DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Arrival in the capital city of Lima, reception at the airport by a representative of the company, who will welcome you and make the transfer corresponding to the selected accommodation. Overnight in Lima.
DAY 2: LIMA / CITY TOUR (B)
After breakfast, visit of the city of Lima, where we take a guided tour of the most important and characteristic places of the city, with their typical characteristics of the colonial era, such as the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipality of Lima, the Station of Desamparados, and old streets and the classic mansions of the Viceregal period and Moorish-style balconies; Then we do a panoramic tour of the Church of San Francisco. Leaving old Lima, we enter San Isidro and Miraflores, up to the Love Park, making a contrast between old and modern Lima.
Then we will have the transfer to the airport for Trujillo, pick up and transfer to your respective hotel. Overnight in Trujillo.
DAY 3: TRUJILLO: CHAN CHAN / HUACA DEL SOL Y LA LUNA Y HUANCHACO (B)
Breakfast, then at 10:30 am approx. The tour begins with a visit to the CHAN CHAN archaeological complex, one of the nine best-preserved citadels of this culture, its walls are decorated with high-relief friezes, we will tour its ceremonial squares, shrines, reservoirs, granaries, temples or audiences, funeral platform We will also visit the Huaca del Sol, it has approximately 43 meters. High, according to oral tradition, it was built in 3 days using 250,000 men and 70 million adobe bricks.
The Huaca de la Luna is made up of overlapping temples according to the different stages of Mochica power, on some of its walls you can see beautiful polychrome murals of his clearly defined figures representing the god Ai-apaec. Finishing the visit in the fishing cove of Huanchaco, a traditional fishing port where you can appreciate the caballitos de totora (old Mochica boats). Overnight in Trujillo.
DAY 4: TRUJILLO / CHICLAYO: PIRÁMIDES DE TÚCUME Y MUSEO TUMBAS REALES (B)
Breakfast and then departure to Chiclayo (03 hrs approx). Reception and visit to the Tucume Pyramids Archaeological Complex, a valley that houses 26 adobe pyramids that bear witness to the most exceptional time of the Lambayeque culture, among them Huaca 1 and Huaca Larga. We will also visit the Site Museum where pottery from the same culture is exhibited. We will go up to Purgatorio hill (viewpoint) to appreciate the valley and the pyramids.
Later we will move to Lambayeque to visit the new and modern TUMBES REALES DE SIPAN MUSEUM, it has 10 exhibition rooms throughout its route, where you can appreciate the treasures of the Lord of Sipán and a large collection of objects of gold, silver and copper, as well as the treasures of the Lord of Sipan. Return to the Hotel.
Then transfer to the airport for your departure to the city of Lima, arrival and transfer to your respective accommodation. Overnight in Lima.
DAY 5: LIMA / AREQUIPA – WALKING CITY TOUR (B)
Breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your departure to the city of Arequipa, arrival and transfer to your respective accommodation.
In the afternoon, accompanied by an official guide, we will visit the historical center of the city of Arequipa on foot, appreciating beautiful samples of the architecture of Arequipa.
During this tour we will show you all its charms of the main streets and colonial buildings: the main square, the cathedral, Jesuit Company Church, Santa Catalina convent – which is a city within the city – built on the XVI century and closed to the public for almost 400 years until 1970, and it’s still home of a few nuns. The tour continues to the church and square of San Francisco, we will also visit the San Camilo Market, which is considered a Historical Monumental Heritage of Public Civil Architecture of Arequipa. The current building was inaugurated in 1938 and was declared a Historical Monumental Heritage in 1987.Overnight in Arequipa.
DAY 6: AREQUIPA / COLCA CANYON (B)
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.
In the afternoon, as an option we can visit the thermal baths of "La Calera" which are at a temperature of 40º and our waters have medicinal properties. To continue you will arrive at Chivay town and you will be transferred to the selected accommodation. Overnight in Colca.
DAY 7: CHIVAY / CAÑÓN DEL COLCA / PUNO (B)
After breakfast, starting our tour on the left bank of the Colca river, visiting beautiful typical towns such as Yanque and Maca, colonial churches and we will have contact with the friendly people who still wear their typical costumes embroidered by themselves, on the tour we observed hundreds of pre-Inca terraces or terreces chat are still used and where corn, quinoa, kiwicha, etc. are grown.
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.
In the afternoon, transfer to Puno, capital of the dance and transfer to the respective accommodation. Overnight in Puno. (06 hours long).
DAY 8: PUNO / UROS AND TAQUILE ISLAND (B, L)
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Puno in the morning, there will be a two hour motor boat trip on Lake Titicaca to the wonderful floating island of Uros. To those former inhabitants of that lake, they are known as the water tribe, since they have to build their own islands periodically by adding new layers of a unique species of reeds called "Totora". Their homes and their boats are made of the same material. We continue our motorboat tour through Taquile Island, inhabited by native Quechua speakers, who have developed an efficient and unique social system, a barter system, carried out through generations. It is necessary to climb a ladder of more than 567 steps to reach the center of Taquile, where we will take a break to have lunch in a typical inn. In the afternoon we will take our boat back to the city of Puno again appreciating all the beautiful sunset on Lake Titicaca.
Por la noche date una escapada al restaurante Los Balcones de Puno el cual presenta una gran variedad de danzas multicolores.
DAY 9: PUNO / CUSCO – TOURIST STOPS (B, L)
Breakfast very early, around 07:30 a.m. private transfer to the tourist bus terminal with service on board to take the picturesque route to Puno, there are 04 tourist stops, making an additional stop for lunch. The route is as follows.
