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Travel to Peru: Lima, Paracas, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno Cusco,Tours in Peru 15 Days - TOUR CODE : TP-15DUNFGT
Follow one of the most recommended trips in Peru, a tour circuit designed for all travelers in search of archaeology, nature and adventure. Start your trip in Lima colonial city, explore the ballestas islands in a boat excursion, visit the Oasis of the Huacachina and its sand dunes. a Desert that speaks through its graphics, " The famous Nazca Lines". A City built from volcanic rocks Arequipa and the deepest canyon on earth The Colca . Explore the highest navigable lake on the planet "Titicaca" and its Floating Uros islands. Visit the navel of the world Cusco, the sacred valley of the Incas and leave the best to the last "MACHU PICCHU", lost city of the Incas.
Best tours in Peru: Lima , Paracas, Ballestas, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca, Puno, Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, 15 days tour package
Day 1. Arriving to Lima city
Airport pick up + transfer to Lima hotel .
PRE briefing in your hotel.
Hotel night in Lima city
Day 2. Tours in Lima : colonial and republican visit , Miraflores
a.m. Hotel pick up +guided visit to Lima's main attractions (4 hrs).
Guided visit of Miraflores ( love's park), San Isidro (Huaca Pucllana Lima Pre- Inca archaeological complex)..
Visit the Historical Center of Lima: declared a cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1988..
Walking visit to main square, San Martin Plaza, San Francisco Convent and its catacombs, Government Palace, Desamparados Station
p.m.back to hotel.
Hotel night in Lima city
Day 3. Visit Southern Coast of Lima city : Trip to Paracas Natural Reserve
a.m. Hotel pick up + travel to Bus terminal.
Bus trip Lima to Paracas bay ( 230 KM) ( see map ) 3:34 hrs
Pick up in Paracas + hotel drop off.
Overland excursion to the reserve of PARACAS,
p.m.back to hotel.
Hotel night in Paracas bay
Day 4. Ballestas islands Boat Excursion, Trip to Ica Huacachina Oasis
a.m. Hotel pick up + transfer to "El Chaco pier".
Boat excursion to the "Ballestas islands" ..
Trip Paracas to Ica city ( see map ) 1:20 hrs
Visit of Ica's vineyards, Natural oasis of Huacachina and its Sand Dunes
p.m.back to hotel.
Hotel night in Ica city
Day 5. Flight Nazca Lines , Bus trip to Arequipa city
a.m. Hotel pick up + transfer from Ica to Nazca town ( see map ) 2:10 hrs
Flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines.
a.m. Bus trip Nazca to Arequipa . ( see map ) 8:22 hrs
p.m. Bus terminal pick up + hotel drop off
back to hotel.
Hotel night in Arequipa city
Day 6. Arequipa city Tour , Santa Catalina convent
p.m. free morning.
Hotel pick up + guided visit to Arequipa's main attractions (4 hrs).
Visit the Historical Center of Arequipa + Convent of Santa Catalina.
p.m.back to hotel.
Hotel night in Arequipa city
Day 7. Travel to Chivay Colca Canyon
Pick up from your hotel in Arequipa.
Tourist bus transportation. (Group Service). travel to Chivay Town visiting on route the following attractions
Visit the Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, (3500 m/11,482 Ft).
Coca tea drink at restaurant of Viscachan
The Lookout Point of the Andes (4,800 m /15,748 Ft).volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (active) and Ampato.
arrival to Chivay and Lunch in one typical Andean restaurant.
Hotel night in Chivay village
Day 8. Guided visit of Colca Canyon
a.m. Hotel pick up after breakfast.
Guided visit of Colca Canyon . ( see route )
Trip to “Cruz del Condor”, a natural lookout point .
Visit of Picturesque villages on route like : yanque, Maca, Cabanacode
p.m.back to Chivay for lunch, rest of the day to your leisure
Hotel night in Chivay Town
Day 9. Travel from Chivay to Puno citya.m. morning to your leisure.
13:15 p.m. Trip from Chivay to Puno city. (Group service) ( see map )
On Route: stop at the viewpoint of volcanoes Patapampa (4950 mts) for 10 minutes
Stop in Chucura Volcanoe
Stop in Lagunillas: birdwatching and lagoons (10 min)
19:30 p.m. Disembark: Fist bus terminal
.Arrival to Puno + transfer to your hotel.
