Experience the lifestyle in the Valles Calchaquies

5 Days / 4 Nights

OVERVIEW

Overview

Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

ITINERARY

Itinerary

Peru: Heading Towards the Oasis and the Rainbow Mountain 8 Days / 7 Nights

Welcome to Lima.

Upon arrival you will be assisted at the Lima airport and then transferred to your hotel.

You will have free time to rest. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Lima.

Meals included: None.  

Lima City Tour: Historical Center, Santo Domingo Convent and Larco Museum (Half-day tour)

You will visit the modern and colonial parts of Lima, known as The City of Kings, starting at the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, and passing along a “huaca” or sacred pre-Inca site, before heading to the Historic Center. There, you will walk along some of the most historically important streets of the city, leading to the Plaza de Armas, where you will have some time to take pictures of the amazing colonial architecture that surrounds it. You will also have the chance to take a peek into an iconic building, that has served Lima’s citizens for centuries and continues to be an important landmark. Then you will visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo, an astonishing building with colonial style. After exploring the Historical Center, you will head towards the Larco Museum, which houses the incomparable Treasures of Ancient Peru private collection.

** La Casa de La Literatura closed on Mondays: visit to be replaced

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Lima.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Upon arrival you will be assisted at the Lima airport and then transferred to the bus station, where you will board your transport to Ica.

Regula bus Lima – Ica

Arriving at the destination, you will be picked up by our representative to be transferred to your hotel.

ICA CITY TOUR (Half day tour)

The tour covers the main streets of Ica, ancient and modern. Thereafter, a visit to Ica Regional Museum, where the evolution of the five most representative cultures of this region can be appreciated: Paracas, Nazca, Wari, Ica Chincha and Inca. Also included is a tour of an artisan winery to see in detail how wines and pisco are made, followed by a tasting session. Finally, you will go to Huacachina, known also as “The Oasis of America”, in a desert landscape surrounded by impressive dunes.

 

RECOMMENDED OPTIONAL:

 

BUGGIES RIDE AND SANDBOARD (Not included)

You will depart from the Sand Tours facilities. You will enter the desert in a sandbox buggy, where you will make an exciting journey through dunes: you will begin with the softest ones and gradually increase the height, until you reach one of the highest parts where you will contemplate the beauty and immensity of the desert, with its ocher tones and its clear blue sky. From this point, you can sandboard, for which you will have the necessary equipment and instructions to carry out this activity safely, comfortably and according to your dexterity. They also have a flat part for passengers who only like to be in contact with nature.

Accommodation at selected hotel in Paracas.

Meals included: Breakfast.  

Ballestas Islands Tour (Half day tour)

You will take a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, where you can see thousands of birds, sea lions and seals in their natural environment. The famous Candelabra design, a figure of the Nazca culture engraved in the desert, can also be seen from the boat.

At the appropriate time, transfer to the bus station to board your transportation to the city of Lima. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Lima.

Meals included: Breakfast

Welcome to Cusco. 

Upon arrival you will be assisted at the Cusco airport and then transferred to your hotel.

***recommended flight that arrives before 11am to Cusco.

 

13:00 Cusco City Tour: San Pedro market, Korikancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuamán, Kenko 

You will visit the city of Cusco, known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colors, flavors and traditions of modern Cusco. The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. You will continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will explore Q’enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place.  Finally, you will arrive to the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

 

Meals included: Breakfast.

Machu Picchu Tour with Voyager or Expedition Train round-trip (Full-day tour)

You will visit one of the world's most famous landmarks: the citadel of Machu Picchu. The excursion begins on board the train. Upon your arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will begin your ascent to Machu Picchu, where, surely, you will live one of the most unforgettable experiences. Once there, you can walk through every corner of one of the Seven Wonders of the world, accompanied by an expert guide, and enjoy free time to explore the area. At the appropriate time, you will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes and later board the return train to Cusco, via the Ollantaytambo station. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. 

Choose one of the excursions to the mountain of colors according to your physical condition:

 

Full day trekking the Rainbow Mountain with lunch ** Minimum 2 pax **

You will leave your hotel in Cusco early in the morning, crossing the South Valley, towards Cusipata. From there, you will be transferred to Phulawasipata where you will begin your walk. After some time to prepare, you will start with the ascending route to Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain. The place will amaze you with its vivid colors and natural beauty. There, you will have time to take photos and fill yourself with the energy of the place. At the end of this visit, you will walk back to the starting point. Finally, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco, stopping along the route for lunch at a local restaurant.

 

Total walking distance: 10 km

Minimum height: 4,652 m.a.s.l.

Maximum height: 5,020 m.a.s.l.

Walking hours: 3.5 hours

Degree of difficulty: 3 of 5

Operation Restrictions: Does not operate from January to March due rainy season. Operation subject to weather conditions.

 

Full day Excursion to Rainbow Mountain: Palccoyo ** Minimum 2 pax **

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at dawn to head to the South Valley. After 3 hours, you will arrive at the town of Combapata, where you will begin the journey to Palccoyo. Before starting your hike, while you are getting ready, your guide will give you a briefing with safety instructions. Then, you will take the 1-hour road to Palccoyo, "the other rainbow mountain". Upon arrival, the beauty of this mountain and its landscapes will surely amaze you. Then, you will have time to explore the area and take stunning photographs. You will continue with the journey to the stone forest and the Ausangate snow peak viewpoint. Once there, you will have free time to appreciate the place and capture most impressive landscapes with your camera. Then, you will head back following the same route. Finally, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco, stopping algong the way for lunch at a local restaurant.

 

Total walking distance: 2 kilometers

Minimum Altitude on the Route: 4,780 m.a.s.l / 15,682 ft  

Maximum Altitude on the Route: 4,980 m.a.s.l / 16,338 ft

Approximate Hiking time: 2 hours

Level: 3 of 5

Operation Restrictions: Does not operate from January to March due rainy season. Operation subject to weather conditions.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the Lima airport to board your flight.

 

Meals included: Breakfast. 

 

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