Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as you journey through the heart of the Andes, featuring places that are of outstanding universal value to mankind. As you travel through Peru and Ecuador, discover stunning landscapes, and astonishing ethnic and cultural diversity, shaped by centuries of history. On this tour, you will explore Cuzco, the legendary Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Be amazed by the most beautiful buildings from the Spanish Colonial era in Lima and Quito. This world heritage tour can also be extended with a visit to the Galapagos islands, a 5th UNESCO World Heritage Site.
|Tour Duration||:||12 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||16 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Lima (PERU)
Day 02: Lima/Cusco (Flight)/Yucay (Drive)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco (not included). Upon Arrival Transfer to the Hotel in the Urubamba Valley, known as Sacred Valley, where the Urubamba River, a headstream of the Amazon passes through. On your way to the Urubamba Valley you will undertake a short visit to the sanctuary Cochahuasi Wasi. You will have the opportunity to see Pumas, Condors and Aras. The small conservation project is not comparable with a Zoo. It’s also possible to get an insight in the Andean web techniques. You will continue to the “Mercado de Urubamba” and on the way you will have lunch in a typical local restaurant. The “Mercado de Urubamba” is an authentic market where real bartering takes place. The rural people of the surroundings sell and barter agricultural products as well as animals. It is also the place where locals exchange gossips and news.
Overnight: Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca or Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Yucay (2 nights) (B)
Day 03: Yucay
Morning free at leisure for optional activities. In the afternoon, a visit to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community, is included. Towering above the town of Ollantaytambo we will find the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Steep stone terraces rising from the edge of town lead up to the fortress ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing visitors to step out on them. One of the best-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls. (B, L)
Day 04: Yucay/Machu Picchu (Drive)/Cusco (Train)
Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town Machu Picchu. Called the Lost City of the Incas, this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era and even for present times. Stone upon stone, fitted together perfectly without any cement, with impressive delicacy, exquisite detail and discrimination worthy of the world’s greatest palaces.
There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure - it is one of the most impressive sites in the world. Enjoy a guided visit of around 2 hours of the ruins and return by bus and train to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight: Hotel Eco Inn or Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique, Cusco (2 nights) (B)
Day 05: Cusco
In the morning the half-day city tour begins. It will be shown the exact centre of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient Inca Palace. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings; some of them are being used as hotels. Then proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin located approx. 3 km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins. Afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day 06: Cusco/Puno (Drive)
A full day bus journey from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks, passes up to 4.300m above sea level and then goes down to Puno, which is right on Lake Titicaca. On route we will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi, and the small town of Pucara. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included. After arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Jose Antonio or Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca, Puno (1 night) (B, L)
Day 07: Puno/Juliaca (Drive)/Lima (Flight)
Full day excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros floating islands. The Aymara Indians build their houses over floating artificial islands that elaborate themselves on the waters of the Titicaca in which they inhabit in organizations and with ancestral customs. Continue to Taquile Island where you find numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins and Inca terracing. The island is narrow, only about 1km wide, but 6-7km long. The people here still wear their traditional clothes and there is a co-operative shop on the Plaza where one can buy woollen goods of very fine quality. A typical lunch at Taquile Island is included. Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Juliaca. Flight to Lima (not included) and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores or Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, Lima (2 nights) (B, L)
Day 08: Lima
In the afternoon you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour through Lima. The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral are still the most important places in town. After that you will visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight of this convent is the visit of the underground vaults known as “catacumbas” or catacombs. Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the Coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. Mr. Rafael Larco Hoyle founded the museum on July 28, 1926, in the Chiclin sugar estate in Trujillo, naming it as his father as an expression of filial homage. In 1958 he moved the collection to Lima, installing the Museum in a Colonial house in the district of Pueblo Libre, where it currently functions. This locale was adapted to the characteristics style of the 18th century Colonial houses from Trujillo. The approximate 45,000 objects of the collection have been exhibited to the public in the Permanent Hall, Jewelry Vault and the Classified Storage Area ever since. The Halls of the Larco Museum are organized by subjects. The Metals, Ceramics, the Stones, the Culture, the Great Jewelry Vault and Textile Halls emphasize the technological aspects by Pre-Columbian cultures. Finally the World’s unique Erotic Hall gives us a glimpse of the fascinating sexual life of ancient Peruvians. (B)
Day 09: Lima/Quito (Flight) (ECUADOR)
Day 10: Quito
Today we’ll enjoy a sightseeing-tour of the city of Quito, which leads us through the historical centre of Quito for a walk through the culturally diverse history of this city. We will pass the church of La Compañia, which has the most ornate and richly sculptured façade and interior, the Independence Square with the Government Palace and the Cathedral including a visit. Afterwards, we will visit the famous hill of the old town, Panecillo (little bread) where we see the angel statue “Virgen de Quito”. Afterwards visit of the Equatorial Line Monument called “Middle of the World” where we get a truly rare experience to stand in both, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously. The Equatorial Monument marks the spot where an 18th century French scientific expedition established the exact position of the Equator. The area has been built as a typical colonial town, with restaurants, gift shops and Post Office with philatelic sales. Visit the monument and Ethnographical Museum, which shows the history of the Indian cultures of Ecuador before returning to the hotel. (B)
Day 11: Quito
Day free at leisure or take optional tour for extra fee. (B)
Day 12: Depart Quito
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight or take an extension to visit the Galapagos. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)
* Please contact us for any other programs of Peru or a tour that combines Peru with other countries in South America.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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|Hotel Category||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|Option 1||US$ 2495||US$ 575|
|Option 2||US$ 2950||US$ 855|
Hotels below or similar for Option 1 (3-Star) & Option 2 (4-Star)
|City||Option 1||Option 2|
|Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores||Hotel Casa Adina Premium Miraflores Hotel|
|Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca||Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness|
|Hotel Eco Inn||Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique|
|Hotel Jose Antonio||Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca|
|Hotel Alameda Mercure||Hotel Hilton Colon|
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 16 participants
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