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Arequipa, is Peru´s second largest city. Located 1,024 kilometers (640 miles) south from Lima, the city was founded in 1540 and is one of the most attractive cities in the country. Arequipa has numerous colonial churches and mansions, including the Monasterio de Santa Catalina (Saint Catherine’s Monastery) which was founded in 1579 and it’s currently opened to the public after 400 years of cloister.

Arequipa is known as the “White City” because of its numerous buildings made of white sillar, which is a stone thrown by the Misti volcano. The landscape is ruled by three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Picchu.

A long time ago, Cusco’s Main Square was the central point of the Inca Empire. The four roads that linked the whole

Inca Empire met at this point. The Inca Empire spread from Ecuador, part of Colombia to the north of Chile and Argentina and included the entire territories of Peru and Bolivia. The ruins, temples, churches, mansions and the varied architecture make Cusco a showcase that displays all the cultures and eras from our country: Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial and Republican.

Cusco is an unforgettable destination, full of history and culture and a splendid heritage. It is a mandatory destination for everyone visiting Peru.

Cusco is as well the starting point for the tours to the Machu Picchu Inca citadel.

Puno is located at about 4,000 meters above sea level at the Lake Titicaca’s shore. The Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water in the world. According to the local legend, this lake is the Inca civilization birthplace:  Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, children of the Sun god, emerged from the freezing lake waters to found Cusco and start its civilization. Here, you will have the chance to experience the traditions and festivities that have been preserved by the inhabitants for centuries.

 

**All our programs can be modified according to your requirements on duration, interests, activities, flight reservations or other additional destinations.**

Lima, Arequipa, Cusco & Puno 10days/9nights

A long time ago, Cusco’s Main Square was the central point of the Inca Empire. The four roads that linked the whole Inca Empire met at this point. The Inca Empire spread from Ecuador, part of Colombia to the north of Chile and Argentina and included the entire territories of Peru and Bolivia. The ruins, temples, churches, mansions and the varied architecture make Cusco a showcase that displays all the cultures and eras from our country: Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial and Republican.

Cusco is an unforgettable destination, full of history and culture and a splendid heritage. It is a mandatory destination for everyone visiting Peru.

Cusco is as well the starting point for the tours to the Machu Picchu Inca citadel.

Puno is located at about 4,000 meters above sea level at the Lake Titicaca’s shore. The Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water in the world. According to the local legend, this lake is the Inca civilization birthplace:  Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, children of the Sun god, emerged from the freezing lake waters to found Cusco and start its civilization. Here, you will have the chance to experience the traditions and festivities that have been preserved by the inhabitants for centuries.

Cusco, Machu Picchu & Puno 5days/4nights

Cusco, which is the capital of the Inca Empire, proudly holds the title of Archaeological Capital of the Americas since there isn’t another place in the whole continent where the monumental remains of a great culture are so easily accessible and in such good conditions. Cusco is also a museum-city provided with a mystical beauty given by the contrasts between the native and the western, the present and the past.

We can divide Cusco in three main destinations: Cusco city, with its ruins, temples, churches, mansions and archaeological complexes. Machu Picchu: “The Lost City of the Incas”, which is considered one of the archaeological gems of the world and the Sacred Valley of the Incas which has a nice weather, fertile lands, plains and wonderful views that are the frame for picturesque towns, impressive terraces and important archaeological complexes. These archaeological complexes include: Yucay, with its intact Inca terraces at the back of the town; Pisac, the biggest Inca complex; Ollantaytambo, military, religious and agricultural strategic center during the Inca Empire; Maras, salt mines that have provided Cusco with salt from pre-Inca times; Moray, circular terraces that look like giant fingerprints used by the Incas to adapt plants to new climates. These are an evidence of the advanced agricultural levels reached by the Incas.

The Sacred Valley is the perfect place for outdoor sports such as canoeing, mountain bike, climbing, treks etc., due to its warm weather and peculiar geography.

This program is a perfect summary of the Cusco area, visiting the 3 main attractions of this magical destination in 4 days.

