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From the middle coast to one of the seven wonders of the World: Machupicchu, this trip combines the essential places to be an expert in Peru.
The start is by the coast with the arrival at the capital of Peru: Lima, the visit of the Ballestas Islands, the Huacachina oasis, and of course without forgetting Nazca and its mysterious lines.
The next stage continues by visiting the mythical city of Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, before venturing out to Lake Titicaca in Puno. We will provide you the unique experience to spend a night with the inhabitants of Amantaní and therefore have the opportunity to discuss their culture and traditions.
At the end but not least, the journey will end with the unmissable region of Cusco and the most remarkable places of the Inca’s culture. Among these, you will discover the majestic citadel of Machupicchu, still shrouded in wonder and mystery.
Upon arrival at Lima’s airport, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel.
Free evening in the dynamic districts of the Peruvian capital.
Overnight in Lima.
Early in the morning, transfer to the bus station to take a scheduled bus from Lima to Paracas through a highway which runs along the Pacific coast.
Arrival to Paracas and transfer to “El Chaco” port to take a boat to the Ballestas Islands. During this excursion we will discover the richness of the local marine fauna: elephant seals, pelicans, penguins and other sea birds taking advantage of the cold Humboldt current extremely rich in plankton, and therefore in fish!
After the experience, we will have time for lunch (not included in package) and then be transfered the city of Ica, south of Paracas.
Arriving to Ica, we will visit the famous Huacachina Oasis and enjoy the view in the middle of the desert. In addition, there will be other activities to do as sandboarding and buggy cars (at an additional cost).
Later in the afternoon, we will continue our journey to Nazca, the place that houses the mysterious and beautiful Nazca Lines. Arrival to the Hotel and overnight.
After breakfast, we will head to visit the Cantalloc water system, located in the middle of the desert. These constructions, made in a circular form, are one of the most outstanding hydraulic engineering works in the world. Of the 46 underground aqueducts found, 32 are still in operation today, something that began in pre-Inca times 1,500 years ago.
We will return to the city of Nazca, with a stop at an artisanal ceramic production workshop.
Return to the Hotel and in the evening a private car will take us to the bus station to take a line bus towards the city of Arequipa. Arrival to the bus terminal and private transfer to the Hotel at the heart of the city. Overnight in Arequipa.
Extra activities to do on Nazca: (not included in package)
Flight over the “Nazca lines” (130 USD per person, departure very early in the morning): American scientist Paul Kosok discovered the Nazca Lines in 1939 when he flew over the area in search of irrigation canals. They appear as a dense network of zoomorphic and geometric figures up to 300 m long (984 ft.), and 10km straight lines, visible only from the sky.
After a good rest after the long trip, we will start our day discovering the so-called white city and its colonial center by walking: the Plaza de Armas, the Santuarios Andinos museum and the Santa Catalina’s Convent. A true city with its alleys lined with colorful houses.
We will then go to the Yanahuara and Cayma overlooks, which offer panoramic views of the fabulous surrounding volcanoes.
Then, we will stop at the Sol de Mayo Restaurant to be able to enjoy a culinary experience and have lunch.
Return to the hotel and free afternoon. Overnight in Arequipa.
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package)
Early in the morning, we will depart for the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world.
Along the way, we will pass at the slope of the Chachani, and cross part of the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, populated by wild vicuñas. The road gradually climbs to reach its highest point: El mirador de los volcanes at 4900 m or 16,076ft. From there, the view of the Ampato (6400m//20,997ft), the Sabancaya (5976m//19,606ft), and the HuallcaHuallca (6025m//19,767ft) is breathtaking.
There will be a descent towards Chivay, where you can have lunch (not included in package) and will be our place for overnight.
In the afternoon, we will ascend to Canacota and then descend to the hot springs of La Calera.
End of the day free. Overnight in Chivay.
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package)
After breakfast, departure for “la Cruz Del Cóndor” (Condors cross), a viewpoint that offers a magnificent view of the Colca Canyon from the first rays of the sun. This is where we can admire the flight of the condor, the largest bird in the world.
We will then set off on foot towards the "Salto del Cura" (Priest's Jump). The path offers splendid perspectives on the canyon (1h30 of walk).
On the way back to Chivay, we will discover the villages of Yanque, Coporaque, Achoma and Maca, where the way of life of the inhabitants has changed little since Inca’s times. Lunch in Chivay (not included in package).
Early in the afternoon, we will take a tourist bus towards Puno and arrive late in the evening. Upon arrival, private transportation to the Hotel.
Overnight in Puno.
In the morning, we will be transfered to the port of Puno to take the boat to Amantaní Island, located on Lake Titicaca ("stone puma" in the Aymara language).
Along the way, we will visit the floating islands of Uros, where Aymara inhabitants build their homes on gigantic reed boats (totoras).
