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THE GATE OF THE SUN


 

Description

Trip Code: IE-GOTS
Titicaca Lake

Day 1. ARRIVE LIMA: upon arrival in Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the lovely district of Miraflores.

Day 2. LIMA/AREQUIPA: early morning flight, met and transferred to your hotel. Free day to relax in Arequipa.

Day 3/4. COLCA CANYON: 3rd day: early morning breakfast and departure by bus to Chivay passing through Yura to Pampa Caņahuas where you will see herds of vicuņas later through Viscachani, the swampy area of keen interest to birdwatchers, crossing the high Patapampa Pass (4,900m) with a magnificent view of the volcanic range. Following lunch you have a free day to explore the town, local market and take a dip in the thermal pools.

4th day: a very early start will take you to Cruz del Condor where you will have a chance to wait for the fabulous condors as they rise on the morning thermals out of the deepest canyon in the world. Returning back to Chivay your guide will explain the history and geography of the area. You will also see ancient tombs hanging high on the cliffs, stop overlooking the Mysterious Lakes, pass the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque before returning to Arequipa.

Day 5. AREQUIPA/JULIACA/PUNO: flight to Juliaca where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Puno. A free afternoon ( an optional tour to the huge tombs at Sillustani is highly recommended).

Day 6/7. UROS/AMANTANI/TAQUILE ISLANDS: after breakfast you will be transferred to the port, boarding a boat that will take you, first, to the famous Uros Islands. After a brief stop the boat will continue on to Amantani Island where you will have a guided tour to points of interest on the island before returning to your accommodation with local Aymara families sharing with them their customs and traditions. The following day you will be taken to Taquile Island and the chance to explore this unique paradise until lunch, then returning to Puno in the afternoon.

The lost Inca city of Machu Picchu

Day 8. TRAIN PUNO/CUSCO: full day train trip to Cusco, a scenic ride through the countryside and mountains, across La Raya Pass (4,300m) and through the agricultural fields descending into the Cusco Valley. On arrival, an evening transfer to your hotel.

Day 9. MACHU PICCHU: very early start, leaving your hotel at 5.30am transferring to the station for the train to Aguas Calientes, arriving at 9.30am. Bus from station to Machu Picchu, a very informative tour with a local guide. Return to Aguas Calientes by bus. Train departs at 3 p.m., arriving back in Cusco in the early evening.

Day 10. CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY: full day tour with a local guide visiting Pisac, a typical Indian market and the ruins above the town. After lunch on to Ollantaytambo exploring the terraces and ruins in the town. Returning to Cusco late afternoon.

Day 11. CUSCO/LIMA: midmorning flight. Transfer to your hotel. free afternoon in Peru's capital city.

Day 12. LIMA: visit the Gold Museum, a great collection of pre-Columbian jewellery and the Archaeological & Anthropology Museum with the largest collection of pre-Inca and Incan artefacts. These are the best museums in Peru.

Day 13. DEPART LIMA: transfer out to the airport. End of tour.


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Additional Information

Best season: March to December
Transportation: Plane, tourist train, tourist bus.
Participants: Min 8; Max 13 pax
Location of trek: N/A
Degree of difficulty: N/A
Temperature range:
Andes: -3ēC to 25ēC
Coast: 15ēC to 25ēC
Cloud forest: 20ēC to 33ēC
Duration of trip: 13 Days
   

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Included

Included in this package are:
  • Domestic flights within Peru,
  • Airport transfers in/out,
  • Professional local tour guides while on the tour,
  • Two nights hotel Lima, two nights hotel in Arequipa, two nights hotel Puno and three nights hotel Cusco (superior class),
  • Hotels and lodges include: breakfast and taxes ˇ Sightseeing tours(Lima, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco),
  • Transportation; first class buses, tourist train(Puno, Machu Picchu) and boats,
  • Meals while on Lake Titicaca tour.

Departure Dates 2007

The departure dates for 2007 are:

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Travellers Comments

Food; There was more than enough food and it was excellent.

Local guide; Adriel was a perfect guide, He was enthusiastic, positive, and very well informed about the history, plants and birds. He taught us many things including a love for the area, the people and his heritage.

Dagny Fidler

DagnyF@aol.com


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