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GREAT INCA EXPEDITION
(16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS)

Peru Travel Now offers a unique way to experience the Inca culture. The Great Inca Expedition covers Peru from one end to another, passing through its various climates and landscapes. On the southern coast of Peru, visitors will see the Nazca Lines, which lie on hot deserts; and you will also visit the Ballestas Islands, in Paracas. Explore Lake Titicaca and its Uros Islands on the other side of Peru. Meanwhile a condor could fly near you at the Colca Canyon! After that, you will be standing at Machu Picchu, where you will feel its magic. Do not pass up this chance to take an exciting trip around Peru.


Minimum:2 passengers
Operating Seasons:all year


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DEPARTURE:
daily
FROM$2539
PER PERSON SHARING
A DOUBLE ROOM

Day 1: Lima Arrival to Lima, welcoming reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Lima. Day 2: Lima - (Breakfast Included) In the morning a tour through Lima’s streets and plazas. Starting at the Love Park in Miraflores, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and then heading to the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial center of the Lima culture. Later we will go to San Isidro, financial center of the city to visit de Huaca Huallamarca, ancient pre-Incan shrine. After this, we go on to the Main Square where the Government Palace and the Town Hall are located. We will visit the Cathedral and explore the San Francisco convent, built in the seventeenth century, to discover the mystery of its catacombs. Let's experience the capital city of Lima with a different style. We will begin our exploration by learning more about the ancient Peruvian inhabitants in the Larco Museum, hosted in a colonial mansion unique of its kind that dates back to the 18th century, and built on top of a Pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century. We will tour the halls and galleries where each piece is a book to be opened. We will continue our visit by heading to antique Tavern, where we will delight our palates with some delicious Peruvian sandwiches not to be missed, accompanied by Pisco Sour, the flagship drink of the country. Finally, we will head for the Magic Water Circuit (opens from Wednesday to Sunday), the largest water and light show in Latin America. We will witness the greatest show of Ornamental Fountains where there is a perfect communion and harmony of water, light, music and imagesOvernight stay in Lima. Day 3: Lima/Paracas - (Breakfast Included) Transfer to the bus station to depart to Paracas. On arrival, welcoming reception and transfer to hotel. We will then go the local airfield to fly over the Nazca lines, huge drawing that can only be seen from the sky and which represent several insects and animals like a monkey, hummingbird, condor or a spider. The origins are unknown, while many think it is a big astronomic calendar. Free rest of the day to enjoy the hotel facilities and surrounding areas. Overnight stay in Paracas. Day 4: Paracas/Lima - (Breakfast Included) Early in the morning we will embark on a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. The “Chandelier” a giant figure marked in the sand in the style of the Nazca lines can also be seen on our way to the islands. On the islands you will be able to observe sea lions, pelicans, Humboldt penguins and other sea birds. In the afternoon, departure bus to Lima and hotel transfer. Overnight stay in Lima. Day 5: Lima/Arequipa - (Breakfast Included) Transfer to the airport to catch the departing flight to Arequipa. Welcoming reception on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free morning to get used to the altitude. This afternoon tour of the “White City” has more than a surprise for us: the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Cloisters, the Compañia de Jesus Church, the colonial district of Yanahuara, the San Lazaro neighborhood, the Chilina ravine and the residential area of Selva Alegre. On top of all that we will be lucky to witness a true gem: the Santa Catalina Monastery which was closed for almost 400 years and now captivates us with its narrow passages, plazas and gardens inspired by the ancient neighborhoods of Seville and Granada. Overnight stay in Arequipa. Day 6: Arequipa/Colca - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) We set off to the spectacular Colca Valley going up the foothills of Chachani volcano and admiring the Misti and Picchu Picchu Volcanoes. Then we cross the vicuñas reservation of Pampa Cañahuas where we can see them running free in the high Andean lands. Peculiar villages around us. We will stop for lunch on our way to the lodge. Free afternoon to rest and enjoy the lodge and the optional visit to the thermal baths in the area. Dinner and overnight stay in Colca Valley. Day 7: Colca/Puno - (Breakfast & Lunch Included) Early in the morning we will go to the Condor Cross viewpoint. Before us the shocking flight of the condors, huge Andean birds on the brink of extinction and symbol of the Andes Mountain Range. The view at this place allows us to appreciate the canyons depth, considered as one of the deepest in the world. We will then visit the Maca and Yanque towns which still keep the colonial churches. After lunchtime, we will set off for Puno on  regular bus. The trip takes about 5 hours and we will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel upon our arrival. Overnight stay in Puno. Day 8: Titicaca Lake - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) A full day tour to explore Lake Titicaca. First we will visit the Uros, the friendly inhabitants of these handmade islands made of totora reeds. Then it’s off to Taquile Island, a place in which the settlers still maintain their ancestral traditions and colorful typical clothes. A great opportunity to explore the island and get the best view of the lake. A lunch box is provided in the island. Return to the city in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Puno. Day 9: Puno/Cusco - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) Departure on a tour bus to Cusco. On the way we’ll stop to visit the attractions this beautiful route has to offer. Our first stop: the in site Pucara Museum and a chance to get one of the local classic bull shaped ceramics. Then it’s lunch time and the opportunity to see the view at La Raya, natural border between Puno and Cusco. We will continue our trip to Racchi, Temple of the Wiracocha god where the walls and narrow streets stand out. Before our final destination, we will stop at Andahuaylillas for a visit to its beautiful chapel. We will arrive in Cusco at the end of the afternoon. Overnight stay in Cusco. Day 10: Cusco - (Breakfast Included) In the morning we will distance from the crowds and visit Sacsayhuaman, a huge and impressive fortress of colossal constructions and surrounded by beautiful views blending together perfectly. Our adventure continues at the Inca Shrine Qenqo, to see the sacrificial altar embedded inside a rock cave. Finally we will arrive to the Puca Pucara viewpoint and Tambomachay, monument of impressive architectonic knowledge considered as one of the pillars of Andean Cosmo vision. 

