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Lima, Paracas, Arequipa, Cusco; Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake Tour

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Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Tour Type: Archaeological, cultural and ecological
Price: From US$ 1 766
Places to be visited:
Lima;Paracas National Reserve, Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon in Arequipa; the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes in Cusco; Lake Titicaca,Uros Island,Taquile Island and Juliaca, in Puno.

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 at your arrival to Lima International Airport and transfer to your hotel. There you will receive a briefing on your tour; receive vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organisation of your Peru trip.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: Lima: Sightseeing Tour & Larco Herrera Museum / Ica
Breakfast. 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, Plaza Mayor 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 the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs.

Main Square Lima , Southern Jewels, Tours in Peru 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. Return to your selected hotel in Lima. Time for lunch. Transfer to the bus station where you can take the bus to Ica. Once in Ica Transfer to the selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03: Ica /Paracas: Ballestas Islands / Nazca / Arequipa
Early in the mornig before sunrise we will set off to Paracas. Paracas holds the most important wildlife sanctuary of the Peruvian Coast. Paracas, Southern Jewels, Tours in PeruGuided boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, where we can observe Sea lions, Boobies, Pelicans, Penguins and other Marine birds. On way, 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. Nazca , Southern Jewels, Tours in PeruTransfer by bus to the City of Nazca, transfer to the hotel where you can leave your belongings, after that you will be taken to Nazca’s airstrip in order to get onboard a light aircraft that will fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines which can only be appreciated from the air. In the afternoon you will have the chance to rest a little in the hotel. At night we will leave for the City of Arequipa (10 hours approx.) going through deserts and coastal valleys.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04: 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. A more careful look at the façade, however, reveals the limits of European influence, as the angels have Indian faces; Convent of Santa Catalina, Southern Jewels, Tours in Peruand 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.

Evening free. We suggest to dinner at the hotel and have an early night as the next day you will have an early rise to begin your trip towards the Colca Canyon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 05: Arequipa: Colca Canyon
Early in the morning, depart on a wonderful four hours bus trip to the Colca Stepped Terraces, Southern Jewels, Tours in PeruCanyon, one of the deepest Canyons in the World (3180 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). The highest point of the road is at 4350 m.a.s.l.. We also see beautiful pre-Columbian terraces, still being cultivated by 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's 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 06: Colca: Condor Cross / Arequipa
We leave early in the morning to the "Condor's Cross", where the biggest flying bird in the world can be usually seen soaring amongst the peaks. 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 07: Arequipa: Countryside
Breakfast. Then we shall leave towards 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 08: Arequipa / Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins
Transfer to the Airport to board your departure flight to Cuzco.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Morning free to rest in your hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness.

Church of La Compañia, Southern Jewels, Tours in PeruIn the afternoon, we will visit the City of Cusco on a guided sightseeing tour 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, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons.

Return to your hotel and get ready to enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances. The most enthusiastic spectators will be invited to form part of the show.

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 09: Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Ollantaytambo, Southern Jewels, Tours in PeruEarly 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 Military, 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 10: 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 Machu Picchu, Southern Jewels, Tours in Peruas "The Lost City of the Incas". Arrive 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 11: 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 Spring 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 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 stone emerging from the ground as if 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 12: Cusco / Puno
Early departure by bus to the City of Puno, (3860 m.a.s.l.). 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. 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 La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Then 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.

Lunch in a countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region.

Afternoon arrival in Puno and transfer to your selected hotel. Evening free.
Note : This regular bus journey is available on private transportation upon request.


Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 13: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile
Uros Island , Southern Jewels, 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 fiber 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 efficient and unique social systems down through the generations, as well as fine hand weaving techniques.

Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have a lunch. Then we will 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 / Lima: Chullpas of Sillustani en route / International Departure
Early morning transfer to Juliaca Airport to board your flight to Lima. On the way to the Airport, 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.

Upon arrival in Lima, meet and 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 Tourist Superior Deluxe
Lima Mariel 3* Casa Andina Miraflores 3* Sol de Oro 5* Country Club 5*
Nazca Alegria
Hs 2*
Casa Andina
Nazca 3*
Casa Andina
Nazca 3*
Cantayo 3*
Ica Hotel Mossone 3* Hotel Mossone 3* Las Dunas 3* Las Dunas 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 Arequipa 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: Sightseeing Tour and Larco Herrera Museum.
In Ica: Excursion to the Ballestas Islands in Paracas
In Nazca: 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.
  • 13 Nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and meals as described in the programme
  • All entrance tickets applicable
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation to Paracas / Nazca / Arequipa
  • Train ticket from Cusco- Aguas Calientes-Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary


NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess (f.i 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
Southbound Extension 2 days / 1 night US$ 438
Palomino Islands Half day US$ 70

Useful Information

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use boots the whole time in the walks.
- 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 Occidental Andes and the deserted coast. In 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: wet and dry.

Arequipa, Puno and Cusco are located in the Eastern Andes, so their rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.

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

I n High altitude cities, 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 particular 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.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
more information…
In Paracas and Nazca: International and local sea food restaurants.
In Arequipa: International and local food restaurants.
more information…
In Puno: Local food restaurants, in Taquile Island there are only very basic facilities.
more information…
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
more information…

 

Lima Pictures, Tours in Peru
Lima Main Square.


Paracas Pictures, Tours in Peru
Sea Lions, Ballestas
Islands.


Arequipa Pictures, Tours in Peru
Misti Volcano,
Arequipa.


Arequipa Pictures, Tours in Peru
Colca Valley,
Arequipa.


Cusco  Pictures, Tours in Peru
Cusco Main Square
Cathedral of Cusco.


Cusco  Pictures, Tours in Peru
Pisac, Cusco.


Puno Pictures, Tours in Peru
Taquile Island, Lake
Titicaca, Puno