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This classic Peru and Machu Picchu vacation will give you incredible insights into the heart of the country. Explore the Nazca Lines and venture into the impressive Colca Canyon in southern Peru. Meet the Uros of glittering Lake Titicaca and finish on the path of the Incas.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2LimaMonastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage SiteVilla Barranco by Ananay Hotels, Four Points By Sheraton Miraflores
2 - 3ParacasUNESCO World Heritage Site Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands, Sand DunesHotel Paracas, La Hacienda Bahia Paracas
3 - 4NazcaCasa Andina Standard Nazca
4 - 6ArequipaUNESCO World Heritage Site City Center, Santa Catalina Monastery, Juanita MummyCasa Arequipa, Casa Andina Select Arequipa
6 - 7ColcaWorld’s Deepest Canyon, Andean Condors, Trekking & HikingColca Lodge, Casa Andina Standard Colca
7 - 9PunoLake Titicaca, Uros Island, Taquile Island, Amantani Island, ChucuitoCasa Andina Premium Puno, GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca
9 - 11CuscoUNESCO World Heritage Site, Koricancha, Tambomachay, Qenko, Puca Pucara, SacsayhuamanInkaterra La Casona, Casa Andina Premium Cusco
11 - 12Machu Picchu PuebloUNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Wayna or Huayna Picchu, Sun Gate, Aguas CalientesEl Mapi, Sumaq
12 - 13CuscoUNESCO World Heritage Site, Koricancha, Tambomachay, Qenko, Puca Pucara, SacsayhuamanInkaterra La Casona, Casa Andina Premium Cusco
13 - 13LimaMonastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Transfer to your Hotel

Lima

1 Night

Peru’s capital city enjoys a great location directly on the Pacific coast and boasts of spectacular views, elegant neighborhoods, historical districts and a vibrant assortment of cultures.

Included Activities

Personalized Tour of Downtown Lima
Explore the highlights of Lima on this privately guided city tour as you gain insights into Peru and her capital. Stroll through the beautiful city center visiting the main square of Plaza Mayor, the Lima Cathedral, and the Government Palace and other historical attractions. (Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
RoomJunior Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 2 - 3

Drive from Lima to Paracas (260 km, 3 hrs)

Paracas

1 Night

The nature reserve of Paracas is located 22 kms south of Pisco, home to the world famous ‘Pisco Sour’ cocktail.

Included Activities

Navigation of the Ballestas Islands in a Group
Starting from Paracas enjoy a wonderful excursion on the waters of the Pacific Ocean viewing the impressive Ballestas Islands. Take in the colonies of sea lions, Humboldt’s Penguin, cormorants, Peruvian booby and Peruvian pelicans that call these islands home. (Duration: 0800 – 1030 hrs; Group Activity, maximum 20 people on the boat).

Hotel Options
Hotel Paracas – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Ocean View
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 3 - 4

Transfer to the bus stop

Bus from Paracas to Nazca (215 km, 3.25 hrs)

Transfer from Nazca Bus Stop to your Hotel

Nazca

1 Night

Nazca is located at the southern coast of Peru and the starting point for flights over the myth-enshrouded Nazca Lines.

Included Activities

Fly Over the Nazca Lines
Fly in a small aircraft to experience an aerial perspective of the famous Nazca lines.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, on this overflight you will see why. Marvel at the hundreds of individual figures which range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, whale, llamas, parrots, and lizards. While the true meaning of these lines is yet to be understood, and they remain as enigmatic and inspiring as ever. (Duration of Flight: 30 mins approx. Group Activity, Maximum 12 people on the plane. Please note that there is no guide on the flight. Your pilot will indicate the sights to you ).

Hotel Options
RoomTraditional Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 6

Transfer to the Nazca Bus Stop

Bus from Nazca to Arequipa (565 km, 10 hrs)

Transfer to your Hotel

Arequipa

2 Nights

The ‘White City’ is located at the foot of three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu, which rises to a height of 2,4m above sea level.

Included Activities

Arequipa City Tour and Visit to Santa Catalina Monastery
Enjoy a half-day privately guided tour of Arequipa, coined the White City for its beautiful architecture constructed of volcanic stone. Visit the major attractions of the city and the must-see Santa Catalina Monastery. Dating from 1579, the monastery was enlarged over the centuries to become a city within a city and an excellent example of Spanish Colonial architecture. (Duration: 3 hrs, if you have a preference for timing, please tell your Travel Consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time; Private Activity)

Hotel Options
Casa Arequipa – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 6 - 7

Private Transfer from Arequipa to Colca (160 km, 4.5 hrs)

Colca

1 Night

The Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, situated 16 km Northwest of Arequipa.

Included Activities

Scenic Andean Drive Arequipa, Colca and Puno
Explore the beauty of Peruvian countryside on this scenic drive from Arequipa to Colca Canyon. Along the way pass through the Aguada Blanca National Wildlife Reserve where you are able to stop and view the vicuñas and other wildlife such as different migratory birds. Further along the way, stop at the stunning lookout point of Patapama to get an amazing view of Andes Mountain range and the volcanoes in the region. This stunning spot is known as the Viewpoint of the Andes for its magnificent views. Arrive at the town of Chivay, located on the edge of Colca Canyon, in the early afternoon and enjoy a hearty lunch. Take a relaxing afternoon to explore the small local market and the town of Chivay. (Duration: 0800 – 1500 hrs; Private Activity; Lunch Included)

Hotel Options
Colca Lodge – Opt 1
RoomSuite Matrimonial
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomTraditional Room
MealsBreakfast
Day 7 - 9

Private Transfer from Colca to Puno (360 km, 5 hrs)

Puno

2 Nights

Puno lies directly on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and is located at 3,8 m above sea level.

