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Experiencing Local Life

Greatly enjoy the best of Peru with this circuit from and to Lima. Visit beautiful colonial cities, the archeological sites of ancient civilizations and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Meet the descendants of the Incas, the native camelids of the highlands, and undertake the pilgrimage to the peaks of the Andes to visit the magnificent citadel and mountain of Machu Picchu.

DAY 1

International Arrival

Upon your arrival in Lima, a transportation service will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. The Peruvian capital is a metropolis filled with history and has approximately 10 million inhabitants. Nowadays, the city goes through an exciting process of cultural and economic change. (Includes the assistance of an English speaking representative). Read more

Lima
DAY 2

Lima City Tour

Explore Lima´s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Be amazed by Lima´s Cathedral, built during the 16th century and took over 80 years to complete. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the VII century. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the "Love Park" in the scenic coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Read more

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DAY 3

Lima to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred from the hotel to Lima airport. Once you arrive at the airport of Cusco, a transportation service will be there transfer you to your hotel. A representative will inform you about the attractions and services that the city has to offer. You will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (QuriKancha 'Golden Temple'), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Here, during the Inca Empire reverence was surrendered to the sun ("Inti"), and there was a time when it was covered with gold. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of IntiRaymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know PukaPucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. PukaPucara, which means "Red Fortress", was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel Read more

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DAY 4

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately four hours time. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu Pueblo" and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes there is a train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer by bus you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec. Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", and is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world. At the end of the tour you will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes and have lunch at ¨Cafe Inkaterra¨ Machu Picchu. The rest of the afternoon will be free. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Read more

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DAY 5

Trip back to Cusco

Today you can return optionally to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions of the citadel. Visit the Intipunku, which in Castilian means "Sun Gate" and is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu if you follow the Inca trail from Ollantaytambo. The sun rises every day through this door if viewed from the most important buildings of the citadel. You may climb the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means "Young Mountain" as opposed to Machu Picchu. This ascent takes about an hour and its main attraction is the "Temple of the Moon", a complex of underground constructions likely to have been used by the elite. Finally, you will be able to know the Inca Bridge, an incredible stone building that served as entrance or exit of the citadel. In the afternoon you will head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco from there. Read more

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DAY 6

Trip to Puno

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to the bus station. The journey to Puno will have three stops; the first one at Andahuaylillas, a town located 40 kilometers from Cusco whose main attraction is the Church of Andahuaylillas. also called the "Sistine Chapel of America" due to the high quality art found in it. The structure was built in the sixteenth century on construction sites of possibly the Wari culture. Today it houses a recently restores organ with its original tubes. The journey continues to Racchi, where the Temple of Wiracocha is located; a surprising and singular rectangular building, 30 meters wide and 20 high, similar to a wall. It has windows and doors and is thought of as the highest roof of the Inca Empire. You will stop for lunch in Sicuani, and then make a brief stop at La Raya, the highest of the road between Puno and Cusco on the 4313 m point. From here, 61 kilometers from the city of Juliaca, you will reach the village of Pucara, where the Lithic Pucara Museum is located. This town was the first urban settlement of the lake itself and developed between 100 and 300AC. Finally, you will take the last journey to the city of Puno and be transferred to your selected hotel. Read more

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DAY 7

Uros and Taquile Islands Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Upon your arrival at Puno's lake port, a vessel will take you to the floating islands of the Uros. Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reed that grows in the lake. The islands are built by weaving this reed in the places where they grow the thickest and form a natural layer. They build their totora houses over it and cook in the open air to prevent possible fires. After a one and a half-hour tour, you will continue your trip to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands, inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and it is possible to note vestiges of said culture in their buildings. Upon your arrival, you will receive a brief explanation on the island and will attend a cultural activity. You will return to Puno after lunch. Read more

