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.
Today you will discover the vibrant capital of Peru and its main attractions during a guided tour. You start visiting the Plaza Mayor (the main square) and the cathedral located in the historic centre, where you can find many colonial buildings. Afterwards you leave the historic centre for a trip to the modern districts Miraflores and San Isidro, which are dominated by office blocks, villas, urban parks and promenades on the Pacific coast. After the city tour you return to your hotel. Rest of the day free.
In the early morning departure to Paracas, located on the famous Pan-American Highway on the Pacific coast. You will arrive at the peninsula of Paracas, where is situated the most important sanctuary of marine life of the Peruvian coast. Excursion by boat to the Ballestas Islands to discover the local marine fauna: sea elephants, pelicans, penguins and other sea birds. After this excursion, you will go to Ica, where you will have the possibility to visit the orchards and vineyards of El Catador where Pisco (national alcohol of Peru) and wine are produced. You will continue to the Huacachina oasis where you will spend the night. Free evening or possibility to do sandboarding and / or a buggy ride in the dunes.
After breakfast you go by bus to Nazca, where you will start a flight over the Nazca lines (approx. 30 minutes). These mysterious lines are attributed to the ancient Nazca culture. They are only visible from above: a cluster of figures which depict various animals. After the flight you go to the bus station in the town of Nazca and take the bus to Arequipa. Upon you arrival in the evening you will be welcomed by our personnel and taken to your hotel.
In the morning you start a guided city tour in the historic centre of Arequipa, which is also called “White City” because it is dominated by white buildings. First you visit the Plaza de Armas (the main square) and the convent Santa Catalina, a city within the city with alleys and colourful buildings. Afterwards you go by car to the viewpoints of Yanahuara and Cayma, which both offer panoramic views of the city and the nearby volcanoes Misti and Chachani. After the tour you return to your hotel.
Today you go on a trip to 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 of Canacota (entrance fee not 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 have time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, you finally take your bus to Puno, located on the bank of Lake Titicaca.
After breakfast you go on a boat trip on the legendary Lake Titicaca. First you visit the famous Floating Islands inhabited by the Uros people, who nowadays speak Aymara. These man-made islands are made of reed (totora) and fastened on pegs to avoid drifting away. Afterwards you continue your boat trip on the huge lake, which seems to be a sea, until you reach Taquile. This natural island is shaped by terraces. The inhabitants speak Quechua and still live according to the rules inherited from the Inca period. Though property is private, labour is collective: the 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, don’t be lazy”. From the heights of the island you have a superb view of the lake, the Puno bay and the Royal Bolivian Mountain Range. In the afternoon you return by boat to Puno.
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. In Sicuani you try a typical lunch before continuing towards Raqchi where you will visit the spectacular Inca sanctuary built by the ruler Pachacutec in honour of the Inca God Viracocha. You will then 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. Arrival in Cusco at the end of the day.
-Alternative: Train ride from Puno to Cusco (additional charge)
Today you will make 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 centre to visit the four Inca ruins in the surroundings of Cusco: Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara and the stunning fortress Sacsayhuamán. Finally you return to your hotel. Rest of the day free.
In the morning you set out for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your first stop is the Inca site of Pisac built on a hill, which is composed of terraces, fountains and the largest necropolis of the region. From this place the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. On your way back down you visit the traditional market of Pisac. Then you continue your trip driving along the Urubamba River, while you can enjoy the lovely countryside of the valley. Finally you reach the village Ollantaytambo, where the streets and buildings have remained almost unchanged since the Inca period. There you visit the impressive Inca site built on a slope. In the evening, you take the train to the small town of Aguas Calientes, which is located at the foot of Machu Picchu and where you will spend the night.
* During the train rides Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes and Aguas Calientes – Poroy you are not allowed to take a large suitcase with you. The maximum weight of the allowed luggage is 5 kilograms. So please just take a backpack with you and leave the bigger part of your luggage in your hotel in Cusco until your return.
Very early in the morning, you 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 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 have the opportunity to visit the Inca bridge and the Sun Gate (“Inti Punku”), situated at 2700 metres. Alternatively, you can also wander about the alleys and squares of Machu Picchu. Finally you return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Poroy, from where you will be taken to your hotel in Cusco.
Machu Picchu can only be visited during one of the following time frames:
Either from 06:00 till 12:00 o’clock
Or from 12:00 till 17:30 o’clock
Please note that it is not allowed to visit Machu Picchu without a guide and to bring tripods for cameras or food with you.
Option: Entrance to Huayna Picchu „young summit“ or to the mountain of Machu Picchu (not included)
Free day to relax or to explore the historic centre of Cusco on your own.
Today you go to the airport in Cusco to take the flight to Lima and afterwards your international flight back home (international flight not included in the price).