Project Description

Peruvian Odyssey

18 Days / 17 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

[Places Visited] Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Amazon Rainforest, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Nazca Limes, Ballestas Islands & Paracas
[Tour Length] 18 Days
Experience Peru in its entire splendor in a different and unique way. Explore its natural regions and see the contrast between the highlands, the coast and the Amazon Rainforest. You will embark on the most incredible journey from the Andes to the Pacific Coast where you will amaze yourself by Peru’s unparallel biodiversity.

  • Experience the spectacular citadel of Machu Picchu and experience a sunrise on the “top of the world”.
  • Take a safari through the incredible Peruvian rainforest, from the moment you arrive in the Amazon you will be taken back by its incredible biodiversity.
  • Walk through the city of Cusco; visit its impressive Inca ruins and Pre Hispanic temples.
  • Discover Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and meet the Uros people, an old Pre – Inca civilization, which lives on floating islands on the lake.
  • Immerse yourself in the most authentic Andean community of “Hatuncancha”, where you will learn about their lifestyle, farming and weaving techniques.
  • Enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch in “Villa Tipón”, a beautifulcountry retreat in Cusco, followed by an Andean healing ceremony with a local Shaman.
  • Explore breathtaking landscapes, out of the beaten path ancient complexes and discover Peru’s marine fauna. Fill your days with discovery traveling across Peru, from the Andes to the Pacific Coaston an amazing 5 day journey.
  • Discover the enigma of the Nazca Lines, mysterious desert figures which can be seen only from the air.

SUMMARY

Day 1: LIMA

Assistance at Lima Airport.
Overnight at your hotel in Lima.

Day 2: LIMA – AREQUIPA

Assistance at Lima Airport for your flight to Arequipa.
Transfer from Arequipa Airport to Hotel.
Half day city tour & Santa Catalina Monastery.
Overnight at your hotel in Arequipa.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON

Private transportation to Colca Valley.
Lunch at traditional restaurant.
Hotel activities included.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Colca Valley.
Meals: B, Box lunch, D

Day 4: COLCA CANYON

Excursion to Condor Cross lookout point & Andean Villages.
Lunch at traditional restaurant.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Colca Valley.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: COLCA CANYON – LAKE TITICACA

Private transportation from Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Puno.
Meals: B, Box lunch, D

Day 6: LAKE TITICACA

Full day Excursion: Uros & Taquile Islands.
Traditional lunch in Taquile Island.
Overnight at your hotel in Puno.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: LAKE TITICACA – AMAZON RAINFOREST

Private transfer from Puno to Juliaca Airport.
Assistance at Puerto Maldonado Airport & transfer downriver to the lodge.
Selection of jungle excursions included.
Overnight at your selected lodge in the Amazon Rainforest.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: AMAZON RAINFOREST

Selection of jungle excursions included.
Overnight at your selected lodge in the Amazon Rainforest.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: AMAZON RAINFOREST – SACRED VALLEY

Transfer to Puerto Maldonado Airport for your flight to Cusco.
Private transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Excursion to Pisac Town andgourmet outdoor lunch in the Sacred Valley.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: SACRED VALLEY & HATUNCANCHA COMMUNITY

Morning excursion to Hatuncancha Andean Community.
Traditional lunch in Hatuncancha.
Afternoon excursion to Ollantaytambo Fortress.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU

Morning transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Private excursion to Machu Picchu and lunch in Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Private excursion to Machu Picchu Citadel.
Lunch in Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Train from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Cusco and private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.
Meals: B, L

Day 13: CUSCO & VILLA TIPON

Half day Cusco city tour & nearby ruins.
Special lunch at Villa Tipón & Shaman Ceremony.
Afternoon tour to Tipón Complex.
Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.
Meals: B, L

Day 14: CUSCO – CHALWANKA

Depart journey from Cusco to Zurite Complex.
On the road visit Zurite, Limatambo and Tarawasi Complex.
Lunch in Abancay city.
Dinner and overnight in Challwanka.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 15: CHALLWANKA – NAZCA

Visit Challwanka Market & Caraybamba Complex.
Pass through Chulucanas & Pampas Galeras Natural Reserve.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Nazca.
Meals: B, Box Lunch, D

Day 16: NAZCA – ICA

Overflight Nazca Lines.
Chauchilla Cementery tour.
Lunch at Majoro Hotel in Nazca.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Ica.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 17: ICA – PARACAS

Ica city tour & Regional Museum
Lunch at local restaurant.
Desert buggy tour in Ica.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paracas.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 18: BALLESTAS ISLANDS – LIMA

Ballestas Islands tour.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Transfer to Lima Airport and assistance for international flight.
Meals: B, L

Note: Subject to availability and change without prior notice.

