Peruvian Wonders: The County's Highlights

A 8 day trip to Peru 
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This custom tour is full service, comprehensive, and designed to give you a deep understanding of both the Pre-Inca and Inca cultures that have impacted Peru. In 8 days, you get a taste of the best of Peru: Lima, the Colonial streets of the "White City of Arequipa", live the Inca experience in Cuzco and Machu Picchu and, finally Lake Titicaca with special touches along the way. You'll be taken care of at every moment so you can enjoy everything, stress free.

This short itinerary has been designed in order to maximize and ensure that all the main attractions are included. If you wish to extend your journey, we suggest visiting Bolivia with the extension of 3 days and 2 nights.

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Places Visited 

LIMA - AREQUIPA - CUSCO - MACHUPICCHU - PUNO (Lake Titicaca) - LIMA

Departure Dates 

Flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

PERUVIAN WONDERS
8 days / 7 nights

Day 01: Lima

Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima.

Day 02: Lima - Arequipa

Transfer to the airport for flight to the White City of Arequipa. Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, city tour, including the famous Santa Catalina Convent, the most important in Peru, a walled citadel of more than 20,000m2, which for four centuries served as the only physical world for several generations of Cloistered nuns.
During the city tour you will visit the Church Cloisters of the Company, a tremendous collection of Domes, Arches, which can all be found in its galleries and Alters. Other places of interest are the Main Square, the Complex of San Francisco, which is comprised of a public square, two temples (the Church of San Francisco and the Temple of the Third Order), a convent and the Fierro Foundation (where there is a museum and a handicraft market). The Cathedral, located in the main square. The old cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1844. It was restored in 1868 by Arequipa-native Lucas Poblete in Neo-renaissance style with French influence, and it is considered to be one of the biggest in South America.
Finally, the Spanish Colonial district of Yanahuara, 2 km from the city’s centre, consisting of narrow cobblestone streets and old white volcanic stone houses. From the viewpoint there is a magnificent view of the city of its three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Arequipa. (B).

Day 03: Arequipa – Cusco

Transfer to the airport to take flight to the city of Cusco. Reception and transfer to the hotel, welcome coca tea; drink to acclimatize to the high altitude.
In the afternoon, visit of Cusco’s Historical Inca and Spanish Colonial Monuments, such as the Main Square, known in Inca times as Huacaypata or the Warrior’s Square, it was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history. The Cathedral, originally built on the site of the old temple of Suntur Wasi (House of God), now the church of El Triunfo, a particular interest are the choir cloisters, the pulpit, the engravings on the altar and furniture.
Continue onto the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, a Spanish construction belonging to the Dominican Order built upon the foundations of the Inca temple of Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Koricancha (in quechua, site of gold) was the main religious building of the Incas dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls, according to the chroniclers, were plated with sheets of gold. Magnificent blocks of finely carved stone were used in its construction.
After, you will visit the surrounding ruins of the city of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, this huge Inca fortress is built on three overlapping platforms, each of them over 360 m long. Then, onto Tambomachay, known as the Inca baths. It was apparently a site dedicated to the worship of water and a resting place for the Inca monarch.
Kenko, it is said to have been a worship site. There is a huge 5,9 m high stone block that looks like a puma. There are also passages, canals and stairways with stone engravings representing animals.
Finally, Puca Pucará, which was an administrative and military centre formed by terraces, stairways, passages, turrets and vaulted niches.
Return to hotel in Cusco. (B).

Day 04: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early morning transfer to take the Tourist Class train (Backpacker) to Machu Picchu Sanctuary, Pls note Optional (First Class train). Spectacular train journey crossing valleys, mountains and typical communities. The altitude will descend from 3,500 to 1,500 m.a.s.l. Crossing two different regions from the sierra to the rainforests. Snow peaks, eucalyptus, deep canyons and orchids are also part of the sceneries.
This stone citadel, located 112 km from Cusco, was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The citadel was built on a very special spot covered in vegetation between two mountains: the Machu Picchu (old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (young mountain), at the foot of which meanders the Urubamba or Vilcanota River (lower Jungle featuring abundant flora and fauna). Guided tour of the sanctuary.
In the afternoon, return to Cusco by train Tourist Class. (Optional: Train first class). Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (B).
Optional: Overnight in Machu Picchu.

Day 05: Cusco - Puno

Transfer to the station to board the regular bus to the city of Puno. On route, you will pass by the villages of Andahuaylillas, Racchi and Pucará.
Pls note that if you prefer you could take the train to Puno, instead of the bus. Departures available on: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Puno. (B, L).

Day 06: Puno

Full day visit of the Floating Island of Uros in Lake Titicaca. Located 4 km from Puno, the original inhabitants of these floating islands are said to descend from one of the most ancient peoples of the Americas and still to this day practise their ancient traditions. Their dwellings made of totora reed are built on the surface of Lake Titicaca.
Afterwards, you will make your way to the unique Island of Taquile, where time appears to have stopped. The Mediterranean atmosphere of this place is striking, with its steps of stone and its houses centred around the square. Its indigenous community that lives here, around 350 families are descendants of the Incas and known for their Textile activities, such as their beautifully woven chumpis (belts), chullos (caps), and ojotas (and sandals) and according to the custom, officials are distinguished by black or brown caps.
Their agriculture system operates on a collective basis and the crops are distributed according to each individual need, a traditions which goes back to the XIVth century.
Taquile also offers a magnificent lake landscape from where the impressive snowfalls of the Cordillera Real (Real mountain chain) can be seen. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Puno. (B, L).

Day 07: Puno - Lima

Transfer to the airport of Juliaca to take flight to Lima. Reception and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon free for some shopping. Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Lima. (B).

Day 08: Lima

Transfer out. (B).

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