Lost Civilizations

From Lima to Cusco
  • Peru
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Tour Description

From the Nazca people and the Incas through to the period of Spanish conquest, Peru is a land rich in history and culture, and waiting to be discovered on his tailor-made tour. 

Explore historic monuments on city tours in the capital city Lima, beautiful Arequipa and Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Observe archaeological wonders such as the mysterious Nazca lines, the Inca remains of the Sacred Valley and of course, the stunning citadel of Machu Picchu. A guided tour of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site will make the Inca world come alive before you. Experience Peru's natural wonders such as the almost bottomless Colca Canyon and the Andean condors that soar on it's thermal currents, as well as the bird and marine mammals of Paracas. Immerse yourself in traditional Peruvian culture with an overnight stay on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Abundant in natural beauty and alive with a vibrant and colourful culture, this journey through Peru will be an exhilarating and unforgettable experience.

 

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Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Lima

On arrival in Lima, you will be met & transferred to your hotel.
Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities.
Overnight in Lima

Day 2
Lima

Today is spent touring Lima, the Colonial ‘City of Kings’. During the city tour, you will visit several well-known sites including the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas as well as the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima's magnificent Colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Lima

Day 3
Lima Paracas

Travel by bus along the Peruvian coast to Paracas. Paracas means ''sand rain'' in Quechua. It is a small port town and beach resort on the southern coast of Peru, a few hours south of Lima. The cliffs that fringe the beaches teem with birds, ranging from guano birds to Humboldt penguins.
Overnight in Paracas.

Day 4
Paracas Huacachina

From the small port of Paracas, we take a boat cruise around the Ballestas Islands to see the remarkable marine mammals and birdlife that make the islands famous. We also check out the incredible ancient etchings in the coastal cliffs, including the mysterious three-pronged Candelabra of the Andes. This 180-metre tall geoglyph is carved into the side of the hill alongside Paracas Bay.

Later you will be transferred to Ica.

This afternoon explore Downtown Ica, including the Regional Museum. Here you can see a high number of archaeological remains as potteries, textiles, mummies, among others. They all belong to the following ancient civilisations: Paracas, Nasca, Wari, Ica - Chincha and Inca.

The tour continues with a visit to a Traditional Winery. Learn how to make Pisco, Wine and tour the factory. This visit includes tastings of all varieties of Wine and Pisco made from different kinds of grapes.

Finally, we will visit the Huacachina Lagoon also called "El Oasis de Amèrica”. You will never forget the beautiful landscape surrounded by sand dunes, palms, huarango trees and beautiful houses. Return to the hotel. DURATION: 2 hours and 30 min.
*Option for Sandboarding available. Additional costs apply
Overnight in Huacachina

Day 5
Huacachina Nazca

Today we travel by bus to Nazca.
Nazca is located in the Inca region of Peru, on the southern coast. This is one of the most arid regions in the world. The name is derived from the Nazca culture that flourished in the area between 100 and 800 AD. They were responsible for the Nazca Lines, the ceremonial city of Cahuachi and the construction of an impressive system of underground aqueducts (Puquios) that still function to this day.
Afternoon at leisure. *Optional tour to visit the Chauchilla Cemetery (additional costs apply)
Overnight in Nazca

Day 6
Nazca Arequipa

This morning, enjoy a 30-minute flight to view the famous Nazca Lines - a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert, naturally preserved due to their isolation and the dry, windless and stable climate of the plateau. The designs include a monkey, spider, condor, hummingbird, hands and a tree. A flight over the Nazca Lines is the best way to view these intriguing geoglyphs.
Travel by comfortable bus with bus bed-seats, hostess service and dinner on board to arrive into Arequipa at midnight. The bus journey takes approximately 10 hours.
Overnight in Arequipa

Day 7
Arequipa

Today we explore the beautiful Arequipa, known locally as ‘The White City’ due to its glistening white buildings built from volcanic rock. We visit several sites throughout the city including the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Santa Catalina Monastery, the Main Square, the Complex of San Francisco and the Arequipa Cathedral, one of the biggest in South America. We continue the tour going to the ''Momia Juanita'' museum. The Momia Juanita is also known as the Inca Ice Maiden and is the well-preserved frozen body of an Inca girl who was killed as an offering to the Inca gods sometime between 1450 and 1480, at approximately 11-15 years old.
Overnight in Arequipa

