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Luxury Peru Travel

Luxury Peru Travel

Peru is one of the main tourist destinations in South America. It has a varied natural beauty according to the different zones of its territory, remarkable archaeological wonders, such as Machu Picchu, gastronomic delights, and a vast cultural heritage, there is also a great variety of activities and places to see and do in Peru. Peru is a country in South America, located on the western side of that continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and extending over part of the Andes mountain range that runs throughout South America. Peru borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Peru is a country that possesses an unusual diversity and richness in the world. Its main attractions are its archaeological heritage of pre-Columbian cultures and the center of the Inca Empire, its gastronomy, its colonial architecture (it has imposing colonial buildings) and its natural resources (a paradise for ecological tourism). Luxury Peru Travel will transport us through the most beautiful landscapes and cultural destinations.The tour starts at Cusco, where we will discover the magical Sacred Valley of the incas, that extends at the end of the extensive Urubamba valley, between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, located a short distance from the city of Cusco where agricultural areas and beautiful villages were concentrated from the Incas. The valley is characterized by having very special conditions, such as an excellent climate, very fertile lands and the waters of the sacred river of the Incas, the Vilcanota (Quechua voice, sacred or marvelous thing), which upstream, in the town of Urubamba, It changes its name and it is called the Urubamba River. Then we will discover the imposing Machu Picchu, the lost city of the incas andone of the Peruvian archaeological gems that reveals the high level architecture developed by the Incas.Then we will direct to the beautiful city of Puno, to enjoy the natural brezze of the Titicaca Lake just before our travel to the white city of Arequipa, where we will discover the majestic Colca Canyon.Finally we will know Lima the capital of Peru, the big city of the kings.

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival to Lima

Day 02: Flight to Cusco

Day 03: Sacred Valley Tour

Day 04-05: Machu Picchu Tour

Day 06: Sightseeing tourist bus to Puno

Day 07: Lake Titicaca

Day 08: Bus to Arequipa City

Day 09-10: Arequipa - Colca Canyon

Day 11: Arequipa - Lima

Day 12: Lima City Tour

Day 13: Lima/International flight

 

Highlights of Luxury Peru Travel.

  • The Sacred Valley has become in recent years, one of the most important destinations in South America, is the valley of the Urubamba River and is known worldwide as the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • The Sacred Valley  lodges beautiful traditional Andean towns of the time of the colony as Maras, Moray, Pisaq, Chicheros and Ollantaytambo; In them you can find ancient Inca settlements scattered along the valley, in the middle of mountains belonging to the chains of the Andes mountain range.
  • Machu Picchu not only stands out for its architectural beauty masterfully carved in stone, but also for its incredible natural beauty. Its spectacular and remote location makes it even more incredible, since the trip itself to reach Machu Picchu is an adventure.
  • Machu Picchu is home to some spectacular creatures, such as the cock of the rocks bird national of Peru and the Andean bear or ucumari.
  • Titicaca Lake is one of the most beautiful and mysterious places in America. Its waters bathe and conserve a predominantly indigenous population, who still keep the traditions of the Inca Empire. In this past and present place they are conjugated around one of the most emblematic places of the Inca culture, and its mysteries continue to amaze us.
  • Titicaca Lake is the largest lake in South America and the largest lake in the world above 2,000 m altitude, it is also the highest navigable lake. It is located in the Peruvian-Bolivian altiplano at about 3,800 meters above sea level. Its maximum depth is estimated to exceed 281 meters. These measures increase according to the rains.
  • The Colca Canyon is the habitat of animals such as the Andean condor, among other 100 species of birds, four types of camelids: vicuña, guanaco, llama and alpaca. In addition there are more than 300 species of plants, of which 30 are cactus, not to mention the primitive green yareta.
  • One of the most invaluable spectacles of the visit to the Colca Canyon is the sunrise next to the precipice where it is possible to observe, when dawn, the flight of approximately 20 condors.

Interesting Info:


Day 1: Lima

This first day, you will be transfered from the international airport to the luxurious 5* Hotel Belmond Monasterio by our private vehicle, to check in at your executive and exclusive suite with extraordinary views of the peruvian ocean. No activities are planned on this day.

Day 2: Cusco

This second day we will transfer you to the international airport to take a flight to Cusco, the old capital of the Incas. Once in Cusco we will transfer you to the exclusive 5* Monasterio Hotel. The room is oxygenated to help you unwind and sleep better in the high altitude of Cusco (11,600ft above sea level). Today is a free day and we recommend you to walk through the beautiful city of Cusco. Some of the places that you can explore are the Main Square, the Cathedral of Cusco, the famous Qoricancha (Temple of Sun), San Blas neighborhood or if you like art and history you can visit some of the museums.

Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour

This excursion starts with the transfer of downtown hotel at 07:00 hrs. Tourist destination to the Archaeological Complex of Pisac, located 1 hour from Cusco approximately where we will find important Inca buildings. In this place we will have a guided tour for 2 hours. To go later to the town of Urubamba observing during our tour different towns such as: Coya, Lamay, Calca and other places of great natural beauty. We arrive to Urubamba at noon and make a stop for lunch. We continue our journey to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have a guided tour of the archaeological complex and its handicraft market. In Ollantaytambo, you will be lodge at the exclusive " Hotel Monasterio Rio Sagrado" where you will spend the night.

