This trip is designed to allow you to discover Peru, with a fun spirit that will appeal to young and old alike. Within the circuit there are cultural activities within the local communities, this will give you and your children a pleasant and entertaining trip during which you will never have the chance to get bored! An ideal stay for you and your family. You will also discover the main attractions of the south of Peru in a leisurely and quiet way. This complete circuit will take you to the capital Lima, Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis, Arequipa, the Colca Valley, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and, of course, Machu Picchu. A true concentrate of culture and history in 14 days.
A city that lives, where the past blends with the present. Where palaces, monasteries and colonial convents exist in amazing harmony with modern buildings and the most impressive and millenary pre-Inca huacas. Whether in the hallway of an old mansion or in the depths of a gloomy catacomb. Lima, the city of kings awaits you, to dazzle you with its magic and intoxicate you with its flavor. Upon arrival at the Lima airport, a host will greet you and assist you with your transfer and hotel check-in.
In the morning our staff will pick you up at your hotel to transfer you to the bus terminal and take you to Paracas on the Panamerican Highway along the Pacific coast. Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel and later we will start the tour of the Paracas National Reserve during this land excursion you will be able to see large groups of flamingos feeding on the seashore. In order to have a better view of these beautiful birds, it will be necessary to make a short walk to a small viewpoint; we will enjoy not only beautiful maritime and desert landscapes, but we will also be able to learn about the ancient Paracas man, who inhabited its coasts more than 2000 years ago, leaving as evidence in their necropolis a great diversity of rich textiles. Later we will continue our visit through the desert, following an unpaved road until we reach the beautiful beach of Lagunillas, where we can enjoy a good lunch and drinks in front of the sea.
In the afternoon we will transfer to the bay of Paracas, where we will board our boat for the tour. We have the boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, where you can observe Otarids, pelicans, penguins and other seabirds. On the way we will appreciate a figure of El Candelabro, engraved on the side of a hill, is a geoglyph of rock formation eroded by the wind and the sea. At the end we continue our trip to Ica and head to the Huacachina Lagoon, an oasis in the desert where we will spend the night. Free afternoon with the option of buggy or sandboarding in the dunes. Dinner and rest.
This day after breakfast we leave to the bus station to go to Lima, where we will be waiting for you and your transfer to the airport in Lima, where you have the flight to Arequipa and upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
In the morning we have organized the visit of the emblematic places of the city and surroundings. Our visit begins with the viewpoint of "Carmen Alto" in this place we will observe the three tutelary volcanoes that surround the city of Arequipa. Then the district of Yanahuara to appreciate the portals built in ashlar. Later the monastery of Santa Catalina that presents a citadel, founded in the year 1579, likewise we will take a walk through the Plaza de Armas and we can observe the facade of the minor basilica of Arequipa, with a neoclassical style and the church of the company of Jesus. Later in option you can visit the Andean sanctuaries museum, where objects and artifacts of the pre - Inka and Inka times are exhibited, as well as the famous "mummy juanita", the girl of the ice.
We will stop at your hotel after lunch and leave for Puno. The first stop is in "pampa cañahuas", located in the national reserve aguada blanca, which is located behind the volcano chachani, here we can see vicuñas, llamas and hopefully foxes, guanacos or pumas. Next stop at "patawasi" (pampa cañahuas), where we have time for a coca tea. Continuing our tour, an additional stop is made at "el mirador de carlitos", a place that offers tourists a panoramic view of the Andean altiplano. Finally, the last stop is made in "lagunillas", a viewpoint where you can observe the group of small lagoons, Andean flamingos and other birds that inhabit that place. Then we will be arriving to Puno.
This day we will visit Lake Titicaca and its islands by boat, the excursion begins with the floating islands of the Uros, famous for its unique way of life, in this Aimara people build their houses on large reed rafts and moored by stakes that do not allow the islands to drift, the people who inhabit these islands live from fishing, handicrafts, hunting and collecting eggs that are sold in the city of Puno. Then continue to the island of Amantani, for after 45 minutes we reach our destination and continue with a 30 minute walk to reach the rural houses, where we will settle in typical rooms, then have lunch typical of the area and then we will have time to rest and explore more of the island, where we will observe the ceremonial centers of PACHAMAMA and PACHATATA; Also from this point you can see the Andes Mountains and Lake Titicaca in all its magnitude, finished the activity, we return to the rural houses to share dinner and later participate in the folkloric dance with the families, who will provide us with the typical clothes of the people, to dress up and enjoy the party with Andean music.
