Arequipa & Cuzco 8 days 7 nights

Arequipa Colca Canyon & Cuzco

Day 01: Lima- City Tour Arequipa - Santa Catalina Monastery

santa catalina monastery

Flight from Lima to Arequipa.

We begin with a visit to the viewpoints of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara, then continue with a walking tour visiting The Main Square, Cathedral, main colonial houses, church, dome and cloisters of the Society of Jesus, St. Francis Church and The Santa Catalina Monastery, is a real citadel of Colonial Arequipa, occupying an area of ​​twenty thousand square meters. Here you can see enclosures that were built according to the needs of the nuns, who were the daughters of the most distinguished families in the city. The charm of this citadel is in the strength and plasticity of their areas.

Overnight in Arequipa.

 

  

Day 02: Colca Canyon

colca canyon

We ride north, along the Chachani volcano and then we get to Pampa Cañahuas which is the Vicuña National Reserve. We will also be able to observe the Chucura Mountain and see the snow on the peak, the Toqra Lake and Patapampa, and the Andean Viewpoint from where we can see the Ampato Mountain, Hualca-Hualca, and the Andes. We arrieva at Chivay. Lunch (free), in the afternoon we will hike through surrounding areas of Chivay for 1 1/2 hours. After the hike you can enjoy the thermal baths of La Calera. Peña folk night with show.

Overnight in Colca.

 

Day 03: Colca Canyon

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We go to the the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, to see the spectacular flight of the condors, from where we also observe the depth of the Colca Canyon.  We will stay here for around 1 hour 30 min. then return we will walk from "the Condor Cross" to the "Priest Cross" for 1 hour. Then we visit the traditional villages of Pinchollo, Yanque and Maca, where we see hanging tombs, amphitheatres, churches and terraces. We arrive at Chivay. Time to enjoy lunch. 

We return to Arequipa.

Overnight in Arequipa. 

 

 

Day 04: Arequipa Out - Cuzco In

Flight from Arequipa to Cuzco.

Upon your arrival, welcome to the capital of the Inca Empire. Transfer to the hotel.

Time to relax and get used to the altitude or explore de city.

Overnight in Cuzco.

Day 05: Cuzco City tour - Koricancha

koricancha cuzco

City Tour, we will visit:

The Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), was and is one of the most respected temples in the city of Cusco. It was a sacred place where they worship the Sun (Inti), the main deity for the Incas. Before the arrival of the conquerors, the Temple had its walls decorated by a continuous band of pure gold. The present Church of Santo Domingo was built over the original incan temple in order to evangelize the natives.

Then we visit The Convent of Santo Domingothe Cathedral and the Main Square.

After that we visit the archaeological park that surround the city of Cusco: 

Sacsayhuaman, one of the most impresive incan complexes. Built with stone blocks wonderfully united, that protect the city. The main wall is formed by stones measuring up to 5 meters high and 2.5 meters wide, and can weigh between 90 and 125 metric tons. Move these stones was a real challenge, but so was the perfect fit between them and the care put into the curvature of the pads. 

Qenqo, the interest of this place lies in two aspects: the originality of its construction, since it is a huge rock carved with different symbols of the Andean people, and the closeness to Sacsayhuaman. Qenko is known as a Labyrinth, because of the multiple tunnels and galleries.

Tambomachay, was one of the pillars of the defensive system of the Cuzco valley. It consists of a set of structures finely carved in stone, aqueducts and water falls from the springs and hot springs nearby (so you think it was related to the worship of water). The sound of the water in the place, the tranquility and peace of the rooms and the shape of the space in which it was built, give Tambomachay a peculiar atmosphere. Besides is a great example of the ability of the Andean architects to harmonize their constructions.

Pukapukara, which means "red fortress", because its limestones acquired a reddish coloration due to the abundant iron in the land. It was a "pukara", which is a small fortified construction which function was to protect Tambomachay, a very important inca palace. Its main function was to more administrative control than militar. This site is composed of a small square rooms and two walls that hold a roof terrace. By where it is located, it has visual domain of the zone, it must have been, besides a monitoring and control center, a gateway to Cusco from the Antisuyo.

Overnight in Cuzco.

Day 06: Sacred Valley of the Incas

pisac

Today we will explore the beautiful Sacred Valledy of The Incas.

We will vist the the Pisac town, here will walk around the indigenous market, where we find beautfiul handycrafts, fruit, and food. Then we go up to the Pisaq Incan ruins on the hillside from where we get a great view of the town. There is an strange coincidence between the distances that unite the cities of Pisac, Cuzco and Pikillacata. The distance between Cusco and Pisac is 30km, it is the same distance if measured at Pisac and Cusco Pikillacta Pikilacta are equally 30km. By joining with straight line these three cities, a perfect equilateral triangle, which creates multiple speculation about the incredible architectural genius that the Incas had achieved.

Following our visit, we continue and pass through the towns of Coya, Lamay, Calca, Yucay, and Urubamba, observing beautiful flora and fauna during the route that takes around 45 minutes to Urubamba village for lunch in a cozy restaurant.

Next, we will visit the amazing Ollantaytambo fortress. It was a fortified city built by the Inca Pachacutec and at the time of the conquest served as a fortress for Manco Inca Yupanqui. The city was formed as a military, economic and administrative and agricultural complex. Ollantaytambo was also an important "tambo" or city with houses, huge food stores, and places for astronomical observation. 

Overnight in the Cuzco.  

Day 07: Machu Picchu

machu picchu cuzco

We will take a train to Machu Picchu, the wonderful Inca citadel. During the trip we will travel along the Vilcanota river and the mountains, enjoying a magical landscape. When we start changing from the Andes to the the Upper Amazon rainforest region, then we know we are closer to the great Machu Picchu.
We arrive at Aguas Calientes town, from where we take the bus which will take us to Machu Picchu.

Once in Machu Picchu, we explore the citadel, and go through the different rooms and areas, like the Intihuatana (Sun Stone), the Sun Temple, The Sacred Stone, and the Room of 3 Windows. 

Time to explore the citadel and take pictures. After our visit we go back by train to Cuzco.

Overnight in Cuzco.

 

 

Day 08: Cuzco Out

Transfer from your hotel to the airport.   

 

What is included?

  • Private airport / bus terminal shuttle transfer In & Out
  • Transportation with AC and professional driver.
  • English speaking guide.
  • All entrances fee (tickets)
  • 02 nights accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast included.
  • 01 night accommodation in Colca (Chivay or Yanque) with breakfast included.
  • 04 nights accommodation in Cuzco with breakfast included.
  • 01 Buffet Lunch at Aguas Calientes
  • 01 Buffet Lunch at the Sacred Valley 
  • Round Trip Train Tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Flight Arequipa ---> Cuzco
  • 24 hours assistance during the trip.

What is not included?

  • Other meals or expenses not specified above.

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