Peru Travel is as complex and interesting as the intricate and exquisite weavings of Peru. Festivals mark ancient rites, the urban vanguard beams innovation, and nature brims with splendid diversity in the colorful villages which you will visit on our Peru Travel package of 13 days. With Peru Travel guide you will discover the most fascinating tourist destinations in: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu, the Seventh Wonder of the World.
On Peruvian Travel we guarantee your comfort and safety as you go wandering around Peru. First you will arrive in the City of Kings where we will meet you and welcome you to the vibrant capital of Peru, Lima. Next you will continue with your adventure in the White City, Arequipa, in the shadow of the Misti Volcano. During your fascinating advenutre in Peru you’ll see the wild condors flying very close to you as they rise up out of the incredibly deep Colca Canyon. Condors ride the thermal updrafts as they leave their nests to go find food for their chicks.
The following destination for our travellers is Lake Titicaca. There you can ride on our boat out to the islands in the midst of the Highest Navigable Lake on Earth. Finally you will travel from Puno to Cusco where you will be amazed by the ancient Capital of the Inca Empire. Machu Picchu, pleasure palace of Pachacuteq, will be waiting for you.
Whether you are travelling alone or in a group, it would be a splendid idea to book your Peru Tours package with Travel 1. Peru Travel is a trip that provides a rare behind-the-scenes perspective of the soaring peaks, the serene waters, and the traditional Quechuan villages. Live your dreams! Experience the magic of Peru!
Travel style: Geographical, Cultural, Historical, and Eco-tourism.
Exclusive Service: Private and Personalized service. A few parts of the tours are group service.
Accommodations: 4 star hotels in all the destinations that will be visited. These hotels are carefully chosen and we guarantee you will feel comfortable and pampered.
Train: Vistadome by Perurail or the Machu Picchu Train by Incarail
Private and group guided tours in:
You should bring along with you:
Please go over the extensions (the extra side trips) that are presented in this program. These side trips will fit into our program, and enable you to take part in non-traditional activities and visit iconic places that are not included in the classic program, and participate in regional activities that are based on Incan customs.
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Our team will meet you when you arrive at the Jorge Chávez International Airport. Next we will drive you over to your hotel in Miraflores in our private van. We will help you check in to your hotel, and you will have the whole day free to rest, relax, and get familiar with the amazing Peruvian capital City of Lima.
Lima was founded by the Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, in 1535. In the evening you will be briefed about the details of the tours that you will experience over the next 13 days in Peru. After hearing about all the details of your tours, feel free to begin your adventures by exploring Miraflores which is the most exclusive residential neighborhood in Lima.
Dear Customer; If you arrive one day early or if you arrive very early in the morning before hotel check-in time, (check-in time is noon) we will be very happy to help you arrange a pre-accommodation stay.
A spectacular day in the City of Kings. On Day Two we begin the tours. Peru is a country of incredible contrasts and surprising treasures. Today we will begin in the morning by touring central Lima. With its 2000 years of history, it will amaze you. The center of colonial Lima has been declared to be part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Its historic edifices surround the Plaza Mayor which is also known as the Plaza de Armas.
The Lima City Tour begins at the Huaca Pucllana Pyramid which was constructed in the 4th century B.C. This was a magnificent ceremonial center. It is an amazing archeological feat, and it was considered to be a sacred place by the Incas. After that you will continue to the historical center of Lima. There you can explore San Francisco Monastery and the Catacombs, the Plaza de Armas and the BCR – Museum. Then when you finish the City Tour Lima you will return to your hotel in the Miraflores neighborhood.
In the afternoon if you would like to continue a deeper exploration into Peruvian culture, you could participate in an optional tour to the Larco Herrera Museum. It is considered to be the finest museum in Lima. Here you will be able to see the largest collection in the world of pre-Columbian masterpieces, and a very impressive exposition of gold and jewels, the value of which cannot be estimated.
In the morning we will eat breakfast and get ready to catch our flight to Arequipa, the White City. The city received its name because many of its buildings are made of ¨sillar¨ which is a white volcanic stone found above 2325 masl. When you arrive at the Arequipa airport our team will be waiting there to warmly welcome you and to help you get settled in your hotel. In your hotel you will find complementary coca tea and muña tea readily available. These natural beverages will help your body to adjust to the high altitude of the White City.
The weather in Arequipa is always nice. So it will be comfortable to wander around the town, morning, noon, or night. You could visit the market in the center of the city. There are some gorgeous scenic overlooks. You could walk along the narrow, pre-Columbian streets, or go out to the green fertile countryside. There are even places that give cooking classes, and where you could cook up your very own lunch or dinner.
Santa Catalina Convent optional tour: This convent shouldn’t be missed. Occupying a whole block and guarded by imposing high walls, it is one of the most fascinating religious buildings in Peru. It is not just a religious building – the 20,000-sq-meter complex is almost a citadel within the city. It was founded in 1580 by a rich widow, doña María de Guzmán. It is a very educational and inspiring place to visit.
Soon after eating a delicious breakfast we will leave the White City behind as we head out on a new adventure in the Colca Valley. We will travel through the verdant countryside until we reach one of the deepest canyons in the world. During our journey we will pass through colorful villages that have been here for thousands of years.
During the trip you will make a brief stop at the Pampa Cañahuas National reserve where you will see wild Vicuñas in their natural habitat. Next stop is the town of Chachani which is surrounded by Andean peaks and is full of llamas and alpacas. The blue of the sky is set off by the white of the glaciers covering the mountains. The shepherds that are watching their flocks of llamas and alpacas sing out beautiful melodies that help them pass their time out in the fields.
In the afternoon we will arrive at the town of Chivay which is very close to the Colca Canyon. That is where we will check into our hotel which is located just outside of town and which has an incredible view of the canyon. After checking in you will be able to relax and take it easy for the remainder of the afternoon.
La Calera Hot Spring Optional Tour: The Water of Life here at the La Calera Hot Springs flows out of the Cotallumi Volcano at 80°C. Nevertheless, it is stepped down and finally reaches the pools designated for human use at a very comfortable 38°C. The hot springs are medically significant because they contain high levels of zinc, calcium, and iron. These pools were built so that you might receive the benefits of soaking in this mineral rich environment.
Today we will get up a little earlier than usual and have breakfast at our hotel. After breakfast we will ride to the Condor Overlook (Mirador del Condor), which is on the edge of the canyon. The canyon will be spread out below you in all its glory. The condors will fly up out of the canyon very close to you. The sun will be rising over the jagged Peruvian peaks. The condors are quite used to the presence of humans.
After feasting our eyes on these amazing sights, we will return to Chivay. Along the route we can stop and see the pre-Incan tombs located on the nearby cliffs. Then we will pass through the very colorfull towns of Pinchoyllo, Maca, & Yanque. The beautiful town of Yanque has some lovely churches and there are amazing scenic overlooks along the route .
When you arrive at Chivay you will have the opportunity to eat lunch. Around 1 pm we will head out in the direction of Puno, the Capital of Peruvian Folklore. We will stop briefly along the way at Patapampa which is the highest point on our journey at 4900 masl. From that point you will have a fantastic view of the mountains to the west: Sabancaya, Ampato, Misti, and Chachani. You will also be able to appreciate the pile of stones left here by travelers and pilgrims throughout the centuries. Leaving a stone on the pile was their way of asking the deities for a safe and pleasant trip.
Migratory birds will be visible at lakes and lagoons along the way. Among others you will see the pretty flamingos. You will arrive in Puno around 7:30 pm. Our team will help you get settled in your hotel where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest.
On this our 6th day we will go out boat riding on Lake Titicaca. Pick up time at your hotel will be around 7 am. We will head over to the port, board our motor launch, and ride out to the Island of Taquile. Yo we will enjoy a 2 and a half hour tour of this island which has been ranked the 4th most beautiful island in the world. Here we will visit the isolated weavers of this ancient community. According to pre-Columbian legend, the Incas actually learned how to weave from the artisans of this island. They are very, very skilled. Taquile has been declared to be part of the Cultural Heritage of the World by UNESCO.
Return will be along the traditional route. We will leave Taquile at around noon and head in the direction of the Chucuito Peninsula. This is the Aymara region of the Lake and represents the communal identity of the Peruvian – Bolivian Altiplano. In the community of Luquina Chico you will eat a wonderful Andean style buffet lunch.
Later in the afternoon we will visit the Floating Islands of the Uros on our way back to Puno. Here the natives maintain their ancient customs and way of life by weaving together totora reeds which grow in the shallows of the Lake. They used these to construct their floating island home.
This program allows our clients to visit new tourist attractions which very few vistors know about. Since this is a non-traditional tour, our clients are very satisfied. In this way you can get a good sense of the daily life of the people in rural Peru.
After eating a really good breakfast at your hotel, we will set out by bus to the cosmopolitan city of Cusco. We will travel across the Altiplano until we reach the fertile valleys of Cusco. On the journey we will stop and visit Pucara where the museum features pre-Incan sculpture and ceramics. What is specially highlighted here is the sacred bull of Pucara.
On the tour the next stop will be La Raya Pass at an elevation of 4335 masl. where the famous snow-capped peak, Chimboya, is located. We will make brief stop to take some amazing photos of the impressive scenery. When we arrive in Sicuani we will eat lunch.
In the afternoon we will be delighted by the Temple of the God Wiracocha at the Incan Archeological Complex of Raqchi. The Incas considered Wiracocha to be their Supreme God. Our adventure continues at the Temple of St. Peter, the Apostle, in Andahuaylillas. This town is pretty close to Cusco. It is considered the Sistine Chapel of the Americas. The chapel has beautiful murals in which the artists used real gold foil, and oil paintings painted by masters of the Cusco School. Soon we will arrive in the most beautiful city in all of the Americas, Cusco and you we will check into our hotel and get a good rest after a very exciting day.
You probably have asked why Cusco is considered to be such a special city. It is because here it is possible to do all the activities and take part in every adventure sport that you have always wanted to try, from taking a free walking tour of the city to river-rafting on the Vilcanota River.