Our navigation on Lake Titicaca will continue to Amantaní Island. We will walk the trails and enjoy the exceptional view of the Royal Bolivian Cordillera. By ascending the Pachatata (4200 m // 13,779ft.) we will discover the magnificent sunset over the lake.
We will then descend and encounter our family hosts for the night, who will welcome us to their home and share us their traditional food and tell us stories about their daily lives.
Overnight at the local house in Amantaní.
For the excursion on Lake Titicaca, bring a backpack of maximum 10 kilograms so as not to overload the boat. The rest of your belongings will be left in storage at the hotel in Puno.
In the morning, we will have breakfast with our hosts in Amantaní and depart towards Taquile Island by boat.
Upon arrival, we will start walking for about 45 min until we reach the main square of the island.
In this particular place, their inhabitants live in a very traditional way, dating back to the time of the Incas. Here about 300 people work one day for themselves and the next for the community.
Taquile's life is self-sustaining and has maintained for centuries the Inca principles of "do not steal, do not lie, and do not be lazy".
We take our boat back to Puno, overnight in the Hote
Early departure by bus towards Cusco. We will cross the Collao plateau where you will stop at the village of Pukará. It is one of the last places to testify to the pre-Inca’s culture of the same name.
We will then pass La Raya (4360m // 14,304ft), symbolizing the end of the Altiplano (plateau) and the beginning of the Cusco region.
It is in Sicuani where we will stop for an Andean lunch before resuming the road towards Raqchi. We will visit the spectacular Incas sanctuary, built by the Inca Pachacutec in honor of the Inca god Wiracocha.
Then, we will continue on to the village of Andahuaylillas and San Pedro’s Church, known as the "Sistine Chapel of South America" for its richly decorated ceiling.
Arrival to Cusco and transportation to the Hotel.
Free evening and overnight in Cusco.
Free morning to adjust to the altitude.
In the early afternoon, we will start our experience walking the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Incas capital. We will start visiting the Cathedral, an impressive building that has many paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña (School of Cusco) as well as real goldsmith treasures. We will continue our discovery in Santo Domingo and Koricancha Monastery, ancient temple of the Sun.
Then we will head towards the most important archaeological sites surrounding the city of Cusco. We will start with Tambomachay, and then descend on foot to PucaPucara, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman. This last one is a fortress, and it was built on a hill, which dominates the city of Cusco. It is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stones nested to the nearest millimeter, some of which exceed 9 meters (29.5 ft.) in height and weigh more than 550 tons.
After visiting these 4 ruins, return to the Hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
This experience will begin on the way to the Sacred Valley and the visit of Chinchero, the "city of the rainbow", known for its textile art according to the traditional Inca method.
Then, will continue to the archaeological site of Moray, that according to historians, the place has constructions that were part of an agricultural investigation in the Incas Empire.
Next on the schedule is the overlook of Las Salineras de Maras, where you will be able to see hundreds of artisanal ponds exploited since pre-Columbian times. The water comes from a salt source. Once evaporated, a thin layer of salt settles there to be immediately harvested.
We will continue to the village of Ollantaytambo and walk to the train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small village located at the foot of the famous Machupicchu.
Arrival and installation at the hotel.
Free evening and overnight in Aguas Calientes.
* In order to guarantee a safe and punctual service, the national train company Perurail asks passengers going to Machupicchu to take only a small backpack of 5kg and 157cm (height + width + length) maximum or a bag cabin type. Please note that the company has become very strict regarding these restrictions. Suitcases and large travel bags will not be accepted on the train.
You will leave your luggage and personal belongings for the day, leaving them at the hotel in Cusco before the excursion. After the excursion of Machupicchu, you will return to the Hotel in Cusco.
Very early in the morning, we will ascend in a shared bus to the most famous Inca site in the country: Machupicchu, "old summit" in Quechua’s language.
During the guided tour (around 2h), we will discover, still enveloped in the morning mist, this architectural complex built on a narrow ridge bordered by precipices. An impressive vision that evolves with the progression of the sun.
We will then walk through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, its paths and its observatories.
After the guided tour, we will descend in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night (without assistance on arrival).
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package and reserved in advanced)
Possibility of adding the ascent of the Huaynapicchu Mountain or Montaña Machupicchu depending on availability. (These mountains are part of the landscape of the citadel of Machupicchu and have different times and entrances, since they take more time to climb and visit).
After breakfast, we will visit the archaeological fortress of Ollantaytambo under the first rays of the sun.
Then, on our way back to Cusco, we will stop in Pisac, where we will visit its archaeological complex made up of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest in the region. It was from there that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley.
In addition, we will stop at Pisac’s traditional craft market.
Arrival to Cusco, and rest of the day free.
Overnight in Cusco.
Transfer to the airport of Cusco for a national flight with destination Lima. This flight can correspond with your international one.