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DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL AND CITY TOUR

A GOTOPERU representative will be waiting to greet you as soon as you arrive in Lima. We’re ready to offer world-class treatment for what is bound to be a vacation of a lifetime. 

You will get to view the Pre-Colombian era, Colonial Lima, and modern-day Lima. Get ready, because this two-pronged tour starts rather early.

  • Leg one of the tour starts out a paronamic view over Huaca Pucllana, which is a famous and historic archeological site.
  • Now it’s on to Lima’s Historic Center. This is the location where the city’s historic religious and political buildings can be found. Not only is this a legitimate World Heritage site, certified by UNESCO, but it’s also one of the most well preserved examples on earth of different cultures having significant influence in architecture. The unique architecture of buildings like the Art Museum, The Palace of Justice and The French Palace truly stand as awe inspiring. And the best part about the Historic Center is that there’s always more to see, including the Plaza of San Martin – a historic monument constructed to celebrate the anniversary of Peru’s independence. 
  • The previous locations are mostly shown to you via transport (like a city bus tour, only better). The next locations are actual hands-on visits. So, get off your transport and walk a little, straight to the Plaza Mayor. This is where you’re going to find those awesome historic political and religious buildings, like The Cathedral, City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Palace of Government. You will also get to visit the San Francisco Convent Museum and see the catacombs underneath. It’s a total vacation by itself. 
  • Now that the walking is over, hop back on your transport; it’s time to head back to your hotel. Though, on the way, take note of the beautiful panoramic views of Modern Lima. Snap photos and take in the entire skyline of the Financial District in San Isidro, as well as the gorgeous landscape of Miraflores. Feel free to explore further and take advantage of stops along the way, such as the Larcomar cliffs on Lima’s coastline. And don’t forget to get your fill of the delicious Peruvian dishes.

DAY 5: CUSCO ARRIVAL

As soon as you touch down in beautiful, sunny Cusco, you will be immediately greeted by a professional, polite representative and whisked away in style to any of the local hotel’s you have chosen to host your stay. 

Not that you’re going to spend a lot of time unpacking, of course. Day one of your Cusco package is yours to spend howsoever you choose. Wander around the city, soak up the history and ambiance, and treat yourself to one-of-a-kind fine cuisine, the unbeatable skyline and views, or anything else you can manage to get into. 

Just don’t have all your excitement at once; your journey is just getting started. Save something for next day.

DAY 6: CUSCO CITY TOUR

When you awake, your vacation starts anew. Now it’s our turn to show you exactly what Cusco, Peru is all about. 

Start your day off with a yummy breakfast of local favorites in your hotel, and take a while to get yourself tour-ready. The evening guided tour will include many great stop-offs, but don’t forget to branch out on your own to see the sights and sounds, explore locations like San Pedro Market, and soak up as much culture as your heart desires. 

Once the evening rolls around, your guided tour will begin. A GOTOPERU rep will pick you up at your hotel and thus your guided adventure starts.

Here are a few of the guided tour spots for day two of your journey:

  • A guided tour of Cusco – Peru’s historic capital 
  • A close-up look at ancient Incan architecture and the region’s Spanish Colonial influences 
  • Visit the world-famous Q’enko – a large, historic amphitheater were ceremonial sacrifices once took place
  • See the church build on top the Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral of Santo Domingo 
  • Witness great Incan monuments such as Tambomachay, the site where water worshipers once gathered; and Sacsayhuaman, a large Incan fortress with hand-carved stones (as seen on popular television series like Ancient Aliens) 
  • Finally, enjoy visiting Incan tambo, which is the travelers’ rest stop of Puka Pukara 

After this guided tour is over, you will be taken back to your hotel, where you’re free to enjoy the rest of your night. We recommend taking in more of the local culture by visiting some nearby shops, or mingling with the locals. However, you may want to rest up well. 

DAY 7: SACRED VALLEY EXPERIENCE

Get ready to witness the majestic Sacred Valley!  After breakfast in your hotel, a GOTOPERU representative will greet you and pick you up for a scenic bus ride through the Andean landscape to the Sacred Valley (El Valle Sagrado).
Trip highlights include:
•    Tour through Pisac, a small town rich with Incan architecture and culture.  Be sure to stop by the artisan market to view and purchase unique souvenirs.
•    Visit to Ollantaytambo, a town and Incan archaeological site that once was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec.  During the Spanish Conquest, it served as a fortress for Manco Inca Yupanqui.
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A: Train and Overnight to Machu Picchu ( Included in the Price )  After your tour to Ollantaytambo fortress you will have a couple of hours extra to enjoy this small inca town before taking a 1.5hrs train to MachuPicchu Town where a representative will welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed hotel.

