During these 12 days you’ll experience some of the best places to see in Peru such as Nazca, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, “The White City” and timeless Cusco, gateway to Machu Picchu. This trip is the perfect blend of culture and history.
Upon arrival to Lima, you will be transferred to the hotel. Resting on the Peruvian coastline, Lima is the country’s largest city with nearly ten million people. Declared a World Heritage Site, downtown Lima is filled with many historic, colonial buildings, such as the famous Cathedral of Lima and the Presidential Palace. Visitors will fall in love with the diverse cuisine served in the city’s countless restaurants, including the ever popular exquisite local seafood!
Overnight at San Agustin Exclusive Miraflores 4.
You will be transferred to the bus station for your regular transfer to Paracas (departures at 7:30 and 13:30). After a 4 hours bus ride (261 km), arrive to your Paracas hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Posada del Emancipador 3* in Paracas.
In the morning, you'll depart by motorboat from the pier of Hotel Paracas. Upon arrival to Ballesta islands, you'll be able to observe sea lions and seabirds like the Guanay Cormorants and Peruvian Pelicans. If you are lucky, you might even see one of the famous Humboldt penguins In the afternoon you’ll be transferred to Nazca (departures 11:15 and 17:15). After a 4 hour regular bus ride, you’ll arrive to your Nazca hotel.
Overnight at Casa Andina Standard 3* in Nazca.
Spend the morning at leisure. You have the option to take a flight tour over the Nazca lines (not included). The Nazca Lines refer to figures created centuries ago in the Nazca Desert. These figures, varying from simple lines to detailed monkeys and lizards can only be viewed from the sky, which means their creators could never actually see their work.
In the afternoon (around 14:00) depart by regular bus towards Arequipa, the "White City". The trip lasts about 9 hours. Resting at the foot of the El Misti Volcano in the highlands of southern Peru, Arequipa is one of the country´s most important cities. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Arequipa´s historic downtown is home to many white buildings made with a pearly volcanic rock. Come enjoy the city´s many famous plazas, squares, parks, and historic structures and monuments.
Overnight at Posada del Monasterio 3 in Arequipa
You tour starts at the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, which is located next to the impressive Arequipa Cathedral, built in the 17th century and fully rebuilt after several earthquakes. Then you will go to the Monastery of Saint Catherine, built in 1579, which is an authentic medieval cloister and a small religious citadel used to date. You will then visit the Church of the Society of Jesus (1590), considered a classical example of the local baroque architecture, which houses an exceptional collection of paintings and murals. You will end the tour visiting the Yanahuara and Carmen Alto districts, to have a scenic view of Arequipa's countryside.
Overnight at Posada del Monasterio 3* in Arequipa.
You’ll be transferred to the bus station for your 5 hour regular bus transfer to Puno (departures at 8:00 am). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in Puno.
Overnight at Casa Andina Tikarani 3 in Puno.
On the way to Taquile visit one of the 40 Uros Islands. These islands are located within the Titicaca National Reserve, where the Uros continue to live like their ancestors used to. They still preserve their customs and system of communal life. After a 2 hour boat ride, you’ll arrive to visit to Taquile Island. This island is renowned for its wonderful landscape and for its great cultural interest. Its inhabitant’s main occupation is agriculture. They have developed an original form of communal tourism, in which visitors share their homes, foods, customs and traditions (shared/group services). Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at Casa Andina Tikarani 3 in Puno
A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and you will be transferred to bus station, where you will be assisted by a representative. During the morning you will be transferred from Puno to Cusco by bus, passing by spectacular locations on the way such as the town of Andahuaylillas, The Temple of Wiracocha and La Raya, the limit between Cusco and Puno over 4313 masl. The bus has a heating system, guides in English and Spanish, TV / Video, interactive video of the route, GPS, free WiFi, hot drinks on the way (subject to request) and lunch buffet in La Pascana restaurant. A transportation service with a guide will pick you up when you arrive at the bus station and will transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight at San Agustin Internacional 3* in Cusco.
Spend the morning at leisure.
In the afternoon enjoy a guided sightseeing tour to the Imperial City of Cusco. Some of the landmarks you’ll see are: the main square, which was scene for many key events in Cusco’s history; the Cathedral, built between 1560 and 1664 out of large slabs of red granite; the Santo Domingo Convent, built on the Koricancha, an important temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun. Afterwards, visit the nearby ruins: Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture; Kenko, a ritual site with underground galleries and a semicircular amphitheater; Puka Pukara, the red fortress and finally Tambomachay, the Inca Baths.
Overnight at San Agustin Internacional 3 in Cusco.
During the morning, you are picked up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. Then, you are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay. The museum is a centre Andean traditions interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! Transfer to Ollantaytambo where you have free time for lunch. After this, visit the town and local archaeological site, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain.
At the end of this activity, you are transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight at Hatun Valley 3* in Sacred Valley.
*Visits on Sundays include a tour to the Chinchero market.
Transfer from the hotel to the Train Station. A once in a lifetime experience awaits you, on one of the most scenic and interesting train journeys in the world! The picturesque journey along the Urubamba River takes you to the legendary city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. This is the most famous and impressive Incan site. Divided into three districts; this site was intricately built using impressive, ancient techniques. Upon arrival to the lost city, enjoy a shared guided tour to the ruins. Lunch is included in Aguas Calientes. Then, return to Ollanta Station by train and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at San Agustin Internacional 3* in Cusco.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima (not included).
Upon arrival enjoy a sightseeing tour of Lima. You will be transferred privately to Lima’s historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is awash with fascinating cultural sites, colonial architecture and a varied history which reflects the many faces of this intriguing city, with a guided walking tour being the best way of getting to grips with the Peruvian capital. First up is the Plaza de Armas which is dominated by the central 16th century Cathedral, as well as grand colonial buildings, fountains and even native palm trees, making it the perfect introduction to Old Lima. You then visit the 1553 Casa Aliaga Mansion, known not only for its architectural grandeur but also an intriguing
history, as the house was built on land gifted to Jerónimo de Aliaga by Francisco Pizarro on the 1535 founding of Lima, and has been inhabited by his descendants continuously ever since! Next, another colonial mansion-turned-place of historical interest at the Larco Museum, home to many pieces of fine pre-Columbian art, gold and silver artefacts, in a building constructed on the site of a 7th century pyramid. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to the airport for your international flight.
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