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Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour

COLCA CANYON 2 DAY TOUR – OVERVIEW

The Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour allows you to discover one of the world’s deepest canyons!. You will have a wonderful chance to sightsee real condors flying very close to you.

This is a classic tour to explore the stunning Colca Canyon. First, you will admire vicuna hers and even Andean wolves when passing through the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Then, you will stop at “Mirador de los Andes” viewpoint to observe astonishing views of the Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya, and Ampato volcanoes. Afterward, you will have an initial panoramic view of the Colca Canyon from the Achachiua viewpoint. Moreover, you will pass by Andean communities surrounded by pre-Inca terraces and local inhabits. And last but not least, you will have the best time watching the Andean condor at Cruz del Condor viewpoint.

The Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour is aimed for those who love nature, the Andes, and wants to see the sublime condor fly.

COLCA CANYON 2 DAY TOUR – ITINERARY

DAY 1

Trip from Arequipa to the Colca Valley:

Early in the morning, you will depart to the Colca Canyon, located about 160 km northeast of Arequipa. Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in Colorado – USA. It is at 4,150 meters / 13,612 feet deep and for this reason, is considered as one of the deepest canyons in the world. The name Colca comes from the words of two ethnic communities which was the Collaguas and Cabanas who lived along the Colca River.

Besides its grandeur, the Colca Canyon is a fantastic place to witness closely the majestic flight of the Condor and It is a great opportunity to take up-close photographs of them.

At the beginning on our way to the Colca Valley, you will pass through the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will see at long-neck fine vicunas running freely on the ichu (Andean thick grass), as well as other animals such as the Alpaca, Colocolo (Andean mountain cat), Guanaco, Andean fox, Vizcacha, and Taruca. Then, you will arrive in the “Mirador de los Andes” viewpoint to admire the Andean landscape. Also, you will observe several apachetas which a pile of rocks placed one on top of the other, that people make as an offering to the mountains.

Furthermore, from the “Mirador de los Andes” viewpoint you can admire amazing views of the Chachani, Misti, Sabancaya, and Ampato volcanoes. Finally, you will have an initial panoramic view of the Colca Canyon from the Achachiua viewpoint before reaching your hotel.

As you can see, you can capture life in the highlands in a moment and why not! In a photo as well.

At your arrival, you will transport to your hotel/lodge.

Evening free.

Overnight in Colca Valley.

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DAY 2

Cruz del Condor viewpoint and Departure to Puno:

On your way to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, you will go through some of the small old towns of the highlands (Coporaque, Yanque and Maca). Maca survived an eruption from the Sabancaya volcano! An exciting drive on the left side of Colca Canyon will finally lead us to the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint to admire the majestic flight of the Andean Condors, as they fiercely fly into the appealing depth of the canyon pulling our eyes down, allowing us to live an exciting experience! And also a great chance to take wonderful close-up pictures.

Then, you will have lunch and then continue to Puno (altitude: 3800m/12464ft), located in the southeastern part of Peru by ground transportation. Along the way, you will notice the subtle changes in the landscape as we go higher. You will be entering the highest places in the country where Peruvians have been able to harness nature and build their civilizations. Once you arrive in Puno, you will transport to your hotel (booked on your own).

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TOUR NOTES:

The Colca Canyon Package is customizable.  If you would prefer to travel for fewer days or add days or destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form.  You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

  • This Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour is available every day of the year.
  • Acclimatization: first, we strongly recommend you to drink coca leaf tea. Second, rest for at least 3 hours upon arrival to your hotel. Third, eat little as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day.
  • Weather: the rainy season starts in mid-October and lasts through mid-April in the Andes and jungle, being January and February the heaviest months of rain. Therefore, the best time of the year to visit the Colca Canyon is from March to November.
  • If you are interested in a 12–day tour which include Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, you can visit Amazon Peru Vacation Package or the 16-day Discover Andean Peru.

COLCA CANYON 2 DAY TOUR – PRICES

PRICE PER PERSON

Colca Lodge

Shared/group service
Double Room US$ 199
Triple Room US$ 185

Private service
2 travelers – Double occupancy US$ 475
3 travelers – Triple occupancy US$ 355
4 travelers – Double occupancy US$ 369

Killawasy Lodge

Shared/group service
Double Room US$ 169
Triple room US$ 159

Private service
2 travelers – Double occupancy US$ 439
3 travelers – Triple occupancy US$ 329
4 travelers – Double occupancy US$ 345

INCLUDED IN COLCA CANYON 2 DAY TOUR

Included in Tour Price

Hotel accomodation according to itinerary.

Meals according to itinerary.

Guided excursions are in English.

Entrance tickets.

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights.

Visas required to enter Peru.

Airport Taxes.

Drinks.

Tips.

Hotel in Arequipa and Puno.

