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TOUR: TREASURES OF THE ANDES

Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puno, Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile Tour

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Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Tour Type: Archaeological and cultural
Price: From US$ 1 150
Places to be visited:
Sightseeing tour including the Larco Herrera Museum in Lima; Sightseeing tour and Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa; Combined Sightseeing tour, The Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu with overnight in Cusco; Full-day boating excursion on Lake Titicaca to the Uros and Taquile Islands and the Chullpas of Sillustani in Puno.

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: International Arrival in Lima
Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport and transfer to your hotel. There you will receive a briefing on your tour; receive vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organisation of your Peru trip.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02:Lima: Sightseeing Tour & Larco Herrera Museum / Arequipa
Breakfast. In the morning, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and Main Square Lima, Treasures of the Andes, Tours in Peruimportant sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs.
Then we visit Larco Herrera Museum, for an excellent overview of Peru's ancient past as it holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. The museum has many fine examples of textile works, one example of which has a record breaking 398 threads per inch; materials and tools used by ancient Peruvians to produce their work in ceramics and metal; and Pre-Inca and Inca period pottery, gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones.
And finally we will go to the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a Ceremonial and Administrative Centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Lunch on your own. At appropriate time, transfer to the Airport for your departure flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, meet by our Representative and transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03: Arequipa: Sightseeing tour
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Arequipa, including the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIXth Century Peruvian architecture, housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compañia Church, an ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important one in Arequipa due to its history and tradition, with a beautiful façade with carved columns, laurel crowns, flowers, birds, etc. A more careful look at the façade, however, reveals the limits of European influence, as the angels have indian faces; and indeed one face is even crowned with feathers.
Convent of Santa Catalina, Treasures of the Andes, Tours in PeruThen, we will visit the Santa Catalina Convent; a "small town" built in the XVIIth Century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years as a Cloister. Perfectly preserved for four centuries, you go back in time as you enter the Cloister and see the numerous, spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs of this Convent. About 20 nuns, of what were once 500, still live in a section of the Convent. Return to your selected hotel in Arequipa. Lunch on your own.
Notice: Possibility of visiting the Colca Canyon in Arequipa.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04: Arequipa /Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Arequipa to take your flight bound for Cusco. At your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will rest to acclimatize. Lunch on your own.
Main Square, Treasures of the Andes, Tours in PeruIn the afternoon, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons.
Return to the hotel and get ready to enjoy a dinner with a folklore show in a typical restaurant where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds, while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 05: Cusco: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Ollantaytambo, Treasures of the Andes, Tours in Peru Breakfast. Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", along the Vilcanota River, where we will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Indian market of Pisac, held only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Lunch in a local countryside restaurant.
In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes of the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural centre was like during the Inca Empire.
Late afternoon return to Cusco and transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Evening at leisure. We suggest going around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere tasting a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the several Pubs around the Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 06: Cusco: Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes
Breakfast. The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a 3 ½ hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Arrive at Aguas Calientes Station Machu Picchu,  Treasures of the Andes, Tours in Perufollowed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we'll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure.
Lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes Town.
Overnight.
Dinner on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 07: Machu Picchu: Aguas Calientes / Cusco
Leisurely breakfast. Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy with a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll by the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its hot spring thermal waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities: (not included in the overall tour price)
1. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the second time.
2. For the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu (if it is not raining) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant. Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it must be before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register in a office at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Evening free and dinner on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 08: Cusco / Puno
Breakfast. Early departure by bus to the City of Puno, (3,860 m.a.s.l.). During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Then we travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture.
Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region.
In the afternoon, arrival in Puno and transfer to your hotel.
Evening free and dinner on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 09: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile
Breakfast. Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the Lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called "totora" (Scirpus totora), vegetable fibre of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations.
Typical native of Taquile Island in typical dresses, Treasures of the Andes, Tours in PeruUpon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have a lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at your hotel.
Evening free and dinner on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 10: Puno: Chullpas of Sillustani en route / Lima - International Departure
Breakfast. Early in the morning, transfer to Juliaca Airport to board your flight to Lima.
On the way to the airport, we will visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani: stone cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. Here you also have the opportunity to observe several local typical birds.
Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel.
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to board your international departure flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast


End of our services.


Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

  Tourist Superior Tourist Superior Deluxe
Lima Mariel Hotel 3* Casa Andina Miraflores 3* Sol de Oro Hotel 5* Country Club 5*
Cusco Hostel Los Portales San Agustin Internacional Hotel 3* Novotel Hotel 4* Libertador Hotel 5*
Aguas Calientes El Santuario Hs 3 Inti Inn Hotel 3* Hatuchay Towers Hotel 3* Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel 3*
Arequipa El Corregidor Hotel 3* Casa Andina Arequipa 3* Cabildo Hotel 4* Libertador Hotel 5*
Puno Gran Puno Inn Hs 3* Casa Andina Puno Hotel 3* Posada del Inca - Titicaca Lake - Puno 3* Libertador Hotel 5*



Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:

In Lima: Sightseeing Tour including the Larco Herrera Museum.
In Arequipa: Sightseeing Tour including Santa Catalina Monastery.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour, and dinner with Folklore Show.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Full-day excursion to Pisac Indian Market (held only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) and the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Inca Citadel including lunch and overnight.
In Puno: Full-day boating excursion to the Uros and Taquile Islands including lunch and visit to the Chullpas of Sillustani.
  • 09 Nights accommodations
  • All Breakfasts, and meals as specified in the programme
  • All Entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Train ticket from Cusco- Aguas Calientes-Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • Bus ticket from Cusco to Puno including lunch at local restaurant en route
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional post - tour (cost given separately)


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Useful Information

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use comfortable shoes the whole time during walking tours.
- Take lots of liquids during long excursions.
- In Manu, have, at least, a set of dry clothes in your room.

WHAT TO BRING
- Warm clothes in case of cold weather (a sweater and a jacket).
- Rain wear for rainy season.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Long pants or slacks
- Insect Repellent.
- Suntan lotion, a hat with big brims for sunny days.
- One or two pairs of trainers or tennis shoes
- A pair of light boots and sandals.
- Lanterns, batteries and bulbs.
- Binoculars
- Sunglasses and plastic bags
- A towel and swim suit.
- A rucksack or light bag per person
- Camera and films ASA 200 and 400.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
  Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

WEATHER
Peru's climate may be divided into two: The Western Andes and the Desert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and the temperature is warm throughout the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, there are two seasons: Rainy and Dry.

Arequipa, Puno and Cusco are located in the Eastern Andes, so their rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.

Rainy time, starting in October/ November has its own maximum time in January, continuing until March/ April. In years of pouring rain there are landslides, floods, etc.

I n the Highlands, it is cold in the evenings but sunny and warm in the mornings. It is even possible to wear t-shirts, but when the sun sets it gets really chilly so please bring a warm sweater (or buy an alpaca one in Cusco) and a good jacket.

The weather in the Amazon is warm, wet and rainy with average temperatures of 28 °centigrade during all year.
Rainy season: November to April
Dry season: May to September
During rainy months from November to April, be always prepared for heavy rains that can last hours or days.

Finally, the weather in general does not represent a limit to provide any tourist services, except some particularily bad years.

ALTITUDE
Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Cusco: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.
Arequipa: 2350 m.a.s.l.
Puno: 3860 m.a.s.l.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
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In Arequipa: International and local food restaurants.
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In Puno: Local food restaurants, in Taquile Island there are only very basic facilities.
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In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
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In Manu: All meals will be provided in the lodge or the camp.

 

Arequipa Pictures, Tours in Peru
Arequipa.
Convent of Santa
Catalina.


Puno Pictures, Tours in Peru
Puno - Sillustani.


Puno Pictures, Tours in Peru
Puno.
Typical Uros House at
Titicaca Lake.


Lima Pictures, Tours in Peru
Lima.
Historical Center.
Square of San Martin.


Cusco Pictures, Tours in Peru
Cusco Main Square