Peru Highlights Tours – 12 Days
The perfect journey that ensure you will visit the most important highlights of Peru. It starts from the coast and capital Lima, and then takes you to the “White City” Arequipa as you make your way to the Colca Canyon and then end up in the Titicaca Lake to learn more of its communities’ lifestyle […]
PERU HIGHLIGHTS TOURS – 12 DAYS
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Once you have arrived at Lima airport, you will be greeted by a View Peru representative who will transfer you at your hotel, and the way or at 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 of Lima and its delicious gastronomy at your leisure.
LIMA – CITY TOUR (B)
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 fast-paced and will definitely challenge your expectations of it after you scratch the surface. Along your English-speaking guide who will give you a deep explanation about its abundant history and its modern significance you will immersed 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 evening to explore the city at your own pace to appreciate its famed culinary scene and nightlife.
LIMA – AREQUIPA (B)
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 you a View Peru 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.
AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON (B)
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 of the valley. Here, you can enjoy a free afternoon in the Colca Canyon. We highly recommend you to spend sometime of this afternoon in the hot springs in town.
COLCA CANYON – PUNO (B)
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 over flying 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 to Puno’s bus terminal you will be greeted by our company representative and then transferred to your hotel
TITICACA LAKE (B, L)
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 lake shore. 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 tours follows we will head toward Taquile where you will experience the lifestyle of the locals that has remain 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.
PUNO – CUZCO (B)
After a full breakfast at your hotel, a View Peru representative will take you to the bus station for you to board the touristy coach to Cusco. This is one of the most beautiful routes in Peru as you will go through the Altiplano a wise plateau well knows 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 View Peru representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel to rest for the night.
HORSEBACK RIDING CUSCO CITY RUINS (B)
Our adventure today will take us to the experience the beauty of the mountains surrounding Cusco and the nearby ruins that lay in the outskirts of Cusco. After we pick you up from your hotel we will take you to the ranch where you will meet your companion of the day…your beautiful and calm Peruvian horse. Our first step, will be visiting the massive fortress of Saqsayhuaman located right above Cusco. Following by the sacred sanctuary of Qenqo, where it is believed that the Incas mummified their death.
As we move forward we will encounter Puca Pucara which means red fortress in English and later Tambomachay well known as the batch of the Incas because it’s a beautiful construction that includes three baths that was used to conceit the Inca elite when traveling. Once there you will have the opportunity to explore the ruins at your leisure and take as many pictures as you wish, the surroundings and landscapes are stunning.
Once this experience has been completed, we will then head back to the city as we take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore of the magical Cusco at your leisure. We highly recommend take a walk by the main square and enjoy of Cusco nightlife.
SACRED VALLEY (B, L)
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 Sunday 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 s explaining of your guide. After lunch time, 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.
MACHU PICCHU (B)
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 are 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 wonder 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 later on board the train back to the train station from there a representative will be waiting to transfer you back to Cusco.
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.
HUMANTAY LAKE (B, L)
Today the day rise bright and early, as we will pick you up from your hotel, and then drive for about 2 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 the Apus 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.
TRANSFER OUT (B)
After you have enjoyed breakfast at your hotel, a View Peru 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.
- 11 Nights in our list of handpicked hotels
- Professional English-speaking tour guide in all the excursion along the tours
- Round Trip Standard Train Tickets
- One-way touristy coach ticket from Cusco to Puno
- 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.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
- International and domestic flights and airport taxes
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
- Personal expenses
- Meals not indicated
- Travel insurance
- Visa and related expenses.
- If you would like to climb to Huayna 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.
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