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Exploring Colca Canyon & Machu Picchu 9 Days

INTRODUCTION

Explore the second deepest canyon in the world, then go up to the Andean mountains, on to the tropical high jungle, and other stunning attractions. Combine Colca Canyon tour with the “Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu”, the Sacred Valley and the heartland of the Incans in Cusco. This fantastic tour will start in Lima, followed by a short flight to Arequipa, where you will discover why this city’s main plaza is considered the most picturesque in all of Peru. A three-hour private drive to Colca Canyon will be the best opportunity to watch the fascinating flight of Andean condors. Enjoy the hot springs for some relaxation while admiring the surrounding geological wonders. You will be staying at comfortable hotels that will make you feel at home. To minimize the effects of altitude sickness, your first night will be spent in Lima upon arrival to Peru. Your second night will be spent in Arequipa city (7,660 fasl) and once you get used to the altitude, you will be ready to visit Cusco (located at 11,600 fasl), and Machu Picchu by Train (7,000 fasl).

Highlights & Special Features

  • Take in scenic “Parque Del Amor” (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima’s gorgeous coastline/ Time allowing, visit Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and the trendy waterfront district Miraflores.
  • Explore the south of Arequipa, one of Unesco’s World heritage sites, known for its white stone architecture, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, canyons, pleasant weather, beaches and enjoy seeing condors soaring up Mountains.
  • Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via the Peru Rail Expedition Train or Vistadom Train.
  • A tour at key sites of the sacred valley, including Inca cemetery of Pisac and the ruins of Ollantaytambo, Salt Mine in Maras, concentric circle terraces of Moray and Chinchero.
  • Sub-tropical valley offers for you breathtaking landscapes.
  • Visit the nice llama and alpaca zoo along the Valley
  • Explore the Inca City- Cusco.
  • Visits to the imposing ancient Incan temples of Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lima Airport. Transfer to hotel included

Once you arrive to the Lima airport, you will meet our Discover Satori representative for a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel. If arriving early, you can also take in scenic “Parque Del Amor” (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima’s gorgeous coastline. If you arrive to Lima in the early afternoon, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel in the scenic waterfront district of Miraflores.

DAY 2: Fly from Lima to Arequipa.  City Tour in Arequipa

You will fly from Lima to Arequipa. Once you get to Arequipa, you will take a short drive to your hotel or similar accommodation. Your guide will take you for a closer look at Arequipa’s mestizo baroque architecture. Then you will visit San Ignacio Chapel, the imposing Basilica Cathedral, and the mini city of Santa Catalina Monastery. Your naturalist guide will tell you more about what to expect during your stay. Your tour will end with a drive to one of the city’s look out points for views of the city framed by Misti Volcano.

DAY 3: Drive to Colca Canyon. Hot springs and relax

Colca Valley day¡ in this exciting day, you will drive for 3 hours from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon passes through the extraordinary landscapes of the Nacional reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca where you will find fauna and flora of the high Andean area, you will see vicunas, alpacas and llamas and a great variety of Andean birds, then we will continue to Chucura Crater. Before the descent, you are going to reach Patapampa Pass at a staggering elevation of 16,109 feet (4,910 meters),where you will observe 8 volcanoes forming a “circle of fire”:  such as: Chila, Mismi, Chucura, Huaracante, Ubinas, Misti, Chachani, Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca.

Following, you will stop in Chivay village for lunch, then will visit Calera Hot Springs, and continue to your hotel for a relaxing night.

DAY 4 See condors soaring. Return to Arequipa

After your delish breakfast, you will head out straight to the Condor Cross, the best viewpoint to see the depth of the canyon, with 3 400 depth meters and 200 km long, where you will see condors gliding on thermal drifts over the gaping canyon below. On your way back to Chivay town, you will see the pre-Incas hanging tombs, samples made in stone and other viewpoints. You will have your lunch in Chivay and you will then come back to Arequipa.

DAY 5: Fly from Arequipa to Cusco. Relax in Cusco

Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, meet our Discover Satori representative for a transfer to your hotel in Cusco. After your check-in you will have enough time to take acclimatization and relax in your hotel and be prepared for Cusco day. If you’re up for a bit of exploring, the city center is pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating sites, colors, museums, markets, Main Square and people. We’re happy to recommend the city’s best options for delicious dining and exciting shopping. Remember to take it easy on your first day at altitude.

DAY 6: Private Cusco City Tour.

Today is an exciting day to explore the heart of Cusco city!!! You will begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. You will start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, you will see the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay (temple of water), and Sacred Alters on the Bed Rock formations. Then you will spend the afternoon at your leisure.  You can shop with locals at San Pedro Market, wander on the streets of 12 angles (stonework) or bohemian San Blas.

DAY 7: Private Sacred Valley Tour. Journey to Machu Picchu by Train

By the morning after your breakfast, you will meet your guide for a trip to the Sacred Valley. This tour will include to visit the ancient concentric circle terraces of Moray which descend nearly 500 feet (150 meters) into the earth, the multi-hued salt pans of Maras ( Salt mines), and the monolithic fortress ruins and Village of Ollantaytambo. When you finish your tour, catch the train to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu where you will stay in a comfortable selected hotel.

