Ancient Peru 17 day

This tour combines land travel to Paracas, to Huacachina, to Nazca, to Cusco and to Lake Titicaca and flights to Amazon of Peru and to Lima

Peru is a biodiverse country! This tour will give you the perfect chance to explore its many ecosystems, and visiting the most important tourist attractions of Peru, including coastal sites, the Andes, and Amazonian jungles.

This option also includes high altitudes.

Overview:


Day 1 : Arrival to Lima
Day 2 : Lima City
Day 3 : Lima – Ballestas Islands - Ica ( Huacachina Oasis )
Day 4 : Ica : Sandboarding, buggies and Pisco route
Day 5 : Ica to Nazca Lines (flight over)
Day 6 : Nazca to Cusco (drive)
Day 7: Cusco city tour
Day 8 : Cusco to Sacred Valley
Day 9: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Day 10 : Rainbow Mounatain
Day 11: Cusco – Puno
Day 12: Lake Titicaca
Day 13: Lake Titicaca
Day 14: Lake Titicaca – Amazon (flight in)
Day 15: Amazon
Day 16: Amazon
Day 17: Amazon – Lima (flight out)

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Full Itinerary

You will be picked up at the airport by Our representative and taken to your Lima hotel.

You'll have the evening to spend at your leisure. We recommend a stroll through the scenic Parque del Amor (Love Park), which has amazing views of Lima's coastline.

Lima as a place of history and beautiful architecture

In the afternoon we will take you to the city’s main historical, religious, and more interesting contemporary sites.

Our tour includes the ruins of Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores followed by a visit to the colonial Plaza Mayor in the historic center. Here you’ll see the Government Palaces, the Cathedral where Francisco Pizarro is buried, and the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs where over 250,000 human bones are still on display, visit the Museo Larco and later You’ll then check out some modern, upscale areas, including Larcomar, and return to your hotel in the evening.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, this day You start the adventure in Peru, travel 4 Hours to Paracas bay. where you go on an adventurous boat trip across the Paracas Bay to the Ballestas Islands, where you will be able to see sea lions, seals, penguins, guano birds, and turtles (rarely found at this latitude). The boat trip lasts approximately 2 hours.

On the way to the islands, you will also get the opportunity to spot the Candelabra, a 165-foot (50-meter) long sketching in the rock, which experts believe is connected to the Nazca Lines.

During the tour, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea lions and birds. Some of the unique bird species you might see include the Humboldt Penguin and the Peruvian Booby which survive only on the Humboldt Current, as well as the Cormorant Guanau and the Red-legged Cormorant. Depending on the season, you willl see sea lions playing with their young or simply frolicking on the rocks.

After this tour we continue 2 more hours to Ica where you will spend the night ( Huacachina Oasis)

After breakfast we star our adventure on the desert of Peru, be ready for an adrenaline-inducing in a high-speed buggy

Bounce over the dunes of Huacachina and experience sandboarding! You will Surf down the dunes and will enjoy the scenery of this magic Oasis

After the buggies and sandborading get ready to be introduced to Peruvian PISCO, the country's most famous drink and the excellent wines of this area. Discover both products on this tour of Ica's bodegas!

We'll learn how pisco and red wine are made using ancestral techniques inherited from the Spanish conquerors, and of course we'll enjoy a tasting to experience the taste first hand!

Back to hotel in Huacachina oasis.

Early in the morning after breakfast at hotel you keep on your adventure, this time 4 hours by car to Nazca town, after we stop at hotel you will get ready to fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines.

you’ll take off on an exciting hour-long flight over the world-famous Nazca Lines. Built between 500 BC and 500 AD, the Nazca Lines are a World Heritage Site whose significance continues to perplex researchers despite more than half a century of careful study.

10 hours’ drive to Cusco city (lunch on the way). Today you will start climbing the Andes of Peru. Hotel Acomodation in Cusco

Pick you up from hotel in Cusco. Today we will Visit the Main Square of Cusco and the main Cathedral, one of the most beautiful places in Peru, the artwork by goldsmith and silversmiths is just amazing.

The Temple of the Sun - Qorikancha, Its walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold, and its adjacent courtyard was filled with golden statues

Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Qenko and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons,

Our Cusco tour will end in the San Pedro Market where you can a appreciate the typical market of Cusco City.

After the guided tour we return to your hotel.
Meals Included: breakfast

Today we will tour the Sacred Valley, our first stop will be Moray (agricultural experiment Inca station), and after this stop, continue to visit the Salineras of Maras (Inca salt mines - evaporation ponds ) the tour will go ahead, and we visit Ollantaytambo town, a beautiful Inca village and the Inca temple.

