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Peru Andes Tour 16 Days

Peru Andes Tour is extensive tour package goes deep into the heart of some of southern Peru’s most famous cities. Explore the two picturesque regions of South America: the Andes and the cost. The Peru Andes Tour takes you to visit the regions of: Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Nazca, Ica and Lima the capital of Peru; where you will enjoy fantastic places and the great atmosphere.

Fantastic Peru Andes Tour starts in the city of Cusco where you’ll visit the city and mysterious Inca temples; Explore the Inca ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas; after that you’ll trek the 45km of Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and explore the Lost City of the Incas (Machu Picchu) with our expert guide.

The tour brings you travel by bus over “la Raya Pass” to the city of Puno and visit Talkile, Amantani and the floating island of Uros; then the tour continues to discover the deepest Colca Canyon in the region of Arequipa. From here the tour continues to Nazca where you will over fly Nazca Lines and visit the “Chauchilla” a pre-inca cemetery.

Continuing the tour we’ll visit the “Ballestas” from where we’ll take the bus for six hours to Lima. Our Peru Andes Tour is escorted by professional and experienced guide.

This Peru Andes Tour incorporates the best places of the most popular region of Peru, namely, the cost and the Andes. Peru is encircled with majestic mountains and hence one of the favorite destination for the travellers and trekkers. If you are new in the trekking arena you can opt for the short trek route to Machu Picchu. This is an enjoyable journey, passing through the Natural and cultural highlights including wildlife reserve.

Overview

Sixteen-day Peru Andes Tour takes you to explore Peruvian culture, history and traditions. this trip start in the Andes and finish in the coast. The trip mixes ancient and modern culture, taking you through the most attractive places and showing you the real Peru in an exceptional trip.

This wonderful Peru Andes Tour encompasses much of what makes Peru so beloved by travellers. Whether you’re exploring the exotic capital of the Incas – Cusco, discovering Machu Picchu, beneath awe-inspiring mountains, exploring the rural beauty in the Lake Titicaca or wandering around the deepest canyon of the world. Peru is incredible. You’ll be left with no doubt why so many return to the country time and time again.

FACTS

TIMING: 16 days / 15 nights
  START: Cusco airport – Peru
  FINISH: Lima Airport – Peru
  COUNTRY: Peru
  STYLE: Cultural and adventure tour
  PHYSICAL RATING: Moderate
  TRANSPORT: Bus, train and motor boat
   ACCOMMODATIONS: 3-stars category hotel, camping tents, and family house.
   PLACES TO VISIT: Cusco city, Sacred valley of the Incas, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Colca canyon, Nazca, Nazca lines,Ballestas Island and Lima.

BRIEF ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cusco

Arrival to Cusco at any time. However, we must know your fly details to transfer you to the hotel.

DAY 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today will be a full-day tour; you will visit the local market of, the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

DAYS 3, 4, 5 & 6: Trekking Inca Trail

After breakfast, we’ll head toward km 82, the starting point of the trek; you can hike at your pace the 45 km of Inca Trail; the last day, we will start very early to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu.

NOTE: The passengers who are not able or nor interested in the hike of the Inca Trail; the you  can spend 2 days in Cusco, and then travel by train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes” with overnight. Next morning, you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu entrance and meet with the hikers at the ruins. If you decide not to do the hike, we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

DAY 7: Puno

Ten-hour bus tour, you will visit Inca ruins, handicrafts factory, hot springs, and lovely lands cape.

DAYS 8, 9: Lake Titicaca

You will discover Uros, Taquile and Amantani Island, and stay in conditioned family house for overnigh.

DAYS 10, 11: Colca Canyon

Explore the Colca Canyon and appreciate the world’s deepest canyon where the majestic Condors soar high in the sky.

DAY 12: Nazca

Free time in the morning; and in the evening, we will travel ten hours by bus to Nazca.

DAY 13:  Nazca lines

Overfly the enigmatic Nazca lines.

DAY 14: Islas Ballestas

Take a motor boat and explore the Ballestas Islands where you’ll see the sea life and different species of birds.

DAY 15: Lima

After breakfast, we’ll take bus and travel to Lima along the ocean road. Upon arrival in Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel; free afternoon.

