We are Going to Peru! Who Wants to Join Us?
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|Day 1 Lima||Arrival at Lima Peru Jorge Chávez airport. You will be picked up from airport and transferred to our comfortable hotel located in spectacular Miraflores Lima District for you to relax after your flight. Free to explore as you wish and meet other travelers.|
|Day 2 Lima||Tour of Lima! After a wonderful breakfast we will present information about the whole Peru tour then go out to explore the main square of Lima City. Step back in time visiting Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and its incredible catacombs. Lunch break, then drive you to explore the wonders of the Larco Museum. the evening where you can explore on your own! The museum contains one of Peru’s finest historical collections devoted to the country’s pre-Columbian peoples. Back to the hotel for|
|Day 3 Lima||Tour of Lima continues with a visit to the Maximo Laura Museum. We pick you up in the morning from the hotel and drive you to the museum. There you will learn how his spectacular tapestries are designed and created. Explore his private collection of tapestries and immerse yourself into the colorful world of Maximo Laura. Maximo himself is designated as Peru’s “Living Human Treasure”. Afterward we return to the hotel for you to enjoy a free afternoon/evening with fellow travelers as tomorrow we fly to Arequipa!|
|Day 4 Arequipa||After a hearty breakfast at the hotel we pick you up and transfer you back to the Lima airport for our flight to Arequipa. Upon landing we travel to another great hotel to check in and have lunch together. After lunch we head to the Monastery of Santa Catalina and Juanita’s Mummy, also known as the Lady of Ampato. Time magazine chose her as one of the world’s top 10 discoveries. After a break, we’ll visit the mystical atmosphere of Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, the most important Catholic church of the city and also of the larger Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Arequipa. Then we return you to the hotel.|
|Day 5 Arequipa||Tour of Arequipa continues visiting many great and unique workshops in the city where you will learn about embroidering and then visit other Alpaca fiber workshops. After your day of exploring we return to the hotel to reminisce with other travelers on the day we’ve had. Dinner and evening exploration encouraged, grab someone and explore more into the night. Hopefully you’ve been taking your Diamox as tomorrow we hit 16,000 feet of elevation going to Colca Canyon.|
|Day 6 Colca Canyon||In the morning we pick you up from the hotel to drive to the Colca Canyon, about a 5-hour drive. Passing over an incredible 16,000 feet above sea level mountain road pass (that’s much higher than any mountain in the lower 48 contiguous states in America). Arrive for lunch in the town of Chivay, the capital of the Caylloma province at 12,000 feet above sea level. After lunch we head to our hotel to rest and get acclimated to the elevation as we overnight here. Smoking or heavy exertion is not advised due to altitude and thin air. Slow and easy wins the day here.|
|Day 7 Colca Canyon||Very early breakfast so we can drive to the Mirador Cruz del Condor view point to see the Condors flying in the National Park Reserve. Incredible views and spectacular scenery like no place on Earth. Walk a few hundred yards from the “Cruz” to feel like you have the place to yourself! After viewing we head back to Chivay to start the long 5-6 hour trip to Puno. Along the way there are ample opportunities to enjoy the great views, wonderful Alpaca and Llama farms and the rare Vicunas in their natural habitat. Lunch break of sandwiches as we arrive in Puno where Lake Titicaca is located. Hotel overnight in Puno to rest for the next days trip to Lake Titicaca.|
|Day 8 Puno||Early morning, we drive to the port of Lake Titicaca where we board our boat to Taquile Island (28 miles from shore) and visit families (population 2,200) living on the floating island that’s almost 14,000 feet about sea level. In 2005, “Taquile and Its Textile Art” were honored by being proclaimed “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. Walking around Taquile Island to explore and have lunch there, then return to shore for the trip back to Puno for the evening at our hotel.|
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Day 9 Puno- Cusco
After an amazing breakfast we take off for the long 7-8 hour drive North to Cusco. Along the way we stop to visit Raqchi, Temple of Wiracocha, another incredible
After lunch we continue on to Andahuaylillas just 25 miles South of Cusco. Andahuaylillas
is called the “Sistine Chapel” of the Americas and for good reason. After exploring we arrive
in Cusco for checking in at the hotel. Exploring Cusco in the afternoon and evening, then
rest at the hotel.
After breakfast we will drive to Chinchero, a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta. There we participate in the weaving and dyeing natural colors course using Alpaca fiber wool. Explore the market area for incredible fiber art. After that we return to the hotel in Cusco for the evening and to prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Machu Picchu.
