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PERU BY ICA
Huacachina Lagoon, Ica


11 Days / 10 Nights

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  1. Arrival in Lima
  2. Ica - Huacachina - Viñedos
  3. Ica - Nazca
  4. Ica - Paracas
  5. Lima - Cuzco
  6. Cuzco: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  7. Cuzco: Sacred Valley of the Incas
  8. Cuzco - Puno
  9. Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Island of the Uros and Island of Taquile
  10. Puno: Chullpas of Sillustani
  11. Lima: City Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Arrival in Lima. Assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel. No activities programmed. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2: Ica - Huacachina - Viñedos

11:00 am. Arrive to Ica, transfer to hotel.
City Tour ICA , Huacachina Oasis, Paracas Arqueology Museum then we visit to vineyard and we are going to taste wines and Buy candys. Hosting.

Day 3: Ica - Nazca

Early in the morning, after breakfast, transfer to Nazca airport for a 45-minute overflight of the enigmatic Nazca Lines. These enormous lineal drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures, remain etched in the desert and they can only be appreciated from the air. Free time to visit the local museums and have lunch. At 16:30 return to Ica. Transfer and Hosting.

Day 4: Ica - Paracas

Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, in the Paracas National Reserve, where we can observe sea lions, boobies, pelicans, penguins and marine birds. On the way back, from the water, we can also see the "Candelabro"(Candelabrum), a giant figure etched in the sand on the side of a hill in the style of the Nazca Lines. Where we can find the most important wildlife sanctuary on the Peruvian Coast. Transfer to your hotel. Departure to Lima. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Miraflores.

Day 5: Lima - Cuzco: City tour and visit to nearby ruins

In the morning transfer to the airport to take a plane to Cuzco. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. After arrival we suggest some rest in the hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness. In the afternoon, city tour of Cuzco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha and the Cathedral. Take a pleasant walk in the bohemian district of San Blas, home to the best known craftsmen of Cuzco. Visit its beautiful church, to admire its impressive carved wooden pulpit, with images of local fruits carved into it in filigree. Pop into some of the craft shops in its small Main Square. On your way back to Cusco center, go through Hatunrumiyoc Street with its famous Twelve-angled stone. Then, we drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuamán. The latter site is strategically built on a hill overlooking Cuzco and is famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft tall, and weighing over 350 tons, set together with astounding precision to form the outer walls.

Day 6: Cuzco: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cuzco train station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas", one of the best known examples of surviving Inca architecture. Arrive in Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the marvelous citadel. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you'll have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Lunch at a restaurant at Aguas Calientes town. In the afternoon, return to Cuzco by train. Overnight at your Cuzco hotel.

Day 7: Cuzco: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", visiting a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces, and archaeological sites, as well as enjoying its excellent climate. We visit the town of Pisac, located next to an important archaeological site. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, you can have the chance to browse through the arts and crafts of Pisac's typical Indian market and perhaps haggle with the vendors when you make a purchase. There's a Catholic mass service on Sundays in Quechua, the native language. Lunch in a restaurant in the Urubamba Valley.
After lunch, passing through the towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the lower jungle. The fortress consists of a series of stepped carved stone terraces accessed by long staircases. Later on you can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural center was like during the era of the Inca Empire. On our way back to Cuzco we stop of at the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the ruins of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lie. You can admire the well preserved Inca Wall in the Main Square, and visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes in the portico.

Day 8: Cuzco - Puno

Early departure by First Class bus to the City of Puno, approx. 7 hours. During the trip we pass the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters. We visit the nearby pre Inca citadel of Pikillacta, Quechua name for "City of Fleas". One of the most spectacular centers of Wari culture, these ruins consist of more than 700 structures, with some walls standing at almost 12m high. We proceed to the beautiful town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. On the way we stop in Racchi where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70km further on, we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Further south we pass close to the mountain range of Vilcanota where we can appreciate the snow covered peaks of La Raya and Kunurana. Then we travel along the high plateau of Collao, stopping at the town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile center, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture. Buffet lunch at a typical restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region. Snacks onboard. Evening arrival in Puno, transfer to selected hotel for overnight.

Day 9: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Island of the Uros and Island of Taquile

Early in the morning, we take a two-hour motor boat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique Floating "Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "totora". Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motor boat trip to Taquile island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, down through the generations. After lunch at a local Taquile inn, we take a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6km long island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight.

Day 10: Puno: Chullpas of Sillustani

Early in the morning hotel check out to take a 30-minutes bus ride to visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani, 12 m/40ft high stone cylinder burial chambers, used by the Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. Here you also have the opportunity to observe wild guinea pigs, birds and other local wildlife. After this visit we will continue to Juliaca airport to board a plane to Lima. Arrival in Lima, assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 11: Lima: City Tour

This excursion provides a perfect combination (pre-Hispanic era, colonial period and Modern Lima), that enables the visitor to get acquainted with Lima's complete history. We will visit the Huaca Pucllana, a magnificent ceremonial and administrative center of Lima Culture, built in the 4th century AD, and considered by the Incas as ñaupallaqta, a "sacred village". We will show you the Historical Center: Paseo de la República, San Martín Square, Main Square, Government Palace, Basilica Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, City Hall Palace, the old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish-style balconies.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental assembly of colonial art in America. The monks' Choir and Library; the Vestry, with paintings by Zurbaran and Rivera; Main Cloister decorated with Sevillian tiles from the 16th century; Moorish arches, and The Catacombs, underground crypts from the colonial times.
The tour continues through the more traditional Residential Areas: El Olivar in San Isidro, with olive trees brought from Spain in the 17th century; Miraflores' Central Park, and Larco Mar, a spot of international thematic attractions which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean - Larco Mar has become a distinctive symbol of modern Lima. Return to your hotel. Afternoon free on your own.

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Photos:

Huacachina Lagoon, Ica
 
aqueducts preIncas
 
line of Paracas
 
the coast, National Reserve of Paracas
 
Candelabrum of Paracas
Guaneras birds, National Reserve of Paracas
 
National Reserve of Paracas   National Reserve of Paracas

Affiliations:


IATA

(International Air Transport Association)
Affiliation Code: 91-5-008-0
Telephone Number: (+511) 222-4353

COTAL
(Latin America Confederation of Travel Organizations)
Affiliation Code: AC1812
Telephone Number: (+5411) 4393-5696 (based in Argentina)

APAVIT
(Peruvian Association of Travel Agencies)
Affiliation Code: AO683
Telephone Number: 011-511-433-1111

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