References:

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COLCA CANYON 2 DAY TREK – OVERVIEW

The Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek allows you to explore one of the world’s deepest canyons in a different way. You will walk into the canyon and appreciate the amazing flight of the Andean condors very near to you.

This alternative tour is perfect for people who love to walk.

COLCA CANYON 2 DAY TREK – ITINERARY

DAY 1

Colca Canyon Trek:

Pick-up from the lobby of your hotel in Arequipa (not included) between 03:00 hours – 03:30 hours, and departure by bus on your excursion towards the Colca Valley driving across Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, habitat of herds of vicuñas. You will reach Chivay at 06:00hrs approximately, where beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas can be observed.

After having breakfast in Chivay, transfer to Cabanaconde from where you will start walking down into the Colca Canyon. Along the way, you will have spectacular landscapes. Once at the bottom of the canyon, you will cross the bridge to reach the town of San Juan de Chuccho. Here, you will have lunch with local people and rest a little to can continue.

Next, you will continue walking down to the town of Cosnihua (duration: 1 hours approx) and then on a flatter trail to the town of Malata.  After 6 – 7 hours approx walking, you will arrive in Sangalle (oasis), a beautiful place located between the mountains of the canyon.

You can soak in the warm water of the swimming pool.

Finally, you will enjoy a dinner.

Overnight in basic cabins in Sangalle.

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DAY 2

Condor Cross and Departure to Puno:

Early in the morning at 04:30 am, you will start the final walk on a zigzagging and quite steep path for approximately 3 hours.

You will have breakfast at a local restaurant and then transfer to the viewpoint of the “Condor’s Cross” from where the great Andean bird, the Condor, may be spotted flying in circles above still farmed green pre-hispanic terraces.

Next, you will return to Chivay, where you will have the opportunity to visit the hot springs of La Calera. Finally, you will take the bus to Puno.

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TOUR NOTES:

The Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek is customizable.  If you would prefer to travel for fewer days or add days or destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form.  You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

  • This Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek is available every day of the year.
  • Acclimatization: first, we strongly recommend you to drink coca leaf tea. Second, rest for at least 3 hours upon arrival to your hotel. Third, eat little as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day.
  • Weather: the rainy season starts in mid-October and lasts through mid-April in the Andes and jungle, being January and February the heaviest months of rain. Therefore, the best time of the year to visit the Colca Canyon is from March to November.
  • If you are interested in a 12-day tour which includes Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, you can visit Amazon Peru Vacation Package

COLCA CANYON 2 DAY TREK – PRICES

Price per Person

2 travelers – Double occupancy US$ 225

INCLUDED IN COLCA CANYON 2 DAY TREK

Included in Tour Price

Hotel accommodation according to itinerary.

Meals according to itinerary.

Guided excursions are in English in private service.

Shared transportation.

Entrance tickets.

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights.

Visas required to enter Peru.

Airport Taxes.

Drinks.

Tips.

Hotel in Arequipa and Puno.

Entrance ticket to the hot springs.

References:

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AMAZING PERU VACATION PACKAGE – OVERVIEW

We will start off this fun Amazing Peru Vacation Package, smartly assorted for your easy enjoyment, travelling through the Southern side of the Andes of Peru.

The highlights of our Peru vacation Package will be:

The Colca Canyon, the world’s deepest canyon! And a wonderful chance to sightsee real Condors flying very close to you.

Have you ever wonder what is to live, surrounded by volcanos? Arequipa known as the “White City” because of the predominance of volcanic rock when the city was first constructed will offer you this chance.

We will be hopping on a boat to visit the originally man-made islands of Los Uros, right in the middle of Lake Titicaca Peru, the highest navigable lake in the world.

Travelling into the past by setting foot on the historically famous city of Cusco, ancient capital city of the Inka Empire and its surroundings.

The magnificent scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas will open up before your eyes, and you will live through the unique experiences of climbing up Inca stairs to what in the old days was an important military and religious Inca control watchtower called Ollantaytambo and exploring the colorful artisan market in the town of Pisac.

Leading us to the well preserved along the centuries, the impressive and awe-inspiring citadel of Machu Picchu, a formidable architectural complex designed to harbor life within its walls strategically hidden from easy sight.

Do not miss this Amazing Peru Vacation Package carefully designed for travelers staying around 2 weeks in Peru!

AMAZING PERU VACATION PACKAGE – ITINERARY

DAY 1

Airport transfer (morning or afternoon):
We will pick you up at the airport in Arequipa and transfer to your hotel (altitude: 2350m/7708ft).  No tours are scheduled on this day so you can rest and acclimate to the altitude.

Evening free.

Overnight in Arequipa.

