Two Jewels Of South America: Perú & Ecuador

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  • Tour guide
  • Accommodations:
    • Overnight stays in very good 3 *** hotels or similar (national category). Accommodation in a double room
  • Meals:
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel and lunch on the 6th, 7th and 10th day
  • Transport:
    • Transfers and excursions in comfortable tourist vehicles

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during meals. Meals not specified in the program.
  • International flights.
  • Domestic flights.
Prices
NET PRICE PER PERSON/DOUBLE ROOM MIN 2 PAX SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Standar Room 2,738.00 USD 544.00 USD

* Prices are not valid for: 23rd – 26th June (Inti Raymi in Cusco), 27th – 31st July (National Holidays), 17th to 21st September (EXTEMIN – Arequipa), 24th & 25th December (Christmas) and 01. January (New Year’s Eve).

 

Operation dates

2019

April May June July September October
13 11&25 8 13 14&28 19

2020

January February March April May June July August September October
11 8 4&14 17 9&23 13 11 1&22 12&26 10&24

 

Terms and conditions
  • Our prices are per person and are subject to change without notice.
  • If the proposed / listed hotels are not available for this program at the time of confirmation, LimaTours   will offer new hotel alternatives with verified rates.
  • Prices are for receptive passengers, not for businesses.
  • Lima Cathedral is not open on Sundays.
  • Koricancha Temple in Cusco is not open on Sunday mornings or religious holidays.
Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Welcome to Lima, the capital of Peru! More than 9 million people and thus about one third of the Peruvian population live in the metropolis. In the coastal city beats the commercial and political heart of the country and the old town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Upon arrival at Jorge Chavez Airport, you will meet your local guide and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 2LIMA - AREQUIPA HD

City tour (including market visit, Casa Aliaga and Larco Museum) Today you will be picked up for sightseeing. You will get to know the historic center of the city of Lima and the modern district of Miraflores. First, your tour will take you along the famous limestone cliffs of Lima to the “love park” of Miraflores before heading to Atstadt. On the way to the center, visit a local market in the Surquillo district to sample local Peruvian fruits. Continue to the old town, where the Plaza Mayor, with its magnificent colonial buildings and balconies is arguably the most beautiful square in Lima. The Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral are located. In the cathedral, the remains of Fracisco Pizarro, the Spanish conqueror, are kept. Your way will take you to the Aliaga House (Casa Aliaga), which was consecrated by the city’s founder, Francisco Pizarro, to one of his captains, Jerónimo de Aliaga, a true jewel of colonial architecture still inhabited today by members of the family. You will then drive to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional district of Pueblo Libre. It was founded in 1926 by Rafael Larco Hoyle and is inside a colonial mansion built on a pre-Columbian 7th-century pyramid. There you will find the most extensive collection from the pre-colonial period of both gold and silver artefacts as well as erotic art. There are over 45 thousand archaeological objects: silent witnesses from three millennia of Peruvian history. At the end you will be returned to your hotel. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the airport and start your flight to Arequipa. Flight to Arequipa – Not included In the evening you arrive in the ‘white city of Peru’. You will be expected by your tour guide and brought to your hotel. On the way, you get a first impression of what to expect the next day. ** Suggested flight: LA 2151, Lima / Arequipa 16.32 18.01

Day 3AREQUIPA

You will start your tour at the Carmen Alto viewpoint opposite the Chili River, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Your guide will be happy to explain why Arequipa is also called “the white city of Peru”. It continues to the exclusive and traditional neighborhood of Yanahuara, criss-crossed by cobbled streets, where you will find a church built in 1750 that is typical of the art style of Cusco-based mestizos. From there, head into the city center to visit several places of interest: Main Square (undoubtedly one of the most beautiful), the Jesuit Church (built in 1590), the Cathedral (built in the 17th century and after several earthquakes completely rebuilt) as well as the Santa Catalina monastery, a building completed in 1579 – a medieval nunnery, which is used as a small spiritual citadel to this day. Afterwards visit the oldest and most beautiful market of Arequipa. On the San Camilo market you will find all sorts of curiosities from medicinal herbs to frog juice and pin.

