Majesctic Luxury Circuit 12 Days: Lima to Cusco, Machu Picchu


This tour includes many guided visits to different destinations in our country, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean from your hotel in the city of Lima, in addition to being able to delight in the marine beauty of the Ballestas Islands, in addition to being able to play sports in the Huacachina dunes. You will have the privilege of coming up with your own theories flying over the beautiful and mysterious Nazca lines, Arequipa and Puno have recognized attractions such as the navigable lake, Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon. We will visit the Sistine Chapel in Andahuaylillas towards the Imperial city, a work of art from Latin America. The beautiful buildings of Cusco, its wonderful archaeological parks as well as living an incredible experience in the ancient lost city of the Incas.

Program:

  • DAY 01: LIMA

Transfer of income in Lima

  • DAY 02: LIMA

Afternoon City Tour

02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

  • DAY 03: PARACAS, ICA AND NASCA

Ballestas Islands Excursion

Huacachina Oasis Tour

03:00 am - 09:00 pm

  • DAY 04: NASCA

Overflight of the Nazca lines

08:00 am

Bus Nazca - Arequipa

02:30 pm - 12:30 pm

  • DAY 05: AREQUIPA

Day off

  • DAY 06: AREQUIPA – PUNO

Bus Arequipa - Puno

  • DAY 07: PUNO

Lake Titicaca Full Day Excursion

08:00 am - 06:00 pm

  • DAY 08: PUNO – CUSCO

Sun Route Excursion

06:00 am - 05:00 pm

  • DAY 09: CUSCO

City Tour excursion

01:00 pm - 07:00 pm

  • DAY 10: CUSCO

Excursion of the Sacred Valley and Train to Aguas Calientes

08:00 am - 07:00 pm

  • DAY 11: CUSCO

Full Day Machupicchu

07:00 am - 10:00 pm

  • DAY 12: CUSCO

Transfer out hotel to the airport in Cusco.

Observations for the trip:

  • The Itinerary can change according to the availability, the climate and the state of health of the hikers.
  • A good physical condition is required since the Inca Trail includes walks of up to 9 hours a day.
  • The train schedule may change according to the availability of the train company.


ITINERARY



Day 1: LIMA

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places: Lime

Highest Elevation: 161 masl / 528 feet ASL

Welcome to the capital of Peru, Lima. Being the only capital city in America located on the seafront, Lima is populous and full of internationally famous sights and restaurants. It is the gastronomic capital of America and only for that reason, one of the many that it has, it becomes a pleasant tourist spot. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the selected hotel. You will have the day off to rest.


Day 2: LIMA “CITY TOUR COLONIAL”

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places: Lima

Highest Elevation: 161 masl / 528 feet ASL

During the morning you can take a light walk through the streets and avenues of the city on your own, to acclimatize, take some photos or shop. Please note that we will have an afternoon tour so you should have lunch at noon and buy water to hydrate yourself.

Colonial City Tour in the afternoon

In the afternoon we will pick you up as our tour begins with the pick up of our travelers from their respective hotels in Lima, then we will make a stop at the Intihuatana Park, located on the Miraflores Malecon, from where we will have the pleasure of enjoying a beautiful view the Pacific Ocean. We will start our tour through the modern residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Outside we will see the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca ceremonial temple in the shape of a pyramid that has survived the urban expansion of Lima.

We will continue our tour to the Parque del Olivar and the Financial Center then we will go to the Historic Center of Lima, declared by UNESCO in 1991 Cultural Heritage of Humanity, where the center of the Spanish colony was established in the 16th century and they were erected the first buildings. We will visit the Plaza San Martín, its balconies and old houses, the Plaza Mayor and its most important buildings such as the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop and Municipal Palace, the Station of Desamparados, among others

We will then return to Miraflores and at the end of our tour you will have the option of staying in the Indian market, in Larcomar or returning to your hotel.


Day 3: LIMA - PARACAS: FULL DAY PARACAS & ICA

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places: Paracas, Ica.

Highest Elevation (Ica): 406 masl / 1,332.02 feet ASL

At 2:50 am we will pick you up from the hotel to take the bus from Lima to Paracas. Our bus will leave at 4:00 am and after 3 hours we will arrive in Paracas. Then we will pick you up and start the Ballestas Islands Tour. We will board a boat from where we can visit the Ballestas islands, habitat of sea lions, guano birds, penguins and a diversity of marine fauna. On the way you can see a figure El Candelabro, engraved on the side of a hill, is a geoglyph with a rock formation eroded by the wind and the sea. It is more than 120 meters long and is also called Tres Cruces or Tridente. The best way to appreciate it is from the sea.

