Marvelous Circuit: Lima, Paracas, Ica, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco 16 days

In the present circuit, you will have the opportunity to know the most requested destinations of our majestic Peru, like for example; the city of the Kings, where we will appreciate the Intihuatana Park.

We will visit the Huaca Pucllana, the El Olivar Park, and the main square, with the Municipal Palace, the Government Palace and the Cathedral of Lima and finally we will visit the Santo Domingo Convention. Then we will continue the tour to the south and make the excursion to the Ballestas Islands where we will observe penguins, sea lions and the figure of the candelabrum on a dune in front of the sea, we will continue towards the city of Nazca then fly over the majestic lines of Nazca.

The beautiful white city of Arequipa would be our next point to visit, then continue to the city of Puno and navigate on Lake Titicaca; we will continue our circuit to visit the imperial city of Cusco.

 

In the excursion by the Imperial city of Cusco, we will visit the Cathedral and the temple Qoricancha, besides visiting the 4 ruins near the city. The next day we will continue our visit to the Pisac Ruins, the traditional market of Pisac, we will appreciate the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley and we will finish the day with the visit to Ollantaytambo.

We will discover our wonderful citadel of Machupicchu, we will take the short Inca road used by our ancestors of 2 days ending in our wonderful citadel of Machupicchu to appreciate all its splendor.


ITINERARY

Day 1: LIMA - FREE DAY

Day 1: LIMA - FREE DAY
Day 1: LIMA - FREE DAY

Welcome, reception and transfer to the selected hotel.

Free day free activities, not included in the program.

Overnight in Lima.


Day 2: DINNER SHOW

Day 2: DINNER SHOW
Day 2: DINNER SHOW

Breakfast at the hotel - Free morning.

19:00 Hours.

At the scheduled hour in the evening, we will transfer you to a theme restaurant, where you will enjoy of a Buffet Dinner + a spectacular show of typical Peruvian dances.
The restaurant La Dama Juana is the perfect choice for this night. Our assigned driver will will pick him up and transfer him to the restaurant. You will have as an option a variety of typical Peruvian dishes in a full buffet dinner. Enjoy the show and the exquisite dinner.

After the dinner show, our driver will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel.

22:00 Return to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.


Day 3: LIMA - FREE DAY

Day 3: LIMA - FREE DAY
Day 3: LIMA - FREE DAY

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day for personal activities.

Overnight in Lima.


Day 4: FULL DAY TO PARACAS & ICA

Day 4: FULL DAY TO PARACAS & ICA
Day 4: FULL DAY TO PARACAS & ICA

At 2:50 am, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station to Paracas.

The bus will leave at approximately 4:00 am and after 3 hours; we will arrive in Paracas.

Arrival in the city of Paracas, reception and transfer.

Visit to the Paracas Reserve.

This is a large protected area located southwest of the city of Pisco. The name of this beautiful place is derived from a Quechua word that means; rain of sand, probably because of the strong winds that batter the nights in this place. The Paracas reserve is also very important since its waters are home to abundant amounts of zooplankton and phytoplankton, which allows for a variety of fish that can be fished both industrially and artisan.

This is a very important activity in the town of Pisco. The Paracas Reserve is located in an area of 335000 hectares and is considered one of the the most important ecosystems on the planet. During our visit, we will be able to appreciate the beautiful cliffs and beaches, in this place we can learn about the marine flora and fauna of the Paracas Reserve.

We will take the bus back to Paracas and head to Ica for about 3 hours. Upon arrival in Ica we will continue with the tubular excursions by the dunes of the Huacachina, being a fantastic adventure in the middle of the desert where we will enjoy the high and low dunes and where you can feel the adrenaline rush on these natural desert roller coasters.
In the same tour through the desert, you will be able to practice sandboarding; our guide will instruct you so that you can do it safely and if in case you do not have experience in this sport, our guide will instruct you in such a way that you will feel safe to do so.

At about 06:00 pm we will take the bus to Ica where we will spend the night.

Hotel in Ica.


Day 5: NAZCA: FLIGHT OVER THE MAJESTIC NAZCA LINES

Day 5: NAZCA: FLIGHT OVER THE MAJESTIC NAZCA LINES
Day 5: NAZCA: FLIGHT OVER THE MAJESTIC NAZCA LINES

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the agreed hour in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel and leave for the Nazca where we will board a light plane for an unforgettable air tour over the Nazca Lines.

Our bilingual guide (Spanish / English) will assist you at all times until to board the plane.

This flight over the Nazca Lines will extend over most of the famous located in the Nazca Desert, whose surface is marked by gigantic drawings and geometrical figures that you will be able to appreciate along the way.

