Marvelous Discovery Circuit: Lima,Ica,Arequipa,Puno and Cusco 16 days


In this circuit you will be able to know the most visited destinations in our majestic Peru, such as the city of the Kings, we will also have an exquisite dinner at the Dama Juana Restaurant. To continue the tour we will travel south to make the Excursion to the Ballestas Islands being able to observe the penguins and the figure of the chandelier on a dune in front of the sea, we will then continue towards the city of Nazca and then fly over the majestic Nazca lines,

The circuit continues to the beautiful white city of Arequipa to visit the Plaza de Armas and the Yanahuara Lookout, we will continue our visit to the Colca Canyon where we will have the opportunity to see the majestic flight of the Condor, then we will go to the city of Puno. and we will sail through Lake Titicaca, to continue advancing in our circuit we will visit the imperial city of Cusco.

On the tour of the Imperial city of Cusco we will enter the Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple, in addition to visiting the 4 ruins near the city. The next day we will continue our visit to the Pisac Ruins, to the traditional Pisac Market, we will appreciate the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley and we will end the day with a visit to Ollantaytambo.

To discover our wonderful citadel we will take the short Inca trail that our 2-day ancestors used, ending in our wonderful citadel of Machupicchu in order to appreciate its majesty.

Program:

  • DAY 01 LIMA

Transfer in to Lima city.

  • DAY 02 LIMA

Dinner Show Lima

07:00pm – 10:00pm

  • DAY 03 LIMA

Colonial City tour Lima

  • DAY 04 PARACAS- ICA

Excursion Ballestas island.

03:00am – 09:00pm

  • DAY 05 NAZCA

Overflight to  Nazca lines.

08:00am

Bus Nasca – Arequipa

02:30pm – 12:30pm

  • DAY 06 AREQUIPA

Excursion City tour Arequipa.

  • DAY 07 AREQUIPA

Excursión Colca 1st day: Visit to Chivay and Hot Springs La Calera

08:00am – 05:30pm

  • DAY 08 AREQUIPA

Excursión Colca 2nd day: Visit to Yanque and  flight of condors.

06:00am – 07:00pm

  • DAY 09 PUNO

Excursión Lake Titicaca Full Day

07:00am – 04:00pm

  • DAY 10 CUSCO

Excursion Sun Route

06:00am – 05:00pm

  • DAY 11 CUSCO

Excursion  City Tour Cusco

01:00pm – 07:00pm

  • DAY 12 CUSCO

Excursion  Sacred Valley Full Day

08:00am – 07:00pm

  • DAY 13 CUSCO

Trekking km 82 “Piscacucho to Wayllabamba”

  • DAY 14 CUSCO

Excursion to Machupicchu.

Return to a Cusco

5:00am -9:00pm

  • DAY 15 CUSCO

Free day

  • DAY 16 LIMA

Transfer out from hotel in Cusco to the airport.

International flight

IMPORTANT:

  • The Itinerary can change according to the availability, the climate and the state of health of the hikers.
  • A good physical condition is required since the Inca Trail includes walks of up to 9 hours a day.
  • The train schedule may change according to the availability of the train company.
  • There are only 500 spaces per day to the Inca Trail (200 approx for passengers and 300 for porters, cooks and guides)

Itinerary

Day 1: LIMA

Day 1: LIMA

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places: Lima

Highest Elevation : 161 meters/ 528 feet ASL


Flight to Lima.

Welcome, reception and transfer to the select hotel.

Overnight at Lima.

Day 2: COLORFULL NIGHT

Day 2: COLORFULL NIGHT

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places: Lima

Highest Elevation : 161 meters/ 528 feet ASL


Breakfast the hotel.

Free morning.

Buffet Dinner + tyipical dances peruvian show.

20:00 Pick up time to go to La dama Juana Restaurant.

Our driver pick up up you and transfer to the restaurant.

Several peruvian typical dishes in a complete buffet dinner.

Enjoy the show and also the exquisite dinner.

23:00 Return to the hotel.

Overnight at Lima.

Day 3: FREE DAY LIMA

Day 3: FREE DAY LIMA

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free day.
Overnight at Lima.

Day 4: FULL DAY PARACAS & ICA

Day 4: FULL DAY PARACAS & ICA

Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.

Places: Lima

Highest Elevation : 161 meters/ 528 feet ASL


At 2:50 am we will pick you up from the hotel to take the bus from Lima to Paracas. Our bus will leave at 4:00 am and after 3 hours we will arrive in Paracas.

