Kaleidoscope of Peru
Kaleidoscope of Peru
Classic tour around Southern Peru. Enjoy snow-capped peaks and ancient pre-Inca terraces on your marvellous drive to the Colca Canyon. Explore Cusco´s alleys and experience Machu Picchu´s attraction. See some of the most beautiful views of Lake Titicaca.
Kaleidoscope of Peru
Welcome to Lima, the 'City of Kings'. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and privately escorted to your hotel.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Arequipa, the colonial city at the foot of snow-capped Misti Volcano. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Arequipa is well known for its fine baby alpaca wool products, therefore the first stop of your 2-hour walking tour will be at 'Mundo Alpaca'. This center aims at the history's diffusion of the Alpaca industry. Find out some of the differences between alpacas and llamas live in the museum’s gardens. The next stop is at ‘San Lazaro’, Arequipa’s most traditional quarter and Redondo Square, where the city was founded. San Francisco Church and ‘Fundo El Fierro’ are beautiful examples of the creative integration of European and native characteristics in the city’s architecture. Then you will head to the ‘Tambos’. Built in the 18th century with white stone the Tambos originally served as basic shelter for traders. Today still in use the buildings are considered living museums of architecture. The last stop is at the main square featuring the cathedral in neoclassic style.
In the early morning, you will leave Arequipa and head towards the valley. On your way, you will pass Pampa de Arrieros, Pampa Cañahuas (where you will find the Vicuna National Reserve of Aguada Blanca), Vizcachani and Tojra a good place for spotting Andean birds. The majestic volcanoes Mismi (5,597 m/18,360 ft), Misti (5,825 m/19,110 ft), Chachani (6,075 m/19,930 ft) and the glaciers Ampato (6,288 m/20,630 ft), Sabancaya (5,976 m/19,606 ft) and Hualca Hualca (6,288 m/20,630 ft) offer you amazing panoramic views as you will enter the Colca Valley. After a 4-hour drive, you will arrive to Chivay, Colca’s most important town, where you will make a short stop to explore the local market. Afterwards, you will continue to your hotel, the Colca Lodge in the town of Yanque. Take the chance to take a dip in the hotel’s own thermal springs. Perched at the bottom of the valley next to the Colca River, the baths provide the perfect opportunity to relax against the stunning backdrop of the terraced valley.
Distance: 220km; approx. 6-hour drive.
Early morning drive to an observation point, located between Maca and Cabanaconde, one of the deepest parts of the canyon. Here, you find the perfect spot to look down 1,200 m (3,937 ft) into the canyon at ‘Mirador Cruz del Condor’. It’s here that the legendary condor, the bird with the largest wingspan in the world, can be seen rising and circling on the morning thermals, silhouetted against the magnificent backdrop of the mountain scenery. Then you say goodbye to the Colca Canyon and continue your trip towards the Altiplano with landscapes featuring volcanoes, lakes and vicuna and alpaca herds as well as different kinds of cacti. The average altitude en route reaches the 4,500 m (14,700 ft). After a 6-hour ride, you reach Puno. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Your excursion by boat starts with a visit to the floating reed Islands of the Uros Indians followed by the Taquile Island. Here, the indigenous community has conserved across the centuries many of the customs of the old lake population, such as a communitarian life where everything is shared. Men always seem to be walking around the island knitting the woollen caps they wear. Women weave traditional clothes, which are among the most beautiful of Peru's. Here the deep earthy red colour of the soil in the strong highland sunlight contrasts magnificently against the deep blue of Lake Titicaca. The backdrop of the snow-capped Cordillera Real on the far side completes a splendid picture.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance: 389km; approx. 10-hour drive.
A ten-hour bus trip takes you through picturesque Andean landscapes dotted with small villages and herds of llamas and vicunas. Your final destination is Cusco, however, you make three important stops along your way: the first one is at La Raya Pass (4,335 m/ 14,172 ft) to enjoy a panoramic view of the snow-capped Andes. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant in Sicuani. Then your tour continues to visit the Viracocha Temple. This was the only Inca temple featuring cylindrical stone columns covered by fine clay layers. The last stop is in Andahuaylillas known by its baroque church dating from the 17th century. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Morning at leisure. This afternoon you will visit the major sites of interest in Cusco. The tour starts with Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. The largest stones used in its construction are nearly 8.5 m (28 ft) high and weigh 360 tons, fitting so perfectly together that a single piece of paper would not fit between two stones. Then you will be driven to Kenko, the temple dedicated to Mother Earth. Before you will head back to Cusco you will stop at Puka Pukara (the red fortress) and Tambomachay (the resting place of the Inca). Once in the city, you will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, a fine example of the fusion of Inca and colonial architecture. Just within walking distance, you will enter the cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century 'Cusco Painting School'.