The Imperial City was the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. Now Cusco has been declared part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It is a friendly city that is full of history and architecture. There are Incan ruins around every corner. There are also great examples of Spanish colonial architecture. It is well worth your while to spend time in Cusco exploring the most iconic places and visiting the local galleries full of handmade textiles and other crafts.
In the morning after breakfast we´ll leave Cusco and travel to the important agricultural center of Moray. There we can observe the great skill that the Incas exibiited through their farming techniques and by how they adapted plants to different climatic zones. You will see great circular terraces where the temperature changed depending on the altitude. It is thought by historians that the Incas studied climatic conditions and soil properties here. They learned how to grow and adapt different kinds of food crops that originally grew in different regions of their empire. As you descend the terraces, the temperature increases. The Incas had extraordinary knowledge of climates and microclimates.
Next, we will go visit the traditional town of Maras. There we will make a short stop to see the pretty houses which feature the coats-of-arms of Incan nobles who lived here during Incan and colonial times. Maras used to be inhabited by Incan nobles who originally lived in Cusco.
Salineras salt mines are our next destination. This is an impressive site that consists of over 3000 small wells where salt is collected. Some of these wells are very old. Incas mined salt at this site, and this practice continued throughout the reign of the Spanish viceroys. Local people let the salt water flow into the depressions which they have dug out. Then the sun evaporates the water, leaving behind a crust of salt which is then collected and sold on the local market. After the salt mines tour we will drive to Urubamba for a good buffet lunch. Soon after lunch we will go to Ollantaytambo Archeological Center and then catch the train to Aguas Calientes.
These will be a great day. Of all the Peru Travel destinations, Machu Picchu is unparalleled. Today we visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Therefore, we will wake up very early, get ready, and eat breakfast at our hotel. After breakfast we will board the bus in Aguas Calientes to go up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu.
When you arrive at Machu Picchu, you will be given a 3 hour guided tour. You will visit the most important places in the complex like the House of the Guardian. At the House of the Guardian you will be able to visualize all of Machu Picchu in its entire splendor. You might as well take advantage of this opportunity to snap some amazing pictures. Your guide will give you a brief explanation of what you see. Continue on to the imposing Temple of the Sun. the Temple of the High Priest, the Sacred Plaza, and the Ushnu
Finally after your tour you will have free time to rest and record videos and still photos. Marvel at this 15th century feat of engineering and return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. Later you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. In Ollantaytambo you will hop in our private van and be driven back to your hotel in Cusco. Here you can enjoy your well-deserved rest after an emotion filled day.
During your tour of Machu Picchu you will have the option of climbing up Huayna Picchu Mtn. or Machu Picchu Mtn. If you wish to climb up either one, it would be in your best interest to reserve your tickets at least 3 months in advance.
Cusco City Tour begins at the iconic Cusco Cathedral. In this old church there are over 400 paintings from the Cusco School of Fine Arts. Then we will visit the Incan Temple of the Sun, the Coricancha. Before the arrival of the Conquistors, the walls of the Temple were covered with gold. All the stonework here is handmade and is of the very highest quality. The roof was made of the finest straw. During Incan times this was the most important religious site in their empire.
After visiting the Coricancha we will head out of the city and up to the immense Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Sacsayhuaman is a very amazing site that was built of gigantic blocks of cut stone. Some of the blocks in the wall weigh more than 100 tons. Incan builders constructed this excellent example of military architectural engineering.
Up the hill we explore the mysterious Incan site of Qenco. This carved limestone formation is full of subterranean passages and decorated with mythical figures. In addition we will visit the Baths of the Incas, Tambo Machay. There you can find venders of arts and crafts. You will have the opportunity to buy sweaters made of the wool of baby alpacas. There will also be ceramics, silver jewelry, and handmade goods fabricated by the local folks. This is a great chance to buy some inexpensive souvenirs for your family and for your loved ones at home.
Relax after you wake up in the morning. We will pick you up in time to drive you to the airport in Cusco where you´ll catch your flight back to Lima. There you will enjoy your last night in Peru. During the airplane ride you will be able to contemplate the magnificent Andes. Take a few last photos of this incomparable sight. Upon arrival at the Lima airport our team will meet you and take you to your hotel in the exclusive Miraflores neighborhood. They will be real happy to hear about all of your wondrous experiences in the magical Land of the Incas. Enjoy free time for the rest of the afternoon. The farewell dinner in the evening is optional.
According to your airplane ticket, our team will drive you to Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport in time for you to check in and catch your flight home. We will bid you farewell as you begin your next adventure, hoping that you carry with you fond memories of fulfilled dreams and, above all, positive energy so you will be able to continue to explore the best that our world has to offer.
*** Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of the 14th day and will require a transportation from your hotel on day 13. Transportation departs from your hotel approximately 4 and a half hours prior to flight departure time.
If you are not yet ready to return home, our team can help you extend your stay in this magic land. There are lots more tourist destinations that you could visit in Peru such as the Nazca Lines, the Moche Route, the Amazon River, and the Ballestas Islands.
This has been the best experience in my whole life. Couldn´t be happier. Can´t wait to return.