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Peru  Fascinating (12 Days / 11 Nights)
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Itinerary

Day 1: Lima/City tour

Upon arrival in the Lima Airport. A representative will be waiting for you with a customized sign with your name and take you to your hotel.Morning free to relax.In the afternoon your trip starts with a tour of the city centrecontaining Government Palace, Basílica Cathedral , City Hall Palace. You will also visit the church of San Francisco, with its enviable collection of old books and a network of catacombs open to the public, as well as other churches and monuments. The tour continues through the residential areas of San Isidro, Miraflores and modern Lima. you will stop briefly at the Parque del Amor (very popular with couples on St. Valentine´s day).Overnight at the Hotel in Lima.

Day 2: Lima / Paracas

Breakfast in the Hotel. Transport to the bus station for the trip to Paracas; the drive on the South Pan-American Highway. you will reach the Pisco airport and fly to the mysterious Lines of the Panpa de Nazca, as they are only observable from flight. Lunch will be served after the Nazca Lines tour, after which you will be free for the day. Overnight at the Hotel in Paracas.

Day 3: Paracas - Ballestas Islands / Lima

Breakfast in the Hotel. Transport to the Paracas Bay to embark on motorboat trip to the Ballestas Island. Attractions on the Island include sea lions,pelicans,Humboldt penguins. From the water off the shore of Paracas can you get a full view of the Candelabra drawn in the sand,here you will get to visit the Center of Interpretation of Paracas, then we go to see a rock formation called THE CATHEDRAL, called like that because the erosion gave that shape trough the million of years.
After that we will visit a circuit of beaches as red beach, lagunilla beach and yumaque beach. Is in this one where we found a group of big stones consider as a fosillized dinosaurs egg, still being a unexplained topic for the science. Return to Lima by bus and transport from the bus station to your chosen hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Lima.

Day 4:Lima/ Arequipa

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa the white city because of its buildings made from sillar, a white volcanic stone.Upon arrival to Arequipa reception and take you to your hotel.
This day you will visit the Main Square, the Convent of Santa Catalina established in 1580 and is among Peru's most beautiful convents, it is like a small-scaled Spanish city, complete with stone streets and plaza ,The place became a monastery after it played the role of providing sanctuary to upper class women in the colonial age. The tour then takes you to see the cathedral, Church and cloisters of the Company, lastly your visit to Carmen Alto and Yanahuara,Sabandía.we will transport you back to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Arequipa.

Day 5:Arequipa/Colca Valley

Breakfast at hotel.Skirting the volcanoes that surround the city of Arequipa, you will enter the Pampa Cañahuas which houses the Vicuña National Reserve,
From there we move on to Patawasi (3800m) where you will take pleasure in the natural rock formations with the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. We will ascend (4500m), passing "Tocra" on the way. You can take pictures of "Altiplano". The "highlight" of the tour will be "Pata Pampa" where you will stand at 4820m. Arrival to Chivaytown (3651m), lunch and a little rest.Overnight at the Hotel in Colca Valley.

Day 6:Colca Canyon/ Puno

Breakfast.Out at approximately 06:15 hrs.to visit the Cruz del Condor, where you will appreciate the depth the canyon, considered deeper than the Grand Canyon. Appreciate the majestic flight of the condor in its habitat natural. In return, we will visit the towns of Macca(shook by earthquake in 1991) and Yanque with its colonial era churches, and cave paintings. Arrival to Chivay at midday; lunch at one local restaurant.After lunch take the bus to Puno journey will take around 6 hours. Upon arrival reception and transfer to the Hotel in Puno. Overnight at the Hotel in Puno.

Day 7:Lake Titicaca tour/Uros Floating Islands¬ - Taquile

Breakfast at hotel . Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel by our local guide and then transferred to the harbor. We start off our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting "The Uros Floating Islands", The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world. On the islands we will learn with our local guide about the life style and customs. After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our journey towards "Taquile Island" (2 hour aprox.), a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. The weaving tradition of the Taquile Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. When we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also see gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. Lunch at one local restaurant. After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will be back in Puno by 17:00 hrs. approximately. Overnight at the Hotel in Puno

Day 8:Puno/ Cusco with Guided Tour

Breakfast at hotel. You will be picked up at 7:00 and transfer to Cusco by tourist bus and taken to the Pukara Rock Carvings Museum,it contains a collection of zoomorphic rock carvings and monoliths showing sophisticated detail. After there will be a short stop at La Raya, the highest point on the road from Puno to Cusco, at over 4313 m.a.s.l. After lunch in the village of Sicuani, you will visit the temple dedicated to the deity Wiracocha in the ruins at Racchi. The next stop will be Andahuaylas. The principal attraction of this town is the church of Andahuaylillas. Also known as the "Sistine Chapel of America" because of the quality of works of art it contains. Once you arrive in Cusco, you will be transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.

Day 9:Cusco - City Tour

Breakfast in the Hotel. Transport from hotel to airport. Arrival at Cusco, a representative will be waiting for you with a customized sign with your name and take you to your hotel.At 1:30pm pick up from the Hotel; guided sightseeing tour in Cusco such as: the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), which displays the best Inca stonework in the city, and the Cathedral in Cusco's Main Square with its magnificent colonial art.Go to the outskirts of the city to see the Inca ruins. Saqsahuaman, the amphitheatre of Qenqo, the fortress of Pukapukara and the spring shrine of Tambomachay.Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.

Day 10:Cusco/ Sacred Valley of the Incas

Breakfast in the hotel.This tour is a full day and includes the village of Qorao (where is possible to take beautiful pictures of the landscapes from a lookout site ), Pisaq market where you can purchase beautiful textiles, jewelry and ceramics . Lunch at Sacred Valley, after lunch, visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, This is a large site of ruins characterized by fine masonry, terraces, canals, granaries, fortress walls, and the Temple of the Sun. On the way back to Cusco we'll also visit Chinchero.Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.

Day 11: Cusco / Machu Picchu

Breakfast in the Hotel.you will be picked up from Cusco hotel by our company representative who will then drop you at the railway station of Ollantaytambo for a two hour train journey to Machu Picchu "The Lost City of the Incas" . Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a masterpiece of construction and engineering as well as a sanctuary for Inca Pachakuteq (1438 - 1572).
Arrive at AguasCalientes, you will get on a bus that will drive you up a hill to Machu Picchu or "Old Mountain". Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the sacred sun dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the entire tour is complete, you will have enough time to wander around this Archaeological Site.Lunch at a local restaurant.Afternoon: return by bus and train to Cusco.Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.

Day 12 Cusco/Lima

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport in order to board the regular flight to Lima. Arrival and international flight conexion.

Included / Not Included

What is Included? What is not included?
  • All excursions mentioned in the program
  • Professional guide English/Spanish
  • Flight over the Nazca Lines in Airplane
  • Bus ticket(Cruz del Sur company): Lim –Ica- Nas – Lim
  • Round trip Train Tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Bus up/down to Machu Picchu
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Bus ticket to Cusco(Inka Express Company)
  • All Transfers
  • Entrance Fees
  • 24 Hour support by our local staff
  • Double or single room in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Domestic flights
  • International Flight tickets
  • Meals
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

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