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Duration: 11 days
Arrival: December 26th 2017
Departure: January 05th 2018
Destinations: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Titikaka Lage and Paracas
Travel Type: Family
Travel Intensity: Moderate
|1||December 26th||Arrival to Lima and transfer to hotel|
|2||December 27th||Arrival to Cusco and transfer to hotel - Visit Sacsayhuaman archaeological site - Andean Musical Lecture|
|3||December 28th||Visit the Sacred Valley - Take a train to the starting point of the Inca trail for camping|
|4||December 29th||Hike to Machu Picchu - Visit Machu Picchu ancient citadel - Return to Cusco|
|5||December 30th||Visit the Cusco Cathedral - Visit the Casa Mantay Proyect - Chocolate workshop|
|6||December 31st||Morning mass at Santo Domingo church - Visit San Pedro de Andahuaylillas temple - Visit Raqchi archaeological site - Arrival to Puno|
|7||January 01st||Visit Titikaka lake - Visit Uros and Taquile islands|
|8||January 02nd||Arrival to Lima - Visit Larco Museo (1rst group) - Arrival Paracas|
|9||January 03rd||Visit Ballestas Islands - Aquatics sports|
|10||January 04th||Aquatics sports - Rest at the hotel|
|11||January 05th||Rest at the hotel - Arrival to Lima - Flight to home|
Welcome to Peru! Our representative will be waiting for you at the Jorge Chavez International Airport to transfer you to the VIP lounge.
Sumaq VIP lounge
•Sumaq, Jorge Chávez airport’s VIP lounge, has been honored as the best in South America. Its facilities offer every comfort and technology to make your stay at the airport a pleasing and enjoyable experience.
•Location: At the boarding area, on the second floor of Jorge Chávez International Airport.
Business center TV, rest and relaxation salon, free Wi-Fi, buffet, air conditioning, Telephone/Fax, bar, showers.
The trip from the airport, located in Callao province, to the district of San Isidro, will take approximately 2 hours, taking into account the rush hour traffic congestion.
Today, the first group, together with the guide, will depart to Lima’s airport, approximately a one-hour ride. Flight: LATAM 2017, flight time 09.45 -11.20. The second group, together with the guide, will depart to Lima’s airport, approximately a one-hour ride. Flight: LATAM 2075, flight time 09.50 -11.25
Airport reception and pick-up take place in a preferential area of Cusco’s airport, where the group will board the vehicles for the transfer to the Libertador Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel. The hotel is located at the historical center of Cusco. Then you will have time to acclimatize until lunchtime. Lunch will be served at the hotel’s restaurant and will be followed by the afternoon’s tours.
Cusco, the birthplace of the Inca Empire, is Peru’s principal tourist destination, thanks to its impressive historic, architectural and cultural legacy. The city is known as “the navel of the world”, for having been the political, religious and territorial center of the Tawantisuyo, as the Empire was called.
Visit Sacsayhuaman Temple
Sacsayhuaman, a huge Inca temple located on a hilltop above Cusco. The ruins stun their precisely-cut massive stone blocks, which would have been hauled up here from as far as 20 miles away. Many of the stones you’ll see here were fitted together with such finesse that not even a stem of grass or a needle could be slipped into the seamless crevices where they meet. Even the Spanish conquistadors were impressed by the meticulous joinery of the Inca stonemasons.
Andean Musical lecture
Enjoy a private and hands-on music demonstration of traditional Peruvian instruments ranging from pre-Incan to modern day. This exclusive meeting will be held in private at the San Antonio Hotel’s chapel and following the lecture, you will also be able to play any of these special instruments. This is a great hands-on opportunity for all to learn about Peruvian culture and have an opportunity to participate in a creative and fun activity.
Learn how music is an important part of Peruvian culture as Mr. Gustavo Leon demonstrates and plays the different traditional instruments from around Peru, from the coast and Andean mountains to the Peruvian Amazon. With the golden backdrop of the Monasterio chapel, learn about the various string, percussion, and wind instruments Mr. Leon has re-created from ancient designs.
Dinner at Map Cafe restaurant.
Transfer to your hotel.
This morning, depending on departure time, you’ll be able to visit the Ollantaytambo fortress, prior to boarding the train that takes you from the Ollantaytambo station to Km. 104 (the beginning of the short Inca Trail), where the base camp is established, where we’ll take our meals.
