VIAJE POR LAS RAICES DEL PERÚ


JOURNEY TO THE ROOTS OF PERÚ

Since USD 2,200


e will travel through the history of Peru from its ancient past to the time of the conquest, from Paracas, Nazca, Collaguas and Cabanas in the Colca canyon to the Tiahuanaco of the high plain. We will see how these civilizations conquered the desert and left behind beautiful ceremonial constructions, aqueducts, mysterious desert lines and finally we will arrive at the heart of the Inca empire, Cusco.

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  • Meeting with our representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
  • In the morning, City tour of Lima: We visit the historical city center of Lima: Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Martin, Presidential Palace, Main Town Hall, San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Then we visit the fascinating Larco Museum, which houses an extensive and fascinating collection of Pre-Columbian art, including fine examples of textiles, pottery and gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones.
  • In the afternoon, excursion around Huacachina Oasis on dune buggies and have the experience to practice sand boarding.
  • From here, great chance to enjoy the sunset on the dunes.
  • Overnight
  • In the morning, excursion to the Ballestas Islands, afterwards departure to Nazca.
  • *Optional flight over the Nazca lines: Drawings that have mystified scientists since they were first discovered in the 1920s. They are huge geometric patterns, stylized animal figures incorporations spirals, including a monkey, a spider and an owl man.
  • Overnight
  • You spend much of today travelling through spectacular scenery. The Pan-America highway follows rocky coastline and surf-lashed beaches before turning inland. A group of volcanic mountains heralds your arrival in Arequipa (2,300m). The colonial city stands in a warm and sunny climate overlooked by the perfect conical shape volcano of El Misti (5882m). Its fine buildings, constructed in distinctive local stone, are built to resist the ever-present threat of earthquakes.
  • Arrival by late afternoon.
  • Overnight.
  • In the morning, city tour of Arequipa: Main Square, Cathedral, Church of the “Compañia de Jesus” and the walled enclosure of the Convento de Santa Catalina, a miniature town occupying an entire block and which remained isolated from the rest of the city until 1970. Nowadays it provides a fascinating record of ecclesiastical life in bygone days.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • *Highly recommended: the museum of Andean Sanctuaries whose highlights include the extraordinary ice mummies found on top of surrounding volcanoes in Arequipa
  • In the morning, you leave the city of Arequipa and drive to the staggering Colca Canyon. In the national reserve of Pampa Canahuas and Salinasy Aguada Blanca, you may see groups of vicunas – the rarest and most timid of the American cameloids, llamas and alpacas are also part of the local fauna. Arriving at Chivay, the main city a long the Valley we stop for lunch. In the afternoon you have the chance to visit the thermal springs of La Calera and enjoy the piping hot waters.
  • Overnight
  • Leaving Chivay early and driving about 1 ½ hours to the viewpoint at “Cruz del Condor” you find the ideal spot to peer 1200m down to the floor of the canyon. It’s here that the legendary condor can be seen rising and circling on the morning thermals, silhouetted against the magnificent backdrop of the mountain scenery. The canyon is of mythical proportions; controversy still rages over whether or not this is the world’s deepest! In some parts it is more than 1km from cliff edge to river bottom. During the return journey to Chivay you visit the picturesque villages of Maca and Yanque with their Baroque-fronted churches overlooking quiet plazas. Lunch at chivay. The driving to Puno is a spectacular breathtaking journey, over the high pass of Patapampa (4900m) offers spectacular views of the volcanoes of Ampato, Hualca Hualca and the smoking Sabancaya. Travelling over the high plains, or altiplano of southern Peru, you see herds of llamas and alpacas before reach the city of Puno located on the shore of the famous and well known “ highest navigable lake in the world: Titicaca”.Note: At this altitude the sun is very hot in the daytime but temperatures at night can drop below freezing in the winter months of June, July and August.
  • Fullday Lake Titicaca tour. You will visit the Uros Island which are manmade floating islands and the Island of Taquile. Here you will see the traditional way of life kept alive by the residents of the islands.
  • In the morning, Bus journey to Cusco (optional Orient Express Train, additional cost) Along the way sites of interest include the Inca ruins of Racchi and Pucara. Once over the pass at La Raya (4321m), the scenery changes. The fertile valleys are still worked by beast or groups of industrious villagers; their timeless agricultural methods prove the value of the knowledge of long ago.
  • In the evening you arrive in Cusco.
  • A walking orientation tour of Cuzco in the morning, visiting the Cathedral, Temple of the Sun or Korikancha, San Blas neighborhood and the archeological sites that surround the city: Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara, Qenqo, and Tambomachay.
  • Afternoon at Leisure.
  • Today you will visit the colorful market of Pisaq, here you will have chance to interact with the locals most of whom will be in their traditional dress. You will also have the chance to buy locally produced handicrafts from the region. The impressive ridge-top Pisac archeological site will be visited too.
  • After lunch, you will tour the remarkable fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas. A very steep stone staircase leads into the fortress but the spectacular view from the top the effort is priced.
  • From this town you will take the train that takes you to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu pueblo.
  • Rising early this morning you have Machu Picchu ruins largely to itself before the train brings in day-visitors from Cusco. The magnificent lost city, rediscovered by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911, stands on a high saddle dominated by the jungle-clad peak of Wayna Picchu. The ruins of the site reveal a vast complex of immense structural, historical and archaeological worth. Later in the afternoon, you catch the train back to Cusco .
  • Overnight
  • This morning your will be at your own leisure to explore the fascinating city or for your last minute shopping. Then you will be taken to the airport for you flight to Lima.
  • Transfer to the airport for you international flight.

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