Inca Heartland & Remote Colca Canyon

Our comprehensive journey through Peru. Discover Andean landscapes, ancient civilisations, stunning ruins and the magnificent islands of Lake Titicaca

Travel Highlights

  • Discover historic Lima, its fascinating museums and excellent fusion cuisine
  • Colonial splendour of Arequipa and ancient terraces of the Colca Canyon
  • Explore the legacy of ancient Inca and Aymara civilisations on Lake Titicaca
  • Inca heartland of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Train journey to visit the magnificent ruins Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas
  • Marvel at stunning Andean Landscapes on a comprehensive tour through the Peruvian Andes

Journey Breakdown

Route Map

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The Chivay Tour
Travel Itinerary

Lima
Days 1-2

Day 1 - Arrival in Lima

Day 2 - Tour of Lima

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Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Arrival in Lima

Direct flight to Lima on a Wednesday, arriving the same day in the evening, and staying for 2 nights.

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Day 2 - Tour of Lima

Afternoon tour of the city including the historic centre. Visit the Presidential Palace, Plaza San Martín and the Larco Herrera Museum, with a fabulous collection of ancient artifacts from all over Peru.

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

The Allpa Tour - Holidays to Lima

Allpa

This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facili…

First Class

The Casa Andina Private Collection Tour - Holidays to Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for li…

Deluxe Experience

The Country Club Tour - Holidays to Lima

Country Club

Located in the residential area of San Isidro the most exclusive residential, financial and commercial district of Lima with a pleasant view facing the Lima Golf Club. At 7 miles from the International Airport.

Opened in 1927, the Country Club offers accommodations in either a single or double room…

Arequipa
Day 3

Day 3 - Tour of the City & Santa Catalina Convent

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Day 3 - City Tour & Santa Catalina Convent

Leaving in the morning, fly to Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, set in a rich green valley at the foot of the mighty El Misti Volcano. The buildings in the centre have been built almost exclusively of the volcanic material 'sillar', a white, porous rock, giving Arequipa its nickname of 'The White City'.

Your guide and transport will meet you at your hotel for a delightful city tour which visits the church of La Compania and other colonial buildings, including the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. The Santa Catalina Convent once held some two hundred nuns and is a maze of colourful alleyways and rooms, providing a fascinating insight into the way the nuns once lived.

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Colca Canyon
DayS 4 - 5

Day 4 - Journey to the Colca Canyon

Day 5 - Tour of Colca Canyon

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Day 4 - Journey to the Colca Canyon

We start our journey by travelling along the Yura highway which runs along the snow-capped mountains of Chachani towards Pampa Canahuas. On the route there are several short stops to visit the Villages of Callalli (Callalli's Castles) and Sibayo, before arriving in Chivay, staying at a local lodge for 2 nights.

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Day 5 - Tour of Colca Canyon

One full day tour into the world's deepest Canyon to walk along the ancient farming terraces, the local villages and communities where people still dress in their traditional clothing, and visit the Cruz del Condor lookout point, with a chance of seeing the magnificent Andean Condors soaring above.

Lake Titicaca
Days 6 - 7

Day 6 - Journey to Lake Titicaca

Day 7 - Visit Uros & Taquile Islands

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Day 6 - Journey to Lake Titicaca

Continue the journey across the altiplano desert landscape to Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca, staying for 2 nights.

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Day 7 - Visit Uros & Taquile Islands

Full day excursion by boat onto the lake, beginning with the floating reed islands of Uros. Although the Uros Indians of these islands have intermarried with Aymaras and no pure-blooded Uros exist, many of the inhabitants of the islands still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake are used to build and maintain their floating islands, their boats, and also their houses.  

Continue by boat to the beautiful island of Taquile, 3 hours from the mainland. The island is rocky and requires a steep climb to the town. It is famous for its fine weavings, the traditional dress of the inhabitants, and its spectacular views over the lake.

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 8 - 10

Day 8 - Journey to Cusco

Day 9 - Full Day Tour of Sacred Valley

Day 10 - At Leisure in the Sacred Valley

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Day 8 - Journey to Cusco

Journey by bus (Tourist) or private vehicle (First) to Cusco. This is an unforgettable journey across the Andean altiplano, offering dramatic landscapes throughout. On arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in the Sacred Valley, staying for 3 nights.

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Day 9 - Tour of Sacred Valley

Enjoy our extensive, special Full Day tour of the Sacred Valley. Begin by visiting the market at Chinchero, where locals come to barter and sell local produce and handicrafts. Also visit a local weaving collective, to learn the traditions of weaving by hand on a back-strap loom. Next you will proceed to Moray, thought to have been an open-air crop laboratory of the Incas, followed by the pre-Inca salt pans of Maras. After lunch, visit the stunning fortress town and ruins of Ollantaytambo. This large archaeological complex is believed to have been a significant agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre. The town itself is geometrically perfect; with straight streets, trapezoidal doors, and Inca drainage systems. Finally we travel to the colonial town of Pisac, built on the ruins of an Inca citadel and located at the entrance to the immensely fertile Urubamba "Sacred" Valley. Here you can see the bustling market, and watch the sunset over the mountains from the ruins.

 

Day 10 - At Leisure in the Sacred Valley

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests or relax.   

