BEST OF ANDES
This is a bucket-list ticking trip. The tour takes you to a wish list of sights including The Sacred Valley, which was a pulse point for the Incan civilisation, and Machu Picchu – the once-lost city that was built in the gods of the Peruvian Andes. You`ll also tick off Colca Canyon, which slices 10,725 feet into the earth, and witness the scenes at the floating Uros islands on Lake Titicaca, that look like they belong in the pages of a Brothers Grimm story.
HighlightsLima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Trip StyleHistory & Culture
IncludedBuffet lunch in the Sacred ValleyAll BreakfastsHotel nights as per the itineraryTravel InsuranceTrain to/from Machu Picchu24/7 SupportEntrance feesAccredited Tour GuidesTours and Transfers
Not IncludedDomestic airfareTipsMeals not mentionedInternational airfare
Day 1: LIMA
Say hello to Lima as your private transfer whisks you from the airport to your hotel.
No meals included.
Day 2: AREQUIPA
Arrive in Arequipa and private transfer to your selected hotel.
Embark on a city tour. Your guide will help you read between the lines of the guidebooks as you're shown around the Cayma and Yanahuara districts of Peru`s White City. Later, you`ll drop by the colourful Santa Catalina Convent and the downtown area.
Day 3: COLCA CANYON
Venture to Colca Canyon, passing through a wilderness of protected national reserves and llama fields on the way. Stabbing 10,725 feet into the Earth`s crust, the canyon is one of the deepest in the world.
Day 4: COLCA CANYON
Continue to explore the canyon, visiting the towns of Yanque and Maca, where the clock seems to have stopped and Peruvian traditions are strong.
Stop at Cruz del Condor to take in the depth of the canyon and to catch a glimpse of the condors that glide above its walls. Later, you’ll visit Antahuilque, to see the pre-Inca terraces, before taking the Tourist Bus to Puno where you’ll transfer to your chosen hotel.
Arrival in Puno and private transfer to your selected hotel.
Day 5: PUNO
Tour Lake Titicaca, one of the largest lakes in South America. Take in the toy town scenes of the Uros islands, where floating villages have been made from reeds. At lunchtime, you'll visit Taquille Island to eat with the locals.
Meals: B, L.
Day 6: PUNO
Traverse the Sun's Route trail from Puno to Cuzco using the shared Tourist Bus. Breaks in the journey will take you to archeoloigcal sites and there will be a stop for lunch in Sicuani.
Meals: B, L.
Day 7: CUZCO
Embark on a guided tour of Cuzco, once the big smoke of the Incan civilisation. Take in the main plaza with its towering Colonial Cathedral and stop by the Santo Domingo Convent and the ancient Incan sites of Sacsayhuaman, Quenco and Tambomachay.
Day 8: CUZCO
Tour the Sacred Valley. Thanks to its fertile soils, this place was the lunchbox of the Incan civilisation. Among the crops grown here was maize. Your guide will show you the ruins of Incan settlements like Ollantaytambo and Pisaq before taking you to the weaving centre at Awanacancha.
In the afternoon you'll catch the train to Aguas Calientes.
Meals: B, L.
Day 9: CUZCO
Wake early to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
Once the day has dawned, embark on a guided tour. At 2,430 metres above sea level, this city was the attic of the Incan empire, but as your guide will show you, the citadel had everything from temples and palaces to ritual baths. For an extra cost you can hike to the top of Huyana Picchu – the incisor-shaped mountain that bites up from the ground at the far end of the citadel.
Day 10: LIMA
Arrive in Lima and take a private transfer to Lima center.
Take a guided tour to get the inside track on Peru`s capital city. You'll stop by the main plaza, the Presidential Palace, the chilling catacombs of San Francisco Church, and the Park of Love at Miraflores before departing for the airport on your private transfer.