ANCIENT PERU TOUR - LIMA, MACHU PICCHU, HUARAZ, TRUJILLO

Why do a tour of Peru you may ask? Because it is such a culturally diverse country,  a must-do experience. It combines the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with a stunning combination of ancient architecture, a cloud forest, plant life and Machu Picchu.

 

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.

Overview

Day-1. Arrival in Lima, Peru

Day-2. Lima (B)

Day-3. Cuzco and surrounds

Day-4. Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo (BL)

Day-5. Cuzco - Machu Picchu (B)

Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-7. Cuzco - Lima (B)

Day-8: Huaraz (B)

Day-9: Llanganuco (B)

Day-10: Chavin (B)

Day-11: Trujillo - Chan Chan (B)

Day-12: Trujillo (B)

Day-13: Lord of Sipan and Brunning Museum (B)

Day-14: Lima (B)

Day-15: Lima (B)

Fast Facts

We will start by going up to Cuzco which is 3399m asl, and spend time acclimatising before going to the ruins. After the ruins, we return to Lima and travel to Huaraz at 3052masl. The highest point will be Llanganuco Lake at 3800m
Unlike the Inca Trail there only 250 permits are issued a day, Machu Picchu allows 2500 visitors per day. However, because of the high amount of foot traffic, they are not enforcing "slot appointments", so people need to book the time that they want to visit in advance.
There are two options. One is that you take the bus which runs from 05h30 until 15h00 each day, or you can walk up.  The walk will be around 90 minutes and the climb is about 400m
Yes you can climb up Huayna Picchu however there is an extra cost and again you need to choose your climbing slot. It will add about $30 to your cost and the climbs are normally between 7 and 8am, and 10 and 11 am.
Macchu Picchu is best visited during the drier months being May till October. High season is from June through August although the ruins are very busy all year.

Detailed Itinerary

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 surrounds

Free 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.

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)

After 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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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Three four or five star hotels with breakfast
All sightseeing tours, entrance fees, guide, transportation
Guide, their wages, insurance and expenses

Inca Trail entrance permit

Camping in the Inca Trail

Internal flights

Train from Aquas Calientes

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa if applicable
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable

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