DAY 1: FLIGHT FROM CANADA TO LIMA, PERU.
Usually you will arrive in Lima around midnight. Your guide Washi will transfer you to the Hotel for overnight in Lima. Dinner on your own (usually you will have eaten on the plane.) Welcome to Peru. www.hostalelpatio.net
DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR
Morning free to relax. This is a fully comprehensive tour of the “City of Kings.” This exciting tour begins at your hotel after Lunch. First is a visit to the Miraflores area, the downtown scene that boasts a view of the Pacific Ocean. Continue to the modern residential suburb of San Isidro, and then drive to the colonial area and the Plaza de Armas where you will see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the City Hall. The last stop is at Lima’s seventeenth-century San Francisco church, a heritage of world culture. Return to Hotel in the afternoon. This night we will welcome you with a meal together, it will be at the amazing ocean front restaurant La Rosa Nautica www.larosanautica.com, the price of which is included in your trip. www.hostalelpatio.net (B, L, D)
DAY 3: LIMA, PACHACAMAC TEMPLE
After Breakfast We will join our private driver around 10:00AM to drive and experience the most important administrative and ceremonial center of this part of Peruvian coast, the Pachacamac Archaeological site. After lunch at a great restaurant, we will enjoy visiting the Larco Museum, one of the most important museums in South America, where you will discover the most extraordinary treasures from ancient Peru. We will also admire and visit the magic water circuits, Lima most visited park of fountains, which will take to visit for about 1 hour, Back to the hotel in the evening Dinner on your own. www.hostalelpatio.net (B, L)
DAY 4: LIMA – PARACAS
Breakfast at the hotel starting at 7:00 am. Morning take the private transportation 3 hour Aprox. In to an amazing Place call Paracas (known as a Peruvian Galapagos Island) Lunch together. Afternoon walk in town. Expend the night at amazing hotel at the ocean from. Amazing choices for dinner on your own.
Note: For your convenience, we provide water daily. http://www.hotelboutiquedelfindorado.com/nosotros.html (B, L)
DAY 5: PARACAS – Ica – Nazca
Breakfast starting at 5:00 a.m. Pick up at 8:00 a.m. for boat transportation 25 minutes Aprox. To the Peruvian Galapagos Islands, were we will see Gumball Penguins, Birds, turtles and more animals. We will explore these place for about 2:00 hours and take many beautiful photos. In the way back from the islands we will see the candelabro, carve on the sand mountain by the ancient cultures that have live in these region. Back to town for a nice lunch after pick up luggage and drive to the city of Ica to Visit the Oasis of the Huacachina that is located just 4 miles from Ica City, to our next adventures, the Sand buggy on the Amazing desert drive and enjoy the sun set and amazing pictures, like our ancestors eyes will see. After drive for About 1:30 hours to Nazca Town. For another great night at the hotel. http://www.hotelmajoro.com/ (B, L)
DAY 6: NAZCA FLIGHT
Breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. Pick up at 10:00 a.m. and then private transportation to the Aeropodromo for our flight to see all the Nazca Lines.
The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert of Peru. They have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 kilometres (50 mi) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks or orcas, llamas, lizards, etc.
The lines are shallow designs made in the ground by removing the ubiquitous reddish pebbles and uncovering the whitish ground beneath. Hundreds are simple lines or geometric shapes; more than seventy are designs of animal, bird, fish or human figures. The largest figures are over 200 metres (660 ft) across. Scholars differ in interpreting the purpose of the designs, but they generally ascribe religious significance to them, as they were major works that required vision, planning and coordination of people to achieve.
After our flight we will have a good Lunch.
Afternoon free to relax at the Hotel or drive for 1 hour aprox. To see the Nazca Lines from land and be part of these experience.