DAY 2

Arequipa City Tour:

On this tour, you will learn that Arequipa is an enchanting city also known for its many baroque-style colonial buildings made out of white volcanic rock called sillar. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes, the most outstanding one El Misti.  Arequipa’s historic center is considered a Cultural, Historical and Monumental Heritage by UNESCO.

We will be visiting Arequipa’s main square, the traditional and picturesque Santa Teresa Convent, the Compañia Church (Jesuit order), the Colonial House del Moral, Carmen Alto, and Yanahuara Viewpoints and San Lazaro Traditional District. Return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Arequipa.

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DAY 3

Colca Canyon Tour (3800m / 12464ft): Trip to the Colca Valley:

Situated about 160 km northeast of Arequipa, the Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world.  At 4,150 meters deep, it is more than twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in Colorado US. The name Colca comes from the words Collaguas and Cabanas, two ethnic groups that lived along the Colca River.  In addition to its grandeur, the Colca Canyon is a fantastic place to witness, up close, the majestic flight of the Condor (only found in the Andes).  It’s a great opportunity to take close-ups of this spectacular vulture.

On our way to the Colca Valley (3,800m/12,464ft), we will pass through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where we will startled at long-neck fine vicuñas running freely on the ichu (Andean thick grass), as well as other camelids and mammals such as the Guanaco, Alpaca, Taruca, Vizcacha, Colocolo (Andean mountain cat) and the Andean fox. On the “Mirador de los Andes” viewpoint you can admire the Andean landscape, here you will also notice many piles of rocks carefully placed separate one from the other, made by the people for the Apus (Sacred Mountains) as they are meant to represent their wishes in an offering. As you can see you can capture life in the highlands in a moment and why not! In a photo as well.

At your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel/lodge.

Evening free.

Overnight in Colca Valley.

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DAY 4

Colca Canyon Tour: Cruz del Condor viewpoint and Departure to Puno:

On our way to the Colca Canyon viewpoint, we will go through some of the charming little old towns of the highlands, Coporaque, Yanque and Maca, the town that survived a Sabancaya volcano eruption! An exciting drive on the left side of Colca Canyon will finally lead us to the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint to admire the majestic flight of the Andean Condors, as they fiercely fly into the appealing depth of the canyon pulling our eyes down, allowing us to live an exciting experience! And also a great chance to take wonderful close-ups.

Then, we will continue our Perú tour, heading to Puno located in the southeastern part of Perú (3800m/12464ft) by land. Along the way you will notice the subtle changes in the landscape as we go higher, we will be entering the highest places in the country where Peruvians have been able to harness nature and build their civilizations. Once we arrive in Puno you will be transferred to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 5

Puno and Sillustani Tour:
Puno was part of the vast territory of the ancient advanced pre-Inca civilization of Tiahuanaco in the middle of the first millennium. It is believed that the first ones to start cultivating potatoes 8,000 years ago were the Tiahuanacos in the highlands of Perú and Bolivia.

To continue exploring more about the civilizations in the highlands, we will visit the pre-Inca cemetery of Sillustani, the “chullpas” vertical burial structures which contained the mummified corpses of Collas or Aymara people, in a fetal position, facing east according to the tradition, at the shores of the superb and peaceful lake Umayo. It is no wonder the Collas chose this place to put their ancestors to rest, the scenery is spectacular and spiritually nurturing.  Enjoy the beautiful landscape at sunset and then return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 6

Lake Titicaca Peru Tour: The Floating islands of Los Uros and Amantani Island:

We will pick you up at your hotel, head to the port and get on a boat to the Uros Floating Islands where you will learn how locals constructed these long-lasting artificial islands with solely Totora or large reed which not only allowed them to live safe from invasion in past but also kept them warm because of a “greenhouse effect”. In the present islanders continue this lifestyle complemented by modern technology. Then we will continue our tour, travelling by boat for 3 hours to the Amantani Island inhabited by Quechua speaking natives. It is believed the invigorating energy of this island is so powerful that it is known also as the “Island of Love”. Enjoy the friendly hospitality and environment of an Amantani home where you’ll stay for the night. You can explore this soothing and at the same time colorful island by foot and visit the pre-Inca Temple of Pachatata (Father Earth) dedicated to the masculine archetype of the world complemented by Pachamama (Mother Earth) the feminine archetype.

Evening free.

Overnight at the island.

