Live our colourful Peruvian Andes
Peru, a nation of captivating contrasts, stands as a living testament to the intricate tapestry of human history and natural beauty. In the span of 10 days, your journey will traverse the country’s most iconic destinations, taking you from the vibrant streets of Lima to the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu and the serene waters of Lake Titicaca. As you explore Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, and their surrounding regions, you’ll uncover the extraordinary diversity and richness that defines Peru.
Peru’s allure is undeniable. From the Pacific coast to the towering Andes, and onward to the vast expanse of the Amazon rainforest, this country is a land of dynamic landscapes, vibrant cultures, and historical legacies. Over the course of 10 days, your journey will unveil the heart and soul of Peru, a country where the echoes of ancient civilizations blend harmoniously with the rhythms of contemporary life.
Your adventure commences in Lima, the vibrant capital of Peru. This bustling metropolis, perched along the Pacific Ocean, welcomes you with open arms and a rich cultural heritage. Lima is a city of contrasts, where colonial architecture stands side by side with modern skyscrapers, and where the culinary scene is a gastronomic delight.
As you wander through the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll discover the grandeur of the Plaza Mayor, the beauty of Lima Cathedral, and the mystique of the San Francisco Monastery. Lima’s culinary reputation is world-renowned, and sampling the exquisite flavors of ceviche, anticuchos, and other Peruvian delicacies is a culinary journey in itself.
From Lima, your journey continues to Arequipa, known as the “White City” for its impressive colonial-era architecture made of white volcanic rock. The city is a blend of Spanish influence and indigenous traditions, creating a unique cultural tapestry. You’ll explore the historic center, where the Santa Catalina Monastery, a colorful, centuries-old enclave, offers a glimpse into the city’s history.
But Arequipa is not only about its architectural beauty; it’s also your gateway to the breathtaking landscapes of the Colca Canyon. Here, you can witness the majestic flight of the Andean condor, a sight that leaves a lasting impression on all who see it. The natural wonders of Colca Canyon, with its lush terraces and serene hot springs, beckon you to connect with Peru’s wild heart.
Your journey then takes you to Cusco, a city that once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. At over 11,000 feet above sea level, Cusco’s elevated streets wind through the city, revealing a history etched into its finely carved stone walls. The historic center of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands as a testament to the city’s deep-rooted history, where Inca and Spanish influences are interwoven, most notably in the captivating architecture.
No journey to Peru is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites. Your adventure leads you to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the “Lost City of the Incas.” A train journey through stunning scenery brings you to this enigmatic wonder.
Machu Picchu’s enigmatic charm is undeniable. Nestled high in the Andes, it offers a glimpse into the remarkable achievements of the Inca civilization. The city’s terraced fields, temples, and residential areas convey the spirit of the Inca ancestors, whispering through the stones.
Leaving the Andes, your journey takes you to the serene waters of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. As you visit the Uros floating islands and the traditional villages on Taquile Island, you’ll witness a way of life that remains remarkably unchanged over the centuries.
Lake Titicaca’s tranquil beauty, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and vast blue skies, is a place where the heart finds serenity. The indigenous people who inhabit the lake’s islands welcome you with open hearts and a unique cultural heritage.
This 10-day journey is a tapestry of Peruvian wonders, weaving history, culture, and nature into an unforgettable experience. From the cosmopolitan energy of Lima to the colonial charm of Arequipa, the ancient allure of Cusco, the enigma of Machu Picchu, and the serene beauty of Lake Titicaca, each destination paints a distinct stroke in the portrait of Peru. Join us on this remarkable journey through the heart of Peru, where ancient mysteries, vibrant cultures, and breathtaking landscapes converge to create lasting memories. Don’t miss a Lima, Arequipa, Cusco and Lake Titicaca tour.
**All our programs can be modified according to your requirements on duration, interests, activities, flight reservations or other additional destinations.**
Upon arrival at Lima International Airport our staff will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Here you will receive a summary of the tour contracted, you will be given the vouchers for the provision of all the services included in the tour.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to the city of Arequipa. Upon arrival, one of our representatives will welcome you and take you to your hotel.
In the afternoon, we will start our tour taking a leap to the past walking around the Monasterio de Santa Catalina (Saint Catherine’s Monastery), where we will discover more than three centuries of history and contemporary life behind its walls.
We will go to Arequipa´s Main Square giving you detailed information about it and then, we will go to the Iglesia de la Compañía (The Church of The Company), famous for its exaggerated baroque façade and altarpieces and its San Ignacio’s polychromed dome, which is one of the most outstanding in the city.
