MAGICAL PERU (11D-10N)

DEPARTURE:      9:00 a.m.

RETURN:         4:00 p.m.

DURATION:               11 days and 10 nights

FREQUENCY:      Programmable

LOCATION:               PERU – LIMA, ICA and CUSCO.

DESCRIPTION:

PARACAS – BALLESTAS ISLANDS

Paracas National Reserve: This reserve is located in the Province of Pisco, Department of Ica. This singular area situated in the middle of the coastal desert, borders with one of the world´s richest seas. Its purpose is to protect and take care of the animal species in danger of extinction. Paracas National Reserve is the only protected area in Peru which contains a marine ecosystem within its boundaries. From the Port of Paracas, excursions by boat are regularly organized to the Ballestas Islands, where one can have a very close look at sea dogs, penguins of Humboldt, flamingos or “parihuanas” and sea birds.

Ballestas Islands: Every day, tours on barges leave very early from the jetty “El Chaco”, to the Ballestas Islands, offering a pleasant tourist circuit. It´s forbidden to go off the boat during the tour, but you can enjoy it all from the bow of the boat, as hundreds of sea birds occupy salient crevices and esplanades, the fine sea dogs are playing with the waves and the aristocratic penguins of Humboldt, walking in line ´till they plunge into the sea.

Chandelier: Also known as “Tres Cruces” (Three Crosses) or “Tridente” (Trident), the Chandelier is a design composed of a series of lines furrowed onto a rocky mountain slope and which looks like a 120 meter high chandelier. Its origin is unknown, as is that of the Nazca Lines, although it might have served as a warning for navigators, due to the contrasting white lines upon the darker colored surrounding terrain. It´s located North-east of the Bay of Paracas, between the Martín and Talpo beaches.

ICA

Huacachina´s Lagoon: It´s situated 5 km. (about 10 minutes by car) South-east of the city of Ica. The lagoon is a natural tourist attraction which offers waters with healing properties, as well as the most beautiful landscapes. It´s surrounded by high sand dunes, palm trees and old “huarangos”.

Buggy and sand board experience in the desert: This expedition lasts about 2 hours and will take us through the Ica Desert. It´s a thrilling circuit which gives you adrenaline kicks on each one of its dunes. Midway along, you´ll have the chance to practice going down the sand dunes on sand boards. On our way back, we´ll be able to see the majestuous sunset on the desert. This excursion includes sand boards, driver and guide.

NAZCA

Nazca Lines: The ancient inhabitants of the Nazca Culture have left us with a valuable archaeological heritage composed of a huge network of lines and designs of animals and plants, situated between km. 419 and 455 of the South Pan-American Road. This network covers an area of approximately 350 km².

The flight over the Nazca Lines is an unforgettable experience. There also is a 12 meter high watch tower from which one can see the designs of “The Hand” and “The Tree”.

Cemetery of Chauchilla: This cemetery of the Inca-Chincha Culture, hides real mummies dug out by grave diggers and thieves, as illegal excavations exposed them to the weather and dispersed pieces of bones, of skeletons, ancient fabrics, fragments of pottery, funerary ropes, etc, upon the desert´s sands. Twelve rectangular graves, built with large sun dried mud bricks (adobes), are exposed so that the visitors might see skeletons and mummies with long hair (approximately 3 meters long).

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Arrival in Lima and transfer to your hotel, in the residential area of Miraflores, Lima.

DAY 2: LIMA – PARACAS

10:00 a.m.: Transfer to the BUS Station, in Lima.

From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Trip from Lima to Paracas on a tourist bus and transfer to the hotel in Pisco.

DAY 3: PARACAS – BALLESTAS ISLANDS – HUACACHINA

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., we´ll go on the 2 hour Ballestas Islands´ circuit.

From 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.: Typical seafood lunch and then, transfer to the Oasis of Huacachina, in Ica. Upon arrival, we´ll settle in a hostel and prepare ourselves for yet another tour.

From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Buggy excursion and sand board experience in the desert, after which we´ll spend the night at the Hotel.

DAY 4: FLIGHT OVER THE NAZCA LINES

7:00 a.m.: Breakfast and trip from Huacachina to Nazca (2 hours), followed by a transfer to the airport, where we´ll get ready for our 45 minute flight over the Nazca Lines. Upon arrival, we´ll be able to leave our belongings at the airport´s luggage deposit and the agency will provide facilities for you to rest, take a shower and receive additional information.

7:00 p.m. We´ll board the local bus CRUZ DEL SUR bound to the city of Cusco, to arrive there at about 10:30 a.m. (5th day).

DAY 5: CITY OF CUSCO

10:40 to 11:00 a.m.: Transfer from the bus station to the Hotel. On that day, you´ll be free to wander about the city of Cusco.

7:00 p.m.: Briefing on the Inca Trail circuit (5D-4N).

7:40 p.m.: Welcoming dinner-show.

