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Culture and Nature of Peru - 13 Days

Culture and Nature of Peru

Peru · Private Tour · 13 Days
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This tour sums up southern Peru's highlights with an off-the-beaten path wonder. Visit Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca, and finish the trip on an expedition in the heart of the Amazon jungle. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lima
Day 2 - Lima City Tour
Day 3 - Lima → Arequipa
Day 4 - Arequipa → Colca Valley
Day 5 - Colca Valley → Puno
Day 6 - Lake Titicaca Boat Tour
Day 7 - Puno → Cusco
Day 8 - Cusco City Tour
Day 9 - Cusco → Sacred Valley
Day 10 - Machu Picchu
Day 11 - Cusco → Puerto Maldonado
Day 12 - Reserva Amazonica
Day 13 - Puerto Maldonado → Lima

What is included

  • 12 nights accommodation at comfort hotels
  • English speaking local guides
  • Peru Rail train service
  • Mentioned meals
  • Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

What is NOT included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare Lima - Arequipa, Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Lima
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips for guides, bus drivers and waiters
  • Expenses of personal nature
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

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1
Lima

Upon arriving in the city of Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city while en route to the hotel.

You will have the afternoon free. Overnight at the hotel.




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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room Lima

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2
Lima City Tour

After breakfast, then at the scheduled time, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a great tour of the city's main avenues, boulevards, and squares.

The tour will begin with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). There, you will explore the square by foot and admire the exteriors of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the Cathedral of Lima, and the Municipalidad (City Hall), all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence.

Afterwards, you will visit La Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, you will make your way to the Convento de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Convent), a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country.

Lunch at Cafe Del Museo restaurant. The highlight of the tour must be the Larco Herrera Museum. Housed in an elegant, whitewashed mansion with a lovely garden, this museum contains the largest private collection of pre-Columbian pottery in Peru, with several tens of thousands of the finest ceramics from diverse pre-Hispanic cultures.

You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along peculiar streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), witness to untold numbers of past and present romances, and source of inspiration for one of Peru's great composers, Chabuca Granda.

Remaining of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.


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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room Lima

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3
Lima → Arequipa

After breakfast, you will be met and escorted to the airport to board the flight to Arequipa.

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city en route to the hotel. Fiercely guarded by three volcanoes the Misti, the Chachani, and the Pichu Pichu the magnificent Ciudad Blanca (White City) awaits you with its extraordinary architecture and surreal landscapes.

Discover one of Peru's most beautiful colonial cities. You will begin your tour with a visit to the Convento de Santa Catalina (Convent of St. Catherine). Walk through its beautiful buildings as your guide takes you on a journey back in time through one of the largest holdings of colonial art in the Americas.

The tour of the city will continue as you visit the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (Church of the Society of Jesus). After finishing your tour of the church, you will move on to the Mirador del Carmen (a natural lookout point), ten minutes from the city center. From there you will be able to enjoy a spectacular view of the Chili River Valley and of the majestic Misti. Next, you will stop off in the upscale neighbourhood of Yanahuara and get a chance to walk along its wide cobblestone avenues and see its old ashlar stone mansions, which still preserve their traditional gardens.

You will also be able to admire a beautiful church constructed in 1750 and a quaint plaza with a gorgeous ashlar stone lookout balcony. You will have the rest of the day free.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Lima → Arequipa 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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4
Arequipa → Colca Valley

After breakfast, depart Arequipa to embark on a journey across a land of snow-covered volcanoes, inhospitable pampas, and incredibly beautiful quaint villages, arriving finally in the Colca Valley.

The first stop will be in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, whose rugged plains are home to vast herds of Guanaco, Alpaca, and Vicuna. You will continue the journey as you ride along the edge of the crater of the Chucura Volcano, until you reach the Mirador de los Andes (Lookout Point of the Andes) in Patapampa.

