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Itinerary - Peru 360°: Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountain

day 1

Welcome to Lima, the capital of Peru

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We are in Peru!

Roundtrip flights are not included in the TO Services so that you can choose where from, when and with whom you want to fly. All of that is up to you! Check-in Hotel check-in in Lima and welcome meeting. We spend this early afternoon visiting the modern capital of Peru, the cultural and economic centre of the country. In addition to its historic centre, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lima offers picturesque residential neighbourhoods overlooking the Pacific, beaches and parks: we explore the surroundings and then go for dinner to kick off this journey. Cheers to us!

day 2

The Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands

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Towards the desert
Our journey starts in the best way: we say goodbye to the capital and reach the National Reserve of Paracas by bus. As soon as we arrive we immediately understand the origin of the name ("para" means storm, "aca" means sand): we are in a vast, desert area, overlooking the ocean, with very strong gusts of wind that make it wild and impressive. We explore the reserve, with its almost otherworldly landscapes, and then we take an excursion to the nearby Ballestas Islands.
The Peruvian Galapagos
The Ballestas Islands are considered the Peruvian Galapagos thanks to their particular ecosystem: here there are several animal species, such as penguins, sea lions and various birds. The excursion lasts about two hours so we'll have the chance to make new friends - if we are lucky, we'll also meet the friendly dolphins. Once back on the mainland, there's a bus waiting for us: we reach Ica, where we'll finally have time to enjoy our dinner! But we won't be late as we'll get on our night bus, which will take us straight to Arequipa while we fall asleep.

Included: private transfer from Lima - Paracas - Ica and the night bus from Ica to Arequipa.

Money Pot: admission fees and excursions

Not included: food and beverages

day 3

Arequipa, a UNESCO heritage site

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Welcome to Arequipa
Finally, we arrive in Arequipa, the famous white city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It lies at the foot of the majestic El Misti volcano, 19101 ft tall. After our night trip, we'll have time to recover once we arrive at the accommodation. All we need is a nice hot shower, a nap and we are as fresh as daisies, ready to explore the white city.
Let’s visit the city

In the afternoon we begin to get used to the altitude and visit the historic center such as the Santa Catalina Monastery, dating back to 1580, which covers 215278 square ft. An entire neighborhood that makes this convent, the largest religious building in Peru! The sunset is undoubtedly the best time to be here and admire the view of the city: we take enough photos to find the right one to print once at home. Now it's time to enjoy our welcome dinner. Shall we taste the cuy? You know, it's not for everyone, but since we're here...

Money Pot: local transports and admission fees

Included: welcome dinner

Not included: other food and beverages

day 4

Chivay towards the Colca Canyon for a high altitude trekking

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Let's go
Good morning sleepyheads! We leave Arequipa around 4 am heading towards Chivay, at 12,000 ft above sea level, the gateway to the Colca Canyon. The trip takes about 5 hours and winds along the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, so...let's make the most of it by taking many photos during our breaks! Llamas, alpacas and majestic smoky volcanoes await us along the way. We take a quick bite for breakfast, then we are headed to the first high altitude hike. After 40 minutes we reach the summit above the Cruz del Condor. As the name implies, if we arrive early enough and the weather is nice, we'll be able to admire these immense predatory animals flying over our heads! IMPORTANT: We'll reach 16400 ft along the way. Just remember that everyone reacts differently to a similar altitude. Severe dizziness, wheezing and even vomiting may occur. Would you like to avoid the so-called "altitude sickness"? Don't worry, we can easily sort this out by buying adequate medicines for altitude sickness prevention. We arrive in Chivay in the afternoon where we slowly get used to the altitude. So why not make the most out of it by visiting the historic centre and its characteristic market? We are in!

Included: local transports and local guide

Not included: food and beverages

day 5

Lake Titicaca and Mirador de Los Volcanes

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Lake Titicaca
We set off to the largest freshwater basin in South America: ladies and gentlemen let me introduce Lake Titicaca. It takes about 5 hours to get to this magical lake, but we promise - it will be worth it! To kill the time, we can take some nice group photos at the Mirador de Los Volcanes! When we arrive in Puno, the locals will welcome us with a delicious "family dinner": we'll be able to try out some specialities of the local cuisine. What a perfect way to get to know the locals, ask questions about their habits and traditions, play with the children and...why not? Get to know the most traditional and colourful Peruvian dance!

Included: private transports and local guide full board (with an overnight homestay in the local community)

day 6

Exploring the Uros Islands and Taquile

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Uros Islands and Taquile
Today we visit the artificial and floating islands of Uros, and then Taquile, an island located at 13123 ft. With just over 2,000 inhabitants, here we'll get the chance to know the local traditions a bit better. An example? Men, once married, wear a different coloured hat.
Towards the Rainbow Mountain!
And for the bravest...let's take a dive into the "highest navigable lake in the world"! Then, we return to Puno and hit the road to our next stop: the Rainbow Mountain!

