When it comes to visiting the wonders of Peru it is advisable to take the necessary time and let yourself be passionate about the places that have not been spent in the southern part of Peru. Paracas is a bay-shaped spa, it becomes a National Reserve that protects the unique beauty and fauna where endemism predominates, in the vicinity to the south on the thick sands of the coast are the Nazca Lines, wrapped in a deep mystery and only the highest can be distinguished. Between the coastal coast and the Andes is the warm and hospitable city of Arequipa that has a cultural and geographical wealth with fertile valleys, high mountains and deep canyons, the Andes continue and the height rises even further until reaching the Collao plateau The city of Puno in the interior of its Lake Titicaca houses the descendants of the ancestral cultures, its lineage goes back from time immemorial, it is the third city that receives the largest flow of tourists and finally Cusco one of the most emblematic places of tourism in Peru. Get to know all these wonders on our 16-Days Perú Tour.
Day 1: Welcome to Lima / Lima Night
Day 2: Ballestas Islands / Ica
Day 3: Nazca Lines / Chauchilla Cemetery / Bus to Arequipa
Day 4: City Tour in Arequipa
Day 5: Arequipa / Colca Valley
Day 6: Flight of the Condors
Day 7: Travel by bus from Arequipa to Puno
Day 8: Tour to Lake Titicaca / Uros Islands / Taquile
Day 9: Amantani / Taquile / Puno
Day 10: Tourist bus from Puno to the Imperial City of Cusco
Day 11: Cusco City Tour
Day 12: Tour to Machu Picchu The lost city of the Incas
Day 13: Sunrise View of Machu Picchu + Mountain
Day 14: Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 15: Cusco to Lima / Visit the city of the kings
Day 16: Farewell / Transfer to the Airport
Welcome in the hall of the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima / Land Terminal, for the transfer to the chosen hotel. At night we will pick you up from your hotel to take the tour in the Magic Circuit of the Waters, the largest complex of fountains in the world. Here you can enjoy a wonderful show that shows a perfect conjunction and harmony of water, light, music and images. This circuit includes 13 water sources, each with a different charm; We will finally transfer you to your hotel.
Very early you will take the bus from Lima in the direction of Puerto Paracas, where we will be waiting for you to start with the tour, then we will board motorboats to start our visit to the Ballestas Islands the trip lasts approximately 1h, in the course you can observe the famous Candelabro that is related to the Nazca Lines. These islands are very attractive arc-shaped natural rock formations, possessing a great diversity of migratory bird fauna, Humboldt Penguins also called as Pájaro Niño, pelican, condor, boobies, flamingos, sea lions who love to approach tourist boats, jump in a fun way and produce peculiar sounds, altogether becoming an attractive and captivating spectacle for the visitor. After marveling we will return to the Paracas port where you can savor the cuisine or seafood-based dishes, after a short break we head towards the interpretation center of the Paracas National Reserve, which offers interesting informational pictures and photographs showing All the life and fauna existing in the reserve, we can also visit some places of interest such as the Isthmus of the peninsula, Playa Lagunilla. At the end of the visit you will take the bus to the city of Nazca, the trip lasts 3 hours, at the bus station we will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
After breakfast, we will pick you up early from your hotel in Nazca to take you to the Maria Reich airfield, located 3km from the city center, when you arrive before boarding the planes, we will see a documentary video for approx. 30m about the Nazca Lines, in addition our pilot will provide instructions on air travel, once prepared we will board a small plane which can accommodate 15 people, each with a seat next to the window. During the flight being at the top of the immense and enigmatic lines, it will undoubtedly be a great unforgettable experience, These incredible designs and strokes, range from 15m to almost 300 meters long, with a depth of 30cm, can be seen from 1500 feet high, one of the first figures that can be distinguished is the spider, then the condor that is located a little further south, then the figure of flamenco, which is more than 300 meters long, later parrot, gigantic and finally two beautiful designs, the hand and the tree. Once the overflight is over, we will board our vehicle in the direction of the Chauchilla Cemetery, a pre-Inca period necropolis set 28 km southeast of the city of Nazca dating back more than 1000 years old. Despite the inclemency of nature, the bodies are incredibly well preserved, through their habit of burying in this way this Culture has left us mummies, ceramics, multicolored fabrics, and virtually untouched artifacts, ending the tour we will return to the city of Nazca, then take the bus to the city of Arequipa.
