Machu Picchu & The Colca Canyon 10 Days / 9 Nights
Day 1: Arrival to Lima From Overseas
After the International flight from Home you will arrive in Lima, where our representative will be waiting for you and transfer you to your hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Miraflores, or Similar.
Day 2: Lima – Arequipa
This day will begin with your transfer to the airport for a flight to Arequipa, known as the (white city), because of its many colonial buildings built of the areas white volcanic rock. Upon arrival, there will be time to relax or explore a bit on your own before an afternoon city tour, visiting YANAHUARA, la compania, the convent of SANTA CATALINA, famous for its labyrinth of secluded rooms and exploring the historic center. Overnight at Casa Andina Arequipa Hotel.
Early in the morning our expedition begins, leaving the city behind in private van, climbing the highland savannah or puna, with an incredible view of the snow volcano Misti and in the distant, many snow peaks. On this high area, you will see herds of llamas, alpacas and Vicuña another South American Camelot variety that is endangered. Finally we arrive to Chivay a small village at the Colca Canyon, here you will spend the night at Las Casitas Del Colca Hotel or similar.
Day 4: Chivay – Cruz del Cóndor – Arequipa
On this day we will travel through all the impressive Colca Canyon, to arrive very early to Cruz del Condor (viewpoint), over the CANYON From where we will position ourselves to see the condors fly over the rocky canyon deep and full of hot air currents in the morning, that will simply make the flight of the Condor majestic. In the afternoon we head back to Arequipa Overnight at Casa Andina Arequipa Hotel.
Day 5: Arequipa – Cusco
Morning flight to Cusco,(11,023 ft.) Capital of the Inca Empire. Airport pickup and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax, and acclimatize to the altitude, feel free to enjoy the charming city of Cusco and visit the suggested Museums. Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel or similar.
Day 6: Cusco – City Tour
After breakfast at the Hotel, you will have a morning guided tour to visit the historic sites of Cusco, the colonial Cathedral and the impressive Santo Domingo Church. We will then transfer you to the nearby Archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman with its megalithic stone Walls; Qenqo, with its carved stone surfaces and subterranean altars; and the water temple Tambo Machay. Drive back to your hotel in Cusco.
Stay overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection, or similar.
This will be a long guided excursion journeying through the magnificent Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be at the llama farm, here you will have the chance to admire the different species of South American Camelot Such us Llamas, Alpacas, and Vicuñas. After which we will make a short stop at the Taray view point from where we will take pictures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way, your tour guide will take you past Inca terracing that climbs steep valleys into Pisaq another amazing Inca City. After our visit to the archeological site, we will have time to explorer the traditional and colorful Market of Pisaq, one of the best textile markets in the Andes. There, you’ll be able to look for souvenirs and learn about the local culture, lunch here and then we have a beautiful ride along the Sacred Valley. The next stop is Ollantaytambo at 9,200 ft. This is a small town with impressive Inca remains.
Stay overnight at the Hotel Pakaritampu, or similar.
Morning, transfer from your hotel to the train Station at Ollantaytambo where you will take the train ride to the Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes) at 7000 ft. The scenery during the ride down the Urubamba Valley changes from mountain vegetation to cloud forest. Arrival at the train station after 2 hours, check in to the Hotel and then Lunch, after which we will take a half hour bus ride that will bring you to the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu (8,040 ft.). Once here, your Guide will give you an afternoon guided tour at the Citadel, return to Aguas Calientes town by bus at time of your choice. Stay overnight in the town of Aguas Calientes, at El Mapi Hotel or similar.
Day 9: Machu Picchu – Cusco
On our second day at Machu Picchu we will have the opportunity to climb to the famous Wayna Picchu peak or the Sacred Machu Picchu peak for a perfect view of the entire Inca City, Lunch at the town of Aguas Calientes before the train ride back to the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Overnight stay at Casa Andina, Private Collection or Similar.
Day 10: Cusco – Lima – Home
After a Delicious breakfast you will be transferred to the Airport in Cusco where you will take your flight to Lima, and Home.
End of this Amazing Andean Adventure.