Explore Peruvian Culture and Gastronomy

12 Days

 

Day 1 | LIMA


Private | Upon arrival, you will be assisted at the airport and transferred to the hotel | English guide included.
Overnight in Lima.
Meals: None.


Day 2 | LIMA


Private | Introduction to Peruvian gastronomy | English guide included.
The most representative flavors of Peruvian cuisine will be waiting for you. You will embark on
an unforgettable culinary adventure, starting your journey in a typical Peruvian market. There
you will discover a wide variety of national ingredients, among which you will find traditional
Peruvian fruits such as chirimoya, lucuma and aguaymanto. If you are a seafood lover, there is no
doubt that you will be surprised with the several species of fish and shellfish that are available at
the market. Then, you will visit an exclusive Lima restaurant, where you will learn how to prepare
pisco sour and ceviche, two worthy representatives of the Peruvian flavor. Finally, you can enjoy
a delicious lunch with the most important Peruvian dishes.


Private | Half Day City Tour and Larco Museum and Pisco lesson| English guide included.
You will visit the modern and colonial parts of Lima, known as The City of Kings, starting at the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, and passing along a huaca or sacred pre-Inca site, before heading to the Historic Center. There, you will walk along some of the most historically important streets of the city, leading to the Plaza de Armas, where you will have some time to take pictures of the amazing colonial architecture that surrounds it. You will also have the chance to take a peek into an iconic building, that has served Lima citizens for centuries and continues to be an important landmark. Then you will visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo, an astonishing building with colonial style. After exploring the Historical Center, you will head towards the Larco Museum, which houses the incomparable Treasures of Ancient Peru private collection. At the end of your visit you will take part in a lesson on how to prepare our traditional Pisco Sour and Chilcano.

Private | Ancient roots of Lima at Huaca Pucllana by night | English guide included.
You will enjoy a delicious dinner in front of one of the most important pre-Hispanic archaeological sites in Lima: the Huaca Pucllana. Guided by experts, on this night tour you will have a special view of the different walls and spaces of this construction, which is between 1300 and 1800 years old. With the right lighting, the beauty of the place really stands out.

Overnight in Lima. meals: Breakfaset, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 3 | LIMA - AREQUIPA


Private | At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to board the departure flight | English guide included
FLIGHT FROM LIMA TO AREQUIPA (Please, ask for the additional cost)


Private | At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to your hotel in Arequipa | English guide included


Private | Half Day City, Santa Catalina and Juanita Mummy | English guide included
This tour lasts three hours, after picking the hotel begins with the visit of Yanahuara viewpoints and Carmen alto, then visit the sights of the historic center as Cathedral, with a description of the historical features of the monument, company complex where we visit the chapel called dome, then continue visiting the city streets as representative San francisco, Santo domingo, ending with The Monastery of Santa Catalina a representative architectural works.
MUMMY JUANITA: Andean Sanctuaries Museum exhibits artifacts and objects that correspond to the Inca culture. The tour of the museum provides information of a chapter almost unpublished Inca history, the Capaccochas and offerings to the Apus. The world famous "Juanita, the Girl of the Ice " is also exposed with her trousseau, as one of the most important points of visiting the museum as well as a video presentation, ceramics, textiles and other items.

Overnight in Arequipa.
Meals: Breakfast.


Day 4| AREQUIPA - COLCA


Private | COLCA - DAY 1| English guide included
The journey to the Colca Valley in Arequipa is a sample of the Peruvian Andes beauty, where valleys and mountains preserve a formidable natural wealth. On the route, we will make several stops to admire the landscape as in Lagunillas or Pampas de Toccra, perfect to appreciate crystal clear lagoons, impressive rock formations, Andean birds, and other species such as llamas and alpacas. As we approach Arequipa, its enigmatic volcanoes will make their appearance in the landscape: Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu.
After a break at a local restaurant and a change of vehicle, we will arrive at the Patapampa viewpoint, the highest point on the road at 4,900 meters above sea level. From here, we will have a clear view of the eight volcanoes around us. We will descend into the Colca Valley on our way to Chivay, the principal town in the area. Once we arrive, we will have time to have lunch and rest before visiting the thermal baths of La Calera, whose hot waters have a volcanic origin.


Overnight in Colca.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.


