Tour Package to Main Attractions of Peru 18 days
This program combines destinations of nature, archeological and living cultures, culminating in Machu Picchu, the jewel of the Inca culture.
This circuit to main attractions of Peru includes visits in Lima, Huaraz, Ballestas Islands – Paracas, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Colca Valley, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Uros Island, Taquile Island, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu. You can also customize your own trip to Peru and tell us where you want to go and what you want to do anywhere in Peru, and we will take care of the rest.
Day 01: LIMA
Reception in the Lima airport and transfer to your Hotel (located in Miraflores).
Day 02: LIMA CITY TOUR - HUARAZ
Breakfast, In the morning, Lima city tour (half day). You will be picked up from your hotel at 09 a.m. The city tour begins with a visit to the Plaza the Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Running along two sides are arcades with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. In the center of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating back to 1560. Located in the Plaza is the Cathedral, note the splendidly carved stalls, the silver covered altars surrounded by fine woodwork, mosaic covered walls bearing the coat of arms of Lima and Pizarro. Next to the Cathedral is the Archbishop's Palace. Then you will visit the Monastery of San Francisco. This is famous for the Sivillian tilework and paneled ceiling in the cloisters, the catacombs under the church and part of the monastery are well worth seeing. You will visit the old colonial streets in the center of the city, and the modern Lima with the district of San Isidro and Miraflores.
21:00Hr transfer to the Bus station to your trip to Huaraz. Over night at Bus Royal Class.
Day 03: HUARAZ / CALLEJÓN DE HUAYLAS & LLANGANUCO LAKES / HUARAZ
Arrival to Huaraz at 6:00 pm.
Transfer to the selected hotel and Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we appreciate the magnificent Callejón de Huaylas Valley and the impressive Cordillera Blanca's Perennially snowed peaks and canyons in which Peruvian and South American Civilizations began to evolve. From the road we observe the entrance of Guitarrero Cave, a site whose remains testify 12,000 years of Andean evolution. We continue north-east and drive up to Llanganuco Canyon in the heart of Huascarán National Park, also a World Bisphere Reserve, and a World Heritage Site. Llanganuco Canyon is formed by the granite walls of Peru's highest mountains. Exacting peaks-Huascarán (22,204 feet) and Huandoy (21,000 feet) form the granite walls of this U-shaped glacially eroded canyon with its two turquoise lakes. The mountain scenery becomes increasingly spectacular as we ascend the slopes. We look down on forest of silk-paper-barked Quenua and Quisuar trees which covers the canyon floor and view colorful bromeliads gracing the granite boulders and cliffs. We arrive to Llanganuco lakes surrounded by the colorful variety of plant species which makes Llanganuco a giant outdoor natural history museum.
Day 04: CHAVIN DE HUANTAR
Breakfast at the hotel. An excursion to Chavin de Huantar along the valley o Huaylas to Catoc through the "Callejon de Conchucos" until to get to the archaeological sites, one of the first civilizations of Pre-Inca age: Chavin, the biggest legacy, is an archaeological complex made of stone where you can find the Cabezas Clavas (Keystones of projecting blocks shaped as human heads), litho scultures that have human and animal features, and the Lanzon Monolitico, a 5 metre-high daggerlike rock.
Day 05: HUARAZ/LIMA.
After breakfast, 08:05Hr. transfer to the Bus Station to take our Royal Class Bus to Lima.
Upon Arrival transfer to your Hotel and over night.
(Huaraz/Lima airfare from US$ 105.00) Ask for availability.
