Majestic Discovery Circuit: Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno & Cusco 13 days


In the following circuit we present you, you will know the most required destinations of our majestic Peru, like for example; the city of the Kings, where we will appreciate the Intihuatana Park, we will visit the Huaca Pucllana, the El Olivar park, the main square, with the Municipal Palace, the Government Palace, the Lima Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Convention to finish the tour in Lima. We will continue the tour towards the south and carry out the expedition to the Ballestas Islands where we will see penguins, sea lions and the magnificent figure of the candelabra engraved on a dune in front of the sea. Our expedition will continue towards the city of Nazca and then fly over the majestic Nazca lines.

The magnificent White City of Arequipa will be our next point of visit, to continue to the city of Puno and navigate the highest Lake in the world - Titicaca, our circuit will continue to visit the imperial city of Cusco.

On the expedition to the Imperial city of Cusco, we will visit the Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple, as well as visit the 4 ruins near the city.  The next day we will continue our visit to the Pisac Ruins, the traditional market of Pisac, we will appreciate the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley and we will finish the day with the visit to Ollantaytambo.
To discover our wonderful citadel of Machupicchu, we will take one of the Inca trails that were used by our ancestors to reach Machupicchu in 2 days, ending at our wonderful citadel of and be able to appreciate its entire splendor.

ITINERARY


Day 1: LIMA: TRADITIONAL CITY TOUR

Welcome, reception and transfer to the selected hotel.

At the appointed hour, we will start visiting the city.

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

We will continue with the tour to continue to the Olivar Park and the Financial Center of Lima, and then visit the Historic Center of Lima, named by UNESCO in 1991 as a World Heritage Site Cultural of the Humanity, where the Spanish crown, founded the center of the colony in the sixteenth century, where the first colonial buildings were built. We will be dazzled by the magnificent San Martin Square, old balconies and old mansions, the Plaza Mayor and its most prominent buildings such as the Palace the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop's and Municipal Palace, the Desamparados Station and a lot more.

In between the tour, we will have the opportunity to visit one of the most highlights of the 17th century. Place where in spite of the time the relics of the three Peruvian saints most prominent, Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Macias, Then we will return to Miraflores, where we will finish the tour, the option to stay in the Indian market, Larcomar or return to your hotel, it will be at your discretion.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima.

Day 2: RELAXED LIMA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day free activities.

Overnight in Lima.

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

At 2:50 am, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station with destination to Paracas. The bus will leave at approximately 4:00 am and after 3 hours, we will get to Paracas.

8:00am after a warm welcome in Paracas, we will start the Ballestas Island Tour.

From the Paracas resort, you can visit the Ballestas Islands by boat where they live Sea lions, guano birds, penguins and a diversity of marine fauna. In the course of appreciates a very enigmatic figure, El Candelabro, immortalized on the side of a hill, is a geoglyph of rock formation eroded by the wind and the sea. It measures around 120 meters long that is also known as the Three Crosses or Trident. The best is to appreciate it from the sea.

Around noon, we will take the bus back to Paracas and head to Ica for about three hours. Upon arrival in Ica we will continue with the tubular excursions through the dunes of the 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 mountains Russian women in the desert.

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

At about 06:00 pm we will take the bus to Ica where we will spend the night.

Hotel in Ica.

Day 4: NAZCA: FLIGHT OVER THE MAJESTIC NAZCA LINES

Breakfast at the hotel.

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

This flight over the Nazca Lines will extend over most of the famous located in the Nazca Desert, whose surface is marked by gigantic drawings and geometrical figures that you will be able to appreciate along the way.

The overflight to the Nazca lines is for approximately 35 minutes and this is the best way of appreciating these extraordinary and fascinating lines intrinsically drawn that have been a mystery for many years. We will be able to appreciate the different figures drawn in the surface of the Nazca Desert, with animal and plant representations perfectly stylized, distributed in a large maze of lines, trapezes, triangles and spirals that have lasted for almost 2,000 years. This place is one of the most unbelievable that a culture has left behind and that can only be appreciated from the sky to an altitude of 1500 feet.

