Colonial Cities of Peru



Colonial Cities of Peru

Arequipa is Peru’s colonial-era capital of Arequipa Region. Located in a beautiful valley at the foot of three snow-capped volcanos, it has fine Spanish buildings and churches built of Sillar, a white volcanic rock. The flowered Plaza de Armas is faced by the twin-towered neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, founded 1612, and San Ignacio chapel with a beautiful polychrome cupola. Colonial churches in the city include San Francisco, San Augustin, La Merced and Santo Domingo, all worth seeing.

This Peru’s colonial city tour begins in the capital, Lima. Discover its colonial arcaded buildings then transfer to the beautiful white city of Arequipa. Watch Andean Condors soar the thermals over Colca Canyon. Then sail on the world’s highest navigable Titicaca Lake. No Peru holiday would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas where the supremely sacred Intihuatana stone surprises even hardened sceptics with its mysterious energy and life force.

And, also visit the floating islands of Uros, made with Totora reeds.

What We Love
  • Explore the fabled, Inca lost city of Machu Picchu and other, less know sacred sites.
  • Watch Andean Condors soar above Colca, the world’s deepest canyon.
  • Discover the ‘White City’, Arequipa, surrounded by three spectacular volcanoes.
  • Visit the Uros Indians on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.
  • You may be in small group during the hike and some tours.
  • 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.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Colonial Cities of Peru Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Cusco, Machu Picchu
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Lima Arrive at Lima Jorge Chavez International airport (LIM). Meet and greet on arrival and escort on a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol de Oro Hotel (B)

Day 2 – Private City Highlights Tour
Lima In the morning, visit the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum. This small but well laid out museum offers one of the best overviews of ancient Peruvian art and archaeology. In the afternoon, after lunch at a local restaurant we explore Lima’s colonial and modern architecture. These include the imposing Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the City Hall and the 17th century San Francisco Monastery. The tour ends with a visit to the modern suburbs of San Isidro, where we  visit the pre-inca pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca (closed Mondays) before continuing to Miraflores, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol de Oro Hotel (B)

Day 3 – Transfer & Private Touring
Arequipa Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. 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 4 – Transfer
Colca Canyon We take a morning transfer (8 am) for the scenic bus ride to the Colca Canyon. 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 5 – Condor Tour & Transfer
Arequipa 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 for lunch before driving back to your hotel in Arequipa.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sonesta Posada Arequipa Hotel (B, L)

Day 6 – Transfer
Puno Transfer to the airport for your flight to Juliaca. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. En route visit the Sillustani Mausoleums, a pre-Incan burial ground near Puno. The tombs were built above ground in tower-like structures called ‘chullpas’ of the Colla people, who were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. The structures housed the remains of complete family groups, although they were probably limited to nobility. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B)  

Day 7 – Private Touring
Puno Today is a private guided full day tour. We will first visit the Titicaca Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, to the remarkable floating reed islands - built on layers of totora reeds - home to the Uros Indians, who still live as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Likewise, we will visit The Taquile Island, three and a half hours by boat from Puno, this remote island is a remarkable community where the islanders keep Quechua, the language of the Incas, alive. The outstanding highlight of its inhabitants is their handicraft derived from techniques developed over the centuries.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B, L packed)    

Day 8 – Transfer
Cusco After breakfast, you will be transferred to the station to board the bus to Cusco enjoying all the beautiful landscapes of the nearby valleys. En route you will visit interesting archaeological sites like Raqchy Ruins, Piquillacta and the village of Andahuaylillas, 17th century church with an impressive organ. Late in the afternoon, arrival to Cusco.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B, L packed)    

Day 9 – Private Touring
Cusco Morning at leisure. After lunch we take a private guided tour of this beautiful city and surrounding ruins. You will visit the Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun, where you will appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas. The Plaza de Armas important for many historical events during the Inca and Spanish reigns. Appreciate the remarkable Spanish Colonial architecture of the Cathedral and the Church of La Compania, built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Enjoy the drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman on the hill above the city of Cusco. The views from here looking down into the Andean valley and the city are spectacular. Drive back down to Cusco and your hotel.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B)    

Day 10 – Transfer
Machu Picchu Transfer to the train station to catch the morning train for a two day tour of Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. Surrounded by lush cloud forest, the citadel perches on a mist-shrouded mountaintop. Overnight in Aguas Calientes, little town located at the bottom of Machu Picchu.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B, L)    

Day 11 – Private Touring
Machu Picchu Excellent opportunity for an early wake up to see the sun rising over Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins and watch the mist rise over this mountaintop citadel at dawn. (Transportation and entrance fees are included, no guide included this day). In the afternoon, return to Cusco and Accommodation. 
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B, L)  

Day 12 – Depart
Cusco/ Lima  Early transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Lima. After arrival, transfer to your hotel (day use). At a fixed time, transfer to the airport for your international connection.
Meals: B

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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.