8-Day Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca – From $1,462 Adults / $678 Kids
AVAILABLE FOR DAILY ARRIVALS IN LIMA UNTIL DEC 15, 2017
Experience a true Peru Cultural Celebration in a close encounter with the Old and the Modern side of Peru as you travel through the cities of Lima, Cusco, and Puno, explore Machu Picchu, and cruise Lake Titicaca to visit the floating islands of the Uros People. During this journey, you will interact with two of the most outstanding Peruvian cultures; the Incas and the Aymaras. We are sure, that our Peru Cultural Celebration vacation package will be a journey of a lifetime!
- 7 nights hotel accommodations according to the selected category
- 10 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches)
- Tour of Colonial Cusco and the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park
- Round-trip Cusco-Machu Picchu Train Ticket
- Andean Crossing by Tour Bus from Cusco to Puno / Lake Titicaca
- Boat Excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros Community and Taquile Island
- Visit to Sillustani Cemetery near Puno en-route to the Juliaca City Airport
- Tour of Colonial and modern Lima
- All transfers, sightseeing and attractions in modern air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- English-speaking local hosts and guides
- Personalized service of our Peru-based operational office
Day 1 | Welcome to Lima, Peru!
Welcome to Lima, Peru. Arrival: meet and greet at the airport, transfer to the hotel of your choice for a two-night stay with breakfast included.
- Standard Class: Allpa Hotel & Suites
- First Class: Casa Andina Select
- Deluxe Class: Casa Andina Private Collection
Day 2 | A Guided tour of Colonial and Modern Lima | B.
This morning you will visit this vibrant city, strolling around the main streets, squares and avenues and enjoy the beautiful monuments. We will start at the Love Park in Miraflores, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and then will continue to Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial center of the Lima culture. After this, we go on to the Main Square where the Government Palace and the Town Hall are located. You will also visit the Cathedral and explore the San Francisco convent, built in the seventeenth century, to discover the mystery of its catacombs. Enjoy a free afternoon for shopping or to continue exploring at your own pace.
Important Note: The Cathedral of Lima is not open to visitors on Saturday afternoons and Sunday all day; it will be replaced with a visit to Huaca Huallamarca, an ancient pre-Inca shrine.
Day 3 | Lima / Cusco – Discover the ancient city of Cusco | B.
After breakfast and at the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Cusco (airfare is NOT included). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel of your choice for a two-night stay with breakfast included. Then a welcome gathering with coca tea will help our travelers get used to the local weather while enjoying a morning of leisure.
- Standard Class: Casa Andina Koricancha
- First Class: Jose Antonio
- Deluxe Class: Libertador Palacio del Inca
In the afternoon, our exploration will take us to the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park where we will start our excursion visiting the fortress with the same name; a beautiful place that radiates peace and quiet, where we will be able to admire the huge rocks measuring up to 4 meters high that were used in its construction.
We will then head for Q’enqo, the ancient temple of the Puma, where we will be able to appreciate the sacrifices altar in the inner part of an enormous carved rock. From there, we will continue to Tambomachay; the sacred fountains of life and health. On the way back to Cusco, we will have a panoramic view from Puca Pucara; a watchtower that controlled the entrance to the city.
In Cusco, we will visit Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, on top of which the Saint Dominique Convent was built. The history tells that this temple was entirely lined in gold sheets when the Spanish conquistadors arrived. At the end of our tour, we will go to the Main Square and will visit the Cusco Cathedral where invaluable colonial paintings and other works of art, such as the Cross that arrived with the first conquistadors, can be admired.
Important Note: People are not allowed to enter religious sites wearing shorts. Taking photos is not allowed inside the Cathedral.
Day 4 | A Day to Discover Machu Picchu | B.L.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the train station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. During the journey, we will appreciate several landmarks in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the hanging bridge that signals the start of the Inca Trail. The railway follows the course of the Urubamba River, also known as Vilcanota River, climbing down and entering a canyon until we reach Aguas Calientes; the town that is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu Mountain.
After getting off the train, we will board the mini-bus that will take us up the winding road to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Citadel of the Incas and considered one of the New Wonders of the World. The Lost City of the Incas will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy will be all around us. After a well-paced guided visit, we will have lunch at one of the restaurants in the area and then will be ready to return to Cusco by train. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 5 | From Cusco to Puno / Welcome to Lake Titicaca | B.L.
