Colonial Arequipa and the incredible Machu Picchu

Destination Lima Arequipa Canyon del Colca Sicuani Cusco Sacred Valley
Duration 9 days 8 nights
Dates & Prices
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Tour Highlights

 

Lost city of the Incas Conquistadors in Peru Peru land of the Incas Iconic animals of Peru
Machu Picchu Colonial heritage Inca legacy Lamas and alpacas

 

 

Experiences

During this private luxury tour to Peru, you will wander in Barranco district of Lima to discover the bohemian atmosphere of the capital. You will travel back into the time and spend a night in a colonial house of 18th century in Arequipa. You will have explore the typical villages along the Colca Canyon and discover the local lifestyle. Uncover the mysterious world of the Incas and their beliefs during your stay in Cusco. Discover the thousands of salines of Maras, used since the time of the Incas until today.

 

Your tour at a glance

With this 9 day luxury private tour with your dedicated guide you will discover the different sides of the colorful capital Lima, the colonial heritage of Arequipa, an excellent example of the colonial settlement of conquistadors, and of course, you will have the opportunity to reach the the incredible Machu Picchu by luxury Hiram Bingham train. During this tour you will meet the local people and you will discover their lifestyle. Your dedicated guide will be always there to make your experience more immersive. 

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Lima
Day 1 : Arrival in Lima

Your private guide will meet you upon your arrival at Lima airport to start your tour in the land of the Incas. Your arrival to Lima will give you the possibility to go up in altitude gradually. Hence, you will soak up the colonial past of Peru before to discover the Inca civilization masterpieces. According to your preferences, you can explore the historical center of Lima, you can wander in Barranco district to discover the bohemian atmosphere of the capital or just relax in the famous Kennedy Park located in the heart of the Miraflores district. Your guide will be always at your disposal whatever you want to do. Overnight in Lima.

Day 2 : Flight from Lima to Arequipa
Day 2 : Flight from Lima to Arequipa

The next step of your trip will be Arequipa, another exceptional example of the colonial settlement of Spanish conquistadors. You will reach Arequipa by flight from Lima. Upon your arrival, you will have free time to walk in the historic center of the city. The streets and alleys around Plaza de Armas are particularly pleasant. The visit of Arequipa will give you the opportunity to travel back in time to XVI century and admire religious citadel of Santa Catalina, which is actually remained intact. For the overnight, you will offer you the possibility to spend it in a colonial house of XVIII century to make your experience more pleasant. Overnight in Arequipa.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3 : From Arequipa to Canyon del Colca (3.5h driving)
Day 3 : From Arequipa to Canyon del Colca (3.5h driving)

Having discovered the colonial heritage of Lima and Arequipa, you will take the road to the Canyon del Colca, to discover also the amazing landscapes that offers Peru. Along the way we will cross the Reserva de Salinas y Aguada Blanca. This reserve offers breathtaking landscapes nestled in the middle of snow-covered volcanoes. On the way you will have the opportunity to stop and see herds of alpacas and the famous vicuñas whose wool is the sweetest and most expensive in Peru. It only gives 300 grams of wool per year. Later, we will arrive to Chivay, one of the typical villages along the Colca Canyon where you will meet rural people who come to sell their crops and crafts in the small village market. You will spend the night in traditional bungalows, with ambient interiors echoing the natural beauty of the Andes. Overnight in Yanque.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4 : From Canyon del Colca to Sicuani (5h driving)
Day 4 : From Canyon del Colca to Sicuani (5h driving)

Today we will take the road to Sicuani, a stopover town between Canyon del Colca and Cusco. But first, your guide will take you to the Cruz del Condor, from where you can have a breathtaking view on the Colca canyon and observe the Andean condors hovering over the canyon. On the way to Sicuani, always crossing the Reserva de Salinas y Aguada Blanca, you will admire different species of birds as well as mammals. You will have the opportunity to spot flamingos, deer etc. Other magnificent landscapes will be reserved for you crossing the La Raya pass, before reaching Sicuani in the evening. Overnight in Sicuani.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5 : From Sicuani to Cusco (3h driving)
Day 5 : From Sicuani to Cusco (3h driving)

Today you will finally reach one of the most beautiful cities of Peru, the capital of the Incas, Cusco. This amazing city will perfectly illustrate the rich heritage of the Incas. Here you will admire not only their architectural jewels but also you will learn about the customs and traditions of this ancient civilization. Your private guide will help you to uncover different strange aspects of the mysterious world of the Incas, their beliefs and their lifestyle. You will stroll through the narrow streets of Cusco, especially in San Blas Neighborhood. You will admire it’s perfectly preserved Inca foundations and extraordinary stone with 12 angles. Later you will have the opportunity to spend the night in a former nun's convent turned into a charming hotel built on Inca foundations. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6 : Cusco sightseeing
Day 6 : Cusco sightseeing

Why the Incas were making holes in the skulls of living people? Why they practiced cannibalism and why the children were sacrificed to the Sun God? Today you will explore the four archeological sites near Cusco and your guide will clarify all these questions. You will learn about the cults of the Incas by visiting Tambomachay. You will get more information about the sacrifices and mummification exploring Qenko. Surely, you will appreciate the architectural genius of the Incas by visiting the impressive citadel of Sacsayhuaman. Later you will have free time for your leisure. Your guide will be of course at your disposal, in case you would like to make any additional sightseeing. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7 : Round trip by train to Machu Picchu
Day 7 : Round trip by train to Machu Picchu

