Air, Sea & Land Adventures

PER-56 / 15-day trip

Air, Sea & Land Adventures 1
OVERVIEW
Day 1 Arrival in Lima
Day 2 Travel to Paracas
Day 3 Ballestas Island & Mountain bike in Paracas Dessert
Day 4 Travel to Nazca. Cahuasi Pyramids & Cantalloc Aqueducts
Day 5 Nazca Lines & Chauchilla cemetary. Travel to Arequipa
Day 6 Arequipa City tour
Day 7 Day tour to Toro Muerto of Qerullpa
Day 8 Travel to Cusco
Day 9 City tour
Day 10 Sacred Valley: Pisaq & Ollantaytambo
Day 11 Machu Picchu
Day 12 Travel to Talara & Beach
Day 13 Beach
Day 14 Beach
Day 15 Departure
ITINERARY
Day 1

Arrival in Lima, Peru
Pick up at airport and transfer-in to hotel in Lima.
Night in hotel.

Day 2

Travel to Paracas
Transfer to the bus station in Lima. Travel to Paracas in tourist bus. Arrival in Paracas and transfer to hotel. Afternoon free to enjoy the area.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Ballestas Islands & Mountain bike in the Paracas National Reserve
Morning boat tour to the Ballestas Islands.
Pickup from hotel around 8 am. The morning tour is a 2 hour boattrip where we will visit the Ballstas island From the boat we can observe the wild life of Ballestas, that consist of: Sealions, tendrils, boobies, pelicans, penguins and more than 200 birds (migratorians and endemics)
During the trip we will pass by “El Candelabro”. It’s a impressive figure painted in the sand and its origin (a well as the Nazca lines) is unknown.
Remember to bring a jacket as the mornings can be chilly.
Return to Paracas around 10:20.
Around 11 AM, after a short break for a coffee or snack, we will do another tour to visit the Paracas Natural Reserve by mountain bike. It’s a private tour with local guide. Visiting the dessert by bike is the absolutely best way as the climate is warm and windy and its relatively flat. Along the way there will be several photo opportunities and its possible to observe Flamingos and the beautiful desert landscapes. As it’s a private tour, the length and strength depends entirely of the clients and their physical shape. Return to Paracas by the end of the day.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Travel to Nazca. Cahuasi Pyramids & Cantalloc Aqueducts
Morning bus to Nazca. Check in to hotel. After lunch time, private tour to the Cahuasi pyramids and the Catalloc Aqueducts. The Cahuasi were the capital of the Nazcas from 200bc to 450 ac. It was a ceremonial place with great importance to the Nazca until it got destroyed by an earthquake and later covered with sand after a tsunami hit the place. Some of the pyramids have been restored. Other are still being excavated by archaeologists.
Afterwards visit to the Catallocs aqueducts. It’s an impressive hydraulics system made by the Nazcas and its still being used for agriculture.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Nazca Lines & Chauchille Cementary. Travel to Arequipa
Morning flight over Nazca Lines (according to the weather conditions). The Nazca Lines are a group of impressive figures that were carved into the desert by ancient Nazca people. This overflight will allow us to film and photograph the Nazca Lines. After the flight, we take a visit to the Chauchillas cementery, discovered in the 1920s. Its a necropolis consisting of mud-brick tombs and mummified remains belonging to the Nazca people, with interments that date between 200 and 900AD. Though many of the mummies are at least 1000 years old, many still have skin and hair attached.  The incredible preservation of these bodies is due to both the mummification process and the dry, arid environment of the Peruvian desert. Afternoon travel by executive bus to Arequipa.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Arequipa Full day City tour (2335 m)
Arequipa the second most important city in Peru, known as the white city for the light colors of its colonial facades, due to the material extracted from “El Sillar” quarry. Also with a reputation as a cultural hot spot, having many of the countries best Universities and cultural movements. In the morning the group will be picked up for a guided city tour in the well preserved colonial downtown. During the tour there will be a stop at the lovely “Plaza de Armas” (main square) to see some of the best examples of the beautiful architecture of its glorious colonial time. The Cathedral is also worth a visit, being a great example of the Church’s wealth and power. The Jesuit “Compañia de Jesus” church’s quarters is a great colonial building in very good conditions. There will be a visit to one of the most interesting religious places: The Santa Catalina de Siena convent, built in 1579 and considered the most important colonial construction in the city. Here women from different social backgrounds enter to follow a live of devotions and isolation, never to leave again. The convent is a city within a city and a good example of how social difference where present even in such a place, reflected in the private cells where the nuns lived. It is also a great religious art museum.
The tour will visit, maybe the most interesting museum: “Museo de Santuarios Andinos”, which houses the mummy known as “Juanita”, the body of a sacrificed Inca young girl found in the summit of the Ampato volcano. The incredibly well-preserved state in which she was found, has been a great source of information for the scientist, plus all the archeological artifact that surrounded her and the other mummies.
There will be free time in the afternoon to enjoy the city by own hand, a good opportunity to walk around the streets and plazas in the historical district. The “Mirador de Yanahuara” is a perfect spot to end the day, watching the sun set from this vintage point overlooking the city and the Misti and Chachani volcanoes.
Night in hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Day tour to Toro Muerto of Querullpa
Full day tour to “Toro Muerto”. Pick up from hotel in the early morning hours (5:30). Drive along the Pan-American Highway while enjoying the amazing vast dessert landscape and the beginning of the Atacama Dessert. Stop during the way for a breakfast snack.
After breakfast we will continue to the Toro Muerto’s Petroglyphs. We are entering a sacred place in the dessert with more than 3000 petroglyphs from pre-inca time made in the volcanic ignimbrite rock. The visit consist of a 2-3 hours dessert walk with local guide where we will discover and discus the meaning of some the most interesting figures and drawings.
After this visit we will continue to Querullpa, area where dinosaur footprints were found and have a nice view of the Valley among the sand hills as well.
We will have our lunch (not included in program) in the town of Corire, where the dish specialty is based on fresh shrimp. Afternoon return to Arequipa.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Travel to Cusco
Transfer to airport and flight to Cusco. Afternoon free to enjoy Cusco on your own.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9

