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The Alpaca Fiesta Special 2018

PERUVIAN SECRETS EXCLUSIVE - From October 20th 2018!

Limited spaces starting from just £2,375.00 per person, including 4 days & 3 nights exclusive seminar at Mallkini Ranch.

We are excited to offer a once in a lifetime trip to the International Arequipa Alpaca Fiesta 2018. The trip not only offers full attendance to the event but also gives access to the world famous Mallkini Ranch for an intensive Alpaca Breeding course. This ranch is the centre of breeding excellence for alpacas and we are proud to announce that we have gained exclusive access to the ranch for our guests.

Alpacas at Malkini Ranch

Day 1; Saturday 20th October 2018: Arrive to Lima

You will be met on your arrival at Lima Airport by your Peruvian Secrets Tour Controller. They will transfer you in private to your Lima hotel, the comfortable Hotel Grand Faraona. It is ideally situated in the pleasant district of Miraflores. You will be able to settle in and have a short briefing from your guide. You will then be able to relax in the comfort of the hotel and rest from your international flight.

No Meals Provided

Day 2; Sunday 21st October: Flight to Arequipa

After breakfast you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport for your short flight to the Southern city of Arequipa.

Arriving into Arequipa airport your driver will be there to meet you and transfer you to the hotel, the welcoming Katari Hotel. Here you can relax and enjoy the garden and the rest of the day is free for you to relax. Tip: if you're feeling adventurous, do try the Maté de Coca or coca-leaf tea as it is said to help you acclimatise to the altitude, it is not entirely unpleasant and tastes a little like green tea! The active ingredient from the coca leaf is also present in the popular Peruvian soft drink, Inka Cola.

Meals: Breakfast

Arrival in Lima - Alpaca Tour

Day 3; Monday 22nd October: Vicuna Chaccu

Departing the hotel early you will be transferred out of Arequipa to small community near the Colca canyon, here you will enjoy the spectacle of the Vicuna Chaccu.

This age old tradition brings the entire community together as they herd and shear the Vicuna of their valuable fibre. After watching the roundup and shearing you will be transferred back to your hotel in Arequipa leaving the rest of the day free at leisure. If you wish you can head back to the showground where the participants will be registering their animals for the judges.

Meals: Breakfast

Vicuna Chaccu - Peruvian Secrets

Day 4; Tuesday 23rd October: Animals arrive to showground and tour of factories

After breakfast at the hotel today you will be collected by your driver & guide and transferred to the showground. The day will start with all of the registered animals entering the enclosure.

After the registration process is complete you will be taken on a guided tour of the main industrial plants in Arequipa where most of the regions alpaca fibres are processed. You will be given insight into the processes of sorting, scouring, carding, combing, spinning, dyeing, weaving, spinning and finishing of the products and garments. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel leaving the evening free once again.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Wednesday 24th October: Official opening of the Alpaca Fiesta

After breakfast today you will be transferred in private to the showground for the official opening of the fiesta.

The judging ring will hold three main events during the day, the National Alpaca Contest, the International Fleece Contest and finally the International Shearing Contest. Elsewhere there will be a business roundtable where sellers and producers have the opportunity to meet & network. There will also be a fashion show displaying the best alpaca garments. There will also be a scientific congress where Alpaca genetics will be discussed along with several other topics followed by specialised workshops.

After enjoying your full day at the fiesta you will be transferred back to your hotel where you will have the remainder of the evening free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Pasco Horses

Day 6: Thursday 25th October: Alpaca Fiesta

Today will start with a visit to the commercial exhibition where you will have the opportunity to inspect various alpaca products.

Show GroundThroughout the day the various contests will be continuing under the keen eye of the judges in the showground and the conferences and workshops will be ongoing as well. There will be much to see and do within the showground as you join the workshops or observe the contests. In the evening there will be a ceremony held in the historic centre of Arequipa highlighting the importance and culture of the textile industry in Arequipa & Peru. This will be followed by an exhibition of the most renowned international brands on a runway erected in the historic centre of the city.

After enjoying the show you can walk the short distance back to your hotel leaving the rest of the night free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7; Friday 26th October: Alpaca Fiesta

Today the contests will have their final day in the main showground, this will be the last chance for the competitors to impress the judges with their skills and animals.

Today will also see the closure of the commercial exhibition offering a final chance to learn more about the industrial processes used in Arequipa and throughout the world before the end of the day. However you choose to spend the day you can be sure that these final events will have much to offer.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Saturday 27th October: end of the Alpaca Fiesta

After breakfast today you will be transferred to the main showground for the contest award ceremony.

