The Best of Peru in 2 Weeks! With this programme, you will be able to travel to Peru starting from the coast, traveling all the way to the south. You will start from Lima, where you will be able to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites, as well as its unique gastronomy. From there, you will continue to Paracas, where you will be able to see its natural abundance. Here you will discover sea lions, pelicans, penguins, and others seabirds. Then you will continue to Nazca, site of the famous "Nazca lines". Your next stop is Arequipa, the so-called 'White City', that abounds with colonial mansions and churches made of white volcanic stone, which have been perfectly preserved throughout the centuries. Continue to Lake Titicaca's town of Puno; Lake Titicaca is the world's highest navigable lake, the dwelling of culture hold fast to their ancient traditions and that will provide you a few days of intense experiences staying in a homestay with a local family. After this, you will continue to Cuzco city to discover more Incan and Colonial sites, as the Sacred Valley, and also you will be able to visit the most famous and impressive Inca site: MACHU PICCHU. An ideal tour if you want to visit the best of Peru in a glance!
This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Upon your arrival at the airport of Lima, you will be welcomed by our personnel, and taken to your hotel in the district of Miraflores. Free evening in the vibrant capital of Peru.
Private transfer and English speaking assistance from airport to hotel, meals are not included
Today in the morning or in the afternoon, we start our tour with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid” a magnificent ceremonial and archeological center built in the 4th century a.d. and considered a “sacred village” by the Incas. The Viceroyalty of Perú was the most important of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital. Then, we will visit the Historical Center of this beautiful place, where you will appreciate more than fifty monuments and Colonial edifications, such as the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, and the City Council Palace amongst others.After this, we will visit the Museum of the Banco Central De Reserva, where we will admire the “Treasures of Perú” Collection, a fine selection of objects made of gold, ceramics and textiles from different pre-columbian cultures. Also, we will also have the opportunity to visit the monumental San Francisco, which displays the largest collection of religious art in the Americas. Afterwards you leave the historic centre for a trip to the modern districts Miraflores and San Isidro. After the city tour you return to your hotel.
Duration of the city tour: approx. 4 hours, collective English speaking guide during city tour, vehicle shared with group during city tour, breakfast included
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel, in order to take you to the bus station, so you can take the bus to Paracas. After 4 hours approximately, you will arrive to Paracas (bus station), where our representative will be waiting for you in order to take you to the dock of Paracas, so you can start the excursion by boat to the beautiful Ballestas Islands. Here you will discover sea lions, pelicans, penguins, and others sea birds taking advantage of the cold Humboldt Current which is very rich in plankton and fish!
After this amazing excursion, we will drive you in a private transfer to Ica, to the oasis of Huacachina. On the way, you'll visit the orchards and vineyards of El Catador, where Pisco (the national alcohol of Peru) and wine are produced. Afterwards we stop at Huacachina oasis before dropping you off at your hotel in Ica.
Private transfer and English speaking assistance for the transfer hotel/ Bus station in Lima, Public bus Lima-Paracas, Private transfer from the bus station (Paracas) to the dock, Shared service with English speaking guide for the Ballestas Islands tour, Private transfer from Paracas to Ica, Breakfast included
After breakfast, we will take you to the bus terminal, so you can take the bus to Nasca. After 2 hours and 10 minutes approximately, you will arrive to Nasca, where our representative will be waiting for you in order to drive you to the hotel. After checking in at the hotel and leave your belongings, you will meet with our guide in order to start the tour for the day. First, we will go for a route of 25 kms to the north-west of Nasca, where is located the Maria Reiche Museum, this museum is where Maria Reiche carried out her research on the Nasca lines.
After this, we will take you to the Artificial Viewpoint located at 20 km from Nasca, from its platform you can clearly see two of the famous Nazca figures, the "hands" and the "tree". Then, we will take you to Chauchilla, a pre-Columbian necropolis located 30 km, south-east of Nasca, where you will find dozens of mummies, magnificently preserved by the dry climate of the coast region. After this we will take you to your hotel in Nasca, where you will spend the night.