Day 8
Arequipa Colca Canyon

Arequipa
Colca Canyon
This morning we leave Arequipa and cross the snow-capped Misti, Chachani and the Ampato Volcanoes to arrive at the Colca Valley. We travel towards the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, home to many wild vicuñas, alpacas & llamas. We continue our journey, passing the villages of Torja and Patapampa with their Colonial churches and Inca terracing to arrive in Chivay in the afternoon. Chivay lies at an altitude of 3,600m above sea level.
There is an optional visit to the 40ºC thermal-medicinal baths in La Calera. (Entrance fee to the pools is not included and is US$ 7.00 per person approximately – subject to change.)
Overnight in Colca

Day 9
Colca Canyon Puno

Following breakfast, we travel to the ‘Cruz del Condor’, a spot considered to be the best viewpoint to watch the majestic Andean condors ascending from the valley.
The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River and one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is home to the Andean condors that can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, rising on the thermals. At the 'Cruz del Condor' viewpoint, the canyon floor is 3,960 feet (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon.
In the afternoon, travel by bus to Puno, situated on the shores of the famous Lake Titicaca. You will board a tourist bus with a hostess. Duration: 6 hours approximately.
Overnight in Puno

Day 10
Uros and Amantani Overnight (Lake Titicaca)

Travelling by boat from Puno, we begin by visiting the floating islands of Uros, where the locals continue to practice their traditional ways of life — often earning a living through fishing. Situated 4 km from Puno, the original inhabitants of these floating islands are said to descend from one of the most ancient peoples of the Americas. The Uros Islands, as well as the houses on them and the boats used by their inhabitants, are all made from the Totura reeds that grow in Lake Titicaca.
We continue to Amantani Island, where you will have the chance to enjoy traditional local hospitality while taking in some incredible landscapes. The island is also home to some captivating archaeological sites including the temples of Pachatata and Pachamama. You will spend the night with a local family and in the evening experience first-hand the traditions and customs of this fascinating island.
*Lunch & dinner included. You are recommended to bring a torch for your overnight stay.
Overnight at a homestay

Day 11
Uros and Amanta Puno

After bidding a fond farewell to your host family, we travel to the island of Taquile, a place where time appears to have stood still. Around 350 Quechua-speaking families live here, operating a collective agricultural system dating from the 14th Century and renowned for their textiles - beautifully woven chumpis (belts), chullos (caps) and ojotas (sandals). Taquile’s charm is further enhanced by the stunning landscape and outstanding views of the snow-capped Cordillera Real mountain range.
Overnight Puno

Day 12
Puno Cusco

This morning you will be transferred to the bus station for your bus journey to Cusco.

The spectacular journey, from Puno to Cusco, takes you across the Altiplano. You will travel, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The drive takes you through sleepy Andean villages and past spectacular snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi.

You will arrive in the famous city of Cusco in the early evening.

Approximate duration of drive: 10 hours. Lunch is included.

Upon arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel
Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 13
Cusco

Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here, head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay.
Afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 14
Sacred Valley Aguas Calientes

Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. We visit the village of Pisac, with its famous market. On market days Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. Later we explore Ollantaytambo, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress and is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning.

In the late after board a train in Ollantaytambo bound for Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu township)
Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Day 15
Machu Picchu Cusco

Today you will be astonished at your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings! Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries.
Optional extra: Include a permit to climb Huayna Picchu.
Afternoon you will return to Cusco by train & road.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 16
Cusco

Day at leisure to enjoy Cusco. Stroll through the walled alleys, enjoy coffee in the busy plazas and market places or seek your thrill in adventure activities such a biking, rafting, paragliding and more.
Overnight in Cusco

Day 17
Cusco Depart

Depart Any time. Transfer to the Airport is Included
*Extend your stay & include a trip to the Peru Amazon, or Fly to Ecuador & join a Galapagos Cruise

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 16 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers on either a shared or private basis
  • Included Copy 20 Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Return
  • Included Copy 7 International flights are NOT included. However can be added. Please ask for more details.
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Lima colonial city tour & culinary tour
  • Included Paracas marine Reserve
  • Included Ballestas Islands wildlife cruise
  • Included Pisco winery with tastings
  • Included Ocuaje Desert fossil tour
  • Included Sand buggy desert adventure in Huacachina
  • Included Nazca city tour
  • Included Over flight of the Nazca lines
  • Included Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Included Arequipa city tour with Monastery of Santa Catalina
  • Included Juanita Ice Maiden Museum
  • Included Colca Canyon guided tour
  • Included Flight of the Condors at Colca Canyon
  • Included Colca Canyon thermal hot springs
  • Included Hiking in Colca Canyon region
  • Included Tour of Lake Titicaca - Uros and Taquile Islands
  • Included Cusco city tour and Sacsayhauman ruins
  • Included Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Included Machu Picchu tour with Vistadome train
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Duration

17 days

Price from

$3,645 USD

Per person, twin share

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