Peru Round Trip + Inka Trail 16 Days
CODE: CT0107: Peru Round Trip + Inka Trail 16 Days
Peru is a country that offers a variety like few other countries in the world: mountains, rainforest, tropical beaches, cosmopolitan cities, beautiful lakes, dry deserts… This itinerary includes a big part of the places you can’t miss when you are travelling to Peru! Visit Lima, Peru’s capital and travel along the coast, visiting the Ballestas Islands, the desert of Ica and the mysterious Nazca Lines. Discover Arequipa, the “White City”, with its colonial architecture and fly with the Condors in the impressive Colca Canyon. Travel to the famous Lake Titicaca where you will see islands made entirely of reeds inhabited by the Uros and spend one night with a local family on the Island Amantani. Your last step will be the Andes and the former capital of the Incas – Cusco. Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas – a cradle of culture, history and agricultural richness and a perfect place to learn about the inhabitants of the ancient Inca Empire. Then continue to one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu! The trips and excursions to the different destinations of this tour are managed with a guide and a small travel group with likeminded people you can share your experiences with. Private tours upon request!
Excellent for: Adventure seekers - Couples - Friends - Nature lovers - Intrepid people - Families
Day 1: Lima
We pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hostel. Depending on your flight’s schedule, you will have some free time to discover the city or relax at your hostel. After you can choose to go to a nice restaurant for dinner and enjoy your first night out in Peru. Overnight in Lima.
Day 2: Lima (City Tour) (B)
In the early afternoon, at around 01.00pm, your tour starts with a City Tour in Peru’s capital Lima: we will visit the charming districts of Miraflores and Barranco and then continue to the historic centre of Lima where you can see attractions like the Cathedral, the Viceroyalty of Peru, the main places of Lima's Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the City Hall, and other important monuments. Arriving back to your hotel, you are free to enjoy your evening as you wish.
Day 3: Lima – Paracas – Ica – Huacachina (B)
At approx. 03:00am we pick you up from your hotel in order to go to the bus station where you take your bus to Paracas. From Lima you are heading south on the Panamerican Highway, to the Paracas National Reserve. We will take a boat to the Ballestas Islands and explore this marine reserve that is home to sea lions, penguins, numerous seabirds and other animals – many of them are endangered species. After visiting the islands you take the bus to Ica at 11:15am. Arriving, we take you to the oasis Huacachina, located in the middle of the desert of Ica. You have some time to relax, then we’ll start an adventurous sand buggy tour in the dunes around the oasis. If you’re up to some more adventure, you can try sandboarding here. After a breathtaking sunset upon the desert, you will spend the night at the oasis.
Day 4: Huacachina – Ica – Nazca (B)
You will have time in the morning to enjoy your free time in Huacachina (optional: Bodega-Tour to some Pisco wineries). At around midday, you will have your transfer back to Ica and take the bus to Nazca. Arriving in Nazca, we take you to your hotel and you will have free time to discover the city of Nazca where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Nazca - Arequipa (B)
Today we will observe the famous and mysterious Nazca lines. On the Panamerican Highway we’ll cross the archaeological zone and from a large metal tower (13 meters high) we will have a perfect view on the several shapes and straight lines that cross the desert of Nazca (*). In the afternoon we’ll visit the archaeological Cemetery of Chauchilla, a more than 1000 years old necropolis that belongs to the period of the Ica-Chincha culture. At night we’ll leave the coast and start at around 10.00pm, our over-night bus ride to Arequipa (approx. 10 hours). (*) OPTIONAL: Flight over the Nazca Lines A more exclusive way of seeing the Nazca Lines! (Prices vary by season, please consult)
Day 6: Arequipa City Tour
You will arrive in Arequipa at approx. 07:30 in the morning. You have some free time to enjoy a nice breakfast and have a first look around. In the afternoon we will explore the colonial city of the “White City” Arequipa, built with blocks of white volcanic stone. During a panoramic bus tour we will visit the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru. In the center of this plaza is located a fountain with the statue "Tuturutú" on the top which is an important symbol of Arequipa. There is a myth about Tuturutu saying that it represents a sixteenth century soldier. Then, head towards the viewpoint of Carmen alto from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the White City and the impressive Misti volcano, which is an active volcano towering over Arequipa. We continue our tour to the district of Yanahuara with its colonial streets and buildings as well as the traditional district of Cayma. Continuing our tour, we stop at the outlet and zoo Incalpaca, where you can observe different Andean camelids such as llamas, Alpacas and Vicunas. On our way we will pass by the artificial lakes Tingo and Sacha on our way to “Molino de Sabandía”, a construction from the XVI century and return to the center, crossing the Paucarpata district with its beautiful pre-Inca terraces.