In the morning we have breakfast with the families in Amantani, then we leave for Taquile Island, we arrive at the port, from where our walk begins to discover the island of Taquile, a stretch for 45 minutes, to reach the main square of the island of Taquile, its inhabitants live in a traditional way, a kind of communism where property is private but the work is collective; about 300 people work in the community one day for themselves and others for the community. Taquile's life is self-sustainable and lives according to the Inca principles of "don't steal, don't lie, and don't be idle" customs that have been maintained for centuries. We will then enjoy a typical buffet lunch on the island, before heading to the port where our boat awaits us, which will take us back to Puno and then to your hotel.
This day in the morning we head towards the city of Cusco. The route crosses the Collao plateau where we will stop in the town of Pucara (70 km), famous for its craftsmanship of the popular "toritos de Pucara". Later we will stop at the border of Puno - Cusco and spot South American camelids. Continuing with the trip we will arrive at the archaeological center of Raqchi, a sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec in honor of the God Wiracocha. Moreover, the structure has two circular lateral columns, around the temple there are several buildings that were once houses and warehouses. Then we arrive to the town of Andahuaylillas, where we will visit the church of San Pedro better known as the "Sistine Chapel of America", characterized by its richness and artistic beauty. Finally, transfer to the hotel.
Free morning. In the afternoon we will visit the ancient capital of the Inca empire and current archaeological capital of America; the visit begins with the Cathedral of Cusco, which is decorated inside with many altarpieces in gold leaf as well as its paintings dating from the Cusco school, then the temple of the sun, better known as Q'oricancha. Then we visit the Inca archaeological sites, such as the complexes of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Q'enqo and the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman; strategically built on a hill overlooking the city of Cusco. Its enormous stone walls were carved and joined with amazing precision. Some of these stones exceed 9 feet in height and weigh more than 100 tons.
In the morning, we will pass by your hotel to leave for the Sacred Valley of the Incas, for a splendid day, a tour in which we will discover the villages located in the Sacred Valley, but by bicycle. The tour will be along the left bank of the Vilcanota River, which you will follow until you reach Lamay or Calca, depending on the distance you want to ride (16km or 21km). On the way you will pass through many villages where the inhabitants are dedicated to agriculture because the land here is rich and fertile. Finished, we board our mobility to continue the visit of the archaeological site of Pisaq, where there are buildings that have not changed over the centuries and also its traditional handicraft market of the village. Return to Cusco.
This day we will begin to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The excursion begins in Chinchero; it is a town stopped in time, and like in no other place you will be able to observe the living culture that is still dragged from the Inca times, where you will visit its main square, a beautiful combination of Inca and colonial architecture, where the temple is built on what was the palace of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, inside it contains beautiful works of art of notable indigenous painters of the Cusco school. In the square there are three large portals, two of them accompany a beautiful Inca wall containing trapezoidal niches, also at the side of the square you can see remains of Inca walls and terraces; then we go to Moray; archaeological group of depressions or gigantic natural holes in the surface of the land that were used to build in their contours terraces or agricultural terraces with their respective irrigation canals. We continue with the salt mines of Maras; constituted by about 3000 small wells, during the dry season they are filled or "irrigated" every 3 days with salt water that emanates from a natural spring located in the upper part of the wells so that, when the water evaporates, the salt contained in it solidifies gradually, later the salt is beaten and thus granulated. Then we leave towards the fortress of Ollantaytambo, located on the hill overlooking the town, buildings such as the Temple of the Sun and its gigantic monoliths stand out: the Mañaracay or Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Princess Baths. In the upper part stands a fortress, with a series of carved stone terraces, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of the people of the jungle. After the visit we will go to the train station to leave for Aguas Calientes, upon arrival transfer to your hotel..
This day after breakfast we head towards the bus station and depart to Machupicchu and see how spectacular is the citadel of Machu Picchu, "old peak", considered a jewel of Inca architecture: with neighborhood squares, houses, agricultural areas, roads, observatories, etc.. Built on one of the flanks of the old mountain in the middle of semi-tropical vegetation. It was built on one of the flanks of the old mountain and discovered on July 24, 1911 by the North American explorer Hiram Bingham. We will have a guided tour for 2 hours, where we will visit the most representative places of the Inca citadel of Machupicchu. After the visit, we have free time to continue exploring and optionally we can visit the mountain of Huaynapicchu; from where you have beautiful views of Machu Picchu. Later we return to Aguas Calientes and then we go to the train station to go to Poroy and then transfer to your hotel.
This day at the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport, where you will have the flight to Lima and where later you will have the international flight back.
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