Panorama: Air, sea and land

7 day/6 night

Get to know the vibrant capital, make a land trip bordering the sea to Paracas and from Pisco, fly over the mysterious Nazca lines. Afterwards, travel to the stunning highlands visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu to discover the overwhelming legacy of imposing monuments of the Inca empire and the identity they left behind for its descendants.

Overwiew

  • DAY 1 Arrival in Lima
  • DAY 2 Tour of colonial and modern Lima
  • DAY 3 Land departure to Paracas. Flight over Nazca lines
  • DAY 4 Ballestas Islands cruise. Return to Lima
  • DAY 5 Departure to Cusco. Tour of the city and nearby archaeological sites
  • DAY 6 Excursion to the Sacred Valley: Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero
  • DAY 7 Machu Picchu. Visit the World Heritage Site
  • DAY 8 Departure

Included

  • Round trip arrival and departure transfers
  • Accommodation in Lima, Paracas and Cusco
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Lima and Cusco city tour
  • Bus tickets Lima-Paracas-Lima
  • Ballestas Islands cruise
  • Flight to Nasca with overflight Nasca Lines
  • Sacred Valley excursion with lunch
  • Machu Picchu excursion with transfers, train and bus tickets
  • Entrances and one-day pass to Machu Picchu
  • Professional guides

Not inlcuded

  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, bar, laundry, medical expenses, etc.
  • Air tickets

Day 1 Lima - Arrival

Upon arrival to Lima, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Lima

Half day tour of colonial and modern Lima, “The City of the Kings”. Visit the magnificent 17th century San Francisco Convent and its unique cloisters. Stroll to the Main Square where the Government Palace and the Cathedral are located. You will appreciate wood carved balconies in the facades of the colonial mansions and beautiful churches that host masterpieces. Continue on to the modern area through residential districts and enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

Optional:

Visit the Larco Museum to appreciate an extensive pottery collection, and gold and silver artifacts. This private museum located in an old 18th century colonial mansion and built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 17th century, displays more than 3000 years of the Pre-Columbian history. You will also appreciate its erotic art section.

Day 3 Lima - Paracas - Nasca

Transfer to the station. Depart by bus for an estimated 3.5-hour ride to Paracas Peninsula. Upon arrival, transfer to Pisco airport for a special flight over the mysterious Nasca Lines. Enormous figures traced on the desert sands and preserved for almost 2000 years that can be seen only from the air, and distributed in a huge labyrinth of lines, trapezoids, triangles, animals such as an enormous monkey or a hummingbird with a wingspan of 100m, are still an enigma. Transfer to your hotel in Paracas and rest of the day free to visit the National Reserve, take an adventurous dune buggy tour or just relax.

Day 4 Paracas - Lima

Morning boat ride to Ballestas Islands, inhabited by boobies, sea lions, penguins and seals which showcases wild sea life of the area. From the sea, appreciate the spectacular “candelabro” (chandelier), etched on the desert sands. Transfer to the station and return to Lima by bus. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 5 Lima - Cusco

Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

The afternoon tour will lead you to discover the captivating city and the impressive nearby archaeological sites. Start visiting the Koricancha, known as the Temple of the Sun and the Cathedral, a colonial masterpiece with beautiful wood carvings and places of worship. Head uphill to Sacsayhuaman, a vast fortress built with huge stones showcasing the exceptional work performed by the Incas, and continue on to the archaeological complex of Kenko with its zigzagging structures. Following this ancient route of the empire, get to the “Red Fortress” of Puka Pukara, presumed to be a military post, and the Inca Baths of Tambomachay with its sophisticated canal system.

Day 6 Sacred Valley

Full day overland excursion to the gorgeous Sacred Valley of The Incas. Visit the colorful market at Pisac, where you can interact with the artisans and shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Buffet lunch in a countryside restaurant and continue on to Ollantaytambo, an Inca town with narrow cobbled stone streets and place of a great complex of buildings at its upper part, with an impressive ceremonial center used for water worship. Ollantaytambo, an example of Inca urban planning that is still live today, is undoubtedly one of the master works of the Incas. On the way back to Cusco, make a stop at the picturesque village of Chinchero, famous for its weaving and its colonial church.

Day 7 Machu Picchu

An unforgettable experience. Transfer to the station and depart on a scenic train ride to the breathtaking Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu town (former Aguas Calientes), you will be driven to the citadel nestled in a location that can only be described as magnificent. Overseeing a deep canyon of the Urubamba River, fine stone carved stairways will take you to ceremonial shrines, the Sun Dial, agricultural terraces, squares and the urban areas. With a history dating back to the 15th century, this enigmatic site where the energy can be felt all around has not revealed yet the mysteries behind its construction. After the guided tour, free time to explore this wonder. Afternoon return to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Optional: You may extend your trip and include an overnight.

Day 8 Cusco

Transfer to the airport to board your flight to the next destination.