Mystery - Special pax

EXPLORING PERU.

Discover the wonders of "Machu Picchu" a sacred citadel hidden in the eyebrow of the jungle. Enjoy the Ancient Inca Capital of "Cusco", with its fabulous colonial architecture and wonderful nightlife. Visit the "Sacred Valley" of the Incas with its Andean Market of Pisaq. Sail the highest navigable Lake of the world "The Lake Titicaca". Explore at your own pace "The Colca Canyon" one of the deepest canyons on earth. Marvel from the air over one of the most baffling enigmas of the world "The Nazca Lines". Hike the Highest Sand Dune of the World "Cerro Blanco 2078 m" and practice "Sandboarding". End your adventure taking a boat tour around Ballestas Islands and explore the Paracas peninsula by land.



Photo Gallery : Exploring Peru.

Ballestas Islands The Nazca Lines Colca Canyon Machu Picchu Sanctuary

EXPLORING PERU

Program: 18 days / 17 nigths

Day 1º: Arrive in Lima.

Upon your arrival in Lima, a representative from our Travel Agency will meet you at Lima's airport. Afterwards you will be transferred to the hotel at the residential zone of Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel JW Marriott ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel La Castellana ** (Double or Matrimonial Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, extras & gratuities.

Day 2: Flight to Cusco.

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel by a representative of Mystery Peru, and then transferred to the airport in Lima. At the airport you will be assisted by our guide and then you will fly towards the Inca Capital of Cusco. The flight will last about one and a half hour approximately. Upon your arrival in Cusco airport (3300 m.a.s.l.) you will be met by one of our representative and then transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco. Overnight at the Hotel Monasterio ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport Lima.
  • Flight tickets from Lima to Cusco.
  • Pick up from the airport in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar (1 Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & Gratuities.

Day 3º: Cusco City Tour.

The morning is free for you to explore the great Inca Capital of "Cusco". This gorgeous city lies at the head of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at the heart of the Andes. In Inca times Cusco was a Holy City, a place of pilgrimage, a sacred place the Incas themselves believed was "The Navel of World", thus its real name "Qosqo". Nowadays Cusco is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial Spanish architecture; colonial churches, monasteries, convents and Inca remains are found at every corner, many streets are lined with perfect Inca stonework's, which served as foundation for most Spanish constructions.
In the afternoon we will do a private city tour, visiting the City's Highlights located in and around Cusco. We start off by visiting the huge "Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman". This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took 20,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of Sacsayhuaman is uncertain. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec (in the Inca language Pachacutec means Cataclysm or He who transforms the world), the man essentially credited with founding the Inca Empire.
Later on we will visit another important Inca site known as "Qenqo". This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part there is a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead. Afterwards we will do a short visit to the archaeological Inca site of "Tambomachay", a temple dedicated to the God of Water.
After these visits, we will return to Cusco, where we will visit one of the most sacred Inca buildings, "The Temple of Koricancha". Koricancha was the most important temple of the Inca Empire. According to archaeologists it housed over 2000 priests and attendants. Here religious ceremonies were constant and offerings to the Gods and the Inca's ancestors were made each day. Finally we will visit the beautiful "Cathedral" of Cusco. This enormous Cathedral was built in the XVI. It contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17th century. Among them a painting of the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata, showing Christ and the apostles about to dine on guinea pig (Guinea-pig was the main course at sacred feasts in Inca times). After our city tour our local guide will drop you off at your hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the Hotel Monasterio ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental breakfast.
  • City tour of Cusco + all entrance fees.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar (1 Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

4: The Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Today we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the traditional "Andean Market of Pisac", as well as the "Inca ruins of Pisac" and "Ollantaytambo". Our tour starts early in the morning. Customers are picked up from their hotels around 08:30 hrs. Afterwards we will take a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where we will be able to make out the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history.
The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation works. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures.
Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisaq. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. After touring around we will get back to the car and will drive back to the modern town of Pisaq, where there is a peculiar market that deserve to be visited.
At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy good Andean food.
After lunch we will continue our tour. We will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we get there we will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo.
This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. After touring around Ollantaytambo we will drive to the little village of Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental breakfast.
  • Sacred Valley tour + Tourist bus transportation + Entrance fees + Lunch buffet.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Orquideas ** or similar. (1 Matrimonial or Double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Dinner, extras & gratuities.

