Trekking Peru (option 1)
Day 1: Lima
We will welcome you and pick you up from the airport in Lima. On the way to the hotel, you will get some information about the most important and interesting sights of the capital.
Day 2: Lima - City Tour - Arequipa
Today we will do a tour through Lima's historic centre, passing the old "Plaza Principal" and the quayside of the river "Rimac". Later we will visit Lima's cathedral and the catacombs of the church "San Francisco". In the afternoon, we will take a flight to Arequipa.
Day 3: Arequipa - City Tour
After Lima, Arequipa is the second most important city of Peru and is located 2.325 above sea level. It is known as the “White City”, for its baroque architecture made from the local chalky volcanic stone sillar, a colonial legacy recognised by UNESCO, which has declared the central city a World Heritage site. The perfect volcanic cone of El Misti (5,825 meters) and its neighbour Nevado Chachani (6, 075 meters) hover over the city, as well as Pichu Pichu (5.664 meters).
Today we begin the day by visiting the main plaza, considered as one of the most beautiful one's in Peru. The cathedral is a perfect example for the Peruvian architechture of the XIX century as lot's of gold and silver was used. La Compañia church is an old jesuit temple, that counts to one of the most important ones in Arequipa because of its history and tradition. You can see twisted columns scalloped with curved wreaths, flowers and birds. We also visit the labyrinth of the Santa Catalina monastery (considered by many the finest in South America). If you take a closer look, you can tell that the european influence came to an end at this point: the angels have Indean faces, one of them wears a feathery crown. The monastery seems like a small town of the XVII century. After 400 years, the monastery was opened for public. Today you feel like being put back for 4 centuries. You walk through numerous gardens and terrasses, the kitchen and the former slaves' rooms. You can even have a look at the washingmachines of the time. Today there are about 20 nuns still living in a section of the monastery, whereas it was about 500 nuns living in Santa Catalina back then. Concluding our tour, we will visit the "Casa Tristán del Pozo", the plaza of San Francisco and the archaeological museum.
Day 4: Arequipa - Cabanaconde - San Juan de Chuccho
We will leave Arequipa at about 3am and drive to the Colca valley. We will reach the perfect viewing point to admire the majestic flight of the condor around 9am. Next, we continue our journey to Cabanaconde, where we will begin our trek down the canyon. After about 3 hours we will cross the river Colca and after another hour we will reach the village "San Juan de Chuccho", where we will spend the night.
Day 5: Colca Canyon
After a restorative night and an extensive breakfast, we will continue our trek on the other side of the canyon. We will pass the picturesque and traditional village "Coshñirgua" and "Malata", before we will walk down to the "Rio Colca". Shortly after noon we will reach "El Oasis". There we will have lunch, before resting by the pool the whole afternoon. The river Colca is only five minutes away. The night will be spent in bungalows.
Day 6: Colca Canyon - Cruz del Condor - Chivay - Puno (Private car Cabanaconde - Chivay)
Today we will get up at 4am, to avoid the torrid sun during climbing. Using torches in the beginning, we will climb up 1000 meter to Cabanaconde. In case you don't dare to do this hike, you can rent a donkey and comfortably do the rise on its back. Arrived in Cabanaconde, a delicious and well-deserved breakfast will be waiting for us. Later we will take a bus that stops at different viewing points. We will have a tasty buffet lunch in Chivay, from where we will continue the journey to Puno.
Day 7: Lake Titikaka
Today we will take a typical boat through the cold waters of lake Titikaka to visit the most impressive sights of the lake, which is the world's highest navigable one (3800m above sea-level). We will also visit the floating islands Uros and the island Taquile, where the traditional culture is still looked after and kept.
Day 8: Puno - Cusco
We will take a touristic bus to Cusco, but make a stop to visit the fortress Pukará, which originates from the early culture of the Tiahuanaco. There you can see a great example of the Chacana or a mystic andean cross. On 4.256 meters above sea-level, we will cross the border of the department Cusco and Puno, then we will drive down to the village Sicuani to have lunch. Furthermore, we will visit Raqchi (archaeological centre of the Incas with walls of 13 meters height) and the temple San Pedro in Andahuaylillas, that is called "sixtine chapel of the Andes" because of its beautiful craftworks made of gold and silver. At around 5pm we will arrive in Cusco. There we will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 9: Valle Sagrado
We will go to the sacred valley of the Incas to explore the beautiful ruins of the area, that show the Inca's architechture e.g. the impressive town "Ollantaytambo".
Day 10: Cusco - Mollepata - Soraypampa
The day will begin at around 5 o'clock in the morning. The transport will take us to Mollepata where we will arrive around 7 am. Mollepata is a small town situated at 2850 metres with a temperate climate and a very various vegetation. Around the village, it is possible to look at snowy peaks of the Salkantray mountain range, which are located between 4000 and 5000 metres of altitude. After having had breakfast, a hike of 7 to 8 hours will start. On the way, we will stop to have lunch and then continue until we reach Soraypampa to spend our first night.
Overnight in tents.
Included meals: lunch, dinner.
