Wonderful Discover Circuit: Lima, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco in 11 days
Day 1: Lima
Reception at Jorge Chavez airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
Hotel night in Lima.
Day 2: Lima – Arequipa
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport
Flight to Arequipa.
Arrival in Arequipa, reception and transfer to the hotel.
We will have the morning free to rest, walk around the city center and have lunch.
Arequipa (optional and additional tour)
Around 2:00pm, you will be picked up from your hotel to start the tour through the Arequipa countryside. This interesting tour begins with a visit to the monuments architectural and most beautiful natural viewpoints that surround the white city. Our mobility will go to the outskirts of the city where we will visit the beautiful Mirador de Sachaca, which will offer us a spectacular natural panorama of Arequipa and its volcanoes.
Our vehicle will continue towards the Mansion of the Founder, a beautiful construction from the colonial period, where the founder of the city of Arequipa, García Manuel de Carvajal lived in the 15th century. To finish we will travel through a spectacular Andean landscape and arriving this is the Sabandia Mill, a majestic construction made of volcanic rock known as sillar, in the place you will appreciate an old stone mill that was built in the year 1785. The tour ends at 06:00pm in the city centre.
Overnight in Arequipa.
We will have the night in Arequipa.
Day 3: Arequipa - Chivay (La Calera and Chivay Hot Springs)
Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00am - 08:30am
At the scheduled time of departure to Chivay. We will start the tour by the road to Yura, where we will admire the natural and cultural landscape of this area, we will border the majestic Chachani volcano and we will continue through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve until we reach Pampa Cañahuas, in where the guide will explain about the flora and fauna of the zone, we will be able to appreciate the natural habitat of the South American camelids within them LA VICUÑA.
We will continue the tour until we reach a small stop in Patahuasi (house at the top) to drink the hot coca tea, very for height where we will be. We will continue the journey to the bofedales where different species live of both migratory birds to the area according to season, we will continue our journey until we reach Patapampa, the highest point of the trip located at 4900 m.a.s.l. which I also know how to viewpoint of the Andes, here you can see different volcanoes like Misti, Hualca Hualca, Sabancaya, Ampato, Ubinas and Chachani.
At midday we will be arriving at the town of Chivay where we will have lunch and stop at followed by a transfer to the hotel, you will have some time to rest and then meet up and visit the thermal baths of La Calera. These open-air baths have thermal water where you can enjoy a very relaxing moment, after the bus tour of the tomorrow.
After a prudent hour, we will return to the hotel so that we can rest and spend the night in the town of Chivay.
Day 4: Colca Canyon - Puno
Breakfast at the hotel.
06:00 am. approx. After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will start with the day's excursion to the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor, where you can observe the majestic flight of the condors and the canyon depth. On this trip, we will stop at the village of YANQUE to observe its colonial church, dances of the Wititi as well as the typical costume of the Zone.
Back to Chivay we will visit the villages of PINCHOLLO, MACA, ACHOMA, where the guide will explain us their different customs of the area as well as the Lito models, colonial churches and terraces.
11:30 am approx. - Arrival in Chivay.
11:45 am approx. - Lunch
01:30 pm approx. We will take the bus to Puno. The bus during the trip, makes small excursions in route, where we can appreciate a little more of the fauna and flora on the way to Lake Titicaca.
Upon arrival in Puno, we will be assisted and transferred to the hotel.
Hotel in Puno.
Day 5: Puno: Full Day To Titicaca Lake (Uros & Taquille Islands)
Breakfast at the hotel.
At 7:00 am, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the port of Lake Titicaca, our local guide will be waiting for us with the boat to start our great adventure on Lake Titicaca.
We will leave in the direction of Uros, on the way our guide will explain to us important points of this majestic lake, soon after we will arrive at the famous floating islands of the Uros.
We will make the excursion on the island of Uros, visiting its inhabitants and learning about the customs of these communities that live for years in the highlands.
