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Explore The Southern Wonderland

Overview

This exclusive itinerary “EXPLORE THE SOUTHERN WONDERLAND” gives you the opportunity to investigate the most spectacular and sought after sites in the southern Andes of Peru; our journey starts in the nations capital Lima where you will get a good night rest and recover from your long flight, then you continue on to the dreamy city of Arequipa which is also known as the “white city” due to the white buildings constructed of Sillar, a special volcanic rock. Here you will visit and hike the Colca Canyon which is 13,650 ft in depth, the canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States, and is home to the majestic Condors “the largest flying land birds in the Western Hemisphere”. After your experience, you will continue on to the quiet city of Puno (3,287 m), Here you will cruise around on the Lake Titicaca aboard a little reed boat; and visit its numerous floating islands whose inhabitants continue to live the way their ancestors did thousands of years before. Then the dream continues on to the ancient city of Cusco “the historic capital of the Inca Empire”; well known for its nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas where you will be amazed by its incomparable beauty of its small villages and ancient archaeological sites shrouded in mystery. Finally a complete unique personalized visit to the famous Machu Picchu; also known as the lost city of the Incas. What are you waiting for? Let’s go!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel to the volcanoes land and immerse yourself in the Andes
  • Explore the spiritual Lake Titicaca and the floating islands
  • Admire the enduring cultural wonders of Peru’s indigenous people
  • Witness the stunning ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo
  • Experience the wonder and the magnificence of Machu Picchu
  • Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Cusco to witness its history and vibrant life

  • Welcome to Peru
  • Day at your leisure in Lima
  • Overnight in Lima
  • Domestic flight from Lima to Arequipa
  • Free morning to get acclimatized
  • Interesting Juanita-Yanahuara museum and picturesque half day
  • Overnight in Arequipa
  • Colorful and tradition journey to Chivay valley full day
  • Overnight at Chivay valley
  • See the sky king Condor in the Colca Canyon
  • Private journey from Chivay towards Puno
  • Overnight in Puno
  • Pre-Inca civilizations full day tour at Lake Titicaca Uros-Taquile
  • Overnight in Puno
  • Cross the Andes from Puno to Cusco full day
  • Overnight in Cusco
  • Tour around Cusco’s downtown to nearby archaeological complexes
  • Overnight in Cusco
  • See the incredible salt mines and agricultural system Maras-Moray and visit Chinchero in a full day tour
  • Overnight in the Sacred Valley
  • Visit the Handicraft market in Pisaq, amazing terraces and Inca houses in Ollantaytambo and taste the Peruvian Cuisine in Niños del Arco Iris Social project
  • Walking around the narrow street in Pisaq and Ollantaytambo
  • Overnight in the Sacred Valley
  • Train journey to Aguas Calientes
  • Discovery the Lost city of the Incas in Machu Picchu full day tour
  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes
  • Explore Machu Picchu on your own
  • Train journey back to Cusco
  • Overnight in Cusco
  • Departure flight from Cusco back to Lima

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO LIMA

Upon your arrival to Lima international airport, our English-speaking host will be there to greet you and escort you to your hotel where you can rest and recover from your jet lag.

  • Overnight in Lima
  • Meals included: None

DAY 2: FLIGHT TO AREQUIPA & PRIVATE CITY TOUR

At the start of the day, after having breakfast at your hotel; our staff will pick you up from the hotel in order to escort you to Lima airport to catch a domestic flight to Arequipa. Upon your arrival into the dreamy white city of Peru, our representative will be there to welcome and escort to your accommodation situated downtown. We highly recommend you spend your first few hours for rest and acclimatization against the high altitude of the Andes.
In the afternoon, you will be invited to take a private tour of the city; your guide will lead you through the most remarkable sites of the city, also visit the famous Juanita mummy , a young girl who was found frozen at the summit of a volcano after 500 years. This exclusive tour finishes in the main square of Yanahuara where you will have a panoramic view of the whole city and including Misti volcano.

