Lima – Cusco – Machu Picchu – Arequipa 10 Days / 9 Nights
DAY 1: LIMA IN
Our representative will be waiting at Lima´s airport to transfer you to the hotel. (Depending of your arrival time we will recommend you the hotel, considering that into the airport there a hotel which works perfect for people who have an early flight to Cusco or other destinations). The transfer time from Lima´s airport to Lima town last almost 1 hour.
Overnight in Lima
DAY 2: LIMA (CITY TOUR) – CUSCO IN
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up from the hotel to transfer you into the Historic Center of Lima to visit San Martin Square, the Main Square or “Plaza de Armas” where the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and Town Hall are located. You will then proceed to visit San Francisco Church, a masterpiece of Colonial architecture preserving the best examples of Colonial religious art in America. Time for the lunch.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Lima´s airport to board the flight to Cusco (1 ½ hours of flight).
At Cusco´s airport you will be contacted by the guide to be transferred to the hotel, time free to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 3: CUSCO CITY TOUR – RUINS
The guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a half day tour of Cusco. You will start visiting the main square surrounded by magnificent colonial buildings, the Cathedral, the Koricancha which was the most important temple of the Inca culture; it was dedicated to worship the sun.
Finally you will visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and its impressive rocky constructions, followed by Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 4: SACRED VALLEYOF THE INCAS: PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO
Today, you will set off for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way you will stop to visit Awanacancha a llama project where you will see South American camelids such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, also you have the chance to appreciate the traditional Inca weaving and dying techniques which have been kept by the local people for centuries.
Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, and there you will walk through its lively typical market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and artisans and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Continuing the tour you will visit Pisac´s archaeological site located at the top of the mountain which gives us a clear idea of the hard work and amazing ingenuity required to create the Inca’s agricultural terraces, its constructions are just compared with Machu Picchu buildings.
You will enjoy a buffet lunch at the town of Urubamba, and then visit Ollantaytambo which is one of the most beautiful, and significant sites in the entire Cusco region. It is a very interesting, and typical pueblo with extensive, well preserved Inca ruins; crowned by the sacred archaeological site with its impressive temple of the sun.
Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
DAY 5: SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES
Free morning to rest or explore Ollantaytambo on your own, this is amazing town known as the last Inca city living, because the Inca buildings are still used as basement of the modern constructions, and by its old streets continue running the clean water of the Incas.
At midday you will board the Vistadome train which will take you to Aguas Calientes town; this scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Upon your arrival, reception and accommodation at the hotel.
Aguas Calientes is a small village almost 90% dedicated to the tourism activities, there are many activities to do; you can visit the Mandor waterfalls, visit the site Museum, go to the hot springs, visit the market or walk around this village.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu citadel – the new seven wonder of the world; the shuttle bus service will take you for 20 minutes from Aguas Calienets to Machu Picchu where you will have a 2- 3 hours fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins, visiting the most important sector of the city such as the temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the temple of the three windows, the mausoleum, the temple of the condor, etc.
If you are in a good physical shape you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku sun gate, or just wander through the ruins taking pictures.
You then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (Poroy train station), arrival to Poroy and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
NOTE: hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu, (Huayna Picchu now requires an extra, limited-availability permit; allowed just 400 per day. It is a 1.5-hour hike)
DAY 7: CUSCO – AREQUIPA (CITY TOUR)
Transfer to Cusco`s airport to board the flight to Arequipa (the White City).
Once, you arrive to Arequipa airport, our representative will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel.
At PM, let`s go to know Arequipa on this history-filled city sightseeing tour. You will visit the Monastery of St Catherine, beautiful religious site home to the nuns of the Dominican Second Order that was closed to the public for nearly 400 years. Open today, it offers narrow alleyways and a peaceful plaza and gardens reminiscent of ancient Seville or Granada; enjoy the serene atmosphere.
Lastly, head to Arequipa’s main square – Plaza de Armas – to see the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, which has a history that dates back to the 1500s, although the physical structure has been rebuilt many times due to earthquakes and fires. Finally, we will visit the Museum of Santuarios Andinos where we will see the Mummy named Juanita, an amazing frozen body of a little girl found at the cold slopes of the Ampato Mountain.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Arequipa
DAY 8: COLCA CANYON 2D/1N: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON – CHIVAY
Early in the morning, depart on a wonderful four hours bus trip to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest Canyons in the World (3180m.a.s.l /10433 ft.). On the trip we drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, inhabited by herds of vicuñas and alpacas (South American cameloids). The highest point of the road is at (4350 m.a.s.l./14271t). We will also see beautiful pre-Columbian terraces, still being cultivated by native Collaguas. On your arrival to Chivay, accommodation at the hotel.
In the afternoon, we recommend you to rest and get used to the altitude. If you are in good shape, you have the option to visit the local hot springs (La Calera), or simply explore the small but picturesque town of Chivay.
Overnight in Chivay
DAY 9: CRUZ DEL CONDOR – AREQUIPA
In order to see the mighty Condor, you will be transferred early in the morning towards the “Cruz del Condor”, a natural lookout point where you can see Condors flying. Here you will have the opportunity to spot these amazing birds glide below you in the canyon.
On the way to Cruz del Condor you will enjoy spectacular views of the canyon and will see hundreds of ancient agricultural terraces carved onto the slopes of the mountains. The people from these regions dedicate their life solely to agriculture, therefore you will see many fields full of crops (depending on the season you visit it), mainly potatoes, corn, barley and other products native from Peru. While driving along the edge of the Colca Canyon you can observe the great Colca River and also some small communities. We will return to the village of Chivay for the lunch. After it, return to Arequipa City.
Overnight in Arequipa
DAY 10: AREQUIPA – LIMA – HOME
You will be transferred to Arequipa`s airport for your flight to Lima.
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Professional bilingual guide
- Tourist transportation
- Tours/activities described in the itinerary
- Entrance fees for the tours described in the itinerary
- Meals mentioned
- Train service: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Vistadome, first class train)
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
- Round trip bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
2days/1night Colca Canyon tour
- Tourist tickets for all the tours (City tour – Colca Canyon)
- Half day city tour in Lima (entrance fees are included)
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- Assistance 24 hours
- Lima (1 night)
- Cusco (3 nights)
- Sacred Valley (1 night)
- Aguas Calientes (1 night)
- Arequipa (2 nights)
- Colca Canyon (1 night)
- Aircraft tickets (domestic flight: Lima – Cusco – Arequipa – Lima)
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Tips and extra expenses
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu ($ 20.00 per person)
- Entrance fee to the hot spring
- Travel insurance