Hotel night in Puno city
Day 10 . Tour in Puno : Boat excursion to Titicaca lake, Uros floating Island, Taquile island
a.m. Hotel pick up +transfer to Titicaca Lake pier.
Guided visit to TIticaca lake.
Visit the famous Uros floating islands ..
Visit to Taquile Island one of the most traditional destinations in Peru. ( lunch included)
p.m.back to hotel.
Hotel night in Puno city
Day 11 . Travel to Cuzco + by the Route of the Sun
a.m. hotel pick up + transfer to bus terminal
Bus trip from Puno to Cusco ( see map)
Visit of Museum,& archaeological sites, picturesque villages on the route
Arrival to Cusco city , and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel night in Cusco city
Day 12 . Cuzco Archaeological tours + main attractions
In Cusco: hotel pick up for your guided tour in the city and its main attractions.
Visit : temple of Koricancha, Cusco main plaza, San Blass artisanal street. .
Archaological visit : Sacsayhuaman temple, The Zig Zag temple of Qenqo, Pucapukara red fort , Tambomachay .
Hotel night in Cusco city
Day 13. Sacred Valley Tour the heartland of the Inca Empire
Breakfast in your hotel
The tour begins 8:15 a.m. . with a hotel pick up.
Guided vist to the Market at Pisac
visit to the beautiful Inca village and fortress of Ollantaytambo and a quick stop at the Quechua village
Hotel night in Ollantaytambo
Day 14. Travel to Machu Picchu by Train- Guided Tour in Machu Picchu
Breakfast in the hotel
Hotel pick up, transfer to Train station
Travel to Machu Picchu by Train
Arrival to Aguas Calientes, assistance by our local representative
Ascent by bus to Machu Picchu
Guided tour of the Inca citadel (2 to 3 hrs.)
Bus return to Aguas Calientes
Travel to Cuzco by Train
Arrival to Cuzco train station , assistance by our local representative + Cusco Hotel drop off
Hotel night in Cuzco
Day 15. Flight Cusco to Lima , International Flight
Breakfast in the hotel
At estimated time Hotel pick up & transfer to the airport
Flight ticket Cusco to Lima
At time boatding for your international flight back home International flightsn ot included
Description Tour in Peru: Lima, Paracas,Ica,nazca,Arequipa, Puno, Cusco, Machu Picchu 15 Days
Day 1 Arrival to Lima city.
Upon arrival to Lima city, a local tour guide will meet you at international airport, the guide assigned will be waiting holding a sign and your name on it with a logo of Trippers Peru .Then will bring you to your hotel selected where you will have a pre briefing of your tour in Peru.
Overnight in Lima city hotel.
01 night of accommodation in Lima,
Day 2 Tours in Lima city : Colonial historic center & Miraflores , San isidro modern areas .
Lima colonial located principally in the city centre or Cercado de Lima and Rímac district areas, the Historic Centre of Lima is among the most important tourist destinations in Peru, Lima is not only the name for the capital of Peru and the province around it but also one of the city’s districts called Lima. The district of Lima is characterized by some very different zones. While the industrial zone and residential areas might not be very interesting, the historic city center, actually the colonial capital of Peru that Francisco Pizarro founded in 1535, is an absolute must for every visitor. Lima’s historical center was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1988 and a “Cultural Patrimony of Humanity” in 1996.
Your tour in Lima begins after your breakfast , a hotel pick up in a private transportation from our company, then We will start off our tour with a great panoramic view of Huaca Pucllana ,an old pre-Inca construction dating back to 500 DC. Later on we will head towards the heart of the city of Lima historic center in order to visit its colonial site. Once we get there we will start a nice walking tour that will take us to see various attractions of the city. Among them stand out; The Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), San Martin Square and the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), with their different buildings: Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, the Basilica Cathedral and the Municipal...Palace. W e continue our tour at the Convent of San Francisco which was built in colonial times and still today keeps all the treasures from the Spanish era, including subterranean catacombs. After visiting the center of Lima , we will head to the modern Metropolis and will have a short visit the district of San Isidro, stopping at its Olive Grove. our tour continue to the Area of Miraflores located in the coast of Lima city ,a short stop in Larco Mar Shopping Center, a mall located in the top of a cliff facing the Ocean Pacific of Lima City. At time we will drop you off at your hotel .
Rest of the day to your leisure
01 night of accommodation in Lima,
Day 3 Travel to Paracas, Southern Coast of Lima. .
06:20 a.m. hotel pick up (after your breakfast) and transfer to the bus terminal.
We will travel to the southern coast of Lima a Bay named Paracas ( 267 KM ) 4 hrs distance approx.. in order to visit the most important reserve in the whole coast of Peru PARACAS. Our excursion to the natural reserve of Paracas includes a visit to the centre of interpretation of Paracas, an interesting building that displays through photos, all the fauna, flora, and many other important facts about the Paracas Peninsula. Afterwards we will drive to the Paracas Peninsula, driving throughout a lifeless desert till we reach an area where once stood a great natural rock formation known as the Cathedral. Unfortunately this old formation did not withstand the 2007 earthquake that virtually left in ruins most of the cities near that zone. At the place our local guide will give you more details about it and then you will have free time to walk along the edge of the peninsula. At this zone you will have amazing views of the desert and the blue Pacific Ocean. Later on we will return to our private vehicle and continue driving along the shore of the ocean passing the beach of Yumaque.After some time we will arrive in the little fishing village of Lagunillas, where we will have plenty of time to walk around and also to enjoy great Peruvian food at any of the local restaurants overlooking the ocean. At time return to the PARACAS bay where we will spend the night.
01 night of accommodation in Paracas bay,
Day 4 Boat excursion to Ballestas islands, Visit Ica Huacachina natural Oasis, Sand Dunes .
07:45 h. You will be picked up from your hotel in Paracas by our local guide. Then you will be transferred to the Paracas harbor located nearby “El Chaco”. At the Paracas dock you will board a speed-boat equipped with life vests and comfortable seats. At this point is advisable to wear a good jacket or wind breakers as it gets very windy once the boat gets in motion. We will leave then towards the Ballestas Islands. Along the way we will see the famous figure known as The Candelabro, an enigmatic design etched on the desert floor hundreds of years ago. The Candelabra is overlooking the Ocean, so here you will have the chance to take pictures, as well as to learn about the most
popular theories about it. Afterwards we will continue to the Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas Islands are inhabited by an amazing marine life, with over 200 types of migratory and resident birds, including Peruvian Pelicans, Belcher’s gulls, Humboldt penguins, guanay cormorants, red-legged cormorants, Inca terns, Peruvian boobies, turkey vultures, among others. In addition you will also see around the Islands hundreds of sea lions resting at the beaches, sleeping on the rocks or swimming nearby. The Islands also provide shelter to the shy Humboldt penguins which are usually seen at the entrances of small caves near the cliffs. After touring around the islands for about 1 hour we will return to the Paracas pier.
After Ballestas Islands we will continue following the south Pan-American highway where after 1:20 hours we will find the city of ICA, a famous destination because its many vineyards, sunny weather and its huge Sand Dunes that hides a Natural Oasis named Huacachina.
After visiting a Vineyard and tasting a few high quality local drinks we will continue to Huacachina village , which is built around a small natural lake in the desert. Called the "oasis of America," it serves as a resort for local families from the nearby city of Ica, and increasingly as an attraction for tourists drawn by the sports of sandboarding and taking dune buggy rides on sand dunes that stretch several hundred feet high.
Before night fall we will drop you offi nyour hotel where we will spend the night.
01 night of accommodation in Ica.
Day 5 Air Tour to the Nazca Lines, Bus trip to Arequipa .
After breakfast, hotel pick up, we will drive to Nazca town. 2:10 hrs trip crossing the desert of Palpa and Nazca, An arid and dry desert, with a route that makes you feel lost in the world. to the distance a metallic tower that give you a chance to appreciate from top one of the first nazca Lines. A desert that speaks and send messages through its enigmatic figures that until now are not resolved the mystery it hide.