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DAY 7

Lake Titicaca Peru Tour: TaquiIe Island:
After breakfast, we will travel by boat to Taquile Island, where you will learn about the Quechua islanders traditions and admire their colorful customs. We will visit the main part of the island, the main plaza and artisan market. We will climb up a path to get to the center of Taquile where we will enjoy lunch with a spectacular view and then return to the port to take our boat back to Puno in the afternoon.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 8

Day Trip to Cusco:
We will pick you up and transfer you to the bus station to take the tourist bus to Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Inca Empire (duration of the trip: 10 hours approx.). We will depart at 07:00hrs. On the way, we will notice the change in the landscape flora, as we go lower in altitude. We will stop by Pucará, named after the important culture, whose art and construction techniques influenced the Inca culture, then the complex of Racchi where we will appreciate the impressive Temple of Wiracocha (Sun God), and before we reach Cusco, our last stop will be at the town of Andahuaylillas, famous for its baroque style church also popularly called the Sixtine Chapel of America because of the wonderful Frescos on its walls, carefully done in order to resemble the European ones. Once we arrive you will be picked up from the bus station and transferred to your hotel (3400m/11152ft).

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 9

Cusco Tour: Cusco the city, Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay:
We will meet you at your hotel and begin your excursion in the city of Cusco. We will make a first stop at the Cathedral of Cusco, part of our colonial legacy considered of high importance amongst the catholic population in the present. Then we will continue with Koricancha (or Temple of the Sun) the most important sacred Inca place within the city, which sheltered all Gods and Goddesses brought by the nations that integrated the Empire centuries ago. After a short drive, we will be at the formidable archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent stonework with finely cut polygonal blocks; a little further we will stop at the archeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay, all part of the limits of the city in the old days. What nowadays we would call Customs checkpoint! After our excursion, we will take you back to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 10

The Sacred Valley Tour (2800m/9184ft) and arriving in Aguas Calientes:
We will meet you at your hotel and we will begin our visit the citadel of Pisac, an archeological site with extensive agricultural terraces, naturally divided by the mountain ridges, famous because of its impressive cemetery constituted by more than a thousand burial niches on a mountain wall. Later on explore and perhaps shop in the historical artisan market located on the main plaza of the town of Pisac. For lunch, we will be stopping at the town of Yucay and enjoying some delicious lunch buffet.

We will continue the tour in the next archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, with an awe inspiring construction on a steep mountain, build for military, agricultural and religious control purposes as a watchtower over the Sacred Valley, once you make it to the top you may experience a sense of spiritual communion with nature, you will be stepping in the Wind Shrine, which offers an incredible sight of the magnificent landscape along the Sacred Valley. The tour ends at around 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. You will be instructed to walk on your own, to the Ollantaytambo Train Station (10min walk from the Main plaza) you will easily find your Expedition Train Departing at 19:00hrs, arriving to Aguas Calientes at 20:43. A hotel staff member will take you to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Evening free.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

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DAY 11

Machu Picchu Tour (2430m/7970ft):
Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and together you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu citadel early in the morning so you can explore this formidable architectural complex at a less crowded time. After your tour, we recommend you to try climbing up to the Sun Gate or Intipunku (the arrival point for hikers trekking their way into Machu Picchu) and feel as one of the few privileged visitors to admire this amazing ad complete sight of the citadel, just as well you can also visit the exciting grass rope Inca Bridge (optional), a secret entrance on the west side of Machu Picchu citadel during the golden time of the Inkas.

You may leave the archeological site on your own and enjoy lunch at the place of your choice (not included), take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (last bus departs at 17:30).  You can do some exploration in the small town or you may wish to try bathing in the town’s Hot Springs (from which the town owes its name) and  then head to the train station on your own, and hop on your Expedition Train departing at 16:43hrs, arriving at 20:13hrs in Poroy (15-20min from Cusco). At your arrival in Poroy, a pickup person will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it, he will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 12

Airport transfer in Cusco:
We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport in Cusco for your flight back to Lima (morning or afternoon).

– End of this 12-Day Amazing Peru Vacation Package –

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TOUR NOTES:

The 12 Day Amazing Peru Vacation Package is customizable.  If you would prefer to travel for fewer days or add days or destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form.  You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

  • This 12 day Amazing Peru Vacation Package is available every day of the year.
  • Acclimatization: we strongly recommend you drink coca leaf tea, rest for at least 3 hours upon arrival to your hotel, and eat little as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day due to the altitude.
  • Weather: rainy season starts in mid-October and ends in mid-March in the Mountains and Jungle. January and February are months with heavy rain. The best time of the year to visit Machu Picchu is from April to September.
  • Different train coach services: Expedition (tourist class), Vistadome (superior class), Sacred Valley Train (premium class), and Hiram Bingham (luxury class).
  • Your luggage: you can leave unnecessary luggage at your hotel in Cusco when going to Machu Picchu. There are luggage weight regulations in the train.
  • Sacred Valley Tour: The best days to enjoy the artisan market of Pisac are Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
  • You can modify this 12 day Amazing Peru Vacation Package to 16 days / 15 nights staying the 2 first nights in Lima to visit the “City of Kings”, the third night in Paracas and the fourth night in Nazca Lines as in the Discover Southern Peru Package.

Please do not hesitate to Contact Us about customizing this Amazing Peru Vacation Package.

