11 DAY ENIGMAS OF PERU

Peru is diversity country, and this tour will give you the perfect chance to explore all of them, it combines the 3 main regions of Peru (The Cost, desert - Mountains, Andes - Jungle, Amazonas) and hight altitudes.

OVERVIEW

Starting point : Lima
Tour type : Cultural

Day 1 : Arrival to Lima

Day 2 : Lima  City tour ( Paragliding  or Swimming  with sealions)

Day 3 : Lima to Ica ( Huacachina  Oasis - Sandbording and visit wineries)

Optional Overnight at Huacachina Oasis

Day 4- Ica to Nazca (  Nazca Lines flight)

Day 5- Nazca  to Cusco

Day 6- Cusco free Day (adapt to Altitude)

Day 7- Cusco  city tour 

Day 8 - Sacred Valley ( Cycling or quad bikes)

Day 9- Cusco to Machu Picchu (overnight optional)

Extensions to Lake Titicaca  or Amazon 

 


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Lima and Lima Tour

You will be picked up at the airport by Our representative and taken to your Lima hotel. After a short rest, you will meet your English-speaking guide for your exciting tour of Lima, which will take you to the main historical, religious, and contemporary sites of the city.

The tour starts at the Huaca Pucllana ruins in the Miraflores District. The structure is an enormous adobe pyramid dating from the 4th century A.D.

Next, you will go to Limas historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will admire the Plaza Mayor (the central square), which is surrounded by 5 important buildings: the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishops Palace, the Municipal Palace, and the Palace of Lima.

You will then travel a few blocks to the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs where over 250,000 bones rest.

Your tour of Lima will end with a visit to the traditional residential areas of Lima, including San Isidro, Miraflores, and Larcomar.

You will have the evening to spend at your leisure. We recommend a stroll through the scenic Parque del Amor (Park of Love) above the cliff near Larcomar, a mall built into the jagged cliffs of Limas coastline.

Make click on the link for ideas on great restaurants or shopping in Lima.

Day 2: Arrival to Paracas & Nazca Lines Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to the bus station for your trip to Paracas. You will travel approximately   4 hours aboard a comfortable first class bus. Upon arrival in Paracas, you will be taken to your Paracas hotel.

After you drop off your luggage in your hotel, you will go to the nearby Pisco airport to take off on your exciting tour of the Nazca Lines. Built between 500 BC and 500 AD, the Nazca Lines are a World Heritage Site and have been carefully studied for half a century and still continue to perplex researchers. Many scientists believe the lines had some astronomical function for the Nazca civilization, although other more colorful theories abound. During the flight, you will see famous glyphs such as the condor, the hummingbird, and the monkey. See our Nazca Travel Guide for more in-depth information on the Nazca Lines.

After you touch back down to earth, you will be taken back to your Paracas hotel, where you can relax and ponder the mysterious Nazca Lines at your leisure as you enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Paracas Bay.

Note: Flights from Pisco to Nazca require a minimum of two passengers.  Please contact your travel advisor for single passenger inquiries.

Due to the relatively small size of planes operating Nazca Lines tours, restrictions apply for clients who are 100kg (220lbs) or over.

Day 3 : Ballestas Islands Tour & Return to Lima

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing on an adventurous boat trip across the Paracas Bay to the Ballestas Islands, where you will be able to spot sea lions, seals, penguins, guano birds, and turtles (rarely found at this latitude). The boat trip lasts approximately 2 hours.

On the way to the islands, you will also get the opportunity to spot the Candelabra, a 165-foot (50-meter) long sketching in the rock, which experts believe is connected to the Nazca Lines. Debate with your companions whether the Candelabra formation represents a cactus - a symbol of power in the ancient Chavin culture or perhaps the Southern Cross constellation.

During the tour, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea lions and birds. Some of the unique bird species you might see include the Humboldt Penguin and the Peruvian Booby which survive only on the Humboldt Current, as well as the Cormorant Guanau and the Red-legged Cormorant. Depending on the season, you will see sea lions playing with their young or simply frolicking on the rocks.

After your boating excursion, you will be transferred to the bus station to return to Lima for the night.  After you check in to your hotel, you will have the evening in Lima to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 4 : Lima - Cusco - Free day

DAY 05: City Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins (Bus tour 4 hours aprox)

Upon arrival We will pick you up from the airport in Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Morning free to rest and get used to the altitude.