At noon we will take a bus from Paracas to Ica for around 3 hours. Upon arrival in Ica we will continue the excursion of Tubular rides are a fantastic adventure in the middle of the desert where you can enjoy the high and low dunes and you can feel the adrenaline on these desert roller coasters.

In the high parts of the desert you can practice sandboarding, our official driver will instruct you so that you can safely drop it if you do not have experience in this sport. If you doubt an experience that you should not miss.

At 06:00 pm we will take the bus to Ica where we will spend the night there and so that the next day we can fly over the most enigmatic lines in Peru.


Day 4: NAZCA: OVERFLIGHT TO THE MAJESTIC LINES OF NAZCA

Foods: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Arequipa.

Places: Ica, Nazca, Nazca aerodrome, from Arequipa.

Highest elevation (Arequipa) : 2,335 meters ASL / 7,660 feet ASL

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and leave for the aerodrome where we will board a light plane to have an aerial excursion on the Nazca Lines. A bilingual guide (Spanish / English) will assist you at all times until you board the plane.

This overflight over the Nazca Lines will cover the extension of the Nazca desert, whose surface is marked by the gigantic drawings and most mysterious geometric figures in the history of Peru, since many hypotheses have been created before its discovery in the 1930s by the American anthropologist Paul Kosok.

The overflight to the Nazca lines lasts approximately 35 minutes and is the best way to see these fascinating lines and drawings that have intrigued people for years. Here, you will be able to see the different figures traced on the stone surface of the Nazca desert, representing stylized animals and plants, distributed in a huge maze of lines, trapezoids, triangles and spirals that have been preserved for almost 2000 years. It is one of the most incredible legacies that a culture has left behind and that can only be seen from the sky at an altitude of 1500 feet.

After the overflight 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.

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


Day 5: AREQUIPA: FREE DAY

Places: Surroundings of Arequipa

The Highest Elevation: 2,335 masl / 7,661 feet ASL

Accommodation: Hotel in Arequipa.

After enjoying your breakfast at your hotel in Arequipa you will have free time to carry out activities of your choice on your own. You can take a walk through the streets of the city or visit the city center to shop for souvenirs. Don't forget that we have an afternoon tour so save some energy for the tour.

Optional excursion to the Arequipeña countryside

In the afternoon at 02:00 pm we will be picked up from our hotel to start the excursion to La Campiña Arequipeña. This interesting tour includes a visit to the most beautiful architectural monuments and viewpoints that surround the white city. We will drive our mobility to the outskirts of the city where we will first visit the beautiful Mirador de Sachaca, which will offer us a beautiful natural panorama of Arequipa and its volcanoes.

Then we will drive our vehicle to the Founder's Mansion, a beautiful construction from the colonial era where the founder of the city of Arequipa García Manuel de Carvajal lived in the 15th century. Finally we will travel through a spectacular Andean landscape and arrive at the Sabandia Mill, an impressive construction based on volcanic rock known as ashlar, where you can see an old stone mill that was built in 1785. Our excursion concludes at 06:00 pm in the city center.

Feeding: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Puno.

Elevation (Puno) : 3,827 masl / 12,555 feet ASL

After breakfast you will have noon free, then we will pick you up at approximately 12:30 pm to board the bus to move to the city of Puno.

After a long trip where you will be able to see the fauna and flora of the route, you will be able to distinguish when we leave Arequipa and increasingly approach our destination, we will arrive in the city of Puno at approximately 19:30 pm, we will be assisted by specialized personnel in the bus station and transferred to the hotel in Puno where we will rest after a long journey.


Day 7: PUNO: FULL DAY LAKE TITICACA (UROS & TAQUILLE ISLANDS)

Foods: Breakfast lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Puno.

Places: Puno, Lake Titicaca, floating islands of the Uros, Taquile, Puno.

The Highest Elevation (Taquile): 4,050 masl / 13,287 feet ASL

At 7:00 am we will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the port of Lake Titicaca, where our local guide with the boat will be waiting to start our adventure on Lake Titicaca. Once we have left, our guide will explain important points of this great lake, where you can find the Floating Islands of the Uros, a group of approximately 80 islands built of totora, an aquatic plant that grows on the surface of Lake Titicaca. The reed is woven and laid on another layer of it to build the surface of each island. We will stop on one of the islands, visit its inhabitants and learn about the customs of these communities that live for years in the highlands.

