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10 Days
Lima
Machu Picchu / Lake Titicaca
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 34
Tour Details

In this ultimate escapade, you will experience firsthand the different tinges of our beloved Peru, from feeling the refreshing breeze of Lima coast and enjoying its renowned gastronomy, culture and art, passing through the mighty Apus or Sacred Guardians of the Mountains in Cusco, immersing yourself in the heritage of the Inca empire.

EXPERTISE

We have a expert team of travel specialists, who have all turned their passion for travel into a vocation. Between them, they have visited nearly every corner of Peru and Bolivia.

FLEXIBILITY

We curate tailor-made, truly individual travel experiences for our clients. View Perú approach leaves our travellers with unforgettable memories.

24/7 ASSISTANCE

At every stage of your holiday, from inception to conclusion, a View Perú hand will be there to guide you.

WE ARE THE OPERATORS

View Perú is the Operator of all your experiences in Peru and Bolivia, This ensures a seamless holiday experience.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • A private, hand-crafted and fully personalized private tour from start to finish.
  • Professional english-speaking guides with knowledge of all diverse attractions along the route.
  • 09 nights in luxury accommodations of your selection.
  • All Cultural attractions and excursions.
  • Round trip train tickets (Usual train stations: Urubamba – Aguas Calientes, Aguas Calientes – Poroy).
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee.
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel.
  • All meals during the program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner) at First Class restaurants and locations.
  • 09 breakfasts, 08 lunches, 09 dinners. It is possible to accommodate all type of food restrictions or preferences, just please inform in advance to your travel specialist.
  • All overland private transportation.
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.
  • All the required Peruvian taxes (IGV)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Walking sticks (if you request them in advance, we can provide you a pair of standard walking sticks per customer in Cusco)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee.
  • Extra transportation required along the program due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Domestic or International flights.
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gratuities.
Itinerary

Day 1WELCOME TO LIMA! (D)

• Suggested arrival flight: 14:00 pm
• Maximum altitude: Lima City – 5 masl/ 16.4 ft.
• Meals included: Dinner.

Upon your arrival at Lima (5 mts/16.4 ft), you will be greeted by our amiable View Perú representative whom will explain you all need to know about this dreamy destination. We will accompany you in our private vehicle to the hotel of your choice and revise your itinerary on the way.

Your hotel will be located either in Miraflores or Barranco, the most bohemian, hippest and gay-centered neighborhoods in Lima, packed with gourmet restaurants, bars and clubs.
At night, we had prepared a delightful and special dinner at a glamorous restaurant so you can enjoy the exquisite Peruvian cuisine and relish before your exciting escapade.

Day 2ANTIQUE AND MODERN LIMA ENCOUNTER (B, L, D)

After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, prepare to explore the diverse Lima highlights where the colonial and contemporary merge. Today your Lima City experience will start with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from El Parque del Amor (The Park of Love) at Miraflores (79 mts/259.2 ft), and then continue to the modern neighborhood of San Isidro (109 mts/357.6 ft) with its traditional park El Olivar and its large traditional Tudor-style houses where we can see the influence of the British Colony in this zone of the city. Then we will head to Lima downtown, where we can appreciate the Government Palace, the Cathedral and other buildings with colonial architecture, the balconies of Arabian influence that form part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Our route will continue to the Monastery of San Francisco where you will visit its famous, eerie Catacombs containing thousands of skeletons of wealthy people that were buried here in the belief that their sins would be forgiven. Right after, we will head to Barranco district (64 mts/209.9 ft) where MATE museum (pronounced mAH-teh) is located. MATE aims to bring Peruvian artists and culture to worldwide attention. Its founder Mario Testino, is one of the most recognized Peruvian photographer and also part of the gay community, widely regarded as one of the most influential and well-known fashion and portrait photographers of our time. Testino is known for his portraits of international icons including Kate Moss, Diana Princess of Wales, Gisele Bündchen, and aside to collaborate for brands from Gucci, Versace and Michael Kors to Chanel.

Once you have been enthralled by this experience, it is time to have your lunch at a gourmet and elegant atmosphere in one of the best restaurants in this City of Kings. Afterwards the rest of the day is yours to explore by your own or just take some rest. By the evening, we have made reservations at a first class restaurant for you, enjoy the precious evening with astonishing views of Lima city and let yourself be carried away by the allure of this magical coastal city.

