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October 7, 2015

Peru 15 Days

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b86171671ca8cea24d2df99b19fd5343_XLDAY 01: International arrival in Lima 
Assistance on your arrival in Lima and transfer to your selected hotel. Free time to rest and prepare for starting your trip around this unusual city and magical country.
Meals Included: None 

DAY 02: Sightseeing Tour & Paracas
After breakfast, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the ” City of Kings “. The tour includes Lima’s Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, The Main Plaza, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima’s Colonial Balconies.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the Monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.                                                                                                                                                                     13.30 P.M. Lima / Paracas 250 kms = 04 hrs

We leave by bus to the Paracas Peninsula, where we can find the most important Wildlife Sanctuary on the Peruvian Coast.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 DAY 03: Ballestas Island&Nasca                                                                                                                                                                  

 Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, where we can observe Sea lions, Boobies, Pelicans, Penguins and other Sea birds. On the way back, from the boat, we can also see the “Candelabro”( Candelabrum ), a giant figure etched in the sand on the side of a hill in the style of the Nazca Lines.

In the afternoon continue by Bus transportation to the City of Nazca 230 kms = 03 hrs.
Meals Included:Breakfast

 

DAY 04: Nazca: Nazca Lines / Arequipa                                                                                                                                                              

 After an early breakfast, transfer to Nazca Airport for a 30 – minute flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines. These enormous lineal drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures remain etched in the desert and they can only be appreciated from the air.
At 13.30, travel by bus transportation to the City of Arequipa ( About 8 hours 640 kms) along the Desert and Coastal valleys. Arrival at the White City of Arequipa. It receives this name due to its white rock buildings, a white rock that flows out of the Misti Volcano. Upon your arrival in Arequipa, meet and transfer to the selected hotel.                                                                                                                                                                                      Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY 05: Arequipa: Sightseeing tour
Morning sightseeing tour of Arequipa, including the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIXth Century Peruvian architecture, housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compañia Church, an ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important one in Arequipa due to its history and tradition, with a beautiful façade with carved columns, laurel crowns, flowers, birds, etc.A more careful look at the façade, however, reveals the limits of European influence, as the angels have Indian faces; and indeed one face is even crowned with feathers. Then, we will visit the Santa Catalina Convent, a “Small Town” built in the XVIIth Century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years as a Cloister. Perfectly preserved for four Centuries, you go back in time as you enter the Cloister and see the numerous, spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs of this Convent. About 20 nuns, of what were once 500, still live in a section of the Convent.
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY 06: Arequipa: Colca Canyon
Early in the morning, depart on a wonderful four hours bus trip to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world (3400 mts.). On the trip we drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, inhabited by herds of Vicuñas and Alpacas (South American cameloids). We also see beautiful pre-Columbian terraces, still being cultivated by the native Collaguas. Box lunch. On your arrival at Colca Valley, transfer to the selected lodge.
In the afternoon, we recommend you to rest and get used to the altitude. If you are in good shape, you will have free time to stroll around the lodge surroundings or you could take a repairing bath at the hot springs nearby the lodge.
Dinner and overnight at selected lodge at the Colca Valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

DAY 07: Colca: Condor Cross / Chivay Valley  Overnight                                                                                                                                                            We leave early in the morning to the ” Condor’s Cross “, where the biggest bird in the world can be usually seen flying. On the way back we visit the Colonial Towns and Churches of Yanque, Coporaque, Achoma and Maca. Good opportunity to appreciate the life of these people that has changed little since Inca times.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
One more night Overnight in Chivay Valley                                                                                                                                                             

 Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

DAY 08: Chivay Valley  –  Juliaca & Capachica Llachon ( Puno ) : Chullpas of Sillustani on route if time permite
at 13.30 p.m transfer by tourist ( 06 hrs = 258 kms  ) to ( Puno ) and will drive to the  Punoroute offers great natural sceneries. Along this paved road we will drive throughout small towns, as well as a beautiful lagoon called Lagunillas, where trout farms can be seen, and if you are lucky you might also see Andean flamingos and many others Andean birds. The highlights of this road are without doubt the burial towers of Sillustani, enormous cylindrical constructions built long before the Incas. The Sillustani towers are perhaps the finest and the most perfect cylindrical constructions of ancient Peru, as such perfection can be found no where else in South America. A tour if time permited to Sillustani will give you a better view into the life of pre-Inca civilizations, and exploring the area you can marvel with the great beauty of the Umayo Lagoon, which is located at the foot of Sillustani natural platform. After visiting Sillustani we will continue to the city ( Puno ).                                                                                            Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY 09: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of the Uros and Taquile Island /Puno                                                                                                                                                     Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable  by tourist motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique “Floating Islands” of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own “Islands” by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called “Totora” ( Scirpus Totora ), vegetable fibre of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island, inhabited by Quechua – Speaking Natives who have developed, down through generations, an efficient and unique social system, as well as fine hand weaving techniques.
It is necessary to go up a stairway of more than 567 steps – steps of stone that wind their way among green platforms – to arrive at the Town of Taquile where we will have a break to eat. After lunch in a local Taquile Inn, we have a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at your hotel. Evening free.                                                                                                                                      

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

DAY 10: Puno / Cusco ( 389 kms = 08 hrs )
Breakfast. Early departure by bus to the City of Cusco. We travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through the La Raya Ranch where we can see troops of vicuñas and llamas. During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the Region. Upon arrival in Cusco, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Dinner on your own.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

DAY 11: Cusco: Sightseeing tour and Nearby Ruins                                                                                                                                                          Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting 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 Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons.              

   Meals Included: Breakfast                                                                                                                                                                                  

 at 20.00 p.m  evening  get ready to enjoy a dinner with a folklore show in a typical restaurant where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds, while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.  

 

DAY 12: Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas / Aguas Calientes ( Machupicchu )

Early morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Visit to the picturesque indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch. 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 Mlitary, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. Late afternoon ride by train to Aguas Calientes  2 hrs (  Hot Spring Machupicchu )
Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square of Hot Sprin Aguas Calientes                                                                                                                                  .                                               Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

 

DAY 13: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo / Cusco 
The day starts with an early morning rise to  Bus Station for a 20’ journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as ” The Lost City of the Incas “. bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible site of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we’ll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, The Sacred Sun Dial the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. Rest of the day free, Excellent opportunity to enjoy a beautiful around the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its Hot Springs Thermal waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities: ( Not included in the overall price ):
1. MANDOR WATERFALLS. Visiting Mandor Waterfall is an unforgettable adventure. It is an area of lush forest surrounding the town of Machu Picchu. You just have to follow the railway line from Machu Picchu Pueblo for a 45 minute-hike. You will reach a railway crossing, from which you will see a small group of houses whose dwellers will tell you how to reach Mandor Waterfall
2. For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu or Putukusi ( Depending on weather conditions ) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant. Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it is recommendable before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register at the checking point at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see from the top, the nature and the carved rock emerging from the ground as if by a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, first train leave at 14.45 p.m last one 19.00 p.m 4 hrs trip upon arrivel transfer to your selected hotel for overnight.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY 14: Cusco balance of the day free                                                                                                                                                             

 This day can visit the city on your own

Walking around Cusco you will be able to see many Inca walls, where you can admire the skills they had, to build such walls with such perfection, and in fact without using any mortar. In most cases (unless the wall has been damaged due to an earthquake for example) you can’t even fit a paper in between the stones, so you can get an idea of how perfectly they fit.
One of the most important examples of these skills can be found on the Calle Hatunrumiyoc, where you will find the walls of what used to be an Inca palace, and nowadays is the Archbishop’s palace. There you will find the famous 12 angle stone, but you can also try to find the 13 and 14 angle stones, which are not as perfect, but also very interesting!San BlasStreet ,one of the most famous neighborhoods of Cuzco, is its most picturesque and offers a complete array of services to the tourist, including good food. Not only does it contain streets of Inca origin that look like they belong in a story about Don Quixote’s Spain, it promises a wide range of hotels from the most pricey to the least expensive, a variety of cuisine, and a rich cultural life. In its streets and plazas, San Blas tells its history. One of the ancient twelve neighborhoods of Inca Cuzco, San Blas was known as T’oqocache. Garcilaso Inca de la Vega, using a different variant of the name, discusses its meaning in his famous Royal Commentaries of the Incas where he called T’oqocachi “

Meals Included: Breakfast 

DAY 15: Cusco /  Lima  / home                                                                                                                                                                                       

Time required transfer to Cusco Airport for your fligh to Lima and back home                                                                                                                 Meals Included: Breakfast

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