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Highlights of Colca Canyon & Machu Picchu

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Experience, first hand, the mysteries and enchantments that Peru has to offer. From Cuzco to Machu Picchu and Arequipa/Colca Canyon back to Lima, you will visit colonial cities, ruins, markets and regions that attest to the legacy of Peru’s ancient cultures. This program is one of the most popular trips in Peru with visits to the  ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, explore the lost city of Machu Picchu, visit fascinating villages with stepped terraces dating from pre-Inca times. Then fly to Arequipa, its main attraction is the colonial heritage and Colca Canyon, the world's deepest, twice the depth of Arizona'a Grand Canyon, ideal to experience Peruvian rural lifestyles and watch condors soar from teh lookout points.

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Day 1 Arrival in Lima
Day 2 Lima / Arequipa / Chivay (Colca Canyon)
Day 3 Chivay (Colca Canyon) / Arequipa 
Day 4 Arequipa / Cuzco – Yucay ( Urubamba Valley )
Day 5 Urubamba Valley (Salt Pools and Quechua Village)
Day 6 Urubamba Valley / Machu Picchu
Day 7 Machu Picchu / Cuzco
Day 8 Cuzco
Day 9 Cuzco / Lima

Day 1 Arrival in Lima
Founded in 1535 by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro, this colonial city became the political and military capital of the New World until it was declared the capital of Peru in 1821. We begin our tour of Colonial and Modern Lima, “City of Kings." Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor with its cathedral and palace, and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Continue with a visit to the Gold Museum, a large private collection including examples of pre-Columbian gold, silver, ceramics, weavings and mummies. The second floor gallery contains marvelous collection of weapons, ceramics and textiles. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 2 Arequipa / Chivay (Colca Canyon)
Morning drive along the Misti and Chacani volcanoes takes you to the fertile and picturesque Colca Valley, once the second most important valley of the Inca Empire. En route, visit the Aguda Blanca National Reserve, Mollepunka prehistoric caves and colorful colonial Indian villages. After a picnic lunch, proceed to Chivay, the capital city of the Colca Valley for overnight. (L,D)

Day 3 Chivay (Colca Canyon ) / Arequipa
Morning drive to the earth's deepest canyon. Colca is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon and far more impressive. Visit typical villages with baroque colonial churches, and archaeological sites. Proceed to the lookout point, "Condor Cross" and see condors that nest in the steep canyon walls soaring down to the river where thermal springs spout water. After lunch, visit the medicinal hot springs of La Calera, and return to your hotel in Arequipa in the late afternoon. (B,L)

Day 4 Arequipa / Cuzco – Yucay ( Urubamba Valley )
Morning transfer to airport for the flight to Cuzco. Meeting & Greet services upon arrival and transfer through the Sacred Valley countryside of Urubamba to the Spanish Colonial village of Pisac for a variety of Peruvian handicrafts, jewelry and excellent bargains on Alpaca sweaters. After lunch, continue to the village of Ollantaytambo, an ancient fortress of temples and terraces that tower over the valley. Overnight at your hotel. (B,L)
Day 5 Urubamba Valley (Salt Pools and Quechua Village)
Morning excursion to the impressive salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. Continue your excursion and visit an authentic Quechua Village to feel the way of life of the Inca's ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos, see Quechua children scamper about while woman are weaving their family's clothes. (B,L)
Day 6 Urubamba Valley / Machu Picchu
Following breakfast transfer to Ollantaytambo to board our train traveling through the sacred Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu considered the "Lost City" of the Incas. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, this significant archaeological find is situated along remote mountains, amid a semi-tropical jungle and therefore was hidden for 400 years until discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham of Yale University. From the train station, our tour bus will make the ascent to this ancient citadel to explore the temples, altars and more than 200 buildings. After lunch, time to explore on your own.
Return to the hotel for overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Machu Picchu / Cuzco
Morning free to revisit the ruins on your own. Lunch on your own, afternoon return back to Cuzco and your hotel for overnight. (B,L)
Day 8 Cuzco
Morning walking tour of Cuzco, afternoon free to explore the ancient city.  Overnight at your hotel.

Day 09 Cuzco / Lima
Morning transfer to airport for the flight to Lima. (B)

Best time to go
Arequipa boasts Peru’s most pleasant weather with an average of 300 sunny days per year, making it a perfect destination year ‘round. Temperatures show little variations from month to month with average highs in the lower 70’s and lows around 50°F.
Cuzco / Machu Picchu season is May - December

What to do
• Colonial tours: Don’t miss Santa Catalina Convent and other colonial landmarks.
• Colca Canyon: World’s deepest canyon is a very recommended

Package Features 

  • R/T airfare Lima / Cuzco
  • 2 nights in Lima 
  • 2 nights in Yucay 
  • 1 night in Machu Picchu 
  • 2 night in Cuzco 
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Lunch as per itinerary  
  • Half-day Pisac Indian Market and Ollantaytambo Ruins 
  • City & Ruins tour in Cuzco
  • Full day Full Day Quechua Village and Salt Pools 
  • 2-day Tour Machu Picchu, including train, meals and entrance fees
  • Transfer to / from airports / hotels
  • Locally hosted by English Speaking guide
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • Features 
  • 1 night in Colca
  • Round trip transfers
  • Tours as indicated
  • Breakfast daily
  • Locally hosted by English speaking guides
  • Hotel room tax

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