Classic Peru - Peru
Day 01 LONDON GATWICK - LIMA
Depart Gatwick flying with British Airways. Private transfer on arrival to your hotel.
Day 02 LIMA
Private half day city tour including Larco Herrera Museum Your tour will start in downtown Lima where you will visit the Main Square where Lima was first founded. Here you can see the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the Lima Cathedral. Your tour will continue as you visit the Aliaga House, Saint Francis' Church, which has an authentic network of catacombs open to the public. Next, you will go to Pueblo Libre district to visit the Larco Museum. The museum, located inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th Century, houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artefacts as well pieces of erotic art.
Day 03 LIMA - AREQUIPA
Shared transfer to the airport to meet your onward flight with LATAM.
LA Economy Dep: Lima Arr: Arequipa. Private transfer on arrival to your hotel.
Private half day city tour including the Santa Catalina Monastery You tour starts at the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, which is located next to the impressive Arequipa Cathedral. Then you will go to the Santa Catalina Monastery which has an authentic medieval cloister and a small religious citadel. Your tour continues with a visit to the Church of the Society of Jesus (1590), considered a classical example of the local baroque architecture, which houses an exceptional collection of paintings and murals. You will end the tour visiting the Yanahuara and Carmen Alto districts, where you can enjoy stunning views of Arequipa's countryside.
Day 04 AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON
Shared transfer to Colca Canyon with excursions en-route, inc. lunch After being collected from your hotel, you will leave the city through Yura, a district characterised by impressive geographical features that include gullies, mountain ranges and canyons. You will enter the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive plain populated by vicuñas, native and tamable Andean camelids that are a national symbol. You will then visit Vizcachani, the Toccra Pampas and will skirt the crater of the Chucura Volcano to reach the Los Andes Scenic Viewpoint in Patapampa (4800m) from where you can see the various volcanoes that surround Arequipa. You will have lunch at the Chivay town before continuing on to your hotel.
Day 05 COLCA CANYON
Shared full day excursion in Colca Canyon, inc. lunch Today you will go to Condor Cross from where you may appreciate the Colca Valley (which is one of the world's deepest canyons of over four kms at its deepest side) and have the chance to witness the huge and majestic condor flying only a few metres away. Back in Chivay, you will visit the Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque towns, and the Antahuilque and Choquetico scenic viewpoints. After lunch, you will visit the Coporaque town and the Chininia Colcas, incredible pre-Inca constructions on vertical natural walls. Then you will go to the Ocolle Scenic Viewpoint, the Amphitheater and here you can take an optional short hike to the little explored Uyo-Uyo archaelogical remains. Return to Chivay in the afternoon.
Day 06 COLCA CANYON - PUNO
Morning at leisure. After lunch at your hotel, meet a shared transfer to Puno and your hotel. This scenic transfer goes via Patahuasi and is a magical route through high plains, stone forests and sky blue lagoons populated by cranes that dry their wings in the icy winds.
Day 07 PUNO – SUASI ISLAND
Shared transfer to Suasi Island including excursions en-route You will be collected from your hotel in Puno and be transferred to Puno's principal pier. Here you will board a motor boat to go to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reef that grows in the lake. After touring the islands, you will continue your trip to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands, inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. You will receive a short explanation about the island and then you will sail on to Suasi Island. Located two and a half hours from Puno City Suasi is a private island on which it is possible to watch all types of highland camelids, birds, and typical crops, and participate in traditional celebrations. After enjoying a barbecue, you can take part in the activities suggested for the afternoon and you will spend the night at the facilities of the island.
Day 08 SUASI ISLAND - PUNO
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast then spend the morning at leisure. Explore the island and the lake that surrounds it, enjoy a canoe excursion on the lake or spend your time observing the rich and diverse wildlife. Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake and part of the border between Bolivia and Peru, countries that share the Aymara population indistinctly. It has an area of over 8,500kms square and various communities that maintain their ancestral attires and customs until today have developed on its islands. You will depart for Puno and your hotel at noon.
Day 09 PUNO – CUSCO
Private transfer to the train station to board your train.