The overflight to the Nazca lines is for approximately 35 minutes and this is the best way of appreciating these extraordinary and fascinating lines intrinsically drawn that have been a mystery for many years.

We will be able to appreciate the different figures drawn in the surface of the Nazca Desert, with animal and plant representations perfectly stylized, distributed in a large maze of lines, trapezes, triangles and spirals that have lasted for almost 2000 years. This place is one of the most unbelievable that a culture has left behind and that can only be appreciated from the sky to an altitude of 1500 feet.

At the end of the flight, we will have time to have lunch and take a bus to Arequipa at 02:30 pm arriving at our destination at 11:30 pm approximately.

We will be assisted on our arrival in Arequipa and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night.

Hotel in Arequipa.


Day 6: AREQUIPA: CITY TOUR

Day 6: AREQUIPA: CITY TOUR
Day 6: AREQUIPA: CITY TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

We will have the morning free to be able to rest, to walk a little for the center of the city and lunch.

Arequipeña (optional and additional tour)

Around 2:00pm, you will be picked up from your hotel to start the tour through the Arequipa countryside. This interesting tour begins with a visit to the monuments architectural and most beautiful natural viewpoints that surround the white city. Our mobility will go to the outskirts of the city where we will visit the beautiful Mirador de Sachaca, which will offer us a spectacular natural panorama of Arequipa and its volcanoes.

Our vehicle will continue towards the Mansion of the Founder, a beautiful construction from the colonial period, where the founder of the city of Arequipa, García Manuel de Carvajal lived in the 15th century. To finish we will travel through a spectacular Andean landscape and arriving this is the Sabandia Mill, a majestic construction made of volcanic rock known as sillar, in the place you will appreciate an old stone mill that was built in the year 1785. The tour ends at 06:00pm in the city centre.

Overnight in Arequipa.


Day 7: AREQUIPA: COLCA CANYON

Day 7: AREQUIPA: COLCA CANYON
Day 7: AREQUIPA: COLCA CANYON

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:00am - 08:30am

At the scheduled hour of departure to Chivay. We will start the tour by the road to Yura, where we will admire the natural and cultural landscape of this area.
We will border the majestic Chachanivolcano and we will continue through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve until we reach Pampa Cañahuas, in where the guide will explain about the flora and fauna of the zone, we will be able to appreciate the natural habitat of the South American camelids within them LA VICUÑA.

We will continue the tour until we reach a small stop in Patahuasi (house at the top) to drink the hot coca tea, very for height where we will be.

We will continue the journey to the bofedales where different species live of both migratory birds to the area according to season; we will continue our journey until we reach Patapampa.

The highest point of the trip located at 4900 m.a.s.l. which I also know how to Viewpoint of the Andes, here you can see different volcanoes like Misti, HualcaHualca, Sabancaya, Ampato, Ubinas and Chachani.

At midday we will be arriving at the town of Chivay where we will have lunch and stop at followed by a transfer to the hotel, you will have some time to rest and then meet up and visit the thermal baths of La Calera. These open-air baths have thermal water where you can enjoy a very relaxing moment, after the bus tour of the tomorrow.

After a prudent hour, we will return to the hotel so that we can rest and spend the night in the town of Chivay.

Hotel in Chivay.


Day 8: COLCA CANYON - CRUZ DEL CONDOR

Day 8: COLCA  CANYON - CRUZ DEL CONDOR
Day 8: COLCA CANYON - CRUZ DEL CONDOR

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:00 am. approx. After breakfast, we will leave towards the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor, where you can observe the majestic flight of the condors and the depth of the canyon.

On the way, we will make a stop in the town of YANQUE to observe its colonial church, Wititi dances as well as the typical costume of the area. On the way back to Chivay we will visit the villages of PINCHOLLO, MACA, ACHOMA, where the guide will explain the different customs of the area as well as the Lito models, colonial churches and terraces.

11:30 am approx. Arrival to Chivay.

11:45 am approx. Lunch

01:30 pm approx. We will board the bus to Puno. The bus makes stops en route and we will be able to appreciate a little more of the fauna and flora on the way to Lake Titicaca.

We will be assisted and transferred to the hotel upon arrival in Puno

Hotel in Puno.


Day 9: FULL DAY TO TITICACA LAKE (UROS & TAQUILLE ISLANDS)

Day 9: FULL DAY TO TITICACA LAKE (UROS & TAQUILLE ISLANDS)
Day 9: FULL DAY TO TITICACA LAKE (UROS & TAQUILLE ISLANDS)

Breakfast at the hotel.

At 7:00 am, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the port of Lake Titicaca, our local guide will be waiting for us with the boat to start our great adventure on Lake Titicaca. We will leave in the direction of Uros, on the way our guide will explain important points of this majestic lake, soon after we will arrive at the famous floating islands of the Uros.