Once we finish our visit to the historic center, we will go to the traditional Yanahuara town, known for its traditional arches and square where we will have a view from the city and the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes.
After the all the visits, you will be taken to your hotel or to a close restaurant.
After breakfast transfer to Arequipa airport to take your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel where you will rest for acclimatization.
On arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel. We suggest resting the rest of the morning to acclimatize to the altitude.
In the afternoon, we will get to know Cusco city on a guided tour, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. The tour continues outside the city to visit the Kenko, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes and the impressive Sacsayhuaman Fortress which was strategically built on a hill dominating Cusco. It is famous for its huge carved stones, put together with amazing precision to form the external walls of the complex. Some of these stones are over 9 meters high and weight more than 350 tons.
Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the Vilcanota River where you will be able to see the typical Indian market and experience its people´s customs. (On Sundays, the mass is celebrated in Quechua the native language). Lunch in a valley’s local restaurant.
In the afternoon stop by Calca and Urubamba on our way to the Ollantaytambo fortress and citadel, built to guard the entrances to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions from the rainforest´s inhabitants. It is formed by a series of overlapping terraces. We will have the chance to walk through the towns’ streets so we can have a clear idea of how this military, religious and agricultural strategic center was during the Inca Empire.
Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Visitors will be transferred to the train station early in the morning, to start their trip to the Machu Picchu citadel, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas” which is one of the most renowned examples of the Inca architecture. They will get off the train at the Aguas Calientes station to take a bus that will take them to the wonderful citadel in a 30-minute-long trip through a zigzagging road to get to the wonderful citadel. Once there, we will have a guided tour over the citadel, visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Chambers, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries.
Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to the hotel in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes, which is the closest town, only fifteen minutes from Machu Picchu by bus.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Great opportunity to get up early, watch a beautiful dawn and explore the Aguas Calientes town and visit its thermal waters. Then, you will have time to do any of these activities (not included in the price).
Going up to this point will take approximately two and a half hours and can only be made before 1 pm. It is necessary to register in a booth at the beginning of the tour. It is an exciting adventure for those travelers who want to see the contrast between the wild nature and the carved stone emerging like a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train and you will be transferred to your hotel to stay overnight. Free night. We recommend having dinner at the hotel and going to bed early.
NOTE: The second entrance to Machu Picchu is not included.
Departure in a tourist bus early in the morning to Puno city (3,860 meter above sea level). During our trip, we will pass by the Wacarpay Lagoon, which will give us a spectacular view of the mountains reflected on its quiet waters. We will continue towards Andahuaylillas, a picturesque town where we will visit the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas temple, named as the Sistine Chapel of America because of its colonial art richness and the fresco paintings that cover walls, plinths, ceilings and facades. On our way, we will stop at Racchi, where we will visit the spectacular Inca sanctuary built by Pachachutec and that was dedicated to the Inca god Wiracocha. This sanctuary has a central wall with a stone foundation and other walls made of adobe. There are several old buildings used as houses or warehouses around the temple.
Approximately 70 kilometers ahead, we will pass by La Raya ranch, where we will see llama and vicuna herds. Then, we will travel along the Collao plateau, and we will make a stop in Ayaviri city, which is an important cattle raising and textile center. There, we will visit the Kalasaya temple that belonged to the Pucara ancient culture.
Buffet lunch in a calm and quiet rural restaurant, where we will be delighted by the regional gastronomy. Arrival to Puno, transfer to the chosen hotel.
Free night. We recommend having dinner at the hotel.
Note: the route from Cusco to Puno can be made in a private transportation or by train as requested (ask for a quote).
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Get onboard an unforgettable tour on the Lake Titicaca. After having breakfast, we will get on a boat to visit the Uros Floating Islands, very early in the morning. The Uros are Lake Titicacas’ ancient inhabitants, known as the “water tribe”. They build their own islands by constantly adding totora layers. The totora is a material they also use to build their houses and boats.
We will continue sailing until we reach the Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua natives who have developed an efficient and original social system and a great knitting technique for generations.
We will have lunch once we arrive and then, we will have a trek on its hills and archaeological sites. In the afternoon, we will go back to Puno to our chosen hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Transfer to Juliaca airport to take your flight to Lima. On our way, we will stop to visit the Chullpas of Sillustani, 12-meter-high cylindrical tombs made of stone where the ancient aymaras buried their high priests. The Umayo lagoon, in front of the chullpas adds more beauty to the place’s landscape. At this point, we will have the chance to watch different birds and other typical species from the area.
