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This program was designed for those who only have a week and want to see as much as possible. It may suit someone who is travelling on their own and does not need to go with others – working to their short and productive time-scale, it could also be a couple of travellers together. For that, we suggest from 1-7 people in total.
In this 7-day action-packed journey we will offer you to gain an unforgettable experience that couldn’t possibly be planned yourself independently in the time given!
Warning! It will be intensive. We try to cover the bases and while you get each night in comfortable 3 star hotels there will be some early starts and days that are long and involve several local flights.
The starting price of this tour is based on 1 person. If you are a group of people, the price will go lower at the booking. We advise this as an adult only tour due to it’s intensity and amount of travel in a short time.
First day 9:00 am departure.
Today, someone would meet you from your international flight at any time then transfer to your centrally located hotel in the safe district of Miraflores. The transfer takes around 45-50 minutes depending on the time of day and level of traffic.
Overnight 3* Miraflores, Lima
At around 8.45 am, you shall be collected by a private local guide who will take around the downtown area of Lima by car or van. This tour does include the following – San Francisco convent, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza Mayor, Presidential palace, Miraflores Malecon, and Lovers park. but other places may be a possibility if you have a specific interest or wish to hire the guide/driver for extra time. Tour is 3-4 hours with time for lunch (not included) and then continue to the airport for the flight to Arequipa (1 hour and 25 minutes). Upon arrival in Arequipa, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel near the main centre in around 20-25 minutes. Ideally, you will arrive early evening allowing time for your dinner. You may wish to explore on your own (it is quite safe at night and reception can offer a map and quick suggestions) or await the guided tour on the next morning. Arequipa is Peru’s 2nd largest city and elevated at approximately 2100m or 6900 ft.
NOTE – Check out should be done prior to leaving for the city tour and bags should be taken with you in the vehicle as you will transfer directly to the airport afterward,
Overnight 3* hotel Arequipa downtown.
Today you will start around 8.30 am and take a 3 hour guided tour on foot, of the most important areas of the Old historical center – also known as the White City due to the constructions made by Sillar – a white volcanic rock. Your tour does not include entry to the Santa Catalina Monastery but may finish there and if you would like to enter afterward you would have some free time. In the afternoon you will take a private transfer to Colca Canyon in around 3.5-4 hours. There will be some scenic viewpoints to stop at along the way and a chance to see Vicunas (a wild member of the Camilid families and closely related to Alpacas and Llamas)
Once arriving at your hotel you can relax and take dinner on-site or a dinner/show can be arranged for a short taxi drive away.
Overnight 3* hotel Chivay or Yanque
NOTE – You will be collected at your hotel around 1.30 pm so please check out of the room and bring bags to the reception after breakfast and before you start the walking tour of the city.
You will leave by private vehicle after an early breakfast for the drive along the side of the Colca Canyon – 2nd deepest Canyon in the World. You will leave around 7.15 am which means you can be arriving at the most ideal time to be spotting Condors fly at between 9-10 am. Although there is a very good chance to see Condors (from 1 or 2 to as many and 15 or 20) there is still a slight possibility like many experiences in nature that they may not be there. Once you drive back to your hotel to collect bags and lunch at your own discretion you continue back to Arequipa airport for the evening flight to Cusco in 1 hour. From Cusco airport, someone will be waiting to take you to your hotel 15 minutes away and located in the historic center.
Overnight 3* hotel, Cusco center
Today is likely to be the longest of the trip. You would depart around 5.30 am to drive to Ollantaytambo for a train around 8 or 9 am. The train takes 1.5 hours to get to Aguas Calientes (the village at the bottom of the Machu Picchu) from the station someone will meet you and go directly to the ruins in a shuttle bus taking around 25 minutes. You will then commence your guided tour of Machu Picchu lasting around 2 hours. Afterward, you will head back down on the shuttle to the town where you will have time for lunch before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo station and transfer by car back to Cusco by around 7.30 pm
Overnight 3* Hotel Cusco
NOTE – if you are traveling during the months of the dry season (late April to October) there would be the option to take the train directly from Cusco and return back to Cusco. Prices are a little more, not much – please enquire if you can decide to make the journey and interested in the long train ride) and note that this would have little effect on your time at Machu Picchu.
As you have a few hours in the morning before the flight to Juliaca, we offer a short 2-hour guided tour of the historical center with a private guide. You will then depart to the airport no later than 11 am for the shorter 50-minute flight to Juliaca the nearest airport to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Upon arrival at the airport, you will then be transferred directly to your hotel for around 3.30 pm. Ideally have snacks with you on this day. Puno city is your base for Lake Titicaca (largest lake in South America). You will be given information for the next day once arriving at the hotel/reception. Your hotel is just 1 block from the main pedestrian street, full of banks, shops, restaurants, etc.
Overnight 3* hotel Puno
After breakfast (around 7.30 am) you shall be collected and transported to Puno port. At the port, you will be met by the guide and shown the boat that will take you out to the Islands. This is a bilingual group tour (boat takes 25-30 people on average) with a guide and includes visits to the floating Reed Islands and Taquile Island with a typical lunch. You will then transport back to the port for around 4.30 pm. At this stage, you should have the transfer to the hotel and grab a quick/early dinner before going to the airport (45 minutes) for the evening flight at 7.55 pm and arriving at Lima at 9.15 pm.
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NOTE – if you have an international flight departing the next day we advise an airport hotel that can be arranged through us.
If you have a flight earlier in the day, you could still visit the Uros Floating Reed Islands without Taquile Island, and take an early afternoon flight to Lima instead.