virgins of the Sun ( visit includes the local museum ). From here we head further to the south on the Panamerican highway, arriving within 3 hours at Tambo Colorado, a former significant Inca settlement very well conserved, especially the Temple of the Sun, the Palace of the Inca and the main plaza with the altar. In the late afternoon we will get to Paracas on the Pacific coast to stay overnight.
Hotel Posada del Emancipador *** or Double Tree Resort by Hilton **** ( B )

   

4. day: Ballestas Islands – Palpa lines – Maria Reiche Museum – Nasca lines look-out – Antonini Museum
In the morning we take a boat to a group of tiny islands, called Ballestas Islands, an important sanctuary for marine fauna with notable species like the Humboldt penguins, large colonies of sea lions and thousands of sea birds. On the way to the islands you will notice the famous “ El Candelabro”, a large-scale geoglyph dug in the rough desert sand and whose origin is still a mystery. Afterwards we drive further to the south, passing the wine-growing district of Ica and making a short stop after 2 hours in order to view the Palpa lines, made by the early Paracas culture ( 900 – 200 BC ), consisting of huge human figures etched on the desert. Just a few minutes from here is the Maria Reiche Museum, the former living and working place of Maria Reiche, a German mathematician and archaeologist who explored and investigated the Nasca lines during half a century. Then we ascend the look-out next to Panamerican highway to view two of the Nasca lines. From here it´s only another 20 minutes to Nasca and after lunch we still have time to vIsit the Antonini Museum which offers detailed informations about the surrounding archaeological sites and also has an excellent collection of pottery and textiles from the Nasca and Wari culture. In the garden there is a working aqueduct and a scale model of the Nasca lines.
Hotel Casa Andina Classic *** or Nazca Lines **** ( B /BL )

   

5. day: Flight over the Nasca lines – Cahuachi - Cantalloc - Paredones – Bus to Arequipa
After breakfast you can optionally board a small plane and overfly the most outstanding Nasca lines like the hummingbird, the spider and the monkey, amoung others ( 40 minutes – cost approx. 100,- USD ). Then we visit Cahuachi, the major ceremonial center of the Nasca culture, a huge complex of truncated adobe pyramids, terraces, rooms and patios. Before we take the modern, comfortable bus to Arequipa at 2:30 pm we still have the chance to see the Cantalloc aqueducts, a sophisticated and unique system of underground water channels, developed by the Nascas in order to irrigate the dry lands and which are still used by local farmers to grow cotton, corn, beans, potatoes and fruits. On the way to the bus station we make a quick visit of Los Paredones, an administrative settlement of the Incas with some well conserved adobe and stone constructions.
Hotel Casa de mi abuela *** or Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza Hotel **** (B/BL)

   

6. day: Arequipa: City tour with visit of Santa Catalina monastery
Arequipa is the second largest and probably the most beautiful city of Peru with around 350 days of sun a year, also called the white city both because of its colonial origin of the Spanish conquistadores and because of its arquitecture, churches, mansions, walls, edified with the white stone ( sillar ) extracted from the surrounding volcanoes Misti and Chachani, not active anymore. In the morning we are going to visit the main square with its cathedral and some other important churches with their splendid facades and altars and we also will know the picturesque San Camilo market, where you can see all kind of fruits, vegetables, fish etc. We will have the whole afternoon for an extensive visit of the renowned convent of Santa Catalina, a spacious cloister for nuns, built since 1579, a masterpiece of colonial arquitecture in Andalusian-style with narrow streets, courtyards, gardens and wall paintings, a city within the city that shows more than 400 years of history.
Hotel Casa de mi abuela *** or Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza Hotel **** ( B )

   

7. day: Arequipa – Colca Canyon
Departing from Arequipa in the morning we will drive to the altiplano, the Andean highlands, on our way to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest places on earth; we can enjoy views of the majestic volcanoes Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu and will make photo stops in the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas” to observe flocks of alpacas, lamas and vicuñas in their natural habitat. After passing the highest point of this tour at the Patapampa pass, located at 14730 feet a.s.l., we will descend and have spectacular, breathtaking views of the terraces of the Colca valley, arriving at Chivay, the biggest town of the valley, for a delicious lunch in a typical restaurant. Afterwards we walk to the local market to admire some of the skillful, colorful textiles ( embroideries ), local artisans knit of Alpaca wool and then we head to the small, lovely village of Yanque where we will stay overnight in a beautiful lodge with gardens and thermal baths.
Colca Lodge **** ( B )