AMAZING PERU VACATION PACKAGE – PRICES

Package Price Per Person in Shared Service

3 Stars

Double Room US$ 1,169
Additional to have single room US$ 440
Additional in private service * US$ 460
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Lake Titicaca Peru Tour in shared boat / private guide. Transfer from Puno to Cusco is in shared service. 

4 Stars

Double Room US$ 1,385
Additional to have single room US$ 655
Additional in private service * US$ 460
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Lake Titicaca Peru Tour in shared boat / private guide. Transfer from Puno to Cusco is in shared service. 

5 Stars

Double Room US$ 1,969
Additional to have single room US$ 1,240
Additional in private service * US$ 460
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Lake Titicaca Peru Tour in shared boat / private guide. Transfer from Puno to Cusco is in shared service. 

INCLUDED IN AMAZING PERU VACATION PACKAGE

Included in Tour Price

Hotel accomodation according to itinerary.

Meals according to itinerary.

Guided excursions are in English.

Includes all tour and intermediate transfers.

Entrance tickets.

Bus and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu

Expedition Train to/from Aguas Calientes.

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights.

Visas required to enter Peru.

Airport Taxes.

Drinks.

Tips.

Airport Transfers, hotels, and tours in Lima.

Buffet Lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge during Machu Picchu Tour.

Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains.

ABOUT PERU

Peru is a journey of emotions. It is thrilling, majestic, enigmatic and so much more. Where else can you visit the archeological feats of the powerful Inca culture, explore the depths of the Amazon Jungle, experience the globe’s most exciting cuisine, or ride the world’s longest wave?  Come experience it yourself.  Here is some information to help you plan your trip and have a Peru vacation unforgettable:

Top Destinations

  • Machu Picchu – This is Peru’s flagship destination as most people are drawn by its mystical aura, amazing mountain views, and impressive architecture.
  • Lake Titicaca Peru  – This lake situated in the southeastern part of the country in the Puno region is the highest navigable lake in the world at an altitude of 12,500 ft. or 3,810 meters above sea level.
  • Amazon Rainforest – The Amazon Rainforest of Peru is one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World for its biological diversity and pristine eco-system.
  • BLOG POSTTop 10 Peru Travel Destinations and Experiences

Best Time to Visit Peru

  • The Peruvian winter (May – September) is the driest season and therefore the best time of year to travel, especially if you are planning to visit the Cusco area or trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The summer (December – March) is the wettest season, with frequent heavy showers.
  • BLOG POSTBest Times to Travel to Peru

Peru Facts

  • Capital – Lima, Peru
  • Population – 30,444,999
  • Currency – Peruvian Sol, check exchange rates here 
  • Language – Spanish, Aymara, Quechua
  • More Facts About Peru

Traveler Information for your Peru vacation

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16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE – OVERVIEW

The Peru Package is a complete trip of 16 days traveling through the south of Peru. In this Peru package, you will observe the interesting multicultural diversity there is in the same country.

The first in our Andean Peru Package is Lima, a capital with beautiful colonial balconies in the center of the city and modern neighborhoods with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Then, the Ica region offers natural, adventure, and cultural activities. You will explore on your first day the Paracas National Reserve and ride a buggie and sandboarding over the Sand Dunes of Paracas. Likewise, the Peru package includes sailing the Ballestas Islands, walking around natural oasis Huacachina, and flyover the Nazca Lines.

Another highlight is the amazing Colca Canyon, where you will have a wonderful chance to sightsee real Condors flying very close to you. This Peru package is designed to maximize your travel experience, therefore you can go to Puno in the afternoon after your Colca Canyon tour.

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. You will have a unique experience of 2 days visiting the originally man-made islands of Los Uros, sleeping in a homestay on Amantani Island, and sailing to Taquile island where you will have spectacular views of the Lake Titicaca.

This Peru package ends travelling to the ancient capital city of the Inca Empire. You will visit the historical city of Cusco, its surroundings Inca archeological sites, the magnificent scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the majestic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, a formidable architectural complex built strategically on top of a mountain.

16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE – ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival in Lima

International flight – Lima (arriving at any time – booked on your own). Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel in Miraflores WITH DRIVER ONLY.

Evening free.

Overnight in Lima.

Included meals: none

DAY 2

City Tour Lima Half Day

Start your amazing Peru package with Lima, the “City of Kings”.  Tour the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores where you’ll find the bustling financial center, the prestigious San Isidro Golf course and the tranquil Olive Grove Park. See the impressive Huaca Pucllana, a pre-inca pyramid-shaped temple, that stands surrounded by the city. Stop at the Parque del Amor (Love Park) and enjoy unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean as you drive through the Miraflores Malecon, a road along the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Your next visit is Lima’s historic center, which was declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1991. Drive by the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall and the Desamparados Train Station. Continue on to Plaza San Martin, a large park in downtown Lima, surrounded by colonial buildings still displaying ornate wooden balconies. Your city tour ends with a visit to the San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts (Catacombs).

