Magic Peru Round Trip 14 Days
CODE: CT0108: Magic Peru Round Trip 14 Days
Peru is a country that offers a variety like few other countries in the world: mountains, rainforest, tropical beaches, cosmopolitan cities, beautiful lakes, dry deserts… This itinerary includes a big part of the places you can’t miss when you are travelling to Peru! Visit Lima, Peru’s capital Discover Arequipa, the “White City”, with its colonial architecture and fly with the Condors in the impressive Colca Canyon. Travel to the famous Lake Titicaca where you will see islands made entirely of reeds inhabited by the Uros and spend one night with a local family on the Island Amantani. Your last step will be the Andes and the former capital of the Incas – Cusco. Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas – a cradle of culture, history and agricultural richness and a perfect place to learn about the inhabitants of the ancient Inca Empire. Then continue to one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu! The trips and excursions to the different destinations of this tour are managed with a guide and a small travel group with likeminded people you can share your experiences with. Private tours upon request!
Excellent for: Adventure seekers - Couples - Friends - Nature lovers - Intrepid people - Families
Day 1: Lima
We pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hostel. Depending on your flight’s schedule, you will have some free time to discover the city or relax at your hostel. After you can choose to go to a nice restaurant for dinner and enjoy your first night out in Peru. Overnight in Lima.
Day 2: Lima (City Tour) (B)
In the early afternoon, at around 01.00pm, your tour starts with a City Tour in Peru’s capital Lima: we will visit the charming districts of Miraflores and Barranco and then continue to the historic centre of Lima where you can see attractions like the Cathedral, the Viceroyalty of Peru, the main places of Lima's Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the City Hall, and other important monuments. Arriving back to your hotel, you are free to enjoy your evening as you wish.
Day 3: Flight to Arequipa and City Tour
ou will arrive in Arequipa at approx. 07:30 in the morning. You have some free time to enjoy a nice breakfast and have a first look around. In the afternoon we will explore the colonial city of the “White City” Arequipa, built with blocks of white volcanic stone. During a panoramic bus tour we will visit the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru. In the center of this plaza is located a fountain with the statue "Tuturutú" on the top which is an important symbol of Arequipa. There is a myth about Tuturutu saying that it represents a sixteenth century soldier. Then, head towards the viewpoint of Carmen alto from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the White City and the impressive Misti volcano, which is an active volcano towering over Arequipa. We continue our tour to the district of Yanahuara with its colonial streets and buildings as well as the traditional district of Cayma. Continuing our tour, we stop at the outlet and zoo Incalpaca, where you can observe different Andean camelids such as llamas, Alpacas and Vicunas. On our way we will pass by the artificial lakes Tingo and Sacha on our way to “Molino de Sabandía”, a construction from the XVI century and return to the center, crossing the Paucarpata district with its beautiful pre-Inca terraces.
Day 4: Arequipa – San Juan de Chuccho (B, L, D)
We will pick you up at your hotel at around 3:00 or 3:30 a.m and will head to the Colca Valley. The trip to our first stop, Chivay (main town of the Valley), will take about 4 hours and we will stop there for breakfast. Then the trip will continue to Cabanaconde (2:30 hours of trip approx.) from where we start our trek, descending to the Colca Canyon, which will take around 3:30 to 4 hours. During the tour we will see the diverse Andean and tropical vegetation and also admire the geological formation of the Colca Canyon, part of the formation of the Andes Mountains. Once in the canyon we will cross the suspension bridge of San Juan de Chuccho, to arrive at the village, where we spend the night in the villagers’ houses, equipped to welcome visitors (basic accommodation).
Day 5: San Juan – Oasis Sangalle (B, L, D)
We will start the day by taking a breakfast and then continue our journey. We will discover typical villages, first Cosnihua and then Malata; where we will enjoy the traditional way of life of the inhabitants, as there are no roads to reach these villages. Then we will go to the Sangalle Oasis, full of Andean vegetation mixed with tropical vegetation, thanks to spring water. There, we will enjoy a refreshing swim in the pools located in this beautiful place (the water’s temperature is at approx. 18 °C). We spend the night at the Oasis.