B: Overnight at Sacred Valley :  you will be transfer to your comfortable hotel surrounded by spectacular landscapes in the Sacred Valley.

C: Return to Cusco : After Ollantaytambo you will enjoy a tour through Chinchero, an Andean village with Incan ruins and a colonial church that produces extraordinary textiles, woven with ancestral tools. After a visit to the Textile Market you will be transfer to your hotel in Cusco later in the afternoon.

DAY 8: MARAS AND MORAY TOUR

Grab a good, filling breakfast at your hotel in Cusco; you have a full day ahead of you. After you eat, you will be taken to the historic, quaint towns of Maras and Moray. 

Moray is one of the purest traditional Incan locations in the region. You will get to see the ancient Incan community in a brand new light, while also seeing and learning about the ancient Incan agriculture which defies belief and introduces you to perhaps the highlight of the entire trip: the world’s prototypical greenhouse, the Sunken Concentric Rings. 

The town of Maras is equally impressive, giving you full access to some of the oldest salt mines in the world. Salt played such an important part of the world in ancient times, acting as currency and even starting large and enduring conflicts. It was also a trading staple of the Incan people. These salt mines are made up of over 2,000 shallow pools of water today, still in use despite providing tons and tons of salt for many thousands of years. 

After a full day’s worth of adventure, you will return to back Cusco. GOTOPERU has shown you a lot of Incan culture thus far. Now, it’s your turn to create your own itinerary. You have the rest of the night and the entire next day to experience the region on your own.

DAY 9: MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Tour of Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca site with captivating architecture, scenic views and stone structures that defy modern engineering.
A 2.5-3 hours history lesson of Machu Picchu given by a regional expert who will focus on major historic sites including the Sun Temple, Sun Stone and Room of the Three Windows.
After your tour, you have the option to explore more of MachuPicchu on your own with once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities to capture you in one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Free time to enjoy the natural hot springs of Aguas Calientes known for its healing powers.
A late afternoon train will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

DAY 10: FREE DAY IN CUSCO

You will welcome a day of rest and relaxation.  Sleep in, go shopping or visit some of the local museums.  If you wish to embark on an adventure, please notify a GOTOPERU agent and we will help you arrange horseback riding, hiking, biking, ATV trips, river rafting and more.

DAY 11: SUN ROAD TOUR CUSCO TO PUNO

Your GOTOPERU representative will come to your hotel and offer you a private transfer to embark on your journey to Puno.
Trip highlights include:
•    Visit to San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, Sistine Chapel of America.
•    A tour of Raqchi, an archaeological site with public baths, a large aqua duct system and stone terraces.
•    A buffet style lunch break in Sicuani Village.
•    A chance to explore La Raya, the border town between Cusco and Puno.
•    Tour the Pukara Archaeological Site featuring a large pyramid and museum.
You will end your day at a hotel in Puno.

DAY 12: TOUR OF LAKE TITICACA

Trip highlights include:
•    Tour of the Uros Islands to experience the simple life of the local people.
•    Visit to Taquile Island to get a rare glimpse into Peruvian indigenous culture.
•    Lunch in the town of Luquina.
A boat will take you back to Puno in the afternoon where you can use the rest of the day to shop, tour or rest.

DAY 13: POSADA AMAZONAS TOUR (DAY 1)

The first day of your trip starts out like most trips. You arrive at your destination via airport. However, immediately after arriving, you will begin to realize that GOTOPERU has lined up a very unique experience for you, starting with our expert tour guides. Our guides are members of the community here, they are real biologists, and they are tourism professionals. You will be assigned a guide at a 10:1 ratio, so your party may be merged with another. Though if you’re not keen on that idea and instead want a private guide, just make arrangements with us beforehand. We will set you up with a private guide for your tour. 

Once these arrangements have been taken of and you are greeted by our professionals, it’s time to transfer to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters, which only takes a quick 10 minutes. After this, you will get your first taste of the Amazon via our amazing natural gardens.