At the bus terminal in Arequipa we will be waiting to take you to your hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the city knowing the most remarkable places; We start with Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by its three sides with double arches carved from granite and ashlar, very recognized for the symmetrical architectural harmony and is therefore considered as the most picturesque in America. Around the square there are numerous religious monuments highlighting the minor basilica or the Cathedral of Arequipa that exhibits a neo-Renaissance style with some French influence. Later we will pass to one of the most visited monuments, it is the old monastery of Santa Catalina, open to the public after 400 years of its foundation, inside it has a structure almost like a miniature city with streets that each has its name, passages and gardens. We will continue visiting the rest of the colonial monuments as; the Church and cloisters of the Society of Jesus, the religious complex of San Francisco, the Mirador de Yanahuara, from this place you can see a magnificent view of the Misti volcano and the entire white city. Return to the hotel.
We will pass by your hotel to pick them up and we will drive through the northeast of the city of Arequipa, towards the Colca Valley, on the tour we visit the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca where it is possible to observe, typical wildlife of the Andes such as; vicuñas, llamas and alpacas in the wild, later arriving at Pampa Cañahuas we can see different types of birds such as flamingos, herons, Andean geese, ducks, eagles of the Andes “kara Kara”, then we will reach the highest point of our trip on Patapampa volcano viewpoint where we will have a privileged view of snow-capped mountains.
At noon we will arrive at the town of Chivay (3633m / 11919ft), capital of the valley, indicated place to enjoy a strengthening lunch, in the same way to spend the night, after a short rest, we will take the opportunity to relax in the bathrooms “La Calera” hot springs with a temperature of 40º and whose waters have medicinal properties.
After a delicious traditional breakfast, we will begin our journey along the left bank of the Colca River approximately 58 km to the Colca Canyon, in it we will visit beautiful villages such as Yanque and Maca, typical villages that show off their colonial temples, from which the population still dresses Typical costumes embroidered by themselves, of course they are friendly and welcoming people. Along the valley there are platforms built even in pre-Inca times that are used by the inhabitants as farmland and function as a support of the relief that also adorn virtually the entire valley, finally we will reach our destination, the “Cruz del Mirador” viewpoint Condor”where we can contemplate the depth of the Canyon and the majestic flight of the condors. Back to the city of Arequipa we will continue visiting the places of interest such as stone models, pre-Inca tombs.
In the morning, after breakfast, we will pass by your hotel to pick up and transfer to the bus station to take the local bus to the city of Arequipa. The route from Arequipa to Puno, offers beautiful natural scenery, and an impressive view of the beautiful high Andean lagoons, where you can often appreciate the Andean flamingos, vicuna deer. The trip takes approximately 5 hours, therefore we recommend that you bring some food with you. When you arrive in the city of Puno, at the bus terminal we will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
After breakfast, we will go to your hotel to pick you up and then transfer by private transport to the lake port, where we board a motor boat in the direction of the Uros Island. The entire panorama of the lake has a unique, impressive and charming natural beauty. Once we reach the islands, the contact with the inhabitants will be very exciting until incredible, to see people living on artificial platforms worked by themselves from the aquatic plant better known as totora (Scirpus californicus), on it they have all necessary elements to live as a small house, schools, etc. In these scattered colorful islands they practice their very unique customs and traditions that are also an attraction.
