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Flight of the Condor - Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon and Machu Picchu 9 Days

$1,625.00

Discover the world’s second deepest canyon and spectacular Machu Picchu.

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip code CMP8D01
Travel style Classic
Trip type Group service
Group size Min 1, Max 16
Physical rating Some easy physical activities included in this trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
Departure dates Guaranteed departures any day. Departures are available along the year. We do not have fixed departures.
Min age 1+ All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  This tour package is fully customizable according to your interest and needs.

 

Discover the spectacular Colca Canyon and Machu Picchu
Enjoy the magnificent beauty of the ¨White City¨ of Arequipa nicknamed after the beautiful White Sillar Stone covering the majority of the colonial buildings. Witness the flight of the Giant Condors at Cruz del Condor overlooking the world´s second deepest gorge known as Colca Canyon. This captivating tour will also take you to Cusco, the magnificent capital of the Inca Civilization, a city full of ancient culture and mesmerizing blue sky. Journey through the sacred religious site of Sacsayhuaman and the mysterious Inca ruins located in the Sacred Valley. This tour ends at one of the 7th wonder of the world, the mysterious & iconic Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • A tour package that covers Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, observe the condors at the Colca Canyon.
  • A comprehensive adventure package that covers Peru’s main attractions including Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
  • Explore the ancient and incredible regions of Arequipa & Cusco.
  • A complete tour of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley that is bound to leave you amazed.
  • Become part of an adventurous trip to the Inca ruins while indulging in the rich and modern Quechua and Inca cultures.
  • View the beautiful skies of Machu Picchu when the sun lights them up.

Day 1 – International Arrival Assistance

  • Arrive in Lima at any time. Our representative will be waiting for you at the Lima airport with a customized sign containing your name. Private transfer to your hotel.
  • There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and rest up.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Lima.
  • Meals included: None.

Day 2 – Lima Colonial Walking & Gastronomic Evening Tour

  • Breakfast at Hotel; pick up from your hotel at 09:00am and transfer to Lima historical center. We’ll take you to a fascinating walking tour. We will show you Palaces and castles our city hides, we also going to take you to our great Saint Francisco Monastery and the impressive underground Catacombs!
  • Also we visit “The Main Square”, Archbishop’s Palace and the Municipal Palace, other great places you will visit are: the Train Station Palace, unique old fashioned “Cordano Bar”, colorful mansion palaces, Jiron del Union Pathway, Post Office Palace, Dominicans tower, Historical Rimac Bridge and lovely surrounded wooden Balconies and the next big project in the City the Under river subway.
  • Our historical center is considered a World Heritage protected by the UNESCO; we will show you the Original Spain Mansion Palace and enjoy its great collection of 18th Century paintings, its impressive sculptures, wooden varandas, trendy gilded mirrors and great original terrace.
  • At 13:00pm after the tour we will take you back to your hotel.
  • At 16:30pm pick up from the hotel. On this tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy the following activities; participate in a Pisco Sour demo at top beachfront restaurant. Enjoy Amazonian appetizers and prepare your own Amazonian Cebiche and taste a cocktail made with fruit straight from the Amazon.
  • Tour of the colonial, bohemian Barranco district; along the way, your knowledgeable local host will tell you interesting stories about Peruvian culture and culinary traditions.
  • Finally you will have a delicious Gourmet Peruvian dinner amid pre-Incan ruins at la Huaca Pucllana. Vegetarian, gluten-free and diets are available.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Lima.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 3 – Flight to Arequipa and City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery

  • Breakfast at hotel; pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa.
  • Upon arrival to Arequipa reception and transfer to your hotel.
  • Hotel pick-up at 14:00pm. The tour will begin in Carmen Alto where we can see the Chili River. Our next stop will be the Yanahuara Viewpoint. This stunning place is famous for its lovely narrow streets. Afterward we will continue on to the Main Square of Arequipa. The scenery here is one of the most important aspects of the White City’s history since Arequipa´s foundation.
  • During our visit to the main Square we will visit The Basilica Cathedral, where the Arch Bishop still resides, and the Jeusit Chruch of the Company of Jesus. We will have the opportunity to gaze upon golden alters, beautifully hand painted Polychrome Cupolas, hand painted stained glass cloistered windows, gorgeous 17th century Inca Art and awe inspiring Bell Towers.
  • Lastly, we will visit the Santa Catalina Monastery. The monument´s foundations dates back to 1579 and is one of the most marvelous, important and religiously iconic monuments in Peru. The Monastery has conserved its traditional characteristics for centuries. Its narrow streets and gardens with typical Spanish names bring back memories of the old quarters of Sevilla and Granada.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Arequipa.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 4 – Excursion to the Colca Valley

  • Breakfast at hotel; pick up from the hotel at 07:30am land departure toward your exciting excursion towards the Colca Valley. In the route, we will drive across Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. You will be blown away by the magnificent views of the volcanoes named Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu.
  • Upon arrival to the reserve, you will be able to first-hand experience the wild vicuñas in their natural habitats, which is considered a national symbol. We then continue on to Vizcachani, Pampas de Toccra, up to the crater of the volcano Chucura and lastly on to the Mirador de los Andes at Patapampa (4800m) from where the volcanoes that frame Arequipa can be seen.
  • Before arriving to Colca Valley our last stop will be at the Mirador, from where gorgeous pre-Columbian terraces that are still being cultivated by native Collaguas can be carefully observed. Once we get to the town of Chivay transfer to your hotel.
  • There are no planned activities so check into the hotel and rest up.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Colca Valley.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 5 – Observe the flight of the Condors and back to Arequipa

