Machupicchu Titicaca Lake & Colca Canyon

THE BEST OF SOUTHERN PERU: AREQUIPA, COLCA CANYON, TITICACA LAKE, CUSCO, THE SACRED VALLEY & MACHUPICCHU: 10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS

TRIP AT A GLANCE

Travel from only: US$136 per day - 10 days starting only at US$1360 per person

This is the best program which will let you visit the Best of the Southern part of Peru: Arequipa & The Colca Canyon, the beautiful highest navigable lake of the world: Titicaca Lake, the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machupicchu. It is also one of the best combinations to see and be in contact with local people, the wonderful landscapes of the Coast, the Andes, the Cloud Forest, its flora and fauna. Learn about the Incas, Peruvian culture, and visit 1 of the new 7 wonders of the world!!!!

ITINERARY:
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner
DAY 1: LIMA - AREQUIPA: Santa Catalina Monastery &Juanita Mummies' Museum (B)
DAY 2: AREQUIPA – COLCA: Chivay, Calera hotsprings (B)
DAY 3: COLCA CANYON – PUNO: Cross of the Condor and typical towns (B)
DAY 4: TITICACA LAKE: Uros, Taquile. With a fast boat (B, L)
DAY 5: PUNO – CUSCO: By bus; Pucara Museum, La Raya Pass, Raqchi & Andahuaylillas. Or train paying the extra. (B, L)
DAY 6: CUSCO CITY TOUR: Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, kenko, Puca Pucara & Tambomachay (B)
DAY 7: MORAY, MARAS & THE SAT MINES am (B)
DAY 8: SACRED VALLEY: AWANACANCHA, PISAC MARKET & RUINS - OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES (B,L)
DAY 9: MACHUPICCHU + HUAYNAPICCHU – CUSCO: If available also hike to Huaynapicchu or Montana Machupicchu (B)
DAY 10: CUSCO – LIMA (B)

Optional private City tour of Lima if your international flight leaves at night
DETAILED ITINERARY
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner

DAY 1: LIMA - AREQUIPA
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Later visit the Santa Catalina Monastery and the Juanita mummy Museum. Free rest of the day to explore the city. Overnight Arequipa. (B)
NOTE: You are in charge of arriving to Arequipa and leaving from Cusco: by plane, train or Bus. Our Services start in Arequipa and finish in Cusco.

DAY 2: AREQUIPA – COLCA
Early morning drive from Arequipa to Chivay trough the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will observe Vicuñas wandering on the high plateau. On the way we will enjoy nice views of the Volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Ampato. In the afternoon take a hike and visit the Calera Hotsprings (entrance fees not included). Overnight Colca Valley. (B)
Arequipa
DAY 3: COLCA CANYON – PUNO
Tour of the Colca Canyon: Early departure to the Cruz del Condor site, the best place to admire the Colca Canyon and the Condor’s flight. On the way it is possible to appreciate archaeological remains, Incan terraces still on use and typical towns like Maca, Achoma and Yanque. After Lunch bus ride from Chivay to Puno, (5-6 hours), Overnight Puno. (B)
DAY 4: TITICACA LAKE
Full day excursion to the beautiful Titicaca Lake , the highest navigable lake in the world. Visit the Floating Islands made of Totora reeds: Uros with the population that still live as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Later visit the Taquile island a remarkable community also with a great ethnic and cultural value; with the best weavers in the region. Quechua, the language of the Incas is kept alive and the islanders preserve their traditional very old costumes and treat visitors in a very welcoming fashion. Pm return to the hotel in Puno. (B, L)

Note: We use a fast boat for this tour.
Pisac Ruins
DAY 5: PUNO - CUSCO
This day you will have a bus ride with guided visits or you can choose to ride on the 1st class Orient Express train without ANY tours and an EXTRA cost of US$240 per person. Train only available on: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Bus ride from Cusco to Puno visiting on the way the Pucara Museum, the temple of Wiracocha or Raqchi (a very impressive Inca site) and a very beautiful chapel: Andahuaylillas; known as Sistine chapel of South America. You will also have other stops for lunch & photos. Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Cusco. (B, L)
- Bus Departure: 7 am / Arrival: 5 pm
- Train (non stop) Departure: 8 am / Arrival: 6-7 pm

