11 Nights / 12 Days
- Ballestas Islands, inhabited by bobo birds, pelicans, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins
- Nazca’s airfield and its fascinating figures
- Cusco and Machu Picchu
DAY 1: Transfer from Lima Airport to your hotel in downtown Lima. A driver will be waiting for you after your arrival, holding a sign with your name, and we will take you safely to your hotel in downtown Lima.
DAY 2: We will begin the tour in the wonderful Larco Museum, located in Pueblo Libre district, where you can see a complete collection of more than 5000 pieces of ceramic, as well as gold and silver, and pre-Columbian erotic art. We will go to the historic center to visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion with beautiful rooms full of invaluable art and history. We continue to the Plaza de Armas, where we find the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal Palace, and other important buildings of the colonial era, where we will visit the Cathedral built in the sixteenth century. After the visit, you will be transferred to the hotel.
DAY 3: In the morning, after breakfast, the transportation service will pick you up at your hotel to transfer you to the Paracas pier, more precisely to the Chaco station: boarding point for the boat trip to the Ballestas Islands. It is a natural reserve of beautiful geological formations, impressive fauna, and lags of a pre-Incan culture, that dominated the desert to install a successful society in adverse conditions. The Ballestas Islands are inhabited by bobo birds, pelicans, sea lions and Humboldt penguins, among other species found in the archipelago. On the way, you can see the still inexplicable lines drawn in the sand forming a candelabrum. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Paracas.
DAY 4: We will pick you up (from the bus station or hotel) to transfer you to the airfield of Nazca. Upon arrival, we will first go through the corresponding procedure that takes about 45 minutes and prepare to fly over these fantastic figures. You will see 13 figures such as the whale, trapeze, the dog, the astronaut, the monkey, the condor, the compass, the spider, the hummingbird, the parrot, the tree, the hands, and Alcatraz. First, you will see the 13 figures mentioned above, to then fly over to Palpa pampas with fantastic new lines discovered. Transfer to your hotel.
DAY 5: Your journey begins with the transfer from the hotel to the center Arequipa city, in the colonial district of San Lazaro, place where the city has been founded. Then, we will visit the Main Square, one of the most beautiful in Peru, and neighbor of the imposing Arequipa cathedral built in the seventeenth century and completely rebuilt after several earthquakes. We will see the Cathedral and the Church Compañía de Jesús (1590), considered a classic example of the local baroque architecture that keeps inside a sample of exceptional paintings and murals. From there will move to the Monastery of Santa Catalina, an authentic medieval cloister built-in 1579 that is still in use to this day. Then, we will visit Yanahuara and Carmen Alto districts to have a Panoramic view of the countryside, without a doubt a fantastic image. After the city tour and Santa Catalina, we will continue the journey towards the Sabandía Mill, built in the century XVIII having about 400 years of operation. We will return to your hotel.
DAY 6: A driver will be waiting for you after your arrival, holding a sign with your name, and we will take you safely to your hotel in Puno.
DAY 7: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the lake port of Puno, where a speedboat or a regular boat will take you to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that populates a series of artificial islands built on the basis of the Totora plant, which grows in the same lake. The islands are constructed by weaving the Totora in the places where it grows thicker and forming a natural layer. On top of it, they built their houses, also of Totora, and cook outdoors to prevent possible fires. After Uros visit and, an hour and a half boat trip, you will continue your journey to the island of Taquile. This is Quechua, unlike the other Aymara speaking islands on the lake. It was part of the Inca Empire and vestiges of this culture can still be seen in its constructions. Once there you will be given a brief explanation of the island and witness a cultural activity. After lunch, you will return to the port of Puno, where our transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
DAY 8: Transfer from Hotel in Puno. A driver will be waiting for you after your arrival, holding a sign with your name, and we will take you safely to your hotel in Cusco.
DAY 9: We will pick you up from the hotel in Cusco, to start a 30 Km. journey until Pisac. This fantastic place has an amazing market, and archaeological temples of stone buildings, with incredible views to the valley and the magnificent Inca platforms. Then, we will continue until Urubamba to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and later we will reach Ollantaytambo. Its temple was the headquarter of Inca’s army, as well as a religious and agricultural place. It has stunning views and more than a hundred Inca platforms with an advanced irrigation canal for that period. We will visit Chinchero, and its typical and colorful Inca market, full of traditional craft as ceramics and Andean looms. After this unique experience, we will back to the hotel in Cusco City.
– Transfer to Machu Picchu At 07:00 pm o’clock, you will go to the Ollantaytambo train station, where we will depart by train to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us in the hotel. You will have a briefing at 09:00 pm at your hotel. Overnight stay at one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu.
DAY 10: Early morning, you will board the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, and urban areas. Energy is all around us. After a guided visit, you will have time enough to stay for more time or take the bus to back to Aguas Calientes Town, and have lunch (Optional).
At the arranged time, we will return to Cusco from the Ollantaytambo train station by tourist bus, and the last stop is at El Regocijo Square, one block away from the main square. Transfer from Ollantaytambo to the Hotel in Cusco
DAY 11: We’ll pick you up from the hotel, and start the tour visiting the Temple of the Sun well-known as Koricancha. This symbolic place has a clear example of the fusion between Incan and Hispanic cultures, and its base was used to build Santo Domingo’s Church and its famous convent. Then, we’re going to visit the Cathedral located in the Main Square, to appreciate beautiful religious paintings of the Cusco School. The Cusco City Tour continues in Sacsayhuaman, an amazing archaeological complex with huge carved stones which fit each other in a perfect way, and it is said that it was built by more than 20 thousand men, and took over 70 years to finish it. Then we will visit Qenqo religious temple, place where the Incas worshiped their Gods like the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. You will have an incredible experience exploring through its underground galleries and admire a semicircular amphitheater. We will continue this entertaining excursion in the military compound of Puca Pucara, which means “Red Fortress” for its reddish infrastructure. Then we will go to the water’s worship center of Tambomachay, with aqueducts and waterfalls provided from nearby springs. In the end, we will back to the hotel.
DAY 12: Transfer from Cusco Hotel to Cusco Airport to go home.