This tour is perfect for travellers who do not have so much time to travel in Peru but want to discover the major sites of Peru in an alternative way.
From Lima, you will take off to Arequipa where you will appreciate the quietness and the charm of the second city with most of inhabitants in Peru. You will also explore Colca’s Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, and enjoy the nature and biodiversity of the region.
Then, you will head to Titicaca Lake, navigate around the islands and meet the local communities who will exchange and share with you their culture and traditions. Afterwards, we will end up by the Inca Empire capital, Cusco and climb up to the Machu Picchu.
Arrival in Lima. Reception at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre.
After the breakfast, you will visit the modern Lima areas like Miraflores, Larcomar and Barranco.
Then the visit goes on with the colonial part of Lima, through San Martin Square, the Government Palace, the « plaza de armas », the great Cathedral of Lima and the Catacombs of San Francisco.
In the afternoon, visit the craft workshops located in the “pueblos jovenes”, where visitors could participate or simply observe the craft process, especially of the ceramic. Return to your hotel.
In the morning, we will drive you to the airport to take your flight to Arequipa.
City tour of Arequipa: visit of Yanahuara watchtowers and Rinconada Alta, the « Plaza de Armas », the church of the Compañía and its cloister, the traditional market of San Camilo, the famous convent of Santa Catalina, and the museum Mummy Juanita “Lady of Ampato” or “Lady Ice”.
In the late afternoon, free time.
You will go by private vehicle to Colca’s Canyon (165 km). During the trip, you will have the opportunity to observe the beautiful flora and fauna, the Misti volcano, and snowy mountains.
Subsequently, we will continue escalating the Patapampa at an altitude of 4900 meters from where you will have a view on various volcanoes in the central Andes. Then we will have lunch in the village of Chivay.
After lunch, we will drive to the charming village of Canocota (30min from Chivay). Arrival and accommodation in a family home. Night at the host.
After breakfast, early departure by private vehicle to the Cruz del Condor where you are almost guaranteed to see condors flying over the majestic Andes.
On the wayback from Cruz de Condor by the south side of the Colca Valley, you will visit the villages of Maca and Yanque.
In the afternoon, journey by private vehicle to the city of Puno (355km). We will cross the Andean highlands and, along the way, you could admire the fauna specific to the Andes: alpacas, llamas, and small lagoons.
In the late afternoon arrival in Puno and transfer to the hotel.
Boat trip on Titicaca Lake. Stop at the Uros islands where we will discover the daily life and customs of the people. Here travellers can participate or simply observe the harvest of totoras
You will continue on boat towards the enchanting island of Amantani. Arrival and accommodation in a family house.
In the afternoon, you will climb up to the Pachatata temple to enjoy a view of Peru and Bolivia, along with a beautiful sunset. Overnight homestay at Amantani
After breakfast, you will continue your journey by boat to Taquile Island. This island is characterized by the generosity of its people who maintain ancestral customs
To reach the top of the island, you will take a slightly inclined path (50min) which offers a spectacular view of the lake. We will also visit the main square and observe the impressive works of hand-made weaving with various colors.
In the afternoon, we will go down to Luquina and continue our route towards Chucuito’s village, located 19km from Puno. There we will visit a craftsmen association specialised in Alpaca wool weaving.
Return to Puno and transfer to the hotel. Free time.
Travel by tourist bus through the Altiplano and the Vilcanota Valley to Cuzco. On the road, we will briefly stop at La Raya Pass (4,300 m), and then you will visit Raqchi Inca temple, the church of Andahuaylillas. All entrance fees mentioned above are optional.
Arrival in Cusco in the late afternoon and transfer to hotel.
After breakfast, visit of Tambomachay known as Tambo Cave. Visit of the ruins of Kenko carved by Incas. You will discover Puka Pukará ruins and finally you will visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress with its impressive Inca constructions.
Then we will discover Cusco with its Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in Latin America; the beautiful Cathedral, the magnificent temple of Koricancha considered as the most sacred and most impressive built by the Incas.
In the late afternoon free time.
In the morning, you will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the road, we will stop at a small exhibition centre Awanakancha which gives a great panorama of the beauty of the Peruvian Andes
Right after, we will continue with the charming village of Pisac and its ruins. After lunch, we will go on with the visit of the fortress of Ollantaytambo, impressive Inca building which used to be a strategic military, religious and agricultural centre.
We will return to Ollantaytambo, free time and overnight at the hotel in the Sacred Valley.
After breakfast, we will travel by private vehicle to the community of Patacancha. Then we will continue with a visit of recognition, where you will enjoy the fields of culture and you will be able to participate in the local activities.
At noon we will have a traditionnal meal with the family. Then we will go visiting the production facilities of Alpaca wool.
Finally, in the afternoon we will return to Ollantaytambo, and then we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, down Machu Picchu. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Early in the morning, you will head up to the Machu Picchu. Discover the most famous landmark of the Incas, with its terraced fields, the artificial canal system for irrigation, palaces, squares, temples, caves, attics, etc. prisons.
Following the tour you will have free time to walk around the citadel, the sun temple and the hill Intihuatana.
Optional Activity: Possibility to climb Huayna Picchu by a small stone path.
In the course of the afternoon, transfer to the station for the train back to Ollantaytambo. Arrival and transfer to hotel.
After breakfast, we will visit the « Salinas de Maras » where its inhabitants realize the whole process of extracting natural salt.
You will discover the circular terraces of Moray, which is an experimental complex of the Incas, and finally visit the Inca site of Chinchero.
In the afternoon arrival in the city of Cusco and transfer to hotel, free time.
Transfer to airport and flight to Lima. Then we continue with the visit of Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology..
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your international flight connection.