Discovery of South Peru

Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca - Cusco - Machu Picchu

This stay, fast and intense in 10 days allows you to discover the mythical sites of the south Peru, from Arequipa to Machu Picchu. A short flight from Lima takes you to Arequipa, the white city with houses built in sillar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Arequipa has one of the the largest convents in the world, the Santa Catalina Convent. You climb slowly in altitude to join Chivay, then the canyon of Colca and observe the flight ofthe condor. The road continues to the port of Puno to enjoy a full day on Lake Titicaca. Visit of the Islands from Uros and Taquile before returning to Puno, the Altiplano, the archaeological site of Raqchi,and the Sistine Chapel of the Andes: Andahuaylillas. You arrive in Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire, starting point to the sacred valley and Machu Picchu, summit of your trip.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 FRANCE - LIMA

    Arrival in Lima and transfer to your hotel.

    Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 2 LIMA - AREQUIPA

    LIMA - AREQUIPA Short domestic flight from Lima to Arequipa. Nicknamed the White City because of its houses built with dried volcanic stones, Arequipa is listed as heritage since the year 2000. You have all the afternoon to visit the convent of Santa Catalina, the place of arms where throne the Cathedral, the museum Sanctuarios Andinos where you can come face to face with Juanita: the mummy found ten years ago in the summit ice of the Ampato volcano at over 6000m above sea level, where it was allegedly sacrificed during a pre-Columbian ceremony.

    - Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 3 AREQUIPA - CHIVAY

    AREQUIPA - CHIVAY Departure for Chivay, in the Colca Valley at 3600m altitude. Vicuña observation in the Salinas y Aguada Blanca reserve, which offers an impressive landscape of volcanoes, rivers and rock formations. In addition to vicuñas, you can see many other birds such as flamingos. The reserve is home to the Mitsi volcanoes (5,840 meters), Chachani (6,075 meters) and Ubinas (5676 meters), the most active of Peru.
    You will pass near the Chachani volcano.

    The road passes the Pata Pampa pass at 4800m altitude before descending into the valley to Chivay, the closest village to Colca Canyon. You will enjoy famous thermal hot springs of Chivay. Free meals.

    - Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 4 CHIVAY - LAKE TITICACA

    CHIVAY - LAKE TITICACA After breakfast, take the road to the viewpoint of the Cross of the Condor from where you will take the measure of the depth of Colca Canyon (1200m). You admire flying over condors playing with the currents. Back towards Chivay through the watchtowers of Antahuilque and Choquetico, the pre-Inca cemetery and the traditional villages of Maca (3262m) and Yanque (3417m). In the early afternoon, departure by tourist bus to Lake Titicaca. This route allows you to discover the landscapes of the Altiplano with the white cordillera in background. Arrive Puno in the early evening. Dinner free.
    This day is changeable on the end to arrive on the other side of the lake at Llachon according to your desire.

    Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 5 PUNO - UROS - TAQUILE - PUNO

    PUNO - UROS - TAQUILE - PUNO In the morning, transfer to the port of Puno for a collective boat departure to the Uros Islands and Taquile with English / Spanish speaking guide. After about twenty-five minutes of boat, visit floating islands. These are not natural, they have been built by the Uros whose main activity is fishing. Continuing navigation to Taquile, an island of great cultural interest whose inhabitants have remained without contact with the outside world for four centuries and have preserved their ancestral traditions. Men knit, women weave. Visit and free lunch in one of the restaurants typical of the island. Back to Puno in the middle of the afternoon.

    Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 6 PUNO - CUZCO

    PUNO - CUZCO Departure by tourist bus to Cusco, navel of the Inca Empire. This itinerary allows you to enjoy beautiful landscapes all along the route, passing by the pass of the Raya, at 4320 meters above sea level. Visit the Pukara Museum, the archaeological site of Raqchi, and the Sistine Chapelof the Andes in Andahuaylillas. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to your
    hotel.

    - Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 7 CUZCO

    A free day today lets you explore Cusco, fascinating capital Inca. We advise you to sink in the small streets of the city for to reach the Plaza de Armas then, by a maze of stairs, reach the district of San Blas. Nestled on a hillside, the atmosphere here is particularly seductive. We then suggest you continue your discovery of the center by borrowing the Loreto street to observe the architectural peculiarities of the city, such as the thick Inca walls, beautifully erected, topped with imposing colonial buildings. A visit at San Pedro market, bubbling place of life, colors and flavors, is also worth a detour.

    - Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 8 CUSCO - 4 RUINS - PISAQ - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES

    CUSCO - 4 RUINS - PISAQ - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES Its early in the morning that you gain height and join the 4 ruins that overlook the city. The fortress of Sacsayhuamán and its ramparts offer you a grand view of Cusco. Not far from there, the Inca sanctuary of Qenqo, the Puqa Puqara fort and the temple of Tambomachay water reveals some of the ancient Inca rites. You join then the Sacred Valley and the small village of Pisaq, the opportunity to visit the remains that overlook the valley but also to browse some of its many terraces. You make your way to Ollantaytambo and visit its majestic fortress, one of the most Inca constructions the most important of the valley. In the early evening, departure by train for Aguas Calientes, a village located below Machu
    Picchu. You follow the tumultuous Rio Urubamba as you sink into a growing vegetation lush. Installation in your hotel.

    - Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 9 AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

    AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO An early departure by shuttle will allow you, before the crowd coming from Cusco the same day, to make the most of the site. Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World; is available to you today with a guided visit. Your guide makes you discover the different sectors of the city and you evolve in this fabulous complex of streets and temples. Back to Aguas Calientes then, in train, travel to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon. You join Cusco in a private vehicle.
    Expected arrival in the evening and installation at your hotel.

    Optionally, and by giving up part of the guided tour, it is possible to do the ascent of Huayna Picchu, this famous mountain that dominates the site, and so afford a breathtaking panorama of Machu Picchu and the setting in which it is plunged. However, this climb can only be booked in one time slot (subject to availability, 400 places per day, please contact us at earlier), will not be accompanied, and the verticality of its access requires not having the fear of heights. 2 hours walk back and forth.
    Note for the visit of Machu-Picchu: backpack of 25 liters maxi, plastic bottles prohibited

    - Accomodation : Hotel

  • Day 10 CUSCO - LIMA - FRANCE

    Transfer from your hotel to the airport and then domestic flight from Cusco to Lima and international flight for your return to France.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Price

From 1055 $ per person (basis 4 people)

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.

Included

- English speaking guide for visits on day3 and day 9
- Accomodation and breakfast
- Transportation
- Hispanic speaking driver for transfers
- Entrance fees on Machu Picchu

Not included

- International and domestic flights
- Lunches and dinners
- Most of the entrance fees

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with Altaï Peru implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 30 days before your departure date. Altaï Indonesia reserve the right to cancel your booking, free of charge, if this deadline is not respected.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, Altaï Peru require written confirmation of your decision. The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:

  • Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: a sum of €50 per person will be retained
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: your deposit, 30% of the total trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received 20 to 14 days before the departure date: 50% of the total trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received 13 to 7 days before the departure date: 75% of the total trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days before the departure date: 100% of the total trip price will be retained

Special cases:

Please note that, regardless of the date of cancellation or modification if you have agreed to pay for services such as hotel reservations, flights or additional activities, these services are usually non-refundable so additional fees may apply.
  • Fixed airfares: if your airline ticket was issued in advance, often done to avoid significant surcharges, you will be charged 100% of any non-refundable fees if you wish to change or cancel your flight plan
  • Fixed in-country costs: early charges for firm bookings will be charged if you cancel or modify your trip.
  • Insurance costs: if you have taken out comprehensive or cancellation insurance, the cost of insurance is due and cannot be refunded.

Please note that fees apply according to the date Altaï Peru receive your cancellation or modification request in writing.

If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact Altaï Peru in writing; you will be expected to pay any fee which might arise from this change. In the event of unforeseen external events, Altaï Indonesia may change some aspects of the travel contract. If any changes are necessary you will be informed as quickly as possible.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person in which case our modification conditions apply. Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Altaï Peru as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Practical info

Budget & exchange

National currency: the Peruvian Sol 

1 USD = 3.25 Soles approximately (25/04/17)
1 EUR = 3,55 Soles approximately (25/04/17)

Change (Euros or USD): upon your arrival at the airport, in the exchange offices or vending machines (Visa, American Express, Master Card) in major cities such as Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, Nasca, Puno ...We recommend our travelers to pay for their daily purchases (drinks, free meals, memories ...) with the Peruvian soil. American Dollars or even Euros are exchanged easily. Be careful however: whatever the currency, the banknotes presenting small tears may be refused.

Tips

Common but not mandatory, you can tip your guide and the local team at the end of your stay.

Variable according to your satisfaction, the tip must however be adapted to the duration of your trip and the standard of living of the country.

In general, count 2 USD per day, per person, and per team member is about 30 USD by traveler for a stay of 15 days. Also, you can give back books, notebooks, pencils, games ... to your guide who will then redistribute them to schools and libraries of the villages crossed.

Direct distribution to families of pencils, notebooks, money ... is not advisable.

Vital equipment

- Light hiking boots: waterproof, grippy soles and enough toothed
- Classic shoes: for more comfort in the evening, ballads in cities ...
- Classic wool socks and socks for the city.- Comfortable canvas pants or hiking pants.
- 1 or 2 long shorts
- 1 tights or equivalent for nights
- Swimsuit- Warm underwear
- Fleece sweater or fur
- 1 down jacket type down jacket (optional)
- Anorak or good windbreaker (Gore-Tex type)
- Rain cape or poncho.
- Gloves and wool cap (can be bought on site)
- Hat, cap or scarf: important because with the altitude the sun can make you run the risk of sunstroke

Material

- Sunglasses (very high brightness at altitude)
- Sun protection cream (face and lips)
- Headlamp
- Walking sticks: optional

Helpful equipment

- Insulated flask (Disposable plastic bottles prohibited in Machu Picchu)
- Plastic bags for sealing your belongings
.- Toilet paper
- Pair of sandals

