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12 Days / 11 Nights
Lima
Machu Picchu
Min Age : 10

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Best Peru vacation packages. Get a perfect tour to live in the Cosmopolitan capital of the country, with its beauties; to continue knowing great cities with their main attractions and histories, sharing with its communities and their lifestyles, and to end with the Inca Empire with its world marvel, Machupicchu

Itinerary

Day 1LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN!

Peru and its capital city Lima will show you the beginning of an incredible adventure with very many differences.  Let’s embark on this unique experience

Once you have arrived at Lima airport, you will be greeted by a Peru & U representative who will transfer you to your hotel, on the way to your hotel you will be given a briefing and overview of your itinerary and the answers to the questions you may have.

The rest of the day is for you to explore Lima and its delicious gastronomy at your leisure.

Day 2LIMA – CITY TOUR (B)

Lima, the city of kings or Lima the grey city; whatever they call this beautiful city, Lima is a very important city that will captivate you

Once you have finished breakfast, you will be introduced to the many sides of Lima, Peru’s modern capital and its largest city. This multifaceted city contains contrasts of modern, colonial, and ancient elements which is actually a quite fair representation of Peru.

Lima is exhilarating, as most cities are fast-paced and will definitely challenge your expectations of it after you scratch the surface. Along with your English-speaking guide who will give you a deep explanation about its abundant history and its modern significance you will immerse in Lima’s colonial history and Spanish roots visiting the Cathedral, the Main Square, and the Catacombs in San Francisco Covent.

This contrasts the sites of the residential and trendy areas of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you will see modern Lima at its finest.

After the tour, you will have a free day to explore the city at your own pace to appreciate its famed culinary scene and nightlife.

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Day 3LIMA – AREQUIPA (B)

Start discovering Arequipa; the second most important and most populated city in Peru, it is also called White City because of its architecture, built with white volcanic stone, called sillar…and what a food!!

After breakfast, and at the most suitable time you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Arequipa.

The white city as people call it is simply gorgeous and consider the most beautiful city in Peru. Upon arrival, a Peru & U representative will transfer you to your hotel. The afternoon will be yours to explore the city on your own or relax to get used to the higher altitude of Arequipa (2,335masl, 7,661ft) in comparison to Lima.

Day 4AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON (B)

Live this incredible experience knowing the deepest canyon in the world.  The route will cross through beauty and special places

Today we must rise early to start with our adventure ahead as we pick you up from your hotel to start with this amazing program of two days in the Colca Canyon tour.

On the way, you will ascend to the Pampa de Cañahuas National Reserve, a vast area where you will have the chance to watch wild llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and more in their natural habitat. After a few more hours on this beautiful route, you could get a glimpse of the Colca Valley as we will begin our descent.

By the afternoon you will be dropped off at your hotel in Chivay, which is the most important and biggest village in the valley. Here, you can enjoy a free afternoon in the Colca Canyon. We highly recommend you to spend some time this afternoon in the hot springs in town.

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Day 5COLCA CANYON – PUNO (B)

What a day do we have now! From the depths and unique views towards the plateau traveling en route cute little towns and very different customs

An early awakening awaits us, as today we must head towards the deepest part of the canyon, called Cruz del Condor. The Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the whole world, it is actually twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the US and also rich on pre-Incan history.

The endless view from this point is breathtaking and it is likely you will be able to watch condors overflying the Canyon. They are most active from April to October but can be seen throughout the whole year.

After a short walk along the deep canyon, we must return to Chivay from where you will take a touristy coach to Puno, the ride will last around 6 hours. Upon arrival at Puno’s bus terminal, you will be greeted by our company representative and then transferred to your hotel.

Day 6TITICACA LAKE (B, L)

This is a day of feelings and knowing.  Today we will be in one of the highest lakes in the world visiting communities with beautiful customs

Today, after you have enjoyed a wholesome breakfast you will spend a full day on the sparkling Lake Titicaca which is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest in South America.

The lake is famous for its distinct culture and reed floating islands originating from communities seeking refuge from enemy villages on the lakeshore. Firstly, we will stop on your boat tour at the amazing floating reed island of the community of Uros. Here the members will welcome you and teach you how they built their islands and take you on a reed boat ride. As the tour follows we will head toward Taquile where you will experience the lifestyle of the locals that has remained the same for centuries, relying on small-scale agriculture and animals for a simple life of sustainable subsistence.

Your guide will lead you around the island explaining more about its customs and history and you will enjoy a traditional lunch made from products grown in the area. From Taquile, by the afternoon you will be brought back to Puno after having this heartwarming experience.

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Day 7PUNO – CUZCO (B, L)

And from the plateau and beautiful views to the navel of the world.  Cusco is the center of Inca culture; now is your opportunity to discover all what you have expected. Welcome to Cusco!

After a full breakfast at your hotel, a Peru & U representative will take you to the bus station for you to board the tourist Bus to Cusco. This is one of the most beautiful routes in Peru as you will go through the Altiplano a wise plateau well known due to its high altitude and its massive extension that covers parts of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile.

On the way, we will do various stops to make the most of the journey for instance museums, Inca ruins, and small cultural villages which also gives you a chance to stretch your legs.

We will even stop at the highest point of the route at a dizzying altitude of 4319m and you will have the opportunity to take amazing photos. Once we have arrived at Cusco, another Peru & U representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel to rest for the night.

Day 8SACRED VALLEY (B, L)

Let’s have an incredible day in an important site of the Inca Empire because of its naturally rich soil; let’s get to know this beautiful reality in complete connection with the nature

After you have enjoyed breakfast, you will be picked and taken to the precious Sacred Valley.

Our first visit will be the archaeological ruins of Pisaq and village, where we will stop by the craft market that lays in the main plaza.

This peculiar market stays busy on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays and the locals sell colorful woven cloth, alpaca wool, reproductions of ancient jewelry, engraved gourds, and more. As we then follow the Urubamba river as we will head toward the Ollantaytambo fortress and impressive construction surrounded by mountains creating fascinating landscapes. After lunchtime, you will be taken to the Ollantaytambo Train Station for you to board your train to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town. Once there the rest of the evening is to explore this small and cheerful city at your leisure.

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Day 9MACHU PICCHU (B)

Day of the jewel of the trip. Our emotions are going to be at their maximum; today is the day to know one of the wonders of the world. Get ready for one of the best experiences of your life

Today we must rise early as the highlight of any trip to South America has come. We will take you for 30 min ride by bus that will take you to the Machu Picchu entrance. Once there you will be amazed immediately by this remarkable Pre-Colombian city left by the Incas.

The sync between the cultural and natural surroundings is simply perfect and along with your guide, you will discover and understand a little more of the secrets and theories of this gorgeous citadel. After your guided tour, you will have the time to wander around its terraces and passages that will have you enchanted all day and capture the moment with beautiful pictures.

After a long day of exploring this lost city, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to the Cusco train station, from there a representative will be waiting to transfer you back to the hotel.

Once in Cusco by the evening, you will have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore the cobblestone streets of this magical city.

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Day 10HUMANTAY LAKE (B, L)

Experiences, colors, expressions, and much more than you could wish for. Live a beautiful day in a majestic lagoon

Today the day rises bright and early, as we will pick you up from your hotel, and then drive for about 2.5 hours until we reach small village of Mollepata, once we have arrived you will be served a warm breakfast to gain your energy for the day. Afterwards we will head towards Soraypampa, which is the start point of the Salkantay Trek. The first see you would notice is the stunning views, if the sky is clear enough then you will be able to see the breathtaking Salkantay and Humantay Apus.

These two are the mountain guardians of the Slakantay Pass. The hike takes about hour and a half until we reach the lake in a tranquil pace as the tour has a moderate to challenging difficult, but all that will be forgotten as you lay eyes on the emerald waters and blue sky reflecting on the lake.

You may consider (for an extra cost) renting a horse instead of hiking up to the lake if you not feel like walking. Once there you will have enough time to take amazing pictures, make an offering to Mother Earth, and for the bravest ones even swim, of course if the weather allows it. After a break, we will start the descending back to Saraypampa, surely easier than the way up. Once in Soraympampa a rewarding lunch await you, and after a very well deserved time for resting, we must return back to Cusco. The rest of the evening is yours to explore.

Day 11RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (B, L)

Discover one of the icons of Perú, the famous Vinicunca Rainbow mountain, ready to reach the 5000 masl?

Today our day starts early as our hike begins to Vinicunca as we pick you up from your hotel around 5:30 am and it is relatively short and gentle to reach the marked viewpoints, but at altitude requires some effort on the inclines.

It contrasts with the Rainbow Mountain tour which has a very challenging uphill ascent. The walk at Vinicunca is broken up by the various views, including the peak mountains and panoramic views of the Red Valley. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a delicious lunch until is time to return back to Cusco at around 5 pm.

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Day 12TRANSFER OUT (B)

Oh no… you will never want to leave Cusco, but the moment has come, carrying full and great memories with you

After you have enjoyed breakfast at your hotel, a Peru & U representative will take you to the airport at the most opportune time and according to your flight schedule, for you to board the plane to Lima and connect with your international flight.

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Arrival Location

Jorge Chavez, Lima Airport

Arrival Time

It depends on the arrival time of your flight. We suggest arriving on morning or afternoon flights.

Price Includes

  • 11 Nights in our list of handpicked hotels.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide in all the excursion along the tours.
  • One-way touristy coach Bus from Puno to Cusco.
  • Round Trip Standard Train Tickets.
  • Meals Indicated on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All entrance fees and permits.
  • All overland transfers, tours, and activities indicated as in shared services.

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes.
  • Huayna Picchu Entrance Fee.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Meals not indicated.
  • Gratuities.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visa and related expenses.

Suggestions & Restrictions

  • If you would like to climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, please take in mind that is an unguided hike and require and additional cost. If you are interested, please consult with your travel specialist as we need to check availability far in advance.
  • Train stations and train schedules are subject to availability, also due to rainy season Poroy train station is closed from January to April of each year.

What to Expect

  • EXPERTISE We have a expert team of travel specialists, who have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation. Between them, they have visited nearly every corner of Peru and Bolivia.
  • FLEXIBILITY We curate truly individual travel experiences for our clients according to their budget. Peru & U approach leaves our travellers with unforgettable memories.
  • 24/7 ASSISTANCE In every stage of your holiday, from the inception to conclusion, a Peru & U hand will be there to guide you.
  • MONITORING Peru & U is will monitore all your experiences durinf your trip on Peru and Bolivia, To ensures a seamless holiday experience.

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