Day 1: LIMA
Upon your arrival at Lima International Airport you will be met by our Guest Services Representative at the left hand side of the Main Hall after you have cleared Customs, who will provide assistance during the check-in at your hotel.

Overnight at your hotel in Lima.

Day 2: LIMA – AREQUIPA
After breakfast, you will be assisted in Lima airport for your flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival at Arequipa Airport, you will be welcomed by our Guest Service Representative and transferred to your hotel where you will be assisted during your check in.

Arequipa, also known as the White City, is completely built out of “sillar” white stone which most of its churches and colonial mansions are built with. This beautiful city lies on a fertile valley at the base of the impressive Misti Volcano. The historic center of Arequipa was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, in recognition of its architecture and historic integrity.

You will enjoy lunch at your hotel.

Private sightseeing through the city of Arequipa: The excursion will start on the Main Square or Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the Town Hall and the Cathedral.

You will then proceed to visit Santa Catalina Monastery, the most important and impressive religious monument in Peru. Built in 1579, this convent occupies over 65,600 square feet and covers an entire city wandering through the complex of rooms, cloisters and tiny plazas. The most striking feature of the monastery’s architecture is its predominately Mudejar style, adapted by the Spanish from the Moors, but rarely found in their colonial buildings. The quality of the design is emphasized and beautifully harmonized by an incredible interplay between the strong sunlight.

Overnight at your hotel in Arequipa

Day 3: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to begin this amazing journey to the Colca Canyon.
The Colca Canyon is considered the deepest canyon of the world, which is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in Colorado. This beautiful landscape is home to the Andean Condor which is a frequent attraction for visitors who watch the condors soar through the air hunting for food. This impressive Canyon was created by the Colca River which starts at Nevado Ampato, an extinct volcano, with a vertical rise of 20,630 feet. The Colca Canyon is now one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World for its astounding scenic beauty.

As altitude gradually increases, you will see the landscape and vegetation transforming from an arid scrubland covered by abundant cactus to the barren Puna highlands. You will drive through Pampa Cañahuas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will see herds of vicuñas grazing on the plains. Here you will have the best chance to get a closer view of these animals and this will be a unique opportunity to take pictures.

A bit further you will have the chance to see birds like flamingoes, ibis, Andean goose, ducks, Andean eagle “Cara Cara” and witness views such as the volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa. At this point you will have the chance to see the Ampato, Sabancaya, WalcaWalca and Mismi mountains, which is the geographic source of the Amazon River.

You will arrive in the town of Chivay and you will be transported to your hotel after a delicious lunch.
Balance of afternoon at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Colca Valley.

Day 4: COLCA CANYON
After breakfast, you will visit the Condor Cross lookout point, a unique place to observe Andean condors from such a close distance soaring on their incredible wingspans above the depths of the canyon below.
The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.

This amazing valley stands at 3,000 ft. above the river and 7,896 ft. below the top of the cliff faces. Although the condor is present throughout all the Andes, at the Colca Canyon the rising winds are strong and condors take advantage of these winds to soar gracefully into the sky. With this view, the white plumage of its wingspans and flanks can be fully appreciated.
You will enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant in Colca Valley.

Continue the excursion to visit the town of Cabanoconde and its corn fields. On your way back to the hotel, you will visit some picturesque towns and the lookout point at Antahuilque.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Colca Valley.

Day 5: COLCA CANYON – LAKE TITICACA
After breakfast, enjoy the trip along the right margin of Colca Canyon and visit the picturesque town of Coporaque, which name means “place where corn is distributed”. Then you will begin your 6 hour impressive journey to Lake Titicaca.

Located between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and one of the most fascinating destinations in Peru. Situated at a very high altitude, at over 12,503 feet above sea level, Lake Titicaca is considered a sacred place for the Inca civilization, as the Incan mythology says that the first Inca king, Manco Capac, emerged from this lake. You will have many places to discover on the shores of Lake Titicaca, as well as on the many islands that exist on the lake. A tour at Titicaca is definitely an unforgettable experience for any visitor.

You will be welcomed by our Guest Services Representative and assisted during check in at your hotel in Puno.

We recommend you to have a siesta, take it easy and drink plenty of liquids in order to get used to the altitude.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Puno.

