Day 1: Lima
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel Half day city tour. Visit the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru, Govermment Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral and the House of the 'Oidor'.
Continuing our tour, we will see other colonial architectural jewels, such as Torre Tagle Palace , Osambela House, finishing with a visit to Larco Herrera, Archaeological or Gold Museum.
Day 2: Lima – Cuzco
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to flight to Cusco and transfer to the hotel in Cusco. Afternoon tour of this magnificent city, a blend of Inca and Spanish Cultures, visiting the Korikancha or Temple of the Sun and the Cathedral, continuing from there to the nearby ruins of Tambomachay (Inca fountains), Puca-Pucara (the Red Fortress), Kenko (sacred site) and finally Sacsahuaman Fortress.
Day 3: Cuzco - Machu Picchu – Cuzco
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Breakfast. Transport to station. The train goes through Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the fabulous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. Full day tour with lunch included.
Day 4: Cuzco - Sacred Valley – Cuzco
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will visit Pisac, famous for its Mass and market. The Mass is attended by the 'mayors' of the neighboring villages, complete in typical dress and carrying their traditional 'varayoc' or staff of office. You will also enjoy the colorful Indian market. Lunch is included. In the afternoon you will tour the remarkable Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo with its magnificent mountain stairway. Among other things, you will be intrigued by six enormous pink stones, each weighing some 50 tons. These came from the other side of the river, but nobody knows how they were transported, since the Incas did not use the wheel.
Note: Pisac Market is held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, but Mass is only on Sunday.
Day 5: Cuzco – Puno
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station. Train (or bus) travels along the Andes range, passing through picturesque villages up to the town of Juliaca. There you are met and transferred by road to your hotel in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Day 6: Puno
Breakfast at the hotel Morning visit to the Uros Islands. These islands are made of reeds, rising six meters above the lake level. They are anchored by logs and connected to each other by ropes. The main activities of the people who live here are fishing and handcrafting several items that they sell to visitors. Continue to Taquile Island which has two essential characteristics; its geography, offering a spectacular view from its hills, and its standing as a first-rate textile center. Taquileños live on their textile activities. This can easily be seen in the men walking about in rubber sandals ('ojotas' in quechua), wearing black pants, white flannel shirts and beautiful, finely woven chumpis (belts), covering their heads with finely knitted warm 'chullos' (caps with ear flaps). Box lunch included.
Day 7: Puno – Arequipa
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport visiting the Chullpas or Tombs of Sillustani on route. Met on arrival and taken to your hotel.
Day 8: Arequipa – Lima
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour of this Colonial city, visiting first of all the Convent of Santa Catalina, now open to the public after more than 400 years of cloistered religious life. Then tour the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the Cathedral, Church of the Compañía's fabulous Colonial jewels, and finally the typical district of Yanahuara overlooking the city. Transfer to airport. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 9: Lima
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport.