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Great Nazca & Machu Picchu Journey 8D – Private Service

Great Nazca & Machu Picchu Journey 8D – Private Service
Trip name: Great Nazca & Machu Picchu Journey
Trip Length: 8 Days
Type service: Private Service Type itinerary: Customize
Destinations: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Nazca, Paracas
Activities: Culture and History/ Trekking and Walking/Family/Multi-Activity
Difficulty / Physical Activity

**            Moderately – Easy – 1-3 hours physical activity daily

Comfort

**            Moderate to superior-class accommodations, combined with basic accommodations or camping

Highlights: Lima, Cusco, Andes Mountains, Cusco, Pisaq ruins and market, Ollantaytambo Fortress, the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu, Mandor Valley Bird watching, Overflight Nazca Lines

Explore Peru’s mixture of colonial and Inca architecture

This itinerary offers you the chance to explore Lima’s historic centre the “City of Kings”, on this trip we discover the beautiful city of Cusco the timeless capital of both the Incas, is our gateway to the lost city of Machu Picchu, and the ruined fortresses, temples and lively markets, learn about local culture visiting a Sacred Valley of the Incas community, over flight the Nazca Lines, visit Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve.

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – International Arrival in Lima

Our representative will meet with you at International Lima Airport and escort you to your hotel.

There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and rest up.

  • Meals Included: None

Note: Arrive in Lima at any time but we highly recommend you arriving to Lima between 3 to 10pm

Day 2 – Lima Sightseeing Tour

Breakfast at the Hotel; Lima tour will start at 10:00am after a leisurely breakfast, a private guided visit of colonial and modern Lima in a private minibus, 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. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists.

Lunch in a nice restaurant in Miraflores, where you’ll enjoy Peruvian food; return to your hotel

Overnight at Lima Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Tour in Lima – Fountains of Lima; be surprised by the largest compound of electronic fountains in the world.

Guided excursion to the Magical Water Circuit the largest water fountain compound in the world, certified by Guinness World Records. Here you will enjoy a wonderful display of water, light, music and images presented at Reserve Park – (Start at: 6:30pm – Duration: 2 ½ hours – Open from Wednesday to Sunday)

Day 3 – Lima to Ica & Over flight Nazca Lines

Breakfast at your hotel; you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima at 7:00am by our representative and then will board a private vehicle to Ica. Embark around 3 ½ hour, you will be driven 325 Km. (202 miles) south along the Pan-American Highway from Lima to Ica, through arid desert and lush coastal oasis; we will arrive in Ica at 11:00 am approx.

You will over flight the Nazca lines from Ica, the flight will take 1 hour 15 minutes; we offer you a flight over the Nazca Lines aboard a Cessna Caravan plane departing from the city of Ica. This aerial tour will allow you to see the most spectacular Nazca drawings, such as the monkey, the hummingbird, the condor, the spider, the astronaut and many others. In addition you will also see huge geometric designs and hundreds of lines crisscrossing the Nazca plateau; then we will return to the airport of Ica. Upon arrival our representative will be waiting for you and transfer to your Ica Hotel. Lunch in Ica at Mossone restaurant – Overnight in Ica Hotel

* Please note that the Departure for the Nazca Lines over flight is from 7:00am to 4:30pm (depending on weather conditions)

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Tour in Ica – Dune Buggy & Sandboarding around Huacachina Oasis

For the most adventurous people, we suggest buggy and Sandboarding tour around Huacachina Oasis; our buggy tour around Huacachina’s desert is a great fun and full of adrenaline. Start late-afternoon at 4:00pm is the best time of day to take a tour as the sun is bright enough to illuminate the landscape.

Day 4 – Ballestas Island & Paracas / Back to Lima

Breakfast at your hotel; pick up from the Hotel at 7:00am and transfer in our private vehicle to Paracas a 60 Km. (37 miles) drive north to Paracas. On the route is appreciated the fields of crops in some export products such as paprika, asparagus, artichokes, etc. driving north to Paracas for an excursion by boat to the Ballestas Islands to view thousands of birds, sea lions and fur seals in their natural surroundings. The famous candlestick design, a Nazca civilization figure etched on the desert face, can also be seen from the boat and at the end transfer to the national reserve of Paracas. Where we will visit the Interpretation Centre of the Reserva Nacional Paracas, the Cathedral, Lagunilla beach, Red Beach and Yumaque beach to see petrified dinosaur eggs (in studio) and finally the Independence Obelisk.