In the afternoon (2 pm aprox), guided sightseeing Bus tour in Cusco city, Visit the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of  Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco (best view of Cusco from this point), Sacsayhuman is famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons.

Return to your hotel and get ready to enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 06: The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Options Overnight in Aguas Calientes)

Breakfast in your hotel. It is a full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", along the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Indian market of Pisac. Lunch in a local countryside restaurant (Not Included) 

In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural center was like during the era of the Inca Empire.

Back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Evening at leisure.

We suggest going around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere tasting a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Main Square

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07: Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco

Breakfast in your Hotel. The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a 4  ½ hour train journey to the famous Town of Aguas Calientes

Arrival: Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will make the 25-minute motor coach ascent to the "Lost City of the Incas Machu picchu”  Discovered  in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

We tour the ruins for around 2 hours, during which time our guide explains the astounding degree of technology achieved by the builders of this famous site.

After the Tour in Machu Picchu you have to take the train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes town, please check the time with your Travel agent in Cusco.

Note: Possibility of staying overnight at Machu Picchu (subject to hotel's availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast

 DAY 08: Cusco  - Puerto Maldonado  ( Amazonas)

Puerto  Maldonado - Monkey Island.

Arrival in Puerto Maldonado. Then transfer to the village in where we will get on our boat and begin the unforgettable journey through the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you could observe the alligators, turtles, herons and other animals. Arriving to the Amazon Lodge, you will enjoy of the exquisite typical welcome drink and then you will settle in our comfortable bungalows, afterwards comes lunch. With the help of our specialized guide we will visit Monkey Island. Located at only five minutes from the lodge, in the middle of the Madre de Dios river, the monkey island hosts different monkey species: starting from the noisy ones, the Maquisapas, the happy Achuñis, and the very impressive Frailes to the very little and funny “leoncitos” little lions. During the way to the Island, very beautiful landscapes are shown to the sight with all the flora and fauna that they host, as well as the amazing sunset in the jungle.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 09 : Cocha Perdida (Lost Qocha)

After breakfast we will start an adventure thought the virgin jungle, advised by a local guide; we’ll hike into the “Cocha Perdida” (Lost Cocha), it constitutes an ecosystem that is considered as a refuge of a huge variety of animals like, nutrias, caimans, turtles sachavacas, multicolor feather birds, the majestic jaguar ( Andean lion) and fish. This area is unique and belongs to the Eco-Amazon lodge, because it is still maintained intact, like the huge swamps and a diversity of “Aguajal” forests. Then we will arrive to the amazing Amazon observatory, built at the top the biggest tree “SHIHUAHUACO”, from that location you may observe the magical jungle, and at the same time have a pleasant ride in a canoe around the lake. Then return to the lodge, lunch. Then in the afternoon a canoe ride though the river and a visit to a typical local family, then return and dinner. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: BRIOLO AND GAMITANA RIVERS

Breakfast, at the indicated time we will start another excursion across the magic jungle where we will sail though the Madre de Díos River, till to get to the beginning to a hiking trek to the rivers GAMITNA / BRIOLO; born in the heart of the virgin jungle, these two rivers with their winding ways, they form huge sailing channels then we will return by canoe, observing closely animals like, turtles, caimans, butterflies and a great variety of insects. Then we will arrive to the lodge, dinner and overnight.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Transfer from Tambopata to Airport in Maldonado

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in Maldonado, you have the chance to take your plane direct to Lima or Cusco

Free afternoon

Meals included : Breakfast

 

 

 

 

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Day 1: Arrival Lima and Lima Tour

You will be picked up at the airport by Our representative and taken to your Lima hotel. After a short rest, you will meet your English-speaking guide for your exciting tour of Lima, which will take you to the main historical, religious, and contemporary sites of the city.

The tour starts at the Huaca Pucllana ruins in the Miraflores District. The structure is an enormous adobe pyramid dating from the 4th century A.D.

Next, you will go to Limas historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will admire the Plaza Mayor (the central square), which is surrounded by 5 important buildings: the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishops Palace, the Municipal Palace, and the Palace of Lima.

You will then travel a few blocks to the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs where over 250,000 bones rest.

Your tour of Lima will end with a visit to the traditional residential areas of Lima, including San Isidro, Miraflores, and Larcomar.

You will have the evening to spend at your leisure. We recommend a stroll through the scenic Parque del Amor (Park of Love) above the cliff near Larcomar, a mall built into the jagged cliffs of Limas coastline.

Make click on the link for ideas on great restaurants or shopping in Lima.

Day 2: Arrival to Paracas & Nazca Lines Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to the bus station for your trip to Paracas. You will travel approximately   4 hours aboard a comfortable first class bus. Upon arrival in Paracas, you will be taken to your Paracas hotel.

After you drop off your luggage in your hotel, you will go to the nearby Pisco airport to take off on your exciting tour of the Nazca Lines. Built between 500 BC and 500 AD, the Nazca Lines are a World Heritage Site and have been carefully studied for half a century and still continue to perplex researchers. Many scientists believe the lines had some astronomical function for the Nazca civilization, although other more colorful theories abound. During the flight, you will see famous glyphs such as the condor, the hummingbird, and the monkey. See our Nazca Travel Guide for more in-depth information on the Nazca Lines.

After you touch back down to earth, you will be taken back to your Paracas hotel, where you can relax and ponder the mysterious Nazca Lines at your leisure as you enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Paracas Bay.

Note: Flights from Pisco to Nazca require a minimum of two passengers.  Please contact your travel advisor for single passenger inquiries.

Due to the relatively small size of planes operating Nazca Lines tours, restrictions apply for clients who are 100kg (220lbs) or over.

Day 3 : Ballestas Islands Tour & Return to Lima

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing on an adventurous boat trip across the Paracas Bay to the Ballestas Islands, where you will be able to spot sea lions, seals, penguins, guano birds, and turtles (rarely found at this latitude). The boat trip lasts approximately 2 hours.

On the way to the islands, you will also get the opportunity to spot the Candelabra, a 165-foot (50-meter) long sketching in the rock, which experts believe is connected to the Nazca Lines. Debate with your companions whether the Candelabra formation represents a cactus - a symbol of power in the ancient Chavin culture or perhaps the Southern Cross constellation.

During the tour, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea lions and birds. Some of the unique bird species you might see include the Humboldt Penguin and the Peruvian Booby which survive only on the Humboldt Current, as well as the Cormorant Guanau and the Red-legged Cormorant. Depending on the season, you will see sea lions playing with their young or simply frolicking on the rocks.

After your boating excursion, you will be transferred to the bus station to return to Lima for the night.  After you check in to your hotel, you will have the evening in Lima to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 4 : Lima - Cusco - Free day

DAY 05: City Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins (Bus tour 4 hours aprox)

Upon arrival We will pick you up from the airport in Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Morning free to rest and get used to the altitude.

In the afternoon (2 pm aprox), guided sightseeing Bus tour in Cusco city, Visit the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of  Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco (best view of Cusco from this point), Sacsayhuman is famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons.

Return to your hotel and get ready to enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 06: The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Options Overnight in Aguas Calientes)

Breakfast in your hotel. It is a full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", along the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Indian market of Pisac. Lunch in a local countryside restaurant (Not Included) 

In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural center was like during the era of the Inca Empire.

Back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Evening at leisure.

We suggest going around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere tasting a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Main Square

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07: Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco

Breakfast in your Hotel. The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a 4  ½ hour train journey to the famous Town of Aguas Calientes

Arrival: Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will make the 25-minute motor coach ascent to the "Lost City of the Incas Machu picchu”  Discovered  in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

We tour the ruins for around 2 hours, during which time our guide explains the astounding degree of technology achieved by the builders of this famous site.

After the Tour in Machu Picchu you have to take the train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes town, please check the time with your Travel agent in Cusco.

Note: Possibility of staying overnight at Machu Picchu (subject to hotel's availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast

 DAY 08: Cusco  - Puerto Maldonado  ( Amazonas)

Puerto  Maldonado - Monkey Island.

