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HIGHTLIGHTS OF PERU

HIGHTLIGHTS OF PERU


(JT58)

Locations:
Lima/Ica/Nazca/Cusco/Puno/ Fantastic tour to Ballestas Islands
Time:
11 days / 10 nights
Price:
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Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Assistance on your arrival in Lima, at the international airport "Jorge Chavez", and transfer to your selected hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Lima.

Day 2: City Tour in Lima

Day 2: City Tour in Lima

At 9:30 am starts the travel around Lima which provides you a perfect combination (pre-hispanic era, colonial period and modern Lima), and enables the visitor to get acquainted with Lima's complete history.
We will visit the "Huaca Pucllana", a magnificent ceremonial and administrative center of Lima culture, built in the 4th century A.C. and considered by the Incas as "Ñaupallaqta" a "Sacred Village".
In this travel you will also visit the Historical Center: Paseo de la Republica, San Martin Square, Main Square, Government Palace, Basilica Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, City hall palace, the old streets with colonial mansions and moorish-style balconies.
We will also visit them convent and church of San Francisco; which is the greatest monumental assembly of colonial art in America. It also contains the monks' chair and library, the vestry, with painting by Zurbaran and Rivera; main cloister decorated with sevillan tiles from the 16th century; moorish arches and the famous "Catacombs", underground crypts from the colonial times.
This Lima travel continues through the more traditional residential areas: el olivar in San Isidro, with olive trees brought from spain in the 17th century; Miraflores Central Park, the park of love, and the famous mall "Larco Mar", a spot of international thematic attractions which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean - Larco Mar has became a distinctive symbol of modern Lima.
14:00 pm bus Lima / Ica
18:30 pm arrival in Ica and transfer to the hotel
Overnight at the hotel in Ica.

Day 3: Ballestas Islands

Day 3: Ballestas Islands

Our tour to Ballestas Islands starts at 7:00 picking our clients up. Then we drive towards the Paracas Bay, edging the seashore of the Pacific Ocean, until we get to Paracas quay. During our trip, our local guide will give us a brief explanation about the city of Pisco and the economic importance of this fishing port.

Once we get the quay, we will board a yatch, which will take us offshore to visit the Ballestas Islands. During our trip, we will stop to see the enigmatic figure of the candelabro, an amazing design traced on the skirts of a mountain in Paracas bay. No one knows who made this figure or why. In fact, there are several hypotheses regarding how it was made; some people say it is related to Nazca lines, which is located 120 kilometres south, others attribute its construction to ancient pirates, who created it as a reference point to be guided when there was dense fog. Our captain will make a stop in front of the figure and our local guide will give us an explanation about it.

Then, we will continue towards the Ballestas Islands. Once we get to the Islands, we will see amazing marine scenery full of marine birds, penguins and sea lions. Then we will visit the surroundings of the islands, passing caves, rock formations and will see many other aquatic species.

Due to its semi-tropical location, it is a little hot. Thus, we recommend that you carry sun block and a cap to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Once we have visited all the islands with our yatch, we will come back to the Paracas quay. Afterwards, we will come back to the Paracas quay. Finally, we will come back to the hotel in Ica at 11:00 am.

14:00 pm City Tour in Ica, in which The Winehouse “The Catador” or “Vista Alegre” is visited, where we could observe the process of elaboration of the wines and piscos, trying the different types. Ica is also called the land of the wine in Peru. Likewise, we’ll visit Old and Modern Ica, besides The Lord of Luren Sanctuary, The saint of Ica, to whom year after year thousand of people accompany it in procession in The Holy week and during the third week of October. Also We’ll visit Ica´s Regional museum, where we’ll appreciate the magnificent chronological organization and remains of the culture Paracas, Nazca, Ica and Inca. So, We’ll finish this fascinating tour visiting the Oasis of The Huacachina, which lagoon appears as an oasis in the middle of the desert that combines with an splendid landscape that harmonizes Dunas, palms and Huarangos.
Optional activity “Sandboarding”.
18:00 pm bus Ica/Nazca.
20:00 pm arrival in Nazca and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Nazca.

Day 4: Nazca Lines

Day 4: Nazca Lines

Early in the morning, you are transferred from the hotel to the local airport in Nazca to board a propeller plane to fly over the enigmatic Nazca lines, enormous line drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures that still remain etched in the desert, which can only be appreciated from the air.
15:00 pm bus Nazca / Lima.
22:00 pm arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Lima.

Day 5: City Tour + 04 Ruins in Cusco

Day 5: City Tour + 04 Ruins in Cusco

(am) Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Lima.
(am) Flight Lima / Cusco.
(am) Arrival in Cusco, assistance and transfer to the hotel.
(14:00 pm) Starts the city tour of Cuzco by bus, visiting the main Square, the cathedral and the Temple Of the Sun or Koricancha; take a pleasant walk in the bohemian district of San Blas, house to the most re-known craftsmen of Cusco, visiting its beautiful church, that houses an impressive pulpit, a filigree woodcarving bearing the fruits of the region and visit some artisans workshops located in its small main square. Then we contine passing by the Hatunrumiyoc street where you can appreciate the twelve-angled stone.
Then drive out of the city to visit the inca sites of kenko, tambomachay, Pucapucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built strategically on a hill overlooking Cuzco; famous for its enormaus carved stones joined with astounding precision to form the outer walls. Some of these stones stand over 9m/3oft.tall, and weight over 350 tons. Overnight at the hotel in Cusco.

