Multi-Day Tour | Group, Private

Lima/Puno/La Paz (11 days)

Metropolitan Touring - Peru

Lima, Peru To La Paz, Bolivia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 15 Nov 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Lima, Peru
None None

Lima Transfer Lima Airport / Hotel (private)

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our offices contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast

Lima

Half Day City tour Colonial, Modern, and Larco Museum (Shared)

Today we begin the tour visiting the modern suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores where the Financial Center is, the San Isidro Golf Course and the Olive Grove Park. We will also go by the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shape temple that has survived the expansion of modern civilization. Stop at Parque del Amor (Love Park) and enjoy a nice view of the Pacific Ocean, as we drive down the Miraflores Malecon, a road along the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

As we continue with the tour, visit the Larco Museum which is considered one of the best museums in Latin America. This museum features the best and most complete pre-Hispanic gold and silver collection in the world. It is well-known because of its erotic ceramics exhibits as well as its vast storage galleries.

Then, visit Lima downtown, historical center, designated by Unesco as Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1991. In this journey, we will enjoy what once was the center of the 16th-century Spanish colony. We will see the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop`s Palace, the City Hall and the Desamparados Train Station. We will also see Plaza San Martin, a large park surrounded by old colonial buildings still displaying beautiful carved wood balconies and other landmarks.

To finish the tour, we shall visit the San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts knew as the Catacombs. At the end of the tour, you will have a choice to either shop at the Indian Market, Larcomar Mall or return to your hotel.

PM: At leisure

Afternoon at leisure for activities on your own.

Overnight in Lima

Day 3
Lima, Peru
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast

Lima / Cusco

Transfer Hotel / Lima Airport (private)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Lima Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Transfer Cusco Airport / Hotel (private)

Upon arrival into Cusco International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with the corresponding check-in procedures.

PM: Half-day Cusco City tour & main surrounding ruins (shared – Royal Class)

The tour will start picking passengers up from hotels, to enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, where you will be able to admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city's most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silverwork of its interior and, the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.

Continue to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress - a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city, the Qenqo Amphitheater - a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze, Puca Pucara or red fortress and, the Inca Baths of Tambomachay.

After the tour, you and the other members of the group will be transferred to your hotel respectively.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 4
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch

Cusco / Sacred Valley

Full day Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins & Ollantaytambo Fortress (private)

Today you will head to the town of Pisac, famous for its ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley and separated along the ridge into four groups: P'isaqa, Inti Watana, Q'allaqasa, and Kinchiraqay. Visit the Inti Watana group which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana - a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons.

The Incas constructed agricultural terraces on the steep hillside by hauling richer topsoil by hand from the lower lands, enabling the production of surplus food, more than would normally be possible at altitudes as high as 11,000 feet. The narrow rows of terraces beneath the citadel are thought to represent the wing of a partridge (pisaca), from which the village and ruins get their name.

Continue to the Pisac Markets, which was the place of reunion for all artisans of the region to get together and exchange or buy and sell their products.

Finally, you will visit the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible.

Ollantaytambo also features the vestiges of the town built by orders of Inca Pachacutec and thought to be not only a strategic military place to control the Sacred Valley of the Incas, but also for agricultural and religious purposes.

The town of Ollantaytambo is referred to as a "Live Inca Town" because inhabitants still live according to customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors. Take a journey in time through its straight streets with perfectly laid stones that feature a canal for water to run through the town.

Buffet lunch at Tunupa Valle Sagrado Restaurant

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 5
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast

Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Full day excursion to Machu Picchu via roundtrip train (private)

Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.

Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes.

From here, board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu, or Lost City of the Incas, which sits upon the summit bearing the same name, and is one of the most representative and recognized examples of Incan architecture. A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.

The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 120 Kms (75 miles) from the city of Cusco at 3,400 m.a.s.l (11,155 f.a.s.l).

It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca's best kept secrets, since they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery.

PM: At leisure

Afternoon at leisure for activities on your own

Overnight in Aguas Calientes town

Day 6
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast

Machu Picchu / Cusco

AM: At leisure

Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise or stroll around the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its Hot Springs Thermal waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities (not included in the overall price): visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time, or, for more active and adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant (no guide services included this day).

PM: Return to Cusco (private)

In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes and then board your return train. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met by our representative and private driver who will transfer you to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 7
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch

Cusco

Full Day Rainbow Mountain (Shared service)

Journey through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes, snowcapped peaks, herds of alpaca, and arrive at the ultimate destination- The painted hills hidden deep in the Andes.

Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the impressive Ausangate Mountain towering in the distance. You will experience first-hand how locals live in the mountains and even see them hard at work. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain, and finally with one last push you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land.

