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Historical Peru

11 days / $ 2759
Kim MacQuarry

Historical Peru is full of sights that take your breath away. Discover the country’s most intriguing places from the Nazca Lines to Machu Picchu.

Ancient indigenous cultures, Spanish colonial influence, the quest for independence, cultural mixture, and an astonishing geography have all shaped Peru throughout the centuries. This tour takes you to those fantastic places. Witness the desert coast and fly over the Nazca Lines. Admire the white stone architecture of Arequipa and gape at the depths of the Colca Canyon. See what remains of Inca history in Cusco and the Sacred Valley and venture to Machu Picchu for a thrilling finale.

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Upon arrival at the Lima airport, meet our Inca Expert Travel representative for a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel.

If arriving early, you can also take in scenic Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima's gorgeous coastline.

Your day starts early with a transfer aboard a comfortable first-class bus to Pisco. Store your luggage at the airport and then board a small aircraft for a thrilling flight over the Nazca Lines.

After landing, transfer to your Paracas hotel. Relax by the pool and enjoy the sunset over Paracas Bay.

Embark on a 2-hour boat tour to the marine wildlife wonderland on the Ballestas Islands. Hear the roars of sea lions and see teeming colonies of seabirds. You may even spot dolphins and Humboldt penguins.

After the tour, take a bus transfer to Lima.

Fly to Arequipa and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Meet your guide for a closer look at Arequipa’s mestizo baroque architecture. Visit San Ignacio Chapel, the imposing Basilica Cathedral, and the mini city of Santa Catalina Monastery. The tour ends with a drive to one of the city’s lookout points for views of the city framed by Misti Volcano.

The 3-hour drive from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon passes through the extraordinary landscapes of the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca. Before the descent, you’ll reach Patapampa Pass at a staggering elevation of 16,109 feet (4,910 meters).

Stop in Chivay village for lunch, visit Calera Hot Springs, and continue to your lodge for a relaxing night.

In the morning, meet your guide for a drive to Mirador Cruz del Condor where you can see condors glide on thermal drifts over the gaping canyon below.

Return to Chivay for lunch and then begin the return drive to Arequipa.

Fly from Arequipa to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport, meet our Inca Expert Travel representative for the short drive to your hotel in the historic center. Along the way, you will see stunning examples of the city’s hybrid Spanish-Inca architecture.

You have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city and its many museums, cafes, and markets.

Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.

Meet your guide for a trip to the Sacred Valley. Your private tour visits the concentric circle terraces of Moray which descend nearly 500 feet (150 meters) into the earth, the multi-hued salt pans of Maras, and the monolithic fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour, catch the train to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu.

Wake up early and meet your guide for a memorable walk through the “lost city of the Incas” and let yourself be swept away by the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Finish up with last photos and then return to Aguas Calientes town for the return trip to Cusco.

Upgrade options:
Climb Huayna Picchu for views over the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu.

Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s wonders.

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Double $ 4729 $ 3749 $ 2759
Single $ 7889 $ 5839 $ 4129
  • 10 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • Nazca Lines overflight
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  • Airport taxes
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
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