Day 06: PARACAS AND BALLESTAS ISLAND
Breakfast, transfer to the bus station at 4:00 Hr. for your trip to Paracas, upon arrival transfer to the mole of "El Chaco" where you'll take a motorboat excursion to the Ballestas island. This islands are spectacular, eroded into numerous arches and caves, which provide shelter for thousands of seabirds, some of which are very rare, and seas lions. The islands are known as "the Galapagos of Peru". Then we will do our excursion to RN Paracas of about 3 hours. Paracas is one of the best marine reserves, with the highest concentration of marine birds. In the afternoon transfer to to the Bus station, then trip to Nazca, transfer to your hotel (breakfast)
Day 07: NAZCA LINES AREQUIPA
Breakfast, the tour to the famous Nazca lines. Cut into the stony desert are large number of lines, not only parallels and geometrical figures, but also designs such as a dog, an enormous monkey, a bird with a wing span of over 100 meters, a spider and a tree. The lines, that represent some sort of vast astronomical pre-Inca calendar, are best seen from the air, we will take a half hour flight above the Lines then you'll visit to the Chauchilla cementery, where skulls, mummies and pottery shards littering the desert. Lunch in Nazca. At 22:00Hr. you'll take the motor coach Royal class to Arequipa where you'll arrive early in the morning (6 am) transfer to your hotel . (Breakfast)
Day 08: AREQUIPA CITY TOUR
Around 15:00 Hr. you'll take the Arequipa half day city tour that includes the visit at the Santa Catarina monastery The city has fine spanish buildings and many old and interesting churches built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic material almost exclusevely used in the construction of Arequipa. The Santa Catalina Convent is by far the most remarkable sight, opened in 1970 after 4 centuries of mistery. afternoon at leisure, overnight (Breakfast).
Day 09: COLCA CANYON
You will be picked up from your hotel at 08:00 am. Leave Arequipa towards nor west direcction behind snow-covered Chachani, Yura, small valley with thermal springs, see wild vicuñas in Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, alpacas and llamas in Tocra, some bidrs like flamingoes, ibis, andean gooze, ducks, andean eagle "Kara Kara" view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m. - 15,000 ft.). See the Ampato, Sabancaya, Walca Walca, etc. Chivay, capital of the valley. Afternoon visit to the termal springs and pools in La Calera. (Admission to the pools not included, about $2 per person). Overnight at your Hotel. (Breakfast).
Day 10: COLCA CANYON - PUNO
Early morning after breakfast leave for a full day excursion in the left shore, beautiful tipical towns, like Yanque & Maca, colonial churches, gently people with tipical needlework dresses, hundreds of pre inca terraces still in use with andean growings like corn, qinua, kiwicha (Amaranto), etc. Lookout of The Cross of the Condor: see the deep of the canyon and if we have good the flight of the Condor. Stone scale models, some pre inca graves. Lunch in the village of Chivay and then bus transportation to go Puno. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in Puno. Overnight.
Day 11: PUNO SILLUTANI CHULLPAS
Breakfast. Free morning. In the afternoon visit at the Sillustani Chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral towers). The scenery is desert but impressive, in a beautiful setting on a peninsula on lake Ayumara about 32 Km. from Puno. Most of the towers date from the period of Inca occupation in the 15th century, the engineering involved in their construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. Overnight . (B)
Day 12: UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
You will be picked up from your hotel at 06:40 Hr. after a 2 hour motorboat ride, you will arrive at the Uros island in the Titikaka lake. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. 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. At present, they speak Quechua and Aymara. Then we will visit the Taquile island, where we will have lunch in the cooperative restaurant. There is also a cooperative shop on the plaza that sells exceptional wool goods which are of very fine quality and somewhat expensive. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. The island is narrow at about 1 Km. wide and 6 to 7 Km. long. The visit could be exhausting because of the 533 steps on the stone stairway to climb to get to the village and because of the altitude (13,000 ft above sea level). On Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins as well as Inca terracing. We will return in Puno in the afternoon, overnight at your Hotel.
Day 13: PUNO - CUSCO
Early breakfast and transfer to the bus station so you can take the ride to Cusco. Depart Puno on guided bus to Cusco, visiting on the route picturesque towns and archeological sites such as Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Sicuani, La Raya and Pukara. Buffet Lunch included. Afternoon arrival in Cusco, reception and transfer to your accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: CUSCO CITY TOUR
Breakfast, 09:45 AM. City tour. The tour drives along the Circunvalacion Road up to famous fortress of Sacsahuaman, Q'enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay Including Spanish and English speaking guide. Include Tourist ticket valid for the entrance to many museums and ruins as well. (Breakfast).
