Day 01: Cusco: Sightseeing tour and Nearby Ruins
Morning arrive in Cusco Airrot transfer to the selected hotel
In the afternoon, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons
at 20.00 p.m evening get ready to enjoy a dinner with a folklore show in a typical restaurant where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds, while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner Show Folklore
Day 02: Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas / Aguas Calientes ( Machupicchu )
Early morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Visit to the picturesque indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch. In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic Mlitary, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. Late afternoon ride by train to Aguas Calientes 2 hrs ( Hot Spring Machupicchu )
Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square of Hot Spring Aguas Calientes .
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 03: Aguas Calientes / Huaynapícchu / Machu Picchu / Sun Gate / Aguas Calientes / Cusco
The day starts with an early morning rise to Bus Station for a 20’ journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as " The Lost City of the Incas ". bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible site of Huayna Picchu also known as Wayna Picchu ( Quechua " Young Peak " ) The number of daily visitors allowed to enter Huayna Picchu is restricted to 200 is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machupicchu, the so - called lost city of the Incas, and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 meters ( 8,920 ft ) above sea level, or about 360 meters ( 1,180 ft ) higher than Machu Picchu. According to local guides, the top of the mountain was the residence for the high priest and the local virgins. Photo Gallery
Machupicchu Every morning before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day. The Temple of the Moon , one of the three major temples in the Machu Picchu area, is nestled on the side of the mountain and is situated at an elevation lower than Machu Picchu. Adjacent to the Temple of the Moon is the Great Cavern, another sacred temple with fine masonry. The other major local temples in Machu Picchu are the Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Principal Temple, " Unfinished Temple ", and the Temple of the Sun, also called the Torreon.
Then we'll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, The Sacred Sun Dial the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds
The Sun Gates of Machu Picchu boast a picture - perfect vantage point overlooking Peru's most famous ruins. Tourists flock to this outcrop high in the Andes Mountains to enjoy the same view featured on virtually every postcard depicting the Machu Picchu citadel. Also known as Intipunku, the Sun Gates consist of two stones perched at a narrow passage in the crevice of the mountain just above Machu Picchu. The sun shines brilliantly through this portal each day when it rises -- hence the name
Meals Included: Breakfast .
Day 04: Puno / Cusco ( 389 kms = 08 hrs )
Breakfast. Early departure by bus to the City of Cusco. We travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through the La Raya Ranch where we can see troops of vicuñas and llamas. During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the Region. Upon arrival in Cusco, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 05: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of the Uros and Taquile Island / Puno
Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable by tourist motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "Islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called " Totora " ( Scirpus Totora ), vegetable fibre of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island, inhabited by Quechua – Speaking Natives who have developed, down through generations, an efficient and unique social system, as well as fine hand weaving techniques.
It is necessary to go up a stairway of more than 567 steps - steps of stone that wind their way among green platforms - to arrive at the Town of Taquile where we will have a break to eat. After lunch in a local Taquile Inn, we have a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at your hotel. Evening free.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 06: Puno: Chullpas of Sillustani / Lima / Trujillo
a.m. After breakfast transfer to Juliaca Airport 60 kms = 01 hrs drive l The highlights of this road are without doubt the burial towers of Sillustani, enormous cylindrical constructions built long before the Incas. The Sillustani towers are perhaps the finest and the most perfect cylindrical constructions of ancient Peru, as such perfection can be found no where else in South America. A tour if time permited to Sillustani will give you a better view into the life of pre - Inca civilizations, and exploring the area you can marvel with the great beauty of the Umayo Lagoon, which is located at the foot of Sillustani natural platform. then fly to Trujillo by Lima upon arrivel transfer to The selected hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 07: City Tours / Temple of the Sun, Moon / Chan Chan & Huanchaco
