Simply put: THE Peru trip. The most complete, the most interesting... a trip of 17 intense days, each to be fully enjoyed. We take you on a journey to see the most famous sites of a classic trip through the south of the country: the ancient Inca capital known as Cusco, the lost citadel of Machu Picchu, the mythical Sacred Valley. Then we go further south: Puno and the spectacular Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and its colonial architecture, Nazca and it's mysterious lines, the Huacachina oasis with the highest desert and sand dunes in the world, and to finish off a bit of sea and nature at the Paracas Reserve and Ballesta Islands. All paired with visits to rural communities and local realities to come into contact with this country's spirit, like true travelers...
Today, with our tour guide and private transport, we course through the mythical "Sacred Valley of the Incas" to discover one of the most beautiful and magical places in Peru. We visit Moray, ancient and wonderful biological lab; Maras, impressive salt mines embedded in a beautiful landscape, which have been in operation for over 1000 years; and Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that is still inhabited today and is an extraordinary model of urban planning. In the afternoon we board the train to Aguas Calientes to begin our Machu Picchu adventure. Night at the hotel.
At dawn we embark on a dream. We take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and enter the "lost city." For the more adventurous there is the possibility to hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu. In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and then the bus to make our way back to Cusco. Night at the hotel.
Departure for the Huatanay Valley, south of Cusco city, is scheduled for 10:00. We visit the Inca archeological site of Tipon and the village of Piñipampa, which is known for its artisan production of "tejas", peruvian roof shingles. Following lunch we visit the pre Inca ruins of Pikillaqta, dated back to the Wari culture. To finish the tour we go to the village of Huasao to uncover our future through a coca leaf reading. We make our way back to Cusco with an estimated arrival at 17:00. Night at the hotel.
Free day to walk around the beautiful city of Cusco. Some must-see sites that we recommend: The Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas; MAP (Museum of Pre-Columbian Art); Qoricancha - The Temple of the Sun; and the quaint neighborhood of San Blas. In the evening we go on a cultural and alternative walking tour. Strolling under the stars through the historic center of the city, we discover a less-known side of Cusco: myths, legends, tales, ghosts and saints. A unique experience to see the true Cusco, iconic city of Peru. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, at 07:30 we go to the port to embark on a boat for a tour on Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. We'll visit the floating islands of the Uros located north of the Puno bay, followed by a stop at Taquile, the lake's largest island. We disembark on the north part of the island and from there we make our way to Huayllano. The families of Huayllano lead us in our discovery of the uses, customs and ancient traditions of the island. A native family will host us and, as their guests, we are invited to wear their typical attire and live like a member of the community for one night. Dinner and night stay with our host family.
After breakfast we explore the bay, the beach and a few archeological sites. Walk to the village of Taquile where we enjoy lunch, and then descend to the port to get back to Puno with an estimated arrival at 18:00. Night in Puno.
Free day. We recommend various activities: flight in small plane over the Nazca lines (must be reserved at least 10 days in advance); visiting the watchtower on the Panamericana highway from where you can see some figures; visiting the Cantalloc aqueduct located 2km from Nazca, or the Cahuachi archeological site located 30km away. In the afternoon we take the bus from Ica. Night at hotel in Huacachina.
After breakfast, at 06:40 we depart to the port of Paracas where we board a boat that takes us to the Ballesta Islands. In this natural environment we observe sea lions, Humboldt penguins, seals and a diverse variety of bird species. To end the excursion we visit the Paracas Museum and walk around the Reserve to admire its splendid landscapes and animals in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we take the bus to Lima. Pick-up from the station and transfer to hotel.
Prices are per person, are expressed in U.S. dollars and do not include flights.
All transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa. All buses and trains mentioned in the program. Lodging in 2 or 3-star category facilities with private bathroom and breakfast service (double rooms/queen bed). Train service to and from Machu Picchu (PeruRail or Inca Rail in tourist class). Bus service from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and back. One night at Taquile on Lake Titicaca, at the home of a host family from the local community of Huayllano. Lodging and meals in Taquile. Lunch at Sicuani on the Cusco-Puno route. Tours and excursions described in the program with an English-speaking tour guide. The Taquile visit is guided by a local guide in Spanish. Entrance to Machu Picchu, Uros, Taquile, Colca Canyon. Comfortable touristic bus for the routes: Cusco-Puno, Puno-Chivay, Arequipa-Nazca, Nazca-Ica, Paracas-Lima. Private guide in Machu Picchu.
International flight. Lima - Cusco flight. Travel insurance: medical assistance or luggage. Lunches and dinners (except those mentioned in the previous section). Entrance ticket (BTC - Boleto Turístico del Cusco): Maras, archeological sites along the Cusco-Puno route, Ballesta Islands, Paracas Reserve and Museum (approximately USD $100.00 per person). Flight over the Nazca Lines (USD $140.00 per person). Transfer from the Ica bus station to the Huacachina oasis. Lima City Tour on the last day, with private driver.
City to city transfers in comfortable touristic buses: restroom on board, heating, air conditioning, reclining seats. Private tours: Cusco area, Lake Titicaca, Paracas Reserve, Lima. Group tours: Colca Canyon and Ballesta Islands. In Arequipa, the hotel check-out time is 11:00. Luggage can be left in the hotel storage. (To keep the room for the rest of the day there is an extra charge of $30.00 per person). Machu Picchu: Passengers must take to Aguas Calientes luggage for only two days and one night. Due to train restrictions, please only take a backpack or carry-on size luggage that weighs no more than 5kg. The rest of your luggage should be left in storage at the hotel in Cusco or Urubamba. From the moment of arrival in Peru, the passenger is responsible for any additional costs caused by a variation in the program (net cost plus agency rights).