MOQUEGUA. Cuajone, Toquepala and Ilo Smelter

The Cuajone and Toquepala mines are located in the departments of Moquegua and Tacna respectively, between 3,000 and 3,500 masl. Both are operated by Southern Peru Copper Corporation, Peru’s main copper producer. In 1999, the company brought the expansion of the Cuajone mine to an end and its mineral concentration capacity went from 58,000 to 87,000 t/day. In 1999, both open pit mines produced 745,607 pounds (338,207 t) of copper (copper content in thousands of pounds), 3,378,000 oz of silver and 11,836,000 pounds (5,368 t) of molybdenum.

Day 1:Journey by road to Cuajone. Visit to the mine and concentrate plant. Dinner and overnight accommodation in Hotel El Mirador in the city of Moquegua.

Day 2:Visit to the foundry, refinery and industrial port of SPCC (Southern Peru Copper Corporation). Lunch. Return to the city of Arequipa.

Day 3:Departure from Arequipa to Tintaya by bus (5 hour drive approx.). In the afternoon, visit to the mine. Dinner and lodging in BHP Tintaya.

AREQUIPA: Cerro Verde

Cerro Verde is an open-pit copper mine 24 km from the city of Arequipa, operated by Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde S.A.A., whose major shareholder is Phelps Dodge Corporation, of the USA, the second largest copper-producing corporation in the world. Total mining production is 120,000 t/d, and ore-treating capacity is 38,000 t/d. Cerro Verde has one of the most modern hydro-metallurgical processes, consisting of crushing, leaching, ion exchange, and electro-winning. Cathode production for the year 2001 is estimated at 157.30 M pounds of copper, 100% of which is "A"-grade copper, as certified by the London Metal Exchange and Comex.

Haltf Day:visit with transport and snack included.

Cusco Tintaya

An open pit copper mine operated by BHP Tintaya S.A., Tintaya is located at 4,100 masl in the Espinar province, Cusco department, 260 km from Arequipa. It has a 17,500 t/d flotation plant, where copper concentrates are produced. Products are sold both locally and internationally.

Day 1:Departure from Arequipa to Tintaya by bus (5 hour drive approx.). In the afternoon, visit to the mine. Dinner and lodging in BHP Tintaya.

Day 2:Visit to the mine. Return to Arequipa after lunch. Arrive at 19:00 hours approx

Capacity: Minimum 12, maximum 18 persons.

PUNO: San Rafael

San Rafael mine belongs to the Brescia Group. It is located in the department of Puno, province of Melgar, district of Antaura, at 4,530 masl. It is currently the world's leading tin producer, with an annual production of 35,000 t. Flight from Arequipa to San Rafael (45 minutes). Visit to the mine. Lunch and airport taxes included. Optional. 6h drive approx. 2 days total.


Cusco has a rugged terrain combining Andean fertile valleys with imposing mountains, later descending to the edge of the jungle where the temperature rises and the scenery is transformed into varied vegetation. The climate of Cusco is semi-dry and cold. The annual medial maximum temperature is 19.6 C (67.3 F) and the minimum is 4.2 C (39.6F). The Inca Empire, El Tahuantinsuyo, which extended to Pasto in Colombia and to the River Maule in Chile, had Cusco as its centre, considered the umbilicus of the world and the Sacred City. At present Cusco is one of the tourist hotspots in South America.

Day 1: CUSCO:Breakfast in the hotel , morning free. Afternoon city tour including Templo del Sol or Templo de Koricancha, the Cathedral and San Blas place , with its beautiful handicraft , pottery, and paintings. From there you continue to the archaeological ruins of Saqsaywaman Fortress , Tambomachay water Temple , Puca-Pucará and Qenqo ceremonial centre. Return to Cuzco for overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel. Early transfer to the train station to start the three and a half hour journey to the lost City of Machupicchu, which combines Inca architecture and outstanding natural beauty. Arrival at Aguas Calientes, continuing with a 25 minute bus trip followed by a guided tour. Lunch included. Afternoon return to Cusco.

Breakfast at the hotel. Day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Inca visiting Pisac, the most important colonial village of the area. Beautiful textile handicrafts and pottery. The tour continues following the course of the River Urubamba through many villages of the valley, Calca, Anta and Yucay. Lunch and a visit to the Ollantaytambo Fort which protected the city of Machupicchu and was built by the Quechua. Return to Cusco

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