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Breakfast. Guided tour in the morning through the most important and attractive places in Lima, “The City of Kings”. We will begin our tour in Miraflores and San Isidro, both modern residential districts. We will go to the Financial Center, “El Golf”, “El Olivar” the “Huaca Pucllana” which is a pre-Inca ceremonial temple that has survived the urban expansion of the city. We will stop at “Parque del Amor” (The Love Park) where we will watch the Pacific Ocean.
We will continue our tour in Lima’s Historic Center, which was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1991. It also was the center of the Spanish colony in the XVI century and the place where the first buildings were constructed. We will visit the Plaza San Martín, its balconies and old mansions, the Main Square and its important buildings as the Palace of Government, Lima´s Cathedral, the Archiepiscopal Palace and the City Hall, the Desamparados Station, among others.
We will enter one of the most important convents of the XVII century. We will visit the old Library, the choir, the Main Cloister and the underground vaults known as the “Catacumbas”. After we finish this tour, we will leave you at the Lima airport to take your international flight.
Centro by Casa Andina
Del Pilar Miraflores
Double Tree El Pardo
Conde de Lemos
Casa Andina Premium
Casona Plaza Cusco
Casa Andina Premium
Sacred Valley of the Incas
San Agustín Urubamba & SPA
Del Pilar Ollantaytambo
Casa Andina Premium
Casa de Luz
El MaPi by Inkaterra
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Puno & Lake Titicaca
Casa Andina Premium
|Price per person: USD||1376||1458||1844||2442|
|Lima||Centro by Casa Andina|
|Sacred Valley of the Incas||Ollantaytambo Lodge|
|Puno & Lake Titicaca||Balsas Inn|
|Price per person: USD||1376|
|Arequipa||Conde de Lemos|
|Cusco||Casona Plaza Cusco|
|Sacred Valley of the Incas||San Agustín Urubamba & SPA|
|Machu Picchu||Casa de Luz|
|Puno & Lake Titicaca||Sol Plaza|
|Price per person: USD||1458|
|Lima||Del Pilar Miraflores|
|Sacred Valley of the Incas||Del Pilar Ollantaytambo|
|Machu Picchu||El MaPi by Inkaterra|
|Puno & Lake Titicaca||Taypikala|
|Price per person: USD||1844|
|Lima||Double Tree El Pardo|
|Arequipa||Casa Andina Premium|
|Cusco||Casa Andina Premium|
|Sacred Valley of the Incas||Casa Andina Premium|
|Machu Picchu||Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel|
|Puno & Lake Titicaca||Casa Andina Premium|
|Price per person: USD||2442|
Prices per person in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.
In Lima: City tour
In Arequipa: City tour and Santa Catalina monastery
In Cusco: City tour and nearby ruins
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion in Pisac and Ollantaytambo
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit to citadel of Machu Picchu
In Puno: Titicaca Lake visiting Uros Island and Taquile Island, and Chullpas de Sillustani.
All rates are expressed in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice.
All our itineraries have been very carefully prepared taking your trip’s best operation into account. However, changing the order of some tours or routes might be necessary in some cases. Although these changes occur in few instances, the itinerary details should be taken as a basic guide.
If Colourful Peru oversees buying and issuing local-flight tickets, their prices may vary until the date of the flight’s booking and payment. Furthermore, the airline might change the flight number as well as its departure hour.
Once the flight reservation and payment are made, the latter will not be reimbursable. Changes regarding name, flight, route, trip’s date or cancellations are not allowed.
Hotel reservations that are not part of an organized trip
Cancellations and Reimbursements
Cancellations and Reimbursements
(*) Note: some suppliers consider stricter cancellation conditions, consequently, they reserve the right to charge additional fees for other penalties in such cases.
Regarding the Inca Trail: the reserve is subject to its payment and there will not be reimbursements in case of cancellations, moreover, neither name nor date changes are allowed.
During peak season, the company reserves the right to change the cancellation regulations in case the suppliers apply other penalties or make the aforementioned changes.
Live Corporation carries out your trip’s arrangements, books transfer services, hotel rooms or other travel services required on your behalf, consequently, the company takes no responsibility for the loss of items, flight or tours delays due to events of force majeure, accidents or other events.
