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Machu Picchu & Peru Experience

Enjoy Cuzco city and learn about the Inca Civilization

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FROM USD 2565 14 Days / 13 Nights
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Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon & Puerto Maldonado

Machu Picchu & Peru Experience

Tour Machu Picchu, Lima, Cuzco, Colca Canyon and Puerto Maldonado

Peru is a exquisite and exotic country. It hosted the Inca civilization, one of the most important  for human kind. Machu Picchu, a sacred place hidden between the mountains, it’s still a good example of the marvels this civilization was capable of. Peruvians has inherited the same wizdom, the same adventurous spirit, embodied in its culture and traditions. In this 15-day trip, designed for curious and adventurous travelers, you will enjoy an immersive full experience into Peruvian history, local gastronomy and you’ll get to see the must-see archeological sites and landscapes of the country.

 

Day 1 - Welcome to Peru - Lima

 

Upon your arrival in Lima, a transportation service will transfer you from the airport to your hotel.

 

Lima is the capital of Peru; the jumping-off point for nearly all trips to the country. In the Colonial Era, it housed the viceroyalty, making it the most powerful city hub of South America. Today, its native and foreign heritage coexist; its well-preserved, amazing colonial churches and archeological sites (heading south to Caral Sacred City) exist in harmony with Peru’s beautiful beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its delicious seafood.

 

Enjoy your leisurely evening by taking an exploratory walk over to the Plaza Mayor, and make sure to try the typical cebiche (fish cooked with lemon) or the special anticuchos (we’ll let you figure it out on your own…!).

 

 

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Day 2 - Discover Lima with our city tour

 

Today we’ll pick you up at your hotel to explore Lima old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings.

 

We’ll start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which expands from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire, like that of the Cathedral, built up in the 16th century and finished after 80 years of hard work!

 

Our next stop will be at the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that was granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that era that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries.

 

The last part of this historical day trip will be dedicated to the Larco Museum. Located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, this meticulously maintained museum is housed in a beautifully restored viceroyal mansion. Its exhibits boast the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of ancient erotic art.

 

Since we’re on the topic of love encounters, we’ll finish the day at the “Love Park”, built in 1993 to celebrate love in all its forms. Nestled in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores, you can admire the cliffs from its colorful mosaic benches and take in the most beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.

 

After enjoying this romantic place and meeting the famous sculpture which immortalized the tender kiss of two passionate lovers, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.

 

 

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Day 3 - Lima to Arequipa

 

Our transportation service will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and you’ll be transferred to the airport of Lima to take your 1-hour flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

Arequipa – also known as “The White Stone City”- sits between the coast and the southern highlands of the country. It’s a semi-arid region – temperatures can go from 72 to 41 °F – and rainy season is from January to March. It’s famous for its varied history and the natural wonders that surround the city, like the Patapampa viewpoint, where you can ascend to the highest altitude in the city (16108 feet above sea level).

 

You can take just the day to visit the city’s historical center, but to see the valleys, volcanoes and secluded islands, the best option is to stay for a few days in the region.

 

Before starting your trip to the valleys, we suggest that you enjoy the afternoon in Arequipa; learn about its historic heritage, trace its Catholic influence, and understand how its architecture has been so crucial. Take some time to visit the Cathedral, made of volcanic stone, and its 50-foot tall organ.

 

At night, make it your mission to try the stuffed rocoto, a traditional hot chili pepper dish, or the mouthwatering queso helado (literally “iced cheese”), made of milk, cinnamon and spices.

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Day 4 - Enjoy Colca Canyon & Valley Excursion

 

We’ll pick you up from your hotel in the morning to start the trip to the Colca Valley.  Our first stop will be the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, from where you can watch the huge and majestic condor flying, and get a wide picture of the Colca Valley, which features the second deepest canyon in the world (with a depth of more than 2 miles on its deepest side).

 

Right after, we’ll visit the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, and Yanque to finally get to the viewpoints of Antahuilque and Wayrapunko, where you can continue marveling at this mountainous backdrop.