NOTE: all visits are panoramic except for the San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs.

Afternoon and evening free to explore the city.

Overnight in Lima.

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DAY 3

Paracas National Reserve Tour:

Transfer to the Cruz del Sur bus station to take your bus Lima – Paracas (2nd floor seats) departing at 07:30hrs. (duration: 3 ½ – 4 hours approx.). Upon arrival at the bus station, you will visit the Interpretation Center of the Paracas National Reserve and the Museum of Julio C. Tello. Then, transfer to the natural rock formation known as the CATHEDRAL, due to the whimsical way it has (Damaged by the 2007 earthquake). Finally, it will make a circuit through Playa Roja and Yumaque, where petrified dinosaur eggs have been found that the date has been studied (duration: 3 hours). Return to your hotel.

Buggie Ride & Sandboarding:

Pick-up from your hotel. You will be transferred outside Paracas to experience an exciting buggie ride and practice sandboarding along the desert dunes (duration: 1 hour). Return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Paracas.

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DAY 4

Ballestas Islands Sanctuary:

Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to a private port for your boat ride at 08:15hrs. Visit the Ballestas Islands, where you will observe a large variety of marine fauna such as Humbolt penguins, sea lions, seagulls, and several coastal bird species. You will also admire the Candelabra (similar to a Nazca line) along the way (duration: 2 hours). Return to your hotel.

Then, pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the Cruz del Sur bus station to take your bus Paracas – Ica (2nd floor seats) departing at 11:00 hours (duration: 1 – 1 ½ hour approx).

City Tour Ica:

At your arrival, you will visit the Regional Museum of Ica, where you will appreciate the evolution of the 5 most representative cultures of the region such as Paracas, Nazca, Wari, Ica, and Inca culture. Continue the tour visiting the natural oasis of la Huacachina and a local pisco/wine farm (duration: 3 hours approx).

After your tour, return to the Cruz del Sur bus station to take your bus Ica – Nazca (2nd floor seats) departing at 18:50 hours (duration: 2 – 2 ½ hours approx). At your arrival, transfer to your hotel in Nazca.

Evening free.

Overnight in Nazca.

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DAY 5

Nazca Lines Overflight:

Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Nazca Aerodrome. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will get on your Nazca Lines Overflight for the next 30min from 16:00 to 16:30hrs (subject to weather conditions). The Nazca Lines, a series of geoglyphs in the Nazca desert; hundreds of individual figures, ranging in complexity from simple to more complex detailed figures. You will get a wonderful view of the main lines as the trapezoid, the compass, the long tailed Monkey, the Dog, the detailed Hummingbird, the abstract Condor, the symmetrical Spider, the Hands, and many others. Return to your hotel in Nazca.

NOTE: We also recommend you to visit, on your own, the Antonini Museum, to learn more about the recent discoveries of the Archeological Site of Cahuachi and/or the Cantayoc Aqueducts (not included in quote).

Then, pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the station to take your bus Nazca – Arequipa (1st floor seats) departing at 14:30 hours (duration: 9 – 10 hours approx). Upon your arrival, transfer to your hotel in Arequipa (altitude: 2350m/7708ft).

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DAY 6

Arequipa City Tour:

On this tour, you will learn that Arequipa is an enchanting city also known for its many baroque-style colonial buildings made out of white volcanic rock called sillar. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes, the most outstanding one El Misti.  Arequipa’s historic center is considered a Cultural, Historical and Monumental Heritage by UNESCO.

We will be visiting Arequipa’s main square, the traditional and picturesque Santa Teresa Convent, the Compañia Church (Jesuit order), the Colonial House del Moral, Carmen Alto, and Yanahuara Viewpoints and San Lazaro Traditional District. Return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Arequipa.

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DAY 7

Colca Canyon Tour (3800m / 12464ft): Trip to the Colca Valley:

Situated about 160 km northeast of Arequipa, the Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world.  At 4150 meters deep, it is more than twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in Colorado US. The name Colca comes from the words Collaguas and Cabanas, two ethnic groups that lived along the Colca River.  In addition to its grandeur, the Colca Canyon is a fantastic place to witness, up close, the majestic flight of the Condor (only found in the Andes).  It’s a great opportunity to take close-ups of this spectacular vulture.