•Situated at 2,700 m. above sea level, Ollantaytambo was one of the main llaqtas (cities) of the Inca Empire, and served as an urban, military, agricultural and religious center. This was deduced by the diversity of constructions, among which were found food warehouses, security towers and walls, temples, residences, fountains and impressive terrace works for farming.
•Among its buildings and majestic stone works, a highlight is the Temple of the Sun, composed of 17 stacked terraces, crowned at the top level by large, finely carved stone blocks, where you also find the Inca Huatana or Intihuatana, a series of stone structures used for astronomical observation.
•Located at Km. 104 of the railway to Machu Picchu, Chachabamba will be the point of departure to experience the Inca Trail, which was part of the Qhapaq Ñan, or Inca Empire’s extensive network of roads.
•This beautiful archeological site was rediscovered in 1940. Based on the construction style and stonework, many archeologists agree that this was an important religious center.
We recommend an 8.00 AM departure to avoid the arrival of more travelers along the route. For this stretch, we suggest carrying only a daypack with your personal items. You’ll be able to leave the rest of your baggage at the camp to be taken to Cusco.
Short Inca trail-KM 104
•The road network of the Tahuantinsuyo (in Quechua, the Qhapac Ñan) was a system of thoroughfares that covered enormous distances, linking the important cities of the Empire, and which today crosses the countries of Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. This Inca road system was, in fact, an ancestral pre-Inca legacy, which reached its apex during the Inca state. In the Quechua language, Qhapaq Ñan means “road of the King, or road of the powerful”, which designated the entirety of this system of roads that covers over 30,000 kilometers.
•The Inca Road to Machu Picchu had a religious and ceremonial purpose; a pilgrimage that included rituals to honor the sacred mountains, or Apus, along the road.
•This short version of the Inca Road starts at Chachabamba, from where an ascent begins that will take us to visit diverse attractions, such as waterfalls, impressive landscapes and important archeological sites, including Wiñay Wayna, which in Quechua means “Forever Young”. This site features numerous terraces, buildings and ceremonial waterworks.
We’ll take our lunch at Sanctuary Lodge restaurant.
Visit Machu Picchu
•The Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is proof of the mastery of the Incas in terms of architectural, urban and technological development. It is considered the most famous Inca town, and was elected as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 2007. It was declared a Cultural Heritage Site of Humanity by UNESCO, as an important religious, political and administrative center of the Inca era.
•Machu Picchu, the quechua term for “old mountain”, is 100 km. northeast of Cusco in the province of Urubamba, and is situated 2,430 m. above sea level, in the midst of impressive mountain cloud forest, in a tropical landscape that is notable for its flora and fauna, and blessed with splendid biological diversity.
Take a private bus which will be ready and waiting very close to the entrance of the citadel. The descent trip will take about 30 minutes to the town of Machu Picchu, followed by a 3-minute walk to the station to board the train.
Upon arrival of your shuttle bus at the bus station, you will be transferred on foot to the train station to await the departure of your train to Ollantaytambo dinner is served on board.
The train ride will take one hour and 45 minutes, and the route by car to Cusco will take an additional 2 hours, depending on the traffic.
•The Cathedral of Cusco is one of the most beautiful and impressive colonial buildings to be found in Cusco. Its construction took place between 1560 and 1664, on land occupied by the Kiswarcancha, the ancient residence of Inca Wiracocha.
•Constructed of enormous stone blocks brought from Sacsayhuaman (an important Inca temple), its architecture combines elements of gothic, baroque and renaissance styles.
•The Cathedral’s structure has the shape of a Latin cross, with a renaissance style façade and interior. Inside, one can find the finest examples of colonial metalwork, as well as a priceless collection of paintings of the Cusqueña school.
•The Cathedral of Cusco still today contains an unmatched collection of silverwork, metalwork and paintings. In addition, it contains splendid renaissance, baroque and neo-classic style altars. It also accommodates the most representative iconic figures of Cusqueña faith, such as the Lord of Tremors, or “Señor de los Temblores”.
Visit Mantay Project
The Mantay women’s home provides shelter, orients and trains mothers of ages 12 to 18 (from several departments of southern Peru), who are at socially at risk, by request of state entities (family courts, family public defendants, childcare investigation units), for the purpose of their protection. The Mantay Project offers adolescent mothers and their children integrated assistance: lodging, food, clothing, medical care, psychological therapy, secondary education, maternal health education, technical training and job assistance, legal assessment and restitution of identity rights. The shelter has the capacity for 14 mothers and their 14 children. Since its founding, until 2016, 159 mothers and their children have been sheltered and assisted. The project also supports previous guest mothers with food, education, and childcare during hours when the mothers are at work.
