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Discover the highlights of Peru on a 13 day tour. Learn about the ancient civilization in Peru while exploring Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu; the 'Lost City of the Incas'. Visit the unique Uros floating islands and Taquile Island of Lake Titicaca. Then, Travel to Colca and see the condors fly. Last but not least, board a plane and fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines. See itinerary for details.
Day 1: Lima, Peru You will be greeted at the Lima Airport and taken to your hotel to spend the day at your leisure. Overnight in Lima Day 2: Lima to Cusco (B) Head to the Lima Airport for your 1-hour flight to Cusco. You’ll be transferred to your Cusco hotel and can spend the day at your leisure exploring the streets and shops in the city. Overnight in Cusco
Day 3: Cusco Walking Tour (B) Meet your guide and enjoy a walking Cusco city tour visiting the Cathedral located in the main square, Plaza de Armas, ´Qoricancha´, the Temple of the Sun and the San Pedro Market. Learn about the local variety of products and ingredients. Then, head back to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 4: Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo and Train to Cusco (B,L) Visit Maras and wander through the streets. Then, see the circular terraces of Moray and enjoy a delicious lunch in a local house. Then, visit the salt terraces of Maras and learn about an ancient pre-Incan method of producing salt. Step back in time when visiting Ollantaytambo and the impressive Ollantaytambo ruins, temples and terraces. Then, take your Expedition train to Aguas Calientes from the Ollantaytambo train station. Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 5: Machu Picchu and Back to Cusco (B) Visit the magnificent site of Machu Picchu and see the exceptional Temples of the Sun and the Condor, aqueducts and houses, and learn about the Incan Sacred Terraces. Then, explore the site on your own and in the afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes where you will take the train to Cusco. Upon arrival into Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco Day 6: Cusco to Puno (B,L) Head to the bus station for your 9 hour scenic coach journey to Lake Titicaca. Make a stop at Andahuaylillas Church, known as the Andean Sistine Chapel and the town of Racchi where you will visit the Incan temple of Wiracocha. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of traditional Peruvian dishes and reach the midway point between Cusco and Puno which is also the highest point of the journey, La Raya standing 14,100 feet (4,300 meters). Visit Pukara, famous for its ceramic production and its most famous figurines and reach Puno at 5pm. A representative will be waiting for you at the bus station to transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Puno. Day 7: Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Islands (B,L) During the morning, visit the unique Uros Floating Islands and see how the locals use the totora reeds to build many objects essential in their daily lives. Explore the lake with a trip around the islands by totora reed canoe and continue on to Taquile Island via motor fast boat. Once at the island, walk around the area and appreciate the beautiful landscapes. Enjoy a locally prepared lunch at a restaurant and cross the lake via boat to then be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Puno. Day 8: Lake Titicaca to Yanque (Colca Canyon) (B) Take a six hour journey to the town of Chivay while enjoying incredible landscapes marked by lakes, lagoons, trout farms and Andean flamingos. The soaring altitude of 4850m (12,000ft), which will be reached, will give you an amazing view of the highlands. Travel on through the Colca Canyon until you reach your hotel in Yanque. Overnight in Colca Canyon. Day 9: Colca Canyon Tour and Arequipa (B) Enjoy a tour of Colca Canyon and make a few stops in small Andean villages where time seems to have stood still. Travel along the canyon until ‘Mirador Cruz del Condor’, which is the best viewing point to look into the depths of the Colca Canyon. Spot a few condors flying with an amazing scenery in the background and then enjoy a locally prepared lunch. Once you have taken in the refreshing air of the Colca Canyon, head to your hotel in Arequipa. The journey back to Arequipa will take approximately 4 hours. Overnight in Arequipa. Day 10: Free Day to Explore Arequipa and Bus to Ica (B) Enjoy a free day exploring Arequipa. Maybe you would like to walk around the Plaza de Armas or visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a beautiful complex that surrounds a whole spiritual world, built over 400 years ago. You can visit museums, tourist shops or taste the local dishes. In the evening, meet your guide at your hotel and head to the Arequipa bus station, in time for your comfortable overnight bus to Ica. Upon arrival in Ica, you’ll be taken to your hotel. Overnight bus Day 11: Flight Over Nazca Lines (From Ica) (B) After hotel pick up, head to the Ica Airport and board a plane for your one hour flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, a series of ancient geoglyphs in the desert made by the Nazca culture. During the flight you will be able to see the most interesting figures. After seeing the incredible lines, head back to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to spend at leisure. Overnight in Ica.
Day 12: Ballestas Islands from Ica and Return to Lima (B) Head to the Chaco Harbor in Paracas for your boat ride to the Ballestas Islands, located a short distance from the coast. You will be able to see a giant geoglyph in the shape of a candle holder on the boat ride to the islands. Arriving at the Ballestas Islands, you will observe many animals from the boat including noisy but playful fur seals and sea lions and sea birds. After your boat ride, head to the Paracas bus station to board your comfortable tourist coach back to Lima. Upon arrival into Lima, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Lima. Day 13: International Flight (B) Today you’ll be transferred to the Lima Airport in time for your international flight.
12 nights accommodation in carefully selected hotels
Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)