After visiting these, we will return to the boat and continue our trip towards Taquile Island.
We will sail for approximately 3 hours on the Titicaca in the direction of Taquile, a huge island that is characterized by its magnificent and beautiful fabrics.
Here you will have the opportunity to observe how people of the island produces splendid textiles such as ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high after appreciating these beautiful handmade works, we will continue with the until we reach the top of the island, where we will walk along a beautiful path, somewhat inclined that offers spectacular landscapes of the lake.
The most advisable is to walk slowly, take it easy and enjoy as much as possible, since they are walking over 3800 meters high in a world. Approximately 45 minutes later, we will arrive at the center of Taquile, where we will finally we will rest and visit a small site museum, which through photos shows aspects important part of the lives of the people of Taquile.
We will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the after lunch, visitors will have free time to visit the workshops of the knitting and taking pictures with the friendly locals. In the afternoon we will go down to the pier and we will undertake our return trip to Puno, arriving in the city at approximately 05:00pm.
Overnight at hotel in Puno.
Day 6: Puno - Cusco "The Sun Route”
Breakfast at the hotel.
06:15am will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the bus station at Puno's land terminal.
The trip to Cusco will last 10 hours approximately, where we will have 4 excursions and guided visits to the most interesting places in the south of the altiplano visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the Raya pass at 4335 meters above sea level and the Inka museum Aymara from Pukara.
Each visit lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, where you can ask questions, take pictures and explore the attractions of the place, making this experience an unforgettable one.
We will arrive in Cusco at 4:30pm, be picked up from the train station and be transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night. We will be arriving in Cusco at 4:30 pm, being picked up and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night
Day 7: Cusco: City Tour + 4 Nearby Ruins
Free morning to acclimatize or do some shopping.
City tour in Cusco
Our staff will pick you up from your different rooms to start the Cusco City tour.
Tour 4 Ruins, the first place we will visit is the Archaeological complex of "Sacsayhuamán", this magnificent Inca construction located north of the city of Cusco is famous for its huge blocks of carved limestone joined with amazing precision, the whole complex comprises three large zigzagged terraces, and we will give a small tour to the imposing statue of the white Christ which is also a viewpoint of the city of Cusco.
Continuing with the City Tour we will go to Qenqo this place was a ceremonial center since it
In the central part, there is a giant monolith surrounded by niches, where offerings were placed.
Finally we will visit two other important archaeological ritual ceremonial sites which are Puca Pucara is composed of a small square where you can see rooms, platforms, water channels and Tambomachay (tambo) means resting place and (machay) means underground cavity, east cave place fulfilled the religious function linked to the water and regeneration of the land Puca Pucara. Once after this tour of the Cusco City Tour 4 ruins we will return to the city of Cusco.
Overnight at the hotel of your choice.
Day 8: Cusco: Sacred Valley and Train to Machupicchu Town
Breakfast at the hotel.
8:00am Pick up from your hotel to start our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, we will be leaving the city to cross the archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman and reach the Taray viewpoint, wide viewpoint from where you can see the beautiful Inca terraces and the current farmland that the archaeological site of Pisaq is located around the sacred river of the Inkas “Willcamayuc”, later we visited the archaeological park of Pisaq, we will also visit the indigenous market of Pisaq, which is very colorful as the local people come to sell or acquire local products that the population needs.
Pisaq's indigenous market is the best place to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. At the end of free time we will continue our journey towards the village of Urubamba, where we will have time to have lunch at the restaurant with buffet service, where you can taste some of the a great variety of dishes presented with the best products of the area.
Continuing our trip, we arrive at the last living Inca city Ollantaytambo.
Ollantaytambo reminds us of a mythical love story, a drama that makes love prevail before all obstacles, it is believed that this city was built by the Inca General Ollantay at a time of rebellion against the Inca's royal army by preventing his union with the beautiful princess Cusi Qoyllor "beautiful star".