We will make the excursion in the island of Uros, visiting its inhabitants and learning about customs of these communities that have lived for years in the highlands.
After visiting these, we will return to the boat and continue our trip towards the Island of Taquile.

We will sail for approximately 3 hours on the Titicaca in the direction of Taquile, a huge island that is characterized by its magnificent and beautiful fabrics. Here you will have the opportunity to observe how people of the island produces splendid textiles such as ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high

After appreciating these beautiful handmade works, we will continue with the until we reach the top of the island, where we will walk along a beautiful path, somewhat inclined that offers spectacular landscapes of the lake.

The most advisable is to walk slowly, take it easy and enjoy as much as possible, since they are walking over 3800 meters high in a world. Approximately 45 minutes later, we will arrive at the center of Taquile, where we will finally we will rest and visit a small site museum, which through photos shows aspects important part of the lives of the people of Taquile.

We will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the after lunch, visitors will have free time to visit the workshops of the knitting and taking pictures with the friendly locals.
In the afternoon, we will go down to the pier and we will undertake our return trip to Puno, arriving in the city at approximately 05:00pm.


Day 10: PUNO – CUSCO

Day 10: PUNO – CUSCO
Day 10: PUNO – CUSCO

Breakfast at the hotel.

Around 06:15am, you will be picked up from your hotel and you will transferred to the bus at the Puno terminal.

Our journey to Cusco will last 10 hours approximately, where we will have 4 excursions and guided tours to the most interesting places in the southern highlands visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the Raya at 4335 meters above sea level and the Inka Aymara Museum in Pukara.

Each visit lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, where they can ask questions, take pictures and explore the attractions of the place, making this experience an unforgettable one.
We will arrive in Cusco at 4:30 pm, we will be picked up from the train station and we will transfer to the hotel where we will spend the night. We will be arriving in Cusco at 4:30 pm being picked up and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night, where the passenger will be able to do questions, take pictures and explore the attraction at your own discretion, making this an unforgettable experience.

We will be arriving in Cusco at 4:30 pm being picked up and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night.

Hotel in Cusco.


Day 11: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Day 11: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS
Day 11: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning free to acclimatize or do some shopping.

City tour in Cusco

Our transfer will visit you at your hotel to take you to the starting point of your tour, between 13:00 hrs and 13:30 hrs. The tour starts at the Cusco Cathedral, decorated with fine carved woodwork and impressive altars and beautiful paintings, made by the hands of local artists from the Cusqueña, which hold hidden elements of indigenous thought.

Then we will take a short walk through the streets of the historical center towards the Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun considered an indigenous religious sanctuary, where we will appreciate the fine work of lithic technology made by the Incas, with the highest level of hard stone cutting without insert a sheet of paper and that despite the earthquakes they remain stable to date.

Completed the visit to the Qoricancha we will board the bus that will take us to Sacsayhuaman located 3km. from the city of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman offers us a panoramic view of the city of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman was built with large blocks of limestone weighing from 25 to 130 tons. It is to madeup of three terraces superimposed in a serpentine form (zigzag).

We will also reach Qenqo, which means labyrinth, is located one kilometer from Sacsayhuaman, establishes a construction based on limestone rock that shows stone sculpture in 500 mts2 accompanied by structures that according to the historians served for the astronomical study, religious and embalming and/or mummification.

Then we will know Puca Pucara: from two Quechua words that mean Puca (red) Pucara (fortress) "red fort", a strategic place for control and surveillance of access and exit from the city Imperial Cusco, which was used as a territorial border to divide the regions and establish the displacement regimes.

Finally, we will visit Tambomachay: a place to rest, located 9 km from the city of Cusco, more known as the Baths of the Inca for the water sources, or also known as the waters of the eternal youth by the constant flow of its waters that offers us part of the Inca road that goes from Cusco to Machupicchu. This city tour in the city of Cusco ends at 18:30 hrs approximately near the Plaza de Armas.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Hotel night in Cusco


Day 12: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Day 12: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Day 12: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

This day we will make the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, tour will start at 08:30 hrs from tomorrow, when we will pick you up at your hotel, the first place to visit is Pisaq with its typical craft market, you will also visit the archaeological group of Pisaq with its picturesque terraces cultivated in the mountains. Then we will go to Urubamba where we have included a buffet lunch. Continuing with the tour, we will go to the Fortress of Ollantaytambo known also as the living Inca city.

Finally, we will go to the train station of Ollantaytambo, to board the train that leaves at 16:36 hrs (can change depending on the date of reservation).
Aguas Calientes, where we will arrive averaging 18:09 hrs. (According to schedule), we will spend the night in selected hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).

