Scholars, mathematicians, archaeologists and scientists have long deliberated over the origins of the Nazca Lines, but their true purpose and meaning lies lost in the midst of time. As your light aircraft soars high above the lines, the immensity of the Nazca lines becomes apparent. You’ll find it hard to believe that you are looking at desert geoglyphs created by an ancient civilization some 2,000 years ago. Monkeys, spiders, humming birds and fish are the most famous of the lines, but flowers, trees, human heads and even a spaceman feature in the ancient geoglyphs. Discover Peru’s Inca and pre-Inca cultures with our fantastic 10 days Machu Picchu & Nazca Lines package.
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Day 1: International arrival, overnight in Lima.
Day 2: Relaxing morning, travel to Paracas (4 hours).
Day 3: Overflight of Nazca Lines.
Day 4: Morning tour of Ballestas Islands, travel to Lima.
Day 5: Morning flight to Cusco, transfer to the Sacred Valley with tour of Pisac.
Day 6: Full day tour of the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo, Moray & Salt Pans).
Day 7: Train to Machu Picchu and guided tour, overnight near Machu Picchu.
Day 8: Re-visit Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu hike, afternoon train to Cusco.
Day 9: Free morning, afternoon guided tour of Cusco & surrounding areas.
Day 10: Free morning in Cusco, afternoon flight to Lima, international flight departure.
Day 1: International arrival, overnight in Lima
Upon arrival in Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport, you will be collected by our English speaking ground staff and transferred to the district of Miraflores. This up-market district of Lima is home to some of the best hotels in the city and is also known for its abundance of world-class restaurants.
Day 2: Relaxing morning, travel to Paracas (4 hours)
Today you will take the luxury Cruz del Sur bus service from Lima to Paracas. The 3 ½ hour journey follows Peru’s arid dessert coastline south to the region of Ica, where you will transfer to your hotel on the Paracas peninsula. Over the past 8 decade Paracas has been at the heart of growth of tourism in the area, with the construction of no more than 9 new hotel complexes of which 3 are considered to be in the luxury category. The afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities (pool included).
Day 3: Overflight of Nazca Lines
From Paracas, you will be driven the short distance to the nearby Pisco Airport, where you will board a light aircraft for your overflight of the Nazca Lines. You will fly aboard a modern 12 seater Cessna Grand Caravan light aircraft, full equipped with air-conditioning and the latest radar and navigational instrumentation. You will fly south following the coast for around 30 minutes, before turning east and heading to the Nazca Pampas. Your skilled pilots will descend to and altitude of around 200 meters (675 feet) and navigate over approximately 15 of the classic Nazca geoglyphs, including the monkey, the compass, the dog, the hummingbird, the Condor and the astronaut.
The Nazca Lines are thought to have originated around the time of the Nazca Culture (150 BC – 600 AD), but nobody really knows for sure the true origins. The lines are located on a high arid desert plateau between the towns of Nazca and Palpa and cover an area of around 400 square miles. In total scientists have logged around three-hundred or so distinct geoglyphs, though in recent years even more have been identified. Although similar lines can be found in other continents, the lines at Nazca are so varied and large, that they are considered to be the most impressive and enigmatic collection anywhere in the world.
On arrival back in Pisco, we will transfer you back to your hotel for the afternoon. You will have time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities, whilst pondering about just how those Nazca Lines were made!
NOTE: Actual time over the lines approximately 15-20 minutes.
Day 4: Morning tour of Ballestas Islands, travel to Lima
After an early breakfast you will take a boat ride out to the Ballestas Islands. After boarding speed boats in Paracas, you will navigate 30 minutes to the protected area of the Ballestas Islands. En-route you will pass-by the Candelabra, a giant 150 meter (500 feet) tall geoglyph in the form of a candle stick. The Ballestas islands are a small group of rugged islands recognized by their yellow and deep red colored rocks and large arches. The islands are famous for their active bird life and are home to pelican, boobies, Inca tern and the endangered Humboldt penguin. Sea lions are also common around the islands, and on a good day you might also have the delight of seeing dolphins too.