Upon arrival to Nazca town, our staff will show you a video film about The Nazca Lines. This interesting documentary lasts about 40 minutes and involves serious information about the Nazca Culture, as well as the figures you will see from the air. For this aerial tour, you will board a small Cessna single-engine aircraft (Station air, Skyhawk or Skyline type), which has spacious room for 5 people, each person with a window seat. After the video, our English speaking pilot will proceed to give you a briefing about this air tour and also will give each participant a map of the archaeological zone, which shows all the figures you will see from the air. After some basic information about the Lines and safety instructions, you will board the airplane and will take off. In a matter of just 2 minutes you will be flying over the Nazca Lines zone, and the first figure you will see from the air it will be the whale. This beautiful marine deity is located on the eastern part of the archaeological complex, and was drawn over a big rectangular figure (see Nazca Lines map). As soon as we get close to the whale our pilot will let you know and then will fly in circles over it. The next figure you will see is a triangle, which appears over a small hill featuring 3 points. On the other side you will also see the famous trapezoids that, according to Erick von Daniken were ancient runways for visitors from another planet. These trapezoids are about 2 kilometers long and their perfection is stunning. Some kilometers further west
We will find one of the strangest creatures on the Nazca desert “The Astronaut”. Unlike the other drawings, the astronaut was etched on the slope of a small hill, and not on the desert surface. His body is facing to the south and according to Maria Reiche it does not represent an astronaut, but a shaman or ancient Nazca priest, someone with magic powers who could predict the weather. Later on we will fly over the monkey figure, an enormous drawing that measures about 90 meters in length, and shows at one hand five fingers and on the other just four, symbolizing the 9 month of drought the Nazca people suffered every year. The monkey figure was discovered in 1954 by Maria Reiche, and according to her point of view it is associated to the big deeper constellation. After the monkey, we will fly over the dog figure, a small drawing that according to some scholars it represents a divinity worshipped by the Nazca people. Then it comes one of the best preserve figures of the whole area “The hummingbird”, a gorgeous design perfectly made on a dark plateau located at one corner of the archaeological complex. According to Maria Reiche this figure is associated with the summer solstice, as one of the lines connected to its beak, points towards the place where the sun rises every year during our summer solstice. Not very far from the hummingbird, you will find the spider, a figure that according the local knowledge, represents the fertility and water, as this insect used to appear when it is going to rain or the water in the rivers is about to come. Some meters away we will find the huge condor figure, featuring a straight line that crosses its wings and points towards the place where the sun sets every year on summer solstice. Our next figure will be the flamingo, which is the longest figure on the desert, with over 300 meters. According to Maria Reiche the beak of this bird points towards the place where the sun rises every year on winter solstice. Then we will fly over the parrot figure, a huge bird with about 230 meters in length. In addition to the parrot you will also see several geometric designs around, and the beautiful valley of Ingenio. Finally we will fly over the Pan-American Highway, where you will see 2 figures; the hands and the Huarango tree. If you look carefully, you will find next to the tree, another figure representing a big lizard. Unfortunately when the people built the highway in 1937, they had no idea that ancient figures were drawn there, so the cut the lizard figure in two, destroying mainly the central part of its body, leaving the tail on one side of the road and on the other side part of its back, and its complete head with its two hands. After flying over these figures, we will return to the airport and during the way back you still can enjoy other straight lines that run for kilometers and a stunning panoramic view of the Nazca desert. After your overflight to the Nazca Lines , you will have time to explore the town on your own while we wait for our Bus trip to Arequipa city. 8:22 hrs .
Upon arrival to Arequipa city, pick up at the bus terminal and transfer to your hotel selected where we will spend the night
01 night of accommodation in Arequipa
Day 6 Tours in Arequipa main attractions, Visit Santa Catalina convent .
Today we will have the morning free to relax in the city of Arequipa and acclimatize while we wait until our pick up for our visit to the city of Arequipa and its main attractions.
p.m. At the designated time you will be picked up by our local guide from your hotel . Afterwards we will go to downtown where we will start our city tour. Our first visit will take place at one of the most remarkable buildings of Arequipa, the Santa Catalina Monastery a wonderful place that housed the nuns of Arequipa for centuries. Later on we will walk around the main square of Arequipa, a nice spot surrounded by colonial arches. At the main plaza we will visit the interiors of magnificent Cathedral of Arequipa. Later on we will visit the Museum of Santuarios Andinos where we will see the Mummy named Juanita, an amazing frozen body of a little girl found at the cold slopes of the Ampato Mountain, we will return to the hotel before the night fall. rest of the night free to explore on your own.
01 night of accommodation in Arequipa
Day 7 Travel to Chivay : Guided visit from Arequipa to Chivay town .