 

We’ll take you to Chivay, a quaint and beautiful town, where you’ll have lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy your leisure time at the hotel or visit the thermal baths called La Calera, just 2 miles away from town. You can spend this night in Chivay or in Colca Valley.

 

 

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Day 5 - Second Day in Colca Canyon & Valley Excursion and head to Puno

 

This tour of the valleys continues with us passing by Vizcachani, the Pampas de Toccra, and the crater of the Chucura volcano to reach the Andes viewpoint in Patapampa (15750 feet above sea level) from where you will see the different volcanoes surrounding Arequipa.

 

After traveling for 4 hours, we’ll make a stop at Patahuasi to enjoy a coca tea. During the journey we’ll pass through the city of Juliaca, known as a commercial hub, and on the way you will be able to enjoy great volcanic landscapes like stone forests and lakes. In the area of Lagunillas, you will be able to see plenty of native wildlife of the Andes, such as alpacas, llamas, vicuñas and a variety of birds, including the abundant Kara-Kara, flamingos, etc.

 

After enjoying lunch, we’ll head to the city of Puno, arriving between 4 – 5 pm. Puno sits near the great Titicaca lake, which used to be a sacred place for the Incas, full of natural and artificial islands. The city is also famous for their chullpas; big circular tower-type constructions from the pre-Hispanic period which are visited by many tourists every year.

 

Enjoy your evening in Puno by walking through the historic downtown and tasting the delicious kancacho (roasted lamb marinated with garlic and olive oil).

 

 

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Day 6 - Discover Uros Islands and Taquile

 

We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Puno’s lake port where you’ll take a boat to the floating islands of the Uros & Taquile.

 

Uros is an ancient society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reef that grows in the lake. The islands are built by weaving together totoras in the places where they grow thickest in order to form a natural layer. They build their totora houses over this naturally constructed base.

 

After a 1.5-hour tour, you will continue your journey to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands in this area, which are inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, Taquile residents speak Quechua. The island was part of the Inca Empire and vestiges of the ancient culture can be noted in their buildings. Nevertheless, when the Spaniards arrived, they forced its residents to get rid of their typical Incan clothes and culture,  forcing them to wear traditional European farmers’ clothes.

 

You’ll attend a brief presentation about the island and then have time to tour it until lunch, after which we will return to Puno.

 

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Day 7 - Puno to Cuzco and the Inca Civilization

 

At the appropriate time you will be transferred from your hotel to Puno airport (Juliaca) to take your flight to Cuzco, the world-famous heart of Inca civilization.

 

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, this colonial city is currently one of Peru’s most popular destinations. It is an absolute must to visit Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and host of the ruins of the Inca civilization and the most spectacular landscapes on the planet.

 

Upon arrival at the Cuzco airport, you will be received by your guide and head towards your selected hotel. Along the journey, your guide will be telling you about the attractions and services you can find in the city.

 

Cuzco contains the top examples of Incan architecture, which is based on their multiple uses of rock as the main building material. Machu Picchu is the most famous example of this practice. Natural wonders are also freely present in the area, like the Sacred Valley, where the best corn grain grows in the country.

 

Enjoy your first evening in town by sipping a traditional pisco sour in a bar near Plaza Mayor. Cuzco is very international all year round, so you can easily meet with people from everywhere around the globe.

 

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Day 8 - Enjoy a city tour in Cuzco

 

If you stay in Cuzco, you will definitely want to learn more about its fascinating history!

 

We’ll pick you up at your hotel to start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun” (or “Premises of the Gilded One”), the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is where the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshipped during the reign of the Inca Empire, and during that time its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards were adorned with golden corn and life-size sculptures of llamas.

 

We’ll continue on to visit the Cathedral, the most important building in the Main Square (whose construction lasted almost a century) and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America. It is shaped like a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cuzco art school, as well as impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stones works.

 

Our next stop will be the Sacsayhuamán fortress, an emblematic Incan piece of work, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century, the Sacsayhuamán complex was built with giant megalithic blocks, the transportation and construction of which continue to be a mystery.

