Highlights of Peru In A Nutshell 12 Days
Highlights of Peru In A Nutshell 12 Days
Luxury Peru Travel Package 12 days, Highlights of Peru In A Nutshell
Peru Travel Package 12 days–Reveal the best of Peru on this adventure into the country’s ultimate hotspots. where else!, in a country like this, can you find fjords, jungles, snow-capped mountains, vineyards, and glaciers? Not to mention the quirky cities, Art Greco-Roman architecture from colonial times, perfect lattes, ancient incan temples crowning the mountains, which is a Classic way of exploring the country.
Arequipa, Cusco, Puno, a small peruvian nation sandwiched between Andes range, is home to virtually unspoiled natural beauty, with numerous festivals happening all throughout the year, there can never be a better time to visit Peru.
The best of Peru on this adventure into the country’s ultimate hotspots. Our tailor-made trip experts will work with you, offering guidance on the best time to travel at a pace that makes sense for you and yours. This trip is completely customizable, which means you can make your add-ons or focus on certain interests, where our private guides will offer you with more unique experiences, we will tailor the vacation to your specifications.
See the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the cultural-hub of Cusco, the Santa Catalina monastery in Arequipa and our highlight, Machu Picchu. When you’re done, sit back & re-live the memories over a perfect Pisco Sour.
This tour starts only on TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS, and SUNDAYS due to only these days coincide with the train departure schedule from Lake Titicaca to Cusco.
The Luxury Peru Travel Package 12 days–At Peru Summit Adventures, luxury does not have to be just staying at a fancy 5-star hotel or traveling by luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train, for us luxury goes above and beyond, it’s about experiencing the unique sites that only locals know or savoring a festival in a special locale, mingle, laugh, and chat with locals; this makes our journeys luxury, a journey that will remain in you the rest of your life.
Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or book your spot today!
This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.+
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Traveling with us you are making a big difference in favor of the environment, our trips are rated as eco-friendly trips to ensure that fragile ecosystems are protected and maintained for future human generations, also maintain ecosystem and environment integrity through considering a sustainable and ethical business model. Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices.
UPGRADED COMFORT: Premium or Comfort trips are led by Peru Summit Adventures experts, an experienced crew at your side, or top trip leaders/guides, and tap into private local experts' resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to unique sites that only the local leaders/guides know. Itineraries are carefully crafted and fully planned, with plenty of free time to roam. Camping gears are high-end and accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals (especially in hikes) and activities are included in the trip price.
EASY: Designed for everyone. Light, Nothing too Challenging. Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Highlights of Peru In A Nutshell 12 Days. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Cozy and lovely lodges across the country.
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
Yes. To protect MACHU PICCHU, the number of people allowed a day is limited to 4500 (spaces may vary depending on new regulations). That is why you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.
DAY 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome to Peru
Arrival any time in the morning to the international airport of Lima where our tour manager waits for you, and meets up you to take to the hotel, at the hotel you will be informed about the fascinating journey in Peru that awaits you. subsequently we start with our tour visiting the pre-incan temple of Huaca Pucllana then we go sightseeing along the important places of the capital, such as San Martin Square, Main square where we see the government palace, the basilica cathedral, archbishop’s palace, the municipality of lima, typical colonial streets with nice mansions. Then we visit the convent of Sain Francis where we see beautiful cloisters, catacombs, the religious museum, the choir, the library of the monks, the sacristy with the collection of Rivera and Zurbaran’s canvas, subsequentely we visit the modern Lima: San Isidro, El Olivar, Larco Mar from where we have a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, after a while we go to a nice restaurant to have lunch.
In the afternoon we visit the Gold Museum Of Peru. The ancient peruvian were great fantastic silversmiths and goldsmiths that employed particular techniques to work on the metal, as the process of “cire perdue” which was known and disappeared in eastern until the Renaissance. In our excursión to the museum we see a great collection of gold artifacts from different pre-incan cultures, some artifacts date from 3,000 b.c, on the exhibition incalculable jewelries that are finely wrought that were used by the Incas, the children of the Sun God, and the other monarches. Besides the museum keeps a valuable Collection of antique and modern guns which are among the best of its kind in the World. after having a great tour into the museum we go back to the hotel
DAY 2: Lima Food Adventure: Peruvian Biodiversity Food Experience
At 4:00 am we will pick you up from the hotel in Lima, then we will leave from the city to Paracas, at 7:45 am we will get to Paracas and we will drive to the Chaco wharf.
