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Discovery the real Peru - get off the beaten track in Peru

This itinerary was created for people who love adventure and live real experiences. The tour includes getting a truly real life experience visiting "Both sides" of Lima City; the impressive Shanty Town where you will meet and interact with the locals. Then we move to Cusco city where you will visit the archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuamán, Ollantaytambo, etc. visit an Andean community, where you will share with the locals the traditional way of life through different activities such as, demonstration of textiles, medicinal plants, etc. Hike to the natural observatory of condors. Of course you will also visit the citadel of Machu Picchu, considered a National Sanctuary, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and one of the 7 wonders of the world. Finally, you will have a walk to the Rainbow Mountain.




Highlight

  • Get a truly real life experience visiting "Both sides" of Lima City; the impressive Shanty Town where you will meet and interact with the locals.
  • This tour offers the chance of visiting one local community that share a rich Andean past.
  • Hike to Apurimac Canyon, the best place to see condors.
  • Have a feel of the historical glory of Machu Picchu.
  • Hike to Rainbow Mountain, spectacular rock formation.

What's included

Destination
Cusco , Lima , Machu Picchu , Rainbow Mountain Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Lima
Return Location
Cusco
Price includes
  • 24 hour support by our local staff
  • Accommodation in Hotel with breakfast included
  • All entrance fees and excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • All transfers airport, train station or bus station transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All transfers are assisted by English speaking staff
  • Guided tours by local quality English speaking guides
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (vegetarian or special diets are available)
  • Train tickets
Price does not include
  • Anything not specified in the itinerary description
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Guidance in other languages
  • International flight tickets
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
  • Tips for guides, drivers and other staff
  • VISA procedures, travel insurance, pre and post tour accommodation

Trip code: PRLE8D01

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
Day 1

International Arrival in Lima

  • Lima Airport Transfer: Arrive in Lima at any time. Our representative will be waiting for you at Lima airport with a customized sign with your name on it and 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

Shanty Town and Lima Colonial Walking Tour

  • Breakfast at Hotel; pick up from the hotel at 09:00am. You will be told by your guide about basic guidelines to follow while on the tour. While we know 'Shanty towns' do have a reputation, we want you to feel 100% safe at all times.
  • While you slowly make your way to the base of the hill, our guide will explain a little about the community and its developments, the urbanization projects, politics, religion and how Haku helps in the area. Gradually, you will begin your journey up the famouse ?yellow stairs?, pause for a few pictures of the amazing views in greater Lima, get a glimpse into homes, and interact with neighbors and families we meet during this local life experience.
  • Stopping along the way to take photos with locals who will be waiting for you at their typical homes, see first-hand the smiling children and hard-working families of Lima.
  • Then you will have a lunch in a typical local restaurant, after lunch, guide will take you to the great Historical Center! to enjoy a walking tour visiting. 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.
  • After the tour we will take you back to your hotel.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Lima.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 3

Flight to Cusco and Cusco Walking Tour

  • Breakfast at hotel; at 06:00am 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 14:00pm – walking tour will begin at Colourfull San Pedro market, there's probably no better market to experience Cusqueñan life. Enjoy a first-hand look at how local residents live day-to-day outside the postcard perfection of Cusco’s main square. The guide will explain the history of this market as you wander through the narrow aisles laden with colorful fabrics, meals, fruit juice, breads, crafts, shaman stalls, etc.
  • After we visit Cusco's main square, a busy and vibrant space that marks the colonial center of the city; which features wide stone pathways and well-kept colorful gardens.
  • Then we walked towards the street of Hatun Rumiyoc. The walls of the palace have a Snake and Puma on it. Moreover, there you can observe the well-known 12 angle stone which is a symbol of perfection in Incan Architecture.
  • 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!
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 4

Hike to the Viewpoint of the Condors

  • Breakfast at hotel. At 07:00am pick up from the hotel, later we drive until Chonta village which is located “Northwest” on the way to Abancay and Lima. We will make stops for photos and for visiting Quillarumiyoc; a nice Incan site with some temples; mainly for the moon. Stop at another Incan site called Tarawasi (the house of the Tara); which was the administrative center of the valley with lots of terraces and remains of temples, palaces, etc. After about 3 hours driving we arrive to the typical village of Chonta.
  • At 11:00am we start our gentle hike for about one hour and a half (3 km or 1.8 miles) until the Condor's view point. This viewpoint is located on the right side of the amazing Canyon of the Apurimac River up of 3300 meter sea level, from where we will see one of the deepest canyons of South America and the home of the Andean Condors. Normally we can see the majestic flight of the Andean condors, sometimes we can see at a close distance about 8-10 Condors.
  • After the condor's flight show we will hike back to Chonta where we take the transportation back to Cusco. Arrival time to Cusco 20:00pm.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Box-lunch
Day 5

Chinchero, Visit the Andean Community and Ollantaytambo

  • Breakfast at hotel; pick up from the hotel at 09:00am our private transport drives us to Chinchero archeological site, a quaint little town that houses an important late 1400´s Incan outpost as well as a charming, traditional church. The locals are well-known for their preservation of traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques. For this reason, they set up a market in the town square to sell their handmade crafts to visitors.
  • Then we visit local Andean community of Taucca populated by 20 families and located at an elevation of 3,850 meters. The villagers will share with you their traditional Andean way of life through different activities you can engage in, like weaving demonstrations, plowing with Andean tools, etc. In addition, you will see them spin and dye wool thread using natural dyes as well as weave fabric following their ancient techniques. Finally you enjoy a traditional lunch made by the community women from ingredients organically grown in their fields.
  • After lunch we 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, administrative and urban center.
  • After the tour we will make our way to the Ollantaytambo train station where we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6

Visit to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel; around 06:00am you will ride a bus to Machu Picchu archeological site (2,430m/7,972ft) declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, the hilltop citadel deserved every bit of its fame.
  • Around 07:30am the guided tour begins, the 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. The guided tour takes around two hours.
  • From 10:00am to 12:00pm once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own.
  • 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 7

Hike to Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley

  • Breakfast at the hotel; pick up from hotel at 06:00am and transfer to head of the trail, will take around 3 hours. Stop at the town of Cusipata; then we headed towards the beginning of the walk Phullawasipata (4626m/15,177ft).
  • The day begins with a hiking route that follows a small stream. This portion of the hike is a true treat because you will have opportunities to see herds of alpacas and llamas. Get your camera ready because this route provides consistent views of Ausangate Mountain. In addition, you will hike through isolated villages and interact with local residents.
  • The hike to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (5,030m/16,498ft) will take around two hours. Path is bracketed by uphill terrain with some flat terrain in the middle portion.
  • You will have a chance to enjoy some snacks and take a break to soak up panoramic views once the top is reached. The break typically lasts 45 minutes. The hike back down to the trailhead should take between one hour and a half.
  • After the amazing view of the landscapes on the top we are going to down to the Red Valley we call it like that for the red color of the mountain soil, they look pretty nice and you will find only a few people, this is a totally different experience.
  • This will be around 2 hours walk downhill to arrive again in Phullawasipata where our transportation will be waiting for you to take you to have a comforting lunch.
  • After lunch you will take private transportation to Cusco. We will then drive 3 hours back to Cusco. Approximate arrival time to Cusco 18:00pm.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8

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.

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