International arrival in Lima
Assistance on arrival at the international airport of Lima and transfer to hotel. Here you will receive a briefing on your tour; receive vouchers for the provision of all services included in the tour and the start of its journey through Peru.
Lima - City Tour / Ica
Breakfast. Guided tour through the most important places and attractions of Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes tour of the Historic Center of Lima, panoramic view of the Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, Municipal Palace, Church of Santo Domingo, where the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porres, Lima Colonial and balconies. Then visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, convent cloisters and chapter rooms and tangerine, Chorus and Library of the monks, museum that displays 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings by Zurbaran and Rivera, great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVI century, Moorish arches and underground catacombs.
Finally, we visit the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial and administrative center of the Lima Culture built in the second century A.D. and considered by the Incas as Ñaupallaqta, "Holy People"; El Olivar Park of San Isidro, with olive trees brought from Spain in the fifteenth century; the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, tourist and entertainment center, a symbol of modern Lima and vantage point to appreciate a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Return to hotel in Lima. Lunch on your own. Transfer to the bus station to go to the city of Ica. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Ica / Paracas - Ballestas Islands / Nazca / Arequipa
Early morning departure to Paracas, where the sanctuary's most important wildlife of the Peruvian Coast. Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, where we can observe sea lions, boobies, pelicans, penguins and other seabirds. Both the outward and return have the opportunity to see the "Candelabro", a gigantic figure of unknown origin, the style of the Nazca Lines, drawn in the sand on the side of a hill. Transfer to Nazca bus. Upon arrival transfer to hotel to leave your stuff and then we transfer to Nazca airport to board a plane to fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines; enormous line drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures etched in the desert, which can only be appreciated from the air. In the afternoon they will rest at your hotel, then at night dating to the city of Arequipa by bus.
Arequipa - City Tour
In the morning Arriving in the city of Arequipa ,after his accommodation at the hotel start the guided city tour of Arequipa starting with the Plaza de Armas, which is considered one of the most beautiful of Peru; the Cathedral, an example of Peruvian architecture during the nineteenth century which houses precious treasures of gold and silver; and the Church of the Company, former Jesuit temple, maybe the most important of Arequipa by history and tradition, with a beautiful façade with carved columns, laurel crowns, flowers, birds, etc. A careful look reveals that European influence had its limits: the angels have Indian faces. Even one of them wears a crown of feathers. Then visit the convent of Santa Catalina, a "small city" of the seventeenth century opened to the public in 1970 after 400 years of faculty, transporting visitors in the past four centuries. It will cover numerous and spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs of this convent. About 20 nuns still live in a section of the convent, which once housed up to 500 nuns. After the morning tour, transfer to hotel and free time for lunch. We recommend lunch at the restaurant Sol de Mayo. Free night. We recommend dinner at the hotel and go to bed early, because the next day our guide will pick you up very early to start your journey to the Colca Canyon.
Arequipa - Colca Canyon
Early in the morning, you will embark on an incredible journey of about 4 hours by bus to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world (3,400 m.), Passing through Pampa Cañahuas in the National Reserve of Aguada white, vicunas and alpacas habitat (South American camelids). The highest point of the route is 4,900 meters. We also see beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas. Refreshments during the trip. On arrival at Colca Valley, transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we recommend rest and acclimatize to the altitude. If you are in good physical condition, you have free time to take a walk around the hotel or take a refreshing dip in the nearby hot springs. Overnight accommodation in the Colca Valley.
Colca - Condor Cross
Very early in the morning we will depart to the Condor Cross, where usually the world's largest bird can be seen flying. During the return we visit the towns of Yanque, Coporaque, Achoma and Maca. Good opportunity to appreciate the life of the inhabitants of these villages has not changed much since Inca times. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon return to hotel in Arequipa. Free night.
Breakfast, Departure to the beautiful countryside of Arequipa, visiting the Sabandia Mill, flour mill built in 1621, driven by the waters of a waterfall and is currently operational. The Founder's Mansion, an estate of the sixteenth century belonging to the founder of the city, Lord Lieutenant of Governed and Governor Garcia Manuel de Carbajal, then sold to the Jesuits, who used it as a retreat, then passed into the hands of the Goyeneche family . Highlights among its attractions and beautiful restored chapel.
