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12-Day Peru Highlights Tour from Lima

1 Week5 Days

Highlights
  • Stroll through the amazing neighbourhood of Cusco
  • Explore Machu Picchu, an awesome archaeological site with incredible landscapes
  • Discover the Santa Catalina Monastery, an authentic medieval cloister
Description

Perú, what a wonderful country to explore! Come and visit this amazing place, full of culture and history. Start your trip in Lima, Peru´s capital city and discover its museums and beautiful downtown. Enjoy the Ballestas Islands in Paracas and the mysterious Nazca Lines. Arequipa and its volcanoes around will leave you speechless and admire the fantastic landscapes of Lake Titicaca in Puno. To end this unique tour, you will visit Cusco and the magic citadel of Machu Picchu. Peru has a lot to offer!

Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrival in Limaexpand_more

    Arrival in Lima and private transfer, with only a driver, to the hotel. Overnight in Lima, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.

  • Day 2: Lima to Paracasexpand_more
    • Larco Museum
      We will begin the tour in the wonderful Larco Museum, located in the Pueblo Libre district, where you can see a complete collection of more than 5000 pieces of ceramic, as well as gold and silver, and pre-Columbian erotic art.
    • Casa de Aliaga
      Then, we will go to the historic center to visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion with beautiful rooms full of invaluable art and history.
    • Main Square
      We continue to the Plaza de Armas, where we find the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal Palace, and other important buildings of the colonial era, where we will visit the Cathedral built in the sixteenth century.
    • Arrival in Paracas
      After the visit, you will be transferred to the bus station to take the touristic bus to Paracas. Arrive in Paracas and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Paracas, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 3: Paracas to Nazcaexpand_more
    • Ballestas Islands
      In the morning, after breakfast, the transportation service will pick you up at your hotel to transfer you to the Paracas pier, more precisely to the Chaco station: boarding point for the boat trip to the Ballestas Islands. It is a natural reserve of beautiful geological formations, impressive fauna and lags of a pre-Incan culture that dominated the desert to install a successful society in adverse conditions. The Ballestas Islands are inhabited by bobo birds, pelicans, sea lions and Humboldt penguins, among other species found in the archipelago. On the way, you can see the still inexplicable lines drawn in the sand forming a candelabrum.
    • Arrival in Nazca
      At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the bus station to take the tourist bus to Nazca. Arrive in Nazca and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Nazca, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 4: Nazca to Arequipaexpand_more
    • Overflight of the Nazca Lines
      Transfer to the airport to take the Nazca Lines overflight. Upon arrival, we will first go through the corresponding procedure that takes about 45 minutes and prepare to fly over these fantastic figures. You will see 13 figures such as the whale, trapeze, the dog, the astronaut, the monkey, the condor, the compass, the spider, the hummingbird, the parrot, the tree, the hands and Alcatraz.
    • Arrival in Arequipa
      In the end, you will be transferred to the bus station to take the bus to Arequipa. Arrive in Arequipa in the night, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Arequipa, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 5: Arequipaexpand_more
    • San Lazaro
      Free morning for rest or personal activities. In the afternoon, the journey begins with the transfer from the hotel to the center of Arequipa city, in the colonial district of San Lazaro, the place where the city has been founded.
    • Main Square
      Then, we will visit the Main Square, one of the most beautiful in Peru, and neighbour of the imposing Arequipa cathedral built in the seventeenth century and completely rebuilt after several earthquakes. We will see the Cathedral and the Church Compañía de Jesús (1590), considered a classic example of the local baroque architecture that keeps inside a sample exceptional paintings and murals.
    • Santa Catalina Monastery
      From there, we will go to Santa Catalina Monastery, an authentic medieval cloister built in 1579 and is still in use to this day.
    • Yanahuara District
      Then, we will visit Yanahuara and Carmen Alto districts to have a Panoramic view of the countryside, without a doubt a fantastic image. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Arequipa, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 6: Arequipa to Punoexpand_more
    • Depart to Puno
      Transfer to the bus station to take the touristic bus to Puno (6:30 hours). Arrive in Puno and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight in Puno, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 7: Punoexpand_more
    • Uros Floating Islands
      You will be transferred to the lake port of Puno, where a regular boat will take you to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that populates a series of artificial islands built on the basis of the totora plant, which grows in the same lake. The islands are constructed by weaving the totora in the places where it grows thicker and forming a natural layer. On top of it, they built their houses, also of totora, and cook outdoors to prevent possible fires.
    • Taquile Island
      After Uros visit and an hour and a half boat trip, you will continue your journey to the island of Taquile. This is Quechua, unlike the other Aymara speaking islands on the lake. It was part of the Inca Empire, and vestiges of this culture can still be seen in its constructions. Once there, you will be given a brief explanation of the island and witness a cultural activity. After lunch, you will return to the port of Puno, where our transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Overnight in Puno, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 8: Puno to Cuscoexpand_more
