Peru: Family Journey

DAY 01: LIMA
Arrival and transfer to Hotel.
Since its foundation on the 18th of January 1535 by the conqueror of Peru, Francisco Pizarro, Lima, or the “City of Kings” (the name was given to the city because of the proximity of the date of its foundation to January the 6th, the day of the three kings) has been the capital of Peru. Its magnificent colonial architecture led UNESCO to declare the Historic Centre of Lima a World Heritage Site.
Baroque and neoclassical churches and convents, balconies dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries, colonial town houses and beautiful public spaces speak of a past in which Lima was Spain’s richest vice regal capital in the Americas. But Lima is also a modern metropolis an ever-growing melting pot of cultures and peoples who are making their mark on Peru’s most populous city.
On the shore of the Pacific Ocean, with a world-renowned cuisine and friendly people eager to show off their city to visitors, Lima, your first taste of Peru is an attraction in itself.

After check in and some personal time you will head off for a City Tour.
This tour includes points of interest such as  the Main Square (Plaza Mayor) founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Perú, Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent,  built in the 17th century, and its “Catacombs” ancient underground cemetery of Lima, and finally the House of El Oidor.
During the tour, you will see other colonial architectural jewels, such as Torre Tagle Palace, a beautiful mansion dating back to the 18th century and the Osambela House.
The tour continues to the new residential and commercial areas of San Isidro and Miraflores.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Lima

DIA 02 : LIMA
Breakfast at Hotel
Free Morning to enjoy at your own pace.
Afternoon at 18: 00  Magic Circuit of the Water Tour
Beautiful fountains with playing water, colored lights and laser rays which dance with the music rhythm.
The Magic Circuit of the Water is currently the world record holder for the largest fountain complex in the world, consisting of 13 distinct fountains, many of which are interactive. All of the fountains are lighted at night, many with continuously changing color schemes.
The largest fountain in the Park of the Reserve, named “Magic Fountain” a jet which forces water to a height of over 80 m. Additional attractions are the Tunnel Fountain of Surprises a 35 m walk-thru tunnel of water ; the Children’s Fountain a walk-in automated fountain; and a tunnel connecting the two sections of the park which contains an exhibition highlighting recent public works projects in Lima. The Fantasy Fountain site of a regularly-scheduled laser and picture show, is 120 m in length and contains jets that are synchronized to music.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Lima

DIA 03 : LIMA
Breakfast at Hotel
Half Day Excursion to Pachacamac Ruins followed by lunch at a typical Peruvian Hacienda.
Pachacamac Ruins are located at 19.26 miles (31 km) of Lima, in the valley of Lurín. Pre-Inca and Inca archaeological construction.
The investigations presume that this place was inhabited since the year 200 up to 1533. From the pre-Inca constructions stand out the “Templo Pintado” (colored temple) and the “Templo Viejo” (old temple), built with small adobes and pyramids with ramps.
After the Inca conquest they built next to them the “Templo del Inti” (Temple of Sun) Pachacámac was the God creator of life.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Lima

DIA 04 : LIMA
After breakfast at Hotel You will be collected from the hotel and driven to the airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at Cusco airport, transfer to your Hotel.
In the afternoon discover this enigmatic, ancient Inca city on City Tour & San Blas District Visit.
Cusco, The Archaeological Capital of the Americas, exists in the present and the past at the same time, being a living example of the meeting of two different age of culture.
13.00   City Tour & San Blas District.
Guided visit to Cusco City, often referred to as the ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’ Cusco is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world. It is these contrasts that have given Cusco its rare beauty. Located at an altitude of 3,360 m above sea level, Cusco was referred to as the ‘Navel of the World’. The tour starts at the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cusco that contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School, several altars. After that we go to visit the Temple of the Sun, main religious center of the Incas dedicated to the Sun Cult. According to the chroniclers, the walls of this temple were entirely covered with gold. The fabled wall with the Stone of 12 Angles.
You will visit the District of San Blas, The San Blas district is located on a hill to the northeast of the Plaza de Armas. The area is known as Cusco’s artisans’ quarter since many of the best craftsmen have their workshops and small art galleries in the cobbled, narrow streets surrounding the 16th-century church of San Blas. Craftsmen include Hilario Mendivil, Santiago Rojas, Maximiliana Palomino & Edilberto Merida.  It is believed that this area was also the artists’ district even during the Inca times, with the streets filled with the best gold- and silver-smiths, potters, painters and carvers from throughout the Inca empire.
San Blas church, founded in 1562, is of simple adobe construction but it contains an extraordinary wood pulpit carved from a single massive treetrunk. At the top stands Saint Paul, his foot resting on a human skull, believed to belong to the craftsman who made the pulpit.
San Blas really comes to life in the evenings when the bars and restaurants open.
Overnight at Selected Hotel Cusco