Included: private transports, excursions to Uros and Taquile and lunch

Money Pot: admission fees

Not included: food and beverages

day 7

Trekking to the Rainbow Mountain and on the way to Cuzco

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Hiking day
We have a little confession to make: today’s gonna be the most beautiful and challenging day! The Rainbow Mountains will literally leave us breathless: a trek like this is generally easy... but things are different here! Guess why? We'll reach 17060 ft! The so-called Rainbow Mountains, located not far from Cuzco at 17060 ft, are a real miracle of nature, discovered a few years ago when the snow covering it melted, revealing the natural beauty of the rock beneath.
On the road to Cuzco
After this hike, we return to the base to have some food - the effort was huge but the landscape has definitely rewarded us. Now we are ready to head towards the most beautiful city in Peru, Cuzco - with a 3-hour transfer.

Included: private transports, guided Rainbow Mountain excursion and picnic lunch

Not included: food and beverages

day 8

Cuzco: discovering the city

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History and more...
Today we take it easy: we can visit the historic districts of Cuzco and its ancient colonial Cathedral. Or we can go for a stroll along the narrow Inca alleys and the picturesque San Pedro market. The excursion continues with a visit to the "four Inca ruins", located just outside the city: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, the Qenqo sanctuary, the Puca Pucara fortress and the Tambomachay palace.

Money Pot: admission fees and local transports

Not included: food and beverages

day 9

The Sacred Valley of the Incas and other wonders

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Today we get lost in the enchanting Sacred Valley of the Incas, where archaeological, historical and folkloristic evidence of the ancient Inca civil settlements are enclosed.
Chinchero
That's the perfect example of a town built entirely by the Inca - the walls are made with large blocks of stone cut and perfectly overlapping. Thanks to the panoramic tour of the walls, we can appreciate the surrounding green meadows with numerous grazing animals, the eucalyptus woods and the shapes of the glaciers from afar. After this stroll, it's time to stop at a local market. Here we can sip different types of lightly alcoholic drinks, cheers! If we are hungry, we can taste the traditional foods prepared by the locals in the typical pots.
Maras
The traditional village nestled in the heart of a cultivated valley at 11154 ft above sea level, where we'll admire the particular colonial church. Let's take a look inside to appreciate some Cusqueña canvases.Going down, we come across the beautiful salt flats: 3,000 tiny pools arranged on terraces and filled with saltwater, which leaves a saline deposit; the salt obtained is then subsequently collected.
Moray
This archaeological complex was the world's first agricultural research centre and is believed to have been used by the Incas to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops.In fact, it has two gigantic natural depressions of a circular shape, about 164 ft deep, used by the Incas to acclimate the seeds of cereals and potatoes to the Andean altitudes.
Ollantaytambo
It is a mountain fortress that features structures built with mammoth blocks of granite positioned in line, the Wall of the Living Rock, the Temple of the Condor and the huge military fortress.In the late afternoon, we leave Ollantaytambo for Aguas Calientes: we can finally relax and have an easy peasy evening waiting for the next stop...Machu Picchu!

Included: train to Aguas Calientes

Money Pot: local transports and excursions from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo

Not included: food and beverages

day 10

Machu Picchu: on the top of the mountain

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Welcome to Machu Picchu
We are ready for a great Peruvian adventure: we have an early alarm (at down) today - but hey, it’ll be worth it!We take the shuttle that will take us along a zigzagging path to the gates of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu in just 30 minutes. Describing what awaits us is impossible: this city has been lost for centuries, and today we can see this incredible wonder nestled between the Andean peaks. We enjoy this place out of space and time, happy to have come this far.
Between modernity and culture
We conclude this incredible journey with a farewell dinner: we shared a unique adventure that we'll always remember. Peru is like this: once it gets inside you, it never leaves. Let's drink to this country and us!

Included: train to Aguas Calientes

Money Pot: admission fees and visit to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu

Not included: food and beverages

day 11

Back to Lima

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Let's relax
With a domestic flight, we say goodbye to Cuzco and return to the capital Lima. We leave our backpacks in the accommodation and we are ready to fully enjoy this last day in Peru. Where do we start? The ideal place to start breathing the historical atmosphere is Plaza Mayor, where Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535, making it the oldest square. Its grandeur is reflected in the buildings that surround it, such as the Palacio del Gobierno, the Palacio Arzobispal and the Cathedral. We then continue through the alleys of the city, reaching the Pacific Ocean.
Modernity and culture
We conclude this incredible journey with a farewell dinner: we shared a unique adventure that we'll always remember. Peru is like this: once it gets inside you, it never leaves. Let's drink to this country and us!

Included: domestic flight from Cuzco to Lima and farewell dinner

Money Pot: local transports and entrance fees

Not included: food and beverages

day 12

Time to say goodbye

Check-out and farewell
Time to say goodbye: see you in your next WeRoad adventure!

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