Peru Travel Route #3: Arequipa, Puno and Cusco
Are you thinking of spectacular snow-capped mountains and breath taking Andean landscapes, not to mention the amazing highest navigable lake in the world? Want some? This time we offer the information on touring Arequipa, Puno and Cusco, a very traditional Peru Travel route.
Let’s start by Arequipa, known as “the White City”, due to its stone buildings made of sillar, a volcanic stone that gives the characteristic color to the city. Surrounded by three volcanoes, Arequipa was founded in 1540 and has an amazing downtown and colonial buildings. From Arequipa is easy to reach the deepest canyon in the world (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon), the Colca Canyon. On the road between Arequipa and the Colca there is the town of Chivay where you can take an invigorating dip in the hot springs of La Calera. Finally, the Cruz del Condor, the best place to observe the magnificent Andean condor in its natural habitat, not to mention the breathtaking view of the canyon. For an excellent stay in Arequipa we offer you our 4-day tour package Arequipa, the White City and the Colca Canyon.
Let’s continue with Puno. Must see are the archaeological site of Sillustani Tombs and Lake Umayo. But what is more representative of Puno are Lake Titicaca and its islands, among which the floating islands of the Uros and Taquile Island, where residents live according to their ancestral traditions, have to be included on your journey. If you have three days, our Puno and Lake Titicaca Tour Package is perfect for you.
Finally, the last destination of this route: Cusco, the imperial city, a mixture of Spanish and Andean culture. In this charming city the Santo Domingo Convent, built over the ancient palace of Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, The Main Square, and the Sacsayhuaman fortress, are tourist attractions not to miss. From Cusco is easily to get to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas; the essentials here are the colorful Pisac Market and the Village of Ollantaytambo from where one can walk to the homonymous Inca fortress. To end up on a high note, the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. To get to Machu Picchu you have to take the train to Aguas Calientes and from there you get to the citadel by bus. Not need to mention that tour of the ancient citadel will be an unforgettable experience. If all described above is what you were looking for, our 4-day Classic Cusco, Inca City and Machu Picchu Tour Package is what you need.
If you want to enjoy our Peru Route # 3 in full and you have enough days, we recommend our 11-day Adventure in the Peruvian Andes Tour Package, a comprehensive tour with the best of the southern highlands of Peru. But if you do not have enough days you can try alternative combinations with our tours From Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu and Colca Canyon, both 9 days tour packages, and thus enjoy the most essential of the Peruvian Andes.
So, are you ready to have the most incredible journey of your life in Peru? Contact us and we will prepare the Andean package that best fits your needs and your tastes. Book your holiday to Peru now!