Day 4AREQUIPA - COLCA

You will leave Yura, a town characterized by impressive geographical features, with streams, mountain ranges and canyons. You enter the Pampa Cañahuas nature reserve, an extensive plateau where you can see free-roaming vicuñas, a native taming camel species that is considered a national symbol. Drive through Vizcachani and the Pampas of Toccra and pass the crater of the Chucura volcano to reach the Andes lookout point in Patapampa (4,800 meters above sea level), from where you can see the various volcanoes, the Arequipa surround. In the village of Chivay, you can have lunch before being taken to your hotel in Colca Canyon in the afternoon. Optionally, you can also visit the local thermal baths in the afternoon.

Day 5COLCA - PUNO

Cross the condor and drive to Puno
Early in the morning head to the Condor’s Cross, from where you can admire the Colca Valley (whose canyon is one of the deepest in the world), and the mighty, dignified condor that flies just meters away. You visit the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque and the viewing points Antahuilque and Choquetico, then you are back in Chivay. There, head towards the city of Puno taking the detour via Patahuasi. Once again, you will dream in the waking state: stone forests and sky-blue lakes populated by herons at an altitude of more than four thousand meters.
After about six hours drive you reach Puno and can rest in your hotel from the long journey.

Day 6PUNO

Day trip Uros & Llachon
Today you will start for a full day excursion on Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world, navigable by large vessels. Your motorboat will take you to the floating island islands of the Uros. These are artificial islands made of Totora, which float on the water thanks to the light yet sturdy material that makes up the habitat of the Uros. The Uros built the islands as they were increasingly besieged by the Aymara people and still live there today. The excursion gives you an insight into the way of life of this tribe.
Then it goes to Llachón. There you will be greeted by the residents with their typical dresses. You will also learn more about the local plants, about the textiles, about the old spinning techniques, together with the people who still use this technique to make their clothes. You will have time for walks to the various beaches of Llachón and then, after a wonderful day, to return to Puno.

Day 7PUNO - CUSCO

Bus service to Cusco with sightseeing on the way.

Today a full day bus ride from Puno to Cusco is on the program. A vehicle will pick you up from your hotel at the appointed time and take you to the bus terminal, where you will be looked after by a representative. The trip takes place in a tourist bus with sightseeing on the way. A German-speaking guide will accompany you on this route and tell you all about the sights that you will visit on the way. Upon arrival at the bus station in Cusco, your guide will pick you up and bring you to your hotel.
Along the way you will visit the city of Andahuaylillas as well as the ruins of Racchi and the small town of Pucara. You will also be served lunch at Sicuani.
** Note: The bus trip is in co-operation with international travelers and with a German or English speaking tour guide. For more than 10 people, the bus ride is in a private bus **

Day 8CUSCO

Cusco was the capital of the indigenous people of South America and when the first Inca Manco Cápac founded the city around 1200 by order of the Sun God, he called it Qosqo: “navel of the world”.
Today, Cusco is at least the center of tourism. Nowhere in Peru is there so much of the past and the modern in one place. Archaeological, architectural, culinary – crafts, music, literature – Cuzco is colorful, multi-faceted, cosmopolitan, lively and beautiful.
Cusco is the archaeological capital of America. Here are pre-Columbian monuments such as the sun temple “Qorikancha”, the holiest place of the Inca or the “Callejón de Siete Culebras”, the alley with the ornate stones in the shape of a snake as a symbol of wisdom.
It is noteworthy that the Inca Cusco built in the form of a puma. The tail forms the Huatanay River in the southeast of the city and the high temple of Sacsayhuaman represents the head. This underlines that Cusco was of great importance for the Inca not only in secular, but also in religious terms.
Today, over 350,000 people live in the city, which is 3,430 meters above sea level.
The morning of today begins with the city tour, where you first visit the “Plazade Armas”. Visiting the cathedral, you can take a look at the earthquake patron saint, the “Señor de los Temblores”, which is highly revered by the locals. The smoke from the many candles has already turned the figure black.
Continue to the main square of the former Inca Empire, the place of sun worship. The former sun temple “Qorikancha” testifies to the impressive construction technique of the Incas. Huge, precisely carved stones hold together without mortar. Most of the Inca ruins were destroyed by the Spaniards and only the foundations were preserved to build palaces, monasteries and churches. On the foundation of the Qorikancha the Spaniards built the Dominican monastery Santo Domingo.
Continue to Sacsayhuaman, an Inca fortress that was considered impregnable, but in 1536 was taken by the Spaniards in the course of the conquest Cuscose. There is still an underground passageway connecting Sacsayhuaman with the former Qorikancha sanctuary in Cuzco. Particularly impressive are the huge blocks of rock, which were precisely cut and assembled without mortar.
If time and energy are enough, visit the nearby Qenko plant, a cult site of the Inca, chiseled out of a limestone wall. If you have enough time, visit the “red fortress” PucaPucara, which is strategically located at the entrance to the Urubamba Valley, and the ruins of TamboMachay, whose springs were probably used as a water sanctuary.

