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Majestic Discovery Circuit: Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno & Cusco 13 days


In the present circuit you will have the opportunity to know the most requested destinations of our majestic Peru, like for example; the city of the Kings, where we will appreciate the Intihuatana Park, we will visit the Huaca Pucllana, the El Olivar park, the main square, with the Municipal Palace, the Government Palace and the Cathedral of Lima and finally we will visit the Santo Domingo Convention.

Then we will continue the tour towards the south and make the excursion to the Ballestas Islands where we will observe penguins, sea lions and the figure of the candelabrum in a dune in front of the sea, we will continue towards the city of Nazca, and then fly over the majestic lines of Nazca.

The beautiful white city of Arequipa would be our next point to visit, then continue to the city of Puno and navigate on Lake Titicaca; we will continue our circuit to visit the imperial city of Cusco.

In the excursion by the Imperial city of Cusco, we will visit the Cathedral and the temple Qoricancha, besides visiting the 4 ruins near the city.  The next day we will continue our visit to the Pisac Ruins, the traditional market of Pisac, we will appreciate the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley and we will finish the day with the visit to Ollantaytambo.

We will discover our wonderful citadel of Machupicchu, we will take the short Inca road used by our ancestors for 2 days ending at our wonderful citadel of Machupicchu to appreciate all its splendor.

ITINERARY

Day 1: LIMA: TRADITIONAL CITY TOUR

Day 1: LIMA: TRADITIONAL CITY TOUR
Day 1: LIMA: TRADITIONAL CITY TOUR

Welcome, reception and transfer to the selected hotel Overnight in Lima.

At the appointed time, we will start visiting the city.

The day begins with the pickup of our participants from each of their hotels in Lima, after a short visit to the Intihuatana Park, located on the Malecon in Miraflores, where we will observe the Pacific Ocean. We will continue our tour through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, we will also observe outside the Huaca Pucllana, a temple pre-Incan ceremonial pyramid-shaped that has endured the urban expansion of Lima.

Then the tour will continue to the Parque del Olivar and the Financial Center and then to the Historical Center of Lima, catalogued by UNESCO in 1991 as a Cultural Heritage of the Humanity, where the center of the Spanish colony was established in the 16th century where the first buildings. We will appreciate the San Martín Square, its balconies and old houses, the and its most important buildings such as the Government Palace, the Lima Cathedral, the Archbishop and Municipal, the Desamparados Station and others.

We will enter one of the most relevant convents of the 17th century. Where the relics are still preserved of the three most important Peruvian saints, Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Martin de Porres and Saint John Macias, and then return to Miraflores where we will finish our tour, you will have the option to stay at the Indian market, at Larcomar or return to your hotel.

Accommodation at the selected hotel.


Day 2: LIMA RELAXED

Day 2: LIMA RELAXED
Day 2: LIMA RELAXED

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day for personal activities.

Overnight in Lima.


Day 3: LIMA - PARACAS: FULL DAY PARACAS & ICA

Day 3: LIMA - PARACAS: FULL DAY PARACAS & ICA
Day 3: LIMA - PARACAS: FULL DAY PARACAS & ICA

Breakfast at the hotel.

At 2:50 am, we will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the bus station to Paracas.

The bus will leave at approximately 4:00 am and after 3 hours, we will arrive in Paracas.

Arrival in the city of Paracas, reception and transfer.

Visit to the Paracas Reserve

This is a large protected area located southwest of the city of Pisco. The name of this beautiful place is derived from a Quechua word that means “rain of sand” probably because of the strong winds that blow at night in this place. The reserve of Paracas is also very important as its waters are home to abundant amounts of zooplankton and phytoplankton, allowing a variety of fish to be caught industrial and artisanal. This is a very important activity in the town of Pisco.

The Reserve of Paracas is located in an area of 335,000 hectares and is considered one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. During our visit, we will be able to appreciate the beautiful cliffs and beaches, in this place we can learn about the marine flora and fauna of the Paracas Reserve.

We will take the bus back to Paracas and head to Ica for about 3 hours. Upon arrival in Ica, we will continue with the tubular excursions by the dunes of the Huacachina, being a fantastic adventure in the middle of the desert where we will enjoy the high and low dunes and where you can feel the adrenaline rush on these natural desert roller coasters.
In the same tour through the desert, you will be able to practice sandboarding; our guide will instruct you so that you can do it safely and if in case you do not have experience in this sport, our guide will instruct you in such a way that you will feel safe to do so.

