Overview

8 days to enjoy the wonders of Peru!

Most are familiar with Peru’s iconic golden trio—Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. But have you discovered the enchanting oasis of Ica? Or delve into the secrets of the Paracas desert? And what about the remarkable wildlife awaiting on the Ballestas Islands? Our package goes beyond the customary Peruvian journey, offering an immersive and diverse exploration of this South American jewel.

Day by Day: 8 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Lima / Transfer to Hotel

Cathedral in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima, Perú! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your hotel, where they will assist you with check-in and provide you with all the necessary information and vouchers for your time in Peru.

You will receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details, our offices’ contact information and a 24-hour emergency number.

You will also receive a special welcome kit.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2: Private Lima City tour

Machu Picchu & Galapagos islands: Plaza Mayor, Peru

Half-day Lima City tour & Larco Museum (private)

On this day, enjoy a full-day guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and essential sites in the “City of Kings.” In the Historical Center, see Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral, the Religious Art Museum or the Santo Domingo Convent, and San Francisco Monastery, with its famous underground crypts.

The tour continues through the San Isidro and Miraflores residential Districts, visiting the Central Park of Miraflores and El Parque del Amor (Love Park). You’ll also stop by the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site, which dates to the II Century AC and was considered by the Incas as a Sacred Town.

The tour continues at the Larco Herrera Museum and Hacienda, where you’ll get to admire one of the country’s best collections of pre-Columbian art.

You’ll be transferred to your hotel at the end of the tour. Overnight in Lima.

Day 3: Ica tour

The Huacachina Oasis

Ica with Pachacamac Ruins en route (private)

We take private transport with a private guide to Ica, an esoteric land of profound religious faith, dunes, valleys, and sunlight.

It is an agricultural zone where fields of cotton, butter beans, asparagus, citrus tree orchards, and vineyards are interspersed among the extensive desert area.

En route, we visit the ancient adobe ruins of Pachacamac, located about 40 km (25 miles) south of Lima. This pre-Inca temple, dating back to AD 600-900, was a place of pilgrimage, once covering 10 km2 (4 sq miles).

Built centuries before the Incas, Pachacamac is noted for its great pyramidal temples and the remains of frescoes adorning its adobe walls. Following the expansion of the Inca Empire, Pachacamac became an important Inca administrative center while maintaining its status as a religious shrine.

Pachacamac has an on-site museum with an exciting collection of pre-Hispanic relics.

PM: City tour of Ica, Huacachina Oasis, Regional Museum and local winery

In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of Ica, including the Main Square, Municipal Palace, and the Cathedral of Ica. We continue with a visit to an old Pisco-producing bodega where visitors can witness the production process and taste different types of Pisco and wines produced by the bodega.

Then, we head to the Regional Museum of Ica to appreciate interesting ancient relics of different cultures that developed in the region. The Museum exhibits a comprehensive collection of pre-Columbian textiles, ceramics, and artifacts from the Paracas, Nazca, and Inca cultures.

Finally, we head to the Oasis of Huacachina, 5 km southwest of Ica. This beautiful lagoon, said to contain sulfur salts, which many claim to be curative, is surrounded by dunes.

After the excursion, we return to the hotel.

Overnight in Paracas.

Day 4: Paracas tour

Paracas, Peru

Scallop Experience 

We will meet at the Paracas Luxury Collection Hotel dock at departure and begin sailing to Atenas Beach, where the scallops are farmed. Here, we will receive an explanation of the recollection process and the much-needed care to ensure a perfect product. After a brief demonstration, we can taste the fresh scallops and return to the Hotel Paracas for a second sampling of six scallop varieties at Chalana Restaurant.

Sand buggies and sandboarding in the Paracas desert 

We will venture through the beautiful dunes of Paracas, going up and down them. We can walk in the sand, take photos or videos, and do some sandboarding. We will give you the equipment and instructions for a safe practice.

After the excursion, we return to the hotel.

Overnight in Paracas.

Day 5: Ballestas Islands tour

Ballestas Islands, Peru

Early this morning, we boarded the motorboat to the Ballestas Islands. The Candelabro (Spanish for candlestick) geoglyph will be visible on our way to the islands.

It has appeared in the dunes since the Pre-Inca Paracas Culture era and resembles a trident. Its origin, only explained by various contradicting theories, remains a mystery.

Once on the islands, at the Mirador de Lobos, we can see sea lions, black and white guanay cormorants, Peruvian pelicans, and even one of the famous Humboldt penguins. The sailing experience takes approximately 2 hours. Then we return to the dock, where your private transport and guide await to take us back to the hotel.

PM: Lima (private)

We travel on private transport with a private guide to Lima, approximately 4 hours along the desert and Panamerican Highway.

Upon arrival in Lima, we will transfer to the airport.

Transfer Cusco Airport / Hotel (private)

Upon arrival at Cusco International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with the corresponding check-in procedures.

Overnight in Cusco.

Day 6: Cusco City tour

Cathedral and Plaza de Armas in Cuzco, Peru

Full-day Cusco City tour, main surrounding ruins, Awanacancha Interpretation Center & Pisac Market (private)

Today, we will take a different tour of Cusco City’s surrounding archaeological sites.