Luggage

- Soft and durable canvas travel bag, ideally with side closures for access easy to your business (Dimensions: 80 liters, 23 kg maximum)
- Backpack for transporting your picnic, water and personal effects (Dimensions: 30 liters maximum)

Machu Picchu visit special recommendations :

- Travel by train: bag of 8 kg maximum allowed
- Visit of the site: bag of 30 liters maximum authorized

Medicine

Pharmacy

Your tour guide has a first aid kit during the stay. However, we recommend that you bring your medication (non-exhaustive list):
- Personal drugs
- Anti pain type Paracetamol
- Diarrheal drugs
- Broad spectrum antibiotic treatment
- Intestinal dressing
- Sun cream with strong protection for the lips and the skin
- Eye drops for the eyes
- Moisturizing cream for the treatment of superficial burns (blisters and sunburns)
- An adhesive elastic band, a box of adhesive plasters and disinfectant compresses
- Purifying tablets to disinfect water
- An anti-mosquito repellent (Inca trail in particular)
- Double skin for blisters

Passport

- Passport details to contact us as soon as you register (essential for start on-site reservations: a delay in the communication of these documents may make impossible the reservation to certain sites): Name, Name, Date of birth, N ° of Passport, Issue Date and Expiry Date
- The passport must be valid 6 months after the date of return to France; nationals of EU and Canada do not need a visa (information subject to change: check these with your consulate in the month preceding your departure)

Mandatory vaccines

- Peru: no mandatory vaccinations
- Bolivia: officially '' recommended '' vaccine against yellow fever but several cases of refusal of entry fees at the border / boarding since February 2017.

Thus, we strongly recommend getting vaccinated against yellow fever and remember that the Altai Perù can not be held liable in the event that you should return to France in because of an incomplete vaccination record. Source: http://www.emboliviafrancia.fr

Health information & recommendations

For travelers to the Amazon region, we do not encourage the use of preventive treatments while they are not needed. Indeed, besides the undesirable effects that they afflict our body, these can cause pest resistance and the local populations are then deprived of the disease.

Weather

Climate

Between the coast that opens on the Pacific, the jungle, the desert and mountain areas, Peru is characterized by a wide variety of climates. In general, however, there is two seasons: one dry, the other wet.

Lima knows a particular weather phenomenon from April to November: the garúa. The temperatures are around 15 ° C and the sun is unveiled very little. The rest of the year, the temperatures oscillate between 20 and 25 ° C and the sun bathes the cap    

The climate of Nasca, located west of the Andes, is characterized by its dryness and heat waves throughout the year. In the Andes, in Cusco for example, the rainy season is observed from December to March while that the dry season starts in April. This season is particularly pleasant and ideal for hiking. The end of the rainy season (March / April) is also suitable for treks and hikes: the green nature, the low number of sites and equipment adapted you will forget the few showers that mark the transition between the two seasons. Finally, in the Selva (Amazonian jungle), the climate is rather tropical. We also observe two seasons (dry and wet) but with significant moisture all year long (January to April in particular).

As for the temperatures, these oscillate through the year between 15 and 20 ° C the day. according to the season, strong thermal amplitudes are felt. This is the case at altitude where the nights can easily fall below 0 ° C (and up to -15 ° C in the White Cordillera by example). The coldest nights being in June, July and August, the most sunny will also be on this same period. It is therefore imperative to be well equipped (clothes and sleeping bags).

Electricity

- 220 volts, 60Hz
- American type plugs but, in general, possibility to plug flat plugs (America North) and round cards (Europe).

A universal adapter is however recommended.

Local time

- Summer: GMT -6
- Winter: GMT -5

Topography

Location :

Peru has more than 2400 km of coastline on its western part thus offering a wide opening on the Pacific Ocean. The country is surrounded by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east and finally Bolivia and Chile to the south. The 3 main regions of Peru are therefore the west coast with its desert landscapes and cities such as the capital, Lima. The '' Selva '' on his eastern part, tropical region with the thick Amazonian forest. And, in the center of the country, impressive slopes of the Andean Cordillera with high summits like the Huascarán and its imposing 6768 m.

Peru is a country with many superlatives: Mount Huascaran, the fourth highest peak of the continent; the Amazon, the largest river system in the world; Colca and Cotahuasi, 2 of the deepest canyons on the planet; not forgetting Lake Titicaca, considered the highest navigable lake on earth. Although beautiful is the Peruvian nature, it is however located on the '' Cinturón de Fuego '', a Geological fault that crosses the continent from North to South. Earthquakes are therefore many in the country and some cities such as Arequipa have already suffered damages from this in the past.

Population:

There are approximately 30 million inhabitants in Peru, 1/3 of whom live in its capital, Lima. Several languages are spoken across the country but the two main ones remain Spanish and Quechua
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Region
CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU SOUTH PERU
Activity
Best-of Culture and Discovery
Duration
10 days
Code
UPACLIB
Price
From €940
Level
1/5
Comfort
3/5
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