Peru Classic Adventure
This 14 days adventure tour in Peru includes the main highlights; Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. In addition to this, it also allows you to try some adventure sports in Peru, like; kayaking on Lake Titicaca, mountain biking in the Andes and river rafting in the Sacred Valley.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Extreme
- Group Size Small Group
Destinations: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Time: 14 days / 13 nights
Price per person, based on two travelers and 3-star hotels.
If you wish to book 4- or 5-star hotels and private excursions, please ask us for an offer.
Note 1: Because of the nature of hotels and the travel industry, it is not always possible to secure the hotels and lodges listed in the itinerary. Tailor Made Peru will endeavor to secure the hotels listed in your itinerary. However, Tailor Made Peru reserves the right to secure the next best available option or an upgrade in the event that the original hotels are not available or overbooked.
Note 2: Please ensure that your passport expiration date is good for at least 6 months past the end of your tour.
Note 3: Please make sure to inform Tailor Made Peru of any health or dietary restrictions.
Note 4: Tailor Made Peru strongly recommends that all clients purchase travel insurance after booking your tour to cover your investment.
- Flights Lima – Arequipa, Cusco – Lima
- Transfers to and from airports
- 13 nights at recommended hotels with breakfast buffet
- Professional English speaking guides on all excursions
- City tour in Lima
- City tour in Arequipa
- 2 days tour in Colca Canyon with excursions and guided stops
- Full day excursion on the Lake Titicaca included lunch
- Tourist bus Puno – Cusco with several stops for sight-seeing, lunch included
- City tour in Cusco
- Full day endeavor in the Sacred Valley
- Excursion with river rafting on the Urubamba river
- Mountain-bike adventure to Moras och Moray
- 2 days excursion to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu with guided tour of the ruins – Vistadome train to and from Aguas Calientes
- International flight and flight taxes
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Day 1 Lima
You are met by our staff at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Miraflores, where we will give you information about Peru and your tour and also answer any question you may have. Miraflores is a safe area by the coast where the best hotels and restaurants are situated.
- Day 2 Lima (B)
After breakfast you are picked up for a guided tour of the colonial and modern Lima which includes the cathedral built in 1654 where the remains of the Spanish conqueror of the Inca Empire, Francisco Pizarro, rest, the Main Square with a bronze fountain from 1650 and some unique wooden colonial balconies around the main square (Plaza de Armas), the San Francisco monastery with the famous catacombs and the modern areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Lima is also known as “The city of the kings”, and was founded 1535 by Francisco Pizarro and 1991 it was declared a world heritage by UNESCO.
- Day 3 Lima-Arequipa (B)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Arequipa (The white city), maybe the most beautiful city in Peru, where we will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. Rest and relax in the morning to get used to the altitude. In the afternoon we pick you up for a city tour of Arequipa where you will visit the Chilina valley and the old San Lorenzo district. You will get a nice view of the city and you will visit the Main Square and the Cathedral as well as the extraordinary Santa Catalina Monastery which is built of volcanic lava and dated back to the 16th century. You will end the day with a visit to Juanita, the best preserved mummy in the whole Americas, which was found in 1995 during an expedition high up in the mountains.
(In Arequipa you may also enjoy yourself with river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, and other adventure activities. Let us know if you want to add a day or two).
- Day 4 Arequipa – Colca Canyon (B)
In the morning we will pick you up at the hotel for a two days Colca Canyon tour. You travel towards the hot springs of Yura, passing the volcano Chachani and then further up to the natural reserve of Pampa de Cañahuas, where you will see groups of llamas and alpacas. In the wetlands of Tocra you can see lots of various migratory birds, including flamingos. We pass the crater of an extinct volcano (Cuchura), and make a stop at the highest point of the trip, Patapampa, (4,910 m), where you will have spectacular views of the Andean mountains. Then starts the descent to the Colca Valley where you will arrive in Chivay, the main-village in the Valley. You are accommodated in your hotel and are then having a free afternoon to discover the Colca Valley district and maybe visit the hot springs for a nice bath. In the evening you may enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant with folkloric show and local dances.
- Day 5 Colca Canyon – Puno (B)
After an early breakfast we head further into the Valley towards the deep ravine, Cruz del Condor, where the condors mostly are seen. The view from this place is amazing and you’ll also stop by several times during the journey to admire the Colca Canyon. The condors can have a wingspan of over three meters and in the morning they take advantage of the warm upwind from the gap to be able to sail out from the cliffs in search of food. After a walking tour along Colca Canyon, it is time to return to Chivay. On the way we stop in the picturesque villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, with beautiful colonial churches and at the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, where you will experience beautiful views over terraces in the valley as well as Inca and pre-Inca graves. On return to Chivay, you will then travel by bus to Puno (approximately 6 hours with breaks for sight-seeing). We will meet you at the bus terminal for transfer to your hotel.
- Day 6 Kayaking on Lake Titicaca (B, L)
You are picked up by the hotel at about 06.40am for a short trip to the Esteves Island, where you will get a brief kayaking lesson, life-vests and equipment. Thereafter you you will make a kayaking tour to the floating islands of Uros, and during the trip you will see a great variation of birds, flora, fauna and stone formations.