Lunch at Limo restaurant
Do a little walk to the Chocolate Museum, where you’ll enjoy a presentation on the process of chocolate preparation, followed by a workshop on preparing chocolate truffles and bonbons, made from scratch by the family. For dinner, the prepared bonbons will be served for your enjoyment.
Dinner at Kion restaurant.
Transfer to your hotel.
Mass at the Church of Santo Domingo
This beautiful colonial church is directed by the Dominican congregation and is situated across from the Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel (there is no dress code).
Visit Raqchi archaeological site
•This archeological complex is situated in the district of San Pedro de Cacha, Canchis province, department of Cusco, at 3,460 m. above sea level.
•According to archeological research, this site was occupied over 2,200 ago by diverse human settlers, thus becoming an important religious and ritual center. Presence of the Wari, Marcavalle and Collado cultures has been found here, as well as of noteworthy Inca influence. It is said that it was Pachacuteq who ordered the construction of the Temple of Wiracocha, the deity creator of the universe of the Incas.
•Additionally, Raqchi contains storehouses, columns and ceremonial fountains; it forms part of the Chinchaysuyo Road, a section of the Qhapaq Ñan road network that reached Ecuador and Colombia.
Transfer to the hotel, 05 hours approximately.
New Year dinner at hotel
Polynesian canoes at the Titikaka lake
Departure in Polynesian canoes (with capacity for 10 people), with the backup motor launch close behind. Shortly after breakfast, we will head towards the Llachon peninsula, to the Floating Islands of Uros Tikina, around 15km from the starting point.
Uros floating islands
•The Islands of Uros, 6 km. from the Port of Puno, at 3,812 m.a.s.l., are some of the most famous islands of Lake Titicaca. This archipelago of floating islands built of totora reeds (a species of junco reed that grows on swamplands in South America), was long ago inhabited by the Uros, the direct descendants of one of the continent’s most ancient civilizations.
•The Uros’ most common activities include traditional weaving, crafts with totora reeds (not only the islands are made with this material, but also their homes and traditional boats), as well as fishing and bird hunting.
After your visit board a fast motor launch that will take you to Taquile Island.
•The island of Taquile is located 35 km. from Puno at 3,950 meters a.s.l. Motor launches take 45 minutes to reach it.
•The island’s inhabitants are of Aymara origin, and still today maintain their traditions, customs and colorful clothing. Their main activities include fishing, farming and textile crafts.
•They have also taken to rural tourism in past years, which allows visitors to experience intercultural contacts and exchanges with the local people.
Lunch at a private location, with the collaboration of the local population.
We will board the launch on the north end of the island, to go to Charcas where the mobile units (vehicles) will be waiting. For security reasons, no navigation takes place on the lake after 04:00 PM.
Transfer to your hotel
Dinner at your hotel
Very early in the morning the first group will be transferred to the Juliaca airport
Welcome to Lima!
Arrival to Lima and after leaving the airport, you’ll be transferred to the Larco Museum.
In the morning, we´ll take you on a tourist bus, to visit the colonial part of Lima, beginning with a general overview of the city´s most important historical areas and monuments, such as the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) with the Cathedral and Government´s Palace, San Martin Square and its fine Colonial architecture, San Francisco´s Monastery with its cloisters and mysterious catacombs, among so many other interesting Colonial buildings and details that make the guided visit of the Colonial Lima, a delight for the senses.
You will be received by the Curator of the Larco Museum, who will guide you on a two and one-half hour tour, specially designed for the children.
Founded in 1926, the Larco Herrera Museum has a chronological exhibition of artifacts from Peru’s 3000 years of pre-Columbian history. The museum possesses the finest collection of Peruvian gold and silver pre-Inca period.
You’ll enjoy lunch on the main patio of the Larco Museum, where the highly-recommended Larco Museum Cafe’ is located.
The second group will take a lunch at Juliaca airport, upon they arrive at the Larco Museum, both groups together will depart caravan-style to Paracas.
As a coastal city, Lima has a bunch of easily accessible beaches, that offer a complete experience to the visitor; sea, beaches, restaurants. These beaches are lined up and connected by a road that tours through several districts: San Miguel, San Isidro, Miraflores and Barranco, and are open to visitors during all the year, due to the benign, mild Lima weather. Some of the most popular beaches are Redondo, Agua Dulce and La Herradura, that can get really crowded in summer. Surfers come here during all the year too.
