10-Day Best of Andes Tour: Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca - Machu Picchu
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Product Code: 4411-209290
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Indulge in the most famous Inca city worldwide, Cusco
  • • Explore it's ancestral past
  • • Explore the famous Sacred Valley
  • • Visit the iconic Machu Picchu
  • • Discover the floating islands of Lake Titicaca
  • • Travel through Colca Canyon
Tour Code
4411-209290
Duration
10 days
Departure City
Lima
End City
Lima
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English, Spanish
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Family

Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Enjoy activities and tours that are perfect for the whole family

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Lima

Lima

Hotel: Wayra Hotel, Mami Panchita, Mariel Hotel, Allpa Suites, Dazzler Lima, Sol de Oro, 5-Star Country Club or similar

Welcome to Lima!

Upon arrival at the airport a representative we'll meet you and transfer you to your first night's hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

Tips:
Check in is between 2-3pm.

You can pick from the list of hotels below or if you have any other in mind, please let us know. We can certainly book it for you as part of the vacation package.

Note: Triple rooms at most 5 star hotels are only possible in a Junior Suite with a roll-away bed for a child who is no older than 11 years and 11 months.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Arequipa

Lima - Arequipa

Hotel: San Agustin Monasterio / Casa de mi Abuela / Tierra Viva / C. Andina Classic / C. Andina Select / QP Hotel / Libertador / C. Andina Private Collection or similar

Today we'll travel by private transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa (Airfare is not included.). From here a driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

Afterwards, we'll take a city tour of Arequipa. First we will go up to the Carmen Alto viewpoint to observe a breath-taking landscape of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Picchu volcanoes, as well as the Yanahuara viewpoint to get amazing views of the city and the sillar stone arches.

Later, we'll visit heo Santa Catalina Convent, an impressive religious construction with narrow picturesque streets and plazas. We will finalize our tour in the Downtown Area, seeing the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral (frontis) and Church & Cloisters of the Jesus Company (San Ignacio Cupula).

Tips:
Airfare is not included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Colca Canyon

Arequipa - Colca Canyon

Hotel: C. Andina Classic / Colca Lodge / Aranwa Pueblito Encantado or similar

In the morning, we will start our journey towards the Canyon, passing through the base of the Chachani volcano, then Pampa de Arrieros and the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas, where we will spot vicuñas.

We will continue driving and spotting a variety of local bird species until we reach Patapampa, located at 4,800 meters above sea level. We will stop at the Andes viewpoint for incredible landscape views of the volcanoes surrounding Arequipa city. Then, we will continue to the charming town of Chivay where we will spend the night.

We'll spend the night at a hotel in the Canyon area for 1 night.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Puno

Colca Canyon - Chivay - Puno

Hotel: Eco Inn Puno / C. Andina Tikarani / S. Posadas del Inca / Sonesta Puno / Libertador or similar

We will rise early and visit the Cruz del Condor, a place from which we will appreciate the depth of the Canyon and the majestic flight of the Condors (depending on the weather). We will see the towns of Pinchollo, Maca, Yanque and the Antahuilque y Choquetico viewpoints.

Then we will travel by public bus from Chivay to Puno, arriving by 7:30pm.

On our way to Puno, we will be delighted by Andean sceneries like stone forests and expansive lagoons with a variety of native birds. We will make a short stops at the Patapampa Volcano viewpoint, Pampa Cañahuas and Lagunillas to observe wildlife.

Upon arrival we'll take a private transfer to your hotel.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Taquile Island

Puno - Lake Titicaca - Puno

Hotel: Eco Inn Puno / C. Andina Tikarani / S. Posadas del Inca / Sonesta Puno / Libertador or similar

In the early morning we'll transfer to the dock where we will board our boat and sale through is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world! We stop for a visit at Uros Floating Islands and meet some members of this traditional community. Later, we will visit Taquile Island to learn more about local customs, while enjoying a homemade lunch with the community members.

Day 06
Cusco

Puno - Cusco

Hotel: Tikawasi / Corihuasi / Torre Dorada / Rumi Punku / Esplendor / Wyndham Costa del Sol / Aranwa Boutique Hotel or similar

Today we'll transfer to the bus station for our journey along the Sun's Route by public bus.

We will begin our journey to Cusco stopping along the way to visit important archaeological and cultural sites like Pukará, La Raya (highest point of the route at a height of over 4.335 meters above the sea level), Raqchi and San Pedro Church in Andahuaylillas, also known as the Sistine Chapel of America. We will have a buffet lunch in Sicuani about half way.

We'll arrive by 5:00pm and travel by private transfer to Cusco.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Tambomachay

Cusco

Hotel: Tikawasi / Corihuasi / Torre Dorada / Rumi Punku / Esplendor / Wyndham Costa del Sol / Aranwa Boutique Hotel or similar

Today we'll begin our tour of Cusco.

We will walk through the cobblestoned streets on our way to visit downtown area, where the Plaza de Armas is located. This is the main plaza in Cuzco and from here we will see beautiful churches and buildings, as well as the famous Cathedral. Inside, we will be delighted by the highest expressions of colonial goldsmith, woodcarvings and paintings from the Cusco School. Our next visit will be the Santo Domingo Convent, which was build where the Qoricancha temple originally stood.

Finally, we will visit the four surrounding archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Quenco, Tambomachay and PucaPucará (panoramic).

Day 08
Pisac

Cusco - Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes

Hotel: Waman / La Cabaña / El Mapi by Inkaterra / Tierra Viva / Sumaq Hotel / Inkaterra El Pueblo or similar

Today we'll begin our journey to Machu Picchu.