Day 9CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY

Day trip to Chinchero, Maras and Moray (including visit of a typical “Chicheria” at Maras)
Today you set out on a day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First, drive to Chinchero, a small indigenous village where the Inca ruins of Inca Tupac Inca Yupanqui and a magnificent colonial church built on the ruins are located. The inhabitants are very catholic here and every Sunday the little church is well filled.
The main attraction, however, is the Sunday market, where a lively barter takes place. This market is still an authentic and very colorful spectacle.
You will also visit weavers, who will show you how to weave alpaca wool into the finest textiles and dye the fabrics with natural colors.
The journey continues to the impressive salt mines of Maras. This is a complex of hundreds of small pools set up on terraces, fed by the salty water from a nearby spring. The mines located here have been used for salt extraction since the time of the Incas. The first salt layer is used for human consumption, the second is for therapeutic purposes and the third for animals. Each tank produces about 60 kg of salt a month and is “harvested” one day a month.
At Maras you also visit a typical “Chicheria”, where you can taste not only the Inca drink, but also Cuy (guinea pig).
Then visit Moray. Moray is a ruin site about 7km from Cuzco. The way there leads over a natural road. The complex itself consists of a series of concentric agricultural terraces, some of which are 150m deep. Here, the Incas are said to have maintained a large agricultural laboratory where they were able to produce various microclimates and thus breed a large number of different cereals. The circular Terraces of Moray are surrounded by a beautiful landscape, so you get to know both a very beautiful landscape and a very interesting (and lesser known) archaeological site.
After an intense and interesting trip you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 10HOLY VALLEY - HUILLOC - MACHUPICCHU

Today you will visit Huilloc, an Andean community in the Sacred Valley, to gain insight into the current way of life and traditions of the indigenous people of this region. Look forward to interesting encounters with local people.
Lunch is served by a local family.

After this very interesting experience, you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo train station and take your train ride to Aguas Calientes (train ride unaccompanied).

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes you will be met by your guide and taken to your hotel.

Day 11MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO

HD Machupicchu visit (possibility to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain in the second shift (at 10:00 am), after the guided tour of Machu Picchu)
From Aguas Calientes you take a shuttle bus to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, which is picturesquely perched high on a mountain. Machu Picchu means in German “Old Summit” and is located at an altitude of about 2450 meters. A popular photo motif is the “Huayna Piccu”, in German “Young Summit”, which rises another 300 feet higher than Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was built more than 500 years ago under the Inca Pachacútec and today one can only guess when and why the Incas left the city. It was rediscovered in 1911 by the American HiramBingham. In the past, the city offered a home to about 1000 inhabitants. It was divided into three districts, the temple district, where the Incas performed religious ceremonies and calculated the sun orbits, the palace district and the residential district. The entire city was interspersed with perfectly thought-out water pipes, and the houses often show the trapezoidal shape typical of the Incas. Special highlights are the “TempelderdreiFenster”, from which one has a fantastic view of the complex, the stone of the 32 edges, which is perfectly incorporated into the building and, once again, the immense craftsmanship of the Inca stonemasons proves and not to forget the condor carved in rock whose body is formed by a triangular stone on the ground.
In the late afternoon, take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there the bus to Cusco, where you arrive at the hotel in the evening.

Day 12CUSCO - LIMA - QUITO

Transfer Out to Quito.

Flight to Quito – Not included
Arrival in Quito in Ecuador. Transfer to the hotel

Day 13QUITO

City tour through the Oldtown and the Middle of the World.

