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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.

 

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Puno & Lake Titicaca 4days/3nightsMachu 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

The Colca Valley is in Arequipa, three hours by car from the capital. It is one of the region’s main tourist destinations because we can find one of the deepest canyons of the world there, along with beautiful landscapes, fauna and a living culture we can still admire.

In the route to the valley, we cross the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, a place that is home to several mammal and bird species.  Then, we go through the Pampa Cañahuas zone, where the vicuna, a South American camelid, very appreciated for its fine wool, is protected. The highest point of the road is the Patapampa viewpoint at 4,900 m.a.s.l., a stop point that is a must to see the zone’s volcanos.

Chivay is the main town and the most developed one. Here, we can find most of the average and low-cost hotels. Throughout the canyon we can find several lovely small towns such as Yanque, Maca, Lari, Coporaque, among others, where we can find more sophisticated and more expensive hotels.

The main stop of the trip to the Colca Valley is the Condor’s Cross, where it is possible to watch the flight of the majestic Andean condor and the depth of the canyon.

Colca Valley

Huaraz is located in the “Callejón de Huaylas” Andean valley. It has an area of more than 180 km flanked by the White and Black mountain ranges, and it is crossed by the rushing Santa River. Huaraz has several microclimates and altitudes from 1,000 meters above sea level to 6,747 meters above sea level. It starts at the Conococha Lagoon (4,100 meters above sea level). Huaraz is the starting point to know all the “Callejón de Huaylas’ “attractions. The best season to go is during the Andean summer (from May to October). The rainy season is from November to April.

The “Callejón de Huaylas” is a complete circuit with several and integrative attractions, therefore, it is recommended to visit it all along with the traditional tourist spots such as the Main Square Cathedral and churches. The “Callejón” is composed of Recuay, Aija, Marcará, Carhuáz, Mancos, Yungay and Caraz, where the visitors will have direct contact with the natural beauties, culture and folklore. During the tour, you will see the wonderful sculpture and architecture in the Willcahuín and Honcopampa “chulpas” or graves, as well as the Janku tomb, and places like Huallac, Kekamarca, Marcún and Keyash.

Huaraz was named “Natural Paradise of the World” in the Swiss Tourism Awards 2007 that was carried out in Lugano – Switzerland.

Huaraz & Callejón de Huaylas

Located at the southeast of Peru, Manu covers the Cusco and Madre de Dios regions and has a 1,716,295.22-ha area. It is the core zone of the Manu Biosphere Reserve and was declared by UNESCO as a Natural World Heritage in 1987. It is inhabited by 30 Quechua-speaking and farming communities and several native Amazonian populations such as the Matsiguenka, Amahuaca, Yaminahua, Piro, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire and Nahua. The park contributes to the acknowledgement and protection of cultural diversity preserving the archaeological heritage through investigation, education and leisure.

We can find more than 1,000 bird species such as harpy eagles, jabirus, Orinoco geese, Andean cocks-of-the-rocks and roseate spoonbills; 200 mammal species as the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, spider monkeys, river otters, jaguars, oncillas, spectacled bears, Andean deer and more than 100 bat species.  We can also find trees that are more than 45 meters high and 3 meters in diameter, the lupuna or kapoktree, the cecropia, the balsa tree, the cedar, the tornillo and the strangler fig stand out.

Manu National Park

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 2

Arequipa is located by one side of the Misti Volcano on the Andes Mountain Range. Arequipa (2.350 meters above sea level), is the capital of the department of Arequipa. The big old buildings, the temples, convents and monasteries are built with a volcanic lava material called « sillar ». Sillar has a white pearly color that the sun rays illuminate, which is the main reason why Arequipa is called « the White City ».

The buildings in the Historic Center of Arequipa have an original architectural style. The Italian Baroque style, the Spanish Plateresque style and the Andean originality were mixed. The Historic Center of Arequipa is surrounded by a magical countryside and fascinating villages where we can still see pre-Inca agricultural terraces or « andenes » that are still used by the farmers of the villages of Chilina, Socabaya, Paucarpata, Characato and Sabandia.

In the department of Arequipa, we can find two of the deepest canyons of the world: The Colca Canyon (located in the province of Caylloma) and the Cotahuasi Canyon (located in the province of La Union). We can also find the fascinating Valley of Volcanoes located in Andahua and the beautiful Mollendo, Camana and Puerto Inca beaches.

Arequipa

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.

Puno & Lake Titicaca 3days/2nights

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