Majestic Classic Circuit: Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco 12 Days




Type of Tour : Cultural, Traditional


Activity(s) Tour


In this circuit you will be able to know the most visited destinations in our  majestic Peru, such as the city of the Kings, where we will visit the  Intihuatana Park, we will pass through the Huaca Pucllana, the El Olivar park,  the main square, appreciating the Plaza de Armas from outside, With the  Municipal Palace, Government Palace and the Cathedral of Lima, at the end of  the tour you will enter the convent of Santo Domingo.

To continue the tour we  will travel south to make the Excursion to the Ballestas Islands being able to  observe the penguins and the figure of the chandelier on a dune in front of the  sea, we will then continue towards the city of Nazca and then fly over the  majestic Nazca lines, The circuit continues to the beautiful white city of  Arequipa and then goes to the city of Puno and navigate Lake Titicaca, to  continue advancing on our circuit we will visit the imperial city of Cusco.

On  the tour of the Imperial city of Cusco we will enter the Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple, in addition to visiting the 4 ruins near the city. The next  day we will continue our visit to the Pisac Ruins, to the traditional Pisac Market, we will appreciate the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley and we  will end the day with a visit to Ollantaytambo. We cannot finish the circuit  without visiting our wonderful citadel of Machupicchu and appreciating its  majesty.

Map


Itinerary

DAY 1: Lima

DAY 1
morning  
  Arrive to Lima.

Flight to Lima.
Welcome, reception and transfer to the select hotel.


DAY 2: Lima Relax

DAY 2
morning  
Lima Tour
 
afternoon  
  Lima City Tour

Breakfast the hotel.

Lima Colonial - City Tour

The tour begins with the gathering of our passengers from their hotels in Lima, then we stop at the Intihuatana Park, located on the Malecon of Miraflores, where we will observe the Pacific Ocean. We start our tour by modern residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. We observe outside the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial pre-Inca temple pyramid shaped that has survived the urban sprawl of Lima.

We will continue our journey to the park El Olivar and the Financial Center then we drive to the Historic Center of Lima, declared by UNESCO in 1991 Cultural Heritage of Humanity, where the center of the Spanish colony was established in the sixteenth century and erected the first buildings. Know the Plaza San Martin, balconies and old houses, the Plaza Mayor and its most important buildings like the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop's Palace and Municipal, Desamparados Station, among others

We enter one of the most important monasteries of the seventeenth century. Where the relics of the three Peruvian saints “Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres y San Juan Macías” are preserved. then return to Miraflores and ending our tour will have the option to stay in the local market in Larcomar.

Return to your hotel.


DAY 3: Full Day Paracas & Ica

DAY 3
morning  
Tour Paracas
 
afternoon  
  Tour Ica

 


At 2:50 am we will pick you up from the hotel to take the bus from Lima to Paracas. Our bus will leave at 4:00 am and after 3 hours we will arrive in Paracas.

At 8:00 am pick up from Paracas and start of the Ballestas Islands Tour. From the Paracas spa, you can visit the Ballestas islands by boat, habitat of sea lions, guano birds, penguins and a diversity of marine fauna. On the way you can see a figure El Candelabro, engraved on the side of a hill, is a geoglyph with a rock formation eroded by the wind and the sea. It is more than 120 meters long and is also called Tres Cruces or Tridente. The best way to appreciate it is from the sea.

At noon we will take a bus from Paracas to Ica for around 3 hours. Upon arrival in Ica we will continue the excursion of Tubular rides are a fantastic adventure in the middle of the desert where you can enjoy the high and low dunes and you can feel the adrenaline on these desert roller coasters.

In the high parts of the desert you can practice sandboarding, our official driver will instruct you so that you can safely drop it if you do not have experience in this sport.

At 06:00 pm we will take the bus to Ica where we will spend the night there and take the overflight of the Nazca lines the next day.

Overnight at Nazca 

 


DAY 4: Nazca Lines Overflight - Arequipa

DAY 4
morning  
Nazca Lines Visit  
afternoon  
  Transfer to Arequipa

Early in the morning we will pick you up from the hotel to the aerodrome where we will board a light plane for a memorable air excursion over the Nazca Lines. A bilingual guide (Spanish / English) will assist you at all times until you board the plane. This overflight over the Nazca Lines will cover the extension of the Nazca desert stone, whose surface is marked by gigantic drawings and geometric figures. The overflight to the Nazca lines takes approximately 35 minutes and is the best way to see these fascinating lines and drawings that have intrigued people for years.