At 8:00 am, excursion to Ballestas islands; we will take a boat to get the national reserve of Paracas, during the excursion we will stop to see the amazing candelabra figure that was drawn on the hillside of Paracas bay nobody knows or has any idea about this figure, only some theories have some references that the pirates may have drawn to have an orientation point. Anyway our guide will share an information with you about this figure, subsequentely we will get the Ballestas Islands where we will enjoy the sea fauna, we will go around the isles, passing through the big caves, natural formation rocks that are home for pelicans, Humbolt penguins, seals, dolphins, etc. After visiting whole the isles we will come back to the Chaco wharf. At about 10:30 am we will take the excursión to National Reserve of Paracas that is protected by the national government and the only one national reserve that protects the sea fauna and flora. We will leave the place to drive through the Paracas desert on the way we will stop at a nice viewpoint to see spectacular views of Paraca’s blue sea and some natural formations. At about 1:00 pm we will drive to Ica for 45 minutes, once we arrive to Ica we will enjoy a delicious lunch, in the afternoon we will visit the artisanal winery center where we will learn about the pisco’s production process and we will taste different sort of piscos and wines, then we will visit the Huacachina lagoon, from this place we drive our dune buggies toward the great dunes where we will have so much fun with our buggies, driving through the great desert going uphills and downhills. This part of the desert is one of the most beautiful deserts in southamerica where you will have awesome views and will take great pictures, and you will have the chance to learn the sandborading which will be taught by our guide. Later on we will leave to the city of Nazca which is famous with its gigantic design drawing on the desert which are dated from 2,000 years, and you can only see from the air. When we arrive to Nazca we will go to make our check-in at the hostal where we will spend the night.
DAY 3: Flight to Arequipa & City Tour
Welcome to "La Ciudad Blanca" Arequipa
At 8:00 am after breakfast we will drive to the airport to start the stroll in the plane upon the Nazca Lines. When we arrive to the airport we will get a video informative about the Nazca Lines that way to familiarize with the lines and have a better idea of these archaeological remains that we will see from the air.
The type of airplanes we use for this excursion are small airplanes, with capacity for 3 to 5 people, each one with seats to the window to see the figures correctly, the flight is for 35-minute, and during the tour you will see perfect representations of giants animals and birds; such as, condor, hummingbird, pelican, macaw, tarantula, monkey, whale, caiman, etc. Apart from these lines you will also see many other huge geometric figures that reach whole the desert and look like big landing strip.
After enjoying the Nazca Lines we will drive to the famous aqueducts of Cantalloc which were a system of underground aqueduct to supply of water the valleys that did not have water thus the peoples of Nazca Culture could defeat the long drought and the famine, then we will visit the ceramic centers where the modern potters are still doing amazing works on clay. Eventually we will drive back to lima, on the way we will stop for lunch.
DAY 4: Travel to Chivay Colca Cayon
Quaint villages and landscapes
We will wake up very early in the morning to drive to the airport and take the flight to Arequipa, at your arrival time in Arequipa you will meet up with our tour manager at the airport, then to drive to the hotel in Arequipa where you will get an informative breifing about the fascinating journey in Arequipa and Cusco from your tour manager, after that we will drop the lugagges off at the hotel and we will start with our excursión in the city. driving to the viewpoint of Carmen Alto, from this place we have great views of the mountains that surround the city of Arequipa, as well as we see the pre-incan terraces, at this point you have a rich history recounted by our tour guide. Consequently we drive to get the Yanahuara district to enjoy the arcades of the Yanahuara which was built on fine ashlars, and we also see the church of San Juan Bautista.
Later on we visit the great monastery of Santa Catalina, that is a large building founded in 1579 where we see a great collection of canvas, sculpture, etc. Then our guide leads us to the Basilica of Arequipa, a building with neoclassical architectural style and it is located next to the main square, next we go to see the church of Compañía de Jesus and the dome of San Ignacio, eventually we come back to the hotel.
DAY 5: Colca Canyon - Afternoon Travel to Lake Titicaca
Marvel by one of the deepest canyons in the world
We pick you up from your hotel, right away to drive to Cayma district where we visit the viewpoint of Carmen Alto from this place we see the beautiful valley of Arequipa, the Chili river, and the three volcanoes that surround the city. Immediately we drive to the Yanahuara district to visit the Mirador of Yanahuara which was built on fine ashlars and baroque style as its church that is located right beside. Following our sightseeing we go through the Fierro bridge (which was designed by Gustavo Eiffel), to get the viewpoint of Sachaca that is the highest viewpoint around Arequipa city, from this place we see the arequipenian countryside.
Next we visit a nice building called the Mansion of the Founder, where the son of Arequipa’s founder lived, it was taken once by the chilian army as headquarters during the pacific war. After that we drive to the town of Sabandia where we see the colonial hydraulic-wheel that was used to grind the grains, seeds, beans. Keep driving we arrive to Paucarpata district, just close by group of pre-incan terraces are located. Eventually we drive back to hotel in Arequipa.