PUKARA - PUNO: It constitutes the most important and ancient ceremonial center of the Altiplano previous to Tiahuanaco, characterized by a series of stepped platforms that resemble a pyramid called kalasasaya, culminated in a flat ceremonial center. It is also possible to appreciate impressive sculptures stelae or stonings of integral characters that seem to show evidence of a brave civilization. It is here that you discover the origins of an Andean culture in the highlands.
LA RAYA: Middle point on the route Cusco - Puno is the highest part of the whole route, is located at a height of 4335 m.s.n.m. In this place we will be able to appreciate beautiful snow-capped mountains, beautiful inter-Andean landscapes, the birth of the Amazon River, llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. This point also represents the geographic union between two cultures Aymará and the Quechua culture.
Archaeological Complex of RAQCHI: 117 km from the city of Cusco. Raqchi (3485 masl) is a small town of farmers and potters in which a group of families has adapted their homes to receive the tourists in a new experiential tourism program. It dates from the XV century and is considered by the chroniclers as one of the most daring Inca constructions. It emphasizes the Temple of Wiracocha. The complex also includes an area of housing destined to the Inca nobility and dozens of circular deposits for the storage of provisions.
ANDAHUAYLILLAS: In this area you will visit the church San Pedro de Andahuaylillas is the biggest attraction for visitors, because due to the quality of its works of art it is considered as the "Sistine Chapel" of America. It was built by the Jesuits in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Its architectural structure is the classic of small town churches. Its walls are wide, typical of colonial buildings, made with sun-dried mud bricks, a facade adorned with murals and two stone columns projected towards the main gate. Although its architecture is relatively modest, the decoration of its interiors is the most impressive of the enclosure. Arrival in Cusco, reception in the terminal and transfer to the lodging. Overnight in Cusco
DAY 10: CUSCO – WALKING CITY TOUR (B)
Breakfast, then we will start our tour of the Historic Center of the Inca Empire. We will visit the traditional neighborhood of San Blas, and the stone of the 12 angles, this is a stone embedded in an Inca mural that was carved in such a way that it has 12 angles, which fit it perfectly with the adjoining stones. Its surprising perfection makes it a symbol of Inca technology applied to architecture. We will take a walk through some narrow and cobbled streets and its large white houses that house numerous workshops and shops of renowned popular artists.
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, whose first stone was placed in work in the year 1560. This marvel of religious art has approximately 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School, among many other expressions of art. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 11: DÍA 11 CUSCO / RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (B, L)
We pick up the passengers from their hotel passengers at 7:00 am, and then begin our 3:30 hour trip, we will make an intermission in the town of Cheqacupe to visit an Inca bridge and continue traveling towards the slopes of the snowy Ausangate When we arrive at our destination, let's prepare ourselves, for our Explorer day, a walk of approximately 1:30 hours. During the journey we will have the opportunity of several colored mountains during our tour, and we will be able to see the different varieties of South American camelids, and unique landscapes in the world of these mountains. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 12: CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY (B, L)
Breakfast, then departure to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit the town of Pisac with its typical Indian market (only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays), where you can appreciate the ancestral customs of its inhabitants, using "barter" (exchange of products ) for marketing. (only on Sundays mass is celebrated in Quechua, the native language). Buffet lunch in the Valley.
Afterwards, you will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the spanish conquerors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, also served as a temple. Then, you continue Ollantaytambo, “the unique living Inca town”: the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.
Departure from Ollantaytambo heading to Aguas Calientes by train in the afternoon. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 13: CUSCO / TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU (B, L)
After breakfast, we pick you up from your hotel to leave for the train station heading for the town of Aguas Calientes, upon arrival we go to the bus station, to ascend 400 meters high, on a zigzagging road, for 20 minutes, until we reach the incredible world wonder "The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu", known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Upon arrival at the citadel of Machu Picchu we will visit the main square, the circular tower, the sacred solar clock, the royal rooms, the temple of the three windows and the cemeteries.
From the beginning the panorama that surrounds Machu Picchu (old mountain) is already amazing, the sensation of seeing the wonder of the world through photos or video is very different from the sensation of being in the same place; It is simply a unique experience, that energy and mystique that will envelop you during the tour of the citadel is felt from the beginning of the tour to the end, guided tour of approximately 2 hours.
At the appointed time, you will return to Aguas Calientes to have lunch (by your own) then you have to go by your own to the train station to take your train ride back to Ollantaytambo / Cusco city to be transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 14: CUSCO - DAY OFF MARAS MORAY Y SALINERAS (B)
After breakfast, our tour begins in MARAS: Located in the province of Urubamba at 3300 meters above sea level. from there you can see the Vilcanota mountain range and the snow-capped peaks: "El Chicón" (5530 m.s.n.m), "Pitusiray" "La Verónica" (5682 m.s.n.m). Nowadays this picturesque town keeps attractions of the pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican period. Continuing our journey we will arrive at the famous and very mysterious circles of MORAY: It is located about 7 km southwest of Maras and 53 km from Cusco with altitude 3,385 masl; It is a unique archaeological group of its kind in the region. These are gigantic natural holes that were used by the Incas who built terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels, it is therefore a prototype greenhouse, the largest hole has a depth of 150 meters and an average platform height of 1.80 meters. , between each one of them, we will continue to the SALINERAS: or "MINAS DE SAL", located to the northwest of the town of Maras, are made up of about 2000 small wells, which were already exploited since the incan as a means of economic exchange and still continue being exploited by the locals.
Then, return to the city of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 15: CUSCO / LIMA – SALIDA (D)
Breakfast, and transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima and connect with your international flight.
(You can consider additional days in Cusco or Lima to make optional tours)