At about 06:00 pm we will take the bus to Ica where we will spend the night.

Overniht in Ica.


Day 4: NAZCA: FLIGHT OVER THE MAJESTIC NAZCA LINES

Day 4: NAZCA: FLIGHT OVER THE MAJESTIC NAZCA LINES
Day 4: NAZCA: FLIGHT OVER THE MAJESTIC NAZCA LINES

Breakfast at the hotel.

At the agreed time in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel and leave for the Nazca where we will board a light plane for an unforgettable air tour over the Nazca Lines. Our bilingual guide (Spanish / English) will assist you at all times until to board the plane.

This flight over the Nazca Lines will extend over most of the famous located in the Nazca Desert, whose surface is marked by gigantic drawings and geometrical figures that you will be able to appreciate along the way.

The overflight to the Nazca lines is for approximately 35 minutes and this is the best way of appreciating these extraordinary and fascinating lines intrinsically drawn that have been a mystery for many years. We will be able to appreciate the different figures drawn in the surface of the Nazca Desert, with animal and plant representations perfectly stylized, distributed in a large maze of lines, trapezes, triangles and spirals that have lasted for almost 2,000 years.

This place is one of the most unbelievable that a culture has left behind and that can only be appreciated from the sky to an altitude of 1500 feet.

At the end of the flight, we will have time to have lunch and take a bus to Arequipa at 02:30 pm arriving at our destination at 11:30 pm approximately.

We will be assisted on our arrival in Arequipa and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night.

Hotel in Arequipa.


Day 5: AREQUIPA RELAXED

Day 5: AREQUIPA RELAXED
Day 5: AREQUIPA RELAXED

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day free activities.

Overnight in Arequipa.


Day 6: AREQUIPA – PUNO

Day 6: AREQUIPA – PUNO
Day 6: AREQUIPA – PUNO

Breakfast at the hotel.

12:30pm approximately, we will board the bus to move to the city of Puno.

7:30pm approximate arrival in the city of Puno, reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel.

Hotel in Puno.


Day 7: PUNO: FULL DAY LAKE TITICACA (UROS & TAQUILLE ISLANDS)

Day 7: PUNO: FULL DAY LAKE TITICACA (UROS & TAQUILLE ISLANDS)
Day 7: PUNO: FULL DAY LAKE TITICACA (UROS & TAQUILLE ISLANDS)

Breakfast at the hotel.

At 7:00 am, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the port of Lake Titicaca, our local guide will be waiting for us with the boat to start our great adventure on Lake Titicaca. We will leave in the direction of Uros, on the way our guide will explain important points of this majestic lake, soon after we will arrive at the famous floating islands of the Uros.

We will make the excursion in the island of Uros, visiting its inhabitants and learning about customs of these communities that have lived for years in the highlands.
After visiting these, we will return to the boat and continue our journey towards the Island of Taquile.

We will sail for approximately 3 hours on the Titicaca in the direction of Taquile, a huge island that is characterized by its magnificent and beautiful fabrics. Here you will have the opportunity to observe how people of the island produces splendid textiles such as ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high
After appreciating these beautiful handmade works, we will continue with the until we reach the top of the island, where we will walk along a beautiful path, somewhat inclined offers spectacular landscapes of the lake. The most advisable is to walk slowly, take it easy and enjoy as much as possible, since they are walking over 3800 meters high in a world.

Approximately 45 minutes later, we will arrive at the center of Taquile, where we will finally we will rest and visit a small site museum, which through photos shows aspects important part of the lives of the people of Taquile. We will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the after lunch, visitors will have free time to visit the workshops of the
Knitting and taking pictures with the friendly locals. In the afternoon, we will go down to the pier and we will undertake our return trip to Puno, arriving in the city at approximately 05:00pm.

Overnight in Puno.


Day 8: PUNO – CUSCO

Day 8: PUNO – CUSCO
Day 8: PUNO – CUSCO

Breakfast at the hotel.

Around 06:15am, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the bus at the Puno terminal.

