Peru is a complex country and full of contrasts, where the potential for adventure and discovery is endless! All of this abundance based in one of the richest historic and cultural heritages of the world. We will discover the magnificent Inca Empire, whose main symbol is the site of Machu Picchu, one of the world’s new 7 wonders. The development of several ancestral civilizations made Peru the “navel of the world” until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the XVIth century and, ever since, developed into a country of so many crossings and rhythms, from the more modern to the most traditional.
This is an exotic land, of humble and truthful people, but also of legends and superstitions, such as the ones who originated the enigmatic Nazca lines and the millennial ruins spread a bit all over the country. It’s a land that grabs all of our senses at once, which makes us admire the simplicity and joy of the day-to-day life and where you will want to come back over and over again!
- Admire sea lions, emperor penguins and other species in Ballestas Islands;
- Fly over the enigmatic Nazca lines;
- Explore every nook and history of the city of Cusco and its ruins;
- Discover the magic lost Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu;
- Navigate and stay overnight with an indigenous family on an island in Lake Titicaca.
Day 1 - Arrival in Limasee
Bienvenidos al Peru! Your adventure starts arriving at the airport of Lima.
The capital and biggest city of Peru, with about 8.5 million inhabitants, is the 5th largest of South America. Here is where ancient traditions from different civilizations and tribes cross with the Hispanic influences of the conquistadores and the modernity of the country’s economic, financial and cultural center.
TTaking advantage of being lodged in the agitated Barranco neighborhood, we suggest a tranquil stroll and dinner near one of the most characteristic plazas of the city.
Day 2 - Limasee
By local bus we will go to the historic centre, where the day-to-day life of many limeños takes place, which is considered a World Heritage Site since 1988. We’ll roam around several colonial buildings with their magnificent verandas near de Plaza Mayor, the cradle of the city of Lima and where we can also find the Government Palace and the stunning Cathedral. Next, we will visit the Saint Francis convent, its beautiful library and impressive Catacombs, where thousands of human bones can be found, showcased in such an organized manner that it is disturbing!
After lunch, in the surroundings of the once aristocratic and nowadays commercial pedestrian boulevard Jiron de la Unión, we will explore a more cultural side of town, passing by the historic richness of the Central Reserve Bank Museum and further on towards the San Marting plaza and the Paseo Colón avenue, where we will have a few more museums, gardens and historical buildings and monuments for company.
At the end of the day we come back to Barranco to walk around Sigh Bridge, art galeries and seat in one of the panoramic points to see the sunset.
Day 3 - Lima, Paracassee
Today’s morning is still spent in Lima and it is free. The Peruvian capital has always been known as the “garden city” and the Miraflores quarter, namely El Malecón, located alongside the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, are rightfully called so, being a good starting point for a stroll on foot. Or try to visit some of the museums of Lima: Larco museum or the La Nacion museum.
We will meet for lunch and try one of the flagships of the Peruvian gastronomy, the “ceviche”, in a known local cevicheria. After lunch we will set off along the mythical Pan-American road towards Paracas, which in Quechua language means “sand rain”, and we will start discovering the Peru of the provinces.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Day 4 - Ballestas Islands, Huacachina, Nazcasee
Today we start off quite soon, but for a good reason! From Paracas we will leave on a boat tour on the Ballestas Islands, in the cold Pacific waters. The so-called “Galapagos of the poor men” are one of the major sea life reserves of the country where, by influence of the Humboldt current and besides the great diversity of rock formations, it is inevitable the encounter with several birds and marine inhabitants, such as pelicans, sea lions and even penguins!
By the end of the morning we will proceed to Ica and Huacachina, where we will have the chance to relax in an oasis or leave for an adventure descending one of the biggest sand dunes in the world, on a buggy or sandboard.
At evening time, we will go to the enigmatic city of Nazca, where we will have a well deserved rest, since the next day will have much in store!
Day 5 - Nazca Lines, Arequipasee
We’ll start the day with one of the great mysteries of South America, the Nazca lines!