On our way to the Colca Valley (3800m/12464ft), we will pass through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where we will startled at long-neck fine vicuñas running freely on the ichu (Andean thick grass), as well as other camelids and mammals such as the Guanaco, Alpaca, Taruca, Vizcacha, Colocolo (Andean mountain cat) and the Andean fox. On the “Mirador de los Andes” viewpoint you can admire the Andean landscape, here you will also notice many piles of rocks carefully placed separate one from the other, made by the people for the Apus (Sacred Mountains) as they are meant to represent their wishes in an offering. As you can see you can capture life in the highlands in a moment and why not! In a photo as well.

At your arrival, you will be transferred to your lodge.

Evening free.

Overnight in Colca Valley.

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DAY 8

Colca Canyon Tour: Cruz del Condor viewpoint and Departure to Puno:

On our way to the Colca Canyon viewpoint, we will go through some of the charming little old towns of the highlands, Coporaque, Yanque and Maca, the town that survived a Sabancaya volcano eruption! An exciting drive on the left side of Colca Canyon will finally lead us to the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint to admire the majestic flight of the Andean Condors, as they fiercely fly into the appealing depth of the canyon pulling our eyes down, allowing us to live an exciting experience! And also a great chance to take wonderful close-ups.

Then, we will continue our Perú tour, heading to Puno located in the southeastern part of Perú (3800m/12464ft) by land. Along the way you will notice the subtle changes in the landscape as we go higher, we will be entering the highest places in the country where Peruvians have been able to harness nature and build their civilizations. Once we arrive in Puno you will be transferred to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 9

Sillustani Tour:

Puno was part of the vast territory of the ancient advanced pre-Inca civilization of Tiahuanaco in the middle of the first millennium. It is believed that the first ones to start cultivating potatoes 8,000 years ago were the Tiahuanacos in the highlands of Perú and Bolivia.

To continue exploring more about the civilizations in the highlands, we will visit the pre-Inca cementery of Sillustani, the “chullpas” vertical burial structures which contained the mummified corpses of Collas or Aymara people, in a fetal position, facing east according to the tradition, at the shores of the superb and peaceful lake Umayo. It is no wonder the Collas chose this place to put their ancestors to rest, the scenery is spectacular and spiritually nurturing.  Enjoy the beautiful landscape at sunset and then return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 10

Lake Titicaca Tours: The Floating islands of Los Uros and Amantani Island:

Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the port and get on a boat to the Uros Floating Islands where you will learn how locals constructed these long-lasting artificial islands with solely Totora or large reed which not only allowed them to live safe from invasion in past but also kept them warm because of a “greenhouse effect”. In the present islanders continue this lifestyle complemented by modern technology. Then we will continue our tour, traveling by boat for 3 hours to the Amantani Island inhabited by Quechua speaking natives. It is believed the invigorating energy of this island is so powerful that it is known also as the “Island of Love”. Enjoy the friendly hospitality and environment of an Amantani home where you’ll stay for the night. You can explore this soothing and at the same time colorful island by foot and visit the pre-Inca Temple of Pachatata (Father Earth) dedicated to the masculine archetype of the world complemented by Pachamama (Mother Earth) the feminine archetype.

Evening free.

Overnight at the island.

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DAY 11

Lake Titicaca Tours: TaquiIe Island:

After breakfast, we will travel by boat to Taquile Island, where you will learn about the Quechua islanders traditions and admire their colorful customs. We will visit the main part of the island, the main plaza and artisan market. We will climb up a path to get to the center of Taquile where we will enjoy lunch with a spectacular view and then return to the port to take our boat back to Puno in the afternoon.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 12

Day Trip to Cusco:

We will pick you up and transfer you to the bus station to take the tourist bus to Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Inca Empire (duration of the trip: 10 hours approx.). We will depart at 07:00hrs. On the way, we will notice the change in the landscape flora, as we go lower in altitude. We will stop by Pucará, named after the important culture, whose art and construction techniques influenced the Inca culture, then the complex of Racchi where we will appreciate the impressive Temple of Wiracocha (Sun God), and before we reach Cusco, our last stop will be at the town of Andahuaylillas, famous for its baroque style church also popularly called the Sixtine Chapel of America because of the wonderful Frescos on its walls, carefully done in order to resemble the European ones. Once we arrive you will be picked up from the bus station and transferred to your hotel (3400m/11152ft).

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 13

Cusco Tour: Cusco the city, Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay:

We will meet you at your hotel and begin your excursion in the city of Cusco. We will make a first stop at the Cathedral of Cusco, part of our colonial legacy considered of high importance amongst the catholic population in the present. Then we will continue with Koricancha (or Temple of the Sun) the most important sacred Inca place within the city, which sheltered all Gods and Goddesses brought by the nations that integrated the Empire centuries ago. After a short drive, we will be at the formidable archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent stonework with finely cut polygonal blocks; a little further we will stop at the archeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay, all part of the limits of the city in the old days. What nowadays we would call Customs checkpoint! After our excursion, we will take you back to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 14

The Sacred Valley Tour (2800m/9184ft) and arriving in Aguas Calientes:

We will meet you at your hotel and we will begin our visit the citadel of Pisac, an archeological site with extensie agricultural terraces, naturally divided by the mountain ridges, famous because of its impressive cemetery constituted by more than a thousand burial niches on a mountain wall. Later on explore and perhaps shop in the historical artisan market located on the main plaza of the town of Pisac. For lunch, we will be stopping at the town of Yucay and enjoying some delicious lunch buffet.