Day 7: Arequipa – Colca Canyon (Chivay) (B)
At around 7:30 we will pick you up at your hotel and start the trip to the Colca Canyon, passing Yura village. We will pass by the Chachani Volcano, one of the biggest in Arequipa region, and go to Pampa Cañahuas (a National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas), habitat of the beautiful South American camelids vicuna. In the wetlands of tocra we will appreciate huge variety of migratory birds, including flamingos. We will even pass by the crater of an extinct volcano: Chucura. We will stop at the volcanoes viewpoint, which is also the highest point of the trail (4,800m) where we will see the impressive Cordillera Occidental, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Arriving in Chivay at approx. 13:30, you will have time to go to your hotel and have lunch in the Canyon. You will have the possibility to enjoy the thermal baths whose medicinal waters range from 35 to 38 degrees centigrade in the pools. You will spend the night at the village in the middle of the Colca Canyon.
Day 8: Chivay – Cruz Del Condor – Puno (B)
The morning begins early, at around 6:00a.m and you will enjoy a good breakfast to start your day with energy. After your breakfast we will take a bus to the Cruz Del Condor viewpoint, a strategic point in the canyon where you will have the opportunity to watch the spectacular flight of the majestic condor. On our way back, we will stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque which they offer beautiful colonial churches, as well as the choquetico and Antahuilque viewpoints, where we will observe the impressive Andean valley, the tombs and pre-Incas statues. We return to Chivay and at approx. 13:30 you take a bus to go to Puno at Lake Titicaca. Arriving in Puno we take you to your hotel where you will spend the night.
Day 9: Titicaca Lake: Uros & Amantani Islands (B, L, D)
This morning we take you to the port of Puno, where we board our boat to start an approx. 30-40 minutes cruise on the lake to the floating islands called “Uros”, made entirely out of reeds. The friendly Urus people will be happy to welcome you to their islands, and will share their history, culture and traditions with you. The community of the Uros has endured for hundreds of years, thanks to their continual renovation of the island floor with Totora reeds and mud and their harmonious relationship with nature. You will learn how Uros people have completely built their floating houses. Then we take the boat to Amantani Island, where you will have a chance to meet local families. You will also have time to visit the island and the Pachatata Temple, these are the pre-Inca temples sitting on the two high peaks of Amantani Island which are dedicated to fertility. Pacha Mama and Pacha Tata are two important figures that symbolize the principle of compatibility and harmony in the Andean cultures: the Chacha Warmi. You’ll have some time and a dinner with the local family and spend the night at their family home.
Day 10: Titicaca Lake: Amantani & Taquile Islands (B, L)
In the morning you will have a breakfast with the family and then take boat to Taquile Island. You will explore an old island completely terraced by the pre-Incas and Incas. Taquileños still live in a traditional way and are known for their high quality handicrafts. Here we will visit some of the native families and enjoy a traditional meal with them. Then you will have a time to enjoy the island before taking boat back to Puno. Back there, you will have a free evening to enjoy a last night in the city.
Day 11: Puno – Cusco (B, L)
Today we travel from the Lake Titicaca to Cusco: a beautiful journey with some special stops along the way. Your first stop will be at Pucará, a colonial city known for its pottery. We will enjoy the view, and see llamas and alpacas grazing from the La Raya pass at 4310 m/14172 ft above sea level and enjoy a nice buffet lunch in Sicuani. After that, we will also visit the archaeological complex of Raqchi, another important Inca city. Finally, you will visit the Church of Andahuaylillas, known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” and features a simple façade but keeps one of the most valuable jewels of the colonial art in Peru. We will arrive in Cusco, old capital of the Incas’ Empire, where you will spend the night
Day 12: Cusco (City Tour) (B)
After a good rest in the hotel and a free morning in Cusco, we will pick you up and take you on a city tour in Cusco. We will visit the historic centre of the City, Cusco’s main square with its impressive Cathedral and the Inca Temple “Qoricancha” (Temple of the Sun). After visiting the historic centre, we take you to the hills of upper Cusco to visit the old Inca temples and pre-Inca constructions Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Tambomachay and Pucapucara.
