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DAY 1 Lima

Arrival to Lima.
Reception and transfer to the hotel.

DAY 2 Lima

Tour some of Lima's main colonial sites: San Francisco Church, the Cathedral, "Plaza Mayor" (main square), Government, Archbishop, and Torre Tagle Palaces. Afterwards, drive through Lima's modern residential areas: San Isidro with its olive grove, golf course, and “Huaca Huallamarca”; and Miraflores with its Central Park, “Parque del Amor”, and ocean views. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

DAY 3 Lima - Arequipa

Transfer to the airport. Departure flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, tour of the "White City", including the "Plaza de Armas" (main square), the Cathedral, La Compañia Church, and the famous Monastery of Santa Catalina. Next, visit the city's picturesque surroundings. (B)

DAY 4 Arequipa - Colca

Departure to the Colca Canyon. Enjoy the spectacular Misti and Chachani volcanoes. Go through the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca, where vicuñas and possibly guanacos can be seen. Observe beautiful terraces built by the pre-Incas for agriculture. Quaint colonial villages can also be admired. Box lunch included. In the afternoon, arrive to Colca. Enjoy thermal baths. Dinner. (B)

DAY 5  Colca - Arequipa

In the morning, stop at Cruz del Cóndor, sanctuary of the condors. Here appreciate the beauty of one of the deepest canyons in the world. Visit the towns of Maca, Pinchollo and Yanque. Lunch. In the afternoon, return to Arequipa and transfer to the hotel. (B)

DAY 6  Arequipa - Juliaca - Puno

Transfer to the airport. Departure flight to Juliaca. Upon arrival, reception an transfer to the hotel visiting on the way the well-known pre-Inca "Chullpas" (towering stone tombs) located on the shores of Lake Umayo. Sillustani is said to be the burial site of the ancient Hatun Colla chiefs. (B)

DAY 7  Ţuno - Uros - Taquile - Puno

Full-day boat excursion to Taquile, an island located 38 Kms. (24 miles) from Puno in Lake Titicaca. The island inhabited by 2,000 Quechua-speaking Indians, is considered a visitor paradise. Pre-Inca ruins, world famous hand weavings and an ancient communal way of life will be admired. Lunch included. (B)

DAY 8 Puno - Cuzco

(Only Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Transfer to the train station. The Andean Explorer’s glass walled vantage car, provides on this full day journey to Cuzco: powerful views of the Andes cutting crisp blue skies, altiplano colourful people, small villages on the meandering Huatanay, and vicuña and alpaca foraging on this beautiful patched-work. Lunch included. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. (B)

DAY 9 Cuzco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Urubamba

(Only Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)
Excursion to the village of Pisac located 32 Kms. (20 miles) from Cuzco and shopping at the colorful Indian market. Lunch in Urubamba, followed by a town tour and fortress of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Overnight in Urubamba. (B)

DAY 10 Urubamba - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Transfer to Ollantaytambo's station. A scenic 1 hour 30 minute train trip through the Urubamba Valley, followed by a 30-minute bus ride up to the breathtaking Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Guided tour through the ruins. After lunch, return to Cuzco (Poroy station) and transfer to the hotel.  (B)

DAY 11  Cuzco

Day at leisure. (B)

DAY 12 Cuzco

Morning at leisure.
In the afternoon, a city tour including: the "Plaza de Armas" (main square), the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church (Koricancha), and the surrounding ruins of Puka Pukara, Kenko, Tampu Machay, and the renowned fortress and religious site of Sacsayhuaman famous by its cosmic energy. (B)

DAY 13  Cuzco - Lima - Paracas

Flight to Lima. Upon arrival, reception and immediately transfer to the station. Departure with Cruz del Sur bus to Paracas. Arrival to the hotel. (B)

DAY 14 Paracas - Nazca

In the morning, a yacht cruise to the Ballestas Islands inhabited by thousands of guano birds and sea lions. On the way to the islands, view the Paracas' gigantic candelabra on the cliff overlooking the bay. Immediately, departure by guided, private transportation to Nazca on the way visit the Ica Regional Museum with its fascinating collection of mummies, pottery, and textiles from Paracas and Nazca cultures. Arrival to the hotel. (B)

DAY 15 Nazca - Lima

Transfer to the local airport for a 45-minute flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines -- huge birds and animals, geometrical lines resembling a landing field, and other markings. Afterwards, visit the Chauchilla cemetery which clearly shows the way the Nazca people buried their ancestors. The plunder and loot suffered through centuries of desecration is obvious in this sacred site.
In the afternoon transfer to the station. Departure with Cruz del Sur bus to Lima. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. (B)

DAY 16 Lima - Departure

At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport. (B)

INCLUDES: EXTRA:
  • Private transfer and tours as specified with professional English speaking guides except in Colca, F/D Uros/Taquile (Puno) and Cuzco where the services will be provided on regular basis (with more passengers) with English speaking guides.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels including breakfast as specified except in Colca where full board will be included.
  • Train tickets Puno/Cuzco (Andean Explorer) and Ollantaytambo/Machu Picchu/Cuzco (Vistadome class)
  • Tourist bus “Cruz del Sur”: Lima/Paracas and Nazca/Lima
  • Excursion to Ballestas Island
  • Local flight over the Nazca Lines
  • Box lunch: DAY 04
  • Lunch: DAY 05, 07, 08, 09 and 10.
  • Dinners: DAY 04
  • International and Domestic air tickets. Airport taxes: Lima USD 6.05, Arequipa USD 3.57, Cuzco USD 4.28 and Lima (international flight) USD 30.44
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Extra expenses.
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Some day tours/transfers may be private or pooled with other travelers. If this is not acceptable please advice your booking agent and we will be able to provide private tours.
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