Tour classical Peru from Cuzco's wonders, historical ruins, temples and archaeological marvels and then head to the Sacred Valley of the Inca's. Take some time to explore the village of Pisac, see the well-preserved fortresses, temples, and Andean terraces and stroll through the colorful market. Visit Ollantaytambo's impressive fortress ruins, and then take the train to Aguas Calientes for a guided tour of Machu Picchu. See one of the most fascinating sites the world offers with guided narrative and time to explore at your leisure. Before heading to Paracas and the Nazca Lines, take some time to explore the colorful neighbourhoods of Lima. From Lima, take the bus along the Pacific Coast to Paracas, and then take a flight over the incredible Nazca Lines, drawn on the Pampas of the same name. From Paracas, take a boat out to the Ballestas Islands, Peru's coastal wildlife sanctuary, before heading back to Lima to conclude your tour!
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Upon your arrival at Lima’s International Airport, you will be met by a representative who will be holding a name-board. Receive a warm welcome with transportation to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
This morning, after breakfast, you will be met at the hotel for transportation to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. On arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Later, with your guide, get to know the city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, which is still there today. Afterwards, head to the impressive Main Square, and then continue on to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological complex, a masterpiece of Incan architecture in which you will see mindboggling huge stone blocks, almost 9 meters in height, placed perfectly together without the use of mortar, a true wonder. Next is the Kenko temple, dedicated to animal worship, and then, Puca Pucara, another Incan archaeological site located on top of a hill and used as a fort and administrative center. Last, there is Tambomachay, a place also known as the Inca Baths. Finally, you will stop to see an art workshop of expert Andean style art.
Enjoy an excursion along the the Sacred Valley of the Incas to visit the archaeological remains on the village of Pisac, with a view to the Vilcanota River. The well-preserved fortresses, urban complexes, temples and Andean terraces built by the Incas, create an imposing and unforgettable view. We will visit the colorful market of Pisac, where you can appreciate a blend of color, tradition and local people showing handicrafts and local products. You will have lunch at a local restaurant, and then head to Ollantaytambo, the most ancient and continuously occupied village of the American continent, to visit the impressive fortress ruins.
Meet at your hotel for transportation to the Ollantaytambo train station for your train journey to Aguas Calientes (Vistadome Train). Awaiting you today is one of the most extraordinary experiences on the world map: Machu Picchu. Your adventure starts on a train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes where you will disembark and then board a bus that drives you to the actual Machu Picchu archaeological site to begin your unforgettable Machu Picchu experience. The tour includes every nook and cranny of this Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site; afterwards, there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own and relax in one of the world’s most remarkable settings. At the agreed upon time, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train for the return trip back to Ollantaytambo and to your hotel in Cuzco.
Meet at the hotel for transportation to the airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival, enjoy a city tour of Lima’s key attractions. Visit the colonial downtown, the Historic Centre of Lima, go around Main Square where you will see the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Metropolitan City Hall in addition to varied historic and traditional buildings. You will then see Santo Domingo Church and Monastery, recognized as a UNESCO heritage site. Continue on to the modern district of San Isidro, considered the financial quarter of the city where many businesses now call home, and then head to the Larco Museum, housed in an 18th century Viceroyalty-era mansion, surrounded by gardens. With your guide, gain insight into Peru’s intriguing ancient history.
This morning, you will drive south via a shared bus along the Pacific Coast to your hotel in Paracas. Along the way, you will pass through desert, oases, and varied landscapes. Paracas is a quaint port town in the Ica region and is the jumping off point for the Nazca Lines flight and the Ballestas Islands. From Paracas, you will take a flight over the incredible Nazca Lines, drawn on the pampas of the same name. You will see several figures of stylized plants and animals drawn in an enormous labyrinth of straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals scattered about the desert floor that have remained preserved for about 2000 years. Note: The flight is subject to weather conditions in the area.
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, and gulls, among others, who share their habitat with colonies of sea lions. On the way you will also see the mysterious drawing etched on the desert face, the Candlestick. Afterwards, take the shared bus drive back to Lima and to the airport for your late night departure flight. Arrive in Lima at about 7pm.
Days 4: Explore the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu.
Days 6: Excursion by flight over the Nazca Lines.
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