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Kim MacQuarrie
Explorer & Four-time Emmy Winner

A keen explorer and adventurer, Kim has won 4 Emmy Awards -- 3 of them for documentaries on the Peruvian Amazon. Kim’s newest book, Adventure in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, about a 4,500-mile journey from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego.

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Andean Treasures

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Detailed Itinerary Presented by Kim MacQuarrie 4-time Emmy winner  | + info
Day 1
Lima government building with dark wood enclosed balcony

Upon arrival at the Lima airport, meet a Incas Expert Travel representative for a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel.

If arriving early, you can also take in scenic Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima's gorgeous coastline.

Arrive to Lima. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2
Arequipa Basilica tower and Misti Volcano backdrop

Meet our representative upon arrival at the airport for the short drive to your Arequipa hotel.

In the afternoon, start your exploration of the Arequipa historic center. The Plaza de Armas with its soaring Basilica Cathedral is especially stunning at sunset.

Fly to Arequipa.
Day 3
Arequipa Monastery rooftop with view of Misti Volcano

Meet your guide for a closer look at Arequipa’s mestizo baroque architecture. Visit San Ignacio Chapel, the imposing Basilica Cathedral, and the mini city of Santa Catalina Monastery. The tour ends with a drive to one of the city’s lookout points for views of the city framed by Misti Volcano.

Private Arequipa City Tour.
Day 4
Andean condor glides through spectacular canyon scenery

The 3-hour drive from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon passes through the extraordinary landscapes of the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca. Before the descent, you’ll reach Patapampa Pass at an staggering elevation of 16,109 feet (4,910 meters).

Stop in Chivay village for lunch, visit Calera Hot Springs, and continue to your lodge for a relaxing night.

Drive to Colca Canyon.
Day 5
Three condors perch on rock outcrop in Colca Canyon

In the morning, meet your guide for a drive to Mirador Cruz del Condor where you can see condors glide on thermal drifts over the gaping canyon below.

Return to Chivay for lunch and then begin the 5-6 hour drive to Puno. Remember that Lake Titicaca is at higher elevation than Colca Canyon. Take it easy, enjoy the sunset, and get some rest.

See condors soar. Transfer to Lake Titicaca.
Day 6
Orange and purple hues create surreal Titicaca sunset

Departing from Puno port, begin your waterborne exploration of the world’s highest navigable lake. Stop at the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island to see how indigenous people maintain their traditions in an extreme high altitude lake environment.

Follow this with a visit to a local island. Depending on your preference, you can choose from a unique homestay experience in Amantani or a visit to the private island - Isla Suasi

Experience Lake Titicaca.
Day 7
Andean woman with blanket load walks through arch with lake views

Take another day to further explore the island at your leisure. After lunch, board the boat back to Puno, enjoying one last look at the blue expanses of Lake Titicaca.

Explore Lake Titicaca. Return to Puno.
Day 8
Cusco Plaza de Armas with two churches and green lawn

After breakfast, transfer to the bus station to begin the trip to Cusco. The comfortable, first-class bus includes stops along the way at important archaeological sites including Raqchi and Andahuaylillas.

Upgrade option:
*Ride aboard the luxurious Andean Explorer train to Cusco. Depending on the season, service is limited to 3-4 weekly departures.

Transfer to Cusco.
Day 9
Zigzagging stone walls at Sacsayhuaman

Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.

Private Half Day Cusco City Tour.
Day 10
Tourists takes photo of massive brown mountain

Meet your guide to begin an exploration of the Sacred Valley. Your private tour visits the concentric circle terraces of Moray which descend nearly 500 feet into the earth, the multi-hued salt pans of Maras, and the monolithic fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour, catch the train to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu.

Private Sacred Valley Tour. Train to Machu Picchu.
Day 11
Machu Picchu tops ridge surrounded by green mountains

Wake up early and meet your guide for a memorable walk through the “lost city of the Incas” and let yourself be swept away by the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Finish up with last photos and then return to Aguas Calientes town for the return trip to Cusco.

Upgrade options:
*Add an extra day in Machu Picchu.
*Climb Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view of the ruins.

Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco.
Day 12
Cusco plaza and churches seen from above

Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s wonders.

Return to Lima or continue your journey.

*All tours are private unless noted in your itinerary.

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