ABOUT THIS PACKAGE
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1 – Arrival in Lima, airport transfer to your hotel
- Day 2 – Lima Half Day City Tour with Larco Museum
- Day 3 – Travel from Lima to Arequipa
- Day 4 – Colca Canyon Experience (2 Days 1 Night)
- Day 5 – Travel from Colca Canyon to Puno
- Day 6 – Full Day Tour from Puno to Uros and Taquile Islands in Titicaca Lake
- Day 7 – Route of the Sun from Puno to Cuzco
- Day 8 – Cuzco Half Day City Tour & Archeological Sites
- Day 9 – Travel from Cuzco to Sacred Valley visiting Pisac Mark and Ollantaytambo
- Day 10 – Travel from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary
- Day 11 – Travel from Machu Picchu to Cuzco by train
- Day 12 – Transfer to Cuzco Airport
Best time to go: April to September
Day 1 – Welcome to Lima
Upon your arrival at Lima airport a transfer will be waiting for you to take to your hotel.
You will have the rest of the day to explore the city on your own or relax at the hotel.
What’s Included: Airport transfer (shared service), accommodation in Lima.
Day 2 – Lima Half Day City Tour with visit to Larco Museum
Today we will start with a stroll through the contemporary districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, visiting the esplanade which occupies a prime position, perched right on the clifftop, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Next, we turn inland and make for more local highlights including the leafy Parque el Olivar, and archaeological site of Huaca Pucllana. Then, we head to Lima’s colonial district by walking through the Plaza Mayor, which is lined with some of the most important monuments from the time: Government Palace and City Hall. This snapshot of the colonial period is rounded off with a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent, a religious and architectural gem. We’ll round off this city tour with a visit to the Larco Museum. This 18th century mansion, built on the ruins of an ancient pyramid, harbors the collections of gold and silver jewelry, masks, ceramics and vases to name a few, as well as an exhibition of erotic sculptures.
Gourmet Experience (Night Tour)
Discover Lima from a gastronomic point of view. We will begin our adventure in a luxurious restaurant located on the beach with spectacular views of the Lima coast. Here a professional bartender will share with us the secrets to prepare the perfect Pisco Sour and thus impress our friends when we return home. After this refreshing cocktail we will head to Amáz restaurant in search of the flavors of the Peruvian jungle. The next stop will be a classic restaurant among Lima, the prestigious Huaca Pucllana restaurant, located inside an archaeological complex with pre-Inca ruins. In this place we will enjoy a selection of Peruvian dishes with a gourmet touch and a pisco cocktail. To end the night, we will go to the Barranco neighborhood for a walk under the stars and enjoy a handmade gelato.
Vegetarian option availabe.
What’s included: Breakfast, half day city tour in Lima with Larco Museum, gourmet experience (night tour), dinner, accommodation in Lima.
Day 3 – Travel from Lima to Arequipa
At the appropiate you Will have a transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Upon your arrival in Arequipa a transfer will be waiting for you to take you the hotel.
What’s included: Breakfast, accomodation in Arequipa.
Day 4 – Colca Canyon Experience (2 Days 1 Night)
Early in the morning, we will depart Arequipa to embark on a journey across a land of snow-covered volcanoes, inhospitable pampas, and incredibly beautiful quaint villages, arriving finally in the Colca Valley. Our first stop will be in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, whose rugged plains are home to vast herds of Guanaco, Alpaca, and Vicuña. We will continue the journey as riding along the edge of the crater of the Chucura Volcano, until reaching the Mirador de los Andes (Lookout Point of the Andes) in Patapampa. This lookout point, at 16,100 ft (4,900 m) above sea level, will offer spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of the various volcanoes surrounding Arequipa, including the Hualca Calca, the Sabancaya, and the Ampato. Next, we will head to the town of Chivay (close to where the Colca Valley begins) for a closer inspection of the impressive system of platforms and terraces built by the ancient Collagua and Cabana inhabitants. We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. We will have the rest of the afternoon free to take advantage of the hotel’s amenities, enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings, or simply rest and recover for the next day.
What’s included: Breakfast, lunch, accomodation in Colca.
Day 5 – Travel from Colca Canyon to Puno
Next day, early in the morning, we will travel to the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor (Condor Cross Lookout). With its incredibly vast and breath-taking expanses, it is the best spot in the world to see the majestic Andean Condor in flight. Be on the lookout for the sudden appearance of this emblematic bird on the verge of extinction. With a little luck, we will enjoy a truly awe-inspiring experience as we watch this awesome bird soar, almost magically, ever higher into the infinite blue sky. From this vantage point, we will be able to look out across one of the world’s deepest canyons (13,650 feet [4,160 m] deep at the northern end and 11,800 feet [3,600 m] deep on its southern end). On the way back to Arequipa, we will stop to visit three great villages: Pinchollo Maca, Achoma, and Yanque. Two more must-see stops include the Miradores de Antahuilque (Lookout points of Antahuilque), where we will be able to appreciate the sheer magnitude of the region’s terraces, and Choquetico, with its hanging tombs and tiny irrigation models carved in stone. On Chivay, we would enjoy our lunch in a local restaurant, afterwards we depart to Puno.
What’s included: Breakfast, lunch, touristic bus Chivay-Puno, transfer from bus station to hotel, accomodation in Puno.