Here you will watch as the winners are declared for the different contests. After the presentation the fiesta will hold an ending ceremony before the showground is closed and you are transferred back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Alpaca Fiesta

Day 9: Sunday 28th October: Start of 2D/1N Colca Canyon tour

After breakfast departure is at 7:30 from Arequipa, crossing 160 Km to the town of Chivay, capital of the Province of Caylloma. Leaving behind Arequipa you will enjoy the majestic views of Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes before entering the National Reserve of "Pampa Cañahuas".

Here you will make a stop to observe the wild vicuñas (the most important American camel) in its natural habitat and also see Alpacas which are abundant in this area. At this point we will be around 3,400 meters above sea level. Continuing to "Pata Wasi", (Pata=high Wasi=home) an Andean community in the opposite border of the reserve, here it is interesting to see the natural formation of the rocks and a view of the other side of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. To prevent altitude sickness we will enjoy an original Andean "Mate de Coca" drink in Sumbay, 3,800 meters above sea level.

Continuing on the road we will pass through "Tocra" over the 4,500 metre high mountains, where we will observe the lakes with migrant birds and we'll get pictures of the "Antiplano" (highland) with its llamas and guanacos. Our highest point will be "Pata Pampa" (Pata=High, Pampa=Land) located at 4,820 meters, where we'll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, the Hualca-Hualca, the Mismi (the source of the Amazon River) and the "Cordillera de Chila".

Arriving to the town of Chivay (3,651meters) we continue the short distance to the Hotel Mamayacchi located in the town of Coporaque. After finding our rooms, we will enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch (not included). You are then free to relax and enjoy this quiet scenic setting or visit the thermal baths (take a swimsuit for this).

Meals: Breakfast

Colca Canyon Tour

Day 10: Monday 29th October: Chivay – Cruz Del Condor – Puno

Alpaca FestivalToday you will take breakfast very early in the morning (around 6:00 a.m.), so we can leave to the famous "Cruz Del Condor" point, as early as possible.

Before we approach the "Cruz Del Condor" we will make a stop at the look-out point of "Choquetico", with its "Tumbas colgantes" (hanging tombs), and taking a look to the litomaqueta (The terrace model drawn in a rock). Also we will visit the town of Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in November of 1991. Arriving to the "Cruz Del Condor" view point you will wait to see the spectacular sight of the Condors as they climb out of the Canyon on the morning thermals. After taking pictures of the majestic flight of the Condors, we will return to our transportation and will start the drive out of the Colca Canyon as we cross the Alta Plano to the town of Puno, set on the banks of the Great Lake Titicaca. On your late afternoon arrival to Puno you will check into the comfortable Qalasaya Hotel. Once you have settled into your rooms you will be met by your local guide for the duration of time in this area, they will give you a short briefing on your tour and be happy to answer any questions you may have. After the briefing you will have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the exiting centre of the city.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Tuesday 30th October: Full day tour of Lake Titicaca, Uros & Taquile islands

After breakfast today, you will be met once again by your guide who will transfer you to the harbour in Puno where you will board a privately hired vessel and head out on to the Great Lake Titicaca.

The first port of call will be the incredible floating islands of the Uros; here you will see the way these people live on these most unusual islands.

Lake Titicaca

From here you continue onto the Island of Taquile where your guide will escort you around explaining all about the way of life for these people. Their lifestyle has remained the same for hundreds of years with very little influence from modern times, thus preserving many traditions, laws and customs. Skilled crafts are still very important to the inhabitants of Taquile, and the island is famous for its handmade textiles which are regarded amongst the highest-quality handicrafts available. For this reason you will find that they are higher in price in comparison with other mass-produced handicrafts readily found in other parts of Peru.

After exploring you will then have the opportunity to have lunch before re-joining your boat for the return journey back to Puno. You will have the rest of the evening free to relax in your comfortable lodgings.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12; Wednesday 31st October: Depart for Puno

Mallkini RanchToday is an early start as will be met by your driver and guide for the adventurous overland journey to the more remote but stunning Mallkini Ranch.

This journey is mostly taken on unmade roads and depending on conditions can take between 4 to 5 hours passing through some of the least visited areas in all Peru. On arrival to the ranch you will be met with a warm welcome and a warm drink before being presented with your rooms where you can refresh from your travel, lunch will be followed by the start of our exclusive seminar which an introduction to the experts and of course to the beautiful alpaca's.

After an afternoon of study you can relax in the comfort of the hacienda and learn more of the amazing history of Mallkini and the Michel brothers who own the ranch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13; Thursday 1st November: Study course in alpaca breeding and management.

Alpaca ShearingWorking with Peruvian Secrets, your instructor has developed a program suited to our group's level of knowledge and abilities.

Through clear and professional instruction you will learn so much to take back with you and implement into your breeding programs. Working with the worlds experts will be a total pleasure and the alpacas you will see are the finest examples to be found in the world. The lodge is very comfortable and your needs are fully taken care of including all meals whilst on the study course.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14; Friday 2nd November: Second day of course

Alpaca Breeding Holiday SpecialistsToday you will take the third part of the three day course but have time to relax and enjoy some of the other options available to you such as horse riding, mountain biking or just a gentle walk through the spectacular scenery.