Day 5: Train ride to Aguas Calientes.

07:30 hrs. You will be picked up by a representative from our travel agency, and then transferred to the Train Station of Ollantaytambo. The Train leaves at 8:00 am towards Aguas Calientes, a town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Without doubt, this is one of the most beautiful train rides visitors can experience in Peru, offering such variety of scenery, so many staggering views, such a mix of jungle and high Andean land. After approximately 2 hours we will have arrived in Aguas Calientes, where a representative from our agency will welcome you and will take you (on foot, no taxis in this town) to the hostel. On this day we will not visit Machu Picchu, but on the next day (in case you want to visit Machu Picchu on this day, you can do it at your own expense). The rest of the day is free, so you may wander around the village or go up hill, to relax in the hot springs. Overnight at the Hotel Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Train tickets to Aguas Calientes with the VISTADOME service.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes in the Gringo Bill´s hostel ** or similar.

What is not included?

  • Meals, extras & Gratuities.

Day 6º: Private Tour to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

At around 05:30 hrs, soon after breakfast we will take the local bus that will take us up to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. In a matter of 20 minutes we will have arrived in Machu Picchu. (It is a good idea to come to the ruins early, as there are no many people, only a few groups, the ruins get very busy at around 11:00 am, when the local train arrives with more visitors).
Once here, our guide will show us the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others.
Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. But while the walls and chambers have been extensively studied in the years since, the purpose of this ancient site remains unclear.
Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you wish, you might climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we will have lunch and also where we catch the train back to Cusco. Finally, at around 4:00 pm, we take the train to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. Overnight at the Hotel Monasterio ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Bus up/down to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Train tickets to Cusco with the VISTADOME service.
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar (1 Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, extras & Gratuities.

Day 7º: Free day in Cusco.

On this day you may go out just to relax, drink a cold beer somewhere and have lunch in one cozy restaurant around the main square. There are plenty of video bars and discos in which to relax too. The day is yours. Overnight at the Hotel Monasterio ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar (1 Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & Gratuities.

Day 8: Bus ride to Puno.

After breakfast, transfer to the bus station to take the local bus to the City of Puno. On this occasion Mystery Peru offers you a pleasant journey to Puno, instead of taking the local bus and travel for 7 hours, without a chance of stretching your legs and enjoy this part of Peru, We offer our customers a especial bus service with stops along the way, showing you the highlights of this road with a English speaking guide on board. We will stop first at town of "Andahuaylillas", where we will visit a impressive Cathedral built on the colonial era. Later on, we will continue our tour at the famous "Inca Temple of Racchi", here our local guide will show us the most important sectors of Racchi and will explain about the Inca Empire. Racchi is the only Inca place where visitors can see circular constructions, and walls of mud bricks, something you won't see anywhere else on your trip.
Afterwards we will drive towards the picturesque "village of Sicuani", where we will enjoy a nice Buffet, which is served with native products of this region. Here you for sure will enjoy a real Andean lunch. (Buffet included).
We continue our journey throughout the Andean plateau till we reach the highest point on this route, a freezing place called "La Raya" , surrounded by huge snow-capped mountains at 4335 meters high. At this point we will get off the bus for pictures and also, if you wish, to purchase some hand-made products of Alpaca or Vicuña wool, in one of the little shops nearby. Later on we visit the Community of Pukara, where you will visit the Pukara Museum, an interesting place that houses ancient monoliths and human remains from the Pukara culture.
Eventually we will arrive in Puno and at the bus station you will be picked up by a representative of Mystery Peru. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at the Hotel Libertador ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the bus station.
  • Entrance fees to all attractions on route.
  • Lunch buffet at the little Andean village of Sicuani.
  • Pick up form the bus station upon your arrival in Puno and transfer to your hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Pukara ** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Extras and gratuities.

Day 9: Lake Titicaca - Homestay on Amantani Island.