First, we will visit Awanacancha, where we will see Andean camelids such as llamas and alpacas. We continue our tour visiting the Pisac archaeological park from where we will get stunning views of the surrounding valley. We then stop at the colorful Pisac Market to admire the locally made handicrafts. Finally, we will visit Ollantaytambo Archaeological Park. A delicious buffet lunch is included this day.

From here we'll travel by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where we'll spend the night.

Day 09
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Hotel: Tikawasi / Corihuasi / Torre Dorada / Rumi Punku / Esplendor / Wyndham Costa del Sol / Aranwa Boutique Hotel or similar

Today we'll discover the Lost City of the Incas! Declared by the Peruvian Government as a Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a sacred religious site for the Inca royalty. During our guided tour, we will visit the main areas of the Inca Citadel such as the ritual baths, the Palace of the Princess, the main Fountain, the Intihuatana and the Temple of the Sun.

After the tour, we'll have free time to wonder around at your leisure. You can join an optional trip to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain to get amazing views from the top (+US$15.00 net per person, Subject to availability).

Afterwards we'll take the train back to Cusco and check into our hotel.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Lima

Cusco - Lima

Today we'll transfer back to the airport for your flight to Lima (airfare not included).

Upon arrival in Lima you can enjoy a Lima City and Huaca Huallamarca Tour. We will visit downtown area, walk through Lima’s Main Plazas, the Presidential Palace, Convent of San Francisco and the Catacombs located below the surface of the church. We will continue our tour to San Isidro District to see main residential neighborhoods and commercial areas.

Then, we'll visit to Huaca Huallamarca, an archaeological site from Pre-hispanic times. This flat-topped pyramid was built with small handmade adobe bricks and used first as a ceremony temple and later as a burial place. After archaeological excavations were conducted, a series of objects such as pottery, textile artifacts and mummies were found and are now being exhibited at the site museum.

Finally, we will visit Miraflores District, passing by the Park of Love and Larcomar for great views of the Pacific Ocean.

Afterwards we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Tips:
Airfare is not included.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrival
Upon arrival at Lima Airport a representative we'll meet you and transfer you to your first night's hotel.

Departure
After your tour of Lima and at an agreed upon time a representative will transfer you to their airport for your flight home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • At agreed time, private transfer to the airport for your flight home.
  • Hotel nights detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at all hotels
  • Buffet Lunch in the Sacred Valley
  • Tours and transfers
  • Tourist Bus from Chivay to Puno
  • Tourist Bus from Puno to Cuzco
  • Expedition trains to/from Machu Picchu
  • Upgrade to first class Vistadome for US$25.00 per person on the return
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • One local cell phone to be in touch with our 24/7 Help line

Package Excludes

  • Flight Lima
  • Flight Cusco
  • International airfare
  • Lunches and dinners (Other than those mentioned above)
  • Luggage storage on your last day at Lima airport US$15 (Approximate)
  • Tips
  • TUUA Tax (Payable in cash at the aerodrome, in local currency: US$4.27 per person)
Special Notes
  • We strongly you to book this tour very well in advance. Train tickets and entrance fees to Machu Picchu are subject to reservation and a restricted to a limited number of visitors each day. Pelase book this tour at least 30 days before purchasing your air fare ticket.
  • We cannot guarantee domestic airfare prices. Airlines reserve the right to change the prices at any time prior to booking without notice.
  • It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.
  • You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
  • Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    - 47 days or more prior to departure date: 10% of tour cost would be charged.
    - 46-26 days prior to departure date: 40% of tour cost would be charged.
    - 25-17 days prior to departure date: 75% of tour cost would be charged.
    - 16 days or less prior to departure date: 100% of tour cost would be charged.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* The display price is per person on the basis of 6 guests & 2 star hotel accommodations. Please select your group size (1 guest - 6 guests) and hotel rating (2 star - 5 star) during booking.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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  • Ryan Triplette & Keri Ann Meslar

    Ryan Triplette & Keri Ann Meslar

    08/11/2016

    Diana was absolutely wonderful from beginning the planning process to our landing back home. Every concern was anticipated and we never worried about where we should be, when, and if there would be someone to meet us. I wanted to see Cusco,... Machu Picchu, Lima, Ica, Dunes, and Nazca all in a matter of 6 days - all while having some time to enjoy the places and have dinner at some of the best restaurants in the world. She made quite literally the impossible possible and never questioned any of my extreme asks. I wish every country had an agency (and people such as Diana) as easy to work with as Peru Best Tours. They truly made this a trip of a lifetime! Read full review

  • Tim & Taylor Green

    Tim & Taylor Green

    05/29/2016

    "I took my daughter to Peru as a college graduation present. I chose Peru Best Tours and I am so glad that I did. We had a wonderful time. Everything was well organized and top notch. The communication was great with Diana online to get eve...rything set up. The greeting staff and drivers were on time and professional. The hotels were fabulous (Esplendor in Cusco was amazing). The tour guides were passionate and knowledgeable about their country. They were very welcoming and it was easy to fall in love with their country. The tours were just amazing. Peru Best Tours even booked me a special excursion for a whitewater rafting and zip line tour which was outstanding as well. I hope to go back to Peru and I will definitely use Peru Best Tours again. Read full review

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    05/27/2016

    Our agent was very helpful and responsive during the planning of our trip. It was a seamless, amazing trip thanks to Peru Best Tours. Everything was completely coordinated prior to arrival and we didn't worry about a thing. The guides were ...all welcoming, professional and knowledgeable. Thank you for such a memorable visit to Peru. We couldn't have imagined planning all of this on our own! Read full review

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