   

8. day: Colca – Lake Titicaca
After breakfast we will travel to the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint, the deepest part of the canyon. Here you will have a good chance to see and photograph the giant Andean condors who fly at close range to the canyon walls with the morning warm air currents to slowely ascend over the horizon. Our guide will take you for a short walk along the canyon (1 hour), before our vehicle picks you up and drives back to Chivay, visiting on the route fascinating villages with colonial churches and “miradors” (scenic lookouts) to behold the beautiful scenery of the agricultural terraces of the canyon with plantations of corn, wheat, potatoes and beans and taking pictures of locals in their typical traditional costumes. After lunch it´s another 4 hours drive through the altiplano to Lake Titicacaca, the highest navegable lake on earth ( located at 11430 feet a.s.l. ).
Hotel Eco Inn*** or Taypikala Lago **** ( B )

   

9. day: Lake Titicaca: Boat trip to the islands of Uros and Taquile
Today you will spend the whole day on the huge Lake Titicaca. At first a boat brings you in 1 hour to a group of tiny floating reed islands, inhabited by the Uros tribe, an ethnic pre-Inca group of fishermen who nowadays also offer nice souvenirs made of totora, a variety of reed the islands are composed of, as well as the boats and the homes of the indigenous. We continue the boat trip for another 3 hours to the island of Taquile, famous for its textile art and for maintaining its traditional way of life which nearly has not changed during the centuries. Knitting is exclusively performed by males. Women make yarn and weave. Upon arrival you have to ascend steep, winding stairs up to an archway, but you will be rewarded by a phantastic view over the lake as far as the snowcapped mountains of Bolivia. On the plaza of the island you will be invited to a delicious lunch and you can observe the men knitting precious, colorful textiles. In the late afternoon you will be back at the hotel.
Hotel Eco Inn*** or Taypikala Lago **** ( B / L )

   

10. day: Sillustani – Raqchi – Andahuaylillas - Cusco
After breakfast we drive in 45 minutes to the chulpas of Sillustani, a burial complex in a beautiful setting above Lake Umayo, made up by tall funerary towers where the pre-Inca Colla civilization who dominated Lake Titicaca, used to bury the mummified dead of their elite, before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. We continue the trip crossing La Raya Pass ( 14222 feet a.s.l. ) and arriving 2 hours later at the vast archaeological site of Raqchi, built during the leadership of the Inca Pachacutec, an enclosure with eight rectangular buildings around a large courtyard, being the most prominent one the Temple of Wiracocha, an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure. Before we arrive at the hotel in Cusco, we still make a short break in Andahuaylillas and visit the Saint Peter the Apostle Church, also called the “Sistine Chapel of America”, because it is considered to be one of the most beautiful representations of the colonial baroque art in America with magnificent frescos adorning its walls, the altar covered with gold leafs and a significant collection of sculptures and paintings.
Hotel Taypikala *** or Casa Andina Classic San Blas *** or Eco Inn**** (B/BL)

   

11. day: Saqsayhuaman – Kenko – Tambomachay – Cusco City tour
Before lunch we will visit the most significant Inca sites close to Cusco, beginning with Saqsayhuaman, a magnificent fortified complex with three immense terrace walls, made of huge stone blocks, the largest used in any building in prehispanic America ( the biggest ones weigh approx. 200 tons and have been so closely and perfectly spaced that a single piece of paper will not fit between them ). A few minutes further is Kenko, a place of worship where sacrifices and mummification took place and Tambomachay which features fine architecture composed of platforms, niches, and fountains fed by spring water from higher ground. In Inca times it was a sacred place dedicated to water-worship. In the afternoon you will visit the highlights of the imperial and colonial Cusco, the main plaza with the cathedral, the Coricancha ( the former Sun Temple of the Incas and the Santo Domingo convent), the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and the picturesque district of San Blas with artists´ studios and artisans´ workshops and with the best panoramic views to the city.
Hotel Taypikala *** or Casa Andina Classic San Blas *** or Eco Inn**** ( B )

   

