|Duration||15 Days and 14 Nights|
|Departures||Fixed departures / June 16|
|Activities||Lima city tour and Pachacamac ruins full day, Nazca lines over flight , Ballestas island and Paracas national reserve , Cusco dinner show, Machu Picchu Overnight , Full day tour to Sacred valley visiting markets of Pisac and Chincheros with Ollantaytambo fortress , Inti Raymi ceremony , City tour and Nearby ruins, Puno , uros and Amanatani overnight tour and sillustani tour.|
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DAY 1: LIMA PICK UP
Pick up upon arrival at Lima’s airport and transportation to the hotel. Overnight (No meals).
DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR AND PERUVIAN GOLD MUSEUM
Breakfast, then you will be picked up from your hotel around 9.00am.
The city tour begins with the visit to the Plaza the Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Running along two sides are arcades with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros.
In the centre of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating from 1560. Located in the Plaza is the Cathedral, note the splendidly carved stalls, the silver covered altars surrounded by fine woodwork, mosaic covered walls bearing the coats of arms of Lima and Pizarro. Next to the Cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace. Then you’ll visit the XVII century Monastery of San Francisco, this is famous for the Sevillian tile work and paneled ceiling in the cloisters, the catacombs under the church and part of the monastery are well worth seeing, You’ll visit the old colonial streets in the centre of the city, and the modern Lima with the district of San Isidro and Miraflores. We will also visit the Peruvian Gold Museum, this excellent collection includes pre-Columbian gold, silver and bronze, ceramics, weavings, mummies, etc. Upstairs is a remarkable arms collections with an impressive exhibition from Spanish colonial times. At the end transfer back to your hotel. (B,L)
DAY 3: LIMA – ICA
Early breakfast and then pick up at your hotel early morning and transfer to the Bus Station to take the Bus to Ica that departs at 07:00 am arriving at 11:30 am. Approx. Assistance upon arrival and transfer to the Hotel. At 12:00 am transfer to Nazca (it takes around two hours) and flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines (Airfare included) as well as a brief explanation of them on the Maria Reiche In-Situ Museum and in the sighting tower from where you will see the hand and the tree part of the Nazca drawing .Lunch included. At 5.30pm. approx return to Ica .Hotel Overnight .(B,L)
DAY 4: BALLESTAS ISLANDS & PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE
At 7:00 am approx. departure time to Paracas to 60 Km. (37 miles) On route is appreciated the fields of crops in some export products such as paprika, asparagus, artichokes, etc, driving north to Paracas for an excursion by boat to the Ballestas Islands to view thousands of birds, sea lions and fur seals in their natural surroundings. The famous candlestick design, a Nazca civilization figure etched on the desert face, can also be seen from the boat and at the end transfer to the national reserve of Paracas. Where we will visit the Interpretation Centre of the RNP, The Cathedral, Lagunilla beach, Red Beach and Yumaque beach to see petrified dinosaur eggs (in studio) and finally the Independence Obelisk.
Then at 14:30hrs departure Bus time Bus to Lima arriving at 19:30 approx. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your Hotel in Lima (B,L)
DAY 5: CUSCO PICK UP
Transfer service from the hotel to the airport to take your flight to Cusco (Airfares not included). Upon arrival to Cusco Airport. Reception and transportation to the Hotel where you will receive an aromatic coca tea to stimulating for the height, will have the day to rest and also we suggest you have a light lunch either at your hotel or in one of the surrounded. At night pick up and according time to go a Dinner Show in a tourist Restaurant then overnight (B, D).
DAY 6: SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. You will be picked up between 7:15am and 7:45am. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting: The colorful Indian market in Pisac where a mixture of color, tradition will be able appreciated. Pisac is located to the entrance of the Sacred Valley followed by Ollantaytambo. Most people visit Pisac to see the market on Sunday, but there are smaller markets on both Tuesday and Thursday. However Pisac is a pretty village and has plenty of small handicraft shops and is worth a visit on any day of the week as is a good place to buy the local ceramics including a huge and varied collection of hand-painted multi-coloured beads. Lunch in a typical restaurant in Urubamba then we continue with Ollantaytambo which is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley, considered the older town continuously occupied of the American continent is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the Inca time, evoke their ancestral inheritance, and then finish visiting Chinchero.
Chinchero is a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m about 30km from Cusco and is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, return to Cusco arriving at 6:30pm approximately at the main plaza.
The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; although we always have plenty of suggestions for you should you require them. (B, L)
Note: Take this tour on market days: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday // Bilingual Guided tour on different days.
DAY 7: MACHU PICCHU TOUR
Early breakfast and pickup to go the train station to depart to Machu Picchu, the trip takes about 4 hours. During the trip we will have an amazing view of the landscapes of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba and the Amazon rainforest providing you a small hint of how much Peru has to offer. Upon arrival to the little town of Aguas Calientes you will have to approach the bus station towards Machupicchu the “Lost City of the Incas” (Only 20 minutes ride) to receive a professional guided tour by this Huge Historical Sanctuary visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds follow by some free time to explore the zone on your own and experience the energy and force contained therein, an according time, we will go down to the Aguas Calientes town to relax at the hot springs or just overnight at the select lodging in Aguas Calientes town. (B,L).
The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits at a lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere.
DAY 8: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Breakfast and rest of day at leisure by your own (Entrance and bus fee to Machu Picchu is not included on this day) in the afternoon return to Cusco. Reception at the train station and transfer to the Hotel where it passed the night (B).