Inca archaeological site.
Day 10 Cusco
After enjoying another great breakfast, we will walk around Cusco visiting the workshops in San Blas artisanal neighborhood. You will be surrounded by stone walls and see the famous huge 12-sided stone fit perfectly into the walls. After lunch we will visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple of Cusco and finish our walking tour in the local market, a feast for the eyes!
Day 11 Cusco
Ready for a busy yet incredible day? This morning we’re off to Pisaq! We will visit the huge artisanal market there, one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. After lots of ogling the incredible market items it’s off to the archeological site of Pisaq. In keeping with providing only the highest quality experiences of our tours, the Pisaq ruins are considered to be one of the finest remaining Inca archeologic sites in the entire country. Next on the agenda is to grab lunch at the incredible Huayoccari restaurant where you will experience and enjoy the hospitality of a traditional Peruvian family who greets you personally. After that incredible lunch experience, it’s off to Ollantaytambo for the Ollantaytambo ruins. Climb and explore a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Major sites within the complex include the huge Sun Temple and the Princess Baths fountain, absolutely breathtaking to be able to walk the stairs and streets where the Inca’s walked! And the day isn’t over yet! Next, we board the train to Machu Picchu Town, now called Aguas Calientes. The train follows the valley and river where you can see people walking the actual Inca Trail just across the river from you. Besides the incredible sights along the train route, there is funny and entertaining characters on the train to entice you to purchase local hand made textiles and goods, this alone is worth the journey for the entertainment value. Be careful though as you are likely to be pulled into the aisle as one of their participants in the show! Lots of photo opportunities for sure. Arriving at Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) we disembark the train for the hotel. Exploring the small town is amazing… every tiny side-street offers something new. Enjoy dinner with the friends you have made and get rest for tomorrow it’s Machu Picchu!
Day 13 Machu Picchu
After another great breakfast we check out from the hotel and grab a bus to Machu Picchu
ruins. After about a 30-minute drive on numerous switch-backs where the scenery gets better
and better, we arrive to Machu Picchu majestic Inka ruins. Machu Picchu was voted one of
the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. Here we enter a place that literally defies words to describe it. It truly is a place to be experienced vice trying to describe it. Walk with the ancients, be amazed at their city. After you’ve photographed enough, put the camera down, sit on the hillside and just take in what you are seeing. Take 30 minutes just sitting there, no camera, let your senses document it all. It will be far more memorable that a picture, trust me on this. Sadly, we must eventually depart back to Aguas Calientes for lunch then take the train back to Ollantaytambo to catch the bus to Cusco. What an experience the train ride back will be too!
Day 14 Cusco Lima
And with great sadness we pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the international airport of Cusco for your flight back to Lima to wait for your individual flights home. Over the last couple weeks, we have made great friends and experienced incredible things, it’s always a very tearful moment when we have to part ways and head back to our homes. Hope you thoroughly enjoyed our trip, tell your friends about your experiences and maybe see you on another of our incredible excursions soon!
If saying goodbye is too hard there is the unique opportunity to dive deep into the culture with a special 4 days at our local guide’s parents farm! Yes, this is a VERY special opportunity for sure. Interested? Continue to next page.
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|Day 1 Accha||Spectacular days await as you delve into the local culture. Our guide will drive you about 4 hours through the mountains along the South part of Cusco, pass by Acomayo, capital of the province Acomayo. Crossing two mountain ranges and the two rivers Apurimac (popular for white water rafting) and Velille (an upper tributary of the Apurimac), many small towns where tourist activities do not exist. In the afternoon you will arrive in the district of Accha close to their family farm. Accommodations are at 9,500 feet above sea level but you should be acclimated from previous excursions. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore.|
|Day 2 Huayno||In the morning we visit the small village Huyayno by horse or walking then return to the home for the afternoon to help out a little around home, then have a great dinner.|
|Day 3 Accha||
After a great breakfast at home, we leave very early to the town of Accha in order to visit a
wonderful real food market and have lunch in a local restaurant. Accha is a VERY|
traditional Peruvian town tourists are likely unfamiliar with. After exploring we finally return to home.
|Day 4 Cusco||After another wonderful breakfast at home, we drive back to Cusco through the province of Paruro. From Cusco you will fly to Lima for your flights back to your homes. Another goodbye after such a wonderful experience. We hope our hospitality at home and the Peruvian people has brightened your lives and made new friends. Thank you for allowing me to share my home with you. Safe journeys!|