Day 15: SACRED VALLEY TOUR – MACHUPICCHU TOWN
Breakfast. You will be picked up at 08:45Hr. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting: the village of Pisac, a picturesque town of creole and colonial aspect and its lndian market and craftfair. Lunch provided. In the afternoon you'll visit to the fortress of Ollantaytambo, an architectural group that in the days of the Tahuantinsuyo empire was a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military complex. At the afternoon we will take the train to Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu). Overnight at your Hotel. (Breakfast, Buffet Lunch)
Day 16: MACHUPICCHU
Breakfast. 04:30Hr. departure to the citadel of Machupicchu. Services included: Transfer from hotel to Bus station, bus service to ruins and back, it will take a 25 minutes bus ride to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Once there, you will take a guided tour, with an English speaking guide. In the afternoon we'll take the train, the departure is around 16:05 to arrive back in Cusco around 20:35Hr. transfer from the train station to your hotel, overnight at your Hotel (Breakfast)
DAY 17: CUSCO FREE DAY
(Breakfast). Relax day for you.
We suggest you to do:
- Tour to Maras & Moray
- Tour to Tipon, Piquillaqta and Andahuaylillas church (South Valley)
- River Rafting to Urubamba River
- Trek to the Rainbow Mountain
- Hike to the Humantay Lagoon
DAY 18: CUSCO-LIMA
Breakfast. Transfer the airport where we'll take the flight back to Lima (AIRFARE INCLUDED). END OUR SERVICES.
- All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double occupancy.
- All scheduled transportation.
- All transfers.
- All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services.
- All entrance fees.
- Meals and domestic airfares as specified in the itinerary.
- International airfares
- Airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges
- Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
- Alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks
- Insurance of any kind
- Phone calls, radio calls or messages
- Reconfirmation of flights
- Personal items
- Price per person US$ 1691.00 based on double room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
- Price per person US$ 1934.00 based on single room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
- Included Following 2 starts hotels: (Basic Class)
- Huaraz: "San Sebastian" Hotel
- Nazca : "Mirador de Nazca or Camilu Hotel"
- Arequipa : "Santa Martha or similar Hotel”
- Colca Canyon: “ La Pascana or Posada Chivay Hotel”
- Puno: "Tumi Inn or similar Hotel"
- Cusco: "Ayllu Real or similar Hotel"
- Machupicchu: “Machupicchu or Plaza Hotel”
- Lima: "Regency or similar Hotel"
- Price per person US$ 1832.00 based on double room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
- Price per person US$ 2210.00 based on single room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
- Included Following 3 starts hotels: (Tourist Class)
- Lima: "Santa Cruz or Soul Mate Inn Hotel"
- Huaraz: “La Joya Hotel”
- Nazca: "Oro Viejo or Don Gaucho Hotel"
- Arequipa : "Tierra Sur or Casa de Melgar Hotel”
- Colca Canyon: “ Pozo del Cielo or Collahua Hotel”
- Puno: "Conde de Lemos Inn or Casona Plaza Hotel"
- Cusco: "Prisma or Villandre Hotel"
- Machupicchu: “Presidente or similar Hotel”
- Price per person US$ 2158.00 based on double room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
- Price per person US$ 2917.00 based on single room and Expedition tourists train to Machupicchu.
- Included Following 4 starts hotels: (First Class)
- Lima: "Jose Antonio, San Agustin Exclusive Miraflores Hotel"
- Huaraz: “Andino Club Hotel”
- Nazca : "Nazca Lines Hotel"
- Arequipa : "Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa Hotel”
- Colca Canyon: “Colca Lodge Hotel”
- Puno: "Jose Antonio, Eco Inn or Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno Hotel"
- Cusco: "Jose Antonio, Eco Inn, Sonesta Posada del Inca Cusco Hotel"
- Machupicchu: El Mapi or similar Hotel”
- Aditional for first class Vista Dome Train US $ 85.00