In Trujillo, spring is eternal. The sun always shines, filling even the most secluded corners of the capital of the department of La Libertad with light. This light brightens the spirit of an affable and cordial people, who live proud of their adobe citadels built by the Chimus and Mochicas; their stately mansions, heritage of colonial times and the beginnings of the Republic; and of the ' marinera', the national dance of Peru, a whirl of sensuality and gallantry from which love is born. Trujillo, in the northern coast of Peru, was founded in 1534 by Don Diego de Almagro, who, on stopping in the valley of the Moche river on his advance toward Pachacamac ( Lima ), " found the place promising and suitable for founding a city", and named it after the Spanish city where conquistador Francisco Pizarro was born. From the day of its foundation, the city progressed rapidly owing to the productivity of the valley and the tenacity of its people; builders of stately mansions with outstanding artistic window railings in wrought iron, adding a touch of distinction and elegance toTrujillo's architecture
Temple of the Sun, Moon, Chan Chan & Huanchaco
After breakfast. Excursion 15 minutes South of Trujillo to visit the enormous adobe constructions built by the Mochica Culture in the 5th century, called Temple of the Sun, considered the largest adobe pyramid in Peru and the Temple of the Moon, housing an extensive burial ground and some fine polychrome murals in which their deity is often printed. Is believed that both were complementary, one administrative and the other religious. Proceed to Huanchaco Beach, well frequented by beach-goers and surfers, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the local fishermen surfing the waves in their traditional "Caballitos de Totora", little reed boats used for fishing since pre Inca times, visit the largest mud archaeological complex of the pre-Hispanic America, Chan Chan, ancient Capital of the Chimu Empire (13th Century), visiting the Temple del Arco Iris, the site museum and the Tshudi Palace.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 08: Trujillo / El Brujo Complex/ Cajamarca / Celendin
After breakfast we will drive 30 minutes North from Trujillo to the archaeological complex of El Brujo ( the Shaman ) containing three large buildings constructed in different eras: Huaca Prieta, the oldest construction on the Peruvian Coast; Huaca El Brujo, a pyramid from the Mochica Culture and Huaca Cao Viejo, with an old Christian church. Actually, scientific works are being done on its magnificent and recently discovered remains
we will tavel by tourist bus to the City of Cajamarca is located in the northern highlands of Peru and is the capital of the Cajamarca Region It is approximately 2,700 m ( 8,900 ft ) above sea level and has a population of about 217,000 people. Cajamarca has an equatorial climate so it is mild, dry and sunny, which creates very fertile soil. The city is well-known for its cheeses and dairy products.Cajamarca is also known for its churches, and hot springs, or Inca Baths. There are also several active mining sites in surrounding areas. Most of all, Peruvians remember Cajamarca as the place where the Inca Empire came to an end; the Battle of Cajamarca and the capture, abuse, and murder of the Incan emperor Atahualpa took place here
Cajamarca conjures up images of fertile fields stretching along the roadside and climbing up the hillsides and across the highland plains and ravines. we start our excursion to Cumbemayo. On the Way we will visit the towns of Bellavista and Layzon.
Day 09: Celendin / Leymebamba
Early mornign we will travel by 4 x 4 to Leymebamba, Inaugurated in June 2000, the Museo Leymebamba displays the more than 200 mummies and their burial offerings recovered in 1997 from the Laguna de los Cóndores by a salvage Project directed by Centro Mallqui. Once at risk from looters and vandals, today this valuable collection is housed in the Museo Leymebamba. An initiative of The Bioanthropology Foundation Peru - Centro Mallqui, Inaugurated in June 2000, the Museo Leymebamba displays the more than 200 mummies and their burial offerings recovered in 1997 from the Laguna de los Cóndores by a salvage Project directed by Centro Mallqui. Once at risk from looters and vandals, today this valuable collection is housed in the Museo Leymebamba. An initiative of The Bioanthropology Foundation Peru-Centro Mallqui, the Museo Leymebamba’s construction was made possible by a donation from a group of Austrian citizens as well as by funds from private donors. In 1999 Centro Mallqui carried out excavations at the small settlement on the north side of the lake. Known today as Llaqtacocha, or town-on-the-lake, the site covers about 33 hectares and includes the remains of some 130, mostly circular structures, probably home to the people interred in the chullpas across the lake. Excavations at Llaqtacocha unearthed Chachapoya and provincial Inca ceramics, indicating that the settlement and the chullpa site across the lake are contemporary. The site may have been founded as early as AD 1200, and it includes rectangular structures that point to the Inca occupation as well as buildings that may have been built in early Spanish Colonial times.
Llaqtacocha has been severely damaged by forest clearing to open pastures for cattle. The trees toppled the site’s walls and subsequent burning shattered limestone building blocks. Cattle range freely, tumbling the few remaining walls and trampling the site’s ancient drainage system. As a result, few of Llaqtacocha’s walls stand higher than 1 meter.