You’ll be offered a box lunch for the Lima to Paracas hotel route, which will take approximately 6 hours.
We meet at the private dock to board the private yacht (with capacity for 12 passengers) for an approximately 2-hour sail to the Paracas islands.
Paracas National Reserve
•The Paracas National Reserve was established in 1975; it is in the department of Ica, province of Pisco. Currently, it is the only nature reserve in Peru dedicated to conserving and protecting the complex coastal maritime ecosystem; it has also been declared a regional reserve for migratory birds.
•On the ocean, Paracas is a bayside beach resort area. The area’s highlights include its climate, its beach and its beautiful sand dunes. It also provides an excellent setting for watersports adventures.
•On the north side of the Paracas Peninsula, one can observe the enigmatic Candelabra, a large figure carved in the sand, whose original design and time of construction by pre-Inca cultures has not yet been determined.
•The name Paracas means “raining sand”, due to sand-carrying winds that can reach up to 32 km. per hour.
Return to the Hotel Libertador Paracas to have time to prepare to begin water sports, previously coordinated with the hotel.
•Kitesurfing is a watersport in which one lifts and flies above the water pulled by a boat, on a special board, by means of a traction kite strapped on by a harness.
•According to experts, the Bay of Paracas, with its perfect winds and sea, is the best location for kitesurfing in Peru.
•Windsurfing is surfing pushed by wind on a board equipped with a sail, attached with a movable mast that is guided by the windsurfer. The windboard can reach speeds faster than the wind, of up to 45 knots (80 km/h).
•Thanks to the local winds and climatic conditions, the Bay of Paracas is one of the best settings for aficionados of this exciting and fun watersport.
Meals will be served at your hotel.
Enjoy hotel facilities, the aquatic sport are at your disposal. Meals will be served at your hotel.
Enjoy hotel facilities
Lunch will be served at the hotel’s restaurant. After lunch, you will travel directly to the airport in Lima, a 5-hour ride. Upon arrival, an Immigrations agent will be waiting for the group, and will take you to the V.I.P. lounge, where our guide will say goodbye and will help you to register your exit from the country. You’ll await your respective international flights in the V.I.P. lounge.
End of our services
•Located only 15 km. from Jorge Chavéz Airport, the Westin Hotel welcomes you in the heart of San Isidro, Lima’s financial and business district, where you’ll find the best choices in restaurants, cafés, shopping malls, and parks.
The Westin’s facilities offer you the highest-quality hotel services, along with a series of options for enjoying a luxurious stay. These are some of the exclusive services the hotel offers you:
•WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. A high-tech gymnasium furnished with a variety of equipment for cardio-vascular, muscular and stretching exercises, along with dressing rooms, and provisions for staying well-hydrated and entertained.
•Heavenly Spa by Westin. A luxurious ambience for obtaining the best beauty and relaxation treatments.
•Business Center. Well-appointed for holding video conferences and meetings.
•A variety of boutiques. Where you’ll find the finest selection of handcrafts, alpaca clothing and Peruvian jewelry.
•Indoor swimming pool with regulated temperature.
The Mara Restaurant. An innovative dining experience inspired by the best of Peruvian cuisine, led by Rafael Piqueras, one of Peru’s most renowned chefs.
•Market 770. In a modern, fresh space, the restaurant offers delicious seasonal options for breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner, along with a select cellar of national and imported wines.
•Lobby Lounge or Insitu Bar. The best option for enjoying the best national and classic international cocktails, in a relaxing, exclusive setting.
Palacio del Inka
•Situated just three blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, the Palacio del Inca Luxury Collection Hotel occupies the colonial Casona de los Cuatro Bustos, a mansion with over five centuries of antiquity. It is located next to the Church of Santo Domingo and the Qoricancha Temple, one of the most beautiful and impressive legacies of the Inca culture.
•The hotel has 203 rooms, all exquisitely appointed with colonial artwork and décor, but without omitting the modern touches of Luxury Collection® beds and LCD screens in every room.
•Some rooms are decorated with original paintings of the Cusqueña School, as well as hand-painted headboards and ceilings, thus perfecting the colonial Andean style in all the furnishings.
•Some rooms are equipped with oxygenation systems that allow for easier climatization.
