A single trip is not enough to discover all the wonders of Peru, in this tour you will witness just a few magical places and experiences that must be lived and appreciated when you visit the country. Combining the best attractions of Peru in this trip you can discover some of the greatest wonders of the planet including the lines of Nazca, Cusco and perform the famous Salkantay Trek.
Welcome to Peru!
Lima, the largest city and capital of Peru is a must-see when visiting the country.
In the last years it became a modern city with nice beaches, lots of seafood restaurants, plenty of museums and last but not least an exciting nightlife.
By the afternoon, you will explore the impressive city of Cusco. The history of the Inca Empire started here. The Imperial city of the Incas was a complex urban center with different religious and administrative functions. Many years later the Spanish conquerors destroyed the ancient culture and sent its treasures to Spain.
In Cusco´s historic center we will see Spanish buildings, native ruins, temples and finely finished buildings of the Incas. Main attractions are: the “Temple of the Sun”, the main square “Plaza de Armas”, the market “San Pedro” and the “Papa Museo”.
Let your mind drift and feel the energy of the past in this magical city.
Then, we will continue to the nearby ruins: Kenko, where you will see its underground galleries and its semicircular amphitheater. Tambomachay complex of walls connected by stairways, having water springs which fed a well via channels in which apparently the Inca bathed, for it is believed that he also worshipped water. Puca Pucara; the red fortress that is located on a hill, possibly to defend Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture, this fortress was built using large slabs of granite to safeguard the city from Antis attacks or invading forces from the east.
With its amazing nature, breathtaking views, ancient ruins and various adventure activities, the Sacred Valley has a lot to offer. The valley was chosen by the Incas because of its geographical and climatic conditions. It was the best place in Peru to plant all different kinds of vegetables and plants. However, the Sacred Valley was not part of the Inca Empire but more like a personal property of the Emperor.
Here you have the chance to visit the beautiful “Pisac Market”. You will find a wide variety of locally produced handicrafts.
Later we will visit the small town is “Ollantaytambo”. Enjoy a great coffee or delicious meal in one of the local cafes and restaurants. Furthermore you will find there one of the finest stonework of Peru.
The Vinicunca Mountain, as known as Rainbow Mountain, is one of the newest destinations for them who love trekking, nature and landscapes.
Vinicunca is a mountain located in Quispicanchis province in Cusco, Peru. Close to one of the highest snow peaks in Peru, Apu Ausangate. Over 5000 meters high, the surrounding landscape shows a bright blue sky and almost no people, plants or animals.
The rainbow colors make a fully enjoyable contrast with the other mountains and the afternoon sky. As the sun rises and the clouds are dragged by the wind the colors of the Vinicunca mountain change turning brighter or darker making the view even better.
After being taken from your hotel in Cusco by car (3 hour trip) and a traditional breakfast you and your travel partners will start the journey to Rainbow Mountain. You can go on your own pace to enjoy every minute of the trek. In three hours approximately you will turn right the last hill to hold your breath and get dazzled by the 7 color mountain Vinicunca.
You will have time to chill out and take as many pictures as you want.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail and considered by most to be the best alternative route (and maybe even better!). This magnificent trail is perfect for adventurers who wish to become personally integrated in changing ecosystems from one day to the next. You will walk through sweeping, magical landscapes of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!
The Cordillera Vilcabamba is an impressive mountain range extending over 260 km,. The snow-capped mountain Salkantay rises to 6271 MASL– 20574 FASL in height. It is an outstanding snowy peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru. Because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible by car and it has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1952.
In order to complete the Salcantay Trek, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, but age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to be well-acclimatized to the altitude. The highest you will trek the entire time is (4, 650 MASL – 15092 FASL). Two days of acclimatization before the trek is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, its nearby Inca ruins, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Walking Distance – 12km / 7.45 miles
Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles
Walking Distance – 18km / 11.2 miles
Walking Distance – 18 km / 11.2 miles
At a scheduled time, you will get a transfer to the Cusco airport and take your flight to Lima. At your arrival, you will get a transfer to your hotel and then start your city tour in Lima.
Early in the morning you will take the touristic bus and travel to Paracas city where you will take a shared tour to the Paracas reserve. The National Park “Paracas” is located in the south of Lima.
It represents Peru´s coastal marine ecosystem while being home to millions of birds and different species of flora and fauna. The park is ideal for bird watchers, as well as for nature lovers that enjoy walking.
Distinct straight lines, geometric figures and animal as well as plant designs characterize the town of Nazca.
Located between Huacachina and Arequipa, the town is a perfect stopover to learn more about pre-Inca culture.
Like the Paracas, the Nazca people were famous for their work with textiles but even more famous for creating geoglyphs, massive drawings and lines. While walking through the landscape you might identify distinct shapes like a hummingbird, a spider or a monkey.
It is still unclear why the lines exist, but it is assumed that they may have been used for astrological or ceremonial purposes. To better see the lines you can walk to the observation tower. There you have a great view over three of the figures.
After this tour, you will take the touristic bus back to Lima.
At a coordinate time, you will have to catch the shuttle transfer to airport for your flight to Lima.