Colca Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu 10 Days

Colca Valley with the deepest Canyon in the world and Cusco, covering the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu, group tour in just 10 days.

Day 1- Lima: After your arrival our staff will greet and transfer your to the hotel in Lima

santa catalina conventDay 2- Fly to Arequipa: Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Arequipa (2335 m.s.l). After your arrival in Arequipa our staff will transfer you to the hotel in the white city of Arequipa.

A City Tour visiting the Chilina valley and the old San Lazaro district. General view of the city from the Yanahuara Belvedere, the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral, the cloisters of La Compania Church, the Church and Square of San Francisco and the extraordinary Santa Catalina convent which is built from volcanic lava and dates from the 16th century. Return to the Hotel (B)

Day 3- Colca Valley: Early in the morning by tours bus to the north part of Arequipa passing the town of Yura around of Mountain of Chachani, here you have a chance to see the Pampas Canahuas the National Reserve of Vicuna, at the midday arrive to Chivay at the Colca Valley for lunch (lunch on own) after you will visit the Hot Springs of La Calera, then return to the Colca Lodge for a folk show dinner.

Overnight at the Colca Valley Lodge.(B/D)

Day 4- Colca Valley – Arequipa: This morning after a hearty and leisurely breakfast we drive a short distance down the side of the Colca Canyon reputed to be the deepest canyon in the world, past megalithic ancient terracing, to Cruz del Condor.

Here Andean Condors and other Birds of Prey, roost on inaccessible ledges and once hot air thermals have developed, produced by the burning Andean sun, they circle out gaining height and provide stunning photographic opportunities. The Condors are big and one cannot help but be amazed by these creatures. In the afternoon return to Arequipa and to your hotel. (B)

Colca valleyDay 5- Fly to Cusco: After breakfast our staff will transfer you to the airport for your departing flight to the Capital of the Inca. Upon your Arrival in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, we greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel following brief orientation and a cup of traditional coca tea to assist in the acclimation to the 11300 ft. in the Inca Capital of Cusco.

In the afternoon City tour of Cusco, including the Cathedral, Qoricancha, temple of the Sun, the most important of Inca ceremonial sites. Later you will continue to the most important site of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo and Puca Pucara. We return to the hotel (B)

Day 6- Sacred Valley: After breakfast we travel by bus through the Sacred Valley of the Inca. where life has remained almost unchanged for 500 years. Upon decent into the Sacred Valley you will know that you’ve arrived in the area the Inca revered for its lush fertile soils.

The scenery is unsurpassable, close and distant snow peaks glistening in the Sun. Later on, you will have the opportunity of visiting the lively local Ancient Pisac market where many of the local Indians sell their hand made textiles. It is here that many fine Andean garments are for sale and you can test your haggling powers as you bargain for trinkets and souvenirs. For lunch you will have the chance to eat a buffet lunch at the local hacienda restaurant with traditional Andean foods and music.

We continue to Ollantaytambo the major Inca fortress. Constructed of finely cut polygonal stones and rhyolite blocks, the fortress and nearby town represent the best of Inca architecture and construction. Large worked blocks, some weighting as much as 100 tons were quarried from a site more than a thousand vertical feet above the valley floor using a technique of pecking with hammer stones, then skidded down and across the Urubamba river several kilometers to the temple site. Inclined ramps were built to raise the blocks several hundred feet up hill to the construction area. Return to the hotel (B/L)

Day 7: Cusco – Machu Picchu: Early in the morning after breakfast we aboard the tourist class train to Machu Picchu. The 3 hour train for one of the world’s great railway journeys. This climbs out of Cusco on an amazing switchback track, passes through picturesque Andean scenery, traditional villages, Inca ruins and rushing rivers.

We’ll descend 1300 meters through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and follow the Urubamba river until the final stop at Aguas Calientes. Lunch and night at Hanaqpacha 3* Hotel in the Town of Aguas Calientes. (Breakfast)

Day 8: Machu Picchu – Cusco: It is said that Machu Picchu is a place of great spirituality, and the best time of the day to sense this is at sunrise. Early risers may walk through Machu Picchu in the mist to explore the ruins without crowds.

We’ll take the 20 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu, perched 600 meters above the river. Our guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archeological wonder. Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Inca is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth! Stand 2,430m above sea-level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. In an extraordinarily beautiful setting, it was probably most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, its giant walls, terraces and ramps seen as, if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

The natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Constructed from precisely sculptured granite blocks carefully joined with the projecting exposed stone of the surrounding mountain, the site may well be the finest architectural achievement of the new world. Afterwards we take the bus for our return to Aguas Calientes for lunch. We take the train back to Cusco. Reception and transfer to our Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 9: Cusco: Leisurely day with plenty of opportunity for shopping. (Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 10: Lima: After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight back to Lima and for our international flight.

Available Departure Dates

2017

January

01 – 08 – 15 – 22

February

05 – 12 – 19 – 26

March

04 – 11 – 18 – 25

April

01 – 08 – 15 – 22

May

06 – 13 – 20 – 27

June

03 – 10 – 17 – 24

July

01 – 08 – 15 – 22

August

05 – 12 – 19 – 26

September

02 – 09 – 16 – 23

October

07 – 14 – 21 – 28

November

04 – 11 – 18 – 25

December

02 – 09 – 16 – 23

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