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

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

Hotel in Arequipa.

Day 5: RELAXED AREQUIPA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day for free activities.

Overnight in Arequipa.

Day 6: AREQUIPA – PUNO

Breakfast at the hotel.

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

7:30pm approximate arrival in the city of Puno, reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel.

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

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel to go on a transport to the pier or port main.

Around 7:00 am, we start the departure towards the floating islands of the Uros, currently considered the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. Also known as the lake the highest navigable area in the world. During the trip you will be able to observe a beautiful panoramic view, landscape. Our specialized guide will tell you about the existence of the floating islands of the Uros.

Today the people of the Uros still maintain their own culture and tradition, as well as fishing especially the (CARACHI) and the silverside. When fishing is abundant, the fish drying them in the sun. They also hunt wild birds and collect eggs from duck. There are 75 islands living today, and each organized, after a long and nice visit, you'll be saying goodbye to the Uros. Our next visit will be the natural island of Taquile.


Natural island of Taquile - To get to our next visit, we will sail by boat for 2 and a half hours, to the natural island of Taquile, during the navigation you will be able to observe the mountain chain (the Cordillera Real), not only that, the people of Taquile are very collaborative and well organized. This is the reason why the Taquileños have demonstrated their high level of progress in the textile industry, receiving their award for UNESCO. It should be noted that spinning and weaving are mainly done by men, starting at the age of eight and women make exclusively from yarn and fabric.

The visit will take an average of 2 hours, and 1 hour will have to taste a delicious typical lunch, if you really want to be part of this community, you can volunteer to help by buying some of his crafts. So that this community has some means of sustainability, so that they can continue to show their existence to future travellers. Finally our guide will inform you of the time of return, arriving at 17:00 pm. in the city of Puno.

We will spend the night in the selected hotel in Puno.

Day 8: PUNO – CUSCO

Breakfast at the hotel.

Around 06:15am, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the bus at the Puno terminal.

Our journey to Cusco will last 10 hours approximately, where we will have 4 excursions and guided tours 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 Raya at 4335 meters above sea level and the Inka Museum Aymara from Pukara. Each visit lasts between 20 and 40 minutes, where you will be able to questions, take pictures and explore the attractions of the place, making this experience an unforgettable activity.

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

Day 9: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning free to acclimatize or do some shopping.

City tour in Cusco in the afternoon.

The City Tour in the city of Cusco will allow you to know the archaeological and religious tourist places the most impressive of the cosmopolitan city of Cusco, Peru.
This unmissable tour for all visitors is held daily from 1:00 pm starting with the Cathedral Basilica in the city of Cusco, one of the most notable colonial monuments of America, Qoricancha or Coricancha known as the Temple of the Sun and visit archaeological sites at outside the city as Sacsayhuaman a megalithic construction, Qenko considered as underground chamber where mummifications were carried out, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, important archaeological sites of religious character of the Inca culture.

After a bit of culture at the end of the tour, why not enjoy the beautiful city, move a little body and enjoy all the bars and discos that our beautiful city offers (Activities not included in the price).

Overnight at hotel of your choice.

Day 10: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

We will pick you up from your hotel between 08:00am and 08:15am to start the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the course of the day, we will visit the beautiful archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, will have the buffet lunch included in Urubamba.

The tour of the Sacred Valley ends for you after visiting the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will then head to the train station in Ollantaytambo, which is an 8-minute walk away, our guide to the Sacred Valley will guide you, and it is easy to get there.

You should board your train at 4:15pm at the latest, after a 1:45am trip you will arrive in Aguas Calientes where our transfer is waiting for you to accompany you to your hotel, in this same hotel you will contact our guide to coordinate with you for the next day's hearing.

Overnight at the election site in Aguas Calientes.

Day 11: INCA TRAIL: KM 104

Meals: Box Lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight in Aguas Calientes town. (Hotel on request)
Distance: 16kms/10 mills (6 hours more or less of hiking)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch in route)
Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter on open roads, some steep ascending trails

Breakfast at the hotel (subject to pick-up time depending on train schedule)

Transfer from the Hotel to the Ollantaytambo Train Station towards Km 104.

