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Duration: 10 Days
Type: Peru Classic Tour
Destinations: Lima, Paracas bus. Ballestas Islands. Huacachina, Cusco, Machupicchu, Ollantaytambo, Puno, Arequipa Imata, Pillones Falls, Rock Forrest, Peru
After you arrive to Lima, pass through immigrations, retrieve your luggage and clear customs, exit the terminal where your driver will be waiting with our Blue & Gold ILE Tours sign. Take your time to find him, he will be there amongst many drivers.
Private transfer to Miraflores hotel (1 hr) for hotel check in. Miraflores is an upscale area right on the Pacific Ocean. Your hotel is on Av Larco in the heart of Miraflores. Safe area to walk south to Larcomar Mall overlooking the Pacific Ocean and north to Kennedy Park.
At 03:15AM you will be met in your hotel to transfer to bus terminal for your 4AM bus to Paracas.
Drive along Peru’s desert coast for spectacular views of the beaches and Pacific Ocean. You will be greeted in Paracas and taken to the piers or your 2 hr delightful boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, also known as the “small Galapagos“. Although the islands are off limits to people so as not to disturb the wildlife, your tour boat will get close enough for you to observe its amazing wildlife inhabitants suchaspelicans, penguins, cormorants, Peruvian boobies, Inca terns and walruses. Keep your eyes open also for sea lions, turtles, dolphins, and whales.
You will also be treated to a site from the sea of the Paracas Candelabra. This is an ancient etching in the sand that may have been a beacon to sailors from long ago. After the boat tour take your private car from Paracas to Ica to enjoy the afternoon in Huacachina. You will be taken to the Ica bus terminal for you bus back to Lima in the afternoon. You will be greeted in Lima and transferred to your Miraflores hotel. Overnight Lima. (B)
fter breakfast and check-out please be sure to leave nothing behind in your Lima hotel. Private transfer from your Lima Hotel to LIM airport 3 hrs before your (1 hr) flight SE over the Andes to historic Cusco, Peru. In Cusco your driver will be waiting with our blue & gold ILE Tours sign to take you by private car to your downtown hotel (20 min). After resting you can take an easy walk to explore in the afternoon. Overnight Cusco. (B)
At 10:00AM you will be met in your hotel by your and taken to enjoy a 3-4 hr tour of Cusco and surrounding important sites. Visit Koricancha, The Temple of the Sun near the center of Cusco. Koricancha is an architectural marvel since it was built with ashlar masonry, which is composed of similarly sized cuboid stones. Now Koricancha is the foundation of the Santa Domingo Church. Next drive north of Cusco for 15 minutes to the magnificent site of Sacsayhuaman. Its huge monolithic stones were perfectly cut and fit together without the use of mortar. Next drive to nearby Q’enqo – a small cave like structure used in Inca ceremonies. 10 minutes further north stop at Pucapucara, a small fortress and resting place. Finally, visit the fountains and canals at Tambomachay. All of these sites are near each other. After completion of the tour you will be returned to your hotel before sundown. Overnight Cusco. (B)
At 07:15AM, after breakfast you will be greeted in your Cusco hotel and driven NE out of Cusco to Pisaq. Stop periodically at scenic overlooks for pictures of the dramatic landscape before continuing on to Pisaq. Known for its indigenous craft market, Pisaq was also the easternmost fortress of the Sacred Valley. You can see Pisaq from the winding road that approaches the market town and the ruins high above the town square. Next continue west through the picturesque Sacred Valley to enjoy an excellent Andean buffet lunch in one of the best restaurants. You will next visit the archaeological city of Ollantaytambo, the Inca’s northern fortress walled city where they guarded the Sacred Valley to the north. Here you can appreciate the complexity of this magnificent Inca construction built in accordance with the landscape. Spectacular views of the Sacred Valley from atop the wall where there are more magnificent cut stones. Your hotel will meet you in the Aguas Calientes train station and escort you to your hotel. At 7PM your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby to discuss tomorrow’s plan to visit Machu Picchu. Overnight Aguas Calientes. (B, L)
After breakfast check out and store your back packs with your Aguas Calientes hotel. Your guide will meet you to take one of the continuously running buses up 20 min to Machu Picchu’s entrance. Buses run continuously and only stop at the top and bottom. Machu Picchu was probably an estate of the Inca Pachacutec, who also designed Cusco. When finished take one of the continuous running buses 20 min back down to Aguas Calientes, retrieve your overnight or carry on bags from the hotel and be at the Aguas Calientes train station at least 30 minutes before your departing train/van to your Cusco hotel. Overnight Cusco. (B
After breakfast and check out be sure to leave nothing behind in your Cusco hotel room. Cusco hotel greeting 2.5 hrs before your departing flight to Arequipa (1 hr). Arequipa airport greeting and private transfer to your hotel in Arequipa. Meet your guide at your hotel and embark on a walking tour of Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city and one of its most beautiful. Visit the magnificent Arequipa Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its soaring bell towers and intricate facade. Step inside the Santa Catalina Monastery, a sprawling 16th-century complex that once housed over 200 cloistered nuns. Explore its colorful cloisters, peaceful gardens, and hidden passageways. Visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos, home to the world-famous mummy Juanita, a perfectly preserved 500-year-old Inca ice maiden. Admire the majestic presence of Misti Volcano, a towering stratovolcano that looms over Arequipa’s skyline. Return to your hotel and prepare for your evening flight to Lima. Private transfer to Arequipa airport for your flight to Lima and connection home. Overnight Arequipa. (B)
Early morning hotel greeting for your group tour to Imata, Pillones Falls, Rock Forrest. First stop in Imata 136km from Arequipa (4,200M) above sea level. Stunning, breathtaking scenery as you approach the captivating Pillones waterfalls that cascade 10 meters onto volcanic rocks Unique flora and fauna can be seen by observant hikers. Next visit the surreal Rock Forest, a geological wonder shaped by volcanic eruptions and wind erosion over millennia. Large, otherworldly rock formations resemble various shapes like animals, birds, and even human figures. Finally, arrive in Chivay, a charming village on the edge of the Colca Canyon. After checking into your hotel, you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, or head out to explore the town’s narrow streets and colorful markets. Overnight Chivay. (B)
Your guide will pick you up for an early morning excursion to Mirador Cruz del Cóndor As the sun rises over the rugged peaks. Hopefully you’ll witness the awe-inspiring sight of condors soaring effortlessly overhead, searching for their morning meal. You can take an easy hike of Colca Canyon at one of the most breathtaking viewpoints in the Colca Canyon and marvel at the canyon’s immense depth, stretching nearly 4,000 feet below. Finally arrive back to
After breakfast and check out be sure to leave nothing behind in your Arequipa hotel. You will be met in your hotel lobby and taken to the Arequipa airport for y our flight to Lima. You will not be met in Lima.END OF SERVICES
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