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Taste of Peru – 15 Days / 14 Nights

Taste of Peru – 15 Days / 14 Nights

This is the ideal route for those who plan to travel by land through some of the most attractive landscapes of the Peruvian South. Not only will we admire the beauty of the coast and highland views but also their colorful communities. We will visit temples, museums, and archaeological sites while get to know their inhabitants.

Duration – 15 Days                                                   Difficulty – Medium

OVERVIEW

Tour Description

  • Tour to the main points in the southern circuit
  • Visit to Lima’s historical downtown and the Archaeological Museum
  • Lima-Paracas
  • Boat trip to the Ballesta Islands
  • Flight over Nazca Lines
  • City tour of Arequipa and visit to Santa Catalina
  • Colca Canyon tour and direct trip to Puno
  •  Taquile and Uros islands visits in Lake Titicaca
  • The most important sites of Cusco
  • Machu Picchu Sunrise.

Places that are visited

Day 1                Arrive in Lima, Peru

Day 2                Lima City tour

Day 3                Lima – Paracas

Day 4                Paracas and Ballestas – Nazca

Day 5                Nazca – Arequipa

Day 6                Arequipa City tour

Day 7                Arequipa – Colca Canyon

Day 8                Colca Canyon – Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Day 9                Lake Titicaca – Homestay

Day 10              Lake Titicaca

Day 11              Puno – Cusco

Day 12              Cusco City tour

Day 13              Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes

Day 14              Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 15              Cusco – Lima

ITINERARY

 

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Lima, Peru

At your arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Miraflores.

Day 2: Lima City tour

Today we will take you on a Private City tour. (Tour can be done in the morning or afternoon) You will have the opportunity to visit one of the most important architectural constructions of the 17th century, Convent of Saint Francis. This complex has a small square, the convent and church. Its cloisters have beautiful tiles and one can visit the catacombs which are more than 300 years old. We then visit the three most important sites from colonial times: Plaza Mayor, plaza San Martin, Palacio de Gobierno (known as the house of Pizarro), and the Municipality, preserving their original architecture.

This 3-hour sightseeing tour offers the best of colonial and modern Lima. The tour ends with a visit to the modern suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.  You will be returned to your hotel.

Day 3: Lima – Paracas

You will be picked up from your hotel in Lima and then transferred to the bus station of Cruz del Sur where you will board a tourist bus. The bus journey from Lima to Paracas takes 3 hours. Upon you arrival in Paracas, you will be met at the bus station by one of our Representatives, and afterwards you will be transferred to the designated hotel. Rest of the day free to relax in front of the beach. Overnight in Paracas.

Day 4: Paracas and Ballestas – Nazca

You will be picked up from your hotel in Paracas and then transferred to the dock of Paracas where we will take a speed boat to visit the Ballestas Islands. During our boat excursion to the Islands you will see many attractions, among them, stands out a huge design etched on the slope of hill, known by the local people as The Candelabra. This is an enormous figure that can be seen clearly from the sea. Our local guide will explain the most important theories concerning this drawing.

Afterwards, we will continue our excursion around the Ballestas Islands, where you will see hundreds of birds flying (Peruvian Bobbies, Inca terns, Pelicans, Cormorants and others) above the Islands, as well as dozens of sea lions on the shore of the beaches, and if you are lucky you also can see the famous Humboldt Penguins and dolphins swimming nearby. It is not permitted to land on the Island, which means you will spend all the tour on the boat.

After our visit to the islands, we will visit the Paracas Peninsula by land. During our excursion to the Paracas Reserve, we will drive across a yellowish desert, following a dirt road till the cliff where once stood the gorgeous natural rock formation known as the Cathedral. (Unfortunately this great rock formation was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in 2007). The scenery around is still very beautifull and clients can walk along the edge of the ocean and take photos. Finally we will take you to the little village of Lagunillas for lunch. Here there are various restaurants overlooking the ocean that serve mainly fresh fish in their menus. Later on, you will be transferred to the bus station to take a tourist bus to Nazca. Upon your arrival in Nazca, you will be met by one of our representatives at the bus station and then you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 5: Nazca – Arequipa

You will be picked up by our local guide in Nazca and then will be transferred to the Nazca airdrome to do the flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines. We will fly over an enigmatic zone, where hundreds of years ago ancient Peruvians drew huge designs that can be seen only from the air. Among the figures we will see an enormous representation of a monkey, a hummingbird, a condor, and a strange creature known as the Spaceman. The Nazca Lines flight lasts 35 minutes. Afterwards you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Afterwards we pick you up from your hotel and then transfer you to the bus station of Cruz del sur to take the Cruzero bus to the city of Arequipa.

