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US$ 520.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
Single supplement for solo travelers US$ 140.00
The lifestyle of the Aymara is one where men, women and children live without the superficial trappings of western civilisation. Working in unison with the land, lake, family and neighbors. Here, to be lazy is a sin. People will constantly be working their fields, women attending to daily chores and dressed in the most beautiful traditional garments, the men will be walking the trails drop spinning or knitting intricate patterns into their world famous woven garments. Each tells a story and you will be fascinated by each while you eat probably the best trout you have ever tasted on Taquile Island before returning to Puno!
Then top it off with the beauty of Chivay and the splendor of the Condors. Finally stunning journey through the mountainous areas to Arequipa the white City.Very beautifully located at the base of the conical volcano Misti!
Single supplement for solo travelers US$ 120.00
Approx at 6:30 am Transfer from your Hotel in Cusco to the Bus Station to travel by the Inka Express VIP service Tourist Bus to Puno. Accompanied by an English speaking Guide for tours of 3 sites along the way; Andahaylillas, Raqchi and Puka Pukara with spectacular views. (entrance to 3 sites not included = total 28 soles , if you have enough with Inca sites, you can just stay on the bus). Buffet Lunch near Sicuani town. Arrival around 5:00 pm.
Reception and transfer to your Hotel in Puno. Accommodation on Double or Triple Basis, Private Bathroom and Breakfast. Hotel Qalasaya. Short evening briefing for any last minute queries.
Hotel Puno Qalasaya****
10 Hours including guided tours and buffet lunch with Tour Bus
Floating Islands tour of Lake Titicaca. 7:00 am. Transfer from the Hotel to the port and by motor boat we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 metres in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Amantani Island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. You have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (4,150 m) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family.
rustic accomodation with family
around 3 hours in boat so bring some water and snacks
TAQUILE ISLAND Retun to Puno overnight.
After breakfast we take a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, After lunch we take the return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to hotel approx 5-6 pm.
Hotel Puno Qalasaya****
6am transfer for private bus transport to Chivay depart Puno 6.30 beautiful journey through to Chivay where you can truly appreciate the Pre-Inca farming Terraces / platforms know as "andenerias". Approx 12.45pm you will join the part of group that starts from Arequipa and continue tour from here together for lunch and then to see the beautiful landscapes, local people.
At 15:00 our private transport will transfer to us towards the colorful town "pueblito" of Coporaque, from where we will initiate an walk of approximately 2 hours, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and nature of this side of the valley; as well as a pre-Inca cemetery located in the skirts of a mountain. You will notice that this region was intensively populated by andean people communities.
At 17:00 on return from the walk you have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in the limekiln whose thermo-medicinals waters oscillate between 35º to 38º degrees Celsius of temperature in the swimming pools. (US$ 3 entry).
At 20:00 Hrs Dinner (not included) accompanied of a show folkloric; be ready for the Peru andean dances.
Nativa Inn or Colca Terra or similar
Early breakfast, we continue 06:30 in our private transport to the view-point called " Cruz del Cóndor " about 1.5 hour drive into this National Park where you have a very beautiful view of the Colca Canyon. This is also the place where you should be able to observe several flying condors, sometimes passing very close to you (up to a few meters). Just near this area your tour guide will show you the Pre-inca tombs hanging in the mountains. Plenty of time to spend in this natural region for pictures and gentle walking around the San Pedro cactus area. On the return we will stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, with their beautiful colonial churches, as well as in the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, from where we will observe impressive andenería farming platforms of the valley, and tombs in pre-Incas scale models.
Lunch at 13:00 then transport to the City of Arequipa 17:00 to 18:00 Hrs.
Posada del Castillo Hotel.
Bound to have some washing to do!!! Leave it with the hotel while you relax and enjoy Arequipa. It's just such a lovely place to wander around so perhaps you might like to explore the colonial centre, with its churches and museums? For some hustle and bustle you could check out the local markets or, to get that perfect photo, maybe take a walk up to the Yanahuara mirador for a stunning view of the El Misti volcano?
Posada del Castillo Hotel.
If you want assistance with a flight to Lima or a further extension such as Nazca, Ballestas & Paracas, 3 Day (From Arequipa to Lima)
just let us know.