Marvelous Circuit: Lima, Paracas, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco 16 days


The following circuit 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 Cathedral of Lima and the convent of Santo Domingo to finish the tour of Lima.

We will continue the tour towards the south and make 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 Nasca lines.

The magnificent White City of Arequipa will be our next point of visit, to continue to the city of Puno and navigate on the highest navigable lake in the world - the 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 thus be able to appreciate its entire splendor.

ITINERARY


Day 1: LIMA - FREE DAY

Welcome, reception and transfer to the selected hotel. Overnight in Lima.

Free day free activities, not included in the program.

Overnight in Lima.

Day 2: DINNER SHOW

Breakfast at the hotel - Free day.

19:00 Hours.

At the agreed hour 19:00 Hours, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred by our driver assigned to a themed restaurant, where you can enjoy a buffet dinner + a spectacular dance show typical Peruvian women.

La Dama Juana restaurant is the perfect choice for this evening.

You will have as an option a variety of typical Peruvian dishes in a complete buffet dinner. Enjoy the show and also of the exquisite dinner.

At the end of the dinner show, our staff will be waiting for you to return to the hotel.

22:00 Return to the hotel.

Hotel night in the selection room.

Day 3: LIMA - FREE DAY

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day to develop free activities, not included in the program.

Overnight in Lima.

Day 4: FULL DAY TO PARACAS & ICA

At 2:50 am, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station to Paracas.

The bus will leave 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 because of the strong winds that batter the nights in this place. The reserve of Paracas is also very important as its waters are home to abundant amounts of zooplankton and phytoplankton, allowing a variety of fish to be caught industrial and artisanal. This is a very important activity in the town of Pisco.

The Reserve of Paracas 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 will be able to appreciate the beautiful cliffs and beaches, in this place we can learn about the marine flora and fauna of the Paracas Reserve.

We will take the bus back to Paracas and head to Ica for about 3 hours. Upon arrival in Ica we will continue with the tubular excursions by 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 rush on these natural desert roller coasters.
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 5: NAZCA: FLIGHT OVER THE MAJESTIC NAZCA LINES

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the previously agreed hour in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel and leave for the Nazca airfield where we will board a light aircraft for an unforgettable aerial excursion over 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 of San Jose that have 500 hectares and that have been studied for many years by Dr. Maria Reiche (According to Dr. Maria Reiche, who has dedicated a large part of her life to the study of these lines is the Calendar Astronomical world). The Nazca Lines are mysterious traces made.

From the Nazca Airfield we will board a small plane that will take us to the mysterious Nazca Lines where 12 figures will be shown: whale, trapezoid, monkey, dog, condor, spider, hummingbird, alcatras, 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 overflight lasts 30 - 35 minutes approximately.

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.

Day 6: AREQUIPA: CITY TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

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

Optional tour of the Arequipa countryside

At about 2:00pm after pick up we will start the tour, we will go to the district of Cayma visiting there the Carmen Alto Viewpoint where you can appreciate the beautiful valley of Arequipa, the Chili River and the three volcanoes that surround the White City Afterwards.

We go to the Yanahuara District to visit the viewpoint of the same name, built in ashlar as well as its church of mixed baroque style, continuing with our tour we will pass by the Iron Bridge (Designed by Gustavo Eiffel), to go to the Sachaca viewpoint on which is the highest in the whole city from where you can see all the 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 which was also taken by the Chileans in the war as a headquarters.

Then we go to the town of Sabandia here we can appreciate the hydraulic mill of Sabandia, used to grind the grain, this mill is from the colonial period, ending the tour we will pass by the district of Paucarpata to observe its terraces and pre-Inca terraces. Then we will visit the Plaza de Armas where the day tour ends.

Overnight at the hotel choiced in Arequipa.

Day 7: AREQUIPA: COLCA CANYON

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:00am - 08:30am

At the previously scheduled hour, we will leave for Chivay, where we will begin the tour by the way to Yura, where we will admire the natural and cultural landscape of that zone,
We will border the majestic volcano Chachani and we will continue by the National Reserve of Salt mines and Aguada Blanca until arriving at Pampa Cañahuas, where the guide will explain on the flora and fauna of the zone, we will be able to appreciate the natural habitat of the South American camelids within them LA VICUÑA. We will continue with the tour until arriving at a small stop in Patahuasi (house in the high) to take the hot coca tea, very for the height in where we will be.

