Classic Peru 2016 10 Days Special Tour
Day 1: Transfer to the hotel in Lima
Arriving International flight: arriving in Lima Transfers and assistance from our personnel between the airport and your hotel, at any time during the day or during the night
day.- 2 Lima Colonial city tour
AM. Colonial City tour in Lima
A visit to Lima’s historic downtown, including Paseo de la República, Plaza San Martín, the Main Plaza and the surrounding monuments: the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall, the Desamparados train station, and the Moorish-style houses and balconies along Lima’s old streets. In its historic centre we shall visit one of its most beautiful buildings, the Museum of the Banco Central de Reserva , where we can admire Peru’s treasures: a fine selection of objects made in gold, ceramics and textiles of its different pre-Columbian cultures, ranging since their origins to Inca times. The next stop is San Francisco Convent , with the best exhibition of Colonial Art in Latin America. The tour includes the Choir Hall, the Monks’ Library and the Sacristy, featuring a collection of Zurbarán and Rivera oil paintings. After visiting the Main Patio of the Cloister to see its fine XVI century Seville tiles and Moorish Arches, the tour will proceed to the Underground Crypts known as the Catacombs.
Day.- 3 Transfer Lima to Cusco City tour
Cusco is one of the largest departments in Peru. Its landscape is one of dramatic contrasts, where high mountain ranges combine with barren altiplano, rolling hills, deep canyons and valleys and lowland jungle.
The city of Cusco is also the gateway to the Tambopata National Reserve, which is reached after just a thirty minute flight to Puerto Maldonado followed by a three hour boat ride.
Cusco lies 3400 metres above sea level. The majority of its streets are built from stones which date from the time of the Incas and forms the foundations of many of the Spanish colonial houses.
For visitors, there are endless attractions in Cusco’s historic centre, including the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, colonial churches, museums like the archaeological museum, and the remnants of the city’s Inca past can be seen everywhere.
City Tour of Cusco
We begin our tour with a visit to the cathedral, which was built between 1560 and 1654 on the site of the palace of the Inca Wiracocha. It is a magnificent example of European art made by the indigenous population. Its main altar is completely covered in silver, and the church contains many fine paintings from the Cusco School of religious art. From the cathedral we move on to Qoricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, where we will be able to see some of the finest remaining examples of the Inca stonemasons’ art.
Ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
At the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, we will explore this ancient Inca sanctuary with its immense monolithic walls built from stones that weigh up to 130 tons each, all joined together perfectly.
We will then visit the amphitheatre at Qenqo, the fortress of Puka Pukara and the ritual Inca baths at Tambomachay
Day.- 4 The Sacred Valley of the Incas (full day)
Pisaq market. The colourful markets of the valley are open during the mornings, when you will be able to buy Peruvian crafts, jewellery and textiles, and see the traditional produce market where local people trade. Pisaq market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and Chinchero market is only open on Sundays.
Ollantaytambo: The village of Ollantaytambo retains the original street plan of the Inca town, making it the only surviving example of Inca urban planning. Our tour will include a visit to the agricultural areas around the village, the irrigation system, granaries and the fortress-temple built by the Inca Pachacuteq using stonemasons from the Colla culture around Lake Titicaca.
Day.- 5 Cusco to Machu Picchu
After breakfast at your Cusco hotel you will take a train to the hidden temple of the Incas: Machu Picchu. The train ride is an attraction in itself as much of the ride winds along the river and mountain face with dramatic views of the Andes as you pass through abundant cloud forests. The foliage dramatically changes as you ride towards the meeting point of the Andes and the Amazon rainforest providing visitors a real sense of how much this country really as to offer. Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, you will be transfer to a very comfortable hotel if you have decided to spend the evening in the area. In the event you choose to stay in Aguas Calientes overnight, you can use the evening to relax in the nearby hot springs
Day.- 6 Machu Picchu back to Cusco
Early in the Morning around 5h30 am you will taken directly by bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Once settled, you will leave this little town and take a roughly 20 minute bus ride to the hidden ruins of Machu Picchu perched in the mountains above.
Once you arrive in Machu Picchu, you will have a free time to explore and then your will contact your guide to begin a guided tour of this world wonder. After your tour you can wander the many Inca trails that lead to the main site or head into town for a late lunch. In Otherwise you will return to the station in the mid-afternoon for the train back to Cusco and transfer back to your hotel.
Day.- 7 Free day in the town
Free day in the city for visit other places and shopping
Day.- 8 Trip from Cusco to Puno
Transfer to bus station.
A daily service in a comfortable bus with reclining seats. The advantage of travelling by bus is that we will be able to visit Sillustani (near Puno) and the ruins of Raqchi (in the department of Cusco). Travel time, including the two visits, is between nine and ten hours. (Entrance fees are not included).
Located 125km from Cusco on the road to Qollasuyo (now Bolivia), at an altitude of 3500m on the right bank of the Vilcanota river. Raqchi was a village complex with several constructions designed for different uses. The site is still surrounded by agricultural terraces irrigated by canals, and has an exceptional group of circular colqas, groups of houses organised in enclosures, or canchas, and a wayrana, a three-walled construction designed for public meetings. At the centre of the complex stand the remains of an enormous temple once dedicated to the Inca creator god Wiracocha. This temple is 92m long and 25.25m wide and would have originally stood 16.60m high, making it the largest roofed structure in pre-Columbian America.
Transfer to hotel in Puno.
Day.- 9 Puno Uros and Taquile islands full day
Puno is the major port on Lake Titicaca, and famous for its folk dances, the most colorful found in the Peruvian highlands. Puno is a cultural and linguistic frontier, dividing the two dominant ethnic groups, which inhabit the Titicaca area: the Quechua and the Aymaras.
Lake Titicaca: is at 3855 meters above sea level. Regarded as the highest navigable body ofwater in the world the lake is immense: It measures 233 km (145 miles) from northwest to southeast and 97 km (60 miles) from northeast to southwest. Throughout history, Lake Titicaca has been home to many different cultures. Its waters have nourished great civilizations like the Tiwanaco, Pukara and Inca.
Uros and Taquile islands full day
The most fascinating island on the lake is 45 km from Puno. It is about seven km long and one km wide, and has several hills with Inca terracing. The scenery of the island is beautiful, the soil is a deep earthy red color which in the strong highland sunlight contrasts magnificently with the intense blue of the lake. The backdrop of the snow-capped Cordillera Real on the far side completes a splendid picture. The people wear colorful traditional clothes, which they make themselves. They speak Quechua rather than the Aymara language of most Titicaca Indians, maintain a strong air of group individuality, and don’t often marry non-Taquile people. The island is very peaceful. Pre-Inca terracing and small ruins dot the landscape and there are plenty of walks to keep you busy.
Day.- 10 Puno to Lima Sillustani on route back home
Transport and assistance offered by our staff for journeys between the airport and the hotel or viceversa
Visit on route to Sillustani
Sillustani is located between Juliaca and Puno, and it is therefore possible to visit the ruins when travelling between the airport Juliaca and Puno.
Sillustani is an archaeological complex with tombs dating from both the Inca and pre-Inca periods. They are high, stone tower-like constructions built to house the remains of the Quechua and Colla nobility. The site is situated on an area of high land on the shores of the beautiful Lake Umayo. Sillustani is also an excellent place for bird watching, with species like the Andean gull, black goose, Andean coot and the puna ibis. Guinea pigs can also be easily seen living wild among the ruins.
The ruins are just 32 kilometres from Puno on an excellent road. The tour includes a guide and transport, and passengers are transferred to the airport at Juliaca after the trip in time for their flights.