Day 4 - 5: Machu Picchu Tour

This day we will take the private train to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes). Once in Aguas Calientes, you will be transfer to the exclusive Hotel Santuary Lodge near Machu Picchu. Then you will have the day free, so we recommend you to visit the fantastic Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes in Machu Picchu. The next day your guide will be waiting for you so that you can go to the bus station and go up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour of 2 hours to know and visit the most outstanding places of Machu Picchu, after that you can tour the citadel on your own until the time of departure that is at noon. After this you can get off by bus to Machu Picchu town where, you will have all the time available to perform some other activities, such as visiting the streets of the city, visit the thermal baths (if you don't visit it the previous day) and relax, also the Manuel Chávez Ballón Museum, any of these visits.  A very important note to keep in mind is that you must be at the train station half an hour before departure.Return in fashion! Talk to your fellow passengers, guides and have some cocktails aboard. Reception and transfer to the Monasterio Hotel for your last night in Cusco.

Day 6: Sightseeing tourist bus to Puno

Our staff will pick you up from your hotel at 06:10 am to start at 07.00 am our tour of the route of the sun, so you can enjoy the wonderful scenery of the valley of southern Cusco. For this tour the Buses are clearly equipped for the tourist area, looking for the best way to travel between Cusco - Puno, where the passenger can enjoy different places of magical charm and ancestral history as the following places:

  • The Chapel of Andahuaylillas (3,093 masl):  It is a church that dates from the seventeenth century. Also known as the Sistine of the Andes for the beauty of its murals, the works in gold leaf and the paintings of the Cusco school that houses inside. 
  • The Archaeological Complex of Raqchi. (3,450 masl): Also known as the Temple of the god WIRACOCHA, who was the supreme Inca deity, in this place we will find the largest number of Colcas (Barns) we will also see magnificent buildings in stone and adobe. 
  • The Landscape of "La Raya". (4,335 meters above sea level) Which is the border between the cities of Cusco and Puno to more than 4335 meters above sea level where is the famous snow capped Chinboya from where the Amazon River is born. Where tourists can take pictures of the landscape, the visit lasts 5 to 7 minutes  
  • The Litka Museum of Pukara. (3,900 masl) It is a culture that developed from 1600 BC to 400 AC located 106 km north. This one of the city of Puno, in this museum we will be able to find ceramics and sculptures representing morphic zoo figures, that in our times would be translated like the supreme degollador.

 

Day 7: Lake Titicaca

The Lake Titicaca is something very special. Surrounded by mountains, some snowfalls; from among its waters rise islands that are no more than other peaks in the mountain range. In these islands is where magic happens, according to legends. Discover the magic of its blue water. we will visit:

  • The floating islands of the Uros: are a series of artificial islands in the Titicaca Lake, on the Peruvian side, created by the Uros. The Uros are an ethnic group previous to the Incas, originating from Lake Uro-Uro in Bolivia, who, to escape the Inca wars, took refuge in Lake Titicaca. First, building totora boats, a plant that is found in abundance on the shores of the highest navigable lake in the world. On the floating islands of the aurochs.  With time, the experience that they were winning, led them to build artificial islands joining their boats, and then expanding them using the totora. These islands reach up to 3 meters thick and are in constant maintenance since the natural materials with which they are built are degraded. Currently there are 82 artificial islands (or 30 islands, or 20, depending on who tells you), where in each one lives a family, and each island has its boss. In addition, there are community islands, where, for example, there is a church, soccer field, among others.
  • The Island of Amantani: is ideal to get away from everything since it is even more peaceful than its neighbor Taquile. The island has tourist services and is highly recommended for the retreat, as it is little frequented. The island is opposite the Capachica peninsula and is inhabited by four thousand people divided into eight farming communities. Its inhabitants are dedicated to agriculture and crafts, whose objects include textiles and stone carvings. This island has natural viewpoints and some archaeological remains: Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama, left by the Tiahuanaco culture, as ceremonial centers and a cemetery of mummies. The island has two natural viewpoints and archaeological sites done by Tiahuanaco culture.
  • Taquile Island: The inhabitants of the Taquile Island are of Quechua origin and are characterized by the roots of their traditions, customs and colorful clothing. They are engaged in fishing, agriculture and textile production. The island of Taquile has rural tourism ventures that allow you to spend a few days in the houses of the comuneros learning local customs.

Day 8: Bus to Arequipa City

Arequipa is the city of sillar (white stone), with destinations such as snow-capped mountains, volcanoes such as the Misti, deep canyons such as the Cotahuasi and the Colca, renowned by its unique gastronomy, coves and beaches. Settled between the coast and the southern highlands of Peru to the Andes. It contains the snow capped Ampato (6,288 meters above sea level), Chachani (6,075 meters above sea level) and Misti (5,825 meters above sea level). On this day, we will travel to Arequipa.Once in there, our representative will transfer you to the exclusive five star Libertador Hotel. The rest of the day is free , you can take a city tour or discover the city by your own.