Our excursion to the Colca Canyon starts at 07:30 hrs. Our clients are collected from their hotels by our local guide/representative. Afterwards we will board a small bus and will drive northwest following a paved road towards the “Colca Canyon”. Before leaving Arequipa, we will stop at a small shop where our clients can purchase some chocolates, candies and coca leaves. Later on we will continue till Pampas Cañahuas (3500 m/11,482 Ft), a National Reserve where visitors may spot some Vicuñas & Alpacas. Unlike the Alpacas, Vicuñas are wild animals, and still can be seen running freely on these high plateaus. We will stop at this national park and our local guide will provide information about these shy Andean camels. Then we continue our journey to the Colca Canyon, little further up we will stop again at the little restaurant of Viscachani, where you can enjoy a stunning scenery of the Andes and also drink a typical coca tea. Afterwards we will continue ascending a dirt road till we reach the highest point of our trip, “The Lookout Point of the Andes (4,800 m /15,748 Ft). At the very top, we will get off of the bus some minutes to observe the landscape, having in the background the volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (active) and Ampato. Later on we will drive down hill to the main village of the Colca Canyon, the Village of Chivay (3600 m / 11.811 Ft). In this town we will have lunch in one typical Andean restaurant, where visitors may enjoy their meals accompanied by Andean musicians. After lunch our clients will be transferred to our lodge located in a little village at edge of the Canyon.
Late, in the afternoon, you may walk around the village and get to know better the rural life in this corner of Peru. By the afternoon we will go to swim and relax to the Hot Springs of the Colca Valley (35° C / 95º F), a nice pool outdoors surrounded by huge mountains. After sunset, we will return to our lodge where we will enjoy a good Andean buffet. Overnight at our hotel in the Colca Valley , Chivay town. Rest of the day to your leisure.
01 night of accommodation in Chivay
Day 8 Tours to the Colca Canyon, visit the condor cross .
In order to see the mighty Condor, you will wake up at 05:00 h, breakfast will be served at 05:30 h, and by 06:00 hrs. we will be driving towards the “Cruz del Condor”,a natural lookout point where you can see the flight of the Condors (we won’t return to the hotel, which means you must bring all your staff along with you on the bus). On the road we will have the best view of the Colca Valley, as we drive along the edge of the Canyon, seeing on route ancient terraces still in use by the local farmers, who grow mainly varieties of corn and potatoes. We will make some stops for photos, and our local guide will give us a good insight into the Colca Canyon history. Here you will stumble upon a great rock, where ancient architectures carved the terraces, testing (perhaps) which parts of the Canyon were suitable for cultivation. This is a good place also to see the “Colca River” and hanging pre-Inca tombs. After approximately 2 hours we will reach Cruz del Condor, where we will spend an hour or so, observing the beautiful flight of the Condors as well as the depth of the Canyon. Eventually, we will return to the village of Chivay, passing typical towns along the way. At around 12:00 h, we will stop at a local restaurant at the town of Chivay for lunch and afterwards we will drop you off at your hotel.Rest of the day to your leisure
01 night of accommodation in Chivay,
Day 9 Travel from Chivay town to the city of Puno .
Free morning, in the afternoon after lunch (not included) aboard the bus to take us to the city of Puno.The bus ride to Puno offers great natural sceneries. Along this paved road we will drive throughout small towns, as well as a beautiful lagoon called Lagunillas, where trout farms can be seen, and if you are lucky you might also see Andean flamingos and many others Andean birds, we will stop at the viewpoint of the Patapampa volcano (4950 meters) for 10 minutes, before night falls we will arrive to bus terminal: and disembark at 18:30 p.m.
Upon arrival to Puno transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day to your leisure
01 night of accommodation in Puno
Day 10 . Excursión to Lake Titicaca , exploring the Islands , culture & traditions
the highest navigable lake in the world, the tribes of the waters and customs connected with nature as part of this unique experience on Lake Titicaca
09:00 hrs. after your breakfast ,our local guide early in the morning will pick you up from your hotel in Puno and drive to the lake's dock. We start off our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting “The Uros Floating Islands”, a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. Centuries ago the small indigenous Uros tribe conceived of the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, the Collas and the Incas. The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world. On the islands we will learn with our local guide about the life style and customs. After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our journey towards “Taquile Island” (2 hour approx.), a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until 1950s, and the notion of the community and family is still very strong among them. The weaving tradition of the Taquile Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. All weaving is done on pre-Inca fixed and pedal looms. The most characteristic garments are the so-called “Chullo”, a knitted hat with an earflap, and “The Calendar Waistband”, depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also see gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. At the top of the Island, you will have free time to explore this place on your own and afterwards you will meet the group for lunch at one local restaurant. After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will be back in Puno by 17:00 hrs. approximately.and continue to your hotel.