DAY 16: Departure from Lima

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Itinerary

DETAILED ITINERARY  – “16-DAY PERU ANDES TOUR”

DAY 1: Arrival to Cusco

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Our Peru Andes Tour begins once you arrive to Cusco at any time. However, we must know your fly details to transfer you to your hotel; today there is no planned activity so enjoy the city; you can optionally do the city tour and enjoy the enchanting sites of this Inca, colonial and modern city.

The city of Cusco attracts travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an ancient culture very different from their 20th century way of life; the city of Cusco was the Capital of the Tahuantinsuyo and this was the the administrative center of the Incas between the XII and XVI century. Cusco means female navel, because the Incas thought that Cusco was the center of the Universe.

Cusco is located at 3,400 meters above sea level where 300,000 inhabitants live actually. In Cusco there are numerous colonial churches one of the city’s most common sights is the Cathedral located at the Main Square which was started in 1560 and took 94 years to build where we still can see over 400 canvases from the Cusco painting school of XVI and XVII century most of them belongs to the famous Cusquenian artist Diego Quispe Tito; the Cathedral is also one of the city’s greatest repositories of colonial art.

  • Private Van:
    Airport – Hotel-10 -15 minutes
  • Free Time:
    In the afternoon free time in Cusco
    Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)

DAY 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

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For the Sacred Valley tour, we’ll pick you up at 08:00 a.m from the hotel and travel towards the green fertile valleyto the northeast of the city of Cusco; where we will be rewarded by stunning mounting scenery. On the way to the Sacred Valley, we’ll pass Sacsayhuaman & Tambomachay Inca sites. 1 hour and 30 min after we’ll arrive to the village of Pisac where we will visit a traditional local market; a good place for souvenirs.

Then, we will drive up to the mountain to explore the Inca ruins of Pisac; with stunning views over the valley. On the guided walk into the Citadel of Pisac, you will observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels/caves and the famous Intihuatana “The hitching post of the Sun”; for those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins; advise your guide so he can organize a time and place to pick you up when returning through the market. We’ll continue onto Urubamba where we’re gonna stop for you to buy lunch.

A further 30-minute drive takes us to Ollantaytambo surrounded by the sacred mountains; where we will again discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions, the amazing temple of the Sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs, terraces and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress. The tour ends at the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, considered the main Inca living town; here you can purchase some items for the trek

  • Private Vehicle:
    Cusco – Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo /Full Day95km
    Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way.

Pisac Ruins Guided Tour /Pisac-1h

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that’s still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across “Chitamayo” Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour / Ollantaytambo -1h

Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Tunupa Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAYS 3, 4, 5, 6: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Early breakfast in the hotel and we take our bus bus to Pisqhqka’chu (km. 82) the starting point for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The local porters and the guides will organize everything for you. All you have to do is carry your daypack and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and the fascinating Inca sites along the trail. The first two days, we will walk for approximately 8 hours (including breaks). On the third day, we will have a 5-hour hike.

Second pass of the hike reach to 4,000 masl (13,000 ft.) from where on clear days, you can enjoy wonderful views Vilcabamba Mountain range. The trail goes through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climb to the third pass, where you will walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both original Inca constructions, and then you’ll reach the serene ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or the “Town above the Clouds” (3,650masl).

Last day, we will start the hike very early to arrive for the sunrise at Machu Picchu. Later in the afternoon we will take the train and return to Cusco.

NOTE: Passengers who are not able or nor interested in the hike, can spend 2 days in Cusco, and then travel by train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes” with overnight. Next morning, you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu entrance and meet with the hikers. If you decide not to do the hike, we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets.

Distances of the Inca Trail:

1th Day: Km 82 to Llulluchapampa
Approximate distance: 15 km
Estimated hiking time: 7 – 8 hrs.

2th Day: Llulluchapampa -Chaquiccocha
Approximate distance: 15 km
Estimated hiking time: 7 – 8 hrs.

3th Day: Chaquiccocha – Wiñaywayna
Approximate distance: 10 km
Estimated hiking time: 5 hrs.

