at 8am the tour begins in your hotel (lima), first we drive into the hard of lima were we will visit the paseo de la república, san martín square, main square, government palace, basilica cathedral, the archbishop's palace, city hall palace, the old streets with colonial mansions and moorish-style balconies, the convent and church of san francisco and the catacombs, underground crypts from the colonial times. at 1pm we stop for lunch in typical restaurant (included) to taste the best peruvian art culinary.
after lunch one hour drive out of lima where is the ancient pre-columbian pachacamac pilgrimage centre, this impressive archaeological site is located at the top of one hill next of fertile valley of lurin and the pacific ocean. our guide will start the walking tour into the most important sectors of pachacamac as a temple for worshipping the sun god, the complex is mostly constructed from mud bricks or adobe. the temple housed an oracle and is considered as one of the main ceremonial centres of pre-hispanic peru. visit the great pyramid, going up by the ancient ramps that will lead us to the highest point, from where we will have a stunning view of valley of lurin and the pacific ocean.
afterwards we will go to the temple of the sun, built with four platforms with a trapezoidal shape, forming another pyramid. the temple of the sun was built by the incas when they expanded their forces on the peruvian coast. in its architecture is possible to recognize the classic inca style. pilgrims flocked here from far and wide to worship pachacamac, believed to be the creator of the world and all of its creatures. the best preserved area is the inca-built section (1440-1533). one of the most preserve buildings is the acllahuasi or place of the chosen women, a religious place dedicated solely to the service of the temples and the manufacture of fine textiles for the nobility. after to visit the complex we walk downhill to the visit the local museum housing where will see remains of the artistic expressions from the various cultures that inhabited the sanctuary of pachacamac, such as pottery, textiles and a great carved wood, which is believed to be representing the divine image of pachacamac god.late afternoon come back to the client hotel (l).
At 7am transfer to the airport and flight to the heart of the incas empire, the flight takes one. welcoming reception in the airport of cusco by our official tour guide, then one hour of transfer to urumbamba and ollantaytambo (2700m) were you will receive complete guided tour of this wonderful sacred valley of the incas, also we visit the archaeological site of ollantaytambo, to visit this inca remain we climb the stony stairs to get the complex located on the slopes of the mountains. after visit ollantaytambo site we have lunch at this charm town surrounded by the river and impressive snow-capped.
at 5pm we aboard our train to aguas calientes, journey take 2 hours in comfortable class through rocky mountain and cloud forest along the urubamba river.
stay in a hotel of aguas calientes town (2100m), if the time permitting you can visit the thermal pools (optional) located next of the hotel (l).
At 6am breakfast and aboard the first tourist bus to drop us to machu picchu main door, and to be the first visitors inside machu picchu archaeological site you will have complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place. the guided tour include walk through the different section such as urban, agriculture, and the religions zone was used by the inca culture.
according with your feeling will coordinating with the guide to climb huayna picchu (young mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best photos of all machu picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred inca city. at according time descend to machu picchu and then free time to explorer on your own. late afternoon we aboard a tourist bus to come back to the hotel in aguas calientes town (2100m). optional visit the hot spring (b - l).
At 8am after breakfast aboard our train (vistadome class) and 2 hours of travel back to ollantaytambo. from ollantaytambo continue to visit the second part of the sacred valley of the incas, today we visit calca, lamay, coya and pisac. the attraction we will the inca fortress along the valley, andean markets such as pisac and others. stop for lunch in pisac town. continue visiting this wonder region we drive up mountain to visit other incas archaeological sites such as tambomachay, puca pucara, qenqo and finally saqsayhuaman fortress. early afternoon arrive to the selected hotel in cusco and free time for personal activities (b - l).
Today after breakfast at 7am transfer to cusco airport and 45 minutes of flight to arequipa. welcoming reception in the airport of arequipa and start private tour to the second deepest canyon in the world, driving on the left side of chachani mountain (6070m), continue going up to 4400m, is a natural reserve of salinas and aguada blanca, is the nature habitat for the vicuñas, one of south american camelidos, groups of llamas, alpacas, small lake (bofedales), highlands views (pata pampa 4850m), snow caps and volcanoes, will stop every place to get short break getting pictures from all each place you like.
at 2pm we will arrive in chivay town, located over 3600m, there you will have andean lunch, after that we supply your room, leaving our stuff and ready to a short hike for two hours to the pre incas ruins called uyo uyo (optional) and then continue driving to the thermal's pools, two hours enjoying the hot spring.
at 7pm visit the maria reiche planetarium, we invite you to immerse in the mysteries of the colca valley sky and enjoy the performance "colca deep canyon, deep sky". you can learn how the ancient inhabitants of the andes interpreted the night sky according to their myths and beliefs.
the performances include projecting constellations in the planetarium dome as well as observing the stars of colca's sky through a professional telescope. overnight in the selected hotel (b - l - d).
At 6am is the breakfast and travel 2 hours on our transportation to the famous condor cross, at this place is possible to appreciate the fly of condors or sometimes seating on the big rocks, two hours spending looking this amazing and biggest bird in the world, also there are many villages at the deep part of this spectacular canyon.
at 11am continue we driving - off road tour by abandoned road to cabanaconde home of the cabanas people, this town is very recognized by local people because produce one of the best maize of the andean. stop for lunch at this town surrounded by pre incan terraces and highest mountain on the both sites of the canyon. at 1pm continue driving to the deepest point of the canyon located down of huambo. huambo is farm town between mountainous ranges.
continue traveling we climb up to 4300m is the ampato viewpoint, were juanita mommy (ice maiden) was founded in 1995. also is possible to appreciate queñuales forest, the queñuas are trees grow in the high andes. small volcanoes on the qerqe plains, these volcanoes are part of the andagua volcanoes valley located on other side of the colca canyon.
we descend following a dirt route through small canyon to the coast, stop at huacan valley were is possible to see the remains of the wary culture and the driest desert of arequipeños plains.
at 4pm arrive to el pedregal and from here we take the panamerica highway to enter arequipa, on the way we stop to see the tuna cactus plantation, siguas and vitor valley and finally we pass the north of desierto de atacama range, this desert comes from chile and end in west of arequipa city. evening arrive to the selected hotel in arequipa (b - l).
At 9am begins of complete guided tour of the city. arequipa is a city in southern peru and the nation's second most important city. the city stands at the foot of the misti volcano in the highlands. arequipa has many fine colonial/spanish buildings built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic rock used extensively in the construction of the city, from which it gets its nickname la ciudad blanca ("the white city"). on the tour you will see yanahuara main square, mirador de carmen alto, plaza mayor, cathedral, church and jesuit cloisters, santuarios andinos museum of the juanita mummy "the ice maiden";, santa catalina monastery, church and cloister of san lazaro and san agustin church and fundo el fierro.
free afternoon for personal activities and stay in the selected hotel (b).
At mentioned time we will transfer you to the airport and flight back to lima to connect with your flight back home.
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