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Lima – Arequipa– Cusco 11d/10n

Lima – Arequipa– Cusco 11d/10n

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Activite type

Cultural

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Group Size

min 2 / max 10

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Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft

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Activity Level

Easy

why you should visit Lima, Arequipa and Cusco?

Lima:

Lima was the cradle of the oldest civilizations in America (Caral) as well as a strategic place for the Spaniards when they began to explore Peru. On January 18, 1535, the Spanish foundation ¨City of the Kings¨ was created. Since then, the union of two different worlds began; the natives of Peru on the one hand and the Spaniards on the other hand.Due to all these events, very old but preserved archaeological sites as well as colonial and modern buildings can be visited in Lima. 

Lima has become a picturesque city with bohemian neighborhoods and places where one can enjoy Peruvian culture, tradition and food (one of the best in the world).

Arequipa: 

Arequipa is surrounded by three dramatic volcanoes, glowing scenarios and wonderful colonial baroque-style constructions carved out of sillar stone (white volcanic rock), reason why Arequipa is also known as the White City. Moreover, Arequipa has had a strong influence on the rebirth of the Peruvian cuisine due to the particular flavors used in traditional Picanterías.

Another famous tourist attraction that Arequipa offers is the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world (10,607 ft / 3,182 m); it´s even deeper than the Grand Canyon. At the Colca Canyon, flying Condors can be appreciated (the third largest bird in the world).

Cusco:

In a drastic land with capricious nature, the city of Cusco is located, a place where Inca cities are mixed with colonial builidings, together forming a peaceful union between man and nature.In the Cusco region, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is located. Machu Picchu is not only one of the gems of Peru, but also of the world, as it is considered a cultural heritage of humanity due to the incredible skills and knowledge used to built in this inaccessible place.

If you want to dive into a world of culture, traditions, hikes and extreme activities, Cusco is definitely the place to be! Machu Picchu Tours experts will help you find the perfect Lima Arequipa Cusco Tour.  Book Now Lima Arequipa Cusco Tour.

