Peru is a complex country of contrasts, where the potential for adventure and discovery has no limits! An abundance and diversity based on one of the most precious historical and cultural heritage in the world, in which the Inca Empire is the best known of all, and whose largest symbol is the site of Machu Picchu, one of the seven new wonders of the world.
An exotic land, of humble and genuine people, but also of legends and superstitions, such as those that give rise to the enigmatic Nazca lines and the millenary ruins scattered all over the country. It is a land that grabs all our senses at once, which makes us admire the simplicity and joy of daily life and where you will want to return again and again!
Bienvenidos al Peru! Your adventure starts arriving at the airport of Lima.
Taking advantage of being lodged in the agitated Barranco neighbourhood, we suggest a peaceful stroll and dinner near one of the most characteristic plazas of the city.
Accommodation: bed & breakfast
The historic centre is where the day-to-day life of many limenhos takes place, being World Cultural Heritage since 1988. We wander through various colonial buildings with their great balconies around the Plaza Mayor, the cradle of the birth of the city. Then we visit the convent of San Francisco, its beautiful library and its impressive Catacombs.
Lunch reserves us one of the bastions of the Peruvian gastronomy, the “ceviche”, in the most famous market of Lima – Jesus Maria.
We then follow to the sumptuous and beautiful Larco Museum and its impressive collections of Inca gold and erotic pottery!
Accommodation: bed & breakfast
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Today’s morning is free. The Peruvian capital is known as “the garden city” and the neighbourhood of Miraflores, namely El Malecón, located along the cliffs over the Pacific Ocean, is well worthy of this denomination, and can be a good suggestion for a morning walk.
We meet for lunch some of the typical sandwiches in the neighbourhood. I promise it won’t disappoint! Then, we leave the mythical Pan-American Highway towards Paracas, which in Quechua means “sand rain”, where we’ll begin to discover Peru from the provinces.
Today the day starts early, but for a good reason! From Paracas, we set out on a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, in the cold waters of the Pacific. The so-called “Galapagos of the Poor” is one of the largest marine reserves in the country where it is inevitable to encounter various species of birds and marine inhabitants, such as pelicans, sea lions and even penguins!
At the end of the morning, we will continue to Ica and Huacachina, where you will have the opportunity to go on an adventure and descend one of the world’s biggest dune by buggy or sandboard (activities not included).
At the end of the afternoon, we will continue to the enigmatic city of Nazca.
We start the day with one of the great mysteries of South America, the Nazca lines! These consist of several figures and geometric shapes that can reach 200 meters in length, drawn along 500 km2.
The best way to see them is from the air, so we suggest embarking on a spectacular flight, to dazzle this enigmatic World Heritage Site since 1994 (activity not included). In the end, we will take a bus that will take us, passing by its volcanic guardians, to the city of Arequipa, the second most important of the country and one of the most beautiful, thanks to its colonial architecture, which are worth to the name “white city”.
Meals: breakfast and light lunch
Today, on tour to the historic centre, we discover the white city of Arequipa and know a little more about Peruvian gastronomy. This time I’ll take you to taste some of the thousands of varieties of potatoes that Peru produces!
We continue to the Santa Catalina Convent, whose round arches in volcanic stone and the warm and intense colours, make this place an unforgettable one to photograph.
We have free time to watch the Misti volcano, to enter the cathedral and feel the effervescence of bohemian life and the restaurants of the city.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
As the morning is free, take the opportunity to visit one of the most famous inhabitants of this city: the mummy Juanita, with more than 500 years old, in the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries.
After lunch, we continue our journey by bus towards Puno, which will last about 6 hours, accompanied by landscapes of the Andean plateau merely stunning.
Early in the morning, we leave the port of Puno, embarking on a 2-day experience with the traditional communities living on the islands of this quasi-sea at the top of the world. We’re talking about Lake Titicaca, the most substantial body of water in the world with an area of more than 8,300 square meters and at 3,800 meters of altitude.
On the first day, we visit the unique floating islands of the Uros, built from reeds by these millennial people that still retains many of its rites and customs.
Then we head to Amantani Island, where we stay with the local families, awakening our consciousness to other ways of life.
In the afternoon we walk to the highest peak of the island for an incredible panoramic view of Lake Titicaca.
Accommodation: guesthouse (familiar house)
Meals: lunch and dinner
After breakfast at our local family’s house, we’ll dedicate our morning exploring Taquile Island, enjoying its unique landscapes, living with its people and following the moral code Inca Ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhilla, which in Quechua means “do not steal, do not lie and do not be lazy”!
During the afternoon, we return to Puno, and at night we catch the night bus that will take us to the fascinating city of Cusco.
Accommodation: sleeping bus and guesthouse
Meals: breakfast and lunch
The ancient capital of the Inca empire and known by these as the “navel of the world”, the city of Cusco possesses a rich Andean culture, Inca architecture and colonial treasures in abundance!
On this first day, we will have a cultural immersion through the streets of Cusco accompanied by a local guide. From the Plaza de Armas where Pachacutec marks the centre of attention, traversing the ancient Inca ways until we find one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the city.
After lunch, explore the city freely.
Today, we dedicate our day to the Sacred Valley of the Incas! It was here, in these lands and soils, that the Incas developed their great mastery in techniques of cultivation, orientation and engineering.
We left in the morning, stopping in the mysterious and unusual Inca ruins of Moray, concentrically designed, in what was a laboratory of agrarian knowledge during the Inca empire. Then we continue to the salt marshes of Maras, through which we descend in a slow walk from the Sacred Valley to the banks of the river.
After lunch in Urumbamba, we continue to Ollantaytambo to explore the archaeological park of Ollantaytambo, with impressive Inca architecture.
Follows Pisac, a small and picturesque town with one of the best handicraft markets in the region and the Urubamba River, with its powerful and magnificent stream, flowing into the jungle in search of other sources of the Amazon.
Then we continue towards Cusco, still with time for a stop in one of the most important Inca ruins, in particular, those of Saqsaywaman. Every year, on June 24th, is celebrated here the largest festival of worship of the Inca God of the Sun – Inti Raymi.
For the more adventurous, who will embark on the most daring trekkings (see additional tours), this is the night of the farewell and the ideal time for a Pisco Sour in one of the taverns of the city.
Today is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip! We wake up at dawn to travel to Ollantaytambo and continue on the train that will take us from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. From here, we climb anxiously up to Machu Picchu, the most famous ruin in South America! Once arrived, the moment is of contemplation, with time to absorb its mystical atmosphere, at our own pace.
In the afternoon, we meet at the train station to begin our return to Cusco, where we arrived at night.
Meals: breakfast and dinner
Depending on your flight schedule, you will be forwarded to Cusco airport.
You will continue this journey, full of good stories to tell and the memory card of the camera packed with memories.
Safe flight and see you soon!