DAY 1: Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel.
Balance of the day at leisure
DAY 2: Lima - Nazca Lines Overflight - Paracas
Early morning departure from Lima. Drive south on the Pan-American Highway to Pisco. Enjoy a 45 minute - 1 hour flight on a high-wing light aircraft, over the desert and the mysterious Nazca Lines, which can only be appreciated from the air. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure in Paracas, known for the 800,000 acre Paracas Natural Reserve that preserves coastal desert and marine life
NOTE: the Nazca Lines overflight is subject to weather conditions & availability
Overnight: Paracas / Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3: Paracas – Ballestas Island - Return to Lima
In the morning enjoy the scenic Ballestas Islands tour. In the early afternoon, depart Paracas, taking the Pan-American Highway back to Lima. Balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Lima / Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
DAY 4: Fly to Cuzco - Visit Chinchero Market & Ollantaytambo Ruins
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valley to visit the bustling Chinchero market where you can bargain for alpaca wool scarves, jewelry, and other hand-crafted goods. After the tour, enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch before restarting your journey. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit Ollantaytambo. During the Incan Empire, this site was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, known as the greatest Incan Emporer due to his role in expanding its territory, and served as a town and ceremonial center. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas before being transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner and music at a local restaurant
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: Optional Tour in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
First: Tour to Maras, Moray and the Salt mines.
Second: Mountain Bike Bike tour through the Andean Communities of Willq, Patacancha and others.
Third: Rafting in the Urubamba River
In the late afternoon we take our train to Aguas Calientes.
Overnight: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) / Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6: Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu - Cusco
After an early breakfast we leave our hotel to take the bus for the journey up to the Machu Picchu ruins. Once there we will visit one of the most important mystic centers of the world: Machu Picchu. A three hour guided tour will transmit us into the history around this mysterious and charming ruin. After the guided tour we have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain or up to the Sun Gate, before we head back to Aguas Calientes for a buffet lunch. In the afternoon we take the return train to Ollantaytambo with private bus connection to Cusco.
Overnight: Cuzco / Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7: Cuzco
Spend today at leisure in "The Imperial City". The city of Cuzco is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Take time to sightsee or shop independently as Cuzco is known for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Cuzco is declared the Historical Capital by the Constitution of Peru and hosts nearly 1 million visitors every year. Visit some of the numerous Inca monuments or investigate the culinary secrets of Andean cuisine. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local
Optional: Half Day City Tours in Cusco
Overnight: Cuzco / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8: Bus to Puno – Ruta del Sol – Raqchi – Andahuaylillas – Pucara
This will be a long and rewarding touring day. The regions you will pass through will provide a view of local Peruvian life in the agricultural fields. You will leave Cuzco early in the morning and travel through the Andes Mountain Range to Puno, located on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 12,421 feet above sea level. On route stop at the Incan archaeological site of Raqchi, site of the Temple of Wiracocha,
where you will see the temple complex, living quarters, storehouses, fairgrounds, and ceremonial baths. A box lunch will be served on the coach. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school en route to Puno. Arrive to Puno in the evening and check into your hotel
Overnight: Puno / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9: Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
Today begins with a boat trip to the Uros Islands. These islands are completely man-made structures, and their inhabitants, the Uros, continue to maintain them as they have since pre-Columbian times, using totora reeds from the lake to build not only the islands, but also their houses. Then we head to Taquile island to enjoy the living culture. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon.
Overnight: Puno / Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10: Fly to Lima, Farewell Dinner
Transfer to the Juliaca airport to catch your flight to Lima. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with local Peruvian specialties and say goodbye to your travel companions and Tour Manager
Overnight: Lima / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11: Depart at Home
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight
Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause
some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If
you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed
elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.