Day 1: Upon arrival in Cusco, a representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. From there, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening as you please. Cusco City offers a lively nightlife and a variety of restaurants to fit any budget and preferences.

Day 2: Day Two begins with breakfast at your hotel, followed by a morning of leisure. Then in the early afternoon, it’ll be time for your first Cusco tour, when you’ll get to visit some of the amazing archaeological sites in and around the Andean city. Make sure to bring your camera, as this Peru travel tour promises beautiful photo opportunities, like the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the ruins of Q’enko, the Inca baths at Tambomachay, and the walls of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara.

The tour will last into the late afternoon. After returning to your hotel, you’ll have time to relax  before dinner at one of Cusco’s many restaurants. Note that in the evenings, the temperature will drop a bit, so be sure to take a sweater or light jacket. And if you find yourself without one, you can always purchase one. Around the city there are various markets and high-end stores selling alpaca wool sweaters, just right for cooler weather.

As with Day One, spend the rest of your evening as you please, enjoying the hospitality of Cusco locals and their culture.

Day 3: After an early breakfast, it’ll be time for Day Three’s adventures. With your Peru travel  guide, you’ll embark on a journey into the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley. As you wind through the Andean mountaintops, you’ll find echoes of a traditional lifestyle that has existed there for more than 500 years: traditional clothing, clay fire ovens, and many of the irrigation techniques developed more than half a millennium ago.

The drive to the Sacred Valley isn’t very long, but it will give you a chance to see typical Andean villages and scenery. Remember your camera. Once you descend into the Sacred Valley, you’ll know why the Incas revered this land. Its lush fertile soil, the inspiration for the Incas’ advanced agricultural methods, is still ever-present.

The tour will include a visit to the town of Pisac, famous for its local market. Here you can purchase any number of Andean garments and handicrafts to remember your Peru vacation. The town also offers interesting architectural elements, such as terraces, tunnels, and temples to explore. It’s obvious why Pisac is such a gem of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Next, it’ll be time to visit the magnificent ruins of Ollantaytambo, which offers amazing lookouts over the valley. Built in the mid-15th century, the structure was originally a residence: the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti. During the Spanish conquest of Peru however, Ollantaytambo transformed into a fortress, as Manco Inca Yupanqui and the Inca resistance made a final stand against the invading Spanish conquistadores.

By late afternoon and after wandering the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo for most of the day, it’ll be time to head back to Cusco. The rest of the evening can be spent at leisure, either at the hotel or on the town. Be sure to get some rest though, as Day Four promises to be even busier.

Day 4: After breakfast at your Cusco hotel, it’ll be time to take a train ride to the hidden temple of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Consider the train ride in and of itself an attraction, as it winds its path along the river and mountain face, offering dramatic views of the Andes. Pay close attention to the foliage as it’ll exemplify Peru’s diverse geography. Watch as the train approaches the Amazon rainforest, the foliage will dramatically change, revealing an abrupt contrast to what was just seen in the Andes.

Your train will stop in the town of Aguas Calientes, located some 20 minutes from Machu Picchu. Upon your arrival, a representative will escort you to the bus station, where you’ll catch your 20minutes ride up to the secluded citadel.

Once there, an expert English-speaking guide will greet you and take you on a two-hour tour of Machu Picchu’s most important sites, including its three primary structures: Intihuatana (Sun Stone), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Indeed, the intricate stonework of this amazing site is truly something to behold. To think that these giant stones were hauled to the mountain by hand, centuries ago, and yet their foundations remain standing today.

After these Machu Picchu tours, you’ll have the opportunity to continue exploring the site on your own and to take some final photos. In the late afternoon, you’ll take the train back to Cusco where you’ll be able to relax  for the evening.

Note: This package can be customized to include an extra night in Aguas Calientes, the nearby town located on the Urubamba River and at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Option A

Day 5: After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport to catch your flight to Puno. Upon your arrival at Puno Juliaca Airport, you’ll then be ushered to your relaxing hotel. Located next to Lake Titicaca, your accommodation will give you the feeling of being on top of the world. While in Puno, take the opportunity to learn about the area on your own, which is rich in Inca history and folklore. For example, legend says that the Inca deity Viracocha, the Sun God, emerged from Lake Titicaca and that he sent his children Mamo Ocllo and Manco Capac to found the Inca dynasty.

Option B

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the bus station to start your journey to Puno in southeastern Peru. The tour lasts around eight hours, in which time you’ll experience four guided visits:  the Temple of Andahuaylillas, also known as the Sistine Chapel of the Andes;  the Inca archaeological site Raqchi (Temple of Wiracocha); the town of Sicuani (where you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch); and the Inca-Aymara museum of Pukara. Every visit lasts 20 to 40 minutes, during which time you may ask questions, take photos, and wander the surroundings. Not long after the fourth visit, you’ll arrive in Puno, where our staff will take you to your hotel.

