Stay in the Peruvian Andes combining cultural visits and meetings…
After the colonial white city of Arequipa, we will live a timeless experience in the Colca Canyon. We will then head to the highest navigable lake in the world, the Titicaca. We will end in beauty with the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco and Machu Picchu. We will be able to immerse ourselves in the Quechua culture thanks to 3 stays with the locals living in an authentic way.
Your expenses on site
Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant.
Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away as well as for your personal expenses.
We walk through this magnificent colonial city, nicknamed the White City, due to its facades built in sillar, a clear volcanic rock. On the menu of this visit is the Convent of Saint Catherine, a real city within the city with its streets, parks, cloisters.
We will also visit Juanita, one of the best preserved mummies in the world, discovered in 1995 at the top of the Ampato Volcano.
Night in Arequipa
Private guided tour in English for the city, in English group for the Andina Sanctuary Museum and for the Santa Catalina Convent.
Arequipa is a fertile land, halfway between the Andes and the coastal desert.
In the morning, we will go to the market to discover the basics of Peruvian gastronomy, before going back to the land and visiting the surrounding countryside. We will then learn more about the colonial history of the region.
Night in Arequipa
Private English speaking guided tour.
Arequipa - Colca Canyon
We leave early in the morning for Chivay, with on the road a magnificent view of the volcanoes of the cordillera. After entering the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas, we will come across herds of wild vicuñas, whose wool is even finer than cashmere, as well as other species of Andean fauna.
Arriving at the village of Chivay, located in the middle of green terraces more than 1,500 years old, we will have lunch and continue to Cabanaconde where our hotel is located.
Night in Cabanaconde
Shared transportation to Chivay, then privately to Cabanaconde. Private English speaking guide
Breakfast and stroll along the edge of the Canyon, waiting for the thermals which will perhaps motivate the Condors to a magnificent flight. Then, we will go along the Canyon to reach the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque.
Then we will return to Canocota, an Andean village, where Julia, our host for this stay, is waiting for us. You will be able to accompany her for some traditional activities in the fields.
Night at the inhabitant’s house
Shared transportation for the return to Chivay and then private transportation to Canocota, private English speaking guide.
Colca Canyon - Puno
We’re leaving this morning for an easy walk.
A small canyon will present itself to us. After 3 hours of hiking we will arrive at thermal baths for a moment of relaxation before the departure to Puno and Lake Titicaca.
Night in Puno.
Private English speaking guide until the departure of the bus from Chivay then tour bus with English-Spanish guide to Puno.
Puno - Amantani Island
Boat for the Uros, traditional islands built entirely of reed.
Then we will continue towards Amantani Island, where our host families will come to pick us up. Installation in our rooms.
Wonderful landscapes, pre-Inca ruins, and an excellent introduction to the economic and social life of this “state within the state”.
Night at the inhabitant’s home
Grouped service (about 15-20 people) with English-Spanish guide.
Amantani - Taquile - Puno
After breakfast, we embark for our return to Puno. We will visit Taquile Island, recognized by UNESCO for its traditions and famous for its handicrafts.
After lunch, we will return to Puno.
Arrival late afternoon
Night in Puno
Grouped service (about 15-20 people) with English-Spanish guide. Possibility to have a private English-speaking guide with a supplement.
We continue our journey by crossing the Peruvian highlands today. Thanks to a special bus service that will stop in several places of interest :
– Pukara, an important pre-Inca ceremonial center…
– the Col de la Raya at 4’335m.
– Raqchi, where is the Temple of Viracocha, the creator god
– Andahuaylillas with the Sistine Chapel of the Andes
Night in Cusco
Private transfers hotel – bus terminal and terminal – hotel / sightseeing bus with English-Spanish guide, including site entrances
In Cusco, we offer several tourist and local activities. Our experience on site will also allow you to experience the city from the inside.
After the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, you will explore the Temple of the Sun (or the Inca Museum of your choice) as well as the Central Market, while strolling through the narrow streets of the historic center and the bohemian San Blas neighborhood.
Night in Cusco
Private tours in English, entrance fees included
Visit of the Sacred Valley.
We start with the weavers’ village of Chinchero, where we will learn how to weave and dye wool.
We will then continue by the sites of the saltworks of Maras and the agronomic laboratory of Moray,
Night in Chinchero
English-speaking private tours, private transportation, entrance fees included
We are leaving today for a day’s walk.
After passing a pass at 4’300m we will descend on a part of the old Inca Trail to arrive at our host family’s house, located on the edge of the site of Huchuy Qosqo.
Evening of sharing with our hosts.
Night at the inhabitant’s house
Private English speaking guide, entrance fee included
Huchuy Qosqo - Ollantaytambo
We visit the site in the morning before going down into the Sacred Valley.
Our bus picks us up, direction Ollantaytambo where we will visit its impressive Inca fortress.
Night in Ollantaytambo
Private English speaking guide, private transportation, entrance fee included
Early in the morning, you take the train to Aguas Calientes, and then
you will enjoy a guided tour of the Inca citadel, considered a masterpiece of Inca architecture, classified as a World Heritage Site and known as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Optional: The most courageous will be able to embark on the ascent of the Machu Picchu mountain or the Huayna Picchu, two viewpoints overlooking the site, offering at their summits a magnificent and significant view of why this Inca city was so long forgotten.
You will also have some time to isolate yourself and contemplate this site with the necessary calm.
We will then go back down, either by bus or on foot, towards the train station to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus to Cusco.
Night in Cusco
Private English speaking guide to be found at the entrance of the site, bus ticket for Machu Picchu round trip included, train round trip included. Option for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain in addition, private transfer from Ollantaytambo.
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.
The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.
When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).
All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.
We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.
Currency / Credit Cards
Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.
Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.
In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.
Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.
For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.
Material to take with you
|Passport and 2 copies||Visa (if required)||Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy|
|Airline tickets and copy||Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency|
|1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel)||Camera||Binoculars|
|Reading/writing materials||Flashlight||2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)|
|1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater||Warm underwear||Cap|
|Warm and waterproof jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bathing suitcase|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medicines you usually take|
Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)
You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).