From US$ 2272 pp

From - To

Lima - Cusco

Duration :

15 Days

Inclusions :

– 02 nights accommodation in Lima
– 01 night accommodation in Paracas
– 01 night accommodation in Nazca
– 02 nights accommodation in Arequipa
– 02 nights accommodation in Colca
– 02 nights accommodation in Puno
– 03 nights accommodation in Cusco
– 01 night accommodation in Sacred Valley
– Daily Breakfast, 7 Lunch & 2 Dinner
– All necessary transportation on SIC
– Shared bus service from Lima to Nazca and from Puno to Cusco
– Round-trip train tickets to Machu Picchu
– Excursions as detailed in itinerary in bold
– Admission to all major monuments and sightseeing attractions

Uros Floating Island, Puno

Itinerary :

Day 1: Lima: On arrival, a transportation service awaits your arrival at the Lima airport to transfer you to your hotel. You will be accompanied by a guide who will inform you about the attractions the city has to offer and assist you along the way.

Day 2: Lima (City Tour): After breakfast, explore Lima’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Be amazed by Lima’s Cathedral, built during the 16th century, which took over 80 years to complete. Then visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the VII century. Finally, head to the ‘Love Park’ in the scenic coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city. Overnight in Lima (B)

Day 3: Lima – Paracas: Have breakfast at the hotel before you are picked up and taken from your hotel to the bus station. A representative will assist you along the way. Take the bus from Lima to Paracas. Upon arrival, you will be taken your selected hotel in Paracas and will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight in Paracas (B)

Day 4: Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Nazca: Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. A transportation service will bring you to the Chaco wharf, the embarkation point for your boat ride to the Ballestas Islands – a natural reserve with beautiful geological formations, impressive animal wildlife, and remains of a pre-Inca culture that dominated the desert and installed a successful society in adverse conditions. The Ballestas Islands are inhabited by migratory birds, pelicans, sea lions, Humboldt penguins and other species found in the archipelago. On the way, you can spot the intriguing lines drawn in the sand forming a chandelier. After the tour, you will be transferred to the bus station to return to Lima. A transportation service will take you from the bus station to the hotel once in Lima. Overnight in Nazca (B)

Day 5: Nazca Lines – Arequipa: After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Nazca airport for an on a 30-minute flight over the desert and observe the mysterious Nazca Lines, which are best appreciated from the air. Nazca is a small town that could easily go unnoticed on a map if it were not for the mysterious lines etched on the desert that has given the area worldwide fame. Although they are centuries old, how and why they were made is still an enigma. A monkey, a spider, a condor, all large figures, can be seen from the sky for you to try to uncover the mystery. If weather conditions and airspace permits, you will fly over recent findings in Palpa. After flying over the mountains, where 150-million-year-old fossils can be found, your flight comes to an end. When finished, you will be taken to the bus station towards Arequipa. Transfer to your selected hotel. Overnight in Arequipa (B)

Day 6: Arequipa: City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery: Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey starts at the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in Peru, next to the magnificent Cathedral, built during the XVII century and rebuilt many times after several earthquakes. From there, transfer to the Santa Catalina Monastery, an authentic cloister built in 1579, whose small religious citadel is still in use today. After that, visit the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (1590), considered a classical example of the baroque local architecture that houses an exceptional collection of paintings and murals. To end the day, visit the districts of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Arequipa’s countryside. Overnight in Arequipa (B)

Day 7: Arequipa – Colca: Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel. After, depart the city of Arequipa via Yura, a district known for its characteristic geographical formations such as ravines, mountain, and canyons. Enter the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, a vast plain where vicuñas – native Andean camelids – can be seen. The trip continues through Vizcachani, Pampas de Toccra and border Chucura’s volcanic crater to arrive at the Mirador de Los Andes lookout in Patapampa (4,910 meters above sea level), where different volcanos around the city of Arequipa can be observed. Lunch is served in the town of Chivay, followed by a leisurely afternoon at your selected hotel in Colca. Optionally, visit the La Calera thermal baths. Overnight in Colca (B,L,D)

Day 8: Colca Canyon & Valley: Have breakfast at the hotel before heading to the Cruz del Condor lookout, the point from where the Colca Valley can be observed in all its glory. Colca Valley is the second deepest valley in the world, which dips more than four kilometers deep, twice that of the Grand Canyon. The thrill of the experience is enhanced by the natural spectacle of huge condors flying over the canyon. Watch in awe as these graceful birds of prey glide over the canyon, patrolling it with military discipline. Descend to the valley floor to discover some of the rustic towns on the banks of the River Colca such as Chivay, Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque, where quaint colonial churches are as much as part of the scenery as the peaks of the Andes. There are also stops at the scenic lookouts of Antahuilque and Choquetico, where you can admire majestic views of the valley. Continue to the Ocolle lookout to admire what is known as ‘the Amphitheatre’ and then hike to the Uyo Uyo archaeological site. Return to your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Colca Canyon – Puno: After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the morning free at leisure. In the afternoon, take to the road heading to Puno on the western shore of Lake Titicaca. The route cuts through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve and passes the stunning ‘stone forests’ of Patahuasi. The landscapes and scenery are enchantingly forbidding, with a combination of high plains, unusual rock formations and lagoons populated by cranes drying their wings in the icy wind above the water. On arrival in Puno, transfer to your selected hotel. Overnight in Puno(B,L)