  • Overnight in Arequipa
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3: JOURNEY TO THE COLCA CANYON

Early in the morning, you will start a private journey with your guide to the small village of Chivay; on the way you will stop at Pampa Cañahuas, considered as home of llamas and other South American camelids; here is also situated the view point of Patapampa volcano, it has a scenic view of the snow-capped Andes and the main volcanoes outside of Arequipa city.
Upon your arrival to Chivay town, you will enjoy a lunch buffet in a fine restaurant; after lunch you’ll be escorted to your accommodation. After getting settled in your hotel, you will be given free time to visit the hot springs of Calera, whose waters have healing properties according to the local inhabitants.

  • Overnight in the Colca Valley
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: COLCA CANYON TOUR & JOURNEY TO PUNO

Early morning after breakfast served by the hotel, your tour guide will meet you in order to start the hike to the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint, one of the best viewpoints over the canyon and home to the famed condor considered the largest flying land birds in the Western Hemisphere and symbol of the Andes Mountain Range. The road leads through picturesque villages and pre-Inca ruins dominated by the glaciers Ampato and Hualca. Once you reach to the “Cruz Del Condor”, you will be able to see in the depths of the canyon, which stretches nearly 4,000 feet below.
After several minutes, you will return to Chivay where lunch will be waiting for you. After lunch, you will be given some free time to buy some souvenirs, explore the local market and then start our private journey to Puno city aboard on our exclusive transport. On the way, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Andes. Once you arrive to Puno, our private vehicle takes you to your selected hotel for a good night’s rest.

  • Overnight in Puno
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: SPLENDID AND COLORFULL AT LAKE TITICACA

After having breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you at your hotel between 6:30 am to 6:40 am to start a private full day tour at Lake Titicaca; first you would be taken to the port to board a motor boat. On this excursion, you will walk around on the unique Uros Floating Islands, which have been built using only totora reeds, a water plant that grows on the lake. In addition, you will be amazed at how locals use totora reeds to build their canoes, houses, beds and many other objects used in their daily lives. As part of your tour, you will ride on a totora reed canoe, which will be a smooth and pleasant trip around the surrounding islands. From here, you we will travel for about 2 hours to Taquile Island, on the way you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of the lake. Once you arrive, the local people will be waiting for you at Taquile beach; here you will enjoy an exquisite lunch made with delicious and very fresh ingredients. After lunch, you can take a short hike around the island before taking your motorboat back to Puno across the lake. Once the tour has finished, you would be taken back to your hotel and have the rest of time to explore the city at night on your own.

  • Overnight in Puno
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: JOURNEY FROM PUNO TO CUSCO

In the morning after having a delicious breakfast, your professional guide and private vehicle will pick you up from the hotel to journey to Cusco. The first stop on our journey to Cusco will be at the pre-Inca site of Pukara followed by La Raya, the highest point and border between Cusco and Puno regions; after short ride, you will arrive to the restaurant where you would have a delicious buffet lunch. After lunch our next stop will be at Racchi whose stone and mud-brick walls were used to repel enemies from the South, also known as the temple of Wiracocha (an Inca deity). Before arriving into Cusco; you will stop and visit Andahuaylillas town where is situated a beautiful chapel; in which it's possible to see beautiful antique wall pictures called frescoes, gold covered altarpieces and unique wood sculptures, the church is also known as the Sixtina Chapel of America. Once you arrive to Cusco, our private vehicle will escort you to your hotel.

  • Overnight in Cusco
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7: HISTORY AND TRADITION CUSCO CITY

In morning, your guide will meet you in your hotel to begin your special city tour. Cusco is a fascinating blend of old and new cultures. It was once the capital of the Inca empire with its colonial buildings and great Inca architectural features. First you will visit the Cusco Cathedral located in Plaza de Armas, the main square. Here you will see many very important holy Christian artefacts and artwork derived from “the Escuela Cusquena” (Cusco colonial art school). Your tour will then take you to the Temple of the Sun, “Qoricancha” the most important Inca structure inside the city, then explore the nearby ruins, the majestic complex of Sacsayhuaman, which continues to be a very important religious and ceremonial site from the Incan culture. You will be amazed by the superb architectural achievements of the Inca civilization and get impressed when imagining how Incas moved and fit each uniquely shaped stone with a weight of some 70 tons, so perfectly together and without any “engineering tools”. After our visit to Sacsayhuaman, we will visit Q’enko, PukaPukara, and Tambomachay. Once the tour has finished, we would take you back to your hotel; and have the rest of the afternoon as free time for exploring the city by your own.

