This 7-day circuit includes visits to the city of Arequipa, the Colca Valley, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu.
This program combines nature, archaeological and living culture destinations, culminating in Machu Picchu, the jewel of the Inca culture.
Arequipa is a beautiful city that was founded by the Spanish in 1540 in a place specially chosen for its natural beauty and cozy climate.
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DAY 01: AREQUIPA – CITY PEDESTRIAN TOUR AND SANTA CATALINA CONVENT
Reception in the city of Arequipa and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, we will visit the city of Arequipa: the Mirador de Carmen Alto (place where you can see the Chilina Valley), the Yanahuara viewpoint, the Santa Catalina convent, a 17th century “small town” open to the public In 1970, after 400 years of cloister, which transported its visitors four centuries in the past, it will pass through numerous and wide patios and gardens, the kitchen and the slave rooms and the stone laundries, the Plaza de Armas , where we will see the Cathedral (only façade), the Church and the Cloisters of the Compañía de San Ignacio. Back to the hotel.
** Accommodation in Arequipa.
DAY 02: AREQUIPA – COLCA (EXCURSION FOR 2D / 1N – AO COLCA CANYON)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We will begin our journey on the way to Yura through the Chachani Skirts, Pampa Arrieros, to enter Pampa Cañahuas, where we can enjoy the slender slips of the vicuña. We continue through Vizcachani, Pampas de Toccra, where we will appreciate a large number of migratory birds as local, and then we will delimit the Chucura crater to reach Patapampa (4,800 masl), we will arrive at the Mirador de los Andes or known as Mirador de los Volcanes , where we can observe the volcanoes of Chachani, Misti and Pichu Pichu that are those that surround the city of Arequipa, then we will descend to the city of Chivay for lunch (on behalf of Pax). Hotel accommodation. In the afternoon at leisure, we suggest you visit the thermal baths of La Calera, where we will take a refreshing bath in the medicinal waters.
** Accommodation in Colca.
DAY 03: COLCA – AREQUIPA – CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast very early, we will go to the Cruz del Cóndor (41 km from Chivay), where we will enjoy the flight of the Condors in masterful flights and the depth of the Canyon, and then we will visit the towns of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque, We will have several stops at the main viewpoints of Antahuilque and Choquetico, where we will appreciate Colcas, hanging tombs, Liquetas and others. We will return to Chivay, where we will have time to have lunch (on behalf of the pax). 13:30 approximately, we will begin our trip back to the city of Arequipa. (Estimated time of arrival from 16:30 to 17:00).
In Arequipa, we can leave the luggage in custody at the offices of the local operator, until the time of transfer to the Bus Station. Departure to Cusco by bus from Cruz del Sur, at approximately 8:30 p.m. (Estimated travel time of 10 hours).
** Night on board the bus.
DAY 04: CUSCO – CITY TOUR NEAR AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTERS
Arrival in Cusco Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel chosen by a representative of our travel agency. Departure from the hotel between 1:00 p.m. and 1:20 p.m., to begin with the visit to the city and the nearby archaeological centers: the Tour will show us the impressive colonial city built on the foundations of Inkas; we will visit the cathedral; Renaissance structure and beautiful paintings from the “School of Cuzco”, Koricancha or Temple of the Sun; known as the Royal House of the Sun of Urin Cusco. We continue with the visit to the four Archaeological Centers: Sacsayhuaman; large fortress located 5 km from the city, Qenqo; sacred amphitheater, center of worship of the god Puma, place where human sacrifices were made, Pucapucara; red fortress due to the tone that its rocks acquire in the twilight and Tambomachay; temple to worship water.
** Accommodation in Cusco.
DÍA 05: CUSCO – VALLE SAGRADO – CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel
Hotel search service at the agreed time to make our visit to the Sacred Valley. During the tour, we will visit the city of Pisaq; the picturesque colonial city of the mestizos, also on Sundays, the mass is celebrated in Quechua and then rises to the archaeological center of Pisaq; where we can observe the magnificent platforms of Inkas architecture, then we will visit the towns of Ccoya, Lamay, Calca and Urubamba. Buffet lunch In the afternoon, guided visit to the city of Ollantaytambo; place where the archaeological park of Ollantaytambo is located, a gigantic agricultural, social and religious administrative complex in the time of Tahuantinsuyo. Finally, we will enter the town of Chinchero, known for its artisan textile centers. Return to the city of Cusco.
