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Hour History tour itinerary for peru: Journey To The Land Of Incas

Arequipa, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu

Nature Tour
History Tour
Sightseeing Tour
Journey to the Land of Incas

Landscape of Arequipa


Explore the land of Incas by visiting the city of Cusco, Inca ruins, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley before traveling south to Lake Titicaca. Stroll around the famous Pisaq market and admire the ancient architecture of Chachabamba Archeological site.

DAY 01

Day 1: Arrive in Lima/Arequipa

  • You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to hotel in Lima or fly straight to Arequipa and check-in at the hotel there. It is recommend that you fly directly to Arequipa, if possible, to save time.

DAY 02

Day 2: Arequipa to Colca Canyon

  • You will be picked up from the hotel after breakfast at 12:00 p.m. Visit the White City of Arequipa.
  • After lunch, board a private bus to visit the Colca Canyon, the town of Chivay and your hotel.

  • Attend a welcoming ceremony in the afternoon at the hotel with guide.

  • Stay the night at the hotel

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

DAY 03

Day 3: Colca Canyon - Condor's Cross - Puno City

  • Have breakfast at the hotel, which will start at 5:30 a.m. Then, you will be picked up by the guide from your hotel at 6:15 a.m.

  • Wake up earlier to go to the best point in the canyon, known as The Condor’s cross, and enjoy the second deepest canyon in the world after Nepal. On the way back, visit the traditional towns of Pinchillo, Maca, and Yanque.

  • Have lunch buffet in Chivay. Then, drive for 5 hours towards your hotel in Puno.

  • Stay the night at the hotel.

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

DAY 04

Day 4: Floating Island Lake Titicaca

  • Have breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m. Then, you will be picked up from the hotel at 8:00 a.m. for a boat ride to the floating islands and an after-ride in a reed boat used by the ancient people used. Visit the Takile Island for a hike to see the beauty of this place. Spot birds and meet the native people in their colorful costumes on the way to the island.

  • Have lunch at the island of Takile, which is famous for its food and weavings. Then, drive back to Puno.

  • Stay the night at the hotel in Puno.

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

DAY 05

Day 5: Lake Titicaca - Cusco the Inca Capital City

  • Have breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m. You will be picked up from the hotel in Puno at approximately 8:00 a.m. Board a bus to Cusco (approximately 8 hours) with interesting views and stops on various attractions.

  • Visit the site of Racchi also known as the Temple of Wiracocha, the spiritual God of the Incas.

  • Enjoy your Buffet lunch and stay at a nice hotel near the main square.

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

DAY 06

Famous Pisaq Market and Moray - Salt Mains - Ollantaytambo

  • Have breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m.. Then, you will be picked up from your hotel at 8:00 a.m.

  • Visit the famous and wonderful Pisaq Market where native people sell their wares. You can buy different products at cheap rates.  You can find local weavers selling their weavings including the beautiful Alpaca garments.

  • After exploring the market, have lunch and enjoy some pleasant live music. Continue along the river to Moray and Salt mines at Maras, which are unique in the entire world and reach at your hotel in Ollantaytambo.

  • Stay the night at the hotel.

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

DAY 07

Day 7: Ollantaytambo Archeological Site

  • Have breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. You will be picked up from your hotel at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Walk to the archaeological site in Ollantaytambo. Here, you will visit the site for approximately 3 hours during which you will see the temples made of pink granite stone and the famous Princess’ Bath.
  • Have lunch at a restaurant in Ollantaytambo. Then, spend the afternoon visiting the local market and take a walk through the town, which has been inhabited since Inca times. See how guinea pigs (cuy) are raised for food, special celebrations, and medicinal uses.

  • Stay the night at the hotel.

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

DAY 08

Day 8: Ollantaytambo - KM 104 (Chachabamba) Sacred Path to Machu Picchu

  • After breakfast transfer to the train station and ride in the train for an hour to the starting point of KM 104 (Chachabamba) Sacred Path.

  • Check-in and start walking the sacred path to the Chachabamba Archaeological site. The first 3 hours are strenuous but seeing the waterfalls and the sacred site of WinayHuayna make it worth the effort.

  • You can eat from the lunch box provided along the way. After lunch, walk for 3 more hours to reach the gate of the sun and view Machupicchu from this unique perspective.

  • Board a bus to the Machu Picchu town. Stay the night at the hotel in Machu Picchu.

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

DAY 09

Day 9: Machu Picchu Ruins Full Day

  • Have breakfast starting at 5:30 a.m. Catch an early bus to Machu Picchu which will leave at around 6:30 a.m., to avoid the crowds. See the sun illuminating the walls of this sacred and magical place.

  • Explore the ruins for about 4 hours and you can also climb Huayna Picchu (optional). Do some meditation with music at this magical place of Machu Picchuu.

  • Have buffet lunch with a view of the Sacred Mountains. After lunch, you are free to explore the place by yourself.

  • You can also take an optional visit to the local hot springs after dinner. Stay the night at the hotel.

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

DAY 10

Day 10: Machu Picchu to Vilcabamba

  • Have breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m and relax for sometime.

  • Have lunch before boarding the train to the Hydro Electrical station and then take a private bus to the sacred and amazing Vilcabamba, which will take about 3.5 hours to reach.

