In the Footsteps of the Incas, Starting at US$1999
10 Day Lima | Nazca | Arequipa | Colca Canyon | Cusco | Sacred Valley |  Machu Picchu | Puno and Lake Titicaca

DAY 1 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 organization of your Peru trip.

Meals Included: None.

DAY 2 Nazca Lines

The Nazca lines are a series of geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert, a high arid plateau that stretches more than 80 km (50 miles) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa. These are largely believed to have been created by the Nazca culture between 200 BC and AD 700. There are hundreds of individual figures, ranging in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks or orcas, llamas, and lizards. The exact reason the figures were built remains a mystery...

Early morning transfer from your hotel in Lima to bus station (4:00AM). We board the First Class Bus with destiny to Nazca, arrival at 10AM approximately. Over flight of the Nazca Lines. At a convenient time, board tour bus from Nazca to Arequipa. Reception in Arequipa and transfer to hotel.

PLEASE ASK ABOUT OUR OPTIONAL OVERNIGHT IN NAZCA AND VISIT TO THE PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE.

DAY 3 Arequipa and Colca

Early in the morning flight to Arequipa, reception and continue after breakfast, by land on your excursion towards the Colca Valley driving across Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, habitat of herds of Vicuñas and stopping at the Mirador de los Andes, the Crater of Chucura, the Mirador de Chivay, where beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas can be observed. The highest point of the road is at 4350 m.a.s.l. Arrival to the Town of Chivay at 13:00hrs. approx. Transfer to your selected Lodge. Box lunch. In the afternoon free time to visit Hot Spring Thermal and Medicinal Baths.

Meals Included: Breakfast and box lunch

DAY 4 Condor`s Cross / Colca Canyon / Return to Arequipa

Early in the morning departure to the "Condor's Cross" from where the great Andean bird, the Condor, may be spotted flying in circles above still farmed green pre-Hispanic terraces. Enjoy the impressive panorama of the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the World (3,180 mts.).

On the way back to Chivay, visit to the Mirador of Chinina, where we will find the famous Hanging Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón that joins the Town of Yanque with Coporaque. At the Town of Yanque, visit its beautiful church and its characteristic cobbled stone streets among other attractions. To have spectacular views of the Colca Valley, we will drive to the observation points of Choquetipo and Artahuilque and also to the Town of Maca.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the City of Arequipa, arriving at 18:00hrs. approx. Overnight at selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 5 Morning flight to Cusco

Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take flight to Cusco. Meet upon arrival and transfer to your selected Hotel. Rest and adapt to altitude.

Optional Cusco City Tour
Open morning and In the afternoon, we will visit the City of Cusco on a guided sightseeing tour 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, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel

DAY 6 Cusco - Sacred Valleys of the Incas

Early morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch.

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 in 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 era of the Inca Empire. On our way back to Cusco we stop of at the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero to visit the ruins of the Royal Hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. We will admire a well-preserved Inca Wall in the Main Square, and visit the beautiful Colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes in the portico. Late afternoon return to your selected Hotel for overnight.

Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square.

Note: The visit to the Village of Chinchero depends on the time available. Pisac Market only Tuesdays Thursdays and Sundays.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel

Note: When operational or technical reasons obligate the Train Operator to relocate the clients onto the Sacred Valley-Aguas Calientes train service or viceversa, Best Peru Tours will provide all transfers needed to the train station in the Sacred Valley in order to board the train to Aguas Calientes or viceversa.

DAY 7 Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

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 followed 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 in Machu Picchu.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel

DAY 8 Machu Picchu Second Day - 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 Springs Thermal waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities: (not included in the overall tour price).  Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the second time.

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 travelers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as a geological miracle.

Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel

DAY 9 Cusco - Puno “The Route of the Sun” by Bus

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 herd’s 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 countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region. Afternoon arrival in Puno and transfer to your selected Hotel. Evening free. Overnight at selected Hotel in Puno.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Typical Lunch

DAY 10 Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of the 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 fiber of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. In the afternoon, return to Puno and night flight to Lima arriving after 11pm.

PLEASE ASK ABOUT OUR OVERNIGHT IN LIMA OPTION

Meals Included: Breakfast

END OF SERVICES

PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, STARTING AT US$1999

  • All taxes (except airport tax US$6 and international flight taxes US$71.70)
  • Arequipa - Cusco In-country airfare
  • Juliaca ( Puno) - Lima In-country airfare
  • 1 night in Lima at Ferre Hotel. Miraflores. Lima
  • 1 night in Arequipa at Casa Andina Hotel or similar
  • 1 night in Colca at Casa Andina Hotel or similar
  • 4 nights in Cusco at Samay Hotel or similar
  • 1 night in Aguas Calientes at Inti Punku Hotel or similar
  • 1 night in Puno at La Hacienda Hotel or similar
  • Transportation to the visitor sites
  • 1- day entrance to the visitor sites
  • 1-day bus ride and entrance to Machu Picchu ( please add US$75 for second day bus and entrance)
  • Transportation from and back to the airports
  • Local certified bilingual guides
  • Train tickets Cusco Machupicchu via Backpackers train service (please add US$60 for round trip Vista Dome train)
  • Tour bus from Cusco to Puno (plane or train trip available at additional US$150 per person)
  • Tour bus from Nazca to Arequi[pa (flight options from Lima to Arequipa available)
INSURANCE INCLUDED IN TRIP (*)
Trip Cancellation UP TO US$500 PER PERSON (additional coverage available at low cost)
Trip Interruption UP TO US$500 PER PERSON (additional coverage available at low cost)
Emergency Medical/Dental Coverage $10,000
Emergency Medical Transportation $50,000
Baggage Coverage $500
Baggage Delay $100
Travel Delay $150
24-Hour Hotline Assistance Included

(*) Courtesy trip cancellation or trip interruption insurance up to US$500 per person unless additional coverage requested and purchased by client, Additional coverage is available at additional cost. Insurance provided by Access America under their rules and regulations. Valid for US citizens only. International flights, individual tours and treks are excluded. Insurance not available for residents of Washington State. Peru Travel and Tours, LLC is not obligated to purchase an insurance policy nor liable if a policy is declined by client. Peru Travel and Tours, LLC is not obligated to compensate in any way if a policy is not purchased or can not be purchased.

In the Footsteps of the Incas

10 Day Lima | Nazca | Arequipa | Colca Canyon | Cusco | Sacred Valley |
Machu Picchu | Puno and Lake Titicaca
  
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