DAY 1. LIMA:
Arrival in Lima, and private transfer with only driver to the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 2. LIMA / CUSCO:
at the hotel. DAY 3. CUSCO: Breakfast at the hotel.
In the afternoon, we will start the tour visiting the Temple of the Sun
well-known as Koricancha. This symbolic place has a clear example of the fusion
between Incan and Hispanic cultures, and its base was used to build Santo
Domingo’s Church and its famous convent. Then, we’re going to visit the
Cathedral located in the Main Square, to appreciate a beautiful religious paintings
of the Cusco School. The Cusco City Tour continues in Sacsayhuaman,
an amazing archaeological complex with huge carved stones which fit each other
in a perfect way, and it is said that it was built by more than 20 thousand
men, and took over 70 years to finish it. Then we will visit Qenqo religious
temple, place where the Incas worshiped their Gods like the Sun, the Moon and
the Earth. You will have an incredible experience exploring through its
underground galleries, and admire a semicircular amphitheater. We will continue
this entertaining excursion in the military compound of Puca Pucara, which
means “Red Fortress” for its reddish infrastructure. Then we will go the
water’s worship center of Tambomachay, with aqueducts and waterfalls provided
from nearby springs. At the end, we will back to the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 4. CUSCO / SACRED
VALLEY / AGUAS CALIENTES: Breakfast at the hotel. We will pick you up from
the hotel in Cusco, to start a 30 Km. journey until Pisac. This fantastic place
has an amazing market, and archaeological temples of stone buildings, with
incredible views to the valley and the magnificent Inca platforms. Then, we
will continue until Urubamba to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and later we
will reach Ollantaytambo. Its temple was the headquarter of Inca’s army, as
well as a religious and agricultural place. It has stunning views, and more
than a hundred Inca platforms with an advanced irrigation canal for that
period. After this unique
experience, we will go to Ollantaytambo´s train station to take the Train
Expedition to Aguas Calientes. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. You’ll have a
short meeting with the guide to organized your visit to Machu Picchu for the
next day. Overnight.
DAY 5. AGUAS CALIENTES
/ MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO: Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning, you will
board the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular
view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas,
Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and
urban areas. Energy is all around us. After a guided visit, you will have time
enough to stay for more time or take the bus to back to Aguas Calientes Town,
and have lunch (Optional). At the arranged time, we will return to Cusco
from Ollantaytambo train station by tourist bus, and the last stop is at El
Regocijo Square, one block away from the main square. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6. CUSCO / VINICUNCA / CUSCO: We will pick you up at 5:30 am
from your hotel in Cusco. It is about a 3hrs ½ driving on our shared transport,
journey through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes, snowcapped
peaks, herds of alpaca. When we reach the trailhead for this hike, we are going
to have a hot breakfast upon arrival and we will begin the hike from
Chillihuani at 4200m/13,900 ft elevation. From here, it will be a 4 hour
approx. uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountains or
Vinicunca. Along the way you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes,
glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas
grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain, you will be
able to spot some Andean wildlife. Vicuñas are considered to be the Andean
camel and this is the only place in Cusco where you will see them in the wild.
Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, though are much smaller and they have
the most expensive wool in the world. Once we arrive at the top of what we come
to see the Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to take photos and relax
yourself on the top majesty area views. All of the mountains that surround this
area are red and there are amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier
Peak right in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco
region (just under 21,000 ft) and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range.
While taking view of this magnificent, colorful mountain views our staff will
bring you some hot drinks while sharing information with you about the
composition of these incredible mountains and how they became striated in the
rainbows of colors you are seeing. After taking a few amazing pictures and
soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors around by) we will
begin our descent with a 2-hour downhill hike. We will then meet up with our
trekking chef and enjoy the delicious, freshly prepared hot lunch. After lunch
you can visit some of the local family’s houses where you can see their
lifestyle of these people who still practice the ancient traditions of the
Inkas. They still speak Quechua, practicing their earth-based religion and, the
agriculture – honoring the mountain spirits and sun to insure that their crops
and herds flourish – as well as weaving the textiles that you will find in the
museums all around Peru. Finally, after our interactions with the locals, we
will start returning trip back to Chillihuani village to catch our shared
transport back to Cusco, arriving around 6 pm approx., where we will drop you
off at your hotel.
DAY 7. CUSCO / PUNO:
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the bus station to take the tourist bus to
Puno (8 hours). During the way, you will do 3 visits to Raqchi, Andahuaylillas
and Puca Pucará. A buffet lunch is included at local restaurant. Arrival in
Puno, and private transfer with only driver to the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 8. PUNO: After
breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the lake port of Puno,
where a regular boat will take you to the floating islands of the Uros.
The Uros are an ancestral society that populate a series of artificial islands
built on the basis of the totora plant, which grows in the same lake. The
islands are constructed by weaving the totora in the places where it grows
thicker and forming a natural layer. On top of it they built their houses, also
of totora, and cook outdoors to prevent possible fires. After Uros visit and,
an hour and a half boat trip, you will continue your journey to the island of
Taquile. This is Quechua, unlike the other Aymara speaking islands on the lake.
It was part of the Inca empire and vestiges of this culture can still be seen
in its constructions. Once there you will be given a brief explanation of the
island and witness a cultural activity. After lunch, you will return to the port
of Puno, where our transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
DAY 9. PUNO / LIMA:
Breakfast at the hotel. We will pick you up from your hotel at the agreed time,
and we will go to Sillustani, located 34 km from Puno City. We will visit
this amazing pre-Inca cemetery, where you will find funeral towers
around. In addition, we will visit the communities surrounding this place, to
know their lifestyles. At the end, we will continue the tour until reach
Juliaca Airport. Arrival en Lima, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 10. LIMA / OUT:
Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport to take the international flight.
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