From the middle coast to one of the seven wonders of the World: Machupicchu, this trip combines the essential places to have adventure experiences and enjoy Peru in family. The start is by the coast with the arrival at the capital of Peru: Lima, the visit of the Ballestas Islands, the Huacachina oasis, and of course without forgetting Nazca and its mysterious lines. The next stage continues by visiting the mythical city of Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, before venturing out to Lake Titicaca in Puno. At the end but not least, the journey will end with the unmissable region of Cusco and the discovery of the majestic citadel of Machupicchu, still shrouded in wonder and mystery. An unmissable journey to enjoy in family!
Upon arrival at Lima’s airport, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel. Free evening in the dynamic districts of the Peruvian capital. Overnight in Lima.
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our journey going to the bus station to take a scheduled bus from Lima to Paracas through a highway, which runs along the Pacific coast. Arrival to the hotel of Paracas, where we will leave our unnecessary belongings and depart towards the Paracas National Reserve. During this excursion, we will walk to a small viewpoint to be able to enjoy the maritime and desert landscapes, see large groups of flamingos feeding on the shores of the sea and learn about the ancient Paracas culture, who inhabited those coasts about 2000 years ago. Finally, we will be crossing the desert, following an unpaved route until we reach the beautiful beach of Lagunillas, where we can enjoy a good lunch and drinks in front of the sea (not included on package). Return to the Hotel and overnight in Paracas.
In the morning, we will walk towards “El Chaco” port to take a boat to the Ballestas Islands. During this excursion we will discover the richness of the local marine fauna: elephant seals, pelicans, penguins and other sea birds taking advantage of the cold Humboldt current extremely rich in plankton, and therefore in fish! After the experience, we will have time for lunch (not included in package) and then be transfered the city of Ica, south of Paracas. Arriving to Ica, we will visit the famous Huacachina Oasis and enjoy the view in the middle of the desert. In addition, there will be other activities to do as sandboarding and buggy cars (at an additional cost). Overnight in Huacachina oasis.
On our fourth day, we will depart towards Nazca. Along the way, you will begin to glimpse the mysterious Nazca Lines. We will drive to the Chauchilla necropolis, a Pre-Columbian necropolis, the only place in Peru where we can discover thousand-year-old tombs populated with mummies that have allowed us to reconstruct the history, environment, daily life, uses and customs of this civilization swallowed by the sands of the Peruvian desert.
In the afternoon, a transfer will be made to the bus terminal to take the line bus to the city of Arequipa. Upon arrival at night, a transportation will be waiting to transfer you from the bus terminal to your Hotel in Arequipa.
Extra activities to do on Nazca: (not included in package) Flight over the “Nazca lines” (130 USD per person). American scientist Paul Kosok discovered the Nazca Lines in 1939 when he flew over the area in search of irrigation canals. They appear as a dense network of zoomorphic and geometric figures up to 300 m long (984 ft.), and 10km straight lines, visible only from the sky.
In the morning, discover the so-called white city and its colonial center by walking: the Plaza de Armas, the Santuarios Andinos museum and the Santa Catalina’s Convent. A true city with its alleys lined with colorful houses. You will then go to the Yanahuara and Cayma overlooks, which offer panoramic views of the fabulous surrounding volcanoes. Return to the hotel and free afternoon. Overnight in Arequipa.
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package)
– River rafting on the Chili River.
– Horse or bicycle excursion in the Arequipa countryside.
Free morning. After lunchtime, we will start our journey towards the city of Puno. On the way, we will stop in Pampa Cañahuas, located in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. This place is located behind the Chachani volcano (6057 m // 19,872 ft.) and if we are lucky we can see animals such as vicuñas, llamas, foxes, guanacos or even cougars! Our next stop is in Patawasi, where we will rest a while off the car and taste a bit of coca tea, a very famous leaf of the Andes. We continue the road with a stop at an overlook to observe a panoramic view of the Andean highlands. Finally, our last stop is at Lagunillas, a viewpoint where we can see a group of small lagoons, with a variety of flora and fauna. Arrival to Puno and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Puno.
In the morning, we will be transfered to the port of Puno to take the boat to Amantaní Island, located on Lake Titicaca (“stone puma” in the Aymara language). Along the way, we will visit the floating islands of Uros, where Aymara inhabitants build their homes on gigantic reed boats (totoras). Our navigation on Lake Titicaca will continue to Amantaní Island. We will walk the trails and enjoy the exceptional view of the Royal Bolivian Cordillera. By ascending the Pachatata (4200 m // 13,779ft.) we will discover the magnificent sunset over the lake. We will then descend and encounter our family hosts for the night, who will welcome us to their home and share us their traditional food and tell us stories about their daily lives. Overnight at the local house in Amantaní.