Day 6: LAKE TITICACA
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Port of Puno to take a high speed motor boat towards the Islands of Uros and Taquile. After one hour ride, you will arrive at the floating Islands of Uros in the Lake Titicaca. These islands are made from the totora reeds which provide home, sustenance and transportation for their residents. The Uros people are also known as the “water tribe”, which pre-dates the Inca civilization because they must construct its own islands periodically, adding new layers of totora reeds, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat.

Following this exciting tour, you will be led to the Island of Taquile. This beautiful island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles where you will be able to appreciate how people maintain its customs, religion and folklore. In the town of Taquile you will taste a traditional lunch with fresh fish. After lunch, you will be able to visit the craft fair on the plaza that sells exceptional wool goods which are of very fine quality. There are also numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins as well as Inca terracing.

You will return in Puno in the afternoon and be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at your hotel in Puno.

Day 7: LAKE TITICACA – AMAZON RAINFOREST
After breakfast, you will be transported to Juliaca Airport and assisted prior to your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado you will be greeted at the airport by the lodge’s staff who will take you to the Butterfly House which functions as a welcome and information center for guests arriving at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. After check-in, head to the river wharf for a boat ride along the Madre de Dios River for 45 minutes until arrival at the Lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your rustic cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room.

After meeting your guide, choose from the different Group-Guided excursions available. On your first day, we recommend a guided walk along the Trail System, within the lodge’s natural area, where you will observe the verdant landscapes of the Amazon Basin.

This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the beautiful strangler fig. This excursion offers excellent opportunities for bird watching, observing exotic insects and capturing photographs of this new environment.

For the first night we recommend the River by Night excursion; a guided afternoon boat ride downriver from the lodge. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night.Gather at the Eco Center where the staff will make presentations of the next day’s excursions. This is also the ideal time to enjoy a jungle cocktail and socialize.

Dinner and overnight at Reserva Amazonica Lodge.

Day 8: AMAZON RAINFOREST
Dusk & dawn are the best times to photograph wildlife. Take an early morning hike before breakfast with one of the guides who will help you to identify birds and make suggestions for the best shots.
Breakfast at Reserva Amazonica.

Excursion to Sandoval Lake within the Tambopata National Reserve and Canopy Walk.
Relax and glide in a wooden canoe, across a mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas and side-neck turtles.

Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the lodge. Consider a visit to the remarkable Canopy and Anaconda Walk. Ascending the first tower, 95 feet above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm.
For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush eco system, you may observe the various species of amphibians, birds, mammals and abundant flora.

During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for bright toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. If you wish you may extend your excursion; this will let you photograph the deepening hues as the sunset approaches. After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk along the 640 feet.

Once back at the lodge, enjoy a cocktail or learn more during the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center.

Dinner and overnight at Reserva Amazonica Lodge.

Day 9: AMAZON RAINFOREST – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY
You will have breakfast at the lodge. Enjoy a 45 minute boat ride back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco Airport, you will be welcomed by our Guest Services Representative and transferred to the Sacred Valley where you will have lunch at a beautiful and traditional restaurant.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas contains many famous and amazing pre-Columbian sites. Its name comes from the original name of the river that runs through it, Willka Mayu or Sacred River, which was considered sacred by the Incas, because it was a mirror reflection of the Cosmos – the Milky Way on this Earth, as an important symbol of fertility. Here you will enjoya pleasant climate, picturesque villages and local artisan markets.

Excursion to Pisac Village and its Traditional Market. Pisac Andean Village is best known for its picturesque market, which draws hundreds of tourists each week. In spite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their produce.
The small Main Square is filled wall-to-wall with stalls selling the full range of Peruvian handicrafts: alpaca sweaters and mittens, carved gourds, ceramics, felt hats, musical instruments, paintings, jewelry and weavings.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 10: SACRED VALLEY – HATUNCANCHA & OLLANTAYTAMBO
After breakfast, depart hotel in the morning towards Ollantaytambo. Once here, you will start ascending to the summit of the Andes Mountains. After a 45 minute drive, you will arrive to Hatuncancha “The Great House”, one of the most traditional andunique Quechua communities.

Hatuncancha sits on an incredible spot by the shores of a crystalline stream flowing in the paramo, a unique mountain habitat where condors glide on updrafts and llamas and alpacas graze on its prairies. This tranquil place is home to one of the most authentic Quechua-speaking families we have ever met.

They will welcome us into their home or cancha which has stood in the exact spot since the Incas ruled the area. The houses in Hatuncancha were built on top of the foundations of older Inca structures; some of these houses are used nowadays as residences by Quechua local families.