Morning transfer to the train station in Ollanta (1½-hour drive from Cusco). A 1½-hour train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. Machu Picchu remained undiscovered for centuries and hidden from the Spaniards, only to be found in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The uniqueness of its location and the genius that went into its construction make this Inca archaeological site truly one of the great wonders of the world. After the guided tour you will board the train back to Ollanta, where you will be received and transferred to your hotel.
Day at leisure. Take the chance to explore the city from a different perspective. A coach emulating the mule-pulled streetcars that once traversed Cusco takes you around the city. Several departures from the main square are offered daily. The ‘Tranvia de Cusco’ travels 75 minutes and passes by 40 attractions and sites around the city. Among others the beautiful Plaza Regocijo, the church La Merced (1651), the Fortress of Sasayhuaman and the statue Cristo Blanco. The tour costs S/.25 per person and is accompanied by a Spanish/English-speaking guide.
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and be driven to the airport to fly to Lima. Upon arrival, you will explore Lima from a different perspective - on foot! Your transport will drop you off at the Plaza San Martin featuring the legendary Hotel Bolivar, the Club Nacional and the Colon Theater. You then wander along Jr. de la Union featuring the ‘Casa Courret’, Lima’s oldest photography studio in an eclectic Art Nouveau style, and also the ‘Casa Welch’, once considered the Limenian Harrods of the 20th century. The street ends at the ‘Puente de Piedra’ Lima’s oldest bridge crossing over the Rimac River and built in 1608. Only a few blocks away the Museum of the Central Bank is located with a small but interesting collection of artefacts from pre-Inca cultures that offers a condensed insight of the development of the Peruvian culture (museum closed on MON). Afterwards, you will get to see one of the country’s finest Baroque buildings, the San Pedro Church, built by the Jesuits in 1638. Feel like you have been sent back in time at the bar of Hotel Maury, once one of the most exclusive properties in the last century, now a 3* hotel but still a must-see in the historic centre. Supposedly, the famous cocktail Pisco Sour was invented here. Afterwards, you return to your hotel. At proper time you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight.
|Price per person in SGD|
10D Kaleidoscope of Peru | Lima, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu
|Valid from Jan 01 - Dec 28, 2018.|
|Private Tour||Sit In Coach
|02 persons||04 persons||06 persons||SGL Supp.||Min. 02 persons
Lima - Arawi (Deluxe)
Arequipa - Casa Andina Standard (Traditional)
Colca - Casa Andina Standard (Traditional)
Puno - Intiqa (Standard)
Cusco - Los Portales (Standard)
Lima - Casa Andina Select Miraflores (Superior)
Arequipa - Casa Andina Select Arequipa (Superior)
Colca - Colca Lodge (Standard)
Puno - Casa Andina Premium (Superior)
Cusco - El Mercado (Superior)
Lima - JW Marriott (Deluxe)
Arequipa - Libertador (Superior)
Colca - Casitas del Colca (Garden View)
Puno - Libertador Lago Titicaca (Superior)
Cusco - JW Marriott (Classic Inca)
- Accommodation based on TWIN Room in the selected hotel category
- Excursions as noted in the itinerary
- Private services with local English speaking guide
- Services in SIC basis (seat in coach – non-private services) with English/Spanish-speaking guide and shared with other travellers
- Shared tourist bus Colca-Puno for both SIC services and private vehicle for private services (unescorted)
- Shared tourist bus Puno-Cusco with Spanish/English speaking guide
- Train ticket Ollanta – Machu Picchu – Ollanta in Vistadome Class (Superior Class)
- Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as noted (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
- International airfare to/from Lima
- Domestic flights, (from SGD 620 per person, subject to change depending on fare class and availability)
- Personal expenditure such as phone calls, laundry, beverages at meals, etc.
- Early check-in / late check-out at hotels (unless specified in the itinerary)
- Tips & gratuities for guides, drivers, waiters, luggage porters
- Travel insurance