12. day: Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac – Moray – Maras - Ollantaytambo
Today we will visit three important places in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Only 30 minutes from Cusco is located Pisac, well known for its colorful Sunday market and for its impressive ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley with beautiful views to the surrounding area. The site includes a Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, an Intihuatana (ritual stone to point directly at the sun during the winter solstice ) and agricultural terraces, among others. Then we go to Moray, where we can admire enormous circular agricultural terraces, used by the Incas to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops ( especially potatoes ). Speculation about the site has led to discussion about Moray as an Inca agricultural experiment station. Not far from here are the salt mines of Maras, in use since pre-Inca times. You can take excellent pictures from the approx. 3000 salt evaporation ponds, glittering in the sun. In the late afternoon we arrive at Ollantaytambo, the best surviving example of Inca town planning with original Inca arquitecture, located at the foot of a spectacular Inca fortress which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba valley and which marks one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a battle against the Incas ( the rebellious Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in 1536, led by Hernando Pizarro, a younger brother of Francisco Pizarro ).
Hotel El Albergue *** or Pakaritampu **** ( B )

   

13. day: Ollantaytambo - Chincheros – Train to Aguas Calientes
After breakfast we climb up the steep stone terraces of the Ollantaytambo ruins, a major urban, military, religious and agricultural centre of the Incas. There are still about 30 Inca buildings you can visit, among them remains of the old Sun Temple, six huge blocks of stone, whose transport must have required a titanic effort and engineering performance. Afterwards we drive to the picturesque town of Chincheros, famous for its colorful Sunday Indio market and where you can observe a mix of Inca and colonial arquitecture. On the main plaza an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, has been built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace and a massive stone wall with ten trapezoidal niches is the most striking remnant of the Inca period. Then we return to Ollantaytambo and take a train to the village of Aguas Calientes, the starting point for the highlight of this tour, Machu Picchu, which we will visit tomorrow.
Hotel Incanto *** or Hotel Taypikala **** ( B )

   
14. day: Machu Picchu – Train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco
You will take one of the first buses in the morning to Machu Picchu ( in 30 minutes ) in order to visit the mysterious lost city of the Incas before tourists arrive en masse. Machu Picchu, one of the world´s archaeological jewels, the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization, a religious, astronomical and agricultural centre, built in the 15th century by the Inca Pachacutec in an extraordinarily beautiful setting in the middle of a subtropical mountain forest, overlooking the Vilcanota River Valley, was only rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham. Our guide will show you the ample, impressive site with all its temples, palaces, rooms, terraces, water channels, gardens and the observatory with the famous Intihuatana. After the visit you go back by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then take a train to Ollantaytambo, where you will be picked up by our private vehicle which brings you back to Cusco. In the evening our guide will invite you for dinner to one of the best restaurants of the city and you can revive all the impressions and experiences of this amazing tour through South Peru.
Hotel Taypikala *** or Casa Andina Classic San Blas *** or Eco Inn**** (B/D)
   

15. day: Flight Cusco - Lima and international flight
You will have the last day of this amazing tour through South Peru at your free disposal to relax or for shopping in some of the souvenir shops you can find in the city centre of Cusco. In the afternoon we pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for the flight to Lima from where you will take your international flight to your home town.

   
 

Rates in USD per person ( in double rooms )

2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6-7 pax 8-9 pax 10-12 pax    
3.100,- 2.890,- 2.600,- 2.300,- 2.100,- 3* Hotels Single supplement 350,-
3.390,- 3.190,- 2.890,- 2.590,- 2.390,- 4* Hotels Single supplement 530,-
   
 

Services included:

  • 14 overnight stays in selected hotels in double or twin rooms
  • All services mentioned in the tour program
  • All mentioned meals ( 14 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 3 x Box lunch 1 x Dinner )
  • Private transportation with experienced drivers
  • Knowledgeable English speaking guides for all visits
  • Bus, train and boat tickets
  • All entrance fees incl. Machu Picchu
  • Local flight ticket Cusco – Lima
  • Transfers in - out

Services not included:

  • International flights
  • Not mentioned meals and beverages
  • Insurance
  • Tips
   
 
 
THE COMPLETE SOUTH PERU TOUR
18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS
   

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH PERU

During this extensive tour through South Peru you will visit UNESCO world heritage sites like the NASCA LINES, MACHU PICCHU, the mysterious lost city of the Incas, the colonial city centres of LIMA, AREQUIPA and CUSCO as well as LAKE TITICACA, the world´s highest navigable lake, visiting the Uros, a group of artificial islands made o floating reeds and Taquile Island, famous for its textile art. Unlike the usual classic Peru tours we offer you the chance to visit some little-known but impressive archaeological sites and gorgeous landscapes off the beaten track. The program also includes the SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS, the COLCA CANYON, one of the deepest canyons in the world, where you can admire the flight of the giant Andean condors and right at the beginning of this amazing trip we will go to BALLESTAS ISLANDS, an important wildlife reserve 240 km south of Lima, also called the little Galapagos with over 160 species of marine birds, including Humboldt penguins and huge colonies of sea lions.

