Colca Canyon, Titicaca Lake, Cusco, Machu Picchu 14 Days

DEC 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 4590 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Leisurely/Moderate
Group Size 2-8 people
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The perfect program for travelers who love to discover new cultures, gastronomy, people and unforgettable landscapes, you will discover Peru from the coast to the Andes and its landscapes surrounded by snowy peaks, and of course the impressive millennial past of the Incas.

Our  itinerary offers the perfect introduction to Peru, placing you amongst the locals in Lima, Cusco, Colca canyon  and at Lake Titicaca and featuring guided sightseeing tours and experiences throughout your journey. For many the highlight of Peru will be a visit to Machu Picchu, where you will undoubtedly stand in awe admiring the ruins of the former Inca citadel, but we promise that you will be equally enthralled by country’s varied landscape, fine food and warm hospitality. This is a trip that will excite your senses and will leave you wanting to discover more.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • All necessary transfers from / to the airport, hotel, train station, etc. in a private car
  • Domestic flights: Lima – Arequipa / Cusco – Lima
  • Overnight stays in a double room / with breakfast in hotels of the standard / comfort / superior category according to the hotel list
  • Further meals according to the tour schedule
  • Transport according to the tour schedule: collective bus Arequipa – Colca – Chivay – Puno, collective bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes; Tourist bus Puno – Cusco; Expedition train: Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes – Poroy
  • Excursions in small international groups with a local English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees for all listed excursions (for exceptions see not included in the price)
  • On-site contact person with 24-hour emergency number (English-speaking support)

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • All excursions and optional activities not listed (see additional services)
  • For Superior Hotel: Transfer to an authentic encounter with the Coporaque villagers
  • Ascent of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña (the ticket must be bought together with the entrance to Machu Picchu)
  • Other private expenses and voluntary tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Discover Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses, endless culture and delicious cuisine during your free time in the Peruvian capital.
  • Be mesmerised by the mother of all Inca cities, the mysterious Machu Picchu, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour.
  • With the help of a resident musician, make your own zampona – a traditional panpipe instrument – and learn how to play it like a local.
  • Cusco has something for everyone, making it perfect for a family visit. A boleto touristico pass grants you access to the best sights in town.
  • Wake early and observe Andean condors taking to the sky during their morning routine as the sun rises in the spectacular Colca Canyon.
  • Meet the local artisans, farmers and townsfolk of the Sacred Valley – not forgetting the cute alpacas and llamas.

Our  tour Peru Highlights takes you to the highlights of this fascinating country. Starting with a visit to the beautiful city of Arequipa in southern Peru, continue to Colca Canyon, where you can watch the majestic flight of condors up close. Gain unique insights into the life of the local population on a crossing to the floating reed islands of the Uros, the descendants of the indigenous people of this area. Get up close and personal with the heritage of the Incas in Cusco. An exploration of the secrets of Machu Picchu is the undisputed highlight of any trip to Peru and you will certainly remember the walk through the ruins for a long time to come.

  • Hotels 3-4 ***: 13 nights
    Overnight stays in double rooms (with shower / WC) in a balanced mix of 3-4 ***, very cozy.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 5 m

Welcome to Lima, Peru’s capital and one of South America’s most beautiful cities. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and tour leader. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. After the meeting, stroll the streets of downtown Lima and check out some of its main attractions on a leader-led walking tour. Enjoy free time before an optional group dinner this evening. The unofficial food capital of South America, there’s no better place to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche, than at one of Lima’s excellent restaurants. As there’s little time spent in Lima, you may like to arrive a few days early to see the sights, including the chic suburb of Miraflores, Central Park, Lovers’ Park and the National Museum.

  • Accomodation: Hotel Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco (Komfort)

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2300 m
Hiking Distance 2 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

In due time you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport. From there you take the flight to the “white city” Arequipa. Once there, a transfer will take you to your hotel.
On the way from the airport to downtown Arequipa, visit a sillar quarry during a guided tour (approx. 2.5 hours) and learn about the origin and mining of the white volcanic rock ( included in the price). Sillar was used to build many churches, mansions, and even bridges during the colonial era. The cityscape of Arequipa is still characterized by the white buildings today. The mining is still done by hand today, as it was hundreds of years ago.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2300 m
Hiking Distance 2 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

Today we invite you to take a walking tour of Arequipa. The highlight here is undoubtedly the visit to the mystical nunnery of Santa Catalina. Up to 150 nuns and their maids lived here for a period of 300 years, completely isolated from the outside world. It was not until 1970 that the monastery gates opened to the public for the first time. The rest of the day is at your disposal. Your tour guide will be happy to give you tips for the rest of the day.