Arequipa / Cusco - City Tour and guided tour to nearby ruins
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel. We recommend resting the rest of the morning to acclimatize to the altitude and lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, we guided tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. The tour continues outside the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco complex. Famous for its enormous carved stones joined with astounding precision to form the outer walls of the complex. Some of them standing over 9 meters. Tall and weigh over 350 tons.
Return to Cusco (Regocijo Square).
Cusco - Sacred Valley
After breakfast we go on a guided tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, over the Vilcanota River for a panoramic view of the Inca citadel of Pisac and visit a typical Indian market town of Pisac which takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its inhabitants and haggle prices with vendors. (Sunday Mass is celebrated in Quechua, the native language). Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon, stroll through Calca and Urubamba on the way to the Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes of the jungle. We will have the opportunity to walk through the narrow streets and get a clear idea of what this strategic military, religious and cultural center during the Inca Empire. Return to Cusco ( Regocijo Square). Free night. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the nightlife of Cusco, enjoying a Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the square.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
Early in the morning, we will go to the train station for a three hour drive to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Arrive at Aguas Calientes station to take the bus to take us on a journey of 20 minutes, rising by a zigzag path, to the incredible Machu Picchu. The tour includes a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. free time to stroll around the citadel. Overnight at the hotel in Aguas Calientes. Free night.
Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Excellent opportunity to get up early to watch a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll around the town of Aguas Calientes and visit its hot springs. Then have time to do any of the following activities (not included in price):
1. Visit the second time the Citadel of Machu Picchu.
2. For the more adventurous, climb Huayna Picchu recommend (if it is not raining) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distance. Top takes about two hours and you can only do so before 13:00 hrs. You need to register at the booth located at the beginning of the route. (We recommended in case you taking this option second visit let us know to give them the second income, as revenues for this area are bought in advance) This tour is an exciting adventure travelers who want to see the contrast between wild nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco, transfer to hotel for overnight.
Free night. We recommend dinner at the hotel and go to bed early.
Cusco / Puno
Early morning departure by bus to the city of Puno (3,860 m.s.n.m.). During the trip we pass Wacarpay Lagoon, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters. We proceed to the beautiful town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of America, for its wealth of colonial art and frescoes covering walls, baseboards, ceilings and doorways. Along the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we visit the spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca god Viracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base and other walls made of adobe. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. Approximately 70 kms. later, we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of llamas and vicunas. Then we travel along the plateau of Collao, stopping at the town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile center, to visit the temple Kalasaya, belonging to the ancient culture Pucara. Lunch in a pleasant, quiet and peaceful place, where we enjoy the regional cuisine. Afternoon arrival in Puno, transfer to hotel. Free night. We recommend dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Puno - Lake Titicaca, Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile
Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the floating islands of the Uros, ancient pre-Inca Lake, settlers known as the Water Tribe. These Andean natives built their own islands by periodically adding new layers of totora (Scirpus totora), vegetable fiber of the Papyrus family. They also use this material to build their houses and boats. We continue sailing to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed from generation to generation, an efficient and original social system while a magnificent weaving technique. Upon arrival lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites. In the afternoon, return to Puno and transfer to hotel. Free night. We recommend dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Puno Sillustani - Lima
In the afternoon we visit the famous Sillustani, cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury the high priests. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, only adds beauty to the place. Here you will have the opportunity to observe several local typical birds of the area. Transfer to the airport for departure to Lima.
End of our services
This 14-day tour offers you a perfect journey through Peru, traveling along the southern Peruvian coast to the Andes. From his first day in Peru we grant you the most amazing travel experience visiting the main attractions of Lima; Paracas National Reserve; Nazca Lines; Colca Canyon in Arequipa; the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes in Cusco; and finally, Lake Titicaca, Floating Islands of Uros, Taquile Island and Juliaca, in Puno.
Tour to Lima, Paracas National Reserve and Nazca Lines, Arequipa and Colca Canyon, Cusco and Machu Picchu, Puno and Lake Titicaca and its islands
All our programs can be modified according to your requirements, whatever the length of your tour, interests or specific activities, flight reservations or additional destinations.