We will continue the tour in the next archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, with an awe inspiring construction on a steep mountain, build for military, agricultural and religious control purposes as a watchtower over the Sacred Valley, once you make it to the top you may experience a sense of spiritual communion with nature, you will be stepping in the Wind Shrine, which offers an incredible sight of the magnificent landscape along the Sacred Valley. The tour ends at around 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Transfer to the Ollantaytambo Train Station to take your Expedition Train Departing at 19:00hrs, arriving to Aguas Calientes at 20:43. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Evening free.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

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DAY 15

Machu Picchu Tour (2430m/7970ft):

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and together you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu citadel early in the morning so you can explore this formidable architectural complex at a less crowded time. After your tour, we recommend you to try climbing up to the Sun Gate or Intipunku (the arrival point for hikers trekking their way into Machu Picchu) and feel as one of the few privileged visitors to admire this amazing ad complete sight of the citadel, just as well you can also visit the exciting grass rope Inca Bridge (optional), a secret entrance on the west side of Machu Picchu citadel during the golden time of the Inkas.

You may leave the archeological site on your own and enjoy lunch at the place of your choice (not included), take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (last bus departs at 17:30).  You can do some exploration in the small town or you may wish to try bathing in the town’s Hot Springs (from which the town owes its name) and then head to the train station on your own, and hop on your Expedition Train departing at 16:43hrs, arriving at 20:13hrs in Poroy (30min from Cusco). At your arrival in Poroy, a pickup person will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it, he will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 16

Airport transfer in Cusco:
We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport in Cusco for your flight back to Lima (morning or afternoon).

– End of this 16-Day Andean Peru Package –

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D Dinner.

BL Boxed Lunch.

TOUR NOTES: 

The 16 Day Andean Peru Package is customizable.  If you would prefer to travel for fewer days or add days or destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form.  You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

  • This 16 Day Andean Peru Package is available every day of the year.
  • Acclimatization: we strongly recommend you drink coca leaf tea, rest for at least 3 hours upon arrival to your hotel, and eat little as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day due to the altitude.
  • Weather: rainy season starts in mid-October and ends in mid-March in the Mountains and Jungle. January and February are months with heavy rain. The best time of the year to visit Machu Picchu is from April to September.
  • Different train coach services: Expedition / Backpacker – tourist, Inca Rail Executive Class – superior tourist, Vistadome – superior tourist, Andean Railways Panoramic – superior tourist, Inca Rail First Class – Hiram Bingham – luxury.
  • Your luggage: you can leave unnecessary luggage at your hotel in Cusco when going to Machu Picchu. There are luggage weight regulations in the train.
  • Sacred Valley Tour: The best days to enjoy the artisan market of Pisac are Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
  • You can modify this Peru Package adding the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  and Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Trek

Please do not hesitate to Contact Us about customizing this 16 day Andean Peru Package.

16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE – PRICES

Package Price Per Person in Shared Service

3 Stars

Double Room US$ 1,805
Additional to have single room US$ 640
Additional in private service * US$ 525
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Ballestas and Lake Titicaca Tour in shared boat / private guide. Nazca Lines and transfer from Puno to Cusco are in shared service. 

4 Stars

Double Room US$ 2,055
Additional to have single room US$ 845
Additional in private service * US$ 525
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Ballestas and Lake Titicaca Tour in shared boat / private guide. Nazca Lines and transfer from Puno to Cusco are in shared service. 

5 Stars

Double Room US$ 2,999
Additional to have single room US$ 1,730
Additional in private service * US$ 525
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Ballestas and Lake Titicaca Tour in shared boat / private guide. Nazca Lines and transfer from Puno to Cusco are in shared service. 

INCLUDED IN 16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE

Included in Tour Price

Hotel accomodation according to itinerary.

Meals according to itinerary.

Guided excursions are in English.

Includes all tour and intermediate transfers.

Entrance tickets.

Bus and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu for 1 day.

Expedition Train to/from Aguas Calientes.

Commercial bus: LIM-PAR, PAR-ICA, ICA-NAZ, NAZ-AQP

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights.

Visas required to enter Peru.

Airport Taxes.

Drinks.

Tips.

Buffet Lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge during Machu Picchu Tour.

Entrance ticket to the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu.

Taxes of Nazca aerodrome (S/. 30 approx).

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