•The hotel features the Palacio del Inka Spa, which offers diverse treatments inspired by native Andean products, as well as an indoor swimming pool.
•The Inti Raymi restaurant offers a diversity of Peruvian and Andean dishes, and an outstanding breakfast buffet.
• The Libertador offers an exclusive experience on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. The hotel is situated on the private island of Esteves, providing its guests with an incomparable view of Lake Titicaca.
• The hotel is equipped with a private dock from which motor launches depart to the Uros floating islands, as well as to the natural islands of Taquile and Amantaní, home to traditional peoples with a great cultural heritage.
• The hotel provides a 24-hour business center, as well as shops where one can buy popular art and local handcrafts. Likewise, it offers the Wellness & Relax area, where one can enjoy exclusive relaxation and beauty treatments.
• The Uros restaurant offers international and native Peruvian dishes, along with many new-Andean fusion choices, made with the finest local ingredients.
• You can relax at the Bar Taquile, which offers a varied selection of cocktails and macerated drinks made with Andean products.
•The hotel is part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts chain, and is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the Peruvian coast, the Bay of Paracas, a protected natural area where one can observe a great diversity of marine fauna.
•The hotel’s facilities offer a private dock, from where yacht excursions are launched that navigate the bay, visiting the Candelabra and the Ballestas Islands along the way.
•The Paracas hotel occupies almost 35 hectares and offers its guests: two swimming pools, a bar lounge, three restaurants, a conference hall, a business center and a luxury spa.
•It also offers a fully-equipped gymnasium with an outstanding view of the Paracas Reserve, and a watersports center that offers a diversity of activities such as snorkeling and kayaking, among others.
Travel with maximum comfort and space on board; delight an exquisite gourmet menu prepared using Andean organic ingredients like trout, quinoa, aguaymanto accompanied by a selection of wines. In addition, a welcome cocktail and a variety of warm and cold natural drinks.
The new First Class features a luxurious Observatory-Lounge car riage offering live music, bar and a balcony to admire the most incredible scenery.
Without a doubt, this makes for a voyage filled full of details that evoke all the colours and flavours of Peruvian culture!
One of the first questions on everyone’s mind when getting ready for a Peru luxury tour is what on earth to pack. Not to mention what may need to be purchased ahead of time. Whatever kind of packer you are, don’t wait until the last minute to pack for your personalized trip to Peru. Auqui offers this useful and helpful packing list to ensure your travel bags are filled with all of the right essentials for your private Peru tour.
First things First
Clothing should be lightweight, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking, and non-cotton. No matter where you are headed, you need to be prepared. For example, if you plan on spending a few days in Cusco, weather can shift dramatically. During the day, if the sun is shining, temperatures can get uncomfortably hotuncomfortably hot. However, once the sun sets, it’s a whole ‘nother story as things can cool down quite rapidly. That’s why it’s a great idea to dress in layers you can peel off and then replace as the temperatures shift throughout the day.
As for hats, gloves, and scarves, you can wait until you get here for that. Peru is known for its textiles and you can easily pick these mementos of your trip up quite cheaply. They won’t be waterproof, however, so if you’re trekking, bring some appropriate gloves and a rain hat.
Speaking of rain, it’s always wise to have a waterproof jacket with you no matter when you are traveling. Waterproof shoes will come in handy as well. If you’re coming between December and March, they are essential. If you’re trekking during those months, you’ll want to bring waterproof pants (zip-off pants are very useful) as well.
Essential Clothing List
-Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
-Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
-Light and thick socks
-Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
-Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
One of the most common afflictions in Andean areas is altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Soroche. The thin oxygen at high elevations causes rapid breathing, which leads dehydration as more water is lost through exhaling than is gained through inhaling the dry mountain air. Different travelers have different levels of susceptibility to altitude sickness, but most symptoms begin occurring at altitudes around 6,000 ft.
Some of Auqui’s most beautiful destinations sit at dizzyingly high altitudes, including Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Titikaka lake. Not all travelers suffer from altitude sickness, but it is better to be informed rather than allow the possibility deter you from traveling to these spectacular locales.
Rest at least 2 hours in your hotel before embarking on any activities. Elevate your head about 30º with two or three pillows to ease breathing.
Drink at least 4 quarts (4.5 liters) of water every day to avoid dehydration.
Try mate de coca, a tea-like infusion of coca leaves (don’t worry, it’s legal to drink in Peru). Chewing coca leaves is also very effective.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking.
Eat a high-carbohydrate diet during your stay.
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