Candelaria for the mother and the sacred city (Machuppichu y Puno)

Candelaria for the mother and the sacred city (Machuppichu y Puno) 10D/9N

Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving to Lima

Depart from (USA, JAPAN, South America) to Lima. Arrive to the airport Jorge Chavez where a representative from Kontiki Tours will pick you up and take you to the hotel, where he/she will explain the whole itinerary.

Night in Lima

Day 2: Lima

After taking breakfast at the hotel, you will meet with the guide that will make the tour in Lima that will include the modern part of Lima and the colonial Lima. The modern Lima will include Barranco and Miraflores part of the city where the famous Boleros where made. You will be able to appreciate how Lima is developing and how stylish is becoming in that part of the city.

Later you will visit the colonial Lima (Centro de Lima) that was declared UNESCO universal patrimony. In Centro de Lima you will be able to see many colonial churches that have a unique architecture and history, you will also be able to see the main government agencies of the Republic of Peru as congress and the president palace.

After visiting these two places we will go to a local restaurant where you will be able to eat the famous Cebiche or other typic Peruvian dish. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to do as you wish. The guide will give some recommendation on what to do and where to eat.

If the passenger desire some tickets for the opera, any concert, drama or ballet the reservation will have to be with weeks of anticipation (this will have an extra cost).

Night in Lima

Day 3: Fly to Cusco and sacred valley

After the breakfast in the hotel, you will be picked up to take the airport express bus in Miraflores to go to the Jorge Chavez airport to take your flight to Cusco.

Cusco is at 3399 meters high (11 150 feet) which will be the highest altitude in this tour, we recommend taking some pills to help you with this (we can buy the pills for you). We will also prepare a bottle of oxygen for people that need it.

Our representative will pick you at the airport and take you to the Sun temple (Korikancha) which is one of the most important temples of the Inca empire and to the 12 angles rock.

Then we will take you to Urubamba, in the way we will visit Sacsayhuaman (Inca fortress), Qenko (Inca adoratory) and Puca Pucara (one of the Inca empire administrative and military centre of the Inca empire).

The tour will end when we arrive to the hotel in Urubamba, the afternoon will be free to do as you wish.

Night in Urubamba

Day 4: Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Sacred Valley

After breakfast we will visit Sacred Valley where you will be able to appreciate the techniques of the Incas when they made their ceramics in the artisanal market of Pisac.

Then we will have lunch in a local restaurant to continue our trip to Ollantaytambo ruins, where you will appreciate the Incan buildings, the great Incan architecture in all their glory. These ruins worked as a military, agriculture and administrative centre for the Incas.

In the night you will take the train to the ancient lost city of the Incas (Machuppichu) the highlight of the trip. A personal from the hotel will pick you from the station and escort you to your hotel.

Night in Aguas Calientes (Machuppichu)

Day 5: Machuppichu, Aguas Calientes

In the morning after breakfast we will take you from your hotel to take the bus to Machuppichu. In this magnificent city you will be able to visit: the temple of the condor, the temple of water, the temple of the three windows, the main plaza, etc. after this you will be able to climb Huaynapicchu (reservation with months of anticipation as the tickets are limited)

After the Machuppichu visit you will have free time to enjoy lunch in a typic restaurant, we recommend eat guinea pig or alpaca meat.

We also recommend relaxing at the thermal water near the hotel.

In the afternoon we will take you to the train station of Aguas Calientes to take your train back to Ollantaytambo and then we will take you to your hotel in Cusco.

Night in Cusco

Day 6: Cusco – Puno “La Ruta del Sol” (“the sun route”)

After breakfast we will take you to the bus station of Cusco to take your bus to the city of Puno, in the way you will be able to visit different Andean places with an ancient history as: The Sistine chapel of America or Sndahuaylillas Chapel, the imponent temple in honour of the god Wiracocha, the famous “Paso de la raya” (boundary limit between Cusco and Puno) where you will be able to enjoy the view of the Chimboya mountain and the lithic museum of the Pukara culture.

At noon you will be able to enjoy a delicious typic Peruvian lunch.

And when we arrive to Puno, we will take you to your hotel.

Night in Puno

Day 7: Puno, Uros, Taquile

After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Pier to take the boat that will take you to the flouting island of the Uros.

The Uros people have lived in these flouting islands for hundred of years, the Uros people knew how extract this abundant Totora reed to put them together and form little flouting islands that will be attached later.

Even though the world is rapidly changing and more people decide to live in the city the Uros people has continued with their tradition of living and making this flouting islands they are know as the water clan for this reason.

The work they do is not easy as they have to change the Totora from time to time, having to remake their houses, boats and land as all of them are from Totora that has to be changed every certain period.

After visiting the fluting island of Uros we will depart in the same boat we took to Taquile, in Taquile we will have a typic lunch from the region and special tea from the area.

After lunch we will visit more of the island of Taquile, we will be able to see stunning view of the Titikaka lake and take great picture.

Taquile is also well know for their handmade art (textiles, pottery, etc). contrary to many other cultures in Taquile the men are the ones that do the textiles, in order to marry and have a good status in the community they have to show how well they can do their textiles. You will see many of them doing their textiles in the way and will be able to buy some of them.

After visiting Taquile we will take again the boat to go back to Puno pier, in the pier we will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel and you will have the afternoon free.

Night in Puno

Spoiler title

“Party of the Candelaria” (lights costumes stadium)

Early in the morning after breakfast we will take you from your hotel to the Stadium of Puno do you can see the competency between various associations that will dance and compete in the name of the virgin of Candelaria.

