PERU PROGRAMS 15 DAYS LIMA NASCA AREQUIPA PUNO CUSCO MACHU PICCHU
UNFORGETABLE PERU (15 days / 14 nights)
Itinerary: Lima - Paracas - Nasca - Arequipa - Colca canyon - Puno - Titikaka lake - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima.
Our journey begins in the city of Lima; afterwards we head out to Paracas to enjoy the Ballestas islands to see nature and wildlife. Then we go to Nasca to be amazed by giant and enigmatic figures; next we will visit the white city Arequipa, which is surrounded by volcanoes Immediately Colca canyon, is awaiting for us to show the majestic flights of condors.
Progressively getting higher we head to Puno the highest navigable lake in the world and the trip around its typical and inhabited islands. Traveling through the mountain range are the most wonderful panoramas. Finally we reach the capital of the Incas, Cusco and the impressive Machu Picchu.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Welcome and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: LIMA COLONIAL AND MODERN – PARACAS
We pick you up at your hotel in the morning to take you on a tour around the Colonial Historic center of Lima which shows old balconies along its old streets, during the tour are visited The mayor plaza, the Cathedral which hold an interesting collection of paintings, the Archbishop's Palace, the Town Hall and the “Desamparados” train station from where the highest train journey in the world leaves.
In the heart of the city we will visit the San Francisco Convent and their fantastic collection of Colonial Art; the Choir Hall, and the Catacombs.
The City tour takes you now from the Historical Center to the modern suburbs of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar shopping mall entertainment complex with a 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: PARACAS -BALLESTAS ISLANDS-NASCA
In the morning we pick you up from your hotel. Departure on boat to Ballestas islands for a 2.30 hr. tour. On route we can see the famous geoglyph known as candelabra 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 to 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 Nasca.
At your arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day4: NASCA - 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 air only. Figures such as the spider, the humming bird, the monkey and others. They are located into 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.
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, and Church of the Company, Cloisters of the Company, where we will enjoy the beauty of the colonial architecture of the “White City due to the use of ashlar bricks (volcanic rocks) .Then we get into the monastery of Santa Catalina built in 1580 and enlarged in the 17th century. The over 20,000-square-meter monastery is predominantly of the Mudejar style.
Afternoon off. Then return to hotel.
Day 6: AREQUIPA – COLCA
Early departure 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 populations are found like llamas, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos.
Free lunch. In the afternoon we have a short walk before taking a bath in the hot springs of Calera for the ones who want.
Day 7: AREQUIPA - CHIVAY – CONDOR'S CROSS - PUNO
Early in the morning we head out to the viewpoint of the Cruz Condor (Condor’s cross), where in addition to see the depth of the Colca Canyon we will look flying condors just few feet close to us (The condor is the biggest existing bird). On route we can see terraces built by the ancient Peruvian that impress many visitors. On the way back we make short stops in some andean villages of the area as Yanque, Coporaque, Pinchollo. Free lunch in Chivay before continuing our way by bus to Puno.
Accomodation at your hotel.
Day 8: PUNO – UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
In the morning we have an unforgettable trip boat 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 a fiber plant of the family of papyrus. They also use this material for building houses and boats
Then we sail to the beautiful Taquile Island inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed an efficient and original social system as well as fine hand weaving techniques. We walk through hills and archaeological sites. Then we get the 533 steps down to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno.
Day 9: PUNO - CUSCO
In the morning transfer to the bus station Then we begin our journey to the city of Cusco by tourist bus, traveling along the high plateau of Collao, stopping at the town of Ayaviri, an important center of textiles and animal breeding, to visit Kalasaya the impressive Temple, ruins of the ancient Pukara. Along the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec and dedicated to the great Inca God Viracocha. About 70 miles later, we make a stop at the highest point of our trip (4335m./14222 ft.). La Raya, which is the border between Cusco and Puno. During the tour we can see herds of vicuna and llamas.
During the trip, we pass next to the lovely Wacarpay lake that offers spectacular views of the mountains reflected in the calm waters.
Then we proceed to the beautiful town of Andahuaylillas, and we visit the church of San Pedro better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas due to its polychrome ceiling.
Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of the region. Welcome and transfer to our hotel.
Day 10: 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 pieces of art 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 11: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU
This day we visit the famous Sacred Valley starting in Pisac, an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco. First we visit 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.
Our next stop is Ollantaytambo. It is a beautiful setting; its surroundings hide some of the most impressive inka sites in the Valley.
After a wonderful day, we take the train to Machupicchu right from the train station down there.
Day 12: MACHUPICCHU - OLLANTAYTAMBO
This day we take a shuttle that takes us up to Machupicchu. Then we enjoy an extended visit the great archeological Peruvian paradigm for about 3 hours then we have free time to explore and wander around the citadel before getting down to the town and return to Ollantaytambo by train.
• Option to get on the Huayna Picchu mountain (limited to the first 400 registered visitors)
Day 13: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MARAS (SALT MINES) – MORAY – CHINCHERO - CUSCO
We pick you up at the hotel and travel by private vehicle to Maras an Inca settlement also named Salineras. 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 snow caped mountains. Moray was used by the Incas as a sort of open-air crop nursery, known locally as the laboratory of the Incas.
Finally we head out to Chinchero where we can enjoy the local handicraft and the magnificent colonial church built on the foundation of an Inca palace.
In the afternoon we return to Cusco.
Day 14: CUSCO - LIMA
Early in the morning we take you to the airport to take a flight to Lima. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 15: LIMA – DEPARTURE
At arranged time we take you to the airport for your international flight.
Thanks for your preference!
- Pick up and drop off at your hotels.
- Transportation: Tourist bus for all the tours, First class local bus for long distances between big cities, (private transportation at request). Train tickets, flight tickets.
- Bi-lingual guide
- Entrance fees (to the mentioned sites)
- Accommodation: in the mentioned hotels in the program or others depending on availability (breakfast included)
- Airport taxes (approximately USD 30 for international flights and USD 7 for national flights)
- Personal expenses
- Tips for your guide and driver
- Personal Insurance
- Meals: Lunch, dinner and beverages
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