These consist of several figures and geometrical forms which can reach 200 meters long, outlined along some 500Km2. Some of the most known figures are those of the humming bird, monkey, dog and astronaut. Its origin is still debated nowadays, but the popular believes talk about ancestral races, astronomical calendar or the landing of extraterrestrial spaceships.
The best way to observe them is from the air, thus we embark on a spectacular flight, to be overwhelmed by this enigmatic world heritage site, since 1994. After we finish this we will hop on a bus which will take us, passing by its guardian volcanoes, to the town of Arequipa, the 2nd most important in the country and one of the most beautiful, thanks to its colonial architecture, which granted her the nickname of “ciudad blanca” or the white city.
Day 6 - Arequipasee
This morning we will stroll around the centre of Arequipa, passing in the main square, Plaza de Armas, through the cloisters Company of Jesus and finish at the local market to taste some of the rarities of the Peruvian Cuisine.
After a relaxed lunch, we explore the surround area of Arequipa and I promise that I will take you to some places well hidden.
At the evening, we’ll have time left to feel the effervescence of the bohemian lifestyle and restaurants in town.
Day 7 - Arequipa, Punosee
During the morning, you will have time to explore the Catalina Monastery, where more than 450 sisters lived 400 years ago. The arcades made of volcanic rock and the colours makes this place one of the most beautiful places to photograph.
Then, let's get to know a bit more about Peruvian gastronomy. This time I will take you to taste some of the thousands of varieties of potatoes that Peru produces! Potato, like quinoa, is the basis of Peruvian cuisine.
We are in the middle of your trip, so the afternoon will be free to explore the city on your own way.
In the evening, we will continue our tour on a bus from Arequipa to Puno, which will take us about 6 hours.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Day 8 - Titicaca Lake, Uros and Taquile Islandssee
We will leave rather early from Puno, located in the largest body of water at high altitude in the world: the Titicaca lake, with an area of over 8.300 square meters and at 3.800 meters above sea level. With this we will embark on a 2 day experience through the traditional communities who live in the islands of this almost-sea on the top of the world.
On this first day we go directly to Amantani where we can arrest at your homestays. Then we will participate in the Future Wanderlust project. Let's play and teach the children of Amantani. Share your passion and a bit of your world. Staying here and share your time with the local inhabitants will open your consciousness to other ways of life.
In the afternoon, we’ll walk to the highest peak of the island to see an incredible panoramic view of Lake Titicaca.
Here we will have dinner and spend the night in a familiar ambiance, with the local inhabitants.
Accommodation: guesthouse (familiar house)
Meals: lunch and dinner
Day 9 - Titicaca Lake, Taquile Island, Cuscosee
Second day of navigation around the Titicaca lake. After the breakfast at our local family’s home, the morning will be used to peacefully explore the Taquile island, enjoying its singular landscapes, contact with its people and following the strict Inca moral code Ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhilla, which in Quechua means “do not steal, do not lie, do not be lazy”!
During the afternoon, we will visit the uncommon floating islands of the Uros, built from reeds by this millennial people, which still as of today keeps many of its characteristic rites and manners.
We come back to Puno and by the evening we will hop in a sleeper bus which will take us to the fascinating city of Cusco. We will arrive quite early and go straight to our accommodation, where we can rest a bit more during the morning.
Accommodation: sleeping bus and guesthouse
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Day 10 - Cuscosee
The ancient capital of the Inca empire and known by them as the “navel of the world”, the city of Cusco possesses a prosper Andean culture, Inca architecture and colonial treasures in abundance! This is a magnificent city which deserves to be visited sluggishly and to each and every one’s rhythm.
In this first day, we will have a cultural immersive experience accompanied with a local guide. From the Plaza de Armas where Pachacutec (inca king) is the centre of your attention and then walking through the Inca paths till one of the most beautiful point views of the city.
After lunch, explore the city on your own way. At the final of the day we will discover more about your second social project. The education is the future of the new generations, in this project we will see how a responsible tourism can help and support the underprivileged children of Cusco and in other villages.
At evening, we will start at the Plaza de Armas to watch the traditional dances and music. This is the begin of a great night!
