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ANDES, ADVENTURE & CULTURE | 16 days | Lima – Colca Canyon – Titicaca lake – Cusco – Sacred valley – Machu Picchu – Inca Trail

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US$ 1321.00   S/. 3685.59

 

  • Tours and transfers in and out with Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • All the necessary land transportation
  • City tour and the Gold museum in Lima
  • Walking tour in Arequipa and visit the cloister of Santa Catalina
  • Tour to the deepest Canyon of the world, the Colca Canyon and tour the highest navigable lake in the world, the Titicaca lake
  • City tour and Saqsayhuaman ruins in Cusco
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas tour
  • Inca Trail trek
  • Hotels in double room basis

 

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ANDES, ADVENTURE & CULTURE

Lima – Colca Canyon – Titicaca lake – Cusco – Sacred valley – Machu Picchu – Inca Trail

 

16 DAYS

 

From:

US$ 1321.00   S/. 3685.59

 

  • Tours and transfers in and out with Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • All the necessary land transportation
  • City tour and the Gold museum in Lima
  • Walking tour in Arequipa and visit the cloister of Santa Catalina
  • Tour to the deepest Canyon of the world, the Colca Canyon and tour the highest navigable lake in the world, the Titicaca lake
  • City tour and Saqsayhuaman ruins in Cusco
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas tour
  • Inca Trail trek
  • 02 nights in Lima with breakfast included (double room)
  • 02 nights in Arequipa and Chivay – Colca Canyon (double room)
  • 05 nights at the Hotel in Cusco City with breakfast included (double room)
  • 03 nights in campsites (double tent)
  • 02 nights in Puno with breakfast included (double room)
  • 1 night in Amantani island – Titicaca lake (double room)
  • Meals described in the program
  • All services included during the Inca trail to Machu Picchu trek
  • Entrance fees and tickets for all the tours & trek
  • Train ticket to/from Machu Picchu (Backpacker service)

 

Hotels

Low budget or guesthouse  US$ 1321   / S/. 3685.59

Tourist Class                          US$ 1603   / S/. 4472.37

First Class                               US$ 1803   / S/. 5030.37

Deluxe Hotels                        US$ 2945   / S/. 8835.00

 

Alternative Program

From US$ 1582.00 or S/. 4746.00

 

Available Discounts

(these discounts are not cumulative)

  • Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

 

Plus Additional discounts

(that may be added to the above-mentioned)

10 % off on full program price for all bookings confirmed at least 3 months in advance. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered

 

General Conditions:

Single dollar value in Peruvian currency at US$­ 3.00. Effective until November 31 of 2015. This promotion is valid for tours only booked until August 31 of 2015. This offer is no reimbursable, no transferable and no changes are allowed. Spaces are subject to availability and prices are per person in double accommodation. Contact us at info@andeanskyline.com or call us to 984 126618 or 8098398519.

 

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ANDES, ADVENTURE & CULTURE

(16 days)

Have you ever wondered where is the deepest canyon on earth? or where is the highest navigable lake in the world?  Well there is a fantastic journey that takes you off the beaten track to enjoy the beauty of Peru.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima

Day 2 Lima – City tour, Convent San Francisco & Gold Museum

Day 3 Lima – Arequipa

Day 4 Arequipa – Colca Canyon.

Day 5 Colca Canyon – Puno – Sillustani

Day 6, 7 Puno – Lake Titikaka – Puno

Day 8 Puno – Cusco

Day 9 Cusco

Day 10 Cusco – The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 11 Inca Trail / Alternative Inca trail program

Day 12 Inca Trail / Alternative Inca trail program

Day 13 Inca Trail / Alternative Inca trail program

Day 14 Machu Picchu – Cusco / Alternative Inca trail program

Day 15 Free day in Cusco or White water river rafting

 Day 16 Lima

 

Day 1 Lima

Arrival, assistance and transfer to the selected hotel in Lima.

 

 Day 2 Lima – City tour, Convent of San Francisco & Gold Museum

Visit the City of Kings, including the historic center of Lima with its fine buildings     from the colonial period. Visit the church of San Francisco, exploring its cloisters, catacombs and the religious museum. We will then head to Peru’s Gold Museum, which also has a collection of weapons from all over the world. The gold artifacts come from Peru’s many pre-Hispanic cultures, while the collection of ancient and modern weapons is considered one of the best in the world.

Meals: B

 

Day 3 Lima – Arequipa

Transfer to the airport, flight to the white city of Arequipa. Arrival, reception and transfer to the selected hotel; in the afternoon, walking guided tour by the historical center and the convent of Santa Catalina. One of the most beautiful convents of Peru, the beauty and variety in vases and the touching quality of some of the rooms in this city in miniature make it a must on anyone´s itinerary.

