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TOUR: ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERU

Lima, Chiclayo and Trujillo archaelogical museums and remains , Paracas, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu Tour.

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Duration: 19 days / 18 nights
Tour Type: Archaeological and cultural
Price: From US$ 2 891
Places to be visited:
Lima: Pachacamac Remains and City tour. In the North, Lord of Sipan and the Royal Tombs Museum, Sicán Museum, Pómac, Túcume y Brunning Museum; Trujillo: El Brujo, Chan Chan, Huaca del Sol y de la Luna and Huanchaco; Paracas: Ballestas Islands excursion; Nazca: Nazca Lines; Arequipa: City tour, Santa Catalina Convent, Coutryside and Colca Canyon; Puno: Chullpas de Sillustani, Lake Titicaca; Cusco: City tour and visit of the nearby ruins, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: International arrival in Lima
Assistance on your arrival in Lima and transfer to your selected hotel. Free time to rest and prepare for starting your trip around this unusual city and magical country.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: Pachacamac and Sightseeing Tour & Larco Herrera Museum
After breakfast, we take a 45-minute drive to the ancient pre-Columbian Pachacamac Pilgrimage Centre overlooking the fertile Valley of Lurin and the Pacific Ocean. Built around 700 AD, as a temple for worshipping the Sun God, the complex is mostly constructed from mud bricks or adobe. The Temple housed an oracle and is considered as one of the main ceremonial centres of pre-Hispanic Peru. Pilgrims flocked here from far and wide to worship Pachacamac, believed to be the Creator of the World and all of its creatures. The best preserved area is the Inca-built section (1440-1533). The archaeological site includes palaces, plazas and temples, that have been recently restored, and an on-site Museum housing interesting pre-Hispanic relics. Return to your hotel.
Church and Convent of San Francisco, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru After lunch, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, The Main Plaza, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the Monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs.
Then we visit Larco Herrera Museum, for an excellent overview of Peru's ancient past as it holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. The museum has many fine examples of textile works, one example of which has a record breaking 398 threads per inch; materials and tools used by ancient Peruvians to produce their work in ceramics and metal; and Pre-Inca and Inca period pottery, gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones.
And finally we will go to the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a Ceremonial and Administrative Centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon transfer to the selected hotel.
Note: Lunch included only for de Luxe and Superior category prices.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch (lunch only for deluxe and superior category prices)

