EXPLORING THE ANDES AND COASTAL PERU 16 DAYS

Duration: 16 Days

GENERAL INFORMATION

Discover the classic route of Peru traveling through the Andes and coast delving into its history and culture. Stay in some of the most exquisite hotels in comfort. Journey through the white city of Arequipa, the second-largest city of Peru, and the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Ride the waters of Lake Titicaca indulging in culture intermingling with the Uros, Taquile, and Llachon inhabitants. Explore the charming Inca city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas tasting Andean cuisine and visiting Inca ruins and colorful handicraft markets. A mesmerizing time hiking the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Travel to the coast of Peru with a wonderful stay in Paracas touring the Ballestas Islands and tasting wine at the Ica vineyards. Taste the best Peruvian Cuisine in Lima, the City of Kings.

AT A GLANCE

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Lima – Miraflores Hotel in Lima
  • Day 2
    Depart Lima – Fly to Arequipa – Arrive in Arequipa – Time at leisure Hotel in Arequipa (B)
  • Day 3
    Arequipa City Tour – Yanahuara – Santa Catalina Monastery – Plaza de Armas – Mummy Juanita Hotel in Arequipa (B)
  • Day 4
    Depart Arequipa – National Reserve – Village of Callalli – Sibayo Colca Canyon – Chivay – Optional Calera Hot Springs Hotel in Colca Canyon (B, L)
  • Day 5
    Colca Canyon – Cruz del Condor – Traditional Villages – Puno Hotel in Puno (B)
  • Day 6
    Lake Titicaca – Taquile – Llachon – Pachamanca Lunch – Ccappi Uros Hotel in Puno (B, L)
  • Day 7
    Sun Route to Cusco: Pucara Museum – La Raya – Marangani Buffet Lunch – Raqchi – Andahuaylillas – Cusco Hotel in Cusco (B, L)
  • Day 8
    Full Day Cusco City Tour: 12 Angle Stone – Cathedral – Qoricancha – San Pedro Market – San Blas artist district – San Cristobal – Lunch – White Christ – Sacsayhuaman – Qenko -Puka Pukara – Tambomachay Hotel in Cusco (B, L)
  • Day 9
    Sacred Valley Tour: Awanacancha Llama Farm – Pisac ruins market – Taray Viewpoint – Ollantaytambo Ruins – Urubamba Hotel Sacred Valley (B, L)
  • Day 10
    Chinchero Weaving – Maras Salt Ponds – Moray Circular Terraces Hotel in Sacred Valley (B, L)
  • Day 11
    Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo station – Train to Km 104 – Chachabamba – Wiñay Wayna – Sungate (Inti Punku) – Machu Picchu – Bus to Aguas Calientes Hotel in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu (B, BL)
  • Day 12
    Bus to Machu Picchu – Tour – Bus to Aguas Calientes – Train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station – Cusco Hotel in Cusco (B, L)
  • Day 13
    Depart Cusco – Fly to Lima – Arrive in Lima – Journey to Paracas Hotel in Paracas (B)
  • Day 14
    Tour: Ballestas Islands – Paracas National Reserve Hotel in Paracas (B)
  • Day 15
    Optional Nazca Lines overflight – Ica Wine Tour – Tacama vineyard – Huacachina – Sandboarding + Dune buggy – Lima Hotel in Lima (B)
  • Day 16
    Lima Gourmet Tour – Barranco – Miraflores – Cebiche and Pisco Sour class – Lunch in Huaca Pucllana – Depart Lima – International Flight (B, L)

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Lima, Capital of Peru

Arrive in the Lima airport where our representative will greet you and private transfer to your hotel in Miraflores. If arriving in the evening you will spend the night at the airport hotel or if arriving in the morning or afternoon we will take you to Miraflores.
Hotel in Lima
No meals

Hotel Selection in Lima
3* Manhattan, Casa Andina Standard, Faraona, Runcu
4* Costa del Sol by Wyndham airport hotel, Casa Andina Premium, Dazzler by Wyndham Lima Miraflores, Author, Casa Andina Select, Atemporal, Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels
5* Belmond Miraflores Park, Country Club Lima Hotel, Hotel B

Day 2 Lima – Arequipa – Leisure

We will take you to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. Our representative will greet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Relax and have a leisurely day in the white city of Arequipa, the second largest city of Peru.
Hotel in Arequipa
Breakfast included

Hotel Selection in Lima
3* Casa Andina Standard, Faraona, Tierra Viva, Runcu
4* Casa Andina Premium, Dazzler by Wyndham Lima Miraflores, Author, Casa Andina Select, Atemporal, Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels
5* Belmond Miraflores Park, Country Club Lima Hotel, Hotel B

