Day 1: Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer
to your Hotel.
Day 2: CITY TOUR OF LIMA
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel for a city
tour of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, dating
from 1654, the main square, which still houses the original bronze
fountain built in 1650, and the San Francisco Convent and its
catacombs. Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in
1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site.
Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish
colonialists. The tour also includes a visit to the residential
areas of San Isidro and Miraflores, stopping at Larco Mar to enjoy
a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Return to your Hotel.
Day 3: PISCO
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the bus station for your
first class bus to Pisco. Reception and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 4: PISCO-PARACAS-NAZCA
After breakfast, transfer to the port for the boat to the Ballestas
islands. Commonly referred to as the "little Galapagos",
here you will see a massive concentration of sea birds and sea
lions in their natural habitat. After the boat tour, we will return
to the mainland for an trip to the Paracas National Reserve, the
only coastal reserve in Peru. Here you will visit several museums
showing the natural history of Paracas and also the ancient Paracas
culture in addition to the beautiful "cathedral", a
natural rock formation. After lunch, return to Pisco. In the afternoon,
we will transfer you to the bus terminal for the 3 hour first
class bus ride to Nazca. Arrival and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 5: NAZCA-LIMA
Before breakfast, a flight tour over the enigmatic Nazca Lines;
gigantic drawings and geometrical figures engraved in the driest
desert of Peru and dating back to 250 AD. Drawn throughout over
1000 Km of desert on the Pampas of San Jose in Ica, and due to
their enormous size and largely unknown origin, leaves an impression
on all who visit this mysterious archaeological site. With representations
of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they
are believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly
an offering to the gods. First discovered in 1550 it was not until
the advent of flight, in the 1920's, that the lines were first
realized for their significance. After breakfast, a private tour
of the ancient Cantalloc aqueducts and the ruins of a recently
discovered Inca town nearby. Transfer to the bus station for the
first class bus back to Lima. Transfer to your Hotel.
Day 6: LIMA-AREQUIPA
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your
flight to Arequipa. Considered the most beautiful city in Peru,
Arequipa is dominated in the distance by the huge Misti volcano.
In the afternoon, you will embark on a city tour visiting the
Chilina valley and the old San Lazaro district. You will also
have a general view of the city from the Yanahuara Belvedere,
the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral, the cloisters of La Compañia
Church, the Church and Square of San Francisco and the colonial
Santa Catalina convent which is built from volcanic lava and dates
from the 16th century.Transfer to your Hotel.
Day 7: AREQUIPA-COLCA CANYON-COLCA LODGE
After breakfast, we leave Arequipa, passing near the thermal baths
of Yura and climbing up towards the National Reserve of Pampa
de Cañahuas (3,800m), where groups of Alpacas, Vicunas,
and guanacos can be seen. After a few hours, the descent to the
Colca Valley starts until we arrive at Chivay, the most important
town of the valley. After lunch, we continue on to the Colca Lodge,
set in the Colca Valley itself. With its very own hot springs,
relax in the beautiful environment of the Canyon.Spend the night
Day 8: COLCA LODGE-CRUZ del CONDOR-AREQUIPA
Early breakfast at the hotel. Then an early departure to Cruz
del Condor viewpoint, a few kilometers before Cabanaconde, where
the Colca Canyon starts. Here you view flight of the condors as
well as of the depth of the canyon. In the afternoon return to
Arequipa and to your Hotel.
Day 9: AREQUIPA-JULIACA-PUNO
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your
flight to Juliaca. We will then transfer you to Puno and your
Hotel. It is important to note that Lake Titicaca is the mythical
birth place of the Inca Empire.
Day 10: PUNO-LAKE TITICACA
Early transfer to the port for the boat journey on Lake Titicaca
to the floating islands of Uros. Made entirely of reeds and inhabited
by the Aymara Uros people. They live in huts built on platforms
of reeds, not more than 1 foot thick. Short walk on the islands,
then the boat trip continues as far as the island of Taquile.
Members of this self supporting Aymara community receive visitors
in their colourful national costume and show them around the island.
Taquile is renowned for its fine, decorative weavings. A boxed
lunch is included.
Day 11: PUNO-JULIACA-CUSCO
After breakfast. Transfer to Juliaca airport for the flight to
Cusco. Along the way, an excursion will be made to the pre-inca
Sillustani funeral towers next to the Umayo lake. The towers form
part of one of the largest and most important necropolis in the
world. Used by both the Altiplano civilization and the Incas and
their wives "Collas" to honor their dead and in preparation
for the after-life. It was abandoned when the first Spanish arrived.
With over ninety Chulpas (tombs), all built from volcanic rock,
those for the Incas can be easily recognized by their finer detail.
Reception and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 12: CUSCO
Afternoon guided city tour of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman
Fortress overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural
masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is
the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of
Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring
forming a series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the
Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the
Sun.Spend the night in your Hotel.
Day 13: SACRED VALLEY TOUR
After breakfast, we will pick you up for a full day tour of the
Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the village of Pisac, founded
during colonial times and set at the foot of a hill crowned by
the remains of an Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays,
in the main square, Indians barter their products and artisans
from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and
ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewelry, etc.
On Sundays it is also the meeting place for mayors from all the
villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes
to attend morning mass. After lunch, we will visit Ollantaytambo,
the only Inca town which was not overthrown by the conquistadores,
and explore the ruins which tower above it.Spend the in your Hotel.
Day 14: MACHU PICCHU
Transfer to the train station for the early morning departure
to Aguas Calientes and then a bus ride up to the timeless ruins
of Machu Picchu ruins. Upon arrival to the ruins, you will be
given a guided visit of Machu Picchu for about 2 hours. There
are many theories as to the origins of Machu Picchu but three
of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress
against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This
beautiful city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central
square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded
by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture.
After the tour, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual
wonder. After the tour, you will have a few hours to explore at
your own pace before taking the afternoon bus back down to Aguas
Calientes and your Hotel.
Day 15: AGUAS CALIENTES-OLLANTAYTAMBO-CUSCO
Free day in Aguas Calientes to return to Machu Picchu, relax in
the hot springs, or take the short hike to the private waterfall
reserve of Mandor Pampa. Afternoon train to Ollantaytambo town
and then to Cusco by car,transfer to your Hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima and then
NOTE: Prices are subject to change based on
current Hotel and airfare rates. Please ask your sale ejecutive
OUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- 14 nights double accommodation
- Transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary
- Tourist Guide
- Flight: Nazca overflight, Lima-Arequipa, Arequipa-Juliaca,
- All ground transport
- Vista Dome Train: Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo
- All entrance fees.
OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International air tickets to South America and associated
- Meals not specified on the itinerary.
- All domestic flights require a US$5.00 charge (airport tax),
payable at the airport.
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses,
alcoholic and bottled beverages, etc.
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.