You will enjoy their hospitality, learn about their ancient way of life and even have the opportunity to participate in this family’s everyday life, working side by side with them as they knit, weave, perform the farm chores, tend the livestock and cook their traditional dishes. You will also be able to learn aboutagricultural traditional techniques from them in their bio-garden.

A trip to Hatuncancha is a journey into the past, to a world governed by a concept of time very different to the one which holds sway in this thought-tormented age of ours. You will also enjoy lunch prepared with Andean products grown in the area. This will indeed be a once in a lifetime experience!

In the afternoon, you will visit Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the Americas, which demonstrates the best surviving example of Inca city planning. The complex consists of a number of ascending terraces alongside which runs a path that provides entrance to the highest part. There is a large number of houses or chambers which are made of rough blocks of stone. This ancient complex, was originally a Temple and later used as a fortressby some Incas to repel the attack by the Spanish conquerors.

The stones for Ollantaytambo were taken from a nearby quarry on the mountainside on the opposite bank of the river, an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. This important Inca site is a great example of magnificent stonework.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 11: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU TOUR
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Board the train to Machu Picchu. The Vistadome service includes carriages with panoramic windows which enhance the scenic view. During the journey a light snack is provided.

You will arrive at the Machu Picchu train station and will be transferred to Machu Picchu Archaeological site in a 25 minute bus ride.

Machu Picchu Citadel Tour
Machu Picchu is the most important site of the vast Inca Empire. This UNESCO World Heritage site is often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas” and is one of the most famous and spectacular archaeological complexes in the world — a visit to Peru would not be complete without it. Machu Picchu is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and recently awarded as the Most Ecological Destination in South America.

You will enjoy a private Machu Picchu tour accompanied by your expert guide, who will lead you through the site,providing archaeological and historical information on key areas of interest, including Intihuatana (the Sun Dial), the Sacred Plaza and the Temple of the Sun. The story of Machu Picchu is quite interesting. It’s still unknown what the site was in terms of its place in Inca life. Some scholars believe that Machu Picchu was a summer country resort for elite Incas. However, other theories affirm that the site was one of the greatest Ceremonial Centers in the entire Inca Empire.

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel in Machu Picchu.

Day 12: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
After breakfast, you will have an excellent opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunrise in an early Machu Picchu tour to discover this amazing place for a second time. For the most adventurous ones, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu Mountain from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant. It’s an exciting adventure for the travelers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground. Alternative softer excursions are also available such hikes to the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge.

After lunch, you will head to the train station where you will board the Hiram Bingham or Vistadome train according to your program category.

Upon arrival at the train station, you will be met by our Guest Services Representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.

Day 13: CUSCO & VILLA TIPON
After breakfast, enjoy a half day visit of this magical city as you drive through the main streets with their Inca walls. Visit the Qorikancha, or Sun Temple now referred to as Santo Domingo Church.The curved stonework of the temple is probably unequalled in the world which during the Inca period was covered with gold.

Then, you will have the opportunity to visit the impressive archaeological sites around Cusco: Saqsayhuaman, an Inca complex with huge stone constructions, where the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun is held every June. Sacsayhuaman has a great cosmic energy – that is why people think it was an astronomic observatory and an Inca oracle. Also, you will visit Q’enqo, a place used for ceremonial purposes, fertility rites and celebrations of the solstice and equinox. Back to the city, you will visit the San Pedro Local Market where you will see the real life of Cusco and then proceed to San Blas, the Artisans’ Neighborhood of narrow and high streets, visit its beautiful little plaza. Here you will see the extensive variety of hand-made artisan products, as well as designer boutiques for alpaca sweaters, bags, jewelry, etc.

In the afternoon, continue to Villa Tipón, an exclusive retreat located just outside the city of Cusco. This unique and beautiful Villa is set in the midst of awe inspiring mountains. There are incredible gardens full of vividly colored flowers that invite you to take a relaxing stroll. Enjoy a delicious Peruvian lunch followed by an Andean ceremony performed by a local Shaman.

In the afternoon visit Tipón or “The Water Temple”, this little-known jewel of the Inca Empire and its extensive ruins which include baths, terraces, irrigation systems and a ceremonial complex. From the ruins, you may go up and see some more constructions and an Inca road with a deep irrigation channel. The site represents great mastery of irrigation and hydraulic technology. The Inca engineers of Tipón designed this huge complex to be visually and functionally harmonious with their surroundings.

Overnight at your selected hotel in Cusco.