City Tour in Cusco
Discover Cusco and the surroundings by a half-day private city tour including visit to Qorikancha (Sun temple) and the Inca Ruins in the outskirts of Cusco: Sacsayhuamana, Qenqo, Puca pucara and Tambomachay. Afternoon free to enjoy Cusco town.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Full day tour to Sacred Valley: Cusco – Pisac – Ollantaytambo
The Sacred Valley of the Incas contains many famous and beautiful Inca ruins. It was called the Sacred Valley because it contains some of the best land in the region and was not a part of the Empire but the property of the Emperor or Inca himself. On this private day tour, we will visit Pisac Inca Ruins, Pisac Indian Market, Urubamba valley and the impressive ruins in Ollantaytambo. Afternoon transfer to your hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Visit to Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the entrance to Machu Picchu. Here you will have a guided tour of 3 hours. Afterwards there will be some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo train station. From here private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Travel to Talara & Beach
Transfer to Cusco airport and flight to Talara via Lima. From here transfer to your hotel at Mancora. Check in and time to enjoy the beach.
Mancora is a quiet seaside village whose biggest claims are surfing, ceviche, and year-round, sun-drenched skies. A perfect spot if you’re looking for the good things in life without added fuss.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Mancora Beach
Free day to enjoy the beach.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Mancora Beach
Free day to enjoy the beach.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 15

Departure
Transfer to airport in Talara.
Flight to Lima and international connection.
Included Meals: Breakfast

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • All transfers in private services except (shared services):
    • Tourist bus Lima – Paracas
    • Tourist bus Paracas – Nazca
    • Tourist bus Nazca – Arequipa
    • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
    • Expedition class train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • English Speaking guide during activities/tours
  • All activities/tours in private services except following tours (shared services):
    • Tour to Ballestas (approx. 20-25 pax)
    • Nazca overflight (Approx. 8-10 pax)

    All entrance fees

  • Meals according to day-day program
  • Accommodation according to hotel list (availability will be confirmed upon booking)

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights (Cusco – Lima, Arequipa – Cusco, Cusco – Talara & Talara – Lima).
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Taxes for Nazca Lines flight (USD 10 per person – to be paid in cash at Nazca)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
HOTEL LIST

LIMA : Hotel Virreynal 3*

PARACAS: El Emancipador Hotel 3*

NAZCA: DmHotel en Nazca 3*

AREQUIPA: La Casa de mi Abuela 3*

CUSCO: Inkarri Hostal

OLLANTAYTAMBO: Tunupa Lodge 3*

CUSCO: Inkarri Hostal

MANCORA: Hotel Arennas Mancora (Garden View room)

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Tags: Nature & Culture, Machu Picchu, Peru, Cusco, Arequipa, Nazca, Lima, Puno