Note: Puno is at a higher altitude than Cusco. If you haven’t yet adjusted to the weather on your Peru vacation, we advise you take a short rest before going out. After having acclimated, you’ll have time to explore the vicinity in and around the hotel.

Day 6: Following breakfast, your full-day tour of Lake Titicaca will begin. This magnificent water formation of green and deep blue water is found at 3,890 meters (12,379 feet) above sea level and is considered the highest navigable lake in the world. It’s also the largest lake in South America. Lake Titicaca is known for its diverse wildlife and threatened species, such as the Titicaca Water Frog and the flightless Titicaca Grebe.

During this tour, you’ll visit two or three of 42 islands of Uros. There you’ll meet the islanders – some friendly to tourists, others more isolated. These 42 islands are amazingly fashioned out of layers of ‘Totora’ reeds, an ancient process still practiced today. These man-made wonders, which effortlessly float around Lake Titicaca, are especially beautiful from afar. When visiting the islands, you’ll also find opportunities to pick up traditional local handicrafts.

After Uros, you’ll next visit the island of Taquile, located 45km from Puno. This island is full of pre-Inca and Inca ruins. The local islanders still preserve many ancient traditions with their beautiful handicrafts and clothing. In fact in 2005, UNESCO honored “Taquile and Its Textile Art” as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” Interestingly, in Taquile, it has been the men, and not the women, who have historically woven materials. While in Taquile, you’ll be taken on a guided tour, which will include the local museum (exhibiting traditional costumes) and the island’s old ruins, found at the highest point of Taquile. There, an incredible sunset awaits you.

PM Return to Puno City.

Day 7: After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight to Arequipa in southern Peru. ( Bus options also available)

Upon your arrival, our representative will take you to a warm and comfortable hotel, where you can freshen up and prepare for your Arequipa experience. This city, said to be the most beautiful city in Peru travel, is found at an altitude of 2,335 meters (7,661 feet) in the Andes. Did you know, the historic center of Arequipa, also known as the White City, was constructed with sillar, a white volcanic rock? What’s more, the city was named a World Heritage Site in 2000 due to its “creative coalition of European and native characteristics.”

In the afternoon, a guide will you meet up with you to take you a tour of the city’s major tourist spots and attractions, including the two most visited ashlar constructions: the town hall and the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa. The cathedral, an example of neoclassical architecture, is found in the “Plaza de Armas” – Arequipa’s main square. After this, the next stop will be a tour through the old colonial housing area, where you’ll be able to see many baroque facades decorating famous casas and mansions.

You’ll then have time to explore the area on your own. We suggest that you visit the must-see Santa Catalina Monastery, a monastery of nuns of the Dominican Second Order. There, you will find an incredible panorama of the cityscape at the top of the stairs on the roof deck. The panorama features a backdrop of the snow-capped volcano, the El Misti – also known as Guagua-Putina.

Note: After you return to your hotel and have had a rest, if you’re all set for dinner, we suggest you try some local flavor on your Peru vacation. For those looking for a fiery dish, we suggest Rocoto Rellenos, Chairo, Chactado, or Chupe de Camerones. For something milder, try the Ocopo or Adobo. Just be sure to get to sleep at a practical hour though, because you will receive an early wakeup call in the morning. The next destination: Colca Canyon and its hot springs.

Day 8: After an early breakfast, your guide will pick you up for a picturesque drive to the spectacular Colca Canyon, home of the town of Chivay. The long drive will climb up the road of the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada, where wild vicuñas roam the Pampas.

Once at this elevation, also be sure to take in the wind-swept cliffs. Note the brightly colored strata rocks. Also, once you reach the highest pass of the drive, the Patapampa, be on the lookout for its rare flora and fauna. Animals, like the rodent Viscachas, and plants, such as the brain-like yapats, gather in this seemingly barren landscape.

After this afternoon tour, you’ll be taken to your hotel in Colca Canyon. There, you can go and relax for the evening. Enjoy the region’s famed hot springs.

Day 9: After breakfast, your tour guide will take you to one of the best viewpoints of Colca Canyon: Cruz del Condor. Be sure to bring your camera. Along the way to Cruz del Condor, you’ll find scenic villages and pre-Inca ruins dominated by the volcanoes Ampato and Hualca. Then, once you reach Cruz del Condor, you’ll get to see a sight unlike no other. Stretching nearly 4,000 feet below, you can stand and gaze at the canyon’s depths.

After this, you’ll return to Chivay for a delectable lunch. The rest of Day Nine of your Peru vacation is yours to spend as you please, either exploring the city on your own or as part of a guided tour.

Day 10: And with Day Ten’s arrival, it’s mainly getting ready for your trip back home. After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have a free morning in Arequipa and then in the afternoon, you’ll take the final transfer to the airport where you’ll catch your scheduled flight.


» All hotel nights Hotels based on US standards
» All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
» Ground transportation and entrance fees
» Breakfast at all hotels
» Trains: Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco

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» Airfare
» Lunches or dinner (unless otherwise specified)
» Airport taxes

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