LIMA - PARACAS - ICA - AREQUIPA - PUNO - CUSCO
OUR PROGRAMME INCLUDES:
· Transfer airport – bus station / Hotel / airport – bus station
· 2 nights accommodation in Lima
· 1 night accommodation in Paracas
· 1 night accommodation in Ica
· 2 nights accommodation in Arequipa
· 1 night accommodation in Colca Valley
· 2 nights accommodation in Puno
· 3 nights accommodation in Cusco
· 1 night accommodation at the Sacred Valley
· Meals: 13 breakfast + 4 Lunch
· HD City Tour Lima
· Bus Ticket Cruz del Sur Lima – Paracas // Paracas – Ica // Ica – Lima
· HD City Tour + Santa Catalina
· Program 2 Days / 1 Night Arequipa – Colca - Puno
· FD Uros & Taquille
· Bus Ticket Inka Express Puno - Cusco
· FD Sacred Valley
· FD Excursion Machu Picchu
DAY 01: Lima
Welcome to Peru!
Arrival to Lima, reception and transfer to the selected hotel. Assistance with the check in. Overnight.
CHECK IN 15:00
DAY 02: Lima
Start your Half Day City Tour in Lima, this excursion offers the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary. The Peruvian Viceroyalty was the most important one in the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital.
The highlights of its historical centre are its architecture and the urban design of the city, found in the old streets filled with colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies. Our trip includes the Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), Plaza San Martin (San Martin Square) and the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), where you could see their different buildings: Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Palacio Arzobispal the (Archbishop’s Palace), the Basilica Cathedral (Cathedral Basilica) and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). Visit the most traditional residential areas in the capital: The Olive Grove of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar, distinctive tourist centre of contemporary Lima.
Return to the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 03: Lima - Paracas
Transfer to the Bus Station to take the tourist bus Cruz del Sur to Paracas, after about 04 hours arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight.
DAY 04: Paracas - Ica
Transfer to the local pier to board a motorboat and have the excursion to the Ballestas Island, also known as the little Galapagos, here you will see many different birds, also Sea Lions and Humboldt Penguins, return to Paracas and transfer to the Bus Station to take the tourist Bus Cruz del Sur to Ica, arrival after one hours, reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 05: Ica - Lima - Arequipa
Transfer to the local airfield to take the flight over the Nazca Lines, here you will appreciate this amazing figures in a flight from 1.20hours, return to land and transfer to the bus station to take the tourist bus Cruz del Sur to Lima, arrival, reception and transfer to the airport to take the local flight to Arequipa, arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight
DAY 06: Arequipa
Today you will visit the city, including the Santa Catalina Convent that was founded on the second of October in 1580 and has an extension of 20000 square meters and was constructed in the second half of the XVIth Century. The Convent, in which there are still nuns living in cloisters, is a walled small city with narrow streets, passages, staircases and small squares. Then we will visit the Plaza de Armas the Jesuit Church of La Compañía and its beautifully painted Chapel, the Church of San Francisco, the San Lazaro District, Selva Alegre and the typical Districts of Cayma and Yanahuara for a magnificent view of the Misti Volcano. Return to the hotel.
DAY 07: Arequipa - Colca Valley
08:00 start an incredible four hour journey to Chivay. Have your camera ready, as you will stop at various stunning viewpoints including the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, which is home to many exotic Andean animals including vicuñas, alpacas, llamas, flamingos, ibis and the Andean eagle. You will see astonishing landscapes as you drive past lakes, glaciers and some magnificent volcanoes, such as Ampato, Sabancaya, Huallca and Misti. During the journey, we will reach the highest point of 4800m (15,000ft). Afterwards, we head down the canyon to Chivay and transfer you to your hotel.
DAY 08: Colca Valley - Puno
Around 06.00, departure to the "Condor's Cross" from where the great Andean bird, the Condor, may be spotted flying in circles above still farmed green pre-Hispanic terraces. Enjoy the impressive panorama of the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the World (3,180 mts.). On the way back to Chivay, visit to the Town of Yanque, Maca. Afternoon after short rest, transfer to the City of Puno
DAY 09: Puno
06:40 Early in the morning, we take a motor boat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique Floating "Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "Totora". Their homes and boats are also made from this material. Continue to the Taquille Island, where you will have amazing views of the lake and also will enjoy a delicious lunch. Return to Puno. Overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10: Puno - Cusco
At 6:00 transfer to the Bus Station to take the regular Bus Inkaexpress to Cusco.
06:50 departure to Cusco, during the route you will have some stops to visit the most important places.
Pukara Museum — It was the first regional population centre in the northern Lake Titicaca Basin during the Late Formative Period (500 BC- AD 200), providing valuable insights into the origins of Andean civilization in the highlands. During its peak, it covered over a square kilometre and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, herders, and possibly warriors. The Pukara style is identified by impressive monolithic sculptures with a variety of geometric, zoomorphic, and anthropomorphic images plus intricate, multi-coloured pottery in a variety of ritual and domestic forms.
La Raya Pass — it is the watershed between the valley that drains into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads down to Cusco and to the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4338.
Sicuani Buffet Lunch — 3552 meters altitude.
Sicuani is a relatively large highland town. The town is a major intersection, with the road to Puno/Arequipa passing through here. This town is surrounded by some very pretty hills. Afterwards, you have a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with family atmosphere.
Raqchi "Temple of Wiracocha" — The most important building inside the complex is the "Wiracocha temple" that according to the old chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honour to the Superior God invisible for the Andean people: "Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha". The "temple of Wiracocha" is a great construction for that age. Architectonically it is classified as "Kallanka", that is, a high building completely covered with straw (wood and "ichu"). Externally it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meter wide (83 feet).
Andahuaylillas "Sistine Chapel of America" — There, you will find the church of San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Like other Spanish and religious constructions of the time, it was built on top of a huaca, or sacred place for the Incas. Made out of adobe and brick, the church is a small structure consisting of one nave, apse and bell tower. But there's a reason why it's known as the Sistine Chapel of America.
Around 5.20, you will arrive to Cusco. Transfer to the hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11: Cusco – Sacred Valley
Around 09:00 Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas". We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Indian market of Pisac. Lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca 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 in the Lower jungle. The Fortress consists of a series of stepped carved stone terraces accessed by long staircases. Later you can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this Strategic Military, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. Transfer to your Hotel. Overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 12: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu - Cusco
Transfer to the train station to board the Vistadome Service to Aguas Calientes, after the arrival, you will take a bus up to Machu Picchu and start your visit to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas", one of the best-known examples of surviving Inca architecture with a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the marvellous Citadel. 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 Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour, you have lunch in Aguas Calientes, Return to Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 13: Cusco
Today you will have the entire day at your leisure.
DAY 14: Cusco
Transfer to the airport to take the national flight to Lima, arrival, and connection with the international flight. CHECK OUT 09:00
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