15 days / 14 nights Difficulty: 1/3
Lima Paracas Nazca Arequipa Arequipa Colca Canyons Puno lake Titicaca Amantani Titicaca Puno lake Titicaca Cusco Sansayhuaman Chinchero the sacred valley of the incas Machu Picchu
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We start our journey in the city of Kings Lima; afterwards we head out to Paracas to enjoy Ballestas islands nature and wildlife. Then we go to Nasca to be amazed by giant and enigmatic figures. Immediately we continue our visit to the white city of Arequipa surrounded by volcanoes. Next is Colca canyon to show the majestic flight of condors. Progressively getting higher we head out to Puno to know the highest navigable lake in the world. Traveling through the mountain range possessor of the most wonderful panoramas we reach to the cradle of the Incas, Cusco and the impressive Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome and transfer to your hotel, and meeting with the guide.
Day 2: Lima - Paracas
We pick you up at your hotel in the morning to take you on a tour around the following touristic places:
Colonial Historic center of Lima, the Plaza San Martín, the Plaza de Armas and the surrounding buildings like the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Presidential Palace, the Town Hall, and the Colonial-style houses with their balconies along the old streets.
In the heart of the city we will visit the San Francisco Convent and their fantastic collection of Colonial Art.
The city tour takes you from the Historical Center to the modern suburbs of San Isidro, Barranco, Olive Park, Miraflores and Larcomar shopping mall /entertainment complex and its very beautiful view over the Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon, we head out to the bus station to catch a bus to Paracas. At your arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 3: Ballestas Island - Nazca
In the morning, we pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the Paracas harbor. Departure on boat to Ballestas Islands for a 2.30 hr tour. On route we can see the famous geoglyph known as candelabro carved in the dune, seen only from the sea. Touring by boat around these small Islands you can easily see hundreds of birds, such as flamingos, pelicans, boobies, Inca terns and cormorants. The islands are also home for the Humboldt penguins, which are usually seen at the entrances of little caves and grottos. Return to the harbor.
After a brief rest, we take a bus to continue to Nazca. On the way, you can taste the Pisco Sour in a Bodega. Last stop in Huacachina, post card oasis between the sand hills. At your arrival in Nasca, transfer to your hotel.
* Additional cost if you want some adventure activities like : Sandboarding and Buggy
Day 4: Nasca Lines - Arequipa
In the morning transfer to the aerodrome (the over flight is optional) to observe the enigmatic figures that were made over 2,500 years ago. Seen from the sky only: figures such as the spider, the humming bird, the monkey and others. They are located in an immense labyrinth of lines, strings and triangles. Then we take our vehicle to drive inside the desert toward the Chauchilla cemetery, ceremonial center that shelters Peruvian mummies dating from more than 1000 years old.
In the afternoon departure by bus to Arequipa. Late arrival in the evening. Transfer to your hotel.
*Overflight of Nazca Lines is in option, so you have to reserve it in advance and pay an additional cost.
Day 5: Arequipa
In the morning, we pick you up at your hotel to begin the City Tour around The Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Church of the Company, Cloisters of the Company, where we can enjoy the beauty of the colonial architecture of the "White City” due to the use of ashlars bricks (volcanic rocks). Then we get into the monastery of Santa Catalina. Our last spot is Yanahuara and Carmen Alto viewpoint. Afternoon off and accommodation in the hotel.
Day 6: Arequipa – Colca Canyon
Going early in the morning by bus to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world (3.400 mts./ 11.000 ft.)The route to the canyon goes through the national reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca where the largest camelids population in the region are found. On the way, we see American camelids. We arrive in Chivay after getting settled down in our hotel. In the afternoon we have a short walk before taking a bath in the spring hot waters of Calera for the ones who want (entrance not included).
Day 7: Chivay – Condor’s Cross - Puno
Early in the morning, we head out to the viewpoint of La Cruz Condor (Condor’s cross), where we see flying condors just some meters away from us (The condor is the biggest existing bird). On the way, we can see terraces constructed by the ancient Peruvians, that impress many visitors. On the way back, we make short stops in some Andean villages of the area as Yanque, Maca, Pinchollo. In the afternoon we continue our way by bus to Puno. Arrival by the end of the day and transfer to the hotel.
