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On this trip we go in search of the world's best organic coffee, travelling across the breathtaking heights of the Peruvian Andes and then working our way down into the lush high jungle of the Puno region. We continue across the altiplano to eventually arrive in the magical imperial city of Cuzco, from where we depart to visit Machu Picchu, one of the modern wonders of the world. During our journey we visit coffee plantations set amidst spectacular scenery; we sample exotic varieties of coffee; and we also enjoy one of the world's richest and most varied cuisines. An unforgettable trip set to the rich aroma of coffee.

 

Machu Picchu with the aroma of coffee

Day 1: Arrival to Peru
You will be picked up at Jorge Chávez airport in Lima. Welcome to Peru! We will head to your hotel to check in and rest. Depending on the arrival time we will make a short tour of modern Lima, visiting Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, the ‘Calle de las Pizzas’ and other popular spots. We will sample a delicious pisco sour cocktail at the Rustica restaurant on the Costa Verde.


Day 2: Lima - City Tour
Today we'll get to know Lima . We head to a juice stall in the Surquillo market, where we will sample some of the great diversity of Peruvian fruits from the coast, sierra and jungle regions, such as mangos, pacay, granadillas and chirimoya. In the vegetable section we will see products including chilies, Porcon mushrooms, and many varieties of native potatoes. In the seafood section, we learn the difference between shrimps and prawns and see varieties of fish, shellfish and octopus.
Meals included: breakfast.
From here we take a tour through colonial and modern Lima: we will visit the main plaza, the government palace, the town hall, the cathedral the catacombs under the church of San Francisco and colonial mansions. We’ll also visit the ‘home of Peruvian gastronomy’ where we absorb 500 years of culinary fusion. We take a stroll and have lunch in Chinatown, and then head to a bookshop where there are books on Peru’s history and cuisine. In the evening we head to the seaside in Barranco to visit the Bridge of Sighs and sample tapas and delicious anticuchos. Then it’s back to the hotel to take a rest.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch.

Day 3: Lima – Juliaca - Sandia
Early in the morning we head to the airport to take a flight to the city of Juliaca. Upon arrival our private transport takes us to Putina, known for its relaxing hot pools and its beautiful 18th-century church, decorated with fine works in wax by Jose Espinoza Mamani. Candelabras, angels,  and saints made from paraffin stand out on the church walls and surround the altar – a work unique in its genre in Peru.  
We have lunch here, and then continue on, crossing the La Pampilla pass at 4,707 metres, which marks the highest point of our journey and the beginning of the descent into Puno's jungle. Our next stop is the town of Sandia, where we will visit a circuit of three waterfalls and have a chance to swim in the Tambopata River. After three more hours we arrive in San Pedro de Putina Punco, a village that is only visited by those going to the Bahuaja Sonene National Park, or those in search of Tunki coffee, a product that since 2009 has won various national and international prizes thanks to its exceptional quality. We arrive at our accommodation and settle in.
Meals included: breakfast.

Day 4: Sandia – Coffee plantations and tasting
Today we head in search of the world's best organic coffee.


Day 5: Sandia - Azángaro - Ayaviri
After a hearty breakfast we head back up towards the alitplano, arriving in the town of Ayaviri where we lunch at a typical local restaurant and stay the night.


Day 6: Ayaviri - Urcos - Pisac
After breakfast we head towards our next destination – Pisac in Cuzco's Sacred Valley. We travel along the Collao plateau, stopping in the town of Ayaviri, an important centre for textile production and animal herding. Here we sample the famous Kankacho Ayavireño, roast lamb with Andean herbs. Later we visit the Temple of Kalasaya, ruins of the ancient Pucara culture, as well as a craft factory that makes clay pots, commonly used in Peruvian cooking. We make further stops at Raqchi to see the spectacular Incan site constructed by the Inca Pachacutec and dedicated to the God Wiracocha; the La Raya ranch to see herds of vicuñas and llamas; Lake Wacarpay where we see the mountains reflected in the still waters; and in the attractive town of Andahuaylillas where we visit the church of San Pedro, known the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’ for its elaborate ceiling. We have a buffet lunch at a restaurant in the countryside, enjoying the delicious culinary arts of the region.  We continue to the beautiful town of Pisac, where we spend the night.
Meals included: breakfast.


Day 7: Pisac - Ollantaytambo – Huiro Coffee Plantations - Santa Teresa
Today we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we can appreciate the typical Incan agricultural terraces and towns such as Piscac with its colourful indigenous market. We arrive in Ollantaytambo, with its impressive Incan ruins, an enormous complex with administrative, agricultural and religious functions,  high rock walls, temples and palaces. From here we take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we have lunch. Our private transport picks us up and takes to the coffee-growing centre of Santa Teresa, where we visit coffee plantations and sample various types of coffee. We stay the night in a hotel in Santa Teresa.
Meals included: breakfast.

Day 8: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cuzco
In the morning we travel to the town of Aguas Calientes, located below the Machu Picchu archeological complex. We take a 25 minute bus trip up to the ruins. During our 3-hour guided tour through the archeological sanctuary our guide explains the impressive technological level obtained by the Incas including their incredibly precise stonework, irrigation canals which reveal deep understanding of hydrological principles, stone steps carved into the mountainside and the Intihuatana, “the sun's zenith”, which was used as a solar calendar to regulate sowing and harvesting.  We also visit the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priest's House, the Inca's Baths, and the Temple of Three Windows. We also have some time to explore the ruins independently, before we head back to Aguas Calientes and from there to Cuzco, where we check into our hotel and spend the night.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9: Cuzco
Today we have a free day to explore Cuzco, the Imperial City of the Incas.


Day 10: Cuzco – Lima
We head to the airport to take a flight to Lima, to connect with flights back home. .
Meals included: breakfast.


Machu Picchu with coffee 10 days

Included in the price:

  • All the tour programmes in the itinerary, including local guides.
  • A highly experienced guide to accompany the group
  • Flights Lima – Juliaca and Cuzco – Lima
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • All transfers
  • Hotels with breakfasts
  • All entrance fees to national parks and reserves
  • Tourist transport
  • Lunch and dinner where indicated in the tour programme

Not included in the price:

  • International flights
  • Lunch and dinner where not indicated in the tour programme
  • Snacks, mineral water, entry to discotheques and alcoholic drinks.

 

 
 
 
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