When it’s time to head out, you will be asked to leave your nonessentials behind in a safe deposit box. This is due to the boat travel you’re about to embark on; it’s important to keep the vessels as light as possible. From here, it’s a scenic ride to the Tambopata River Port.

During this 20km trip, you will be entering the native community of Infierno, which operates as a port communal business. This gives you a true sense of how life in such a region operates. It’s a very community-driven atmosphere, with no real hierarchy to speak of. After you learn a little about this community and mingle with residents, it’s time for a boxed lunch before catching your last transfer to Posada Amazonas.

This is a relatively short boat trip, taking between 30 minutes to an hour, and you will pass directly through the Primary Forest Private Reserve, which is teeming with unique and active wildlife.

When you arrive at the lodge, you will be greeted by the manager and subsequently get a few minutes to settle in, and then it’s time for an orientation. The staff works very hard to create entertaining presentations, but keep in mind that these are supposed to be educational. You will be going over essential navigation and safety tips. This is the rainforest, and getting separated or lost might not make for a pleasant time.

As soon as your orientation is over, it’s time for the fun to begin. Put on your hiking books and make sure you have a camera handy.

About a 20-minute walk from the Posada lodge takes you to a manmade scaffolding structure that’s built high atop a ridge on the trail. All in all, this scaffolding stands around 30-meters high but gives you a vantage point of nearly triple that. The sturdy platform places you in the perfect position to view the many different canopy flocks, parrot species, raptors, macaws, and much more. You will also get a great view of the Tambopata River, as it cuts through the land below. This gives you an idea of the sheer size and scale of this vast reserve – and it also puts things into perspective, as you’re only looking out at a fraction of the entire rainforest.

When you’re through viewing the amazing scenery, it’s time to enjoy a hearty, tasty dinner.

Before the night ends, you will be treated to a very entertaining lecture on ecotourism inside the lodge. This gives you a new perspective on tourism in the region and the efforts underway to preserve as much of this natural land as possible. This lecture is optional and will be available every night, if you so choose to participate, but you can spend your time doing something else if you would rather skip it.

Enjoy a restful night’s sleep and get ready for the second day of your journey.

DAY 14: POSADA AMAZONAS TOUR (DAY 2)

Enjoy a filling breakfast when you wake up, and pack up your gear and prepare for a full day of excitement.

Oxbow lakes are beautiful u-shaped sstructures that form when a wide meander in a river is cut off and the river takes a new course. These standalone lakes become unique ecosystems which support a wide variety of wildlife. The Tres Chimbadas lake is a 30-minute ride by boat, or a 45-minute hike by foot. Paddle out to the lake in a catamaran and start searching for the wide range of life that thrives here. You may see a large family of giant river otters, the frightening-looking caiman, horned screamers, hoatzin, and much more.

A clay lick is essentially a sodium-rich river bank, and birds fly for miles to eat this nutrient-rich clay. You will hike about 25-minutes from the lodge to a blind directly adjacent the clay lick. From this vantage point, you will see dozens of different parakeets and parrots descend on the lick to get their clay fix.

Beautiful species like the blue-headed parrot, the dusky-headed parakeet, and the yellow-headed Amazon show up to eat on clear mornings. The bright, vivid colors of these birds in flocks will amaze everyone.

Enjoy a light, energizing lunch after viewing these birds.

This particular part of your tour takes you up a manmade trail after a 20-minute boat ride. It was created by the Centro Nape staff, which is a communal organization in the area, and it features a host of medicinal plants, indigenous plants, and much more. Most of the plants along this trail are actually used for the patients in the clinic, and the tour guide will explain the different plants and their medicinal properties, and why it’s so important to sustain this type of life in the Amazon. After learning about the plants, enjoy a delicious dinner.

If you’re so inclined after the sun goes down on the Amazon, you can go out on a night walk and see many of the forest’s animals that you will never see during the day. Granted, it’s tough to actually see them in the pitch of night, but you will certainly hear them rustling around in the bush. This is where a light comes in handy, as you will encounter many types of arboreal mammals and frogs.

When this walk is over, it’s time to rest up for your departure in the morning.

DAY 15: POSADA AMAZONAS TOUR (DAY 3)

Although you will heading out after you eat breakfast, the vacation is not over by any stretch. You still have a lot of traveling to do, and you will be going back through the heart of the natural reserve, wherein you will experience all types of wildlife in its natural habitat.

The morning travel starts with a boat ride transfer to the Tambopata River Port. Immediately after, you’ll be heading back to the Puerto Maldonado Headquarters, where you will then ride back to the airport.

