Discover the world’s second deepest canyon and spectacular Machu Picchu

Very good combination between nature, archeological and local living in only 11 days.

Visit the fascinating "White City" of Arequipa, experiences the majestic giant condors soaring overhead at Cruz del Condor in the beautiful Colca Canyon the world’s second deepest chasm, before traveling on to Cusco, the Capital of the Inca civilization. Discover Cusco, city of blue sky, thick clouds and the great religious center of Sacsayhuaman and the magical Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit the Pisaq market and the unique archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, tour the city of the Incas and discover the citadel that centuries later would become one of the Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu.

Choosing this tour, you will not only be enjoying the wonders that this tour offers you, but you will also be supporting the sustainability and the economic improvement of the farmers living in high Andean communities of Peru. Because part of our profits is destined to support our nonprofit projects Colors of Peru, this project supports building rustic houses in the Andes of Cusco.

Travelers who wish to visit one of the projects, choose your community and ask your Travel Advisor to add 1 or 2 days to your initial itinerary.

In this program we will take you through the following destinations:

* In Arequipa: You will have your own Exploration

* In Colca Canyon: You will visit one of the deepest canyons that exist in the World at 0.6 miles in depth, In Cruz del Condor, keep on the eye, here you will appreciate the flight of Andean Condors, one of the largest birds of prey in the world.

* In Titicaca Lake: you will witness the traditional local living experience, here you will interact with farmers in Luquina Community, next day enjoy your visit to Titicaca lake through a kayaking tour.

* In Cusco: Walkthrough its narrow streets built with Inca stones at the base and with colonial balconies, a living museum. Today on your own.

* In the Sacred Valley: We will take you to the Ancient town of Pisac and ruins, Stunning agricultural experimental center of Moray, Salineras (salt mines) in Maras Town, the Impressive Ollantaytambo Inca Site.

* In Rainbow Mountain: To reach the top of this mountain, we will take the less crowded trail to avoid the crowd, also we will have the best views of the landscape.

* In Machu Picchu: Witness the glory of ancient Peru in Machu Picchu in the company of your expert local Guide

Itinerary:

  • Day1 - Arrival in Arequipa any time

    exciting peru experience, group peru tours

    On your landing in Arequipa, you will be welcomed by our staff with a sign of Go Get Peru and your name, then you will be escorted to your hotel located in the city center, today no planned activities. If you arrive in the morning use the rest of the day to walk through the main plaza with colonial buildings, then 30 or 40 minutes walking from the main plaza you can reach Yanahuara neighborhood, and have a sensational view of Arequipa and its volcano Misti.

    • Hotel: In Arequipa - Casa de Avila or similar
    • Meals Included: None
  • Day2 - Colca Canyon Tour: Arequipa - Chivay with Overnight

    Today after breakfast at the hotel we set out Colca Canyon Excursion by Chivay village. Feast your eyes on the magnificent views of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes as you draw near National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”. Upon reaching the reserve you can witness the wild Vicuñas, Llamas and Alpacas in their natural habitat. Our exploration continues to wasi (3800m/12460ft) where you will take pleasure in the natural rock formations with the Misti and Chachani volcanoes behind you. We will ascend further to a mountainous and splendid 4500m/14,760ft. height, passing “Tocra” on the way. The “highlight” of the tour will be “Pata Pampa” where you will stand at 4820m/15,810ft. Approaching the Chivay town (3651m/11,978ft.), you will be amazed at Colca Valley’s multicolored terraces. After lunch optional visit to La Calera hot springs, or just relax in your hotel.

    • Hotel: In Chivay - Yanque - Casona Plaza Eco lodge or similar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast in the hotel, Lunch
  • Day3 - Chivay – Colca Valley – Condor Cross – Bus to Puno

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    The second day in Colca, after breakfast we will drive to Cross of the Condor, where you can see the largest Andean flying condors (largest in the western hemisphere). Then we will move on to visit Colca Valley in Cruz del Cóndor. This is the second deepest canyon on earth. Along the way back to Chivay we will have the chance to see the town of Pinchollo; as well as the “Antahuilque watching point” to view a marvelous terrace built 1500 years ago by the Collagua civilization. Another stopover will be at viewpoints “Choquetico” and “Tumbas colgantes” which means ‘hanging tombs’. Our tour will progress with visits to the towns of Maca (shaken by an earthquake in 1991) and Yanque where you can see the most beautiful church of the valley. After arriving in Chivay again you can enjoy a hearty lunch at a local eatery. After we will take the bus to Puno journey will take around 6 hours. Upon arrival, reception, and transfer to your Hotel.

    • Hotel: In Puno - Casona Plaza Puno or similar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast in the Hotel, Lunch
  • Day4 - Puno – Taquile Island – Lunch – Luquina community Homestay

    Pick up from your hotel at around 07:00 am, we depart early by motorboat. Only 30 minutes ride we will reach Uros Floating Islands, an ancient people living on a series of artificial islands made from totora reed that grows in the lake itself. They are made by weaving the totora to form a natural mat, where the reeds grow the thickest. They build their homes on top and cook in the open air to prevent fires. After an hour you will continue to the island of Taquile, along the way, we will have some Aymara language lessons & more. We will arrive at this unique place in the most secluded section of the island. Apart from it being the least visited sector of Taquile Island, there is also a pristine sandy beach to enjoy. We will have at least 3 hours to explore this paradise including a 1-hour soft and gradual hike along a pre-Inca pathway with breathtaking landscapes. while members of the community show us their dances, textiles and other unique cultural expressions. Once we arrive the members of the community of Taquile will show us their dances, textiles and other unique cultural expressions, then we will continue to Luquina to enjoy our organic Lunch (Pachamanca the traditional food of the island). Then one of the members of the family in Luquina will escort you to the family house where you will spend the night, there we are welcomed by the friendly inhabitants and accommodated in a local family homestay. Take some time to learn about the local culture and in the late afternoon there is an optional hike to the top of a nearby hill for an unforgettable Titicaca sunset. After dinner enjoy a small celebration with traditional music and dances. Overnight at the Homestay; It has basic but comfortable facilities, good mattresses, blankets & sheets, sheets, clean toilet.