Back to the Hotel for dinner on your own. http://www.hotelmajoro.com/ (B, L)
DAY 7: NAZCA TO AREQUIPA
Breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. We will pick you up at 7:00 a.m. from the Hotel for our private ride to the city of Arequipa, on the way we are going to see the Desert and the beautiful view of the Cost going in to the Andes. We are going to have lunch or picnic looking over a nice panoramic valleys. We will arrive Arequipa around 3:00 p.m. to this charming colonial white city to a nice Hotel. Arequipa is the second most important city of Peru, which have beautiful Museums. Also Arequipa is Famous for its food around the world and Artistic People with the magic Misti (Sacred Inca Mountain). Dinner on your own
Note: We will talk about next day’s activities. http://www.posadaelcastillo.com/ (B, L)
DAY 8: AREQUIPA CITY TOUR
Morning free to relax. Then at this beautiful city you will be welcomed with a good lunch at: http://www.restaurantsoldemayo.com/ and then take a nice City Tour of the colonial white city by walk for the rest of the day. You will see the mummies Juanita http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/ice-mummies-inca.html at the Museum. Dinner on your own. Arequipa is at approx. 7,660 ft. and is a UNESCO World Heritage site http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1016 http://www.posadaelcastillo.com/ (B, L)
DAY 9: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON
After breakfast, drive to the Colca Canyon – the Sacred Canyon to Pre–Incas and Incas, also we will see the petroglyphs of the Colca Canyon and we will arrive around 2:00 p.m. to a colorful town name Chivay, which is surrounded by amazing terraces and the high peaks of the Andes. Buffet lunch and Take the rest of the afternoon to relax, acclimate to the altitude, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings from your hotel (Hot springs are available 24 hours). Dinner on your own. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colca_Canyon Hotel: http://www.aranwahotels.com/colca.php (B, L)
DAY 10: COLCA CANYON – CONDOR CROSS
Breakfast beginning at 5: 00 a.m. Pick up at 6:00 a.m. to drive to the Condors Cross, where you can see these majestic birds from the Andes flying few feet from us. Here the floor of the Canyon is about 4000 ft from the rim. Express your gratitude to those sacred birds by doing a ceremony in the middle of the Andes. Take photos of the second deepest canyon in the world. You will visit native communities to bring gifts for the children. (Pencils, note books etc.) buffet Lunch along the canyon, you will hike the rest of the afternoon via ancient trails. Back to the Hotel and you will spend the evening relaxing at Hot Springs. Bring your swim apparel. Dinner on your own. Hike will be 2 miles down hill from the cross at 12,467 ft to 11,900 ft. http://www.aranwahotels.com/colca.php (B, L)
DAY 11: COLCA CANYON TO LAKE TITICACA
Breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. Pick up at 9:00 a.m. for travel to Puno City on Lake Titicaca, approx. 6 hours driving. You will pass by lakes with many beautiful birds of the Andes and natural rocks formations and other beautiful places to take good photos. Here is where you are going try a good chicken on the oven. Arrive at hotel on the shore of Lake Titicaca in the afternoon. Discussion of your next day’s activities. Dinner on your own. www.qelqatani.com (B, L)
DAY 12: LAKE TITICACA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Titicaca After breakfast, 8:00 a.m. pick up at the hotel for a boat ride to the floating islands. There are 70 islands where the locals still wear the beautiful costumes of their ancestors’ heritage. You will ride on a reed boat like the ancient people used, seeing a diversity of colorful birds. Your boat will take you to the amazing Island Takile. This is a great location to see the Bolivian side of the lake and their part of the Andean snowcapped mountains. Surface elevation of the lake is 12,507 ft. Climb to an ancient temple (2 miles round trip, 650 ft elevation change); have a lunch of local trout on the island of Takile, which is famous for its food and weavings. Back by boat to Puno for overnight. www.qelqatani.com (B, L)
DAY 13: PUNO – CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m. Pickup at the hotel in Puno at approximately 7:30 a.m. Visit the Puma Temple of Pukara, which is very beautiful for its stone carvings. Stop at various attractions on the way to the city of Cusco to take amazing photos, snowcapped mountains and other beautiful scenery on the way to Cusco, Capital of the Inca Empire. Visit the site of Racchi, also known as the Temple of Wiracocha, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raqchi the spiritual God of the Incas. Magical ruins built with adobes and stone at the same time. After Lunch we will drive to Oropesa village and stop to see how they make the largest bread in their beautiful ovens which everyone loves here, also drive to Piñi Pampa town and learn how they make the clay tile roofs, Get to Cusco around 6:00 p.m.; check in to your beautiful Hotel. Dinner on your own. Altitude in Cusco about 11,000 ft. http://www.hostalmadretierra.com/ (B, L)
DAY 14: CUSCO – CITY AND SURROUNDS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cusco Today you will spend learning about the region’s rich cultural history. The day starts with a guided walking tour through Cusco’s craft markets. You will visit the colonial cathedral and Koricancha http://www.sacred-destinations.com/peru/cusco-koricancha, the Inca’s Temple of the Sun, before enjoying a delectable lunch of regional cuisine. The afternoon will be spent visiting by private transportation the other significant Inca ruins in the vicinity of Cusco including: the mammoth fortress of Saqsayhuaman above the city, noted for its megalithic stone terraces http://www.world-mysteries.com/mpl_9.htm; Kenko with its distinctive zig zag – patterned carved stone and subterranean altarshttps://www.google.com/search?q=kenko+peru&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=t_MSUruuMcLOyAGEvYEg&sqi=2&ved=0CDIQsAQ&biw=1038&bih=636 ; the hillside outpost of Puka Pukara, a small fortress that formerly protected the royal capital; and the Tambo Machay water temple that served as royal baths. You will be returned to you hotel for another evening in colonial Cusco, dinner on your own. http://www.hostalmadretierra.com/ (B, L)