Early in the morning (07:30 hrs) you will be picked up from your hotel by our local guide and then transferred to the harbor. We start off our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting "The Uros Floating Islands", a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. Centuries ago the small indigenous Uros tribe conceived of the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, the Collas and the Incas. The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world.
After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our journey towards "Amantani Island", where we will spend the rest of the day and the night.
Upon arrival, a group of native families will welcomed you at the harbor, and afterwards the guide will introduce you the family that will provide you lodging in their house. The group is split in couples, so each couple goes with one family.
In the afternoon we will walk up to the highest point of the Islands to explore ancient ruins on a mountain called by locals Pachamama. There are stunning views of the Lake from this lookout point and an amazing sunset. Soon after nightfall, we descend to the main plaza and meet our local families, and then we go to their houses for dinner. At dinner you will be invited to go to the little kitchen (mind the head when entering, their doorways are very small), a warm place where they cook with a primitive stove made of clay.
By night, visitors are invited to a particular party. Our local families will provide traditional clothing to attend this nice Andean party, at the house; men are given ponchos and wooly hats. The hats are hand-made by the families, with unique styles, so that they can recognize you in the hall. Women are given colorful skirts, blouses and veils. The party takes place at the main folklore saloon and it is accompanied by one of the local orchestras. Overnight at a family house. (Please bear in mind that accommodation is very simple and room share the bathrooms)

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the harbor.
  • Boat transportation for the Lake Titicaca excursion.
  • Meals. (Lunch & dinner – very basic food is provided by the islanders. It is advisable to bring some snacks along)
  • Accommodation at the local family house on the Amantani Island.

What is not included?

  • Meals, extras and gratuities.

Day 10: Taquile Island.

After breakfast, we will have to say goodbye to our local family and go down to the harbor to meet the rest of the group. Afterwards we will sail towards "Taquile Island" (1 hour aprox.), a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until 1950s, and the notion of the community and family is still very strong among them. The weaving tradition of the Taquile Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. All weaving is done on pre-Inca fixed and pedal looms. The most characteristic garments are the so-called "Chullo", a knitted hat with an earflap, and "The Calendar Waistband", depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When visitors reach the island, they will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also seeing gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture.
At the top of Taquile, you will have free time to explore the Island on your own and afterwards you will have to meet the group for lunch at one local restaurant.
After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will be getting there by 05:00hrs approximately. Overnight at the Hotel Libertador ***** or similar in Puno.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast.
  • Visit to the Taquile Island.
  • Lunch on Taquile.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Plaza Mayor *** (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, extras and gratuities.

Day 11: Private trip to the Colca Canyon - Guided visit to the Sillustani Towers.

Our excursion to the Colca Canyon starts at 08:00hrs. You will be picked up from your hotel in Puno by our local guide/representative. Afterwards we will board a private machine and will drive north west , leaving behind the gorgeus scenery of the Lake Titicaca. Along this paved road we will drive throughout small towns, as well as a beautiful lagoon called Lagunillas, where trout farms can be seen, and if you are lucky you might also see Andean flamingoes and many others Andean birds feeding at the shores. Following an ascending road we will reach the zone of Viscachani, where will stop to strech our legs, go to the bathroom and drink a typical coca tea or a hot coffe. Afterwards we will continue ascending a dirt road till we reach the highest point of our trip, “The Lookout Point of the Andes (4,800 m /15,748 Ft). At the very top, we will get off of the bus some minutes to observe the landscape, having in the background the volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (active) and Ampato. Later on we will drive down hill to the main village of the Colca Canyon, the Village of Chivay (3600m / 11.811 Ft). In this town we will have lunch in one typical Andean restaurant, where visitors may enjoy their meals accompanied by Andean musicians. After lunch our clients will be transferred to our lodge located in a little village at edge of the Canyon. Late, in the afternoon, you may explore on foot the Colca River located at the very edge of your lodge. By the afternoon we will go to relax to the private hot springs of the lodge, nice pools located outdoors surrounded by huge mountains. Overnight at the Colca Lodge ****.

What is included on this day?