OVERIVEW:

Duration: Full Day- 03:00am - 7pm

Distance: 15km/ 9.3miles

Elevation: 4300m (14,200ft) - 5035m (16,520ft)

Difficulty: moderate/difficult

Overnight in Cusco

Day 8
Cusco, Peru
Puno, Peru
None Breakfast

Day 8- Cusco / Juliaca - Puno

Transfer Hotel / Cusco Airport (private)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Cusco Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Transfer Juliaca Airport / Puno Hotels incl. Sillustani Tombs en route (private)

Upon arrival at Juliaca Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with the corresponding check-in procedures.

On route, enjoy a guided excursion to the Sillustani tombs, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo where you will be able to see the archaeological vestiges of these structures known as chullpas (tombs), ancient and impressive circular tower-like stone structures built above ground by the Colla tribe some 3000 years ago, before the Inca period.

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Puno

Day 9
Puno, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9- Puno / Lake Titicaca

Puno / Copacabana / Lake Titicaca / La Paz 2 day/1 night program Puno / Copacabana / Sun Island / Community tourism program / Overnight on board / Inti Wata Cultural Complex / Titikaka / La Paz Incl. lunch & en route stops (Day 1 - Shared services)

Puno/Copacabana/Sun Island / Community tourism program / Overnight on board (Shared)

Early land transfer to Copacabana, visit Sanctuary, board the Catamaran Cruise Ship and sailing to the Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Buffet Lunch on board. Visit Challapampa Village and enjoy of the participative tourism, visitors have the opportunity to interact with one of the most unspoiled indigenous Titicaca villages through an innovative program organized with the local community visiting their own museum, chapel, school, a typical house, sailing in their vessels to an Inca holy temple, Andean ritual and walking through Inca trails.

Romantic candle light dinner and overnight on board the Catamaran in lake view cabins with private facilities.

Overnight on board.

Day 10
Puno, Peru
La Paz, Bolivia
None Lunch

Day 10- Lake Titicaca / La Paz

Inti Wata Cultural Complex / Titicaca / La Paz (Day 2 – Shared services)

Catamaran Cruise Ship sails across the lake enjoying breakfast and the overwhelming panorama visiting the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Continue to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine, and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids. Snack in the Complex. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and the Inca fountain Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka Traditional vessel

Buffet lunch on board while sailing. Land transfer to La Paz city.

Overnight in La Paz

Day 11
La Paz, Bolivia
None Breakfast

Day 11- La Paz

Half Day City tour & Moon Valley (Private)

Pick up from your hotel to visit the famous Witches Market, the colonial Church of San Francisco and crafts shops on Sagarnaga Street. Continues to the Murillo Square, where the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace, and Parliament buildings are located. Then, visit the famous Jaen Street a colonial neighborhood, where the most interesting museums in the city are clustered together, from there, go to the replica of the Semi-subterranean temple of Tiwanaku Culture. Continue to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto, and Florida. The tour ends with a visit to the spectacular Valley of the Moon, having the opportunity to take a short hike and visit a ceramic workshop where there will be a demonstration of this art.

Service includes: Private transport, bilingual guide and museums admission fee

Transfer Hotel / La Paz Airport (private)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the La Paz Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

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Description

A journey through the secrets of the Incas hidden in Machu Picchu, the colorful and picturesque cultures of Lake Titicaca and the wonders of Bolivia, our neighboring country, home of the Tiawanaku culture.

About Us

Metropolitan Touring - Peru is a very agile and extremely reliable DMC in Peru providing outstanding custom-made travel experiences. Originally founded as Receptour in the 1960’s, we became Metropolitan Touring Peru in 2007. By merging the local knowledge of our 100% Peruvian staff and the continuous innovation of the Metropolitan Touring network, we are able to constantly exceed our guests’ expectations and to offer important advantages for multi-country trips (ie. Peru & Galapagos combination). Our Dedicated Travel Advisor Desk’s goal is to provide exclusive assistance to the agent community to deliver a perfect travel experience.

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By: Bill


Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2018

Metropolitan Tour Group is one of the best tour operators we have ever used. There staff was always on time and told us what we were going to see and how long it was going to take and then they executed the plan with out a hitch. Great !!!!!!!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Denise Sullivan

Metropolitan Touring in Peru was Perfect.

By: Cathryn Buchanan


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2018

Everything went perfectly. And we loved our guide for the Sacred Valley and Machu Pichu. We kept trying to come up with a question she couldn't answer, but were unsuccessful. Our hotels were amazing - completely comfortable, interesting, and with excellent cuisine. The lunch stops were fabulous. I can't say enough about how great this tour company is.
Travel Advisor:  Kari Mollan