Included Activities

Colca Canyon (Part 2/2) – Colca Canyon Experience with drive to Puno
Begin your day bright and early in Colca in order to reach the Condor Pass at sunrise. With luck you catch a glimpse of the rare and mighty Andean Condor soaring through the canyon. Visit the small towns of Maca and Yanque, visiting their colonial churches and taking in additional views of Colca Canyon. After an independent lunch in the town of Chivay, your guide will say goodbye as you continue on to the town of Puno with just your driver. (Duration: 0600 – 1700 hrs; Private Activity; Lunch is not included.)

Visit the Uros and Taquile Islands in a Group
Visit the floating islands of the Uros, located on the glittering waters of Lake Titicaca. The Uros first fled from the Incans and then from the Spaniards, seeking refuge in the lake and creating their own islands made out of reeds. Discover how they adapted to living in the lake and then visit Taquile island which offers stunning views of the lake and is inhabited by a small, isolated indigenous group that offer a warm welcome into their simple homes. (Duration: 0700 – 1700 hrs, Group Activity, Maximum 20 people, Shared Fast-Boat, Lunch Included)

Hotel Options
RoomCasa Andina-Superior Room-Lake View
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 9 - 11

Transfer from Puno to Juliaca Airport (44 km, 0.75 hr)

Flight from Juliaca to Cusco

Transfer to your Hotel

Cusco

2 Nights

Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an amazing amalgam of an Inca capital and colonial city.

Included Activities

City Tour in Cusco and Visit to Incan Ruins in a Group
Discover Cusco’s heart and the secrets of the Incan Empire on a half-day tour with a small group. Here colonial flair and Incan culture combine to create a fascinating atmosphere. The highlights will include the Main Square and Cathedral, Santo Domingo Convent, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, and the Inca ruins of Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay which you will visit as you enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding Andean landscape. (Duration: 1330 – 1800 hrs, Group Activity, 15 guests max)

Private Visit to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train with Local Guide
The most iconic archeological wonder of South America is yours to explore. Travel to the lost city of the Incas via Vistadome train before spending an afternoon at the sacred citadel with a private guide from Machu Picchu town. Learn about the human ingenuity required to construct the site and ponder its many mysteries. Marvel at the surroundings and soak in the wonders of this magical place, hidden amongst the green summits of the high Andean cloud forest. (Duration: 0600 – 2000 hrs, Guided Machu Picchu tour lasts about 2.5 hrs; Private Activity; Lunch Included.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuite Balcon
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 11 - 12

Transfer from Cusco to the Train Station (10 km, 0.50 hr)

Morning Vistadome train from Cusco-Poroy to Machu Picchu (duration approx. 3.5 hours)

Machu Picchu Pueblo

1 Night

The ruins of Machu Picchu are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world.

Included Activities

Re-entry to Machu Picchu Ruins
Take a second day to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Independently view the ruins again, deepening your impressions and gaining a richer understanding and appreciation for this amazing world wonder. (Self-exploring Activity)

Hotel Options
El Mapi – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsHalf Board
StyleBoutique
Sumaq – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Deluxe
MealsHalf Board
StyleLodge
Day 12 - 13

Afternoon Vistadome train from Machu Picchu to Cusco-Poroy (3.5 hrs approx)

Transfer from the Train Station to Cusco (10 km, 30 mins)

Cusco

1 Night

Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an amazing amalgam of an Inca capital and colonial city.

Hotel Options
RoomSuite Balcon
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 13 - 13

Transfer to the Airport

Flight from Cusco to Lima

Lima

0 Nights

Peru’s capital city enjoys a great location directly on the Pacific coast and boasts of spectacular views, elegant neighborhoods, historical districts and a vibrant assortment of cultures.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 6,490 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,890 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Juliaca – Cusco
    • Cusco – Lima
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Morning Vistadome train from Cusco-Poroy to Machu Picchu
    • Afternoon Vistadome train from Machu Picchu to Cusco-Poroy (duration approx. 3.5 hours)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Lima: Personalized Tour of Downtown Lima
    • Paracas: Navigation of the Ballestas Islands in Group
    • Nazca: Overflight from Nazca Lines
    • Arequipa:  Arequipa City Tour and Visit to Santa Catalina Monastery
    • Colca: Scenic Andean Drive Arequipa, Colca and Puno
    • Puno: Colca Canyon (Part 2/2) – Colca Canyon Experience with a drive to Puno
    • Puno: Visit to the Uros & Taquile Islands in group
    • Cusco: City Tour in Cusco and visit to Incan ruins in group
    • Cusco: Private Visit to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train with Local guide
    • Machu Picchu Pueblo: Re-entry to Machu Picchu Ruins
  • An air-conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

Not Included South America

South America:

  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
What our guests say about this trip

Through Enchanting Travels I was able to experience an unforgettable trip to Peru and Machu Picchu. All of the representatives, from the booking process to on-the-ground in Peru, were friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

– Patrick Huffnagle
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Peru: Southern Gems and Machu Picchu

13 days $ 6,490 / person

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