Experience the lifestyle in the Valles Calchaquies

5 Days / 4 Nights

OVERVIEW

Overview

Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

ITINERARY

Itinerary

Peru: The Complete Experience 14 days / 13 nights

Welcome to Lima!

Upon arrival you will be assisted at Lima airport and then transferred to your selected 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, Pisco Sour Tasting and Larco Museum (Half-day tour)

Today’s excursion is a fascinating visit to the modern and colonial part of Lima, "The City of Kings". We’ll start off with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where we’ll enjoy a panoramic visit of the impressive Huaca Huallamarca. We’ll then head towards the Historical Center, where we’ll visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, declared as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity site, and where the remains of our patron saints San Martín de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima lie. We’ll then visit the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), which is surrounded by the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipality and the emblematic Cathedral of Lima. At the end of the tour around the center, we’ll make a stop for a small tasting of the typical Pisco Sour cocktail. 

Finally, we will visit the Larco Museum, which houses an amazing private collection of Treasures of Ancient Peru. This collection inspires its visitors, allowing them to discover, understand and enjoy the more than five thousand years of history of ancient Peru through more than 45,000 pieces.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Lima.

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the bus station to board the special bus service to Paracas (4 hrs. approx.).

Upon your arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to your selected hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Paracas.

Meals included: Breakfast. 

Visit to Ballestas Islands (Half day tour)

Today we’ll head on an excursion by boat to the Ballestas Islands, where we’ll be able to see thousands of marine birds, sea lions and other fascinating marine animals their natural environment. During the tour we’ll get to see the famous Candelabra design, a huge figure of the Nazca culture engraved in the desert, which can be appreciated from the boat. At the end of the excursion you’ll be transferred to the bus station to board your bus from Paracas to Nazca.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Nazca.

Meals included: Breakfast. 

Overflight of the Nazca Lines (Half day tour)

A day of adventure awaits! From Nazca, we’ll board a small plane that will fly over the fascinating and mysterious Nazca Lines, located on the pampas of the same name. We’ll be able to see many geoglyphs, which represent figures of animals and stylized plants, which are distributed among a huge labyrinth of lines, trapezoids, triangles and spirals, engraved on the earth and preserved for about 2,000 years.

In the afternoon, at the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the bus station to board your transportation to the city of Arequipa.

Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representatives and transferred to your selected hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Arequipa.

Meals included: Breakfast.  

Arequipa City Tour: Santa Catalina Monastery and Church of the Company of Jesus (Half day tour)

Our tour of this beautiful city starts at the meeting point in the cloisters of the Company of Jesus, where we’ll begin our walk through the Plaza de Armas, as well as through the most representative streets of the city. On the way, we will see the facades of the San Francisco church and the Third Order, as well as its beautiful square adorned with Jacaranda. Then, we’ll visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina, founded in 1580, where we can appreciate its cloisters, picturesque streets and squares, which have remained intact over the centuries. We’ll also learn about the way of life of the select group of nuns who lived there. Afterwards, we’ll go to the beautiful Barrio del Solar to visit the Church of La Compañía de Jesús, a temple that represents the oldest and most important testimony of religious architecture, made with ashlar volcanic stone.

You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore the city.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Arequipa.

Meals included: Breakfast. 

Route from Arequipa to Colca

In the morning we’ll leave the city to embark on what will be an unforgettable trip. We’ll travel through the town of Yura, through the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas. After a stop in Patapampa to cool off, we’ll continue towards the town of Chivay, where we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch. After arriving, we’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or take the optional visit to the thermal baths of the Calera. In the evening, you can dine at the hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Colca.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Visit the Cruz del Condor and route from Colca to Puno

From the hotel we’ll head to the Cruz del Cóndor (Condor cross), the best location to admire the stunning Colca Canyon and, if the weather permits, we’ll be able to observe the flight of the majestic Andean condors. Then, you will make our way out of the Colca Valley towards Puno, visiting the picturesque villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Chivay. We’ll have lunch along the way and enjoy the views until arriving at Puno. There, you’ll be transferred to your selected hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Puno.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.  

Visit Lake Titicaca: Uros and Taquile Islands

Today we’ll visit the marvelous Tititaca Lake, the highest in the world. In the morning we’ll travel by boat to Taquile Island, where the community kindly welcomes tourists, keeping alive their ancient traditions, customs and colorful clothing. The islanders are skilled artisans and capture in each work surprising techniques developed over centuries by their ancestors. After Taquile, we’ll visit the floating islands of the Uros, also called the “Village of the Lake”. These islands are built with layers of totora (cattail reeds) and serve as homes and trading centers for the natives of the same name, who move around in rafts built by hand.