This lookout point, at 4,900 m.a.s.l, will offer spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of the various volcanoes surrounding Arequipa, including the Hualca Calca, the Sabancaya, and the Ampato. Next, you will head to the town of Chivay for a closer inspection of the impressive system of platforms and terraces built by the Ancient Collagua and Cabana inhabitants.

After lunch, you will make your way to the hotel. Rest of the afternoon free to take advantage of the hotel's amenities, enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings, or simply rest and recover for the next day, as you see fit. Enjoy an excellent night's rest at your hotel in the Colca Valley.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Arequipa → Colca Valley163 km 3h
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Colca Lodge

Standard Room Colca

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5
Colca Valley → Puno

After breakfast, you will travel to the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor (Condor Cross Lookout).

With its incredibly vast and breath-taking expanses, it is considered to be the best spot in the world to see the majestic Andean Condor in flight.

With a little luck, you will enjoy a truly awe-inspiring experience as you watch this awesome bird soar, almost magically, ever higher into the infinite blue sky. From this vantage point, you will be able to look out across one of the world's deepest canyons 13,650 feet [4,160m] deep at the northern end and 11,800 feet [3,600 m] deep on its southern end).

After lunch, you will experience an awe-inspiring trip of about six hours through the unique landscapes of the high mountain plain. The trip will begin in Colca Valley, and shortly thereafter you will reach the Mirador de los Andes (Lookout Point of the Andes) in Patapampa. You will see the snow-capped peaks of the various volcanos that surround Arequipa, among them the Hualca Calca, the Sabancaya, and the Ampato.

Continuing the trip, you will circle along the base of the Chucura volcano as you make your way towards Pampa Canahuas, a rugged plain that belongs to the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, a place where guanacos, alpacas, and vicunas freely roam. The pastoral countryside of Pampa Canahuas, covered with ichu grass and yareta cacti, reveals a unique flora capable of surviving at extreme altitudes and temperatures.

A few miles away, you will be able to see the grand Bosque de Piedras de Imata. You will then arrive in Lagunillas, which sits at 13,684 ft. (4,171 m) above sea level. Here you will observe numerous species of migratory and Andean birds, among them Andean flamingos and crakes. You will end your trip in the legendary city of Puno, built on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Colca Valley → Puno254 km 6h
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Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Superior w/lake View Puno

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6
Lake Titicaca Boat Tour

After breakfast, enjoy an extraordinary journey across the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca.

Travel to legendary places where time seems to have stood still. Your first stop will be the Uros floating islands. You will continue your voyage across the placid waters of the lake until you come to the picturesque island of Taquile, a peaceful place where old Quechua traditions live in perfect balance with modernity.

Admire their beautiful hand-made fabrics. Most importantly, enjoy the unbelievable hospitality of the islanders, known as Taquilenos, who will make your visit to the island a memorable one. Before making your way back to Puno, you will have lunch at a local home.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Superior w/lake View Puno

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7
Puno → Cusco

After breakfast, we will depart from Puno to Cusco on board a comfortable vehicle, as we enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Andes.

During our trip, we will make a brief stop at Pucara, known as the place where the Toritos (little bulls) of Pucara are made. We will then cross the La Raya Pass, which lies at 14,222 feet (4,335 meters) above sea level. There we will see herds of vicunas and llamas.

Our following stop is Racchi, one of the most important constructions of the Inca Empire, known for its extraordinary architecture. Our last stop will be the town of Andahuaylillas, a friendly, warm-weather town which is home to one of the most unique churches in the Andes, known as Peru’s Sistine Chapel.

You will be dazzled by the beautifully decorated murals and frescoes covering walls, baseboards, ceilings and facades. Buffet lunch at a country-style restaurant, where we will enjoy the regional cuisine.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Puno → Cusco387 km 6h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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8
Cusco City Tour

After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure.

In the afternoon, you will then visit nearby Fortaleza de Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision. As you return to the lower part of the city, just a few blocks away, you will discover one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple) - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold.