Day 8: Titicaca Lake: Uros and Taquile Island
Early in the morning, we have an unforgettable boat trip on Titicaca Lake to visit the floating islands of Uros, ancient pre-Inca inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe. Their main economic activity is fishing, farming and handicraft. These natives have built their own islands by periodically adding new layers of reeds, fiber plant of the family of papyrus. They also use this material to build houses and boats.Then we sail to the beautiful Taquile Island,inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed from generation to generation,an efficient and original social system as well as fine hand weavingtechniques. Return to Puno in the afternoon.
Day 9: Taquile - Puno
After the breakfast, we will take the boat to Taquile Island. From this point, we will have to climb to the village to have a wonderful panoramic view on the Titicaca Lake. Taquile is an ancient village with terraces on all its extension, which confirm the good ability of its inhabitants since many centuries. These people still live with their ancient customs, and have developed a very interesting handcraft with Alpaca’s wool.
After the lunch, we will go down the 533 stairs to the harbor and go to Puno by boat. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel.
Day 10: Puno - Cusco
In the morning, go to Cusco. On the road, you will visit different interest places, like the Pukara museum, where you will discover the remains of an Altiplano civilization, which existed before the Incas.
You will go to La Raya, the limit between Puno and Cusco, where has been developed the Inca civilization. You will also stop around midday to lunch in a restaurant. During the afternoon, you will take the bus and stop at the Viracocha Inca Temple and the village of Andahuaylillas, where we can find San Perre church, named as the “Sixtine Church of the Andes” because of the frame work.
We will arrive in Cusco by the end of the afternoon, when you will install in you hotel in the historic center.
Day 11: Visit of Cusco
We begin our tour visiting the Cathedral in the heart of the city, with its renaissance facade and baroque and plateresque interiors, it features one the most remarkable examples of colonial silver and gold work as well as very important carved wood altars. It is possible to see very important art pieces of local artists from the Cusco school from those times.
Our next spot is Qoricancha Temple better known as the “Temple Covered in Gold”. It was the most important sanctuary devoted to Sun God during the times of the Inca Empire. Following our tour we get to Sacsayhuaman, an Inca Temple. Then, Qenqo that means "many-turn crooked labyrinth".
After being impressed by Qenqo we head out to Puca Pucara. Finally we get to Tambomachay, a Temple dedicated to the water, considered as a spirit purification element.
Day 12: Sacred Valley: Chincheros - Maras - Moray
We pick you up at the hotel and travel by our vehicle to the Sacred Valley. First, we go to Chincheros, a typical Peruvian village, that still have one of the most beautiful colonial church built on an Inca temple.
After that, we will take the bus again to Maras, an Inca settlement also named Salineras located at 3.100 mts. These are extensive terracing salt areas, controlled, and used since Inca days. Then we travel passing through small villages to get to Moray, with fantastic views of the valley and the surrounding snowcapped mountains. Moray was used by the Incas as a sort of open-air crop nursery, known locally as the laboratory of the Incas.
In the afternoon, we return to Cusco.
Day 13: Valle Sagrado de los Incas: Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
This day we visit the famous Sacred Valley, starting in Pisac. This is an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco. First, we see the archaeological remains and then the colorful market held on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning.
Here we experience a vibrant atmosphere of communities, traditions and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles made in true Pre-Columbian style.
Lunch in Urubamba.
Our next spot is Ollantaytambo, the best surviving example of inka town planning.
After a wonderful day we take the trainto Aguas Calientes, the Machu Picchu village.
Day 14: Machu Picchu - Cusco
This day, we will take a shuttle to Machupicchu entrance. Then we enjoy an extended visit of the great archeological Peruvian paradigm for about 3 hours. Then we have free time to explore and wonder around the citadel, before getting down to the town and return to Ollantaytambo by train.
• Option to get on the Huayna Picchu (Limited to the first 400 registered visitors, and extra cost)
Day 15: Lima – Departure
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima, and conexión for yout international flight.
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