Day 6: Arequipa City tour

We collect you from your hotel for a Private City Tour.  Our first stop is the Santa Catalina Monastery, a wonderful place that housed the nuns of Arequipa for centuries. Later on we will walk around the main square of Arequipa, a nice spot surrounded by colonial arches. At the main plaza we will visit the interiors of magnificent Cathedral of Arequipa. Later on we visit the Museum of Santuarios Andinos where we will see the Mummy named Juanita, an amazing frozen body of a little girl found at the cold slopes of the Ampato Mountain.  The tour lasts approx. 3 hours.

Day 7: Arequipa – Colca Canyon

We begin our journey to one of the deepest canyons in the world!  Taking the highway from Yura, bordering the snow-covered Chachani Mountain onwards to Cañahuas Pampas (natural reserve of vicuñas), where we will see these graceful camelids going through high Andean lands.  We are also able to see a huge variety of migratory birds enroute including Flamingos. We will pass through the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura). We stop to admire of the beauty of the area, which is also the highest point on our trip (4,800 m.a.s.l).  We arrive into Chivay at approximately 13h30 where we stop at a restaurant for lunch and afterwards transfer to your hotel.

Later we can go to the hot springs at Calera where you can enjoy the medical waters (Entrance: S/.15 per person).

Day 8: Colca Canyon – Puno (Lake Titicaca)

We have an early departure at 06h00 to the viewpoint of Condor Cross (Cruz del Condor) where we can observe the majestic condor in flight.  On our return we stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque that have beautiful colonial churches.  We also stop enroute for lunch in Chivay and afterwards connect with our group transportation to Puno.  The drive will take approx. 5 hours and you will be transferred to your hotel.  Overnight

Day 9:  Lake Titicaca – Homestay

Our Representative will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to the Port of Puno.  Today we will venture out on Lake Titicaca – our first stop will be the Floating  Islands of Uros.  From here we continue to Amantani Island where we stay with a local Family tonight

Day 10: Lake Titicaca

Enjoy breakfast with your family before continuing onwards to the Isle of Taquile.  Here we find beautiful local costumes and hand woven products.  In the late afternoon we return to the Port of Puno and transfer back to your hotel.

Day 11: Puno – Cusco

Transfer to the bus station to board a first Class touristic bus service that stops at various sites enroute such as Pukara, La Raya (photostop), Raqchi and Andahuayllilas Chapel..   The total journey is 10 hours approximately and that includes the stops.  Lunch is included in Sicuani. You arrive in Cusco around 5pm. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Day 12: Cusco City tour

In the afternoon you will be collected from your hotel and taken on a group City Tour of Cusco.  You will visit the most important sites: The Cathedral, Koricancha “Temple of the Sun”, Tambomachay “Temple of the Water”, Qenqo and Sacsayhuaman.  The tour lasts around 4 hours and ends in the Plaza de Armas.

Day 13: Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes

We will take you on the group tour to the Sacred Valley. We will visit Pisac ruins & Market. We will walk in the area of the ruins for around 1 hour. From here we make our way to Urubamba where we have lunch in a touristic restaurant (not included in the package).

Our final place to visit is the Andean town of Ollantaytambo. Incredibly, most of its buildings, which were built by different Inca rulers, still remain today. Afterwards we transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo where you will board the train to Aguas Calientes. On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. The Guide will come over to your hotel to explain about the next day activities.

Day 14: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today we take the first bus to catch the Sunrise in Machu Picchu. You will enjoy almost 2 hour guided tour of the important sites of Machu Picchu. Afterwards you have leisure time to explore on your own.

We take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo where our driver will be waiting for you in order to transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 15: Cusco – Lima

Today we transfer you to the airport to catch your flight to Lima. End of Our Services

Interested in climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain?

Please note that you need to reserve permits for Huayna Picchu Mountain in advance as they are subject to availability. There are 400 permits available per day and the cost to add on Huayna Picchu to your program is $ 15 per person. Please note if passengers are not on time for Huayna Picchu they will lose their entrance!

Custom Made

Andean Roots offers programs tailored to fit its passengers’ interests. Tell us what you would like to include or exclude to this program, and we will design an exclusive itinerary for you.

PRICES

Tour Price

  • Please contact us. When we draw up a quotation for this package, we need to know from our clients:
  • The amount of persons traveling?
  • If you would like budget, moderate or luxury hotels?
  • If you would prefer group services or private services throughout or a mixture?  This mainly pertains to the Cusco City tour and the Sacred Valley tour which could be group or private. For Machupicchu we only offer a private service as this gives the most benefit to our clients.

The information above will help us building a Customized Itinerary for you.

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