Intense and exciting: a whole new experience, to watching a condor fly near you at the Colca Canyon, sailing on Lake Titicaca and walking on the Uros Islands, to feeling the overwhelming silence of Machu Picchu. This program offers you everything you need to truly live and feel the Inca culture.
Day 01: Lima
Arrival in Lima. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodations
Day 02: Lima / Arequipa
Transfer to the airport to catch the departing flight to Arequipa. Welcoming reception on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free morning to get used to the altitude. This afternoon tour of the “White City” has more than a surprise for us: the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Cloisters, the Compañia de Jesus Church, the colonial district of Yanahuara, the San Lazaro neighborhood, the Chilina ravine and the residential area of Selva Alegre. On top of all that we will be lucky to witness a true gem: the Santa Catalina Monastery which was closed for almost 400 years and now captivates us with its narrow passages, plazas and gardens inspired by the ancient neighborhoods of Seville and Granada. Stay in Arequipa.
Day 03: Arequipa / Canyon Colca
We set off to the spectacular Colca Valley going up the foothills of Chachani volcano and admiring the Misti and Picchu Picchu Volcanoes. Then we cross the vicuñas reservation of Pampa Cañahuas where we can see them running free in the high Andean lands. Peculiar villages around us. We will stop for lunch on our way to the lodge. Free afternoon to rest and enjoy the lodge and the optional visit to the thermal baths in the area. Dinner and overnight stay at Colca Valley.
Day 04: Colca / Puno
Early in the morning we will go to the Condor Cross viewpoint. Before us the shocking flight of the condors, huge Andean birds on the brink of extinction and symbol of the Andes Mountain Range. The view at this place allows us to appreciate the canyons depth, considered as one of the deepest in the world. We will then visit the Maca and Yanque towns which still keep the colonial churches. After lunch, we will set off for Puno as bus. The trip takes about 7 hours and we will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel upon our arrival. Overnight stay at Puno.
Day 05: Titicaca Lake / Urus / Taquile Island
A full day tour to explore Lake Titicaca. First we will visit the Uros, the friendly inhabitants of these handmade islands made of totora reeds. Then it’s off to Taquile Island, a place in which the settlers still maintain their ancestral traditions and colorful typical clothes. A great opportunity to explore the island and get the best view of the lake. A lunch box is provided in the island. Return to the city in the afternoon.
Day 06: Puno / Cusco
Departure on a tour bus to Cusco. On the way we’ll stop to visit the attractions this beautiful route has to offer. Our first stop: the in site Pucara Museum and a chance to get one of the local classic bull shaped ceramics. Then it’s lunch time and the opportunity to see the view at La Raya, natural border between Puno and Cusco. We will continue our trip to Racchi, Temple of the Wiracocha god where the walls and narrow streets stand out. Before our final destination, we will stop at Andahuaylillas for a visit to its beautiful chapel. We will arrive in Cusco at the end of the afternoon. Stay at Cusco.
Day 07: Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes
At about 7:30a.m., we will pick you up from your hotel in order to start a guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This tour will let you observe an amazing view of the Urubamba River and the valley as well as a visit to the ruins of Pisac and the marketplace of the same name. After lunch, which is not included on the package, we will take you to the Andean town of Ollantaytambo where you will have a guided tour of the incredible Inca ruins of the town. From Ollantaytambo, you will take the backpacker train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night.
Day 08: Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes / Cusco
Today, you will take a bus to Machu Picchu where you will have a private 3 hour guided tour of the most important rooms and temples. After the tour, you will be free to wander around or just relax around Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, you will be taking a bus to Aguas Calientes from where you will be taking the backapacker train. From the train station we will take you to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 09: Cusco / Flight / Lima
Today, we will pick you up from your hotel and we will drive you to the airport of Cusco in order to take a plane to Lima. End of our services.