8:00 am pick up from Paracas and start of the Ballestas Islands Tour. From the Paracas spa, you can visit the Ballestas islands by boat, habitat of sea lions, guano birds, penguins and a diversity of marine fauna. On the way you can see a figure El Candelabro, engraved on the side of a hill, is a geoglyph with a rock formation eroded by the wind and the sea. It is more than 120 meters long and is also called Tres Cruces or Tridente. The best way to appreciate it is from the sea.

At noon we will take a bus from Paracas to Ica for around 3 hours. Upon arrival in Ica we will continue the excursion of Tubular rides are a fantastic adventure in the middle of the desert where you can enjoy the high and low dunes and you can feel the adrenaline on these desert roller coasters.

In the high parts of the desert you can practice sandboarding, our official driver will instruct you so that you can safely drop it if you do not have experience in this sport.

At 06:00 pm we will take the bus to Ica where we will spend the night there and take the overflight of the Nazca lines the next day.

Overnight at Nazca 

Day 5: NAZCA LINES OVERFLIGHT

Day 5: NAZCA LINES OVERFLIGHT

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Arequipa.

Places: Ica, Nazca Lines, Nazca Aerodrome, Arequipa.

Highest Elevation(Arequipa) : 2,335 meters ASL / 7,660 feet ASL


Breakfast at the hotel.

Early in the morning we will pick you up from the hotel and leave for the aerodrome where we will board a light plane for a memorable air excursion over the Nazca Lines. A bilingual guide (Spanish / English) will assist you at all times until you board the plane. This overflight over the Nazca Lines will cover the extension of the Nazca desert stone, whose surface is marked by gigantic drawings and geometric figures. The overflight to the Nasca lines takes approximately 35 minutes and is the best way to see these fascinating lines and drawings that have intrigued people for years. Here, you will be able to see the different figures traced on the stone surface of the Nazca desert, representing stylized animals and plants, distributed in a huge maze of lines, trapezoids, triangles and spirals that have been preserved for almost 2000 years. It is one of the most incredible legacies that a culture has left behind and that can only be seen from the sky at an altitude of 1500 feet. After the overflight 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. We will be assisted upon arrival in Arequipa and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night.

Day 6: AREQUIPA: CITY TOUR AREQUIPA

Day 6: AREQUIPA: CITY TOUR AREQUIPA

Places:  Surrounding Arequipa

Highest Elevation: 2,335 meters/7,661 feet ASL

Meals: Breakfast


Breakfast at the hotel.

Free morning.

14:00 In the afternoon, the City Tour starts in the Historic part of the city, which includes: The Main Square, the Selva Alegre residential area, Yanahuara viewer and other more atractions.

Overnight at Arequipa.

Day 7: AREQUIPA - COLCA CANYON FIRST DAY

Day 7: AREQUIPA - COLCA CANYON FIRST DAY

Highest Elevation : 4,500 meters/14,763.78 feet ASL

Depth: 4,600 meters


Between at 08:00 am - 08:30 am We leave Arequipa to go in route to Chivay. We will start our tour on the road to Yura, where we will admire the natural and cultural landscape of that area, then we will border the Chachani volcano and we will pass through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve until we reach Pampa Cañahuas, in this place the guide will explain about the flora and fauna of the area, here we will appreciate the natural habitat of the South American camelids within them LA VICUÑA. Continuing with the tour on the way, a small stop will be made in Patahuasi (house on top) to take the coca tea. Immediately we will continue the trip to the bofedales where we will observe different species of birds both local and migratory to the area according to season, then we will continue to Patapampa, the highest point of the trip located at 4900 masl approx. Also known as the Mirador de los Andes, here you can see different volcanoes such as Misti, HualcaHualca, Sabancaya, Ampato, Ubinas and Chachani.

At noon we will be arriving at the town of Chivay where we can have lunch and then move to the hotel, we will have time to rest and then continue to the Calera thermal baths. These outdoor baths have thermo medicinal water that will make us enjoy a magical moment after the bus tour in the morning.

We will return to the hotel to rest and spend the night in the town of Chivay.

Day 8: COLCA CANYON / CONDOR CROSS / PUNO

Day 8: COLCA CANYON / CONDOR CROSS  / PUNO

Highest Elevation : 4,500 meters/14,763.78 feet ASL

Depth: 4,600 meters


After having breakfast we will head towards the Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor, where you can see the majestic flight of the condors and the depth of the canyon. On the way we will make a stop in the town of YANQUE to observe its colonial church, Wititi dances as well as the typical costume of the area. On the way back to Chivay we will visit the towns of PINCHOLLO, MACA, ACHOMA, in which the guide will explain their different customs in the area as well as the Lito models, colonial churches and terraces. 11:30 am approx. Arrival to Chivay. 11:45 am approx. lunch 01:30 pm approx. We will board the bus to Puno. The bus makes stops en route and we can appreciate a little more of the fauna and flora on the way to Lake Titicaca. We will be assisted and transferred to the hotel upon arrival in Puno.