Meals: B

 

Day 4 Arequipa – Colca Canyon.

Departure heading to the Colca Canyon, in the journey we will pass through the desolate plains of Pampas de Cañahuas and Tocra. There you can see herds of Vicuña, the Puruña stone forest and the Sumbay caves, then from Mirador de los Condores you will contemplate the snowy summits of the Ampato, Sabancaya and volcanoes, after you descend to Chivay, the entrance gate to the valley; where you will stay in our selected hotel. To relax, we will refresh in the hot springs at la Calera

Meals: B

 

Day 5 Colca Canyon – Puno

Departure heading to the Cruz del Condor lookout, to have the possibility of observing the flight of the Condor in its native habitat and the impressive scenery of one of the most beautiful spots on Earth, then we will return to Chivay to have lunch and drive to Puno. Transfer to the hotel.

Meals: B

 

Day 6, 7 Puno – Lake Titikaka – Puno

Today you will spend the entire day on Lake Titicaca, the site of the Inca creation myth and a place of extraordinary beauty, where 8000 square kilometres of blue waters merge with the Andean sky. During the boat trip you will visit the floating islands of the Uros people, who built their artificial reed islands some five centuries ago to escape the influence of the dominant Colla ethnic group. Beyond the Chucuito peninsula you will visit the islands of Amantani, where you will spend the night in a villager´s house and will have the chance of being participant of a “Peña”. The next day we will go to Taquile to learn about their customs and to observe their remarkable textile tradition.  That evening you will arrive in Puno around sunset, for a free evening in the city.

Meals: B. L.

 

Day 8 Puno – Cusco

Today we will leave Puno early and head through the high Andean plains to Cusco, crossing the high pass La Raya. Along the way we will visit the small village of Pukara, famous today by its ceramics and also was once the centre of the pre-Inca culture of the same name. Raqchi is the site of an Inca temple dedicated to the Inca creator god Wiracocha; Andahuaylillas is an idyllic village with a tree-lined main square and a fine colonial church decorated throughout with murals; Arriving in Cusco at around 5:30 pm you will be transferred to your hotel. The evening is free for a relaxing meal.

Meals: B.

 

Day 9 Cusco

After a free morning to relax, in the afternoon we will make a city tour. Cusco, as the capital of the Inca Empire, with its historical legacy, living culture and natural attractions, offers visitors a guided visit to the city and the surrounding ruins. The tour begins with a visit to the city’s cathedral, which was erected on the site of one of the most important temples of the Inca period, dedicated to the creator god Wiracocha. Construction began in 1559 and was completed in 1654. The interior houses a collection of paintings from the Cusco School of religious art. From the cathedral we will head to the Qoricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, to see its fine stonework and learn about its history as the most important shrine in the Inca Empire. From here we will leave the city and venture into the surrounding hills. Saqsayhuaman was the ancient House of the Sun, and today we can observe beautiful stone constructions erected by the Incas on a massive scale. Our tour will continue with guided visits to the temple of Qenqo, the red fortress of Pukapukara and the Inca baths at Tambomachay.

Meals: B.

 

Day 10 Sacred Valley of the Incas

We will visit the market of Pisaq, where a colorful handcrafts market of Andean jewelry, textiles, pottery and other items shares space on the main square with a traditional produce market. This market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. We will then continue our trip by visiting the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, which conserves intact the urban plan as it was laid out by the Incas. This site was once inhabited by members of the Inca nobility, and we will visit its agricultural terraces, temples and residential areas. We will spend the night in a hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals: B.

 

Day 11 to 14 Inca trail

The trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but do come prepared: the trail is 45km (28 miles) long and often steep. Generally the journeys consist of 7 hours walking on average (both uphill and downhill), plus stops for snacks and lunch. Normally trekking starts at 7am (except for the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 4-5pm. There is always the possibility of rain, even in the dry season and temperatures may fall below freezing at night. The trail traverses three passes, the highest being 4,200m (13,779ft)

 

Day 11 Piscacucho – Huayllabamaba

We will leave early to the market of Ollantaytambo to get the last issues for our adventure, then our vehicle and our tour guide will take us to the trail head, Piscacucho or the Km 82 (2750 m/9020 f). The starting point of the trek;Lunch in Llactapata (2288 metros, 7505 pies), and go to the first camp site in Hayllabamba (2743 m/8997 ft.