DAY 8: Private Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco

Day 8 will be one of the more remarkable and busy day, because you will visit one of the 7 new wonders of the world and thus you will need to wake up early and will go up to Machu Picchu sanctuary with your guide by bus and you will have a memorable walking tour through the “Lost City of the Incas”. Let yourself be swept away by the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Finish up with last photos and then return to Aguas Calientes town for the return trip to Cusco/ Sacred Valley.

Upgrade options:

Climb Huayna Picchu/ Machu Picchu Mountain for views over the ruins.

DAY 9: Return to Lima or continue your journey.

After enjoying your final breakfast at your Cusco hotel, one of our representatives will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the Cusco airport to begin your journey back home. (Optional recommended excursion) – Depending on the time of your international flight, you can take the opportunity to squeeze in a private tour of Lima’s key sites. Please ask our travel advisors.

END OF TOUR

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s other wonders.

Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

  • 8 nights of accommodation in selected hotels or accommodations ***
  • Daily Breakfast at all hotels
  • One lunch at hot Spring restaurant (Machu Picchu)
  • Selected Tours in the itinerary with English speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Train tickets.
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in private vehicles

 

NO INCLUSIONS

  • Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Optional tours and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

 

Featured Hotels

Discover Satori take care of your every requirement and choose the best hotels with excellent location in the heart of Lima city, Arequipa, Cusco city, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.  A few minutes away from the Ancient popular sites to enjoy a view, test a variety of Peruvian cuisine, Andean culture and have fun. In addition to that, a perfect weather to get acclimatization in easy going and confront altitude sickness¡

Browse our list and find your perfect hotel. If you have a hotel in mind that you don’t see here, just let us know and we can book a room for you in any hotel in Peru.

OUR CAREFULLY SELECTED HOTELS

  1. – Lima hotels

Holiday Inn (with 3 stars)

Holiday Inn Lima Airport offers a convenient location next to Jorge Chavez International Airport and with easy access to the city’s downtown and all touristic attractions of Lima, whether for business or pleasure. An ideal alternative to rest and be on time for your next flight or meeting, offering great advantages for travelers with internet included and free transfer to the airport. https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn.com

Hotel’s Services (Restaurant, bar deal to enjoy a refreshing moment inside our facilities, Internet, shuttle, accessibility and so on)

 

SONESTAS POSADA DEL INCA

Sonesta Posada Del Inca Miraflores is a warm hotel located in the heart of the district of Miraflores, known for its exclusive residences, fashion boutiques, cafes, beautiful parks, fine restaurants, and the best nightlife.  A short distance from the Larcomar Mall and 5 minutes from the beach.

http://espanol.sonesta.com/miraflores

Hotel’s Services (Hair dryer, Wifi, In-room telephone, Minibar, Cable TV, Air Conditioning, Digital Safe and so on).

  1. – Arequipa hotels

HOTEL MINT (with 3 stars)

Mint is a boutique hotel focused on the guest, that combines personalized service, modern facilities, and a strategic location; just a few blocks away from the Plaza de Armas, attractive tourist sites, restaurants, supermarkets, and shopping centers to make your stay a delectable experience.  http://minthotel.pe/es/

Hotel’s Services (TV Cable, Minibar, Safe, Wifi, Amenities, Wake up/alarm service and more things)

KATARI HOTEL (with 3 stars)

Hotel Katari in the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa is an invitation to get to know the essence of Arequipa.  With a spectacular terrace that shows off all of the splendor of the Plaza de Armas of the city.  With their beautiful facilities, Hotel Katari invites you to have an unforgettable stay. http://katarihotel.com/

 

Hotel’s Services (Restaurant, Free Wifi, DirecTV, Room Service, A Safe, Transfer Service, Room Telephone and more things)

CASA ANDINA COLCA CLASSIC (with 3 stars)

It is a rustic, relaxed and intimate hotel. It has 52 rooms, 100% non-smoking, raised by way of stone cottages with thatched roofs and tiled floors. Some of them recently built, feature hardwood floors and tile roofs. The perfect place to enjoy Arequipa.http://www.casa-andina.com/destinos/colca/classic-colca/

Hotel’s Services (WI-FI, Internet center, Breakfast buffet, Laundry, Planetary, Massage room, Restaurant

III. – Cusco hotels

Hotel Rumi Punku (with 3 stars)

We are located in the historic center of Cusco, 3 blocks away from the Main Square (Plaza de Armas), together in the traditional neighborhood of San Blas and very close to the important places like museums, churches, restaurants, stores, and others.  The hotel has 43 rooms in superior and standard categories.  http://www.rumipunku.com

Hotel’s Services (Wifi, TV zone,Non-smoking rooms, Heating system, Gymnasium, Spa, Airport transportation, Currency exchange, Luggage storage, Safe, Business Center, Laundry and so on)

 

 

Tierra Viva San Blas (With 3 Stars)

