LIMA – PARACAS - NAZCA - AREQUIPA - COLCA VALLEY - PUNO TITICACA LAKE - SACRED VALLEY - SUNRISE TO MACHU PICCHU
|Duration: 12 days and 11 nights||Location: peru||start time: 06:00:00|
|Scheduled departures||visits: Lima, Paracas, Overflight Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands, Arequipa,
Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu
DAY 1: Arrival to Lima & City Tour.
Our representative will be at the airport when your plane arrives in order to lead you to your hotel which is located in the neighborhood of Miraflores or San Isidro. You will have some time to settle into your hotel before our first tour. At around 14:15, our guide and driver will pick you up to begin a 4 hour tour of the city of Lima. The first place we will visit will be Huaca Pucllana which was a ceremonial and administrative pre-Incan building. Then, we will visit the city center where we will get to see the Cathedral of Lima, Francisco Pizarro’s tomb, the catacombs of the San Francisco Monastery, the National Congress, and the Palace of Torre Tagle. We will then continue to the sophisticated and modern districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. From these areas we will have nice views of the ocean.Our tour will finish at Kennedy Park in Miraflores. At this time, you might like to enjoy some delicious Peruvian cuisine in one of the many restaurants that can be found in the area.
Day 2: Lima Paracas / Overflight the Nazca Lines.
In the morning, our staff will pick you up and escort you to the bus station from where you will take a bus to Paracas. Once you arrive in Paracas, Machu Travel Peru staff will pick you up transport you to your plane that will fly over the Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines are huge, ancient drawings that can only be seen from the sky and which represent shapes of insects and animals. They include; a monkey, a hummingbird, a condor, and a spider. Their origin is unknown, but many theories propose that they were part of a giant astronomical calendar.You will have the afternoon free to explore the city on your own or to do different activities like riding a dune buggy over the huge sand dunes or watching an amazing sunset.
DAY 3: Ballestas Islands & Aarrival to Arequipa
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and taken to the port where we will catch a boat to the Ballestas Islands. On our way to the islands, we will be able to appreciate the Candelabro (Candleholder), a giant figure drawn in the sand in the same style as the Nazca Lines.On the islands, we will observe lots of playful sea lions, pelicans, penguins, and other sea birds that live on the Peruvian coast.In the afternoon, private transportation will take you to the bus station where you will board a bus to Arequipa.Upon your arrival, Machu Travel Peru staff will be waiting in the bus terminal to assist you and to transfer you to your selected hotel.Please be aware that Arequipa, also known as “The White City”, has an elevation of around 2,328m or 7,638ft above sea level. In order to get acclimatized to the altitude and enjoy your trip to the fullest, please follow these recommendations: Get plenty of rest, drink Coca tea, minimize physical activities, eat lightly and drink lots of water to avoid altitude sickness.
Day 4: Arequipa City Tour.
City tour of Arequipa, including the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIX century Peruvian architecture, housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compania Church, and ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important one in Arequipa due to its history and tradition, with a beautiful façade with carved columns, laurel crowns, flowers, birds, etc. A more careful look at the façade, however, reveals the limits of European influence, as the angels have Indian faces; and indeed one face is even crowned with feathers. Then, we will visit the Santa Catalina Convent; a “small town” built in the XVII century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years cloister.
Perfectly preserved for four centuries, you go back in time as you enter the cloister and see the numerous, spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs of this convent. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5: Colca Canyon Tour.
We depart at 08:00 a.m. Pick you up at your Hotel. On the way we will appreciate the spectacular Volcanoes of Misti (5825 m.s.n.m) and Chachani (6057 m.s.n.m.), also we see wild vicuñas, alpacas & llamas in Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, Also we can observe exotic birds such as: flamingos, ducks, ibis, falcons, eagles, and many others. The view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m.a.s.l). Continuing with the trip we start our decent into Chivay (3600 m.a.s.l), capital of the valley.
Afternoon optional visit to the thermal springs and pools in La Calera 40ºC. Note: The optional visit to La Calera Hot Springs is for passenger’s staying at Chivay only.
DAY 6: Colca Canyon Tour & Arrival to Puno.
Today, you will have to wake up at 06:00hrs to have breakfast in the hotel before continuing our excursion to the Condor Cross Viewpoint. Here, we will be able to admire the flight of condors, huge and wonderful Andean birds that are a symbol of the Andes Mountain Range. From this viewpoint, we will also be able to appreciate the depth of the Colca Canyon. Approximately 4,160m or 13,650ft deep, it is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA.After leaving the viewpoint, we will visit the towns of Maca and Yanque where we will find many examples of typical colonial architecture.After lunch, you will be taken to the bus station where you will catch a bus to Puno.This trip takes around 5 hours and, once you arrive in Puno, Machu Travel Peru staff will be waiting to drive you to your previously selected hotel.