  • Overnight in Cusco
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8: THE MOUNTAINOUS SACRED VALLEY

After breakfast served in your hotel, our guide will take you on a guided tour through the circular terraces of Moray; some studies say this place has been used as an agricultural laboratory because of its variations in temperature and soil type found in each platform. Afterwards, you will visit the small town of Maras, a colonial town where you will find several carved doorways which represent the house owners; your next stop will be at the salt pans of Maras which fortunately are still in-use, all of them connected by an intricate number of channels where water is still running.
After our last visit, you will be taken to “El Parador de Moray” for lunch, a popular restaurant where tourist can try some of the typical dishes of the region.
Finally our last stop will be in Chinchero, where you will have the opportunity to visit and see how its local women, with their special skills for weaving, use antique Inca techniques, materials and patterns.
The local people are only too happy to explain how they work and their lives. At the end of this exclusive and private day, you will be transferred to your cozy hotel where you have the rest of your day for exploring.

  • Overnight in the Sacred Valley
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9: SACRED VALLEY & VISIT OF FOUNDATION “NIÑOS DEL ARCO IRIS”

Today in the morning, our tour guide will pick you up from the hotel to take you on a private excursion through the Sacred Valley of the Incas; you will visit Pisaq where there is an archaeological complex that was built on a mountain at 2900 feet above sea level. Here you will appreciate how the ancient people have lived for years and admire the beautiful views of the valley and its surrounding areas.
This archaeological complex has several neighborhoods; among the most remarkable neighborhoods is the Intihuatana zone where according to legends, could have been used to tie up the sun; and also for astronomical purposes by the Inca priests.
After your visit to the top, your journey will continue to the town located on the feet of the mountain and that is characterized by its small mud-brick homes and friendly inhabitants; here you will have the opportunity to walk along the animated market of Pisaq, where you can buy souvenirs and handicrafts, such as textiles, ceramics, jewelry and crafts.
After this visit, we will be invited to the foundation “Niños del Arco Iris”, the most important social project in the area that provides education and health care to the children and teenagers in extreme poverty. Here you will have a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by a local chef, becoming a part of this beautiful home surrounded by amazing landscapes.
After lunch we will start our private tour to Ollantaytambo, one of the last Inca refuges during Spanish colonization. Here you will feel the sensation of stepping back in time, where the houses and buildings were built over the architectural remains of Inca times; a wonderful display of original Inca architecture. Then, you will be invited to visit one of these houses to witness the way people live; you will observe how they raise guinea pigs and cook their food Incan Style. Then we will take you to visit the impressive Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, temples and terraces. These sites are well preserved and provide an interesting view about how towns were designed during the Incan period. Later you will have time to rest and enjoy some of the Hotel activities after the tour has finished.

  • Overnight in Sacred Valley
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10: THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS MACHU PICCHU

This master piece is the best representation the deep Spirit of a highly developed culture. Early in the morning, our tour staff will pick you up to be transferred to Ollantaytambo train station to catch a train to Aguas Calientes; this train trip is considered as a spectacular journey into the cloud forest protected by the Urubamba River. Upon your arrival, our guide will welcome and escort you to the entrance of Machu Picchu aboard a bus; here our professional tour guide will lead you on a private expedition through its most interesting sites. Machupicchu is a place shrouded in the mystery, tales and legends. After a couple of hours in the sanctuary with your guide, you will be invited to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. After lunch, you will catch a bus back to Aguas Calientes; where your guide can give you some suggestions about what to do in your free time during evening.