Day 14: CUSCO – CHALLWANKA
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to begin this Amazing Journey from the Andes to the Pacific Coast on the brand new Interoceanic Highway.

After leaving Cusco, you will start visiting the Zurite Archeological Complex, which boasts the largest group of terraced hillsides fashioned by the Incas as well as an exceptional view of Anta plateau. Then, you will stop at Killarumiyoc or “Temple of the Moon” where you will be able to walk around its incredible buildings. From here you will enjoy the spectacular views of Salkantay, often translated as “Savage Mountain”, with its green valleys and mighty rivers. The road passes through the town of Limatambo and you will continue on to Tarawasi, a beautiful Inca temple with flowershaped stones. The road now follows the Apurimac River. Here you will be able to appreciate a spectacular and unique Andean landscape: deep rocky canyons, exuberant nature, rivers and astounding countryside. Along the way you will observe the change in vegetation, from orchids and cantutas (Peru’s national flower) to passion flowers, native trees, etc., while crossing into different habitats.

You will have lunch in Abancay city and you will finally arrive in the town of Challwanka where you will spend the night.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge in Challwanka.

Day 15: CHALLWANKA – NAZCA
After breakfast at the hotel, you will continue this Amazing Journey taking a brief stop at the Challwanka Market, a traditional colorful market where we will see local people trading their produce. Later, you will visit the spectacular Caraybamba complex. Caraybamba is an impressive archeological site with terraced slopes that rise for several kilometers from the banks of the Caraybamba River to the top of the mountains. There is no other place like this on earth and this will be a once in a lifetime experience!

You will journey through charming Andean towns and see the locals dressed in their colorful, traditional outfits.You will go up and down winding road, where you will be able to see llamas and alpacas. We will pass through the town of Lucanasuntil reaching the impressive natural giant rocky formations in Puquio.

Our picnic lunch will be served on our way and in the afternoon we will stop at the Pampas Galeras Natural Reserve. This reserve is considered a Vicuña Sanctuary, home of two American camels, the Vicuñas and Guanacos, which can be seen running freely through the Andean plateau.This animal possesses the finest wool in the world and we will have the opportunity to get real close to them.

The Vicuña Reserve of Pampas Galeras houses roughly 70% of vicuñas in the world, there fore a tour to Pampas Galeras guarantee any visitor a good experience with these wonderful Andean camels.It is also possible to watch condors soaring in the sky and most likely we will see eagles, falcons, Andean geese and other animals like vizcachas.

You will continue descending through towering mountains that flaunt all different colors and by bluish green lakes. At this point, the landscape changes dramatically from mountains to sand dunes crowned with gigantic cacti.This will be an unforgettable experience!

In the evening your journey ends in the city of Nazca where you will enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Overnight at selected hotel in Nazca.

Day 16: NAZCA – ICA
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Nazca Airfield for a 45 minute flight over the Nazca Lines.
The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Although some local geoglyphs resemble Paracas motifs, scholars believe the Nazca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 650 BC. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, and lizards.

Flying over the Nazca desert you can marvel looking at the perfect shape of different gigantic figures including humming birds, sea birds and the mighty Andean Condor.

Afterwards, you will visit Chauchilla, a pre Inca cemetery where you will see several tombs containing ancient pottery and human remains. Your guide will lead you throughout the place and explain about this old culture that flourished in the zone from 650 BC. In addition to the tombs, you will also enjoy a beautiful desert landscape surrounded by colorful hills.

After touring around Chauchilla, you will enjoy lunch at the best restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, you will be heading to Ica. On the road, you will visit The Maria Reiche Museum. Maria Reiche was notable for her research in the Nazca Lines and her success in gaining recognition and preservation of the property. This interesting Museum provides information about her life and work. Afterwards, we will have a brief stop at the lookout point to observe part of the fantastic Nazca lines.

Finally, you are headed to Ica where you will spend the night.

Dinner and overnight at your selected Hotel in Ica.

Day 17: ICA CITY & ARCHEOLOGYCAL TOUR
After breakfast, you will visit the Regional museum of Ica, where you will be able to learn about the Paracas, Wari, Chincha, Nazca and Inca cultures, through an interesting display of the textiles, funerary bundles, utensils and pottery in addition to the surgical techniques of cranial trepanation, reflecting the high level of scientific knowledge of Paracas culture.