Day 1: Pick up from airport to Hotel Day 2: Lima City Tour (free afternoon) Day 3: Flight to Arequipa – Ccoporaque Day 4: Colca Canyon to Arequipa City Day 5: City Tour Day 6: Flight to Cusco & Free afternoon Day 7: City Tour (half day ) Day 8: Sacred Valley (full day ) Day 9: Cusco to Maras – Moray & Aguas Calientes Town Day 10: Machu Picchu Tour & back to Cusco Day 11: Transfer Out ITINERARY
Day 1: Pick up from airport to Hotel Welcome to Lima ‘City of the Kings’! A representative from Machu Picchu Tours will be waiting at the airport to then transfer you to the hotel in Miraflores. During the trip, our friendly staff will provide further recommendation of each region you will be visiting! Upon arrival to the hotel, our staff will assist on your check-in. Have the rest of the day to rest early and be prepared for the next few day filled with fun and exciting activities. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Meals Included There are no meals included on this day. Day 2: Lima City Tour (free afternoon) Start the day with a tour to the city of Lima at 9 am; the minibus will take us to the historic center of Plaza de Armas. Our experienced Tour Leader will guide and provide information about the rich history of this city. During the tour, ensure to have your camera ready to capture every moment! We continue exploring until we reach the church of San Francisco (Catacombs), visit the Parque del Amor (Park of Love) and make our way to Barranco know for it’s picturesque streets. Following on, we head towards Kennedy Square (the cat park) where our tour ends for the day. Our guide will recommend good quality restaurants, places to explore and other attractions you might be interested. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Meals Included There are no meals included on this day. Special Information Peruvian food is highly recommended, to savour and enjoy the most typical dishes Peru has to offer. Day 3: Flight to Arequipa – Ccoporaque Pick up will be arranged from the hotel to the aiport then we board the flight to the city of Arequipa (2335 mt / 7660 ft) at approximately 10 am. Upon arrival, we make our way to the community of Ccoporaque (3575m / 11729 ft). As it is a 4 hour journey, we pass through spectacular views with unforgettable landscapes. Once we arrive to Copporaque, unpack and rest at the recommended hotel. We will then meet for dinner. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Meals Included Breakfast Box Lunch Dinner Special Information The weather can be unpredictable so we recommend warm clothing, water and some coca leaves to avoid altitude sickness. Day 4: Colca Canyon to Arequipa City Breakfast will be arranged at the hotel, we travel to the highest canyons in the world ‘The Colca Canyon’ where you will see the largest and majestic birds, the condors. The journey will take us less than 2 hours to travel with stops along the way, interact with the locals and have you camera ready to take memorable photos. Upon arrival to the site, Cruz del Condor, we wait patiently for the Condors to appear just close enough to appreciate these incredible creatures. Ensure to capture every moment as we then make our way to the community of Maca (3279 m / 10757 ft). In Macca, we can interact with the locals, stroll around the village and get the chance to cuddle with llamas and alpacas. After an enjoyable lunch, we continue the trip back to Arequipa of about 4 hours. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Day 5: City Tour Today is a sight to remember! Filled with architectural monuments, spectacular views of Arequipa’s cultural and natural landscapes. Pick up will be arranged at your hotel at 8:30am. We then travel to Sachaca’s viewpoint and absorb the beauty of this wonderful city and it’s incredible volcanoes. Here we go to the Founder’s Mansion also known as the ‘White city of Arequipa’. Continue on by bus passing through scenic sites and arrive to Sabandia Mill, a construction of volcanic rocks known as sillar. Our last viewpoint is Carmen Alto, the most iconic place in Arequipa. Yanahuara is a picturesque neighborhood located just 2km from the main square. This tour will run for about 4 hours ending at 2 pm approximately. Afterwards, have the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure, explore the wonders of this city. Day 6: Flight to Cusco & Free afternoon We say goodbye to the beautiful city of Arequipa and fly back to the capital city of the Incas. Flight from Arequipa will be around 8:40am (or similar), ensure to be ready as we will depart the hotel 2 hours before our flight. Upon arrival to Cusco, our friendly Machu Picchu Tours representative will be welcoming you back to Cusco. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cusco (3399 m / 11151 ft) Day 7: City Tour (half day ) Sightsee towards the streets of Cusco, there are fascinating Inca artworks that are still intact to this day with a mix of European-colonial style. We leave the hotel at 1 pm and visit one of the most captivating cathedral of Peru, We continue the tour by stopping at the temple of Coricancha (Sacred Temple of the Incas) and finish exploring the city by going to the nearest archaeological site of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman (12139 ft / 3700m). We end the tour by visiting Qenqo, Tambomachay and return back to the hotel. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Meals Included Breakfast Day 8: Sacred Valley (full day ) Today we will visit one of the most iconic places in Cusco, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. We pick you up at 7:30 am and make our way to the first stop point, Awanacancha. During the trip, we will have first sighting of South America’s treasured animals, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. We will also have the opportunity to learn about the alpaca wool and have time to shop for some beautiful quality baby alpaca fabrics. As we continue on with the tour, we visit the archaeological center of Pisac (9,750 ft / 2,972 m), one of the prominent ruins along the Sacred Valley. Pisa market is one of the most recommended markets where you will find a variety of gifts and souvenirs for all types. Afterwards, we will have lunch (included) offering a variety of options. Then we stop at a Peruvian bar (Chichería) and try the traditional Peruvian drinks. Finally we will explore the gems of the archeological site of Ollantaytambo and conclude with the last stop of the tour, Chincero. Be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco (an hour trip). Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Day 9: Cusco to Maras – Moray & Aguas Calientes Town Pick up will start from 9am at your hotel; we will head to Moray where we will have time to take photos and learn more about the Inca culture. We will then pass through the salt mines and have the opportunity to see up close the making of the product. After seeing these two beautiful places, we board the bus and stop for lunch at a traditional Peruvian restaurant, we then make our way to the parking lot of the train station and board the train at 4:40 pm (or similar train timetable). The journey will be from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes (approximately 2 hours). Overnight stay at a 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Special Information We recommend leaving your suitcases at the hotel in Cusco before we make our way to Aguas Calientes. Unfortunately, suitcases or/and large bags are not permitted in the train. Carry only what is necessary for the trip using a small backpack. Day 10: Machu Picchu Tour & back to Cusco Today is a special and grand day, we will visit one of the 7 wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. After breakfast we will board the bus (30 minute ride) to the citadel of Machu Picchu Citadel (7874 ft / 2400 m). Our guide will have the pleasure to share the history of our ancestor and show you the most important places of Machu Picchu. This will be a guided tour of 2 hours. From there, you will have free time to explore and take plenty of photos. We finish the tour by boarding the bus back to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (included) and take the train that leaves at about 2:30pm. Please note, the train ride will be 2 hours and another 2 hours via bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. Accommodation Hotel (1 night) Meals Included Breakfast Lunch Day 11: Transfer Out Time to say goodbye and we hope you had an enjoyable trip! Today we will transfer you to the airport at the requested time.
  INCLUDED  
  • An experienced & profesional Tour Leader
  • 10 nights accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • Breakfast each day, 4 luches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing tours of all major áreas
  • Sacred Valley, City tour , Machu Picchu & Colca Canyon entrances fees
  • Modern air-conditioned coach, mini coach or van
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Transportation – round trip train Tickets and bus to Cusco
  • 2 internal flights & transfers
  NOT INCLUDED  
  • Visa, Passport fees
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (must be booked in advance based on availability)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
$2,560 USD
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