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Arrival in Lima, met by your tour conductor (if organised) at the airport and taken to be checked into your hotel and adjust to the timezone if you are travelling internationally. If your body clock is in sync, we can show you some of the city, spots to eat, shops, local culture and make sure you are comfortable with your surroundings before having an early night to start the tour the following day.
Main Square/Plaza De Armas
Government Palace/Palacio de Govierno
Santo Domingo/Catacombs – Constructed nearly 500 years ago, the Santa Domingo church boasts amazing Spanish artworks shipped over during the period of the conquistadores. Walk through history here before entering the eerie catacombs, where the remains of over 70,000 people are held
Larcomar – An amazing Shopping centre built into the side of the cliffs in Miraflores with panoramic views of the beach and ocean
Park of Love/Parque Del Amor
Barranco (Bohemian District) – Overflowing with artwork, incredible wall graffiti, restaurants, Bridge of sighs and many marketplaces for souvenirs
Miraflores Beach/Malecon De Miraflores
Early in the morning, we’ll take a bus from Lima to Nazca and take a flight over the Nazca Lines
The flight is included and is the safest possible provider
We then head to Huacachina to check into our accommodation, and have the option of sandboarding on the famous dunes
Overnight stay in the desert oasis of Huacachina
Overnight bus (full cama) from Ica to Arequipa to arrive the following morning.
Option #1: AREQUIPA / TOUR IN AREQUIPA
Check In at the hotel from 13: 00hrs.
Starting at the Plaza de Armas at 14:00 and take in the panoramic views before boarding the panoramic bus
Viewpoint of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara and like the traditional Cayma district
Stop at the Incalpaca zoo & outlet, where we will see the 4 varieties of camelids
Visit the artificial lakes called Tingo, Sachaca
The mansion of the Founder (colonial house that holds colonial and republican times artifacts)
The mill of Sabandía with its construction dating to the 16th century
Crossing the district of Paucarpata with its Andean pre – Inca
Return to the city. Optional – finish the tour in the Traditional Arequipaña
restaurant and enjoy the fanous local dishes “Arequipeños” ** STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!!!
**Duration: 4 hours.
Option #2: PEDESTRIAN CITY TOUR – 14:00
Monastery of Santa Catalina visit – Four different centuries of Arequipeñan architecture. View the “Las celdas Intrusas” (the rooms that the female monks lived in, prayed in and never left), streets and cloisters full of flowers colorful and walls painted in fresh dyes. The narrow alleys lead to diverse parts of the convent and dorms/rooms still in tact from hundreds of years ago. You’ll feel like you’re lost in time!
Visit the main square, one of the most beautiful in Peru; the Jesuit Church, and view the mestizo architecture (Spanish and Indian). See their cloisters and dome, the house of Tristan del Pozo and understand what the colonical past was like. This is where they bartered all products coming from the coast, mountain and overseas and wherethe craftsmen and tailors went about their work. This will immerse you in the way of life in historical Arequipa
**Duration: 3 hours. **Night of accommodation in Arequipa
AREQUIPA / CHIVAY
Start the day with a nice breakfast at the hotel
7:30 – 8am pickups through the different hotels
Start our journey to one of the deepest canyons in the world, taking the Yura road, bordering the snowy Chachani volcano and heading towards Pampa Cañahuas (National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas), habitat of the beautiful South American camelids, the vicuñas
In the bofedales (wetlands) of tocra we can appreciate the variety of migratory birds, among which are the flamingos
We will pass through the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura). We will stop at the viewpoint of the volcanoes, which is also the highest part of the road (4,800 masl), from where we will appreciate much of the western mountain range
Arrival in Chivay 13:30 to 14:00 Approximately
Check in at the hotel & late lunch
17:00 In the evening we’ll visit the thermal baths in La Calera and have the option to enter the thermo medicinal waters
20:00 Dinner accompanied by a folklore show (Optional)
**Overnight stay/Night accommodation in Chivay – Colca
CHIVAY/COLCA CANYON – CHIVAY/AREQUIPA
06:30 Head to the viewpoint of the cross of the condor strategic point of observation of the canyon and the spectacular flight of the condor
On the return we will stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque; that still have beautiful colonial churches, as well as in the viewpoints of choquetico and antahuilque. From where we will observe the impressive andenería (The Andes) of the valley, the pre-inca tombs and pre-Inca scale models.
We’ll take another overnight bus to arrive in Puno the next morning.
07:30 – 07:45 Transfer from the hotel to the Port of Puno
08:00 – 09:30 Travel and guided tour on the Island of the Uros
09:30 – 12:00 Travel by motorboat to the Island of Amantani
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch at the local family’s house
4:00pm – 6:00pm Giuded walking tour to the pre- Inca temple of Pachatata
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner together with the family hostess
Overnight stay in family house
8:00 to 10:00 Travel by motor boat to the island of Taquile
10:00 – 11:00 Guided tour on the island of Taquile
11:20 – 12:30 Lunch at the home of a local family
12:30 – 15:30 Trip by motorboat to the port of Puno
3:40 PM Transfer from the port to your hotel
THE STEP OF THE RAYA (4,335 MSNM)
The border between cities of Cusco and Puno, at more than 4335m. This is where the famous snowy CHIMBOYA lives, and where the AMAZON river is born. Tourists will be able to stop for a quick drink and take landscape photos. The visit lasts from 5 to 10 minutes. **IMPORTANT. Visiting time lasts between 5 to 10 minutes. We recommend bringing an extra coat. We also recommend consumption of coca tea to counter any altitude sickness.