  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11: LEISURE DAY IN MACHU PICCHU & RETURN TO CUSCO

On this free day, there are many things to do to pass your time and have fun, for instance you can relax and explore all around Aguas Calientes town, Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel offers a moderate hike in a marvelous garden with a vast variety of orchids. You can revisit Machupichu citadel on your way to the Inca Bridge or Sun Gate (purchase your entrance in advance).
In the afternoon after lunch, you’ll make your way to the station to catch your train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy train station, our travel representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco aboard a luxury vehicle.

  • Overnight in Cusco
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12: DEPARTURE FLIGHT FROM CUSCO BACK TO LIMA

Today you will be transferred to Cusco airport to catch a domestic flight back to Lima. Upon your arrival, you will have plenty of time to check in for your flight.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Our luxury package would take you to visit Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Actually, our program is 100% customizable; so you will be able to include other destinations and activities in Peru. We suggest you check out our luxury packages to have a better idea how you want to spend your Peru vacation.

Fully Customized – Private Service – Daily Departures

INCLUDED

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR ITINERARY
  • Personalized itinerary planning: Work together with your Cusco Peru.Travel consultant to create the vacation of your dreams.
  • Your Cusco Peru.Travel guides take the hassle out of traveling. They’ll be there to help you every step of the way – whether with luggage, check in, transport or translating – at every stop during your private tour of Peru.
  • Got a question? Cusco Peru.Travel operate a 24-hour, seven days a week customer service operation and can provide updates and assistance whenever you need it.
  • With Cusco Peru.Travel, each visit, activity, tour and experience will be completely private and conducted by your very own expert, English-speaking guide.
  • Our private and personal tours of Peru are fully flexible, which means we can modify them to suit your travel mood. So if you want to leave out an activity or add on a new one, just let us know!
  • ll necessary adventure and trekking equipment will be provided so all you need bring is yourself.

COST

All our tours are based on private luxury service and can be fully customized to satisfy your personal needs and preferences. Please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@cuscoperu.travel and receive full assistance planning your customized private tour in Peru.
Our prices often vary based on the requirements of your trip, and will depend on number of travellers, length of time, type of accommodation, etc.

Recommended Accommodations

Our Cusco Peru.Travel staff locates and secures the best hotels in the country to ensure you get the best comfort and also hotels with character, which we feel is important for your Peru experience.
Take a look to our hotels and let us know if you’d like to include one or a few in to your next vacation


best hotels in cusco

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

The Monasterio Hotel is one of most famous hotels in Cusco city. The main reason comes to being of the Orient-Express Collection, but the property really distinguished itself when it became the first to offer oxygen-enriched rooms to combat the altitude sickness.
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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

It's considered as one of the best hotels in Cusco, it is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the small town of Huayllabamba, situated at an hour from Cusco city and 30-minute drive from Ollantaytambo train station. It was built in a seventeenth century colonial hacienda, ...

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Belmond Hotel Río Sagrado

Among flowers, trees, a sacred river, fields and fresh air is the "Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado" is located 4 km from the province of Urubamba and 30 minutes away from the train station of Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. It is the ideal hotel to get acclimated to the high altitude. The hotel is ...

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

The Inkaterra Association was founded with the goal of preserving the environment, natural resources, archaeological, cultural and maintains an ecological balance as well as supporting the region on issues of cultural identity sustainable development. The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel has ...

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FURTHER INFORMATION

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Our travel experts will be glad to assist you at any time!

what our customers say



KRISTIN REDMAN
luxury vacation with kristin redman
  • From: USA, Visit: 14 October 2017

"We were very happy with our services” We chose a private tour and could not have been happier with the service we received, it made our time traveling between places enjoyable. Our guides all very knowledgeable, friendly and made us feel welcome, ..."

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DIANNE ZIMMER
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  • From: USA, Visit: 1 October 2017

"Fantastic! A+ All the day!!! All details of our trip were taken care of, so we could sit back and enjoy our trip to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Our guides were prompt, polite and informative. Sol expedited our arrivals, transfers and ..."

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SUNIL PATEL
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  • From: USA, Visit: 10 October 2016

"We had a wonderful experience visiting sites around Cusco and seeing Machu Picchu. The views were amazing, we took so many pictures. The restaurant lunch buffet next to the Urubamba river with live music was excellent. It was nice to having all the ..."

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