TITICACA TRAIN Dep: Puno 07:30 Arr: Wanchaq (Cusco) 17:30
Crossing the Andes on the Puno to Cusco Titicaca train service is an unforgettable experience. The PeruRail Titicaca Train features an open-air observatory car, allowing you to take in the majestic views while enjoying the typical music and dances of the Peruvian highlands. During your trip, you will have the chance to take panoramic pictures of some of the quintessential Andean landscapes. The route covered by the train is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with a trip that lasts ten and a half hours. At the start of the journey, you are welcomed at the Puno Station, where local musicians will provide background music as you board the train. Once aboard, you can enjoy the two dining cars decorated in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s. Also, during the trip, you will have the finest in gourmet food. Shared transfer to hotel on arrival.
Day 10 CUSCO
Private half day city tour including nearby Inca sites Known as the Temple of the Sun, your first stop today is to Koricancha where the Sun was worshipped during Inca times. Continue on your tour as you visit one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in the Americas; Cusco Cathedral. Located on the main square, it houses about 400 colonial painting from the Cusco art school, impressive gold, silver and precious stone works. You will then head to the Sacsayhuamán fortress, an emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Sacsayhuamán was built with megalithic blocks, which transportation and construction continue to be a mystery.
Day 11 CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY
Shared full day excursion & transfer to the Sacred Valley including lunch After being collected from your hotel, your first stop of the day will be at a farm specialising in the rearing of South American Camelids. The farm near Awanakancha is home to a textile showroom and here locals will demonstrate the entire traditional process of weaving. Next you will visit Pisac market, here you can find an intriguing mix of local produce, including carvings, textiles and replicas of old Inca pieces. Pisac is also where you will stop for lunch, which can be enjoyed at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will continue on to Ollantaytambo to explore the town whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Ollantaytambo shows a huge archaeological complex that, without a doubt is one of the most monumental works of the Inca Empire. Although it bears the name of fortress, it was actually a ‘tambo’, a leisure place used to accommodate the delegations that travelled long distances. After your excursion you will be transferred onto your hotel.
Day 12 SACRED VALLEY
Day at leisure. Numerous activities can be arranged locally.
For those seeking to fill their day at leisure with adventure, the Sacred Valley’s natural characteristics make it ideal for practising a wide range of adventure sports. These include horse riding, hiking, kayaking, tandem paragliding, mountain biking and much more. The Peruvian and Andean cultures are very much alive in the Sacred Valley and the staff of the Sol y Luna will be more than happy to help you book excursions to sample and explore their culture.
Day 13 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
Shared transfer from your hotel to the station. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes.
The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want a fantastic view of the surrounding scenery on their journey to Machu Picchu. Onboard you are surrounded by large panoramic windows offering beautiful views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures. The Vistadome has leather seats, air conditioning, heating and includes music, Andean dancing (on return trip) snack and breakfast.
SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
On arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met and taken to meet a shared bus transfer up to Machu Picchu citadel. Aguas Calientes is also known as ‘Machu Picchu Pueblo’ and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes, you will find the train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels.
Shared half day tour of Machu Picchu Upon arrival at the site enjoy a three hour guided tour of this magnificent and mysterious Inca citadel. Your guide will explain the three different route options for your tour and together with your group (max 12 people) you will decide which route to take. There is no need to pre-book a particular route. During your tour the guide will explain everything currently known about the site and the history of the Incas.
Once you have completed the tour, you will be taken to the bus stop to meet the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch at the Café Inkaterra.
Day 14 MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Meet the bus back up to Machu Picchu citadel.
Half day un-guided re-entry to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu (inc. bus tickets & permits) This morning you will be able to spend more time exploring Machu Picchu citadel, this time unguided. Rise early as arriving at dawn means that if the sky is clear you will be able to witness an amazing sunrise. You will also be able to climb the peak of Huayna Picchu where you can enjoy spectacular views looking down on the site and the surrounding Andean Peaks.
Once you are ready make your way to the bus stop to meet the bus back into Aguas Calientes. Here you will need to make the short walk to the train station to meet your train to Cusco.
Day 15 CUSCO – LIMA – OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
Day 16 LONDON GATWICK
Arrive back in the UK