Day 3 Arequipa City Tour with Juanita Mummy

Enjoy a wonderful day exploring the beautiful city of Arequipa surrounded by mountains and the Misti Volcano. Take a scenic drive to Yanahuara, for a visit to the popular market of Antiquilla, that until today keeps the colonial building style of the «Old Arequipa» and Yanahuara Main Plaza. Appreciate the marvelous views of the city. Then return to the city and visit the monastery of Santa Catalina, which is a sample of four centuries of Arequipa architecture. Tour the main square, one of the most beautiful in Peru, the Jesuit Church of the Company, which on its beautiful facade announces the so-called mestizo architecture, its cloisters, and dome, the house Tristan del Pozo. Finally, visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos for a visit of the ice maiden Juanita mummy of Ampato. Return to your hotel and time at leisure.
Hotel in Arequipa
Breakfast included

Day 4 Arequipa – Colca Canyon Extended 2 Days

This morning we depart Arequipa to the city of Chivay in Colca Canyon. See incredible views of the many volcanoes of Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Stop at the National Reserve of «Salinas y Aguada Blanca», to observe the wild vicuñas in its natural habitat where the altitude will be about 4000 meters. Pass by beautiful natural scenery where you could stop and take pictures. Continue to the village of Callalli where you can do an optional hike of 1.5 hours to the Caves of Mollepunko) to admire carvings and paintings developed by the first inhabitants of the area dedicated to hunting and gathering. Then drive to Sibayo (3850meters), one of the most beautiful villages of Colca Canyon, where most homes are made of stone. Have a typical lunch with a local family. After lunch, we will do a short visit to the village of Tuti, famous for its attractive colonial church. As we get close to the town of Chivay (3,651 meters) admire the stunning multicolor view of the terraces of the Colca Valley. We will arrive in the city of Chivay around 3:30 pm and do a short visit to the plaza before continuing to your hotel.
Hotel in Colca Canyon
Breakfast and lunch included

Optional extra cost:
Calera Hot springs

Day 5 Cruz del Condor – Puno

After a very early breakfast, we depart to the famous «Cruz del Condor» viewpoint. We will have enough time to enjoy the deep majestic Colca Canyon and the powerful condor soaring above the canyon or perched on a rock ready for a picture. Afterward, we will take you for a short walk around the canyon for about 1 hour. On our return to Chivay we will visit the traditional villages of Pinchollo and the «Antahuilque viewpoint», where we will 1,500-year-old terraces. Stop at the look-out point of «Choquetico» and see litomaqueta, a model of the canyon terraces carved on a rock. Continue to Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in 1991 and the village of Yanque with the most beautiful church in the valley. Arrive in the town of Chivay and have lunch on your own. We will transfer you to your hotel in Puno. Hotel in Puno
Breakfast included

Hotel Selection in Puno
3* Casa Andina Standard, Tierra Viva, Plaza Mayor Hotel,
4* Sonesta Posadas del Inka Puno, Casa Andina Premium
5* GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca, Titilaka

Day 6 Lake Titicaca – Taquile – Llachon – Ccappi Uros

7:00 AM Private transfer to the port to board the motorboat and ride the Titicaca waters. Visit the exclusive island side of Taquile walking on the pristine sandy beach and meeting the Taquileños admiring their culture and textile art. Immerse in the serenity of the island by hiking around the island. Enjoy lunch before walking to the other side of the port to continue to the community of Santa Maria -Llachon located on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. We are welcomed by the community people and immediately delve into their culture observing their traditions and magical world. Experience the preparation of «Pachamanca» a traditional way of cooking meat, fish, and potatoes using underground ovens. After lunch, we will go to a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca, and explore UROS Ccapi, considered as the last authentic and less-visited floating islands. After our cultural experience, we will return to Puno.
Hotel in Puno
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 7 Journey from Puno to Cusco by the Sun Route

Inka Express Tourist Bus option AM Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the bus station to board the comfortable tourist bus. Along the Sun Route, you will visit the following incredible places.
Pucara Museum 3900 meters – Here we will observe Pucará style sculptures and multi-colored ceramics used for rituals and domestic.
La Raya 4335 meters – Stand at the highest point between Cusco and Puno where you will observe high peaks as well as rivers born from its hillside that flow towards Cusco and the Sacred Valley and those who flow towards Puno to be tributaries of Lake Titicaca.
Marangani Buffet Lunch – We will stop in Sicuani for lunch and to relax before starting the restarting tour.
Raqchi «Temple of Wiracocha» – The Inca Wiracocha Temple was built in honor of the invisible Superior God.
Andahuaylillas «Sistine Chapel of America» – Visit the church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Tour the inside and you will be surprised by the mesmerizing murals and lavish embellishments such as a gold-leaf altarpiece.
Arrive in Cusco around 5:00 pm, where our staff will greet you and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included

Optional Upgrades Extra Cost: Private transportation to Cusco at your pace and flexible. Perurail Titicaca Train from Puno to Cusco only operates on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Belmond Andean Explorer Luxury Train with a night in an en-suite cabin operates from Puno to Cusco only on Wednesdays.
Consult us for the costs for one of the above.