  • Have dinner at the hotel and stay the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11

Day 11: Vilcabamba Sacred Site - Santa Maria

  • Have breakfast at the hotel starting at 7:00 a.m. You will be picked up at 8:30 a.m. to visit the most amazing last Inca capital city after the invasion of Cusco.

  • See the fountains for sacred women and an amazing Inca structure, connected with some sort of pilgrimage.

  • After soaking up the energy of Vilacamba for 4 hours, return to our hotel for lunch. After lunch, drive down the canyon for approximately 2 hoursand explore the jungle.

  • Have dinner and stay the night either at camp in tents or hotel in the town of Santa Maria.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12

Day 12: Santa Maria - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

  • After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel at 8:00.a.m. Drive through the eyebrow of the jungle to see the sacred mountain of La Veronica Sacred tears.

  • Visit the community of Tastayoc and share hot chocolate with the children there.

  • Have lunch at a restaurant in Ollantaytambo. Then, drive back to Cusco.

  • Attend a special farewell dinner on the last night of the tour. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13

Day 13: Cusco city tour – Fly back to Lima – Home

  • Have breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m. and then, visit the 12 square stones at Inca Roca Palace in Cusco and the Temple of the Sun.

  • Visit the Sacsayhuaman Temple, Tambomachay and Qenqo, which are famous in Cusco. Also, a special surprise in Saqsayhuaman will be in store for you.

  • Have lunch on the main square at a good Peruvian Japanese restaurant. Return to hotel to pick up the luggage and transfer to the airport for departure. 

Meals: Lunch & Breakfast

  • 3895 USD Per Adult
  • Internal airfares and airport taxes. Optional (Lima – Arequipa) (Cusco – Lima)

  • Private ground transportation

  • Accommodation at 3 star hotels except one night in Vilcabamba 

  • All breakfasts and lunches

  • Farewell dinners

  • Professional Shaman-trained guide

  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Inca Trail Sacred Valley, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and Colca Canyon

  • Private boat on the Lake Titikaka

  • Train fares

  • Water and energy bars daily

  • Bread and hot chocolate to share with the children

  • International airfares.

  • Dinners, except as noted.

  • Extra beverages.

  • Gratuities (bellmen, waiters, guide, and drivers).

  • In Andean belief, Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun. In addition, it’s the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. Banner blue skies contrast with bitterly cold nights. Enthralling and in many ways singular, the shimmering deep blue Lake Titicaca is the longtime home of highland cultures steeped in the old ways.

  • Pre-Inca Pukara, Tiwanaku and Collas all left a mark on the landscape. Today the region is a mix of crumbling cathedrals, desolate altiplano and checkerboard fields backed by rolling hills and high Andean peaks. In this world, crops are still planted and harvested by hand. Campesinos (peasants) wear sandals recycled from truck tires, women work in petticoats and bowler hats, and llamas are tame as pets.

  • Later on, we will have a chance to visit a very special ruin site in Ollantaytambo, and see the many temples of pink granite stone and the famous Princess’ Bath. After this, take some time to explore the spaces of Ollantaytambo on your own – the last living Incan city!

  • At Machu Picchu, Our amazing tour guides will lead you throughout the ancient city, wonder by wonder – special for your own private group! You will learn about ceremonies, how people lived, and how they connected with the Pacha Mama – or “Mother Earth”. Our local guide will give you inside information passed down so that you will get the real story of what happened here. After that you will have plenty of time on your own to explore and enjoy Machu Picchu, and discover the wonders of the ancient city yourself!

  • The Amazon jungle also hides one of the most exciting legends about another lost city of the Incas…. After the Spanish invasion of Peru the last Incan rulers left for some city in the jungle, where they lived from 1536 to 1573. The name of the city was Vilcabamba, which we will be making the journey to. Spanish friar and chronicler Fray Martin de Murúa describes this place in his Historia General del Pirú (General History of Peru) as follows:

  • “The climate is such that bees make honeycomb like those of Spain in the boards of the houses, and the maize is harvested three times a year. It is good agricultural land, and the water used to irrigate the land increases the harvest yield. Cocoa, sugar cane, manioc, batata (sweet potato) and cotton are abundant here. The town has a location half a league wide (the same as Cuzco) but covering a long distance in length. Here they raised parrots, hens, ducks, local rabbits, turkeys, pheasants, curassow, macaw and thousands of other birds with various bright feathers. guava, pecan, peanuts, papaya, pineapples, avocado and other fruit trees.

  • We will also have the opportunity to take part in a fully personalized city tour of Cuzco – the capital of the region. We will visit the famous local market of San Pedro. There is a huge diversity of products available. We will see the 12 square stones at Inca Roca Palace in Cusco. We will also visit the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun. We will even have the change to enter Sacsayhuaman Temple, Tambomachay and Qenqo – famous sites around Cusco. Within Saqsayhuaman, our guide may even have a special surprise for waiting for us.

What to bring:

  • Hiking, boots, comfortable walking shoes, and good sandals.

  • Waterproof jacket and pants.

  • Windbreaker.

  • Bathing suit.

  • Sleeping bag in case for trekking (optional).

  • Good camera and extra battery and memory card.

  • Good flash light.

  • 220/110V (plug) adaptor.

  • Insect repellent.

  • Sun block, sunglasses, hat.

  • Bottle for water.

  • School supplies to share with the children while visiting communities.

Arequipa, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu

Nature Tour
History Tour
Sightseeing Tour

Contributed By

Eddy Gibaja

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