** Accommodation in Cusco.
DAY 06: CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel
Hotel search service. Transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo to begin our journey to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, after a 1:45 hour tour. By train, a representative of our travel agency will be waiting for you at the Aguas Calientes station and then will transfer you to the bus station, where we will take the bus that will take us to the lost city of Incas, “Machu Picchu”, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. We will enjoy a guided visit to the main buildings of the citadel, such as: El Mirador, Temple of the Three Windows, Intihuatana, Plaza Mayor, etc. We will return to the city of Aguas Calientes. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take the train to return to the Ollantaytambo station, where a transfer awaits you to direct you to the bus that will take you back to the city of Cusco.
** Accommodation in Cusco.
DAY 07: CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel. At the appropriate time, departure transfer.
Breakfast on this day will depend on the time of transfer from the hotel.
The tour schedule will be confirmed at the destination.
- Shared services with professional bilingual guide (Spanish or English).
- Tickets included.
- In / out transfers in Arequipa.
- 01 nights of accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast.
- 01 night of accommodation in Chivay with breakfast.
- Pedestrian tour of the city and Santa Catalina convent.
- Colca 2D / 1N program.
- Night bus ticket (Arequipa / Cusco) – Cruz del Sur or similar (night on board).
- In / out transfers in Cusco.
- 03 nights accommodation with breakfast.
- City Tour and Nearby Archaeological Centers.
- Sacred Valley of the Incas with lunch.
- Machu Picchu: by Peru Rail Expedition or Executive Inca Rail (subject to availability).
- 01 lunch in Machu Picchu in a local restaurant.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
- National or international plane tickets.
- Services not detailed in the program.
- Hot and / or cold drinks.
- All rates are in US dollars (may vary depending on the price of the day) amounts are given per person.
- Rates valid only for domestic tourists include VAT.
- All our rates are subject to the availability of the current quotation for the US dollar.
- Kindergarten: Children under 02 years and 11 months. This group does not pay for any service and is not entitled to food, bed or seat on the tours.
- Children from 03 to 10 years 11 months: This group has a special rate and we share rooms with their parents.
- Over 11 years: This group is subject to the same rate for adults.
- Minors must always travel with an identity document.
- Rates do not apply to holidays, Easter, bridge weekends, national holidays, Christmas or New Years.
Arequipa, a legendary and historic white stone city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Watched over by its beautiful volcanoes in Ampato, Chachani and especially the El Misti Volcano.
With its streets, buildings and churches of a spectacular colonial construction; with a wonderful geography that gives us a fertile valley and deep canyons among them, Cotahuasi and Colca, whose beauty and impact are impressive.
Arequipa is situated at an altitude of 2325 m in the desert mountains of the Andes. This beautiful city is built almost entirely of sillar, a kind of white volcanic stone. This is why Arequipa is called the White City. With its one million inhabitants, Arequipa is the second largest city of Peru.
The main location, the Plaza de Armas is the most beautiful in the country. The Cathedral is magnificent and the shopping arcades are in colonial style.
Monastery of Santa Catalina
The Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena, or also known as the Convent of Santa Catalina, is a religious tourist complex located in the historic centre of Arequipa. What makes the visit especially interesting is that the monastery itself is a small city, 20,000m2 surrounded by a 4-metre high wall that separated the life of the cloistered nuns from that of the rest of the inhabitants of Arequipa.
How to get to the Monastery of Santa Catalina?
The Monastery of Santa Catalina is located just a few blocks from the imposing Plaza de Armas of the city, so you can get there from anywhere in the historic centre of Arequipa.
Dreamy Tours, we offer a City Tour in Arequipa that includes a guided visit to the monastery of Santa Catalina, as well as other tourist attractions of the city.
Get To Colca Canyon
The Colca Canyon is located about 4 hours from the city of Arequipa. The best way to get there is to take a tour or hike that includes transportation to and from Arequipa.
What is the best season to visit the Colca Valley?
You can visit the Colca all year round, however the best time to visit is between April and May as the rainy season is coming to an end and these are the months that show the greenery of the Colca Valley and all its landscapes.
Did you know that, if you want to make a direct connection between the city of Puno and Lake Titicaca after the Colca Canyon, you also have the option of 2 days in the Colca with transfer to Puno, perfect for not having to return to the city of Arequipa!