The entire tour will take place on good paved roads with new private vehicles and experienced drivers and competent English speaking guides will accompany you during the whole tour.

   

1. day: Flight to Lima
Arrival at international airport Jorge Chávez in the afternoon or evening and transfer to selected hotel
Hotel Britania *** or Antara ****

   

2. day: Archaeological Museum Larco Herrera – Lima city tour
After a late breakfast we will visit the most important archaeological museum of Lima, the Archaeological Museum Rafael Larco Herrera, which provides an excellent overview of 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Afterwards we invite you for lunch to the restaurant El Bolivariano, famous for its delicious typical Peruvian dishes, and then you can try in the authentic tavern Queirolo a pisco sour, the traditional Peruvian cocktail, made of grape liqueur and other ingredients. In the afternoon we bring you to the colonial city centre, visiting the Plaza San Martín and Plaza Mayor with the cathedral and San Francisco Church with its catacombs. We will also make a couple of stops in the modern district of Miraflores, enjoying the beautiful views down to the Pacific Ocean.
Hotel Britania *** or Antara **** ( B /L )

   

3. day: Pachacámac – Tambo Colorado - Paracas
Today we will visit two important archaeological sites. In the morning we drive to nearby Pachacámac, a vast sacred citadel, built by the Lima, Wari, Ichma and Inca civilisations, place of pilgrimage and of the oracle with temples and palaces, such as the Temple of the Sun and the Palace of the Virgins of the Sun ( visit includes the local museum ). From here we head further to the south on the Panamerican highway, arriving within 3 hours at Tambo Colorado, a former significant Inca settlement very well preserved, especially the Temple of the Sun, the Palace of the Inca and the main plaza with the altar. In the late afternoon we will get to Paracas at the Pacific coast to stay overnight.
Hotel Posada del Emancipador *** or Double Tree Resort by Hilton **** ( B )

   

4. day: Ballestas Islands – Palpa lines – Maria Reiche Museum – Nasca lines look-out – Antonini Museum
In the morning we take a boat to a group of tiny islands, called Ballestas Islands, an important sanctuary for marine fauna with notable species like the Humboldt penguins, large colonies of sea lions and thousands of sea birds. On the way to the islands you will notice the famous “ El Candelabro”, a large-scale geoglyph dug in the rough desert sand and whose origin is still a mystery. Afterwards we drive further to the south, passing the wine-growing district of Ica and making a short stop after 2 hours in order to view the Palpa lines, made by the early Paracas culture ( 900 – 200 BC ), consisting of huge human figures etched on the desert. Just a few minutes from here is the Maria Reiche Museum, the former living and working place of Maria Reiche, a German mathematician and archaeologist who explored and investigated the Nasca lines during half a century. Then we ascend the look-out next to Panamerican highway to view two of the Nasca lines. From here it´s only another 20 minutes to Nasca and after lunch we still have time to visit the Antonini Museum which offers detailed informations about the surrounding archaeological sites and also has an excellent collection of pottery and textiles from the Nasca and Wari culture. In the garden there is a working aqueduct and a scale model of the Nasca lines.
Hotel Casa Andina Classic *** or Nazca Lines **** ( B /BL )

   

5. day: Flight over the Nasca lines – Cahuachi - Cantalloc - Paredones – Bus to Arequipa
After breakfast you can optionally board a small plane and overfly the most outstanding Nasca lines like the hummingbird, the spider and the monkey, amoung others ( 40 minutes – cost approx. 100,- USD ). Then we visit Cahuachi, the major ceremonial centre of the Nasca culture, a huge complex of truncated adobe pyramids, terraces, rooms and patios. In the afternoon we continue the tour visiting the Cantalloc aqueducts, a sophisticated and unique system of underground water channels, developed by the Nascas in order to irrigate the dry lands and which are still used by local farmers to grow cotton, corn, beans, potatoes and fruits. We will also make a stop at Los Paredones, an administrative settlement of the Incas with some well preserved adobe and stone constructions.
Hotel Casa Andina Classic *** or Nazca Lines **** ( B )

