Are you looking for a diverse holiday and you have more than 2 weeks vacation? If yes, just travel to Peru. In 18 days you can explore the former Inca Empire, and experience a wide range of activities in completely diverse environments. You will travel across the country from the coast, through the Andes high up into the jungle. On the way you will learn about various ancient cultures, including a visit to the most important ruins in Peru; the infamous Machu Picchu.
Depending on your arrival time, you will visit the old part of the city and if there is time, see a spectacular show in the Park of fountains (Parque de la Reserva).
In Paracas you will experience biking in the Nacional Park of Paracas. The tour will take around 6 hours. On the way we will take plenty of breaks to enjoy the varied landscape; the desert on one side and the ocean on the other. We will also visit Paracas history museum. In the evening we will travel directly to Ica.
Here you will visit the unique museum of stones as well as seeing where local wine and the national beverage pisco is produced. You will have the option to try sand-boarding in the Peruvian desert, nearby to Huacachina. Huacachina is a hidden oasis in the desert, where you will be able to test your skills at buggy and sand-boarding (total time 3-4 hours).
Here we have the opportunity to see both the Nazca and Palpa lines from the air. The Nazca civilisation is famous for the figures, geoglyphs and lines etched into the desert ground. However, the lesser known Palpa lines are in fact older than the Nazca lines, created by the civilisation of Paracas in the valley of Palpa.
We will visit the museum of Maria Reiche, a German lady who dedicated her life researching the Nazca Lines. We will also take a short trip to the town of Palpa where some of the Nazca and Palpa lines are visible from the ground.
Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru, among the many attractions on offer, we will visit the main museum and the city center.
Colca Canyon is well known for its beautiful Andean landscapes. During the trek, we will take the opportunity to pause for a moment, observe condors and soak up the surrounding nature.
During this trip we will visit one of the floating islands, which still exists today on Lake Titicaca. This adventure promises to be different. We begin our trip departing from Puno around 8am and take a boat to one of the Uros islands. After exploring the floating island, we continue on to the island of Amantani, where we stop for the night. The next day is an early start. We will take a local boat and head back to shore, on the other side of the lake.
Today we will head back towards Cusco. The route is scenic, with many attractions along the way. In addition to seeing cultures which pre-date the Incas, there are large herds of llamas and alpacas. Puno Region is the central hub where these highly valued animals are found.
Upon arrival in Cusco we have a light schedule so as to acclimatize to the high altitude (around 3 400 m.a.s.l.). Depending on the arrival time, we will visit the ruins of Saqsaywaman, the museum of Koricancha and attend a cooking class. Here you will learn how to prepare typical Peruvian dishes and the famous beverage Pisco Sour.
The Sacred Valley, also known as the Valley of Urubamba, is unique. It offers not only breathtaking landscapes, but Peruvians believe it is full of positive energy. Here is where you find ruins from the Inca Empire, which are viewed as the most important and strategic in the entire region and also the country. You can spend many days discovering new entities in this part of the Cusco region. There are two important and beautiful towns in the Sacred Valley which we will see and explore – Ollantaytambo and Pisac. During the second day you will have a chance to discover the cosy and inviting town of Ollantaytambo.
We will start the day early in the morning, around 7:00am. First, you will visit the Inca ruins situated in town. After that we will go by car to Patacancha Valley. This valley is famous for producing textiles locally made in the traditional way. During the tour you will meet local communities and learn about the production of textiles and handicrafts in the region. Afterwards we continue by car to the ruins at Puma Marka and from here we will descend through the valley, through stunning scenery back to Ollantaytambo (around 3 hours of hiking), arriving around 6:00pm.
This mini adventure tour offers you adrenaline loaded opportunities. You will not have a chance to get bored! You will start the tour at an altitude of more than 4,300 m.a.s.l., where you will mountain bike downhill to the jungle at an altitude of 1,200 m.a.s.l. After which you will have a chance to test your skills in rafting (optional) and then hike to the rustic lodge, where we stay the night, surrounded by coffee plantations, hidden in the jungle, finishing at an altitude of 1 500 m.a.s.l. During the second day you will follow original Inca paths, finishing the day with a warm bath in the hot springs near the small town of Santa Teresa. On the third day you have the option to take part in zip lining (optional) and trekking to Aguas Calientes.
The fourth day will be spent in one of the new 7 wonders of the world – Machu Picchu, situated on top of the hillside, surrounded by the mountains and jungle. You will have the opportunity to explore this incredible site from the early morning until 5pm (closing time). You will return late to Cusco about 1:00am.
Today we travel by car to the town of Pisac in the Sacred Valley, where you can wander around the town center and explore the Inca ruins situated just above town. On the way back from the ruins you can choose a route which passes through sections of other Inca ruins and terraces (optional).
At the end of the trip we will stop by the small local zoo, where you can observe Peruvian wildlife including jungle birds, llamas, alpacas, vicunas and condors. We return to Cusco around 6pm, allowing you time to explore and enjoy the nightlife the city has to offer.
We will start the tour early around 6:30am. Around 7:30am we will reach the ruins of Chinchero, have an explore and afterwards have a lesson about the local textiles of the region.
After Chinchero, you will explore the archaeological site of Moray, containing unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions. We will travel to the ruins by bike (this will take around 3-4 hours).
From Moray we continue to the next destination – Maras, by bike (optional by car). We will take a short pause in the small town of Maras and learn about the production of the popular Andean beverage, chicha de jora (corn beer).
Salineras de Maras
After Maras we continue the biking tour (optional trekking) towards the incredible salt ponds, Salineras de Maras, that are still in use and have been since the Inca times. Here you will have a chance to walk through more than 5000 salt ponds and learn about the production of salt.
We will finish the tour and return to Cusco around 6pm.
Depending on your flight schedule you may have some additional hours to enjoy Cusco city, which could include visiting the famous San Pedro Market (Mercado San Pedro) or Museums, as well as a chocolate and coffee tour – at Choco Museo (Chocolate Museum), where you can learn about the world renowned Peruvian chocolate and coffee.
If you have a flight late in the afternoon, there is the option of organising a half-day tour to some local communities outside the city or to other archaeological sites that are of interest you.
This itinerary is flexible. We always prepare tours which best suit the group, making it possible to amend them depending on the requirements of the group. The price of each tour depends on the size of the group, the type of accommodation and the type of service. If you have any questions about the tour, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org