Peru is a country rich in history, in every place you will visit, there will always be a legacy of ancient cultures. The north is characterized by fascinating archaeological remains of pre-Inca cultures that settled in this part of the country. You will visit the most representative of each of these civilizations before going to the Inca capital, Cusco to enjoy the richness of its history, the famous Sacred Valley and the fabled lost city of Machu Picchu.
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This itinerary is an example of a trip; you can change as you desire the steps and activities. If you wish to do so, please refer to the tab “Personalized trip”.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Upon your arrival in the airport of Lima, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. You will have the evening free in the dynamic neighborhoods of the Peruvian capital.
DAY 2: LIMA - HUARAZ (3100 m)
After a short transfer to the bus terminal, you will take a bus to Huaraz. During this day of travelling, you will be able to enjoy the transition between the landscapes of the arid coast of the Pacific and the scenery of the Andes mountain range. On the way, you will stop at Barranca, charming colorful coastal city. When you will arrive in Huaraz, our team will drive you to your hotel and explain the organization of the next few days.
DAY 3: HUARAZ (3100 M) - LLANGANUCO (3870 m) - HUARAZ (3100 m)
You will head north to the town of Yungay, from where you will access the White Mountain range. When you will arrive in Llanganuco, with its turquoise blue lake, you will start a trek on the Maria Josefa path. After a 2.5 hour walk in the heart of splendid nature, you will go back to Huaraz. Arrival at the end of the day. Free evening
DAY 4: HUARAZ (3100 m) - CHAVIN DE HUANTAR (3250 m) – TRUJILLO (50 m)
You will go to the archeological site of Chavin of Huantar to discover what was over 2500 years ago a significant place of pilgrimage for the populations of ancient Peru. These populations came to bring offerings to the oracle of the Temple who, in exchange, predicted their future. After the visit, you will go back to Huaraz for lunch. At the end of the day, you will take a night bus to Trujillo, the “city of eternal spring”.
DAY 5: TRUJILLO
Arrival in Trujillo in the morning and check in to your hotel for a free morning. Then, in the afternoon, you will visit the town and its main attractions: the Plaza de Armas, the Casa Calonge, the Casa Orbegoso, beautiful home from the XVIIIth century where collections of art and furniture from the same period are exposed, the Casa de la Emancipacion, where the independence of Trujillo was declared in 1820, and finally the museum of toys, counting over 5000 items from the whole world.
DAY 6: TRUJILLO - HUANCHACO – CHICLAYO
You will go out of town and head to the Chan Chan city, ancient capital of the Chimu empire (XVIth century) known for being the largest adobe construction of the world. At its peak, it was probably home to 60000 people and extended over over 28km2. The Chimus, experts in goldsmith’s trade, were conquered by the Incas and then by the Spanish who stole a large part of their wealth. Thankfully, it is still possible to admire a few items in the Chan Chan museum. After this visit, you will continue your excursion to the sea resort of Huanchaco, a formerly calm fishermen village that has become a meeting point for foreigners as well as Peruvians on holidays. Return to Trujillo at the beginning of the afternoon, and then departure in bus for Chiclayo.
DAY 7: CHICLAYO – LIMA
In the beginning of this day, you will go to the impressive necropolis of Juaca Rajada, ancient Mochica funeral center where many tombs were discovered. Major discovery of the last few years, the mausoleum of the Señores de Sipán (IIIrd and Vth century) is your next visit on this road filled with Peruvian treasures: the museum of the Tumbas Reales of Sipan will give you the chance to discover an exceptional collection of jewels found in the tombs of local lords. You will finish your visit with the archeological complex of Tucume, “the Valley of the Pyramids”. At the end of the day, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Lima. Arrival and check in to your hotel.
DAY 8: LIMA
You will discover the city of Lima and its main attractions: the San Martin square, the Plaza de Armas, the Governmental Palace, the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo church or the catacombs of the San Francisco convent, the largest set of monuments of colonial art of America. After this, you will leave the historical center of “the city of Kings” to visit the Larco Herrera museum where the largest collection of pre-Spanish objects of the country is presented: lytic art from the Chavin culture, Paracas textiles, ceramics from Nazca and Mochica, objects of silversmith’s trade from Chimu, as well as paintings, documents and items having belonged to important people of the Spanish conquest, of the vice-Monarchy and the Republican period of Peru. By offering a chronological overview, this visit will enable you to better understand the story of the country. End of the day free.