DAY 7: Lake Titicaca Tour
Welcome to Lake Titicaca! To get the most from this day, we recommend you start with a delicious, early breakfast because our staff will pick you up at around 06:40hrs to begin our tour of the lake.First, we will visit Los Uros which are floating islands inhabited by very friendly local people. These islands are handmade by their inhabitants, using only totora reeds. Long ago, these people established their own settlement upon the enormous lake. Then, we will visit Taquile Island, a spiritual home of the Incas. Here, we will enjoy a delightful and traditional lunch that will be prepared by a chef while you relax in this beautiful place.You will also have an opportunity to explore the island and see the best views of the entire lake. Our staff will bring you back to your hotel in Puno later in the afternoon.
Day 9: Bus Journey from Puno to Cusco.
On the sixth day, your trip to the city of Cusco will start between 06:45hrs and 07:00hrs. Machu Travel Peru staff will be at the hotel to drive you to the bus station from where we will depart. Along this spectacular trip, the bus will stop at certain points so we can admire the natural and historic attractions that this route has to offer.First, we will visit the Pucará Museum and have a chance to purchase a Torito de Pucará, a traditional, ceramic bull.Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch in a pleasant restaurant while admiring the amazing scenery of La Raya, the highest point on the border between Puno and Cusco.Then, our bus will stop in Raqchi or the Temple of Wiraqocha (Incan deity), one of the most wonderful Incan structures in Peru. Finally, we will stop in the town of Andahuaylillas and get to see its beautiful chapel and the incredible display of colonial paintings inside.From there, we will travel directly to Cusco where Machu Travel Peru staff will be waiting at the bus terminal to assist you and to drive you to your selected hotel in the city of Cusco.
Day 9: City Tour - Cusco
You will have the morning to spend at your leisure. You may want to take some time to get acclimatized to the altitude or you can explore some of Cusco’s attractions such as the traditional San Pedro Market, the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas or one of the city’s many museums.Just after lunch, our city tour of Cusco will begin, between 13:00hrs and 13:20hrs.First, we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco, located on the Plaza de Armas. Then our tour will continue to Qorikancha (The Temple of the Sun) as well as to several of the city’s impressive archeological ruins such as Sacsaywaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay.Our tour will finish at the main square.At this time, you might like to enjoy a tasty dinner in one of the many nearby restaurants. Alternatively, we can arrange to drop you at your hotel. Just tell your guide what you are in the mood to do.
DAY 10: Sacred Valley of The Incas
First of all, you will have a delicious breakfast in your hotel. Our staff will pick you up between 08:00hrs and 08:20hrs to start our day in the Sacred Valley.Our first stop will be Pisaq a picturesque Andean Village. In spite of its popularity, the local market has retained much of its charm, at least in the parts of it where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their products.After, we will make our way to Urubamba which was one of the major agricultural centers of the Incan Empire and is one of the most beautiful towns in the Sacred Valley.A nice buffet lunch will be waiting for us in this town. We will eat under the blue sky and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. After lunch, we will go to Ollantaytambo, an attractive little town located on the west side of the Sacred Valley. This town has been built on top of original Incan foundations and is the best surviving example of Incan town planning.Chinchero is the last place we will visit today. This village is mainly comprised of mud brick (adobe) houses and the locals still go about their businesses in traditional dress. The walls and roofs of this town are covered in beautiful floral and religious designs.We will be part of the most remarkable textile hand making shows and see great presentations made by locals.On the way back to Cusco, we will enjoy breathtaking views of the nearby Andes Mountains.
DAY 11: MACHU PICCHU FULL DAY
Today is THE DAY! Our transportation will pick you up and take you to the train station where you will board a train to Aguas Calientes.Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, your private tour guide will welcome you and give you some last minute information before starting a tour of Machu Picchu.We will then take a bus up the mountain. This bus journey takes around 25 minutes and follows a winding slope with beautiful views.Upon our arrival, we will check in at the Machu Picchu entrance gate before starting your long awaited tour of the sacred Incan citadel. This tour will last around 2 hours.We will experience the mysteries and magic of the sacred Incan citadel of Machu Picchu by visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows and various cemeteries.When the tour finishes, we will be served a pleasant lunch in a cozy restaurant.Your return to Cusco will be by train. At the train station of your arrival, our staff will be waiting to escort you to your hotel in Cusco.
DAY 12: Departure from Cusco.
Today you will finish our Peru Vacation program. Our staff will pick you up from your hotel and lead you to Cusco International Airport where you will catch your flight back to Lima.Once you arrive to the airport, our program will conclude.