Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour
 
Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour
  • From
    usd 1990
  • Departures
    Daily
  • Style
    Comfort
  • Days
    15

Peru Classic Tour will help you discover Peru – the natural beauty of the Andes, geoglyphs in the desert, a sky-high lake, as well as the culture and soul of Peru. Our tour travels to world-famous Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the impressive Rainbow Mountain,Lake Titicaca, and the enigmatic Nazca Lines. You will learn about the Peruvian desert in Ica with its beauty, the surprising Ballestas Islands (teeming with marine life), breathtaking Colca Canyon, and the sophisticated southern city of Arequipa. You can also explore the modern side of Peru in metropolitan Lima, with its colonial style and the exclusive Museo Larco. The Amantani, Taquile, and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca are a step back in time: ancient traditions blending with 21st century life!

  • Country
    Peru
  • Departure
    Lima
  • Arrival
    Lima
  • Theme
    Cultural
Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour

 

Day 1. Welcome to Peru

This tour of Peru begins at Lima international airport. Our staff members will meet you and you will be transferred to your hotel. On the first day you can relax and prepare for the tour. You can also enjoy a supplementary tour of Lima (not included in the price) by asking us in advance.

Day 2. Lima Tour, “The City of the Kings”

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Lima Tour, “The City of the Kings”
  • Destination
    Lima
  • Hotel
    Posada del Emancipador
  • Attractions
    Museo Larco

 

The trip will start after breakfast with a visit of colonial Lima: a panoramic view of Plaza San Martin and the main square to admire the Cathedral. Then continue with the Convent and Church of San Francisco – a fine and grandiose example of colonial art. Our guide will explain the history of surrounding buildings: the Government Palace and City Hall followed by a visit to Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological site in the heart of Lima, built in the 4th century AD and a holy site for the Incas.

Optional you can take advantage to visit the Museo Larco. Built on top a 7th century pre-Columbian archaeological site, the museum’s new galleries house the finest and most comprehensive pre-Columbian gold and silver artefacts in the world – as well as a renowned erotic pottery collection.

Early afternoon, a bus trip to Paracas (a three-hour ride). On the way, enjoy stunning views of the legendary Carretera Panamericana. This Pan-American Highway is an eye-catching road that stretches between the lunar landscapes of the desert pampas and high sand dunes, interspersed with fertile valleys, with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Stunning!

Overnight stay in Paracas.

Day 3. Ballestas Islands tour

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Ballestas Islands tour
  • Destination
    Paracas
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina Standard Nazca
  • Attractions
    Ballestas Islands

 

After breakfast, the boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands will provide astonishing scenery with vivid colours, peppered with sea lions, boobies, penguins, pelicans, and other sea birds. En route you will also catch a glimpse of a geoglyph called Candelabro, imprinted in the coastal hillside.
Afterwards, we will take a bus to Nazca. Overnight in Nazca.

(Optional). You may want to add an excursion to the Huacachina Oasis to practice sand-buggy & sand-boarding in the dunes of the Ica desert.

Day 4. The mysterious Nazca Lines

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - The mysterious Nazca Lines
  • Destination
    Nazca
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina Standard Arequipa
  • Attractions
    Nazca Lines

 

Breakfast and then the day begins with a visit of the famous Cantayoc aqueduct, where you will discover how the Nasca, Wari and Inca cultures were able to survive in this arid desert.

During the course of the day, you may want to experience the unmissable overflight of the Nazca Lines (optional activity). For those who don't feel like flying, we recommend an excursion to the Mirador of the Nasca Lines or an exciting excursion to the Pyramids of Cahuachi.

In the evening night bus to Arequipa.

Day 5. La Ciudad Blanca (The White City)

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - La Ciudad Blanca (The White City)
  • Destination
    Arequipa
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina Standard Arequipa
  • Attractions
    Santa Catalina Monastery

 

Arequipa is a colonial-style and refined city where you can acclimatise to the altitude sipping mate de coca before heading up into the Andes. In the afternoon, our local guide will accompany you on a visit to the historic center of the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Plaza de Armas, Claustro de la Compañía. You will therefore appreciate the colonial houses and the Mercado San Camilo. If you are not tired, we recommend (optional tour) to visit a very important religious monument: the Santa Catalina Monastery. Founded in 1580, is a large and fascinating site that, in colonial times, housed nuns from wealthy families in Spain. Later enjoy the beautiful lights and sights of Plaza de Armas and the local bars and fine restaurants in the downtown district.

Day 6. Tour of the Andes and Colca Canyon

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Tour of the Andes and Colca Canyon
  • Destination
    Colca Valley
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina Standard Colca
  • Attractions
    Colca Canyon

 

The Colca Canyon (3,191 meters, or 10,460 feet) is the second deepest canyon in the world (twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in the U.S.). On the way, we drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve inhabited by vicuña and alpaca and will admire lakes, altiplano birds, and herds of alpaca. The view will take your breath away – metaphorically and in reality, owing to the altitude. One of the highest points on this tour is at 4,830 meters above sea level (approximately 15,800 feet): the Mirador de los Volcanes (Viewpoint of the Volcanoes) from where one can see the Arequipa volcano chain – Hualcahualca, Sabancaya, and Ampato – all over 6,000 meters (about 20,000 feet).