You will complete the day with a stroll through the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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9
Cusco → Sacred Valley

After breakfast, visit Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. You will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where you can find extraordinarily fine jewellery and ceramic and textile craftwork.

You will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. Discover the large archaeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys.

Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions. Time permitting you will get a chance to mingle with the locals at a typical Peruvian Andes establishment, either at a chichería or a bakery with still-functioning traditional ovens.

Overnight at the hotel


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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room Valle Sagrado

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10
Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you will visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Aboard a comfortable train, you will depart for the Aguas Calientes train station, enjoying a spectacular view along the way. Upon arrival, you will transfer to a bus that will take you to the entrance gate of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away.

You will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incans as you explore this magical citadel along with your guide. After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Time permitting you will be able to head back to the site for a second visit. At the scheduled time, you will be picked up and taken to the Aguas Calientes train station, where you will board your return train.

Upon your arrival at the station just outside of Cusco, a private transfer service will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the city.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Ollantaytambo → Aguas Calientes 1h 50min
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Aguas Calientes → Ollantaytambo 1h 50min
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Ollantaytambo → Cusco 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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11
Cusco → Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast, then at the scheduled departure time, you will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport to board the flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Upon arriving in Puerto Maldonado, you will be greeted by one of the lodge's representatives, who will welcome you and take you to the Inkaterra offices. There, you will go through the simple check-in process and will be able to store any extra luggage you might have.

With your group, you will head to the river port to board the boat that will take you to Reserva Amazonica, one of the best lodges in the region. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by the staff, who will give you a brief tour of the lodge and will explain the schedule of meals and excursions.

On the first day, we recommend that you discover the jungle through a guided tour along the trail network of the Inkaterra Nature Reserve, where you will discover the marvelous Amazon River Basin and have excellent opportunities to see some of the birds and insects that live in the area. Once the guided tour ends, you will be invited to take an evening boat tour on the Madre de Dios River and experience nightfall on the river. Witness the fantastic transformation of the jungle as the various creatures active in daylight are replaced by new species, totally adapted to the night.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Cusco → Puerto Maldonado 55min
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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge

Superior with View Room Puerto Maldonado

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12
Reserva Amazonica

After breakfast, you will have a chance to visit Lake Sandoval in the Reserva Nacional de Tambopata (Tambopata National Reserve), a nature lover's paradise.

In the afternoon, visit the Canopy walkway. Here you will be able to observe the many animal species that make their home in the treetops as you climb the first tower, 95 feet (29 m) above the ground. Get ready to walk through the treetops of the tropical forest for more than a quarter of a mile on the extensive network of suspension bridges that connect eight observation platforms.

After descending from the canopy, you will experience the Anaconda Walk (650 feet of wooden bridges spanning the Aguajales Swamp), where you will be able to observe different species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and tropical plant life.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
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  • Dinner
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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge

Superior with View Room Puerto Maldonado

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13
Puerto Maldonado → Lima

After breakfast, you will travel 45 minutes upstream to Puerto Maldonado on the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you will visit the Butterfly House, a nursery where you will be able to observe various native species of butterflies in their natural habitat.

You will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport. Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met by our representative who will assist you to board the international connecting flight.


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Puerto Maldonado → Lima 1h 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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Accommodations

Lima
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room
Colca
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Colca Lodge

Standard Room
Puno
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Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Superior w/lake View
Valle Sagrado
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room
Puerto Maldonado
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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge

Superior with View Room

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$3623$3041

Photos

Uros Island, Lake Titicaca
Machu Picchu
Colca Canyon
Inkaterra Trail, Puerto Maldonado
Plaza de Armas, Lima
Vicuña
Colca Canyon
Santa Catalina Convent, Arequipa
Chivay
Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley
Sacsayhuaman Inca Fortress, Cusco
Inkaterra Trail, Puerto Maldonado

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