Later on, around 2:30pm we will drive back to Lima; arriving to Lima at 6:30 pm. Upon your arrival in Lima you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight at Lima Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – Flight to Cusco & Cusco Sightseeing Tour

Breakfast at your hotel; transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas. Upon arrival to Cusco; reception and transfer to your Hotel – free morning to get acclimatization

Lunch in a nice Cusco restaurant

Pick up from the hotel at 1:00pm for a private guided tour in Cusco; you’ll visit Koricancha temple of Sun the most important shrines during the Incas time. Visit the Cathedral the most imposing church at the main square. The tour keeps going to Sacsayhuaman, this site is a megalithic work made by the Incas; it stands on a hill looming over the city to the north-yet even these enormous stones are filled with that extraordinary Inca perfection. The next sightseeing is named Qenqo, it shows a singular limestone outcrop, which was used to religious cult. The tour finishes visiting Puca Pucara and Tambomachay – Overnight at Cusco Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas

Breakfast at the hotel; pick up from the hotel at 8:00am for a private full-day excursion to the most important sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the beautiful Peruvian countryside with a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley. First, you will visit the town of Pisaq, famous for its bustling market. Here you will have the opportunity to browse the beautiful handicrafts and Andean garments displayed for sale.

Next, you will visit the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo fortress. These magnificent ancient ruins serve as great vantage points to look out over the valley. Originally the royal estate of Emperor Pachakuteq during the Inca Empire, this site later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the Inca´s final rebellion against the Spanish. In the afternoon back to Cusco – Overnight at Cusco Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – Full Day Machu Picchu / Back to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu transfer to Poroy train station; you will take a train (Vistadome Train) to the hidden temple of the Incas-Machu Picchu. The train ride is an attraction in itself, as much of the path winds along the river and mountain face, offering passengers dramatic views of the Andes.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, the town near Machu Picchu, you will head to the bus station for a 25-minute ride up to the secluded citadel. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure.

Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant in the same Machu Picchu

In the afternoon train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel

Overnight at Cusco Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional activities (not included in the price) – you will have time to do the following activities by yourself:

  1. 1. Walk to Sun Gate; opportunity to walk (approx. 1 hour) up to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku)
  2. 2. Climb Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.

Day 8 – Depart Cusco / Lima International departure

Breakfast at the hotel; transfer to the airport for departure flight to Lima and then take your connecting flight at home

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Includes

Services Included

All mentioned private land transport (minivan, etc.), Hotel accommodation with breakfast, entrance to parks and cultural sights, guided visits and mentioned excursions, English/Spanish speaking guide to accompany visits and excursions, all transfers, meals as indicated in the itinerary, Train tickets Vistadome Class, Over flight Nazca Lines

Services not included

International airfares, domestic flights

Airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for national flights) taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature, personal equipment, obligatory personal insurance and meals which are not mentioned, Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain

Hotels

City Tourist Class Superior Tourist Class
Lima Allpa Hotel & Suites

www.allpahotel.com

Hotel Britania Miraflores

www.hbritania.com

QP Hotels

www.qphotels.com

Runcu Miraflores

www.hotelruncu.com

Sonesta Hotel El olivar Lima

www.sonesta.com

Novotel Hotels

www.novotel.com

Casa Andina Classic San Antonio

www.casa-andina.com

Hotel Foresta Hotel & Suites

www.foresta-hotel.pe

Ica Villa Jazmin

www.villajazmin.net

El Carmelo Hotel & Hacienda

www.elcarmelohotelhacienda.com

Hotel Mossone

www.dematourshoteles.com

Hotel Las Dunas Sun Resort

www.lasdunashotel.com

Cusco Sueños del Inka

www.suenosdelinka.com

Hotel Los Portales Cusco

www.losportaleshoteles.com.pe

Eco Inn Cuzco

www.ecoinnhotels.com

Novotel Hotels

www.novotel.com

Hotel Costa del Sol Cusco

www.costadelsolperu.com

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Cusco

www.sonesta.com

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