Festival of the Sun Peru & Machu Picchu Package 14 Days
The Inti Raymi or the Festival of the Sun, was the most important celebration for the Incas. It is a representation of a religious ceremony to the God Inti. According of the legends, the Inca was considered as semi-divine, whose powers was given by his father, the Sun. This festival used to be celebrated as it is now on winter solstice.
This is perfect option combining traditional tour and the biggest ancestral festival as known as Inti Raymi or The festival of the sun. The tour includes visit to Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Puno, the sacred valley of the Incas, and entrance to the festival of the Inti Raymi, where you will see the reconstruction of the original festival into the famous fortress of Saqsayhuaman.
DAY 01 (Jun 13) LIMA
Pick up upon arrival at Lima’s airport and transportation to the Hotel located in Miraflores. Overnight.
Day 02 (Jun 14) LIMA CITY TOUR
Breakfast, In the morning, Lima city tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 09:00 a.m. The city tour begins with a visit to the Plaza the Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Running along two sides are arcades with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. In the center of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating back to 1560. Located in the Plaza is the Cathedral, note the splendidly carved stalls, the silver covered altars surrounded by fine woodwork, mosaic covered walls bearing the coat of arms of Lima and Pizarro. Next to the Cathedral is the Archbishop's Palace. Then you will visit the Monastery of San Francisco. This is famous for the Sivillian tilework and paneled ceiling in the cloisters, the catacombs under the church and part of the monastery are well worth seeing. You will visit the old colonial streets in the center of the city, and the modern Lima with the district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 (Jun 15) AREQUIPA CITY TOUR
Breakfast, transfer to the Lima airport for the flight to Arequipa. (AIRFARE INCLUDED).
Upon arrival reception and transfer to the selected Hotel. In the afternoon, tour of the White City of Arequipa begins visiting: Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, The Temple and the Plaza of San Francisco, visit and tour of the Monasterio de Santa Catalina which was closed to the public for centuries, restored and opened smoothly today allows us to appreciate what was the city of Arequipa in the seventeenth century, walking through its narrow streets, squares and perfumed gardens and impressive addition to the tight Cloisters by huge walls of Ashlar, Stone rustic washes, cells and all that make up this small colonial citadel, then we moved to the beautiful and green countryside of Yanahuara’s
Pointview contemplate as the Misti Volcano, Pichu Pichu and Chachani the terraces of Paucarpata, The Mill Sabandia, Tingo and the Mirador de Sachaca. At the end return to the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 04 (Jun 16) COLCA CANYON
Breakfast. 07:45 am We pick you up from your Hotel in Arequipa to a journey to the center of the Earth, our end Colca Canyon, towards nor west direction behind snow-covered Chachani, Yura, small valley with thermal springs, see wild vicuñas in Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, Alpacas & llamas in Tocra, some birds like flamingoes, ibis, andean gooze, ducks, Andean eagle "Kara Kara" view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m.)(15,000ft.), See the Ampato, Sabancaya, Walca Walca, etc.) Chivay Capital of the valley. Afternoon visit to the thermal springs & pools in La Calera. (Admission to the pools not included, about $5 per person). Overnight.
DAY 05 (Jun 17) COLCA CANYON - PUNO
Breakfast. We departure to Cruz del Condor where you can appreciate the flight of the condors. Also the Geographical Impressive scene, created by the Colca river can be admired. Approximately one hour after, the tour will come back to Chivay, stopping in the typical villages of: Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque.
Viewpoints of Chocotetico and Antahuilque where the stone and mock ups Collaguas can be seen that people have used to test, parts of the canyon which are suitable for cultivation. This is a good place to appreciate the Andean valley of the Colca. Hanging pre-Inca tombs. Lunch in the village of Chivay and then bus transportation to go Puno. Upon arrival transfer to the hotelin Puno. Overnight.
Day 06 (Jun 18) PUNO SILLUSTANI CHULLPAS
Breakfast. Free Mornign. In the afternoon visit at the Sillustani Chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral towers). The scenery is desert but impressive, in a beautiful setting on a peninsula on lake Ayumara about 32 Km. from Puno. Most of the towers date from the period of Inca occupation in the 15th century, the engineering involved in their construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. Overnight.
DAY 07 (Jun 19) UROS FLOATING ISLANDS & TAQUILE ISLAND.
Breakfast. 06:45 am. You will be picked up from your hotel and then transferred to the pier and take the motor boat towards the Uros Floating Islands. Arriving we walk on the reed islands and interact with the natives. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water. Later, we can ride a reed boat (extra charge US $ 7.00).
Afterwards we continue our trip to “Taquile Island” (2:30 hours). Upon arrival, we walk slowly along a narrow path towards the village inhabited by Quechua natives, and you will have a chance to explore around the main Plaza and take pictures of the Lake Titicaca. Later we walk to a local restaurant for lunch. We will return in Puno in the afternoon, overnight at your Hotel.
Day 08 (Jun 20) PUNO - CUSCO
Early breakfast, We'll pick all guests up from their hotel before departing by tourist bus (shared service) along the Sun Route. Depart Puno on guided bus to Cusco. Visiting on the route picturesque towns, important archaeological and cultural sites such as Raqchi, Sicuani, La Raya (highest point of the route at a height of over 4.335 meters above the sea level) and Pukara, San Pedro Church in Andahuaylillas. We will have a buffet lunch in Sicuani about half way. Then we'll arrive in Cusco and transfer by private vehicle to our hotel.
DAY 09 (Jun 21) CUSCO CITY TOUR
Breakfast, 09:45 AM. City tour (entrance to the archaeological centers and museums including) we will visit Cusco área and in addition we will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q'enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 13:45 Hr. approximately at the main square in order you can take dinner in one of the exquisite restaurants in the area, then overnight.
