Peru Magnificent 12D/11N
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN 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 neighbourhood 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 centre 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 – BALLESTAS ISLANDS – NAZCA.
In the morning after breakfast, 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, we will first enjoy a delicious lunch. We will then go by private transport 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. When we finish the island tour we return to the port and continue by bus to Nazca where we spend the night.
DAY 3: NAZCA LINES FLIGHT – AREQUIPA.
Today we continue our journey to Nazca. After breakfast, we’ll drive for about 2.5 hours to the airport, where we take a 30 minute flight over the incredible Nazca Lines. During this flight over the Nazca Lines, we will be able to see the most fascinating figures such as: the monkey, hummingbird, tree, parrot, astronaut, dog, condor and others. After the flight, we drive to Ica where we will visit the beautiful Huacachina Oasis. After lunch you can enjoy with palm trees lined, blue-green oasis, surrounded by sand dunes on which you can have a wild, unforgettable sand buggy ride and sand-boarding adventure. After we enjoy the sight of a beautiful sunset in the desert, we return to Lima where you will stay in a hotel for the night.
DAY 4: AREQUIPA CITY TOUR.
After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the airport. You will board a flight to Arequipa, where we will do a 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. You overnight at the hotel in Arequipa.
DAY 5: COLCA CANYON TOUR.
We depart at 08:00 a.m., picking 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. In the afternoon there is the option to visit the thermal springs and pools in La Calera 40ºC.
DAY 6: COLCA CANYON TOUR – 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: CUSCO CITY TOUR.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport to board a flight to Cusco. At your arrival, you may want to take some time to get acclimatized to the altitude before starting the city tour of Cusco, 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) and the Convent of Santo Domingo as well as to several of the city’s impressive archaeological 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 off at your hotel. Just tell your guide what you are in the mood to do.
DAY 8: CUSCO – PISPITAYOC (BIKING & RAFTING).
After breakfast, we will leave the Sacred Valley of the Incas travelling through picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes until reaching the Abra Malaga Mountain(4350m.a.s.l.). We will depart, descending on top scale mountain bikes for 3 hours going though rural villages, rivers, orchards and streams reaching the Huamanmarca Region. Our private bus will take the group to Santa Maria, where we will launch the rafting portion of our trek. Note: Those that did not book the rafting tour will go with an assistant guide in our private bus to Santa Rosa, arriving at the La Choza Eco Lodge, located in the Pispitayoc village. Later, the rafting group will be taken to Santa Rosa and hike to the lodge. We will then have dinner and rest for the night.
DAY 9: PISPITAYOC – LLAQTAPATA.
After breakfast, we start walking for 2.5 hours along the riverbanks and start ascending into the high forest observing small coffee and cacao plantations and fruit trees amongst the abundance of flora and fauna. In this area it is possible to see many types of plants, orchids, birds and other wildlife. We witness the mysterious beauty of the high forest, a paradise of biodiversity in the Inca jungle. After arriving to the top of the mountain we will see the whole expansiveness of the Urubamba Valley. After basking in the force of these panoramic views, we descend, arriving at the village Qellomayo where we will have lunch. Afterwards, we will go by bus for about one hour to Lucmabamba and walk up to the Llaqtapata ruins in about 2.5 hours passing and descent for another half hour to the Llaqtapata lodge. Here we will have dinner and sleep at an amazing location with a breath taking view of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
DAY 10: LLAQTAPATA – HIDROELÉCTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES.
The next morning, after a good breakfast we start the descent at 8 p.m. for about 1.5 hours to the river Ahobamba where a bus will take us in half an hour to the hot springs near Santa Teresa. We will have some time to relax before walking to the zip lining location which is nearby. After this activity the bus will bring us to Hidroélectrica where we will enjoy our lunch. We can relax here for a while, then we will continue walking along the train track that is leading through this great jungle that the Inca knew by heart to our final destination: Aguas Calientes. We walk for about 3 hours and along the way you will encounter beautiful waterfalls, different Eco farms and possibly wildlife curious of your arrival in the region at 5 p.m. Here the group will spend the night in a hostel. At night we all will get together in a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have a briefing about our next excursion to Machu Picchu. Then you are free to visit the city which is wonderful after sun’s set.
DAY 11: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.
We start hiking early after breakfast with the ambition to marvel at the sunrise from the heights of Machu Picchu. We will have a 2 hour comprehensive tour and afterwards you will have free time to explore the sacred soil in solitary. The passengers that reserved the hiking tour to Huayna Picchu will have a 2.5 hour steep ascension ending in a rewarding view. In the afternoon the group will descend to Aguas Calientes, boarding a train to Ollantaytambo, and ride back to Cusco arriving in the evening.
DAY 12: END OF TOUR.
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.
11 Nights Hotel
Bus Tickets Lima – Nazca- Paracas- Arequipa-Puno
Flight over the Nazca Lines
Round trip Train Tickets to Machu Picchu
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Bus up/down to Machu Picchu
Professional English Speaking Guide
11 x breakfast, 8 x lunch
Internal Flights Tickets.
Meals (Lunch and Dinner)