After visiting the Lake, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Puno.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Puno.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.  

Route from Puno to Cusco: Visit La Raya, Racchi and Andahuaylillas

After breakfast we’ll head to the station and set out on the bus trip to Cusco, a route that will rewards us with amazing landscapes of the Southern Valley of Cusco. 

Along the way we’ll visit to La Raya, the highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno, and from where we will have incredible photographic views of the mountains. Then, we’ll visit the ruins of Racchi, also known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha." The last stop along the route will be in Andahuaylillas, a town that houses a beautiful church of the XXVII century and which has an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Finally, upon arrival at Cusco, you’ll be transferred to your selected hotel in the city.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. 

Cusco City Tour: Korikancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuamán, Kenko and Puca-Pucará ruins (Half-day tour)

In the afternoon, we’ll set out on a tour of the imperial city, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. Our tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, the ancient Inca palace and main place of worship of the Sun God. Then, we will visit the Plaza de Armas or main square, where we’ll visit the emblematic Cathedral of Cusco. We’ll then start making our way up, stopping at the San Cristóbal lookout, which offers a beautiful view of the city. We’ll continue ascending to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture that dominates the city. Our visit then takes us to the archaeological site at Kenko, where we can enjoy the panoramic view of the Puca-Pucara archaeological complex. We’ll end out tour with a visit to Inka's Expression art workshop, where artists work in silver, paint and wood – an ideal stop to understand Andean art.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Sacred Valley Treasures: Moray, Maras and Ollantaytambo (Full-day tour)

Today we’ll set out to discover the best of the Sacred Valley. Leaving Cusco, we’ll first make a stop at the Racchi lookout to enjoy its beautiful natural landscapes. Then we’ll visit Moray with its fascinating and huge circular and semicircular concentric agricultural terraces, used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory. We’ll also visit the Maras salt terraces, where of the world’s finest salts is extracted, and which is used by renowned international chefs. 

After enjoying a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll arrive at Ollantaytambo, one of the most important architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire and one of the few places where the Spanish conquerors lost an important battle. Well known for its terraces (excavated on the slopes of the mountains for agricultural use), Ollantaytambo was a very effective fortress that also served as a temple. After visiting the ruins, we’ll walk through the town of Ollantaytambo, the only "living Inca city" and the best example of the planning of the Inca city, with cobble stone streets that have been inhabited since the 13th century.

At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

** In rainy season (December to march), we recommend replacing this tour with Essence of the Sacred Valley. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

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

Today, we’ll visit one of the world's most famous landmarks: the fascinating citadel of Machu Picchu. The excursion begins on board the "Voyager" train, which will take us through beautiful natural views until arriving at Aguas Calientes train station. From there, we’ll begin our ascent to Machu Picchu, where, surely, we’ll live one of the most unforgettable experiences. Once in the citadel, we’ll explore every corner of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the world, accompanied by an expert guide. You’ll also get to enjoy free time to explore the area on your own and take plenty of impressive pictures. Later, we’ll head back down to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll board the return train to Cusco via the Ollantaytambo train station. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. 

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred from your hotel in Cusco to the airport to board your outbound flight.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUDED

  • Welcome kit and detailed itinerary upon arrival. 
  • Transfers: airport/hotel/airport (The first transfer at arrival is private).
  • 2 nights accomodation in Lima, 1-night accommodation in Paracas, 1- night accommodation in Nazca, 2 nights accommodation in Arequipa, 1-night accommodation in Colca, 2 nights accommodation in Puno, 3 nights accommodation in Cusco and 1-night accommodation in the Sacred Valley.
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels.
  • Lima City Tour with entrances to Santo Domingo Convent, Larco Museum and Pisco Sour tasting.
  • Visit Paracas with entrance Ballestas Islands and ticked to Nazca Lines Overflight. 
  • Arequipa City Tour with entrance Santa Catalina Convent and Compañía de Jesús Church.
  • Visit Colca Canyon, includes 2 lunches and 1 dinner (doesn`t include drinks).
  • Visit Lake Titicaca: Uros and Taquile Islands with lunch (doesn`t include drinks).
  • Route from Puno to Cusco with entrances to La Raya, Racchi and Andahuaylillas, with lunch (doesn`t include drinks).
  • Cusco City Tour with entrances to Korikancha, Cathedral, Sacsayhuamán, Quenqo and Puca Pucará.
  • Sacred Valley Tour with entrance to Moray, Maras and Ollantaytambo with lunch (doesn`t include drinks).
  • Machu Picchu Tour with Voyager train ticket and lunch (doesn`t include drinks).

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic airfare. 
  • Airport taxes. 
  • Beverages at meals and tips. 
  • Items not specified in the itinerary. 

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