As a country, Peru offers visitors 3 distinct geographical zones, from the dry arid coastline which is home to the incredible Ballestas Islands and just inland, the Nazca Lines, to the high andes range and also to the Amazon. There is so much to see in this diverse region, that one is spoilt for choice.
There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture.
Best: April to October
Duration: 15 days Hotels and Lodges
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Day-1. Arrival in Lima, Peru
Day-2. Lima (B)Guided visit of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, the main square, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. You will also drive through San Isidro and Miraflores, before stopping at Larco Mar to enjoy a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco.
Day-3. Cuzco and surroundsFree morning. Afternoon visit to the main ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, followed by a city tour of Cuzco.
Day-4. Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo (BL)Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Ollantaytambo
Day-5. Cuzco - Machu Picchu (B)Transfer to the railway station for the train to Aguas Calientes. Guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, there are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)Opportunity to enjoy a wonderful sunrise over Machu Picchu and some personal time for private reflection before returning to Cuzco
Day-7. Cuzco - Lima (B)Return flight to Lima . Free day at leisure.
Day-8: Huaraz (B)Private transfer to Huaraz, driving along the pan Americano highway for four hours before lunch at a delightful seaside restaurant. After lunch, continue the trip amongst some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world before arriving to Huaraz. Overnight accommodation.
Day-9: Llanganuco (B)Day trip to the beautiful, glacial Llanganuco Lake situated at 3850m. There are splendid views of the Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world. Return to Huaraz.
Day-10: Chavin (B)Trip to Chavin de Huantar, site of the oldest pan-andean civilisation dating back to 2000BC. The site has many galleries and subterranean tunnels and houses many carved stone figures of anthropomorphic semblances reminiscent of the Maya culture. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture discovered and is known as Chavin-Kotosh. Return to Huaraz before travelling overnight to Trujillo aboard a first class bus, with fully reclinable seats.
Day-11: Trujillo - Chan Chan (B)Arrival early morning and transfer to your hotel. Morning at leisure. Afternoon guided visit of the remarkable ancient city of Chan Chan , the largest pre-Columbian city in South America . It was constructed entirely of mud and adobe brick. We also make a visit to the beach resort at Huanchaco.
Day-12: Trujillo (B)Alter breakfast, a visit to Casinelli Museum to view its collection of Chavin, Mochica and Chimu artifacts before we continue onto La Huaca Esmerelda , Huaca Arco and the Sun and Moon temples. Private transfer to Chiclayo and your hotel.
Day-13: Lord of Sipan and Brunning Museum (B)Visit to the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, the most important archaeological find in Peru in the twentieth century. The tombs were intact with many artifacts of silver, gold and copper dating back to 350AD. A visit to the museum before a final visit to Brunning Museum , one of the finest in the whole of South America. Overnight accommodation.
Day-14: Lima (B)Return flight to Lima and transfer to your hotel. Last night accommodation in Peru .
Day-15: Lima (B)Free day in Lima before your transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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