21 Days of Adventure and Culture from the coast to the Andes

21 days - 20 nights
Lima, Paracas, Ica, Nasca, Arequipa, Colca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Overview

Tour description 

An unforgettable journey starting in Lima visiting the city of kings, then cruise by bus to Ica for an adventurous dune buggy ride near an oasis in the desert. Continue to Paracas for a visit of the Ballestas Islands, the mini Galapagos and on to Nazca. From here we head to Arequipa the white city, then to Colca Canyon to see condors in flight. Continue to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and on to Cusco the Inca Capital. Travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and on to Machu Picchu to see the amazing Sanctuary. 

Tour Highlights

• Lima City tour: Colonial, Modern and contemporary.
• Ica: Sand boarding, Dune buggy, Oasis
• Paracas: Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve
• Nazca: Chauchilla Cemetery, and Kantalloc aqueducts tour. Optional flight over the Nazca Lines.
• Arequipa: Visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, a masterpiece of colonial architecture in Arequipa
• Colca Canyon:  Hike into the deepest Canyon of South America; spotting majestic condor, one of the largest flying birds 
• Lake Titicaca: Kayak adventure on the highest navigable lake of the world, 
• Cusco: City tour visiting the Cathedral, Qoricancha, San Pedro Market where the locals shop, Sacsayhuaman and Qenko.
• Sacred Valley: Pisac ruins/market, buffet lunch in Urubamba, Ollantaytambo ruins.
• Horse-riding on the famous Peruvian Paso horse, called the Rolls Royce under the horses
• Learn the secrets of the traditional medicine plants of the Yachaqs in the Sacred Valley
• Machu Picchu: A 1 day hike  through Cloudforest to Machu Picchu; Tour of the awe inspiring Machu Picchu Sanctuary with many temples and more.

  1. Arrival to Lima
  2. Lima City Tour
  3. Lima Bus to Paracas - Sand boarding & Dune Buggy
  4. Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Tours - Bus to Ica
  5. Ica - Winery Tour  El Catador - Bodega Tacama & Hacienda Vista Alegre - Bus to Nazca
  6. Chauchilla - Kantalloc Group Tour - Bus to Arequipa
  7. Arrival in Arequipa - Private citytour
  8. Colca Canyon Spotting condors at Cruz del condor
  9. Colca Canyon Trek
  10. From Colca Canyon to Puno
  11. Kayaking Lake Titicaca - from Llachon to Amantani island
  12. Amantani - Kayak to Taquile Island and visit the Uros islands
  13. Journey by first class bus from Puno to Cusco
  14. Cusco private Citytour
  15. Cusco - Sacred Valley Group Tour - Pisac ruins/market - lunch in Urubamba - Ollantaytambo ruins
  16. Sacred Valley of the Incas, Amaru community, medicine plants of the Andes
  17. Peruvian paso horse ride to the Saltpans, and Maras Moray
  18. Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Km 104 - Machupicchu
  19. Guided tour of Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco
  20. Free day in Cusco
  21. Flight to Lima
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Paracas, Ica, Nasca, Arequipa, Colca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Reservation code:
AJ-ADV1
Day by day

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

On arrival to Lima we will be waiting to take you to the centre of Lima where you will check into your hotel. Your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers will be ready for you at the reception desk of the Hotel. 
Transfer to Miraflores: 45 minutes
Overnight in Lima
No meals included

Day 2 Lima City Tour

This morning free to relax and may be take a stroll along the bay of Miraflores. In the afternoon enjoy your tour offering best combination of the different attractions of historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary. Return to your hotel.
Lima City tour: 3.5 hours
Overnight Lima
Brekfast included.

Day 3 Lima - Bus to Paracas - Sand boarding & Dune Buggy

This morning journey by bus to Paracas.  Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel. At 4pm we pick up from your hotel and take you for your dune buggy & Sand boarding excursion.  After the tour we return to the hotel with the evening to relax and explore your hotel neighborhood and the Oasis of Huacachina.
Bus departs Lima at 7:30am and arrives in Ica at 11:05am
Bus to Paracas: 3 hours and 35 minutes
Sand boarding & Dune Buggy tour: 2 hours
Overnight in Paracas.
Brekfast included.

