Machu Picchu & Nasca tour

This is a tour full of mystery and excitement. First you will fly over the Nazca Lines, to try to decipher the origin of its creation. Then you will continue to Ballestas Islands, to sail to a refuge of playful sea lions. Finally the visit to Machu Picchu citadel where you will appreciate its beauty, stunning architecture and energy.

Trip Highlights

  • Your experience begins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a gradual acclimatization to height.
  • The visit to Machu Picchu includes a guide, the train ride in superior class and buffet lunch in one of the best restaurants in town.
  • This itinerary includes the flight over Nazca Lines with an overnight in a beachfront hotel.

Schedule by Day

  • Day 1 Lima
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
  • Day 2 Lima - City tour
    • Our guided visit to Lima allows you to see the Historical Center: Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the historic Santo Domingo Convent , an icon of colonial architecture. The tour goes all the way to modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you’ll appreciate archaeological sites of sacred Inca structures and also, you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 3 Lima – Nasca Lines - Paracas
    • Transfer to the bus station.
    • Four hours bus ride to Paracas. Upon arrival transfer to the selected hotel.
    • At appropriate time transfer to the airfield to board a light aircraft and enjoy the flight over Pisco, Ocucaje, Palpa and the amazing Nazca Lines. There you can see a number of geoglyphs, representing stylized pictures of animals and plants, distributed among a huge maze of rects, trapeziums, triangles and spirals carved on the land and preserved for almost 2, 000 years.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Paracas.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 4 Paracas – Lima
    • Transfer from the hotel to the pier.
    • Departing from Libertador Paracas Hotel's pier, this 2 hour boat ride will lead you to the Ballestas Islands located near Pisco city, in front of the Paracas National Reserve (largest coastal wildlife sanctuary of Peru). These beautiful islands are home of thousands of migratory birds, including: pelicans, tendrils, gulls among others, which share their habitat with huge groups of sea lions and fur seals. During the excursion you will also see the mysterious designing over the hill, called “El Candelabro” (The Chandelier).
    • Transfer to the bus station to take the ride back to Lima.
    • Transfer from the bus station to your hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 5 Lima – Cusco - Sacred Valley
    • CHINCHERO MARKET TOUR
    • Located 35 kilometers (22 miles) Northwest of Cusco, the town of Chinchero is located over the foundations of an important Incan center from late 1400. Colofully dressed, the people of Chinchero gather in the main square to exchange food, and offer the visitors with a series of regional handicrafts surrounded by a stunningly beautiful landscape.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 6 Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
    • Half day visit to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire. The fortress is located on top of a mountain to allowed them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot you will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times.
    • Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to take the ride to Machu Picchu town.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Machu Picchu.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 7 Machu Picchu - Cusco
    • Today you will start your Machu Picchu excursion with a private guide. This incredible place is a renowned example of the advanced Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. The name of the citadel comes from the Quechua language that means “Old Mountain” and apparently was the principal Inca’s Sanctuary. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Sanctuary lodge.
    • At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to Cusco.
    • Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 8 Cusco - City tour
    • Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style on its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking Cusco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archeological sites: “Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay”, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finally you will visit an art workshop named “Inkas Expression” that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. This is an ideal place for the ones who like andean art.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 9 Cusco - Lima
    • Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Lima
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 10 Lima
    • Transfer to the airport for your international flight back home.

Accommodation

  • 4 nights of accommodation in Lima at selected hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Paracas at selected hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Sacred Valley at selected hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Machu Picchu at selected hotel.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Cusco at selected hotel.

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