Peru Highlights Tour – 11 Days
DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL
A View Peru staff member will be waiting for your arrival at the Lima airport, from where they will transport you to the hotel of your choice. Any questions you have will be answered and you will be briefed on your itinerary by your assistant. You have the evening to relax in your hotel to prepare yourself for the exciting tour ahead.
DAY 2: CITY TOUR LIMA (B, L)
Today you will be brought on a city tour of Lima, Peru’s capital as well as most modern and largest city. Lima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 and it is a great introduction to Peru as it has drastic contrasts between modernity and its ancient and colonial heritage. An English-speaking guide will bring you to various colonial and modern sites throughout this sprawling city. Visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral, and the Catacombs in the San Francisco Covenant you will be immersed in the city’s rich colonial past. Contrastingly, next you will visit the hip residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro where you will see the modern face of Peru with the various high end shopping malls, eateries, and bars. After the tour, you have the afternoon and night free to further explore and enjoy the thriving nightlife of Lima.
DAY 3: AREQUIPA (B)
After breakfast in Lima, you will be transferred to the airport for your quick flight to the Southern city of Arequipa, noted as Peru’s most beautiful city. You will have the afternoon at your leisure to visit numerous colonial buildings, archeaological sites, as well as the Misti Mountain keeping watch over Peru’s most beautiful city. You can spend hours wandering along the streets admiring the gorgeous white washed buildings and peaceful atmosphere.
DAY 4: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON (B)
After breakfast at your Arequipa hotel you will begin you journey to the Colca Canyon. On the drive you will pass groups of wild alpacas and vicuñas in their natural habitat, in addition to vast views of gorgeous rural scenery. After a while of driving you will arrive in the main town of the canyon called Chivay, where you will spend the night. The afternoon and evening are free to explore this quaint town and to experience the down to earth locals with their gorgeous woven clothing.
DAY 5: COLCA CANYON – PUNO (B, L)
An early rise and breakfast to start you Colca Canyon tour. We will go to various lookout points to view the second deepest canyon in the world in all of its glory. It is likely that you will see the famous powerful condor flying closely overhead as it surfs on the thermal winds of the canyon. After a short walk along the canyon, you will start travelling again towards Puno. You will arrive in the lakeside city of Puno in the evening, when you should rest to get used to the extremely high altitude of the area.
DAY 6: ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA (B, L)
Following breakfast in your Puno hotel, you will be transported to the port to begin your exciting adventure on the highest navigable lake in the world – Lake Titicaca! Your tour will start by bringing you to the floating islands of Uros where a local guide will show you how they made these islands out of reed platforms no more than 30-40cm thick! The communities moved onto the lake to avoid violent communities on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You will also get a short ride in one of the local handcrafted reed canoes that they have conitnued to use for centuries. From Uros, you will continue to the island of Taquile where you will be greeted by locals dressed in their gorgeous traditional woven clothing. Here you will get a guided tour of the island, followed by a traditional lunch from the lake itself. From Taquile you will be transported back to your Puno hotel where you should enjoy an amazing dinner watching the sunset over the sparkling lake.
(OPTIONAL: It is possible to stay overnight on one of the islands with a family homestay in one of their rustic homes. This is an incredible, highly recommended opportunity to see the real life on the island and make connections with locals).
DAY 7: PUNO – CUSCO (B)
Today you will take the tourist bus from Puno to Cusco, which is a great journey because it makes mulitple stops along the way. You will get to stop at museums, cultural villages, pre-Inca ruins, and at a great restaurant for lunch. This amazing drive takes you across the Peruvian Altiplano, a high-altitude plain that extends between Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina showing you vast views and local flora and fauna. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be picked up and brought to your hotel in the historic center of the city. You have the evening free to explore the dining and nightlife options of the ancient Inca capital.