Day 6: Sangalle – Cabanaconde – Chivay – Arequipa (B)
At around 4:30 a.m we will start the hike up, it is a very steep and winding road, but after 3 hours we will have the satisfaction of completing this beautiful journey. Breakfast may be taken at a local restaurant and then we will take our bus to the Mirador de la Cruz Del Condor, a famous viewpoint for breathtaking views upon the Colca Canyon and where normally you can see the impressive flight of the condors. Then we will return to Chivay, taking the opportunity to visit la Calera, enjoy the relaxing thermal waters and a nice lunch. We will take the bus to Puno. Night in Puno City
Day 7: Titicaca Lake: Uros & Amantani Islands (B, L, D)
This morning we take you to the port of Puno, where we board our boat to start an approx. 30-40 minutes cruise on the lake to the floating islands called “Uros”, made entirely out of reeds. The friendly Urus people will be happy to welcome you to their islands, and will share their history, culture and traditions with you. The community of the Uros has endured for hundreds of years, thanks to their continual renovation of the island floor with Totora reeds and mud and their harmonious relationship with nature. You will learn how Uros people have completely built their floating houses. Then we take the boat to Amantani Island, where you will have a chance to meet local families. You will also have time to visit the island and the Pachatata Temple, these are the pre-Inca temples sitting on the two high peaks of Amantani Island which are dedicated to fertility. Pacha Mama and Pacha Tata are two important figures that symbolize the principle of compatibility and harmony in the Andean cultures: the Chacha Warmi. You’ll have some time and a dinner with the local family and spend the night at their family home.
Day 8: Titicaca Lake: Amantani & Taquile Islands (B, L)
In the morning you will have a breakfast with the family and then take boat to Taquile Island. You will explore an old island completely terraced by the pre-Incas and Incas. Taquileños still live in a traditional way and are known for their high quality handicrafts. Here we will visit some of the native families and enjoy a traditional meal with them. Then you will have a time to enjoy the island before taking boat back to Puno. Back there, you will have a free evening to enjoy a last night in the city
Day 9: Puno – Cusco (B, L)
Today we travel from the Lake Titicaca to Cusco: a beautiful journey with some special stops along the way. Your first stop will be at Pucará, a colonial city known for its pottery. We will enjoy the view, and see llamas and alpacas grazing from the La Raya pass at 4310 m/14172 ft above sea level and enjoy a nice buffet lunch in Sicuani. After that, we will also visit the archaeological complex of Raqchi, another important Inca city. Finally, you will visit the Church of Andahuaylillas, known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” and features a simple façade but keeps one of the most valuable jewels of the colonial art in Peru. We will arrive in Cusco, old capital of the Incas’ Empire, where you will spend the night.
Day 10: Cusco (City Tour) (B)
After a good rest in the hotel and a free morning in Cusco, we will pick you up and take you on a city tour in Cusco. We will visit the historic centre of the City, Cusco’s main square with its impressive Cathedral and the Inca Temple “Qoricancha” (Temple of the Sun). After visiting the historic centre, we take you to the hills of upper Cusco to visit the old Inca temples and pre-Inca constructions Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Tambomachay and Pucapucara.
Day 11: Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Aguas Calientes (B, L)
Today we will travel to the Sacred Valley, where the Incas once built major cities like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. They built complex irrigation systems and achieved a high level of agriculture. Enjoy the amazing landscapes on your way to the charming village of PIsac, where we will visit its extended archaeological complex and Inca remains and the colorful traditional market. After a nice typical buffet lunch in Urubamba, we travel to Ollantaytambo to visit its Inca ruins and take our train to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu town, in the afternoon. We pick you up at the train station and lead you to your hostel where you spend the night.
