This tour includes international airfare from Miami (US), on non-holiday dates. You do not need to fly via Miami; Kontiki will fly you the most direct way to your city of destination. Depending on your travel dates and proximity of travel, we will quote you the most economical surcharge from your city or country of origin.
Day 1: Overnight flight to Lima.
Day 2: Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour of Lima—always one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city. Admire the beauty of San Martín and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and visit San Francisco Convent, religious building from the late 16th century, and its catacombs. Also drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Note: check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).
Day 3: Transfer to Airport. Flight to Arequipa. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. City tour including the Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and the Colonial district of Yanahuara.
Day 4: Arequipa - Chivay Departure time 8:30 to 9:00 am. Leave Arequipa by bus crossing the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, passing by Pampa Cañahuas, the Bojedales of Tocra (water filtering) with a stop at Patapampa, special viewpoint of the Andes situated at 4,800 meters altitude. Lunch at Chivay. Overnight in Colca.
Day 5: Chivay - Cruz del Condor - Arequipa Leave the hotel to explore the town of Yanque and visit its church. Continue to Cruz del Condor viewpoint to see the majestic flight of the Andean condors. Start the return to Arequipa visiting the Andean villages of Yanque, Achoma, Maca and its church, Pinchollo with stops in Antahuilque—a place known for its mysterious lagoons, where we can observe the andenes or cultivation terraces. Continue to Choquetico to admire the high burials and rock maquettes. Lunch on the way. Continue to Arequipa, ending at your hotel.
Day 6: Morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour of Cuzco, visit the Korikancha Temple or Temple of the Sun. Visits to the Cathedral and its Art Museum, the artisans’ quarter of San Blas and San Blas church are also available. After your visits, you’ll continue to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsahuaman Fortress. Return to your hotel.
Note: Because of the altitude in Cuzco, we recommend that this tour be done privately at your own pace, at an additional cost of $28 per person, based on two people.
Day 7: Morning transfer to the train station. The train takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, we will board a bus to Machu Picchu. We will then have a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stone works of the Cuzco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. You will have time to enjoy a light lunch or snack and return to your hotel at your leisure. In the evening, we will enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in Aguas Calientes.
Day 8: Day at leisure. You may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, we will board the train to return to Cuzco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 9: Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon shopping tour of Lima, taking you to the famous handicraft markets accompanied by our guides.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home, or overlap with the add-on of your choice.
Deluxe Option includes: The Deluxe option comes with the following Orient Express hotels: the Park Plaza in Lima, El Monasterio in Cuzco, and the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu. You may also choose to upgrade to the luxury Hiram Bingham train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. In Arequipa deluxe accomodations include: Two nights in a Colonial Suite in the Arequipa Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, including taxes and breakfast. An upgrade to private round trip transfers between Arequipa and the Colca Canyon. One night in a new, completely private Casita del Colca which includes buffet Breakfast, a la carte lunch, a la carte dinner, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages excluding premium alcoholic brands and special wines, full Mini-bar, 10% service charge, as well as a choice of la carte activities such as Peruvian Paso horse riding, hiking tours, painting lessons, fly fishing lessons, cooking lessons and pisco sour lessons.
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