Depart from NYC to Lima
8 hr non-stop
Details: Facing the Santa Catalina Monastery, this relaxed hotel in a stone building dating from the 18th century is a 4-minute walk from the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa and 10 minutes' walk from the Historic Centre of Arequipa.Featuring colorful fabrics, the bright, streamlined rooms feature free Wi-Fi, safes and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Some rooms have balconies.
A free breakfast buffet is served in an informal restaurant with stone walls. Amenities also include a bar/lounge and seating in a walled garden.
9 AM: Flight and Transfer to San Agustin Posada del Monasterio Arequipa Hotel
Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru’s Arequipa Region. Framed by 3 volcanoes, it's filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone. Its historic center is anchored by the Plaza de Armas, a stately main square flanked on its north by the 17th-century neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, which houses a museum displaying religious objects and artwork.
1 PM: Half Day Private Arequipa City Tour
Details: Colca Canyon, a river canyon in southern Peru famed as one of the world's deepest, is a well-known trekking destination. It's a habitat for the giant Andean condor, on view from overlooks like Cruz del Condor. The canyon landscape comprises a green valley and remote traditional villages with terraced agriculture that predates the Incas. Its Colca River is popular for rafting.
On the first day of Colca Canyon adventures you will be covering:
National Reserve Pampas
Cañahuas & Vizcachani
Pampas Torra y Patapampa
9AM: The Colca Canyon DAY ONE
Casa Andina Classic Colca is located in the Valley of Colca, a 3 – hour drive away from the city of Arequipa. Thus, visitors can enjoy different tourist attractions such as the Colca Canyon and Chivay. Casa Andina Classic Colca is a rustic, relaxed and intimate hotel. It has 52 100% non-smoking rooms built like stone cottages with thatched roofs and tiled floors. Those rooms that were recently built have wooden floors and tiled roofs. It is the perfect place to stay to enjoy Arequipa.
6 PM: Casa Andina Colca Lodge Stay
Colca-Arequipa 14 plains of Majes, it is known as the Majes River, and then is known as the Camana before reaching the Pacific Ocean at the town of that name. The Majes River was believed by the Incas to flow directly into the Milky Way. For this reason, they often put sacrifices and gifts to the gods in the river for it to flow to them. Within the province of Caylloma it is known as the "Colca Valley" between Callalli and Pinchollo/Madrigal. Down to Huambo it is known as the Colca Canyon. The town of Chivay is located at the midpoint of the Colca valley. Above Chivay, at an elevation of 12,000 ft (3,650 m), agriculture gives way to livestock raising, principally alpacas and llamas, with some sheep and dairy cattle as well. Below Chivay the valley presents intensely terraced landscapes, continuing for many kilometers downstream. Within the deepening valley downriver, a series of small villages is spread out over the approximately 35 miles (56 km) between Chivay and the village of Cabanaconde. The canyon reaches its greatest depth in the region of Huambo, where the river has an elevation of 3,497 ft (1,066 m). In contrast, about 15 miles (24 km) to the southeast of Cabanaconde rises the 20,630 ft (6,288 m) high Ampato, a snow-capped extinct volcano.
On the second day of Colca Canyon adventures you will be covering:
La Cruz Del Condor Mirador
Hanging tombs of Choquetico and Litomaquetas
Pinchollo, Maca & Yanque Towns
9AM: The Colca Canyon DAY TWO
4 PM: Return to Arequipa
Facing the Santa Catalina Monastery, this relaxed hotel in a stone building dating from the 18th century is a 4-minute walk from the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa and 10 minutes' walk from the Historic Centre of Arequipa.
Featuring colorful fabrics, the bright, streamlined rooms feature free Wi-Fi, safes and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Some rooms have balconies.
7 PM: San Agustin Posada del Monasterio Arequipa Hotel Check-In
9 AM: Airport transfer - Fly to Cusco - Reception at the airport
Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Set at an altitude of 3,400m, it's the gateway to further Inca sites in the Urubamba (Sacred) Valley and the Inca Trail, a multiday trek that ends at the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu.
11 AM: Half-Day Private Cusco City Tour
San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta Hotel is a historical religious monument built up in the XVII century. This charming Boutique hotel located in Sacred Valley is the mixed races of the colonial art. It has all the comfort that you need and make feel part of the spiritual mysticism of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The hotel is nearby the most important ruins of the Sacred Valley such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac and Maras Moray and Machupicchu just two hours by train. Its convenient location attracts travelers because it is ideal for acclimatization to the Cusco altitude.
6 PM: San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta Boutique Hotel Check-In
The Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cuscoand the ancient city of Machu Picchu. It is located in the present-day Peruvian region of Cusco. In colonial documents it is referred to as the "Valley of Yucay." According to recent research it encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire.
The valley is generally understood to include everything between Calca and Lamay, Písac, and Ollantaytambo. The valley was formed by the Urubamba River, also known as Willkanuta River (Aymara, "house of the sun") or Willkamayu (Quechua). The latter, in Quechua, the still spoken lingua franca of the Inca Empire, means the sacred river. It is fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. The valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities. It was one of the empire's main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and one of the most important areas for maize production in Peru northwards from Pisac. The early Incas may have come from Wimpillay, as their mummies had been discovered there.
9 AM: Sacred Valley Private Tour
8 hr non-stop
Depart from Lima to NYC
11 days, including travel.
9 AM: Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station - Reception at the Machu Picchu Pueblo train station - Bus transfer to Machu Picchu Citadel
Details: Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.
11 AM: Private Machu Picchu Citadel Tour
3 PM: Huayna Picchu Citadel
5 PM: Bus transfer to Machu Picchu Pueblo train station - Reception at Ollantaytambo train station - Car Transfer to Cuzco
Details: Anyone with a decent level of fitness and moderate constitution for heights can climb Huayna Picchu (if you are afraid of heights or susceptible to vertigo then this climb is probably not for you). There are areas that are exposed to steep drops, so caution should be taken throughout the climb, keeping a good distance between climbers in front and behind you. This is particularly true if the trail is wet. Children over the age of 12 can climb Huayna Picchu.
7 PM: Tierra Viva Cuzco Saphi Hotel
An old colonial residence from the 17th Century, which was constructed in adobe, carefully preserving the most traditional aspects of its architecture. The residence has 21 spacious rooms, an old water fountain made of stone and two indoor patios.
Next to the hotel´s entrance you will find the dining room where the buffet breakfast is served and a cozy hall where you will be able to check in. The rooms are located around the indoor patios, with large windows that let in the amazing colors of the Peruvian highlands. Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi Hotel is decorated with designs made by local Cusco craftsmen and is surrounded by the plants, flowers and trees of the Andes.
Habitat Hotel is a modern hotel with contemporary design in the center of Lima, 9 miles from Jorge Chavez Airport. It offers tasteful suites with free Wi-Fi and complimentary parking.
Rooms at the Habitat Hotel have decorative brown fabrics and lively artwork décor. All are equipped with queen beds, air conditioning and cable TV. Some have a private in room jacuzzi bathtub.
11 AM: Reception at the airport and transfer to Habitat hotel
Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial center is well preserved, today Lima is a bustling metropolis that's one of South America’s largest cities. It’s known for its vibrant food scene, encompassing specialties from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. It's also home to the preeminent Museo Larco collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations.
1 PM: Half Day Private Lima City Tour