1 Arrive in Lima
On arrival in Lima you will be met by your Peruvian Secrets
Tour Controller, who will transfer you to your hotel, the comfortable
Hotel Faraona. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions
you may have at this point and recommend a good restaurant;
the remainder of the evening is free to rest and take a gentle
stroll around the surrounding area should you wish.
2 Fly Lima – Arequipa,
afternoon city tour
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your short
flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival in Arequipa you will check
in to your hotel before taking an afternoon city tour. Your
evening is free to relax and wander around this pleasant city
centre, which offers many fine restaurants and places of entertainment.
3 Transfer by road to
After breakfast you will be collected for the start of your
tour of the beautiful Colca Canyon in our private mini bus (a
detailed description of our Colca canyon tour will be provided
on application). Your night’s stay will be in a Hacienda
style guesthouse offering friendly and comfortable accommodation.
4 Return by road to Arequipa
Today you will take the spectacular return journey to Arequipa.
Upon arrival you will check into your hotel once again, where
your evening is free for you to have your last exploration of
the marbled city.
5 Fly Arequipa –
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for you
short flight to the Inca capital of Cuzco. Set amongst stunning
hillsides and boasting a lively and varied nightlife, Cuzco
is a destination itself. Its proximity to the Sacred Valley
and Machu Picchu help in making it the most visited city in
all of Peru. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your
hotel, the Royal Inca and have the rest of the day free to relax
and explore the city at your own pace.
6 Free day in Cuzco
Today is a free day in Cuzco to spend as you most wish; perhaps
you could have a long lie in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast
before exploring the many little plazas and streets in this
beautiful city. Or, why not take this opportunity to write and
post your postcards and simply while away the day in Cuzco’s
many cafes, bars and restaurants?
7 Sacred Valley Tour
Today you start your relaxed tour of the Sacred Valley. On the
way we will visit Sacsayhuaman, one of the best examples of
Inca stonework. From here we will travel to a variety of sites
including Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay, before arriving
at the small village of Pisac, a picturesque town, which is
the gateway to the Sacred Valley, here you have an opportunity
to viewing the many artisans work. You will then transfer to
a beautiful country inn where you will have the evening free
to relax and enjoy the fine facilities on offer.
8 Train to Aguas Calientes
This morning you will be transferred to the small station of
Ollantaytambo, at the end of the valley. From here you will
take your beautiful train journey through the changing microclimates
as the ride takes you into the higher reaches of the Amazon,
to the small yet lively town of Aguas Calientes. Here you will
be transferred to the Machu Picchu Inn and have the afternoon
free to explore this small but lively town.
9 Full day at Machu Picchu
This is an ideal opportunity to take the first transport up
to the city of Machu Picchu where you will have the opportunity
of seeing the spectacular sight of the ruined city appearing
like magic through the early morning cloud. In order for you
to maximise your enjoyment from your visit, Peruvian Secrets
provides the services of a professional local guide who will
reveal some of the mysteries that surround this fascinating
place. After your visit we return for mid afternoon to the small
village of Aguas Calientes where we will take the 4.35 afternoon
return train to Cuzco. Upon arrival we transfer to your hotel
and have the evening free to explore Cuzco by night, take in
a fine restaurant and sample one of the many places of entertainment.
10 'Andean Explorer' train
This morning you will be transferred to the main train station
and take the incredible journey to Puno and The Great Lake Titicaca.
This journey is one of the great train journeys of the world
and takes approximately ten hours. The comfortable Orient Express
style carriage offers restaurant service (lunch included) and
a carriage attendant providing beverages and light snacks during
your journey. To the rear of the train is a glass observation
carriage that offers spectacular views of this wonderful journey.
Upon your arrival in Puno you will be transferred to your hotel
and have the evening free to relax and enjoy this lively, sociable
note: the train only travels this route on Mondays, Wednesdays
& Saturdays and that this will need to be taken into account
in your preferred dates of travel.
11 Lake Titicaca, stay
on island with local family overnight
Today we take our tour on the Great Lake Titicaca. You will
be visiting one of the floating islands of the Uros Indians
and then we will continue on to the island of Amantani. Upon
arrival you will be allocated to a family licensed by the government
to house visitors. You will become the guest of that family
and have an excellent opportunity to experience the life these
friendly people live. Late afternoon you have the option of
a small trek to the Inca ruins situated on the summit of the
island where we will stay for the magnificent sunset over Lake
Titicaca. You will then return to your family where you will
be served a traditional evening meal (please bear in mind this
will be a very basic meal). In the evening you are invited to
the village community hall for a traditional night of entertainment.
12 Return to Puno
After we have had breakfast and said goodbye to our host family
we rejoin our boat for the visit to the neighbouring island
of Taquile. Here you have the option of leaving the boat and
taking the one-hour coastal walk or if you feel you are unable
to do this walk the boat will take you directly to the port.
Our guide will give you a tour of the Inca ruins and bring to
life some of the incredible history before descending down to
the village for lunch. Here you will the opportunity of sampling
the delicious freshwater fish of Lake Titicaca. We will then
rejoin our boat and return to Puno for one further night.
13 Fly Puno – Lima,
transfer by road to Pisco
Your morning is free to relax before your transfer to the airport,
situated in the small town of Juliaca approximately one hour’s
drive outside Puno. As part of your tour we will stop on route
to the airport to show you the fantastic Sillustani Lake and
the Inca and pre Inca ruins. Here, weather permitting; we stop
for a picnic lunch at the site of the strange cylindrical Inca
towers of Sillustani which has spectacular lakeside views. You
will then continue on to the airport for the short flight to
Lima, where you will be met for your onward transfer by road
to Pisco. In Pisco you will check into your friendly hotel,
where the remainder of your day is free to explore, and if you
are feeling brave – where better to sample the national
drink of Peru, Pisco Sour?
14 Ballestas Islands &
Today we transfer to the Paracas National Park where you will
have the opportunity of taking a boat ride around the coast
and The Ballestas Islands, bringing you into close contact with
the huge colonies of marine bird-life and mammals that live
here; including pelicans, boobies, penguins and sea lions. We
will then join our private vehicle to take the journey to Nazca,
taking approximately two hours. Upon arrival, you will check
into your comfortable hotel before being escorted to the small
airport to take your flight over the incredible Nazca lines.
This flight takes approximately forty minutes and will surely
raise more questions than answers about these incredible and
inexplicable images that can only be seen from the air. Your
evening is free to relax in the comfortable facilities of your
hotel and enjoy the warm, desert night.
15 Return by road to Lima
Today you will be met and transferred back to Lima, travelling
North along the Pan American Highway. This journey takes approximately
6 – 7 hours, stopping along the way for lunch. Upon arrival
in Lima you will check in to the Hotel Faraona for your last
night’s stay in Peru. Should you wish, your guide will
be happy to return in the evening to escort you to the area
of Barranco where you can enjoy some of Lima’s finest
restaurants and cliff top coastal views, before returning you
to your hotel.
16 Depart Lima
This morning you will need to prepare for your departure before
your international return flight. You may like to do some last
minute shopping for gifts or mementoes of your time in Peru,
or alternatively you could to take our optional Lima city tour;
your options can be discussed with your guide at the time and
would be a local payment to guide. At the appropriate time your
Peruvian Secrets Tour Controller will meet you and transfer
you to the airport for your international departure.