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Foodie Highlights: Andean Highlights

Colca Canyon, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu & Titicaca
13 days / $3,929
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In this Itinerary, you’ll see places that steal your breath and quicken your heartbeat in the Andes of Peru. Dine at top-rated restaurants, admire the colonial architecture of Arequipa, and gaze at condors gliding over the depths of Colca Canyon.
PRESENTED BY VIRGILIO MARTINEZ, WINNER OF THE WORLD'S TOP CHEF AWARD & OUR CULINARY EXPERT

Sail to the islands of Lake Titicaca as you feast on Andean ingredients and take in spectacular sunsets over the world’s highest altitude navigable lake. Soak in the beauty of the Sacred Valley and dine on an 8-course tasting menu at MIL restaurant. Then venture onwards into the Andean cloud forest where the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu awaits you.
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Our Inca Expert Travel representative will greet you upon arrival at the Lima airport. Your private transfer will bring you to your confirmed Lima hotel. Here you’ll be briefed about your trip and provided with everything needed for your upcoming journey.

Use your first day to rejuvenate yourself by resting or enjoying hotel spa services. If arriving early to Lima, take a scenic walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco for views of Lima’s gorgeous coastline, or dine at one of the many gourmet restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.



Start your morning with a gourmet breakfast at your hotel, before visiting the Historic Center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will show you the top spots of downtown Lima including Casa Aliaga and other historical sites in the center.

Spend your afternoon walking around the artsy Barranco district. Discover its history as you gaze at colonial mansions next to modern graffiti and enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean from the beautiful Malecon.

Finally, enjoy an epic 11-course tasting menu at Central, one of the top 10 restaurants in the world.



Explore Arequipa’s highlights today with your private tour guide. Take a closer look at the mestizo baroque architecture, visit the San Ignacio Chapel, the imposing Basilica Cathedral, and the mini city of Santa Catalina Monastery. Then you’ll drive to a lookout point for views of the elegant Arequipa city framed by Misti Volcano.



The 3-hour drive from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon passes through the extraordinary landscapes of the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca. Pristine landscapes dotted with animals grazing makes for fantastic photography opportunities. Before the descent, you’ll reach Patapampa Pass at a staggering elevation of 16,109 feet (4,910 meters).

Stop in Chivay village for lunch, visit Calera Hot Springs, and continue to your lodge for a relaxing night. After sunset, we recommend you peer up at the starlit skies untouched by light pollution.



Your guide will meet you early this morning, the choice time to view condors, and bring you to Mirador Cruz del Condor where you’ll gaze in awe at the size of the condors gliding on thermal drifts over the gaping canyon below.

Return to Chivay for lunch and then begin the 5-6 hour drive to your Puno hotel. Remember that Lake Titicaca is at higher elevation than Colca Canyon. Take time to rest, try out spa services, or do some light exploration while you acclimate.



Begin your waterborne exploration of the world’s highest navigable lake - Lake Titicaca. Feel the sensation of standing on Uros Floating Islands and learn about how indigenous people maintain their long held traditions in a high altitude environment. Finish with a hike on Taquile Island to take in a spectacular sunset over the lake before the boat ride back to your hotel.



Rejuvenate yourself with a day of doing nothing but enjoying the incredible vistas of Lake Titicaca and your hotel amenities. After lunch, board the boat back to Puno for one last hotel night on the shores of this illustrious landscape.



In the morning you’ll fly from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, you’ll be met by an Inca Expert Travel representative who will go through your travel program and give you all your needed tickets.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself into the story of Cusco’s past with a private guided tour of its foremost historic sites. Start with a visit to the impressive Cusco Cathedral and Coricancha temple. Your journey continues high above Cusco where the Inca ruins of Q’enqo and Sacasyhuaman watch over the city. Explore these enigmatic sites with your private guide who will point out important details and little known facts about these fascinating sites.

Your Inca Expert Travel Advisor will be glad to share personalized restaurant recommendations and tips for how to spend your free time.



After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, your private tour guide will meet you and your driver will take you through the cobblestone streets of Cusco and into the scenic Sacred Valley. Watch the landscapes roll by as they turn from nearby lush fields to distant snow-capped mountains.

After spectacular views of the Andes Mountains, you’ll stop at 3 highly impressive Inca ruins starting with the incredible Pisac ruins and famous Pisac Market. You’ll learn about the Sacred Valley and its history and importance to the Incas before making your final stop of the day at Ollantaytambo. At Pisac you also have the opportunity to purchase artisanal goods straight from the artisans as well!

Visit the last Incan stronghold, Ollantaytambo fortress, where you’ll see some of the most impressive functioning series of aqueducts and fountains out of all the Incan ruins in Peru. Afterwards, your guide will drop you off at your hotel for a free afternoon of resting.



After a delicious Peruvian breakfast at your hotel you’ll meet your private tour guide and travel to the spectacular Maras Salt Mines. These ancient pools on terraced mountainsides collect natural saltwater that crystallizes and can be harvested. Take in the spectacular views and purchase some of this natural salt at a local market by the site.

Afterwards you’ll be transported to Moray and learn about its history and take in the views before heading over to MIL restaurant. Winner of the world’s top chef award Virgilio Martinez created this restaurant to explore Andean ingredients and bring you a delicious culinary experience with incomparable views: the Incan ruin of Moray.

Enjoy your 8-course lunch at MIL included in your tour package.

After a private transfer back to the town of Ollantaytambo, you’ll board a train that will take you directly to Aguas Calientes where you’ll spend one last night before viewing the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu.



An early morning will reward you with a momentous day of exploring the “Lost City of the Incas”. Your private tour guide will take you through the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu, discussing the mystery and skill of its construction as you absorb the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin.

Return to Aguas Calientes and relax before your journey back to Cusco. Take in the final views of the Sacred Valley while you travel back. Your driver will be waiting at the station to take you back to your hotel for some much-deserved rest at your hotel.

Upgrade options: Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for bird’s-eye views of the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu.



Enjoy a final delectable breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Our Inca Expert representative will meet you in time to transfer you to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s world wonders.

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Double $ 5,109 $ 4,459 $ 3,929
Single $ 8,179 $ 6,929 $ 6,139
  • 12 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • Dinner at Central with 11-course tasting menu. Beverages not included
  • Lunch at MIL with 8-course tasting menu. Beverages not included
  • Vistadome Trains: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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