LIMA – PARACAS – ICA – NAZCA – CUSCO – PUNO – MANU – AREQUIPA
DAY 1 TRANSFER AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL
DAY 2 LIMA – ICA – PARACAS
- 03:45 Hrs. Departure to the city of Paracas, by transport company Cruz del Sur
- 07:15 Hrs. Arrival to the city of Paracas and transfer to the pier.
- 08:00 Hrs. BALLESTAS ISLAND TOUR
Excursion to the Paracas Peninsula, the most important wildlife sanctuary on the peruvian coast. Motor boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, in the Paracas National Reserve, where we can see sea lions, boobies, pelicans, penguins and other seabirds. In the way back we will have the opportunity to see the “Candelabro”, a giant figure in the style of the Nazca Lines made in the sand. Free time before returning to take photos of sea lions, seals and seabirds. Return.
- 10:45 Hrs. Departure to the city of Ica, by transport company Cruz del Sur
- 12:10 Hrs. Arrival in the city of Ica and transfer to start our tour.
- 13:00 Hrs. CITY TOUR ICA
We will have the following visits: The Ica Cathedral, some winegrowers in the area and the Huacachina lagoon, is a traditional resting place for the locals, the lagoon appears as an oasis in the middle of the desert, shaped by a splendid landscape of palm dunes and guarangos.
- By the afternoon transfer to your hotel.
DAY 3 PARACAS – NAZCA – LIMA
- Breakfast at the hotel
- 09:05 Hrs. Departure to the city of Nazca, by transport company Cruz del Sur
- 11:15 Hrs. Arrival to the city of Nazca and transfer to the aerodrome where we will have an introductory video of the Nazca Lines
OVERFLIGHT TO THE NAZCA LINES
We will board a small plane that will fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines; huge line drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures, drawn in the desert, which can only be seen from the air.
- 16:30 Hrs. Departure to the city of Lima, by transport company Cruz del Sur
- 00:00 Hrs. Arrival to the city of Lima.
DAY 4 LIMA – CUSCO (CITY TOUR + 4 RUINS)
- Transfer to the airport of Lima
- Reception at the airport (CUSCO)
- Transfer to the hotel at Cusco
Accommodation in a room with a private bathroom.
They will be given a coca tea as a welcome.
- By the afternoon, we will visit the Qoricancha Temple and main streets. We will also visit the archaeological monuments of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.
- Return to the city of Cusco.
- Accommodation night.
DAY 5 CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – MARAS – MORAY – CUSCO
Excursion to the northern part of the city, we will visit the little town of Chincheros with its Inca structures, then Moray which is a different and very impressive archaeological group of terraces. It is located 53 km (32 mi) northeast of Cusco and is a huge complex with concentric terraces that give the impression of a great coliseum.
After the visit of Moray, we go to the town of Maras to see the salt mines. The Maras salt mines are the only archeological site that is still being used since the Inca times, located in the area called Qoripujio, at a distance of approximately 4 km (2 mi) from the town of Maras. There you can see huge plots and white salt pools.
Following the schedule of the trip, we will go to the archaeological group of Ollantaytambo where we will visit its temples, towns and platforms, we will finish our tour in this town and then board the train to Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night. Accommodation night.
DAY 6 MACHUPICCHU
Breakfast at the hotel.
A full day of excursion in the city of Machupicchu considered as the Cultural Heritage of Humanity, exploring its various sectors: houses, terraces, urban, royal tomb, the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, sacred square, the room of the three windows, sundial etc.
Go to the train station, come back to Ollantaytambo town, reception at the station
Return to the city of Cusco.
DAY 7 RAINBOWN MOUNTAIN
Early at the morning, around 04:00 AM, we will pick you up from the hotel in Cusco to make the trip to Qollasuyo, southern part of Cusco city, which was an important part of Tawantinsuyo (4 ancient regions of the Incas). We will travel for 4 hours by bus, first we will pass through the town of Checacupe, and then continue to Pitumarka, finally we will arrive to Quechuyno, where we will start the walk, in this place we will stop for breakfast and after a briefing , we will start our walk at the foot of the Ausangate mountain, climb the mountain for approximately 3 hours to the highest point of Cerro Colorado, during this journey we will have the opportunity to see the different varieties of south american camelids, once we will arrive to Cerro Colorado, we will have time to take pictures of this enigmatic place. Afterwards, we will continue with our 3-hour walk downhill to the starting point of the walk (Quechuyno), where we will have lunch, finally we will return to Cusco, we will be there at approximately 7:00 p.m.
DAY 8 CUSCO – MANU CLOUD FOREST – BAMBOO LODGE
Our first stop will be (Las Tumbas), a pre-Inca historical site in Ninamarca, “the place of fire” in Quechua. Then we will travel for four hours through fabulous landscapes and mountain valleys, passing through Paucartambo (the folk capital of Cusco) that has beautiful spanish colonial architecture and an old stone bridge. After, we go to the Acjanaco lookout at 4,000 masl (13,123 ft) for an exceptional view over the cloud forest and lowlands. This is the entry point to the Manu National Park. From here we travel down through the pristine cloud forest that feeds the unique local flora. The landscape is stunning: we will pass by many waterfalls, panoramic views of the valley and the dense vegetation of the cloud forest: mosses, lichens, orchids and birds unique to this part of the world. The cock of the rock, trogons, tangaras; capuchin monkeys and woolly monkeys can also be seen. We will spend the night in the rustic and cozy Bamboo Lodge.