4th Day: Wiñaywayna to Intipunku (Sun Gate) – Machu Picchu
Approximate distance: 5 km
Estimated hiking time: 2 hrs

Machu Picchu Guided Tour / Machu Picchu -2h – 3h

Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

  • Train:
    Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/ 1:45 hours 118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Private Vehicle:
    Ollantaytambo – Cusco /2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner, during the trail

DAY 7: Journey from Cusco – Puno

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Today, we’ll take bus and continue toward the souther of the city of Cusco; across the high plains passing remote villages. We are going to reach Puno in the evening. This city is located in the bank of  the Lake Titicaca which is the highest navigable lake in the world.

  • Bus:
    Cusco – Puno / 9h30m – 389km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Balsa Inn (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAYS 8, 9: Lake Titicaca & Bus to Arequipa

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At 7:30 am; we’ll pick you up from the hotel and take you on a motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca. First, we will visit the unique Uros floating Island, which are inhabited by fishermen and hunters. They use the cattail, a type of bush which grows in the lake to create conditions that ensure that the island stays afloat. Currently, the inhabitants still speak Quechua and Aymara language. Next, we’ll go to the island of to Amantani to have dinner and spend the night with a local family with basic accommodations.

This is an opportunity to learn more about their culture and enjoy the hospitality of a typical Amantani home. The next day, you will be able to watch the sunrise over the lake and visit the families who live in the surrounds of the Island. we continue toward Takile; another amazing island in the heart of the lake where people live and conserve their ancient traditions and then we return to Puno. In the evening, we will take a night first class bus to Arequipa (5 hours) and have accommodation in a hotel.

Motorboat:
Puno – Uros – Takile – Amantani / Full day
Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

Lake Titicaca Kayak Excursion

Begin your journey early in the morning by transferring from the hotel to the port, then head out by motorboat to Uros Island. Learn about “Totora” from our guide and paddle towards Taquile Island and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the moment. Hike to a village upon arrival and enjoy lunch with the locals. Continue on by motor boat to Amantani Island to meet your hosts for the night.

Lake Titicaca Homestay:

Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well.

  • Bus:
    Puno  – Arequipa / 5h – 300km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Accommodation:
    Posada del Monasterio  (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner – while you are in the Lake Titicaca tour

DAYS 10, 11: Colca Canyon Tour by bus

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We’ll pick you up from the hotel at 08:00 a.m and continue with our tour through the Andes. Along the route, we will see magnificent views complemented by the flora and fauna; we will see alpacas, vicuñas, llamas and guanacos as well great variety of birds. In the evening, we will arrive to the village of Chivay, a beautiful small colonial village where you can enjoy a bath in the natural hot springs.

Early the next day, we’ll travel to “La Cruz del Condor” to enjoy the world’s deepest canyon where the majestic Condors soar high in the sky. After that, we will return stopping at the traditional markets and visiting small towns. Once we arrive to Chivay, we will enjoy the local cuisine. The grilled alpaca is highly recommended. In the afternoon, we will return to Arequipa, and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Colca Canyon

It’s more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the US, and in fact was declared the deepest canyon in the world by the Guiness Book of Records until 1985, when measurements further to the north in the Cotoahuasi canyon revealed that to be ever so slightly deeper. Either way, with its precipitous slopes lined with terraces and picturesque villages, the crystal clear waters of the “Rio Colca/Colca River” in the valley below, and the Andean condors circling in the skies above, Colca is a truly magical place.

Several stone age sites have been discovered in the valley, but settlement in earnest began in the pre-Inca period Collagua and Cabana groups started to carve terracing out of the hillsides. It is a testament to their skill and ingenuity that, 1,400 years later, farmers are still using these original terraces to produce crops. Later on, the Incas attached great ritual significance to the area, as can be seen from the discovery of one of the area’s most famous inhabitants, Juanita the mummy, in a cave in the canyon.

  • Private Vehicle: Arequipa – Chivay/5h – 6h/165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Optional Activities:
    Hot Springs in the town of Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax.
  • Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 12: Arequipa-Nazca

Free time in the morning; you can wander around the lovely city of Arequipa or you can rest. We recommend you visit the “Santa Catalina” Museum where is placed  the last Inca mummy named Juanita; who  was found on the top of the snow-capped of Ampato; associated with other 18 mummies All of them are in this museum.

