Heir to ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition, Perú is a magical spot which involves one of the richest biodiversities of Earth, and is a melting pot of different cultures who together are forging the promise of a better future.
While Perú inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times, when great civilizations bequeathed a legacy of their art, customs and rituals, their wisdom and skills.

Key Info

Duration  12 Nights

Price: 3, 4 & 5* options available on request

activity grading  Easy cultural exploration

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Best of Peru

DAY 01 – ARRIVE LIMA

Upon arrival in Lima,assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at SELECTED HOTEL.

“Lima, located at sea shore, at the mouth of Rímac River (which means the river that talk) was called in the past as the pearl of the Pacific. Touring Lima one can have an idea on what complex is Peru: A country with pronounced contrasts that struggles for conjugating the traditions of an agricultural and rural society with the modernity of the industrialization and the market economy. Despite of its lack of economical resources and disorder, as a large city with kind people that keeps cordiality as a mayor value and a great enchant.


DAY 02 – LIMA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit Lima's Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its long, wooden balconies were used during the Viceroyalty by flirty "tapadas" in order to see while not being seen. Colonial buildings surround the Main Plaza and the Cathedral stands out impressively. The Presidential Palace, City Hall and the Archbishop's Palace complete a

nice vista. Stroll down to San Francisco Church, which stores an enviable collection of ancient books and is crossed by a network of catacombs now open to the public. This magnificent religious complex is made up of a principal portal, two churches and a convent. In the dark grounds below the church stand the Catacombs. This old cemetery is the place where more than twenty five thousand limeños where given Christian burial. Bones and entire skeletons present a shocking display. Continue on to Casa Aliaga, the best preserved colonial mansion in the Americas. Casa Aliaga has been home to 16 generations making it the oldest family household in continuous use in the entire continent and a jewel of Colonial Lima.

DAY 03 – LIMA / AREQUIPA


Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your domestic flights to Arequipa.

Upon arrival to Arequipa, assistance at the airport and transfer to SELECTED HOTEL.

The city was founded on 15 August 1540 by several Spanish conquistadors, in a valley formerly inhabited by successive pre-
Hispanic cultures, who provided the place
names of the city and its surroundings.

Opposite the Spanish trace survives the nearest Indian village (now suburb of San Lazaro).The role of the "sillar", (volcanic rock) began in the last third of the 16th century. This volcanic stone, pearl or pink in colour, free, inexhaustible, soft, light, thermal, aesthetic and weatherproof, emerged as a seismic structural solution. Sillar was not used much in the early years, except for the covers of the main church and some houses.

In the afternoon your tour begins in the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in Peru due to the use of sillar stone, carved arches and nearby the imposing Cathedral of Arequipa, built in the seventeenth century and completely rebuilt

after several earthquakes. From there you will head to the Monastery of Santa Catalina, built in 1579, which is an enclosed religious town that remains in use to this day. Then visit the Church Compañia de Jesus (1590), considered a classic example of local baroque architecture that stores inside an outstanding display of paintings and murals. Finally you will visit the districts of Yanahuara and Chilina to have a panoramic view of the countryside of Arequipa.


DAY 04 – AREQUIPA / COLCA CANYON B/L/D

Breakfast at the hotel.

A day to enchant your sight. Depart from Arequipa via Yura, a district characterized by impressive landforms that contain
streams, chains of hills and canyons. You
will arrive to the Reserve of Pampa

Cañahuas, a vast plain where you can see vicuñas, Andean native and domesticated camelids considered a national symbol. Then drive across Vizcachani, the Pampas Toccra and border the crater of Chucura volcano to reach the Mirador de los Andes of Patapampa (4800 m) from where you can apreciate the different volcanoes surrounding Arequipa.

Lunch in the mythical town of Chivay and afternoon free to rest in the hotel of your choice or visit the local hot springs.

Upon arrival to the Colca Valley you will be transferred to SELECTED HOTEL.


DAY 05 – COLCA CANYON B/L/-

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Condors Cross, from where you can see the Colca Valley (the canyon is the second deepest in the world with over 4 kms at its deepest end) and then you will dream awake: see the huge and majestic condor fly only a few meters away.

Drive back to visit the villages of Chivay, Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque.

After lunch visit the town of Coporaque and the Colcas of Chininia, amazing pre-Inca constructions in vertical natural walls. From there head to the Mirador de Ocolle, the Amphitheatre, and perform a short walk to the identified but unexplored archaeological remains of Uyo-Uyo.

Lunch included.

DAY 06 – COLCA CANYON/PUNO B/L/-


Breakfast at the hotel. We take the detour at Patahuasi and drive through magical highland plains, stone forests, and lagoons populated by white herons that dry their wings with the wind chill 4000 meters above sea level . After this scenic six-hour we finally arrive in Puno

Lunch included
Arrive Puno, and transfer to the SELECTED HOTEL.


DAY 07 – UROS & TAQUILE ISLAND B/L/-


Buffet breakfast at the hotel

You will be picked up from Puno ́s lake port and transferred to the floating islands of the Uros. Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reef that grows in the lake. The islands are built by weaving totoras in the places where they grow the thickest and form a natural layer. They build their totora houses over it and cook in the open air to prevent possible fires.

