The first settlers arrived in Peru 20. 000 years ago. The Inca Empire (1.200 AD – 1.500 AD) was the oldest and most important civilization in South America and represents the culmination of a cultural development process that began 5.000 years ago.
Also known as Tahuantinsuyo, the Empire had its origin and capital in Cusco and its domain expanded to Colombia, Chile and Argentina, including the territories of Bolivia and Ecuador as a whole.
The Incas achieved great mastery of their territory and the technique of building large stone-based citadels in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Some examples of this are Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, Sacsayhuamán, among others.
Seductive, shocking and natural, in Cusco, history is alive in its streets, squares, valleys and villages. It amazes its fine engineering of Inca stone that dominates the buildings and enchanting landscapes of the Sacred Valley.
Machu Picchu is an Inca city surrounded by temples, terraces and water channels, built on top of a mountain. Today it is a cultural heritage of humanity because it is recognized as an important political, religious and administrative center of the Inca era and one of the 7 wonders of the world.
Arequipa is governed by its volcanoes that form a wonderful and fertile valley and deep gorges. Arequipa is a place to visit, for its unique food, for its history, for its majestic friendliness.
Legend says that all it has started in Puno, in its lake saw the emergence of Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, founders of the Inca dynasty.
Truth is that, in Puno, every breath will make you part of its history and incredible natural landscapes, such as the beautiful Lake Titicaca, in addition to the warmth of its inhabitants and the bustle of its festivals, dances and rites.
Day 1 – Lima
Arrival at Lima international Airport. Upon arrival, the guide will be waiting with a sign in the disembark area. Arrival at the hotel. Check in. Rest of the day off. Accommodation.
Day 2 – Lima
Breakfast served at the hotel restaurant. In the morning we will take a panoramic tour of the Peruvian capital passing through the pyramid of Pucllana, the Plaza Mayor of Lima, the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and guide visit to the monastery of Santo Domingo. After lunch at the Café del Museo Restaurant we will take a guide tour in the Larco Herrera museum. Back to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 3 – Lima – Arequipa
Breakfast served at the hotel restaurant and transfer to the international airport of Lima Julio Cháves to take the flight to the city of Arequipa. Arrival at Arequipa airport and transfer to the hotel. Check in. Rest of the morning free to acclimatize to altitude. In the afternoon we will visit the Carmen Alto viewpoint, Yanahuara, Church of San Juan Bautista, Basilica of Arequipa, Plaza de Armas and the Church of the Company. Back to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 4 – Arequipa - Colca
Breakfast served at the hotel and transfer to Chivay where we will visit the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, which is located at height ranges from 3,500 to 6,050 meters above sea level. Within this National Reserve it is important to find at least 70 different types of birds, among which the presence of the parihuanas or flamingos and the Andean condor, which is considered the largest flying bird in the world. After lunch we continue visiting the towns of Yanque and Pinchollo. At night dinner and folkloric show. Accommodation.
Day 5 – Colca - Puno
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the Cruz del Cóndor to the Andean Condor viewpoint and visit to the town of Maca. Return to the hotel for lunch and transfer to the city of Puno. About 5 hours on a scenic drive. Accommodation.
Day 6 – Puno
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Lake Titicaca, Uros and Taquile. We will board a speedboat to visit the floating islands of Uros, Isla de Taquile and Plaza de Armas de Taquile. We will have a regional lunch in Taquile and return to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 7 – Puno – Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel and free morning. Lunch and departure to the Chulpas de Sillustani, a funerary complex with a series of impressive tombs belonging to the Kolla culture that developed in the northern part of the peninsula of Lake Umayo, in the town known as Hatuncolla , 33 km from the city of Puno. Transfer to the airport or the bus terminal in the direction of the city of Cusco.
Day 8 – Cusco
Arrival in the city of Cusco and reception by the guide. Transfer to the hotel. Check in and free morning. In the afternoon we will make a Panoramic City Tour of the city of Cusco visiting the Plaza Mayor of the city, the architectural complex of the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), the architectural complex of Kenko, Pucca Pucará, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman. In the evening, welcome dinner with folkloric show. Accommodaton.
Day 9 – Cusco
Breakfast served at the hotel restaurant. In the morning we will take a tour to the Sacred Valley visiting the villages of Pisac, Coya, Lamay, Calca, Yucay Urubamba and Chincheros. After lunch we will take a guided tour of the architectural complex of Ollantaytambo. Return to the city of Cusco. Accommodation.
Day 10 – Cusco
Breakfast served at the hotel restaurant. Transfer to the train station to the city of Aguas Calientes, gateway to the Machu Pichu complex. Lunch served on board the train. Arrival and guided visit to the architectural complex of Machu Pichu. Return to Aguas Calientes with free time to walk through the local craft market. Return by train to the city of Cusco. Accommodation.
Day 11 – Cusco – Lima
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the Cusco Airport and flight to the city of Lima. Arrival in Lima, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free. Accommodation.
Day 12 – Lima – Paracas
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Paracas Bay and free day to enjoy the hotel. In the afternoon, optional walks to fly over the Nasca lines or visit the Paracas National Reserve. Accommodation.
Day 13 – Paracas – Lima
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Chaco pier and tour to the Ballestas Islands. Free afternoon and return to Lima. Accommodation
Day 14 – Lima
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the Lima Airport.
When is the best time to visit Perú?
The best time to visit Peru and Machu Pichu is in the dry season, which takes place between April and October. During these months, the sun shines almost every day. In June and July, daytime temperatures can reach 25 degrees during the day and almost 0 degrees at night.
The high season occurs between May and July, and although it is the season when there are the most tourists, it is also the season where the largest number of festivities are concentrated, such as Inti Raymi (June) or Fiestas Patrias (Julio ).
How is accessibility during the trip?
Lima being the capital of the Country and an important city in South America, accessibility is present in the adaptation of the sites visited. Also, all transfers are made in vehicles adapted for greater comfort.
In other destinations and archaeological complexes, visits are developed with special equipment that allow us to achieve accessibility to the different tourist attractions.
How many days is it advisable to visit Perú?
With this program we have included most important destinations within Perú. Program can be adjust according time available.
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The visits and some of the tours are done with a mountain chair.
This program can be adapted for users of motorized wheelchairs.
Transfers are done with adapted vehicles.
Vaccines: It is highly recommended to have the yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before the date of travel. Although Peru is a country at risk of contamination by yellow fever, it is not mandatory to present the vaccination certificate.