PERU HIGHLANDS 13 DAYS
Peru Highlands: Come and discover Peru, the Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Cuzco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu. Our most in-depth 2 week exploration of Peru, featuring mountain vistas, colonial cities and the once-in-a-lifetime Inca Trail.
Day 1: Lima.
Flight to Lima, the capital of Peru and transfer to the Hotel in the exclusive zone of Lima.
Day 2: Pachacamac – Larco Museum.
Today our staff will transfer you to the pre-Inca archaeological ruins of Pachacamac outside the city of Lima. Afterwards continue to the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview of 3,000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
The museum features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru. It also houses the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. For an unforgettable experience, Larco is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects.
Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Columbian art, after being exhibited in the world’s leading museums. Afterwards we will return to the hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Lima – Arequipa.
Peru’s second most important city after Lima, Arequipa maintains a traditional colonial style and more laid back pace in comparison with the capital. Sitting at 2325 m (7626 ft) above sea level and surrounded by the Andes mountains, this delightful colonial town is well worth a visit.
Arequipa was built from a very light coloured volcanic rock called sillar, so older buildings dazzle in the sun, giving the city its nickname, “the White City.” The main plaza with its cafés and nearby cathedral is a top draw for visitors. Visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina, offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into a by-gone way of life.
Spectacular mountains surround Arequipa, the most famous of which is El Misti Volcano, at 5822 m (19096 ft) with its beautiful snow-capped peak. Also looming nearby are the volcanoes Chachani and Pichu Pichu. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Colca Canyon.
Departure from Arequipa, passing near the thermal baths of Yura and climbing up towards the National Reserve of Pampa de Canahuas which is situated at 3,800m. The colors and scenery are spectacular as we pass endangered grazing Vicunas and ponds with Andean Geese.
We can see many snow peaks and volcanoes from here. Winding down into the Colca, we stay at the comfortable Colca Lodge. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 5: Colca Valley – Arequipa.
After breakfast, early departure to reach the Cruz Del Condor viewpoint, a few kilometers before Cabanaconde, where the Colca Canyon starts. 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. Here we will see a fine view of the flight of the condors as well as of the depth of the mighty canyon. In the afternoon back to Arequipa. (Breakfast/Lunch)
Day 6: Arequipa – Cusco City Tour
After breakfast, transfer from hotel to Arequipa airport for your flight to Cusco. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon City tour of Cusco, Colonial sites such as 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. (Breakfast)
Day 7: Trek Briefing:
Prior to departing for the trek, we meet for an orientation briefing by our guide. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Commence Trek / Wayllabamba.
Early in the morning our guide picks you up at your hotel in Cusco for the 2 hour ride by bus to the small Andean town of Chilca and on to the trailhead at Piscacucho at km 82.
Here you will meet the team that will join you during the trek, such as the porters, camp assistants and cooks. You will begin the walk, the first day is quite easy and during the first kilometers, you will have a beautiful view of the snow peaked Veronica Mountain, walking alongside the Vilcanota River until you arrive at the Archaeological Complex of Patallacta, where you will have lunch and gain energy to reach Wayllabamba, the name in Quechua means ‘grassy plain.
Most tour groups spend the first night here although there are prettier campsites a little further on. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 9: Pacaymayu.
Today we climb up from Wayllabamba for about 3 hours through steepening woods and increasingly spectacular terrain brings you to the treeline and a meadow known as Llulluchapampa (3,680m).
It is another 1? hours climb to the first and highest pass of the trail (Abra de Huarmihuanusca or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4,200m. During this part of the trail hikers are exposed to the Andean elements: first scorching sun and then, closer to the pass, freezing winds. Once at the top hikers can celebrate having completed the most difficult section of the trail.
The decent from the pass is steep although not difficult, following the trail on the left side of the valley to the valley floor and to the 2nd night’s campsite at Pacaymayu (3,600m). There are toilet facilities here. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 10: Wiñayhuayna.
Today you will continue to climbing a series of Inca steps, it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay (12,172ft). These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley below. Another 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000m).
At last you’ll feel that you are walking along the trail of the Incas with paving, for the most part, being original. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep so take care.
After about 1 hour from the 2nd pass you’ll arrive at Sayacmarca by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. The name Sayacmarca means ‘Inaccessible Town’ and describes the position of the ruins perfectly, protected on three sides by sheer cliffs. No one knows the exact purpose of these ruins. From then on the path descends into magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns and flowers, passing through an impressive Inca tunnel, carved into the rock, on the way.
A few minutes after the pass is Phuyupatamarca, the most impressive Inca ruin so far. The name means ‘Town in the Clouds’. Access to the ruins is down a steep flight of stairs passing six ‘Inca Baths’ probably used for the ritual worship of water. Be careful with your knees which will feel the strain by the end of the day. After about an hour of walking through cloud forest you may just be able to see the tin roof of the Trekkers Hostal at Winay Wayna, although it probably won’t be for another 2 hours until you arrive.
A short trail leaves from the southern end of the hostal to the ruins of Winay Wayna. The name in Quechua means ‘forever young’ and is named after a variety of pink orchid which grows here. The ruins comprise magnificent agricultural terraces set in an impressive location.
There are also many buildings of good quality stonework and a sequence of 10 baths, suggesting that the site was probably a religious center associated with the worship of water. Ritual cleansing may have taken place here for pilgrims on the final leg of the trail to Machu Picchu. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
Day 11: Machu Picchu.
After an early breakfast, in the anticipation of continuing on the trail your hearts may begin to pound from the excitement that awaits your every steps and breath as you approach the fabled citadel.
The trail contours a mountainside and drops into cloud forest before coming to an almost vertical flight of 50 steps leading up to the final pass at Intipunku (Sun Gate). Our guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder (7’800ft.) Afterward transfer by bus to return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and after that you will board the train for your returning to Cusco.
After your arrival to the Cusco train station our staff will meet and transfer you to your hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch)
Day 12: Free day at Cusco
Free day to enjoy the most importants sites of the City.
Day 13: Cusco to Lima.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Peru Highlands includes. All meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). accommodations as stated in the itinerary, domestic airfare, Tourist Class Train, ground transportation during the tour, and guide services provided by our guide.
It does not include airfare from your home to Lima and return, airport departure taxes, alcoholic beverages, special gratuities, phone calls, laundry, or items of a personal nature. You will be charged a single supplement if you desire single accommodations.
TOUR REGISTRATION: To register for this Peru Highlandstour, complete the Tour registration form and return it with a deposit of 50% per person. If registering by phone, the deposit must be received within 10 days or the space will be released. Full payment of the tour fee is due 60 days prior to the tour departure date.
AIR INFORMATION: Sun God Expeditions Tours E.I.R.L is a full-service travel agency and we will be happy to make any domestic or international air travel arrangements from your home and return. Please feel free to contact us to confirm your air arrangements.
DOCUMENTS: For U.S. citizens, a passport valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure is required. Non-United States citizens should check with their local Peruvian consulate or embassy. A visa is not required; a tourist card will be issued by the airline
What to Bring
On this expedition we will be experiencing all extremes of Peruvian climate, from freezing Altiplano to extremely hot sunshine.
* Comfortable clothes for travel, smart clothes for evening meals
* Sunglasses with attaching string – Peaked cap
* Water bottle & purification tablets – Lipbalm
* Suntan lotion factor 15+ / After sun
* Sweater (Available in Cusco)
* Warm hat
* Socks / underwear
* Shorts / trekking trousers
* Warm fleec
* Good / Well worn -in walking boots
* Raincoat / poncho
* Day-sack & rain-cover
* Head torch & spare batteries
* Spare Glasses / Lenses
* Personal toilet kit
* Camera & film 100 & 400 (optional)
* Pocket knife
* Book, notepaper & pen (optional)
* Money belt
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