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Mysteries of our Ancestors

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Mysteries of our Ancestors

Explore Peru by air, sea and land for eight exciting days discovering the archaeological, cultural and natural treasures of the country. Discover the mysterious Nasca lines from the sky, sail to the abundant fauna of the wild Ballestas Islands and explore by land the sites of the Inca Empire and the beautiful colonial cities founded by Spanish conquistadors.

DAY 1

International Arrival

Upon your arrival in Lima, a transportation service will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. The Peruvian capital is a metropolis filled with history and has approximately 10 million inhabitants. Nowadays, the city goes through an exciting process of cultural and economic change. (Includes the assistance of an English speaking representative) Read more

Lima
DAY 2

Lima City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel.Explore Lima´s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Be amazed by Lima´s Cathedral, built during the 16th century and took over 80 years to complete. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the VII century. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the "Love Park" in the scenic coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Read more

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DAY 3

Trip to Paracas & flight over Nasca Line

Breakfast at the hotel in Paracas. You will be transferred to the bus station from where you will head south of Lima, in direction to Paracas, in Pisco. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the airfield to board a light aircraft to fly over the Nasca Lines (Subject to weather conditions). Intriguing and huge figures like the monkey, spider and condor can be seen from the sky. At the end of the trip you will go back to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon free. Read more

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DAY 4

Ballestas Islands Tour and back to Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. After having breakfast, you will go to ´El Chaco´ Port, to take a tour to the Ballestas Islands, part of the Paracas National Reserve. This area is an extraordinary place due to its multiple attractions. It is a natural reserve with beautiful geological formations, impressive fauna and vestiges of a pre-Inca culture that dominated the desert to install a successful society in adverse conditions. The Ballestas Islands are home to a large population of sea lions, Humboldt penguins and other species found in the archipelago, an ideal place for their reproduction and coexistence. You will be transferred to Lima at the end of the tour. Read more

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DAY 5

Trip to Cusco and City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred from the hotel to Lima airport. Once you arrive at the airport of Cusco, a transportation service will be there transfer you to your hotel. A representative will inform you about the attractions and services that the city has to offer. You will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (QuriKancha 'Golden Temple'), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Here, during the Inca Empire reverence was surrendered to the sun ("Inti"), and there was a time when it was covered with gold. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. For this purpose, hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of IntiRaymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know PucaPucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. PucaPucara, which means "Red Fortress", was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel. Read more

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DAY 6

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately four hours time. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu Pueblo" and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes there is a train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer by bus you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec. Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", and is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world. At the end of the tour you will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes and have lunch at ¨Cafe Inkaterra¨ Machu Picchu. The rest of the afternoon will be free. Read more

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DAY 7

Back to Cusco

Today you can return optionally to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions of the citadel. Visit the Intipunku, which in Castilian means "Sun Gate" and is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu if you follow the Inca trail from Ollantaytambo. The sun rises every day through this door if viewed from the most important buildings of the citadel. You may climb the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means "Young Mountain" as opposed to Machu Picchu. This ascent takes about an hour and its main attraction is the "Temple of the Moon", a complex of underground constructions likely to have been used by the elite. Finally you will be able to know the Inca Bridge, an incredible stonebuilding that served as entrance or exit of the citadel. In the afternoon you will head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco from there. Read more

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DAY 8

Back Home

Breakfast at the hotel. A transportation service wil transfer you from the selected hotel to the airport. A representative will assist you during the journey.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lima
Day 3
Location Paracas
Day 4
Location Lima
Day 5
Location Cusco
Day 6
Location Machu Picchu
Day 7
Location Cusco
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lima
Day 3
Location Paracas
Day 4
Location Lima
Day 5
Location Cusco
Day 6
Location Machu Picchu
Day 7
Location Cusco
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lima
Day 3
Location Paracas
Day 4
Location Lima
Day 5
Location Cusco
Day 6
Location Machu Picchu
Day 7
Location Cusco

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation (Three nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Lima, one night on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Paracas, two nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Cusco, and one night on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Aguas Calientes.)
  • Local guides (English/Spanish)
  • Information services
  • All meals mentioned in the program. Breakfast from day 2 to day 8. Lunch on day 6 in Aguas Calientes
  • Admission to all major visits mentioned in the above itinerary: Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Larco Museum in Lima; overflight to the Nasca Lines and Ballestas Islands in Paracas; Coricancha, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay in Cusco, Cusco Tourist Tax (BTC ticket) included and Machu Picchu (1st Day)

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • All rates are per person and apply only to foreign passengers.
  • Please note these packages are not available during Holly Week, June 24th, July 28 & 29th, Christmas and New Year (Dec 31st & Jan 1st).
  • Prices may change without warning and can only be guaranteed once the reservation has been made.
  • The rates do not apply to residents staying for more than 60 days or to corporate passengers (staying 4 or more nights in Lima.
  • Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age, birthdate and flight schedule.
  • The accommodation options mentioned in the itinerary above are available at the creation of this quotation; the final accommodation options depend on the availability at the moment of payment of the deposit. If an accommodation option is unavailable, we will reserve accommodation of equivalent quality.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Suzanne Kochevar, United States

As on each trip, there are situations that stand out as very special. LimaTours found us a guide who made our time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley unbelievably special. He wanted us to have the very best experience we could have…and he put himself ‘out there’ so that would happen. Thanks again for creating a wonderful, amazing trip for us!! Read more

James Fraser, United States

My wife and I recently visited Peru having arrangemed the itinerary, through our travel agent, with Travcoa. It was our good fortune that Travcoa uses your agency in Peru. Your staff was terrific - knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, efficient - the arrangements flawless, the chosen hotels were superb. And when LAN had a problem with a connection making us anxious about getting to Iquitos in time for our boat trip, a few of your staff at Lima airport willingly provided me with aid and reassurance. Thank you very much. Read more

Matias Andres, United States

Thank you Lima Tours for a truly memorable and professional Peru experience! We loved every part of our vacation including the guides, private arrangements, highly recommended properties, and transportation services. Everyone at Lima Tours is a true professional and ensure that their guest feel comfortable and at ease throughout their visit. Machu Picchu and Lima are spectacular sites, and having the services of Lima Tours behind them makes it that much better. Shout out to Patricial Roncal, Diego, Alejandro, Javier, and Magda for the phenomenal experience. Read more

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