Live Corporation disclaims any liability for medical conditions, pregnancy, mental or physical limitations that might put at risk the health or integrity of the passenger or third parties during the operation of the booked tours or that might jeopardize the trip’s progress. Therefore, the company will not be obliged to any refunds or to address claims regarding the aforementioned reasons, even when there are not noticeable problems in normal circumstances.
Given this, it is important for the passengers to inform the company whether there is any of the aforementioned impediments, so we can offer and suggest suitable services according to the existing limitations.
The climate in Peru can be divided by zones: the western Andes that has a dry and cold climate in winter and its very rainy during the summer. The rainforest that has a hot, wet and rainy climate and the desert coast with a warm climate without regular rainfall.
The climate in Arequipa city and the Colca Valley is dry and cold. The temperatures are between 17ºC y 24ºC in the morning and between 2°C and 6°C at night. Arequipa has sunny days and cold nights throughout the year. The rainy season is from December to March.
Cusco has a mild climate with temperatures that go from 14 ºC to 16ºC with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from December to March.
Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from November to April.
The climate is very cold and dry in Puno. The temperature fluctuates between 5ºC and 8ºC throughout the year. It is sunny during the day and very cold during the night (-10ºC).
The rainy season is from December to March.
The weather doesn’t hold the trip back in general, except when the “El Niño” phenomenon is very aggressive.
Peru Time Zone according to Greenwich Mean Time is -5 (GMT -5), same as Bogotá and Mexico throughout the year and same as New York during summer. When it is midday in Peru the hour in the most important cities is:
|Hong Kong||01:00 + 1day|
|Singapur||01:00 + 1day|
In Lima: 0 meters above sea level
In Arequipa: 2,350 meters above sea level
In Cusco: 3,360 meters above sea level
In Machu Picchu: 2,400 meters above sea level
In the Sacred Valley: 2,850 meters above sea level
In Puno: 3,860 meters above sea level
The Peruvian Andes are at high altitudes, so it is necessary to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness or “soroche”. It is important to rest a few hours, to walk slowly and to eat light before beginning any tour. We also recommend drinking coca tea that helps with acclimatization. Even though water is potable in most cities, it is advisable to drink bottled water to avoid any problems.
To know if you need a visa to enter Peru, please go to the closest consulate since the requirement may vary at any moment. For more information, please go to:
Visa types to enter Peru
Peru’s official language is Spanish, which is spoken by 80% of the population. However, there is a large portion of the population that speaks Quechua and Aymara (especially in the Peruvian Andes). Moreover, we can find 55 dialects in the Amazonian rainforest.
Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts and 60 Hertz. In some hotels, you may find dual voltage outlets, however, we suggest checking your appliances’ voltage and take precautions by having a power adapter or converter.
During the last years, the Peruvian gastronomy has become famous because of its variety and exquisiteness. Among the most known dishes you can find the ceviche, a dish made of fish and seafood marinated in lemon juice.
The famous “picanterías” stand out in Arequipa. These are typical restaurants from the past. There, we can find dishes made of cheese, milk and shrimp from the Majes Valley. The best-known dish in Arequipa is the rocoto relleno. The rocoto is a spicy fruit that is stuffed with meat and it is served with potato and cheese.
Other dishes you should try are the ocopa arequipeña, solterito de queso, chupe de camarones and adobo arequipeño (dish made of pork’s meat and chicha de jora). The city’s signature dessert is the queso helado prepared with milk, coconut and cinnamon.
You can drink chicha de jora, a beverage made of fermented corn, and a shot of anisado as a digestive.
There is a new gastronomy trend in Cusco called “novoandina”. The novoandina cuisine is based on the creation of new dishes using local ingredients such as quinoa, quiwicha, potato, alpaca and trout. This way, we have dishes such as alpaca tenderloin with “quinotto” (risotto made of quinoa instead of rice) or grilled trout with sautéed vegetables and native potatoes.
In Puno, we can also find restaurants offering alpaca tenderloin and trout dishes with local vegetables and native potatoes. The zone’s pizzas also have a great acceptance due to the Andean cheese used in their preparation and the clay oven used to cook them.
Restaurants during your trip:
Arequipa: international and local food restaurants.
Cusco: international, local and vegetarian food restaurants.
Aguas Calientes: international and local food restaurants.
Puno: local food restaurants. Taquile only has the basic services.
Colourful Peru reserves the right to make any changes without prior notice due to weather conditions, river levels, transport departures or arrivals, etc., to assure a better development of your trip’s operation.
Live our colourful Peruvian Andes
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