Day 9: PUNO / TITI CACA LAKE / UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS

Day 9: PUNO / TITI CACA LAKE /  UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Puno.

Places: Puno, Titicaca lake, Uros floating islands, Taquile Islands, Puno.

Highest Elevation(Taquile): 4,050 meters ASL / 13,287 feet ASL


After having a delicious breakfast in your hotel. We will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the port of Lake Titicaca, where our local guide will be waiting with the speedboat to start our adventure on Lake Titicaca. Once we have left, our guide will explain important points of this great lake, and a few minutes later we will arrive at the famous floating islands of Los Uros. Here we will stop at one of the Islands, visit its inhabitants and learn about the customs of these communities that live for years in the highlands. Later we will return to the boat and continue our trip towards the Taquile Island. The boat trip lasts approximately 3 hours. Taquile is a huge island that is characterized by its beautiful fabrics. Here visitors will be able to observe how the people of the island make ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high Andean garments, all made by hand. In order to get to the top of the Island, we will have to walk along a beautiful, slightly inclined path that offers spectacular views of the lake. Here we advise you to walk slowly and take it easy, since you are walking over 3800 meters high. After approximately 45 minutes we will arrive at the center of Taquile, where we can rest and visit a small site museum, which shows through photos important aspects of the life of the people of Taquile. Our group will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the plaza. After lunch, visitors will have free time to visit the weaving workshops and take photos with the islanders. Later we will descend towards the pier and we will start our return trip to Puno, arriving in the city at approximately 05:00 pm. We will spend one night at the hotel in Puno.

Day 10: PUNO – CUSCO

Day 10: PUNO – CUSCO

At 06:15 am after your breakfast We will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the bus station in the Puno bus terminal

During our tour that lasts approximately 10 hours we will have 4 excursions and guided visits to the tourist attractions of the southern corridor of the altiplano visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the passage of the Raya at 4335 masl and the Inka Aymara museum in Pukara. Each visit lasts 20 to 40 minutes, where the passenger can ask questions, take photos and explore the attraction at their own discretion, making this experience an unforgettable activity.

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

Day 11: CITY TOUR CUSCO + FOUR NEARBY RUINS

Day 11: CITY TOUR CUSCO + FOUR NEARBY RUINS

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places: Cusco, Main square, Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay.

Highest Elevation(Sacsayhuaman): 3,700 meters ASL / 12,139 feet ASL


You will enjoy the breakfast in your hotel and then you have a Free morning to acclimatize or make some purchases, walk around mysterious street of Cusco, take sun in the Main square or only take picture.

City tour in Cusco

We will pick up from the hotel at 13:00 and 13:30 pm start of our tour of the city, where our professional guide will provide us with detailed information of all the tourist attractions we will visit, will be attentive to any questions and / or needs that each of our visitors require.

The places we have to visit are. The main temple of the Sun also known as the "Qoricancha", "Sacsayhuaman" known as the head of the Puma in reference to the fact that the City of Cusco had the shape of a Puma in Inca times and the head of this cougar was exactly Sacsayhuaman, immediately We visit Qenqo, temple in honor of the mother earth or Pachamama, we continue through Pucapucara or entrance control center to the Sacred city of Cusco, later we visit Tambomachay Inca resting place and at the same time temple to the natural element of Water.

Night in Cusco.

Day 12: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Day 12: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero.

Highest Elevation(Chincheros): 3,754 meters ASL / 12,316 feet ASL


Breakfast at the hotel.

8:00 am Pick up from your hotel to start our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will be leaving the city to go through the Sacsayhuaman archaeological park and arrive at the Taray viewpoint, a wide viewpoint from where you can see the beautiful Inca terraces and the current cultivation land which surrounds the sacred river of the incas "Willcamayuc", later we visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, we will also visit the indigenous market of Pisaq, the quality is very colorful as the local inhabitants come to sell or acquire local products that the population needs. The Pisaq indigenous market is the best place to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. After a continuous free time we will continue our journey towards Ollantaytambo, known as the last living Inca city. Ollantaytambo reminds us of a critical story of Love, a drama that makes love prevail over all obstacles, believes that this city was built by General Inca Ollantay in a moment of rebellion against the Inca's royal army to obstruct his union with the beautiful princess Cusi Qoyllor "beautiful star". We continue with our guided tour and arrive at Chinchero, where its colonial and Inca temple reflects the current syncretism of these 02 great cultures, Chinchero is also known for its great weavers, who perform beautiful works with Inca techniques. Lunch on this tour is included in the Urubamba village. We continue our trip and return to Cusco, through abundant farmland Arrival in Cusco at 19:00 pm, approximately time when you will be at the door of your hotel or place that you indicate.

