Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Maras & Moray, Lake Titicaca
September 26 - October 6
8 participants maximum
Tour Price Includes:
Pick-up at airport in Lima and Drop-off at airport in Puno.
2 nights in Lima - 3 nights in Cusco - 2 nights in the Sacred Valley - 1 night in Machu-Picchu -2 nights in 4-Star hotel in Puno.
All hotels are 4-Star hotel
11 Breakfasts - 10 Lunches - 5 Dinners.
Entrance fees - Transportation to sites and between cities
Private guides - Reference books.
Maps - Tips - Taxes.
Flight from Lima to Cusco and Puno to Lima, with drop-off and pick-up at airports.
Medical Insurance for illness or accident.
$ 3885 per person in double occupancy
$ 4285 per person in single occupancy
Day 1: September 26 - D1:
All the flights departing the US generally arrive late in Lima, the same day. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel. We will make sure that you will have something to eat when you arrive. Welcome to Peru! These next few days are going to be packed with exciting adventures.
Day 2: September 27- B1-L1:
CITY TOUR LIMA: COLONIAL AND MODERN
We will visit the Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnología, UTEC's campus in Barranco. From its modern “vertical campus” inspired infrastructure, students have an inspiring view of the Pacific Ocean and the Lima promenade. In addition to classrooms, this campus contains 31 laboratories and workshop facilities, each equipped with the most technologically advanced tools and machines to ensure that students are properly trained to use the equipment they will encounter in their professional careers.
The design of this campus, which evokes the shape of a cascading cliff with terrace-like walkways, was the winning proposal submitted by an Irish firm, Grafton Architects, and was selected from hundreds of designs in response to the international competition organized by UTEC’s founders. The purpose of the competition was to ensure that the campus embodied the spirit in which the institution was built; that it be novel, inspiring, innovative, and an architectural landmark in Lima. The design has received international recognition, and was awarded the prestigious Silver Lion at the 2012 Venice Biennale, one of the most highly esteemed awards in the world of architecture. UTEC’s is one of the most modern, state-of-the-art campuses not just in Latin America, but the world over.
You will visit the modern part and the colonial part of the city of Lima, “The City of Kings”, starting with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where we will pass by a pre-Inca construction that is 1200 years old, the Huaca Huallamarca. Then, we will go to the Historic Center, where you will visit the Main Square (Plaza Mayor), which comprises the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, The Municipality and the Cathedral. We will make a stop at the chocolate museum where we will see the transformation of cocoa into delicious products. Later on, we will visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, declared cultural heritage of humanity and house of the remains of our patron saints, San Martin de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima. Finally, we will return to Miraflores where we will pass by another pre-Inca pyramid-shaped building in downtown, an incredible contrast. Then, we will descend into one of the most representative parks of Miraflores, the Love Park, inspired by the Güell Park of Barcelona, where you will see the beautiful sculpture dedicated to love, “The Kiss”, made by the famous Peruvian artist, Victor Delfin.
Dinner and night in Lima.
Day 3: September 28 - B2-L2-D2:
Transfer to Lima airport. Private Service.
Today we will fly for 1 hour & 30 minutes to Arequipa.
Upon our arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel.
CITY TOUR & VISIT TO SANTA CATALINA CONVENT
We will tour Arequipa, also known as the White City, during which we will show you all the charms of its main streets and colonial buildings. You will visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, La Compañia church and religious cloisters, also Santa Catalina convent – which is a city within the city – built in the XVI century and closed to the public for almost 400 years until 1970, still home of a few nuns.nowadays.
The tour continues to the church and square of San Francisco and Yanahuara area which has a famous lookout where you will have a complete view of the city and enjoy a spectacular view of the Misti Volcano.
Dinner & night in Arequipa.
Day 4: September 29 -B3-L3-D3:
COLCA CANYON EXCURSION
Departure to Colca Valley located over 11480 ft. On the way you will cross the Aguada Blanca and Salinas National Reserve, with the highest presence of Andean flora and fauna.
The trip continues to Tojra wetlands. Later you will cross Patapampa which is a land located over 15,700 ft where you will find the “Mirador de los Andes”, a strategic point to see the cordillera Chila with great volcanoes views: Mismi, Chucura, Huaracante, and far away the Ubinas, Misti, Chachani, Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca.
