The Wonders of Peru
9 Nights / 10 Days
- Cusco and the Qenqo religious temple
- Machu Picchu
- Lima’s grand city tour
DAY 1: Airport Transfer Lima to Downtown in Lima Transfer from Lima Airport to your hotel in downtown Lima. A driver will be waiting for you after your arrival, holding a sign with your name, and we will take you safely to your hotel in downtown Lima.
DAY 2: We will begin the tour in the wonderful Larco Museum, located in Pueblo Libre district, where you can see a complete collection of more than 5000 pieces of ceramic, as well as gold and silver, and preColumbian erotic art. We will go to the historic center to visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion with beautiful rooms full of invaluable art and history. We continue to the Plaza de Armas, where we find the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal Palace, and other important buildings of the colonial era, where we will visit the Cathedral built in the sixteenth century. After the visit, you will be transferred to the hotel. Transfer from the hotel in Lima to Lima Airport. Airport Transfer Cusco to Downtown in Cusco Transfer from Cusco Airport to your hotel in downtown Cusco. A driver will be waiting for you after your arrival, holding a sign with your name, and we will take you safely to your hotel in downtown Cusco.
DAY 3: We’ll pick you up from the hotel, and start the tour visiting the Temple of the Sun well-known as Koricancha. This symbolic place has a clear example of the fusion between Incan and Hispanic cultures, and its base was used to build Santo Domingo’s Church and its famous convent. Then, we’re going to visit the Cathedral located in the Main Square, to appreciate beautiful religious paintings of the Cusco School. The Cusco City Tour continues in Sacsayhuaman, an amazing archaeological complex with huge carved stones which fit each other in a perfect way, and it is said that it was built by more than 20 thousand men, and took over 70 years to finish it. Then we will visit Qenqo religious temple, place where the Incas worshiped their Gods like the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. You will have an incredible experience exploring through its underground galleries and admire a semicircular amphitheater. We will continue this entertaining excursion in the military compound of Puca Pucara, which means “Red Fortress” for its reddish infrastructure. Then we will go to the water’s worship center of Tambomachay, with aqueducts and waterfalls provided from nearby springs.
DAY 4: We will pick you up from the hotel in Cusco, to start a 30 Km. journey until Pisac. This fantastic place has an amazing market, and archaeological temples of stone buildings, with incredible views to the valley and the magnificent Inca platforms. Then, we will continue until Urubamba to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and later we will reach Ollantaytambo. Its temple was the headquarter of Inca’s army, as well as a religious and agricultural place. It has stunning views and more than a hundred Inca platforms with an advanced irrigation canal for that period. We will visit Chinchero, and its typical and colorful Inca market, full of traditional craft as ceramics and Andean looms. After this unique experience, we will back to the hotel in Cusco City. Transfer to Machu Picchu at 07:00 pm, you will go to the Ollantaytambo train station, where we will depart by train to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us in the hotel. You will have a briefing at 09:00 pm at your hotel. Overnight stay at one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu.
DAY 5: Machu Picchu Early morning, you will board the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, and urban areas. Energy is all around us. After a guided visit, you will have time enough to stay for more time or take the bus to back to Aguas Calientes Town, and have lunch (Optional). At the arranged time, we will return to Cusco from the Ollantaytambo train station by tourist bus, and the last stop is at El Regocijo Square, one block away from the main square. Transfer from Ollantaytambo to the Hotel in Cusco.
DAY 6: We will pick you up at 5:30 am from your hotel in Cusco. When we reach the trailhead for this hike, we are going to have a hot breakfast upon arrival and we will begin the hike from Chillihuani at 4200m/13,900 ft elevation. From here, it will be a 4 hour approx. uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountains of Vinicunca. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. You will be able to spot some Andean wildlife. Vicuñas are considered to be the Andean camel and this is the only place in Cusco where you will see them in the wild. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, though are much smaller and they have the most expensive wool in the world. Once we arrive at the top of what we come to see the Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to take photos and relax on the top majesty area views. After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors around by) we will begin our descent with a 2-hour downhill hike. We will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy the delicious, freshly prepared hot lunch. After lunch, you can visit some of the local family’s houses where you can see the lifestyle of these people who still practice the ancient traditions of the Inkas. Finally, after our interactions with the locals, we will start returning trip back to Chillihuani village to catch our shared transport back to Cusco, arriving around 6 pm approx., where we will drop you off at your hotel.
DAY 7: A driver will be waiting for you after your arrival, holding a sign with your name, and we will take you safely to your hotel in Puno.
DAY 8: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the lake port of Puno, where a speedboat or a regular boat will take you to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that populates a series of artificial islands built on the basis of the Totora plant, which grows in the same lake. The islands are constructed by weaving the Totora in the places where it grows thicker and forming a natural layer. On top of it, they built their houses, also of Totora, and cook outdoors to prevent possible fires. After Uros visit and, an hour and a half boat trip, you will continue your journey to the island of Taquile. This is Quechua, unlike the other Aymara speaking islands on the lake. It was part of the Inca Empire and vestiges of this culture can still be seen in its constructions. Once there you will be given a brief explanation of the island and witness a cultural activity. After lunch, you will return to the port of Puno, where our transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
DAY 9: – Visit to Sillustani where we will pick you up from your hotel, and go towards the archaeological center of Sillustani. This complex is located on the top of a peninsula, surrounded by the beautiful Umayo Lake. This place has funerary towers built by the “Kolla” community, before the Inca Empire development. A lot of mummies have been found in these towers, including important people as priests. At the end of the visit, you will be transferred back to the hotel. Transfer to Puno Airport. Airport Transfer Lima to Downtown in Lima Transfer from Lima Airport to your hotel in downtown Lima. A driver will be waiting for you after your arrival, holding a sign with your name, and we will take you safely to your hotel in downtown Lima.
DAY 10: Transfer from Lima Hotel to Lima Airport