Later we will return to the boat and continue our trip towards the Taquile Island.

The boat trip lasts approximately 3 hours. Taquile is a huge island that is characterized by its beautiful fabrics. Here visitors will be able to see how the people of the island make ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high Andean garments, all made by hand. In order to get to the top of the Island, we will have to walk along a beautiful, slightly inclined path that offers spectacular views of the lake. Here we advise you to walk slowly and take it easy, since you are walking over 3800 meters high.

After approximately 45 minutes we will arrive at the center of Taquile, where we can rest and visit a small site museum, which shows through photos important aspects of the life of the people of Taquile. Our group will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the plaza. After lunch, visitors will have free time to visit the weaving workshops and take photos with the islanders.

Later we will descend towards the pier and we will start our return trip to Puno, arriving in the city at approximately 05:00 pm.


Day 8: PUNO - CUSCO “LA RUTA DEL SOL”

Foods: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places: Puno, Pucará, La raya, Raqchi, Andahuaylillas, Sicuani, Cusco.

Highest Elevation (Puno): 3,827 meters ASL / 12,555 feet ASL

At 06:15 am you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the bus station at the Terrestrial terminal in Puno, so you should have an early breakfast.

During our tour that lasts approximately 10 hours we will have 4 excursions and guided visits to the tourist attractions of the southern corridor of the altiplano visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, The renowned temple was built by the Jesuits in 1580, and what Most impressive is that its façade does not warn you of what you will find inside: a space full of incredible religiously inspired artistic works, including paintings, sculptures and baroque-inspired carvings.

It is also very interesting that the bases of this church are stone blocks from the Inca Palace, previously built in the same place. This was a practice that was repeated during the colonization period, where the Spanish managed to impose their religion above the Andean customs that predominated in the region.

We will also visit the Inka temple in Raqchi, the Raya pass at 4335 masl and the Inka Aymara museum in Pukara. Each visit lasts 20 to 40 minutes, where the passenger can ask questions, take photos and explore the attraction at their own discretion, making this experience an unforgettable activity.

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


Day 9: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Feeding: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places: Cusco, Plaza de Armas, Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay.

The Highest Elevation (Sacsayhuaman): 3,700 masl / 12,139 feet ASL

You will have the opportunity of the warmth and good attention that this tourist destination offers from breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will have free time to explore the streets on your own before taking the traditional afternoon tour. The streets of Cusco are very beautiful, you can go out to do activities of your choice.

Traditional city tour in Cusco

We will pick you up between 13:00 -13: 30 hours from the hotel, then we will start our tour of the city, we will have a guide who will provide us with all the information we need to know about the attractions we will visit so you should feel free to ask the questions you want.

The places that we have to visit are: The main temple of the Sun also known as the "Qoricancha", "Sacsayhuaman" known as the head of the Puma in reference to the City of Cusco, which had the shape of a Puma in Inca times and the head of this puma was exactly Sacsayhuaman, we immediately visited Qenqo, temple in honor of mother earth or Pachamama, we continued through Pucapucara or the entrance control center to the Sacred city of Cusco, later we visited Tambomachay Inca resting place and at the same time temple to the natural element of Water.


Day 10: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY AND TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES

Feeding: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu Pueblo).

Places: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero.

After a refreshing rest and enjoying a delicious breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel to start our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, we will be leaving the city to cross the archaeological park of Sacsahuaman and get to Taray viewpoint, a wide viewpoint from where you can see the beautiful Inka terraces and the current cultivation lands that surround the sacred river of the Inka "Willcamayuc", later we visited the Pisaq archaeological parkWe will also visit the Pisaq indigenous market, which is very colorful as local people come to sell or purchase local products that the population needs.

The Pisaq indigenous market is the best place to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. After some free time, we will continue our trip to the town of Urubamba, where we will have time to have lunch in the restaurant with a buffet service, where you can taste a little of the wide variety of dishes presented with the best products from the area.

Continuing our journey we arrive at the last living Inca city of Ollantaytambo.

Ollantaytambo reminds us of a mythical love story, a drama that makes love prevail over all obstacles, it is believed that this city was built by General Inca Ollantay in a moment of rebellion against the royal Inca army by preventing its union with the beautiful princess Cusi Qoyllor "beautiful star".