Private transfer from the hotel / Bus station in Ica, public bus Ica-Nasca, private transfer from the bus station (Nasca) to the hotel, private Vehicule for the mentioned tours in Nasca, English speaking guide for the mentioned tours in Nasca, breakfast included
Today, you will fly over the famous "Nazca lines"; you will have a spectacular opportunity to see 12 of the most famous Nazca Lines, including the hummingbird, dog, hands, astronaut, tree, spider, whale, lizard, shark and more. We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Nazca. Then you will be transported to Maria Reiche Airport, about 10 minutes away from downtown Nazca. At the airport, we will assist you with the check-in procedure, going through security, and being weighed.
In the afternoon, we will transfer you to the bus terminal, in order that you take the bus to Arequipa. After 9 hours approximately, you will arrive to the city of Arequipa (bus station), where our representative will be waiting for you in order to take you to the hotel.
Shared Nasca lines’s overflight with other passengers (From Nasca), private transfer from the hotel / Bus station in Nasca, public bus Nasca - Arequipa, breakfast included
Today, you will have the morning free. In the afternoon you will discover the the colonial Center of Arequipa, which is also called the 'White City' because the cityscape is dominated by white buildings. The tour start with the colonial center: The church of the company of Jesus, the convent of Santa Catalina, a true city inside the city with its streets lined with colorful houses, and then we will take you to the viewpoints of Cayma and Yanahuara, where you will have a panoramic view of the City and the Misti volcano that guards this city. Return to your hotel.
Private Vehicule and English speaking guide for the City tour of Arequipa, breakfast included
After breakfast, the tour begins with the trip to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons of the world. Early in the morning you leave Arequipa and enter the nature reserve Aguada Blanca, which is inhabited by wild vicuñas. Then you pass the highest spot of the trip (4900 metres), where you can enjoy a splendid view of the surrounding volcanoes and glaciers. Finally you arrive in the village of Chivay, where the Colca Canyon begins. There you have the possibility to visit the local market, or to walk to the hot springs.
Collective English speaking guide shared with a group, vehicle shared with a group from Arequipa to Chivay, breakfast included
Early in the morning you go to Cruz del Condor (“Cross of the Condor”), which is an ideal place to observe the flight of the condor, the largest flying bird of the world. Besides, you also have a phenomenal view of the canyon illuminated in the morning sun. On your way back to Chivay you pass villages which have remained almost unchanged since the colonial era. Upon your arrival in Chivay, you will have time for lunch. In the afternoon, you will finally take your shared bus to Puno, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca.
Collective English speaking guide shared with a group until Chivay, vehicle shared with a group during trip in the Colca Canyon, Public bus from Chivay to Puno, English speaking assistance from bus station to hotel in Puno, breakfast included
Today, you will have departure by boat from Puno towards Amantani Island, located on Lake Titicaca. On the way, you will make a stop at the Floating Islands, where the inhabitants, the Uros, have built their homes on gigantic reed barks (totoras) fastened on pegs to avoid drifting away. They live on fishing, hunting and selling craft. You will continue your boat trip on Lake Titicaca (which means “stone puma”) until reaching Amantani Island, where you will roam the paths by foot in order to fully enjoy the spectacular view of the Royal Bolivian Mountain Range. You will ascend the archaeological complex of Pachatata (4200m) and enjoy, if the time allows, a magnificent sunset by the lake. Overnight in homestay.
Collective English speaking guide, shared transfer from hotel to dock in Puno, group boat to Amantani, breakfast, lunch and dinner included, night in homestay of a local family
Early in the morning you will leave your local hosts on Amantani and continue your trip to Taquile, an island shaped by terraces. The inhabitants still live according to the rules and the organization inherited from the Inca period. Although property is private, labour is collective; the 300 inhabitants of the island work one day for themselves and the other day for the community. They are self-sufficient and live according to the Inca principles: “do not steal, do not lie, do not laze about”. From the heights of the island you will have a superb view of the lake, the Puno bay and the Royal Bolivian Mountain Range. At the end of the day, you will take the boat, and return to Puno.
Collective English speaking guide, group boat to Puno, shared transfer from the dock to the hotel in Puno, breakfast and lunch included
Today in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in order to take you to the bus station, in order to take the tourist bus in the direction of the city of Cusco. Early in the morning departure towards Cusco. You will cross the Colla plateau, where you make a stop in Pukara, which is one of the last remaining arquaeological sites of the pre-Inca Pukara culture. You will then traverse the La Raya pass (4360m), which marks the end of the plateau and the beginning of the Cusco region. Then you will continue towards Raqchi where you will visit the spectacular Inca sanctuary built by the ruler Pachacutec in honour of the Inca God Wiracocha.