DAY 03: Lima / Chiclayo
Early morning, transfer to Lima Airport to board your flight to Chiclayo. Meet upon arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Begin with an excursion to the impressive Necropolis of Huaca Rajada, a Mochica Funeral Centre where a great number of tombs have been discovered and where the tombs of the Old Lord of Sipan (3rd Century) and the Lord of Sipan (5th Century), famous for its objects in gold and semi-precious stones, were unearthed in the decade of 1980's by Peruvian archaeologists led by Dr. Walter Alva.
Art object of the Lord of Sipan, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru
In the afternoon, we will visit to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, where we will be able to appreciate a Lord of Sipan Tomb replica, additionally we will be able to see several ceramic pieces. Nowadays, this Museum is one of the best and most modern in South America.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04 Chiclayo: The Sicán Museum - Pómac - Túcume and the Brûning Museum
After breakfast, we will leave for a visit to the Sicán Museum, which is located 36 km. Northeast and 20 minutes from Chiclayo where we will be able to appreciate different treasures from the Sicán Culture, which have been thoroughly studied by the famous archaeologist Dr. Isumi Shimada. The exhibit shows a recreation of the tomb, but it goes further than that and, at the same time, it shows an interpretation of society at that time, its artefacts, the daily life of its people and their ways of thinking.
We will continue our excursion towards the Historical and Cultural Sanctuary of the Pómac Forest, located in the Village of Batangrande, District of Pitipo in the Province of Ferreñafe, where we will find a Pyramid Complex of 20 adobe Pyramids in an area covering 46 square kilometres, the most important of which are: Huaca de Oro, El Santillo de la Cruz, Horno de los Ingenieros, Las Abejas, etc. It is believed to have been the cradle of development of the Sican Culture.
After lunch, we will visit the Archaeological Complex of Túcume, which on its 220 hectares holds up to 26 adobe Pyramids, and where we will find a Pyramid structure known as Huaca Larga, which length of 700 m, width of 280 m and height of 30 m makes it the largest of its kind in South America. After this we will pay a visit to the Brûning Museum, which contains valuable archaeological collections of the pre-Hispanic Cultures of Moche, Lambayeque or Sicán, Chimú and Inca.
There is also an important Gold Collection with more than 500 gold pieces from Peru's ancient Cultures. Back to your hotel.
Only Breakfast included.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 05: Chiclayo - Trujillo
After breakfast, transfer to Trujillo in private car (2 hours 30 minutes approx.) en route we will visit the Archaeological Complex of El Brujo (the Shaman) containing three large buildings constructed in different eras: Huaca Prieta, the oldest construction on the Peruvian Coast; Huaca El Brujo, a Pyramid from the Mochica Culture and Huaca Cao Viejo, with an old Christian Church. Actually, scientific works are being done on its magnificent and recently discovered remains. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Old citadel of Chan Chan, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru We will visit the largest adobe Archaeological Complex of pre-Hispanic America, Chan Chan, ancient Capital of the Chimu Empire (13th Century), visiting the Templo del Arco Iris (Rainbow), the Site Museum and the Tshudi Palace.
We will proceed to Huanchaco Beach, well frequented by beach-goers and surfers, where you will have the opportunity to appreciate the local fishermen surfing the waves in their traditional "Caballitos de Totora", Totora reed boats used for fishing since pre Inca times by Northern Peruvians.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 06: Trujillo : Temples of the Sun and the Moon
After breakfast, we will make an excursion 15 minutes South of Trujillo to visit the enormous adobe constructions built by the Mochica Culture in the Cotahuasi Canyon, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru5th Century, called Temple of the Sun, considered the largest adobe Pyramid in Peru, and the Temple of the Moon, housing an extensive burial ground and some fine polychrome murals in which their deity is often depicted. Is believed that both were complementary, one Administrative and the other Religious. Transfer to the Airport and assistance on your departure to Lima. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07: Lima - Paracas: Ballestas Islands / Nazca
Paracas, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru Early in the morning, leave Lima by private transportation to the Paracas Peninsula, where we can find the most important Wildlife Sanctuary on the Peruvian Coast. Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, where we can observe Sea lions, Boobies, Pelicans, Penguins and other Sea birds. On the way back, from the boat, we can also see the "Candelabro"(Candelabrum), a giant figure etched in the sand on the side of a hill in the style of the Nazca Lines.
In the afternoon continue by private transportation to the City of Nazca for overnight.
Free time to enjoy the facilities of your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 08: Nazca: Nazca Lines / Arequipa
Nazca, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru After an early breakfast, transfer to Nazca Airport for a 45-minute flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines.
These enormous lineal drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures remain etched in the desert and they can only be appreciated from the air.
At noon, travel by private transportation to the City of Arequipa (About 8 hours) along the Desert and Coastal valleys. During the journey, we will make some stops in different outstanding points to rest and enjoy the sights.
Arrival at the White City of Arequipa. It receives this name due to its white rock buildings, a white rock that flows out of the Misti Volcano. Upon your arrival in Arequipa, meet and transfer to the selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09: Arequipa: Sightseeing tour
Morning sightseeing tour of Arequipa, including the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIXth Century Peruvian architecture, housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compañia Church, an ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important one in Arequipa due to its history and tradition, with a beautiful façade with carved columns, laurel crowns, flowers, birds, etc. Convent of Santa Catalina, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru
A more careful look at the façade, however, reveals the limits of European influence, as the angels have Indian faces; and indeed one face is even crowned with feathers. Then, we will visit the Santa Catalina Convent, a "Small Town" built in the XVIIth Century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years as a Cloister. Perfectly preserved for four Centuries, you go back in time as you enter the Cloister and see the numerous, spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs of this Convent. About 20 nuns, of what were once 500, still live in a section of the Convent.
Transfer to your selected hotel and free time for lunch. We recommend the Sol de Mayo Restaurant. In the afternoon, tour of Arequipa's beautiful countryside, including the Mill of Sabandia, a still functioning flourmill built in 1621 powered by a nearby waterfall, and the Founder's Mansion, a fully restored XVIth Century Hacienda that belonged to the City's founder. Then it was sold to the Jesuits, who used it as a Retreat Centre, and finally passed on to the Goyeneche family. You will also visit its beautiful fully restored Church.
Evening free. We suggest to dinner at the hotel and have an early night as the next day you will have an early-rising to begin your trip towards the Colca Canyon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10: Arequipa: Colca Canyon
Early in the morning, depart on a wonderful four hours bus trip to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world (3400 mts.). On the trip we drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, inhabited by herds of Vicuñas and Alpacas (South American cameloids). We also see beautiful pre-Columbian terraces, still being cultivated by the native Collaguas. Box lunch. On your arrival at Colca Valley, transfer to the selected lodge.
In the afternoon, we recommend you to rest and get used to the altitude. If you are in good shape, you will have free time to stroll around the lodge surroundings or you could take a repairing bath at the hot springs nearby the lodge.
Dinner and overnight at selected lodge at the Colca Valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11: Colca: Condor Cross / Arequipa
Stepped Terraces, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru We leave early in the morning to the "Condor's Cross", where the biggest bird in the world can be usually seen flying. On the way back we visit the Colonial Towns and Churches of Yanque, Coporaque, Achoma and Maca. Good opportunity to appreciate the life of these people that has changed little since Inca times.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Late afternoon return to the selected hotel in Arequipa.
Evening free. We recommend to have dinner at the Sambambaia's or La Truffa restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 12: Arequipa - Juliaca : Chullpas of Sillustani en route
Early morning transfer to Arequipa Airport to board your flight to Juliaca. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. On the way, we will visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani: Stone cylinder Burial Chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. Here you also have the opportunity to observe several local typical birds.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 13: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of the Uros and Taquile Island
Los Uros Island, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "Islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called "Totora" (Scirpus Totora), vegetable fibre of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed, down through generations, an efficient and unique social system, as well as fine hand weaving techniques.
It is necessary to go up a stairway of more than 567 steps - steps of stone that wind their way among green platforms - to arrive at the Town of Taquile where we will have a break to eat. After lunch in a local Taquile Inn, we have a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at your hotel. Evening free.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 14: Puno / Cusco
Breakfast. Early departure by bus to the City of Cusco. We travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through the La Raya Ranch where we can see troops of vicuñas and llamas. During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling.
Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the Region.
Upon arrival in Cusco, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Dinner on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 15: Cusco: Sightseeing tour and Nearby Ruins
Church of La Compañia, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons. Return to the hotel and get ready to enjoy a dinner with a folklore show in a typical restaurant where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds, while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 16: Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Ollantaytambo, Peru Archaeological, Tours in Peru Early morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Visit to the picturesque indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced.
Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch.
In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic Mlitary, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. Late afternoon return to your selected hotel for overnight.
Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 17: Cusco: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Machu Picchu , Peru Archaeological, Tours in PeruArrive at Aguas Calientes Station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible site of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we'll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have free time to stroll around the Archaeological Site on your own. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Evening free. Overnight at your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 18: Machu Picchu: Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll around the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its Hot Springs Thermal waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities: (Not included in the overall price):
1. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time.
2. For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu (Depending on weather conditions) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant. Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it is recommendable before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register at the checking point at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see from the top, the nature and the carved rock emerging from the ground as if by a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to your selected hotel for overnight.
Evening free. We recommend to dine at the hotel and have an early night.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 19: Cusco - Lima / International departure
Breakfast. Transfer to Cusco Airport to take your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your selected hotel. At the appropriate time, transfer to the Airport to board your International homebound flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast


End of our services

Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

  Tourist Superior Superior Tourist Deluxe
Lima Mariel 3* Casa andina Miraflores 3* Sol de Oro 5* Country Club 5*
Chiclayo Casa de la
Luna 3*
Casa de la
Luna 3*
Gran Htl
Chiclayo 4*
Gran Htl
Chiclayo 4*
Trujillo El Brujo 3* Gran Marquez
4*
Libertador 4* Gran Htl 5*
El Golf
Nazca Alegria
Hs 2*
Casa Andina
Nazca 3*
Nazca Lines 3* Cantayo 3*
Cusco Hostel Los Portales San Agustin Internacional 3* Novotel 4* Libertador 5*
Aguas
Calientes
El Santuario Hs 3* Inti Inn Hotel 3* Hotel
Hatuchay
Towers 3*
Machu Picchu
Pueblo Hotel
3*
Puno Gran Puno Inn
Hs 3*
Casa Andina
Puno 3*
Posada del
Inca - Titicaca
Lake - Puno 3*
Libertador 5*
Arequipa Corregidor 3* Casa Andina Puno 3* Cabildo 4* Libertador 5*
Cañon del
colca
Pozo del Cielo 3* Pozo del Cielo
3*
Casa Andina
Colca 3*
Colca Lodge 3*


Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:

In Lima: Pachacamac, Sightseeing Tour and Larco Herrera Museum.
In Chiclayo: Lord of Sipán and Huaca Rajada - Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum.
In Trujillo: El Brujo Archaeological Complex, Chan Chan, Huanchaco and Temples of the Sun and the Moon.
In Paracas and Nazca: Excursion to the Ballestas Islands in Paracas and overflight of the Nazca lines.
In Arequipa: Sightseeing Tour and excursion by Arequipa's countryside.
In Colca: All included (excursions and meals).
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Nearby Ruins; Dinner including Folklore Show.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion to Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Citadel including lunch.
In Puno: Boating excursion on Titicaca Lake, Lunch in Taquile and visit to Sillustani.
  • 18 Nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and meals as described in the programme
  • All entrance tickets applicable
  • All transfers and land transportation
  • Train ticket from Cusco- Aguas Calientes-Cusco
  • Private car Chiclayo - Trujillo
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary
*Deluxe category includes a private guide for the excursion to Machu Picchu.
*Deluxe and Superior category include an lunch in a local restaurant in Lima.


NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess (Cusco/Puno bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Second entrance to Machu Picchu


Additional Tours

Below please find a selection of tours which are available as extra options at some of the localities you will be visiting:

Starting Place Tour Name Duration Prices From
 
Lima City of Caral Full day US$ 126
Pisco and Paracas National Reserves 2 days / 1 night US$ 333
Southbound Extension 2 days / 1 night US$ 438
Palomino Islands Half day US$ 70
 
Cusco Walking to Choquequirao 4 days / 3 nights US$ 353
Walking the Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights US$ 405
Magical Inca Trail 2 days / 1 nights US$ 359
Choquequirao Archaeological complex 5 days / 4 nights US$ 392
 
Chiclayo Chachapoyas 4 days / 3 nights US$ 868
 
Puno Suasi Island 2 days / 1 night US$ 385

Useful Information

ORIENTATION
Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas 13:00
Rio de Janeiro 14:00
New York 12:00
Madrid 18:00
Londres 17:00
Tokyo 03:00


TEMPERATURE
Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.

Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.

Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use comfortable shoes the whole time during walking tours.
- Take lots of liquids during long excursions.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- T-shirts.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear for rainy season.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
  Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

WEATHER
Peru's climate may be divided into two: The Western Andes and the Desert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and the temperature is warm through the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, there are two seasons: Rainy and dry.

Cusco is located in the Eastern Andes, so its rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.

Rainy time, starting in October/ November has its own maximum in January, continuing until March/ April. In years of pouring rain there are landslides, floods, etc.

In the Highlands, it is cold in the evenings but sunny and warm in the mornings. It is even possible to wear t-shirts, but when the sun sets it gets really chilly so please bring a warm sweater (or buy an alpaca one in Cusco) and a good jacket.

Finally, the weather in general does not represent a limit to provide any tourist services, except from some particularily bad years.

ALTITUDE
Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Nazca: 588 m.a.s.l.
Paracas: Sea level, 5 m.a.s.l.
Cusco: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.
Arequipa: 2350 m.a.s.l.
Colca Canyon: 3500 m.a.s.l.
Puno: 3860 m.a.s.l.

WATER
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru

AIRPORT

Hand luggage regulations

a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.

b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.

c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.

d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.

Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.

LANGUAGE
The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY
Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 3.50 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING
Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion : US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY
If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH
Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
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In Ica and Paracas: International and seafood restaurants.
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In Arequipa: International and local food restaurants.
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In Puno: Local food restaurants, in Taquile Island there are only very basic facilities.
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In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
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DRESS CODE
Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

 

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