• Pick up time: 09:00 am
• Drop off time: 14:00 pm
• Minimum altitude: Barranco district – 64 masl/ 209.9 ft.
• Maximum altitude: San Isidro district – 109 masl/ 357.6 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3ON ROUTE TO EXPLORE THE COLORFUL SACRED VALLEY (B, L, D)

• Suggested departure flight: 09:00 am approx.
• Drop off time: 18:00 pm
• Minimum altitude: Urubamba Town – 2871 masl/ 9419.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Cusco City – 3400 masl/ 11154.9 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner.

Another day of this ideal journey starts early in the morning with your pick up from your hotel and transfer you to Lima airport in order to take your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Cusco (3400 mts/11154.9 ft) once again, you will be greeted by our professional guide and be transferred to the dazzling Sacred Valley which is The Sacred Valley is the perfect place to unwind and explore. It has an incredible scenery decorated by terraced mountains and snow-capped peaks, you will be totally enchanted by the traditional Andean way of life!

Firstly, we will stop by an exhibition of South American camelids, here you will find vicuñas, guanacos, alpacas and llamas. This is certainly a unique experience, learning more about these peculiar animals, feeding them and taking lots of pictures in the process. Then, we will move towards the town of Pisac (2972 mts/9750.7 ft) where you will have a succulent lunch made of organic products grown on the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, we will visit Pisac market and meander down through its cobblestone streets and have a brief tour, after that you can have the chance to chat with the locals and buy some handcrafts souvenirs, you will find handmade products made of fine alpaca fiber and some beautiful pieces of jewelry. Also, the perfect time to test your bargaining skills and practice your spanish!

Besides this colorful market, you will have a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins (3300 mts/10826.8 ft) complex. In this enigmatic enclosure, you will find superimposed terraces, ceremonial baths, a residential settlement and the largest Inca cemetery (the oldest in South America). To finalize this rewarding day, we will travel to Urubamba (2871 mts/9419.3 ft). Here you will find a unique town, and a soothing getaway. At night we made reservations at a pleasant restaurant in this quaint town where you will be delighted with the organic cuisine. The rest of the evening is yours to explore. Perhaps take the opportunity to indulge in the restorative massages or explore around by your own.

Day 4UPSCALE TRAIN JOURNEY THROUGH THE SACRED VALLEY (B, L, D)

Continuing this vibrant venture, we will initiate in the morning and lead you to Urubamba train station in order to embark on an unforgettable train ride to Machu Picchu on board of the high-end Sacred Valley train. The experience starts upon your arrival at the station, where you will be greeted with an Andean infusion to enjoy in the Observatory Bar Car while you delight yourself with the astonishing landscape of this quaint Valley. During the 3 hours ride you will sense how the fresh and pure air fills you and impregnate you with its peculiar fragrance, taking some beautiful photos along the way.

In route you will be served a 3 course gourmet lunch specially prepared, accompanied by a glass of wine and delicate petits fours. Definitely one of the most exclusive and luxurious route to reach one of the World Wonders. Upon your arrival to Aguas Calientes Town (2070 mts/6791.3 ft), you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. This town is practically an isolated area as it is separated from all roads, surrounded by mountains, cliffs, rivers and an imposing cloud forest.

The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy and explore as you desire around the town, perhaps going to the artisanal market where you can find great diversity of handcrafts and souvenirs, visiting the Manuel Chavez Ballon museum which houses tools that were unearthed from the Inca Citadel, or just walking around this vehicle-free village. At an appropriate time in the afternoon, you have included the entrance to Aguas Calientes hotsprings, whose temperature varies from 38°C/100°F to 46°C/114°F.

Healing properties are attributed to these thermal springs; and also represent a relaxing experience surrounded by lush vegetation and imposing mountains. Once you had finished exploring the town and relishing on the hotsprings, it’s time for a delectable dinner in this charming town.

• Pick up time: 08:45 am
• Drop off time: 13:34 pm (depends on train schedule)
• Minimum altitude: Aguas Calientes Town – 2070 masl/ 6791.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Urubamba Town – 2871 masl/ 9419.3 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner.
• Notes: Sacred Valley train does not operate the first Sunday of each month.