   

6. day: Pampa Galeras – Puquio - Chalhuanca
In the morning we leave towards the highlands, passing the highest sand dune in the world ( Cerro Blanco – 6232 feet a.s.l. ), climbing up a winding road to the National Reservation of Pampa Galeras at 12000 feet of altitude, a plateau with the highest convergence of vicuñas ( around 4000 animals ), the smallest but most precious – because of its wool - of the four species of camelids in Peru ( the others are lamas, alpacas and guanacos ). We drive on to the town of Puquio ( 9642 feet ), make a short break on the plaza in front of the church and afterwards there are again steep rises to the Yauriviri pass ( 13200 feet ) und Huashuaccasa pass ( 12900 feet ) with beautiful views for taking some pictures, before we go down to a green, lovely valley and shortly after the town of Chalhuanca we arrive at our cozy accommodation at a pleasant altitude of 7950 feet.
Hotel Tampumayu *** ( B / BL )

   

7. day: Abancay – Saywite – Tarawasi - Cusco
Today you will have the opportunity to know two interesting archaeological Inca sites in scenic surroundings on our way to Cusco. After 2 hours we make a first stop in Abancay, capital of the region Apurimac with a mild climate and some nice colonial buildings like the cathedral. After the traverse of the Soccllaccasa pass at 11700 feet we reach the ruins of Saywite, an ample site, regarded as a centre of water worship, being the most outstanding object a monolith, a 12 feet diameter rock with more than 200 engraved geometric and zoomorphic figures, whose significance is still under consideration. Not far from here we visit another archaeological site, called Tarawasi, a notable ceremonial place, built during the Inca Pachacutec rule with well preserved walls of polygon blocks of stone. Then we ascend the last pass ( Abra Huillque – 11700 feet ) and will get to Cusco, the former capital of the Incas.
Hotel Taypikala *** Casa Andina Classic San Blas *** or Eco Inn**** ( B / BL )

   

8. day: Saqsayhuaman – Kenko – Tambomachay – Cusco City tour
Before lunch we will visit the most significant Inca sites close to Cusco, beginning with Saqsayhuaman, a magnificent fortified complex with three immense terrace walls, made of huge stone blocks, the largest used in any building in prehispanic America ( the biggest ones weigh approx. 200 tons and have been spaced so closely and perfectly that a single piece of paper will not fit between them ). A few minutes further is Kenko, a place of worship where sacrifices and mummification took place and Tambomachay which features fine architecture composed of platforms, niches, and fountains fed by spring water from higher ground. In Inca times it was a sacred place dedicated to water-worship. In the afternoon you will visit the highlights of the imperial and colonial Cusco, the main plaza with the cathedral, the Coricancha ( the former Sun Temple of the Incas and the Santo Domingo convent), the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and the picturesque district of San Blas with artists´ studios and artisans´ workshops and with the best panoramic views to the city.
Hotel Taypikala *** or Casa Andina Classic San Blas *** or Eco Inn**** ( B )

   

9. day: Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac – Moray – Maras - Ollantaytambo
Today we will visit three important places in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Only 30 minutes from Cusco is located Pisac, well known for its colorful Sunday market and for its impressive ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley with beautiful views to the surrounding area. The site includes a Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, an Intihuatana (ritual stone to point directly at the sun during the winter solstice ) and agricultural terraces, among others. Then we go to Moray, where we can admire enormous circular agricultural terraces, used by the Incas to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops ( especially potatoes ). Speculation about the site has led to discussion about Moray as an Inca agricultural experiment station. Not far from here are the salt mines of Maras, in use since pre-Inca times. You can take excellent pictures from the approx. 3000 salt evaporation ponds, glittering in the sun. In the late afternoon we arrive at Ollantaytambo, the best surviving example of Inca town planning with original Inca arquitecture, located at the foot of a spectacular Inca fortress which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba valley and which marks one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a battle against the Incas ( the rebellious Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in 1536, led by Hernando Pizarro, a younger brother of Francisco Pizarro ).
Hotel El Albergue *** or Pakaritampu **** ( B )

   

10. day: Ollantaytambo - Chincheros – Train to Aguas Calientes
After breakfast we climb up the steep stone terraces of the Ollantaytambo ruins, a major urban, military, religious and agricultural centre of the Incas. There are still about 30 Inca buildings you can visit, among them remains of the old Sun Temple, six huge blocks of stone, whose transport must have required a titanic effort and engineering performance. Afterwards we drive to the picturesque town of Chincheros, famous for its colorful Sunday Indio market and where you can observe a mix of Inca and colonial arquitecture. On the main plaza an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, has been built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace and a massive stone wall with ten trapezoidal niches is the most striking remnant of the Inca period. Then we return to Ollantaytambo and take a train to the village of Aguas Calientes, the starting point for the highlight of this tour, Machu Picchu, which we will visit tomorrow.
Hotel Incanto *** or Hotel Taypikala **** ( B )

   

11. day: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
You will take one of the first buses in the morning to Machu Picchu ( in 30 minutes ) in order to visit the mysterious lost city of the Incas before tourists arrive en masse. Machu Picchu, one of the world´s archaeological jewels, the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization, a religious, astronomical and agricultural centre, built in the 15th century by the Inca Pachacutec in an extraordinarily beautiful setting in the middle of a subtropical mountain forest, overlooking the Vilcanota River Valley, was only rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham. Our guide will show you the ample, impressive site with all its temples, palaces, rooms, terraces, water channels, gardens and the observatory with the famous Intihuatana. After the visit you go back by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and the rest of the day will be at your free disposal for a visit of the thermal baths or just for relaxing.
Hotel Incanto *** or Hotel Taypikala **** ( B )

   

12. day: Aguas Calientes - Cusco
After a late breakfast you take a train to Ollantaytambo, where you will be picked up by our private vehicle, bringing you back to Cusco. On the way the driver will make some photo stops and you will arrive at the hotel in Cusco in the early afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day and stroll around the picturesque city to get some nice handicrafts in one of the multitudinous souvenir shops.
Hotel Taypikala *** Casa Andina Classic San Blas *** or Eco Inn**** ( B )

   

13. day: Tipon – Pikillacta – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – Lake Titicaca
After the recreative day 12 we will offer you today a varied program full of archaeology, colonial arquitecture and amazing sceneries. We leave at 7:30 am and stop at the archaeological park of Tipon, 17 miles southeast of Cusco, a worth seeing Inca site with enclosures, terraces and intact canals. Even today water rushes through the channels and the wide terraces are in perfect condition. Only a few miles further lies Pikillacta, an important site of the pre-Incan Wari culture ( 600 – 1100 A.D. ) with some well preserved structures. Then we visit the Saint Peter the Apostle Church in Andahuaylillas, also called the “Sistine Chapel of America”, because it is considered to be one of the most beautiful representations of the colonial baroque art in America with magnificent frescos adorning its walls, the altar covered with gold leafs and a significant collection of sculptures and paintings. Before we climb La Raya pass ( 14222 feet a.s.l. ) we still have time to admire the vast archaeological site of Raqchi, built during the leadership of the Inca Pachacutec, an enclosure with eight rectangular buildings around a large courtyard, being the most prominent one the Temple of Wiracocha, an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure. From here it´s another 3 hours drive to get to Lake Titicaca, the highest navegable lake on earth ( located at 11430 feet a.s.l. ) where we will stay overnight.
Hotel Eco Inn*** or Hotel Taypikala Lago **** ( B / BL )

   

14. day: Lake Titicaca: Boat trip to the islands of Uros and Taquile
Today you will spend the whole day on the huge Lake Titicaca. At first a boat brings you in 1 hour to a group of tiny floating reed islands, inhabited by the Uros tribe, an ethnic pre-Inca group of fishermen who nowadays also offer nice souvenirs made of totora, a variety of reed the islands are composed of, as well as the boats and the homes of the indigenous. We continue the boat trip for another 3 hours to the island of Taquile, famous for its textile art and for maintaining its traditional way of life which nearly has not changed during the centuries. Knitting is exclusively performed by males. Women make yarn and weave. Upon arrival you have to ascend steep, winding stairs up to an archway, but you will be rewarded by a phantastic view over the lake as far as the snowcapped mountains of Bolivia. On the plaza of the island you will be invited to a delicious lunch and you can observe the men knitting precious, colorful textiles. In the late afternoon you will be back at the hotel.
Hotel Eco Inn*** or Hotel Taypikala Lago **** ( B / L )