DAY 15: HIKE – CUSCO – AMARU – PISAQ – OLLANTAYTAMBO
After yesterday’s Adventure, you will enjoy a mostly downhill route today with some option for hiking a little or a lot. From your hotel in Cusco, you will travel by private van to the village of Amaru were you will get acquainted with the citizenry before hiking to the once-pivotal Inca citadel of Pisaq http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%ADsac that includes a Sun Temple, extensive terracing and water ducts. The path to the ruins passes through fields of potatoes, quinoa, wheat and other crops. As you explore the area, we will explain the significance and history of the magnificent complex. After a late lunch, anyone interested may hike through the town of Pisaq. Continue by van through the Incas Sacred Valley. You will have the opportunity to visit the wonderful Pisaq Market where native people sell their wares. It is very inexpensive and there are many different products available. Local weavers sell their weavings including beautiful Alpaca garments. Transportation back to your hotel in Ollantaytambo to spend the night. Dinner on your own. (B, L)
Hike details: approx. – 6.5 miles / 4-5 Hours Altitude: from 12,370 ft. to 9,350 ft. (downhill). http://www.samanapaq.com/ (B, L)
DAY 16: OLLANTAYTAMBO
Breakfast starting at 6:00 am. Pickup at your hotel at 9:00.a.m. and walk to Ollantaytambo archeological site. http://www.ollantaytambo.org/en/ You will spend about 3 hrs at this site. There are several temples of pink granite and the famous Princess’ Bath. Lunch in Ollantaytambo. Spend the afternoon visiting the local market and take a walk through the town, which has been continuously inhabited and is mostly unchanged since Inca times. See how guinea pigs (cuy) are raised for food, special celebrations, and medicinal uses. If you have extra time you will hike the Pinkulluna Mountain which overlooks the town of Ollantaytambo. About a 2 mile hike and 500 ft. elevation gain. Dinner on your own. http://www.samanapaq.com/ (B, L)
DAY 17: CACHABAMBA TO MACHU PICCHU
After breakfast, transfer to the train station and ride the train for 1 hour to the starting point of KM 104, considered as the beginning the Sacred Trail to Machu Picchu. This trail starts at Chachabamba Archeological Site. This is the “short version” of the Inca Trail. The 3 first hours are strenuous (3 miles, altitude gain from 7,217 to 9,186 ft), seeing the waterfalls and passing by the magnificent site of Winay Huayna makes it worth the effort. Box lunch provided to eat along the way. After good scenery for photos, we will walk for 2 hours (4.5 miles and mostly level) more to reach the gate of the sun and view Machu Picchu http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/274 from this unique perspective only 40 minutes from Machu Picchu. After good photo opportunity, take the bus to Machu Picchu Town. Dinner on your own. http://www.casa-andina.com/casa-andina-classic-machu-picchu/ (B, L)
DAY 18: MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
Bus to Machu Picchu leaving by foot in time to avoid the crowds and see the sun illuminating the walls of this sacred and magical place. (Distance 1.5 miles) Explore the ruins for about 4 hours. We can do some meditation with music at this magical place if you wish. Buffet lunch with a view of the Sacred Mountains. Late afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. Meet your private van at the train station to travel to the collective Chincheros textile market, featuring an explanation of the traditional weaving methods of the Sacred Valley and some of the best textiles available in Peru. This is the ideal place for last minute shopping before returning to your Cusco hotel for the evening. (B, L) dinner on your own. http://www.hostalmadretierra.com/ (B, L)
DAY 19: CUSCO – LIMA – CONNECCION WITH YOU NEXT DESTINATION ON YOUR OWN.
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*Please note that exact pick up times and tour start times will be reconfirmed daily with your local guides.
HOTELES: Are listed in each day, you can get more information by entering to their Web page; all of them have Wi-Fi in room.
- Internal flights and Airport taxes In Nazca lines / Cusco – Lima
- Private ground transportation/ Buses (Confortable vehicle)
- Beautiful hotels (Double occupancy)
- All breakfasts and lunches (Vegetarian option available)
- 1 Farewell dinner in Lima.
- Entrance fees for Inca Trail, Nazca, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lima Museum, Parks and all scheduled tours and archaeological sites
- Bus to Machu Picchu (2)
- Guide the entire trip and his expenses.
- Private Boat at Lake Titicaca and regular at Paracas.
- Water daily.
- Train ticket Round trip to Machu Picchu (VistaDome)
- First aid and oxygen bottle
- Service for children (Solar Lights, others on your own) and Bread and Hot Chocolate to share with the children in the Sacred Valley included.
- International airfares.
- Most Dinners.
- Extra beverages.
- Tips. (bellmen, waiters, guides, cooks, drivers)
What to bring:
- Comfortable walking shoes and shoes you can hike in.
- Waterproof Jacket and pants
- Wind proof jacket, mostly clothes for mild weather 60-70 degrees F. Warm jacket, hat and gloves for high altitude evenings.
- Good camera and extra battery and memory card
- Good flash light
- 220/ 110V ( plug) adaptor
- Insect repellent (you can buy it there if needed)
- Sun block, sunglasses, hat
- Some school supplies to share with the children while visiting communities. (Pencils, Pens, notebooks etc.)
PRICE: is according to number of participants and accommodations to be used.
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