DAY 6: Tour to Lake Titicaca
Sailing the highest lake in the world
Very early in the morning we will pick you up from the hotel to drive to the airport to take the flight to Puno, after 45-minute fliying we will arrive to the airport of Juliaca where our tour manager will be waiting for you who will mee up you to transfer to the hotel in Puno, after dropping the luggages off at the hotel we will start with our excursión to the lake, we will go aboard the boat from the main wharf to the Floating Islands, we will have a 30-minute drive to get the floating islands, once we arrive the inhabitants of the islands will welcome us, then they will let us know concerning of their daily social life on the floatings islands, and we will have time to hangout with them. After being with the local ones we will continue sailing to get the next island Amantani, when we arrive to the lake-port of Amantani, the local people will be waiting for us with a big and contagious smile who will take us to their house to have lunch, in the afternoon we will explore the island and of course we will go to Pachatata ( pre-incan temple) from where we will have stunning sunset. At night about 7:00 pm we will have dinner, then we will be invited by the locals to be part of their celebration party, eventually at about 10:30 pm we go back the house to sleep.
DAY 7: Depart for Cusco by Titicaca Train
A unique journey by train like no other
We will have breakfast made by the local family, right away to take the boat to Taquile island after 1-hour sailing we will arrive to the island, when we arrive to this island we will explore for 45 minutes the outsides of the little town after that we will have lunch at one of the local restaurants, from this island we will have awesome views of the lake, later on we will explore the little picturesque town, and we will have about 30-minute walk by a short path to get the boat. In the afternoon we will navigate for 2:30 hours back to the main lake-port, from where we will take our private van back to hotel.
DAY 8: The Best of Cusco (Sacsayhuaman, Temple of the Sun, San Pedro Market)
Get immersed in the history and culture of Cusco
We pick you up early in the morning in our private transportation, to drive to the navel of the world city, Cusco. We will drive for whole day until Cusco through the highland towns, along the way we will have many stops, where we will visit interesting places like La Raya, San Pedro Raqchi, Andahuaylillas etc. We will be arriving to Cusco in the evening where we will make our check-in at the hotel.
DAY 9: The Best of Sacred Valley (Pisac, Maras Salt Pans, Moray, Ollantaytambo)
Get inspired by ancient temples, roads, crops terracing, and towns of the Incas
A day on leisure in the ancient capital of the incan Empire entitled a World´s Heritage site by UNESCO. In the morning you will explore the stunning fortress-temple Sacasayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tampumachay. About midday you will have a great lunch at one of the typical restaurants, after having the lunch we continue exploring the Cusco’s antique streets, and we arrive walking to the extraordinary Temple of the sun Qoricancha, the most important religous site of the incas in the lower Cusco This sumptuous temple’s walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once one of the most important religious site of the Incan people in the city of Cusco. On this tour we also visit a local market where you taste fresh-baked Chuta bread, and you still see some local items, articles for different purposes and aims, then you go walking to the main square in which you will feel at the plenary puma’s heart, (because Cusco the capital of the incan Empire was designed in a puma shape), and from here wou will see the colonial buildings, the cathedral and the other chuches around, eventually we go back to the hotel.
DAY 10: Quechua Village in the highlands of Sacred Valley - Afternoon Trip to Machu Picchu Town.
Mingle, eat, laugh with locals
Full day guided tour in the Sacred Valley, visiting important incan sites, as Pisaq, and Ollantaytambo, along with the visits to the local interesting places ( e.g, chicheria a place where you would have a local typical corn beer and play frog game).
At each incan site you will have stunning views and rich history, and you will be amazed by the architectural styles, walls, palaces, granaries, temples, terraces, etc.
You have another way of visiting the Sacred Valley, exploring the incan sites of Chinchero, Moray, Salt Mines Maras, Ollantaytambo. We have these two options because in the Sacred valley of the Incas you have several incan sites to visit, and according to your preferences you might disccus with your tour manager that way to provide it to you, one of the options that you would like more.
In the evening after the tour we drive to the train station of Ollantaytambo from where we will go aboard the train to Machupicchu town( estimated time of arrival to Machupicchu town 1:45-hour), when we arrive to Machupicchu town we will go to the hotel to make our check-in, and about 7:30pm we will have dinner.
DAY 11: Machu Picchu Guided Tour - Return to Cusco
Bucket list is checked
The most important day has arrived because it is the day of Machu Picchu, we will wake up very early to have breakfast organizad at the hotel, right away to go to the bust station and take the bus for 25-minute to get the Machu Picchu sacred inca city.
“what a moment” you will be very amazed of having the Sacred city right infront of you, so we will seal our feat with an epic picture with Machu Picchu at the background. After the photography session, the tour will start, where our tour guide will be the main character for three-hour on the history, arqueology, ancient architecture. Once you finish the sightseeing at Machu Picchu you will have enough time to explore the sacred city. Whether you have booked a climb to Wayna Picchu, you will climb up the mountain after or before the tour, it depends of the spaces availability for that date, more info see Wayna picchu option.
In the afternoon you have to take the bus from Machu Picchu inca city back to Aguas Calientes town( Machu picchu town), then to take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, where our transfer will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel in Cusco.
DAY 12: Depart for home
We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Lima, and say good bye to Cusco. End of our service
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
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