Rural Tourism: Arequipa, Puno and Cusco (15 days)
1st day: ../Lima
Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Private Service.
Overnight Casa Andina Miraflores Centro Hotel.
2nd day: Lima/Arequipa
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport. Private Service.
Airline ticket to Arequipa
CITY TOUR AND SANTA CATALINA CONVENT:
You will take 3 hours and a half tour at the city of Arequipa, visiting the main square (Plaza de Armas), the Cathedral, the Jesuit church of La Compañia, Santa Catalina convent and its religious cloisters built in XVI century closed to the public for almost 400 years until 1970, it is still home to a few cloistered nuns. The tour continues to the Church and Square of San Francisco and Yanahuara area with its famous viewpoint from where it is possible to have a complete view of the city and its volcanoes. Private Service. Overnight at Casa Andina Arequipa Hotel . Meals included: Breakfast.
3rd day: Arequipa
AREQUIPA–COLLAGUA (VIVENCIAL PROGRAM): Early in the morning (06:00) pick from the hotel, make a brief stop in a room to take a matte muña, chachacoma and coca. We will begin the tour Collagua route, and arrive at the "Window of the Colca" - 4 200 masl; a rock formation that resembles as a window, consider as a natural lookout. We continue to the "Caves of Mollepunku" where we will see which prints lithos which are witness of the domestication of camelids, age approx. 6000 years. Then arrived "Castles of Callalli" where we will have a typical breakfast. You will appreciate huge cliffs of volcanic rock eroded by time. Then visit the town to tour the Plaza and Church, the source of water Choqueshisha and craft workshops where you will appreciate the process of alpaca fiber fabrics. After lunch at local restaurant, we will continue towards the town of Sibayo, considered as the town of stone because most of their buildings are of stone giving it a unique beauty. Walking through its streets and stay in their homes is to go back to ancient times to talk about an amazing culture. Will be received by the family in charge and have a time to share with them and accommodated in the housing. Then you can visit the museum and a craft workshop. To conclude enjoy a delicious dinner made based on local produce and overnight at the family home. Private Service. Meals included: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
4th day: Arequipa
COLLAGUA-CHIVAY (VIVENCIAL PROGRAM) Before the departure, we will drink hot typical beverage, then we continue towards Paraqra area, where we walk about 40 minutes to reach the area of Amaitea to 3 820 meters. where we will found "Mummy Juanita". A brief visit to the Hanging Bridge, then drive to the village of Tuti, one of the biggest dairy producers among its main products are butter, cheese, caramel, yogurt. We will enjoy a delicious breakfast and visit the town with a local guide who will have part of their legends. Then, visit the craft workshops that feature embroidery. Continue the journey toward Canocota, a town 3 729 masl, where is the path of Qhapac Ñam (real way), here you will appreciate a natural beauty, a rich biodiversity of the high Andean flora and fauna. We will participate in a work setting and ecological Canocota farmers. After a leisurely lunch in a rural house, tasting dishes with local produce and agro-ecological, depart for the town of Chivay. Overnight at Casa Andina Arequipa Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
5th day: Arequipa / Puno
COLCA - PUNO: After breakfast, departure towards "El Mirador de la Cruz", the best spot to observe the deepness of the canyon of 11,155 ft deep and 124 miles long, and from where almost always is possible to see the majestic fly of the condors. There is no a exact hour to see them, as many said, you can see them at any time, it depends on luck and patience. On the way back visit some very interesting places such as: Pre inca hanging tombs, terraces viewer and Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque towns. Arrival at Chivay and box lunch . At appropriate time ride to Puno. Shared Service. Overnight at Eco Inn Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
6th day: Puno
PUNO / LLACHON (VIVENCIAL PROGRAM) Early morning pick up from the hotel to visit Llachón, on the way we will pass by the Quechua towns of Huata, Coata, Capachica. Arrive at Llachón Peninsula where we will be received by the family. The natural landscape is enriched by the views of the mountains full of pre-Inca terraces and eucalyptus groves surrounding community. That is the scenario where the villagers live, grown, fish, weave and do housework. After enjoying a typical lunch, stroll by boat and visit the hill. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
7th day: Puno
LLACHON / AMANTANI (VIVENCIAL PROGRAM): After a delicious breakfast prepared with local products, transfer to Amantani Island, where we will be welcomed by families who welcome them and will be accommodated in the family home. Enjoy a typical lunch, we offer very good dishe of local cuisine, based on trout, potatoes, quinoa and other local products. The island conserv its nature, history and ancient customs. Set in the beautiful scenery of Lake Titicaca. The island has its platforms, terraced fields and pre-Inca ceremonial sites. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