Llaqtacocha boasts an especially elaborate drainage network. Stone faced canals wind their way through the settlement and small, stone slab bridges provided access to the half-moon cornices surrounding the house foundation platforms. Some cornices, curiously, were built on supporting walls and are not freestanding, serving as ramps leading to the doors of the houses
Day 10: Leymebamba / Kuelap / Chachapoyas ( 7 hrs )
After Breakfast we leave by private car to The fortress of Kuelap is the largest stone structure of South America. It contains more than 450 stone houses. It is located on a mountain higher than Machu Picchu, is much older than the Inca Empire. This Machu Picchu of the North was found in better condition than the one in the South. The Kuelap complex remains relatively unknown in this remote zone, which only thirty years ago took two months to walk out to from the nearest road. The fortress is filled with a million air plants, bromeliads and orchids, high on a mountain top, in this mysterious cloud forest.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 11: Karajia
Sarcophagus of Karajia are precariously located on a mountain cliff at about 2600m. It is an spectacular funerary site down the road about a mile and a quarter. Here we will find 2 meter anthropomorphic wooden coffins located under a cliff. Mummies were placed inside each coffin. It is easy to get the area requires a walk, the Chachapoyas buried their dead in capsule-like tombs constructed of straw clay and mud also using bamboo to make the shape of the body, known locally as purunmachus (from the Quechua, purun wild and machu, old), Here six- sarcophagus remain looking west, down toward the valley below, where the river runs, all six of them with three skulls, two above them, ome one on the cliff floor, beside them The purunmachus were constructed by first the body decorated with painted relief designs, directly on a ledge around the funerary bundle, covering the bundle that rests in a fetus position in the center of these hollow statues, and long bamboos inserted into the construction to give the shape of the body. Next, the capsule was covered in mud mixed with straw and painted white or cream. Finally, details such as necklaces or pectorals, feathered tunics, facial traits or face paint and genitals were added in shades of yellow ocre and two shades of red, probably an ochre and hematite for the darker red., transfer to the bus terminal and leave to Chiclayo
Day 12: Chiclayo City Tours
After Breakfast we will leave by private car to Chiclayo, is the capital city of the Lambayeque Region in northern Peru It is located 13 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast and 770 kilometers from the nation's capital, Lima As of 2011, Chiclayo is the Fourth most populous city in Peru with a population of 629,990 (comprising 6 contiguous urban districts: Chiclayo, José Leonardo Ortiz, La Victoria, Pomalca, Reque and Pimentel ) and The third largest metropolitan area of Perú. Founded by Spanish explorers as "Santa María de los Valles de Chiclayo" in the 16th century, it was declared a city on 15 April 1835 by president Felipe Santiago Salaverry. He named Chiclayo "the Heroic City" to recognize the courage of its citizens in the fight for independence, a title it still holds. Other nicknames for Chiclayo include " The Capital of Friendship " and the " Pearl of the North ". Currently, Chiclayo is one of the most important urban areas of Peru It is now the country's fourth-largest city, after Lima, Arequipa and Trujillo. The city has a population of 738,000,[while the metropolitan area has a population of 972,713 ( 2009 - World-Gazetteer.com ). The city was founded near an important Pre historic Archeological site. The Northen wari ruins which constitute the remains of a city from the 7th - 12th century war empire
A vacation of cultural and archaeological discovery that begins with a city tour of Chiclayo, including the twin-domed neoclassical Cathedral, the Paseo de las Musas park, and city's famous " Shaman " market sessions or folks healers, sell the herbs and paraphemia used in their healing
Day 13: Tucume Archeological complex of Huaca Rajada & Musuem Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipan
After breakfast, drive 40 minutes from Chiclayo to visit the archaeological complex of Tucume or Valley of the Pyramids, an important archaeological complex of the Lambayeque Culture (BC 1,000 / 1,350 AD), consisting of pyramids from which the extensive pre-Columbian urban site can be surveyed. excursion to the impressive Necropolis of Huaca Rajada, a Mochica funeral centre where a great number of tombs have been discovered and where the tombs of the Old Lord of Sipan (3rd Century) and the Lord of Sipan (5th Century), famous for its objects in gold and semi-precious stones, were unearthed in the decade of the 1980's by Peruvian archaeologists led by Dr. Walter Alva. visit to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, where we can appreciate a Lord of Sipan Tomb replica, additionally we will see several ceramic pieces. Nowadays, this museum is one of the best and modern in South America
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 14: Chiclayo / Lima
After breakfast transfer to Chiclayo airprot fro your fly to Lima upon arrivel transfer to your hotel in Miraflores area, Then we go on with our tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the " City of Kings ". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, The Main Plaza, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the Monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 15: Lima / Home
On time required transfer to Lima Airport fro your fly back Home
Meals Included: Breakfast