Here, you will be able to see the different figures traced on the stone surface of the Nazca desert, representing stylized animals and plants, distributed in a huge maze of lines, trapezoids, triangles and spirals that have been preserved for almost 2000 years. It is one of the most incredible legacies that a culture has left behind and that can only be seen from the sky at an altitude of 1500 feet. After the overflight we will have time to have lunch and take a bus to Arequipa at 02:30 pm arriving at our destination at 11:30 pm. We will be assisted upon arrival in Arequipa and transferred to the hotel where we will spend the night.


DAY 5: Relax in Arequipa

DAY 5
morning  
  Tour in Arequpa
  afternoon
  Tour Arequipa

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day for personal activities or takes the tour of the Arequipeña countryside as an optional tour

La Campiña Arequipeña excursion (optional and additional tour)

In the afternoon at 02:00 pm we will be picked up from our hotel to start the excursion to La Campiña Arequipeña. This interesting tour includes a visit to the most beautiful architectural monuments and viewpoints that surround the white city. We will drive our mobility to the outskirts of the city where we will first visit the beautiful Mirador de Sachaca, which will offer us a beautiful natural panorama of Arequipa and its volcanoes.

Then we will drive our vehicle to the Founder's Mansion, a beautiful construction from the colonial era where the founder of the city of Arequipa García Manuel de Carvajal lived in the 15th century. Finally, we will travel through a spectacular Andean landscape and arrive at the Sabandia Mill, an impressive construction based on volcanic rock known as ashlar, where you can see an old stone mill that was built in 1785. Our excursion concludes at 06:00 pm in the city center.

Overnight in Arequipa.


DAY 6: Arequipa - Puno

DAY 6
morning  
  Transfer Arequipa-Puno
  afternoon
  Arrive to Puno

Early breakfast at the hotel.
At convenient hour transfer to the bus station for travel to Puno

At 13.30 pm Departure by Tourist bus to Puno, the duration of the trip is about 6 hours.
At 19:30 pm Arrival in Puno.

Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel
Overnight at Puno.


DAY 7: Puno / Titicaca / Uros & Taquile Islands

DAY 7
morning  
Uros Islands Visit
 
afternoon  
  Taquile Islands Visit

At 7:00 am we will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the port of Lake Titicaca.

At local guide will be waiting with the boat to start our adventure on Lake Titicaca. Once we have left, our guide will explain important points of this great lake, and a few minutes later we will arrive at the famous floating islands of Los Uros. Here we will stop at one of the Islands, visit its inhabitants and learn about the customs of these communities that live for years in the highlands. Later we will return to the boat and continue our trip towards the Taquile Island. The boat trip lasts approximately 3 hours.

Taquile is a huge island that is characterized by its beautiful fabrics. Here visitors will be able to observe how the people of the island make ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high Andean garments, all made by hand. In order to get to the top of the Island, we will have to walk along a beautiful, slightly inclined path that offers spectacular views of the lake. Here we advise you to walk slowly and take it easy, since you are walking over 3800 meters high. After approximately 45 minutes we will arrive at the center of Taquile, where we can rest and visit a small site museum, which shows through photos important aspects of the life of the people of Taquile.

Our group will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the plaza. After lunch, visitors will have free time to visit the weaving workshops and take photos with the islanders. Later we will descend towards the pier and we will start our return trip to Puno, arriving in the city at approximately 05:00 pm.

 Overnight in Puno.


DAY 8: Puno - Cusco

DAY 8
morning  
Transfer to Cusco
 
afternoon  
  Arrive to Cusco

At 06:15 am pick up from the hotel and transfer to the bus station in the Puno bus terminal.

During our tour that lasts approximately 10 hours we will have 4 excursions and guided visits to the tourist attractions of the southern corridor of the altiplano visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the passage of the Raya at 4335 meters, and the Inka Aymara museum in Pukara. Each visit lasts 20 to 40 minutes, where the passenger can ask questions, take photos and explore the attraction at their own discretion, making this experience an unforgettable activity.

We will be arriving in Cusco at 4:30 p.m. being picked up and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco


DAY 9: City Tour Cusco + 4 Nearby Ruins

DAY 9
morning  
Morning Resting  
afternoon  
  City Tour Cusco

Free time in the morning to acclimatize or make shopping.

City tour in Cusco

01:00 pm pick up from the hotel, at 13:30 pm start of our tour of the city, where our professional guide will provide us with detailed information of all the tourist attractions we will visit, will be attentive to any questions and needs that each of our visitors require.

The places we have to visit are. The main temple of the Sun also known as the "Qoricancha", "Sacsayhuaman" known as the head of the Puma in reference to the fact that the City of Cusco had the shape of a Puma in Inca times and the head of this cougar was exactly Sacsayhuaman, immediately We visit Qenqo, temple in honor of the mother earth or Pachamama, we continue through Pucapucara or entrance control center to the Sacred city of Cusco, later we visit Tambomachay Inca resting place and at the same time temple to the natural element of Water.

