INTI RAYMI & AMAZING PERU (14D/13N)

This tour includes all the main archaeological cities in Peru. Lima , Arequipa, Colca canyon, Titikaka lake and Machupicchu, Inti Raymi Festival, always surrounded by incredible natural environments.

Day JUN 12 LIMA
Reception in the Lima airport and transfer to your Hotel (located in Miraflores).

Day JUN 13 LIMA CITY TOUR
Breakfast, In the morning, Lima city tour (half day). You will be picked up from your hotel at 09 a.m. The city tour begins with a visit to the Plaza the Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Running along two sides are arcades with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. In the center of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating back to 1560. Located in the Plaza is the Cathedral, note the splendidly carved stalls, the silver covered altars surrounded by fine woodwork, mosaic covered walls bearing the coat of arms of Lima and Pizarro. Next to the Cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace. Then you will visit the Monastery of San Francisco. This is famous for the Sivillian tilework and paneled ceiling in the cloisters, the catacombs under the church and part of the monastery are well worth seeing. You will visit the old colonial streets in the center of the city, and the modern Lima with the district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day JUN 14 AREQUIPA CITY TOUR
After breakfast, transfer to the airport where we’ll take the flight to Arequipa (AIRFARE INCLUDED), upon arrival reception and transfer to your Hotel.
Around 15:00Hr. you’ll take the Arequipa half day city tour that includes the visit at the Santa Catarina monastery The city has fine spanish buildings and many old and interesting churches built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic material almost exclusevely used in the construction of Arequipa. The Santa Catalina Convent is by far the most remarkable sight, opened in 1970 after 4 centuries of mistery. afternoon at leisure, overnight (Breakfast).

Day JUN 15 COLCA CANYON
You will be picked up from your hotel at 08:00 am. Leave Arequipa towards nor west direcction behind snow-covered Chachani, Yura, small valley with thermal springs, see wild vicuñas in Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, alpacas and llamas in Tocra, some bidrs like flamingoes, ibis, andean gooze, ducks, andean eagle “Kara Kara” view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m. – 15,000 ft.). See the Ampato, Sabancaya, Walca Walca, etc. Chivay, capital of the valley. Afternoon visit to the termal springs and pools in La Calera. (Admission to the pools not included, about $2 per person). Overnight at your Hotel. (Breakfast).

Day JUN 16 COLCA CANYON
Early morning after breakfast leave for a full day excursion in the left shore, beautiful tipical towns, like Yanque & Maca, colonial churches, gently people with tipical needlework dresses, hundreds of pre inca terraces still in use with andean growings like corn, qinua, kiwicha (Amaranto), etc. Lookout of The Cross of the Condor: see the deep of the canyon and if we have good the flight of the Condor. Stone scale models, some pre inca graves. (Time for lunch). Return to Arequipa around 18:00 hrs. Overnight at your Hotel. * Take note that not all the way towards the Colca is asphalt paving . (Breakfast).

Day JUN 17 PUNO SILLUSTANI TOUR
Breakfast. Transfer to the Bus Station where you will take the Bus to Puno. Reception in Puno Bus Station and transfer to the Hotel. In the afternoon visit at the Sillustani Chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral towers). The scenery is desert but impressive, in a beautiful setting on a peninsula on lake Ayumara about 32 Km. from Puno. Most of the towers date from the period of Inca occupation in the 15th century, the engineering involved in their construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. Overnight . (B)

Day JUN 18 UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
You will be picked up from your hotel at 06:40 Hr. after a 2 hour motorboat ride, you will arrive at the Uros island in the Titikaka lake. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water. At present, they speak Quechua and Aymara. Then we will visit the Taquile island, where we will have lunch in the cooperative restaurant. There is also a cooperative shop on the plaza that sells exceptional wool goods which are of very fine quality and somewhat expensive. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. The island is narrow at about 1 Km. wide and 6 to 7 Km. long. The visit could be exhausting because of the 533 steps on the stone stairway to climb to get to the village and because of the altitude (13,000 ft above sea level). On Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins as well as Inca terracing. We will return in Puno in the afternoon, overnight at your Hotel.

Day JUN 19 PUNO – CUSCO
Early breakfast and transfer to the bus station so you can take the ride to Cusco. Depart Puno on guided bus to Cusco, visiting on the route picturesque towns and archeological sites such as Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Sicuani, La Raya and Pukara. Buffet Lunch included. Afternoon arrival in Cusco, reception and transfer to your accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.

*Additional fare of US$280.00 if travelling by train. Ask for availability.

