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PERU
11 Nights | The Best of Peru
  • City: Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco
  • Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
  • From: GBP 1063
  • Itinerary: Lima – Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Puno (Lake Titicaca) – Cusco – Machu Picchu – Lima
Day-By- Day - Programme

Date Itinerary in Brief Accommodation Arrangements

Day 1 - Lima

Day 2 - Lima

Day 3 - Lima – Arequipa

Day 4 - Arequipa – Colca Canyon

Day 5 - Colca Canyon - Puno

Day 6 - Puno – Lake Titicaca

Day 7 - Puno – Cusco

Day 8 - Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cusco

Day 9 - Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 10 - Cusco

Day 11 - Cusco – Lima

Day 12 - Lima

Day 01 - Lima

Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima.

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Day 02 - Lima

In the morning, city tour of Colonial Lima visiting the Cathedral, located in the Main Square which was rebuilt on the same site from 1555, under the direction of Jesuit priest Juan Rehr after the 1746 earthquake. Both its façade and interior are austere with its remarkable wooden choir stalls, altars and the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, who died in 1541, are to be noted.
Visit the Church of San Francisco, with its convent, museum of colonial art, cloisters and catacombs. Afterwards, panoramic view of the Main Square with the Government Palace, the Municipal Hall, the “Desamparados” Train Station, and finally drive through the old streets with their vice traditional mansions and Moorish style balconies. Continue through the most traditional residential and commercial areas of contemporary Lima, passing by sites of pre-Columbian Civilisations dating back to the beginning of the Christian era. Then, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
Note: In Regular Service, the city tour is panoramic, except the Convent of San Francisco (Art Museum, Cloisters and Catacombs).
Finally a visit to the Gold Museum, where you will appreciate a unique and amazing collection of gold objects from many Pre-Hispanic Andean civilisations. This private collection of pieces and jewels worked in gold is of incalculable value. Appreciate pre Inca textiles and an exhibition of one of the largest and most interesting of its kind anywhere in the world “weapons of the world”.
Overnight in Lima. (B).
PLS note
Private Tour
Lima City Tour + Gold Museum: Half Day
Regular Tour
Lima City Tour in the morning and in the afternoon Gold Museum

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Day 03 - Lima – Arequipa

Transfer to the airport. Arrival to the city of Arequipa, reception and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon City tour; visiting the Santa Catalina Convent, the most important in Peru, a walled citadel of more than 20,000m2, which for four centuries served as the only physical world for several generations of Cloistered nuns.
During the city tour you will visit the Church Cloisters of the Company, a tremendous collection of Domes, Arches, which can all be found in its galleries and Alters.
Other places of interest are the Main Square, the Complex of San Francisco, which consists of a public square, two temples (the Church of San Francisco and the Temple of the Third Order), a convent and the Fierro Foundation (where there is a museum and a handicraft market). The Cathedral, located in the main square and which was destroyed by fire in 1844 and restored in 1868 by Arequipa-native Lucas Poblete in Neo-renaissance style with French influence, is considered to be one of the biggest in South America.
Finally, the Spanish Colonial district of Yanahuara, 2 km from the city’s centre, consisting of narrow cobblestone streets and old white volcanic stone houses. From the viewpoint there is a magnificent view of the city with its three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Arequipa. (B).

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Day 04 - Arequipa – Colca Canyon

Journey to one of the deepest Canyons in the World "The Colca". The Tour begins with the winding road that leaves the "White City" of Arequipa crossing the snow capped Misti, Chachani and the Ampato Volcanoes, to arrive at the Colca Canyon. Here you will find the famous and majestic eagle, the Andean Condor, where elegant Vicuñas wander the high plains, pass through the villages of Torja, Chucura, Patapampa, with its Colonial Churches and Inca Farming Terraces.
In the afternoon, visit the village of Chivay or enjoy La Calera thermo-medicinal baths.
Overnight in Colca. (B, L, D).

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Day 05 - Colca Canyon - Puno

Breakfast and departure to the “Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint”, the most strategic area to see the Colca Canyon and the flight of the Condors’.
Latter you will continue your way, observing the pre-Inca tombs and stop in the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Yanque, Cabanaconde, Coporaque and the amphitheatre of Ocolle, Chichinea and Colcas.
In the afternoon, departure to Puno, passing by Lagunillas, where you will see the typical flora of the area, wild birds, sheep, vicuña and llama, with the ever impressive Andean Mountains Range. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Puno. (B, L).

