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 NOMADIC ADVENTURES                                             GEMS OF PERU TOUR

 

Location: Peru

Duration: 11 Days

Departures: All Year except February when the trail is closed.

Best Season: Best May to November

Accommodation: Hotels and Tents

Minimum Group Size: 1

 

Inca Trail Permits

Trekking permits are required for anyone doing the trail. These are arranged by ourselves, but as only a limited number are available per day, we will require about 3 month advance warning to book the permits. As such, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to trek on your required dates if we are given short notice.

 

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GEMS OF PERU TOUR

 

 

ITINERARY - GEMS OF PERU

 

Day-1. (Sunday) Lima
Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.

 

Day-2. (Monday) Lima - Nazca  (B)
After breakfast, a guided visit of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, dating from 1654, the main square, which still houses the original bronze fountain built in 1650, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. After lunch at Rosa Nautica, the foremost seafood restaurant in Lima, private transfer to Nazca. Arrival and overnight accommodation in Nazca.

 

Day-3.  (Tuesday) Nazca  - Lima (B)

Today a tour flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines; gigantic drawings and geometrical figures engraved in the driest desert of Peru and dating back to 250 AD.  Drawn throughout over 1000 Km2 of desert on the Pampas of San Jose in Ica, and due to their enormous size and largely unknown origin, leaves an indelible impression on all who visit this most mysterious archaeological site. With representations of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they are believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly an offering to the gods. First discovered in 1550 it was not until the advent of flight, in the 1920’s that the lines were first realised for their significance. The drawings are not in actual desert sand but on small rock debris, varying in length from 150m to 300m and with a depth of 20cm. A tour of Chauchilla cemetery before transferring to Lima and your hotel in the late afternoon.

 

Day-4: (Wednesday) Lima – Puno (B)
Flight to Juliaca, before transferring to Puno visiting en route the Sillustani funereal towers. Arrival to Puno for overnight accommodation.

Day-5: (Thursday) Lake Titicaca (B) 
After breakfast, transfer to the port for the boat trip on Lake Titicaca to the reed islands of Uros. A visit to the Aymara island of Taquile before returning in the afternoon to Puno. Overnight accommodation.

 

Day-6: (Friday) Puno – Cuzco (B)
Departure by private vehicle to Cuzco visiting en route several Inca ruins and the remains of the great Viracocha temple, Raqchi. We shall also stop at the highest point along the way, La Raya Arrival to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodation.

 

Day-7. (Saturday) Cuzco (B)

Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Return to your hotel.


Day-8. (Sunday) Sacred Valley - Pisac - Ollantaytambo (Breakfast & buffet lunch)

Full-day excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Inca situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and still remains the larder of Cuzco. Visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indians barter their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. On Sundays it is also the meeting place for Mayors from all the villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning mass. After a buffet lunch, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above. Overnight accommodation in Ollantaytambo.

 

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included – only breakfast on the final day)

 

Day-9. (Monday) Wayllabamba

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Chilca by bus, where you will meet the Quechua porters and have breakfast. Crossing over the turbulent Vilcanota River, with magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) we will continue the expedition admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at the Huayllabamba river for lunch. We will visit the archeological sites of Patallacta, Qente, and the valley of Cusichaca and the magical Polylepsis forest. Today the hike will last approximately 7 hours, arraign in camp around 17h00. Camp and dinner at 3,800 meters. Overnight on the trail.

Day-10. (Tuesday) Wayllabamba - Pacamayu
Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we gain a lot of altitude. We will see outstanding views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we will continuously climb up through the first pass at 4,200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological areas such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna. we will climb 1000 metres in 5 hours. On the descent to the lunch spot, we will encounter a large number of stairs. After lunch, we will again climb about 500m in altitude before dropping again, about a further 400.Today camp and dinner near Pacaymayu. Overnight on the trail.

Day-11. (Wednesday) Pacamayu – Winayhuayna

Today is a much easier and shorter day. After breakfast, we will trek down through the valley of Pacaymayu to the famous archaeological sites of Runquraqay. We will continue to the second pass and the restored town site of Sayaqmarka ("Town in a Steep Place") and explore the Sayaqmarka Ruins. The Inca Trail in this section is a white granite roadway, traversing a thickly forested mountainside. We will then descend to the magnificent archeological Phuyupatamarka ("Cloud Level Town") and have lunch. We will then begin the decent to Winaywayna where a visit of the ruins and have dinner will conclude the day.

Day-12. (Thursday) Winayhuayna – Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)
Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Macchu Picchu for the sunrise. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Macchu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, transfer to Aguas Calientes onto the train station for your return train to Cuzco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

 

Day-13: (Friday) CUZCO – Lima (B)
Return flight to Lima and transfer to your hotel. Last night’s accommodation in Peru.

 

Day-14: (Saturday) Lima (B)

 

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Highlights

Inca trail

Cuzco

Machu Picchu

Puno

Nazca Lines

Lake Titicaca

 

 

Peru Tours

Inca Trail

Gems of Peru

Pearls of Peru

Machu Picchu Ruins

Alpamayo Trek

Highlands of Peru

Sacred Ayahuaska Ceremony

Inca Trail and Amazon Tour

 

 

 


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