TOUR OVERVIEW :
Solo Traveller tour is a journey through the most impressive sites of Peru, its flavours, culture and most importantly, an immersion of self-discovery and personal satisfaction which solo travellers will remember for a long time.
Traveling through Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu. Be amazed by the majestic flight of the condor in Colca Canyon, explore the jewel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Discover the local culture with the Huilloc community, walk around the artistic San Blas neighbourhood in Cuzco. Get closer to the Andean spirit through the Kintu ceremony and experience much more.
* Small groups: 6-16 travellers
* Average group size: 10 travellers
* Guaranteed departure from 1 guest
* Limited spaces
* Subject to availability
Days You Spend : 12 Days
NZD 2998 per person twin share room
NZD 3990 per person single room
DEPARTURE DATE 2020: 11 Sept
TOUR ROUTE : Lima – Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Puno Lake Titicaca- Cuzco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco
TYPE OF TOUR : Cultural - Nature – Adventure – Gastronomy- Art
TOUR INCLUDES :
• Two nights of accommodation in Lima, one night in
Arequipa, one night in Colca Valley, two nights in Puno,
four nights in Cusco and one night in the Sacred Valley.
• Daily breakfast in the hotel from day 2.
• Lunch on days 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; box lunch on day 5
on route to Puno.
• Roundtrip train service to Machu Picchu.
• Private transfers from/to the airport.
• Transfers from/to the train stations.
• Operated with English speaking guide.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flights from Auckland.
- Internal flights in South America.
- Tips and any other services not specified on the itinerary.
Solo Traveller - Peru
Arrive at Lima Airport. A transportation service and a guide will pick you up from the airport at the scheduled time to transfer you to your hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.
Accommodation in Lima
Explore Lima´s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fascinating historic buildings. The route begins at the traditional Pueblo Libre district, where you visit the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century. The museum boasts a complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jeronimo de Aliaga. This is the only house from that time, still belonging to the same family. Continue with a scenic tour through the colonial downtown. See the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Admire Lima´s Cathedral, built during the 16th century. Finish the trip returning to your hotel.
Accommodation in Lima
Enjoy a pleasant transfer from the selected hotel to the Lima Airport. A representative will assist you along the way. Once you land in Arequipa, a transportation service will take you to your hotel. Then, a representative informs you about the attractions and services the city has to offer. During the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to the Carmen Alto Viewpoint. Here you will start the tour, from where you will have a panoramic view of the city. Continue to the exclusive and traditional neighbourhood of Yanahuara, surrounded by archaeological remains and where one of the flagship churches of the cusqueña mestizo art, built in 1750, is located. From there, you will be transferred to the center of the city to visit the Main Square (undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country) the Compañía de Jesús Church (1590), the Cathedral (built in the seventeenth century and rebuilt after several earthquakes) and the Santa Catalina Monastery, built in 1579, which is an authentic cloister.
Accommodation in Arequipa.
Charge your batteries with breakfast at the hotel before leaving the city via Yura, a district characterised by its rugged scenery, hills and cliffs. Then enter the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive grass plain where vicuñas (an Andean camelid and a national symbol) can be spotted. Head through Vizcachani and Pampas de Toccra up to the crater of the Chucura volcano. From there, continue one last leg of the way to reach the Mirador de los Andes at Patapampa, a stunning viewpoint 4,800 metres above sea level with impressive views of the volcanoes surrounding Arequipa. Lunch is served in the town of Chivay and in the afternoon you can rest in the hotel. A guided tour of Colca/Puno Lunch at Pozo del Cielo.
Accommodation in Colca Canyon.
Once breakfast is over, head to Condor?s Cross, from where you can contemplate the view of the Colca Valley (one of the world´s deepest canyons) and see the large, majestic condor soaring over the valley, only a few metres away from where you stand. Back in Chivay, visit the towns of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque, and in between snap some more memorable photos at the Antahuilque and Choquetico viewpoints. Then later on continue to Puno with a detour that takes you through Patahuasi. Along the way, observe the amazing stone forests and sky-blue lagoons populated by cranes that fill this area 4,000 metres above sea level. Arrive at Puno after this amazing journey and enjoy a well-deserved rest at the hotel.
Accommodation in Puno
Transfer to the lacustrine port of Puno, where a boat takes you to the floating island of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that populates a series of artificial islands built with totora plant, a type of reed which grows in the Titikaka lake. There they build their houses, also from totora. After a journey of an hour and a half, continue your trip to the island of Taquile. This island was part of the Inca Empire and its inhabitants speak quechua. Once there, receive a briefing about the island. Have a tasty lunch and start your return to Puno.
