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Flight of the Condor

14 Days

Summary of Holiday

  • See wild Andean Condors and spectacular scenery of Colca Canyon
  • Visit the extraordinary floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Spend the night with a local family in an island in Lake Titicaca
  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s and see sun rise at Machu Picchu

This 14 day journey goes from Lima onto Arequipa with its stunning white washed colonial architecture and Santa Catalina Monastery. Then to the Colca Canyon with its dramatic scenery, fascinating culture and wild Andean Condors. From here you travel across the altiplano to Puno and Lake Titicaca.. You will spend the night with a local family on an island here learning all about their ancient customs. You then travel across the dramatic scenery of the Peruvian altiplano to Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s before heading to the trip finale the enigmatic mountain fortress of Machu Picchu.

Costs from £1,451 per person, based on a family of 4 travelling.

Price includes: All accommodation, all land transport, bilingual guides (including your own top private guide for your visits to Arequipa, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu), all entrance fees, transport and some additional meals as detailed.
Does not include: any flights, meals not detailed, tips, personal expenses, services not detailed.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Lima
Day 2 – Lima - Arequipa
Day 3 – Arequipa - Colca
Day 4 – Colca - Condors Pass
Day 5 – Colca-Sillustani - Puno
Day 6 – Lake Tititcaca
Day 7 – Lake Tititcaca
Day 8 – Lake Titicaca - Cusco
Day 9 – Cusco - City tour
Day 10 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 11 – Machu Picchu
Day 12 – Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 13 – Cusco – free day
Day 14 – Cusco – Lima - UK

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Lima You will be met at the airport and transferred you to your hotel in Lima. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from your journey.

Day 2 - Lima - Arequipa This morning will be taken to the airport for your flight to the ‘White City’ of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which rests in the shadow of ice-capped volcanoes whose pale rocks were used by the Spanish to construct the city below. After checking into your hotel, your family will be taken on a private tour of the beautiful Santa Catalina Convent, a walled colonial town within a city. Opened to the public in 1970 after 400 years of secrecy – the size of the site is amazing, with its brilliant cobalt blue and rich salmon walls makes for some fantastic photography. Overnight Arequipa (B)

Day 3 - Arequipa-Colca Today your family will join a small group trip as you set off across to the Colca Canyon, with its rugged and dramatic landscape dominated by volcanoes and home to wild llama and vicuna – it is an area of superlative works of nature – one of the world’s deepest canyons (twice that of the Grand Canyon!). It also has the world’s highest active volcano mountain chain and is home to some of the oldest Peruvian ethnic groups – the Collaguas and Cabanas. The landscape has been completely fashioned by the hands of the pre-Incan farmers, and to this day the land is farmed as it was 1500 years ago to grow indigenous crops including potatoes, maize, quinoa and beans. Overnight Colca. (B)

Day 4 - Colca-Condors Pass An early start this morning as you head to the Condor Pass – one of the few places in the world where you are virtually guaranteed to see wild Andean Condors at fairly close range as they float on the rising thermals and scan for carrion far below them. The afternoon is free to relax, or some light hiking in the areas around your lodge. (B)

Day 5 - Colca-Silustani-Puno Today after breakfast you set off across the altiplano – the high Andean grasslands – towards Puno and Lake Titicaca. You will stop on the way for a picnic lunch and visit the
ruins at Silustani – a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo near Puno in
Peru. The tombs, which are built above the ground in tower-like structures, are the vestiges
of the Colla people, part of the Aymara indigenous group who were conquered by the Inca in
the 15th century – a really spectacular archaeological site, set in dramatic scenery. From
here you travel onto your hotel for the night in the town of Puno. (B,L)

Day 6 - Lake Titicaca The mighty Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru and is the world’s highest navigable lake, at 3,830m above sea level. The snow-capped Andes, often cloaked in an ethereal mist, are a spectacular backdrop against the electric blue waters.
You will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the port where you will take a boat that will take you out to visit the Uros floating islands and a chance to meet the people that live there. You then continue on to Taquile, home to pre-Inca ruins and amazing views of the lakes and where traditional beliefs and ways of life still predominate. The handicrafts here are amazing, and everyone in the community is seemingly either weaving, knitting or spinning. You will have lunch in one of the local restaurants and then your local guide will accommodate you at one of the guest houses in the island (basic services, no running water or electricity) You will stay tonight as the guests are one of the families giving you a unique chance to see how this fascinating and truly unique community lives, upholding their traditions and habits in a modern world. The quietness, the landscape and the authenticity of the people and lack of modern conveniences is a liberating experience. It really is as if time has stood still here

Day 7 - Lake Titicaca After breakfast you will have the chance to continue exploring the island and observing the gentle pace of daily life here, or you could walk down to one of the beaches in the southern part of the island. Departing for Puno early afternoon, approximately a 3 hour boat journey, back to the dock from where you will be picked up and taken back to your hotel.