An early pick-up from your Cusco hotel takes you to Plaza de Armas or the Main Square of Cusco. From here, we take a short walk to the San Cristóbal viewpoint, overlooking the City of Cusco from a privileged spot.

Next, we walk to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress archaeological site, a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power, also offering a panoramic view of the City.

Then, we walk to the Qenqo Amphitheater, a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze.

Then, we continue to the Red Fortress or Puca Pucara and the Inca Baths of Tambomachay, consisting of aqueducts, canals, and waterfalls running through the terraced rocks that seem frozen in time.

Later, we visit the Andean textile center Awanacancha, “the palace of weaving.” Here, you’ll learn about the dyeing techniques used for hundreds of years.

Here, we can also walk along a thatched roof path and watch and learn about the four kinds of South American camelids: Huanaco, Llama, Alpaca, and Vicuña. At the end of the path, we find weavers from over 12 communities in southern Peru who alternate exhibitions of threading, dying, and weaving traditional Andean textiles.

Next, we’ll head to the Sacred Valley’s Pisac Market, where regional artisans gather to exchange, buy, and sell products. You’ll have plenty of time to explore and barter for all the typical handicrafts from this area.

Buffet lunch at Tunupa Sacred Valley Restaurant

Experience a truly unique dining experience and spoil your senses in a mansion and garden restaurant with breathtaking views of the Peruvian Andes in the magical Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Overnight in Cusco 

Day 7: Machu Picchu tour

Machu Picchu

Full-day excursion to Machu Picchu via roundtrip train (private)

We begin with a morning transfer to the train station for an incredible journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle, and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.

Along the way, we will enjoy the changing landscape as we travel from the Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”) before finally arriving at Aguas Calientes.

From here, we board the bus that will take us on a 20-minute ride up to Machu Picchu (3,400masl/11,15ft) or the Lost City of the Incas. Here, we take a guided tour of the Citadel, probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire, with its giant walls, terraces, and ramps appearing as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train and, upon arrival at the train station, are met by our representative and driver for the transfer to the hotel.

Lunch at café Inkaterra.

PM: Return to Cusco (private)

We walk to the station in the afternoon to board the return train. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be met by our representative and private driver, who will transfer you to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco.

Day 8: Transfer to Cusco Airport

Cuzco Peru

Transfer Hotel / Cusco Airport (private)

Our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Cusco Airport to board your flight back home. They will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Farewell!

 

Map

 

What you get

 


All transfers (airports, tour sites)

Roundtrip train ticket to Machu Picchu citadel

Bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu ruins


All entrance fees

2 nights of accommodation in Lima

2 nights of accommodation in Paracas

3 nights of accommodation in Cusco

 

The Wonders of Peru Highlights

A private, professionally guided tour of:

Lima:

  • Historical Center
  • Huaca Pucllana
  • Larco Herrera Museum and Hacienda

Ica:

  • Pachacamac Ruins
  • City tour of Ica
  • Huacachina Oasis
  • Regional Museum
  • Pisco bodega/local winery

Paracas:

  • Scallop Experience
  • Sand buggies and sandboarding in the desert

Ballestas Islands:

  • Candelabra geoglyph
  • Mirador de Lobos viewpoint
  • Two-hour sailing experience

Cusco:

  • Plaza de Armas
  • San Cristóbal viewpoint
  • Sacsayhuaman Fortress
  • Qenqo Amphitheater
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Awanacancha
  • Pisac Market

Machu Picchu:

  • Full-day excursion to citadel and ruins

 

 

A Sneak Peek

 

The Cathedral in Lima city
The Cathedral in Lima city
Touring the Pisco bodega in Ica
Touring the Pisco bodega in Ica
The Huacachina oasis in Ica
The Huacachina oasis in Ica
Paracas shoreline
Paracas shoreline
Ballestas Islands
Ballestas Islands
Awanacancha textile center
Awanacancha textile center
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Testimonial

“Paulo ensured no detail was missed and that we were comfortable and enjoyed the transit to see cultural activities. He provided excellent coordination of required travel between air, car, bus, pier, and train, including hotels, guides, and activities. Regarding our many special requests, ‘no’ was outside their vocabulary. As experienced travelers, the company exceeded all our expectations.”

– christophercdg on TripAdvisor, 29/Sep/2021

 

Conditions

  • This package, accommodation options, entrance fees, and prices are subject to availability and changes without prior notice.
  • Prices are listed in US dollars. Rates are per person and based on double occupancy. 
  • Published rates are valid for four-star hotels. Your Destination experts can customize your package, including accommodation in five-star hotels.
  • Published rates are accurate for 2024. Excludes specific dates and high season. Please get in touch with your Destination Expert for details. Conditions apply.
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Not Included

  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary.
  • Additional costs resulting from early check-in or late check-out, if applicable.
  • Personal expenses, tips, or gratuities for guides and hotel staff.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are not included as part of the meal.
  • Additional costs incurred at the hotel.
  • International airfare and airport taxes.
  • Domestic flights in Peru (Lima-Cusco). We can arrange this for you for approximately USD 350 per person, including airport tax. Rates are subject to availability. Tickets are non-refundable and non-endorsable if canceled.