This tour continues through the Huacachina Oasis and marvel at its picture surrounded by sand dunes, palms, Huarangos trees and beautiful houses around the shore.Ica is very famous because of its Pisco (grape liquor) and wine; your next stop will be a local winery where they produce excellent wines and high quality of Pisco liquor. Here you will be able to learn all about the Pisco and wine process.

You will enjoy lunch at the best restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, you will ride a dune buggy across the amazing Ica desert, which stretches along the Peruvian coast. Dune buggy tours are one of the best ways to see this other-worldly, natural terrain in this area. Here you will be able to see an impressive natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands and enjoy a spectacular sunset. This one hour dunes tour, also include the practice of Sandboarding.

In the evening, we are headed to Paracas where we will spend the night.

Dinner and overnight at your selected hotel in Paracas.

Day 18: BALLESTAS ISLANDS / LIMA
After breakfast, you will take a two hour boat ride from Paracas to visit the splendid natural beauty of the Ballestas Islands.

Ballestas Islands is a natural group of small Islands that house a huge numbers of birds including pelicans, Inca terns, cormorants, penguins and many others sea creatures. In addition you will also see large groups of sea lions resting on the beaches and swimming nearby.

During the boat tour you will see the world-famous Candelabro figure. This is a large-scale geoglyph that may have functioned as a beacon for sailors. Exotic wildlife such as sea lions, blue-footed boobies and if you are lucky, dolphins can also be seen. After the cruise you will have around 40 minutes to explore the resort town of Paracas before being transported back to Lima.

Then, you will head northbound on the Pan American Highway towards Lima, where you will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Chincha, arriving to Lima in the afternoon.

For your departure, our Guest Services Representative will assist you on your departure flight.

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Lima COSTA DEL SOL
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COSTA DEL SOL
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COSTA DEL SOL
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Arequipa CASA ANDINA PC
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LIBERTADOR
Superior
CASA ANDINA PC CLASSIC
Superior
Colca CASITAS DEL COLCA
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COLCA LODGE
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COLCA LODGE
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Puno CASA ANDINA PC
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CASA ANDINA PC
Superior Lake View
CASA ANDINA PC
Superior
Amazon Rainforest INKATERRA
Suite Amazonica
INKATERRA
Superior Rio
INKATERRA
Superior Cabin
Sacred Valley RIO SAGRADO
Jr. Suite
SOL Y LUNA
Standard Casita
CASONA YUCAY
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Machu Picchu SANCTUARY LODGE
Mountain View
SUMAQ
Superior Deluxe
EL MAPI
Deluxe Room
Cusco MONASTERIO
Junior Suite
ARANWA
Junior Suite
NOVOTEL
Colonial
Challwanca TAMPUMAYO
Standard
TAMPUMAYO
Standard
TAMPUMAYO
Standard
Nazca NUEVO CANTALLOC
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NUEVO CANTALLOC
Executive
MAJORO
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Ica LAS DUNAS
Suite
EL MIRADOR
Jr. Suite
EL MIRADOR
Superior
Paracas LIBERTADOR
Superior Ocean View
LIBERTADOR
Superior Garden View
DOUBLETREE HILTON
Suite

* Pricing per person based on double occupancy

INCLUDED:

  • Hotel accommodations as indicated in the itinerary, including room taxes and service charges.
  • Meals as specified: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.
  • Ground transportation and excursions as indicated, including all admission fees.
  • Expert English Speaking Tour Guide services during transfers and excursions.
  • Machu Picchu Rail Tickets.
  • 24 / 7 Concierge Service.
  • Baggage handling assistance and tips to airport porters.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International or Internal airfare and airport taxes.
  • Local hotel taxes (18% V.A.T. is applicable only to Peruvians and Foreign residentsin Peru. In order to be exempted, you will need to show your passport and Andean Immigration Card).
  • Personal expenses such as passport or visa fees, excess baggage, gratuities to guides & drivers, telephone / communication charges, laundry, beverages, meals and services not specified.

NOTES:

  • This is a sample itinerary which can be customized according to your needs and travel wishes. Please contact our Destination Specialists at sales@peruvianodyssey.com
  • Extensions among other destinations in Peru are available upon request and at an additional cost.
  • Before your trip, please get a copy of your Peru Information Guide for a most unforgettable experience!
  • Local Tax (VAT 18%) for accommodation and meals taken in hotels, only applicable to travellers having remained in the country for 60 consecutive days or more (residents). In order to be exempt from this tax, non-resident travellers must present their original passport and Andean Immigration Card to our staff at the moment of check-in. In absence of these documents, the VAT exemption does not apply and the tax will have to be paid by guests directly at each hotel.

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