Day 9-10: Colca Canyon

Located to the north-east of the Arequipa region at about 3 600 m.a.s.l., very close to the Ampato and Sabancaya volcanoes, is the Colca Canyon, considered one of the deepest in the world, reaching approximately 4,160 meters depth. With an Andean vegetation privileged by its climate, this impressive valley belongs to the province of Caylloma. From the Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor, visitors can enjoy the flight of this majestic bird in danger of extinction that inhabits the canyon. Its varied fauna will make the traveler can also enjoy the presence of animals such as alpaca, vicuña, vizcachas, foxes, pumas, eagles, hawks, owls, among others. In addition, the biodiversity of Arequipa is so extensive that it allows us to see the field poppy, the ichu, the tolar, the yareta, the quinua and other herbs. In the Colca Canyon, you will have the opportunity to practice extreme sports such as canoeing, mountaineering, mountain climbing, fishing, trekking, among others. This canyon belongs to the Colca Valley, a large agricultural site that has viewpoints to enjoy the landscape and still maintains its ancestral customs for the Collaguas people, former inhabitants of the area.One of the most important and visited tourist attractions in the city of Arequipa is the Colca Canyon, located in the valley of the same name. This place is also known as "El Valle del Fuego" or "Fire Valley" and "El Reino del Cóndor" or "Condor Kingdom". The imposing landscape and mysticism here also place it as one of the main attractions of the country. The Colca Canyon is considered by renowned experts as the deepest in the world, reaching about 4,150 meters deep. In addition, travelers can find thermal baths and go to the magical viewpoint Cruz del Cóndor, where you can see these birds in full flight.

Day 11: Arequipa - Lima

We will take a flight back to Lima today. Then we transfer you from the airport to your hotel. You are given time off to explore the city on your own and buy some souvenirs. You can also do some optional activities. Overnight in the luxury Hotel Monasterio Miraflores.

Day 12: Lima City Tour

We will start our tour from the Larcomar Shopping Center, crossing the district of Miraflores where we will enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the Huaca Pucllana for photographs. Then we will go to the Historical Center of Lima, where we will descend in the Major Square and from there we can appreciate its most representative buildings such as the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace, Municipal Palace, among others. We will also enter the Convent of San Francisco and its catacombs.After our city tour we will take you back to your hotel, alternatively, you can stay at Miraflores to do some shopping.

Afternoon free to own activities.Overnight in Lima.

Day 13: Lima/International flight

It's hour to say good bye, hoping you had the best experience with us.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Welcome by our Representative at your arrival;
  • Transfer to Cusco´s airport at your arrival and departure;
  • Accommodation: 5* hotels (12 nights);
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guides as per itinerary;
  • Meals: 12x breakfast, 3x lunch, 1x dinner;
  • Domestic flights (executive): Lima-Cusco, Arequipa-Lima;
  • 1x sightseeing private van: Cusco-Puno;
  • 1x direct private van: Puno-Arequipa;
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
  • A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu (Hiram Bigham Service);
  • A shuttle bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - a round trip;
  • Private Motorboat transportation on Titicaca Lake.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Pre & post tour accomodation,
  • International flights nor airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips and baggage portage (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not mentioned.

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

We recommend that the clothes you bring is mostly suitable for the country environment. During the day it can be very hot (especially when there are programmed daytime hikes), the temperature can reach up to 30º C, but in the mountains during the night the temperatures drop considerably (it can go down to -10º C). The difference can be more than 30º C (90 degrees Fahrenheit)! The best way to prepare for these conditions is to dress with several layers of coat. The list of items that we recommend you bring includes: Long pants (those that can be turned into shorts through a zipper) plus an extra pair of shorts. 

  • A slim sweater / long-sleeved shirt. 
  • Tshirts. 
  • A warm sweater (wool or polar). 
  • A light jacket for the rain (in the rainy season, it can also be a good poncho!). 
  • Thermal underwear. 
  • Warm sleepwear. 
  • Swimwear. 
  • Hiking boots. 
  • Stockings (of walk). 
  • Comfortable shoes (training), sandals or slippers for water. 
  • Hat to protect you from the sun during the day. 
  • Wool or polar hat for the night. 
  • Gloves

Equipment:

  • Flashlight (to have on hand since the blackouts are very frequent, would be ideal one of those that are fastened to the head) . 
  • Camera with enough battery. 
  • Blade with multiple functions. 
  • Sun glasses with UV protection. 
  • Bottles of water (ideally 1 liter each). 
  • Lightweight towel (s). 
  • USB to make a back up of the photos (optional). 
  • Walking stick (optional). 
  • Books and / or magazines 
  • Card game or any other lightweight table game to carry. 

Toiletries and medicines:

  • Toilet paper. 
  • Sunblock (of at least 50 SPF protection). 
  • Lip protector with UV protection. 
  • Pills to purify drinking water or bottle with built-in filter. 
  • Medicines you are taking. 
  • Patches, dressings, bandages or related. 
  • Aspirins in daily dose packages. 

 

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