SACRED WATERS OF LAKE TITICACA
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Explore Southern Perú – a scenic region surrounded by volcanoes and rich in Spanish and Mestizo culture. Tour Arequipa, the ‘White City,’ whose pale sillar stone buildings are striking against the towering El Misti volcano. Explore the city’s medieval monastery, baroque-style church and impressive Arequipa Cathedral. Travel through the indigenous craft communities around Lake Titicaca and visit Taquile and Uros, ancient islands where the proud residents still communicate in the Quechua language of the Inca. In Lima, examine pre-Hispanic treasures of gold, clay and cloth at the Gold Museum, and indulge in Peruvian fruit flavors at local markets and specialty juice bars.
DAY 1 Arrive Arequipa, Perú
Welcome to Peru’s highlands. Today you fly from Lima to Arequipa, where you
are met and escorted to your deluxe hotel.
This afternoon, enjoy a tour of this ‘White City’ set beneath the imposing El Misti volcano. Begin with a visit of the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries, to see the Juanita Mummy, a preserved 14-year-old daughter of an Inca dignitary who was found on snow-capped Ampato Mount in 1995. Next, view the city’s 17th century Arequipa Cathedral, and the collection of period paintings and murals at the 14th century Church of the Society of Jesus, an excellent classical example of the local baroque architecture.
Take in the expansive view from the Carmen Alto Scenic Viewpoint before visiting the medieval Monastery of Saint Catherine whose religious citadel is still in use today.
Casa Andina Private Collection, Arequipa
DAY 2Arequipa to Puna & Titilaca
This morning, fly to Juliaca Airport, set high in southeastern Peru. You are met and escorted to Puna, and your hotel located on a private peninsula in historic Titilaca (Lake Titicaca).
A contemporary Peruvian retreat, your all-inclusive hotel is set on the shores of the peaceful lake. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)
Titilaka Hotel, Puno
DAY 3Titilaca (Lake Titicaca)
Today, venture onto the lake, exploring life on two of the most notable islands. Begin with a one-hour boat journey to the secluded island of Taquile. A Quechua stronghold in a region dominated by the Aymaras culture, this island is a ‘living museum’ of the native Quechua people. Meet a local weaver and his family, who teach you about the traditional social structure, which you see reflected in their dress and customs. Uncover the beauty of their unique weavings, recognized by UNESCO as true heritage masterpieces.
Relish in the stunning scenery – the umber landscape, vibrant blue lake, and snowcapped mountains of the Cordillera Real, as you travel by boat and car to the legendary Uros Floating Islands, near the protected National Reserve of Titicaca.
Tour these impress man-made islands, and meet the proud "black blood" kot-suña people. Learn about their history, customs, and their creative uses for the lake’s totora reeds. (B,L,D)
Titilaka Hotel, Puno
DAY 4Puna & Titilaca
This morning, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region on a hike or bike ride through the farmland fields of Plateria, which surround Lake Titicaca.
Spend the afternoon visiting some of the lake’s indigenous craft communities, including Copamaya, well known for their distinctive weavings. (B,L,D)
Titilaka Hotel, Puno
DAY 5Puna to Lima
As you are escorted back to the Juliaca Airport for your flight to Lima, stop by the shoes of Lake Umayo for a tour of the burial chambers at Sillustani. This burial ground for pre-Incan kings and nobility is a series of perfectly cylindrical funeral towers.
You are met on arrival in Lima, and taken to your luxury boutique hotel. Located in the bohemian Barranco neighborhood, the area around this intimate new hotel is filled with galleries as well as trendy bars and restaurants.
Lima is a modern coastal metropolis, and Peru’s capital city. It is renowned for its colonial architecture, fascinating museums, and beautiful cathedrals. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore this cosmopolitan “City of Kings,” Privately. (B,L,D)
Hotel B, Lima
Begin your day in Lima with a visit the La Gran Fruta, a juice bar famous for its wide variety of fresh Peruvian fruit juices. Savor the different and exotic flavors as you sample a selection of juices and nectars. Next, your guide leads you through the San Isidro Market, a local produce shopping market a genuine visual and sensory experience.
Learn more about Peru’s exciting gastronomy as you are escorted to the renowned Astrid & Gaston restaurant for a delightful gourmet lunch.
Then, visit Lima’s incredible Gold Museum, home to exquisite textiles, pottery and gold artifacts of various pre-Hispanic cultures. Their collection is composed of more than 20,000 pieces from different times and parts of the world.
This evening, enjoy a private tour of the vibrant Lucia de la Puente Gallery, set in a renovated historical house. This exciting new gallery is home to some of the top modern artists in the country, including Ramiro Llona and Mariella Agois. After your tour, enjoy a private dinner inside the gallery. (B,L,D)
Hotel B, Lima
DAY 7Lima & Depart
Today is at leisure until time for your transfer to the Lima airport for your flight home or onwards to your next destination. (B)
Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
Emergency evacuation insurance and assistance plan
Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.