12 Days/11 nights - Visits to Arequipa and Colca Canyon, Puno & Lake Titicaca, and Cusco to Machu Picchu - The Perfect Complete Itinerary
Transport from and to airport in Lima & for flights from Puno to Cusco
Accommodation in Lima (2 nights), Arequipa/Colca Canyon ( 3 nights), Puno (3 nights), Cusco (3 nights)
Ground Transport between Colca Canyon & Puno (optional flight)
All Noted Guided Services at Each Destination
PeruRail Expedition Train Ticket
Entrance Fees to Historic and Archaeological Sites at Each Destination
Rates available upon request
Day 1 - Lima
International flight arrival to Lima. Private airport transfer to your hotel with hotel lobby welcome greeting, Peru orientation, and welcome gift from Dargui Tours' travel adviser (Welcome may be following morning depending on time of arrival). Overnight stay.
Day 2 - Get to Know Lima (optional day)
After included hotel breakfast, morning or afternoon half-day tour (4 to 5 hours).. Tour is an optional Lima City Tour or Peruvian Cuisine Gastronomic Tour.
Lima City Tour will showcase the mixture of Spanish colonial sites near Downtown Lima along with the modern design of Miraflores and San Isidro. The Gastronomic Tour will introduce you to the staples of Peruvian Cuisine throughout several districts of the city. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 - Arrival to Arequipa
Early morning reception and transfer to Airport and transfer to your Hotel in Arequipa. Free morning. Because of the high altitude it is advisable that you take a short rest to acclimatize.
Afternoon reception for Arequipa City Tour. Tour includes the visit to the Arequipa Cathedral, the Compañia Church, and the historic convent of Santa Catalina. You will then visit the Yanahuara Mirador, a scenic lookout that offers spectacular vistas of the city including the volcanoes of Misti, Chachani and Picchu Picchu. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4 - Arrival to the Colca Canyon
After included hotel breakfast, reception and excursion to the Colca Valley. Route passes near mountain vistas and habitats of llamas and vicunas up and over a mountain pass just under 5,000 meters before descending to the fertile, picturesque Colca Valley and the town of Chivay.
Transfer to your hotel and included late lunch. Free evening at your hotel near the Colca River and hot springs. Overnight stay at your hotel in the Colca Valley,
Day 5 - Visit the Colca Canyon & Condor Viewing
Included breakfast at your hotel then reception visit into the mouth of the Colca Canyon and the Cross of the Condor for best possible viewing of the condors of Peru.. Pass through scenic Andean villages of Tapay, Pinchollo, and Yanque. Panoramic view of the active Sabancaya volcano.
Afternoon lunch in town of Chivay and time for walk near the principle square of this Andean village. Late afternoon transfer back to your lodge in the Colca Canyon. (Option for immediate transfer to Puno to skip evening and following morning of relaxation).
Day 6 - Relaxation in the Colca Canyon
After included breakfast at your hotel, you will have the day free to enjoy the grounds and facilities of your hotel in the Colca Canyon. While this day is optional, we strongly recommend one full day of relaxation during your travels in one of our favorite places in Peru. Spa facilities and optional daytime activities also available at additional costs.
Mid-day or early afternoon departure towards Arequipa, where we'll turn east for the 6-hour ground transfer towards Puno through Andean Highland landscapes for evening arrival to Puno and overnight here. (Option for flight to Puno from Arequipa is available at additional cost).
Day 7 - Visit to Uros Floating Islands & Amantani Island
After included breakfast at hotel, reception and excursion onto Lake Titicaca in motorboat to reach the famous Lake Titicaca Floating Islands. Made of totora reeds, the native Uros of Peru, descendants of a pre-Inca tribe, live here throughout the year.
Lunch provided in home of Uros. Optional short excursions will be available to sail from one island to another on a reed raft. Afterwards, we will continue by motorboat towards the island of Amantani, located to the Northeast of Puno. Return to hotel in Puno for overnight stay over (Optional evening dinner and stay at family home in Amantani).
Day 8 - Visit to Taquile Island
Included breakfast at hotel. In the morning. Morning excursion to further island of Taquile to meet the Quechua-speaking Taquilenos.. This island is known for its tradition of fine textile handicrafts rocky and very steep topography with pre-Inca archaeological remains. Afternoon restaurant lunch. Boat return to Puno for overnight stay in hotel.
Day 9 - Arrival to Cusco & Visit of the City
After breakfast at your hotel, reception and transfer to airport for flight from Puno to Cusco (note that ground transportation services are also available - including the luxurious Titicaca Train by PeruRail). Reception in Cusco and transfer to your Cusco hotel and lunch on own.
In the afternoon, a half-day Cusco City will highlight Cusco’s historic past and blend of Incan and Spanish architecture. The excursion features walk-thru tours of the Cathedral and the ruins of Koricancha as well as ruins just outside the city. Return to hotel in Cusco for overnight stay.
Day 10 - Excursion to the Sacred Valley
Included breakfast at your hotel. Transfer and journey to The Sacred Valley of the Incas where we'll visit the market in Pisac and stop to visit ruins in Urubamba. After buffet lunch, visit the Inca Citadel at Ollantaytambo, a complex of ruins distinguished by fine masonry, terraces, fortress walls, and the Temple of the Sun. Return to Cusco for overnight stay.
Day 11 -Arrival to Iconic Machu Picchu
Included breakfast at your hotel, then reception and transfer to the train station to board PeruRail’s Expedition Train. Greeting in Aguas Calientes and transfer by bus to explore the World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu For two hours with guide, experience the secret city of the Incas. Never discovered by the Spanish, it remains South America´s most spectacular archaeological site.
Explore Machu Picchu for two more hours on own before returning to Aguas Calientes with Lunch buffet. Train return and transfer to Cisco for overnight stay.
Day 12 - Return to Lima
Included breakfast at your hotel. Mid-morning reception and transfer to Cusco Airport and connect to final international destination in Lima (depending on flight time. (See options below).