In the early afternoon you will take the VIP Cruz del Sur Bus service back to Lima, where we will collect you and transfer you to your hotel in the Miraflores district for the evening.
Day 5: Morning flight to Cusco, transfer to the Sacred Valley with tour of Pisac
Today we will transfer you to Lima Airport for a short (1 1/4 hours) morning flight to Cusco City. On arrival our ground staff will be waiting to meet you. From Cusco you will proceed directly to the Sacred Valley which is approximately 460 meters (1,500 feet) lower in altitude. On the way to your hotel, we will include a visit to Awanakancha (an alpaca farm) and a visit to Pisac. This carefully planned day will allow you to acclimatize better to the altitude of the region, and set you off on the right foot. On arrival in Pisac you will have time to lunch (included) before taking a short guided tour of Pisac Ruins. Pisac is a vast settlement made up of agricultural areas, a temple complex and residential settlements. You will take a relaxing walk around the very top of the ruins. Here you will find the largest known Inca cemetery, a residential settlement and ceremonial baths. After, you will descend by vehicle down to the valley floor, where you will have time to visit the famous artisanal market of Pisac. You will pass the evening at relaxing garden hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Day 6: Full day tour of the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo, Moray & Salt Pans)
The rural area of the Sacred Valley is home to some of Peru’s finest Inca archaeological ruins as well as a handful of lesser known off-the-beaten-path attractions. Today we will take you to one of the Sacred Valley’s most famous Inca Sites – Ollantaytambo, plus the lesser-known ruins of Moray and the pre-Inca Salt Flats of Maras.
Ollantaytambo was famous for a great battle between Inca Manco Yupanqui and the Spanish conquistadores. Although originally built as a spiritual complex, Ollantaytambo’s large mountainside terraces and towering walls served well to defend the onslaught of the Spanish. The temple sector at the top of the complex includes many finely crafted stone pieces such as the Enclosure of the Ten Niches and the Wall of the Six Monoliths.
After lunch (included) you will drive out of the Sacred Valley and onto the hidden ruins of Moray. Carved deep into the natural curvature of the mountain terrain, Moray is a series of concentric agricultural terraces, similar in resemblance to that of a Roman amphitheater. Historians believe that Moray was used as proving or testing ground for the Incas, who used the site to develop different crops found in the area, like quinoa, corn and tubers. Because of the different conditions at each level of the terraces there is a difference in temperature of 15 °C (27°F) from the top to the bottom.
Following a mountain ridge overlooking the snow-capped mountains of the Urubamba Cordillera, you’ll travel the sort distance to the pre-Inca Salt Pans of Maras. Lying in the middle of inconspicuous mountains, with sun reflecting on it as though they were snow, the salt flats will stun you with their beauty, shining out like white gold. Fed from an underwater crevice from the Pacific Ocean, the Salt Pans are a fully functioning production facility and an important source of income for local residents. Take a step back in time, and observe local campesinos working the salt pans as they have done for hundreds of years.
Day 7: Train to Machu Picchu and guided tour, overnight near Machu Picchu
Today you will catch the train from the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Following the Urubamba River (also known as the Vilcanota River), you’ll slowly descend from the fertile farming chacras of Ollantaytambo to the sub-tropical zone of Machu Picchu. For many visitors, this 90 minute rail journey through some of the most imposing and magnificent scenery in the Andes is a highlight of the trip in its own right. On arrival at Aguas Calientes Train Station you will be met by our local representative and assisted to your hotel, before taking the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu our local expert guides will take you for a 2 – 2½ hour private tour of the citadel. Starting at the Guard House (a vantage point overlooking the citadel), the tour takes in all the important attractions including Intihuatana, the Royal Tomb, the Temple of the 3 Windows and the Temple of the Sun. You will have the afternoon free to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace, before heading to your hotel in Aguas Calientes for the evening.