TREKKING KM 104 "CHACHABAMBA TO INTI PUNKU, THE GATEWAY TO THE SUN
Today our hike takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We will visit beautiful Inca sites, we will see a variety of flora and fauna and we will be able to enjoy the panoramas of the Andes Mountains. Covering 16 km of the road, our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and climb the original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna before continuing to Machu Picchu by the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

As we drive to Machu Picchu, we will pass through the lush green cloud forest that covers the mountain and we can see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. In addition, we can see some bigger mammals like the Viscachas (chinchillas with form of rabbit) and the Spectacled bears (if we are very lucky).

After a full day of walking, we will arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and we will get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below.

The light at this time of day is great for photos because there are few tourists, so it is a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. After passing through the Sun Gate (Puerta del Sol), we will continue along the path a little before taking a side path that leads to Aguas Calientes, in the valley below, where we we'll check into our hotel.

Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.

Day 12: MACHUPICCHU - SUNRISE EXPERIENCE

Meals: Breakfast (If you booked the hotel with us)
Distance: 8.9kms/5.5mls “By Bus in 25 minutes”
Difficulty: Easy waking

*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.
*** We only take ITEP EcoTravel passengers in our small vans / auto – We do not use public transport.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Early wake up (04:00am) to take one of the first buses back to Machu Picchu to enter the site as soon as it opens (06:00am) we will have a 2 hour guided tour in the site where you will learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel.

After the tour, you will have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permission to climb the Huayna Picchu (2 hours round trip) or the Machu Picchu mountain (3 hours round trip).

You will also have time to do some of the following activities on your own if you wish (not included in the price)

Climb the Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.

Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes are a visit to the new local museum or a bath in the hot springs.

Return to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus (included) and then board the Expedition to the Ollantaytambo train station; the train departure time may vary according to schedule and availability.

At the Ollantaytambo train station, you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

The hike to the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu depends on availability. Please let us know if you would like to add one of these additional walks at the time of booking.

We only take ITEP EcoTravel customers in our vans and cars. We do not use public transportation.

About the hotels in Machupicchu:

The hotels can change (be different according to your request) depending on the time of reservation and availability; it is also possible to camp on the Inca Trail 2d/1n, we just need follow the conditions of the Machupicchu government or the restrictions made for security reasons by the Peruvian government.

Breakfast at the hotel

At the appropriate time, transfer out.


MORE INFORMATION


  • Transfer in and out at each destination.
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • City tour in Lima + Santo Domingo convent
  • Bus Cruz Del Sur from Lima to Paracas
  • 01 night accommodation in Nazca
  • Excursion to the Ballestas Islands
  • Overflight to Nazca lines (Airport taxes not included)
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca + Typical Lunch
  • 04 nights’ accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
  • Cusco City tour + 4 nearby ruins
  • Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch
  • Inca Trail 02 days with Box Lunch and Dinner on the first day
  • 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Visit to Machu Picchu
  • Bus Consetur descends on the first day and goes up and down on the second day of the Inca Trail.
  • Train Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
  • Train Expedition round trip + dinner at tourist restaurant, is for category 2 and 3 stars and train Vistadome to return + dinner at restaurant El Mapy for category 4 and 5 stars, for those who spend the night in Belmond dinner in Tinkuy (Sanctuary Lodge).
  • For 2 and 3 stars hotels will be used on the route Puno-Cusco, the tourist bus with stops and income.
  • For 4 and 5 star hotels, the Perurail Titicaca Train will be used on the Puno-Cusco route, departing only on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The other days will be by tourist bus and will have a discount of US$200 per person.

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us info@salcantay.org and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. recommendations:

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RESERVATIONS

If you want to make a reservation, please fill out our Passenger Details Form.

*** 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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*** USD $ 200.00 is not the price of the Trek, is only a down payment.

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