Day 6: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 6: Sacred Valley of the Incas

(08:00 am) This travel called "The sacred valley of the incas" is a succession of pictures que towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. We'll have the opportunity to bargain with vendors or stroll at the pisaq's typical indian market, with a catholic mass service on sunday (celebrated in Quechua, the native language).
Buffet lunch in a good restaurant in the sacred valley.
In the afternoon pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive to the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, which was built to guard the entry of this part of the valley and protect it from enemies of the lower jungles; consisting in a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases.
We will have the opportunity to walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town, religious and agricultural centre during the Inca empire, and get a clear idea of the military strategy against possible invasions.
On our way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque andean village of Chinchero where the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac INca Yupanqui lies. Admire its well preserved Inca wall at the main square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca Foundations, with interesting frescoes on the portico.
Overnight at the hotel in Cusco.

Day 7: Machupicchu

Day 7: Machupicchu

(06:00 am) Transfer from the hotel to the train station for a 04 hours train ride to the famous Inca citadel of "Machupicchu", one of the most renowned examples of inca arquitecture, well known as "The lost city of the Incas", get down the train in Aguas Calientes station for a 20 minutes bus drive climbing a 6 KM of winding road to reach the marvelous citadel.
Upon arrival, guided tour of the citadel of Machupicchu, visiting the main plaza, the circular tower, the Sacred Sun dial, Intiwatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of three windows and various burial grounds. Then time free to stroll by the archaeological site, and have lunch at Aguas Calientes town.

Day 8: Train Machupicchu / Cusco

Day 8: Train Machupicchu / Cusco

(am) Free morning in Aguas Calientes Town to return to Machu Picchu or just to relax in the thermal springs.
(15:30 pm) Return to Cusco by train.
(19:00 pm) Arrival in Cusco , and transfer to the hotel overnight in Cusco.


Day 9: Bus Cusco / Puno

Day 9: Bus Cusco / Puno

07:30 am bus Cusco/Puno, there is a guide on the bus, because on the way the bus will make some stops, in order to aprecciate amazing ruins and interesting museums, besides it makes a stop in Sicuani town in order to have a delicious buffet lunch included in this trip.
17:00 pm arrival in Puno, and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Puno.

Day 10: Titikaka Lake (Uros / Taquile)

Day 10: Titikaka Lake (Uros / Taquile)

(07:30 am) After breakfast, take a full day motor boat travel on the Titikaka Lake waters towards the unique floating islands of the Uros, ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the water tribe. This andean natives built their own islands by adding periodically new layers of a unique plant called totora (a type of reed), as well as their homes and boats. Next continue your motor boat trip to the Taquile island, inhabited by quechua-speaking natives who have developed an efficient and original social systems and a fine hand weaving technique through generations. After lunch at a local lodging of Taquile, take a walk through the several hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long distance.
Late afternoon return to Puno.
Overnight at the hotel in Puno.

Day 11: Flight Juliaca / Lima


After breakfast at a certain time transfer from the hotel to Juliaca airport.
Flight Juliaca / Lima

This program includes:

  • 02 nights accommodation + breakfast in Lima.
  • City tour Colonial and Modern Lima (bus, guide, and entrance fee).
  • Bus ticket Lima/Ica/Nazca/Lima (02 floor bus, reclined seats, air condition, tv, toilet, meals, and service on board).
  • 01 night accommodation + breakfast in Ica.
  • Ballestas Island tour (motor boat, guide, and entrance fee.
  • City tour + regional museum in Ica (bus, guide, and entrance fee).
  • 01 night accommodation + breakfast in Nasca.
  • Flight over nazca lines.
  • Flight ticket Lima/Cusco.
  • City tour + 04 ruins in Cusco (bus, guide, and entrance fee).
  • Tour to the Sacred valley of the Incas (bus, guide, entrance fee, and buffet lunch).
  • Tour to Machupicchu (tren expedition, bus, guide, and entrance fee).
  • 03 nights accommodation + breakfast in Cusco.
  • 01 night accommodation + breakfast in Aguas Calientes.
  • Tourist bus Cusco/Puno (guide, entrance fee and buffet lunch).
  • 02 nights accommodation + breakfast in Puno.
  • Tour to the Titikaka Lake (boat, guide, entrance fee and lunch).
  • Flight ticket Juliaca/Lima.
  • Transfer in Lima, Ica, Nasca, Cusco and Puno.
  • Tax and service.

Not included:

  • Meals not mention at the program.

PRICE PER PERSON IN U.S.DOLLARS BASED IN DOUBLE OCCUPANCY STARTED AT: US$ 1556.00

NOTE: This program is quoted based in economic hotels, but it can be quoted in 03*, 04* or 05* hotels if required.


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