Our journey to Cusco will last 10 hours approximately, where we will have 4 excursions and guided tours to the most interesting places in the southern highlands visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the Raya at 4335 meters above sea level and the Inka Aymara Museum in Pukara. Each visit lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, where they can ask questions, take pictures and explore the attractions of the place, making this experience an unforgettable one.

We will arrive in Cusco at 4:30 pm, we will be picked up from the train station and we will transfers to the hotel where we will spend the night we will be arriving in Cusco at 4:30 pm being picked up and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night, where the passenger will be able to ask questions, take pictures and explore the attraction at their own discretion, making this experience an unforgettable one.

We will be arriving in Cusco at 4:30 pm and will be picked up and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night.


Day 9: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Day 9: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS
Day 9: CUSCO: CITY TOUR + 4 NEARBY RUINS

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning free to acclimatize or do some shopping.

City tour in Cusco in the afternoon.

Our transfer will visit you at your hotel to take you to the starting point of your tour, between 13:00 hrs. and 13:30 hrs.

The tour begins at the Cusco Cathedral, decorated with fine carved woodwork and impressive altars and beautiful paintings, made by the hands of local artists from the School Cusqueña, which hold hidden elements of indigenous thought.

Then we will take a short walk through the streets of the historical center towards the Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun considered an indigenous religious sanctuary, where we will appreciate the fine work of lithic technology made by the Incas, with the highest level of hard stone cutting without insert a sheet of paper and that despite the earthquakes they remain stable to date.

Completed the visit to the Qoricancha we will board the bus that will take us to Sacsayhuaman located 3km. from the city of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman offers us a panoramic view of the city of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman was built with large blocks of limestone weighing from 25 to 130 tons. It is made up of three terraces superimposed in a serpentine form (zigzag).

We will also reach Qenqo, which means labyrinth, is located one kilometer from Sacsayhuaman, establishes a construction based on limestone rock that shows stone sculpture in 500 mts2 accompanied by structures that according to the historians served for the astronomical study, religious and embalming and/or mummification.

Then we will know Puca Pucara: from two Quechua words that mean Puca (red) Pucara (fortress) "red fort", a strategic place for control and surveillance of access and exit from the city Imperial Cusco, which was used as a territorial border to divide the regions and establish the displacement regimes.

Finally, we will visit Tambomachay: a place to rest, located 9 km from the city of Cusco, more known as the Baths of the Inca for the water sources, or also known as the waters of the eternal youth by the constant flow of its waters that offers us part of the Inca road that goes from Cusco to Machupicchu. This city tour in the city of Cusco ends at 18:30 hrs. Approximately near the Plaza de Armas.

Overnight at selected hotel.

Hotel night in Cusco


Day 10: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY

Day 10: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY
Day 10: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY

Breakfast at the hotel.

This day we will make the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, tour that will start at 08:30 hrs. from tomorrow, when we will pick you up at your hotel, the first place to visit is Pisaq with its typical craft market; you will also visit the archaeological group of Pisaq with its picturesque terraces cultivated in the mountains.

Then we will go to Urubamba where we have included a buffet lunch. Continuing with the tour, we will go to the Fortress of Ollantaytambo known also as the living Inca city. Finally, we will go to the train station of Ollantaytambo, to board the train that leaves at 16:36 hrs. (Can change according to the date of reservation) to Aguas Calientes, where we will arrive at 18:09 hrs. (According to schedule), we will spend the night in selected hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).

Optionally, visit to the town's hot springs.

Overnight at selected hotel in Aguas Calientes.


Day 11: INCA TRAIL: KM 104

Day 11: INCA TRAIL: KM 104
Day 11: INCA TRAIL: KM 104

Meals: Box Lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight in Aguas Calientes town. (Hotel on request)
Distance: 16kms/10 mills (6 hours more or less of hiking)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.
Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch in route)
Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter on open roads, some steep ascending trails


Breakfast at the hotel (subject to pick-up time depending on train schedule)

Transfer from the Hotel to the Ollantaytambo Train Station towards Km 104.

