From one corner of Peru to another: Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, the lost citadel of Machu Picchu, the mythical Sacred Valley, the spectacular Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon, Arequipa and its colonial architecture, Nazca and its mysterious lines, and to finish off with a bit of sea, the natural Paracas Reserve and the Ballesta Islands. All paired with visits to rural communities and local realities to come into contact with this country's spirit, like true travelers...
After breakfast, we gather to depart at 08:30 by foot with our tour guide. We start at the Plaza de Armas (main plaza) of Cusco and make our way to the San Pedro market where we come into contact with the tastes, colors and typical aromas of the Andes. We then take a private car to visit the Inca ruins in the surroundings of the city: Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Afterwards we drive to Pisac, famous for its colorful artisan crafts market and archeological complex, a demonstration of Inca architecture of large walls and towers, all made with polished blocks of stone cut to fit together tightly without mortar. Arrival in Urubamba, some rest time and then we have the briefing and presentation for the rest of the trip given by a member of the PeruEtico team. Night at the hotel.
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 of the Incas; 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 ride 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.
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.
After breakfast, at 07:30 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.
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-Paracas, 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, Ballestas Islands, Paracas Reserve and Museum (approximately USD $90.00 per person).
Flight over the Nazca Lines (USD $140.00 per person).
Lima City Tour on the last day..
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, Ballestaa Islands.
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.
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).
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).