Perú – Land of the Sun
Lima • Cuzco • Puno • Arequipa
12 D / 11 N
DAY 01: … / LIMA
Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to the chosen hotel, rest.
We recommend additional tourist activities.
Overnight in Lima.
DAY 02: LIMA : CITY TOUR COLONIAL AND MODERN LIMA
At 9:30 am we will begin the visit to the city of Lima, we will start visiting the Huaca Pucllana, (Panoramic View, not entered). We will tour the Historic Center of Lima, called “City of Kings” since its foundation, which was the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru. We will visit: the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Cathedral Basilica of Lima, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal Palace, the Museum of the Central Reserve Bank and the main streets with colonial houses and Mudejar style balconies. We will visit the Convent of San Francisco, the Catacombs (subway crypts from the colonial era). We will continue through the new financial center of the city, El Olivar de San Isidro, El Parque central de Miraflores, El Parque del Amor and Larco Mar.
DAY 03: LIMA – CUSCO | CITY TOUR – 4 ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cusco.
Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation and rest.
1:30 pm we will begin the City Tour by visiting the Koricancha Temple or Temple of the Sun, following the route to the Cathedral, visit some typical colonial Inca streets and continue to the archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucara and Tambomachay.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 04: CUSCO | SACRED VALLEY
Breakfast. In the morning we will go to Pisaq where we will appreciate the archaeological complex as well as visit the Typical Handicrafts Market, we continue the journey along the banks of the Vilcanota River, until we reach Urubamba, where we will have an exquisite Buffet Lunch.
Then we will visit Ollantaytambo, one of the last living Inca towns and its streets maintain the same line to the time of the Incas and we will visit the wonderful archaeological complex located there, also we will visit the town of Chinchero, a small Inca and colonial town, we will return to Cusco.
DAY 05: CUSCO | MACHU PICCHU
At the appropriate time, transfer to the train station, which will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes.
Arrival and transfer to the Sanctuary, then we will have a guided visit to Machu Picchu, we will observe the agricultural zone, the urban sector, we will enter by the door to the temple of the sun, the stone quarries, the botanical garden, the square of the temples, three windows, the solar clock or intihatana, the sacred rock, among others, then we will have a free time to appreciate the majestic place and to take pictures, finishing the visit we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes.
At the appropriate time we will board the train back to the city of Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 06: ROUTE OF THE SUN – (ANDAHUAYLILLAS – RAQCHI – SICUANI – LA RAYA)
Transfer from the hotel to the bus station (snack on board)
7:30 am Departure by tourist bus to the city of Puno, on this journey we can visit some important attractions such as Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Sicuani, Pucara, La raya, then arrive in the city of Puno, buffet lunch in Sicuani.
Reception and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Puno.
DAY 07: PUNO : LAKE TITICACA – UROS FLOATING ISLAND – AMANTANI
7:30 am we will move to the port puno where we will begin our lake crossing in a very fast boat, we will arrive quickly to the floating island of the Uros which are a group of floating islands formed by reeds, and are inhabited by the Uros, people who descend from one of the oldest cultures of America. We will be able to appreciate their peculiar lifestyle and their creations such as the elaboration of wool fabrics and dissected animals.
After visiting the floating islands of the Uros we will continue the trip by boat until arriving at the Amantani Island which is located 55km away. From the city of Puno, the customs and way of life is similar to the island of Taquile, the impressive terraces for agriculture is one of the very peculiar attractions of the island, is the skill of its inhabitants, to cut and carve in the volcanic rocks, making the same tables, chairs etc. You can also visit the tutelary gods of Amantani (apus) as the pacha tata and pacha mama.
Overnight in Amantani.
DAY 08: PUNO – TAQUILE ISLAND
Then we will visit Taquile Island, get to know the town and have some time for exploration and shopping in the community.
Lunch in Taquile
Return to the city of Puno.
Overnight in Puno.
DAY 09: PUNO – AREQUIPA | CHIVAY
At the appropriate time, transfer to the bus station.
6:30 am we will go to Chivay, on the way we will appreciate Lagunillas, where we will observe endemic birds of the zone, then we will arrive to Pampa Cañahuas, where you will be able to taste hot infusions or Mate de Coca, then we will arrive to Patapampa where we will appreciate the viewpoint of the volcanoes, then we will arrive to the town of Chivay.
Lunch on behalf of the passengers.
In the afternoon we will visit the thermal baths of the calera (entrance on behalf of the passenger)
Overnight in chivay.
DAY 10: AREQUIPA | COLCA CANYON
Immediately we will leave to visit the Cruz del Condor, place with an impressive view of the valley and from where we will be able to appreciate the flight of the condors and the depth of the canyon (3,400 meters deep). On the way back we will be able to visit the town of Pinchollo, the Pre-Inca Hanging Tombs, Litomoquetas, the town of Maca, Achola, the town of Yanque and Chivay.
Then we will continue our journey to the city of Arequipa.
Overnight in Arequipa.
DAY 11: AREQUIPA : COLONIAL CITY TOUR
In the morning, we will start the tour of the White City of Arequipa, visiting the Plaza de Armas, which has a beautiful bronze fountain with three plates crowned with the figure of a sixteenth century soldier. Here we will be able to appreciate the Cathedral and the Cloister of the Company of Jesus, next we will visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina which was a center of absolute enclosure which remained closed for centuries to the public, today harmoniously restored and opened it allows us to appreciate what was the city of Arequipa in the XVII century, we will see its streets, gardens, cloisters, rustic stone wash houses, walls of sillar and his pinacoteca, immediately we move to the beautiful and green fields of Carmen Alto, Viewpoint of Yanahuara where we will have a privileged view of the city and of the volcanos like the Misti, Pichupichu and Chachani, also we will visit the Fund the Iron, Alpaca World where we will be able to observe the process of the extraction of the finest fiber of the World.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Arequipa
DAY 12: AREQUIPA / …
Coordinated transfer to the airport to board the flight and return to Lima.
End of services.
12 D / 11 N