Day 5ELEVATING THE ADVENTURE TO NEW HEIGHTS: MACHU PICCHU! (B, L, D)

• Pick up time: 07:00 am approx.
• Drop off time: 21:56 pm (depends on train schedule)
• Minimum altitude: Aguas Calientes Town – 2070 masl/ 6791.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Cusco City – 3400 masl/ 11154.9 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, Hiram Bingham tea time and dinner on board.

Today is the day where your dream of visiting Machu Picchu is realized! To begin this exciting day, enjoy a nourishing breakfast at your hotel early this morning. Afterwards, our expert guide will pick you up in order to catch the bus up to the citadel for a 30 mins ride and, if weather allows it, see the sunrise over this Lost City of the Incas. Sometimes and especially in high season we will have to be patient as the queues are longer than expected, but with the help of your guide and a bit of good humor there is nothing impossible!

When visiting Machu Picchu (2430 mts/7972.4 ft) you will feel the magic that still linger in every construction and complex. It shows a magnificent citadel hidden on the Mountains and the vast valleys, indeed a Lost City of the Incas, our well-informed guide will teach you about the magnificent theories about the purpose of Machu Picchu, the history of its buildings and the millenary culture of the Incas.

Following the tour, you have time to lose yourself in the dizzying heights and history whilst you meander along the ancient paths. When you have already accomplished your tour, a delightful lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge hotel is included with our fascinating program. Following your lunch, we will return to Aguas Calientes Town where you will board the train back to Cusco. Next, we will wait for the exclusive tea time included with your Hiram Bingham train service where you can share your fascinating experiences and impressions with other travelers before departing to Aguas Calientes town.

Lastly, we will board our selected train inspired by the exclusive Pullman wagons of the twenties, the Hiram Bingham train back to Poroy train station, during the journey you will relish with the sophisticated dinner on board and the bar car, where you can enjoy the wonderful route accompanied by a Peruvian cocktail and local live music shows. After your arrival to Cusco (3400 mts/11154.9 ft), you will be transferred back by our View Perú representative in our private vehicle for a 40 mins ride towards your hotel.

Day 6STROLLING AROUND CUSCO SURROUNDINGS (B, L, D)

We had specially prepared a different way to discover Cusco for today where you will have a taste of this Imperial City. Since the previous day there was a lot of arousing emotions involved, today you will have all morning to rest or wander around the city at your own pace. At a reasonable time, you will be transferred to a high-end restaurant located nearby the Main Square so you can enjoy lovely views while you please your palate with a mixture of delicious flavors.

After your lunch, our friendly guide will meet you for an incredible journey through the most eye-catching attractives of Cusco, starting with the Archaeological Center of Sacsayhuaman (3700 mts/12139.1 ft), which due to its location on the top of the city, it is believed that it served as a fortress; but according to several chroniclers, the site was built as Temple of the Sun. Then, you will be lead to the bustling San Pedro Market, which is a picturesque and cheerful local market. It offers several shopping options for local people and foreign visitors, from exotic fruit juices, fresh meat, traditional vegetables, herbs, food and miscellaneous souvenirs. After this amazing tour, you will have some time to wander around and explore this typical market on your own.

Once you have finished, you will return to the Main Square and access to the Cathedral for your visit, this construction brings together gothic, mannerist and baroque styles. It has splendid altars of both renaissance and neoclassical style, it also houses magnificent works of cusquenian crafts, an exquisite wooden-carved pulpit and a collection of the famous Escuela Cusqueña canvases.

Later on, you will have a brief explanation of the Main Square or Plaza de Armas and its surroundings, where you will find history, culture and a throbbing nightlife. Enjoy your last night at this enchanting city at a special fine cuisine restaurant, with a farewell dinner appreciating the ravishing nuances of this glittering city.

• Pick up time: 12:30 pm approx.
• Drop off time at your restaurant: 19:00 pm approx.
• Minimum altitude: Cusco City – 3400 masl/ 11154.9 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Sacsayhuaman archaeological site – 3700 masl/ 12139.1 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Notes:
-We also have different tour options like Peruvian cooking classes, Street photography tour, Outdoor painting lessons and more!