DAY 8: CUSCO – Taray (B)
After breakfast and the chance to relax in your hotel for a bit, you will be brought on a walking tour of the ancient capital of the Incas – Cusco. This city is small enough that it can easily be explored thoroughly by foot, and walking around gives you the chance to experience the incredible culture and history on every inch of these city streets. Your English-speaking guide will bring you to various sites, including the Cathedral and Korincancha (Temple of the Sun) which is a colonial building built ontop of an Inca temple. The tour also brings you to the bustling San Pedro Market where you can get a real view of Cuscquanian life as you watch locals buy everything from vegetables to cow hearts. In the afternoon you will visit a development project in the Sacred Valley where you have the opportunity to give back to the local community. You will be transferred to a town called Taray, just across the Urubamba River from Pisac, yet far off the tourist map. This picturesque Sacred Valley town retains its traditional ways of life, most of the families making a living farming off of the land as their ancestors have been for centuries. In 2010 horrible floods destroyed much of the town and affects are still felt today, especially with the children. Because many farms were damaged or livelihoods lost, children are needed as extra help in the home meaning they cannot attend school regularly and miss out on important play time. Here, you will visit the youth development project called Sonco Wasi, which seeks to fill in these gaps by providing education and recreational activities to the children of Taray. Your visit to Sonco Wasi gives you a chance to give back to a local community. You can either lead an activity or a class, or you can simply play with these amazing children. In the evening you will be transferred back to Cusco with the night at your leisure.
DAY 9: SACRED VALLEY (B, L)
After breakfast in your Cusco hotel, you will be picked up to start your Sacred Valley tour. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a chain of fertile farmlands and quaint towns unmoved by time, and is a great preparation to get you even more excited for Machu Picchu. Your tour will start in the market town of Pisac, about an hour outside of Cusco. Here you will get to experience the bustling market, where local natives come from all over the valley to sell their gorgeous handicrafts. This is a great opportunity to get the best, most authentic souvenirs from your trip. We will also visit the ruins on the mountain above Pisac that are largely overlooked, they are expansive and impressive as is Machu Picchu. From here we will have a buffet lunch made completely from ingredients grown here in the Sacred Valley, before moving on to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. This town is the best surviving example of Incan architecture and was never conquered by the Spanish. You will have the afternoon free to stroll around these ancient cobblestone streets, visit the ruins overlooking the town, and enjoy some of the many dining options. You will be transferred to your hotel in Ollantaytambo for the night.
DAY 10: MACHU PICCHU – Cusco (B)
Today you will travel to the feature point of your trip to Peru, Machu Picchu! Early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and brought to the train station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. This amazing train journey takes you through rural landscapes outlined by gorgeous towering mountians, and descends into the lush cloud forest that hides Machu Picchu. Recently named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is the ultimate desination for any traveller, as it is rich in history, culture, and lies in an amazing and iconic setting. This is easily the most impressive pre-Colombian city in the world with its amazing stone work and mystical setting in a hidden spot in the Andes. You will get a guided tour of this lost city with an English-speaking guide who will help you to understand the interesting history of the site and the Inca people, as well as the various theories of the purpose of the city. Following the tour, you will have free time to explore this expansive site. Wander through ancient cobblestone paths leading to temples, homes, warehouses and a large square – all surrounded by dramatic terraces cut into the steep mountainsides. In addition, you have the option of taking the challenging hike up Huayna Picchu where you will have the most beautiful, panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Once you have had your fill of these amazing ruins, in the late afternoon you will make your way back down to Aguas Calientes where you will have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy the hot springs, various hiking opportunities, and the delicious dining options available in this quaint town. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the train to return to Cusco.
DAY 11: RETURN TO LIMA (B)
After breakfast in your Cusco hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Lima.
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Include / Not Include
- 10 nights at standard, but high quality hotels with private bathrooms and breakfast included & local taxes
- All indicated pick-ups and transfers in group service with English-speaking guide
- Meals indicated: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Expedition train round-trip tickets, Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- All entrance fees
Price Does Not Include
- International flights and airport taxes
- Domestic flights
- Meals not indicated
- Additional expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, etc.
- Travel insurance