DAY 1: WELCOME TO LIMA & CITY TOUR
Lima was declared the capital of the Peruvian Republic, and therefore the political and economic center of the country, when our country proclaimed our independence in 1821. It is known as “The City of the Kings”.
Upon your arrival, Pacha Peru staff will pick you up from Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima and will drop you to your previously selected hotel.
Later, we will take a tour of the city which will start between 14:15hrs and 14:30hrs. Our city tour of Lima will start in Huaca Pucllana which was a ceremonial and administrative pre-Incan building. Then, we will travel to Lima’s city center where we will visit the Cathedral of Lima, Francisco Pizarro’s tomb, the catacombs of the Monastery of San Francisco, the National Congress and the Palace of Torre Tagle.
To finish this tour, we will get to see some of Lima’s more modern districts such as San Isidro and Miraflores, where we will enjoy wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean.
At the end of our tour, you will be dropped at Kennedy Park, located in Miraflores. You might like to enjoy a nice dinner in one of the many restaurants in this area and experience some of the city’s night life. Alternatively, we can arrange for you to be dropped to your hotel.
Overnight in Lima. Meals included: none.
DAY 2: BUS JOURNEY TO PARACAS AND FLIGHT OVER THE NAZCA LINES
In the morning, you will enjoy a breakfast in your hotel before our staff picks you up. You will be brought to the bus station from where you will take a bus to Paracas.
Once you arrive to Paracas, Pacha Peru staff will welcome and transfer you to your hotel. On this special day, you will experience the thrill of a flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines.
The Nazca Lines are huge, ancient drawings that can only be seen from the sky and which are arranged in the shapes of insects and animals like a monkey, hummingbird, condor and spider.
Their origin is unknown, but many theories propose that they were part of a giant astronomical calendar.
After finishing this tour, you will have the rest of the day to enjoy your accommodation or to do some other activities in Paracas.
Overnight in Paracas. Meals included: Breakfast.
DAY 3: PARACAS AND BALLESTAS ISLANDS TOUR & BACK TO LIMA
Early in the morning, our staff will come to your hotel in order to drive you to the town’s port where we will board a speedboat which will take us on a tour around the Ballestas Islands.
On this trip, we will be able to appreciate the Candelabro (candle holder) which is a giant figure drawn in the sand in the same style as the Nazca Lines.
At the islands, we will be able to observe lots of playful sea lions, pelicans, penguins and other sea birds that live on the Peruvian coast. In the afternoon, after our tour, we will take you to the bus station where you will catch a bus back to Lima.
Once you arrive in Lima, Pacha Peru staff will pick you up and escort you to your hotel in the city. Overnight in Lima. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4: FLIGHT TO CUSCO & CITY TOUR
In the morning, a Pacha Peru representative will pick you up from your hotel and escort you to Lima International Airport where you will take an hour and 10 minute flight to Cusco.
When you arrive to Cusco, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel by our staff. We recommend you rest for a couple of hours in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Coca tea, which can help with altitude sickness, will be available for you at your hotel whenever you want it. In the afternoon, our tour of the city of Cusco will start between 13:00hrs and 13:20hrs.
This is an absolutely essential part of your trip to Cusco. We will begin by visiting the Cathedral of Cusco located on the Plaza de Armas. This cathedral has a beautiful collection of colonial art. The tour then continues to Qorikancha (The Temple of the Sun), where the Incas worshiped the sun god, the moon and the stars.
We will then see some of the cities impressive archeological sites such as Sacsaywaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay. Our tour will finish at either the main square or your hotel depending on what you are in the mood to do.
Overnight in Cusco. Meals included: Breakfast.
DAY 5: SACRED VALLEY TOUR / AGUAS CALIENTES
Between 08:00hrs and 08:20hrs, your transportation will pick you up to start a day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Our first stop will be the town of Pisaq, an amazing Incan archaeological site which boasts magnificent terraced fields. Among its crops are a wide variety of corn, kiwicha and hundreds of kinds of potatoes. Our first stop will be the town of Pisaq, an amazing Incan archaeological site which boasts magnificent terraced fields. Among its crops are a wide variety of corn, kiwicha and hundreds of kinds of potatoes. Then, we will travel to Urubamba, one of the major agricultural locations for the Incas due to its special climate and geographic qualities.
Here, we will enjoy an exquisite buffet lunch while surrounded by the Andes Mountains.
After lunch, we will go to the Incan village and archeological site of Ollantaytambo. Incredibly, most of its buildings, which were built by different Incan rulers, still remain today.
Finally, we will take you to the train station where you will take a train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, our staff will be there to escort you to your hotel.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.
DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU TOUR
Today is the day! In the early hours of the morning, we will start our tour to the sacred Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.
Our tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World will last for 2 hours. We will explore the mysteries and magic of the sacred Incan citadel of Machu Picchu by visiting the many different zones of the city and its main attraction like the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows and various cemeteries.
Wayna Picchu Mountain, overlooking the city, can also be climbed if you have purchased an entrance ticket in advance (only 400 tickets are sold daily).
We will have ime for lunch at the restaurant located at the entrance to Machu Picchu or in any of the other restaurants in Aguas Calientes where we will return to after our tour of Machu Picchu.
Later, you will go to the train station from where you will start your return to Cusco by train. Upon arrival to the relevant train station, a member of our staff will escort you to your hotel in the city of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7: CUSCO FAREWELL
Depending on the departure time of your flight, our staff will pick you up and take you to Cusco International Airport. Upon your arrival to the airport, the program will conclude.