Day 4 Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Tours - Bus to Ica

Transfer to Ballestas Islands known as the “small Galapagos” because of it’s abundant wildlife. Tour the Islands by boat; here we can observe the hundreds of sea lions and seals and a large variety of seabirds, flamingos, pelicans, boobies, cormorants and many others. Return to Paracas and enjoy lunch. After lunch visit the Paracas National Reserve which is home to a diverse collection of marine life and birds. This tour takes you to the picturesque costal area with the never-ending tropical sand-dune desert and where we will see the famous Paracas Candelabra etched into coastal mountainside. Return to your hotel in Ica
Ballestas Islands tour: 2 hours, Paracas National Reserver tour: 2 hours and 30 minutes. Bus departs Paracas at 17:00  and arrives in Ica 18:15. Bus ride: 1 hour and 14 minutes.
Overnight in Ica.
Brekfast included.

Day 5 Ica - Winery Tour  El Catador - Bodega Tacama & Hacienda Vista Alegre - Bus to Nazca

This morning we drive and visit to the Bodega Catador, an Artisanal Wine and Pisco Winery and Distiller El Catador it’s a small Family Winery and Distillery with 154 years of history. Here you will taste different kind of wines and Pisco in an underground cave. Continue to the Bodega Tacama a larger Commercial Winery.  It is housed in a 16th-century farm, and uses modern technology for its wine production. Next we move onto the biggest and oldest winery in Peru, “Hacienda Vista Alegre”. After the tour you will take the bus to Nazca. Arrive and transfer to your hotel.?Winery tour - 2.5 hours. Bus from Ica departs at 18:20 arrive in Nazca 20:40. Bus ride: 2 hours 19 minutes
Overnight in Nazca.
Brekfast and lunch included.


Day 6 Chauchilla - Kantalloc Group Tour - Bus to Arequipa

This morning you have the chance to take a flight over the Nazca Lines and in the afternoon we start our excursion of the Chauchilla cemetery, the amazing aqueducts of Kantalloc and on to the ceramic and gold processing ateliers. Evening bus journey to Arequipa. ?
Tour duration:  ~ 4 hrs
Bus to Arequipa departs at 22:00 arriving at 7:30am
Bus ride: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Day use Hotel.
Overnight on bus.
Brekfast included.

Day 7 Arrival in Arequipa - City Private Tour

On arrival to Arequipa at 7:30am we take you to your hotel where you can relax.  Afternoon city tour visiting the Main Square, Yanahuara church and observatory, San Francisco Church, the Compania de Jesus’ famous cloisters, colonial houses, and a special visit to the Santa Catalina Convent and Cloisters. Return to your hotel.
Arequipa City tour: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Overnight in Arequipa.
Brekfast included.

Day 8 Colca Canyon Spotting condors at Cruz del condor

We depart from your hotel in Arequipa at 3:00 A.M. to Chivay and have breakfast in the village. Continue our visit up to the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor where we can see the mighty Condor in flight in the deep Colca Canyon. Then we continue to the village of Cabanaconde where we begin our trek. Hike to the Pampa de San Miguel, where we have breath-taking views of the fabulous Colca Canyon. Then descend for three hours and a half of until reaching the first community of San Juan de Chuccho (2,200m above sea level) descending approximately1357 meters, where the river Colca runs around the place. 
Overnight in a rustic cabin in the Colca Canyon.
Brekfast lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 Colca Canyon Trek

After an energizing breakfast, we hike across the canyon, passing through the picturesque villages of Coshñirgua (2,450m) and Malata, before descending to the lowest point of the canyon. We arrive to the Oasis (2,180m) in afternoon around 1:00pm. Here we will relax in the natural pools (24 ° C). 
Entrance to Pool not included
Overnight stay in rustic cabins.
Brekfast lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 From Colca Canyon to Puno

Today we start off very early start climbing up the canyon in the light of lanterns in order to avoid the hot sun. We arrive in the village of Cabanaconde and have breakfast in a restaurant.  On return to Chivay we will visit the viewpoint of Antahuilque where we will have amazing views of the lagoons, or the viewpoint of Choquetico, and the town of Maca. We will arrive in Chivay at approximately 12:30pm to enjoy lunch in the restaurant.  After lunch you will be transferred to Arequipa or to the bus terminal for your bus to Puno.
We will assist you with the connection to your transfer to Puno.
Overnigth in Puno.
Brekfast and lunch included.