Day 11: Soraypampa - Chaullay
After having had our breakfast and enjoyed the sunrise on Salkantay peak, we will start our hike of 7 to 8 hours during which we will appreciate the landscapes and the nature, and will see the difference between the ecological and latitudinal layers. We will first climb through a canyon, before getting to the sides of Salkantay, the little valley of Salkantay and going through one of the side of the impressive peak. Afterwards, we will go down to Wayrapampa to have lunch, and then carry on to Chaullay where we will spend our second night.
Overnight in tents.
Included meals: full board.
Day 12: Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
Today, we will go on our hike very early and will pass through beautiful landscapes. The climate here will be very different from the first two days, as we get into a zone with a temperate climate that can only be found in the forest. During this hike, we will observe many different birds, mammals, insects and other animals. We will also have the opportunity to learn more about the settlers' lifestyle there, to see the waterfalls of Waynapoco, and then take the bus to the hydroelectric power plant of Machupicchu. From there, we will have a three-hour walk to the village of Aguas Calientes where we will have dinner and will spend the night.
Overnight in tents.
Included meals: full board.
Day 13: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today is the big day! We will discover the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Starting at 6 am, we will climb for about an hour and a half before getting to the site. We will be given a guided tour of 2 or 3 hours of the site. Afterwards, you will have free time to walk through and discover the Inca Citadel at your own speed.
We will then climb down to Aguas Calientes, where we will take the train to Ollantaytambo, where our transport will take us to Cusco.
Included meals: breakfast.
Day 14: Cusco
You will have the day to yourself. Explore the narrow streets of Cusco, relax on Plaza de Armas or visit one of the lovingly equipped restaurants that offer you generous menus.
Day 15: Cusco - Lima - Huaraz
In the afternoon, we will take a flight from Cusco to Lima. From there we will take an overnight bus to Huaraz.
Day 16: Huaraz
The day is at own leasure to recover a little bit. Accommodation in Huaraz.
Day 17: Huaraz - Caraz (2.400 m) - Cashapampa (2.900 m) - Llamacorral (3.760 m)
4-5 hour hike, height difference: +850 metres
Today we will hike 4 hours between Cordillera Negra and Cordillera Blanca, stopping in a village of Caraz. When we reach Cashapampa, there will be donkeys waiting for us to help us carry our personal belongings. We will start our journey in the direction of Santa Cruz. After the hike we will reach the camp called Llamacorral (3.760 m).
Day 18: Llamacorral (3.760 m) Quebrada Arhuaycocha - Taullipampa (4.250 m)
5-6 hour hike, height difference: + 490 metres
We will leave our camp very early and head to the gorge of Santa Cruz. On our way we will walk past the lagunes of Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha, where we can see the snowy summits of Santa Cruz, Pumapampa, Curuicachajana, Quitaraju, Pucahirca, Rinrinjirca, Taullipampa, Artesonraju, Paria and Millishraju. We will climb down at the gorge Arhuaycocha to visit a small viewing point, from where you can look at the wonderful mountain Alpamayo. The lagune that lies at the foot of Nevado Quitaraju is very impressive as well. Later, we will get to Santa Cruz and reach our camp Taullipamapa.
Day 19: Taullipampa (4.250 m) - Panta Unión (4.750 m) - Quebrada Paria (3.870 m)
7-8 hour hike, height difference: + 500 metres
Today we will hike along the path "Punta Unión" (4.750 m). Here you will have a great view over the mountains Artesonraju, Quitaraju, Rinrijirca, Pucaraju and Taulliraju. We will continue our hike to Paria (4.000 m), where we will set up our camp.
Day 20: Gorge of Paria (3.870 m) - Collo - Vaqueria Laguna 69 (4.400 m) - Cebollapampa (3.450 m)
5-6 hour hike, height difference: + 420 metres
We will hike through the valley Huaripampa today, where we will pas the charming villages Yurma, Huaripampa and Colcabamba. The path is ideal to admire the snowy summits of the mountain Chacraraju. Our private car is waiting for as in Cerrol Collo and we will drive to the village Vaqueria. From there we will head to Cebollapampa and take a break in Portachuelo (4.767 m) to see the snowy summits of the mountains Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. Later we will drive down to "Km 42" to hike to the "Lagune 69" (4.400 m). Eventuelly we will go back to our camp in Cebollapampa (3.850 m).
Day 21: Cabollapampa (3.850 m) - Huaraz - Hotel Lima
After breakfast we will drive back to Huaraz. Today we will have our farewell lunch. You will have the afternoon to yourself. Later we will take an overnight bus to Lima.
Day 22: Lima (Departure)
In the morning we will reach Lima. We will say good-bye at this point. We hope you enjoyed this adventure and get home safely full of wonderful memories!
Included in the price of the tour:
-All 3* hotels with breakfast
-Accommodation in double rooms
-National flights Lima - Arequipa and Cusco - Lima
-All transfers e.g. airport - hotel - airport, train to Machu Picchu, boat on lake Titicaca
-All entrance fees to national parks, churches, monasteries, museums, cathedrals, ruins, hiking trails and other attractions that are included in the programm
-All transports are private, except the Inca trail and Valle Sagrado
-Local bus only from Arequipa to Cabanaconde and Lima - Huaraz - Lima
-All local guides (languages: English and Spanish) for the included sightseeing trips and hikes/treks
-Food during the treks
-International flight to/from Peru
-Excursions and tickets not mentioned in the program
-Further food, snacks, mineral water, entries to nightclubs and alcoholic drinks