Highlights: Lima, Cusco, Andes Mountains, Cusco, Pisac ruins and market, Ollantaytambo Fortress, the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines Overflight, Ballestas Islands, Paracas, Lake Titicaca
Explore Peru’s mix of colonial and Inca architecture
This itinerary offers you the opportunity to explore the historic center of Lima the “City of Kings”, on this trip we discover the beautiful city of Cusco, the eternal capital of both the Incas, it is our gateway to the lost city of Machu Picchu and ruined fortresses, temples and markets full of life, to learn about the local culture visiting a Sacred Valley of the Incas community, about flying the Nazca Lines, visiting the Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve, visiting Lake Titicaca
Cusco Airport Transfer
Depends on your flight’s arrival time
Our representative will meet you at the Lima international airport and escort you to your hotel.
There are no scheduled activities, in order to check in the hotel and rest – Night at Lima Hotel
• Food: None
Note: Arrive in Lima at any time, but we recommend that you arrive in Lima between 3 to 10 pm
Breakfast at the hotel; Free morning to relax; We recommend that you take a long break and be prepared to begin this unforgettable journey through our wonderful country.
At 2:30 pm, the guided tour of the most important and attractive places in Lima, the “City of Kings”, will begin. This excursion offers the best combination of the various attractions of Lima in its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary.
In Lima, various pre-Columbian cultures have developed that date back thousands of years. Lima was part of the Inca Empire until its foundation by the Spanish Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535; return to the Hotel – Accommodation in Lima Hotel
• Food: Breakfast
Optional excursion to Fuentes de Lima; surprise by the largest compound of electronic sources in the world.
Guided excursion to the Magic Water Circuit the largest water fountain compound in the world, certified by Guinness World Records. Here you can enjoy a wonderful display of water, light, music and images presented in the Reserve Park – (they start at: 18:30 – Duration: 2 and a half hours – Open from Wednesday to Sunday)
Breakfast at the hotel; Pick up service from your hotel will be at 6:00 am and transfer to the bus station the bus will depart at 7:00 am, you will be driven 325 km. (202 miles) south along the Pan-American Highway from Lima to Ica, through the arid desert and lush coastal oasis; We will arrive in Ica at 11:30 hours approx.
You fly over the Nazca lines from Ica, the flight will take 1 hour and 15 minutes; We offer you a flight over the Nazca Lines aboard a Cessna Caravan plane leaving 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 that cross the Nazca plateau; then we will return to the Ica airport. Upon arrival our representative will be waiting for you and transfer to the Ica Hotel – Accommodation in Ica hotel
• Food: Breakfast
Optional Tour in Ica – Dune Buggy & Sandboard around Huacachina Oasis
For the more adventurous, we suggest buggy and tour around Sandboarding Huacachina Oasis; our buggy tour around the Huacachina desert is a very fun and adrenaline filled ride. Start late in the afternoon at 4:00 pm it is the best time of day to take a tour as the sun is bright enough to illuminate the landscape.
Breakfast at the hotel; Pick up at the hotel at 7:00 in the morning and transfer to Paracas for 60 kilometers. (37 miles) drive north of Paracas. On the route you can see the fields of cultivation of some export products such as paprika, asparagus, artichokes, etc. drive north to Paracas for a boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands to see thousands of birds, sea lions and seals in their natural surroundings.
The famous Candelabra design, a figure of the Nazca civilization engraved in the desert, can also be seen from the boat and on the final transfer to the Paracas national reserve.
Where we will visit the Interpretation Center of the Paracas National Reserve, the Cathedral, Lagunilla Beach, Red Beach and Yumaque Beach to see the petrified dinosaur eggs (under study) and, finally, the Obelisk of Independence.
