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The Best of Peru in only 12 days is one of the extended travel packages that covers the main destinations of the beautiful Peruvian country. Visit both the coast and the Peruvian Andes with this itinerary made for our clients looking for an extended program with all the commodities and comforts of Peru.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to lima, peru

As you start on your journey to this vibrant South American city, prepare to discover a rich mix of ancient history and modern city life. Upon arrival at Jorge Chávez International Airport, you will be greeted with warm hospitality by our representative who will take you to your hotel, where you will find comfortable accommodations that suit the needs of each traveler. Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, this capital has it all. ¡Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable travel experience in Lima, Peru!

Day 2: Full-day tour to ballestas islands and huacachina oasis – overnight in ica

Our Gotoperu representative will pick you up from your accommodation in Lima early in the morning and transfer you to the Lima bus station for a bus ride to Ica.

A staff member will pick you up at the Ica bus station around 07:30 and transport you to the port where the Ballestas Islands boat excursion will depart. During your tour, you will observe sea lions in their natural habitat and have a briefing on the history of the Ballestas Islands and their role during the Industrial Revolution in Peru. Then, you will have free time on Paracas Boulevard to explore and buy souvenirs.

The next stop will be the Huacachina Oasis, followed by lunch at leisure with a view of the oasis. In the afternoon, dune buggy trip and sandboarding in the dunes of Huacachina

When your tour finishes, we will take you to your hotel in Ica.

Day 3: Nazca overflight and bus to arequipa

Fly across the dry Nazca Desert to view the renowned Nazca Lines. Admire the stylized animal and mystical creature geoglyphs. Explore one of the world's driest regions from above and attempt to understand the riddle of the Nazca civilization. When the flight is over, we will head to a local restaurant to have lunch and rest.

In the late afternoon, you'll take a comfortable overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 4: Arequipa city tour

We will begin the activity by picking you up from your hotel and transporting you to the first two stops of the itinerary: Carmen Alto and Yanahuara. From this point, we will have a panoramic view of the city and the Misti Volcano. We will then proceed to the Plaza de Armas, where we will learn about the Cathedral, the surrounding arches, and the 'Compañia de Jesus' Church. Then, we will visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, a colonial-era cloister that evolved into a little settlement over time, which offers us a clear understanding of what Arequipa's 17th-century architecture was like. Following this activity, the tour will conclude, and we will transfer back to your hotel.

Day 5: Colca canyon day 1

The highway leading out of Arequipa will be our first stop after picking you up from your accommodation. We'll have to make short acclimatization breaks as we climb in elevation. We'll stop at the Caahuelas Pampa Reserve to see alpacas and vicuñas. Our next stop will be Patahuasi, where we will spend a few minutes. We'll continue to Tacra, where we'll be able to see the region's vegetation and fauna.

Patapampa, the 4,800-meter-high volcano's vantage point, is the following site on the tour's itinerary (15,748 feet). In Chivay, we'll eat lunch and settle into our motels before continuing to the city of Aguadilla. We'll be able to relax at the thermal springs of Cahacapi in the afternoon, and then we'll be able to eat dinner in Chivay. We'll go to bed early tonight so we can get a good night's sleep before tomorrow's big day.

Day 6: Colca canyon day 2 and bus to puno

In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then you will be transferred to the Cruz del Cóndor (Cross of the Condor). Visit the viewpoint where you can observe some condors in flight on this excursion. While in Yanque and Maca, we'll get the opportunity to visit the local squares and craft markets. After that, we'll head back to Chivay for a leisurely lunch.

In the afternoon, we will board the bus to Puno, where our staff will assist us at the bus station and take us to the hotel.

Day 7: Full-day tour to lake titicaca

In the morning, our Gotoperu staff guide will pick you up from your hotel in Puno to begin your full-day tour of Lake Titicaca and the nearby islands. The majestic beauty of Lake Titicaca has captivated the hearts of countless explorers and travelers for centuries. Situated high in the Andean mountains between Peru and Bolivia, this enchanting lake is not only the largest in South America but also the highest navigable lake in the world. Our tour starts with a boat trip to the floating islands of the Uros, a collection of artificial islands built from floating bundles of reeds. You will have free time to buy souvenirs at the market and explore these floating marvels created by the Uros tribe to defend themselves against rival tribes. Then we will continue with a 2-hour boat ride to Taquile Island, home to a Quechua community that continues the tradition of male residents producing fine handicrafts. Here, you will have lunch with a magnificent view of Lake Titicaca before your return to Puno.

Day 8: Full-day tour from puno to cusco

Embarking on an unforgettable full-day tour from Puno to Cusco early in the morning. We will pick you up from your hotel in Puno and board the bus that will take you to the beautiful city of Cusco, but you will have the opportunity to visit iconic places during your tour.

Learn about an ancient civilization that thrived in the high plains some 2,000 years ago as you visit the Pucara Lithic Museum. The Pucara culture was known for its stone carvings depicting anthropomorphic figures. A guided tour of Raqchi's Archaeological Complex includes a stop at the Temple of Wiracocha God, an Inca pilgrimage site, agricultural terraces, an artificial lagoon, and Inca homes. For lunch, we will head to the town of Sicuani, Peru's second-highest city, where you can sample some of the country's best cuisine. See the 5300-meter-high Chimboya mountain, which dominates the landscape. The San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Chapel is known as one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in the Andes because of its lavish decor.

Arrival in Cusco and private transfer to your hotel.

Day 9: Cusco city tour

You will have the morning free to take a short walk and take some photos around the Historical Center of the city before your half-day city tour begins. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided City Tour of Cusco and the surrounding archaeological sites, such as Qorikancha temple – most known as the Temple of the Sun and Sacsayhuaman Fortress – a place that served for the Inti Raymi to take place. You will also visit Tambomachay which is located in the upper part of the beautiful city of Cusco.

Day 10: Full-day tour to the sacred valley and overnight in aguas calientes

After an early breakfast at your hotel in the city of Cusco, a Gotoperu representative will pick you up to start your Sacred Valley tour. The first stop will be the City of Pisac, a small town with exquisite architecture that is the perfect place to buy authentic Andean souvenirs – most known as artesanias. As you browse through the selection of traditional clothing and handicrafts, you'll easily understand why the Pisac market has a reputation of its own. In the afternoon, you will visit Ollantaytambo, which is an Inca site that began as a palace or fortress but was eventually used as the last Inca stronghold against the invading Spanish conquistadors. After an exciting day of archaeological exploration, you will board the train to Machu Picchu town – most worldwide known as Aguas Calientes – at the Ollantaytambo train station. Upon your arrival in Aguas Calientes, a representative of Gotoperu will be waiting for you at the Aguas Calientes train station to take you to your hotel.

Day 11: Visit to machu picchu and return to cusco

¡The main day of your trip! Be ready to visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Our representative will pick you up from your hotel to escort you to the Aguas Calientes Bus Station for a 30-minute bus ride to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a private guided tour of the citadel. During your tour, you will be able to visit historical places located in the Citadel of Machu Picchu, like the Sun Stone, Sun Temple, and the Room of the Three Windows. After your tour finishes, you will have some free time to explore Aguas Calientes, buy some local artesanias, and enjoy an amazing view of Machu Picchu town. Late in the afternoon, you will board the train from Aguas Calientes Train Station to Ollantaytambo Train Station, where a vehicle will be ready to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 12: Departure from cusco

We will escort you to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport to take your flight back home.

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