Day JUN 20 CUSCO CITY TOUR
Breakfast, Morning at leisure. Cusco City Tour From 14:00 to 18:30 Hr. This tour includes the Qoricancha (temple of the sun). The tour drives along the Circunvalacion Road up to famous fortress of Sacsahuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay Including Spanish and English speaking guide. Include Tourist ticket valid for the entrance to many museums and ruins as well. ( Breakfast )

Day JUN 21 SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. You will be picked up at 08:45Hr. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting: the village of Pisac, a picturesque town of creole and colonial aspect and its lndian market and craftfair. Lunch provided. In the afternoon you’ll visit to the fortress of Ollantaytambo, an architectural group that in the days of the Tahuantinsuyo empire was a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military complex, then the Chincero market. At the end, return to Cusco at 18:30Hr. (Breakfast, Buffet Lunch)

Day JUN 22 MACHUPICCHU
Breakfast. 05:30Hr. departure to Machupicchu . Services included : Transfer from hotel to railway station, round trip Train ticket Cusco/Agua Calientes/Cusco, bus service to ruins and back , Buffet Lunch at a restaurant in Aguas calientes, At 09:40 a.m. you will arrive at the Aguas Calientes Station, from where you will take a 25 minutes bus ride to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Once there, you will take a guided tour, with an English and Spanish speaking guide Overnight at your Hotel in Aguas Calientes.) (Breakfast, buffet Lunch)

Day JUN 23 AGUAS CALIENTES
Day at leisure in Aguas Calientes to continue visiting the ruins by your own. In the afternoon we’ll take the train, the departure is around 17:05 to arrive back in Cusco around 20:35Hr. transfer from the train station to your hotel, overnight at your Hotel (Breakfast)

Day JUN 24 INTI RAYMI
Now that you’ve visited the great Inca’s architectural achievements it will be apparent to you that the Sun was the main deity worshiped in the Inca culture. Cusco celebrates the Inti Raymi with occasion of the winter solstice -the solar new year – for a town which main cult object was the god Inti (the sun). In time of the Incas was a religious ceremony, now it is a theater representation. However this expression generates a feeling of identity in the town that evokes values and memories that are still excellent in our days, it also brings to the memory a time that lives in the heart of the town of Cusco (Qosqo).
The Inca gives a traditional oration, calling for blessings from the sun, fabled to be the origin of the Inca rulers. From here, the Inca, carried on a golden throne, leads the procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsayhuaman in the hills above city. Transfer to the ruins where you have reservations to watch the reenactment of the ancient ceremony of sacrificing a llama to the Pachamama, Mother Earth (don’t worry, the llama sacrifices is simulated!), to ensure the fertility of the earth and warmth from the sun.
This special day also includes The New Fire Celebration. No fires were allowed in the city this day until the fire created by hollow mirror was used to concentrate the sunlight onto animal fur and kindling. Only then were all other fires started from this source.
You will also see the Inca representative carried on a litter and toasted with chicha (a fermented drink). With an the appropriate finale the Inca gives a speech expressed in the original, Quechua language. Afternoon transfer to the Hotel and overnight. (Breakfast, Box Lunch).

DAY JUN 25 CUSCO-LIMA
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport where we’ll take the flight back to Lima (AIRFARE INCLUDED). END OUR SERVICES.

Price per person US$ 1488.00 based on double room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
Price per person US$ 1657.00 based on single room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
Included Following hostels: (Basic Class)
Lima: “Hitchhikers or similar Hotel”
Arequipa: “Santa Martha or Las Torres de Ugarte Hotel”
Colca Canyon: “La Pascana or Posada Chivay Hotel”
Puno: “Tumi Inn or Vargas Inn Hotel”
Cusco: “Ayllu Real or similar Hotel”
Machupicchu: “Machupicchu or Inti Quilla Hotel”

Price per person US$ 1628.00 based on double room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
Price per person US$ 1910.00 based on single room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
Included Following 3 stars hotels: (Tourist Class)
Lima: “Santa Cruz or Soul Mate Inn Hotel”
Arequipa: “Tierra Sur or Casa de Melgar Hotel”
Colca Canyon: “Pozo del Cielo or Collahua Hotel”
Puno: “Conde de Lemos Inn or Casona Plaza Hotel”
Cusco: “Prisma or Villandre Hotel”
Machupicchu: “Presidente or Hanaqpacha Orquidea Hotel”

Price per person US$ 1977.00 based on double room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
Price per person US$ 2657.00 based on single room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
Included Following 4 stars hotels: (First Class)
Lima: “Jose Antonio, San Agustin Exclusive or Sonesta Posada del Inca Miraflores Hotel”
Arequipa: “Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa Hotel”
Colca Canyon: “Colca Lodge Hotel”
Puno: “Jose Antonio, Eco Inn or Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno Hotel”
Cusco: “Jose Antonio, Eco Inn, Sonesta Posada del Inca Cusco Hotel”
Machupicchu: “Hatuchay Tower or El Mapi Hotel”

Aditional for first class VistaDome Train US $ 80.00

Price per person US$ 2200.00 based on double room and first class VistaDome train to Machupicchu.
Price per person US$ 3040.00 based on single room and first class VistaDome Train to Machupicchu.
Included Following 4 stars hotels: (First Class)
Lima: “Jose Antonio, San Agustin Exclusive or Sonesta Posada del Inca Miraflores Hotel”
Arequipa: “Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa Hotel”
Colca Canyon: “Colca Lodge Hotel”
Puno: “Jose Antonio, Eco Inn or Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno Hotel”
Cusco: “Novotel or Picoaga Hotel”
Machupicchu: “Hatuchay Tower or El Mapi Hotel”

INCLUDED: All hotel and lodge accommodations. All scheduled transportation. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals and domestic airfares as specified in the itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED: International airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.