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..
Arrival in the airport of Lima, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Night in hotel in Lima.
Departure by bus towards Huaraz, located in the Andes. Upon your arrival, weclome and transfer to your hotel Night in hotel in Huaraz.
Visit of the archaeological site of Chavin of Huantar, important place of pilgrimage for the populations of old Peru. Night in hotel in Huaraz.
Departure to the North until Yungay. From there, small hike on the path Maria Josefa towards Llanganuco and its turquoise blue lake in the heart of a luxurious nature (about 2h30 of walk). Then return to Huaraz and in the evening departure by bus to Trujillo. Night in the bus.
Early morning arrival in Trujillo, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Free morning to rest. In the afternoon, guided tour of Trujillo. Night in hotel in Trujillo.
Discovery of Trujillo and its neighborhood : visit of the temple of the moon and the sun (the biggest pyramid known in Peru), visit of the site of Chan Chan and its museum, the former capital of the empire Chimú (16th century) recognized as being the biggest construction of adobe of the world. After this visit, excursion to the seaside resort of Huanchaco. Return to Trujillo and in the evening departure by bus to Chiclayo (about 3 hours of road). Night in hotel in Chiclayo.
Discovery of Chiclayo and its neighborhood : visit of the impressive necropolis of Huaca Rajada, a former funeral centrer Mochica, visit of the mausoleum of Señores of Sipàn (3rd and 5th centuries) and visit of the Tumbas Reals of Sipan museum sheltering an exceptional collection of jewels found in the graves of the local Lords. The visit ends with the archaeological complex of Tucume, the « valley of Pyramids ». Night in hotel in Chiclayo.
In the morning, guided tour of Chiclayo and its market of witches. Then flight to Lima. Night in hotel in Lima.
In the morning, guided tour of the colonial Lima: the cathedral, the Santo Domingo church and the catacombs of San Francisco convent. Then, visit of the Pachacamac site, a sanctuary of adobe which was the center of pilgrimage the most important during the prehispanic period. Night in hotel in Lima.
Flight to Cusco and guided tour of the city: the cathedral of Cusco and the Santo Domingo monastery, ancient temple of the Sun, also named Koricancha. Then visit of the four ruins located on the heights of Cusco : Tambomachay, PucaPucara, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman. Night in hotel in Cusco.
Departure to the Sacred valley and visit of the archeological complex of Pisaq. Stop at the traditional artisanal market before continuing to Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small town located at the foot of the Machu Picchu. Night in hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Very early in the morning, guided visit of the most famous Inca site of the Peru: the Machu Picchu. Then, free time to continue the visit by yourself before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Night in hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Visit of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, the salines of Maras, the site of Moray and the village of Chinchero, « the city of the rainbow ». Lunch with a local family before returning to Cusco in the afternoon. Night in hotel in Cusco.
Flight to Lima, and connection with your international flight.
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every stage 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: - 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 tent with 3 places 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. …). Exceptions: - For the touristic buses Chivay-Puno and Puno-Cusco - Lima trips, you will travel in a comfortable and secure bus line with an English / Spanish speaking colelctive guide.
Thank you for your interest in having a personalized travel experience with Tierra de los Andes Peru.