Hotel Selection in Cusco
3* Ruinas, Maytaq Wasin, Casa Andina Standard Cathedral, Los Portales, Andenes al Cielo
4* Sonesta Cusco, Costa del Sol Ramada, El Mercado, Novotel, Antigua Casona San Blas
5* Inkaterra La Casona, Belmond Monasterio, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Day 8 Full Day Cusco City Tour

AM Stroll the charming city of Cusco admiring the Inca and Colonial architecture. Visit the 12 angle stone and take some pictures before walking up to San Blas the artist district to see the special art. Tour the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas observing the beautiful altars and paintings. Take a nice walk to the Qoricancha Sun Temple which was not only the most sacred site in the Inca belief but was considered the very center of the Inca world. Enjoy a cultural visit of the San Pedro Market where the local people shop.
PM Have a delicious Peruvian lunch. After lunch, the fun and excitement continue. Take a drive above Cusco for a visit of the White Christ where you will take spectacular pictures of the city of Cusco below. Fix your eyes on the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman with its massive, genius built walls which still remain today. Then off to the Qenko ruins which were possibly used for death rituals. Tour the Puka Pukara red fort. Our final visit will take us to Tambomachay the Inca baths possibly once used as a spa for the Inca ruler. Return to Cusco.
Hotel in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 9 Cusco – Sacred Valley – Awanacancha Llama Farm – Pisac ruins market – Taray Viewpoint – Ollantaytambo Ruins – Urubamba

Depart Cusco to the Sacred Valley taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Stop at the Awanacancha Center to see the camelids, alpaca, and llamas. Continue to the Inca ruins of Pisac for a delightful hike to the Inti Watana (Sun Temple), baths, altars, water fountains, and ceremonial platform. Take a drive down to the town of Pisac for a stroll around the colorful handicraft market where you can pick up some souvenirs. Go to the viewpoint of Taray for some terrific pictures. Enjoy a Peruvian lunch in Urubamba. Continue to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo for a walk around the ruins facing the town. Stroll the ancient streets with its Inca design that can still be seen. Return to your hotel and relax.
Hotel in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included

Hotel Selection in the Sacred Valley
3* La Casona Yucay, Tierra Viva, El Albergue
4* Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, Casa Andina Premium, Pakaritampu, Sol y Luna, Aranwa
5* Belmond Rio Sagrado, Tambo del Inka

Day 10 Chinchero Traditional Weaving – Maras Salt Ponds – Moray Circular Terraces

Travel to the rustic town of Chinchero that is higher in altitude than Cusco. Observe an ancient weaving demonstration by the indigenous people with their colorful typical wear. Visit the small adobe colonial chapel built around the 17th century upon the foundations of the Inca Temple. The inside is covered with lovely floral and religious designs. We will have lunch in town. After lunch, drive to the small colonial town of Maras for a walk around the Plaza. Continue driving around the mountain to the magical Salineras, with stunning scenery of the salt ponds staggered down the mountainside in terraces that are maintained and worked by the families of nearby communities. Our next visit takes us to the Moray circular terraces sitting on a high plateau. No one knows for sure what they were used for as there are different hypotheses. Return to your hotel and relax.
Hotel in Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 11 Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Transfer from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo station for the train to Km104 Chachabamba (2150m/7,053ft). Disembark with your guide and walk to the checkpoint to present your passports and permit. The excitement begins ascending at your pace observing the lovely Vilcanota River and cloud forest. We pass a pristine waterfall en route to the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna (2650m/8,694ft). This site is set on a steep hillside overlooking the Vilcanota River, consisting of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures. Here we will enjoy a box lunch in nature. After lunch, we continue for about 1 to 2 hours through cloud forest hiking upwards to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the sacred entrance to Machu Picchu. Soak up the experience and take some pictures of the citadel below before hiking for about 50 minutes there and exiting to take the shuttle bus down toAguas Calientes where you will spend the night in a comfortable hotel. Aguas Calientes Hotel
Breakfast and Box lunch included

Hotel Selection in Aguas Calientes
3*Retama Machu Picchu, Waman, La Cabaña, Hatun Inti Classic, Casa Andina Standard, Jaya Machu Picchu
4* Hatun Inti Boutique, Ferre, El Mapi by Inkaterra, Casa del Sol Machu Picchu
5* Belmond Sanctuary, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Sumaq