Arrival in Puerto Maldonado. Then transfer to the village in where we will get on our boat and begin the unforgettable journey through the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you could observe the alligators, turtles, herons and other animals. Arriving to the Amazon Lodge, you will enjoy of the exquisite typical welcome drink and then you will settle in our comfortable bungalows, afterwards comes lunch. With the help of our specialized guide we will visit Monkey Island. Located at only five minutes from the lodge, in the middle of the Madre de Dios river, the monkey island hosts different monkey species: starting from the noisy ones, the Maquisapas, the happy Achuñis, and the very impressive Frailes to the very little and funny “leoncitos” little lions. During the way to the Island, very beautiful landscapes are shown to the sight with all the flora and fauna that they host, as well as the amazing sunset in the jungle.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 09 : Cocha Perdida (Lost Qocha)

After breakfast we will start an adventure thought the virgin jungle, advised by a local guide; we’ll hike into the “Cocha Perdida” (Lost Cocha), it constitutes an ecosystem that is considered as a refuge of a huge variety of animals like, nutrias, caimans, turtles sachavacas, multicolor feather birds, the majestic jaguar ( Andean lion) and fish. This area is unique and belongs to the Eco-Amazon lodge, because it is still maintained intact, like the huge swamps and a diversity of “Aguajal” forests. Then we will arrive to the amazing Amazon observatory, built at the top the biggest tree “SHIHUAHUACO”, from that location you may observe the magical jungle, and at the same time have a pleasant ride in a canoe around the lake. Then return to the lodge, lunch. Then in the afternoon a canoe ride though the river and a visit to a typical local family, then return and dinner. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: BRIOLO AND GAMITANA RIVERS

Breakfast, at the indicated time we will start another excursion across the magic jungle where we will sail though the Madre de Díos River, till to get to the beginning to a hiking trek to the rivers GAMITNA / BRIOLO; born in the heart of the virgin jungle, these two rivers with their winding ways, they form huge sailing channels then we will return by canoe, observing closely animals like, turtles, caimans, butterflies and a great variety of insects. Then we will arrive to the lodge, dinner and overnight.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Transfer from Tambopata to Airport in Maldonado

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in Maldonado, you have the chance to take your plane direct to Lima or Cusco

Free afternoon

Meals included : Breakfast


What is included

Accommodations, Transportation and Tours

In Lima - Paracas - Nazca - Ballestas

1 night in Lima,

1 night in Paracas,

Transportation: Bus:  Lima - Paracas - Lima

All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides

Flight over Nazca Lines

All breakfasts

In Cusco  - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

1 nights in Cusco

1 night in Machu Picchu

All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides

Train Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

Entrance fee for Machu Picchu

All transfers and entrance fees

All breakfasts

In Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata

2 nights in Puerto Maldonado - Lodge

All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides

All transfers and entrance fees

All breakfasts


NOT INCLUDED:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess. (i.e.Puno/Cusco bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional post-tour (cost given separately)

What you need to bring/carry: according to the season

 

  • Daypack,
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
  •  comfortable footwear
  • Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  • Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Insect repellent
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
  • Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  • You also need to bring your original passport on the trail and your student ISIC card (if claiming a student discount)

 


Questions

Explore the best of Perus cultural, natural, and historical highlights during this customized 11-day Peru tour package. This vacation will take you down the Peruvian coast, through the highlands, and deep into the Andes. Along the way you will learn about the many mysteries of the pre-Columbian sites scattered across the country. Who made the Nazca Lines and why? How did the Incas get those massive stones to the top of mountains, and how were the mountaintop buildings and temples constructed?

In addition to introducing you to the countrys mysterious past and traditional cultures, this Peru tour will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the countrys modern culture, food, and architecture with a visit to its bustling capital, Lima. You will also get the chance to explore one of Perus most famous highlights, Machu Picchu, which was recently declared one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

Day 1 : Arrival to Lima and  Lima Tour

Day 2 : Arrival to Paracas & Nazca Lines flight Tour

Day 3 : Ballestas Islands Tour & Return to Lima

Day 4- Lima - Cusco - flights not included

Day 5- Cusco city tour (Nearby Ruins in Cusco - 4 Hours tour)

Day 6- The Sacred Valley of the Incas  to Aguas Calientes ( Full Day Tour)

Day 7- Machu Picchu tour : Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 8- Cusco -  Puerto Maldonado (Amazonas - Flight In)

Day 09 : Cocha Perdida (Lost Qocha)

Day 10: Briolo and Gamitana river

Day 11: Transfer from Tambopata lodge to Airport in Maldonado


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