01 night of accommodation in Puno.
Day 11 . Travel from Puno to Cusco : Route of the Sun
After your breakfast, Early pick up at your hotel and transfer to boarding your Guided Tourist Bus to Cusco city from Puno, you will be in a modern full equipped Bus with a tour guide that will take you on a tour visiting picturesque villages , temples, museums . Including all entrances fees, Lunch, Bilingual Guide, and SS.HH.
Our Bus will stop in different points of the route in order to visit and explore with our local guide all destinations detailed below:.
The route of the Sun from Puno to Cusco city route : see map of the route
Alcra Pukara Museum is located 100 km north of Puno, is a population that has been found in the production of ceramic crafts its main economic activity. Also in this town that is named after the oldest culture in the highlands, including Tiahuanaco before, we find an ancient ceremonial center consists of a series of superimposed terraces of pyramidal form. A lithic museum presents a series of elements found in the exploration of this center.
LA RAYA PASS
Midpoint in the Puno - Cusco which is the highest part of this tour, here you can see beautiful snowy landscapes, fauna of the place (llamas, alpacas and vicuña). It also is the meeting of two cultures ancestral geographic, Quechua and Aymara, from this point are evident Scenic idiosyncratic differences between Puno and Cusco, locals offers different clothing made of Alpaca like, Scarfs,Sweater, Globes tourist has the chance to obtain those for a very good price..
SICUANI VILLAGE - ANDEAN LUNCH
On the outskirts of the city of Sichuan is the restaurant "Buffet Andino" site that has been specially equipped and ready to receive passengers from TRIPPERS PTO. This is where you can enjoy a well-prepared buffet prepared with Andean finely balanced with the secrets of international cuisine. At the time of rest after lunch you can use to buy or just admire the Andean handicrafts on display in the courtyard of this place.
RAQCHI TEMPLE OF WIRACOCHA
The archaeological site of Raqchi is a temple built by the Incas to worship the God Viracocha. This magnificent work of architecture in stone and clay has a rectangular 92 meters long and 25 wide. The most striking is a central wall 12 meters high with a stone base and body of adobe. On both sides of the wall one can see the basis of 22 cylindrical columns. The set also has rooms for Inca nobility.
ANDAHUAYLILLAS - CUSCO
A 40 km. from Cusco is Andahuaylillas small district awaits us with its main square pintorezca naturally decorated Pisonay (Erythrina edulis) coral tree and its colonial church crowned jewel of Baroque architecture mestizo that developed in Cusco, known as the” Sistine Chapel of America “ship because of its richly decorated and framed in gold leaf Andahuaylillas Church is an essential destination on the route Puno to Cusco.
Finally we will arrive ot the city of Cusco around 17:00 p.m. and drive to your hotel selected. rest of the night free to explore on your own
1 night of accommodation in Cusco.
Day 12. Cuzco classic city tour & 04 archaeological ruins
Upon arrival to Cusco city, a representative of your Agency will pick you up in the airport and bring you to your hotel, you will receive information of your tour activities in the city.
Rest of the morning leisure to acclimatize.
Around 13:30 hrs. our guide will pick you up in your hotel and bring you to the meeting point for the classic Cusco city tour & main attractions that involves : - The Cathedral - : Cusco Cathedral is a Baroque-style cathedral built on the foundations of the palace of the Inca Wirachocha in Cusco. Construction began in 1550, using many stones looted from the site of the hillside Sacsayhuaman fortress, and was completed a century later. It is considered one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America. Within the cathedral's high walls are some of the best examples of the Cusqueña School of painting, including a Marcos Zapata painting of the Last Supper with a local specialty, cuy (guinea pig), as main course.
