A flight to Lima
In the afternoon get acquainted with Peru’s Capital City, its 2000 years of history and colonial heritage. Experience the artistic traditions and contemporary lives of its residents. Tour Lima’s Historical Center, cultural heritage of humanity according to UNESCO, and admire its imposing Cathedral. Visit Casa Aliaga, America’s best preserved colonial mansion, occupied by the same family since 1535. Continue to San Francisco Monastery, a masterpiece of colonial architecture housing important colonial paintings. Finally drive through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and its beaches.
A flight from Lima to Arequipa
In the afternoon, admire its Plaza de Armas and Cathedral, before visiting the Convent of Santa Catalina, one of the most beautiful in Arequipa, and founded on October 2nd, 1580, built during the second half of that century. With an area of 20,000 square meters, the Convent is a city in miniature, a walled fortress with streets, passageways, stairways and plazas. Closed to the public until 1970, the Convent still houses a number of the closed order of nuns. Continue to visit the Jesuit Church, where you will be impressed by the beauty of its facade, considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style in Arequipa. The ancient vestry is particularly beautiful with its cupola and walls covered in murals representing the jungle. The ancient Jesuit seminary is famous for its beautiful principal cloister. Finally go to the residential districts of Yanahuara and Chilina, from where you will have a magnificent view of Arequipa’s countryside and Mount Misti volcano.
You leave the city via Yura, a district characterized by its rugged scenery, hills and ravines. You enter Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive plain where you can see vicuñas, the indigenous Andean camelid that is a national symbol. Then to Vizcachani, Pampas de Toccra, where the volcanoes surrounding Arequipa can be seen. Lunch will be served in the village of Chivay and in the afternoon you can rest in the hotel, or visit the thermal springs at La Calera.
Visit to Cruz del Cóndor to see the Colca Valley (the second deepest canyon in the world, more than 4 kilometres at its deepest part) followed by an astonishing sight: the great and majestic condor flying only a few metres away. On the way back to Chivay you will pass through the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and the vantage points at Antahuilque and Choquetico. After lunch you can visit the village of Coporaque and the Colcas at Chininia, incredible pre-Inca constructions on natural vertical faces. From there you go to the vantage point at Ocolle and the amphitheatre, followed by a short walk to the little-explored ruins at Uyo-Uyo.
Morning tour of the attractions of Chivay such as the local market, the Inca bridge, trout farms producing the fresh-water fish used in many exquisite Andean dishes.
A flight from Chivay to – Cusco
Rest of the day will be free to acclimatize to the altitude.
You will begin your tour with a visit to the Pisac market, consisting of dozens of stalls display and the sell of products manufactured by the inhabitants of the area. You can find textiles, carvings, and replicas of ancient Inca pieces. Continue your tour visiting the archaeological remains of Pisac which are the largest complex of terraces in the area and a masterpiece of agriculture of the empire. After lunch at the agreed restaurant drive to the town of Ollantaytambo located 60 kilometers from the city of Cusco. This is a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited, as in the past. After a visit to Ollantaytambo you will return to Cuzco.
Trip by the train from Valley to Machu Picchu
Then travel by train to Aguas Calientes. It will take approximately two hours. This town is also known as “Machu Picchu pueblo” and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes are the train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer by bus you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1572). Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain”, is considered a World Heritage by the UNESCO and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. To enrich your travel experience, we recommend visiting the private gallery “Machu”.
Today you have the day free at leisure to explore the Lost City of the Incas by our own. In the afternoon head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and from there take the train back to the Ollanta station and from here by bus to Cusco.
You will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as “The Temple of the Sun” (Quri Kancha ‘Golden Temple’), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1572).
Here, homage was paid to the Sun (“Inti”) during the Inca era, a time when its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards planted with golden maize and life size llamas. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654, almost a full century later. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. Continue on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the early fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress, its structure made up of hundreds of megalithic granite blocks whose transport and lift remain a fascinating mystery. Every year on June 24th, during the winter solstice, the Inti Raymi festival is recreated here, honouring the sun. Move on to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally explore Puka Pucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Puka Pucara or “Red Fortress”, was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay.
Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your leisure or remain in your hotel to relax.
A trip by bus to Punas
Your transfer to Puno will have three stops. You will first stop at Andahuaylillas, a village located 40 kilometers from Cusco, which most important attraction is the church of Andahuaylillas, also called “The Sistine Chapel of America” due to the high quality pieces of art found in it; its structure was built in the sixteenth century on the remains of constructions probably Wari. Today it has an original pipe organ recently restored. Continue your trip to Racchi, where you will find the Temple of Viracocha, an amazing and unique rectangular building, similar to a wall, 30 meters wide and 20 meters high. It has windows and doors and is thought to have the highest ceiling of the Inca Empire. You will stop for lunch in Sicuani, and then briefly at La Raya, the highest point of the route between Puno and Cusco, over 4,313 masl. From here, 61 kilometers from the city of Juliaca (very close to Puno) you will reach the town of Pucara, where the Pukara Lithic Museum is found. The museum exhibits a collection of stone sculptures as well as steles and zoomorphic monoliths of sophisticated detail. Finally you will drive along the final course to the city of Puno.
Enjoy a complete day of sailing in the Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable lake in the world. Depart early in the morning for the floating islands of Uros, where the inhabitants still live as they did centuries ago, on floating islands they make with the totora reeds that grow in the lake. Continue sailing towards Taquile Island for a 30 minute hike towards its small town inhabited by Quechua speaking natives who have, over the generations, developed both an efficient and original social system, as well as a refined hand weaving technique. After lunch explore the island and appreciate the magnificent views of Lake Titicaca. After this trekking embark and return to Puno city.
Transfer to Copacabana. Visit the church of Pomata. Arrive Copacabana and visit the shrine and the dark Virgin. Hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island, visit the Sun Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu”. Continue to Sun Island, to visit the Inca “Grand Stairs” & the Sacred fountain; taste the water believed to give eternal youth & happiness. Lunch at the “Uma Kollu” archaeological restaurant; Visit the small handicraft market. Hydrofoil cruise to Huatajata. On arrival, visit the “Andean Roots Eco Village”: The Altiplano Museum; Handicrafts village, the Mud Igloos and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family.
Bus transfer to La Paz.
A flight to Uyuni
Departure to Colchani, a village where the majority of the salt consumed in Bolivia is produced located about 21 kilometers from Uyuni. The Uyuni Salt Flats is the largest on earth: miles and miles of dazzling pentagons of crystalline salt and the noise of silence makes the heart beat faster. Certainly, there is no place like this on the planet. After visiting “Ojos de Agua” in the border of the Salt Flats, continue to Isla Pescado or Incawasi. Upon arrival, you will visit the Island and have lunch at the local Restaurant Isla Pescado.
Full day excursion to Laguna Colorada. Its area is 60 km2, and it is at 4,278 meters above the sea level. It is inhabited by flocks of flamingoes of three species: tokoko, with red plumage; chururu, with whitish plumage, and jututu, with pink plumage. The scenery is exceptionally beautiful at these heights, set off by the impressive redness of the Lagoon.
A flight from La Paz to Lima. A night in a selected hotel.
A flight to Vilnius