Machu picchu : the masterpiece of the Incas

Destination Arequipa Puno Cusco
Duration 6 days 5 nights
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Tour Highlights

 

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Experiences

Admire the amazing sunrise at Lake Titicaca on board of the luxury Andean Explorer train. Travel back into the time by visiting the religious citadel of Santa Catalina in Arequipa. Discover why the Inca chose such an extraordinary natural location for their incredible citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the sacrifices and mummifications practiced by the Incas in Qenko.

 

Your tour at a glance

This 6 day luxury tour is designed for those who have limited time for their trip but who want to enjoy quietly their stay and make as many discoveries as possible. Having discovered the colonial Arequipa, you will make a 3 days luxury train tour to discover the mystical Lake Titicaca by finishing your magic experience in the capital of the Incas, Cusco. The final step of your tour will be the unequalled Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas dating back to 15th century.  

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Arequipa
Day 1 : Arrival in Arequipa

You will start your Peruvian journey by arriving to the colonial city of Arequipa, an exceptional example of the colonial settlement of Spanish conquistadors, sheltering as well the well-known Inca mummy of ''Juanita''. The historical center of Arequipa is inscribed on the UNESCO heritage list. Your private guide will be glad to take you through the pretty cityscapes and you will have the opportunity to travel back into the time by visiting the spectacular religious citadel of Santa Catalina, the largest convent in the world which has been remained intact from the 16th century. Overnight in Arequipa.

Day 2 : From Arequipa to Puno by Andean Explorer luxury train
Day 2 : From Arequipa to Puno by Andean Explorer luxury train

The well preserved mummy of ''Juanita'', dating back to the XV century, will be certainly one of the most interesting discoveries during your stay in Arequipa. Who was Juanita and why she was sacrificed? Learn about it during your visit of the Museo Santuarios Andinos. Later, you can explore the convent of Santa Catalina, a real city in the city built in 1579. Your private guide will be glad to make you discover the colonial past of Arequipa, through its historical monuments such as the most unusual and well known colonial Cathedral of Arequipa. In the evening, you will take the luxury Andean Explorer train to reach Puno, the cradle of the Inca civilization and the folkloric capital of Peru. You will be lodged in a comfortable en-suite cabin with a private bathroom with a washbasin. Here, everything is designed to best meet the expectations of its demanding customers. Diner and overnight on board, the train will continue travelling, to reach later the mystical Lake Titicaca.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3 : Lake Titicaca and its islands
Day 3 : Lake Titicaca and its islands

The amazing sunrise at Lake Titicaca will be one of the greatest moments of your trip. Today you will have the opportunity to explore the most picturesque islands of the highest navigable lake in the world (3812 m): Uros and Taquile, to meet their inhabitants and to learn about the local lifestyle. Later, after your private lunch at Collata Beach in Taquile, you will continue your journey by train to Cusco, the one-time capital of the Incas, enjoying the marvelous landscapes on the way. In the evening, you will enjoy the pre-dinner cocktails and later you will take the diner in the train’s two beautiful dining carriages: Llama and Muña. Bright and elegant, each atmospheric space is the perfect setting for gastronomic discovery. Overnight on board at Marangani.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4 : From Puno to Cusco by Andean Explorer luxury train
Day 4 : From Puno to Cusco by Andean Explorer luxury train

Today you will reach Cusco, the once famed capital of the Inca Empire and the uncontested archeological capital of the Americas. The road by train from Arequipa to Cusco is not only a very comfortable way to travel, it's also a nice opportunity to admire the high-altitude landscapes that stretches from Arequipa to Cusco. Before to arrive to Cusco, you will make another stop to make the Raqchi tour exploring the stunning archeological park with Inca ruins. Thus, you will conclude your magic experience on board of the elegant Andean Explorer train. Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will meet your private guide and will explore with him the colonial buildings of the city with their perfectly preserved Inca foundations. Later, take the time to visit the central Mercado de Cusco (San Pedro Central Market) tasting the local flavors as the delicious ceviche (marinated raw fish with lemon juice). Overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5 : Round trip by train to Machu Picchu
Day 5 : Round trip by train to Machu Picchu

Every time, when we talk about the Incas and their heritage, it's not possible to forget about the ''lost city'' of Machu Picchu. This mystical Incan citadel of the 15th century still remains the crowning achievement of the Incan civilization with its best-kept secrets. This morning, you will board the luxury Hiram Bingham train to uncover the hidden treasures of Machu Picchu with your private guide. How and why this incredible site was built? Why the Inca chose such an extraordinary natural location for the citadel? Discover it during your visit. Late in the afternoon, take the elegant Hiram Bingham train and journey back to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6 : Cusco and departure
Day 6 : Cusco and departure

Today your private guide will take you to Cusco Airport for your departure flight. In case you have an evening flight, he will be glad to make you discover the archeological sites with the Inca ruins which were protecting Cusco some centuries ago. Thus, you will have the opportunity to learn about the water cult ceremonies by visiting Tambomachay, you will learn also about sacrifices and mummification by visiting Qenko etc. Later, your guide will take you to the airport of Cusco for your departure.

Meals : Breakfast

Hotels during this exclusive luxury trip to Peru

 

CIRQA - Relais & Châteaux, Arequipa - 5*
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Why we chose it?


Amazing experience in a 16th century colonial period hotel

Located in the historic center of Arequipa

Tailor-made organic amenities  

 

Overview

Your stay in Cirqa hotel will give you the opportunity to travel back in time to 16th century, the period when Arequipa was built and to live an unforgettable experience in a colonial house. The powerful walls, arches and columns of the hotel are all made of volcanic rocks. Its astounding architectural interior with current contemporary nuances is a perfect bland of modern and traditional touches.

 


 

Belmond Andean Explorer Train - 5*
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Why we chose it?


South America's first luxury sleeper train

En suite cabin with private bathroom

Spa treatments on board

Beautiful dining carriages for gastronomic discovery 

 

Overview

Traveling on board of the Andean Explorer Train is a unique experience to discover some marvels of Peru by train. Installed in your luxury en suite cabin with private bathroom your will start your journey from the colonial Arequipa, cross the mystical Titicaca Lake and arrive to the one-time capital of the Incas, Cusco. All necessary facilities are accessible on board of the train: Spa treatments, dining carriages and open deck.

 


 

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco - 5*
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Why we chose it?


Built on Inca foundations

Decorated with colonial period frescoes

Specialty dishes prepared by leading Peruvian chefs

Inspired Andean wellness 

 

Overview

This former convent built on the Inca foundations, dating back to 17th century will take you back in time and you will live an amazing experience in your artistic room where the Inca stonework meets the Spanish colonial architecture and where the modern comfort meets the old-world charm. Relax at open-air heated pool, enjoying the colorful dishes at the local Senzo Bar. Don’t miss the unique Spa treatments that offers the local Hypnoze Spa, inspired by Inca and Andean culture.

 


 

 

Your tour includes:

- All private transfers with air conditioned high end SUV with all applicable transport taxes
- Dedicated English speaking guide-driver and his living expenses
- All luxury accommodations with full breakfast daily
- Internal flight from Cusco to Lima
- Luxury Andean Explorer train tour from Arequipa to Cusco with 2 magic overnights in suite cabin with private bathroom
- 2 gastronomic dinners on board of the elegant Andean Explorer train
- Private lunch on Taquile island in Titicaca Lake
- All entrance fees as per described itinerary
- Luxury train (Hiram Bingham) for a round trip to Machu Picchu
- Gastronomic lunch and dinner on board of Hiram Bingham train
- Bus for a round trip to Machu Picchu entrance
- Courtesy of fresh bottled water at all times in the car
- Car and passenger insurance
- All parking fees

 

Your tour does not include:

- Meals and drinks (except as specified above)
- Personal expenses (tips, telephone calls etc...)
- International airfare

 

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