For most people, this means they’re heading back home. For you, however, it might just be the start of your vacation. If you’re so inclined, check out other parts of the Peruvian region, like Lima or Cusco. We can arrange anything you want in the region, so you can extend your vacation to include some truly historic sites in this region.

DAY 16: NAZCA LINES OVERFLIGHT FROM PISCO

After your overnight stay in Lima, you are going straight up to take an aerial tour of the famous Nazca Lines. 

Though the bus ride from Lima to Paracas, and then Paracas to Pisco, will stay take a few hours, so make sure you have your camera handy. You will get to view and experience a lot of the Peruvian landscape via this trip, which adds a new dimension to any vacation package. 

The highlight of this trip, an aerial tour of the Nazca Lines, is right around the corner. What exactly do you know about the Nazca Lines? If you’re a fan of the History Channel or National Geographic, you may have seen these lines before. Maybe you like these sorts of ancient mysteries. Maybe you think you actually have it solved! Well, you wouldn’t be the first. Scientists from all around the globe have been trying to solve the Nazca Lines for hundreds of years. These ancient geoglyphs are carved into the Nazca desert, and they stretch out for over 50 miles (or 80 kilometers). 

Some of the unique and incredibly large images include: A huge spider, a hummingbird, a monkey, a concord, a strange man-like figure with large eyes and a weirdly shaped head, dogs, and these incredibly straight, flat lines that stretch out for miles and appear to be landing strips of some sort. While modern scientists believe they have a relatively solid theory as to how the lines could have been made, no one knows for sure why they were made, or who could have been looking at them from that altitude some thousands of years ago. In other words, your guess is as good as theirs!

The lines were drawn in the desert between 400BC and 500AD, so, even the most conservative estimates have them at over 1,500 years old, with the first lines actually being drawn over 2,000 years ago. Was it just a hobby for ancient peoples, or is there something more to it? You can be the judge as you fly overhead and view these amazing geoglyphs from your plane. 

Your flight  gives you plenty of time to actually view the entirety of the structure, including adjacent structures like the Nazca holes. 

After you land, it’s time to go to your Paracas hotel, where you can stay busy browsing through the hundreds of different photos you took of the amazing Lines and other scenery.

DAY 17: BALLESTAS ISLANDS AND PARACAS RESERVE TOUR

On this particular tour, you will be picked up from your hotel in Paracas and given a tour of the Ballestas Islands. 

You will be transferred via a very short ride from your hotel to the harbor, where you will board a boat. The boat is relatively large and comfortable, full of safety jackets and other gear you may need while sailing around the bay.

One of the most amazing things you may notice about these islands is that they share the same type of climate as the Nazca Desert, which means wind and rain rarely touch these pristine pieces of land. This seems quite amazing once you lay eyes on El Candelabro – a very large geoglyph that’s carved into the sand, similar to the Nazca Lines, that has served as a beacon for mariners for hundreds of years. Shaped like a candelabra, this mysterious glyph was carved into the sand at around 200BC, and still it remains in immaculate shape, untarnished by the elements.

While the islands themselves aren’t getting much wind, understand that the open water does. You may want to put on a wind jacket to cut down on the sting. Though, the odds are good that you won’t even notice the wind blowing as you view the many different amazing structures of the Ballestas Islands.

There are more photo opportunities out here than even the best digital device can hold, so choose wisely. After the trip is over, you will return to the harbor and ultimately to your Lima hotel.

DAY 18: CHECKOUT TIME IN LIMA

After enjoying a local breakfast, make sure you’re all packed up and ready to go – including your pictures. Don’t forget those! Shortly after you eat, a GOTOPERU representative will arrive to pick you up. You will be escorted to the airport.

Catch your flight back home and start telling your jealous friends and family the stories of your adventures, or keep your adventure going by selecting another great travel package with GOTOPERU.

DAY 4: LORD OF SIPAN AND TUCUME TOUR

This travel option is an exclusive private tour that will guide you through some of the most significant archaeological sites in Peru. The first destination of the tour is the site of Tucume. This isn’t simply one pyramid, or even a few; it’s actually an entire small city of pyramids – 26 separate pyramids, all of which are truncated (without tops) yet still stand around 35 meters high on average. These pyramids are from the Lambayeque culture, which was prevalent in the region from 800-1470 AC. 

