Cultural Tourism

THE COAST AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS OF PERU (CT09E-13S)

PROGRAMA 13 DIAS / 12 NOCHES
Lima, Líneas de Nazca, Paracas, Cañón del Colca, Lago Titicaca, Cusco, Valle Sagrado y Machu Picchu

THE COAST AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS OF PERU (CT09E-13S)

Description Tourist Destination

Day 1: Lima

Day 2: Lima

Day 3: Lima, Paracas, Pisco

Day 4: Paracas, Lima

Day 5: Lima, Arequipa

Day 6: Arequipa

Day 7: Arequipa, Puno

Day 8: Puno

Day 9: Puno, Cusco

Day 10: Cusco

Day 11: Cusco

Day 12: Cusco

Day 13: Cusco, Lima

THE COAST AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS OF PERU (CT09E-13S)

PROGRAM 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
Lima, Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley& Machu Picchu

Itinerary Tourist Destination

Day 1: Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Our representative will give you a documentation kit with detailed program explanation. Luggage and hotel registration assistance is offered.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima

Meals included: None

 

Day 2: Lima

HALF DAY LIMA CITY TOUR

Our guided visit to Lima allows you to see the Historical Center: Plaza Mayor ("Main Square"), the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit one a historic convent, an icon of colonial architecture. The tour goes all the way to modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you’ll appreciate huacas or sacred Inca structures. Also, you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 3: Lima, Paracas

At proper time bus transfer to Paracas.

 

NAZCA LINES OVER FLIGHT

At local airfield, you can board a light aircraft and enjoy overflying at Pisco, Ocucaje, Palpa and the amazing Nazca Lines, located on the namesake pampas. There you can see a number of geoglyphs, representing stylized pictures of animals and plants, distributed amidst a huge labyrinth of rects, trapeziums, triangles and spirals carved on the lands and preserved for almost 2,000 years, according to the experts. Finally, you will appreciate a mysterious design, known as El Candelabro (The Candelier). According to legends, it refers to hidden pirates treasures or as a signal of the disembarkation spot for the pro-independence hosts, led by General Don Jose de San Martin.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Paracas

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 4: Paracas, Lima

BALLESTAS ISLANDS

Starting from the Paracas Hotel pier in the Pisco area, this 2 hour boat ride will lead you to visit the Ballestas Islands situated off the coast of the Paracas Reserve, Peru's largest coastal wildlife sanctuary. These two beautiful islands are home to thousands of resident migratory sea birds. These include pelicans, boobies, cormorants, gulls among others, who share their habitat with colonies of sea lions. On the way you will also see one of the mysteriously drawing etched on the desert face, the Candlestick.

At proper time return to Lima by bus.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 5: Lima, Arequipa

At scheduled time pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa.

Upon arrival in Arequipa, meet and transfer to the hotel.

HALF DAY AREQUIPA CITY TOUR & SANTA CATALINA CONVENT

Visit the Ciudad Blanca (White City), one of the most important in Peru, surrounded by three volcanoes. Founded in 1540, the city has a historic downtown made out almost totally of sillar (a white volcanic stone), from where the city gets its name. Take a tour around the Main Square and its colonial buildings, the Church of the Society of Jesus, beautiful exponent from the mixed barroque art and Spanish churrigueresquebarroque from the XVII century, along with colorful fresco paintings at the San Ignacio Dome, known as America’s Sixtine Chapel. The visit includes Santa Catalina Convent, that rather than a cloistered convent, represents a beautiful XVI century citadel, with Spanish cities pure style, such as Andalusia. Going on with the tour, we will appreciate the typical districts of Cayma and Yanahuara, the latter with its viewpoint and church.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Arequipa

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 6: Arequipa

COLCA CANYON - DAY 1

We will leave the hotel very early to start the journey to Yura Village and Aguada Blanca National Reserve and Pampa Cañahuas. We will make a stop at Patapampa to freshen up, and then we will head for Chivay, where you will be able to have lunch at a typical restaurant or at your hotel. We will get back to the hotel to stay overnight.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Colca

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 7: Arequipa, Puno

COLCA CANYON - DAY 2 / BUS TO PUNO

We will leave very early to the Cross of the Condor, the best location to admire the Colca Canyon and the flight of the majestic condor. Back to the lodging, we will visit the picturesque villages in Maca and Yanque to arrive at Chivay. Then you will have lunch.

After lunch transfer to the bus station to board the bus to Puno.