Day 7DELVING INTO THE HEART OF THE ALTIPLANO (B, L, D)

• Pick up time: 10:15 am approx.
• Drop off time: 23:30 pm (train arrives at Train Station)
• Minimum altitude: Cusco City – 3400 masl/ 11154.9 ft.
• Maximum altitude: La Raya Pass – 3828 masl/ 12559.1 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Notes:
o Please note that this Belmond Andean Explorer program departs only on Tuesdays. The train does not run on February.
o Another great options to travel towards Puno are: Direct flight from Cusco to Juliaca city or you can select a private transportation while making some stops along the way. Please consult with your travel specialist in advance as we need to check availability.

Today you will have another one of a kind experience on board the Belmond Andean Explorer train. The South America’s first luxury sleeper service combines genuine daytime getaways with sleeping accommodations at night, the train glides from Cusco traversing the highest plains of the Andes before arriving to the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca. We will pick you from your hotel and transfer you to Cusco train station, once on board you will settle into your private cabin and take the time to relax into the indulgent atmosphere of the train. Perhaps head to the Observation Car, order a classic Pisco Sour, and watch the scenery unfold or just explore the exclusive and luxurious areas.

Later, it is time to take a seat in the sophisticated dining car for a delicious lunch which anticipate refined Andean specialties served with contemporary flair. As the afternoon continues, disembark for an excursion to Raqchi (3480 mts/11417.3 ft) Once a defensive stronghold of the Inca Empire, today the area is a captivating archaeological site brimming with history. Then, we will return to the train for canapés in the bar car as the journey southeast continues.
Continuing with this marvelous evening, we will savour a picturesque sunset framed by the majestic La Raya mountains (4340 mts/14238.9 ft). Definitely a landscape worthy of a postcard! As the train continues to Lake Titicaca train station (3828 mts/12559.1 ft), you will be delighted with a delicious dinner on board. Afterwards, you can complete your evening in the Lounge Car, while trading stories with your fellow travelers before retiring to the comfort of your cabin and rest for the following venture!

Day 8MAGICAL SUNRISE ON THE TITICACA AND KAYAKING ON ITS FLOATING ISLANDS (B, L, D)

Today you will wake up very early in the morning to be swept up in the beauty of Lake Titicaca, admiring a spectacular scene as the sun rises across Lake Titicaca. After this amazing experience, you will have breakfast served on board just before our knowledgeable guide meet you and transfer you towards your next adventure.

In this day, you will enjoy the highest navigable lake in the world in the best way possible – on kayak! After a short boat ride, our first stop will be at the floating reed islands of Uros (3810 mts/12500.0 ft) where we will observe the daily life and customs of the inhabitants, learning more about their daily activities. The islands are built with reed plants that grow in the lake: totora. The same plant is used to build houses, boats, and of course, the islands which have no more than 30-40 cm thick! These communities moved onto the lake to avoid other violent communities on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Proceeding with the trip, you will attend to a safety briefing and be instructed on how to operate our top of the line, ocean kayaks. We will begin paddling along Titicaca Lake to the Capachica Peninsula, during the voyage we will observe gorgeous landscapes and isolated rural villages living off the lake. After rowing for approximately 3 hours, we will arrive to Llachon area (3860 mts/12664.0 ft) where we will hike a short distance towards our lovely local home in order to have a traditional lunch made with typical local products.

Later, we will share enriching moments with the local family while they teach us how they produce their handicrafts and handmade textiles, it will also be a good occasion to practice some Spanish and quechua phrases. Once we finished our conversation, we said goodbye to our lovely family and walk again back to the port from where we will return to Puno where you will enjoy an amazing dinner watching the sunset over the sparkling lake.

• Pick up time: 08:00 am
• Drop off time: 18:00 pm approx.
• Minimum altitude: Uros Islands – 3810 masl/ 12500.0 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Llachon community – 3860 masl/ 12664.0 ft.
• Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9MASTERPIECES, ANCIENT CULTURES AND JEWELS OF NATURE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF PUNO (B, L, D)

• Pick up time: 07:00 am
• Drop off time: 18:30 pm approx.
• Minimum altitude: Pucara Town – 3860 masl/ 12664.0 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Tinajani Canyon – 4059 masl/ 13316.9 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Another day in this beautiful city starts with an early pick up from your hotel towards Puno northwestern part. After a 1.5 hours trip along these highlands we will reach to Lampa (3892 mts/12769.0 ft). This charming city has one of the best constructions of colonial architecture: St. James temple built between 1685 and 1776 and which apparently is over an Inca construction.

