Peru & Ecuador - 15 days, 14 nights

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itinerary

Day 01
Arrive at Lima, transfer to your hotel, evening free, overnight at Lima.

Day 02
Discover the architectural and tourist attractions of Lima through a guided tour in the City Tour & Cathedral of Lima. This circuit will show you the city and its history in a comfortable and safe way. The tour begins in Miraflores where we'll visit the Love Park, the Costa Verde ocean front and the amazing Pyramid Pucllana, a pre-Inca archaeological site. This route continues to the historic center of Lima, there we'll discover the early days of the city and the most important events through its different periods. Enjoy a walking tour of Plaza Mayor, the tourist center of Lima. A great religious artistic influence shows in its churches and convents. Our first stop is the Basilica Cathedral of Lima, admirable space for their late Baroque, renaissance and plateresco artistic styles. We will see the crypt of Francisco Pizarro, enter the lower levels of the temple and tour the halls of religious art. We'll finish our tour with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, former claustruo that holds the remains of Santa Rosa de Lima and San Martin de Porres; rest of the day is free, overnight at Lima.

Day 03
At 7:30 AM, you will be transferred to the Chaco pier, here you take a boat ride to the Ballestas Islands. During this tour we will stop to see the mysterious figure of the candlestick, our captain will stop in front of this impressive figure where our guide will explain about it and give them the necessary time to take pictures. Then continue with the direction of the Ballestas Islands where visitors can enjoy this beautiful seascape full of large colonies of sea lions, penguins and seabirds. In this place we will visit our boat around the islands through caves and rock deformations capricious, return to the pier around 2:30 PM, return to Paracas for overnight.

Day 04
From the aerodrome near Paracas, we will take the Nazca Lines’ overflight declared World Heritage by UNESCO, there are huge mysterious traces done on the sand, covering an area of 350 km, these figures represent different animals and plants and their dimensions are from 15 to 300 meters each. According to Dr. Maria Reiche, who has dedicated much of his life to the study of these lines, it is the World’s largest astronomical calendar. Return to Lima midafternoon for overnight, evening free.

Day 05
Early morning, you will be transferred to Lima airport to catch your flight to Arequipa, arriving mid morning, later, you will have a city tour were you will visit the magnificent Santa Catalina Monastery, the most remarkable sight in Arequipa, with numerous passageways and intricate architecture. At the Museum of Santuarios Andinos you may meet Juanita The Ice Girl, a well preserve mummy, found high into the Andean glaciers. Its Plaza de Armas is one of the most beautiful of Peru, beautifully laid-out with palm trees and gardens, surrounded by arcaded buildings in colonial style, including the gorgeous Cathedral, evening free, overnight at Arequipa.

Day 06
We will drive north heading to the Colca Valley area, enjoy spectacular sceneries were you can observe some of the traditional wildlife found in Peru, such as wild alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos, check in at your hotel, rest of the day is free, overnight at Colca.

Day 07
In the morning, enjoy a tour of the Colca Canyon, with an area of astounding scenic beauty, with giant Andean terraces and a deep canyon that reaches a depth of 3140 meters. A journey to the Colca valley will take you through high Andean plateau, reaching at one point a high pass of 4800 meters, we might spot several types of birds, of which stand out the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor; in the afternoon, we will drive back to Arequipa for overnight.

Day 08
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your domestic flight to Cusco, upon arrival transfer to your hotel, in the afternoon, we will enjoy a city tour of Cusco, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons; evening is free, overnight at Cusco. 

Day 09
Today, we will have an excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle, late afternoon, we will head to your hotel, evening free, overnight at Sacred Valley.

Day 10
The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Ollantaytambo train station for a train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”; arrive at Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Return to Cusco for overnight.

Day 11
At the appropriate time, we will catch a flight back to Lima, connecting with your international flight to Quito in Ecuador, upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, overnight at Quito.

Day 12
Experience Quito’s highlights on a sightseeing city tour, we will drive through diverse neighborhoods for a look at both colonial and modern Quito, and visit top Quito attractions such as Independence Plaza and the Presidential Palace. You’ll be amazed by panoramic views throughout your tour, accompanied by informative commentary from your guide about the history and culture of Ecuador's capital; we will also visit the equatorial line monument, rest of the day is at leisure, overnight at Quito.

Day 13
Today we will take a drive through Ecuador's breathtaking scenery, stopping along the way to take photos and soak up the truly amazing and diverse landscapes while we head for Otavalo Market and experience the local way of shopping as you barter for handicrafts and many other items, we will observer people wearing traditional customes and have several photo stops on the way at the town of Calderon and San Pablo lake, return to your hotel, overnight at Quito.

Day 14
We will take a full day trip to Cotopaxi, viewpoint of the Andes and the second most popular adventure destination in Ecuador, two hours away from Quito. At 5,897 metres above sea level, its perfect cone covered in glaciers rises heavenwards, and the crystals of the stalactites and stalagmites shine in the moonlight, giving off a radiant glow. From, its summit, if the climatic conditions are favourable, you can make out almost all the peaks in the country; we will visit the base camp of one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, return to Quito late afternoon.

Day 15
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your international departure flight.

servicesincluded

- Accommodations in double occupancy
- Breakfast daily
- Domestic flights Lima - Arequipa, Arequipa - Cusco and Cusco - Lima
- Regional flight Lima - Quito
- Train transportation Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
- Ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing tours listed
- Admissions
- Local guides
- Hotel taxes.

Not included: any meals not mentioned as included, airport taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters or waiters and expenses of personal nature.

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