Full-Day Andean Cross to Puno/Lake Titicaca by Tour Bus with several stops en-route to visit Andahuaylillas Chapel, Wiracocha Temple, and Pucara Museum w/Lunch.
Andahuaylillas Chapel: Referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel because of its magnificent frescoes, the church is but one example of the mestizo baroque architecture typical of the Cusco School which was prominent in the 17th century. You will marvel at the ceiling of carved panels covered with gold leaf.
Raqchi (God Wiracocha Temple): Located 121 kilometers from Cusco, this Inca temple is monumental: 100 meters in length, 26 meters in width and 14 meters in height. Divided in two naves, each of these still retain the base of eleven giant columns. The base of the walls consists of Imperial Inca stonework with a top section of adobe. Adjacent to the temple, we can see many storehouses, used for various purposes: military and religious.
La Raya: The highest pass on the route between Cusco and Puno, La Raya is 4,335 meters above sea level. Beautiful landscapes await you, as well as the animals that are symbolic of the Andes: llamas, alpacas and vicunas. This is a region situated between two cultures, Quechua and Aymara, as well as a composite of two terrains: the dry and arid altiplano and the more verdant Quechua valleys and rivers.
Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial site this side of Tiahuanaco. Characterized by a series of stared platforms, the ruins also reveal some litosculptures and tombstones, all witnesses of a pre-Inca civilization, possibly one at the origin of the Andean culture of the Altiplano.
This excursion will provide you a real Andean experience because of its high Andean views, stopping when necessary or when requested in order to take pictures and to enjoy lunch.
Upon arrival to Puno, transfer to the hotel of your choice for a two-night stay with breakfast included.
- Standard Class: Casa Andina Tikarani Puno
- First Class: Jose Antonio
- Deluxe Class: Libertador Lago Titicaca
Day 6 | Puno / Explore the secrets of Lake Titicaca | B.L.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a full-day exploration by boat of Lake Titicaca. The first stop will be to visit the Floating Island of the Uros where you will learn about this pre-Inca community that took refuge on the waters of this lake, running away from the Incas and also from the Spaniards.
The journey will continue across the lake to visit the Island of Taquile, a place in which the settlers still maintain their ancestral traditions and colorful typical clothes. This will be a great opportunity to explore the island and get the best view of the lake. A typical lunch will be served before boarding the boat that will take you back to Puno.
Day 7 | Puno / Silustani / Juliaca / Lima | B.
At the appropriate time, transfer to the Juliaca City Airport for your local flight to Lima (airfare is not included). Stop en-route at the pre-Inca Cemetery of the Hatun Colla Chiefs in Silustani, on the shore of Lake Umayo to see the funerary towers or chullpas reaching up to 18 feet high. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to the hotel of your choice for an overnight stay with breakfast included.
- Standard Class: Allpa Hotel & Suites
- First Class: Jose Antonio
- Deluxe Class: Casa Andina Private Collection
Day 8 | Lima / Home | B.
At the appropriate time, transfer to the Lima airport to check in for your onward flight.
PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED
AVAILABLE FOR DAILY ARRIVALS IN LIMA UNTIL DEC 15, 2017
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STANDARD CLASS HOTELS
In Lima: Allpa Hotel & Suites: The Allpa Hotel & Suites provides spacious and modern rooms with the latest technology and comfort for today’s guest demand, integrating a magnificent environment of trends, decoration and art. Conveniently located in Lima, the Allpa Hotel & Suites is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. All the rooms have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience, with in room safe, shower, satellite/cable TV, desk, hair dryer in each room. Besides, the hotel’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Allpa Hotel & Suites.
In Cusco: Casa Andina Koricancha Hotel: The hotel is removed from the traffic, hustle and bustle of the center but still just 3 blocks from Cusco Plaza de Armas. An atmosphere of spaciousness and serenity, spread across 2 sprawling, connected 18th-century manor houses and 2 peaceful interior colonial patios. Just steps from Koricancha (the Inca Temple of the Sun) and Santo Domingo church. All the bedrooms feature one Queen or 2 Twin beds warmly decorated with Cusco textiles, and include either writing desks or breakfast tables, closets with safes, cable TV, heating system, Wi-Fi access, and more. Oxygen is available upon request.