Inside the church stands the chapel of Piety where lies the exact replica of the Michelangelo’s Piety, ordered to build by Pope XXIII, 2 copies of Piety, one in plaster and the other one in aluminum. After, you will learn about the underground Inca catacombs in shape of tunnels, that supposedly one leads to Cusco, another to the gold mines and the third one to Puno. It is also believed that these tunnels served for the Incas to escape of the Spaniards conquerors. Afterwards you will be delighted with the delicious lunch, just on time to recover your strength and continue the journey. Then, we will have another short ride to Pucara (3860 mts/12664.0 ft), the town of talented ceramicists and cradle of ancient civilizations. Pucara is an important place for its activities as livestock, textiles and pottery. On this area Pucará culture was developed over 3000 years ago, today it is possible to see the famous temple of Kalasaya an archaeological site, where Pucará culture used to make offerings to the Pachamama and to God Sun.

Following our adventure, we will reach Tinajani (4059 mts/13316.9 ft) The Canyon of Tinajani is famous for its rocks forest with more than 50 mts/164.0 ft height, the ideal place for those whom prefer outdoor activities. Each visitor discovers different figures on the geological formations, weathered rocks, different projections, human figures, and even sphinxes! On the area there are 3 sources lytic carved by the waterfall, in the shape of large earthen jar, according to one legend the Devil takes his baths here during the rainy season. Once we finish our tour, we will return back to Puno to enjoy a lovely dinner in your accommodation and have the opportunity to indulge in savory Andean flavors.

Day 10FAREWELL TO PERU (B)

On the final day of your splendid tour, enjoy a relaxed breakfast at your hotel. At an appropriate time, our View Perú Representative and a private vehicle will be arranged accordingly to your flight schedule taking you to Juliaca Airport and continue with your next adventure.

Along the way you will appreciate the last views of highland characteristic landscapes, after a short ride we will reach Sillustani (3900 mts/12795.3 ft) which is the largest necropolis in South America. Our knowledgeable guide will give us a wide explanation about the Kolla culture beliefs regarding life after death while you appreciate the funeral towers known as “Chullpas” and various buildings of pre-Inca and Inca periods. Sillustani is next to Umayo lagoon which has grasslands areas and a reserve of graceful vicuñas. Enjoy the uniqueness of this spectacular site and capture a lot of photos on your last tour in Puno. After this visit, we will head to Juliaca Airport (3825 mts/12549.2 ft) and assist you with the check-in procedures. We are sure that you will take with you the most beautiful memories of your Perú visit.

• Pick up time: 07:30 am
• Suggested departure flight: 13:26 pm
• Maximum altitude: Juliaca City – 3900 masl/ 12795.3 ft.
• Meals included: Breakfast and snacks.
• Notes:
-If you are interested in extend your trip to another Peru destinations, we do offer extensions to Tambopata Jungle, Mancora Beach, Nazca and Paracas, Bolivia and more.

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SUGGESTIONS

  • If you are interested in spending a half day with one of our local gay hosts to explore the cities, show you the most interesting gay and gay friendly places or simply drink a coffee; please inform to your travel specialist as we will be glad to include it.
  • We also offer a wide variety of different tours that you in which you can partake according to your unique preferences, for instance you can visit Huaca Pucllana archaeological complex, take Surf classes, visit Palomino Islands on yacht, learn at Larco Museum and much more.
  • The walking sticks are not included, but if you prefer we can arrange to provide you a pair of basic poles (Standard Brand) for touring in Cusco without any charges; you just need to ask in advance to your travel specialist.
  • If you would like to climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain, please take in mind that is an unguided hike and require and additional cost. If you are interested, please consult with your travel specialist as we need to check availability far in advance.

RESTRICTIONS

  • Train stations and train schedules are subject to availability, also due to rainy season Poroy train station is closed from January to April of each year.
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