In the afternoon our exclusive city tour starts with a visit to the San Cristobal Plaza to enjoy its panoramic view of the city. Then, we will visit the San Pedro Market to soak in its local flavors and to learn about more of the products grown in the area which supply the whole city. After this, the Korikancha temple will welcome us in all his magnificence; this temple, whose Quechua name means “Gold Enclosure” still bedazzles us with the thought of its gold covered walls. Then it is the turn to visit the Santo Domingo Church. We will walk from San Blas, the artisans’ neighborhood, to the Hatun Rumiyoc street, stopping at the Inca Roca Palace, nowadays home to the Archbishop’s Palace and also at the famous Twelve Angle Stone. We will continue our walk to the Main Square to visit the Cathedral and its valuable and beautiful colonial masterpieces. Overnight stay in Cusco. 

Day 11: Sacred Valley - (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

 

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is waiting for you. On the way we will stop at Awanacancha, small complex to admire Andean camelids such as alpacas and llamas and learn from local inhabitants about traditional dyeing and knitting techniques. Later we will explore the Pisac Market  with enough free time to go around and buy handcrafts and if you feel like tasting something traditional, stop by the wood ovens for a delicious empanada or a piece of bread. 

Lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, visit to Pablo Semininario atelier. Seminario Ceramic Studio has been dedicated to the discovery of techniques and designs from ancient Peruvian cultures. Pablo Seminario presents a new art expression, providing continuity to these cultural inheritances. Accommodation in Sacred Valley

Day 12: Sacred Valley - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) We will travel to remote places of the Sacred Valley. Our trip continues in Moray, a place with a breathtaking view thanks to its colossal concentric terraces resembling a coliseum. What did they use it for? The terraces recreated 20 different types of microclimates, and they were studied to ensure the agricultural production of the empire. After lunch we will continue our journey to Maras, the millenary colonial salt mines. The contrast of the white pools against the green valley is postcard-perfect. Our last stop: Ollantaytambo, a small town full of local color and inhabited since Inca times in which we will visit the main temple that was used as a fortress during the Inca resistance. Breathtaking views for amazing pictures.Accommodation in Sacred Valley

Day 13: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) A train trip away to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on boarding the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy is all around us. After a guided visit, we will have time to explore the fortress and have lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. Overnight stay at one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu. Day 14: Machu Picchu/Cusco - (Breakfast Included) Free morning. Do as you please with your free time: enjoy once more the energy and mystique offered by the fortress or do some hiking like going up Intipunku or Door of the Sun, entrance to Machu Picchu coming from the Inca Trail or climb the Huayna Picchu, mountain overlooking Machu Picchu and home to the temple of the Moon. At the arranged time, we will return to Cusco by bus and will be transferred to our hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco. Day 15: Cusco/Lima - (Breakfast Included) Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima. Arrival, asístanse and transfer to the hotel. Free rest of the day to discover the city. Overnight stay in Lima. Day 16: Lima - (Breakfast Included) Departure transfer to the airport.


End of our services.
Highlights:

LIMA, PARACAS, NAZCA, AREQUIPA & COLCA CANYON, PUNO & LAKE TITICACA, CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY AND MACHU PICCHU

TOURIST $2539
TOURIST PLUS $2784
COMFORT $3127
DELUXE $4207
*Based on two people sharing double room.


PRICE INCLUDES:


Our programs include all entrance fees and guides on all excursions.

LIMA

  • Transfers airport / hotel / bus station / hotel / airport - Hd City tour - Hd Larco Herrera Museum and Water Magic Fountain
  • Regular bus ticket Lima - Paracas
  • 4 nights of lodging - Daily breakfast

PARACAS

  • Transfer bus station / hotel / Pisco airport / hotel / bus station
  • Nasca Lines overflight from Pisco - Ballestas Islands motor coach excursion
  • Regular bus ticket Paracas - Lima
  • 1 night of lodging - Daily breakfast

AREQUIPA

  • Transfer airport / hotel / airport - Hd City tour and Santa Catalina convent
  • 2 days / 1 night Colca Canyon. All meals included - Transfer Colca / Puno
  • 1 night of lodging in Arequipa - 1 night of lodging Colca - Daily breakfast

PUNO

  • Fd Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile Island with typical lunch
  • Fd Puno / Cusco by bus with lunch and visits on route
  • 2 nights of lodging - Daily breakfast

CUSCO

  • Transfer bus station / hotel / train station / hotel / airport
  • Hd Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman - Hd City tour
  • Fd Sacred Valley of the Incas : Pisac indian market and Ollantaytambo Fortress & Pablo Seminario with lunch
  • Fd Maras, Moray & Ollantaytambo Fortress with buffet lunch
  • Fd Machu Picchu excursion including train & bus ticket & lunch
  • 3 nights of lodging in Cusco & 2 nights of lodging in the Sacred Valley & 1 night of lodging in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu - Daily breakfast



ADDITIONAL:

  • International air tickets
  • Domestic air tickets: Lima/Arequipa & Cusco/Lima. Please consider an average of USD 320 for ALL inland flights in this tour. For best available flight quote, please contact us.
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