Day 13: SACRED VALLEY – INKA TRAIL TO KM 104

Day 13: SACRED VALLEY – INKA TRAIL TO KM  104

Transfer by ITEP Van, from Cusco to Train station, later train service to Km 104 “Inca Trail Entrance”.

Trekking Km 104 “Chachabamba to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate

Today our trek takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inka Trail. We'll visit beautiful Inka sites, see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains.

Covering 16km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works its way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

As we make our way to Machu Picchu we'll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).

After a full day trekking we'll arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos because there are few tourists so it's a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. After we've passed through the Sun Gate, we'll carry on along the trail a little way before taking a side trail that leads us to Aguas Calientes, in the valley below where we'll check in to our hotel.

Day 14: MACHUPICCHU “THE SUNRISE EXPERIENCE”

Day 14: MACHUPICCHU  “THE SUNRISE EXPERIENCE”

Meals: Breakfast (If you booked the hotel with us)

Accommodation: Overnight in Aguas Calientes town. (Hotel on request)

Distance: 16kms/10 mls (6 hours more or less of hiking)

Difficulty: Easy/oderate.

Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter on open roads, steps in stone

Distance: 8.9kms/5.5mls “By Bus in 25 minutes”

Difficulty: Easy waking


Waking up early (04:00am) we’ll take one of the first buses back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as soon as it opens (06:00am) we’ll have 2-hours guided tour in the site where you'll learn about the Inkas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour, you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu (2 hours round trip) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3 hours round trip).

You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose (not included in the price)

  •  Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
  •  Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes are a visit to the new local museum or bathe in the hot springs.

Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus and later board the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo Train Station “Train departure time can vary according train schedule and availability”. In Ollantaytambo Train station you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking. That is important because is necessary to reserve with time. We are not responsible if you want to take this hike out of time.

*** We only take ITEP TRAVEL  passengers in our small vans / auto – We do not use public transport.

Day 15: CUSCO RELAX

Day 15: CUSCO RELAX

You will be able to enjoy a day off to do those activities you left pending, take pictures of the attractions you saw a few days ago, make souvenir shopping for your family or simply rest a bit at your hotel. This day is yours.

Day 16: CUSCO – LIMA



This day will be the last  of our tour. After the breakfast We will wait for  accordin time to bring you to the airport in order to take a flight to Lima, where you will take other flight that go home.

End of our Services

What's Included

LIMA

  • Transfer of entry and exit at each destination.
  • 03 nights accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • Buffet dinner and artistic show at Dama Juana Restaurant

PARACAS, ICA, NAZCA

  • 01 night accommodation in Nazca with breakfast
  • Ballestas Islands
  • City tour Ica
  • Overflight the Nazca lines without taxes

AREQUIPA

  • 02 nights accommodation in Arequipa with breakfasts
  • City tour in Arequipa with viewpoints
  • 01 night accommodation in Chivay with breakfast
  • Excursion to the Colca Canyon with Lunch and Dinner in Chivay the first day and only lunch the second day.

PUNO

  • 02 nights accommodation in Puno with breakfast
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca with typical lunch
  • Bus Puno Cusco or Train Puno Cusco, according to the hotel category and train availability-

CUSCO

  • 05 nights accommodation in Cusco with breakfasts
  • City Tour + 4 nearby ruins, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay
  • Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch
  • Inca Trail 02 days with Box Lunch and Dinner the first day
  • 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Visit to Machu Picchu
  • Bus Consetur down the first day and up and down the second day on the Inca trail.
  • Ollantaytambo Train - Km 104 - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
  • Expedition train round trip + dinner in a tourist restaurant, it is for category 2 and 3 stars and Vistadome train to return + dinner in El Mapy restaurant for category 4 and 5 stars, for those who spend the night in Belmond for dinner in Tinkuy (Sanctuary Lodge ).

NOTES:

  • For 2 and 3 star hotels, the tourist bus with stops and income will be used on the Puno-Cusco route.
  • For 4 and 5 star hotels, the Perurail Titicaca Train will be used on the Puno-Cusco route, with departures only Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The other days it will be on a tourist bus and will have a discount of US $ 200 per person.

Not Included

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