Wonders of Peru
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Wonders of Peru
Upon arrival, our collaborators will transfer you to the hotel. A documentation kit, detailed program explanation plus luggage and hotel registration assistance is offered. Overnight in Lima.
You will be driven to the Main Square, where you can find the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace. Then, continue with a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent, an architectonic jewel dating back to the 16th century. The tour continues to the modern residential suburb of San Isidro and to downtown Miraflores, where, at the Park of Love, you may enjoy a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean. Finally, you will be driven to the Larco Museum, world's largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian art that comprises approximately 45,000 pieces of gold, silver, ceramics, textiles, stone, wood, collected by the Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Herrera. Overnight in Lima.
At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, reception by our representatives and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the "White City" including the Santa Catalina Convent, beautiful citadel from the 16th century, in the style of Spanish cities of that time. The Main Square, with its three portals, the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesus (Church of the Company of Jesus) which is a beautiful sample of the Peruvian and Spanish baroque art from the 17th century, along with the multi colorful paintings of the San Ignacio's Dome. Then continue with the trip, you will see the typical districts of Cayma and Yanahuara. Overnight in Arequipa.
You will be picked up from your hotel to start the trip through the town of Yura and the National Reserve of Salinas/Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas, where you can see many species of birds in their natural habitats, and also South American camels. You will make a stop in Patahuasi to freshen up and enjoy a coca infusion, and later keep going to the town of Chivay. Depending on the schedule, you may have lunch in town or have a picnic enjoying the beautiful scenery from one of the natural viewing spots of the zone. In the afternoon, it is highly recommend to visit La Calera and enjoy an invigorating bath in the hot spring waters or just to spend a delightful afternoon in the hotel. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight in Yanque.
Very early, you will start the trip to "Cruz del Condor" (Condor Cross), which will allow you to enjoy a spectacular view of one of the deepest canyons in the world, and with luck, have a chance to take pictures of the biggest and most impressive flying bird in the Andes, the majestic Condor. Depending on the schedule, you could make a stop in the town of Pinchollo, the only pre-Inca town still inhabited, and the Maca town, with its beautiful craft market and colonial church. You will have lunch in Chivay and later you will continue with the trip to Puno. Overnight in Puno.
You will go on to Uros Island, where the community keeps their traditions alive, as well as their costumes and colorful typical dresses. A 3 hour boat trip on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, will take you to the Island of Taquile. To reach the hub of the island one must make a strenuous climb of 600 stone steps, but the effort is well rewarded by the views of the Lake and its surrounding mountains. The people of Taquile are famous for their colorful, fine weavings and their hospitality. Lunch included. Overnight in Puno.
You will start our trip by bus to Cusco, stop at Pucara and La Raya, highest point on the road between Puno and Cusco, from where you will get excellent photo opportunities. You can enjoy the wonderful scenery of the South Valley of Cusco. You will stop at the Racchi ruins, known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha". Lunch will be served in a restaurant on route. Then, you will visit Andahuaylillas, a town where a precious church from the 17th century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. The arrival to Cusco is in the afternoon. Overnight in Cusco.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Imperial City, living example of the mixture of the Andean and Spanish cultures. The trip stars visiting Koricancha temple, and ancient Inca palace and main worship center of the Sun God. Over this temple, the Santo Domingo Church and convent were built. Then, continue to the Main Square, where you can find the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of La Compañía. Going on with the tour, you will visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, imposing sample of military Inca architecture which domains the city. Finally, you will take a look at the archaeological sites of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, located north east of the city. Overnight in Cusco.
Day at leisure. Overnight in Cusco.
This trip drives you towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. After a stop on the way to enjoy a spectacular view of the Urubamba valley, with crops dressing the mountains like carpets, you will arrive to the colorful market of Pisac, where you may interact with the local craftsmen, or purchase their hand-made souvenirs. The tour continues to the town of Urubamba for a buffet lunch. Finally, you will visit Ollantaytambo, attractive town of Inca origin with remarkable channels and stone streets. In its high part one rises to an impressive ceremonial center of cult to the water and a fortress that guarded the access to the inferior part of the valley. Overnight in Cusco.
Take the train excursion to Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world. During the trip you will enjoy an amazing view of the landscapes of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, our representatives will assist you to board the bus which will take you to the Incan citadel, where a professional guide will lead you through its amazing architecture and landscape. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the zone on your own, relax and meditate. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. At fixed time, return by train, descend at the appropriate station and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arrival, our representative will provide assistance to connect with your international departure flight.