TREKKING KM 104 "CHACHABAMBA TO INTI PUNKU, THE SUN GATEWAY.
We will pick you up at 4:30 a.m. from the hotel and transfer you to the train station. Along of the route we will see picturesque landscapes, until we reach km 104 (Chachabamba), also known as the start of the 2-day Inca Trail around 10 am, after 3 hours of walking we will arrive at the archaeological group of Wiñaywayna (2650 m.a.s.l.) which is also the main attractive is the archeological site of the Inca trail, guided visit of the archeological complex

In the afternoon we continue our hike to Machu Picchu through a semi-tropical forest to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) from where we can enjoy a panoramic visit of the majestic Machupicchu, rest and after 01 hour we will arrive to the Inca City of Machupicchu, brief rest for then descend to Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu Town by tourist bus, arriving approximately at 4:30 pm, transfer to the hotel and rest.

Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.


Day 12: MACHUPICCHU "SUN RISE EXPERIENCE"

Day 12: MACHUPICCHU "SUN RISE EXPERIENCE"
Day 12: MACHUPICCHU "SUN RISE EXPERIENCE"

Meals: Breakfast (If you booked the hotel with us)
Distance: 8.9kms/5.5mls “By Bus in 25 minutes”
Difficulty: Easy waking
*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.
*** We only take ITEP EcoTravel passengers in our small vans / auto – We do not use public transport.


Breakfast at the hotel.

(5:00am) after breakfast, we take the bus to the Inca city of Machupicchu, for if time allows, enjoy the sunrise, then we will have approximately 2 hours a visit through the most important sites with your guide, then you can explore the mysterious city at your own pace. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8923ft) (which is optional) It takes 45 minutes to reach the summit, this walk is additional and optional and you may have to leave the Machu Picchu tour to be able to get a permission to climb this mountain.

On the way, back we will take the bus to the village of Aguas Calientes for the afternoon to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Expedition service (to Ollantaytambo) and bus of tourism to Cusco. We will be in Cusco at approximately 10:30pm.

The hike to the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu depends on availability; please let us know if you wish to add one of these additional walks at the time of your booking.

We only take ITEP EcoTravel customers in our vans and cars. We do not use public transportation.


Day 13: CUSCO OUT - LIMA

Breakfast at the hotel

At the appropriate time, transfer out.


End of our Services

INCLUDES

  • Transfer in and out at each destination.
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • City tour in Lima + Santo Domingo convent
  • Bus Cruz Del Sur Lima - Paracas
  • 01 night accommodation in Nazca
  • Excursion to the Ballestas Islands
  • Overflight to Nazca lines (Airport taxes not included)
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Arequipa with breakfast
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca + Typical Lunch
  • 04 nights’ accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
  • Cusco City tour + 4 nearby ruins
  • Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch
  • Inca Trail 02 days with Box Lunch and Dinner on the first day
  • 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Visit to Machu Picchu
  • Bus Consetur descends on the first day and goes up and down on the second day of the Inca Trail.
  • Train Ollantaytambo - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
  • Train Expedition round trip + dinner at tourist restaurant, is for category 2 and 3 stars and train Vistadome to return + dinner at restaurant El Mapy for category 4 and 5 stars, for those who spend the night in Belmond dinner in Tinkuy (Sanctuary Lodge).
  • For 2 and 3 stars hotels will be used on the route Puno-Cusco, the tourist bus with stops and income.
  • For 4 and 5 star hotels, the Perurail Titicaca Train will be used on the Puno-Cusco route, departing only on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The other days will be by tourist bus and will have a discount of US$200 per person.

RESERVATIONS

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us info@salkantaytrek.org and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

Please keep in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups. All our tours are fully guaranteed, departure every day. Contact us for more information for the tour that you are choosing, or to begin customizing your own itinerary. recommendations:

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Great Trek! The views were spectacular and worth the hike. If unable to adapt to the altitude the guide will find an alternative option with first aid services at hand. They have vegetarian options for the meals provided. You learn about the culture and the experience is one of a kind! I Will be back to try the other routes! Jorge did a great job!amazing guide.


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Good was amazing, we even had cake! Jorge was full of good information and made it great tour


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Did the Private Inca Jungle excursion with some adjusted camping options and loved the areas where we camped (or tried to camp as well). Flexibility is the name of the game in those mountains and this team knows how to handle it. They led a great excursion and taught us a lot about Peru and the Andean Mountains where we were cutting through. All good things for this company! Awesome adventure.


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