After our free time and according to a determined time we will be boarding the tourist train heading to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machupicchu town.

Arrival in Machupicchu town, personalized assistance at the train station and transfer to the selected hotel.

Optionally, visit to the town's hot springs.


Day 11: MACHUPICCHU TOUR

Feeding: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places: Ollantaytambo Station, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)

Machu Picchu Elevation:

In the morning we will pick you up from the hotel to start our tour to our world wonder, Machupicchu.

We will board the tourist bus to the Inca city of Machupicchu, along the approximately 30-minute journey, we appreciate the abundant forest of this national reserve.

After a while, the start of our guided tour

This 02 hour guided tour will be through the main palaces and attractions of the Inca city and its attractions.

After that you will have free time to enjoy this world wonder at your own discretion and pace.

We recommend visiting the Casa de las Escogidas, the Intiwatana (sundial, which marks the seasons of the year), Kallancas (sheds for warriors), baths and aqueducts, as well as its large areas with terraces.

Also ascend to Huayna Picchu mountain (This must be mentioned at the time of booking in advance in order to reserve the space, since it is regulated by the State), visit the Puerta del Sol and the Inca Bridge or whatever it is convenient to do at that time.

Even if you were unable to visit the town's Hot Springs the night before, this day you will have plenty of time to enjoy it.

At the indicated time we will be approaching the railway station, to board the train and start our return trip to Ollantaytambo. The train leaves generally at 03:20 pm, upon arrival at the Ollantaytambo station, we will board a tourist bus to the city of Cusco, on the way we can observe the beautiful vegetation that adorns our return to the Imperial city. At approximately 07:00 pm we will arrive in Cusco. We will be transferred to our hotel near or around the Plaza de Armas.

Feeding: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places: Cusco.

Without we have spent wonderful days on this tour, we have traveled through different destinations, surprising, wonderful, enigmatic, shaped by culture, tradition and freshness.

This is your last day in Peru, we will pick you up at the agreed departure time for your boarding at the airport. Where you will take a flight to the city of Lima, where in turn you will take a flight home. We hope you enjoyed this trip as much as we enjoyed being part of it.


MORE INFORMATION


LIMA

  • Transfer in and out airport - hotel - airport Private service
  • 02 night accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • Colonial Excursion of the City Tour in Lima Private service

PARACAS, ICA, NAZCA

  • Transfer hotel Lima to the bus station Private service
  • Bus Lima - Paracas
  • Ballestas Islands Excursion
  • Bus Paracas - Ica and transfer to the oasis of Huacachina
  • Huacachina excursion and sandboarding
  • Bus Ica - Nazca
  • 01 night accommodation in Nazca with breakfast
  • Overflight of the Nazca lines Private service
  • Nazca bus - Arequipa

AREQUIPA

  • Airport-hotel entrance transfer Private service
  • 02 night accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast
  • Tourist bus Arequipa - Puno via 4M

PUNO

  • Transfer in and out airport - hotel - airport Private service
  • 02 night accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Lake Titicaca Full Day Tour + Buffet Lunch Private service
  • Excursion of the Sun Route Puno - Cusco + Buffet lunch

CUSCO

  • Transfer in and out of the bus station - hotel - airport Private service
  • 03 nights of accommodation in Cusco with breakfasts
  • 01 nights of accommodation in Aguas Calientes with breakfast
  • Excursion City Tour Traditional Cusco with income and guided visit to the Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Pukapukara. Private service
  • Full Day Sacred Valley excursion + lunch Private service
  • Transfer hotel - train station Ollantaytambo - hotel
  • Round trip train Ollantaytambo - Machupicchu Pueblo - Ollantaytambo
  • Bus up and down Consettur Machupicchu Pueblo - Machupicchu - Machupicchu Pueblo
  • Entrance to Machupicchu
  • Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Guidance in Machupicchu Private service

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • International and national air tickets
  • Food not mentioned in Lima and Cusco.

Additional features:

  • Upgrade category to Vistadome train ($ 50).
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Sacred Mountain of Machupicchu ($ 35) - There is a limited space in Huayna Picchu (400 people per day), so it is a good idea to book in advance.
  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented as well)
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water, money to buy water along the way or water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with batteries

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TRIP DETAILS

Duration:

5 Days & 4 Night

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)

Activities:

Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo, trek the Lares route, visit Machu Picchu

Type of Tour:

Archaeological Cultural Landscape Ecological

Meals provided:


Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

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