|LIMA - AREQUIPA - COLCA CANYON - MACHU PICCHU
(11 days, 10 nights)
Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer by executive car to the deluxe five star Country Club Lima Hotel. Dinner at the Hotel's Perroquet International restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Lima.
After breakfast, a city tour of Lima including a guided visit to the cathedral, the main square and the San Francisco Catacombs. Lunch at the International Rosa Nautica. Visit to a museum of your choice.
Return to the hotel. Dinner at Astrid and Gaston.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Arequipa, the most beautiful city in Peru. After the two hour flight, reception and transfer to the five star Libertador hotel. After lunch, a guided tour of the white city, so-called because many of the buildings are made of volcanic sillar. A visit to the beautiful cathedral, the Santa Catalina convent, and a visit to the museum to see Juanita, the best preserved mummy in South America. Situated 2300m above sea-level, Arequipa has a wonderful climate all year round with the imposing Misti volcano overlooking the city. Return to the hotel. Dinner in the evening overlooking the splendid main square.
Early departure from Arequipa, heading towards the National Reserve of Pampa de Cañahuas to view groups of alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos in their natural habitat. Descend into the Colca Valley passing several villages until we arrive at Chivay, the most important town of the valley. Accommodation at the fabulous Colca Lodge, set in the Colca Valley itself. With its very own hot springs, relax in the fabulous surroundings of the Canyon.
Early departure to reach the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, a few kilometers before Cabanaconde, where the Colca Canyon starts. Here one will get a fine view of the flight of the condors as well as the depth of the canyon. Lunch. In the afternoon return to Arequipa and accommodation at the Libertador hotel. Dinner.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital. After the one hour flight, reception and transfer to the wonderful five star Monasterio hotel; ancient residence of the viceroy of Spain. After lunch, a guided tour of Cuzco including the cathedral, Qoricancha temple, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco, Qenko and Puka Pukara. Return to the hotel. Dinner in the evening followed by a folkloric show.
Full-day excursion to Urubamba, the sacred valley of the Incas and to the ancient Inca market town of Pisac. Lunch in Urubamba. A visit will be made to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish. A chance to explore the ruins before returning to Cuzco and the traditional market town of Chinchero. Return to your hotel. Dinner.
Transfer to Poroy, a short distance from Cuzco for the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to Aguas Calientes. Full day's guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Lunch, dinner and accommodation at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
Opportunity to enjoy a wonderful sunrise over Machu Picchu and some personal time for private reflection. Lunch at the Sanctuary lodge. Return to Cuzco in the evening aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham train. Cocktails followed by dinner aboard the train. Reception and transfer to Monasterio hotel.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Lima.
Reception and transfer to the Country Club Hotel. Time for relaxing in the health spa before a delicious dinner at an internationally renowned restaurant.
Leisurely day with plenty of opportunity for shopping before your transfer to the airport and your return flight home.
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