Day 5 | COLCA


Private | COLCA - DAY 2 | English guide included
The condor is one of the most impressive birds in the world and has a special symbolism for the Andean communities. Today, we will set out in the condors' search and head to the Cruz del Condor, a viewpoint located in a privileged spot where, if we are lucky, we will have the chance to see this fantastic species gliding over our heads.
As we ascend to the viewpoint, we will have a better view of the Colca Canyon. Its 3270 meters deep makes it one of the world's most profound, extending more than 100 kilometers. Along the route, we will see ancient agricultural terraces on the mountain slopes, a sign of the adaptation of the communities to their environment.
After our time in Cruz del Condor, we will return to Chivay following a particular route to enjoy the surrounding nature. We will stop in villages like Pinchollo and Maca and in viewpoints like Huayra Punko and Antahuilque, amazing spots to see the terraces and lagoons that adorn the valley. If time is on our side, we will visit Yanque, a traditional village whose church is considered the most beautiful in the Colca area.
We will have lunch back in Chivay and have the afternoon at leisure to relax.


Overnight in Colca.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 6 | COLCA - PUNO


Private | COLCA - DAY 3 | English guide included
We will have free time in the morning before heading to Arequipa, 'The White City'. Our service concludes by dropping you off at your hotel.


Overnight in Puno.
Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch.


Day 7 | PUNO - TITICACA LAKE


Before starting your Titicaca experience: MEDITATION CEREMONY WITH CRYSTAL BOWLS
The bowls are used to harmonize the chakras, which are energetic centers located along our spine, they awaken the memories of our DNA to remember who we are and where we come from by the shape of the helical waves emitted by the bowls and the harmonics they produce.
They are instruments that are used in some places as part of vibrational therapy, it is better if they are played in water as it is a better conductor.
They are connected with the solar disks which are in some places of the planet, one of the main ones in the Titikaka Lake.
It could be said that they are the continuation of the Tibetan bowls that are used to meditate for many years, the sound occupies the mind and allows to be alone here and now are tuned in A 432


TITICACA LAKE | DAY 1: UROS & AMANTANI
We reach the Floating Islands of Uros, home to an ethnic group that arrived in Puno 3700 years ago according to National Geographic. They have survived by living among the reeds and continue their traditions of gathering and fishing. They live on approximately 100 islands, home to around two thousand people. During the tour, we visit two islands. The first is the most traditional, where the natives will show you how they are built and provide insights into their daily lives. You can visit their houses, take photos with them in their traditional costumes, and see their craftsmanship characterized by embroidery and reed basketry. If you wish, the Uros inhabitants can take you on a totora reed boat ride to the second island. 12:00 We arrive at Amantani, where we explore trails surrounded by crops and meet locals in colorful attire who greet us on our way to the homes where we will stay. 12:30 We share lunch with the hosting family, then ascend to Pacha Tata at an altitude of 4,100 meters above sea level. Amantani is considered the most energetic island on the lake, according to comments from groups of mystical travelers who visit. Evidence of this is the millennia-old ceremonial center PACHA TATA and PACHA MAMA, which features ancient constructions for rituals performed only once a year due to their significance. They provide a presentation of their culture, agricultural products, festive costumes, ancient farming tools, and their daily use. We await the impressive sunset over the vastness of Lake Titicaca and then descend for dinner. 19:00 We share dinner, and optionally, you can request a mystical session, coca leaf reading, or attend a festive gathering with
traditional live music, where visitors can dance in traditional costumes.


Overnight in Amantani.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner.


Day 8 | TITICACA LAKE - PUNO


TITICACA LAKE | DAY 2: AMANTANI - TAQUILE
After breakfast and bidding farewell to the hosting family, we depart for Taquile, where we start our hike through cultivated fields, surrounded by stunning landscapes featuring colorful attire, the immense lake, and the snow-capped peaks of the lllimani Mountain range. We arrive at a local family's house, where we'll witness a display of their crafts. Taquile has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its textiles, featuring iconographies representing their customs, calendars, festivities, and more. 11:30 We share lunch with the locals, accompanied by traditional dances and music. They provide their vibrant costumes for a photo session and offer insights into their daily life. 15:30 We return to the Puno port for transfer to your respective hotels.


Overnight in Puno.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.