Optionally, visit to the town's hot springs.

Overnight in the selected hotel in Aguas Calientes.


Day 13: INCA TRAIL: KM 104

Day 13: INCA TRAIL: KM 104
Day 13: INCA TRAIL: KM 104

Meals: Box Lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight in Aguas Calientes town. (Hotel on request)
Distance: 16kms/10 mills (6 hours more or less of hiking)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch in route)
Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter on open roads, some steep ascending trails


Breakfast at the hotel (subject to pick-up time depending on train schedule)

Transfer from the Hotel to the Ollantaytambo Train Station towards Km 104.

TREKKING KM 104 "CHACHABAMBA TO INTI PUNKU, THE SUN GATEWAY

We pick you up at 4:30 a.m. from the hotel and we transfer you to the train station. Along the route, we will see picturesque landscapes, until we reach km 104, Chachabamba, also known as the beginning of the 2-day Inca Trail around 10 am

After 3 hours of walking we will arrive at the archaeological group of Wiñaywayna; (2650 m.a.s.l.) which is also the main attractive i archeological site of the Inca trail, guided visit of the archeological complex.

In the afternoon, we continue our hike to Machu Picchu through a semi-tropical forest to Intipunku; (the door of the sun) from where we can enjoy a panoramic visit of the majestic Machupicchu.

We will rest and after 01 hour, we will arrive to the Inca City of Machupicchu, brief rest then descend to Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu Town by means of tourist bus, arriving approximately at 4:30 pm, transfer to the hotel and rest.


Day 14: MACHUPICCHU “THE SUNRISE EXPERIENCE”

Day 14: MACHUPICCHU  “THE SUNRISE EXPERIENCE”
Day 14: MACHUPICCHU “THE SUNRISE EXPERIENCE”

Meals: Breakfast (If you booked the hotel with us)
Distance: 8.9kms/5.5mls “By Bus in 25 minutes”
Difficulty: Easy waking


Breakfast at the hotel.

(5:00am) After breakfast we take the bus to the Inca city of Machupicchu, if time allows, enjoy the sunrise, then we will have approximately 2 hours a visit by the most important sites with your guide, then you can explore the mysterious city at your own pace.

If you still have energy you can also climb Wayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft) (which is optional) It takes 45 minutes to reach the summit, this walk is additional and optional and you may have to leave the Machu Picchu tour to be able to get a permission to climb this mountain.

On the way, back we will take the bus to the village of Aguas Calientes for the afternoon to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Expedition service (to Ollantaytambo) and bus of tourism to Cusco.

We will be in Cusco at approximately 10:30pm.

The hike to the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu depends on availability; please let us know if you wish to add one of these additional hikes at the time of your reservation.

*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.
*** We only take ITEP EcoTravel passengers in our small vans / auto – We do not use public transport.

 


Day 15: CUSCO – FREE DAY

Day 15: CUSCO – FREE DAY
Day 15: CUSCO – FREE DAY

Breakfast at the hotel

Day off for personal activities.

Overnight in Cusco.


Day 16: CUSCO – LIMA

Breakfast at the hotel

At the appropriate time, transfer out.


End of our Services

INCLUDES

  • Transfer in and out at each destination.
  • 03 nights accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • Buffet dinner and artistic show at Dama Juana Restaurant 
  • 01 night accommodation in Nazca with breakfast
  • Ballestas Islands
  • City tour Ica
  • Flight over the Nazca Lines without taxes
  • 02 nights accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast
  • City tour in Arequipa with Miradors (Viewpoints)
  • 01 night accommodation in Chivay with breakfast
  • Colca Canyon tour with lunch and dinner in Chivay on the first day and only lunch on the second day.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca with typical lunch
  • Bus Puno - Cusco or Train Puno - Cusco, depending on the category of hotel and train availability.
  • 05 nights accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
  • Cusco City Tour + 4 nearby ruins, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay
  • Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch
  • Inca Trail 02 days with Box Lunch and Dinner on the first day
  • 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Visit to Machu Picchu
  • Bus Consetur descends on the first day and goes up and down on the second day of the Inca Trail.
  • Train Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
  • Train Expedition round trip + dinner at tourist restaurant, is for category 2 and 3 stars and train Vistadome to return + dinner at restaurant El Mapy for category 4 and 5 stars, for those who spend the night in Belmond dinner in Tinkuy (Sanctuary Lodge).
  • For 2 and 3 stars hotels will be used on the route Puno-Cusco, the tourist bus with stops and income.
  • For 4 and 5 star hotels, the Perurail Titicaca Train will be used on the Puno-Cusco route, departing only on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The other days will be by tourist bus and will have a discount of US$200 per person.