Day 1 -Welcome to Lima [NO MEAL]
When you arrive in Lima, the City of Kings, our team will be on hand to cordially welcome you to the airport. They will drive you in our private van to your hotel in the very exclusive district of Miraflores.
Walking Tour for Barranco and Tasting Pisco Sour & Welcome Dinner. – Cost per person £95 [Optional]
You’ll start off on foot and visit such highlights as the Barranco boardwalk and the famous “Puente de Los Suspiros”, which has been a meeting point for young lovers for decades and has inspired many famous Peruvian poets and singers. You will visit the renowned MATE museum home to the collections of Peruvian photographer Mario Testino, in addition to the Pedro de Osma art museum, and visit the picturesque main plaza in Barranco. Upon completion of your walking tour in Barranco, ready for a culinary highlight while in Lima? Find out all about the history of Pisco during this Pisco tasting and enjoy Peru's most famous drink, the Pisco Sour, prepared by the expert Ricardo Carpio. You will taste three types of Pisco: Pure Pisco, blend Pisco and green must Pisco. Enjoy this Pisco tasting and discover the different kinds of Pisco that made this drink so famous. Afterward dinner.
Day 2 - Lima The City of Kings [B]
On this fantastic guided tour in Lima, you will explore the beautiful and fascinating City of Kings. You will visit iconic places that are rich in history. There will be plenty of picturesque churches and exquisite colonial architecture. Begin your journey by travelling thousands of years into the past. Your first stop will be the ancient ceremonial center called “Huaca Pucllana”, which was built centuries before the arrival of the Spanish. Next, you drive into the center of the city so you can stroll around the main square, the Plaza de Armas of Lima. Here you will find imposing architecture which was built long ago. Also, on the main square is the grandiose Lima Cathedral. After that, you can tour the Santo Domingo Convent and its extensive monastery.
Day 3 - Lima to Cusco / Leisure day in Cusco [B]
After breakfast, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will pick you up from the hotel (time to be confirmed) and take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Cusco. Once you arrive in Cusco, a member of the Valencia travel team will be waiting at the airport to pick you up on our private transport and take you to your hotel.
City Tour with a visit to Cathedral – Cost per person £39 (Not incl. Entrance Fee) [Optional]
You’ll have a full Cusco city tour, starting at the city center viewing the Incan foundations of many buildings, the famous Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun. You will also visit the typical market of San Pedro. In the end, you will visit the hills around Cusco to get a full tour of four ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.
Classic Cooking Class - Cost per person £45 [Optional]
With an approximate duration of 3 hours, this service starts at 11 am, picking up the user from their hotel on the way to the house of the chosen cook. Once in the place, the tourists receive a brief explanation of the activities they will carry out, and they will receive the appropriate clothing for the class. What we will do next is practical cooking classes where tourists learn the preparation of traditional plates of the city, presented by experienced chefs, who teach various conventional recipes. In this service, all the ingredients are already at home. Lunch/Dinner at the cook's house: We want all the tourist to feel immersed in the local culture, for this, each chef has prepared various stories and experiences that are transmitted in the table and surrounded by local people (the cook and his family) while tasting the food made in the cooking class.
Folklore Show and Dinner – Cost per person £23 [Optional]
Head to the Tunupa restaurant, located just the central Plaza de Armas of Cusco (3 minutes walking from Hotel), and get ready for a fabulous buffet dinner. There is a large selection of typical dishes, meat, fish, vegetables, and desserts they are amazing and delicious dishes. The night is more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins and you can get involved with folk, traditional, classical music, and sweeten your ears with the Andean instruments: Quena, charango, flute, zampoña. If you wish, you can also share the dance floor with the dancers and get a great experience.