After a continuous tour the trip until arriving in a few hours more to the Island of Amantaní (3875 masl) here the native inhabitants receive us and allow us to go to their houses designed exclusively for the attention of the visitors where we can share a typical lunch , then we will visit its main square later we will make a short walk towards a small hill known as Pachatata, from whose top we can appreciate a beautiful sunset, when the blue waters turn red incarnate, in the afternoon a typical folkloric show, in our lodging houses our family will give us typical clothes to attend the party, Once ready, we will go to the party where we will meet many other tourists; We can dance with native people typical dances of the area. (Keep in mind that the accommodation provided by Amantani families is simple, with rooms with shared bathroom).
After breakfast in the morning we will say goodbye to the families that provided us with the service, and we will descend to the pier to continue with our visit to Taquile Island (3853msnm), the trip will last approximately one hour. Taquile is a huge island that is characterized by what its inhabitants make beautiful handmade fabrics such as; ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high Andean garments, much of the day we will focus on visiting and knowing the customs of the people. On the other hand it is also possible to find the evidence left by the Inca conquerors and Spanish explorers places that we will also visit. We will take this hill to walk to the top of the island, from where you have an impressive view of Lake Titicaca. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant in the area, then you will have free time to visit the tissue workshops and take pictures with the islanders. Finally return to the city of Puno.
After breakfast, we will pass by your hotel to make the transfer to the bus station, the bus has air conditioning, bathroom, hostess, and a local guide on board, who will explain the main attractions that exist on the route. During the trip we will visit the Pucara Museum, an interesting place that exhibits lithic pieces of the Andean cultures. Then we will continue our trip and arrive at the area known as La Raya, the highest point of the route (4335 m.s.n.m) Here we can get off the bus for a few minutes and observe the beautiful landscape. At noon, we will make a stop in the town of Sicuani, where we will enjoy a buffet lunch, after a short rest, we will continue our trip and visit one of the most important temples of the Inca era, called the Viracocha temple, admired by the huge structure of its linear vertical construction, Finally we will visit the beautiful Andahuaylillas Chapel known as the Sistine Chapel of America. At the bus terminal in the city of Cusco, we will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
This day you will enjoy the free morning in Cusco. After noon we will begin the visit to the city and surroundings where you will discover the majesty and beauty of a city that encloses a mysterious and legendary past, where we will travel through ancient roads that will lead us to impressive Inca and colonial constructions. The first point of visit comes to make the Basilica Cathedral of Cusco, one of the most notable colonial monuments in America, Its front is Renaissance style, and contrasts with the baroque and plateresque of its lavish interiors, where an admirable collection of Canvases, gold and silverware. A few blocks from the Cathedral is located the Qoricancha (gold enclosure), considered the most sacred place by the Incas and the entire vast territory of the Tawantinsuyo, in which the community of gods and those considered children of gods, nowadays it looks in the Santo Domingo Catholic temple on the eternal walls worked in the Inca era. Leaving a little of the city 2 km to the north is the commonly called “fortress of Sacsayhuaman” one of the unattainable works done by the hand of Man, even without a quarry around it, it was worked with huge blocks and with such precision a really splendid work, little is known about its function, today in Sacsayhuamán the Inti Raymi ceremony is recreated every June 24, an ancestral celebration in honor of the Sun God. Continuing 2km more in a northeasterly direction, is Qenqo Quechua word translated to Spanish means "labyrinth", it fulfilled a purely ceremonial function dedicated to the internal world, a few kilometers later is located Pucapucara "red fort", space of military control; Tambomachay "cave of rest", because of the architecture and the water sources it possesses, it must have been a place destined to the cult of water, since water was considered as a deity that symbolizes purity and fertility. After our tour, we return to the city. At night, if you wish, we can see a Cusco music and dance show at the Qosqo Center for Native Art. Overnight in hotel
Today is the most anticipated day of our 16-Days Perú Tour. After breakfast at the hotel, we will pass by your hotel to pick you up and then transfer to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo, located 1 hour and 40 minutes from the city of Cusco. Where to take the train in the direction of the town of Aguas Calientes through beautiful landscapes typical of the Andes, the trip will last approximately 2 hours, during the trip taking advantage of the accommodation of the panoramic trains you can take endless photographs of the beautiful inter-Andean landscape. At the Aguas Calientes train station we will be waiting for you to transfer you to the bus station which will lead us along a zigzagging path to the citadel of Machu Picchu for approximately 30 minutes.