After our free time and depending on the time, we will be boarding the tourist train towards the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machupicchu town.
Arrival to Machupicchu town, personalized assistance at the train station and transfer to the hotel selected.
Optionally, visit to the town's hot springs.
Day 9: Inca Trail: Km 104
Meals: Box Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Hotel on request).
Distance: 16kms / 10 mills (6 hours more or less of walking)
Difficulty: Easy / moderate.
Walking time: Approximately 6 hours (includes lunch on the route).
Walk and terrain: Walk on open roads, some steep trails
Breakfast at the hotel (subject to pick-up time depending on train schedule)
Trekking km 104 "Chachabamba to Inti Punku, the gateway to the sun"
Today our hike takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We will visit beautiful Inca sites, we will see a variety of flora and fauna and we will be able to enjoy the panoramas of the Andes Mountains. Covering 16 km of the road, our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and climb the original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna before continuing to Machu Picchu by the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).
As we drive to Machu Picchu we will pass through the lush green cloud forest that covers the mountain and we can see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. In addition, we can see some bigger mammals like the Viscachas (Chinchillas with form of rabbit) and the Spectacled bears (if we are very lucky).
After a full day of walking, we will arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and we will get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos because there are few tourists, so it is a perfect time to take some pictures of the site.
After passing through the Puerta del Sol, we will continue along the path a little before taking a side path that leads to Aguas Calientes, in the valley below, where we we'll check into our hotel.
Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.
Day 10: MACHUPICCHU "SUN RISE EXPERIENCE"
Breakfast at the hotel.
Early wake up (04:00am) to take one of the first buses back to Machu Picchu to enter the site as soon as it opens (06:00am) we will have a 2 hour guided tour in the site where you will learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel.
After the tour, you will have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permission to climb the Huayna Picchu (2 hours round trip) or the Machu Picchu mountain (3 hours round trip).
You will also have time to do some of the following activities on your own if you wish (not included in the price)
Climb the Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes are a visit to the new local museum or a bath in the hot springs.
Return to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and then board the
Expedition to Ollantaytambo train station; Train departure time may vary according to the schedule and availability.
At the train station in Ollantaytambo you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
The hike to the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu depends on availability; Please let us know if you would like to add one of these additional walks at the time of booking.
We only take ITEP EcoTravel customers in our vans and cars. We do not use transportation public.
About the hotels in Machupicchu:
The hotels can change (be different according to your request) depending on the time of reservation and availability; it is also possible to camp on the Inca Trail 2d/1n, we just need follow the conditions of the Machupicchu government or the restrictions made for reasons of security by the Peruvian government.
Day 11: CUSCO OUT - LIMA
Breakfast at the hotel
At the appropriate time, transfer out.
Flight Cusco - Lima (NOT INCLUDED)
End of our Services
- Transfer in and out at each destination.
- 01 night accommodation in Lima with breakfast
- 01 night accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast
- 02 nights’ accommodation in Puno with breakfast
- 04 nights’ accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
- 01 night accommodation in Chivay with breakfast
- 02 nights’ accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
- 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes with breakfast
- Full Day Lake Titicaca + Typical Lunch
- Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch
- Inca Trail 02 days with Box Lunch and Dinner on the first day
- Visit to Machu Picchu
- Bus Consetur descends on the first day and goes up and down on the second day of the Inca Trail.
- Train Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
- Train Expedition round trip + dinner at tourist restaurant, is for category 2 and 3 stars and train Vistadome to return + dinner at restaurant El Mapy for category 4 and 5 stars, for those who spend the night in Belmond dinner in Tinkuy (Sanctuary Lodge).
- For 2 and 3 stars hotels will be used on the route Puno-Cusco, the tourist bus with stops and income.
- For 4 and 5 star hotels, the Perurail Titicaca Train will be used on the Puno - Cusco route, departing only on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The other days will be by tourist bus and will have a discount of USD$200 per person.