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MARVELOUS  PERU - PLT04
Visit: Lima - Ica - Nazca - Ballestas Islands - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca - Arequipa - Colca Canyon

15 days / 14 nights - Begins Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays


PROGRAM  ITINERARY

 Tour Description:  Our "Marvelous Peru" program combines the best of what Peru has to offer. This 15 day program will take you on an unforgettable journey visiting the mysterious Nazca lines and the "Galapagos like" wildlife on the Ballestas islands in the Pacific ocean. From Lima we travel to Cuzco to be marveled by the culture of the Incas, not only in and around the city but also by visiting the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. You will get a hands-on feel of how people live in the highlands of the Andes while traveling by land to lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. People on the lake still live the way their ancestors used to live. On the last leg of this program you will travel to the "Jewel of the South", Arequipa, from where we visit Colca Canyon to observe views of the Andes that will stay in our minds forever.

 DAY BY DAY ITINERARY - Part I -  *
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 Day 1 - Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday  LIMA / Transfer - City tour Lima Modern & Colonial
AM -
Our services will begin upon your arrival at the airport of Lima - Peru. After immigration and customs formalities you will be met by our local representative outside the customs area. Here you will be assisted with your luggage and transferred to the hotel Sonesta Miraflores (or similar) where you will check-in.

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PM - In the afternoon you will be picked up from the hotel for a city tour of Lima, “The City of Kings”. The tour will include the most important architectural icons of the city, such as the Main Square, where we can find the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. We continue with a visit to the Convent of San Francisco, an architectonic jewel dating back to the 16th century. At the Larco Museum we will observe some of the best-kept collections of findings from the Incas and Peruvian Pre-Inca coastal cultures. A highlight is the Erotic Huacos Room, where we find a sample of small statues made of mud that show the sexual beliefs of ancient Peruvians. On the way back to the modern area of the city, we cross the exclusive district of San Isidro, the new financial heart of the city, where we take a look at pre-Inca Huaca Huallamarca. Finally, we conclude the tour in Miraflores, visiting the “Parque del Amor” (Love Park), an excellent spot to enjoy a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
 

EVE
- Evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
(No meals)
 
 Day 2  LIMA - ICA - NAZCA / Bus ride - Over-flight of the Nazca lines & city tour
AM
- After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the bus station where we board a luxurious motor coach for the 4 hour ride to the city of Ica. The ride itself is an experience as it will take you along the Pacific coast south to Pisco and on to Ica where we check in at Hotel Las Dunas (or similar).
  

PM - In the early afternoon we go to the airport from where we take a small airplane for the short flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines. It is an incredible experience to see several figures drawn on the sandy soil, representing animals and stylized plants, distributed over a huge area, along with lines, trapezes, triangles and spirals, preserved for almost 2000 years, according to specialists. On the return to the hotel the guide will take us on a city tour of Ica, including a visit to the local museum and one of the famous vineyards where Pisco, the national spirit, is made. For the more adventurous we offer optional programs like dune buggy rides or sand-boarding ... ask us.
 
EVE -
The evening can be enjoyed at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
(B.)

 Day 3  ICA - PARACAS - LIMA / Ballestas islands boat trip - Transfer
AM
- Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a transfer to Paracas Bay. Here we board a motorboat for a two hour excursion to the Ballestas Islands, also known by locals as the "Galapagos of Peru". This group of islands is located in front of Paracas National Reserve and is part of a very large natural system of islands on the Pacific shores of Peru. Thousands of migratory and local birds share their habitat with large groups of sea lions and fur seals. During the excursion we can observe a mysterious design over the hill, called “El Candelabro” (The Chandelier).


 

PM
- After the excursion by boat we board the bus for the return to Lima where, upon arrival at the bus station, we will be transferred to the hotel Sonesta Miraflores (or similar) where we check in for the night.
  

EVE - Lima is known for excellent restaurants so enjoy the evening in the city. Overnight at the hotel.
(B.)
 
 Day 4  LIMA - CUZCO / Transfers - City tour of Cuzco
AM
- After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Enjoy the flight over the Andes mountains with its snow capped peaks. Upon arrival at the airport of Cuzco you will be greeted by our local representative who will assist you and provide the transfer to the hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Cuzco (or similar). Here you will check in and enjoy the remainder of the morning at leisure. take this time to relax in order to allow for altitude acclimatization.
 