In Puno: Casa Andina Tikarani Hotel: Puno is a city known for its combinations of new and old worldtraditions. Located on the banks of Lake Titicaca, Puno offers unique shops and boutiques, authentic Peruvian gastronomy and an upbeat night life. Unlike many cities, Puno has interspersed parks with native vibrant flowers and trees throughout the main walkways keeping the “concrete jungle” stereotype at bay.
Casas Andina Tikarani is a quaint medium sized Inn that promotes the concept of social comforts and inviting atmospheres. The ambiance is very relaxed, with a large fireplace in the lounging area and a beautiful courtyard filled with vibrant blends of local flora. Although the Inn is only five minutes from the downtown area of Puno. The rooms are decent sized with comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. TV, safety deposit boxes, Wi-Fi and climate control are available with every room.
FIRST CLASS HOTELS
In Lima: Casa Andina Select Miraflores Ideally located in Miraflores, the Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel is the perfect choice for sophisticated travelers who expect efficiency, excellent service and a comfortable design. All 155 non-smoking comfortable rooms and suites are outfitted with LCD cable TV, digital safe deposit box, work desk, telephone and mini bar/refrigerator. Some units come with separate sitting area and breakfast/dining table. Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi access, business center with secretarial services and meeting room. For on-site leisure, guests can unwind at the gym, spa or Jacuzzi. Valet parking, currency exchange, 24/7 front desk and souvenir shop and hair dresser, are also available.
In Cusco: Jose Antonio Hotel: The Jose Antonio Cusco Hotel is located in the heart of Cusco’s archaeological centre, the oldest city of America. A few minutes away from the Main Square, this recently built hotel has a modern architecture, with a fine colonial touch. The 6-stories building is one of the highest hotels in the city, offering excellent views over the city of Cusco. All the 126 rooms are divided among 5 floors and on the rooftop you can enjoy a solarium, the Jacuzzi and sauna. These can be quite refreshing after a full day of sight-seeing in the beautiful city of Cusco or in the nearby Sacred Valley.
In Puno: Jose Antonio Hotel: We are located in front of the majestic and sacred lake of the Incas, Lake Titicaca, just 10 minutes away from the city of Puno, Jose Antonio Puno offers the comfort and warmth of home you deserve. We have 106 comfortable rooms (24 Singles, 69 Doubles, 8 Triples and 5 Suites), all equipped with Cable TV, radio and alarm clock, Mini-bar, Hair dryer, Electrical Safety box, two telephones with national and international direct dialing, Internet access, wired and wireless, dual voltage 110/220v, laundry service, and a beautiful view of Lake Titicaca..
DELUXE CLASS HOTELS
In Lima: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel: With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection – Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Once the Miraflores Cesar’s, Lima’s fondly remembered, original five-star hotel, this modern icon was dramatically transformed in 2008 into the capital’s newest luxury hotel. Its quintessential Limeno flavor reverberates in the exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial-era antiques, in both public spaces and accommodations. The 17-story hotel, with views over Miraflores and the Pacific coast, offers 148 sophisticated, contemporary luxury rooms and suites, with soundproofing and LCD flatscreen TVs in every room. First-class amenities include a heated, covered pool and breezy terrace, gymnasium with the latest exercise equipment, prestigious Joop salon & massage room, business center, and 5 multimedia-equipped corporate event & meeting rooms.
In Cusco: Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel: Invites guests to enjoy a fascinating and unique experience in the historic center of this ancient city. Located in front of the Koricancha, or Sun Temple, in this Cusco Hotel there’s an adventure awaiting: the guest familiarizes with the colonial and Inca legacy of this Andean jewel, strolling around the narrow streets of the city and visiting several places of interest such as Machu Picchu, the main square, the cathedral, the artisan neighborhood of Saint Blas, as well as the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.
In Puno: Libertador Lago Titicaca Hotel: The only five-star hotel in the region, is located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. The hotel is only five minutes away from downtown Puno, 45 minutes from the Manco Capac International Airport in Juliaca and two hours from the Bolivian border. Libertador Lago Titicaca is considered the best hotel in Puno because of the services offered, such as restaurants, bars, business center, gift shop, gym, Jacuzzi and outdoor pool, which along with the warm hospitality from the highly trained personnel will make your stay a unique and memorable one.
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