DAY 9 COCA PLANTATION – RESCUE CENTER – MACHUWASI LAGOON
We will start the day with a guided tour of the lodge, with an emphasis on local medicinal plants (such as ayahuasca, the sacred plant of shamans), fruit trees of the Peruvian amazon, and coca plantation. Later we will visit the animal rescue center (donation only) for one hour. Once in the rescue center we can appreciate the spider monkeys, marmosets and cappuccinos and caressing the tapir. Volunteers will guide you through the wildlife and explain how they ended up here. Watch out for the woolly monkey that can jump in the van when we get there! In the small town of Atalaya, 600 masl (1,968 ft) we will board the motor boat and meet the local crew. Once we have passed the fastest part of the river, we will take our lunch and at the same time enjoy the fantastic views before begin our trek through an impressive walk full of wildlife to Machuwasi Lagoon. Along the way there are great opportunities to watch birds and wildlife that live in the lagoon like alligators, the prehistoric Hoazin bird (Opisthocomus hoazin), capybara and other aquatic species. On the way back have your cameras ready, cause the placid water is similar to the mirror and we will meet many birds, insects and some monkeys in this secluded lake. A night walk is offered in search of spiders, amphibians, insects and reptiles. We will spend the night at Bamboo Lodge.
DAY 10 BAMBOO LODGE – PARROT CLAY LICK – CUSCO
Early in the morning, we will take our truck for an hour to Atalaya and board our boat to visit the nearby parrot clay lick. If weather conditions allow, we’ll have an unforgettable show of parakeets, parrots, and (hopefully) macaw couples that eat the mineral-rich clay they use to help supplement their diet and improve their digestion. It is a truly vibrant colorful site. After returning for breakfast, we pack our bags and head towards the river back to Atalaya, where we meet our minibus for the beautiful journey back to Cusco through the cloud forest. Around 6:00 PM we will return to Cusco and return to the hotel.
DAY 11 PIKILLACTA – ANDAHUAYLILLAS – PUNO
Excursion to the southern part of the city, we will go through the districts of San Jerónimo and San Sebastián, the towns of Saylla (typical place known for its chicharrones). Then we will arrive at the Pre Inca city of Pikillacta, we will visit the Andahuaylillas temple where the Sistine chapel of Peru is located. Free afternoon for personal activities or shopping. At night we will travel to the city of Puno
DAY 12 UROS ISLANDS – TAQUILE – AREQUIPA
The tour includes a full day, we begin with the transfer from your hotel to the port of the city (note that if passengers arrive the same day as the excursion and do not have a hotel, they will be contacted at the bus terminal at the time of arrival to provide information). We will travel for 1 hour and 30 min like an average to the Uros island (this travel time is according to rotation), upon arrival we will visit two islands of the whole complex, knowing their inhabitants who will explain their daily life for us. Then we continue our trip for 2 hours of navigation approx. Until we reach the Taquile Island, where we will take a short walk of 30 minutes approx. to get to the main square, you will enjoy a beautiful landscape, colorful clothing of its inhabitants, the ones that make Taquile famous, and enjoy a delicious typical lunch (quinoa soup, grilled trout or omelette + complimentary mate). After visiting the island for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, we will descend 550 stone steps and return to Puno. At night we will travel to Arequipa. We will stay at the hotel.
DAY 13 CITY TOUR IN AREQUIPA
Breakfast at the hotel.
Yanahuara viewpoint and its square, Arequipa Cathedral, Santa Catalina Monastery, Church of the Society of Jesus
The rest of the afternoon is free
DAY 14 COLCA CANYON TOUR 2D/1N
Departure from Arequipa at 7:30 a.m. going through the highway to Yura and later we will go surrounding the Chachani volcano and then go through the Cañahuas pampa and make a short stop for 10 to 15 minutes, and got the choice to appreciate the vicuñas that are in their natural environment, later we will have a second stop to enjoy the coca tea in order to don’t have any problems with the altitude, since we will be at 3800 masl (12 460 ft). We will continue climbing until 4800 masl/ 15 700 ft. (viewpoint of the volcanoes).
Later, we will begin our descent to the town of Chivay and after approximately 45 minutes, we will arrive to where we will spend the night, later we will have lunch. Later, in the afternoon we will go to La Calera (thermal medicinal water pool) and have a relaxing time, so this is the way we end with the program for the day, dinner overnight at the hotel.
We will have breakfast (5:30 am) and later we will go directly to the Cruz del Cóndor, place where we can appreciate the Colca Canyon and the flight of the condor, after being waiting for a prudent time, later we will go to visit the viewpoints of Wayrapunko, Andaguilque, Choquetico and the towns of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and end in Chivay. We will have lunch and prepare to return to the city of Arequipa where we will arrive approximately 5 p.m.
DAY 16 TRANSFER TO AREQUIPA AIPORT – LIMA
Included / Not Included
- Transfers Airport – Hotel – Airport
- 14 accommodation nights.
- 16 breakfasts.
- 11 Excursions:
- CITY TOUR + RUINS at Cusco
- RAINBOWN MOUNTAIN
- MACHU PICCHU.
- SACRED VALLEY.
- MARAS-MORAY- SALT MINES
- PUNO-TAQUILE/ UROS
- PARACAS / ICA / NAZCA
- CITY TOUR AREQUIPA
- Entrances tickets to tourist places
- Train tickets to Machupicchu round trip tourist service
- Bus Cusco – Puno
- Bus Puno – Arequipa
- 01 buffet lunch in the sacred valley
- 01 lunch on the islands
- Food in the Colca
- Transfers to all attractions
- Official bilingual tourist guides.
DETAILS OF THE TOUR
- DAYS: 16D/15N
- PLACES: Lima/Paracas/Ica/Nazca/Cusco/Puno/Manu/Arequipa
Detalles del Tour
- Dias: 16 Days and 15 Nights
- Lugares: Lima/Paracas/Ica/Nazca/Cusco/Puno/Manu/Arequipa