The cathedral's centerpieces are its massive, solid-silver altar, and the enormous 1659 Maria Angola bell, the largest in South America, which hangs in one of the towers. The cedar choir has carved rows of saints, popes, and bishops, all in stunning detail down to their delicately articulated hands. Five chapels flank each side of the nave; one dedicated to Nuestro Señor de los Temblores (Our Lord of the Earthquakes) contains a solid-gold crucifix that, legend has it, minimized damage to the chapel during a 1650 earthquake. There’s no-Christian imagery in Cusco Cathedral too: figures of pumas, the Inca representation of the earth, are carved on the enormous main doors Normal access to the cathedral is not via those doors but through the adjoining Iglesias del Triunfo, the city's first Christian church.
- The Koricancha Palace and Convent of Santo Domingo. Koricancha is a classic example of the fusion of Inca and Western cultures, and was one of the most important temples in the Tahuantinsuyu. Its finely polished stone walls were used as the foundations of the Convent of Santo Domingo. The temple walls were said to have been sheathed in gold and silver, it was dedicated to sun worship, as well as containing images of the gods of thunder and Wiracocha, deities brought from various regions and the mummified bodies of Inca rulers. The temple worship was reserved for the highest-ranking figures of the era, and was visited by representatives of communities all over the empire to render homage to the gods of the Tahuantinsuyu. The tour continues visiting 4 archeological complexes located around the city:
- Sacsayhuaman.- Sacsayhuaman is one of the most amazing Incas constructions for tourists. Its Quechua name means "satisfied falcon", it was the falcon that guarded the capital of the empire, since it was possible to overlook Cusco from the hill in where it was erected. If, as it is known, Cusco was designed with the shape of a lying puma, Sacsayhuaman would be its head, and the Coricancha would correspond to the feline's genitalia. It is said that the work was started by Pachacutec and continued by Tupac Yupanqui, even though some chroniclers state that it was Huayna Capac who gave it the final touch. Inca Garcilaso de la Vega says that Apu Huallpa Rimachi was the main architect, and that Inca Maricanhi, Acahuana Inca and Calla Cunchuy successively took control of the works.
Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of 20,000 men approximately, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stones setting. Hewn stones could have been located at Muina, Huacoto and Rumicolca, 20 kilometers away from Cusco, and at closer places such as Sallu,Rumi, Chita, Curovilca and Viracocha. Sacsayhuaman Some of its external walls exceed the 9 meters of height and 350 tons of weight.
Spectacular fortress built with huge carved rocks jointed with absolute accuracy, this astounding sample of the Incan military architecture is, undoubtedly, the greatest architectonic work of the Tahuantinsuyo. But, in addition, it proves the undeniable firmness of the great administrative capacity of the empire and its powerful logistic system capable of mobilizing and organizing such a work.
It is located 2 km away from the city of Cusco, that is, 10 minutes by car. As of the Spanish arrival its aspect has changed a lot, since this fortress was used as a hewn stone to build the colonial Cusco.
- Qenqo.- At 4 and 6 km, 5 minutes to the northeast of Cusco, by asphalted road, we can find the two archaeological sites of Qenqo: Qenqo Grande, which is located near the road that goes from Sacsayhuaman to Pisac; and Quenko Chico, which is located at 350 meters to the west from the latter, on the hillside. Both of them are worship places whose nature has not been deciphered yet, but in which we can highlight the Inca's predilection for stone and their thoroughness with regard to the carving process. These sites are limestone outcrops on which intricate mythical representations had been carved. It is believed that it was destined to the worship of the land. Its Quechua name means zigzag, probably due to the labyrinthine underground galleries, or due to the small channels carved on rocks with that shape.
- Puca-Pucara.- Located at 7 km to the northeast of the city, by the road leading to Pisac (30 minutes by car and 2 hours on foot), we find this inca site which Quechua name means "red fortress" due to the color of the rocks when the twilight reflects on them. (puca = red and pucara = fortress or defended place). It would deal about a military building made up by overlapping terraces, interior squares, aqueducts, watchtowers, high walls and staircases.
However, Its presence along the road may also indicate that it was a wayside inn, though its structure does not belong to the standard outlining that characterizes those buildings along the Inca trails. On this possibility, there is a version that says the Inca accommodated there his numerous delegations each time he decided to visit the Tambomachay baths. The site occupies another typical rocky place standing out in the Sacsayhuaman plain. Towards the western side, it shows a facade on a free area like a small square. On the opposite site, there is a medium size building, which main characteristic is its strategic location since it controls the whole surrounding territory.