DAY 6: CUSCO
Free morning to visit the city and its museums: Inca, Preculumbian Art & The Machupicchu Museum.
Afternoon Combined tour; visit the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. (B)
Note: Whenever it will be possible; to avoid the crowds and in the high season we will program this tour in the morning.
DAY 7: MORAY - THE SALT MINES – MARAS
8:30 am – 1 pm: Visit MORAY a very unique archaeological site in the region; enormous natural depressions where the Incas built huge circular agricultural terraces used as a prototype of a greenhouse or experimental biological station, very advanced for its age. Enjoy beautiful views of the farming fields and the Urubamba snow capped range going towards MARAS and the famous “Inca Salt mines” that are constituted by more than 3000 small pools constructed in a slope, where people extract the salt still using the same traditional methods as 500 years ago. Later drive to Cusco to overnight. Free afternoon. (B)
Pisac Ruins
DAY 8: SACRED VALLEY: AWANACANCHA, PISAC RUINS, MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES
Visit a farm where you will see and take nice pictures of alpacas, llamas, vicunas & guanacos, also we will see and learn (step by step) how Andean people still make very beautiful textiles using very old traditional techniques.Continue to PISAC located right at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, the amazing Inca city that constitutes one of the most important Archaeological Parks in the region. Visit the fine temples, palaces and the well preserved and vast farming terraces; built even as far as the edge of precipices that still keep their straight sometimes vertical aqueducts; an imposing and unforgettable sight that also offers very beautiful landscapes. Visit PISAC the Colonial Village, where you will see the famous "Indian Market" and the handicrafts or "souvenirs" market, this is your chance to enjoy a blend of color, traditions and people, and bargain for exotic craftworks.
After Lunch at Urubamba Village, tour to the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in South America, where people are still living in the same houses and palaces as 500 years ago; the ancient Incan town of OLLANTAYTAMBO, with its very impressive constructions built with huge boulders and its ancient heritage that will leave us astonished. Finally catch the train to Aguas Calientes town (1 1/2 hours). Overnight Aguas Calientes. (B,L)
Note: The Pisac Market is everyday, on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays is bigger but more crowded; not so good for visiting the ruins in Pisac and Ollantaytambo and for photos
DAY 9: MACHUPICCHU - HUAYNAPICCHU - CUSCO
Early visit of Machupicchu to spot the amazing sun rise and for the guided visit (2 1/2 hours) of its wonderful temples, palaces, etc. Later on your own take short hikes to the Sun Gate, Montana Machupicchu, Huaynapicchu Peak (if available), the temple of the Moon, and the Inca Bridge. Afternoon train ride to Ollantaytambo (1 1/2 hours) and return to Cusco by bus (1 1/2 hours) (B)
Machupicchu
NOTES:
- If you are interested in climbing to Huaynapicchu or Montana Machupicchu the entrance fees are Included but you have to let us know in advance, we must buy tickets ASAP, there is a short limit per day.
- If you wish you can stay 1 extra night in Aguas Calientes and have 1 more day for visiting Machupicchu but you will have to pay extra for: the 3 star hotel ($80 - twin room or $70 - single room) and for the next day entrance fees for Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu ($70 pp) and bus tickets (US$28pp)

DAY 10: CUSCO – LIMA - USA
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)

END OF OUR SERVICES

Note: If your international flight from Lima is leaving at night you have the option of taking an early flight from Cusco and could have a city tour in Lima, ask for more details if you are interested.
DATES
- This trip is available the whole year at any day you want
- We just need a minimum of 2 guests.
- If you are a SOLO traveler you could still take the trip (with GROUP tours) but you must pay the EXTRA FOR A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (SS)
PRICES & INCLUSIONS
- PRICES PER PERSON in US$$, MINIMUM 2 GUESTS on DOUBLE occupancy.
- If you want to use a SINGLE room or if you are a SOLO traveler you could still take the trip (with GROUP tours) but you must pay the EXTRA FOR A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (SS)
2-3 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$160 TOTAL
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1360 per person
- SS: US$460
- US$1760 per person
- SS: US$1160
- US$2490 per person
- SS: US$2270
4-5 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$120 TOTAL 
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1230 per person
- SS: US$460
- US$1660 per person
- SS: US$1160
- US$2370 per person
- SS: US$2270
6-7 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$80 TOTAL
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1190 per person
- SS: US$460
- US$1590 per person
- SS: US$1160
- US$2280 per person
- SS: US$2270
8-+ PEOPLE
PRIVATE TOURS WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COSTS
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1160 per person
- SS: US$460
- US$1560 per person
- SS: US$1160
- US$2210 per person
- SS: US$2210
Extra Payment for Private tours: Paying this TOTAL EXTRA COST per PARTY; for ALL the TOURS in CUSCO; we will provide: a PRIVATE transportation + an English Speaking guide just for your party.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICES ACCORDING TO THE ITINERARY:
- Double or Twin rooms at described Hotels + breakfasts for 9 nights, Arequipa: 1 night, Colca Valley: 1 night, Puno: 2 nights, Cusco: 4 nights, Aguas Calientes: 1 night.