Day 8 - Lake Titicaca - Cusco Today you will travel by a coach from Puno to Cusco across the altiplano, with its spectacular scenery – a journey between mountains and clouds. This is a great option stopping at several fascinating sites along the way to break the journey, which take you off the beaten path. Your first stop is at Andahuaylillas the “Sistine Chapel of America”, a church built by the Jesuits in the 16th century with amazing artwork within.

Your next stop is at Raqchi, Temple of Wiracocha, an Inca Temple, before your buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. From here you head through the Raya Pass at 4335 meters with its dramatic scenery before heading down to you visit the archaeological remains at Pukara, a site that provides valuable insights in to the origins of Andean civilization in the highlands. Arriving to Cusco around 5pm, you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night.

Your journey will take all day – arriving in Cusco in the early evening where you will be met and taken to your hotel

Day 9 - Cusco - City tour This morning your family will be picked up from the hotel and taken on a private tour of the city of Cusco – allowing you to explore at your own pace the ceremonial heart of the Inca Empire. Cusco was inhabited by ‘proto-Incas’ as early as the 12th Century AD and was completely rebuilt in the early 15th Century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-King and stood as the heart of the Incan kingdom. Inca walls remain the foundations of many of the city’s colonial buildings.

You will also visit Saqsayhuaman, the monolithic Inca fortress overlooking Cusco, and the temple and amphitheatre at Kenko. Saqsayhuaman has some of the most impressive Inca walls in existence, built of hundreds of perfectly fitted stone blocks that weigh up to 130 tonnes each. In the afternoon some time to relax and explore Cusco on foot – a really beautiful city that is perfect for walking around. Overnight Cusco (B)

Day 10 - Sacred Valley This morning you will be picked up from the hotel by your private guide and travel down the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the magnificent Inca citadel of Pisac, then follow the Urubamba River downstream to Urubamba city; here you will visit the local food market and have lunch. In the afternoon you will visit Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. Continuously inhabited since Inca times until the present, conserving its original urban layout and stone walled homes walking through the extensive ruins and cobblestone paved narrow streets will make you feel like you are travelling back in time! Overnight Sacred Valley (B, L)

Day 11 - Machu Picchu This morning you will take the train to Aguas Calientes and then onto Machu Picchu. So well hidden in the jungle of the Cordillera Villcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, Machu Picchu affords a glimpse into the Inca world and is one of the most stunning archaeological sites on earth. You will have a top guide with you today to ensure you get the most of your visit to this spectacular site. You will spend the night at Aguas Calientes. (B,L)

Day 12 - Machu Picchu – Cusco This morning for those who wish to, you can take the early bus from the village up to the ruins in time for the sunrise, which is a spectacular sight. This morning the chance to explore more the ruins on your own at your own pace and soak up the amazing setting. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes to take your train back to Cusco where you will be met and taken back to your hotel. (B)

Day 13 - Cusco A free day today to explore Cusco at your own pace, it is a truly beautiful city, which is perfect for exploring on foot with lots of lovely restaurants, handicrafts and bars in the evening. Overnight Cusco (B)

Day 14 - Cusco – Lima - UK Today you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport of Cusco for your flight back to Lima and then onwards to the UK. (B)

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Your Hotels

The price quoted is based on 3 * hotels. Here is a selection of what we think are the best hotels in the places you will visit ranging from 5* boutique hotels, to characterful 3* hotels and everything in between.

Lima Hotels

Miraflores Park HotelMiraflores Park Hotel

Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Miraflores Park Hotel takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about Lima...

Casa Andina Private Collection LimaCasa Andina Private Collection Lima

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location just two blocks from Miraflores Central Park, in the heart of the Miraflores district...

Casa Andina Classic Lima Casa Andina Classic Lima

A modern & ideally located hotel in the heart of Miraflores, with 58 contemporary, well-equipped rooms on 6 floors. Perfect for value-seeking travellers...

Cusco Hotels

Palacio NazarenasPalacio Nazarenas

Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent was opened in 2012 after years of restoration...

MonestarioMonestario

Set in the heart of Cusco this former monastery built around Incan foundations and adorned with sumptuous colonial style combines historical charm with luxury...

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

The Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco is located in a beautiful eighteenth century house, recently remodelled, with stately colonial courtyards....

Cusco Saphi HotelCusco Saphi Hotel

Located in the central part of town, the Cusco Saphi Hotel is part of the excellent local Tierra Viva Hotel group, and is a great mix between Cusco’s rich history...

Casa Andina Classic Cusco Cathedral Casa Andina Classic Cusco Cathedral

A great value option, which really sets itself apart from other similar hotels thanks to its superb location, as close as it can be to the Cathedral of Cusco on the main square....

Southern Amazon

Tambopata Research CentreTambopata Research Centre

The Tambopata Research Centre is one of the most remote rainforest lodges in South America that allows the adventurous to explore this pristine protected...

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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