This 14 Days of trip has been basically designed for people who loves the adventure tour in Peru, where you will explore city of Kings, a city full of history and cultural heritage. Travel with South Adventure around Lima and visit great convent of San Francisco, colonial gem that still today keeps all the treasures from the Spanish era. Visit some of the best museums in Lima, such as the Gold museum, Larco Herrera Museum, Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru. Afterwards, you will land in Cusco Empire to start with your amazing experience along the Sacred valley, Maras moray and salt mines , 2 Day tour classic to Machu Picchu , Puno , Colca Canyon , Nazca , Paracas , Ica and then Lima.
Important note: Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña even to MACHU PICCHU, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… There are only 400 entrances per day, this climbing depends much of weather conditions especially from January to March is not recommendable for rainy season (Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 25 each)
At 9:00am, pick up to start with the PRIVATE CITY TOUR: 03 Hours… Arequipa is a beautiful city, specially chosen by its natural beauty and its cozy climate, our visit to the city will be the more attractive excellent ones of the city, where we will visit the Seat of Arms one of the beautiful Seats but of Peru, the Church of the Company, the Temple and Small square of San Francisco, the wonderful Monastery of Santa Catherine, attractive but the excellent one that has this beautiful city, then we went to the Viewpoint of the Colonial District of Yanahuara, which is located to the outskirts, with a very beautiful landscape of the City and 3 volcanoes as they are: The Misty, Pichupicchu and Chachani, afterwards you will be dropped off at your Hotel or somewhere else. At 8:30pm, you will be picked up to transfer you to the bus terminal of CRUZ Del SUR (Full bed) leaves at 9:30pm / Arrives to Nazca the next day around 9:00am (Time of journey: 10 hours and half) (Meals on your own)
An early start to visit the Colca canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world (the deepest canyon lies only a few kilometers from here). We shall witness the incredible pre-Inca terracing all along the valley before arriving to the Cruz del condor in order to see the huge condor; the world’s largest flying bird. We shall also visit some small towns in the area, witnessing life as it must have looked several hundred years ago. Around 1pm, enjoy a tasty and traditional buffet lunch and afternoon, transport to Arequipa and drop of one this following hotels in the white city. (Dinner on your own)
At 5:45am, you will be picked up from your Hotel for the tour to Chivay and then you will have the following stops along your trip Stop at Lagunillas for bird-watching and seeing little lakes, Pampa Cañahuas for drinking some Coca tea, Patapampa for seeing Volcanoes (4,950 m.a.s.l) finally arrives to Chivay. Upon your arrival, you will be dropped off at one of this following hotels. This trip Includes: Fully equipped transport with Oxygen cylinder , heating , music , TV , Video player / Tourist stops with English speaking guides on board / Snack , mineral water , Coca leaf tea or coffee.
After your breakfast at the local family house, pick up to continue with the tour to Taquile Island which takes around 3 hours by motor boat where you will explore and enjoying a pristine sandy beach there you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Titicaca. Then hike through a pre-Inca terraces where you will be guided around the pre-Inca terraces and visit these nice people with their typical dresses and famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings. We will also visit some local families of weaving at their home and you will learn about their textile art and symbolism that has been declared by UNESCO as WORLD HERITAGE. After your delicious local lunch, you will continue walking around this amazing mountain and visiting some local families and see their tradition. Afternoon, you will walk down till the port to catch the motor boat and return to Puno around 5:00pm, dropped off at the Hotel. (Dinner on your own)
Between 7:30 are to 8am you will be picked up from your hotel. Travel and after 2 hours by motor boat and then you will arrive at the Uros Island. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water…Continue traveling in our boat, we will get the next island called Amantani, just arriving there will be first contact with local’s families, they bring you up to the homes, there you get your accommodation for one night in basic typical room between the agriculture fields. The local family will supply yours all foods.
After lunch the entire group together walk up to highest point of island, called Pachatata temple 4200m. Is the best place to get pictures from all surround views of this blue sacred lake of the Incas…After the explanation of your tour guide, back to the homes to get your dinner and then you can go to enjoy typical dances with the local music players. Overnight in local family home.
After your delicious buffet breakfast, pick up by our specialist staff and then you will be dropped off at the bus terminal to start this unforgettable experience. There are several ways to make this journey including a bus ride (10 Hours) that includes tourist stops at Andahuaylillas, Tipón, Raqchi, Pikillacta, Sicuani for buffet lunch, La Raya and Pucara with spectacular views.
Note: This trip to Puno can also be organized by airplane straight to Juliana (50 Minutes) from Cusco, where you can then transfer the rest of the way by road (A further 50 minutes) to Puno OR can be organized by Belmond Andean Explorer a Luxury train upon your arrival to Puno, you will be picked up and transfer to one those following hotels (Dinner on your own)
After your delicious breakfast, pick up to start with this famous traditional tour involves the visits, first
Tambomachay (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.
Puca Pucara (Reddish place) that was used as a military control center…
Q`enqo (Labyrinth) A religious center dedicated to the adoration.
Saqsayhuamán (Majestic place with impressive works in stone which some up to 120 tons)
Main Cathedral (Marvel of the religious)
The Koricancha (Temple of the sun) afternoon, you will be drop off to your Hotel in Cusco.
Optional visits to:
San Blas area or Barrio de san blas, one of Cusco’s oldest neighborhoods.
Inca Museum installed in the Admiral’s House, an important monument of colonial architecture. The museum keeps the main Inca archaeological collection in Peru Inca culture that reflects and other archaeological cultures of the region of Cusco.
San Pedro Market (One`s of the Biggest market of Cusco) On the walk to it you’ll generally notice more and more street vendors and ladies in traditional dress sitting on the side of the streets selling nuts, popcorn and other small bags of dried foods. You’ll spot more and more local shops (tiendas) selling the most random of things all in the one tienda. If you’re looking for an alpaca jumper, a freshly made juice, a bag of nectarines, some plantains to fry, buttifaras (ham sandwiches served on French bread) or some cheesy gifts for your parents or friends back home you’re definitely on your way to the right place!. Afternoon, transfer back to your hotel (Meals on your own)
This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( if applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel.
Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 25 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel
After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, picked up and transfer to the train station (It takes 5 minutes) where you will have fantastic journey through the sacred valley of the Incas and the remote canyon of Vilcanota to Aguas Calientes village. The train ride consist is an spectacular views along the way in this wonderful land of the Incas, amazing landscapes of mountains and valleys, Inca farming terraces, in both sides of the valley, snowcapped mountains, and sub-tropical jungle near the Ceja de Selva. From Pachar the sacred Vilcanota River. Aguas Calientes town is set in 2,040 mts and is the closest access point to Machu Picchu. After 3H/45 Minutes of journey along the cloud forest and once you arrive there, you will be picked up by our English speaking guide or our representative and then, you will be immediately transferred to Hotel for check in and the free time to explore on your own.
Optional walking in your free time: You can visit the thermal baths located next of the town ( Entrance US$3 or 10 Soles )
Or you can do the walking tour to PUTUCUSI MOUNTAIN : Is a round – shaped mountain located on the opposite side ( Northeast ) of the Urubamba River to Machu Picchu in the Cusco Region of Peru . Reaching approximately 2,500 m.a.s.l (8,400 Ft) at its peak, the mountain offers epic views of Machu Picchu and the surround Urubamba River valley. Putuq K`usi, Machu Picchu (Old peak in Quechua) and Huayna Picchu (Young peak) are considered Apus or Holy mountains by the local Quechua people
OR you can do the MANDOR HIKE undertaken Machu Picchu`s most fascinating trek to Mandor located behind the citadel,. This fascinating valley shelters unique species of FLORA & FAUNA as well as a stunning waterfall. The journey to Mandor starts on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes town towards Santa Teresa village. From there, we hike alongside the Vilcanota River and the railroad track until the 114.4 Km marker. The landscape is spectacular since the valley is inhabited by vast of birds such golden oriole, woodpeckers, blue-grey tanagers and the cock – of – the – rock , Peru`s national bird; as well as beautiful wild flowers such as orchids and impressive ferns that are more than 2,000 years old.
Or you can just relax walking around the town visiting some museums and visit some handicraft vendors.
At the appropriate time, you will be picked up and transfer to the airport for the flight straight to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Cusco (Flight details: to be confirmed) our guide and representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will be transferred to our office to get further information about the trip and pay the remainder balance while you will be informed, our staff will served you COCA tea to avoid the altitude sickness. At the appropriate time, you start with this lovely Sacred Valley (great option to acclimatize) the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where you’ll board our private coach for a drive to the Sacred Valley.
This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover…The tour includes the visits the small zoo of Cochahuasi where you can observe the flight of the CONDOR`S, Andean pumas, fox, deer’s, parrots, macaws and variety of animals and birds and then you will visit Awana Kancha or (Alpaca farm) which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can see four members of the camelids family – llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. Alpaca have thick wool and is the most commonly used while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. You can meet these fours camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have change to see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving style and dress afterwards, we continue with visit to the Andean native markets and ruins of Pisac.
Enjoy a tasty BUFFET lunch for at the restaurant (variety of dishes and vegetarian optional) after the lunch, the tour continues with the visits to Inca site of Moray. This is a fascinating, unique ruin; a fabulous amphitheater of terracing that was used as an agricultural experimental site by the Incas by taking advantage of the microclimates produced by the varying altitude to breed new varieties of their crops. We shall also visit the Village of Maras, and The salt pans which have made it famous. Afterwards, tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs… Afternoon, you will be drop off in one of this below hotels (Dinner on your own)
At 9:00am , pick up to start with the PRIVATE City tour where you will Visit The Government Palace, the Municipality palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and main colonial buildings around the Plaza Mayor, the 17th century Monastery of San Francisco the most magnificent colonial and monumental center of the America’s, you will find a Basilica with 21 altars, the convent with the cloister, the Clementine and Capitulars room, the choir, the monks library and the Prefunds Museum that exhibits 11 paintings of Rubens. The sacristy exhibits paints of Zurbaran and Rivera. The Gran Patio is garnished with Seville’s tiles from the XVI century and Moorish arcs.
It also includes a visit to the underground tombs (catacombs). Then a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores visiting places like The Love Park or The Indian Market (souvenirs & handicrafts). Finally we will visit a shopping center named Larco Mar, which was built on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. .. We will also visit an exclusive restaurant “La Rosa Nautica”, where you will have the opportunity to prepare your own “Pisco Sour” and the famous “Ceviche”. Enjoy a delicious lunch, consisting of the most symbolic dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Dinner on your own.
Upon your arrival to the Capital city of Lima (Flight details: to be confirmed) our representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will be transferred to Hotel for check in , afternoon free time for leisure.
Upon your arrival to Nazca, our guide or our representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will immediately be transferred to the airdrome of Nazca to fly over the Nazca drawings.
Prior to the flight you will watch a video film about the Nazca Lines that will allow you get a better understanding of the archaeological zone you are about to see. This interesting documentary lasts about 35 minutes and involves serious information about the Nazca Culture, as well as the figures you will see from the air. For this aerial tour, you will board a small Cessna single-engine aircraft (Station air, Sky hawk or Skyline type), which has spacious room for 5 people, each person with a window seat. After the video, our English speaking pilot will proceed to give you a briefing about this air tour and also will give each participant a map of the archaeological zone, which shows all the figures you will see from the air. Among the figures, you will see an impressive representation of a monkey, a whale, a spider, a hummingbird, a parrot, a condor, geometrical shapes and hundreds of straight lines crisscrossing the Nazca desert. Later on you will have time for lunch (on your own) afterward, you will visit Cantalloc Aqueduct is the name of a great attraction in Nazca. It is located on the way from Nazca to Cusco.
In order to survive Man has always been smart to adapt to seemingly impossible conditions to live and on this occasion the Nazca people have had to find a way to have access to water in this arid desert climate of Nazca. In the 5th century the aqueducts were built to provide for years round access to water essential for permanent inhabitation and irrigation of the area. Water running in aquifers was channeled to where it was needed using man-made underground channels. Concentrically paths leading down to these underground channels provided for direct access to the water. In the Aqueducts of Cantayoc where is open air has an S-shaped to slow down the water flow and prevent from running too fast in times of flooding.
The Nazca people also constructed access points, which still now give direct access to clean and also oxygenates the water which is surprisingly fresh. They knew that water coming down from the Andes was flowing not only in rivers, but also in aquifers, and intelligently tapped into these essential resources. Some even argue that the famous Nazca lines actually point to underground sources of water and that the symbols are hints of what can be found in the arid soil. The most popular excursion from Nazca, the Chauchilla Cemetery, 30km south of Nazca, It will satisfy any urges you have to see ancient bones, skulls and mummies. Dating back to the Nazca late civilization around AD 800, Grave robbers and archeologists evidenced the previous discovery of the Nazca civilization in the Nazca desert. Bodies of ancient Nazca people were preserved in the Chauchilla Cemetery. The arid climate of the region helped to preserve those bodies… The Nazca Civilization had the habit of burying their people. Thanks to this practice, the Nazca people left almost untouched ceramics, colorful textiles, mummies, skulls and devices. Local thieves and tomb robbers were aware of this since the end of the XX century; the only things that they left behind on the desert were the mummies and minor belongings. The mummies are reorganized and exposed inside 12 underground tombs, though cloth fragments and pottery and bone shards still litter the ground outside the demarcated trail.
Afternoon, you will be transferred to the bus terminal of CRUZ Del SUR (Full bed) leaves at 3:30pm or 4:30pm / Arrives to PARACAS around 6:55pm and then, you will be dropped off at one the following hotels (Meals on your own)
At 8:30am, pick up for the excursion by motor boat to the BALLESTAS Island where you will observe wonderful paces that houses huge colonies of sea lions, hundreds of marine birds, including pelicans, boobies, Inca terns, cormorants and Humboldt penguins. On the trip you will also see the enigmatic figure known as the Candelabro, which was etched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean some hundreds of year ago.
Afterwards, you will explore the Paracas Peninsula driving along the shore of the ocean and stopping at some beaches for short walks, see some marine birds and photos. However, during the whole trip our guide will explain the most important theories concerning this drawing of Candelabro, in order to have a better view of them, we will do a short walk to a little tower, from where it is possible to see them better. According to some scholars, the colors of these beautiful birds inspired the general Don Jose de San Martin (The man who set us free from the Spanish crow and declared our independence) to create our red and white Peruvian flag when he landed at the Paracas Bay. Later on we will visit the center of interpretation of Paracas, an interesting building that displays through pictures and scale models. All the fauna, flora, and many other important facts about the Paracas Peninsula.
Around 1 to 2pm, you will be able to taste the delicious and fresh CEVICHE just catched at sea. Round 2 to 3pm, pick up for the tour to Ica where we will visit the vineyards of Pisco (a grape brandy) and the famous Oasis called Huacachina. The huge white sand dunes surrounding the Huacachina lagoon are perfect to practice one of the ultimate sports in the area “Sand boarding”. After our visit in Huacachina. Afternoon, you will be transferred to the bus terminal of CRUZ Del SUR (Full bed) leaves at 4:05pm / Arrives to LIMA around 9:00PM. Upon your arrival, pick up and transfer to the airport for the flight back HOME or transfer to Miraflores district.
Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near