THE LIKEN MUSEUM OF PUKARA. (3,900 MSNM)
This museum highlights the culture that developed and flourished from1600 BC to 400 AD. Located at 106 km from
the city of Puno, in this Museum we can find ceramics and sculptures representing zoo figures, including
The famous sculpture of the HATUNÑAQAC that in our times would translate as the supreme slaughterer.
IMPORTANT. The visit lasts 30 minutes. You’re not allowed to film or take Photos Inside.
RESTAURANT TURISTICO LA PASCANA.
Buffet lunch (included in the price of the ticket) at the tourist restaurant LA PASCANA quegoza de buen prestige which is known for the cuisine of the chef. This located strategically to outside the town of Sicuani. The buffet consists of a broad range of national and regional food, entrees, veggies, garnishes, rich desserts, hot drinks (coca tea, coffee or tea) which is included in the price of the passage. **IMPORTANT. lunch lasts 40 minutes / Drinks (water, soda or beer) are not included in the buffet.
THE CHAPEL OF ANDAHUAYLILLAS. (3,093m)
A church dating from the seventeenth century AKA La Sistina de los Andes, known for the beauty of its murals, works of gold and paintings. **IMPORTANT. The visit lasts 25 minutes / No filming allowed/taking Photos Inside.
THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX OF RAQCHI. (3,450 MSNM)
Known as well like the Temple of the god WIRACOCHA, which was the supreme Inca deity. Here, we also find the largest number of magnificent stone buildings and Adobes.
IMPORTANT. The visit takes 40 minutes / we recommend the use of hats and sunscreen.
We recommend joining the free walking tour (which costs tips at the end as is customary), which will take you around the beautiful city of Cusco and help you acclimatise to the altitude.
Afterwards you’ll be free to explore on your own, take in the sites, purchase souvenirs, explore local culture and find some nice spots to eat!
Cusco Inca Tour – ½ Day
Starting at around 10:00am, we’ll visit:
**This tour is half a day
This tour is half a day.
Rainbow Mountain – 1 Day
This tour is our adventure hike. We leave around 7am and head to the community of Palcoyo, where begin our hike to the rainbow mountain range.
We’ll take some time here, take photos and enjoy the untouched scenery until we are ready to leave, then head back to Cusco.
Sacred Valley – 1 Day
This day we start approx 9:00am and we visit:
Train to Aguas calientes (Machu Picchu town) where we will spend the night
Visit the world famous Machu Picchu with our official guide who will take us through the history of the Incas for approx 2 hours, explaining everything from rituals, religious beliefs, construction and much more.
Afterwards we’ll have some free time to explore before heading back to town.
**Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes included.
Departure from the city of Cusco very early in the morning in one of our buses. We will cross beautiful inter-Andean valleys and picturesque communities who have managed to hold onto their cultural heritage for centuries.
By mid-morning we will visit the Pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarca , known as ”Chullpas” and then towards Paucartambo, a typical colonial town with a historical importance.
Continuing the trip, we’ll ascend to the Acjanacu at 3,850 meters above sea level. From here we start the descent through the Cloud Forest zone, famous for native species such as the
spectacled bear and the ”Cock of the Rocks”, orchids, bromeliads, ferns , etc.
We’ll have lunch en route (lunch box) while observing nature for then continue until we reach the ”Orquídeas de San Pedro” Lodge, located in the cultural zone of Manu National Park amid the cloud forest at 1700 meters. (5100 feet) . where we will spend our first night.
After an early breakfast we continue our bus trip, crossing the high jungle, arriving at the town of Pilcopata, and continue to the port of Atalaya where we will have lunch. This place is located on the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River, 700 meters above sea level. From here we will begin the descent by the river for 15 minutes approximately.
We can observe the huge diversity of bird species; Herons, Vultures, Cormorants etc as we continue up to our Reservation Private “Erika” where
we will walk the amazing trails of this transitional point between high and low jungle.
The Erika hostel is located in area transitional between high and low jungle (500m/1,550m). The different altitudes give place to different habitat ,
which creates the high diversity of wildlife. Our guide will take us through the mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, medicinal plants and more.
Overnight stay will be at the hostel here.
*Optional/Free : From the town of Pilcopata we can go for approx. 1.5 hours of canoeing by the tropical river of Kosñipata , passing for the spectacular
Pongo de Koñeq where we will stop to Enjoy the scenery and the crystalline waters. We will continue until we reach our Private Reservation called “Erika”.
Day 3: Manu
Very early we take our boat and sail for 10 minutes to the Collpa , a clay wall of the river where we’ll see the different species of
Parrots, like the blue headed parakeet, eye white and possibly the macaw Maracano, among others that come down each morning to extract and lick pieces of clay which contain the rich minerals required for their survival.
At the end this activity , we return to our Erika hostel breakfast and afterwards, we’ll board the boat to the port of Atalaya, where we take the bus to the city of Cusco.
**The operator may take the liberty to change the order of the activities.
We’ll take you to the airport to board your flight back to Lima to continue your travels, or head home.