    • Overnight: In Luquina Community - Homestay
    • Meals Included: Breakfast in the hotel, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day5 - Kayaking in Luquina – Lunch – Puno

    After having breakfast at your family house, at around 9 am we will start walking to the base camp, at around 9:30 am we will begin with the security briefing and basic paddling instructions and help us the get on properly the kayak gear, flotation device, etc. Then we start paddling towards the tip of the Peninsula of Chucuito, from here it is possible to distinct the high Bolivian snow-capped mountains at the other side of the Lake. Enjoying the cool lake breeze we continue paddling and at 11:30 am. reach a pristine sandy beach at the community of Karina. short break to enjoy the spectacular views. Then we start paddling again back to our base camp of Luquina, finally, we will walk to the family house, where the family will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch, later on, the boat will pass to pick you up and return back to Puno.

    • Hotel: In Puno - Casona Plaza or similar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast with the Family, Lunch
  • Day6 - Bus Puno to Cusco with Guided Tour

    Breakfast in the hotel and private transfer to the bus station, bus departs Puno at 07:00 am, then enjoy the landscape while traveling by bus to Cusco. Along the way, you will stop in la Raya to take a short break, and enjoy the view to the snow mountain, and also we will stop in Sicuani town for our lunch in a local restaurant. Two more interesting places to visit still await us on this trip to Cusco, we visit Raqchi the Wiracocha Temple and have the guided tour, then Andahuaylillas chapel, known as the Sistine Chapel of América, finally at around 5: pm arrival to Cusco and private transfer to your hotel.

    • Hotel: In Cusco - El Balcon or similar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast in the hotel, Lunch
  • Day7 - Free day in Cusco on your own

    Today after breakfast in your hotel you can visit the neighborhood of San Blas, with its artisans.

    There are other interesting places that you should not miss.

    *The Cathedral of Cusco, the first Catholic church ordered to build on 1559

    *The Temple of the Sun (known as Koricancha) on which the Santo Domingo Convent was built.

    *San Pedro local fruit market; Interact with the local vendors, colorful fabrics, flower vendors and shaman stalls; see the real life of the townsfolk.

    * Walk to Sacsayhuaman fortress, from where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman boasts impressive Incan design and artwork with massive stones over 9 meters (30 feet) tall and weighing up to 125 tons.

    • Hotel: In Cusco - El Balcon or similar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast in the hotel
  • Day8 - Super Sacred Valley: Pisac, Moray, Salineras, Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

    Pick up at 7:30 a.m. Then you will continue to the picturesque town of Pisac, in about 50 minutes driven we will arrive at this town, short ride 25 more minutes up to Pisac archeological site. Here you will participate in the guided tour, visiting all its holy places including terraces, aqueducts, paths that are associated with walls and gates, water channels, cemeteries, bridges, etc. After we will continue to Pisac local Market where you can purchase beautifully crafted products hand-made by the locals. From there, you'll head to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. Then you will start your descent into a gorge where terraces, this time holding salt deposits, are visible. These salt terraces have been uninterruptedly in use since Pre Inca times. Your next destinations will be the remains of Ollantaytambo Fortress and the Temple of the Sun, a mysteriously built structure with a massive 12 foot (3.5m) tall stones. In the afternoon we will take the train to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town

    • Hotel: In Aguas Calientes - Flowers House or similar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast in the hotel, Lunch
  • Day9 - Machu Picchu Tour – Back to Cusco

    Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, and you will participate in a guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the most important preserved Intihuatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows. Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain; from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more, amazing being high and distant (not included in the price): In the afternoon you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo station, private transfer to Cusco

    • Hotel: In Cusco - El Balcon or similar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast in the Hotel
  • Day10 - Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain + Red Valley

    the famous rainbow mountain + red valley

    Early Pick up from your Cusco hotel at 04:30 am. We leave for the rainbow mountain; after 3 hours and 30 minutes driving accompanied by a spectacular panoramic view with canyons, native villages, alpacas and llamas grazing in the mountains we will arrive at the starting point of our hike which is over 4500 meters. We will prepare our day backpacks and snacks, then we need only 1-hour hike to reach this famous mountain, on the top of the mountain it is quite cold because it runs icy winds, so I recommend bring a warm jacket, wool hat and gloves if you want to appreciate the beauty of the mountain without any discomfort.

    We have around 30 - 50 minutes to enjoy the beauty of this stunning place. You have two highlights in front of you. A panoramic view towards the Vinicunca mountain with its natural spectacular colors, then when turning 180 degrees, you will have the sight of the prominent snowy mountain of Ausangate. Then 30 more minutes hike to reach the impressive red valley, which is located behind the Rainbow Mountain. You will simply fall in love with this place, it is a natural wonder, that you will not believe it exists. After taking photos, we will hike downhill to the point we started. As soon as we arrive at the foot of the mountain we relax a few minutes before our car will bring us to the local restaurant for our lunch, then back to Cusco.

    • Hotel: In Cusco - El Balcon or similar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lucnh
  • Day11 - Departure from Cusco

    Breakfast in the hotel; according to your flight schedule pick up from your hotel and transfer to Cusco airport, then continue to your next destination – Adios Cusco.



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