FOUR PEARLS OF THE SOUTH


 

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
LIMA | AREQUIPA | COLCA | PUNO | CUSCO | MACHU PICCHU 

 

DAY 1    LIMA
Welcome to Peru! Arrival to Lima´s airport, reception and transfer to the hotel in Miraflores district, check in (15:00 hours).
Overnight. ( – )



DAY 2    LIMA – AREQUIPA    
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport to board the regular flight to Arequipa. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. Free day for personal activities. Overnight. (B)

DAY 3    AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON
Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning, you will be met at your hotel and taken on an incredible four hour journey to Chivay. Have your camera ready as you will stop at various stunning viewpoints including the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, which is home to many exotic Andean animals including vicuñas, alpacas, llamas, flamingos, ibis and the Andean eagle. You will see astonishing landscapes as you drive past lakes, glaciers and some magnificent volcanoes, such as Ampato, Sabancaya, Huallca and Misti. During the journey we will reach the highest point of 4800m (15,000ft). Afterwards, we head down the canyon to Chivay and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will have time to spend at leisure. You can choose from several activities. Enjoy the hot thermal springs of La Calera, set off on a short trek or relax at your hotel while taking in the panoramic view of the beginning of the canyon and its terraces. Overnight. (B, L)

DAY 4    COLCA CANYON – PUNO
Breakfast hotel. In the morning we will meet you at your hotel and you will start your tour of the Colca Canyon. We will take you to the most wonderful places in the Colca Canyon. Along the way, we will make a few stops in small Andean villages where time seems to have stood still and Colonial architecture remains to be well saved. We travel along the canyon until we get to ‘Mirador Cruz del Condor’, which is the best viewing point where you can look into the depths of the Colca Canyon. Also, we will visit “Mirador de Tapay”. This viewing point is 1200m deep. From here you will most likely always see a few condors flying with an amazing scenery in the background. You will have the chance for a short hike along the canyon and afterwards, you will enjoy a locally prepared lunch in Chivay (not included). Transfer to Puno city, this journey will take 6hours approximately. 
Overnight. (B, L)

DAY 5    PUNO – TITICACA LAKE – SILLUSTANI – PUNO
Breakfast at hotel. Visit to the Floating Island of Los Uros (3,810 masl), set of 20 islands formed on the basis of totora (aquatic plant). When descending from our boat we will be received by the local inhabitants with frank and friendly faces. They will tell us about the maintenance of the islands, their customs and generational legacies. The women of the island are responsible for developing different types of crafts, especially textiles and ornaments made from totora, and of course, they will offer it to all of us at the end of the tour. In the afternoon, we will visit Sillustani Chullpas, it´s one of the largest archeological areas in America. These are impressive burial monuments standing over 12 meters high stone cylinder burial chambers, used by Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Return to the hotel. 
Overnight. (B)

 

DAY 6    PUNO – CUSCO 
Breakfast at hotel. At 07:00 hours transfer to the bus station to board the tourist bus to Cusco. On the way we will visit the Kalasaya Archaeological Complex, Pucara (3,879 meters above sea level), where the origins of the Andean Culture of the Altiplano, La Raya (4,335 meters above sea level) are discovered, the highest point of the trip. This place is also known as “Union of Two Cultures” (Quechua – Cusco and Aymara – Puno); buffet lunch in Sicuani (3,475 masl), Raqchi Archaeological Center (3,475 masl) known as the Temple of God Wiracocha and the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church (3,093 masl) built in 1,580 and known as “The Sistine Chapel of Peru”. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight. (B, L)

DAY 7    CUSCO
Breakfast at hotel. Morning free per personal activities. In the afternoon pick up for your City Tour Cusco where you will visit The Cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the nearby ruins: Qenqo (Ceremonial and Ritual center, place where sacrifices were made), Puca Pucara (this complex was probably used by Emperor Pachacutec as a tambo), Tambomachay (also called “The Bath of the Inca”) and Sacsayhuaman Fortress (place where the main Inca Festivals, Inti Raymi and Warachicuy take place). Return to the hotel. 
Overnight. (B)

DAY 8    CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO   
Breakfast at hotel. This day will be the highlight of our trip, the visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Very early we will depart from Ollanta train station towards the majestic city of Aguas Calientes, the travel time is approximately 01 hour 30 minutes. Arrival to Aguas Calientes town, from here we will board the buses to ascend to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world. The tour will be 02 hours and 30 minutes and the visit includes the Intihuatana (the Solar Clock), the Palace of the Incas, the Three Windows, etc. At the end of it we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to go shopping. At a scheduled time, transfer to the station to board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight. (B)

DAY 9    PUNO – TITICACA LAKE – SILLUSTANI – PUNO
Breakfast at hotel. Visit to the Floating Island of Los Uros (3,810 masl), set of 20 islands formed on the basis of totora (aquatic plant). When descending from our boat we will be received by the local inhabitants with frank and friendly faces. They will tell us about the maintenance of the islands, their customs and generational legacies. The women of the island are responsible for developing different types of crafts, especially textiles and ornaments made from totora, and of course, they will offer it to all of us at the end of the tour. In the afternoon, we will visit Sillustani Chullpas, it´s one of the largest archeological areas in America. These are impressive burial monuments standing over 12 meters high stone cylinder burial chambers, used by Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Return to the hotel.   Overnight. (B)

DAY 10    CUSCO – LIMA       
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport to board the regular flight to Lima. Arrival and connection with the international flight. (B)

 


 

INCLUDED:
> Transfer in and out from/to Lima, Arequipa, Puno & Cusco.
> Lodging for 09 nights at selected hotels + breakfast.
> Excursion to Colca Valley and Canyon.
> HD Uros Island.
> HD Sillustani Chullpas.
> Tour Bus Puno – Cusco: entrance´s fee + buffet lunch.
> HD City Tour Cusco & nearby ruins
> FD Machu Picchu: Expedition or Executive Class Train from Ollanta.
> Meals mentioned or according to the itinerary.
> Personal assistance.

NOT INCLUDED:
> Air tickets national and international
> Travel insurance.
> Overweight in Luggage.
> Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
> Not specified meal
> Personal charges
> Other not specified


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