DAY 10 (Jun 22) FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. 8:00 am. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting: the colorful market in Pisac. Pisac is located to the entrance of the Sacred Valley and followed by Ollantaytambo, the older town continuously occupied of the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the time Inca, evoke their ancestral inheritance, lunch in a typical restaurant. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Finally, we gonna return to Cusco main square at 18:30 Hr. approx.
The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; although we always have plenty of suggestions for you should you require them.
DAY 11 (Jun 23) FULL DAY MACHUPICCHU TOUR
Breakfast. 04:15 AM pick up to go Ollantaytambo Train's station. The expedition, Vistadome, The Voyager and The 360º departs from Ollantaytambo Station (1 hour and 50 minutes outside Cusco). Service on board the train whilst passengers watch the spectacular scenery unfolding before them. From the agricultural plains on the way, to the crashing waters of the Urubamba River, and as you get closer to Machu Picchu the soaring mountains, the scenery is constantly changing.
The train arrives into Aguas Calientes, from this town we will take the buses that will take us to the Citadel, thirty minute journey up to the citadel.
Upon arrival at the Machu Picchu entrance, passengers can go straight into the citadel as tickets will have been pre-purchased for all guests.
A guide will escort you around the citadel, pointing out the best of the ruins and recounting the history of this Inca settlement.
After the guided tour, guests are given the choice to wander alone through this fascinating World Heritage site.
In the afternoon we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our staff will be waiting for you, to transfer you by bus to Cusco.
DAY 12 (JUN 24) INTI RAYMI (festival of the Sun):
Breakfast. This day you will be picked up from your Hotel at 6:30 AM. you will be transfer to the Sun's Temple Koricancha. The ceremony of INTI RAYMI has three different scenes in three different places, it starts in the Sun's temple Koricancha, then, we headed to the main square (Plaza de Armas), where is the second scene and ultimately ends with the extraordinary and largest scene held in Sacsayhuamán, where we will go in a tourist bus.
Now that you've visited the great Inca’s architectural achievements it will be apparent to you that the Sun was the main deity worshiped in the Inca culture. Cusco celebrates the Inti Raymi with occasion of the winter solistice -the solar new year - for a town which main cult object was the god Inti (the sun). In time of the Incas was a religious ceremony, now it is a theater representation. However this expression generates a feeling of identity in the town that evokes values and memories that are still excellent in our days, it also brings to the memory a time that lives in the heart of the town of Cusco (Qosqo).
The Inca gives a traditional oration in the Sun's Temple, Koricancha, calling for blessings from the sun, fabled to be the origin of the Inca rulers. From here, the Inca, carried on a golden throne, leads the procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsayhuaman in the hills above city. Transfer to the ruins where you have reservations to watch the reenactment of the ancient ceremony of sacrificing a llama to the Pachamama, Mother Earth (don't worry, the llama sacrifices is simulated!), to ensure the fertility of the earth and warmth from the sun.
This special day also includes The New Fire Celebration. No fires were allowed in the city this day until the fire created by hollow mirror was used to concentrate the sunlight onto animal fur and kindling. Only then were all other fires started from this source.
You will also see the Inca representative carried on a litter and toasted with chicha (a fermented drink). With an the appropriate finale the Inca gives a speech expressed in the original, Quechua language. Afternoon transfer to the Hotel.
DAY 13 (JUN 25) CUSCO FREE DAY
Breakfast. Free day in Cusco.
DAY 14 (JUN 26) TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast. Coordinated time transfer to the Airport to return to Lima. (AIRFARE INCLUDED). END OF SERVICES.
- 13-Night Hotel Accommodation
- Domestic Flights
- Public bus, train, plane.
- Traveland Representatives in Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and Cusco, specialist for Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
- Group experience.
- Tickets to the green stand in the Inti Raymi tour (Festival of the Sun).
- Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu ruins guided tour
- All transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary in group service with English speaking guides
- International air tickets and associated taxes
- Meals not specified on the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or
- Price per person US$ 1474.00 based on double room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Price per person US$ 1643.00 based on single room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Included Following hostels: (Basic Class)
- Lima: " Hitckhiher or similar Hotel"
Arequipa : "Santa Martha or Las Torres de Ugarte Hotel”
- Colca Canyon: “ La Pascana or Posada Chivay Hotel”
- Puno: "Tumi Inn or Vargas Inn Hotel"
- Cusco: " Hitckhiher or similar Hotel"
- Price per person US$ 1615.00 based on double room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Price per person US$ 1896.00 based on single room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Included Following 3 starts hotels: (Tourist Class)
- Lima: "Santa Cruz, Soul Mate Inn or Similar Hotel"
- Arequipa : "Tierra Sur or Casa de Melgar Hotel”
- Colca Canyon: “ Pozo del Cielo or Collahua Hotel”
- Puno: "Conde de Lemos Inn or Similar Hotel"
- Cusco: "Prisma or Villandre Hotel"
- Price per person US$ 1965.00 based on double room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Price per person US$ 2645.00 based on single room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Included Following 4 starts hotels: (First Class)
- Lima: "Jose Antonio, San Agustin Exclusive or Similar Hotel"
- Arequipa : "Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa or similar Hotel”
- Colca Canyon: “Colca Lodge Hotel”
- Puno: "Jose Antonio, Eco Inn Puno or similar Hotel"
- Cusco: "Jose Antonio, Eco Inn Cusco or San Agustin Dorado Hotel"
- Additional for first class Train US $ 88.00