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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...

1° day : Arrival in Lima
International flight. Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel.
2° day : Arrival in Cusco
Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco. Airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel where we'll get time to rest so our bodies can adjust to the altitude. Free afternoon, we recommend resting and eating light. Night at the hotel.
3° day : Cusco, Sacsayhuaman

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.

4° day : Sacred Valley: Maras, Moray & Ollantaytambo
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.
5° day : Machu Picchu
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.
6° day : Free Day in Cusco, Myths & Legends Tour
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.
7° day : The Road to Puno
We get picked up at 06:15 from the hotel and begin our journey towards the city of Puno. The comfortable touristic bus (includes heating, air conditioning, chemical bathroom, DVD, on board service, and buffet lunch in Sicuani) will make a series of stops during the journey: Andahuaylillas, Rajchi, and Pukara. Pick-up from the bus station in Puno. At night, between 19:00 and 20:00, we meet with a PeruEtico team member. Night at the hotel.
8° day : Lake Titicaca
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.
9° day : Taquile Island
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.
10° day : The Canyon and Thermal Waters
In the morning, between 06:00 and 06:30, we take a bus from Puno to Chivay where we arrive in the afternoon. Chivay is located in the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon on Earth. There, we can enjoy beautiful landscapes and see the natural habitat of alpacas, llamas, guanacos, vizcachas, etc. Option to bathe in the thermal waters of the valley. Night in Chivay.
11° day : The Condor of the Andes
Early in the morning we depart towards "The Cross of the Condor," a lookout point from where we are able to closely see this spectacular Andean bird in flight. After lunch we begin our trip to Arequipa, stopping at various villages along the valley. Estimated arrival at 18:00. Night at the hotel.
12° day : Arequipa, The White City
Free day in Arequipa, "The White City." Some things you cannot miss: Santa Catalina Convent, Museum of mummy Juanita, and the delicious traditional dishes of local cuisine. At night we are picked up from the hotel and taken to the bus station where, on a comfortable touristic bus (includes heating, air conditioning, chemical bathroom, DVD, on board service) we embark towards Nazca. Note: For those who are not interested in visiting Nazca it is possible to go directly from Arequipa to the Huacachina oasis and save one day of travel.
13° day : The Mysterious Nazca Lines
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.
14° day : Ballesta Islands
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.
15° day : Return home and/or City Tour of Lima
Airport transfer. International flight. If your flight departs at night, we recommend spending the day on our City Tour, where we take you to discover an authentic Lima.
Price
2 travelers : 2300 USD
3 travelers : 2125 USD
4 / 6 travelers : 1975 USD

Prices are per person, are expressed in U.S. dollars and do not include flights.

The service includes
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.
The service does not include
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). Lima City Tour on the last day, with private driver.
Trip notes
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, Ballesta 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).
Responsible tourism
In Taquile, homes are simple and services are basic. The rooms are cozy and there are enough thick blankets available to keep you warm. Bathrooms are inside the house. Through the stay and experience in Taquile, and the visit to the Maras Salt Mines, you are directly helping and supporting the local families and their projects. By customizing your trip, you have the possibility of including different experiences in your itinerary with varied social projects set in different realities, as you continue to engage in .