Arrival in Lima. Pick up and transfer to your Hotel.
After a good breakfast, a free day to explore Lima at your leisure.
Today is quite a long day travelling to one of the highlights of Peru, the incredible Nazca Lines. We will therefore have a relaxing morning with a good breakfast before we get picked up for the transfer to the bus terminal for the 6 hour public bus journey to Nazca, south of Lima. The journey will take us along the coastal desert strip before arriving at the small town of Nazca. Transfer to the Hotel, or similar. Relax and enjoy the pool before retiring for the night.
Today is one of the longest days of your adventure in Peru starting with an incredible fly over tour of the enigmatic Nazca Lines. These gigantic drawings and geometrical figures were engraved in the desert of Peru nearly 2000 years ago. After the tour, return for breakfast before taking the public bus to Arequipa in the south of Peru, the most beautiful city in Peru. Arrival late at night to Arequipa. Pick up and transfer to your hotel.
After an early breakfast, we will be picked up for our drive through some wonderful scenery towards the Colca canyon, the second deepest gorge in the world. You will see groups of wild alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos in their natural habitat. Arrival to Chivay, the main town of the canyon in time for lunch. Transfer to your lodge, Free afternoon for personal leisure.
A very early start to visit the Colca canyon to see the huge condor, the world's largest flying bird soaring on the thermals. Return to Arequipa. Overnight accommodation.
After breakfast, we shall take the public bus across the wild and desolate altiplano to Puno, which is situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. The journey will take us around 5 hours. Pick up at the bus terminal and transfer to your hotel, Located at 3860m/12,400ft, we must catch our breath and take things easy this evening.
After a light, home prepared, continental breakfast, you will be picked up for your full day visit to the islands of Lake Titicaca, Uros and Taquile. Uros, a group of islands made entirely of Tortora reeds is home to a small community dating back to a pre-Inca culture. We shall spend some time with these local inhabitants before we continue on to Taquile, an island whose culture is more closely related to the Aymara people of Bolivia.
We shall enjoy a locally prepared lunch on the island before visiting the local cooperative shop and witnessing at first hand the skill of the local weavers. Return to Puno and to your lodge.
After breakfast, we shall take the public bus to Cusco, ancient capital of the Incas. The journey will take us around 5 hours. Heady Cusco (3400m or 11,000 feet) will feel quite normal after your days in Puno. We will pick you up and transfer you to your Hotel located in the centre of Cuzco. is the ideal starting point for your visit to the ancient capital of the Incas.
Free day at leisure. or in the early afternoon you could take a city tour, (additional price per person US$60). The details of the optional extra tour are as foloows: you will start a fully guided visit with an English speaking guide to the four ruins outside of Cusco, the Sacsayhuaman Fortress; Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. Also included in the tour will be the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha Sun Temple. Free evening to enjoy Cusco, its bars and restaurants and its bustling nightlife.
A healthy breakfast before pick up for your full-day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The tour is best on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (because the markets are busier) although this tour runs every day of the week. Our first visit will be to Pisac, founded during Colonial times. Free time to shop or simply watch the locals going by their everyday lives. After the visit, we will have a great buffet lunch with emphasis on locally grown organic produce in the Urubamba. After lunch, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the ancient Inca town with impressive ruins built into the mountain side. Return to Cusco. Free evening.
An early start today as we take the train to Aguas Calientes for our unforgettable trip to Machu Picchu. This 3 ½ hours train rides takes us to the bustling market town of Aguas Calientes from where we catch the bus up to the awesome Machu Picchu ruins. Recently declared one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, this will be a day to remember. A tour with an English speaking guide of this fabulous lost city of the Incas rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. With houses and temples surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side, this is truly an awe inspiring site. Return in the afternoon by train to Cusco. Pick up at the train station and transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Lima and connecting flight home or if you have several hours spare, we can arrange a transfer into Lima for you (enquire about this when booking).
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Price per person based on 2 sharing a double room according the hotel category:
Cusco - Lima to be quoted on the day of enquiry (prices vary from US$150 to US$250 per person depending on the season)