  • Private transportation from Puno to the Colca Canyon.
  • Guided visit to the Sillustani Towers.
  • Entrance fees to the Colca Canyon & the hot springs.
  • Melas ( Lunch & Dinner).
  • Accommodation at the Colca Canyon. Hotel Collahua *** or similar (Double or Matrimonial Standar Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras and gratuities.

Day 12: Cruz Del Condor.

In order to see the mighty Condor, you will be woken up at 05:00 hrs, breakfast will be served at 05:30 hrs, and by 06:00 hrs, we get on the bus to head towards the "Cruz del Condor", a natural lookout point where you can see the flight of the Condors. On the road we will have the best view of the Colca Valley, as we drive along the edge of the Canyon, seeing on route ancient terraces still in use by the local farmers, who grow mainly varieties of corn and potato. We will make some stops for photos, and our local guide will give us a good insight into the Colca Canyon history. Here you will stumble upon a great rock, where ancient architectures carved the terraces, testing (perhaps) which parts of the Canyon were suitable for cultivation. This is a good place also to see the "Colca River" and hanging pre-Inca tombs. Eventually we will reach Cruz Del Condor, where we will spend an hour or so, observing the beautiful flight of the Condors as well as the depth of the Canyon. (be careful and only walk on signed trails if you intent to go for a walk on your own).
After approximately one hour and a half, we will return to Chivay, passing typical towns along the way. Later on we will have lunch at the community of Chivay and eventually will return to our lodge. Another chance to relax at the hot springs. Overnight at the Colca Lodge ****.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from your hotel in Arequipa.
  • Tourist transportation for the Colca Canyon tour.
  • All fees included + Meals (lunch & dinner).
  • Accommodation at the Lodge Pozo del Cielo *** (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities.

Day 13º: Private trip to Arequipa.

08:00 hrs. After brekfast we will depart by private transportation to the city of Arequipa. The trip lasts about 4 hours and offers on route magnificent views of the Arequipa's volcanoes. On the way to we will stop at the Natioanal Reserva of Pampas Cañahuas (3500 m.a.s.l ), a National Reserve where visitors may spot some Vicuñas & Alpacas. Unlike the Alpacas, Vicuñas are wild animals, and still can be seen running freely on these high plateaus. We will stop at this national park and our local guide will provide information about these shy Andean camels. Later on we will continue till the city of Arequipa, arriving there at around 13:00 hrs. Upon our arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Arequipa Rest of the day free to explore the White City at your own pace. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the lodge.
  • Visit to the Cruz del Condor lookout point.
  • Lunch buffet at the little village of Chivay.
  • Tourist transportation back to Arequipa
  • Accommodation at the Hostel La Casa de Melgar *** (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities

Day 14: Guided visit to the Highlights of Arequipa.

09:00 hrs. You will be picked up by our local representative and then will do a nice city tour of Arequipa. Our first stops will take place at one of the most remarkable buildings of Arequipa, the Santa Catalina Monastery, a wonderful and mysterious place that housed the nuns of Arequipa for over four centuries. Later on we will drive around the main square of Arequipa, a nice spot surrounded by colonial arches. We will visit the interiors of magnificent Cathedral of Arequipa. Afterwards we will visit one of the largest Alpaca Workshop of the city, where we will see the four South American camels, such as the alpaca, llama, vicuñas and guanaco, gorgeous camels that have one of the finest fibers in the world. Finally we will drive to the district of Yanahuara, where we will visit the famous Mirador of Yanahuara, a great lookout point from where it is possible to see the city of Arequipa with the volcanoes Misti, Chachani and Picchu in the background. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from your hotel in Arequipa.
  • Tourist bus transportation.
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What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities
  • Accommodation in Arequipa

Day 15º: Private trip to Nazca - Flight over the Nazca Lines.

05:00 hrs. You will be picked up by a representative of Mystery Peru and then will aboard a private machine and will leave to the Coastal city of Nazca. The journey to Nazca lasts about 7 hours and offers on route fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and also gorgeous desert sceneries. We will stop at one of the towns located on route for lunch. Upon you arrival in Nazca you will be taken to your hotel for a little rest. Late in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the local airport to fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines. The aircraft will fly over a bizarre desert, where hundreds of years ago ancient Peruvians drew huge designs, which can be seen only from the air. Among the figures you will see an enormous representation of a monkey, a hummingbird, a condor, and a strange creature known as the Spaceman. In the evening we will visit the Planetarium Maria Reiche, where we will attend an interesting lecture about the Nazca Lines. Overnight at the Hotel & Spa Cantayo ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from your hotel in Arequipa.
  • Tourist bus transportation.
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What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities
  • Accommodation in Arequipa

Day 16: Sandboarding on Cerro Blanco - Huacachina - Paracas.