 

This day will end with a visit to some archeological main attractions. You’ll visit Qenqo, located just over 2 miles away from Cuzco City, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and where it is believed that agricultural rituals took place. You will finally visit the vestiges of Puka Pukara, located 4.5 miles away from Cuzco. Puka Pukara, which means “red fortress”, was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes.

 

At the end of this full historical and natural immersion in Cuzco’s heritage, we’ll drive you back to your hotel

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Day 9 -Full Day Chinchero, Museo Vivo & Ollantaytambo

 

The Sacred Valley was a truly special place for the Inca civilization. Its many rivers and gorges, along with the fertility of their valleys, make this the most productive agricultural spot—the best grain corn in Peru grows here. Today, you’ll start exploring this enthralling Andean spot.

 

In the morning we’ll pick you up at your hotel and head to Chinchero town, the jumping-off point for the Sacred Valley visit to begin. Enjoy your time here, admiring the traditional art that locals display in their handcrafted clothing (in which the Incan’s knowledge and traditions survive today), and taking in a great view of the valley. In Chinchero you can also find some stunning archeological remains, including a beautiful church constructed in the seventeenth-century which was one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru.

 

This trip continues to the Raqchi viewpoint from where you can see the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, our last stop.

 

After passing by Raqchi viewpoint, you’ll visit the Living Museum of Yucay where you’ll learn about Andean traditions and browse through exhibitions containing textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware, preserved just as they were in the old times.

 

You’ll also have a closer encounter with the inhabitants of the museum; the llamas, sheep and alpacas, which can be fed.  Once at Ollantaytambo, you’ll have lunch in Chuncho restaurant, the perfect place to have a special gastronomy experience.

 

After lunch, you’ll have time to wander the city. People have been living here steadily since the Incan period; this is definitely a place with deep history. Take a walk through town and climb its iconic fortress.

 

At the end of the day we will take you to your hotel in Sacred Valley.

 

 

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Day 10 - Towards Machu Picchu Ruins from Aguas Calientes

 

Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a 4-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes. This town is also known as “Machu Picchu Pueblo” and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. Machu Picchu means “Old Mountain” and is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 

In Aguas Calientes there is a train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early.

 

You’ll finally reach Machu Picchu (the ancient sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec) after a short transfer by bus through the mountains.

 

Those special moments when we arrive at the exact destination where we most wanted to be are to be cherished forever. Enjoy your first impressions of this jaw-dropping place, and breathe the magic in the air.

 

Some of the places you can visit include the Intipunku, or “Sun Gate”, where the sun rises every day through a stone passageway, or the Inca Bridge, an incredible stone building that served as the entrance or exit of the citadel.

 

At the end of the tour you will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes and have lunch at ¨Cafe Inkaterra¨ in Machu Picchu. Enjoy your leisure time during the rest of the afternoon and a restful sleep in the town of Aguas Calientes.

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Day 11 - Second day in Machu Picchu Ruins and back to Cuzco

 

In the morning we suggest that you return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring some of the many attractions of the citadel.

 

In this second visit you can climb the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means “Young Mountain” as opposed to Machu Picchu, the “Old Mountain”. This ascent takes about an hour and its main attraction is the “Temple of the Moon”, a complex of underground structures likely to have been used by the elite (re-entry to Machu Piccchu and ticket to Wayna Picchu not included in original pricing).

 

Or, if you would prefer a different option, take the day to visit the interesting town of Aguas Calientes, its historic Plaza de Armas, and the many local markets nearby.

 

In these markets you can find various types of local handcrafts, typical food, and even different potions for finding love or keeping good luck on your side.

 

In the afternoon you will head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cuzco.

 

 

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Day 12 - From Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado - Hacienda Concepcion

 

Today, we’ll pick you up from your hotel at the established time to transfer you to the airport  where you’ll take your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

 

Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and have a transfer to the local pier. You will navigate by motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, taking approximately 25 minutes.

 

Explore the jungle of Puerto Maldonado and meet its endless wildlife, either through its trails or by cruising the Madre de Dios River. Discover the rich biodiversity of the Tambopata National Reserve and observe the Peruvian Amazon from the treetops through an amazing network of suspension bridges.

