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DAY 1: CUSCO ARRIVAL & CITY TOUR

Upon your arrival, a representative will greet you and transport you to your selected Cusco hotel.

Early Afternoon: Guided Tour of Cusco and Surroundings

Highlights:

  • Historical capital of Peru
  • Incan and Spanish Colonial architecture
  • Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a Baroque church built on the ruins of the opulent
  • Incan Koricancha Palace (Temple of the Sun)
  • Incan holy place of Q’enko, an amphitheater once used for ceremonial sacrifices
  • Incan monument of Tambomachay, ceremonial site of water worship
  • Sacsayhuaman, an Incan fortress and site of the IntiRaymi (Fiesta del Sol), most notable for its hand-carved stones up to 9m tall and weighing over 350 tons
  • Incan tambo (travelers’ rest stop) of PukaPukara

Late Afternoon/Evening at Leisure: Suggested Activities

  • Browse the markets for an alpaca wool sweater
  • Meet the local people and savor the local dishes in one of Cusco’s many restaurants and cafes.

Night in Cusco

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Breakfast and Transfer Following an early breakfast at your Cusco hotel, a GOTOPERU representative will pick you up for a short bus ride to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the lush Andean landscapes and the traditional villages that dot the hillside!

Pisac Visit This small town with its exquisite architecture is the perfect place to purchase authentic Andean souvenirs. As you browse through the selection of traditional clothing and crafts, you will easily understand why Pisac’s market has a reputation all its own.

Tour of Ollantaytambo This Incan site began as a palace, but was eventually used in the last Incan stand against the invading Spanish conquistadors. Whether palace or fortress, these ruins offer an unforgettable view of the surrounding area.

Transfer and Evening at Leisure After an exciting day of archaeological exploration, you will catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon your arrival, a representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel.

Night in Aguas Calientes

DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU TOUR

After an early breakfast, a representative will escort you to the bus station to go for a short 20-minute bus ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.

Tour Highlights:

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Insight into the construction history of Machu Picchu
  • Information on Hiram Bingham’s discovery of this sacred site in 1911
  • Explanation of the most significant architectural features, including the Sun Stone, Sun Temple, and Room of the Three Windows
  • Leisure time after the guided portion to allow for photography and contemplation

Transfer and Evening at Leisure In the late afternoon, you will take the train back to Cusco, where you can spend another leisurely evening shopping for last-minute souvenirs or dining in style.

DAY 4: SUN ROAD TOUR CUSCO TO PUNO

  • Depart Cusco (7:30 am)
  • Andahuaylillas, a town that is home to the Sistene Chapel of America, a colonial church noted for its sixteenth and seventeenth century murals
  • Raqchi (Wiracocha Temple), an Incan archaeological site showcasing typical terraces, public baths, and aqueduct systems
  • Buffet lunch at small town of Sicuani, where you will enjoy Novo Andina cuisine, a pairing of meats with traditional grains and produce
  • La Raya, situated on a highland plateau (4313m or 14,147 ft.), the border town between Cusco and Puno
  • Pukara, noted for its great pyramid built by the first developed civilization in the region
  • Arrive in Puno (5:30 pm)
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Night in Puno

DAY 5: UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS TOUR

Breakfast And Transfer After an early breakfast at your Puno hotel, your professional tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to begin the full-day tour of Lake Titicaca and nearby islands.

Tour Itinerary and Highlights:

  • Arrive on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Boat excursion to the Uros Floating Islands, a collection of man-made islands constructed from floating bundles of reeds
  • Leisure time to shop for souvenirs in the market, and explore these floating wonders created by the Uros tribe to defend against rival tribes
  • Two-hour boat ride across Lake Titicaca to Taquile Island, home of a Quechua community which continues the tradition of having the male residents produce fine handicrafts
  • Leisure time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site and take in the beauty of the surrounding areas from the citadel at the isl and’s peak
  • Group lunch on Taquile Island
  • Return boat ride to Puno

Evening At Leisure After our return to Puno at approximately 1700h (5:00pm), the rest of the evening will be yours to discover Puno.

Night in Puno

DAY 6: COLCA CANYON TOUR

Drive Highlights

 

  • Ascending road in the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada in the Pampas
  • Beautiful wind-swept cliffs and colorfully striated rock formations
  • Unique plant and wildlife sightings in the Patapampa, including yapat plants used for cooking, rodents such as the viscachas, and antelope-like vicunas

 

Evening at Leisure After this enjoyable tour, you will have the evening at leisure in your Colca Canyon hotel. If you feel like exploring your surroundings a bit, we suggest relaxing the region’s celebrated hot springs.

Night in Colca

DAY 7: COLCA CANYON TOUR (DAY 2)

Activities After breakfast, your GOTOPERU guide will show you the stunning Cruz del Condor, known as one of the best vistas in all of Colca Canyon. Even the journey there is picturesque, so bring your camera along to take snapshots of the charming villages, pre-Inca ruins, and the surrounding Ampato and Hualca Volcanoes. Upon arriving at Cruz del Condor, you will be met with the stunning view of the canyon’s depths which extend 4000 ft. below your feet. Take a moment to enjoy the magnificence around you.

Lunch You will have to say good-bye to the beauty of the Cruz del Condor so that you may enjoy a wonderful lunch back in Chivay.

Transfer to Arequipa

Night in Arequipa

DAY 8: AREQUIPA CITY TOUR

After breakfast at your hotel, a representative will pick you up to take you to your tour. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage site in its own right, thanks to its unique blending of both native and European styling.

Arequipa City Tour Highlights

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Plaza de Armas, the main city square
  • Town Hall and Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, both made of white volcanic ash
  • Baroque casas and mansions in colonial residential district.

Following your tour, you will have the afternoon to explore the city. We highly recommend a visit to the Dominican monastery of Santa Catalina, with its rooftop view of the Arequipa skyline and the distant snowy El Misti Volcano (aka GuaguaPutina).

Night in Arequipa

DAY 9: TRANSFER OUT

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transported to the airport for your flight to Lima and then home.

What's Included

  • 8 nights in Peru high quality Hotels
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • Private Airport Shuttle in & out
  • 24/7 Assistance
  • Trains and buses
  • A prepaid cellphone for extended Programs

What's Not Included

  • Internal Flights
  • Lunch or Dinner

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ennifer Powers & Family New York - USA

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