A colonial house made of mud-brick adobe that was restored and converted into a hotel with 24 rooms.  Located in the heart of San Blas, in the well-known neighborhood of artisans five blocks from Main Square (the Plaza de Armas).  Some rooms have a coffee set, a minibar, living room, tub, and in some rooms we are able to place and extra bed. http://tierravivahoteles.com/es/tierra-viva-cusco-san-blas/

Hotel’s Services (Free Wifi, Breakfast included, Laundry Service, Currency Exchange, LCD TV with Cable and so on)

 

Los Portales Hotel (with 3 stars)

Enjoy personalized service from the moment you arrive with the ultimate in sophistication and comfort.  We are located in the commercial and financial district of Cusco, a few blocks away from Main Square (the Plaza de Armas) that leads you to meet the most popular entertainment, commercial, historic, and the cultural tourist attractions of the country.  Reserve a room or suite in the hotel LP Los Portales Cusco and enjoy from a different perspective.

http://www.losportaleshoteles.com.pe/hotel/cusco/

 

Hotel’s Services (Wifi,A safe,Hair dryer, Room service, Business Center and others one more)

  1. – Machu Picchu hotels

Hotel el MaPy by Inkaterra (with 3 stars)

Step into the smart, contemporary and cozy confines of El MaPi, amidst the picturesque Machu Picchu Pueblo. Discover an efficient, lively and friendly atmosphere, welcoming guests expecting an unfussy, down-to-earth break. The flowing lobby creates a sense of vitality. Lofty ceilings, panoramic windows and an open café allow natural light to filter between tall eucalyptus dried branches, creating an ambience of order and wellbeing.

Relax in a pleasant and wholesome ambience after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most famous destination. https://www.inkaterra.com/byinkaterra/el-mapi-hotel.

Hotel’s Services (A complimentary Pisco Sour, Nutritious buffet breakfast,A la carte dinner, Express Check-out, 24/7 reception, Personalized wake-up calls, Wi-Fi in public areas, DirecTv and so on ).

Inti Punku Machu Picchu (with 3 stars)

Inti Punku Machu Picchu hotel tucked within the quiete Sacred Canyon village of Aguas Calientes. Inti Punku Machu Picchu offers comfortable accommodation in tune with natural surroundings.

Come to Machu Picchu & live the amazing experience on the ancient land of the Incas… on live! https://www.intipunku.pe

Hotel’s Services (Exclusive Rooms with terrace, Garden 01 center table plus 2 Chairs that allows an extraordinary view of the mountains. This beautiful space includes King Size Bed, Bathtub and Shower, DirecTV, Minibar, Coffee kit, Safety box, Heating, Desk, Chair, Lobby, Free Wi-Fi, Shower Cap, Bathrobes and Slippers and so on.

 

 

Departure Dates

The Exploring Colca Canyon & Machu Picchu Tour is available year round.

Peru has many annual festivities, special events and festivals such as: the Feast of the Sun in Cusco city, Easter Sunday procession, Folkloric Parade, Carnival, Christmas day, Bullfighting and many others. A solar or lunar eclipse would also be a special experience for you, this is why we recommend and guarantee your departure dates. All we need to book your adventure is your confirmation that this is the tour for you.

 

CLICK here to check your availability for Annual Festivities, Events & Machu Picchu Expre & Colca Canyon.

 

Price

We require a deposit of 50% of the total price per person, in order to book and secure any trek or city tour with Discover Satori. The deposit can be made by PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% merchant fee paid by the traveler, or by wire to Bank of America or Citibank (for free if you are a fellow account holder).

Please notify us if paying by wire transferor Paypal the address to send your deposit to is cusi@discoversatori.com. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under our cancellation policy. If canceling, you may not transfer your deposit to another person’s trek.

Bank Account Number: XXXXXXX (US DOLLARS)

Paying Bank:  Bank of America, TX

Account Holder: Discover Satori

Swift Code: XXXXX

 

NOTE. Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposit

 

WAYS TO PAY

 

1) Credit card Visa, American Express. Diners Club, Mastercard payments will incur an additional credit card merchant service charge of 8%

2) Paypal payments will incur an additional merchant service charge of 5.5%.

3) Western union payments will need to be addressed as follows:

Receiver:

Full name: FREDY CUSI HUAMAN

Address: APV. Jardines Del Inca C-10, Cusco – Perú

Please don’t forget to send us the tracking code (MTCN) in order to pick up the deposit and confirm your booking.

 

WITH 3 STAR HOTELS: $1,250 per person/double occupancy

  * Single Supplement= +$290 per person

    Price per Person
Single ( SWD) USD  $1,250
Double ( DWB)   USD  $1,250

 

Options:

  • Book Without Hotels:– $ 360 per person
  • Upgraded Hotels ( 4 – 5 Star): $1920 per person/double occupancy

 Notes:

  • The hotels listed in the feature hotels are always our first options when booking, but a similar hotel will be booked if they are unavailable. Your Discover Satori Representative will give you the name of the confirmed hotel after booking.
  • An additional day can be added before and/or after your tour. Ask your Discover Satori specialist for prices and options.
  • Groups of 5 or more following the same exact itineraries qualify for a discount.

Permit permitting, we are excited for this opportunity of a lifetime to guide you through the Machu Picchu Express Tour.

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