We will continue the trip towards the bofedales where they inhabit different species from birds as much migratory to the zone according to season, we will continue with our trip until arriving at Patapampa, highest point of the trip located to 4900 m.s.n.m approx. Which also how with the Viewpoint of the Andes, here different volcanos like Misti can be seen, HualcaHualca, Sabancaya, Ampato, Ubinas and Chachani.

At midday we will be arriving at the town of Chivay where we will have lunch and stop at followed by a transfer to the hotel, you will have some time to rest and then meet up and visit the thermal baths of La Calera. These open-air baths have thermal water where you can enjoy a very relaxing moment, after the bus tour of the tomorrow.

After a prudent hour, we will return to the hotel so that we can rest and spend the night in Chivay town.

Day 8: COLCA CANYON - CRUZ DEL CONDOR

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:00 am. approx. After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will start with the day's excursion to the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor, where you can observe the majestic flight of the condors and the canyon depth. On this trip, we will stop at the village of YANQUE to observe its colonial church, dances of the Wititi as well as the typical costume of the Zone. Back to Chivay we will visit the villages of PINCHOLLO, MACA, ACHOMA, where the guide will explain us their different customs of the area as well as the Lito models, colonial churches and terraces.

11:30 am approx - Arrival in Chivay.

11:45 am approx - Lunch

01:30 pm approx. We will take the bus to Puno. The bus during the trip makes small excursions in route, where we can appreciate a little more of the fauna and flora on the way to Lake Titicaca.

Upon arrival in Puno. We will be assisted and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Puno.

Day 9: 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 will 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 at the selected hotel in Puno.

Day 10: PUNO - CUSCO (Sun Route)

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:15am we will be picked up from hotel and transferred to the bus at the Puno bus terminal, to start our excursion to Cusco.

The trip to Cusco lasts approximately 10 hours; 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 Aymara Museum in Pukara. Each visit lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, where they can ask questions, take pictures and explore the attractions of the place, making this experience an unforgettable one.

We will arrive in Cusco at 4:30 pm, we will be picked up from the train station and we will 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, where the passenger will be able to do questions, take pictures and explore the attraction at your own discretion, making this an unforgettable experience.

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

Hotel in Cusco.

Day 11: CITY TOUR CUSCO + FOUR NEARBY RUINS

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning free to acclimatize or do some shopping.

City tour in Cusco

Our staff will pick you up from your different rooms to start the Cusco City tour.

Tour 4 Ruins, the first place we will visit is the Archaeological complex of "Sacsayhuamán", this magnificent Inca construction located north of the city of Cusco is famous for its huge blocks of carved limestone joined with amazing precision, the whole complex comprises three large zigzagged terraces, and we will give a small tour to the imposing statue of the white christ which is also a viewpoint of the city of Cusco.

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

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

Overnight at the hotel choiced in Cusco.

Day 12: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

This day we will make the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas,

Tour that will start at 08:30 hrs from tomorrow, when we will pick you up at your hotel, the first place to visit is Pisaq with its typical craft market; you will also visit the archaeological group of Pisaq with its picturesque terraces cultivated in the mountains. Then we will go to Urubamba where we have included a buffet lunch. Continuing with the tour, we will go to the Fortress of Ollantaytambo known also as the living Inca city.

Finally we will go to the train station of Ollantaytambo, to board the train which leaves at 16:36 hrs (can change depending on the date of booking) to Aguas Calientes, where we will arrive at 6:09 p.m. on average. (According to schedule), we will spend the night in a selected hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).

Optional visit in the Machu Picchu town is hot springs.

Overnight at the chosed hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 13: SACRED VALLEY – INKA TRAIL TO 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 SUN GATEWAY.

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 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 in Aguas Calientes.

Day 14: MACHUPICCHU  “THE 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 Mountains 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.

Day 15: CUSCO RELAX

Breakfast at the hotel

Day off for personal activities.

Overnight in Cusco.

Breakfast at the hotel

At the appropriate time, transfer out


MORE INFORMATION


  • Transfer in and out at each destination.
  • 03 nights accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • Buffet dinner and artistic show at Dama Juana Restaurant 
  • 01 night accommodation in Nasca with breakfast
  • Ballestas Islands
  • City tour Ica
  • Flight over the Nasca Lines without taxes
  • 02 nights accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast
  • City tour in Arequipa with Miradors
  • 01 night accommodation in Chivay with breakfast
  • Colca Canyon tour with lunch and dinner in Chivay on the first day and only lunch on the second day.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca with typical lunch
  • Bus Puno Cusco or Train Puno Cusco, depending on the category of hotel and train availability
  • 05 nights accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
  • City Tour + 4 nearby ruins, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay
  • 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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*** 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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