After this visit, you will continue your journey towards the village Andahuaylillas visiting the church San Pedro, known as the “Sistine Chapel” of South America notably due to its lavishly painted ceiling. Then we will arrive to the city of Cusco. At you arrival, our representative will be waiting for you at the bus station in order to take you to your hotel.
Private transfer from the hotel / Bus station in Puno, tourist shared Bus from Puno to Cusco. Shared Guide in the Tourist Bus from Puno to Cusco, private transfer from the bus station to hotel, breakfast and lunch included
Today, in the afternoon, you will have a guided city tour in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. You start visiting the Cathedral, which is located on the Plaza de Armas, the main square in Cusco. Inside the impressive building you can find many paintings of the Cusco School. Afterwards you go to the church Santo Domingo, where once was located the Temple of the Sun in the Inca period, also known as Qorikancha. Then you leave the historic center to visit the four Inca ruins in the surroundings of Cusco: Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara and the stunning fortress Sacsayhuamán. Finally you will be returned to your hotel.
Collective English speaking guide, vehicle shared with a group during the City Tour of Cusco, Duration of the city tour: approx. 4 hours and 30 minutes, breakfast included
This day you will begin to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the shore of the Vilcanota River. In this excursion you will visit the Inca citadel of Pisac, and then you will go down to the town in order to visit the traditional market, it’s in this market that you will have the opportunity to discover the customs of the people, and to be able to bargain with the crafts’s sellers. Lunch included at local restaurant.
Then you will continue towards the fortress of Ollantaytambo, which was built to monitor the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of the villages of the Jungle. You can wander through the streets of this town, which have still preserved the traces of the old military center, religious since the time of the Inca empire. After this visit, assistance will be given to the Ollantaytambo train station. Around 19:00 hours, you will take the train towards Aguas Calientes town where you will spend the night. Upon arrival our representative will welcome you and walk you to the hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Collective English speaking guide, vehicle shared with a group during the Sacred Valley Tour, Touristic train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes, breakfast and lunch included
Very early in the morning, you will take the bus which brings you up to the most famous and impressive Inca site: Machu Picchu, which means “old summit” in Quechua. Together with your guide you will start to discover the archaeological complex, still covered by the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices: a stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun. You will roam through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, squares, royal houses, agricultural zones, paths and observatories.
After the guided tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Inca bridge, and the Sun Gate (“Inti Punku”), situated at 2700 metres on your own. Alternatively, you can also wander about the alleys and squares of Machu Picchu. Finally, in the afternoon, you return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station, in this town where you will spend the night.
Private local English speaking guide during the tour in Machu Picchu, shuttle bus to Machu Picchu (round-trip), Touristic train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (not accompanied), entrance to Machu Picchu, Breakfast included
This day, we continue to explore the Sacred Valley, we will pick you up from your hotel in the town of Ollantaytambo, in order to take you to the village of Maras, the salt mines of Maras, which date back to the pre-Inca period and continue to be used like in ancient times by the inhabitants of the village: The water coming from a salted source is canalized to a series of ponds where it evaporates gradually. Finally, a fine layer of salt is left and can be collected.
You will have the chance to see this incredible place of different colors and contrasts. Then, we will take you to Moray, the archaeological site of Moray, which once was an agricultural laboratory in the Inca period. This place was used more than 500 years ago to test the resistance to altitude of certain species of plants. Lunch included. After this, we will take you to Chinchero to visit the old palace of the Inca Pachacuteq and finally we will return to the city of Cusco. We will drive you to your hotel.
Private English speaking guide, private vehicle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and during the tours mentioned, breakfast and lunch included
Freeday to relax or to explore the historic centre of Cusco on your own.
In the morning you will be taken to the airport in Cusco, where you take your flight back to Lima. Then you will connect with your international flight.
Private transfer and English speaking assistance from hotel to Airport in Cusco, domestic flight Cusco - Lima, breakfast included
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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