In the Inca city of Machu Picchu you will have a guided tour of approximately 2 hours, at the end of the tour you have your free time to take pictures and get to know the place better. At the appropriate time you must take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you can enjoy the varied cuisine. In the afternoon taking advantage of free time you can visit the thermo-medicinal baths. Overnight at chosen hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes.
This day you can explore and enjoy the Inca city to the fullest since you have your time all morning (visit without a guide). After breakfast, in the same way the previous day will take the bus, this time it is highly recommended that you take one of the first buses arriving to the Inca city of Machu Picchu, you can admire and appreciate the spectacular sunrise (if the weather favors), later you will take the road to the mountain of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, during the hike as it ascends, the panorama of the Inca city and the surroundings become increasingly spectacular.
In a timely manner you must board the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes, depending on the train return time, it is necessary to be 30 minutes before boarding the train. When you arrive at Ollantaytambo station we will be waiting for you to transfer to the city of Cusco. Overnight hotel
We will pass by your hotel to pick you up and then transfer northeast from the city of Cusco to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the first point of visit is the archaeological center of Pisaq, beautiful Inca citadel, located on the top of the hill, which It has buildings combined with fine and rustic architecture, after the visit, we will return to the colonial town, in it we will visit the colorful craft market of Pisaq a perfect place to acquire the most representative souvenirs, then we will have a trip of approximately 1 hour to through the fertile valley next to the Willcamayo river bank (sacred river), passing small and colorful villages until we reach the Urubamba village where we will enjoy an exquisite buffet lunch, to later move to the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo, where we will visit the archaeological center of same name that has constructions with megalithic architecture in the main part, ac Accompanied by terraces and simple buildings around it. From this point we will take the course of return to the city of Cusco in the course we will visit the archeological center of Chinchero and the demonstration textile production workshops.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will pass by your hotel to pick you up and then transfer to the airport of the city of Cusco, which is a few minutes from the center of Cusco, we must be at least one hour before to make the corresponding flight procedure, We will say goodbye and take the flight from Cusco to Lima. At the Lima airport we will be waiting for you to transfer to your hotel. Lima is a considerably large city, therefore, it has many tourist attractions from different eras, which is why the following program consists of visiting the most notable places of different eras, such as pre-Inca, Inca, colonial and current times.
After noon We will start the city tour, starting with the “Huaca Pucllana” historical park, located in the district of Miraflores, a pre-Columbian ceremonial and archaeological center built in the 4th century AD. and considered by the Incas as "Sacred People." Later we will visit the city of the kings named after colonial times, the presence of the more than 50 monuments that are around the square are proof of their opulence and nobility at that time, the most prominent are; the main square, the cathedral basilica, Paseo de la República, San Martin Square, the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Palace, museum of the central reserve bank where the collection “Treasures of Peru is exhibited ”, A select exhibition of gold, ceramic and textile objects from various pre-Columbian cultures, the convent of San Francisco which constitutes the largest sample of colonial religious art in America, standing out with its underground crypts known as Catacombs. After marveling at the majesty of the monuments, we will visit the most traditional residential areas of Lima, El Olivar de San Isidro, Miraflores and Larcomar. Return to the hotel.
After breakfast, at the appropriate time we will pass by your hotel and transfer you from the hotel to the Jorge Chavez del Callao airport. We must be two hours before the time of our international flight, we must take into account that we must pay an airport tax of USD 36.00, after checking, we will say goodbye and you will take a flight to your country. End of the 16-Days Perú Tour.
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