 

Enjoy a lunch with organic ingredients and native flavors. Afterwards, take a walk through Concepcion Trails, where you will discover and learn about both the primary and secondary rainforest, and their relevance for the world.

 

At dusk, navigate by motorized canoe as a part of the Twilight River Excursion. By sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations.

 

In the evening enjoy a nice dinner in the Casa Grande’s dining room.

 

 

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While you stay at the hacienda all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included.

 

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Day 13 - Hacienda Concepcion

 

Another day to keep on exploring this secluded place on Earth.

 

Journey on a long trek through into the Tambopata National Reserve towards lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why the Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation.

 

Navigate by dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, the blue and yellow macaw, the red howler monkey, the black caiman, and one of the world’s biggest freshwater scaled fish, the paiche.

 

You will return to the lodge for lunch. Make sure to gain some serious energy because the Inkaterra canopy walkway & anaconda walk await for you after lunch.

 

In this visit, you’ll take a 20-minute ride by motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center where you will learn about the walkway’s construction and the various conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO).

 

Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 feet high. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and squirrel monkeys.

 

After descending, keep on feeling the incredible primary rainforest energy as you traverse along the 650-foot wooden bridge over the swamps.

 

At night, get ready for another adventure called the Rainforest by Night excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rainforest as it gives way to nocturnal animals who display intriguing behavior patterns, and enhanced senses as an adaptation mechanism. Listen to the sounds of nocturnal nature come to life, and penetrate this hidden world. Return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner.

 

 

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Day 14 - Hacienda Concepcion Program Day 3 / Last stop: Lima

 

After a breakfast buffet, you’ll take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by motorized canoe.

 

Arrive at the butterfly house where you will wait for your flight to Lima, while getting to visit this beautiful butterfly sanctuary and learning about the fascinating transformation of these colorful insects.

 

Upon your arrival in Lima, we’ll transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Enjoy the last night of this trip by making a toast in any of the multiple thematic bars of Miraflores neighbourhood, or maybe even dancing with some locals in one of the many nightclubs of the city.

 

 

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Day 15 - Farewell Peru

 

Last stop of your trip. Today we’ll pick you up in your hotel at the scheduled time to take you to the airport of Lima. Hope to see you back here soon!

 

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Included

3 night accommodation in a hotel (Lima), 1 night accommodation in a hotel (Arequipa), 1 in accommodation in a hotel (Colca Valley or Chivay), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (Puno), 3 night accommodation in a hotel (Cuzco), 1 night accommodation in a hotel (Valle Sagrado), 1night accommodation in a hotel (Aguas Calientes) y 2 night accommodation in a hacienda (Puerto Maldonado)

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

Daily breakfast

Meals according to itinerary: lunch (day 4, 5, 9, 10)

Bilingual guides (English/Spanish)

Not Included

International or domestic flights

 National Park Entrance Fees 

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Second day entrance fee to Machu Picchu

Entrance fee to Wayna Pichu

Accommodation & Prices

Machu Picchu & Peru Experience


INN / B&B

USD 2565

COMFORT

USD 2950

SUPERIOR

USD 3535

* Prices in US Dollars.
* Valid until April 2020 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.



Flights needed for this itinerary

Lima - Arequipa / Puno - Cusco / Cusco - Lima

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $300 USD per segment (destination).

We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

3 night accommodation in a hotel (Lima), 1 night accommodation in a hotel (Arequipa), 1 in accommodation in a hotel (Colca Valley or Chivay), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (Puno), 3 night accommodation in a hotel (Cuzco), 1 night accommodation in a hotel (Valle Sagrado), 1night accommodation in a hotel (Aguas Calientes) y 2 night accommodation in a hacienda (Puerto Maldonado)

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

Daily breakfast

Meals according to itinerary: lunch (day 4, 5, 9, 10)

Bilingual guides (English/Spanish)

Not Included

International or domestic flights

 National Park Entrance Fees 

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Second day entrance fee to Machu Picchu

Entrance fee to Wayna Pichu

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