This tourist package: Arequipa, Puno, and Cusco in 8 days includes visits to Arequipa and Colca, Puno and Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu. This 8-day tour of the south of Peru includes all the main tourist attractions of Arequipa, Cusco, and Puno.
Itinerary Details: Tourist Package: Arequipa, Puno and Cusco 8D/7N
Reception in Arequipa
In the afternoon, we’ll start the city tour of Arequipa, in which we’ll give you a glimpse of the impressive beauty of la Ciudad Blanca (White City) of Arequipa, visiting the Santa Catalina Monastery, (which has a city of sillar, a type of stone. This monastery was founded in the year 1579. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Basílica Menor de Arequipa, the smaller basilica of Arequipa, which is located in the Plaza de Armas, and was built in a Neo-classical style), the Cathedral of Arequipa, Companion and Church to Jesus’s company, the San Francisco Complex, and the Carmen Alto, and Yanahuara viewpoints. After, you’ll return to your hotel.
Tour the Colca Valley
Very early in the morning, we’ll take off for Colca Canyon, an impressive geological formation. This canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world, reaching down as far as 3,360meters.
We’ll pass by Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of alpacas and vicunas, (different South American animals). On route, you’ll have a chance to appreciate the pre-Colombian terraces that were cultivated for the native “collaguas.” We recommend you bring food and snack on your trip. Once we arrive to the Colca Valley, and you get a chance to take in the wonder, we’ll head to the lodge where you’ll spend the night.
In the afternoon, we recommend you rest and acclimate to the altitude. If you’re in good shape, use your free time to travel around the various locations around the lodge, or take a refreshing bath in the thermal baths close-by. (Entry to the thermal baths not included.)
Tour Colca, and the Cruz del Condor Viewpoint
Very early, we’ll take you to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, a strategic observation point of the canyon, and witness the spectacular flight of the condor. On our return, we’ll stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca, and Yanque; in these locations, you’ll be able to visit the beautiful colonial churches, as well as Choquetico and Antahuilque viewpoints, where you can observe the impressive Andean valley, with its ruins and pre-Incan designs.
After, we’ll head out to Puno, arriving to the bus terminal.
Reception, and transportation to your hotel.
Tour Lake Titicaca
Early in the morning, we’ll embark on an unforgettable excursion by boat on Lake Titicaca to visit the Floating Islands of Uros, with an ancient, pre-Incan population on the island, you’ll get to know the Acuática Tribe. These Andean natives constructed their own islands, periodically using new layers of bulrush (Scirpus Totora), a vegetable fiber from the papiro family. They also use this material to construct their houses and boats. We’ll continue our excursion to Taquile, which is inhabited by native Quechuans, who had developed, generation by generation, an efficient and original social system to create fabric. After eating lunch in a local inn in Taquile, we’ll walk to the hills and archeological sites. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Puno, and you’ll be taken to your hotel.
The Route of the Sun
Transportation to the Inka Express station to take “The Route of the Sun” (“La Ruta del Sol”) to Cusco.
Traveling all day, we’ll visit the Pucará Museum – Pucará was the first center of the regional population in the basin of north of Lake Titicaca, during the Late Formative Period (500BC-200AD). This location provides lots of valuable information about the origins of the Andean civilization in this high plateau. Following, we’ll visit the Abra La Raya, a division of waters, one of which flows into Lake Titicaca, and the other which helps run Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4,338 meters (14,232 feet)
Later, we’ll have a wonderful buffet-style lunch in Marangani, and continue onto Raqchi, the “Temple of Wiracocha,” a great construction, known for its old age. Architecturally, it’s classified as “Kallanka,” or, in other words, a tall building completely covered with straw (wood and “ichu”). Externally, it’s 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25 meters wide (83 feet).
Finally, we’ll visit Andahuaylillas and its precious 17th century church, with an impressive organ, decorated with angels and cherubs. This church is also known as the “Sistine Chapel of America.”
Arrive to Cusco and transportation to your hotel.
Excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel to begin the excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
We’ll visit the town of Pisac, which has a typical Indian market, where you’ll be able to appreciate the ancestral customs of the inhabitants, using a “trueque,” or bartering style exchange of products. (Only on Sundays, there is a celebratory mass in the native language, Quechua). Lunch in the valley.
In the afternoon, we’ll pass through Calca and Urubamba on route to the agrological, military, and religious center, “Ollantaytambo,” constructed to guard the entrance for this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of the inhabitants of the jungle. This is made up of a series of superimposed terraces.
Later, we’ll go to the Ollantaytambo station to take a train to Aguas Calientes (The town of Machu Picchu)
We’ll spend the night in Aguas Calientes.
All Day Excursion to Machu Picchu
In the morning, we’ll take a 25-minute bus ride up to the marvelous Machu Picchu, and learn about the “Lost City of the Incas.” You’ll get a guided tour of the city, visiting the main plaza (la Plaza Principal), the circular tower (la Torre Circular), the sacred solar clock (el Sagrado Reloj Solar), the royal rooms (cuartos reales), the temple of three windows (el templo de las Tres Ventanas), and the cemeteries.
Later, you’ll have some free time to walk around the city.
Lunch in Aguas Calientes.
Return to Aguas Calientes, then return to Cusco, with transportation back to your hotel.
Farewell from Cusco
Transportation to the airport for your departing flight.
Our Tourist Package Includes:
- Transportation: airports / hotels / airports, plus the option for private services
- Entry tickets to all excursions mentioned
- Train ticket to Aguas Calientes, and bus ticket from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Breakfasts on the whole route, and all other food mentioned
- Tourist bus for The Route of the Sun, Puno, and Cusco, including entry tickets to all the zones mentioned
- Shared guided tourist services on the excursions (as part of the group), in English, and Spanish, with profession tour guides
- The entire program mentioned
Our Package Doesn’t Include:
- International flights
- National flights
- Food not mentioned
- Extras in the hotels