A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and you will be transferred to bus station, where you will be assisted by a representative. After breakfast at the hotel, and at the agreed time, a transportation service will transfer you to the bus station, where a representative will help you catch your bus to Cusco. On the way, you´ll make a number of interesting stops. The first is the town of Pucara and the Pucara Lithic Museum. This was the first urban settlement on Lake Titicaca, established between 100 and 300 A.D. After a brief break at La Raya, the highest point of the trip between Puno and Cusco, at the dizzying altitude of 4,313 metres above sea level, the bus stops at Sicuani, where lunch is served. We then head on to Racchi, home to the Wiracocha Temple, an Inca site built in honour of a powerful Andean god. The rectangular construction boasts thatched rooftops 20 metres above the ground; these are thought to be the highest in the Inca Empire. Later, visit Andahuaylillas, a town located around 40 kilometres away from Cusco. The main attraction here is the local Church, known as the "Sistine Chapel of America" owing to the high quality of art found inside. The church was built during the 16th century on top of Wari remains. Afterwards, a last 40 kilometre drive gets you to Cusco, today´s destination. After breakfast at the hotel, and at the agreed time, a transportation service will transfer you to the bus station, where a representative will help you catch your bus to Cusco. On the way, you´ll make a number of interesting stops. The first is the town of Pucara and the Pucara Lithic Museum. This was the first urban settlement on Lake Titicaca, established between 100 and 300 A.D. After a brief break at La Raya, the highest point of the trip between Puno and Cusco, at the dizzying altitude of 4,313 metres above sea level, the bus stops at Sicuani, where lunch is served. We then head on to Racchi, home to the Wiracocha Temple, an Inca site built in honour of a powerful Andean god. The rectangular construction boasts thatched rooftops 20 metres above the ground; these are thought to be the highest in the Inca Empire. Later, visit Andahuaylillas, a town located around 40 kilometres away from Cusco. The main attraction here is the local Church, known as the "Sistine Chapel of America" owing to the high quality of art found inside. The church was built during the 16th century on top of Wari remains. Afterwards, a last 40 kilometre drive gets you to Cusco, today´s destination. Services of a local guide who will provide information on the way to Cusco about Pukará Rock Carvings Museum. It is located 61 kilometres from the city of Juliaca in the village of Pukará (3910 m.a.s.l.) and contains a collection of zoomorphic rock carvings and monoliths showing sophisticated detail. Pukará was the first true urban settlement on the Andean plateau near the lake and flourished between 100 and 300 A.D. Brief stop at La Raya, the highest point on the road between Puno and Cusco, at 4313 m.a.s.l.; there will then be an explanation about the temple to the deity Wiracocha among the ruins at Racchi. And at the next stop, forty kilometres from Cusco in Andahuaylas, you will be shown the town's main attraction, which is the church of Andahuaylillas. Also known as the "Sistine Chapel of America" because of the quality of works of art it contains; it was built in the 16th Century on the remains of a building that may date back to the Wari culture. It has an original pipe organ that has recently been restored. You will reach Cusco in approximately 7 and a half hours. A transportation service with a guide will pick you up when you arrive at the bus station and will transfer you to your hotel.
Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the community of Huilloc with guide available. Participate in an experiential activity with the members of the community. Upon completion, you are transferred back to your hotel in Cusco. Arrive to the rural community of Huilloc in the province of Urubamba, where you will have the opportunity to share the educational process from the Andean worldview of children in the community. Approach the culture of parenting, which exists in reciprocity between men, nature and deities. You may also explain your worldview, showing some elements of your own culture such as your original clothes and your vision for the future. The intercultural interpreter will welcome you to the community accompanied by musicians and guide you to the inside of the Huilloc Education Center (Yachaywasi), where you will be received by the director or teacher in charge. There you will meet the children who will join you on your experience. Then go to the Interpretation Center, where children will show you the Path of Clothing. They will explain the role of the garments, its spiritual meaning, iconographic meaning and color. You will appreciate the tools and the original seeds sown in the fields, and food recipes that are prepared based on these products. In this place you can see trout breeding, which is part of the diet of children in the school. You will have the opportunity to acquire samples of bibliographic production to enrich your experience and to encourage and strengthen the educational community to continue producing texts of cultural information. Finally, you can help to enrich the Quqawa (snack) to maintain a good nutrition for children of Huilloc Ayllu Inka.
Transfer to the hotel in Cusco to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately two hours. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" and is the last stop before the entrance to the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes are the railway station, a crafts market, restaurants and accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world. Once in the citadel you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and the Inca Bridge. In the afternoon return by train. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Cafe Inkaterra.
Accommodation in Cuzco
Enjoy the day to explore the colonial the city of Cuzco.
The tour starts at Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic constructions of the Incas (located just minutes from the city, it is a World Cultural Heritage Site listed by UNESCO) built by Pachacutec in the 15th century. It is a huge fortress made of large stones which transportation is still a mystery. Return to the city to continue your tour along the San Blas neighborhood, originally inhabited by the Inca nobility who built impressive stone constructions within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas. Unmistakable Inca walls can still be seen at the base of many buildings. Today the neighborhood is a delightful cluster of cobblestone streets popular among artisans who sell their handcrafts on the street. Continue to the cathedral. This is the most impressive monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. It took nearly a century to complete. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from the fortress of Sacsayhuaman under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council and the burden of thousands of Indians. The tour ends at the Coricancha also known as "The Temple of the Sun"(or Quri Kancha 'Golden Temple'), was built by Inca Pachacutec (1438- 1572) becoming the base of the Santo Domingo Convent at the arrival of the Spaniards. At the Coricancha homage was payed to the Sun ("Inti") during the Inca Empire, a time when the whole building was covered with gold. Complement the experience of visiting the highlands in the company of a shaman, a master who has deep knowledge of the mysticism of the Andes. The shaman performs a ´payment to the earth´ ceremony, coca leaf reading or both, during the visit that is carried out. The coca leaf reading can also be done at the hotel in Cusco. Get closer to the Andean spirit with the help of the shaman through these millenary traditions.
Accommodation in Cuzco
Enjoy a pleasant transfer from the hotel to the airport. A representative will assist you along the way