PM - In the afternoon you will be picked up by your English speaking guide for a city tour of Cuzco and the San Blas district. We will visit the Imperial City, living example of the blend between Andean and Spanish cultures. We start our trip visiting the Santo Domingo Convent, built over the Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace and main worship center of the Sun God. Stop at the Main Square, where we find the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of La Compañia. Continuing with the tour, we walk trough a one of the Inca & Colonial cobbled stone streets, where we find the famous 12 angle stone piece. We continue to the picturesque district of San Blas, home to artists and handicraft masters, whose workshops are located along its steep and winding streets.
 

EVE
- Overnight at the hotel in Cuzco.
(B, D.)

 Day 5
 CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS / Sacsayhuaman - Maras - Moray - Misminay Community
AM
- After breakfast we depart from the hotel for a morning visit to the nearby Archaeological sites of Cuzco, all located North East of the main square where we can observe an impressive sample of Inca architecture, overlooking the city. We will leave the city to visit the archaeological sites of Tambomachay (Temple of Water), Quenqo (underground ceremonial caves) and Sacsayhuaman, the amazing main site of the Inca Empire. For those interested in mysticism, the Sacsayhuaman Complex is an excellent spot to hold meditation sessions. Late in the morning we will drive towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas to visit the salt mines of Maras, still used today the same way they were used during Inca times.

PM -
We continue with a visit to Moray, a concentric circle terraced structure believed to be an agricultural lab. We finish with a picnic lunch at Misminay, a local community that works closely together with our operator in Peru. The community provides all porters for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Local tour operators are developing an interesting social program to empower this Andean community. This relationship is proving how tourism flow can be a powerful source of sustainable development, You can see at first-hand how this works. Later we arrive at the hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay (or similar) in the Sacred Valley where we check in for the night.
 
EVE -
Overnight at the hotel in the Sacred Valley.
(B, L, D.)


 
 Day 6  SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS - Ollantaytambo Fortress - Pisac Market
AM
- Wake up in the Andes, surrounded by impressive mountains and beautiful views. This morning we will start with a visit to Ollantaytambo, an attractive town of Inca origin with remarkable channels and stone streets. On its high end rises an impressive ceremonial center, paying cult to water. It was used as a fortress during the Spanish invasion, guarding the access to the inferior part of the valley. From here we travel towards Pisac with a stop on the way to have a classic view of the Urubamba Valley, with crops dressing the mountains like carpets.
 

PM
- After a hearty lunch, we will arrive at the colorful market of Pisac, where we will have free time to interact with the local craftsmen, or to purchase their hand-made souvenirs.
 

EVE - We return to the hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay (or similar) where we spend the night.
(B, L.)

 Day 7  SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS - AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU / Machu Picchu "The Lost City of the Incas"
AM
- Today we visit one of the most important energy centers of the world: Machu Picchu - The Lost City of the Incas. We will depart by Orient-Express train, traveling alongside the fast flowing Urubamba River. We will have an amazing view of the Andes becoming the cloud forest, gate to the Amazon rainforest. Upon arrival at the station in the small town of Aguas Calientes, located at the bottom of the mountain that leads to Machu Picchu, we board a bus that will take us up to the entrance of the citadel.
 

PM
- A buffet lunch is served at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located at the entrance to the ruins, followed by a guided tour of the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu. No matter how many times you have seen pictures of the Lost City, or how many times you may have visited Machu Picchu before, entering the Lost City of the Incas will always be an unforgettable experience. Your professional tour guide will transmit the history around this mysterious and charming place. Later in the afternoon we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes where we check in at the hotel Hatuchay Tower (or similar).
 

EVE -
Evening at leisure to enjoy the small town atmosphere and overnight at the hotel.
(B, L.)

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* IMPORTANT NOTE: The itinerary, as shown, is subject to change without prior notice. Certain circumstances, such as: changing weather conditions, safety concerns and in general any reason or situation beyond our control may force local tour operators and / or their guides to alter any part of this itinerary for the wellbeing and in the best interest of travelers. Changes will only be made if they are absolutely necessary. Our goal is to provide clients with a safe environment and programs that exceed their expectations.


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