Discovering Cusco, Paracas and Nazca Lines

( 8 Days / 7 Night )
Duration : 8 Days - 7 Night
Location :

Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Paracas / Nazca, Sacred Valley.

Physical difficulty : Low
Number of people: NO HAY MINIMOS NI MAXIMOS
A classic itinerary with moderate walking at elevation, it includes visit to natural beauty and ancient mystery. This is our mainstay program, with an additional excursion to Paracas, and the enigmatic Nazca Lines. You will get a taste of Lima and then continue to the Ballestas Islands, surrounded by some of the richest ocean waters on Earth. Many species find refuge here, such as seals and sea lions, Humboldt penguins, sea otters or “chingungo”, dolphins and porpoises, and over two hundreds species of seabirds, both resident and migratory. After a nice day, you will continue to Nazca, located in a fertile valley surrounded by some of the most inhospitable desert on earth where you will have the chance to see the Nazca lines. Etched over some 1,000 square kilometers on the San Jose pampas, or plains, and on some hillsides in the Grande River valley. These lines are some of the greatest archeological enigmas in the world; Among them we have the bird, the spider and the monkey. After this wonderful excursion, you will continue with the second part of your trip in which you will live the Inca experience, exploring the impressive sites of Sacsayhuaman and other surrounding sites around the city of Cusco, Ollantaytambo in the Valley of the Incas, before reaching Machu Picchu with special Magical touches along the way.

Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Lima City Tour & Museum tour + Overnight in Lima
Day 3: Bus to Paracas + Ballestas Island Tour + Bus to Nazca + Overnight in Nazca
Day 4: Over Flight Nazca Lines + Bus Back to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 5: Flight to Cusco + Afternoon City Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 6: Sacred Valley Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 7: Machu Picchu Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 8: Flight Back to Lima – Home

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Discovering Cusco, Paracas and Nazca Lines

  • Day 1: Arrival to Lima

    Once you arrive in Lima, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport, and take you to your hotel in Lima. * An extra day in Lima can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities.

  • Day 2: Lima City Tour & Museum Visit (B, L)

    After breakfast you will be pick-up from your Hotel and you will star a tour of the Peruvian capital. In the City Tour, we will see the Spanish city Square, get a snapshot of the most important city sites, and visit a world-class museum to learn about pre-Inca cultures. Sites to be visited: Main Square, The Cathedral, Government Palace, City Hall, San Francisco Monastery (including catacombs), old streets with colonial houses, and a great driving tour through beautiful San Isidro and Miraflores. You will have a delicious typical Peruvian lunch at one of the best restaurants in Lima. After lunch, you will visit the Museum of Anthropology, or Museum Larco, where we will share the Peruvian culture from the many thousands of years of pre-Inca societies up to colonial Peru. * While in Lima, we highly recommend adding culinary activities such as cooking classes and tasting dinners in the best restaurants of Latin America, for more information check our Culinary site: taste-of-peru.com and ask our agents for more information.

  • Day 3: Bus to Paracas for Ballestas Island Tour & Bus to Nazca (B, S)

    You will need to be up early, as you will be picked up at your hotel in Lima, for your specially crafted, guided tour of the Ballestas Islands. The tour begins by taking a special bus from Lima bus station that will take you to Paracas Port. Once you arrive there, you will begin your guided tour of the Ballestas Islands. The motor boat excursion to Ballestas Islands, in Paracas National Reserve, will take you to observe sea lions, boobies, pelicans, penguins and other marine birds, among the many other species which converge there looking for shelter. On the boat trip you can see the famous “Candelabro”, an enigmatic form that many people believe is related to the enigmatic Nazca lines. You will then head to Nazca by bus, the journey will last around 3 hours.  Once you arrive in Nazca, you will be met at the bus station by one of our representatives, who will take you to your hotel, where you can rest and get ready for your next day’s activities. *Extra activities can be added upon request in Paracas, Nazca or Ica. Please let us know.

  • Day 4: Over flight Nazca lines & Back to Lima (B, S)

    After breakfast at your hotel in Nazca, you will be picked up and taken to the Nazca airdome where you will then board your aircraft and have a chance to fly (roughly 30 minutes) over the mystical and enigmatic Nazca Lines. Although no theory can yet scientifically explain the meaning of the lines, they are thought to have formed a sort of gigantic astronomical calendar closely linked to the cult of water. At the conclusion of your flight, you will once again be taken back to your hotel in Nazca to prepare for your bus back to the city of Lima (approximately 7 hours). Once you arrive in Lima, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in Lima to conclude your day. * Extra activities can be added upon request in Paracas, Nazca or Ica. Please let us know.

  • Day 5: Fly to Cusco & Afternoon City Tour (B)

    After breakfast, you will head to Lima Airport to catch your flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, located at 11,100 feet above sea level. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel of choice. You will have the rest of the morning to rest and freshen up. It’s best to take it easy this morning to let your body adjust to the altitude. Some find enjoying a cup of hot coca tea a real help in adjusting to the high elevation and that is what the locals traditionally use coca for. Both lunch and dinner are on your own today as there are so many choices available at reasonable price either in or near your hotel. * Depending on which domestic flight you choose you will have more or less time to rest. After lunch, you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. The city’s Spanish Colonial architecture both overlays and is interlaced with the earlier Incan architecture. We walk Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and visit both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. Next we set out to visit the ruins above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice; Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, which is a marvel of hydraulic engineering and Q´enqo where we will see the remains of a ceremonial site used for fertility rites and for celebrations of the solstice and equinox. * An extra day in Cusco can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.

