What a wonderful occasion to discover Peru, magical and mystical country! We have prepared for you a program that brings together the main sites and attractions of our country and charming accommodation. Romantic nights on the Suasi island with an unobstructed view of the Titicaca lake, and even at the foot of the famous Machu Picchu… Everything has been thought through to make your honeymoon an unforgettable trip!
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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 – AREQUIPA (2400m)
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Arequipa. When you arrive in “the white city”, you will be welcomed and taken to your hotel. From there, you will discover the city and its colonial center: The Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, the church, the Jesuit complex of “La Compania”, as well as the Santa Catalina convent, genuine city within a city with its little streets lined with colorful houses. You will then go to the Yanahuara and Cayma miradors, both of which offer panoramic views of the spectacular neighboring volcanoes. Return to the hotel.
DAY 3: AREQUIPA (2400m) – CHIVAY (3200m)
You will leave early for the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons of the world. You will drive at the foot of Chachani and cross the national reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, populated with wild vicunas. The road climbs gradually to reach its culminating point: the mirador of the volcanoes at an altitude of 4900m. From there, the view of Ampato (6400m), Sabancaya (5976m) and Huallca Huallca (6025m) are unobstructed. You will go down to Chivay where you will have lunch. In the afternoon, you will climb up to Canacota to then descend to the hot springs of Calera where you will have the chance to take a dip in the thermal baths. End of the day free.
DAY 4: CHIVAY (3600 m) - CRUZ DEL CONDOR – PUNO (3825 m)
After breakfast, departure to Cruz del Condor, a mirador offering a spectacular view on the Colca canyon as soon as the first rays of sunrise. Here, you can observe the flight of the largest bird of the world: the condor. You will then walk towards “Salto del Cura” (Jump of the Priest). This path offers magnificent views of the canyon. On the road returning to Chivay, you will discover the villages of Yanque, Coporaque, Achoma and Maca where the lifestyle of the locals has remained nearly unchanged since the Inca period. Lunch in Chivay and departure in tourist bus to Puno where you will arrive in the evening.
DAY 5: PUNO (3820 m) – UROS – TAQUILE - SUASI (3870 m)
In the morning, departure by boat towards the Uros floating islands, built in reeds and moored to pickets to avoid the drift. They live of fishing, crafts and hunting. You will continue sailing on the Titicaca Lake (which signifies “stone puma”) until the Amantani island, where you will roam the paths by foot to fully enjoy the spectacular view of the royal Bolivian mountain range. You will ascend Pachatata (4200m) and enjoy, if the weather allows it, a magnificent sunset by the lake. You will then go to your final destination: the Suasi island.
DAY 6: SUASI (3870 m) – PUNO (3820 m)
After a morning’s rest on the island, you will head back to Puno, where you will arrived in the beginning of the afternoon. After checking in to the hotel, you will have the rest of the day free to visit the town.
DAY 7: PUNO (3820 m) – CUSCO (3350 m)
Early morning departure for Cusco by bus. On the way, you will stop in the Pukara village. It is one of the last places testifying of the pre-Inca culture of the same name. You will pass then the La Raya pass (4360m), symbolizing the end of the Altiplano. Then, you will visit the spectacular inca sanctuary of Raqchi, before continuing to Andahuaylilas village and its San Pedro church, known as “Sistine chapel” of South America notably due to its lavishly painted ceiling. Arrival in Cusco and check in to hotel.
DAY 8: CUSCO (3350 m): CITY TOUR and 4 RUINS
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 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.
DAY 9: CUSCO (3350 m) - PISAC (3400 m) - OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m) – AGUAS CALIENTES (2040 m)
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 10: AGUAS CALIENTES (2040 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 11: OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 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 12: CUSCO (3350m)
Free day in Cusco.
DAY 13: 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 in charming 3 and 4**** hotels (local standards)
- The meals mentioned as “included”
- Private and group ground transports
- Assistance at airports
- Local English speaking guide
- Excursions in the Colca canyon, on the Titicaca Lake and at Machu Picchu
- The domestic flights Lima – Arequipa and Cusco – Lima
- The entrances to the national parks, historical sites, museums and churches scheduled in the program
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)
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.