Tip: Do you enjoy cooking and would like to get an authentic insight into Peruvian cuisine? Then we recommend a cooking class with Arthur (optional, not included in the price). In the popular restaurant of the same name, you create Peruvian delicacies together with the friendly cook. You have the choice between two typical Peruvian dishes. With the Criollo menu you prepare ceviche as a starter, finely chopped, raw fish marinated with lime juice, garlic, coriander, onions and chilli. It continues with the main course Lomo Saltado, a colorful pan dish consisting of beef and vegetables, served with french fries and rice. With the Andino menu you start with the delicious starter Chupe de Camerones, a soup with prawns, milk, chilli and potatoes. The main course is Rocoto Relleno. Rocoto is a type of vegetable that looks similar to paprika, but is spicy. This is filled with minced meat, egg, cheese, oregano and olives.

Note: Please note that the cooking class takes place from Monday to Friday in a small international group. On weekends, public holidays and on October 17th there are no cooking classes.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4000 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

In the early morning you set off into the Colca Canyon, which according to Peruvian claims is the deepest canyon in the world. Enjoy the view of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes before making a short stop in the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve (3,400 m) to observe llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in their natural environment. There is also a rare chance to spot Andean condors and the famous giant hummingbirds (the largest in the world). The reserve is also home to 170 other bird and 20 cactus species. At the Patapampa Pass, at 4,820 m the highest point of the tour, you have an impressive view of the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. The journey continues through the town of Chivay (approx. 3,650 m), from where you can marvel at the multicolored landscape of the Colca Canyon. At noon you will reach the authentic village of Coporaque, where there is the possibility to have lunch (not included in the price) and to visit the surroundings or the ruins of San Antonio as part of a short hike (approx. 1 – 2 hours). You will then have the opportunity to relax a little in the Chivay hot springs (admission not included) before being transferred to your accommodation.

  • Accommodation: Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4000 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Breakfast lives up to its name at this time of day. Getting up early is essential, as the condors can only be seen in the early morning if you use the special morning thermals to let yourself be carried through the air. From the Cruz del Condor you can not only watch the birds wonderfully, but also have an impressive view of the canyon. On the way back through the places Maca, Pinchollo and Yanque you will stop a few times to admire the peculiarities of the landscape, as well as colonial churches and the rock tombs of the Inca. Then stop in Chivay for free time to explore and sample local delicacies (not included in the price). You will then be brought back to your hotel and you can spend the afternoon as you wish.

  • Accommodation: Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3800 m
Hiking Distance 2 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

Today the morning is at your disposal. Use the time and get to know the area on short hikes. If you are interested in a bike tour or a horse riding excursion, please inform the tour guide the day in advance so that he can help you organize the tours with the hotel. After breakfast, a villager invites you to his home. They accompany the locals in their daily work, which depends on the time of year and the day of the week. Among other things, you will help, for example, with the sowing or harvesting in the fields or support you with the herding of the animals. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get in touch with the locals and learn more about the way of life of this Peruvian population. Around noon you will pick up your luggage at the hotel and will be brought to Puno via Chivay.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Puno (Standard)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3800 m
Hiking Distance 2 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

After breakfast, board the speedboat and embark on a fascinating journey across Lake Titicaca, the highest commercially navigable body of water on earth. During this excursion you will visit, among other things, the floating reed islands of the Uros, which even during the Inca Empire could not be subjugated. Around 30 to 50 Uros descendants still live on the around 40 floating islands and even if they live almost exclusively from tourism today, it is exciting to learn on site how these islands are manufactured and maintained. You also have the opportunity (optional, not included in the price) to go on one of the postcard-famous “Totora boats”. Then continue to Taquile Island, where you will visit the southern, less touristy part of the island. This island is known for its terraced structures and men knitting. By the way, you can tell from the type and color of the men’s headgear their marital status. During your stay on the island you can not only enjoy the beautiful view over the lake, but also take part in cultural activities and watch the locals doing their usual daily tasks, such as fishing. You will have lunch on the island. In the afternoon you will anchor again in Puno.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Puno (Standard)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4400 m
Hiking Distance 2 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

In the early morning you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the bus station. A comfortable tourist bus takes you through beautiful Andean landscapes to Cusco (travel time approx. Nine to ten hours). On the way you will visit the Museo de la Cultura Pukara in Juliaca and make another stop in La Raya, the highest point of the journey at 4,400 m. A break for lunch will be made in the village of Sicuani. Then take a look at the Temple of Raqchi and the Andahuaylillas Church (Capilla Sixtina de America) before you reach Cusco in the late afternoon and are driven to your hotel.

Note: In contrast to a conventional, public bus, such a tourist bus offers the opportunity to make stopovers at points of interest for tourists on this route and to stretch your feet. Please let us know if you prefer a faster, non-stop public bus.

