Majestic Local Living Circuit in 12 days


The majestic local living tour is ideal for those people who want to know the wonders of southern Peru, its archaeological and cultural heritage and centers of great concentration of energy power, in this adventure you can also enjoy the Inca roads that were of great importance to the people of the Andes.
Wonders of Peru is one of the best alternatives for excursions and is well known throughout the world, so it is satisfying and comforting for those who want to break away from the traditional, putting a little more effort to know this enigmatic culture surrounded by landscapes and sacred mountains.
The Experiential circuit that is part of this circuit, is one of the best options of excursion and super known by the whole world, satisfactory and comforting for those who wish to break with the traditional, putting a little effort and sweat to know this enigmatic culture surrounded by landscapes, sacred mountains, its beautiful people and magical customs.

Program:

  • DAY 01 : LIMA  

Transfer in Lima

  • DAY 02 :LIMA

Free day in Lima.

  • DAY 03 : PARACAS-ICA

Full day excursion in the Ballestas Islands

  • DAY 04 : NAZCA

Overflight of the Nazca lines

  • DAY 05: AREQUIPA

Free day in Arequipa.

  • DAY 06 : AREQUIPA -PUNO       

Transfer out Arequipa.

Transfer in Puno.

Time in Puno to acclimatize.

  • DAY 07 : PUNO

Excursion to the floating islands Uros.

Overnight at Uros Lodge.

  • DAY 08 : PUNO- CUSCO              

Transfer out Puno and Transfer in Cusco.

  • DAY 09 : CUSCO

City tour Cusco + 4 archaeological parks.

  • DAY 10 : CUSCO              

Visit to the Willoq community.

  • DAY 11 : CUSCO

Excursion to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Return to the city of Cusco

  • DAY 12 : CUSCO              

Transfer out Cusco.

Transfer to the airport.

Observations for the trip:

  • The Itinerary can change according to the availability, the climate and the state of health of the hikers.
  • The train schedule may change according to the availability of the train company.


ITINERARY



Day 1: LIMA: TRADITIONAL CITY  TOUR

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places: Lima

Highest Elevation: 161 masl / 528 feet ASL

We will wait for you at the airport and transfer to the selected hotel.

Lima City Tour

The tour start with a short visit to the Intihuatana Park, located on the Malecon in Miraflores, where we will observe the Pacific Ocean. We will continue our tour through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, we will also observe outside the Huaca Pucllana, a temple pre-Incan ceremonial pyramid-shaped that has endured the urban expansion of Lima.

Then the tour will continue to the Parque del Olivar and the Financial Center and then to the Historical Center of Lima, catalogued by UNESCO in 1991 as a Cultural Heritage of the Humanity, where the center of the Spanish colony was established in the 16th century where the first buildings. We will appreciate the San Martín Square, its balconies and old houses and its most important buildings such as the Government Palace, the Lima Cathedral, the Archbishop and Municipal, the Desamparados Station and others.

We will enter one of the most relevant convents of the 17th century. Where the relics are still preserved of the three most important Peruvian saints, Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Macias, and then return to Miraflores where we will finish our tour, you will have the option to stay at the Indian market, at Larcomar or return to your hotel.

Stay at selected hotel in Lima.


Day 2: RELAXED LIMA

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places: Lima

Highest Elevation: 161 masl / 528 feet ASL

This day you will have enough time to carry out activities on your own.

It is necessary that you acclimatize since in the following days we will pass through different cities with different climates.

You can visit other attractions on your own, you can make availability inquiries and more.


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

Accommodation: Hotel in Nazca.

Places: Paracas, Ica.

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

We will pick you up 2:50 am approximately from hotel,then we will transfer 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.
8:00am after a nice welcome in Paracas, we will start the Ballestas Islands Tour. From the Paracas beach resort; you can visit the Ballestas Islands by boat where sea lions, guano birds, penguins and a diversity of marine fauna live. In the course of the tour, you will see a very enigmatic figure, El Candelabro, immortalized on the side of a hill, is a geoglyph of rocky formation eroded by the wind and the sea. It measures about 120 meters long and is known as the Three Crosses or Trident. The best way to appreciate it is from the sea.

Around noon, we will take the bus back to Paracas and head to Ica for about 3 hours. When we arrive in Ica we will continue with the tubular excursions in 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 will be able to feel the adrenaline on these natural roller coasters of the desert.

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

Overnight in Ica.


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 we will pick you up from the hotel and leave for the aerodrome where we will board a light plane for a memorable air excursion over 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 stone, whose surface is marked by gigantic drawings and geometric figures.

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.

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


Day 5: AREQUIPA RELAXED

Places: Arequipa.

Accommodation: Hotel in Arequipa

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

After breakfast, you will have the day off for the opportunity to go out on the town.

You can choose to do activities of your choice or walk around the city a little, taste its gastronomy or do some shopping, this day is yours, take advantage of it to enjoy it on your own and thus be able to acclimatize yourself better.


Day 6: AREQUIPA - PUNO

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotel in Puno

Places: Arequipa, Puno

This day after breakfast at the hotel,approximately 12:30pm ,we will board the bus to move to Puno city.

7:30pm approximate arrival in the city of Puno, reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Puno.


Day 7: PUNO: SLEEP IN UROS - FLOATING ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA

Meals: Breakfast in a hotel in Puno, lunch and dinner in the Uros.

Accommodation: Lodge in the Uros.