 

**All our programs can be modified according to your requirements on duration, interests, activities, flight reservations or other additional destinations.**

Lima & Cusco 5days/4nightsMachu Picchu

The Sacred Valley, in Cusco city, comprises several rivers that descend through gullies forming different valleys. Here, we can find several archaeological monuments and indigenous towns like Pisac, Yucay, Urubamba, Chincheros, among others.

This valley was very appreciated by the Incas because of its climate and geographic characteristics. It was one of the main agricultural production spots, especially producing corn. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the towns’ culture began to change creating a mixture that we can still see nowadays in their architecture, traditions and art. Chincheros stands out for its weavers, Pisac for its ruins and its craft market, Ollantaytambo for its fortress and living culture, Maras for its impressive technique to extract salt and Moray for their use of advanced engineering to grow different products.

When you visit Cusco, it is a must to visit the Sacred Valley, we are sure that the manifestation of its colors expressed in their art, architecture, culture, history and gastronomy will make you want to return and visit more places.

Sacred Valley of the Incas

CUSCO was the capital of the Inca Empire. The city evokes the greatness of the sons of the sun god through its stone walls that are proudly preserved.

Cusco city is located in the Huatanay River Valley, in the southeastern Andes of Peru at 3.360 meters above sea level. Cusco was the Inca Empire’s center, and it is called the «Navel of the World». This is why visiting Cusco is an unforgettable experience, unveiling some Inca’s mysteries.

The legend tells that the first Inca, Manco Capac founded Cusco around the XI or XII Century, by order of the sun god. On March 23rd 1534, Francisco Pizarro carried out the Spanish founding of Cusco.

Cusco, is called the Archaeological Capital of America. It is a city that is opened to the world and coexists in special harmony with an urban place. Some Inca monuments like the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), the Amaru Cancha (Fence of Snakes), the Kiswar Cancha and the Ajlla Wasi amongst others, are the treasures of the mixing races along with the Cathedral, the Temple of San Blas and La Merced Church and Convent.

Cusco is surrounded by amazing archaeological remains. Some of them are the Fortress of Machu Picchu, the Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex, and picturesque villages like Pisac, Calca and Yucay that still preserve their ancestors’ traditions.

Cusco

 

Hi everyone!! Since we are in the anniversary month of Arequipa, I am going to tell you a bit about what knowing this beautiful city during this month means.

Arequipa was founded on August 15th, 1540 at the foot of the Misti volcano in the Andes mountain range. Its people are known for having a strong temper and for being tenaciously proud of their land, this is why we can find the phrase “No en vano se nace al pie de un volcán” (“Not in vain one is born at the foot of a volcano”) in one of the arches of the Yanahuara square.

There are different activities that are carried out throughout August to pay homage to the city: gastronomic and dance festivals, handicrafts fairs, parades, excursions, international artists’ concerts and more.

Regarding gastronomy, the adobo arequipeño festival stands out. The adobo arequipeño is a traditional dish made of marinated pork. This festival is carried out in the Cayma district square: the typical place to taste this delicious dish. Besides, you can taste other typical dishes in the “Chacu de Vicuñas” festival and in the Feria Internacional Arequipa (FIA) (Arequipa’s international fair)

You can also go to different dance festivals, such as Festidanzas that has international guests and Taller Internacional de Danzas Folklóricas (International Dances Folk Workshop).

The best-known handicraft fair is in the Fundo El Fierro, next to the San Francisco square in the historic center of the city.

The parades, excursions and concerts take place in different dates throughout August, so you don’t miss any of them.

On August 14th, the previous day to the anniversary’s main date, all the squares in every district and the FIA carry out the typical serenade to celebrate one more year of the city’s foundation. People sing proudly the city’s anthem on August 15th at midnight.

Visit Arequipa and share the pride of living one of the best festivities in Peru with its people.

Colca 3

Hi everyone!! Since we are in the anniversary month of Arequipa, I am going to tell you a bit about what knowing this beautiful city during this month means.

Arequipa was founded on August 15th, 1540 at the foot of the Misti volcano in the Andes mountain range. Its people are known for having a strong temper and for being tenaciously proud of their land, this is why we can find the phrase “No en vano se nace al pie de un volcán” (“Not in vain one is born at the foot of a volcano”) in one of the arches of the Yanahuara square.