   

15. day: Sillustani – Colca-Canyon
After breakfast we will visit the chulpas of Sillustani, a burial complex in a beautiful setting above Lake Umayo, made up by tall funerary towers where the pre-Inca Colla civilization who dominated Lake Titicaca, used to bury the mummified dead of their elite, before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Then we drive through the altiplano on our way to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest places on earth and arrive after 4-5 hours at the small, lovely village of Yanque where we will stay overnight in a beautiful lodge with gardens and thermal baths.
Colca Lodge **** ( B / BL )

   

16. day: Cruz del Condor – Maca, Yanque, Chivay - Arequipa
After breakfast we will travel to the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint, the deepest part of the canyon. Here you will have a good chance to see and photograph the giant Andean condors who fly at close range to the canyon walls with the morning warm air currents to slowely ascend over the horizon. Our guide will take you for a short walk along the canyon (1 hour), before our vehicle picks you up and drives towards Arequipa, visiting on the route little villages like Maca, Yanque and Chivay with splendid colonial churches and “miradors” (scenic lookouts) to behold the beautiful scenery of the agricultural terraces of the canyon with plantations of corn, wheat, potatoes and beans and taking pictures of locals in their typical traditional costumes. On the local market in Chivay we can admire some of the skillful, colorful textiles ( embroideries ), local artisans knit of Alpaca wool. After passing the highest point of this tour at Patapampa pass, located at 14730 feet a.s.l., we can enjoy views of some of the majestic volcanoes and will make photo stops in the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas” to observe flocks of alpacas, lamas and vicuñas in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we get to our hotel in the gorgeous city Arequipa, located at 7000 feet a.s.l.
Hotel Casa de mi abuela *** or Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza Hotel **** ( B )

   

17. day: Arequipa: City tour with visit of Santa Catalina monastery
Arequipa is the second largest and probably the most beautiful city of Peru with around 350 days of sun a year, also called the white city both because of its colonial origin of the Spanish conquistadors and because of its arquitecture, churches, mansions and walls, edified with a white stone ( sillar ) extracted from the surrounding volcanoes Misti and Chachani, which are not active anymore. In the morning we are going to visit the main square with its cathedral and some other important churches with their splendid facades and altars. We will have the whole afternoon for an extensive visit of the renowned convent of Santa Catalina, a spacious cloister for nuns, built in the 16th century, a masterpiece of colonial arquitecture in Andalusian-style with narrow streets, courtyards, gardens and wall paintings, a city within the city that shows more than 400 years of history. In the evening our guide will invite you for dinner to one of the best restaurants of the city and you can revive all the impressions and experiences of this amazing tour through South Peru.
Hotel Casa de mi abuela *** or Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza Hotel **** ( B / D )

   

18. day: Flight Arequipa – Lima – flight home
You will have the last day at your free disposal; we recommend a visit of the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries with the famous mummy Juanita and the picturesque San Camilo market, where you can see all kind of fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc. Or cross the old colonial stone bridge ( Puente Grau ) over the River Chili and walk to the Plaza de Yanahuara with high palm trees, a beautiful church and a lookout, from which you can observe the 3 volcanoes. In the afternoon we pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for the flight to Lima and later on you take your international flight home.

   
 

Rates in USD per person ( in double rooms )

2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6-7 pax 8-9 pax 10-12 pax    
3.490,- 3.290,- 2.990,- 2.750,- 2.390,- 3* Hotels Single supplement 400,-
3.840,- 3.640,- 3.340,- 3.100,- 2.740,- 4* Hotels Single supplement 600,-
   
 

Services included:

  • 17 overnight stays in selected hotels in double or twin rooms
  • All services mentioned in the tour program
  • All mentioned meals ( 17 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 5 x Box lunch 1 x Dinner )
  • Private transportation with experienced drivers
  • Knowledgeable English speaking guides for all visits
  • Bus, train and boat tickets
  • All entrance fees incl. Machu Picchu
  • Local flight ticket Cusco – Lima
  • Transfers in - out

Services not included:

  • International flights
  • Not mentioned meals and beverages
  • Insurance
  • Tips


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