DAYS   6 – 7 – 8 – 9 AND 10: CUSCO – INCA TRAIL – MACHUPICCHU  & RAFTING (5d-4n)

INCA TRAIL & RAFTING (5D-4N)

Departure:      6:00 or 6:30 a.m., on the first day

Return: 8:30 p.m., in Aguas Calientes, on the fourth or last day

Duration:       5days and 4 nights

Location:       Province of Urubamba, Department of Cusco.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CUSCO – KM. 82 – WAYLLABAMBA (about 5 hours walking)

We´ll pick you up at your hostel to board the bus that will take us to Km. 82, going by Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. We´ll go through the corresponding controls and join the whole team of professionals who will make our trip a successful experience. We´ll start the trek along the banks of the Urubamba River, to get to Llactapata; an important archaeological complex, where we´ll have lunch. Afterwards, we´ll go on walking ´till we get to our first camp site in Wayllabamba and after a well deserved dinner, we´ll spend the night there.

DAY 2: WAYLLABAMBA -PACAYMAYU  (about 6 to 7 hours walking)

We´ll first have a fortifying breakfast to overcome the day´s great challenge. We´ll start our trek with a slow but fabulous ascension to get to the first mountain pass called Warmihuañusca, at 4,200 m. above sea level. From that point, we´ll be able to enjoy an impressive view of two different landscapes: One is composed of snow-capped mountains and the other is a semi-tropical valley. So, it´s with that wonderful view that we´ll start going down towards Pacaymayu, where we´ll set up our next camp site, have dinner and spend the night.

DAY 3: PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA (about 7 to 8 hours walking)

We´ll start walking to ascend to the archaeological area of Runkuraqay, where we´ll come across important remains of the Inca Culture. Afterwards, we´ll set off to Sayacmarca, where we´ll have lunch to then go on walking as we´ll observe the way the landscape changes from dry mountainous to green semi-tropical, by the jungle´s edge. On the way, we´ll go by the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca. After another short walk, we´ll reach our last camp site in Wiñaywayna, where we´ll have dinner and spend the night.

DAY 4: WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU

We´ll get up very early and after breakfast, we´ll start walking towards Intipunku (Sun´s Gate), to contemplate the fabulous sunrise over the Sanctuary of Machupicchu. Then, we´ll go down to have a close look at this magical place full of energy and culture, during a 2 hour guided visit of the living quarters, squares, sacred fountains, temples, towers, as well as of the agricultural and urban sectors. Afterwards, we´ll remain there until 5:00 p.m. or later still, to see the Sun set. After having returned to Aguas Calientes, you´ll be able to go to the thermal baths which remain open ´till midnight. Finally, we´ll spend the night at the Sinchiroca Hostal.

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

8:00 a.m.: After breakfast, we´ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo,where  we should get there around 10:00 a.m. to get on with our rafting tour.  At the afternoon  on the end of the tour, we  return to Cusco in the rafting bus.

INCLUDES:

  • Tourist transportation to Km. 82
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail
  • Meals during the trek
  • Two capacity tent and mattress
  • Porters for the camping equipment and food
  • Return train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Bilingual guide (English –Spanish).

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag or  sobre
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Tips for the guide
  • Bus down Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Individual porter to carry your gear.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Insect repellent
  • Sun blocker lotion
  • Trekking shoes
  • Plastic poncho for the rain
  • Flashlight
  • Hat.

DAY 5: RAFTING – ONE DAY

Departure:      9:15 a.m.

Return: 4:00 p.m.

Duration:       About 2h30

Frequency:      Every day

Level:          II and III (Ollantaytambo)

DESCRIPTION:

We´ll come to pick you up at the indicated place (agency, hotel…), between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. Then, your guide or team leader will give you a short presentation briefing to start our trip to Ollantaytambo. Arrival after a 2 hour trip and security briefing, in English and Spanish, for the participants under our professional guide´s responsibility, followed by the distribution of complete gear: Neoprene suit, life-saving jacket, helmet, wind breaker and paddle. Only then, can our adventure begin and it will last between two and two hours and a half. On that section of the river, we´ll navigate on level II and III rapids respectively, which are very good for people with little or no experience at all in this type of activity.

After having enjoyed that adventure on the river and as we´ll be reaching its end point, a delicious lunch will be awaiting us and will consist of a cold main dish composed of rice or noodles, a varied salad, mineral water, soft drinks, fruit, herbal teas, coffee, bread and dessert. We can also offer a wide variety of vegetarian food, as long as we are informed one day before our trip to have it all ready. After lunch, we´ll head back to Cusco, where we´ll arrive around 5:00 p.m.

INCLUDES:

  • Bilingual (English – Spanish) professional rafting guide
  • Complete rafting gear: Neoprene suit, life-saving jacket, windbreaker, safety helmet, paddle and raft
  • Lunch: Main dish, dessert, bread, fruit, hot and cold drinks Options for vegetarians
  • Private transportation
  • Digital picture service.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Swimming suit
  • Shorts
  • Towel
  • Sandals or sneakers to get in the river
  • Cap and sun blocker lotion
  • Bottle of water and personal snacks
  • Photo or video camera.

DAY 11: CUSCO – LIMA – HOME

Breakfast and time enough to catch your return flight to Lima and then, home.

THE PRESENT PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • All the mentioned circuits (Paracas, Huacachina, Nazca, Inca Trail and Machupicchu)
  • Six nights at hostels (includes private bathroom and breakfast)
  • Food
  • All mentioned transportation and transfers
  • Transfer personnel and guides
  • And all items specified in each tour.

WHAT IT DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Local and international flights, as well as airport taxes
  • What is mentioned as not included in each tour.