Day 4 - Cusco Open Day [B]
After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your ease. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
Optional Tour: The Sacred Valley – Cost per person £45 [Optional]
This is a full-day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colourful Indian market in Pisac, where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of colour and tradition. Here you will have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. After Pisac travel to Urubamba, and continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, return to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Rainbow Mountain - Cost per person £105 [Optional]
We will pick you up from your hotel around 05h30 – 06h00. We´ll head to the community of CUSIPATA, we’ll get there in about 2 hours. Then we continue some 30 minutes more, to the Town of CHILLIHUANIl, where we will pass through picturesque places like TINTINKO and RIO TIGRE and the Mountain of Surina in LLACTO, where you will also enjoy the flora and fauna in its natural habitat. (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas, etc.). 20 minutes later we will reach the starting point of our walk to the Rainbow Mountain. This walk will last about 1 hour and a half, We’ll enjoy panoramic views such as the Red Valley and Nevado Ausangate and small lagoons just before arriving at the spot where we can watch the whole colourful mountain. Our guide will explain to you the science behind the colors and we`ll have some hot tea and something to eat. Then we will begin to descend to our starting point. Our vehicle will be waiting for us there to return to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 18h00.
Maras Moray – Cos per person £45 [Optional]
We will pick you up from your hotel around 08h00 to take you to Moray “The Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory.” We will drive for about 1 hour and 20 minutes through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, past some villages. Finally, you will arrive at the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. When we finish exploring Moray, we will continue and visit the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside; the highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land. After this fantastic visit, we will drive back to Cusco.
Day 5 - Cusco – Aguas Calientes [B]
This morning you will be picked up at 08h00 to head to the train station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu! The train leaves at approximately 11h30 (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 2-hour journey of majestic views, arrive at Aguas Calientes to spend the night. Also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, this town lies in a deep gorge below the ruins. A virtual island, it’s cut off from all roads and enclosed by stone cliffs, towering cloud forest, and two rushing rivers. Aguas Calientes is surrounded by thermal hot springs, on arrival there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy a hot bath in the natural springs.
Day 6 - Aguas Caliente – Cusco [B]
Wake up early for breakfast before our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40 am to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) of the citadel complex. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city as you please.
Optional Service: Wayna Picchu – Cost per person £35 [Optional]
There is time for those whit enough energy to climb Wayna (Huayna) Picchu (at your own expense). For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles.
Then, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) later we will board the train back to Poroy. Upon your arrival to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 7 - Cusco to Puno [B, L]
After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel at 06h00 and dropped off at the bus station to take a bus trip, more like a tour - a guide will be on board, and you'll stop at four exciting sites:
• Andahuaylillas: The Sistine Chapel of South America. This church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art.
• Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Inca church of considerable dimensions; 328 feet long, 85 feet wide and 45 feet high. The temple is divided into two naves, and each nave has 11 large columns.
• La Raya: This is the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (14,222 feet above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are familiar sights. It is also the geographic border between two cultures - Quechua and Aymara.
• Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano. There are new lite-sculptures and tombs.
Arrival time to Puno will be around 5 pm.
Luxury Train Cusco to Puno - £160 per person [Optional]
The route covered by the Titicaca train is considered by many travel magazines to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with a trip that lasts ten and a half hours. At the start of the journey, passengers are welcomed at the Wanchaq Station (Cusco), where local musicians will provide background music as you board the train. Once aboard, you can enjoy the two dining cars decorated in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s. Also, during the trip, you will have the finest in gourmet food. Once you arrive in Puno, the folklore capital, you will be taken to your hotel where you will stay the night. At night, keep to the main, lit areas. The main street will be obvious and there are lots of little restaurants there.
Day 8 - Uros floating, Taquile & Luquina islands [ALL INCLUSIVE]
After breakfast, you will go out boat riding on Lake Titicaca. Pick up time at your hotel will be around 07h00. You will go over to the port, board our motor launch, and ride south to the Island of Uros. At Uros the Peruvians who live here maintain their ancient customs and way of life by weaving together totora reeds which grow in the shallows of the Lake. These reeds are used to construct their floating islands and their houses. Afterward, we will sail towards "Taquile Island". At Taquile, you will enjoy a 2-and-a-half-hour tour of the island which has been ranked the fourth most beautiful island in the world. In the community, you will eat a wonderful Andean style buffet lunch. Here you will visit the isolated weavers of this ancient community. According to pre-Columbian legend, the Incas actually learned how to weave from the artisans of this island. They are very, very skilled weavers. Taquile has been declared to be part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Later in the afternoon, you will then have free time to explore the Island on your own and afterward return to Puno.
Day 9 - Puno to Lima [B]
After Breakfast, transfer Hotel to Juliaca Airport for your flight to Home.
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