Day 12: Cusco – 104 km – Wiñay Wayna (L, D)
We pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Ollantaytambo from where we take the train to KM 104. At this point we start the trek and walk for approx. 3 hours to the well preserved remains of Wiñay Wayna at 2900 m / 9514 feet altitude. The final leg of the trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu begins and we will hike to Inti Punku / Puerta del Sol (the "Sun Gate"), from where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu. Arriving at Machu Picchu around 5pm, a bus will take us to Aguas Calientes, where the night will be spent. Don’t forget your bathing togs so you can enjoy a bath in the hot spring waters there!
Day 13: Visiting Machu Picchu and return to Cusco (B)
Morning begins very early, around 4 am. The plan is to experience a beautiful sunrise at the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. To get there you can either walk for about 1.5 hours or take the bus that leaves at 5:30 and takes about 25 minutes. Arriving we will see the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu quietly being filled with the light of the day. After a short rest a walking tour is given by your guide (approx. 2 hours) and after you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves, capture these unforgettable moments on your camera and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this sacred place. Later the train, departing from Aguas Calientes, will take us back to Ollantaytambo from where we return to Cusco by bus.
Day 14: Cusco – Lima (B)
Enjoy your last day in Peru! You will have your flight back to Lima (hour to confirm with your travel agent). End of the service
- Accommodation in basic Hotels / Backpacker Hostels (superior options can be booked if desired)
- Meals as indicated on day by day itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- All tours and excursions listed including transport, guide and entrance fees
- English-speaking professional guides
- Transportation to all attractions and destinations
- National flight In Lima:
- Transfer Airport – Hotel – bus station
- City Tour incl. transport, guide, entrance fees (group tour)
- Bus Lima – Paracas In Paracas & Ica:
- Ballestas Islands Tour incl. transport, boat, guide and entrance fees (group tour)
- Bus Paracas – Ica – Huacachina – Ica
- Buggy and sandboarding
- Bus Ica - Nazca In Nazca:
- Transfer bus station – hotel – bus station
- Nazca Lines Vantage Point, optional: Museum Maria Reiche
- Guided tour of Chauchilla Cemetery
- Bus Nazca – Arequipa (overnight) In Arequipa:
- Transfer bus station – Hotel – bus station
- Colonial City Tour + panoramic bus and entrance fees Colca Canyon Tour 2d/1n:
- Transport Arequipa – Chivay – Puno
- Professional tour guide
- Breakfast In Puno:
- Transfer Bus – Hotel
- Transfer Hotel - Harbor
- Tour Uros, Amantani & Taquile
- Transportation to all the attractions listed
- Touristic bus Puno – Cusco ( with visits in the route incl. guide and entrance fees) In Cusco:
- Transfer bus station – Hotel
- City Tour and Sacred Valley Tour
- Machu Picchu Tour
- Transfer hotel – train station – hotel
- 1 night in Aguas Calientes
- Meals : 1 breakfast, 1 lunch (lunch box), 1 dinner
- Professional, English speaking Tour Guide
- Train Ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day)
- Transfer Hotel – Airport
- Flight Cusco – Lima
- International flights to and from Peru from your country of origin
- Airport taxes (domestic flights and international flights)
- Excess baggage fees
- Meals not specified on day by day itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (one way): US$ 15.00 p.p. (we recommend walking)
- Entrance to the hot springs in the Colca Canyon (S./ 15.00, approx.. US$ 5.00)
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (S./ 15.00, approx. US$ 5.00)
- Any optional tours and services To book in advance:
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu, the “young mountain“(7.00 or 10.00am): US$ 20.00 p.p.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu, the “old mountain“: US$ 20.00 p.p. For your trip / trekking we additionally offer you:
- High-quality rain ponchos to rent: US$ 15.00 p.p.
- Plastic rain ponchos to buy: US$ 2.00 p.p.
Hostel in Cusco
- 15 Days / 14 Nights
- Based Two Persons
Hotel in Cusco
- 15 Days / 14 Nights
- Based Two Persons
Hotel 3 Stars in Cusco
- 15 Days / 14 Nights
- Based Two Persons
Hotel 4 Stars in Cusco
- 15 Days / 14 Nights
- Based Two Persons
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