Day 11 Kayaking Lake Titicaca - from Llachon to Amantani island

Transfer from your hotel to the port to board our motor-boat towards Llachon.  There you will have a safety briefing by the specialized kayak guide and you will get dressed with the kayak equipment. Then paddle to Amantani Island taking in amazing views of Lake Titicaca. Arrive and meet your host family and get accommodated at your homestay.  Then enjoy a delicious typical lunch prepared by your host family. Enjoy the cultural experience by joining an optional football match with the locals.  In the afternoon we hike to one of the two temples on the top of the island to observe the beautiful sunset.  Then you enjoy dinner and a celebration with the family. 
Overnight in Amantani.
Brekfast lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 Amantani - Kayak to Taquile Island and visit the Uros islands

Duration of kayaking: 3 hours. Distance: 10 kilometers from Amantani to Taquile.
After breakfast, we continue our adventure by paddling from Amantani to Taquile Island, observing the distant but impressive snow capped mountains on the other side of Lake Titicaca.  We arrive in Taquile where we will see the locals who have preserved their culture and ancestral organization. You will see their famous weaving of textiles. We will have lunch and then descend a stairway of 500 steps to the port to board our boat and head to the floating islands of Uros.  We will visit the Uros people and learn of their incredible building with totora reeds of their homes, canoes and more. Optional Reed boat rides can be arranged directly with the local fishermen. Then we depart and arrive in Puno at approximately 4:30pm.
Overnight in Puno
Brekfast and lunch included.

Day 13 Journey by first class bus from Puno to Cusco


Transfer to the bus station for your 1st class bus ride to Cusco, You will visit 4 archeological sites along the way. Upon arrival to Cusco we take you to your hotel.
Places you will visit are:
Raqchi, the temple of the God Wiracocha
Andahuaylillas: The church of Andahuaylillas is known as the "Sistine Chapel of America". 
Pukara: The litho-sculptures of Pukara, belonging to a civilization of the name Pukara 
La Raya:  the highest point between Puno and Cusco, at 14234 feet, where you can admire the snow-peaked mountains.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant halfway in Sicuani.
Tour with ride: 10 hours
Overnight in Cusco
Brekfast and lunch included.

 

Andean Explorer Train by Orient Express to Cusco (alternative option)

Travel in style on the Andean Express to Lake Titicaca. A spectacular rail journey to Cusco, which runs on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This Train ride is considered by various travel magazines to be one of the most beautiful in the world. The ride is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route. A gourmet lunch will be served in the Pullman style dining cars, bringing you back to the 1920's. A music and fashion show and  a bar-tending lesson will also be part of your experience aboard.  On arrival in Cusco we take you to your hotel.
Train ride: 10 hours
Overnight in  Cusco
Breakfast and 3 course lunch included.
Train Schedule:
November to March = Mon, Wed, Sat. / April to October = Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat.
Alternatively an early morning or afternoon flight from Juliaca to Cusco is possible. Please consult for these options as they are not included.

Day 14 Cusco City Private Tour

This morning start a fabulous privately guided alternative city tour. We visit the market of San Pedro, a vibrant, colorful Andean market giving you an inside look at the local culture of Peru then we move on to the impressive Qoricancha temple and then take a short stroll through the atmospheric streets of Cusco visiting the Cathedral in the main square and then on to see the famous 12 angle Inca stone. From here our car will takes us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel you have the rest of the afternoon free. 
City tour: 4 hours
Overnight in Cusco
Brekfast included.

Day 15 Cusco - Sacred Valley Group Tour - Pisac ruins/market - lunch in Urubamba - Ollantaytambo ruins

Today we start from your hotel for our day excursion to the Sacred Valley Of the Incas. We visit the Pisac ruins and then off to the small typical Andean market where you can buy local handicraft. Then off to Urubamba where a buffet lunch is served. After lunch we continue on to Ollantaytambo, which has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning.  At the end of our tour we check-in to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Tour: 7 hours
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
 Brekfast and lunch included.