Was it the last city of the Incas where they fought against the Spanish conquistadors or just a royal palace? Whatever it was, it will always remain the crowning achievement of the Incan civilization. The incredible Machu Picchu, built on a rocky promontory in 15th century, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the wonders of the world still full of mysteries. Today, you will take the luxury train named after the American explorer Hiram Bingham who discovered Machu Picchu in 1911 and you will reach this amazing architectural jewel. Once you are on the spot, your private guide will welcome you there to make you uncover its best-kept secrets. In the evening you will take again the elegant Hiram Bingham train to come back to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8 : From Cusco to Sacred Valley (2h driving)
Day 8 : From Cusco to Sacred Valley (2h driving)

Today you will explore the cradle of the Inca Empire, the mysterious Sacred Valley. Why it was considered as sacred for the Incas and for what it was valued? Explore it with your private guide to find all the answers. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is well known for its impressive Inca ruins, amazing landscapes, charming small villages and vast agricultural terraces. Wander in Chinchero along the way, a small pleasant village famous for its textile manufacturing whose inhabitants still wear their colorful traditional clothes. The village is also known for its agricultural terraces, dating back to the time of the Incas, used until today. Later, you will reach Ollantaytambo, one of the famous cities of the Sacred Valley. Here you will not only discover the ruins of Ollantaytambo fortress with its famous wall of 6 monoliths, the Temple of the Sun and the baths, but you will feel the typical charm and unique atmosphere of the city where you will surely meet Peruvians walking their lama, these iconic animals of Peru. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9 : From Sacred Valley to Cusco Airport (2h driving)
Day 9 : From Sacred Valley to Cusco Airport (2h driving)

TToday your private guide will take you back to Cusco, from where you will take your homebound flight. According to your flight schedule, your guide will be happy to make you discover also Maras and Moray on the way to Cusco Airport, two other witnesses of the genius of the Incas that you will surely appreciate. Moray is famous for its circular agricultural terraces from the time of the Inca civilization. Stimulating up to 20 different types of microclimates, the conception of these terraces demonstrate the incredible scientific thinking of the Incas. As to the thousands of salines of Maras, they are used since the time of the Incas until today for obtaining the salt. Later, you will arrive to Cusco airport for your departure flight.

Meals : Breakfast

Hotels during this exclusive luxury trip to Peru

 

Belmond Miraflores Park, Lima - 5*
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  Luxury tour Peru Lima
   
  Luxury tour Peru Lima

 

Why we chose it?


Incarnation of urban elegance beside the city's cultural gems

Rooftop pool with ocean view

Amazonian-inspired wellness

Exquisitely decorated interior bearing native accents of Peru 

 

Overview

The hotel Miraflores is a luxury accommodation set in the heart of the verdant Miraflores Park, Lima’s most fashionable areas, with panoramic ocean views. Enjoy the nourishing therapies of the local Spa or just relax in your spacious marble bathroom with bathtub and separate shower. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your dinner in the stylish, framed by impeccable gardens restaurant of the hotel, and make a complete immersion in the South America’s culinary capital.

 


 

CIRQA - Relais & Châteaux, Arequipa - 5*
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  Luxury tour Peru Arequipa
   
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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 Las Casitas, Canyon del Colca - 5*
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  Luxury tour Peru Canyon del Colca
   
  Luxury tour Peru Canyon del Colca

 

Why we chose it?


Surrounded by the serenity of the mesmerizing Colca Valley

Experience the traditional beauty of Peru

Bland of traditional and modern luxury touches in the awe-inspiring natural environment

Individual ‘’casitas’’ with a private terrace and hot tub

 

Overview

Discover the hidden gem of the Andes by spending an overnight in las casitas of breathtaking Colca Valley. Relax in your individual casita with a private terrace and hot tub or enjoy the treatments of the local wellness Spa rich in indigenous organic plants and flowers that soothe your body and mind. Another memorable experience for you could be the Alpaca feeding, these emblematic animals, which are walking near the casitas.

 


 

Wilkamayu hotel, Sicuani - 3*
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Why we chose it?


Strategically located in the tourist corridor Cusco - Puno or Cusco - Arequipa

Charming central courtyard with colonial-style galleries

Warm and homely atmosphere 

 

Overview

The hotel Wilkamayu is the ideal accommodation to make a stopover between Cusco and Arequipa or Puno and Cusco. Even it’s not a luxury accommodation, it offers first rate quality services to its guests and does its best to ensure a pleasant and relaxing experience to its visitors complying their highest expectations. The charming garden decorated with antiques and artworks from Cusco will ensure your peaceful evening at the hotel.

 


 

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco - 5*
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  Luxury tour Peru Cusco
   
  Luxury tour Peru Cusco

 

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.

 


 

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado, Ollantaytambo - 5*

 

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  Luxury tour Peru Ollantaytambo
   
  Luxury tour Peru Ollantaytambo

 

Why we chose it?


Cozy environment in the middle of the Sacred Valley

Chalet-style luxury retreat with Andes views

Local planetarium to observe the stars and planets

 

Overview

The overnight in Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado will give you the possibility to relax in the cozy environment of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will travel back in time and you will feel how the aristocratic families of Cusco were living at that time. Here, you will also have the possibility to see how the locals prepare the famous Peruvian ‘’pachamanca’’ in the earthen oven.

 


 

 

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 Lima to Arequipa
- Internal flight from Cusco to Lima
- 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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