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8 days / 7 nights

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Archeological sites

Archeological sites

Mountains

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Starting price

USD 978 per person

Arequipa, Puno and Cusco are located in southern Peru, which makes it a perfect route to visit in a week.

Arequipa is located by one side of the Misti Volcano on the Andes Mountain Range. Arequipa (2.350 meters above sea level), is the capital of the department of Arequipa. The big old buildings, the temples, convents and monasteries are built with a volcanic lava material called « sillar ». Sillar has a white pearly color that the sun rays illuminate, which is the main reason why Arequipa is called « the White City ».

Puno, which is located in the south of Peru, was dominated by the Tiahuanaco culture. Puno is the maximum expression of the Aymara culture development. This can be appreciated in the archaeological remains found in this area.

The legend tells that from the Titicaca Lake waters emerged Manco Capac, the first Inca, and his wife Mama Ocllo, both children of the sun, to found the city of Cusco. They founded a huge empire as ordered by the sun god.

Cusco, is called the Archaeological Capital of America. It is a city that is opened to the world and coexists in special harmony with an urban place. Some Inca monuments like the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), the Amaru Cancha (Fence of Snakes), the Kiswar Cancha and the Ajlla Wasi amongst others, are the treasures of the mixing races along with the Cathedral, the Temple of San Blas and La Merced Church and Convent.

This travel proposal concentrates the most representative and visited places in Peru, however, if you have more time we recommend you check our trips to the north of the country or additional ones in Arequipa, Puno and Cusco.

 

**All our programs can be modified according to your requirements on duration, interests, activities, flight reservations or other additional destinations.**

 

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Itinerary

day1 :

Arequipa: City tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

When you arrive at Arequipa, our staff will be waiting to welcome you and to 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 transfer to the bus station to take your bus to Nazca. At your arrival you will be transfer to your hotel.

Meals: None

day2 :

Arequipa - Puno

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.

Meals: Breakfast

day3 :

Puno: Titicaca Lake

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

day4 :

Puno – Cusco

Departure in a tourist bus early in the morning to Cusco city. During our trip, 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. 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.

Buffet lunch in a calm and quiet rural restaurant, where we will be delighted by the regional gastronomy.

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. Finally, we will pass by the Wacarpay Lagoon, which will give us a spectacular view of the mountains reflected on its quiet waters. Arrival to Cusco, transfer to the chosen hotel.

Free night. We recommend having dinner at the hotel.

Note: the route from is made by train for Superior or Deluxe cathegory.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day5 :

Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas

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

day6 :

Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

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. Then, they will have free time to go for a walk around the archaeological complex.

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

day7 :

Machu Picchu – Cusco

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)

  1. Visit the Machu Picchu citadel for the second time.
  2. For those who are more adventurous, we recommend going up the Huayna Picchu (if it’s not raining) from where you can admire the magnitude of Machu Picchu, which is even more impressive from the top and in the distance (subject to availability).  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.

Meals: Breakfast

day8 :

Cusco: City tour and nearby ruins – Transfer out

After breakfast, 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.

At appropriate time transfer to Cusco airport to take your flight to return to your country.

Meals: Breakfast

Price

Destination Tourist Superior tourist Superior Deluxe

Arequipa

Santa Rosa

San Agustín Posada del Monasterio

Casa Andina Select

Casa Andina Premium

Cusco

Antawasi

Inkarri

Xima

Casa Andina Premium

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Ollantaytambo Lodge

Samanapaq

San Agustín Monasterio de la Recoleta

Casa Andina Premium

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Guest House

Retama Inn

Inti Punku Machu Picchu

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Puno & Lake Titicaca

Munay Tambo

Balsa Inn

Xima

Casa Andina Premium

Price per person: USD 978 1044 1602 2079

Tourist

Arequipa Santa Rosa
Cusco Antawasi
Sacred Valley of the Incas Ollantaytambo Lodge
Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Guest House
Puno & Lake Titicaca Munay Tambo
Price per person: USD 978
Book Tourist

Superior Tourist

Arequipa San Agustín Posada del Monasterio
Cusco Inkarri
Sacred Valley of the Incas Samanapaq
Machu Picchu Retama Inn
Puno & Lake Titicaca Balsa Inn
Price per person: USD 1044
Book Superior tourist

Superior

Arequipa Casa Andina Select
Cusco Xima
Sacred Valley of the Incas San Agustín Monasterio de la Recoleta
Machu Picchu Inti Punku Machu Picchu
Puno & Lake Titicaca Xima
Price per person: USD 1602
Book Superior

Deluxe

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 2079
Book Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

INCLUDES:

  • 07 nights accommodation
  • All transfers to the above-mentioned tours
  • All due taxes
  • Bilingual guides in all the above-mentioned tours
  • All the entrance fees to the above-mentioned tours.
  • All meals stated in the itinerary

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Fees for excess baggage
  • Alcoholic drinks, softdrinks or bottled water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • National or international personal phone calls
  • Not stated meals

Regulations

PRICES
All rates are expressed in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice.

ITINERARY
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.

AIR TICKETS
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

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday. In case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 31 days before the date of entry to the hotel, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 16 and 30 days before the date of entry to the hotel, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • In case of no-show or if the cancellation or annulment is received 15 days or less before the check-in date, the payment will not be refunded.

Booked trips

Cancellations and Reimbursements

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday, in case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • The email shall have the necessary information to be immediately attended.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received up to 35 days before the booked trip’s start, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 16 and 34 days before the booked trip’s start, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 15 days or less before booked trip’s start, the payment will not be refunded.
  • On rare occasions, some tours can be affected or cancelled by climate conditions, riots, force majeure, etc. which are beyond the control of the airlines, hotels, suppliers or Live Corporation. In those cases, the company will not issue a refund.

(*) 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.

LIABILITY
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.

Important!
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.

Useful Info

CLIMATE
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 02ºC to 23ºC 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. 

TIME ZONE
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:

São Paulo 14:00
Frankfurt 19:00
Nueva York 13:00
Londres 18:00
Hong Kong 01:00 + 1day
Singapur 01:00 + 1day

ALTITUDE
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

WE RECOMMEND

  • Windbreaker
  • Camera
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater and jacket
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Trek boots or snickers
  • Cap or hat
  • Water-resistant clothes
  • Sun block

HEALTH
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.

VISA
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

LANGUAGE
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.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT
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.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
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 try alpaca and trout prepared in several dishes in the Colca Valley

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.

IMPORTANT
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.

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