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DAY 8

Puno to La Paz

Breakfast at the hotel. During the morning, you will be transferred to the Sanctuary of Copacabana to board the catamaran cruise, where you can enjoy a snack while sailing to Sun Island, cradle of the Inca Empire. In this legendary island you will visit the Garden, Inca steps and fountain and Cultural Complex Inti Wata, the main private tourist attraction in Bolivia, which includes the underground museum Ekako, centers of traditional medicine and raft totora elaboration, the Intica shelter and the largest variety of Andean camelids located in the "Manco Kapac" viewpoint. Visit to the Inti Wata complex also includes the possibility of sailing on board an immense typical raft of Totora and a visit to the Inca palace Pilkokaina. Later, you will return to the catamaran to go to Chua port and along the way enjoy a buffet lunch. Then you will be transferred by road to the city of La Paz. Read more

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DAY 9

La Paz City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. You will start your tour to the city, visiting Saint Francis' Church and the Witches' Market, a shopping area where it is possible to get all the supplies that local healers use for their rituals. You will then head to the Moon Valley, an area with strange clay geological formations caused by wind erosion on a mountain top. Read more

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DAY 10

Departure from La Paz

Breakfast at the hotel. A transportation service wil transfer you from the selected hotel to the airport. A representative will assist you during the journey.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lima
Day 3
Location Cusco
Day 4
Location Aguas Caliente
Day 5
Location Cusco
Day 6
Location Puno
Day 8
Location La Paz
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lima
Day 3
Location Cusco
Day 4
Location Aguas Caliente
Day 5
Location Cusco
Day 6
Location Puno
Day 8
Location La Paz
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lima
Day 3
Location Cusco
Day 4
Location Aguas Caliente
Day 5
Location Cusco
Day 6
Location Puno
Day 8
Location La Paz

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport and during tours
  • Accommodation (Two nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Lima, two nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Cusco, one night on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Aguas Calientes, two nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Puno and 2 nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis in La Paz.)
  • Local guides (English/Spanish)
  • Admission to all major monuments and sightseeing attractions mentioned in above itinerary: Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Larco Museum in Lima; Coricancha, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay in Cusco; Machu Picchu; Andahuaylillas, Racchi y Puca Pucara on route Cusco–Puno; Uros and Taquile islands in Puno; Catamaran in Titicaca Lake; Sun Island, Cultural Complex Inti wata and Valley of the Moon in La Paz and Cusco Tourist Tax (BTC ticket) included
  • Meals (Breakfast from day 2 to day 10. Lunch on day 4 in Aguas Calientes, on day 6 during the jouney Cusco-Puno , on day 7 in Taquile and lunch on day 8 in the catamaran

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • All rates are per person and apply only to foreign passengers.
  • Please note these packages are not available during Holly Week, June 24th, July 28 & 29th, Christmas and New Year (Dec 31st & Jan 1st).
  • Prices may change without warning and can only be guaranteed once the reservation has been made.
  • The rates do not apply to residents staying for more than 60 days or to corporate passengers (staying 4 or more nights in Lima.
  • Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age, birthdate and flight schedule.
  • The accommodation options mentioned in the itinerary above are available at the creation of this quotation; the final accommodation options depend on the availability at the moment of payment of the deposit. If an accommodation option is unavailable, we will reserve accommodation of equivalent quality.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Suzanne Kochevar, United States

As on each trip, there are situations that stand out as very special. LimaTours found us a guide who made our time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley unbelievably special. He wanted us to have the very best experience we could have…and he put himself ‘out there’ so that would happen. Thanks again for creating a wonderful, amazing trip for us!! Read more

James Fraser, United States

My wife and I recently visited Peru having arrangemed the itinerary, through our travel agent, with Travcoa. It was our good fortune that Travcoa uses your agency in Peru. Your staff was terrific - knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, efficient - the arrangements flawless, the chosen hotels were superb. And when LAN had a problem with a connection making us anxious about getting to Iquitos in time for our boat trip, a few of your staff at Lima airport willingly provided me with aid and reassurance. Thank you very much. Read more

Matias Andres, United States

Thank you Lima Tours for a truly memorable and professional Peru experience! We loved every part of our vacation including the guides, private arrangements, highly recommended properties, and transportation services. Everyone at Lima Tours is a true professional and ensure that their guest feel comfortable and at ease throughout their visit. Machu Picchu and Lima are spectacular sites, and having the services of Lima Tours behind them makes it that much better. Shout out to Patricial Roncal, Diego, Alejandro, Javier, and Magda for the phenomenal experience. Read more

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