DAY 9: LIMA - CUSCO (3350 m): CITY TOUR and 4 RUINS
You will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival, you will check in to your hotel. In the beginning of the afternoon, you will begin the visit of the Inca capital, starting with the Cathedral, impressive building that holds many paintings of the Cusquenian School as well as true goldsmithery treasures. You will continue your discovery with the Santo Domingo monastery, ancient temple of the Sun, also known as Qorikancha. Then, you will leave the center in order to visit the four principal archeological sites in the periphery of Cusco: Q’enqo, Tambomachay, Pukapukara and finally Saqsayhuamán, stunning fortress built on a hill dominating the city of Cusco. This site is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stone, accurately interlocked, with some standing over 9 meters tall and weighing more than 550 tons. End of the day free.
DAY 10: CUSCO (3350 m) - PISAQ (3400 m) - OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m) – AGUAS CALIENTES
You will leave for the sacred valley and start your discovery of famous sites with the visit of the Pisaq archeological complex; composed of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest of the region (about 10000 persons are buried here). It is from here that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. On your way back down, you will stop at the traditional artisanal market of Pisaq before continuing your itinerary towards Ollantaytambo, driving by the sacred Urubamba river. After a stroll through the small paved streets of this singular village of the XVth century almost unchanged since its creation, you will then take the train to Aguas Calientes. Arrival and check in to hotel.
DAY 11: AGUAS CALIENTES (2050 m) - MACHUPICCHU (2450 m) – OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m)
Very early in the morning, you will take the bus to go up to the most famous Inca site of the country: Machu Picchu, “old summit” in Quechua. You will there discover the architectural complex, still enveloped in the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices: a stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun. You will roam through the streets of the citadel, its areas, squares, royal houses, agricultural zones, paths and observatories. After a 3h guided tour, you will dispose of free time to discover by yourselves, if you wish, the Huayna Picchu (entry at 10AM*), the Sun Gate (“Intu Punku”) situated at 2700m, or even the Inca bridge. For the less sporty, you can wander peacefully in the city. Return to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Check in to hotel and free evening.
*We have chosen the 10 o’clock trip in order to give you time to visit Machu Picchu with your guide and enjoy a clearer view of the citadel. However, the number of entries to Huayna Picchu being limited, we cannot guarantee the access to this part of the site.
DAY 12: OLLANTAYTAMBO (2800 m) – MARAS (3300 m) - MORAY (3500 m) – CHINCHERO (3780 m) - CUSCO (3350 m)
After breakfast, visit of the archeological site of Ollantaytambo under the first rays of sunlight. You will then take the road to the Maras saline. These saline date of the pre-Inca period and continue to be used like old times by the inhabitants of the village. The water coming from a salted source is canalized to a series of ponds where it evaporates gradually. A fine layer of salt is deposited and can be collected. After this visit, you will continue to Moray, real agricultural laboratory which was used more than 500 years ago to test the resistance of certain botanical species at the altitude. To finish, you will go to Chinchero, the “rainbow city”. Visit of the ruins and return to Cusco at the end of the day.
DAY 13: CUSCO (3350m)
Free day in Cusco
DAY 14: CUSCO (3350 m) – LIMA – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Transfer to the airport of Cusco, where you will take a flight to Lima, the Peruvian capital. Connection with your international flight.
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THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation 3*** hotels (according to local standards)
- The meals mentioned as “included”
- Private and group terrestrial transports
- Assistance at airports
- Local English speaking guide
- Guided excursions scheduled in the program
- The domestic flights Chiclayo – Lima and Lima – Cusco (go and back)
- The entrances to the visited sites
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flights
- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program (expect 5 to 10 USD per meal)
- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, chefs)
- The single supplement (depending on the number of nights and the hotel quality)
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every leg of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another.
A few exceptions:
- For the Puno – Cusco trip, you will travel in a group touristic bus with an English / Spanish guide
- The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:
- Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a 3 places tent for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals.
- Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems).
- 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, …
As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.
In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc).
For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!
Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …).
- For the Puno – Cusco / Chivay – Puno and Arequipa – Puno trips, you will travel in a group touristic bus that will make several stops and visits on the way.