Meals: FB

Day 12 Huayllabamba – Pacay mayu

In the Morning you will hike to Pacay mayu (3560 m/11 676 f) then you will visit the ruins along the road, see the nature, flora and fauna, then you are going to climb to a plain called Llulluchapampa, after that you will go through the first high pass called Warmiwañusca (4,200 m/13,779 ft). This point, Pacay mayu, will be your second camp

Meals: FB

Day 13 Pacay mayu / Wiñay Wayna

After a hot breakfast you will star the hardest day of the trek; after 1 hour walking you will reach the second high pass called Runku Raqay (3998 m/13 113 f), then you will descend slowly along a paved Inka road to the ruins of this place, and Sayacmarca (3728 m/12228 miles). Lunch in Chaqui cocha (dry lagoon). You will go up a stone staircase to Phuyupatamarca, the third high pass, located at 3700 m/12 136 f; finally go down to the third camp site,  Wiñay Wayna (2699 m/8852 f).

Meals: FB

Day 14 Wiñay Wayna / Machu Picchu

It is a beautiful Inca site where the flora and fauna show themselves more exuberant and active, then you will walk until you reach Intipunku, the sun gate, from where you will get the first glimpse of the magical sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2460 m/8069 f), The guided tour includes visits to the most important temple sites, dwellings, plazas and storage areas, as well as leaving you time to explore the ruins independently. Few manmade structures can boast such harmony with nature, as you will appreciate as you wander around the site independently.

Menu: B. L.

 

Alternative Inca Trail Program

For those travellers not interested or unable to hike the trail it is possible to spend 2 extra days in Cuzco to relax, shop and explore more of Cuzco’s sights or do the following program ( This option must be arranged at the time of booking or local fees will apply):

 

Day 11 Salt Pans of Maras, Moray

We will leave the hotel and drive to the archaeological site of Moray. This was an experimental agricultural research station where the Incas domesticated, acclimated, improved their strains and harvested crops from other parts of their empire with different climatic conditions. In today’s world, some 70% of the edible plants which are consumed by humans throughout the world originated in the Peruvian Andes. In Peru there exist more than 3000 varieties of potatoes.

We will continue across the wide plains which local people use for their traditional farming activities and grazing their herds. The Urubamba mountain range with its great snow-covered peaks forms the background to this hike. In the village of Maras we will be able to observe the imposing doorways of the old houses as we stop for a while to eat something and rest. We will then continue along the trail through spectacular scenery to the salt pans of Maras. Here brilliant white pools produce the salt which local people have extracted here since pre-Inca times. We return to Cusco by road in the afternoon.

Meals: B

 

Day 12 Southern Valley: Pikillacta, Tipon and Andahuaylillas

This program takes us to a series of tourist attractions of great historical importance, set in beautiful Andean scenery. First we will head to Tipon, a masterpiece of Inca hydraulic engineering, where we will also be able to enjoy some of the typical local food of the region, including guinea pig. We will then visit the pre-Hispanic citadel of Pikillacta, which dates from the period of expansion of the pre-Inca Wari culture. Finally, we will head to the small village of Andahuaylillas to see the charming little church.

Meals: B

 

Day 13 Cusco – Machu Picchu by train

HIKE TO THE MANDOR WATERFALLS / MACHU PICCHU

Travel by train to Aguas Calientes. Transfer to your hotel and hike to Mandor Waterfalls. The trail cuts into the old coffee plantation of Mandorpampa and enters the cloud forest, following the river for a further one and a half hours to the waterfalls. These picturesque falls are about twelve metres high, and are fed by the crystal-clear melt waters of sacred Mount Yanantin.

From the falls, the trail continues up to the ridge, before becoming lost in the increasingly dense vegetation.

This is a dramatic, fertile landscape, with coffee, banana and avocado plantations carved from the forest, and pristine areas that are the natural habitat of mammals such as the spectacled bear and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, some of them endemic to the region. This teeming forest is hung with bromeliads and many varieties of orchids, some of which have only recently been identified by science. Return to Aguas Calientes

Meals: B, Box Lunch

 

Day 14 Machu Picchu

We wake up early in order to be on one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu, where we will tour this unique site in the company of a specialist guide. For four hundred years Machu Picchu was lost to the world in the dense forest which still surrounds the site, until it was rediscovered by the American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Our guide will take you through the complexes of temples, palaces, ceremonial fountains, agricultural terraces and residential areas, and you will also have time to explore the ruins independently.

 

In the afternoon we will return by train to Ollantaytambo, then drive to Cusco and transfer to hotel.