Upon arrival in Puno, meet and transfer to the hotel.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Puno

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 8: Puno

TAQUILE & UROS ISLANDS

In the morning, we will make a one-day tour to Lake Titicaca and, as first stop, we will visit the floating islands of the Uros, also known as People of the Lake. These islands are built out of layers of totora and are used as housing and trade centers for the native Uros. They travel on handicrafted rafts. We will go on with our tour to Taquile Island, where the community greets tourists very kindly, and keep their old style traditions, customs and colorful clothings. The islanders are skilled craftspeople and express in each piece astonishing techiniques developed by their ancestors for centuries. Lunch is included.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Puno

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 9: Puno, Cusco

BUS JOURNEY FROM PUNO TO CUSCO

In the morning, the trip on a special bus to Cusco, will allow you appreciate the nearby valleys wonderful landscapes. The route includes a stop at La Raya pass (4,300 meters above sea level), natural boundary between Cusco and Puno, from where you can have excellent photographic shots of the Andean snowcapped mountains. There will also be a stop at the Raqchi ruins, known as Temple of the God Wiracocha, and Andahuaylillas village, where there is a beautiful church from the XVII century that has an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. You will have lunch at a local restaurant.

Arrival in Cusco. Reception and transfer to your hotel.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 10: Cusco

HALF DAY CUSCO CITY TOUR & NEARBY RUINS

The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsahuamán, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko, have a panoramic view of PucaPucará and then you will enter to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally, we stop at the living art the workshop “ Inka´s Expression”. The visit will allow passengers to admire how the local artisans create wonderful silver pieces, paintings and wood carvings.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 11: Cusco

FULL DAY PISAC MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO & LUNCH

You will be driven through a scenic landscape to the Urubamba Valley, the "Sacred Valley of the Incas".In the route, stop at AwanaKancha and discover the beauty of South American camelids, guanacos, llamas, vicuña and alpacas, and an exhibition of traditional Andean textile art.Then arriving at the town of Pisac, an hour drive from Cuzco, you will visit the colorful Pisac Market, where the local indians meet to sell their merchandise as they have done it for centuries. There is also a handicraft market. The tour continues to the town of Ollantaytambo from where you will climb up to its imposing Inca fortress at the top of the mountain. Lunch will be provided at local restaurant.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Sacred Valley

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 12: Cusco

FULL DAY MACHU PICCHU

You will visit one of the seven new wonders of the world and an important source of energy: Machu Picchu. The excursion is made by train and, on the way we will be able to enjoy an impressive view of Urubamba's Sacred Valley. Once we arrive at AguasCalientes, our collaborators will assist you in order to board the bus that will take you to the citadel.

It will be an unforgettable experience. A professional guide will walk us through the marvelous story that enwraps this charming place. After our guided visit, you shall have free time to explore the place at your leisure, or simply relax and meditate. At the appropriate time we will begin our descent to AguasCalientes and further along the afternoon, board the train back to Cusco. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Return to Cuzco by train. Reception and transfer to hotel.

 

Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

 

Day 13: Cusco, Lima

At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Lima. Arrival, reception and assistance to connect with your international flight.

 

Meals included: breakfast

 

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What Includes

The program includes:

  • Assistance Program with a total coverage of USD 2,000.00 within Peru (at no extra cost).
  • All transfers from airport or bus station to the hotel and vice versa.
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in Lima, 1 night in Paracas, 1 night in Arequipa, 1 night in Colca, 2 nights in Puno, 3 nights in Cusco and 1 night in the Sacred Valley.
  • All tours include entrance tickets and guided tour in English.
  • Roundtrip train to Machu Picchu

 

 

The Program does not include:

  • International and domestic air tickets  (can be provided upon request)
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips

 

List of Hotels

Hotel Monasterio De Cusco

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Casa Cartagena Luxury Propierties & Spa

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Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

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Hotel Libertador Palacio Del Inka

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Inkaterra La Casona

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Casa Andina Private Collection

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Hotel Novotel Cusco

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Costa Del Sol Picoaga Hotel

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Sonesta Cusco

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Jose Antonio Cusco

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Eco Inn Cusco

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Casa Andina Classic Cusco San Blas

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Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza

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Casa Andina Classic Cusco Catedral

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Casa Andina Classic Cusco Koricancha

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Sonesta Posada Del Inca Cusco

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Terra Andina Cusco Hotel

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San Agustin Internacional

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Ruinas Hotel

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Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel

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Los Portales

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Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel

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