Night in Cusco


DAY 10: Sacred Valley of Incas Tour

DAY 10
morning  
Visit Pisaq Sacred Valley  
afternoon  
  Visit Chicnchero and Ollantaytambo

At 8:00 am Pick up from your hotel to start our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, we will be leaving the city to cross the Sacsahuaman archaeological park and arrive at the Taray viewpoint, a wide viewpoint from where you can see the beautiful Inca terraces and the current cultivation lands that surround the sacred river of the Inka "Willcamayuc", later we visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, we will also visit the indigenous market of Pisaq, which is very colorful as local people come to sell or purchase products premises that the population needs.

The Pisaq indigenous market is the best place to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. After some free time, we will continue our journey towards the town of Urubamba, where we will have time to have lunch in the restaurant with buffet service, where you can taste a little of the wide variety of dishes presented with the best products from the area.

Continuing our journey, we arrive at the last living Inca city Ollantaytambo.

Ollantaytambo reminds us of a mythical love story, a drama that makes love prevail over all obstacles, it is believed that this city was built by General Inca Ollantay in a moment of rebellion against the royal Inca army by preventing its union with the beautiful Princess Cusi Qoyllor "beautiful star".

After our free time and according to a determined time we will be boarding the tourist train heading to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machupicchu town.

Once we arrive to Machupicchu we will be picked up from the train station and transfer to the selected hotel.

Optional, visit to the town's hot springs.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu.


DAY 11: Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cusco

DAY 11
morning  
Machu Picchu Guided Tour
 
afternoon  
  Transfer to Cusco

At 6:30 a.m Transfer from the Hotel to the Bus Station.

We will board the tourist bus to the Inca city of Machupicchu, along the approximately 30-minute journey, we appreciate the abundant forest of this national reserve.

After a while, the start of our guided tour, this 02-hour guided tour will be through the main palaces and attractions of the Inca city and its attractions.

After that you will have free time to enjoy this world wonder at your own discretion and pace.

We recommend visiting the Casa de las Escogidas, the Intiwatana (sundial, which marks the seasons of the year), Kallancas (sheds for warriors), baths and aqueducts, as well as its large areas with terraces.

Also ascend to the Huayna Picchu mountain, visit the Puerta del Sol and the Inca Bridge or whatever you see convenient to do at that time.

 

Even if you were unable to visit the town's Hot Springs the night before, this day you will have plenty of time to enjoy it.

At the indicated time we will be approaching the railway station, to board the train and start our return trip to Ollantaytambo and immediately a tourist bus to Cusco.

The train usually departs at 03:20 pm

07:00 pm arrival in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco.


DAY 12: Cusco - Lima

DAY 12
morning  
  Transfer to airport

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer from the hotel - airport.
Flight Cusco – Lima.
Arrival to Lima.
Waiting at the airport for international flight.



More Information

Transfer of entry and exit at each destination. 
02 nights’ accommodation in Lima with breakfast 
Traditional city tour in Lima + Convent of Santo Domingo 
01 night accommodation in Nazca with breakfast 
Ballestas Islands 
Overflight the Nazca lines without taxes 
02 nights’ accommodation in Arequipa with breakfasts 
02 nights’ accommodation in Puno with breakfast 
Full Day Titicaca Lake with typical lunch 
03 nights’ accommodation in Cusco with breakfasts 
01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes 
City Tour + four nearby ruins, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay 
Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch 
Full Day Machu Picchu + Buffet Lunch 
Bus Consetur up and down. 
Ollantaytambo train - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Expedition Train + Lunch at El Mapy restaurant, for category 2 and 3 stars and Vistadome + Lunch at Tinkuy restaurant (Sanctuary Lodge) for category 4 and 5 stars) 
For two and three star hotels, the tourist bus with stops and income will be use on the Puno-Cusco route. 
For four and five star hotels, the Peru rail Titicaca Train will be use on the Puno-Cusco route, with departures only Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The other days it will be on a tourist bus and will have a discount of US $ 200 per person. 

 Original passport (and International Student card (ISIC) if applicable).
 T-shirts.
 Comfortable trousers.
 Sun hat.
 Sunglasses.
 Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended).
 Insect repellent.
 Toiletries.
 Personal medication.
 Camera and films.
 Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are the best).
 Shorts.
 Sandals.
 Extra money.
 Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes) where the entrance fee at the door is US$4.

Information Details

Duration 12 Days & 11 Nights
Code PERCLA12
Tour Type Archeological Cultural Ecological
Level Service Classic

 

 Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences.
 Mix of public and private transport for the best overall comfort and sighting of the Sacred Valley’s historical and fascinating sites.
 All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own.

 

Accommodation Tourist class Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for their location and atmosphere.

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