DIA 05 :CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY
After enjoying buffet breakfast at the Hotel this morning you will visit Pisac a picturesque town located 19.8 miles or 32 Km. northeast of Cusco. It is famous for its colonial Church where masses in Quechua are held every Sunday. Its colorful fair also takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
 The Church is an important tourist attraction that has to be visited.
NOTE: PISAC MARKET IS HELD ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS, BUT THE MASS IS ONLY ON SUNDAYS.
This afternoon after lunch (included) you will tour the remarkable fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas.
A very steep stone staircase leads into the fortress. Across an esplanade there is a temple with 10 niches, and close to it a block of partially unworked stones. Beyond another esplanade, six huge rectangular monoliths (estimated weight: 50 tons) form the Temple of the Sun. Vestiges of rooms are seen on top, and on the other side of the hill a four storey building, either a military school or prison.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Sacred Valley

DIA 06: SACRED VALLEY
Breakfast at Hotel
Today you will enjoy a horse ride tour in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Sacred Valley

DAY 07: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU
Early Buffet breakfast at the hotel and transfer to train station to board train to Machu Picchu.
The train goes through Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the fabulous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu.
Framed by spectacular Andean peaks and surrounded by verdant jungle, Machu Picchu is an eye-tantalizing tribute to man in harmony with nature. Located high above the clouds, the city’s streets, temples, and staircases spread across a jungle ridge that eventually plunges more than 300 meters into the treacherous waters of the Rió Urubamba below. Everything within this city, from the intricate terraces and delicate gardens to the complex system of aqueducts, was designed to both promote and preserve the sacred relationship between man and nature.
Natural phenomena like the sun, moon, water, and earth, were sacred to the Incas and were the inspiration for much of the city’s layout. Besides its awe-inspiring architecture and spiritual atmosphere, perhaps the most enchanting aspect of Machu Picchu, is its relative historical ambiguity.
Enjoy Buffet Lunch and continue your walk in this Magic place.
Since it was first introduced to the modern world in 1911 by Yale archeologist Hiram Bingham, this mountain city has yet to reveal the purpose of its origins and a number of theories have circulated throughout intellectual circles, including one suggesting that it was a boarding school where the children of those conquered by the Incas were brainwashed. Despite, or perhaps due to its enigmatic character Machu Picchu has become one of the single most popular destinations in the world, drawing nearly 2,000 people a day to its ancient grounds, high above the Sacred Valley.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Aguas Calientes

DAY 08: AGUAS CALIENTES/CUSCO
Breakfast at Hotel
Free morning to enjoy at Aguas Calientes or to access Machu Picchu Citadel for a second time.
Afternoon train to Cusco.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Cusco

DAY 09: CUSCO/AREQUIPA
Breakfast at Hotel
Transfer to airport for flight to Arequipa
Arrival to Arequipa and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Arequipa.

DAY 10: AREQUIPA
Breakfast at Hotel
City Tour Excursion and visit to Juanita Mummie.
Excursion dedicated to the exploration of the White City, visit of the colonial center (Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, church and the Compaña Convent) and of the Santa Catalina Convent, genuine city within the city with its alleys bordered with colored houses.
Later, excursion to the watchtowers of Yanahuara and Cayma, offering a panoramic view over the fabulous surrounding volcanoes.
The end of the tour will be dedicated to the visit of the Sanctuarios Andinos Museum, well known for its collection of mummies found in the ice of the surrounding mountains, where they had been preserved for more than five hundred years.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Arequipa.

DAY 11: AREQUIPA/COLCA CANYON
Breakfast at Hotel
Full Day Excursion to Colca Canyon.
The Colca Valley is an impressive geological formation hollowed out by the Colca River, which runs through the gorge, only four hours away by road from the center of Arequipa.

Departure 04.00 am we take Yura route to Pampas Cañahuas (3500 m/11,482 Ft), a National Reserve where visitors may spot some Vicuñas & Alpacas. Unlike the Alpacas, Vicuñas are wild animals, and still can be seen running freely on these high plateaus. We will stop at this national park and our local guide will provide information about these shy Andean camels. Then we continue our journey to the Colca Canyon ascending a dirt road till we reach the highest point of our trip, “The Lookout Point of the Andes (4,800 m /15,748 Ft). At the very top, we will get off of some minutes to observe the landscape, having in the background the volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (active) and Ampato. Later on we will drive down hill to the main village of the Colca Canyon, the Village of Chivay (3600 m / 11.811 Ft). In this town we will have our boxed lunch. Afternoon return to Arequipa.
Overnight Selected at Hotel in Arequipa

DAY 12: AREQUIPA
Breakfast at Hotel
Transfer to Airport to board flight to Lima connecting with your international flight.
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