Colca Canyon & Machu Picchu Adventure



Colca Canyon & Machu Picchu Adventure

Colca Canyon, in southern Peru is a river canyon, known for its condors and a popular destination for hiking & bird-watching tours. It is famed as one of the deepest canyon in the world, punctuated with some of the finest examples of pre-Inca terracing. To the north, is the majestic Mismi Nevado, a 5,597m-high snow-capped peak, the official source of the Amazon River. It’s a habitat for the giant Andean condor, seen from its lookout point, Cruz del Condor.

Begin in Lima with private tours of Cusco and its archaeological sites including the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu ruins. Transfer to Arequipa, surrounded by three impressive volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu. The beautiful Arequipa city is known as the “White City”, because of the pale volcanic rock used in its architecture. Take private tour of its colonial sites: Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas and the La Comañia cloisters. 

And, see majestic condors in flight soaring above the deep Colca Canyon.

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Change accommodation and services to suit your budget and style.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • We provide admin support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout South America.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Peru tours easily combine with touring other destinations in South America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Colca Canyon & Machu Picchu Adventure Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Arequipa, Colca Canyon
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Lima Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to your hotel for one night. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can either take a half day city tour or extend your stay by one day.

This cosmopolitan city is well worth a visit for the opportunity to experience its history as well as Peru’s best museums, shopping and restaurants. Enjoy personalized touring according to your interests, such as an insider tour of the old colonial quarter, a viewing of spectacular pre-Colombian art collections, time for browsing high-quality boutiques and art galleries, or exploring the city’s food markets (including tastings of local specialties).
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Miraflores Park Hotel.

Day 2 – Transfer
Sacred Valley Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Cusco. Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to your hotel for your two-night stay.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Palacio Nazarenas (B)

Day 3 – Private Touring
Sacred Valley Full-day private touring in the valley.
Your private guide will ensure you experience the best of the local culture during visits to indigenous markets and villages, gentle walks or hikes to important Inca and pre-Inca sites, and meetings with renowned local weavers. Active pursuits can also be incorporated, if desired, such as day treks, rafting, horse-back riding or mountain biking. A private Nuevo Andean cooking lesson can also be arranged, upon request.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (B)

Day 4 – Transfer & Private Touring
Machu Picchu Private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station and Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to your hotel for your one-night stay. In the afternoon, take a private tour of Machu Picchu with your private guide who will explain about the fascinating history of the site and ensure that you have the opportunity to explore the grounds after most tourists have left.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B)

Day 5 – Private Touring & Transfer
Cusco Spend the morning with your private guide exploring the ruins with the option to hike trails to stunning viewpoints around the site before continuing to Cusco. In the afternoon take the luxury Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. On arrival private transfer to your hotel for one-night stay.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Palacio Nazarenas (B)

Day 6 – Private Touring
Cusco Full-day private tour of Cusco and nearby ruins. Take a private tour through the narrow cobblestone streets as you learn about the fascinating Incan and Spanish history in the city. Visit markets, galleries, boutiques and the best artisan workshops. Also opt to see important archaeological sites just outside of the city. In the evenings, enjoy dining reservations at Cusco’s top restaurants. Additional activities can also be arranged, upon request, such as a meeting with a local art expert or an evening cultural performance.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Palacio Nazarenas (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Arequipa Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa for one-night stay. Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to the hotel.

After lunch and rest, take an afternoon tour of some of most beautiful places in Arequipa city also known as the ‘White City,’ since most of its buildings are made of white volcanic stone. Tour includes a visit to the Monastery of Santa Catalina that had remained closed to the public for over 400 years.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sonesta Posada Arequipa Hotel (B)

Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa is located in the centre of the city's main square and next to the beautiful Cathedral. The hotel is just a few steps from the commercial and financial districts of Arequipa.  The Posada's ideal location allows easy access to the city's major tourist attractions, such as the monastery of ‘Santa Catalina’, the Museum of the ‘Dama de Ampato (Juanita mummy)’ and more.    

Day 8 – Private Touring
Colca Canyon Private transfer to resort in the Colca Canyon for two-nights stay with touring en route. You will drive through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will see herds of llamas and alpacas grazing on the Patahuasi plains. After 4 hours you will reach the beginning of the Colca Canyon with its green valleys and Andean terraces. A stop is made at the picturesque town of Sibayo for a box lunch and visit to a vicuna reservation. The journey ends at the town of Chivay known for hot springs.  
Overnight: Local Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Condor Tour
Colca Canyon After breakfast, an early morning departure towards the ‘Condor Cross’, the best point for a breathtaking view of the Colca Canyon with the Colca river flowing 1,200 meters below and the majestic condors in flight above. Visit the Hanging Tombs at Choquetico before continuing on to the towns of Maca, Achoma and Yanque with its lovely white church. Return to Chivay and at leisure for rest of the day to enjoy the hot baths.

Day 10 – Transfer
Arequipa Private transfer to Arequipa airport and hotel for one-night.
Afternoon private tour of Arequipa
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sonesta Posada Arequipa Hotel (B, L)

Day 11 – Depart
Lima Private transfer to Arequipa airport for flight to Lima.  Airport assistance to connecting international flight.

Colca Canyon & Machu Picchu Adventure Peru

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are no direct flights from London to Peru but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM and take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours. The principal international airlines for Peru are Lan and Avianca.

When to go The best time to visit Peru is May to September, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. The Inca Trail has limited spaces hence travellers should book at least six to nine months in advance. From October to December, the dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. 

January to April is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek.