Crossing the Andes

Crossing the Andes

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  • All internal flights: Lima-Cuzco and Cuzco-Lima
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • 4 nights Lima
  • 1 night in Ica
  • 3 nights Cusco
  • 1 night in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
  • 2 nights in Puno
  • Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
  • Airport Transfers – hotel – airport
  • 18 meals: 11 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
  • Excursions of the itinerary in modern car.
  • Tour manager services in your language.
  • Services of local guides in your language.
  • Tickets from all the places described in the itinerary.

This day we will be waiting for you in the airport at the scheduled time and we will carry you to your hotel for resting and be prepared for the visits of the following days. Our transfer will give you all the information of the tours in the city of Lima. OVERNIGHT : LIMA

Our tour starts with a panoramic view of the Pucllana Pyramid, built in the 4th century d.C. and considered “a sacred town” by the Incas. Later we will go to the Sacred Citadel of Pachacamac, the sanctuary of the God Pachacamac, creator of the universe for the ancient Andean towns. The citadel includes temples, pyramids and palaces. They emphasize the “The Sun Temple, the “Pachacamac Temple”, the “Acllahuasi” or “Palace of the Sun’s Virgins”, among others. The whole place was considered sacred and part of the mystical axis of the world. The excursion also includes a visit to the traditional district of Barranco, place of the famous Bridge of Whispers, continuing through El Salto del Fraile, the Villa’s Swamps and enjoying spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. After lunch at the Alfresco restaurant, our guide will take you to the Gold Museum that contains an important private collection of gold pieces from diverse pre-Columbian cultures, some of them are more than 2000 years old.

06:00 Hrs. Pick up to the bus terminal with destination to  Ica city. 11:30 AM Reception, arrival to the hotel 13:00 Hrs. City Tour In Ica: Main Square, Huacachina Lagoon, Cachiche (small town where witches once existed), the Palm tree of  7 heads, Helena’s artisan chocolate factory, wine cellars, tasting, temple and boulevard of  Luren. Buggie Adventure Tour + Sandboarding Practice

06:30 Hrs.  Pick up to Ica-Paracas 07:45 AM Reception, pick up to the pier. 08:00 Hrs. BALLESTAS ISLANDS TOUR: We will take our motor boats with our respective lifejackets. We can observe sea lions, pelicans, penguins and other marine birds. Upon return we will have the opportunity to see the “Candelabro”, a giant figure of the Nazca Lines style made in the sand. 11:00 Hrs. TOUR TO THE PARACAS RESERVE: We will take our tourist mobility to enjoy an interesting tour to the Natural reserve of Paracas. We will visit the interpretation room, the viewpoints of the flamingos and the Cathedral, the fossilized Way, Red Beach, Yumaque and Lagunillas Lunch by your own in Lagunilla (within the Reserve) 15:00 Hrs. Return to Paracas – Ica, Transfer to the terminal 17:00 Hrs. Return by bus to the city of Lima 22:00 Hrs. Pick up to the Hotel OVERNIGHT: LIMA MEALS: BREAKFAST

Ancestral Lima: We begin our tour with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid”, a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological center built in the 4th century AC. and considered “sacred town” by the Incas.

Colonial Lima: We visited the Historical Center of Lima, where you will appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, highlighting the Paseo de la Republica, San Martín Square, The main Square, the Government Palace, the Archepiscopal’s Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall Palace among others.

We visit the CENTRAL RESERVE BANK’S MUSEUM, where you will appreciate the “Treasures of Peru – Collection”, a selected exhibition of gold, ceramic and textile objects from diverse pre-Columbian cultures. We will also appreciate the MONUMENTAL SET OF SAN FRANCISCO, which is the largest sample of colonial religious art in America. Being the most notorious atractions its underground crypts known as “Catacombs”.

After the city tour we will go to the airport to catch the flight to Cusco, our staff will be waiting for you at the Cusco airport to transfer you to your hotel. OVERNIGHT : CUSCO MEALS: BREAKFAST

City Tour Cusco

Morning free for walking though the surroundings of the city and get adapted to the climate.

In the afternoon at around 13.30 a bus will pick you up and take you around upper Cusco where we will visit the ancient Inca and pre-Inca constructions Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Then we will explore the city center with its pre-Inca, Inca and colonial streets, visit the Inca temple “Koricancha” (The Sun’s Temple) and finally the Cathedral in the main square.

It’s going to be an easy day walking around Cusco, getting an idea about all the different options you have in this cosmopolitan city: museums, shops, markets, restaurants and of course the best locations to spend the night.

After the tour we will go to an interesting touristic restaurant to taste a delicious dinner based on products of the region, while we enjoy a beautiful show.