For the excursion on Lake Titicaca, bring a backpack of maximum 10 kilograms so as not to overload the boat. The rest of your belongings will be left in storage at the hotel in Puno.
In the morning, we will have breakfast with our hosts in Amantaní and depart to Taquile Island by boat. Upon arrival, we will start walking for about 45 min until we reach the main square of the island. In this particular island, their inhabitants live in a very traditional way, dating back to the time of the Incas. Here about 300 people work one day for themselves and the next for the community. Taquile’s life is self-sustaining and has maintained for centuries the Inca principles of “do not steal, do not lie, and do not be lazy”. We take our boat back to Puno, overnight in the Hotel.
Early departure by bus towards Cusco. We will cross the Collao plateau where you will stop at the village of Pukará. It is one of the last places to testify to the pre-Inca’s culture of the same name. We will then pass La Raya (4360m // 14,304ft), symbolizing the end of the Altiplano (plateau) and the beginning of the Cusco region. It is in Sicuani where we will stop for an Andean lunch before resuming the road towards Raqchi. We will visit the spectacular Incas sanctuary, built by the Inca Pachacutec in honor of the Inca god Wiracocha. Then, we will continue on to the village of Andahuaylillas and San Pedro’s Church, known as the “Sistine Chapel of South America” for its richly decorated ceiling. Arrival to Cusco and transportation to the Hotel. Free evening and overnight in Cusco.
Free morning to adjust to the altitude. In the early afternoon, we will start our experience walking the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Incas capital. We will start visiting the Cathedral, an impressive building that has many paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña (School of Cusco) as well as real goldsmith treasures. We will continue our discovery in Santo Domingo and Koricancha Monastery, ancient temple of the Sun. Then we will head towards the most important archaeological sites surrounding the city of Cusco. We will start with Tambomachay, and then descend on foot to PucaPucara, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman. This last one is a fortress, and it was built on a hill, which dominates the city of Cusco. It is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stones nested to the nearest millimeter, some of which exceed 9 meters (29.5 ft.) in height and weigh more than 550 tons. After visiting these 4 ruins, return to the Hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
After breakfast, we will depart towards the Sacred Valley, where we will encounter our staff with our mountain bikes. The route will be bordering the Vilcanota River, with a stop in the towns of Lamay or Calca, depending on the distance you want to travel (16km or 21km). On the way, we will go through many crops where the inhabitants dedicate themselves to agriculture due to the richness of the land. We will take our transportation to the archaeological complex of Pisac, made up of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest in the region. It was from there that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. In addition, we will stop at Pisac’s traditional craft market. Return to Cusco and overnight at the Hotel.
Chinchero is a town that looks to be frozen in time; we will find wonderful Inca sites, a wonderful view and a traditional market where you can find all kind of souvenirs and traditional clothing. Next place to visit in our journey is the village of Maras and visit their famous salt mines. We will witness the thousands little salt ponds where the process of solidification is naturally happening, and we even might be lucky to see the local villagers collecting it. We will continue our descent to the Sacred Valley of the Incas until we reach the town of Urubamba, where we will have lunch. Then, we will follow the river until reach the village of Ollantaytambo and visit the imposing archaeological fortress. Finally, we will walk towards the train station located in the same village and take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small village located at the foot of the famous Machupicchu. Arrival and installation at the hotel. Free evening and overnight in Aguas Calientes.
* In order to guarantee a safe and punctual service, the national train company Perurail asks passengers going to Machupicchu to take only a small backpack of 5kg and 157cm (height + width + length) maximum or a bag cabin type. Please note that the company has become very strict regarding these restrictions. Suitcases and large travel bags will not be accepted on the train. You will leave your luggage and personal belongings for the day, leaving them at the hotel in Cusco before the excursion. After the excursion of Machupicchu, you will return to the Hotel in Cusco.
Early in the morning, we will take the shared bus to go up to the most famous Inca site in the country: Machupicchu, “old summit” in Quechua’s language. During your guided tour (around 2h), you will discover, still enveloped in the morning mist, this architectural complex built on a narrow ridge bordered by precipices. An impressive vision that evolves with the progression of the sun. We will then walk through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, its paths and its observatories. After the guided tour, we descend in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Poroy. (The closest train stop to the city of Cusco) Arrival to Poroy and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (Without assistance on arrival).
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package and reserved in advanced) Possibility of adding the ascent of the Huaynapicchu Mountain or Montaña Machupicchu depending on availability. (These mountains are part of the landscape of the citadel of Machupicchu and have different times and entrances, since they take more time to climb and visit)
Transfer to the airport of Cusco for a national flight with destination Lima. This flight can correspond with your international one.
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