There are different activities that are carried out throughout August to pay homage to the city: gastronomic and dance festivals, handicrafts fairs, parades, excursions, international artists’ concerts and more.

Regarding gastronomy, the adobo arequipeño festival stands out. The adobo arequipeño is a traditional dish made of marinated pork. This festival is carried out in the Cayma district square: the typical place to taste this delicious dish. Besides, you can taste other typical dishes in the “Chacu de Vicuñas” festival and in the Feria Internacional Arequipa (FIA) (Arequipa’s international fair)

You can also go to different dance festivals, such as Festidanzas that has international guests and Taller Internacional de Danzas Folklóricas (International Dances Folk Workshop).

The best-known handicraft fair is in the Fundo El Fierro, next to the San Francisco square in the historic center of the city.

The parades, excursions and concerts take place in different dates throughout August, so you don’t miss any of them.

On August 14th, the previous day to the anniversary’s main date, all the squares in every district and the FIA carry out the typical serenade to celebrate one more year of the city’s foundation. People sing proudly the city’s anthem on August 15th at midnight.

Visit Arequipa and share the pride of living one of the best festivities in Peru with its people.

Colca 2

Hi everyone!! Since we are in the anniversary month of Arequipa, I am going to tell you a bit about what knowing this beautiful city during this month means.

Arequipa was founded on August 15th, 1540 at the foot of the Misti volcano in the Andes mountain range. Its people are known for having a strong temper and for being tenaciously proud of their land, this is why we can find the phrase “No en vano se nace al pie de un volcán” (“Not in vain one is born at the foot of a volcano”) in one of the arches of the Yanahuara square.

There are different activities that are carried out throughout August to pay homage to the city: gastronomic and dance festivals, handicrafts fairs, parades, excursions, international artists’ concerts and more.

Regarding gastronomy, the adobo arequipeño festival stands out. The adobo arequipeño is a traditional dish made of marinated pork. This festival is carried out in the Cayma district square: the typical place to taste this delicious dish. Besides, you can taste other typical dishes in the “Chacu de Vicuñas” festival and in the Feria Internacional Arequipa (FIA) (Arequipa’s international fair)

You can also go to different dance festivals, such as Festidanzas that has international guests and Taller Internacional de Danzas Folklóricas (International Dances Folk Workshop).

The best-known handicraft fair is in the Fundo El Fierro, next to the San Francisco square in the historic center of the city.

The parades, excursions and concerts take place in different dates throughout August, so you don’t miss any of them.

On August 14th, the previous day to the anniversary’s main date, all the squares in every district and the FIA carry out the typical serenade to celebrate one more year of the city’s foundation. People sing proudly the city’s anthem on August 15th at midnight.

Visit Arequipa and share the pride of living one of the best festivities in Peru with its people.

Arequipa: the White City’s Anniversary

Cusco, which is the capital of the Inca Empire, proudly holds the title of Archaeological Capital of the Americas since there isn’t another place in the whole continent where the monumental remains of a great culture are so easily accessible and in such good conditions. Cusco is also a museum-city provided with a mystical beauty given by the contrasts between the native and the western, the present and the past.

We can divide Cusco in three main destinations: Cusco city, with its ruins, temples, churches, mansions and archaeological complexes. Machu Picchu: “The Lost City of the Incas”, which is considered one of the archaeological gems of the world and the Sacred Valley of the Incas which has a nice weather, fertile lands, plains and wonderful views that are the frame for picturesque towns, impressive terraces and important archaeological complexes. These archaeological complexes include:
– Yucay, with its intact Inca terraces at the back of the town;
– Pisac, the biggest Inca complex;
– Ollantaytambo, military, religious and agricultural strategic center during the Inca Empire;
– Maras, salt mines that have provided Cusco with salt from pre-Inca times;
– Moray, circular terraces that look like giant fingerprints used by the Incas to adapt plants to new climates. These are an evidence of the advanced agricultural levels reached by the Incas.

The Sacred Valley is the perfect place for outdoor sports such as canoeing, mountain bike, climbing, treks etc., due to its warm weather and peculiar geography.

 

**All our programs can be modified according to your requirements on duration, interests, activities, flight reservations or other additional destinations.**

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 5days/4nights

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