After the tour we go to the train station of Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu town)

Reception and hotel
Meals Included: breakfast and Lunch

This day finally we visit Machu picchu, after breakfast your guide will meet you by you hotel lobby and you go to the bus stop to board the bus, we will drive for about 30 minutes to reach the citadel of Machu Picchu. We will have a 2-hour private, guided tour, to visit the most important places in Machu Picchu. After the visit, you will have free time to visit Machu Picchu on your own (optional, climb the Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu mountain, this costs an additional $ 35 USD per person). You can also hike to the Sun Gate or the Inka Bridge, for these 02 places there are no additional payments.

At the appropriate time, we will take the bus and descend from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes usual train departure to Ollantaytambo is in the afternoon, followed by car two hours drive to your hotel in Cusco.
Meals Included: breakfast

We start 5am, our transportation will take us for about 3 hours ride to the lower part the beautiful rainbow mountain, from this point you need to walk 2 hours to the top of the Rainbow mountain for a spectacular picture of the place.

You always have the option to ride a horse for the part of the trail that takes to rainbow mountain (5200 m.a.s.l)

Breakfast at your hotel in Cusco, we will pick you up at 7:30am and take you the bus terminal in Cusco, you will stop on the way on the most important tourist attractions.

First stop Andahuyalillas: The church is of simple construction, made of thick adobe mud-brick walls, the exterior of the church looks rather humble, it is the interior, that makes this one of the most valuable jewels of the colonial art in Peru, sometimes called the "Capilla Sixtina" or "Sistine Chapel" of America.

Raqchi: templo of Wiracocha:The most prominent structure is the Temple of Wiracocha, an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure that measures 92 metres (300 ft) by 25.5 metres (84 ft).

La Raya: This is La Raya pass Mountain views, 4310m - 14172 ft above sea level, here we have the chance to get out and breathe the air and take some photographs of grazing llamas and alpacas extend to the broad Altiplano horizon. This point is the conjunctions of the cordillera and the origin of the Vilcanota knot.

arrival to Puno 5pm. transport to your hotel.
Meals Included: breakfast

After a good breakfast we will pick you up from hotel in downtown Puno, we will take a motor boat to the floating island of Uros (2Hours).

The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water.

Continue traveling in our boat, we will get the next island called Amantani, just arriving there will be first contact with locals families, they bring you up to their homes, there you get your accommodation for one night in basic typical room between the agriculture fields. The local family will supply yours all meals

After lunch all the group together walk up to highest point of island, called Pachatata temple =4200m.a.s.l. it is the best place to get pictures from all surround views of this blue sacred lake of the Incas.

After the explanation of your tour guide, back to the homes to get your dinner and then you can go to enjoy typical dances with the local music players.

Overnight in local family home
Meals Included: breakfast - Dinner

At 7am after family breakfast meet the entire group and travel by boat to the Taquile island, 2 and half hours crossing the lake you will arrive at the last place to visit. You will have an explanation about the live, culture, typical costume and every common activity at the main square, short treks around the island, lunch in the co-operative restaurant, there is also a co-operative shop on the plaza that sells exceptional woollen goods which are not cheap but of very fine quality. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. The island is narrow only about 1 KM wide, but 6 to 7 Km. long, on Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins and Inca terracing.

At 4 or 5pm you will return to Puno hotel.
Meals Included: breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel.

Transport from your hotel to Juliaca Airport 45 minutes, you will take a plane to Puerto Maldonado city. The Peru´s Capital City of Biodiversity, we will welcome you at the airport. Then, we will start our program with a visit around the city, on a bus.

Afterwards, we will go to Puerto Capitania, to board a motorized riverboat, and we will navigate on the Madre de Dios River. During the journey, we will submerge into a fascinating natural environment, if we are lucky we will witness Ronsocos, Caimans, Turtles, Herons, Cormorants and other animal species in their natural environment.

Arriving at the Ecoamazonia Lodge, we will enjoy an exquisite welcome drink, we will get settled in our bungalows and will have lunch together.

Once satisfied, you will be conducted by our specialized tour guide through an interpretive trail conveniently signposted to the Caiman Cocha, a small lake with an abundant presence of specimens of Black Caiman (Melanosuchus Niger) and Caiman (Caiman Crocodilus).

At the end of the evening, you will witness the spectacular sunset in the Amazon, an experience full of intensities overwhelming color ranges.