After taking our breakfast in the morning. Our experience begins with the transfer from your hotel to the populated center of Uros-Chulluni where we will embark with destination to the floating islands of the Uros received by a local family. Pleasant place to sleep in Uros, free of pollution, acoustic noise and relaxing located 30 minutes from the city of Puno.The rooms are built as that the island made of cattails with a view of the lake, firm wooden floor and decorated and implemented with fabrics and crafts, to sleep in uros with comfortable mattresses, cushions decorated with textiles. Our native rural accommodation to sleep in Uros has all you need to rest in any accomodation, they take us to their rural family accommodation in their traditional boats 15 minutes from the indicated port, then we will settle in the properly equipped rooms so that we can rest, once installed we will taste a delicious lunch offered by the family, then we can appreciate its different activities in the Uros, such as artisanal fishing, Corte de la Totora, its Dress in typical native costumes, kayak in Totora boats and visits to the surrounding communities. Guests can also learn traditional crafts and weaving techniques.


Day 8: PUNO CUSCO

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco

Elevation:3,999 masl / 11,151 ft ASL

After picked  you up from your hotel, We will transfer you  to the bus station in Puno terminal.

Our tour to Cusco will last 10 hours approximately, where we will have 4 excursions and guided visits to the most interesting places of the south of the altiplano visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the pass of La Raya at 4335 meters above sea level and the Inka Aymara museum of Pukara. Each visit lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, where you can ask questions, take pictures and explore the attractions of the place, making this an unforgettable experience.

We will arrive in Cusco at 4:30pm, be picked up from the bus station and be transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night

Overnight in Cusco


Day 9: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Meals: 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 wake up in the beautiful city of the Incas, Cusco. Depending on the season, keep yourself warm. After breakfast, you will have the morning free to be able to walk a little through the beautiful streets of the city center on your own, so that you can carry out your personal activities and get acclimatized a little.

The tour begins with the pick up of our travelers from their respective hotels, panoramic visit of the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. We will also visit the Inca Temple of the Qoricancha, the maximum expression of Inca architecture and engineering. Then you will visit the four nearby ruins of the city located 15 minutes away: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay at the end of the return to the hotel.


Day 10: FULL DAY WILLOQ

Meals: Breakfast lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Places: Cusco, Willoq, Ollantaytambo.

Willoq's Elevation: 3,754 masl / 12,316 feet ASL

The tour begins at 06:00 in Cusco and ends at 7:00 p.m. (full day) in Willoq, then We will head towards to Aguas Calientes.

We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at 6:00 am in the direction of Ollantaytambo (living Inca city), there we will make a brief stop to visit the city, then we will go to the native community of Willoq located 14 km from Ollantaytambo, the town of Willoq, is an indigenous community of the Ande, located in the valley of the Patacancha river, belonging to the Ollantaytambo district, Urubamba province, in Cusco.

It is rich in flora and fauna, being able to find 60 species of birds and more than 700 species of plants. In Willoq there is still a direct descent from the last Incas that can be corroborated by the current surnames of the local people, such as Yupanqui, Sinchi, Pukha, Huamán, Cusipáucar, Tupha, among others. Once in Willoq our local friends will welcome us with a welcome drink (mate de coca or muña) and their folk dance, they will immediately show us and share their customs and traditions and daily activities (Meet, interact, share the customs and traditions Incas of this Community, plant, sew, cook and have fun with their typical dances. The approximate duration of the activity is about 3 to 4 hours, then we will have a typical lunch of the place and after a break. We will move to the Ollantaytambo train station. We will take the train service that will take us to the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes, where we can rest at the hotel. So that the next day we go to the majestic citadel of Machupicchu.


Day 11: AGUAS CALIENTES: MACHUPICCHU- CUSCO

Meals: Breakfast lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places: Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Machupicchu.

Machupicchu Elevation: 2430 masl / 7972 ft ASL

Breakfast at the hotel.

At a fixed time, we will transfer to the bus station, to board the bus from Machu Picchu town to Machu Picchu the Inca City. We will have a visit in the city with a professional bilingual guide, after 02 hours, we will be able to visit the Inca city on our own. You will able to take pictures of your fascinating journey.

At the appropriate time we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.

Then we will transfer to the train station to return to Ollantaytambo and then to Cusco.

We will take you to the airport at the scheduled time so that you can board your plane to the city of Lima. Where you must wait for your international flight to return home. We hope that your visit to Peru is a reason to return. We will be happy to take you through multiple experiences.


MORE INFORMATION


LIMA

  • Transfer of entry and exit at each destination.
  • 02 nights accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • Traditional city tour in Lima + Santo Domingo Convent

PARACAS, ICA, NAZCA

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

AREQUIPA

  • 02 nights accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast

FIST

  • 01 night accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Sleep in Uros and experiential activities. + Typical food

CUSCO

  • 03 nights accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
  • 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • City Tour + 4 nearby ruins, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay
  • Full Day Willoq + Typical lunch.
  • Full Day Machu Picchu + Buffet Lunch
  • Consettur bus up and down.
  • Ollantaytambo train - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Expedition Train + Lunch at El Mapy restaurant, is for category 2 and 3 stars and Vistadome + Lunch at Tinkuy restaurant (Sanctuary Lodge) for category 4 and 5 stars)

NOTES:

  • For 2 and 3 star hotels, the tourist bus with stops and income will be used on the Puno-Cusco route.
  • For 4 and 5 star hotels, the Perurail Titicaca Train will be used on the Puno-Cusco route, with departures only Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The other days it will be on a tourist bus and will have a discount of US $ 200 per person.
  • 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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