    • Sun Route
      Transfer to the bus station to take the tourist bus to Cusco (8 hours). During the way, you will do 3 visits to Raqchi, Andahuaylillas and Puca Pucará. A buffet lunch is included at a local restaurant. Arrive in Cusco, and transfer with only a driver to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 9: Cusco to Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientesexpand_more
    • Pisac
      We will pick you up from the hotel in Cusco to start a 30 km. journey until Pisac. This fantastic place has an amazing market and archaeological temples of stone buildings, with incredible views of the valley and the magnificent Inca platforms.
    • Urubamba
      Then, we will continue until Urubamba to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and later we will reach Ollantaytambo.
    • Ollantaytambo & Chinchero
      Its temple was the headquarter of Inca’s army, as well as a religious and agricultural place. It has stunning views and more than a hundred Inca platforms with an advanced irrigation canal for that period. We will visit Chinchero and its typical and colourful Inca market, full of traditional craft as ceramics and Andean looms.
    • Aguas Calientes
      After the visit, you will be transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo and board the Train Expedition to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, and you will have a short briefing with the guide before the tour to Machu Picchu, scheduled for the next day. Overnight in Aguas Calientes, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cuscoexpand_more
    • Machu Picchu
      Transfer to Ollantaytambo’s train station to board the Train Expedition to Machu Picchu. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, and we will board the bus to the wonderful Machu Picchu Citadel, well-known as The Lost City of the Inca. The guided tour for 2 hours will let you explore this awesome archaeological site with incredible landscapes. Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site, was the main place of Inca’s farming and the most important urban place from the Incan Empire. Enjoy your free time in Machu Picchu, take pictures, or if you are brave, you can climb Huayna Picchu (optional) and admire the entire citadel around. Also, you have the option to go back to Aguas Calientes and have lunch (optional).
    • Poroy Train Station
      At the arranged time, you should arrive at the Aguas Calientes train station to back to Cusco City, arriving at Poroy train station first and take private transport to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 11: Cuscoexpand_more
    • Qoricancha
      In the afternoon, we will start the tour by visiting the Temple of the Sun, well-known as Koricancha. This symbolic place has a clear example of the fusion between Incan and Hispanic cultures, and its base was used to build Santo Domingo’s Church and its famous convent.
    • Cathedral of Cusco
      Then, we’re going to visit the Cathedral located in Main Square, to appreciate the beautiful religious paintings of the Cusco School.
    • Sacsayhuaman
      The Cusco City Tour continues in Sacsayhuaman, an amazing archaeological complex with huge carved stones which perfectly fit each other, and it is said that it was built by more than 20 thousand men and took over 70 years to finish.
    • Qenqo
      Then we will visit Qenqo religious temple, a place where the Incas worshipped their Gods like the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. You will have an incredible experience exploring its underground galleries and admire a semicircular amphitheatre.
    • Puca Pucara
      We will continue this entertaining excursion in the military compound of Puca Pucara, which means “Red Fortress” for its reddish infrastructure.
    • Tambomachay
      Then we will go to the water’s worship center of Tambomachay, with aqueducts and waterfalls provided from nearby springs. In the end, we will back to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco, standard room, 3 or 4-star hotels, according to your choice.
  • Day 12: Departure from Cuscoexpand_more
    • Cusco Airport
      Transfer with only a driver to the Cusco airport to take your flight to Lima.
    • Lima Airport
      Arrival in Lima, and international flight connection.
What's Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Round trip transfers with only a driver in Lima, Cusco and Puno
  • Round trip transfers with bilingual assistance in Paracas, Nasca and Arequipa
  • Ticket entrances
  • Touristic bus from Puno to Cusco, with 3 visits, lunch and shared guide in Spanish/English
  • Standard boat for the tour of Uros and Taquile
  • Train Expedition to Machu Picchu
What's Excluded
  • Local flights Lima / Arequipa and Cusco / Lima
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (extra cost)
  • Assistance in the airport of Lima on the last day
  • Port fee in Ballestas Island: cash payment USD 6.00 per person
  • Overflight of Nazca Lines: airport fees. Cash payment USD 10.00 per person.
  • Touristic bus Lima / Paracas, Paracas / Nasca, Nasca / Arequipa
Know before you go
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Rates are not valid for Peruvians, residents and foreigners staying more than 60 days in Peru.
  • Rates are not valid for special dates such as Easter, Long weekends, National Holidays, Christmas and New Year.
  • Tourist bus tickets for Lima / Paracas, Paracas / Nasca, Nasca / Arequipa can be quoted after booking and will have an additional cost. Rates vary by seasons and holidays.
  • You should bring comfortable clothes and shoes, a cap, sunscreen, coat, sunglasses.
  • If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us! Office number: (+54 11) 4363-6000 (Mon to Sat from 9 to 18 Hs and Sundays from 10 to 19 Hs) Emergency mobile: (+54 911) 4991-4035 (After office hours)
  • Pick up from the airport of Lima until centrally located Miraflores, San Isidro or downtown Lima hotels.
Meeting Point

Lima, Peru

Language

Spanish

Activity Level

Easy

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