Ending your day with dinner and the award ceremony were you will receive the coveted certificate of achievement showing you have completed a course at the world's greatest centre of alpaca excellence. Very few breeders will have the opportunity to take this experience however Peruvian Secrets has been working closely with Mallkini to develop this special course just for you. The evening is free to relax and enjoy your last night at the ranch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15; Saturday 3rd November: Depart for flight to Cuzco LAN 12:50 – 13:45

After breakfast we need say goodbye to our hosts and leave this beautiful place and head to Juliaca Airport

On arrival you will check into the direct flight to Cuzco. On arrival into Cuzco you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the Midori hotel ideally situated close to the main Plaza de Armas.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Sunday 4th November: Free day Cusco

Today you are free to further explore the ancient city of Cusco.

Declared a UNESCO world heritage in 1983 the city boasts an ancient network of catacombs to explore, a great many varied historical and cultural sites of interest and many of the buildings that stand there today are built on foundations laid by the Incas. You also have the choice of taking one of the many optional tours that operate in the area surrounding Cusco which is also rich in culture and heritage, your guide can assist you in any arrangements that you wish to make.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 17: Monday 5th November: Sacred Valley Tour

Today you start your relaxed tour of the Sacred Valley, taken wholly in private, in the comfort of your guide's own car.

On the way you will visit Sacsayhuaman, one of the best existing examples of Inca stonework, with spectacular views of Cuzco below and far-away snowy peaks. From here we will travel to a variety of sites on the way into the valley, including Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay, before arriving at the small, picturesque village of Pisac. This is the gateway to the Sacred Valley and home of the famous daily Pisac craft market; here you have an opportunity to view the many artisans' wares on display including; textiles, jewellery and ceramics. Because your tour is in private, there will be ample opportunity to stop to take photographs along the way and to enjoy a leisurely lunch in a local eatery (lunch not included), as recommended by your guide.

Sacred Valley

Arriving into Ollantaytambo, you will take in the spectacular ruins of the fortress with your guide. After your tour you will be transferred to the nearby train station in Ollantaytambo to meet your 16:36 departure to Aguas Calientes. The train will take you out of the Sacred Valley and into the mountains offering spectacular views of the countryside.

On arrival into Aguas Calientes you will be met by a representative of your hotel who will assist you with your luggage and escort you to the very comfortable Casa Andina Standard Hotel for check in, once you have checked in you will have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the interesting town of Aguas Calientes.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Tuesday 6th November: Machu Picchu & Return to Cusco

This is an ideal opportunity to take the first transport up to the ruined city of Machu Picchu giving you the chance to witness the spectacular sight of the citadel appearing like magic through the early morning cloud.

Machu PicchuIn order to maximise your enjoyment from your visit, we provide the services of a professional local guide who will reveal some of the mysteries that surround this fascinating place. After your guided tour you will have ample time to explore the ruins yourself before you return to Aguas Calientes where you will transfer to the train station to take the return train journey to Cusco.

Upon arrival at Poroy station, just outside of Cusco, you will be met by your driver who will transfer you back the Midori Hotel. The evening is free to take in a restaurant and enjoy the Inca Capital.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Wednesday 7th November: Flight to Lima

Today you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you are collected in the late morning and transferred to the airport to meet your flight back to Lima.

On arrival into Lima you will be met by your private driver who will transfer you to the Hotel Faraona Grand for check in, you will then have the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy Lima "City of Kings"

Meals: Breakfast

Day 20: Thursday 8th November: International departure

Today you may have some free time ahead of your international departure, at the appropriate time your driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to the airport to meet your flight.

Your driver will ensure you arrive with plenty of time to check in and will wave goodbye as you enter the terminal.

Meals: Breakfast

The price of your tour as described in the itinerary, based on 2 people in one Matrimonial Double Room or a twin shared room with private bathroom is £2,375.00 per person not including international flights or Alpaca Fiesta tickets.


Alpca Fiesta 2018

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Tour includes
• All transfers as stated in the itinerary
• All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
• Train tickets & entrance fees for all journeys
• Domestic flights
• All services as stated in the itinerary
• Personal guide services
• Services of your Peruvian Secrets Tour Controller
• All meals as stated in the itinerary
• 'Safe Seat' Travel Fidelity Policy issued in association with the Travel Trust Association (this is for your financial protection only and is not a certificate of personal travel insurance,

Does not include
• International flights
• Alpaca Fiesta Program
• Meals not stated in the itinerary
• Drinks, snacks & beverages not stated in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Tips & service charges
• Travel insurance

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