8th day: Puno
AMANTANI / TAQUILE / UROS / PUNO (VIVENCIAL PROGRAM): Early morning transfer Amantani Island, to the Taquile Island, where we will begin a one hour walk into the town, along the way we will be witness of a unique landscape. There we vill visit the craft center of fine hand-woven and brightly colored, which is recognized worldwide. After enjoying a delicious typical lunch, we will cotinue with a troll to The Floating Island of Los Uros, here yo will meet the ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the "Water Tribe", who have built their own island periodically adding layers of "reed." Overnight at Eco Inn Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
9th day: Puno / Cusco
At the appropriate time, transfer to the bus station. Private Service INKA EXPRESS BUS RIDE FROM PUNO TO CUSCO WITH VISITS ON ROUTE: Departure for an eight hours trip towards Cusco, the Inka Express bus will stop in some interesting places to visit such as Raqchy Temple and some old Inca constructions. Marvellous scenery of landscape and typical animals like the "llama", "alpaca" will join you through this journey. Shared Service. Transfer from the bus station to the hotel. Private Service. Overnight at Eco Inn Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
10th day: Cusco
CITY TOUR AND NEIGHBORING RUINS:
City tour for 3 hours through the beautiful Cusco city and its nearby ruins. The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman and to Tambomachay known as the Baths of the Inca. You will also have panoramic visits of Puca Pucara Ruins and the temple of Qenqo. Shared Service. Overnight at Eco Inn Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast
11th day: Valley Sacred
MISMINAY (VIVENCIAL PROGRAM): After breakfast, you will leave to Misminay an ancient Andean village. On the way you will pass through the magnificent green and browns colored fields and beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley in a serpentine road to this special Indian Community. Here you will participate in an Agricultural Seminar and you will know the different products that come from their fields and they produces. After the seminar, you will enjoy a typical food made with fresh and natural ingredients prepared by the women’s of the community. After lunch, you will participate in a Weaving Seminar, where you will discover the historical background of the methods used by Peruvian weavers. The women of the community will teach us the techniques used since many centuries ago by their ancestors and how is used the traditional old tools as the "Telar". In the afternoon after sharing a hot drink farewell with the leaders of the community you will continue our trip to return to our hotel with the security of having shared an unforgettable and memorable experience in the Andes of Peru. Private Service. Overnight at La Casona de Yucay Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
12th day: Valley Sacred / Machu Picchu
Transfer to the train station. Private Service.
MACHU PICCHU VISIT:
Arrival by Vistadome class train to Machu Picchu ruins. From Aguas Calientes station you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and to citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. The city of Machu Picchu is the department of Cusco’s most important tourist attraction and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, this city is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world, built at the top of a granite mountain. The Incas, using ingenious engineering techniques, were able to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side, and once there, they used their excellent masonry skills to produce amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly. After a two hours guided visit in the ruins, you will have lunch at a restaurant of the area. Private Service. Shared service is during your trip by train; after that, a private guide will assist you through the visit in Machu Picchu from the train station. Private Service. At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride to Ollantaytambo station at the Sacred Valley. Shared Service. Transfer from Ollanta station in the Sacred Valley to Cusco hotel. Private Service.
Meals included : Breakfast and Lunch.
13th day: Cusco
FREE DAY: Day at leisure to enjoy the wonders of Cusco city. Overnight at Eco Inn Hotel.
14th day: Cusco / Lima
Transfer to the train station. Private Service.
Flight to Lima city. Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Private Service.
LIMA CITY TOUR (COLONIAL AND MODERN):
Guided visit through Lima’s Historical Center: the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the San Francisco Convent, which has the most magnificent collection of colonial art in America. The tour will continue through the most traditional residential areas of Lima, including San Isidro, Miraflores and LarcoMar, a shopping center of international thematic attractions which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Shared Service Overnight Casa Andina Miraflores Centro Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast.
15th day: Lima / Home
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport. Private Service Meals included: Breakfast.