Day 12 Machu Picchu Tour – Train ride – Cusco

Early morning shuttle bus to Machu Picchu, a 25-minute ride. Reach the magical Machu Picchu, the place you have waited to visit all your life. Relish in a fantastic historical fun walking tour with your guide of this impressive city of the Incas. Tour the guardhouse, main temples, royal tomb, sacred plaza, and more. After a fabulous time return to town and have lunch before boarding the train to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station. Return to your hotel in Cusco.
Hotel in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included

Optional extra cost:
Add Huayna Picchu if available or Montaña Hike
Upgrade to Hiram Bingham luxury train

Day 13 Cusco – Lima – Paracas

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Arrive in Lima where our staff will greet you to start your journey in private transport or by bus to Paracas. In Paracas Enjoy the hotel amenities.
Hotel in Paracas
Breakfast included

Day 14 Lima – Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Paracas National Reserve

This morning, walk to the nearby port to board the boat for a tour of the Ballestas Islands habitat of sea lions, guaneras, and diverse marine fauna. On route observe the Candelabra engraved on the side of a hill, a geoglyph of rock formation eroded by the sea wind. After a splendid tour from the boat, we return to the port. You could choose to have a tour of the Paracas National Reserve by vehicle or if adventurous by biking, ATV, or mini buggies. Take in the undoubtedly natural scenery that allows you to appreciate the beauty of the place and its varied flora and fauna. The Lagunillas, La Mina, and Mendieta beaches stand out, as well as the Piedra Redonda and Tres Marías islands. After a wonderful time return to your hotel.
Hotel in Paracas
Breakfast included

Optional extra cost:
Tour of Paracas National Reserve by Biking, ATV or Mini buggies
VIP Sunset Dinner in the Desert of Paracas

Day 15 Optional Nazca Lines Over Flight – Ica Wine Tour – Huacachina – Lima

This morning you could choose to do the optional Nazca Lines overflight from the nearby Pisco airport. Travel to Ica for a tour to the vineyards of Tacama known for its fine wine, sparkling wine, and pisco. This vineyard is housed in a 16th-century farm and is the oldest one in Peru. Enjoy lunch in the Tacama Restaurant. Continue to Huacachina for adventure sand boarding and dune buggy on the dunes of the beautiful desert. Return to Lima arriving in the evening.
Hotel in Lima
Breakfast included

Day 16 Lima Gourmet – International Flight

The chef will meet you at your hotel in the morning to start the tasty foody tour. Enjoy great overviews of Lima, the city of Kings. Visit Miraflores and Barranco savoring organic coffee, drinking a fruit smoothie, and fresh fruit at a local market. Enjoy a hands-on cocktail class of Pisco and making a delectable cebiche with a top chef. A great cultural and food tasting tour that ends with a delicious lunch or dinner at the Huaca Pucllana. Return to your hotel. Later in the evening transfer to the airport for your international flight.
Breakfast and lunch included
Add more days to this program: Consult us!

Optional extra cost

  • Larco Museum tour.
  • Pachacamac Tour.
  • Lima City tour.

Included

  • Transfer IN/OUT All cities on program
  • Private transport + Driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Private tours or group tours as specified on the program
  • Meals as per program
  • Entrance tickets: Full Tourist BTG ticket for ruins in the Sacred Valley above Cusco, maras salt ponds, a chapel in Chinchero, ruins, and museum on sun route
  • Lima: 2 nights
  • Arequipa: 2 nights
  • Colca Canyon: 1 night
  • Puno: 2 nights
  • Cusco: 3 nights
  • Sacred Valley: 2 nights
  • Aguas Calientes: 1 night
  • Paracas: 2 nights
  • Permit for KM104 includes Machu Picchu
  • Bus Tickets: One-way bus ticket to Aguas Calientes, Round trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back to town
  • Train: Ollantaytambo to Km104 + Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station
  • Transfer from train station to Cusco
  • Complimentary water 1 bottle per person in Cusco and Sacred Valley during tours
  • All entrance tickets where specified on the program
  • Ica – Sandboarding + Dune buggy

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (highly recommend it)
  • Domestic airfare ( we can book at a lower rate).
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña hike
  • Anything not mentioned in program
  • Nazca Lines overflight.
  • Tips

What to bring

  • Physical Passport
  • Daypack
  • Carryon luggage per person for one night up to 6 kilos (rest of luggage you will leave in hotel storage)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable broken-in walking shoes with good sole grip
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer
  • Light jacket for cool morning or night
  • Rain poncho in case of rain
  • Canteen to refill water
  • Camera
  • Wet wipes
  • Small towel
  • Snacks
  • Personal medicines and first aid items
  • Cash for tipping etc

Prices

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