Day 11 - Sacred Valley of the Incas, part Isee
Today our day will be dedicated to the Sacred Valley of the Incas! It was here, in these grounds, that the Incas developed their great artistry in the techniques of crop farming, orientation and engineering.
We will depart in the morning to visit Chinchero, one of the most magnificent Inca Palace. Then we continue your journey to the enigmatic and uncommon Inca ruins of Moray, concentrically shaped. Stop to think in this incredible Inca knowledge. Walking though the valley we will reach the Maras salt mines.
To end the day, we will take a public transportation to Ollantaytambo, feel the atmosphere and share your time with the local inhabitant. We spend the night close by to the archaeological park.
Day 12 - Sacred Valley of the Incas, part IIsee
On this second part of exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Incas we will start in Ollantaytambo to explore the architecture of the Inca Empire.
Along our incredible journey we will visit, among others, different archeological spaces and centennial constructions passing by Pisac, a small and picturesque city with one of the best crafts market in the region and the Urubamba river, with its powerful and magnificent current, which flows into the jungle in a never-ending quest for other springs of the Amazon.
On the back way to Cusco, we will pass by another important Inca ruins, namely Saqsaywaman (tip: kinda sounds like “sexy woman”), where every year on June 24th is celebrated the biggest adoration festival to the Inca Sun God: Inti Raymi. We will have time to explore these ruins and enjoy the impressive view that one has from here over all of Cusco.
For those who are still motivated, Cusco always has something to offer at night, if only for the never-ending movement of tourists arriving and departing town at every hour. This will be the last night for those that decided to do a challenging trekking. Let's celebrate with a Pisco Sour!
Accommodation: bed & breakfast
Day 13 - Machu Picchusee
Today is, surely, one of the highlights of the journey! We will wake up at dawn and embark on the train which will take us through the Ollanta Valley towards Aguas Calientes. From there we will anxiously climb up to Machu Picchu, the most famous archaeological site of all South America! Once there it is time to contemplate, with all the time to absorb the mystical atmosphere of this place, at our own pace.
This impressing citadel, known as the “lost city of the Incas” is one of the best-kept memories of this culture, since the Spanish conquistadores never got to find it, much because of its location: at 2.400 meters above sea level, peaking over the valley of Urubamba river. Only in 1911 did the archaeologist Hiram Bingham re-introduce it to the world, being classified as a world heritage site since 1983 and one of the new seven wonders of the world since 2007.
During the afternoon there will be time, for those who want it, to relax at the thermal baths which give the name to the village of Aguas Calientes (the “hot waters”), and then take the train back to Ollantaytambo, dreaming back along the way with all the magic we just witnessed. We arrive late at Cusco if you have energy celebrate this great day!
Meals: breakfast and dinner
Day 14 - Return from Cuscosee
According to the flight schedules, Patricia will prepare your transfer to Cusco’s airport.
You will continue your journey towards your home city, full of nice stories to tell and your photo camera’s memory card overflowing with memories!
Optional visits to Machu Picchu not included in the programsee
Inca Trail: 2 Days / 1 Night: 290€
Inca Trail: 4 Days / 3 Nights: 500€
Salkatay Trekking: 4 Days / 3 Nights: 280€
All the programs available upon request and subject to availability
What is included?
- Days: 14
- Accommodation: 6 nights in guesthouse (1 night in family house), 3 nights in hostel, 2 nights in hotel, 2 nights in bed & breakfast, 1 night in sleeper bus
- Transports: 6 bus journeys, 2 train journeys, 2 boat journeys, all the transfers on the dates of the program
- 19 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinner
- Activities: All the activities mentioned on the itinerary
- Local guide tour in Arequipa, Titicaca Lake, Cusco and Machu Picchu
- Travel insurance on the dates of the program
- Monitoring and guidance throughout the whole travel by Patrícia Campos
- Group size: 5 (minimum), 11 (maximum)
What is not included?
- International airfare (~750€)
- Single supplement: 120€
- Unspecified meals (~20€/day)
- Extra activities
- Nazca Flights: 80€
- Buggy and sandboarding in Huacachina: 10€
- Unspecified visits
- Expenses of personal nature