The origin of the virgin of Candelaria comes from the Canaries Island of Tenerife in Spain, the virgin was brought by the Spaniards to Peru in the times when Peru was a colony of Spain.

The devotion to this virgin intensified when the rebellion of Tupac Amaru the second took Puno, it is said that the people of Puno went to the church to ask protection from the rebels to the virgin, the virgin protect them  and this is how the virgin of Candelaria become a protector of the city of Puno.

Since then the party for the Virgin of Candelaria has changed and become bigger each year that it pass. Every year more people dance, more people come to see the party, new customs are made and new dances are created.

In the stadium you will be able to see this many dances and know the champion of this competency.

After this you will have lunch in a tipic restaurant and the afternoon will be free.

We will take you directly to your hotel or leave you in the city.

Nigh in Puno

Day 9: Sillustani, Party of the Candelaria (dancers I the street)

In the morning after breakfast we will take you from the hotel to the famous Chullpas of Sillustani, one of the biggest necropolises of the world.

Surrounded by a stunning view you will find the Chullpas in the middle, the Chullpas are a kind of tower made of stone, constructed by Collas and Incas to bury their dead.

The biggest and most imposing towers were made by the most important chiefs and priests. The civilizations of the area thought that a cemetery was a place of rest and rebirth that is why they choose a beautiful place to build their cemetery and this places when build were considered sacred places.

This is a magic place to take great pictures, you will enjoy here the view of the mountains and the small lake Umayo.

After visiting the Chullpas we will go to the city so you can enjoy seeing the dancers of the Candelaria dancing in the streets for the venerated Virgin of Candelaria, this dancers will dance for about 4 Km or more depending on the organization of that year.

After seeing the dancers, we will take you back to your hotel for resting.

Night in Puno

Day 10: Return to home country

We will pick you up in the morning to take you to the airport of Cusco to take your flight to Lima and to your home country.

End of our services

Include

Include

  • Accommodation for 9 nights
  • Professional tourist guide
  • Private transport for all the tours
  • Tickets to enter all the places
  • Welcome lunch the first day
  • Round trip bus tickets Aguas Calientes to Machuppichu
  • Round trip train tickets Ollantaytambo to Aguas Caliente
  • Ticket to enter Machuppichu (with Huaynapicchu will be 15 dollars extra subject to availability)
  • Touristic bus from Cusco to Puno includes lunch
  • Transportation by boat from Puno-Uros-Taquile-Puno
  • Note: we suggest buying the flight tickets from Lima-Puno, Puno-Lima for the morning we can buy the flight tickets for you too (include a cost not included in the package)

Suggestions

Suggestions

  • Bring clothes according to the weather of each city
  • Bring trek shoes or shoes that does not slip easily
  • Buy travel insurance
  • Bring cash in dollars and change it in Soles when you arrive as many restaurants and stores only accept cash
  • Consult which places in Lima are the safest to go to
  • Bring a photocopy of your passport or other IDs
  • Always take company taxis and not independent taxis (we will explain how to identify these taxis if you ask us to)
  • In Cusco the first day eat something light
  • Always tell your guide of you have pain or have headache
  • Ask us or investigate if you need any visa or other requirement to enter the country
  • Bring or buy sun cream and mosquito repellent
  • Communique to us if you have any allergies
  • Communique to us if you have any health issue that you think we should take in account
  • Let us know any special wish, we are here to serve you

Reservation Politics

Reservation

  1. To make your reservation you should pay 10% of the cost of the package to separate your space (non-refundable, this money could be used in another tour you choose if you cancelled a tour, only could be used one time)
  2. You need to pay 50% of the cost of the package 60 days before the trip starts and another 40 % of the cost of the package 30 days before the trip starts.
  3. When you apply for one package the agency will contact you in 48 hours with the final price of the package
  4. The payment should be to our back accounts
  5. The passenger to be able to do a reservation, he/she should give the following information:
  • Full name
  • Passport number
  • Birthdate
  • Expiration date of passport
  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Also, any physical condition, allergies, diseases and preference of food.

Politics about children

In all our programs unless stated, the maximum age of a child is 11 years old, older children than 12 years old are considered as adults and will have same tariff as an adult

Package cancellation:

All our passengers are subject to the charge for cancelation and/or change of date for the solicited service.

  • If the cancelation is made 60 days before the trip starts, we will change you 50 % of the paid price
  • If the cancelation is 45 days before the trip starts, we will change 60 % of the paid price
  • We can not change a name of one passage with another passenger name, can not transfer your package to another person
  • If you have reserved your package with: hotel, flight, bus and train, you will have to follow the conditions and rules of those businesses. This rule also is applicable to touristic places as Machupicchu or Inka trail.

No Show

All passenger that is not present on a programmed service and reserved, without cancellation or acceptance from our part will be considered a No Show, and we will be charged 100% of the price of the package without refund or complains.

Complementary

We recommend to all our customer to buy an accident insurance or/and travel insurance. We do not provide accident or travel insurance and this is also not included in our costs.

If a passenger or member of the group becomes ills or a mishap happen, we will transport the passenger to the nearest clinic to receive the due attention.

In the case of accidents or when an evacuation is necessary, we will organize the logistics of rescue and evacuation, in both cases the costs will be assumed by the client or their insurance.

**we recommend to other businesses or tour operators verify if the passenger we operate for you have travel insurance.

Service control

At the end of the trip the passengers can fill a formulary of evaluation of the services. This will let us know the comments of our services and will serve as a way to improve.

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