We can also make the connection to the city of Cusco. The city of Cusco is rich, for the amount of tourist resources that it presents, and for the history that precedes it. Among the tourist attractions found in Cusco, there are places like the Historic Centre of Cusco, which includes more than seven catholic churches of colonial origin.
How to travel from Arequipa to Cusco?
Direct travel: You can travel directly from Arequipa to Cusco. Buses leave Arequipa at 8:00pm and 8:30pm.
Travel time is approximately 9 hours.
Hidden beneath the tawny foothills of formidable hills, the beautiful Urubamba River Valley, known as the Sacred Valley.
It lies about 15km north of Cuzco as the condor flies, along a narrow road of hairpin bends.
It is well worth exploring this quiet and attractive corner of the Andes with attractive colonial towns and isolated woven villages. The star attractions are the markets and towering Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, but they are also packed with other Inca sites.
Its countless hiking trails are deservedly gaining in popularity. Adrenaline activities range from rafting to rock climbing.
If you wish to visit the Sacred Valley, the first thing you should do is buy the Cusco Tourist Ticket, with which you will have access to various attractions in the city and the Sacred Valley.
Main citadels in the Sacred Valley to visit:
Pisac – Pisac is located 33 kilometers from the city of Cusco (and is known as the gateway to the Sacred Valley). It is world renowned for its handicraft market and its impressive archaeological remains, located in the upper part of the town. This town is valuable for its location and fertile land. Its Inca and colonial constructions are admirable. Also, Pisac is famous for being an ideal place for spiritual retreats.
Urubamba – Urubamba is one of the most remarkable cities of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It was born during the colony and is considered the corn capital of the world, thanks to the fact that it is watered by numerous rivers that rise in the peaks of the glacial mountains.
All this territory was appreciated by the Incas because of the fertility of its lands. It is one of the best places to relax. There you will see many foreigners who decided to leave their countries and stay there.
Ollantaytambo: is localized 97 km, in the northwest of the city of Cusco. In the Incas times, was fortress city, with temples, walls,
is located 97 kilometres northeast of the city of Cusco. During the Inca period it was a fortified city with temples, defence walls as well as urban and agricultural sectors. It is known to have served as an administrative checkpoint. It is believed to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Peru and South America.
Chinchero – Chinchero is located 28 kilometres from the city of Cusco. It is one of the highest points in the valley: 3,772 metres above sea level (12,375 ft), where the palace of the emperor Tupac Yupanqui once stood, but which was destroyed by the Spaniards.
In its place they built the colonial church of Nuestra Señora de Monserrat. This church, built in the 17th century, includes canvases of the ‘Cusco School’. The town is also famous for its handicraft market where bartering is still practised.
Maras – Maras is famous for its proximity to hundreds of salt wells that form a spectacular landscape. In Maras you can see more than 5 thousand salt extraction wells built during the Inca period. The salt mines of Maras are one of the four places in the world where pink salt can be obtained. The villagers sell this salt in the main markets of Cusco.
Moray – Moray is located 74 kilometres from the city of Cusco and is home to the famous Inca circular terraces. This set of concentric circular terraces gives the sensation of being an artificial crater. Moray was one of the main ‘agricultural research centres’ of the Inca empire. It was dedicated to the experimentation and sowing of crops from different places.
The different climates and altitudinal levels were constructed with the intention of making it possible to grow crops from the coast and jungle in cold climates.
History of the Citadel of Machu Picchu – Machupicchu
This ancient Inca city known as Machu Picchu or Machupicchu, is one of Peru’s most precious treasures. It was built in the middle of the 15th century and it is believed that it was one of the residences of the ninth Inca of the Tahuantinsuyo, Pachacutec,
(considered the great transformer of the Inca empire), although in it there are also the remains of a great Sanctuary (Sacred Place where they worshipped their diverse gods, especially the Sun God), with diverse temples such as: temple of the sun, temple of the 3 windows, temple of the Pachamama, the Inti Huatana, the royal Mausoleum, among others,
Its name means old mountain – Machu Picchu, and refers to the place where it is located, at about 2453 m.a.s.l., on a rocky premonitory between Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu is divided into 3 sectors: agricultural sector, religious sector, urban sector.
Today, this Inca jewel is one of the country’s tourist attractions. Travellers come to (Aguas Calientes-Machupicchu village) to start the Inca trail made popular by Hiram Bingham at the beginning of the 20th century.
The historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983. Machu Picchu Peru.
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