After a one and a half-hour tour, you will continue your trip to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands, inhabited by Aymara- speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and vestiges of said culture can be noted in their buildings. Nevertheless, when the Spaniards arrived, they forced its residents to get rid of their typical clothes and forced them to wear traditional farmers' clothes. They will give you a brief presentation about the island and you will attend a cultural activity. You will return to Puno after lunch.


DAY 08 – PUNO/CUSCO B/L/-


Breakfast at the hotel.

You will be picked up from your hotel at the appointed time and transferred to the bus station, where you will be assisted by a representative.

The ride to Cuzco is set to have a few interesting stops on route. Visit the town of Pucara and the Alcra Museum. Pucara was the first urban settlement on the altiplano, a civilization that populated the area between 100 and 300 b.C. After a brief break at La Raya, the highest pass on our way to Cuzco (at 4313 masl), the bus stops at Sicuani where lunch is enjoyed. We then head on to Raqchi an Inca site

built in honor of Wiracocha, a powerful Andean God. The rectangular construction boasted thatched rooftops 20 meters above the ground, which are thought to be the highest in the New World. Moments later we visit the Church of Andahuaylillas, known as the "Sixtine Chapel of the Americas" due to the high quality art pieces it shelters. The church was built during the XVI century atop Wari remains and today the boasts a beautifully restored Colonial organ. A short 40 kilometers drive

gets us to Cuzco at the end of the today's journey.

DAY 09 – CUSCO B/-/-

Breakfast at the hotel.

“Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Huatanay Valley (Sacred Valley) in the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of Cusco Region. The city has a population of about 300 000, triple the population it contained just 20 years ago. Alternate spellings include Qusqu (in old Quechua), Cusco, (after the Spanish arrived), and Qosqo current Quechua. Cusco is the preferred way to spell it in Spanish”.

You will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (Quri Kancha 'Golden Temple'), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572) and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Here, during the Inca empire reverence was surrendered to the sun ("Inti"), and there was a time when it was covered with gold. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only

in 1654. Almost a century of construction. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of Inti Raymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of

mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know Puka Pucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Puka Pucara, which means "Red Fortress", was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel

DAY 10 – CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY B/L/-


Breakfast at the hotel.

This amazing excursion starts at Awanakancha, a textile and South American Camelid exhibition center located at kilometer 23 on the road to Pisac. It is considered a living museum where the traveler can see Andean camelids, learn about the techniques to take their wool and finally acquire finely spun garments. Continue on to Pisac Market, an array of dozens of stalls displaying and selling goods crafted by residents of the area. Find textiles, carvings, and replicas of ancient Inca

pieces.

After lunch at a local restaurant drive to the town of Ollantaytambo, a clear example of Inca urban planning that is still
practiced today. Pachacutec (1438 - 1572)
captured the former town, destroyed it and

built a new one while absorbing it as part of his empire. Ollantaytambo exhibits a large archaeological complex(certainly one of the most astonishing works of the Incas)and though known as a "fortress", Ollantaytambo was really a "tambo" or rest stop and lodging for long distance travelers.

Overnight at the SELECTED HOTEL in the Sacred Valley.

DAY 11 – SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU B/L/-


Breakfast at the hotel.

Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a transfer from your hotel to the Ollanta train station. Then travel by train to Aguas Calientes in approximately two hours. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" and is the last stop before the

entrance to the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes are the railway station, a crafts market, restaurants and accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572).

Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Lunch at Café Inkaterra Afternoon at leisure
Overnight at SELECTED HOTEL.

DAY 12 – MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO B/-/-

Breakfast at the hotel.

Once in the citadel you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and the Inca Bridge.

OPTIONAL

Second entrance to the citadel to explore by your own. In the afternoon return by train to Cusco.

Arrive to Ollanta train station and transfer to your SELECTED HOTEL in Cusco.


DAY 13 – CUSCO/LIMA B/-/-

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Lima.
Arrive to Lima, assistance at the airport for international departure flight.

**END OF OUR SERVICES**

Price Includes:

-Transfers and services with English/Spanish speaking guide -Accommodation and hotels mentioned on the itinerary subject to availability -Meals mentioned on the itinerary

B= Breakfast L= Lunch BXL= Box lunch D= Dinner -Entrances
-3D/2N Colca / Puno package on shared basis
-Colca hot spring entrance

-Full day Uros & Taquile Island shared basis / speed boat -Regular bus Puno/Cusco
-F/D Full day Pisaq & Ollanta shared basis
-2D/1N Machu Picchu package on shared basis

-Train Expedition Ollanta / Machu Picchu / Cusco
-Roundtrip bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes -BTC Cusco Tourist tax


Price not includes:

-Flights - Air tickets
Lima / Arequipa -Cusco/ Lima USD 390.00 per adult
** Air tickets fare subject to change without noticed**
-Tips & Personal expenses.
-Second
entrance to the Machu Picchu citadel & Huayna Pichu and roundtrip bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
-Second day guided tour in Machu Picchu

Important notes: This quotation does not guarantee hotel availability and there's currently no option being held, not booking confirmation. Rates valid for 2013 (Not valid for Christmas Season, Inti Raymi or New Year, check.