Day 8: Re-visit Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu hike, afternoon train to Cusco
To full appreciate Machu Picchu we include a free morning for you to visit Machu Picchu before travelling onto Cusco in the afternoon. If you like hiking then this is the perfect opportunity to hike to the view point of Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (either one included in the price). Only when looking down onto Machu Picchu from on high, can you full appreciate the panorama of the size, location and complexity of this impressive Inca citadel. In the afternoon, you will take the train to Ollantaytambo, where we will collect you for a road transfer to the Imperial City of Cusco, and on to your hotel for the evening.
Day 9: Free morning, afternoon guided tour of Cusco & surrounding areas
The Inca’s called their empire Tahuantinsuyo, and at the heart of the empire was Cusco (called Q’osko during Inca times). It was the governing and financial capital of the Incas and was the most important place in the continent. According to ancient Spanish chronicles Cusco was also a place of vast wealth, with streets adorned with temples and incredible shrines. Although nowadays many of the city’s Inca structures have colonial Spanish buildings superimposed on top of them, Cusco’s epic past is still very much evident. After a free morning to relax, we will collect you for a half day tour of Cusco and surrounding attractions. The tour includes a visit to Cusco Cathedral, the Inca Temple of the Sun, Sacsayhuaman and Q’enko.
In the evening we recommend taking advantage of the burgeoning culinary scene in Cusco, and enjoying one of its many excellent restaurants. Ask one of our luxury Peru vacations advisers for an insider’s tip on the best places to eat.
Day 10: Free morning in Cusco, afternoon flight to Lima, international flight departure
We leave this morning as free time so that you can enjoy Cusco a little more. For an insight into local life, why not take a walk to the San Pedro Market and see how Cusqueñans really live. Marvel at the products on sale from many regions of Peru. Delights at the market include unknown fruits from the tropics of the Amazon, through to cooked foods from the Andean Region like Cuy Chactado (fried guinea-pig) or perhaps Caldo de Cabeza (cows head soup). If you just want to take it easy, then head to one of the many second floor coffee shops overlooking Cusco’s main square Plaza de Armas and watch Andean life unfold. Enjoy these final moments to soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant Inca/Spanish Andean city.
In the afternoon we will transfer you to Cusco Airport, where you can catch a flight to Lima. There are flights every 40 – 60 minutes so finding a flight to suit your onward connection is usually not a problem.
If you want to take some time to explore Lima, then why not add on an extra day to the trip? Contact our luxury Peru travel
team today for more information.
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. This tour can start on any day of the year. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.
Lima, Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Nazca, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco.
This tour is suitable for all ages. A certain amount of light walking is needed to navigate Inca archaeological sites and featured attractions. This package includes privately guided excursions so the amount of walking needed can be tailored to suit your ability.
When to Travel:
This vacation package is suitable for any month of the year. Many people will avoid the wet season (December – April) opting to travel during Peru’s dry season (May – November). May through August and Christmas/New Year is considered to be high tourist season in Peru. Consult one of our luxury Peru travel experts for more information.
Type of Tour:
Sightseeing, Inca Ruins, light adventure, history & pre-Inca history, Peruvian culture, overflight of Nazca Lines.
US$ 290 – 350+ per person per day (based on 5 star hotels)
US$ 240 – 280 per person per day (based on 4 star hotels)
US$ 180 – 230 per person per day (based on 3 star hotels)
Included in the Price:
- Guided excursions as described in itinerary. Based on private service, with private modern vehicle and dedicated separate driver.
- Entrance tickets, shuttle bus tickets and train tickets.
- Hotel nights as described, including breakfasts.
- Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
- 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).
- 2 x Lunches in the Sacred Valley.
Not Included in the Price:
- International flights.
- Domestic flight package. Flights needed Lima – Cusco – Lima. Approximate cost US$ 350 – 420. We only use LAN or Avianca Airlines. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
- Tips or gratuities.
- Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
- Travel insurance.
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