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From the second deepest canyon in the world, up to Andean peaks, and then on to tropical mountain forests, this custom luxury itinerary covers a lot of territory and stunning attractions.
Your 9-day custom itinerary begins in the capital. From Lima, fly to Arequipa and discover why the city’s main plaza is considered the most picturesque in all of Peru. A 3-hour private transfer delivers you to the Colca Canyon where opportunities await to observe Andean condors and rejuvenate in hot springs. Traveling with our guides through Cusco and the Sacred Valley is a culture-filled experience that deepens your appreciation of the Inca heartland. The crowning jewel of Inca engineering, Machu Picchu, is a legacy of this sophisticated civilization.
Upon arrival at the Lima airport, meet our Inca Expert Travel representative for a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel.
If arriving early, you can also take in scenic Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima's gorgeous coastline.
Meet our representative upon arrival at the airport for the short drive to your Arequipa hotel.
Meet your guide for a closer look at Arequipa’s mestizo baroque architecture. Visit San Ignacio Chapel, the imposing Basilica Cathedral, and the mini city of Santa Catalina Monastery. The tour ends with a drive to one of the city’s lookout points for views of the 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. 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.
In the morning, meet your guide for a drive to Mirador Cruz del Condor where you can see condors glide on thermal drifts over the gaping canyon below.
Return to Chivay for lunch and then begin the return drive to Arequipa.
Fly from Arequipa to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport, meet a Inca Expert Travel representative for the short drive to your hotel in the historic center. Along the way, you will see stunning examples of the city’s hybrid Spanish-Inca architecture.
Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.
Meet your guide to begin an exploration of the Sacred Valley. Your private tour visits the concentric circle terraces of Moray which descend nearly 500 feet into the earth, the multi-hued salt pans of Maras, and the monolithic fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour, catch the train to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu.
Wake up early and meet your guide for a memorable walk through the “lost city of the Incas” and let yourself be swept away by the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Finish up with last photos and then return to Aguas Calientes town for the return trip to Cusco.
Climb Huayna Picchu for views over the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu.
Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.
You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s wonders.
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