THE SOUTH OF PERU AND ITS CHARMS
LIMA – AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON – PUNO – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS
During this private tour you’ll discover the cities and emblematic places of the peruvian capital and three regions of southern Perú such as Arequipa, Puno and Cusco, where you will be able to appreciate Andean landscapes, the Titicaca lake considered the highest in the world, the Colca canyon, populations rich of ancestral culture, Inca archaeological centers and, of course the best of all, the citadel of Machu Picchu always under the supervision of our private local guides, hosts and collaborators of Inspirandes who will host you in each place you visit.
DAY 1: WELCOME TO PERÚ
Once you arrive in Lima, your host will wait for you and will welcome you, then we’ll transfer to your accommodation where you’ll spend the night.
DAY 2: THE COLONIAL LIMA
We’ll pick you up in the morning and will transfer you to the Larco museum to appreciate the biggest collection of pre-Columbian art, then we’ll head to the historical center of Lima to visit the emblematic places that houses the old capital of Peru as the Plaza Mayor, the government palace, convent of San Francisco and casa Aliaga, finally we’ll transfer you back to your accommodation.
DAY 3: THE WHITE CITY AWAITS YOU
Your host will transfer you to the airport in the morning to flight to Arequipa “The White City”.This city is famous for its sillar constructions from colonial times.Here your host will be waiting for you to transfer you to your accommodation.
In the afternoon, we will start the guided tour in the most interesting places of Arequipa like its historic center with its colonial architecture and the museum where the Juanita mummy is resting. The tour concludes in the main square of Yanahuara, where you’ll appreciate a panoramic view of the city and the Misti volcano.
DAY 4: CHIVAY AND ITS THERMAL WATERS “LA CALERA”
The next day early after breakfast, we’ll depart toward the small town of Chivay. On the way we’ll stop at Pampa Cañahuas, a reserve populated by south American camelids where you’ll appreciate the Patapampa volcano and the imposing formation of volcanic peaks with snow hats, after to get your accommodation, you’ll have the option of relaxing in the hot springs “La Calera”
DAY 5: THE COLCA VALLEY
After breakfast, our transportation will take you to the “Cruz del Cóndor” to take a look at the depths of the Colca canyon, and the majestic flight of the Andean condor, then we’ll visit some of the smalls towns in the Colca Valley and its surroundings to know more about the local traditions.
In the afternoon we’ll have a trip of approximately 5 hours to Puno enjoying landscapes during our journey. In Puno, your host will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation.
DAY 6: PUNO AND THE BLUE LAKE OF TITICACA, UROS AND TAQUILE
The next morning we’ll pick you up from your accommodation to take you to the port of Titicaca lake, where we’ll board the boat will take you to the island of Taquile. A place where its settlers still use the Quechua language, preserve their customs and skills for weaving , on this island you’ll have a guided tour of approximately 2 hours. At noon you can eat a lunch prepared by the local residents. Then our boat will take you to the floating islands of Uros built of totora, where their main activity is the production and sale of handicrafts, then return to Puno toward the accommodation.
DAY 7: FROM PUNO TO CUSCO
After breakfast, we’ll begin the guided tour in our own transportation that will transfer you from Puno to Cusco, during the journey we’ll make some stops in important areas such as, Raqchi, this is an Inca archaeological center also known as the Viracocha temple. Here we can enjoy a pleasant lunch. We will continue the journey until we reach the colonial Temple of Andahuaylillas, on the outside is apparently simple but it’s considered as the “Sistine Chapel of America”. We’ll arrive in Cusco approximately after 1 hour and finally transfer you to the reserved accommodation.
DAY 8: FREE DAY
DAY 9: CUSCO CITY TOUR
During the morning, you’ll have a guided tour by foot through the traditional and emblematic places of the city, in this private tour the guide will connect you with the fascinating stories about the history of the Inkas visiting its traditional neighborhood of San Blas, San Pedro market and the Qorikancha temple, Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo.
DAY 10: EXPLORING THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Today, the first point to visit will be the Archaeological site of Pisac, here you will appreciate the agricultural terraces where the Incas grew many of the thousands types of potato species that Perú now produces continuing to Urubamba we’ll make a stop to lunch, then we’ll continue to Ollantaytambo, to appreciate one of the finest stone work above the hill, finally you’ll board the train toward Machupicchu pueblo where your reserved accommodation will be waiting for you.
DAY 11: THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS – MACHUPICCHU
In the morning at an agreed time, you’ll board the bus that will transfer you to the Machupicchu Sanctuary.
The guided tour will start at the main access of Machupicchu and will last approximately 2 hours. Here you’ll be able to appreciate the maximum expression of the Inka architecture and its main sectors always escorted of our private guide. After you’ll have free time to explore and take pictures on your own.
Then at a prudent hour you have to board the bus down to the town to lunch and have the rest of the afternoon free waiting for the train to come back to Ollantaytambo where the transportation will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco.
DAY 12: CUSCO TO LIMA , RETURN HOME
We’ll pick you up from your accommodation to transfer you to the airport in Cusco.
Our host will be waiting for you at Lima airport to take you to Miraflores or any other place of interest in Lima. A transport will be available if you want to see a little more of the capital of Perú.
Later, you will be escorted to the Jorge Chávez airport in Lima for your international flight back home.
IN MOST OF OUR ITINERARIES THE ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED, IT’LL DEPEND ON TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION THAT YOU WANT IN EVERY PLACE
TELL US AND WE’LL RECOMMEND YOU THE BEST THAT ADAPTS TO YOUR PREFERENCE.
REMEMBER THAT OUR PRIVATE TOURS IN PERÚ ARE COMPLETELY FLEXIBLE, WHICH MEANS THAT WE CAN MODIFY IT AND ADAPT TO YOUR MEASURE.
MONDAY TO SATURDAY
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm