Day 01: Arrive Lima, PERU
Arrival in Lima and transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check in time starts from 1400 hrs.
Overnight: Hotel, Lima (1 night)
Day 02: Lima / Cuzco (Flight) / Yucay (Drive 27 kms / 17 miles)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco (not included). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way you will visit the Pisac Indian market in the town of Pisac. Here a very special and traditional market is performed every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A large handicraft fair is organized by the Pisac and Cuzco craftsmen who exhibit and sell wide variety of fine crafts such as woven goods, Alpaca rugs, tapestry, sculpture, jewellery. Continue to the ruin site of Ollantaytambo and visit the town, the shrines and the fortification with its stairs to the sky. Afterwards transfer to the hotel in Yucay located in the Urubamba valley.
Overnight: Hotel, Yucay (1 night) (B)
Day 03: Yucay / Cusco (Drive 27 kms / 17 miles)
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 the Sacred Valley. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight: Hotel, Cusco (2 nights) (B)
Day 04: 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. The afternoon is free at leisure. (B)
Day 05: Cusco / Puno (Drive 332 kms / 206 miles)
A full day bus journey from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks, passes up to 4.300 m 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, the small town of Pucara besides another Inca remains. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included. After arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.
Overnight:Hotel, Puno (2 nights) (B, L)
Day 06: Puno
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.
Day 07: Puno / Lima (Flight)
Transfer to the airport of Juliaca for a flight to Lima (not included). The afternoon’s tour includes the Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral. 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.
Overnight: Hotel, Lima (1 night) (B)
Day 08: Lima / Quito, ECUADOR (Flight)
Transfer from the hotel to the airport and flight to Quito (not included). Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel, Quito (3 nights) (B)
Day 09 & 10: Quito
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing-tour of the city of Quito, which leads you 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 you will see the angel statue “Virgen de Quito”. Afterwards visit of the Equatorial Line Monument called “Middle of the World” where you 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. Return to the hotel. Day 10 free at leisure. Optional: full day tour to Otavalo Indian Market (approx. 8 hours) (B)
Day 11: 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)