11 DAY PERUVIAN ANDES HIGHLIGHTS PROGRAM

DAY 1: Discovering Lima..!

After your arrival in Lima, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will stay in Casa Andina or similar.

P.S: Check in time at Lima hotel is at 2:00pm.

In the afternoon, you will have a city tour where you will have the opportunity to visit key sites of Lima, including:

“Huaca Pucllana” (magnificent ceremonial and archeological center)
The historic center of Lima
Colonial buildings (Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall)
The Central Bank Museum
San Francisco
The modern Lima

After touring the colonial city of Lima, we will rest before travelling to the home of the condor…

DAY 2: On the way to the Andes!

A representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will pick you up from the hotel (time to be confirmed) and take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Arequipa!

In Arequipa, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will pick you up and take you to your Hotel in Arequipa.

You have the opportunity to walk around the white city and its surroundings.

The architecture in the historic center is characterized by the prominence of ashlar, the use of which begins in the last third of the 16th century. This volcanic stone, white or pink exceptionally soft, lightweight, and weatherproof, emerged as a seismic structural solution.

DAY 3: Time to visit the home of the condor!

Colca Canyon trip:

We pick you up at 8:00am. We have a bus journey of approximately 4 hours including stops along the way with beautiful landscapes and scenery. You will arrive at the town of Chivay and have time to settle in to your hotel. In the afternoon, you can go to the thermal baths, which are 3 km away from Chivay. They cost 10 soles per person (not included in the tour price). In the evening, there is a folkloric show with dinner (optional).

DAY 4: Close to the Condors!

We will have breakfast around 5.30am and then leave the hotel to go to Cruz Del Condor. This is the point where you can see the depth and beauty of Colca Canyon and where you will hopefully be able to see condors. After this, we head back towards Chivay, visiting a few small villages on the way.

We will have lunch in Chivay in the afternoon and then begin the journey to Puno.
Once you arrive in Puno, the folklore capital, you will be taken to your hotel where you will stay the night.

At night, keep to the main, lit areas. The main street will be obvious and there are lots of little restaurants there. This would be a good time to buy gifts for your host family on your island trip. Gifts are not obligatory but recommended. Suggested gifts are; 1 kilo of sugar, 1 kilo of rice, and a bottle of oil. Practical items such as these are welcome. Please do not take sweets for the children or give your host family money.

DAY 5: Home stay, Uros floating, Taquile & Luquina islands

After breakfast between 7am and 8am, we will transfer you from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board the motor boat to take you first to the floating Uros Islands, which  are located 25 minutes from the port of Puno, more of 65 small islands floating today, but you will visit two. While visiting the guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people living in these floating islands for many years, you will also have the opportunity to talk with the people of these islands and visit their homes and learn a little of their lifestyle, you will enjoy one hour of being around these islands. Afterwards we will sail towards “Taquile Island”, which takes approximately two hours. The island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times.

The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until the 1950s, and the notion of the community and family is still very strong among them. The weaving tradition of this Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. The most characteristic garments are the “Chullo”, a knitted hat with an earflap; and “The Calendar Waistband”, depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When you reach the island, you walk up along a narrow path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca and seeing gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct descendants of the Inca Culture. You will then have free time to explore the Island on your own, and afterwards you will meet the group for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will go down to the harbor to take a boat to continue with a one-hour boat ride to the peninsula Chucuito. South of the city of Puno, where the community is located and Luquina Karina, the remarkable thing about this place is that the tourist field is new, the inhabitants of this place are very willing to receive visitors in their community, and definitely you will be received directly by the families and they will take you to their homes and spend the night. Karina community has the white sand beach of Lake Titicaca larger and hence we have for you, activities like fishing, farming.

Overnight at Luquina Island.

DAY 6: Luquina Island – Puno

Today we will enjoy the breakfast with our host family, and then we will participate in the local activities provided such as farming and taste their daily living style. Then we will have lunch and finally say goodbye to the local family and go down to the harbor to take the boat. Afterwards we will sail towards “Puno”, which takes approximately two hours. We arrive back in Puno at around 5:00pm.