The Uros islands are built by reed that grows in the Lake Titicaca and have been there for hundreds of years since the Uros people began to live on reed islands to avoid conflicts with other people living around the lake. You will meet the Uros people, who live their lives on these islands in a similar way that their ancestors have done for many generations. You will talk to the people and see and learn about their living conditions and history. The Uros people use reed boats for transportation, you may make a tour in one of these yourself.
You then continue with a motor-boat to the Taquile Island, a very beautiful island where the people also live their lives like their ancestors have done for centuries, with small scale farming and cattle. They have kept their traditions alive and one of their traditions is handicrafts made with great skills that you can admire and buy during your stay on the island. You will make a walk on the island and after lunch, which is included in the tour, it is time to return to Puno, where you will arrive at about 17.00pm. You will be picked up in the harbor and taken to your hotel.
- Day 7 Puno – Cusco (B, L)
Early transfer to the bus station for your tour with a comfortable tourist bus to Cusco. You travel across the Andean highlands in a very beautiful landscape, and make several stops on the way to visit museums, ancient Inca ruins, markets and small villages. A stop for lunch is also made at La Raya, 4310 m above sea level. The journey takes about 9 hours, but it never becomes tedious thanks to all interesting stops along the way. Late in the afternoon you arrive in Cusco, the Inca Empire’s old capital. We meet you at the bus terminal for transfer to your hotel.
- Day 8 Cusco (B)
Enjoy a morning to sleep a little longer or explore Cusco on your own. After lunch you will be picked up for a guided tour in Cusco and its surroundings, with visits to the four famous Inca ruins which lies in the outskirts of Cusco; the water temple of Tambo Machay, the Puca Pucara fortress, the oracle place Quengo and the impressive fortress and temple of Sacsayhuamán. Three enormous boulders, each one weighs 120 tons, are making three perfect zig-zag walls and the view of Cusco from this place is wonderful. You will finish the day with a walking tour in the centre of Cusco with visits to the Cathedral, the Main Square and the Sun Temple of Korikancha.
- Day 9 Sacred Valley (B, L)
Today you will do a full day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You visit the village of Pisac that was founded during colonial times and is located at the foot of some impressive Inca ruins. Visit the Pisac market on the Main Square where the Indians sell their products and handicrafts. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays are the busiest days, but the market is always open. After lunch, visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca village that the Spaniards never conquered, and explore the ruins located above the village. You also will visit the piqturesque town of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco.
- Day 10 River Rafting (B, L)
This tour combines two different sessions on the Urubamba River with different levels of difficulty. We pick you up around 9am and transfer you to the Adventure Center. There you start the ride for approximate 2 hours as a preparation. After that you eat lunch at Hachicata and later you start the rafting to Calca (about 1 hour). After that you prepare to enter the part of the river called Huaràn, the most difficult part (II, III, and IV class). After that we transfer you back to Cusco, you arrive around 5.30pm.
- Day 11 Cusco – Moray – Moras – Ollantaytambo (B, L)
We pick you up at your hotel and depart by private vehicle to just outside Chinchero where the mountain bike ride starts. The total distance is 22 miles on back roads and trails. The trail starts with back roads for around an hour, climbing several hills and witnessing scenes of rural Andean life, before arriving at the Inca site of Moray. This is a fabulous amphitheater of terracing that was used as an agricultural experimental site by the Incas, taking advantage of the microclimates produced by the varying altitude to breed new type of crops.
After this you leave the back roads and join a two track road that later becomes a walking trail. This route is mostly flat and downhill, but with one steep and fairly technical downhill and a short but steep uphill. There are support vehicles for those who prefer that.
After around 45 minutes you reach the village of Maras where it´s time for a picnic lunch. Then it is mostly downhill to the salt pans of Maras. This is an unforgettable site; the people from Maras have diverted a salt-laden spring coming out of the hillside, evaporating the water to collect salt like their ancestors have done for centuries. From this point you have a final technical bike ride downhill into the Sacred Valley town of Urubamba. As before, you have the option to take the support van along a different route if you prefer that. Arrival to Urubamba and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
- Day 12 Cusco - Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu (B)
It is time for the highlight of the tour, the forgotten city of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu. You will catch an early train to Aguas Calientes where you are met by your guide. You then take the bus up to Machu Picchu for your guided tour (2 hours). After the tour you will have some free time to explore the ruins and take more photos. A popular alternative is to climb the mountain next to Machu Picchu; Huayna Picchu (2 hours). It is quite tough but if you reach the top you will have a spectacular view over Machu Picchu and the surroundings. In the afternoon you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night in a nice hostel.
- Day 13 Aguas Calientes – Cusco (B)
Opportunity to return to Machu Picchu or to relax in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon you take the train back to Cusco, where you are picked up and transferred to your hotel.
- Day 14 Cusco – Lima (B)
You will have some time on your own to spend in Cusco until we pick you up at the hotel for transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Lima. Depending on when you leave Cusco and your international flight leaves from Lima, you will either wait at the airport for your flight or spend a few hours in the city before departure.