Day 6 – Full Day Tour from Puno to Uros and Taquile Islands in Titicaca Lake
Today we will head to Puno’s port to board the boat that will take us to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros, known as the water tribe, remain living on artificial totora islands after hundreds of years. They knew how to pick the abundant cane of existing totora and gather it in large quantities and then unite them to form small islands as platforms. Their homes and vessels are made of the same material. Then, we will board the boat to sail towards the natural island of Taquile. After arriving we will go to a local restaurant and will enjoy a typical lunch. At the end of the meal we will walk to the main square of the island and from there will enjoy a wonderful view of the Titicaca lake. Taquile is also well known for its craftwork, so we can visit an artisan center where the items that skilfully made by hand are displayed. In the afternoon we will go down to Taquile’s port to board the boat that will return us to Puno.
What’s included: Breakast, Full day tour to Titicaca Lake: Uros floating Islands and Taquile Island (shared fast boat, private guide), lunch, accommodation in Puno.
Day 7 – Route of the Sun from Puno to Cuzco
After breakfast you a transfer will take you from the hotel to the bus station.
Today we will depart from Puno to the city of Cusco. This beautiful route awaits to surprise us. We will visit the Pukara museum. During its heyday, this town covered more than a square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, craftsmen, farmers, shepherds, and possibly warriors. Then we will head to La Raya and to a local restaurant. We will continue our tour until we reach Raqchi. The most important building within the complex is the Wiracocha temple. Architecturally it is classified as Kallanka, that is, a tall building completely covered with straw (wood and “ichu”). Externally it is 92 meters long and 25.25 meters wide. Finally, we will make a stop in Andahuaylillas town and its church, known as the Sistine Chapel of America for the quality of the art it houses. The sanctuary was built by the Jesuits in the 16th century on top of an Inca temple. The church is a small structure consisting of a single nave and the bell tower. We will finally arrive to the city of Puno.
Upon your arrival a transfer will be waiting for you at the bus station to take you the hotel.
What’s included: Breakfast, touristic bus from Puno to Cuzco, transfer between bus station and hotel, accomodation in Cuzco.
Day 8 – Cuzco Half Day City Tour & Archeological Sites
Today we will visit to one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Qoricancha (the Golden Temple) – a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. Then, we will discover the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. Afterward, we begin the exploration to the nearby ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision; Qenqo, the religious center; we will enjoy a panoramic view of Puca-Pucara, the red fortress and then we will visit Tambomachay with their water fountains.
What’s Included: Breakfast, accommodation in Cuzco.
Day 9 – Travel from Cuzco to Sacred Valley visiting Pisac Mark and Ollantaytambo
This morning, we will continue the trip toward the Sacred Valley, a few miles farther along, we will reach Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. We will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where we can find extraordinarily fine jewelry and ceramic and textile craftwork. We will also visit the archaeological site of Pisaq, an inca settlement that was built on row upon row of fine stone terraces, laid out on a natural balcony. Afterward, we will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. We will discover the large archaeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions.
What’s Included: Breakfast, lunch, accommodation in Sacred Valley.
Day 10 – Travel from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary
We will pick you up from your hotel at the scheduled time and go to the train Station. The comfortable train ride from there to the station at Aguas Calientes is packed full of spectacular vistas. On our arrival, we will take a bus that will drop us at the admission fee to the citadel of Machu Picchu itself. Unearthed for modernity by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural setting, and the energy that radiates from its enigmatic buildings will take your breath away. We will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as we take a tour of the magical citadel led by one of our guides. Finally, we will return to Aguas Calientes train station and catch the train back. Upon arrival, private transfer to the selected hotel.
What’s Included: Breakfast, lunch, tour to Machu Picchu ruins with private local guide, Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (one way ticket), accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
Day 11 – Travel from Machu Picchu to Cuzco by train
At the appropriate time you will take Vistadome train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Ollantaytambo a transfer will be waiting for you to take to the hotel in Cuzco.
What’s Included: Breakfast, Vistadome Train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo (one way ticket), accommodation in Cuzco.
Day 12 – Bye Bye Cuzo!
At the appropriate time you will have a transfer to the airport.
What’s Included: Breakfast, airport transfer.
STARTING PRICE USD 2070 PER PERSON
This trip is customizable according to your preferences.
The starting price is based on travel for a minimum of two travelers staying in comfort accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
- 2 Nights of Accommodation in Lima
- 1 Night of Accommodation in Arequipa
- 1 Night of Accommodation in Colca Canyon
- 2 Nights of Accommodation in Puno
- 3 Nights of Accommodation in Cuzco
- 1 Night of Accommodation in Sacred Valley
- 1 Night of Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Airport and bus station transfers
- Half Day City Tour in Lima and Larco Museum
- Gourmet Experience in Lima Night Tour
- 2 Days 1 Night Colca Canyon Experience
- Full Day Tour to Uros and Taquile Island in Titicaca Lake
- Touristic bus from Puno to Cuzco
- Half Day City tour in Cuzco & Arqueological Sites
- Full Day Tour to Sacred Valley, Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress
- Half Day Tour Guided Tour to Machu Picchu from Sacred Valley ending in Aguas Calientes
- Entrances fee to Machu Picchu and bus tickets (round trip)
- Train Vistadome to / from Machu Picchu
- Expert trip planning
- 24×7 support during your trip.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International and Domestic Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Optional activities suggested on the itinerary
- Meals unless specified
- Entry tickets to National Parks
- Local Taxes
- Early check in or Late check out
Know before you go
- It is the passengers’ responsibility to determine if a Visa is needed and to obtain it
- This is a shared tour that takes place in groups of up to 20 people. Travel by car, van, or bus, depending on group size