  • Accommodation: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Probably the most interesting city in Peru has many sights to offer. Today’s half-day city tour takes you to the Iglesia Santo Domingo, where the remains of the former magnificent sun shrine Qoricancha were uncovered after an earthquake. You will also visit the mighty cathedral of Cusco, which rises like a bulwark against the sun cult of the Incas on the historic Huacaypata square. The square, now called “Plaza de Armas”, is located in the heart of the city and is surrounded by many colonial churches that tower above the foundations of Inca temples. Later you will visit the extensive fortress Saqsaywamán, which is located above the city and offers a wonderful view over the former capital of the Inca Empire. A few kilometers further to the west, explore the natural sanctuary of Q’enko, located between the jagged rocks, where the altars and the sacrificial trough of former ritual ceremonies are still preserved today. After the small mountain fortress Pukapukara, you will also visit the water sanctuary Tambomachay. In this mystical place, let yourself be drawn under the spell of the former Inca empire and listen to the sounds of the water that rises from an old Inca water pipe and gushes over terraced walls. The afternoon is at your leisure, so that you have enough time for a walk or a shopping spree and soak up the extraordinary atmosphere of the city.

  • Accommodation: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 3 km
Approximate walking time 1 hrs

After breakfast, take part in a full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your first stop is the Inca agricultural center Chinchero. In this small place colonial structures mix with the remnants of the Inca culture. For example, the church was built on the foundations of an Inca building and the remains of the original Inca walls are still well preserved and visible today. Then it goes on to the Inca complex Moray, a series of concentric, agricultural terraces. It is believed that the Incas maintained a large agricultural laboratory here, where they were able to create various microclimates in order to grow a large number of different types of grain. The circular terraces of Moray are surrounded by a dreamlike landscape, so that you can get to know both a picturesque backdrop and a highly interesting archaeological site. The salt terraces of Maras are very close by. Far away from any civilization and industry, springs arise there, the water of which is very salty. As in the times of the Incas, this salty spring water is passed over terraced salt basins. As a result of the sun’s action, the water in the basin evaporates and the Inca salt can be skimmed off. Your next destination is the Inca fortress Ollantaytambo, which towers over steep terraces on a mighty mountain promontory. The temple castle was used to protect against invasions by jungle trunks. You will then be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

  • Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2000 m

Enjoy the beauty of the Sacred Valley in the morning before you are picked up at noon and taken to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Your train ride to Machu Picchu, “the lost city of the Incas”, begins there. A member of the hotel staff will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes and walk you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can explore the town of Aguas Calientes or visit the thermal baths and relax. In the early evening your tour guide will visit you at the hotel to discuss the day ahead with you.

Tip: The expedition train is a simply equipped tourist train that is primarily intended for backpackers. If you wish, you can also cover the route with the Vistadome or the Inca Rail Ejecutivo. This comfortable tourist train is equipped with large panoramic windows (optional, not included in the price).

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 4 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

The bus takes you up to the wonderful citadel in about 30 minutes. During the approximately two and a half hour guided tour through the citadel, you will visit the following sights in different order, depending on the fixed circular route: the main square, the round tower, the holy sundial, the royal rooms, the temple of the three windows and the cemeteries. You will then leave the facility together with your guide and take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. From there you will travel the first part of the route by train and then a transfer will take you to your hotel in Cusco.

Note: In order to better control the number of visitors to Machu Picchu and to avoid long waiting times for entry, the famous Inca site can only be visited at fixed times. In addition, the ruins may only be visited in the company of a guide who will lead you on one of three fixed circular routes around the site. After the two and a half hour tour, you will have some time to stroll around the facility on your own as part of your assigned shift. The Ministry of Culture may make changes at short notice. If your booking is affected, we will inform you in good time.

Tip: It is still possible to climb the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña mountains (both optional, not included in the price). Both walks must be booked in advance along with entry to Machu Picchu (subject to availability, as a maximum of 400 people per day are allowed). Please indicate when booking whether you would like to climb one of these mountains.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

Today is completely free to you. Enjoy the beautiful city of Cusco, stroll through the pretty alleys or watch life at the “Plaza de Armas” from one of the many cafes and restaurants. Incidentally, this is also an ideal opportunity to buy souvenirs such as beautiful oil paintings.

  • Accommodation: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

Depending on your flight, you will be brought to the airport and start your journey home or your follow-up program.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast
warm jackets
Hydration bladder
wool socks
camera
scarf
first aid kit
hiking shoes
Dry bags
Trekking Poles
sun cream
Snack
sun hat
bathing suite
rain coat
Sandals
insect repellent
Passport
Down Jackets
toilet paper
daypack
Wool cap
head lamp
gloves
sun glasses
cap
extra cash
Trekking pants

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

DEC 2021 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 4590 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 4590USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 4500USD Per Person
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Why travel with Andean Great Treks

LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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