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Day 06 - Puno – Lake Titicaca

Full day visit of the Floating Island of Uros in Lake Titicaca. Located 4 km from Puno, the original inhabitants of these floating islands are said to descend from one of the most ancient peoples of the Americas and still to this day practise their ancient traditions. Their dwellings made of totora reed are built on the surface of Lake Titicaca.
Afterwards, you will make your way to the unique Island of Taquile, where time appears to have stopped. The Mediterranean atmosphere of this place is striking, with its steps of stone and its houses centred around the square. Its indigenous community that lives here, around 350 families are descendants of the Incas and known for their Textile activities, such as their beautifully woven chumpis (belts), chullos (caps), and ojotas (and sandals) and according to the custom, officials are distinguished by black or brown caps.
Taquile also offers a magnificent lake landscape from where the impressive snowfalls of the Cordillera Real (Real mountain chain) can be seen. In the afternoon, return to the hotel.
Overnight in Puno. (B, L).

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Day 07 - Puno – Cusco

Morning transfer to the station to board the regular bus to the city of Cusco. On route, you will pass by the villages of Andahuaylillas, Racchi and Pucará.
Pls note that if you prefer you could take the train to Cusco, instead of the bus. Departures available on: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (B, L).

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Day 08 - Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cusco

Full day visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a pre-Hispanic agriculture centre.
Visit the old Inca Community of Pisac, located at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, 32 Km from Cusco. Its traditional colourful local market has over the centuries attracted the local traders and remote communities from all over the valley, to come and sell their wares. Dressed in their traditional and colourful costumes, now attract many visitors. Typical lunch
Afterwards, you will visit the Inca temple of Ollantaytambo, with its Inca Streets, traditional Squares and dwellings which have been built onto the ancient foundations of the Incas.
In the afternoon, return to the hotel in Cusco. (B, L).

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Day 09 - Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early in the morning, transfer to take train, tourist class (Backpacker) to visit the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, (Optional train first class). Spectacular train journey crossing valleys, mountains and typical communities. The altitude will descend from 3,500 to 1,500 m.a.s.l. Crossing two different regions from the sierra to the rainforests. Snow peaks, eucalyptus, deep canyons and orchids are also part of the sceneries.
This stone citadel, located 112 km from Cusco, was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The citadel was built on a very special spot covered in vegetation between two mountains: the Machu Picchu (old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (young mountain), at the foot of which meanders the Urubamba or Vilcanota River (lower Jungle featuring abundant flora and fauna). On arrival, Tour of the Sanctuary.
In the afternoon, return to Cusco by train Tourist Class (Optional: Train First Class). Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (B).
Optional: Overnight in Machu Picchu.

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Day 10 - Cusco

Morning free. In the afternoon, visit Cusco’s Historical Inca and Spanish Colonial Monuments, such as the Main Square, known in Inca times as Huacaypata or the Warrior’s Square, it was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history.
The Cathedral, originally built on the site of the old temple of Suntur Wasi (House of God), now the church of El Triunfo, a particular interest are the choir cloisters, the pulpit, the engravings on the altar and furniture.
Continue onto the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, a Spanish construction belonging to the Dominican Order built upon the foundations of the Inca temple of Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Koricancha (in quechua, site of gold) was the main religious building of the Incas dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls, according to the chroniclers, were plated with sheets of gold. Magnificent blocks of finely carved stone were used in its construction.
After, you will visit the surrounding ruins of the city of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, this huge Inca fortress is built on three overlapping platforms, each of them over 360 m long. Then, onto Tambomachay, known as the Inca baths. It was apparently a site dedicated to the worship of water and a resting place for the Inca monarch.
Kenko, it is said to have been a worship site. There is a huge 5,9 m high stone block that looks like a puma. There are also passages, canals and stairways with stone engravings representing animals. Finally, Puca Pucará, which was an administrative and military centre formed by terraces, stairways, passages, turrets and vaulted niches.
Return to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (B).

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Day 11 - Cusco – Lima

Transfer to the airport for flight back to Lima. Reception and transfer to the hotel. (B).

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Day 12 - Lima

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END OF THE PROGRAM

Extras

National Flights not included GBP / National Airport Tax

  • Lima / Arequipa
  • Cusco / Lima
    Local (GBP 5,00) and International (GBP 23,00) airport taxes.
Meal plan key
B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner
Tour Rate Include
  • Excursions as described, transportation, entrances, specialised English local guides.
  • Accommodation with breakfast.
  • Meals where stated (B=Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner).
  • Transfer airport/hotel/airport.
Tour Rate do not Include
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specified in the programme, extras and tips.
  • During meals drinks are not included.
  • National flight tickets: Lima / Arequipa and Cusco / Lima.
  • Local (GBP 5,00) and International (GBP 23,00) airport taxes.

National Flights not included GBP / National Airport Tax

  • LIMA - AREQUIPA 129.00 / 5.00
  • CUSCO - LIMA 129.00 / 5.00
Departure Dates
 
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