In the evening, we will take the first class bus to Nazca (10 hours) arriving there in the morning and have accommodations in a hotel.

DAY 13: Flight over Nazca lines

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Nazca is placed in the heart of the costal desert. Here, we will fly over the mysterious Nazca lines. This can be done in the morning; afterwards we will continue the tour to “Chauchilla”: Nazcas cemetery where there are mummies aged over 1,500 years. Then, we will visit the local artisans in a city who still maintain ancient traditions and technology. Then, you will have accommodation in a hotel.

Across this plain, in an area measuring 37 miles long and 1-mile wide, is an assortment of perfectly-straight lines, many running parallel, others intersecting, forming a grand geometric form. In and around the lines there are also trapezoidal zones, strange symbols, and pictures of birds and beasts all etched on a giant scale that can only be appreciated from the sky.

Figures come in two types: biomorphs and geoglyphs. The biomorphs are some 70 animals and plant figures that include a spider, hummingbird, monkey and a 1,000-foot-long pelican. Biomorphs are grouped together in one area on the plain. Some archaeologists believe they were constructed around 200 BC, about 500 years before the geoglyphs.

  • Air flights
    Flight over the Nazca linez / 45 minutes
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Alegria (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 14: Paracas, Islas Ballestas

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Very early, we’ll travel to the port of Chaco for an exceptional tour of wildlife in the Pacific Ocean. We will visit several islands and see fantastic scenery with a naturalist as a guide and then we’ll continue visiting the Paracas natural reserve and have accommodation in a hotel. We also offer an optional tour to Huaca-China where you can try sandboard.

Private Vehicle
Nazca – Pisco  – Chaco /2h-
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

DAY 15: Lima

After breakfast in the Hotel, we’ll take bus and travel to Lima along the ocean road. Upon arrival in Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel.

DAY 16: Departure from Lima

Farewell and travel from Lima. After having a good breakfast in the hotel, we’ll pick you up to drive you to the airport in Lima, which is to 45 minute from downtown Lima, we must be 2 hours before to make arrangements for confirmation of flight; After check in at the airline to fly and pay the airport tax, we said goodbye and you’ll aboard the flight from Lima to Home.

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Inclusions

PERU ANDES TOUR INCLUDES

All necessary things for Peru Andes Tour:

  TRANSPORTATION: All Transfers in/out airport/hotel/airport, bus transportation according to the program and train to Machu Picchu.
  ENTRANCE FEE: For all the tourist places.

   MEALS: No meals included exceptall breakfast in the hotels and delicious meals on the Inca Trail. Food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, also hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude, teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn), (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 afternoon teas), we always offer a vegetarian option upon request, and we provide available boiled water each morning for your water bottles.

   GUIDE & PORTERS: Licensed bilingual Official tour guide. Inca Trail Porters who will carry your personal items (6kls) in duffel bags that we provide and the camping equipment on the Inca Trail you must carry your daypack with your camera, snacks and some drinkable water.

ACCOMMODATIONS

   CAMPING EQUIPMENT: We provide brand new 4 season four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the guides, tent for the porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
   ACCOMMODATIONS: All hotel accommodations ***hotels, 1 night with local family in Puno and 3 nights in camping tents.
   OTHER: Local Guide for Permanent assistants, first-aid kit, emergency oxygen bottle.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  Meals: All Lunches and dinners except on the Inca trail you must consider a budget from US$15 to US$25 for each meal. We will assist you at this issues.
  Sleeping bag: Can be rented in our office for US $20 for the entire trek. Airport taxes and tips for the staff.

Price

PRICE OF THE TOUR

Daily departure for Peru Andes Tour in group service and private service

 TYPE OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition Class US$ 2,440
 Vistadome class 
 Hiram Bimgham class 

Prices shown for Peru Andes Tour, are per person travelling. ‘Twin/Double’ prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The ‘Single supplement’ applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the ‘Twin/Double’ price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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