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In this tour you will visit the most important tourist attractions of Peru: You will get to know the Peruvian capital Lima, the white city of Arequipa and its main tourist attraction Colca Canyon, Puno and the Titicaca Lake, on which we will navigate on boat and visit some islands, the former capital of the Incan empire Cusco, where we will become part of its history, and finally on of the Wonders of the World Machu Picchu.

 

Tour Treasures of Peru 11 days

Day 1: Arrival to Lima

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 Rustic restaurant on the Costa Verde.

Day 2: Lima - City Tour

Today we get to know the city, but first Gourmet Tour Peru will present you with a t-shirt and an apron with typical Peruvian designs – this will help you get into the spirit of the culinary activities we will undertake during our tour. 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 cherimoya. Inn 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.

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.
Optional: Gourmet dinner in the famous restaurant Huaca Pucllana, with an impressive view on the Huaca Pre-Inca.   

Day 3: Arequipa - City Tour (Cooking Classes)

Today we take an early flight to Arequipa. At an altitude of 2,400 metres above sea level, Arequipa is Peru’s second city, with a population of around 1 million. It is known as the “White City”, for its baroque architecture made from the local chalky volcanic stone sillar, a colonial legacy recognised by UNESCO, which has declared the central city a World Heritage site. The perfect volcanic cone of El Misti (5,825 metres) and its neighbour Nevado Chachani (6, 075 metres) hover over the city. Today we visit the labyrinthine monastery of Santa Catalina (considered by many the finest in South America), the cathedral, La Compañia church. We make a trip to San Camilo, the city’s historic wholesale market, where we can see local produce including fruits, vegetables, aromatic herbs and much more. We prepare and sample some dishes from the extensive and varied Arequipan cuisine.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Tour Colca Canyon: Mystical ceremony in the world’s deepest canyon

After breakfast, we drive to the Colca Canyon in private transportation. On the way we visit the National Reserve of Salinas, where we will see alpacas, vicunas and other animals of the area. We visit a few caves to see prehistorical paintings. We continue to Patapampa (4800m). In Chivay we will have a buffet lunch, before we enter the Canyon. In Cabanaconde we will be brought to our hotel, and have a traditional Andean dinner. Afterwards we have the chance to experience an authentic ceremony where the locals sacrifice different things to mother earth (Pachamama). Hopefully this ritual will also give us good energy for our further journey.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Tour Colca-Puno: The flight of the Condor and the Lagoon Lagunillas.

After breakfast we head towards the lookout point Cruz del Condor where we can enjoy its majestic flight over the deep canyon. On the way back to Chivay we will stop at a few viewpoints to see the picturesque Incan terraces and relax in the natural hot springs La Calera. Afterwards we drive on the high plateau in direction to the Titicaca Lake. On the way we will have lunch and pass by different lagoons before we finally arrive in Puno. Overnight and rest.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 6: Tour Puno – Uros – Taquile – Puno: Navigating on the Titicaca Lake. (Group service)

Today we will take a typical boat through the cold waters of lake Titikaka to visit the most impressive sights of the lake, which is the world's highest navigable one (3800m above sea-level). We will also visit the floating islands Uros and the island Taquile, where the traditional culture is still looked after and kept. You have also the chance to buy authentic souvenirs and talk to the inhabitants. In the afternoon we get back to Puno where we stay the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 7: Tour Puno – Cusco: The route of Manco Capac “the first Inca“

After breakfast we continue our journey to the Inca city Cusco in our private transportation. We will travel along a plateau und pass the village Ayaviri, an important livestock breeding and textile centre. We will visit the impressive temples called "Kalasaya" that originate from the ancient Pucara culture. Along our way we will also make a stop in Rachi, where a spectacular Inka sanctuary honouring the Inca god was built by the Wiracocha. The construction consists of a large wall with a stoned base made of the finest Inca architecture. The other walls are made of large mud bricks and there are two circular columns. Around the temple you can still find buildings today that were used as warehouses or homes. Approximately 70 km further we pass a ranch called "La Raya", where we can see Vicuña and Lama herds. During our tour, we can also see the beautiful lake Wacarpay that offers us a spectacular view on the mountains and their still waters. Our journey takes us to the village of Andahuaylillas, where we will visit the church San Pedro that is mostly known as the "sistine church of the Americans" due to its polychrome roof. During our lunch buffet in a quietly situated restaurant we can enjoy the delicious regional cuisine. Saturated, we will eventually arrive in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 8: Tour Cuzco: Treasures of the Incan capital

After breakfast you will have the morning at your free disposal. In the afternoon, we will participate a guided city tour visiting the main plaza, the cathedral and Koricancha, a former military and religious centre of the Inca empire, that is dedicated to the sun god. Outside the city, we will examine Tambomachay (Inca baths), Puca Pucara (a military control centre), the Kenko amphitheatre (prove of the mystic character of the time) and the fortress Sacsayhuaman, that is located on a hill of Cusco. It's famous for its stones, that form the external walls and were curved with an enourmous amount of precision. A couple of them are higher than 9 metres and weigh more than 350 tons. Afterwards we will return to our hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Optional: Dinner in the restaurant Cicciolina, the best restaurant of the city.

Day 9: Tour Cuzco - Ollantaytambo – Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes.

The day begins with an excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will have the chance to see the typical Incan terraces and villages, such as Pisac with its colourful Indian market, Calca, Yucay and Urubamba. After lunch we will explore Ollantaytambo, an extensive complex that was used as an administration, agricultural and religious centre in the Inca era. Here you can see large rock walls, temples and palace. From Ollantaytambo we take a train to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 10: Aguas Calientes - Wonder of the world “Machu Picchu” - Cuzco

From Aguas Calientes we will climb up to the "lost Inca city" and one of the new seven wonders of the world in a 25 minutes zig zag course. In the next 3 hours, we will learn more about the ruins. Our guide explains to us, what an incredible amount of technology was required and how precise the builders must have treated the massive stone to let this complex emerge. The laid out water-spending canals indicate that the Incas had a profound knowledge of hydraulic processes. The stairs that were curved into the stones and the Intihuatana (or the "highest point of the sun"), that was used as a solar calendar und affected the seeding and harvesting, are forms of expression of the fundamental knowledge and the technological progress of the empire. All those constructions along with the temple of the sun, the "Tumba Real", the priest's house, the Inca baths and the "Templo de las tres Ventanas" allow us to plunge back into the past. With the help of our guide we can admire these impressive constructions. In the afternoon we will head back to Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 11: Cuzco - Lima – home

A morning flight leaves from Cusco to connect with international flights from Lima. We hope you've had a magical experience!

Comidas incluidas: Desayuno.

Tour Treasures of Peru 11 days

Included in the price:

  • All the tour programmes in the itinerary, including local guides.
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 cocktail class
  • A highly experienced guide to accompany the group
  • Flights Lima – Arequipa and Cuzco – Lima
  • Pachamama ceremony in the Colca Canyon
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • All transfers
  • 3 star Hotels with breakfasts
  • All entrance fees to national parks and reserves
  • Private transportation
  • 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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