Day 13: Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Aguas Calientes (B, L)
Today we will travel to the Sacred Valley, where the Incas once built major cities like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. They built complex irrigation systems and achieved a high level of agriculture. Enjoy the amazing landscapes on your way to the charming village of PIsac, where we will visit its extended archaeological complex and Inca remains and the colorful traditional market. After a nice typical buffet lunch in Urubamba, we travel to Ollantaytambo to visit its Inca ruins and take our train to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu town, in the afternoon. We pick you up at the train station and lead you to your hostel where you spend the night.
Day 14: Cusco – 104 km – Wiñay Wayna (L, D)
We pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Ollantaytambo from where we take the train to KM 104. At this point we start the trek and walk for approx. 3 hours to the well preserved remains of Wiñay Wayna at 2900 m / 9514 feet altitude. The final leg of the trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu begins and we will hike to Inti Punku / Puerta del Sol (the "Sun Gate"), from where we will have our first view of Machu Picchu. Arriving at Machu Picchu around 5pm, a bus will take us to Aguas Calientes, where the night will be spent. Don’t forget your bathing togs so you can enjoy a bath in the hot spring waters there!
Day 15: Visiting Machu Picchu and return to Cusco (B)
Morning begins very early, around 4 am. The plan is to experience a beautiful sunrise at the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. To get there you can either walk for about 1.5 hours or take the bus that leaves at 5:30 and takes about 25 minutes. Arriving we will see the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu quietly being filled with the light of the day. After a short rest a walking tour is given by your guide (approx. 2 hours) and after you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves, capture these unforgettable moments on your camera and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this sacred place. Later the train, departing from Aguas Calientes, will take us back to Ollantaytambo from where we return to Cusco by bus.
Day 16: Cusco – Lima (B)
Enjoy your last day in Peru! You will have your flight back to Lima (hour to confirm with your travel agent). End of the service
- Accommodation in basic Hotels / Backpacker Hostels (superior options can be booked if desired)
- Meals as indicated on day by day itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- All tours and excursions listed including transport, guide and entrance fees
- English-speaking professional guides
- Transportation to all attractions and destinations
- National flight In Lima:
- Transfer Airport – Hotel – bus station
- City Tour incl. transport, guide, entrance fees (group tour)
- Bus Lima – Paracas In Paracas & Ica:
- Ballestas Islands Tour incl. transport, boat, guide and entrance fees (group tour)
- Bus Paracas – Ica – Huacachina – Ica
- Buggy and sandboarding
- Bus Ica - Nazca In Nazca:
- Transfer bus station – hotel – bus station
- Nazca Lines Vantage Point, optional: Museum Maria Reiche
- Guided tour of Chauchilla Cemetery
- Bus Nazca – Arequipa (overnight) In Arequipa:
- Transfer bus station – Hotel – bus station
- Colonial City Tour + panoramic bus and entrance fees Colca Canyon Tour 2d/1n:
- Transport Arequipa – Chivay – Puno
- Professional tour guide
- Breakfast In Puno:
- Transfer Bus – Hotel
- Transfer Hotel - Harbor
- Tour Uros, Amantani & Taquile
- Transportation to all the attractions listed
- Touristic bus Puno – Cusco ( with visits in the route incl. guide and entrance fees) In Cusco:
- Transfer bus station – Hotel
- City Tour and Sacred Valley Tour
- Machu Picchu Tour
- Transfer hotel – train station – hotel
- 1 night in Aguas Calientes
- Meals : 1 breakfast, 1 lunch (lunch box), 1 dinner
- Professional, English speaking Tour Guide
- Train Ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Entrance fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Bus ticket Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (first day)
Transfer Hotel – Airport
Flight Cusco – Lima
- International flights to and from Peru from your country of origin
- Airport taxes (domestic flights and international flights)
- Excess baggage fees
- Meals not specified on day by day itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (one way): US$ 15.00 p.p. (we recommend walking)
- Entrance to the hot springs in the Colca Canyon (S./ 15.00, approx.. US$ 5.00)
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (S./ 15.00, approx. US$ 5.00)
- Any optional tours and services To book in advance:
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu, the “young mountain“(7.00 or 10.00am): US$ 20.00 p.p.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu, the “old mountain“: US$ 20.00 p.p. For your trip / trekking we additionally offer you:
- High-quality rain ponchos to rent: US$ 15.00 p.p.
- Plastic rain ponchos to buy: US$ 2.00 p.p.
Hostel in Cusco
- 15 Days / 14 Nights
- Based Two Persons
Hotel in Cusco
- 15 Days / 14 Nights
- Based Two Persons
Hotel 3 Stars in Cusco
- 15 Days / 14 Nights
- Based Two Persons
Hotel 4 Stars in Cusco
- 15 Days / 14 Nights
- Based Two Persons
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