  • Day 6: Sacred Valley of the Incas (B, L)

    After breakfast, we set out into the Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be a visit to the Pisac market. The Pisac market has a wide variety of artisan arts and crafts and you will have the chance to see the many different products that the sacred valley produces. After the market, we head deeper into the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, still inhabited by the locals in much the same way as it was during the time of the Incas. We then return to Urubamba, where you will have a chance to break for lunch and recover energies to continue with our tour. After lunch, we head out to the bustling market-town of Chinchero. The main sight to see at this location is a catholic church, with fine paintings from the Cusquenian School. At the end of the day you will go back to Cusco. All of our suggested hotels are well situated, so that you can relax and enjoy more of both ancient and contemporary life this evening. * An overnight at the sacred valley can be added upon request. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.

  • Day 7: Machu Picchu (B, S)

    The day you have been waiting for! After breakfast we catch the train to the town of Aquas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Continue by bus for the short ride up switch backs to the Machu Picchu citadel overhead. We enter the ruins for a breathtaking view of the city in the sky. You will enjoy a full tour of the lost city and have lunch on your own after the tour. In the afternoon we say farewell to Machu Picchu as we set out by train heading to the station at Poroy and then on to Cusco Hotel by car arriving at night. * An overnight in MachuPicchu can be added upon request. Also, we can add bus and entrance tickets for a second day at the citadel. Please let us know if you like us to add additional activities and meals.

  • Day 8: Return to Lima / Flights Home (B)

    Return to Lima / Flights Home (B)Your journey to Peru winds to a close as we provide transfer to the airport in Cusco for the flight back to the capital city of Lima. Flight time will depend on your flight time back home. * Please let us know if you like to add extra activities or a day hotel if your flight is late at night.

    NOTE: Some people prefer to go directly to the Sacred Valley upon arrival to the Cusco Airport. Please let us know if you prefer that to send you an updated itinerary.

From US$ 1,359.90 per person*
Based on double occupancy. Group tours with Private Transfers, Vistadome train, 3-star Superior Hotel.
*Private tours, other accommodations levels and train options available upon request.

IMPORTANT:
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.

  • Number of people in your party
  • Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
  • Private or Group Tour
  • Train choice. Please see options
  • Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
  • Need domestic or international flights?
  • Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)

IMPORTANT NOTES
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Cultural Institute (INC) has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to 2,500 people per day. This means that, once the 2,500 tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable.

About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$ 12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huaynapichu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huaynapichu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
WHAT’S INCLUDED?

 

  • Round-trip Vistadome train. Other train options available upon request: Expedition or Hiram Bingham upon request
  • Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip.
  • Bus ticket from Lima/Paracas, Paracas/Nazca, Nazca/Lima.
  • Expert leadership: guides & support personnel for all listed tours
  • Accommodations: 3 nights in Lima, 1 night in Nazca, 3 nights in Cusco
  • Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, S = Snack). We can add any meals upon request
  • Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (Lima Cathedral, San Francisco Catacombs, Lima Museum, Ballestas Island boarding fee and tax to SERNANP, BTG, Cusco Cathedral Qoricancha, and Machu Picchu)
  • Private transportation: Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Bus Station, Paracas Bus Station/Paracas Port, Paracas Port/Paracas Bus Station, Nazca Bus Station/Nazca Hotel, Nazca Hotel/Nazca Airdrome, Nazca Airdrome/Nazca Hotel, Nazca Hotel/Nazca Bus Station, Lima Bus Station/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport, Cusco Airport/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Train Station, Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Airport.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airport taxes: Local ($5-6) and International ($31) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
  • International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Medical immunizations
  • Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
  • Tipping & Gratuities (Guides $4 per person per day / Drivers $1 per person per day)
  • Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
  • Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate
TYPE OF TOURS
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers.  This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels.  Transportation is just for you.

MIXED GROUP/PRIVATE.-
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours

All PRIVATE.-
Destinations Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours.- Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours

ACCOMMODATIONS
We offer all level of accommodations.  When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is.  Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms.  Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.

MODERATE
3-star Superior.- These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotel. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels.- Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc.  Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.

LUXURY
4-star Suites.- Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option.  Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4 star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel.- What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is.  Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service.  Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc.  Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe.- These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service.  Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it.  Gourmet restaurants and spas.  For the luxurious traveler.


TRAINS
Expedition.- The least expensive tourist train. Recently renovated cars offer nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome.- A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows.  It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham.- Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer.- Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco.  Departs only on certain days of the week. Depending on the season.

FLIGHTS
LOCAL AIRLINES

Peruvian Airlines.- Peruvian owned airline.  Offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies.  Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru.- Peruvian owned airline.  It services many destinations and offers good value prices. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

Taca Airlines.- Central American owned airline. Offers great service but few frequencies to Cuzco.  Moderately expensive.  It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lan Peru.- Chilean owned airline.  It offers great service and many frequencies to Cuzco (almost 13 flights per day).  Prices are the highest of the market.  It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.

DOMESTIC TICKETS

Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.

DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)

Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421 per person. This is an example price. Prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
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