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Best of Peru

Best of Peru

Discover colonial and pre-Columbian Peru

Special 10% Off Bookings before 30 December 2011

Duration:12 days

Peru is South America's third largest country, covering 1,285,215 sq. km., and can be divided into three distinct geographic regions. The best known of these is the central high sierra of the Andes, with its massive peaks, steep canyons, and extraordinary pre Columbian archaeological sites. The Andes are still one of the world's most unstable mountain ranges, with frequent earthquakes, landslides, and flash floods. Despite such instability, the Andes are also the site of the most fascinating pre-Columbian cities of South America-like the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu.

Day 1


Arrive into Lima, capital of Peru, founded by the great conquistador, Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Afternoon tour, visiting the Government Palace in the colonial setting of the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and the modern residential suburbs of Miraflores and San Isidro with their lovely homes and gardens and the Larco Herrera Museum, housing the world's largest private collection of Peruvian Pre-Columbian art, comprising of approximately 45,000 pieces of gold, silver, ceramics, textiles, stone and wood.

Day 2

Lima - Ica

Morning departure from Lima driving South on the Pan-American Highway. At the scheduled time, transfer to the local airport in Pisco to take a caravan aircraft and enjoy an overflight to the Nazca Lines. There, you will spot various figures drawn on the sandy soil, representing animals and stylized plants, distributed in a huge labyrinth of lines, trapezes, triangles and hairsprings recorded over the land and preserved for almost 2000 years, according to the specialists. At the scheduled time; transfer by bus to Ica. Upon arrival, our collaborators offer a welcoming reception at the station and will transfer you to the hotel to start your tour. Going on with the tour, you will visit the main attractions of the city in Ica as Regional Museum of Ica and Huacachina Lagoon (Oasis of America). B

Day 3

Ica - Lima

Transfer to the Paracas Bay, where our two-hour motorboat excursion to the Ballestas Islands will begin. These beautiful islands, located in front of the Paracas National Reserve, are the biggest natural sanctuary in our shores and are home to thousands of migratory birds, which share their habitat with huge groups of sea lions and fur seals. During the excursion, you will find a mysterious design over the hill, called "El Candelabro" (The Chandelier) According to the legends; it was a reference for pirates or sign for the independence army to disembark. At scheduled time, transfer to the station to take the bus back to Lima. Upon arrival, our collaborators offer a welcoming reception at the station and assistance and will take you to your hotel in Lima. B

Day 4

Lima - Arequipa

Fly to Arequipa, Peru's second largest city and one of the country's most attractive, full of colonial churches and mansions. Known as the “White City” because much of it is built of ashlar, the smooth white building stone carved from volcanic lava quarries. Afternoon city tour, including Santa Catalina Convent, established in 1579 and now restored and open to the public after being closed for 400 years -, the Plaza de Armas, the Jesuit church of La Compañia and its beautifully-painted chapel, and the typical districts of Cayma and Yanahuara for a magnificent view of El Misti volcano.B

Day 5

Arequipa - Colca Canyon

Early pick up from the hotel for a scenic bus ride passing between the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. On the way to the towns of Callalli and Sibayo, ride through a vicuña reserve, and then continue via the hot springs of La Calera to a local lodge for overnight.BLD

Day 6

Colca Canyon - Arequipa

Early departure to the “Condor Cross”, the best vantage point to admire the Colca Canyon and the majestic condor in flight. On the way back to the lodge, you will visit the towns of Pinchollo, Achoma and Yanque. After lunch, return to Arequipa visiting Patapampa and the “volcanoes lookout” on the way.BL

Day 7

Arequipa - Cuzco

This morning, fly to Cuzco. Once capital of the Inca civilisation, Cuzco lies hidden in a valley at a height of 3,310 metres. Rest of the day at leisure.B

Day 8


Morning at leisure for personal sightseeing, followed by an afternoon tour of the city and surrounding ruins of Kenko, Sacsayhuamán, Puku Pukara and Tambo Machay.B

Day 9

Cuzco - Pisac - Yucay

Full day tour into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit Pisac and its colourful Indian market where you can purchase Peruvian weavings and pottery. Stop for lunch at a local inn before continuing along the Urubamba Valley to the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an Inca fortress. Spend the night at Yucay, in the Sacred Valley.B

Day 10

Yucay - Machu Picchu

Today is set aside for an experience you will never forget, as you travel by train through lush valleys and terraced hillsides, following the course of the tumbling Urubamba River to the hidden “Lost City of the Incas” - spectacular Machu Picchu. The Incas’ last refuge from the Spanish, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered until 1911. Your guide will explain the intricate layout of the city, as you marvel at the remains of the watchtower, magnificent palaces, temples, tombs, and rock-hewn steps. This afternoon is yours to explore the ruins at your own pace, and perhaps walk up to the Sun Gate (Intipunko) for a panoramic view of this mysterious lost city. Late afternoon take the bus back down the mountain to nearby Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night.B

Day 11

Machu Picchu - Cuzco

A morning at leisure. Why not rise early and take the bus trip up the mountain to Machu Picchu in time to see the effects of sunrise over the ruined city, before spending the morning further exploring the ruins. Early this afternoon, enjoy a relaxing lunch, before boarding your train to travel back to Cuzco, where you will be transferred to your hotel.BL

Day 12


Depart Cuzco, returning to LIMA, or continue with the Altiplano Tour.B

Lima Arequipa
  • B: Breakfast
  • L: Lunch
  • D: Dinner

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