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Andean Explorer with Arequipa &
( 14 days and 13 nights )
Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)=
lunch / (D)= dinner
Cost by person in Double Ocupancy US$ 1,445 Each
Day 1: Arrive Lima.
.Your included city tour focuses on Lima’s rich colonial
history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of
Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the
independence of the South American republics in the early
19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of
Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and with its
eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 2: Lima – Pisco – Nazca Lines – Paracas
. Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway
to Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy
today as you board your aircraft for a flight over the Nazca
plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot
will point out the mysterious markings known as the Nazca
Lines, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures
etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long!
Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German
mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the
“astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. (B)
Day 3: Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Lima.
Head north to the Bay of Paracas. Cruise out to the
Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of
sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions,
and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, an unexplained
candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also
be seen as you cruise back to shore. Later, return to Lima.
Day 4: Lima – Cusco
. Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Take a short drive into
the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to
Awanakancha, where you will learn about the importance of
the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient
weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the
market town of Pisac. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and
jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other
end of the valley visit Ollantaytambo. Here, some of the
finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. Tonight, try
out the area cuisine at one of Cusco’s numerous restaurants
recommended by your Local Host. (B,L)
Day 5: Cusco – Machu Picchu
. Board a train bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path
through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,”
discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a
guided tour, explore this intact fortress with its temple
remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a
brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient
entrance used by the Incas, or hike to the peak of Huayna
Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco
. A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up
early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco,
where your Local Host will recommend options for your free
time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the
artisan district of San Blas. (B)
Day 7: Cusco – Juliaca – Puno.
Your guided tour of Cusco visits the Plaza de Armas and its
Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery, previously the
Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted
to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold
leaf and filled with golden representations of nature.
Later, fly to Juliaca, where you will be transferred to Puno
on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B)
Day 8: Puno – Lake Titicaca.
Today, enjoy a full-day sailing on Lake Titicaca and take a
motorboat to some of the lake’s more unique islands. Start
with Taquile, once part of the Inca Empire and one of the
last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th
century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island,
which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found
today. Next, travel to the fascinating Uros Islands, home to
the Uros Indians who were forced to live on the lake as the
Incas pushed farther into their territory. These islands are
completely made from reeds, which are continually added to
as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (B,L)
Day 9: Puno – Sillustani – Juliaca – Arequipa
. Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of
Sillustani en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see
where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in
chullpas, above-ground cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to
the 1400s. Transfer to the airport for your flight to
Arequipa, located in the Chili River Valley and flanked by
three snowcapped volcanoes: Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu.
Known as the “white city,” Arequipa definitely does justice
to its nickname, as its buildings are made of sillar, a
white volcanic rock found throughout the area. The stone
embellishes the facades of the city’s homes and churches.
Upon arrival, a city tour of Arequipa shows off the Plaza de
Armas and the Cathedral before visiting the Jesuit Church,
considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style.
Continue to the residential districts of Yanahuara and
Chilina, where you enjoy a magnificent view of Arequipa’s
countryside and the Mount Misti volcano. (B)
Day 10: Arequipa – Colca Canyon
. Depart for Colca Valley. Drive across Pampa Cañahuas
within the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of
vicuñas and a variety of birds. Admire beautiful
pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native
Collaguas. Stop for lunch in the town of Chivay. This
afternoon, relax at La Calera hot springs. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Colca Canyon
. Today is free for independent exploration. Colca Canyon is
an impressive geological formation carved out by the river
as it descended between the mountains (made of largely
volcanic materials) over millions of years. More than twice
as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is one of the
deepest in the world. Observe the spectacular terracing,
considered among the most extensive in southern Peru. These
terraces, which allow cultivation and meticulously
controlled irrigation of the steep slopes of the canyon,
were built by Collagua and Cabana ethnic groups between the
9th and 14th centuries. (B)
Day 12: Colca Canyon – Arequipa
. Proceed to Condors’ Cross, an observation point where you
have the possibility of observing the flight of the condor
in its native habitat. From here, also enjoy the impressive
Colca Canyon panorama. Next, visit the towns of Yanque, Maca,
Achoma, and Pinchollo. In the afternoon, return to Arequipa.
Day 13: Arequipa – Lima
. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima.
Day 14: Lima – Home.
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)
End Our Services.
All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double
All scheduled transportation.
All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide
All entrance fees.
Meals as specified in the itinerary.
International Domestic airfares, airport departure
taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges,
additional nights during the trip due to flight
cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water,
snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls,
radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights
and items of personal nature, domestic flight
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