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

The Pakaritampu Tour - Holidays to Sacred Valley of the Incas

Pakaritampu

The Pakaritampu Hotel is located in Ollantaytambo in the heart of the Sacred Valley; ideally situated for investigating the Valley, starting the Inca Trail, and taking the train to Aguas Calientes. The hotel has large gardens hosting a variety of local plants and flowers and is a series of four sepa…

First Class

The Casa Andina Private Collection Tour - Holidays to Sacred Valley of the Incas

Casa Andina Private Collection

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just 10 km from Ollantaytambo train station. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers an Andean spa and a Gym, restaurant, bar, room service, telescope to view the night sky and bus…

Deluxe Experience

The Sol Y Luna Tour - Holidays to Sacred Valley of the Incas

Sol Y Luna

Located in Huicho in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Sol y Luna has a stunning setting between the snow-capped mountain ranges of the Cordillera del Vilcanota and the Cordillera del Vilcabamba. The hotel is a series of adobe bungalows, each with private facilities and a terrace, decorated in a r…

Machu Picchu
Days 11 - 12

Day 11 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Guided Tour

Day 12 - Return to Cusco

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Itinerary Description

Day 11 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Guided Tour 

Board the Vistadome train at Ollantaytambo for the journey to Machu Picchu. This is a spectacular journey through a dramatic and changing landscape with some fantastic views. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide and travel via a winding road up the mountain before finally glimpsing Machu Picchu. After lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge you will have a private guided tour of the extensive archaeological site to learn about the history and culture of the Incas.

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Day 12 - Return to Cusco

The morning is free to explore. You may wish to climb Huayna Picchu, a steep climb but well worth it for the fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, there is a gentle climb, back along the Inca Trail, to Intipunku: the Gate of the Sun, and the first sight one has of the complex if walking the Inca Trail. In the afternoon, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and the train back to Ollantaytambo Station and on to Cusco.

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

The El Mapi Tour - Holidays to Machu Picchu

El Mapi

A smart and contemporary hotel, located in the heart of Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes); the perfect spot to start enjoying a once in lifetime experience to the Citadel of Machu Picchu: the Lost City of the Incas. El Mapi hotel is located just a few steps from the main square and the train stati…

First Class

The Casa Andina Classic Tour - Holidays to Machu Picchu

Casa Andina Classic

Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.

Deluxe Experience

The Inkaterra Pueblo Tour - Holidays to Machu Picchu

Inkaterra Pueblo

Conveniently located next to the train station in Aguas Calientes, all cabanas have spacious rooms with en-suete bathrooms and are set amongst dense vegetation with gardens spread through the grounds, linked by winding paths. there is a restaurant & bar, a spa, walks and an orchid trail, that co…

Cusco
Days 13 - 15

Day 13 - Tour of Cusco

Day 14 - At Leisure in Cusco

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Day 13 - Tour of Cusco

Beginning in the main square of Cusco we visit the cathedral, built by the Spanish on Inca foundations and with an unusual local variation of the painting of the Last Supper.  We also visit Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun, part of which survived having a Colonial church built on top of it. From the city centre we travel into the mountains above Cusco to visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Kenko. The mighty fortress and complex of Sacsayhuaman was built with massive stones, some weighing over 100 tons, and which all fit together like a jigsaw, without mortar.

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Day 14 - At Leisure in Cusco

A full day at leisure in Cusco to explore the city, relax, take an optional extra excursion, or simply enjoy the surroundings and atmosphere of this magnificent city.

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

The Casa San Blas Tour - Holidays to Cusco

Casa San Blas

The Boutique Hotel Casa San Blas provides a service based on personalized attention within the context of a friendly, home-like atmosphere. The hotel is located in the historic artisans quarter of San Blas, just two and a half blocks from Cusco's main plaza. The rooms are decorated with a select col…

First Class

The Costa Del Sol Picoaga Tour - Holidays to Cusco

Costa Del Sol Picoaga

The hotel Picoaga occupies an original Colonial mansion built for a Spanish nobleman, shown in its stonework arches and large countryyard. Located just 2 minutes from the mian square, it is the ideal base from which to explore the city. The 70 rooms are well decorated, comfortable and modern, all wi…

Deluxe Experience

The La Casona Tour - Holidays to Cusco

La Casona

The first luxury boutique hotel in Cusco, with a unique mix of culture and tradition. Carefully restored to retain its historical heritage, La Casona presents modern luxury without sacrificing authenticity. Eleven suites surround a sumptuous courtyard. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of c…

Return via Lima
Day 15

Day 15 - Departure

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Itinerary Description

Day 15 - Departure

Flight to Lima, connecting with return flight home in the early evening and arriving the following day.

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

The Allpa Tour - Holidays to Lima

Allpa

This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facili…

First Class

The Casa Andina Private Collection Tour - Holidays to Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for li…

Deluxe Experience

The Country Club Tour - Holidays to Lima

Country Club

Located in the residential area of San Isidro the most exclusive residential, financial and commercial district of Lima with a pleasant view facing the Lima Golf Club. At 7 miles from the International Airport.

Opened in 1927, the Country Club offers accommodations in either a single or double room…

Travel Details
Chivay

What's Included

  • 16 Days / 13 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 16 Days / 13 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 16 Days / 13 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec - 21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec 22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £3,472 £4,100 - £3,923 £4,551 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £344 + £647 - + £344 + £647 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £1,371 + £1,871 - + £1,371 + £1,872 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec - 21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec 22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €3,266 €4,020 - €3,807 €4,916 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €413 + €776 - + €413 + €422 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €1,645 + €2,246 - + €1,646 + €1,891 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec - 21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec 22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $3,513 $4,330 - $4,099 $4,916 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $447 + $841 - + $448 + $841 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $1,782 + $2,433 - + $1,783 + $2,434 -

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