Day 10: Puno – Lake Titicaca: Uros & Taquile: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the port of Puno, where a boat will take you to the floating islands of Uros. The Uros are an ancient society who populate a series of artificial islands built on the basis of the cattail reeds, which grow in the lake itself. The islands are built by weaving the reeds in places where it grows thicker, forming a natural layer. On top, the inhabitants build their houses, also made of reeds, and cook outdoors in order to prevent possible fires. After an hour-and-a-half tour, continue your trip to the island of Taquile. This island is Quechua speaking, unlike the other islands in the lake which are Aymara-speaking. The island was once part of the Inca Empire and vestiges of that culture can still be seen in its structures. Once there, receive a brief explanation of the island and witness a cultural activity. Then it’s time for lunch, followed your return to Puno. Overnight in Puno (B,L)

Day 11: Puno – Cusco: After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the bus station. Travel through the jaw-dropping landscapes of the highland plateau, which are dotted by Andean hamlets and herds of grazing llamas and vicuñas. Stop en route at the archaeological site of Pukara, which dates from 200BC to 300AD, as well as in Raqchi to admire the ruins of an Inca temple built to worship Wiracocha, one of the most important Inca gods, the creator. There is one more stop before arriving in Cusco at Andahuaylillas, a picturesque town famed for the beautiful 16th-century Church of St Peter the Apostle. It boasts a gilded baroque interior and frescoes so delicate that it is known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’. Upon arrival in Cusco, a transportation service will take you from the bus station to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco (B,L)

Day 12: Cusco (City Tour & Archaeological Sites): Breakfast at the hotel. Start your tour today by visiting Coricancha, also known as the ‘Temple of the Sun’, which was built by the Inca ruler Pachacutec and, upon the arrival of the Spaniards, became the base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Next, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in Plaza de Armas square. Continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas, located just minutes from town center, also built by Pachacutec, whose construction began in the 15th century. Continue on to Quenqo, located only four kilometers from the city of Cusco. Finally, get to know Puka Pukara, located seven kilometers from the city of Cusco. Puka Pukara, which means ‘Red Fortress’, was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca ruler used the space while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco (B)

Day 13: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Pisac – Ollantaytambo: Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day at the Pisac market, which has stands that exhibit and sell products manufactured by residents of the area. Beautiful alpaca textiles, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, necklaces and replicas of old Inca pieces are sure to catch your eye. Continue to the Pisac archaeological site, which has the largest complex of terraces in the area and is an agricultural masterpiece of the Inca Empire. Next, have lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit Ollantaytambo, making a series of stops at points of interest. The town of Ollantaytambo is a typical example of Incan urban planning, whose present-day residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Inca ruler Pachacutec conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one, absorbing it as part of his empire. This town exhibits one of the most remarkable complexes of the Inca Empire. Return to your hotel in Sacred Valley. Overnight in Sacred Valley (B,L)

Day 14: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco: Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, arriving in approximately two hours. This town is also known as ‘Machu Picchu pueblo’ – the town of Machu Picchu – and is the last stop before entering the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes, you can find a train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer, reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca ruler Pachacutec. Machu Picchu, which means ‘old mountain’, is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Once in the citadel, you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and the Inca Bridge. After the tour, enjoy lunch at Café Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes. Return to Cusco by train in the afternoon. Overnight in Cusco (B,L)

Day 15: Departure Cusco: After breakfast, a transportation service and guide will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and transfer you to the airport. (B)

Rates per person in USD (min 02 pax)
CATEGORY VALIDITY 2018 14 Nights Package
Standard 01Apr-20Dec 2272 3199 2212
Superior 01Apr-20Dec 2626 3845 2521
Luxury 01Apr-20Dec 4073 6666 4205

Meal Plan & Specification :

B – Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner

Hotel Used :

Standard: Lima: Tambo II or Britania or Similar; Paracas: San Agustín Paracas or Similar; Nazca: Nasca Lines Casa Andina or Similar; Arequipa: Casa Andina Classic or San Agustin Posada or Similar; Colca: Casa Andina Classic Colca or Pozo del Cielo or Similar; Puno: Eco Inn or La Hacienda Puno or Similar; Cusco: Abittare Hotel or Los Portales Cusco or Similar; Sacred Valley: Casona de Yucay or San Agustin Urubamba or Similar

Superior: Lima: Casa Andina Select or Jose Antonio Miraflores or Similar; Paracas: La Hacienda Bahía de Paracas or Similar; Nazca: Nasca Lines Casa Andina or Similar; Arequipa: Casa Andina Select or Cabildo or Similar; Colca: Colca Lodge or Aranwa or Similar; Puno: José Antonio Puno or Posada del Inca Puno or Similar; Cusco: Costa del Sol Cusco or Sonesta Cusco or Similar; Sacred Valley: Posada del Inca Yucay or Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado or Similar

Luxury: Lima: Swissotel or Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores or Similar; Paracas: Paracas Luxury Collection or Similar; Nazca: Nasca Lines Casa Andina or Similar; Arequipa: Libertador Ciudad Blanca or Casa Andina Premium or Similar; Colca: Las Casitas de Colca or Similar; Puno: Libertador Lake Titicaca or Casa Andina Private Collection Puno or Similar; Cusco: Palacio del Inca Luxury Collection or Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel or Similar; Sacred Valley: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba or Aranwa Sacred Valley & Wellness or Similar.

Imp Note :

Peru has a VAT refund policy for tourist and In the event of no-shows or cancellations, and there will be a surcharge of 18% (VAT – value added tax) on top of the package rates mentioned above.

Package Excludes :

– Expenses of a personal nature
– Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during meals
– Meals not stated in the program
– International tickets to Peru
– Domestic air tickets
– International and domestic airport departure taxes

Child Policy :

Children’s prices will be reconfirmed at moment of booking

Remarks :

Rates are in USD. Rates are not valid during National Holidays, Christmas, New Year’s, Conferences and Special events where higher surcharges & minimum stay will be applicable. Rates are subject to change without prior notice & subject to availability. No refund on any unutilised services.

Cancellation Policy :

Cancellation Policy will vary from hotel to hotel and will be advised at the time of booking