You will arrive at Chivay and you will be transferred to our hotel.
Dinner and night in Chivay.
Day 5: September 30:
PISAC RUINS & OLLANTAYTAMBO FORTRESS:
Route around the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to visit the ruins over the town of Pisac, with a view of the Vilcanota River. The well-preserved fortresses, urban complexes, temples and Andean terraces built by the Incas, create an imposing and unforgettable view. You will have lunch at a local restaurant, and then go on with the tour to Ollantaytambo, the most ancient and continuously occupied village of the American continent. Ollantaytambo’s narrow roads and canals haven’t changed since the Incan times. Visit Ollantaytambo Fortress, sample of the military architecture from ancient Andean settlers.
Luggage transfer to Cusco. Private Service.
Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
Arrival time in Ollantaytambo.
15:37 Departure time of train to Aguas Calientes.
Note: Carry-on luggage allowed per passenger is only 5 kg/11 lbs.
Machu Picchu 17:02 Arrival time in Machu Picchu.
Day 6: October 1:
VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU
You will arrive to the Aguas Calientes Station in Machu-Picchu by Vistadome train, then you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and citadel of Machu - Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture, surrounded by lush cloud forest. Lost in history, it was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. After a guided visit of the ruins, you will have lunch in a Local Restaurant.
Note: Carry-on luggage allowed per passenger is only 5 kg/11 lbs. Private Service.
15:50 At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to Ollantaytambo.
Valle Sagrado 17:30
Transfer from the train station of the Sacred Valley to the hotel in Cusco.
Cusco 19:30 Arrival time in Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
Day 7: October 2:
CITY TOUR & RUINS
Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archeological sites three archeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finaly you will visit the art workshop named Inkas expresion, that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. It is an ideal place for the ones that like andean art.
Day 8: October 3:
Cusco to Puno
Transfer from the hotel to the bus station. Private Service.
TOURISTIC BUS CUSCO – PUNO
Leave the station at the start of a bus journey to Puno; en route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the valley south of Cusco. First stop is Andahuaylillas, which has a beautiful 17th Century church containing an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After that, the ruins at Racchi -also known as the "Temple of Wiracocha"- the different zones of which were used for different purposes. the church of Andahuaylillas, often called the Sistine Chapel of the Americas.
After this visit, you will enjoy a typical and delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will visit the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, basically a military camp that also functioned as an administrative centre. Finally, you arrive at the bus station in Puno.
Puno Upon your arrival, meeting on the bus station and transfer to your hotel. Private Service.
Day 9: October 4:
Lake Titicaca Tour
UROS FLOATING ISLANDS - LLACHON PENINSULA:
You will take a 40 minutes trip to Uros floating islands. These islands are occupied by people known as the "Water Tribe" because they have built their own "Island" by adding periodically new layers of "Totora" a type of marram-grass very typical from this place. There you will have the opportunity to navigate a typical "totora" boat. Then, you will continue your trip to Capachica Peninsula to visit the rural community of Llachón.
Llachón has a diverse and unique characteristic of alive culture, biodiversity and archaeological resources with a strategic location within the peninsula. Here you will have a personal contact, and the opportunity to enjoy the physical and human environment, to participate in activities, traditions and life styles of the local population. For this reason, you will visit one of the families where you can share a lunch prepared by the villagers, an unforgettable life experience and also you will have the opportunity to wear the typical dress and learn their customs.
At appropriate time you will be transferred back to Puno.
Day 10: October 5:
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport. Private Service.
Departure time of your flight to Lima city.
Lima Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Private Service
Day 11: October 6:
You will probably have time to re-visit Lima since most flights back to the US are in the afternoon or even late night.
Transfer to Lima airport. Private Service.
International flight back home.
Day 12 Day 13:
UP to 36 HSW CEU/ LU are offered on all the tours.
While traveling if you miss some of the courses
and enjoy your vacations,
upon your return, if you still need LU/CEU Hours, we will provide you, for free, with a list of available approved Seminars, Webinars or On-Line Courses
to compensate the ones you missed on the tour.