Peru

Highlights of Peru

DESTINATION

Lima – Ollantaytambo – Cusco – Puno

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The main highlights of Peru: the famous Machu Picchu and the capita of the Incas, Cusco and finally the amazing Lake Titicaca on the high plains of the Andes.

The journey begins in Peru’s capital, Lima, where the Spanish established their power center when they conquered Peru. We continue to the Sacred Valley – surrounded by the impressive Andes Mountains – we meet incarnations in Pisac and Cusco, and finally we shall meet one of the highlights of the trip, the Incas secret city, that for centuries was known only to local Native American families – namely Machu Picchu. Then the journey continues to Lake Titicaca, where we will experience the Uros floating islands and later the local customs on the Taquile island and its exciting population.

Day 1  Lima – Arrival – Transfer to hotel
Day 2  Lima – Citytour, San Francisco, Museum Larco
Day 3  Ollantaytambo – Flight to Cusco, Transfer to Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo
Day 4  Ollantaytambo – Train to Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Pichu
Day 5  Cusco – Visit Pisac and Cusco citytour, visit Main Plaza and Cathedral
Day 6  Cusco – Visit Sacsaywaman & Qengo ruins and Qoricancha Sun temple
Day 7  Puno – Bus ride Cusco – Puno with touristic visits on the way
Day 8  Puno – Visit Taquile Island in lake Titic
Day 9  Flight Juliaca – Lima for international connection
  

 

PLACE NIGHTS HOTEL
LIMA 2 Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro or similar
OLLANTAYTAMBO 2 Sol Natura or similar
CUSCO 2 Casa Andina Standard Koricancha or similar
PUNO 2 Jose Antonio or similar
Day 1. Arrival in Lima
Arrival at Lima airport and transfer to our hotel in Miraflores.

Day 2. Lima city tour
After breakfast we will go by bus to experience Lima, We will first pass by the pre-inca ruins of Huaca Pucllana, then continue to the Colonial center to visit the Main Square (Plaza de Armas), San Francisco church (the catacombs), then continue to visit the Museo Larco. In the afternoon we return to the modern part of Lima visit and may visit Larco Mar and/or transfer back to our hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3. Lima – Cusco, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo
In the morning transfer to the airport in Lima and a 1-hour flight to Cusco. After arrival we will descent immediately to the Sacred Valley, in order to avoid altitudinal problems, that are common, if you stay in Cusco. After a couple of hours driving through beautiful landscapes, and probably a lunch stop, we arrive in Ollantaytambo, a village of Inca origin. Its design and the foundations date back from the Inca era, and is the only place where people have lived continuously since the Inca period until the present day.  Above the village stands a fortress and temple area which kept control of and managed this lower part of the valley. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4. Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu

After breakfast we walk to the close-by train station in Ollantaytambo and will then embark on an absolutely stunning voyage along the Urubamba river and with tall mountains surrounding us – some covered in glaciers. We slowly descend from 2800 m. to some 2100 m. and will notice how the vegetation changes as we get closer to the Amazonas. We arrive at Aguas Calientes after some 1h40 minutes and will after a small walk in this beautifully situated tourist village go by bus to Machu Picchu. At the entrance we have a short walk to the stairs that will take us to the famous view over Machu Picchu. After that, we can do a small walk in the area or simply do the thorough “city tour” of Machu Picchu, visiting most of its temples and areas. In the afternoon we drive back down to Aguas Calientes and return by train to Ollantaytambo in the evening. Hotel in Ollantaytambo
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5. Visit Pisac and later walking tour in Cusco incl. the Cathedral
After breakfast we again go “deep into Inca Territory” and our first visit is Pisac, the gateway to the Urubamba or “The Sacred Valley”.  First we visit some of the most spectacular Inca-terraces in the region and after a beautiful walk we arrive at the intact temple area of Pisac with its Intiwatana. We may also visit the Pisac market (although many now avoid this rather touristic market). We later return to Cusco passing the beautiful highlands up to 4000 meters. Afternoon free in Cusco.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6. Cusco – Qoricancha/Sun temple – Sacsayhuaman- Qenqo
In the morning a ½ day private city tour of Cusco including nearby Inca Ruins: Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo. Also, we will visit the Main Plaza and the impressive Cusco Catedral, as well as Qorikancha (the Sun temple). The rest of the afternoon free.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7. From Cusco over the Altiplano to Puno, Lake Titicaca
Morning transfer by private transportation to Puno, on the way you are going to visit: Raqchi (the Wiracocha God temple), then continue to Pukara museum. Arrival in Puno, transfer to your hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8. Visit Uros floating islands & Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca


After breakfast, transfer to the port in Puno, travel by private fast boat. First stop is the Uros floating Islands. Stepping onto the floating islands feels a lot like being on a waterbed but it is safe to walk on them. It is quite amazing to experience this unique culture and understand first, how this culture and way of living developed, and how they maintain their way of living to day. We continue the journey towards Taquile Island and arrive at the southern part of the island, where we walk some 45 minute walk to Collata village, with the most astonishing view of Lake Titicaca all the way. At the village square, we have the opportunity to see how people live and also enjoy the fantastic view over the lake. Later we will enjoy lunch and return to our boat for the journey back to Puno.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9. Puno to Lima and flight out
Private transfer to the airport in Juliaca, flight to Lima airport in time for our international flight.
Included meals: Breakfast

Price per person double occupancy

 

USD
INDIVIDUAL without Tourleader
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
5-6 pax
7+ pax
Single supplement

INCLUDED

  • Transfer In – day 1, Transfer Out – day 9
  • 8 x Breakfast and 2 x lunch
  • Program as specified below including 8 hour citytour in Lima.
  • Local guides where necessary
  • Parking fees and motorway tolls
  • Tour operator’s liability insurance
  • Local taxes for service providers and hotels
  • 19-35 seat motor coach as per itinerary or Sprinter or similar up to 14 PAX.
  • American Breakfast, full Breakfast or Breakfast Buffet
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation as specified or similar.
  • 1 FOC (domestic flights, single room for Albatros tour guide, entrance fees etc.)
  • Bus and driver included with expenses
  • Entrance fees to activities as specified in program
  • 2 domestic flights LIM-CUZ & JUL-LIM

NOT INCLUDED

  • Customers’ international flights
  • Airport taxes for international flights
  • Transfers (except as specified)
  • Meals and drinks (except as specified)
  • Optional excursions
  • Individual travel insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for porters, tour guides and drivers
  • Gratuity for drivers and guides

 

About Peru

  • Population
    • The population of Peru in June 2019, currently exceeds 33 050 325 inhabitants with an average density of 25 inhabitants per km² and its annual growth rate is 1.1% .2 52.6% of the Peruvian population lives in the coast, 38% in the mountains, and 9.4% in the jungle.
  • Mario Vargas Llosa
    • He won the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature that is still fresh, but man has been a star on the literary world stage for decades. In 1994, he won the Cervantes Prize, awarded to the best Spanish of writers.

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