Andean Explorer

From Lima to Cusco
  • Peru
  • Custom
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Tour Description

Explore the cultural heartland of the Incas, and the myths and mysteries surrounding this ancient civilization. After some time to explore Lima, the colonial capital of Peru, a short flight takes you up into the Andes to Arequipa, the beautiful White City.  Head behind the walls of the Santa Catalina Monastery and get up close with a 500 year old Ice Maiden mummy. Explore the agricultural terraces as you hope to catch a glimpse of a Condor in the Colca Canyon. Dip your toe in the waters of Lake Titicaca before arriving into Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas. Explore the mysterious Sacred Valley of the Incas and the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu.      

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Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Lima

On arrival in to Lima you will be met & transferred to your hotel.
Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities.
Overnight in Lima

Day 2
Lima

Today is spent touring Lima, the Colonial ‘City of Kings’. On the city tour you will visit a number of well-known sites including the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas as well as the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima's magnificent Colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Lima

Day 3
Lima Arequipa

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Arequipa.
Explore the beautiful Arequipa, known locally as ‘The White City’ due to its glistening white buildings built from volcanic rock. We visit a number of sites throughout the city including the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Santa Catalina Monastery, the Main Square, the Complex of San Francisco and the Arequipa Cathedral, one of the biggest in South America. We continue the tour going to the ''Momia Juanita'' museum. The momia Juanita is also known as the Inca Ice Maiden, and is the well-preserved frozen body of an Inca girl who was killed as an offering to the Inca gods sometime between 1450 and 1480, at approximately 11-15 years old.
Overnight in Arequipa

Day 4
Arequipa Colca Canyon

This morning we leave Arequipa and cross the snow-capped Misti, Chachani and the Ampato Volcanoes to arrive at the Colca Valley. We travel towards the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, home to many wild vicuñas, alpacas & llamas. We continue our journey, passing the villages of Torja and Patapampa with their Colonial churches and Inca terracing to arrive in Chivay in the afternoon. Chivay lies at an altitude of 3,600m above sea level.
There is an optional visit to the 40ºC thermal-medicinal baths in La Calera. (Entrance fee to the pools is not included and is US$ 7.00 per person approximately – subject to change.)
Overnight in Colca

Day 5
Colca Canyon Puno

Following breakfast, we travel to the ‘Cruz del Condor’, a spot considered to be the best viewpoint to watch the majestic Andean condors ascending from the valley.
The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River and one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is home to the Andean condors that can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, rising on the thermals. At the 'Cruz del Condor' viewpoint, the canyon floor is 3,960 feet (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon.
In the afternoon, travel by bus to Puno, situated on the shores of the famous Lake Titicaca. You will board a touristic bus with hostess. Duration: 6 hours approximately.
Overnight in Puno

Day 6
Lake Titicaca

Enjoy a full day out on Lake Titicaca by boat. We explore a scenic and less touristy area of Taquile Island. Enjoy a pristine sandy beach where you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. We then hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism. We then journey to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world.
After lunch we head to a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca to explore Uros Capi. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America.
Overnight in Puno - We also offer an overnight homestay Tour on Lake Titicaca. Please ask for more details

Day 7
Puno Cusco

This morning you will be transferred to the bus station for your bus journey to Cusco
The spectacular journey from Puno to Cusco takes you across the Altiplano and you will travel accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The drive takes you through sleepy Andean villages and past spectacular snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi. Lunch is included and you will arrive in the famous city of Cusco in the early evening.
Approximate duration of drive: 10 hours. Lunch is included.
NOTE: Alternative luxury train journey's available. Please ask for details.
Upon arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel
Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 8
Cusco

Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay.
Afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 9
Cusco Free Day

Day at leisure to enjoy Cusco. Stroll through the walled alleys, enjoy coffee in the busy plazas and market places or seek your thrill in adventure activities such a biking, rafting, paragliding and more.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 10
Sacred Valley Aguas Calientes

Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. We visit the village of Pisac, with its famous market. On market days Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. Later we explore Ollantaytambo, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, and is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning.
In the late after board a train in Ollantaytambo bound for Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu township)
Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Day 11
Machu Picchu Cusco

Today you will be astonished at your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings! Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries.
Optional extra: Include a permit to climb Huayna Picchu.
Afternoon you will return to Cusco by train & road.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 12
Cusco Depart

Depart Any time. Transfer to the Airport is Included
*Extend your stay & include a trip to the Peru Amazon, or Fly to Ecuador & join a Galapagos Cruise

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 11 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers on either a shared or private basis
  • Included Copy 20 Tourist train and transportation from Machu Picchu to hotel in Cusco
  • Included Copy 20 Internal flight from Lima to Arequipa
  • Included Copy 7 International flights are NOT included. However can be added. Please ask for more details.
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Arequipa city tour with Monastery of Santa Catalina
  • Included Juanita Ice Maiden Museum
  • Included Colca Canyon guided tour
  • Included Flight of the Condors at Colca Canyon
  • Included Colca Canyon thermal hot springs (additional costs)
  • Included Hiking in Colca Canyon region
  • Included Tour of Lake Titicaca - Uros and Taquile Islands
  • Included Cusco city tour and Sacsayhauman ruins
  • Included Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Duration

12 days

Price from

$2,640 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily departures
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