DAY 7: On the way to the capital of the Incas!

We will pick you up at 7:10am and take you to the bus station to catch the bus to Cusco. The bus trip is more like a tour – it stops at four interesting sites along the way where you have guided tours:

Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano. There are interesting sculptures and tombs.
La Raya: This is the halfway point between Cusco and Puno and the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and it is common to see typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña. It is also the geographical border between the two cultures – Quechua and Aymara.
Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Inca church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high. The temple is divided into two naves, and each nave has eleven giant columns – huge!
Andahuaylillas: This is the Sistine Chapel of South America: this church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art.

Arrival time to Cusco will be around 5pm.

DAY 8: Open day at leisure, time to relax in Cusco city

Option 1: Full day Sacred Valley tour (USD 45 extra cost per person)

You will have breakfast (included) and be picked up at your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition. You have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/19mi away from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. After Pisac we head to Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant.  Then we continue towards Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much since the time of the Inca Empire, giving you a feeling of what it would have been like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market in Pisac. At the end of the tour, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30pm. The night will be free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice. We always have plenty of restaurant suggestions for you should you require them.

Sacred valley tour includes:
Private Transport
Professional English speaking guide

Sacred valley tour does not include:
Tourist ticket US$ 25
Lunch approx. US$ 20
Tips

DAY 9: On the way to Machupicchu!

We will pick you up at 8:00am (to be confirmed) and take you to the train station. The train leaves at 11:30 am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views, you arrive in Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you will spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax if you want to have a hot bath in the natural springs!

Things to do in Aguas Calientes:
Visit the Machu Picchu ‘Manuel Chávez Ballón’ museum and orchid exhibition. This is open from 9am to 4.30pm, and is a 35 minute walk down the road from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas. It is a very illustrative museum that gives an interesting introduction to Machu Picchu.

Thermal baths –10 Soles per person.

DAY 10: Machu Picchu in its Glory – big day!

You will have breakfast and then your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am. You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise, and then begin your walking tour (approximately 2 hours) with your guide. After this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (you can get back by bus or on foot) for lunch and to get your train tickets back to Cusco. You will then get the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, followed by a bus ride from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

P.S: If desire to climb up the Waynapicchu Mountain, please request it as soon as you can in order to avoid any disappointment if you miss it. We usually do this at 10:00am.

DAY 11: Open morning and Fly back to Lima!

You will have the morning to rest, relax, and free walking tour. Then we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Lima.

Option 2: Free walking tour

There is an optional free walking tour 10:00am (time to be confirmed) that will show you various parts of the city of Cusco.

We will see the following places:
Plaza de Armas / Main Plaza, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses
Plaza Nazarenas (with the convent of Nazarenas)
San Blas neighborhood
The twelve angles stone
San Pedro local market


All transportation.
Domestic flights (Lima-Arequipa / Cusco-Lima)
Airline taxes & fuel.
09 nights accommodations at Casa Andina 3 star hotels OR similar standard
01 night at Luquina island with a home stay 13 meals: (10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner)
City tour in Lima
Colca Canyon trip
Private bus to Puno
2 days home stay: Uros, Luquina and Taquile islands tour
Guided tour by bus to Cusco
Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company
Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Entrance fee per itinerary
Tour leader during whole trip.

Single supplement fee US$400 (for solo travelers or the odd numbered person in your group).
High season fee: USD 225 (January, July and December)
Entrance fees to the hot springs in Chivay (Colca) and Machu Picchu (US$ 5 each).
Meals where not otherwise stated
Gratuity
Optional tours: Sacred Valley in Cusco (US$45).
Entrance fee for optional tours
Optional:
Climb up the Wayna Picchu Mountain at Machu Picchu (US$65).

USD $1999,- p.p.