Then at 2:30 pm, departure time Bus – Bus to Lima arriving at 7:30 pm approx. upon arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel in Lima – Accommodation at Lima Hotel
• Food: Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel; Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas. Upon arrival in Cusco; reception and transfer to your hotel – free morning to get acclimatization
After lunch at 1:30 pm; Tour Cusco including the Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Our tour begins in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
You will enter the Cathedral of Cusco and see the beautiful wood crafts and colonial paintings that contain extensive Inca iconography. Visit the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) in which the Santo Domingo Convent was built. Legend has it that this temple was completely covered in gold, which impressed the conquerors upon their arrival.
Ascend to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman and visit the Citadel. This is the royal house where they admired the Sun God, but also worshiped younger gods. Admire this great structure and enjoy the magnificent scenery that brings peace and tranquility.
Next, visit Qenqo, the ancient temple of the Puma. Inside you can see a sacrificial altar made of a huge stone. In Tambomachay, you will see the sacred sources of life and health. Pucapucara safeguarded the city gates and the Sacsayhuamán Fortress.
The tour ends with a detailed visit of the city of Cusco – Accommodation at the Cusco Hotel
• Food: Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel; Pick up at the hotel at 8:00 am for your full day excursion to the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the beautiful landscape of Peru with a full day excursion of the magical Sacred Valley.
First, you will visit the city of Pisaq, known for its lively market. This hometown was once where “Forex trading” took place. In this type of operation, clients exchange one good for another instead of using the currency.
Visit the Pisaq market, where you can buy wonderfully handcrafted products handcrafted by the locals. On Sunday, the main attraction is a mass celebrated in Quechua and performed in Spanish. It is the presence of the mayors and their assistants who play traditional musical instruments called “pututos”.
Afterwards, you can enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch (included in the price) before visiting the Ollantaytambo fortress.
Next, we will visit the impressive ruins of the Ollantaytambo fortress. These magnificent ancient ruins serve as great vantage points to gaze out over the valley.
Originally the royal domain of Emperor Pachacutec during the Inca Empire, this site later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca in the final Inca rebellion against the Spanish.
Drop off in Ollantaytambo, where you can take the train to Aguas Calientes; Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, reception and transfer to the hotel – Night in Aguas Calientes hotel
• Food: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel; Full day excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30 am to the bus stop for the short trip (25 minutes) to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the royal rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and passes that are surrounded by terraces carved into the mountainside.
After the tour you will have time to wander around the archaeological site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to do any of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):
1. Ascent to Wayna Picchu; For the more adventurous, we suggest you climb the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, being even more surprisingly high and distant.
2. At the foot of the Puerta del Sol; opportunity to walk (approx. 1 hour) to Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku)
Lunch at the Lodge Restaurant Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (included in the price)
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you will return to the Aguas Calientes train station for the return trip to Cusco – departure of the train to Cusco; upon arrival at the reception and transfer to the Hotel Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel; Pick up at the hotel at 07:00 in the morning and transfer to the bus station to go to Puno. A beautiful landscape along the way, visit of the Raqchi and archaeological sites, as well as the town of Andahuaylillas and its famous “Sixteen Chapel” that was built in the middle of the 17th century. Lunch in Sicuani; At the arrived; reception and transfer to Puno Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel; We pick up from the hotel at 7:30 am we take a two-hour excursion boat in the waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the Floating Islands “” of the Uros. These ancient lake settlers, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own “islands” by periodically adding new layers of a unique species of reeds to the area called “Totora.”
Their homes and boats are made of this material. We continue our trip by boat to the Island of Taquile, inhabited by natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as a fine weaving technique, from generation to generation of Quechua-speaking people.
Upon arrival in the city of Taquile we will have lunch. Then we will have a walk through its hills and archaeological sites on this 6 km long island. In the afternoon, return to Puno.
Breakfast at the hotel; Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the airport and on the way visit the tombs of Sillustani. These tombs or Chullpas are characterized by their round and square bases, as well as the cornice at the top.
There are various figures and symbols in these tombs, the serpent being the most representative. This symbolizes the influence of the jungle and not the Andes.
Take the flight to Lima then connect at home at the same airport – departure from Lima International
• Food: Breakfast