Day 9 | PUNO - CUSCO


Private | Hiking the Qhapaq Nan of Raqchi, on the route from Puno to Cusco | English guide included
Our private transport will pick you up from your hotel in Puno and begin the trip towards Cusco.
Along the way, you'll be able to appreciate the eye-catching landscapes of the area. We then arrive at the village of Quea, about four hours from Puno, where you will begin a 2.5km trek on the Great Inca Trail. Members of the Inka Roots Experiential Tourism Association will be our local guides, and they will share some of their traditions and local legends with us as we walk along this ancient road. In Raqchi, you'll be able to explore the imposing temple of Wiracocha, dedicated to the supreme Inca deity of the same name, and enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by experienced local cooks. After lunch, you'll walk for another 20 minutes along the Qhapac Nan until we reach Chaskiwasi, where your private transport will be waiting to take you to the city of Cusco. On this last part, we'll travel through Cusco's South Valley. We will make a stop on the way, making the journey even more interesting with a brief visit to the sensationally decorated church in Andahuaylillas, with its beautiful art and religious syncretism one of the key examples of the Andean Baroque route, before continuing towards Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.


Day 10 | CUSCO


Private | Half Day Offerings ritual to mother earth | English guide included
You will head to the Llaullipata National Park, where you will participate in a traditional payment ceremony to Mother Earth. In this beautiful place, you will be in touch with nature and have the perfect setting to perform your ritual. The rite of payment to the land is an ancestral tradition of the Peruvian Andes and is based on reciprocity, giving an offering to Pachamama as a thank you for her blessings. At the end of the ceremony, you will enjoy a traditional cherry punch and bread roll while appreciating the beauty that surrounds you.


Private |Half Day City tour, San Pedro market & nearby ruins | English guide included
You will visit the city of Cusco, known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colors, flavors and traditions of modern Cusco. The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. You will continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture.
Afterwards, you will explore Q'enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place. Finally, you will arrive to the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city.


Overnight in Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast.


Day 11 | CUSCO


Private | Full Day Cultural immersion in Misminay | English guide included
You will leave your hotel in Cusco and head to the Raqchi viewpoint, from where you will have an impressive view of the Sacred Valley. Then, you will visit the Misminay community, where the residents will give you a warm welcome with music and typical dances. There, you will participate in one of the community's traditional activities along with some residents. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with local products. After your meal, you can take part in another activity with the people of Misminay. It will be an unforgettable cultural exchange experience. Finally, you will return to your hotel.


Overnight in Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

 

Day 12 | CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY


Private | Full Day Yoga Stand Up Paddle | English guide included
9.30AM: We will welcome you at Piuray Outdoor Center with a hot beverage, water and snack station. This will be an ideal time to relax, take in the scenery and take pictures. 10.00AM: Your assigned guide will provide you with all the equipment for SUP Yoga, along with a safety briefing and paddling technique. The tour will last between 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Before starting the tour, you will have a 20-minute stretching session to warm up. We will start the tour paddling for 20 minutes to reach a very quiet place in the lagoon, where we will tie the boards together to avoid separation and start the class, which will last 45 minutes. We will finish with a breathing technique and immersion in the icy waters of the Piuray lagoon (optional). 12.30PM: you will be able to taste the chosen lunch (optional) and stay in the locality until it is time to leave. 1.30PM: estimated time to start the return to Cusco or the Valley, in case you have lunch.


Overnight in Sacred Valley.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.


Day 13 | SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO


Private | You will be transferred to Ollanta Station | English guide included


Private | Full Day Machu Picchu | English guide included
You will visit one of the most important tourist destinations in the world: Machu Picchu. Your excursion starts aboard a train towards the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. The natural beauty of the surroundings makes the train ride the best way to start your visit. Once you arrive, you will begin the ascent to the ruins. This visit will, without a doubt, be one of your most memorable experiences. After you reach the top, you will take a tour of Machu Picchu, learning the history and mysteries of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. And, with amazing sceneries all around, you will surely have more than one spectacular photo-op. Then, it's back to Aguas Calientes. Finally, you will board the train for the return journey.
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.


Overnight in Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.


Day 14 | CUSCO
Private | You will be assisted at the hotel and transferred to the airport | English guide included


FLIGHT FROM CUSCO TO LIMA

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