Note: The market days in Pisac are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The other days you can still do the tour but only the souvenir market is operational 

Day 16 Sacred Valley of the Incas, Amaru community, medicine plants of the Andes

At 8.00 a.m. we set off from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the
Incas. We arrive at Pisac situated along the Urubamba River and continue to the Amaru Indigenous community. You will enjoy a distinct cultural experience with an ethnobotany tour of traditional medicines, learn the secrets of the traditional medicine plants of the Yachaqs, or of the wise people of the Andes, afterwards, we will have an opportunity to share some time with the lovely Indigenous children and their families.Peru is one of the countries with the highest use of medicinal plants in the world. Even to this day they are still revealing new plants and their uses already known in the past but forgotten in the labyrinths of history. Discover the ancient wealth of knowledge collected about these plants and how they help the daily life of local people.
Experience the healing secrets and hidden beliefs after years of tradition transmitted over the generations, and learn to provide treatment for common diseases. After learning to use plants in their most traditional form, discover how to turn them into ointments, syrups and soaps. We continue to Urubamba where lunch is served.
After lunch we continue on to Ollantaytambo where we visit the Archeological site. Ollantaytambo is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins, which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. At the end of our tour we check-in to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Brekfast and lunch included.

Day 17 Peruvian paso horse ride to the Saltpans, and Maras Moray

We start the day with a short  transfer to the nearby ranch to meet with our ranchero and get instructed and briefed for our ride on the famous Peruvian Paso horses.  Riding our beautiful Peruvian Paso horses we pass along farmers and and their agricultural lands,local fruit trees, then cross the Vilcanota river and our way up to  the salt mines, the Salineras.  The Salineras have a long history and are thought to have existed before the Inca Empire. The local Andean villagers have shared and worked this salt harvesting system for centuries. The source of the salt is an underground stream, which the locals have channeled into a complex terracing system, slowing the water down in such a way that crystallization can take place.  As well as a functioning farming system it is a stunning & beautiful landscape and photographic scenery, definitely worth visiting. We then  go back on our horses  and visit Moray which is a few miles away.
The magnificent agricultural terraces of Moray are still a mystery, the site is thought to have been an Incan laboratory in order to investigate and improve Andean farming techniques. The site was designed around natural craters or hollows in the landscape from which the ancient farmers manipulated, forming an extensive agricultural terracing system. We enjoy a box lunch at the very same site before we go back on our horses and  After this relaxing ride we are transferred back to check in to the hotel in the Sacred Valley. 
Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Brekfast and lunch included.

Day 18 Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Km 104 - Machupicchu

An early morning transfer from your hotel to the train station for a three-hour train ride which has been described as one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. The train climbs out of Cusco to a high plateau before following the Urubamba River down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. From here we pass deep into the narrow Urubamba gorge surrounded by sheer mountains and thick forest. A one day-hike arriving at Machu Picchu via the famous Sungate.
Overnight in the MAPI
Brekfast and lunch included.

Day 19 Guided tour of Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

After breakfast your guide will accompany you for an early bus for the sunrise at Machupicchu. The first buses start leaving at 5.30am and take 30 minutes to get to Machupicchu. The doors to Macchupicchu open at 6am when you will be able to enjoy this magnificent place before the crowds arrive later in the morning. Our professional guide will slowly show you around the main areas recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries and explaining about some of the advanced building techniques the Incas used. After your tour you will have plenty of time (3 hours approx) to look around maybe do some of the other treks which are available in the surrounding mountains. At about 1.30pm it will be time to head back down to the town by bus. Here you can find many restaurants offering lunch and at 4.43pm** you will board the return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town with a transfer back to Cusco arriving at approximately 8.30pm.
Overnight in Cusco.
Brekfast included.

** Our preferred train departures are subject to availability

Day 20 Free day in Cusco

Today you have  free day to explore this Unesco world heritage colonial town on your own or opt for one of our tailored excursions.
For your lunch and dinner we will provide you with a listing of our recommend restaurants and will book your preferred restaurants in advance for you.  
Overnight in Cusco
Brekfast included.

Day 21 Flight to Lima

After Breakfast buffet, transfer to cusco’s airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima connection with your international flight home.
Brekfast included.

Included

Included

Hotels included:
20 nights in Hotels: Lima (2 nights), Paracas (1 nights), Ica (1 nights), Nazca (1 night) Puno (2 nights), Cusco ( 3 nights), Sacred Valley (2 nights), Aguas Calientes (1 night) - 1 night on bus (Nazca to Arequipa)
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions mentioned in the program
Guide:
Official bilingual guides during excursions
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train from Aguas Calientes - Poroy - (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels /Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)

Not included:

• Flights: International flights
• Flights: 1 Domestic flight Cusco/Lima  
• Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
• Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
• Insurance: Travel insurance
 

Hotels

Hotels

Prices

Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
Prices in US$ Double room US $ 3555 US $ 4095 US $ 5580
Single room supplement  US $ 945 US $ 1340 US $ 2795