Majestic Classic Circuit: Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco 12 Days


In this circuit you will be able to know the most visited destinations in our  majestic Peru, such as the city of the Kings, where we will visit the  Intihuatana Park, we will pass through the Huaca Pucllana, the El Olivar park,  the main square, appreciating the Plaza de Armas from outside, With the  Municipal Palace, Government Palace and the Cathedral of Lima, at the end of  the tour you will enter the convent of Santo Domingo.

To continue the tour we  will travel south to make the Excursion to the Ballestas Islands being able to  observe the penguins and the figure of the chandelier on a dune in front of the  sea, we will then continue towards the city of Nazca and then fly over the  majestic Nazca lines, The circuit continues to the beautiful white city of  Arequipa and then goes to the city of Puno and navigate Lake Titicaca, to  continue advancing on our circuit we will visit the imperial city of Cusco.

On  the tour of the Imperial city of Cusco we will enter the Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple, in addition to visiting the 4 ruins near the city. The next  day we will continue our visit to the Pisac Ruins, to the traditional Pisac Market, we will appreciate the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley and we  will end the day with a visit to Ollantaytambo. We cannot finish the circuit  without visiting our wonderful citadel of Machupicchu and appreciating its  majesty.

ITINERARY


Day 1: LIMA: TRADITIONAL CITY TOUR

Reception at the Jorge Chávez airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.

Free day to rest

Day 2: RELAXED LIMA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Lima City Tour

We will start with the pickup of all our participants from their different hotels in Lima, and then start with a short visit to the Intihuatana Park, established on the Miraflores Boardwalk, where you will appreciate the magnificent Pacific Ocean. We will continue our tour of the residential districts modern Miraflores and San Isidro; we will have the opportunity to observe outside the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca ceremonial temple in the shape of a pyramid that despite the urban expansion of Lima has endured.

We will continue with the tour to continue to the Parque del Olivar and the Financial Center of Lima, to then visit the Historic Center of Lima, named by UNESCO in 1991 Heritage Cultural de la Humanidad, where the Spanish crown founded the center of the colony in the 16th century, where the first colonies buildings were built.

We will be dazzled by the magnificent Plaza de San Martín, old balconies and old houses, the Plaza Mayor and its most outstanding buildings such as the Palace Government, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop and Municipal Palace, the Station of Desamparados and much more.

Between the tours, we will have the opportunity to visit one of the most outstanding convents of the 17th century. Place where despite the time the relics of the three most prominent Peruvian saints, Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Macías, are protected intact, then we will return to Miraflores, where we will end the tour, the option of staying in the Indian market, Larcomar or return to your hotel, will be at your free will.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima.

Day 3: LIMA - PARACAS: FULL DAY PARACAS &  ICA

At 2:50 am, we will pick you up from the hotel to transfer you to the bus station bound for Paracas. The bus will depart at approximately 4:00 am and after 3 hours, we will arrive in Paracas.

Arrival in the city of Paracas, reception and transfer.
 

Visit to the Paracas reserve

This is a large protected area located southwest of the city of Pisco. The name of this beautiful place is derived from a Quechua word that means "sand rain", probably due to the strong winds that blow the nights in this place. The Paracas reserve is also very important since its waters inhabit abundant amounts of zooplankton and phytoplankton, allowing a variety of fish that allow industrial and artisanal fishing.

This is a very important activity in the town of Pisco. The Paracas Reserve is located in an area of ​​335,000 hectares and is considered one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. During our visit, we can appreciate the beautiful cliffs and beaches, in this place we can learn about the marine flora and fauna of the Paracas Reserve.

Around noon, we will take the bus back to Paracas and heading to Ica for around 3 hours. Upon arrival in Ica we will continue with the tubular excursions through the dunes of Huacachina, being a fantastic adventure in the middle of the desert where we will enjoy the high and low dunes and where you can feel the adrenaline on these natural desert roller coasters.

On the same desert tour, you can practice sandboarding, our guide will instruct you to do it safely and if you do not have experience in this sport, our guide will instruct you in such a way that you will feel safe to do it.

At 06:00 a.m., we will take the bus to Ica where we will spend the night

Day 4: NAZCA: OVERFLIGHT TO THE MAJESTIC LINES  OF NAZCA

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the agreed time in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel and leave for the Nazca aerodrome where we will board a light plane for an unforgettable air excursion on the Nazca Lines. Our bilingual guide (Spanish / English) will assist you at all times until you board the plane.

From the sky we will observe the majestic lines and figures of the Pampas de San José that have 500 hectares and have been studied for many years by Dr. María Reiche (According to Dr. María Reiche, who has dedicated much of her life to study of these lines is the largest astronomical calendar in the world). The Nazca Lines are mysterious lines made.

From the Nazca Aerodrome, a small plane will be taken that will take us to the mysterious Nazca Lines where 12 figures will be traveled: whale, trapezoid, monkey, dog, condor, spider, hummingbird, alcatra, parrot, hands, tree, and the most mysterious The Astronaut among others in large dimensions that reach from 15 to 300 meters each and with a depth of approximately 30 centimeters. The flyby lasts approximately 30 - 35 minutes.

At the end of the flyby, we will have time to have lunch and take a bus to Arequipa at 02:30 pm arriving at our destination at approximately 11:30 pm.

We will be assisted upon arrival in Arequipa and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night.

Day 5: AREQUIPA RELAXED

Breakfast at the hotel.

We will have the morning free to rest, walk around the city center and have lunch.

La Campiña Arequipeña excursion (optional and additional tour)

Optional excursion to the Arequipeña countryside at around 02:00 pm after the pickup we will start the tour; we will go to the Cayma district visiting there the Mirador de Carmen Alto where you can appreciate the beautiful valley of Arequipa, the Chili River and the three volcanoes that surround the White city.

Then, we will go to the Yanahuara District to visit the viewpoint of the same name. It built in ashlar like its mestizo baroque church, continuing with our tour we will go through the Fierro Bridge (Designed by Gustavo Eiffel), to go to the Sachaca viewpoint which is the highest in the entire city from where you can see the entire Arequipa countryside.

Then we will visit the Founder's Mansion, which is a large house where the son of the founder of the city of Arequipa lived, who also in one season was taken by the Chileans in the war as a headquarters.

Then we go to the town of Sabandia here we can appreciate the Sabandia Hydraulic Mill, it was used to grind grain, this mill is from the colonial era, ending the tour we will pass through the Paucarpata district to observe its terraces and Pre-Andenerías Incas. Then we will visit the Plaza de Armas where the day excursion ends.

Overnight at the hotel of choice in Arequipa.

Day 6: AREQUIPA - PUNO

Breakfast at the hotel.

Approximately 12:30 pm, we will board the bus to the city of Puno.

19:30 pm we will arrive in the city of Puno, where they will be waiting for us at the bus station and transfer us to the selected hotel.

Accommodation night in Puno.

 

Day 7: PUNO: FULL DAY TO TITICACA LAKE (UROS  & TAQUILLE ISLANDS)

Breakfast at the hotel.

At average of 7:00 am, we will start the day picking you up from your hotels to transfer you to the port and start the tour. The program allows you to take a full day excursion around the Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. You will visit as a first point the more than 63 floating islands of the Uros, where they are inhabited by Aymara families, these islands have been built of reeds and aquatic plants from the place that serves to make their homes, these islands are also known as "the lake town" their activities are artisanal fishing, hunting wild birds and textile art.

After leaving such a peculiar place, we will continue its journey to the Taquile Island. Where you can appreciate the customs and traditions of the islanders. They preserve their customs, traditions and traditional clothing. From that place, you will see a beautiful view of Lake Titicaca and appreciate the beautiful textile, who received the UNESCO award, spinning and weaving are made mainly by men.

We will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the square, at the end of lunch visitors

They will have free time to visit the knitting workshops and take photos with the friendly locals.

In the afternoon, we will descend towards the pier and we will start our return trip to Puno, we will arrive in the city at approximately 05:00 pm.

We will spend the night at the hotel in Puno.

 

Day 8: PUNO - CUSCO

Breakfast at the hotel.

At around 06:15 am they will be picked up from the hotel and be transferred to the bus station in the Terrestrial terminal of Puno.

Our tour to Cusco will last approximately 10 hours, where we will have 4 excursions and guided visits to the most interesting places in the southern highlands visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the passage of the Raya at 4335 masl and the Inka museum Aymara from Pukara. Each visit lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, where you can ask questions, take photos and explore the attractions of the place, making this experience an unforgettable activity.

We will arrive in Cusco at 4:30 p.m., we will be picked up from the train station and we will be transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night.

 

Day 9: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free morning to acclimatize or make some purchases.
 

City tour in Cusco

Our staff will pick you up from your different rooms to start the City Tour 4 Ruins excursion. The first place, we will visit will be the Archaeological Complex of "Sacsayhuamán". The magnificent Inca construction that is located north of the Cusco city is famous for its huge blocks of carved limestone and joined with amazing precision. The entire complex comprises three large zigzag terraces, and in turn, we will take a short tour of the imposing statue of the White Christ, which is also a viewpoint from the city of Cusco.

Continuing with the City Tour we will go to Qenqo, this place was a ceremonial center since a giant monolith surrounded by niches can be seen in the central part, where offerings were placed.

Finally, we will visit two other important ceremonial ritual archaeological sites that are Puca Pucara is made up of a small square where you can see rooms, platforms, and water channels. Tambomachay (tambo) means resting place, and (machay) means underground cavity, cave this place fulfilled the religious function linked to water and regeneration of the Puca Pucara land. Once this excursion of the City Tour 4 ruins is finished, we will return to the city of Cusco.

Overnight at the hotel of choice.

Day 10: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY

Breakfast at the hotel.

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by our, to start the excursion of the day to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located on the banks of the Vilcanota river. We will have the opportunity to appreciate the Inca citadel of Pisac, where platforms and architectural structures located on the slopes they dominate the landscape of that place and at the top of the mountain, back to the traditional town of Pisac,

We will visit the traditional Indian market, where we can appreciate closely the ancestral customs of its inhabitants. We will continue to the town of Urubamba where we will have a delicious lunch, in one of the traditional restaurant located in the Incas' Sacred Valley. After a delicious lunch, we will visit the Fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, established to monitor the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from invasions from the eastern jungle. After appreciating such an impressive place of return to Cusco

We will appreciate the traditional town of Chinchero, where the remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. We will appreciate its well preserved Inca Walls in the main square and also you will appreciate the beautiful temple interesting frescoes in the portico, built on the bases of an Inca construction, this town is a beautiful example of the mestizo and colonial style and at the indicated time return to Cusco.

Accommodation night in Cusco.

Day 11: AGUAS CALIENTES: MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO

04:00 am. Transfer from the hotel in Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo or Poroy. Then we address the chosen train EXPEDITION / VISTADOME / INCA RAIL to go to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town).

Upon arrival, you will have a reception at the Aguas Calientes train station by our guide and we will make the transfer by bus heading to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu, we will meet with the group to start the guided tour. After the tour, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes where we will have free time for lunch. We recommend enjoying one of the baths medicinal hot springs in Peru during your free time, the establishment offers towels and clothing bathroom for sale or rent.
06:00 - 08:00 PM we board the train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy.

Upon arrival, we will wait for you at the Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station to transfer to Cusco.

Accommodation night in Cusco.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer hotel - airport.

Flight CuscoLima.

Arrival to Lima.

Waiting at the airport for international flight.


MORE INFORMATION


  • Transfers inn and out at each destination.
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • Traditional city tour in Lima + Convent of Santo Domingo
  • 01 night accommodation in Nazca with breakfast
  • Ballestas Islands
  • Overflight the Nazca lines without taxes
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Arequipa with breakfasts
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca with typical lunch
  • 03 nights’ accommodation in Cusco with breakfasts
  • 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • City Tour + 4 nearby ruins, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay
  • Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch
  • Full Day Machu Picchu + Buffet Lunch
  • Bus Consetur up and down.
  • Ollantaytambo train - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Expedition Train + Lunch at El Mapy restaurant, is for category 2 and 3 stars and Vistadome + Lunch at Tinkuy restaurant (Sanctuary Lodge) for category 4 and 5 stars)
  • For 2 and 3 star hotels, the tourist bus with stops and income will be used on the Puno-Cusco route.
  • For 4 and 5 star hotels, the Perurail Titicaca Train will be used on the Puno-Cusco route, with departures only Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The other days it will be on a tourist bus and will have a discount of US $ 200 per person.

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*** Each reservation requires a USD $ 200.00 deposit as a down payment per person + 10% transfer tax (Total USD $ 220.00). The final balance can be paid at our Local office in cash during your briefing a day or two before your trip.

Once the deposit will be confirmed we will send you your contract voucher.


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