Once in the capital Chivay, you will enjoy Andean cuisine, courtesy of Perú InsideOut: quinoa, alpaca, and mazamorra.

In the afternoon, you can relax in the local hot springs and in the evening sample the delicious Andean cuisine whilst listening to a traditional music performance.

Day 7. Cruz del Condor – Puno and the Altiplano

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Cruz del Condor – Puno and the Altiplano
  • Destination
    Chivay
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina Standard Puno
  • Attractions
    Condor´s Cross

 

From the “Cruz del Condor” (Condor´s Cross) you will watch majestic condors soar above the rim of the canyon.

Then, on the way to Lake Titicaca, you can visit several Andean communities: Yanque, Achoma, and Maca. After a buffet lunch in Chivay the journey continues… to Puno.

The route to Puno offers astounding natural scenery: stained-green steppes, intriguing rock formations (caused by erosion), and the snow-capped Chachani volcano, as well as different wild species and a beautiful lagoon. Overnight in Puno in a very comfortable hotel.

Day 8. Lake Titicaca Tour – Uros Islands, Amantani Island

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Lake Titicaca Tour – Uros Islands, Amantani Island
  • Destination
    Puno
  • Hotel
    Homestay
  • Attractions
    Titicaca Lake

 

The boat excursion will start from the port of Puno. Covering 8,400 sq. km and sitting at 3,810 metres, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world with deep, sparkling, crystalline waters, a bright blue sky and glorious sunshine.

There are approximately 50 floating islands, built using layers of reeds (totora) that grow in the lake. The descendants of the Uros tribes have mixed with the Aymara, and now speak their language and only a few hundred still live here.

On the island of Amantani you will meet your host family for your meal and overnight stay. Amantani is a journey back in time with no electricity and the host family prepares a simple but delicious meal. You will visit the Tiwanaku ruins and hike to the top of the island for a ritual called Pachamama (mother earth). Islanders perform a traditional dance ceremony in the evening, and visitors are offered traditional clothes and invited to participate. As a thank you for the hospitality you will be asked to buy a few staples as a gift for the host family: cooking oil, rice, sugar or school supplies for the children.

Day 9. Titicaca Lake Tour – Taquile Island

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Titicaca Lake Tour – Taquile Island
  • Destination
    Taquile
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina Standard Puno
  • Attractions
    Textile Art

 

The next day you will travel to Taquile (about thirty minutes from Amantani). Here, Quechua-speaking islanders live almost untouched by modern-day life. The guide will tell very entertaining stories on the use of different huts and their social significance. Taquileños are famous for their hand-woven textiles and clothing. The knitting is performed exclusively by males, from age eight whilst women make yarns and weave. In 2005, UNESCO proclaimed “Taquile and its Textile Art” a “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.

Day 10. Puno to Cusco: The Manco Capac’s Route

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Puno to Cusco: The Manco Capac’s Route
  • Destination
    Cusco
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina San Blas
  • Attractions
    The Manco Capac’s Route

 

Your tour will take you from Puno to Cusco with a series of small trips aboard a very comfy bus.

First stop Pukara, at 3,876 metres above sea level (12,716 feet), a town of potters and the cradle of one of the first civilizations in southern Peru (200 BC – 200 AD). This Aymara-speaking culture flourished in the Collao Plateau region of Lake Titicaca. Pyramid-shaped buildings are typical in this pre-Hispanic city.

Then the La Raya mountain pass, 4,310 metres above sea level (14,172 feet), the highest point from where you can take photos of grazing llama and alpaca, and gaze out across the altiplano.

Raqchi, also known as the “Temple of Wiracocha” is an archaeological site with an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure that measures 92 by 25.5 meters (300 by 84 feet).

Finally, Andahuaylillas, considered the “Sistine Chapel of Peru”. This 16th-17th century church was built by the Jesuits, is adorned with frescoes, and on the ceiling is a painting of the “Virgin of the Assumption” (Cusco School).

Day 11. Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Destination
    Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel
    Hatun Inti Classic
  • Attractions
    Sacred Valley of the Incas

 

The excursion begins through the Urubamba valley, “The Sacred Valley of the Incas”. The first stop is the Inca Ruins of Pisaq, on top of a hill at the entrance of the valley, along a ridge, and divided into four sections: Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. In the picturesque Pisaq market you will see talented craftsmen at work and practice your bartering skills. Lunch will be served in the city of Urubamba followed by a scenic route to Ollantaytambo – the best example of Inca city planning. The terraces which lead up the hills offer a superb view of the valley below.

Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.

Day 12. Tour to Machu Picchu

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Tour to Machu Picchu
  • Destination
    Cusco
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina San Blas
  • Attractions
    Machu Picchu

 

The highlight of this trip is Machu Picchu. At the entrance gate at 6:00 am you will admire a spectacular sunrise, known as Inti Punku. The sun rises under surreal clouds and reveals the Lost City of the Incas. Accompanied by our guide, you will learn about the secrets of the Lost City of the Incas and will live an unforgettable experience.
Those who wish to climb Huayna Picchu will not be disappointed as their efforts will be rewarded by a spectacular view of Machu Picchu. In addition, it is possible to hike the Cerro di Machu Picchu. Both are optional activities to be booked well in advance.
The trip later continues by bus shuttle to Aguas Calientes and then by train to Ollantaytambo. Here our driver will pick you up to go back to Cusco. Overnight stay in Cusco.
NB. The visit to the ruins of Machu Picchu has nowadays a maximum duration of 3 hours.

Day 13. Trekking to the Rainbow Mountain

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Trekking to the Rainbow Mountain
  • Destination
    Cusco
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina San Blas
  • Attractions
    Rainbow Mountain

 

Today we will visit one of the new Cusco’s natural attractions: the "Rainbow Mountain". The tour starts early in the morning from your hotel. Short stop in Cusipata for breakfast. We continue for another hour, before arriving at the beginning of our trek. The walk lasts from one hour and thirty minutes to two hours. Along the way we will observe the typical flora and fauna of the Andes, among which the presence of llamas and alpacas stands out. Once at the Vinicunca or Montaña Arcobaleno viewpoint (5080 masl), our guide will give us an explanation of the orography, the ecosystem and the color of the mountain. Here you can take the opportunity to take pictures of the beautiful landscape.

We will then return to our transport and then have lunch in Cusipata. Return to the city of Cusco in the late afternoon.

The last stop will be near the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.

Day 14. Cusco City Tour

Peru Classic Machu Picchu Tour - Cusco City Tour
  • Destination
    Cusco
  • Hotel
    Casa Andina San Blas
  • Attractions
    Cusco City Tour

 

Breakfast and guided tour of Cusco. Today you will discover the secrets of the Bohemian district of San Blas. You will admire the famous "Hatun Cancha Rumi" the great palace of the Inca with its gigantic granite block with 12 corners perfectly framed in a stone wall. The visit continues towards the Plaza de Armas where you will observe the main square and the majestic cathedral.

Later you will visit the Korikancha or "Temple of the Sun" an important place of worship in the Inca and colonial period. The Convent of Santo Domingo was built over this temple by the Spaniards.

The tour goes on with a visit to the Mercado di San Pedro, the real beating heart of the imperial city of Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco.

Day 15. End of the Tour

Transfer to Cusco Airport for your flight Cusco-Lima.

The Tour Includes

  • Services
    • Personal service

    • 01 local cellphone – 24/7 travel assistance

 

  • Services
    • Excursions

    • Private transfers airport / hotel / airport
    • Bus VIP between Lima and Arequipa
    • Private excursions with English speaking guide: Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Cusco and Machu Picchu
    • Excursion in shared service with English-Spanish speaking guide: Ballestas Islands, Colca
    • Canyon, Titicaca Lake, Ruta del Sol and Sacred Valley
    • All entrances fee mentioned in the program

 

  • Services
    • Hotels

    • 13 overnight stays in hotel
    • 01 homestay (Amantani)

 

  • Services
    • Transport

    • Airplane, train, speed boat, bus VIP, private transport for all the transfers

 

  • Services
    • Meals

    • 14 breakfasts, 07 lunches, 01 dinner.

 

Not Included

  • Services
    • International air tickets and airport tax approx. USD 20
    • Flight: Cusco/Lima
    • Overflight Nazca Lines USD 105 and Nazca airport tax Soles 77
    • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain USD 80
    • Other meals
    • Insurance
    • Personal Expenses
    • Extras or indicated as optional excursions

 

Tour Options

 

Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) – One day programme 24 June

In the morning transfer to the Koricancha Temple. The ceremony begins with the procession of The Sapa Inca and his wife carried in litters, while his court and nobles follow them to the famous Huacaypata (Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas). Ethnic music is performed during the procession. From the Avenida del Sol to the Plaza de Armas, the Inca meet Cuzco’s Mayor. This is the “Meeting of Two Worlds”. This part of the ceremony lasts about one hour.
From the Plaza de Armas, transfer to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological complex, where the Sun celebration begins. The Inti Raymi lasts approximately one and a half hour (tickets must be bought in advance). At this point, The Sapa Inca will give a speech in Quechua, the ancestral Inca language, followed by traditional rituals. Every year this festivity is followed by over 4000 spectators.
During the celebration at the Sacsayhuaman complex a lunch box will be provided. At the end of the ceremony you will return to your Hotel in Cusco.