Upon request: You can make a second visit to Machu Picchu and have the chance to know hidden places, such as the Intipunku (Gate of the Sun) or for more adventures can take a hike to the top of Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) to visit the Temple of the Moon and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Or if you have good physical conditions can take a hike full of adrenaline to the Putukusi mountain opposite position than Machu Picchu which allows us to have other unforgettable views from this new wonder.
DAY 9: INTI RAYMI
Now that you’ve visited the great Inca’s architectural achievements it will be apparent to you that the Sun was the main deity worshiped in the Inca culture. Cusco celebrates the Inti Raymi with occasion of the winter solstice -the solar new year – for a town which main cult object was the god Inti (the sun). In time of the Incas was a religious ceremony, now it is a theater representation. However this expression generates a feeling of identity in the town that evokes values and memories that are still excellent in our days, it also brings to the memory a time that lives in the heart of the town of Cusco (Qosqo).
The Inca gives a traditional oration, calling for blessings from the sun, fabled to be the origin of the Inca rulers. From here, the Inca, carried on a golden throne, leads the procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsayhuaman in the hills above city. Transfer to the ruins where you have reservations to watch the reenactment of the ancient ceremony of sacrificing a llama to the Pachamama, Mother Earth (don’t worry, the llama sacrifices is simulated!), to ensure the fertility of the earth and warmth from the sun.
This special day also includes The New Fire Celebration. No fires were allowed in the city this day until the fire created by hollow mirror was used to concentrate the sunlight onto animal fur and kindling. Only then were all other fires started from this source.
You will also see the Inca representative carried on a litter and toasted with chicha (a fermented drink). With an the appropriate finale the Inca gives a speech expressed in the original, Quechua language. Afternoon transfer to the Hotel and overnight. (B, Box Lunch).
DAY 10: CUSCO CITY TOUR
Breakfast and morning free; in the afternoon we will depart on a guided city tour, where tourist have the opportunity to visit 6 places (entrance to the archaeological centers and museums including) we will visit the Main square, Cathedral, the Koricancha (temple of the sun) and in addition we will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q’enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 6:30pm approximately at the main square in order you can take dinner in one of the exquisite restaurants in the area, then overnight. (B)
*City tour: from 1.45pm to 6:30pm approx. (Pickup from the hotel starts at 1:15pm)
DAY 11: CUSCO / PUNO
Early breakfast and transfer to the bus station to depart Cusco on guided bus to Puno, visiting on the route picturesque towns and archeological sites such as Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Sicuani, La Raya and Pukara. Lunch included. Afternoon arrival in Puno, reception and transfer to your accommodation. Overnight at the hotel. (B,L) (*) Additional fare if travelling by train. Ask for availability.
DAY 12: UROS AMANTANI ISLAND
Breakfast. Departure at 08.30 a.m. Lake Titicaca and the floating islands are a major tourist attraction in the department of Puno.
The splendid scenery and the fascinating life of its inhabitants make a visit to the islands Taquile and Amantaní.
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It has an area of 8.560 square kilometers and a maximum depth of 227 meters. There are 36 islands, the most important Taquile, Amantaní, Soto, Anapia and Uros.
The Uros Floating Islands, situated 5 kilometers from Puno at an altitude of 3,810 meters, has cold and dry climate. It is a set of 40 large floating islands of reeds where the inhabitants still live like their ancestors. Each island is inhabited by between 30 and 50. It is considered one of the oldest towns in America, maintaining their customs and traditions.
The Uros are called kotsuña “= lake village, dating back to times before the Incas. Maintain the tradition of artisanal fisheries and such especially the hunting of wild birds.
After visit we will approximately continue the route by two hours until the Island of Amantani.
Amantaní Island is located 36 kilometers from the port city of Puno, off the peninsula Capachica. The island is characterized by the presence of shrub plants and inhabited by native quechua speakers still prevailed by its old traditions, which main occupation is the production of ceramics and textiles. The positive energy of this Island is so powerful that is well-known as the “Island of Love”. Arriving at the island we will taste of a typical lunch, then we will go to the ceremonial centers “Pachatata” and “Pachamama”, sacred place. At night we will stay ourselves in the familiar houses enjoying the hospitality of a typical home of Amantani.
AMANTANI HAS NOT HOTEL therefore are basic services.Lunch and Dinner at the Homestay. (B,L,D)
DAY 13: VISIT TO THE ISLAND TAQUILE
Breakfast at the Homestays. Following this exciting experience, you will be led to the Island of Taquile, , place where the form of typical and rustic experience was appraised, the place is colorful and landscaping, where they even maintain its customs, ritual, religious and folkloric traditions, in the town of Taquile we will taste a typical lunch with fresh fish (trout). There is also a craft fair on the plaza that sells exceptional wool goods which are of very fine quality and somewhat expensive. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. The island is narrow at about 1 Km. wide and 6 to 7 Km. long. The visit could be exhausting because of the altitude (13,000 ft above sea level). On Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins as well as Inca terracing. We will return in Puno in the afternoon, overnight (B,L)
DAY 14: SILLUSTANI – LIMA
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima (Domestic airfare Not included). On the route to the airport, we will visit at the Sillustani Chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral towers). The scenery is desert but impressive, in a beautiful setting on a peninsula on Ayumara lake about 32 Km. from Puno. Most of the towers date from the period of Inca occupation in the 15th century; the engineering involved in their construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. Upon arrival Lima’s airport, reception and transfer to the hotel and overnight (B)
DAY 15: TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast and according time, transportation will be provided to go the airport (B).
END OF OUR SERVICES
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INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double occupancy. All scheduled transportation. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
IMPORTANT: For a better service, the company informs you that it has autonomy to change the Hotels mentioned in the itinerary with another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE
Nazca lines airport tax USD14 approx. per person. International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of personal nature.