After visiting these impressive pyramids and learning about the history of the people who created them, it’s off to the Tumbas Reales museum. Rather than dinosaur bones or some other ancient artifacts that can found all over the world, this is a very unique museum. It houses the remains of the Lord of Sipan, his tomb on display to the public. For Latin America in particular, the discovery of this tomb (1987) is considered the most important in many decades. 

After visiting the museum that houses the tomb of Lord Sipan, you’re going to take another journey to the Huaca Rajada site, where the tomb was discovered. You can see many ancient remnants left behind in this location, and you will learn about the people of the time, Lord Sipan himself, and the inner workings of the Mochica hierarchy. 

Pyramids, ancient tombs, and plenty of culture – the trip will conclude with a transfer to the bus station or to a local airport, and you can connect with the next city in Peru.

DAY 2: TRUJILLO ARRIVAL, CHAN CHAN AND HUANCHACO TOUR

Immediately after arriving, you will be picked up by a GOTOPERU representative and transferred in style to your selected in hotel in Trujillo – or in Huanchaco, depending on the specific vacation plans, time of year, and number of reservations.

Your private Trujillo tour will show you Peru like you’ve never seen it before, and like you cannot see anywhere else. Some of the highlights of your tour will include:

  • A private, guided tour of Huaca de la Luna, which is an ancient mud pyramid crafted by the Moche people (between 100 and 750 AC). This pyramid is decorated from heel to tip with various paintings representing Ai-Paec, their god, who is ominously known as the Decapitator. 
  • A visit to the accompanying museum, wherein you will learn all about Ai-Paec, the sacrificial rituals, the customs of the era, the Moche people, and much, much more.
  • A trip to a beautiful, secluded beach town, Huanchaco, where you see how the local fishermen thrive using their ancient craft with boats made out of reed
  • A visit to the capital of the Chimu Dynasty, Chan Chan, and a tour of the largest adobe city (red clay) in the Americas. Plus, a visit to the on-site museum to learn more about the area and culture 
  • A bed-and-breakfast stay at a local hotel 

DAY 3: CHICLAYO ARRIVAL AND HUACA EL BRUJO TOUR

As the capital city of the historic Lambayeque region in northern Peru, Chiclayo has plenty to offer for vacationers of all ages. With this private tour package, you can see the area like you’ve never imagined. A GOTOPERU rep will pick you up and arrange private transport for you from your hotel to Chiclayo. This is about an hour and a half drive, with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way to keep you busy. 

After reaching Huaca el Brujo, you will instantly realize the trip was more than worth it. This huge adobe (red clay) pyramid was constructed during the reign of the Moche people, which was roughly from 100-750 AC – so, over 1,500 years, give or take. You will see just how well the clay has held up over the years; actually better than some of the famous Incan stones throughout other Peru locations. This pyramid isn’t only beautiful and a feat of architectural genius for the time; it’s also very significant historically speaking. It is where the Lady of Cao lived: The first female emperor of Peru. It is filled with various paintings, in good condition, which depict the Lady of Cao in various stages of rule. 

Huaca el Brujo also has an on-site museum which houses the remains of the empress, something that is exceedingly rare on a world scale. Most emperors, kings and other rulers’ remains are lost to dust over time. 

After seeing the pyramid and visiting the museum, the trip continues to other Chiclayo locations. Some of the places you can expect to see on this tour include:

  • The Chiclayo Center’s herbal market, where even modern-day Shaman still shop to purchase their medicinal herbs
  • The Monsefu shop, where you can pick up a wide range of local items and gifts, most of which are handcrafted by the artisans of the area 
  • Santa Rosa, which is a picturesque, historic location where you can see modern-day fisherman using the same techniques to catch fish that were used thousands of years ago
  • Pimentel, which is a similar fishing village where the fisherman craft their rafts out of reed (totora), as has been done for millennia
  • To cap this tour off perfectly, you will get to stay overnight in a great hotel, and wake up to a delicious breakfast packed with tasty regional items. 

What's Included

  • 8 nights in Peru high quality Hotels
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • All entrances
  • Boat tour at the Lake Titicaca
  • All breakfasts
  • Private Airport Shuttles in & out
  • 24/7 Assistance
  • Roundtrip train to Machupicchu
  • A prepaid cellphone
  • All internal buses First class
  • Nazca overfligh

What's Not Included

  • Internal Flights
  • Lunch or Dinner

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