Before dawn, you will be picked up from your hotel, and then transferred to the km 28. to start our adventure trek on the highest Sand Dune of the World "Cerro Blanco". This is an adventure tour that combines trekking, wonderful scenery and a lot of fun. In order to do this trip easy and cool, it is necessary to leave early in the morning; an advisable time is around 4:00 am, before sunrise. Starting out at this time we will avoid the searing heat of the sun, and will truly enjoy our trek. The hike is gentle at the beginning, and it gets a little tough once we reach the sandy slopes. It takes about 3 hours to get to the top. On the way we will be able to see unique sceneries of the Andes as well as whimsical dune formations all over the place.
Once we have conquered the summit of Cerro Blanco we will take a break. Afterwards we will learn some safety techniques so that you can enjoy your ride safely. We will start to practice on the many little dunes that are at the top, so once we have practiced enough, we will jump off. The length of this slope is over 1 kilometer, so a lot of fun should be expected.
Once we have landed at the shore of Cerro Blanco, we will have to walk downhill for about 30 minutes, until a point, where our transfer back to town will pick us up. We will return to the hotel in time for good shower. In the afternoon, we take a private car to the Paracas Bay, visiting the Huacachina Oasis on the way. Overnight at the Hotel Paracas ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from your hotel in Arequipa.
  • Tourist bus transportation.
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What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities
  • Accommodation in Arequipa

Note:

If you don't want to do the tour to Cerro Blanco, Mystery Peru, offers you a good option. You can visit the pre-Inca cemetery of Chauchilla and the Channels of Cantalloc. Here are details of this archaeological excursion: At around 09:00hrs. we will start our visit to pre-Inca graveyard known as Chauchilla. For many years this pre Inca cemetery was looted by treasure hunters, who destroyed the place completely, taking away all the treasures the mummies kept in their tombs for centuries. Grave robbers just left behind the corpses, which can be seen today all over the ground. In addition to skulls and bones, you also will see several tombs centuries old, as well as long human hairs, ceramic fragments and others remains scattered on the dessert surface. Later on, our guide will take you to visit the ancient Channels of Cantalloc, a marvelous archaeological site where around 2000 years ago, pre-Inca people built magnificent subterranean channels, which are still in use today by the local community of Nazca. After visiting all, these archaeological wonders we will return to the hotel. In the afternoon we will leave to the Paracas Bay visiting the Huacachina Oasis on the way.(3 hours aprox.)

Day 17º: Ballestas Islands - Paracas Reserve - Private car to Lima.

Early in the morning, around 07:45hrs, our local guide will collect you from your hotel, and then you will be transferred to the Paracas harbor, located nearby. Upon arrival you will board a speed-boat to go to the Ballestas Islands a natural reserve that shelters an array of marine birds, such as Peruvian Bobbies, Pelicans, Inka Terns, Humboldt Penguins, vultures and hundreds of sea lions, which are usually seen swimming around the Islands.(it is windy on the boat, so we suggest to bring along a fleece or a warm jacket). Along the way, we will stop our speed boat to see the famous figure known as The Candelabro, an enigmatic design etched on the desert floor hundreds of years ago. The Candelabra is overlooking the Ocean, so here you will have the chance to take pictures, as well as to learn about its theories.
Afterwards we will continue to the National Park of Paracas, where we will visit some beautifull beaches. At the Paracas Peninsula we will visit the little fishing village known as Lagunillas where we will have lunch. Later on we will abord a private and will leave to the city of Lima. Upon your arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel JW Marriott ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from your hotel in Arequipa.
  • Tourist bus transportation.
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What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities
  • Accommodation in Arequipa

Day 18: Lima - Departure day.

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