After breakfast, the holiday can begin properly. Together with your tour guide Take the excursion through the streets of the Old Town where you will visit the Cathedral, La Compañía de Jesus, San Francisco, La Basilica and the Independence Square. Afterwards, visit the Equator Line and the Inti-ñan Museum. Here you can make many interesting experiments that are only possible exactly on the equator. For example, you can balance an egg on a nail.
Overnight at hotel in Quito

Day 14QUITO - OTAVALO

Drive to otavalo
After breakfast, travel to Otavalo. There you will visit the Indio market.

Now you have the opportunity to stroll on the so-called “Plaza de Ponchos”. Here you will find a wide range of colorfully woven shawls, ponchos, as well as thick woolen gloves or bonnets. Just enjoy the bustle and the mix of locals and tourists in the market. Afterwards, a trip to the neighboring villages around Otavalo awaits you. They learn a lot about the culture of the Indians and also see how the typical hats of the Indians of the region are made.

Day 15OTAVALO - BAÑOS

Drive to Cotopaxi National Park – Baños
Today you leave Otavalo and it goes out into nature to the Cotopaxi National Park. The park became the highest (5897 meters) snow covered active volcano. On the way from Quito to the National Park you can see the Cotopaxi in the distance. But this is not the only volcano you will see on the way. To the left and right of you are high mountains along the Panamericana. Then you will reach the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park. After this visit continue to Baños.
Overnight at hotel in Baños

Day 16BAÑOS

Baños – Riobamba
The city of Baños is located at 1800 meters altitude at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano and is certainly one of the most popular resorts in Ecuador. Here we can expect a spring-like climate, a familiar and international atmosphere. The swimming pools in Baños are fed by the hot springs of Tungurahua and invite you to swim and relax. We have time for a stroll through
the place and a walk to the suspension bridge Puente San Francisco. Then we continue to Riobamba.

Overnight at hotel in Baños

Day 17BAÑOS – CUENCA

Train to the Devil’s Nose – ingapirca – Cuenca
Get up early in the morning and take the private bus to Alausí. The picturesque landscape along the way is mixed with many natural patches, the high-altitude fields of the indigenous and the Andean giants. Once in Alausi, get on the train and continue on the spectacular hairpin bends of the Devil’s Nose – the steepest railroad in the world. In the afternoon we finally reach Ingapirca, the most important pre-Columbian archaeological site in Ecuador. This festival and place of worship of the Kanari was later used and expanded by the Incas. After a tour you continue
to your destination Cuenca, which you reach in the evening. Overnight at hotel in Cuenca

Notes: The train only runs from Tuesday to Sunday!
The train is public transport.

Day 18CUENCA

Cuenca – City sightseeing.

Today you will get to know the colonial town of Cuenca, which is considered the most beautiful city in Ecuador and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The promenade along the Rio Tomebamba, the imposing cathedral, the daily market and the colorful flower market are among the highlights of the tour. When visiting a Panama hat factory, you can learn a lot about making the finest straw hat in the world. The name has become known by Hemingway. The afternoon is then free for you to stroll a bit through the pretty streets.

Overnight at hotel in Cuenca

Day 19CUENCA – GUAYAQUIL

Cuenca – hike in the National Cajas and sightseeing Guayaquil.

After breakfast, drive towards Guayaquil, through the magnificent Cajas National Park, famous for its moist and hilly mountainous country. In addition to countless small ponds and marshes, there are more than 230 lakes in the reserve. In this beautiful setting, take a short hike where we observe the numerous species of birds and experience the atmosphere of a typical Andean forest. In the afternoon you reach the port city
Guayaquil where you will make a city tour. Highlights include the
Parque Bolivar with its numerous iguanas, the impressive Town Hall in the Plaza de Administracion, the Moorish Clock Tower, the three-kilometer-long Malecon 2000 waterfront on the broad Rio Guayas and the historic Las Penas district. From the hills of Santa Ana with its colorful houses, you have the best panoramic view of the vibrant port city with a tropical atmosphere. Overnight at the hotel in Guayaquil.

Day 20GUAYAQUIL – OUT

Travel home or connection program
Transfer out to the airport.

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