  • Breakfast at hotel; pick up at 06:00am we will make our way to the awe inspiring Cruz del Cóndor to gaze upon the Colca Valley (the second deepest canyon in the world, 4km at its deepest point!) and be blown away with amazement as we marvel at the great and majestic condors soaring only a few meters away.
  • Afterward we will make our way to the town of Pinchollo as well as the Antahuilque Viewpoint to see an amazing terrace built 1500 years ago. On our way back to Chivay we will stop at the viewpoints of Choquetico and Tumbas Colgantes, meaning ¨hanging tombs¨ where hundreds of Inca & Pre-Inca souls have been laid to rest.
  • Then we continue to the towns of Maca and Yanque where you will be able to set eyes upon the valley’s most beautiful church and have lunch the town quaint small town square.
  • After our visit we will make our way to Arequipa.
  • You can expect to be back in Arequipa city around 5:00pm.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Arequipa.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 6 – Flight to Cusco and City Tour & Archeological ruins

  • Breakfast at hotel; pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas.
  • On arrival in Cusco, assistance at the airport and transport to your hotel, where the rest of the morning is free time to rest in hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Pick up from the hotel at 13:20pm – Tour begins from Cusco’s Main Square, Plaza de Armas.
  • Includes a visit to Cusco’s cathedral in which you will be able to see the intricate woodwork and colonial paintings that contain detailed Incan iconography.
  • After, we will head to the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) upon which the Convent of Santo Domingo has been built. Interesting fact: according to a legend, this temple was entirely gold plated which left many conquerors impressed with its magnificence when they came here!
  • The tour continues with visits to 4 archeological sites: Sacsayhuaman is an archeological complex, a masterpiece of Incan architecture in which you will see mindboggling huge stone blocks, almost 9 meters in height that are still placed perfectly. Qenqo Temple is a temple dedicated to animal worship. Puca Pucara is another Incan archeological site located on top of a hill, used as a fort and administrative center. Tambomachay, which is also known as the Inca Baths.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.

Day 7 – Full day to Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo)

  • Breakfast at hotel – pick up from your hotel at 07:30am.
  • We then will then embark on a journey back in time to the Incan´s Sacred Valley beginning in Pisac, 31 km from Cusco. The ancient Incan archeological site and city is located on the top of a mountain. There you will have the chance to firsthand witness the impressive stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors.
  • Afterwards, you will go down into the quaint little town and wander through its colorful market where you can buy intricate, beautifully crafted locally hand-made products.
  • After this, lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
  • Then, you will continue to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious, and agricultural center of the Incas located at the top of a mountain. Note: unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design including outstanding stone buildings and narrow streets. It was once used as a fortress and administrative and urban center.
  • Stop in Ollantaytambo from where we catch the train to Aguas Calientes, upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, reception and transfer to your hotel.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 8 – Visit Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; at 06:00am take bus to Machu Picchu citadel, you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) and tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered to be the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
  • From 10:30am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate.
  • From 12:30pm to 13:30pm take bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • From 13:30pm to 15:00pm take lunch at local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
  • Return to Cusco: later board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Poroy station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 9 – Departure from Cusco

  • Breakfast at hotel; at the scheduled time our representative will meet you in the hotel lobby, transfer and assistance on your departure.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.

PRICES PER PERSON

HOTEL CATEGORY Single Room Double Room Triple Room
Tourist US$ 1956 US$ 1625 US$ 1577
Superior Tourist US$ 2341 US$ 1875 US$ 1816

(*) Single Supplement for solo traveler: US$ 299.00.

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 25 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 25 per person.

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation: 8 night(s) in hotel(s) in Lima, Arequipa, Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
  • Excursions: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English-speaking staff.
  • Train ticket: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Expedition Class).
  • Transport: bus, minivan, on foot.
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Local top quality English-speaking guides to accompany visits and excursions.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru.
  • Airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal ítems.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
SELECTED HOTELS FOR THIS TOUR PACKAGE
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc. for each hotel category, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.

We have rated the accommodations according to 2 categories:

City Tourist Superior Tourist
Lima

Runcu Miraflores

Faraona Grand

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco

Arequipa

La Casa de mi Abuela

Las Torres de Ugarte

Casa Andina Select Arequipa

Los Tambos

Colca Valley

Casa Andina Standard Colca

Pozo del Cielo

Killawasi Lodge

El Refugio Hotel

Cusco

Sueños del Inka

Maytaq Wasin Boutique

Sonesta Cusco

Xima Cusco

Aguas Calientes

Flower’s House

Inti Punku Machu Picchu

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

El MaPi by Inkaterra

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOTEL CATEGORY

Tourist

  • In this type of accommodation are the 2-star and 3-star hotels and some guest houses.
  • Appeals to tourists looking for more than basic accommodation.
  • The rooms and bed are simple, comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • Rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
  • Breakfast is included.
  • Ideal for travelers on a reduced budget.

 

Superior Tourist

  • In this type of accommodation are the 3-star and 4-star hotels.
  • Standard accommodation. Accommodation is deemed “very good”.
  • The rooms and bed are comfortable and adequate.
  • Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Clean towels are supplied.
  • They have spacious reception with seats and other public rooms.
  • Some of these hotels have food and drink service; restaurant and bar.
  • Buffet breakfast is included.

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