GROUP Tours: For the all the tours you will have an English speaking guide, all the entrance fees to visit all the attractions described on the itinerary, all the roundtrip transfers and bus transportation.

- Arequipa Santa Catalina and Museum tours: All the entrance fees, English & Spanish speaking guide.
- Colca canyon tour with a group: Entrance fees, bus transportation, guide (English & Spanish).
- Touristy Bus (best available): Chivay - Puno
- Titicaca Lake tour: Bus & FAST Boat Transportation, Guide (English & Spanish), entrance fees and lunch.
- Touristy (best available) Bus: Puno - Cusco: Transportation to the bus station, Guided tours (English & Spanish), entrance fees and buffet lunch.
- CUSCO: City Tour & 4 ruins, Moray, Maras & the Salt Mines, Sacred Valley, and 1 FULL day Machupicchu: Roundtrip EXPEDITION or INCA RAIL train tickets, Private Machupicchu English speaking guide (2 1/2 hours), Roundtrip Bus tickets, Machupicchu & Huaynapicchu entrance fees.
If you wish you can upgrade to the VISTADOME ($60 pp) or the HIRAM BINGHAM train ($665 pp)

For the GROUP Tours: We use the best available transportation and guides. On average we have:
. Arequipa: 6 -10 people
. Colca Canyon: 15-18 people
. Titicaca Lake tour: 15-18 people
. Cusco City and Sacred Valley tours: 12-16 people
. For Machupicchu you will have a PRIVATE guide (only for your party)

- All the transportation: Airport/Bus & Train Station - Hotel - Airport/Bus & Train Station described in the Itinerary
- Described meals
- Professional & Personal Assistance during your visit.

Does not include: International & national airfares (Lima - Arequipa & Cusco - Lima), tips, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, non described meals & snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of personal nature

BOOKING & DEPOSIT FOR THE TRIP:
- To reconfirm, book and to buy all the necessary tickets, we will need you to send a deposit of 70% of the trip's price ASAP.
- You can make the deposit in a saving account (with 3% bank’s fees)
- If you want to use a credit card there will be 8% fees over the deposit (bank commissions & fees, not ours)
- The remaining balance has to be paid 45 days before your trip or in US$$, cash in Cusco.

The deposit will be used to pay hotels, buy train, Machupicchu tickets, etc. Once we bought your tickets; they are NOT transferable to any other person OR to any different date due to Government regulations.
HOTELS
Please note that for any package we can upgrade and use any other you wish: 4 star, 5 stars, the most recommended, expensive room, etc, etc. As a LOCAL travel agent we have good prices with ALL the hotels in Peru so please just let us know about your preferences and we will send you our best price.
3 STAR/GOOD VALUE:
- AREQUIPA: Conde de Lemos, Posada Monasterio, Casa Andina Classic or similar
- COLCA: Pozo del Cielo or similar
- PUNO: Conde de Lemos, Plaza Colonial or similar
- CUSCO: La Posada de Atahualpa, Amaru or similar
- AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: Pequena Casita, Killa Inn or similar
4 STAR/GOOD VALUE:
- AREQUIPA: Tierra Viva, Casa Andina Select or similar
- COLCA: Colca Lodge or similar
- PUNO: Jose Antonio, Royal Inn or similar
- CUSCO: Tierra Viva, Rumi Punku, San Agustin Dorado, Eco Inn or Jose Antonio
- AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: El Mapi, Casa Andina, Tierra Viva or similar
5 STAR/BEST AVAILABLE:
- AREQUIPA: Casa Andina Private Collection, Libertador or similar
- COLCA: Colca Lodge, Aranwa or similar
- PUNO: Libertador
- CUSCO: Casa Cartagena, Marriot, Aranwa, Palacio del Inka
- AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: Sumaq or Inkaterra Pueblo

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