Upon returning to the Lodge, a delicious dinner will await you, and enjoy free time to share unforgettable moments at the bar, equipped with an excellent game room and all the drinks you can imagine.

Dawn is incredible woke with the singing of birds, the song of the howler monkey. Early breakfast to start our activities jungle trips.

We started a trek deep into the forest trails with bridges to cross streams and rivers. During this journey you can appreciate a host of wildlife and arrive at majestic LAKE APU VICTOR Nature reserve beautiful place surrounded by swamps and gigantic trees home to a variety of birds and animals.

We will have the opportunity to ascend to the viewpoint AMAZONICO (Mirador built on top of the trees) from the top you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the lake from where you can see species such as parrots, macaws, toucans, horned screamers, Shanshos (Hoatzin is a type of wild goose prehistoric appearance), herons and other animals, such as alligators, turtles, etc. If you are lucky you can watch the spectacular Giant Otter, return to the lodge awaits a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon we boarded our boat to cross the river and visit the MONKEY ISLAND only place we walk in the extraordinary places with abundant flora we can find a variety of species of monkeys in their natural habitat such as Mono Maquisapa, Capuchino , lion, Frayle and hopefully the coati and sloths and a variety of birds. Back to the hostel Ecoamazonia lodge enjoy a delicious dinner.

In the usual dinner together and tell our experiences to enjoy our last night in the Amazon.

Wake up with the chirping of birds and early breakfat begin our day with a walk we walk in the forest to the Cocha Perdida which constitutes a refuge ecosystem and feeding of an immense variety of animals hopefully we can see otters, caimans, turtles, tapirs, tapirs, birds of colorful plumage and a variety of fish. This unique area remains intact with immense swamps and marshes can reach the AMAZON MIRADOR from where you can appreciate the immensity of the jungle. We will make a small canoe ride around the lake appreciating fruit trees immense habitat of many species of birds return to the lodge Ecoamazonia lodge and lunch. In the afternoon we will have the option to visit the botanical garden or if you prefer you can enjoy bathing in the Amazon pool.

After breakfast early our boat will bring it back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, capital of biodiversity and from there you can connect to your next destination either by bus or plane.

What is included

  • Accommodations, Transportation and Tours
  • In Lima - Paracas – Huacachina -Nazca
  • 2 night in Lima,
  • 2 night in Huacachina
  • 1 night in Nazca
  • Transportation: Lima – Huacachina - Nazca
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • Flight over Nazca Lines
  • All breakfasts
  • In Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu – Rainbow Mountain
  • 4 nights in Cusco
  • 1 night in Machu Picchu
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • Train Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco.
  • Entrance fee for Machu Picchu
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • In Puno – Lake Titicaca
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • In the Amazon -Puerto Maldonado
  • 3 nights in Tambopata lodge
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess. (i.e.Puno/Cusco bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional post-tour (cost given separately)

What you need to bring/carry:

  • Daypack,
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
  • comfortable footwear
  • Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  • Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Insect repellent
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
  • Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  • You also need to bring your original passport on the trail and your student ISIC card (if claiming a student discount)

Suggestions

1- If you are planning to travel to Cusco during the months of December to March, we recommend to bring with you a rain gear since we start the rainy season over here.
However, April to November are the months of dry season, we have sunny days but cold nights

2- If you live at sea level, and planning to visit Cusco, you might experience the Altitude sickness, Cusco is located at 3350 meters about sea level. We recommend a local remedy called mate de coca, it is tea made from coca leaves. This is helpful, but by no means a cure.
Acetazolamide (Diamox ) is drug that has shown good results as prophylaxis and treatment of AMS ( soroche o mal de altura ) It is a prescription drug used in the treatment of glaucoma, and as a diuretic.

3- Hiking boots for the following tours, Rainbow mountain, Inca trail, Salkantay and Choquequirao

4- Light dinner for the first night of your arrival to Cusco. Since the elevation of Cusco slow down the digestion

5- You don´t need to bring a lot cash to Peru since you can withdraw USA Dollars at most ATMs across the country Visa,Master Card,Cirrus, American Express and Diner's Club,etc) Most ATM machines in Peru do not add any charge for withdrawing money from your home bank account, but your own bank might.

Price

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Confirm your Booking: We will require a non-refundable tour deposit of 50% per person.

The deposit is to be paid by the following options, by VISA Payment On-Line, Paypal, and Western Union money transfer; these are the fastest & most secure form of payments in Peru.

The remaining balance is to be paid in Cusco once you arrive prior to your tour departure date.

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