- Tambomachay.- Tombo Machay, 7 km northeast of Cusco, is believed to have been built around 1500 AD.This site, sometimes referred to as Inca's Bath or El Baño del Inca, is thought to have been used for religious functions. Some theories suggest Tambo Machay was involved in an Inca water cult. Fountains or waterfalls fed by spring water were used to channel water to a ceremonial stone bath. The fountains are still functional at this well preserved site. Above the baths is an Inca wall. Tambo Machay is located in a sheltered area about 300m off the road to Pisac.Frequency:everyday in the afternoons.
Around 18:00 p.m. we will return to Cuzco city and drop you off in your hotel, rest of the night leisure to explore the city by night.
1 night of accommodation in Cusco.
Day 13. Sacred Valley Tour the heartland of the Inca Empire
Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley , the heartland of the inca empire, close to the inca capital of Cuzco contains numerous archaeological remains and villages, due to its special geographical and climatic qualities this Sacred Valley was appreciated by the Incas.
The route crosses a spectacular geography crossed by the Vilcanota River a fertile valley which in turn is the most productive of the country where you can find the best corn in the world, various fruits proper of the region. at an altitude of 2800 m.s.n.m. surrounded by Snow Capped mountains like Apu Salkantay ( Salkantay Mountain Range), its climate is marked by two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season occurs between the months of November to April. Sacred Valley or Urubamba province is made up of the districts where the main architectural monuments of the Incas: Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Huayllabamba, Maras and Yucay.
08:30 h. You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco by our local representative. Our excursion is done on a private tourist bus, which is shared with other travelers. Afterwards we will take a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where we will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history.
The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures.
Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. After touring around we will get back to the car and will drive back to the modern town of Pisac, where there is a peculiar market that deserve to be visited.
At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy good Andean food.
After lunch the tour continue along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we get there a guided visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca's heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. Afterwards, we will drop you off at the your hotel in Ollantaytambo village where you will spend the night .
1 night of accommodation in Ollantaytambo.
Day 14 Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu, Escorted Tour.
After our breakfast we will drive to Ollantaytambo train station and start our journey to Machu Picchu . After leaving the village of Ollantaytambo, the train will start to descend more and more, along the edge of the Urubamba River, till finally reach the cloud forest. After approximately 2 hours we will have arrived in Aguas Calientes, where a representative from our agency will welcome you and then will escort to the following bus terminal that will bring us to the main gate of Machu Picchu.
guided tour in the Incan city of Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, our professional and expert native guide will take you through the main streets and monuments of the temple, then the tourist will have free time to explore on your own the citadel taking pictures and enjoy an invaluable landscape.
At appropriate time we will return to our hotel, pick up your luggage and continue to the train station in order to boarding the train that will take us to Cusco city in a trip tha takes about 4 hrs.
Upon arrival to Cusco city , we will transfer you to your hotel..
01 night of accommodation in Cusco,
Day 15 . International flight back home
Breakfast in the hotel, .rest of the day to your leisure, at appropriate time our local guide will pick you up at your hotel in order to take you on a private transfer to the Cusco city airport for your domestic flight back to Lima city. at the appropriate time, boarding for your flight back home.
This tour Includes :
Professional guide in English or Spanish
All private transfers in / Out Airport - Hotel - Airport & Hotel - Bus Terminal - Hotel
All Bus Tickets Lima to Paracas, Nazca to Arequipa, Chivay to Puno, Puno to Cusco
All Guided daily Tours during your visit in Peru
All Hotel nights during your trip ( 14 nights with daily breakfast)
Lima classic city tours and its main attractions
Tour to Paracas Natural Reserve
Tour to Ica Huacachina Oasis
Flight to Nazca Lines
Arequipa Classic City Tour
Guided Tour to Chivay Colca Canyon
Excursion to Titicaca lake
Cusco Classic city Tour and its main attractions
Sacred Valley of the Incas Tours
Guided Tour in Machu Picchu ( all transfers, trains, buses, entrances)
Entrances tickets to all sights to visit during your whole trip
Flight Ticket Cusco to Lima
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Extra tips or gratitudes
To qualify as a student, you must have valid ISIC card.
Including Hotel services and improved train services they must be requested in advance.
What to wear for the tour:
Original passport, International Student Card (ISIC) if applicable as a student
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Sun hat, sunscreen, bottled water and personal medicines
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