 

Day 15 Free day in Cusco or optional white water river rafting

You will have the free day to relax or explore the historic centre on foot wandering the narrow streets of the historic centre, where colonial Spanish buildings stand on Inca foundations. The evening can be spent enjoying the fine local Novo Andino cuisine and an evening folkloric show. For those eager to brave the rough waters we recommend to run the Chuquicahuana section of the sacred river of the Incas so that is more intense with adrenaline pumping rapids class III & IV.

Meals: B

 

Day 16 Lima

Transfer to the airport, assistance and flight to Lima.

Meals: B

 

Included:

  • All the necessary land transportation
  • Transfers
  • Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish), in the trek 2 guides for groups of over 8 people.
  • Entrance fees for all tours, excursions, parks, museums and trekking in the program
  • Meals described in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, FB=Full board), in the trek the meals are prepared by the trek cook and also includes: daily morning snack, daily tea service except last day, vegetarian or special menus are available at no extra cost.
  • Accommodation at hotel with private bathroom (Low budget, tourist class hotel, first class hotel or De luxe hotel, upon request)
  • Direct assistance

Alternative program

  • Entrance fees, meals mentioned in the program, transport, professional guide, train ticket to Machu Picchu and R/T bus ticket at Machu Picchu

Other services including trekking services:

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Transport to the start of the trail
  • Accommodation on the trek is camping (3 nights). Tents are set up by the porters.
  • Services during the trek: Porters for carrying equipment and personal gear
  • Camping equipment: Personal tents (2 people in each 4-people capacity tent, they are 3 season and highly maintained), mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent, household items.
  • Accommodation for all our staff
  • Chef and cooking equipment
  • Hot water every morning to clean up and boiled water to fill in your canteen every morning or night.
  • First aid kit and emergency oxygen supply
  • Bag for the gear you will need during the trek
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • One way bus ticket (from Machu Picchu to the village)
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco in Backpacker service) (*)
  • Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco
  • All the garbage produced during the trek will be returned to the city of Cusco

 

(*) A train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) with an additional transfer to your selected hotel will be provided.

 

Not included:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Baggage excess
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Travel insurance

 

We recommend that you take:

  • Travel documents: passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, vouchers
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Any Vaccination Certificates required
  • Money: cash, credit card and money pouch
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • A good sleeping bag (down bag for temperatures as low -15°C)
  • Inner sleep sheet (for sleeping bag)
  • Backpack for carrying items for daily use such as cameras, water bottles, etc.
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Shorts
  • Walking boots , waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Sports shoes or sandals for a higher comfort while at camp
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleeces
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat, cap and accessories
  • Rehydration cream
  • Underwear
  • Towel, toilet paper
  • Camera, video camera, binoculars, etc.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Non-disposible canteen and water for the first morning. Optionally: water-sterilizing tablets in case you pick up water from streams or rivers along the route. Otherwise, we provide filtered boiled water, which is safe to drink and has not reported health problem so far
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
  • Walking poles (you will need rubber tips to cover the metal tips and protect the trail)
  • Before you travel we recommend that you check that you have adequate health insurance, travel insurance and personal insurance to cover the needs of your family in case of loss of baggage, accident, theft or death.

 

Important:

  • Departure and arrival times are approximated.
  • Campsites are subject to change according to the designation of the governmental institution regulating the use of the Inca Trail, as well as to our guide’s criteria and the group progress
  • Challenging and levels of difficulty: (range between 1 to 10): 7 and an acclimatization period of at least 2 days in Cusco or at elevations above 3000m/9840ft is recommended.

 

Available Discounts

(these discounts are not cumulative)

  • Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

 

Plus Additional discounts

(that may be added to the above-mentioned)

10 % off on full program price for all bookings confirmed at least 3 months in advance. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered

 

Social & Environmental responsibility

Andean Skyline is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation we can help conserve the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our host communities.

 

What you need to know on how to be a responsible traveller:

  • The natural environment is also very important. If in the bush we need to make our human waste, be sure is buried away from waterways. Burying or carrying out used toilet paper is a must. Tampons and sanitary pads must also be taken out of the area and disposed of appropriately. Minimize use of soap or shampoos in rivers and lakes – your local guide will let you know when using soap is unsuitable.
  • When trekking, many travellers take an extra plastic bag to pick up any rubbish that they see to improve the area and for their own rubbish. Rubbish may have to be carried until a suitable disposal opportunity in the next town.
  • Please try and minimize the waste of plastic water bottles. Consider packing a water filter, water purification tablets or iodine to purify drinking water. At some of our hotels there are large water ‘bubbler’ dispensers where you can refill your bottle with purified water for free or for a small fee.

 

 

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