Machu Picchu Calling tour

Cathedral in Lima, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
Huacachina oasis, Peru
Ballesta Islands, Peru
Peru's biggest sand dune
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Adventure tour of Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Cuzco & Machu Picchu

Discover the lost land of the Incas and visit Machu Picchu on this 15 day tour of Peru. Starting in Lima we head south to the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. We get to see a huge array of birds and marine mammals on a boat ride through the islands. The next day we head through the Ica Desert on our way to Peru's wine regoin where we visit a winery before travelling to the Oasis of Huacachina where we have a chance to get our hearts pumping on an exhilarating dune buggy ride before settling down for a relaxing evening of camping under the stars. The next morning we are off to see the mysterious Nazca lines before heading to Arequipa for the night. We spend the next 4 days exploring Colca Canyon, we can select from additional activities like white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking. We then travel to Cuzco where we visit some nearby sites before heading back to our hotel to prepare for our next adventure. We head out early the next morning from Cuzco to the Urubamba Valley from where we begin our 4 day trek along the Inca Trail to the unforgettable Machu Picchu. At the end of our trek we head back to Cuzco by train. The next day is free to explore Cuzco at your leisure, the next day you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.

Highlights
Lima, Nazca Lines, desert camp, Ballestas islands, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cuzco, Machu Picchu trek.
Destinations
  • South America
  • Peru
Tour Types
  • Singles
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • Active
  • Cultural
  • Scenic
  • Walking
Day 1, Arrive into Lima
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Lima for the start of your trip.
| OVERNIGHT:
Lima Hotel

Day 2, Lima. Drive to Paracas National Reserve. Ballestas Island boat trip
Departing Lima, our tour begins with a trip south to the Ballestas Islands nestled in the Paracas National Reserve. We enjoy a boat ride here to view the incredible concentration of rare and exotic birds and sea mammals which make this one of the most important marine reserves in the world.
| OVERNIGHT:
Ica hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 3, Drive through the Ica Desert to the Oasis of Huacachina
This morning we make the short drive through the Ica Desert to the heart of Peru’s wine region. Visiting the Tacama winery we have the chance to sample the local wine as well as the country’s national drink, Pisco. We then head to the nearby Oasis of Huacachina – a palm fringed lake surrounded by sand dunes where we can relax on the beach and enjoy a swim before we take things up a notch with a thrill inducing dune buggy ride over the massive sand dunes. This evening enjoy the desert sunset as we make camp and sleep under the stars.
| OVERNIGHT:
Camping
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 4, Visit the Nazca Lines & Chauchilla Cemetery. Drive to Arequipa
Today we travel to one of South America’s most mysterious sites as we visit the intriguing Nazca Lines. Believed to have been present for over 2,000 years these huge figures carved into the desert floor were only discovered 80 years ago from the air and as such there are many contrasting theories as to what they actually signify – feel free to ask the locals! We then head to the Chauchilla Cemetery famous for its well-preserved mummies before saying goodbye to the Atacama Desert to begin our climb into the Andes towards Arequipa.
| OVERNIGHT:
Arequipa
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 5, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
The next four days are spent in and around Colca Canyon and the surrounding areas. We include an overnight visit to the Colca Canyon, which at 900m is not only one of the deepest in the world but also the home of the majestic Condors. Here you can view the condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor. Some of the other activities available to arrange in this beautiful part of Peru include white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
| OVERNIGHT:
Arequipa hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 6, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
| OVERNIGHT:
Arequipa hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 7, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
| OVERNIGHT:
Arequipa hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 8, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
| OVERNIGHT:
Arequipa hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 9, Arrive in Cuzco. Sacred Valley of the Incas tour
An overnight coach journey carries us through the Andes to Cuzco – the adventure capital of Peru and starting point of the Inca trail. We will be based here for the next 7 days as we seek to explore the dramatic landscape and learn about the unique cultures that have existed here for thousands of years. Arriving early morning we have chance to tour the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to temples, terrace fields and bustling local markets before returning to Cuzco for a good night’s sleep in preparation of our trek the next day.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cuzco Hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 10, Begin Inca Trail, trek to Machu Picchu
We head out early from Cuzco to the Urubamba Valley from where we begin our 4-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. A stunning combination of panoramic views, Inca ruins and magnificent mountains make this one of the most exotic adventures in the world. Reaching over 4,200m in places the trail winds up through lush valleys and tiny, hospitable villages where we spend the nights. All guides and porters are included on the trek.
| OVERNIGHT:
Basic accommodation
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11, Trek to Machu Picchu
Full day spent trekking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
| OVERNIGHT:
Basic accommodation
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12, Trek to Machu Picchu
Full day spent trekking along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
| OVERNIGHT:
Basic accommodation
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13, Trek to Machu Picchu, train to Cuzco
Today we complete our trek to Machu Picchu then we return to Cuzco by train.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cuzco hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

Day 14, Cuzco. Free time
To help recover from our trek we have 2 free days in Cuzco. Feel free to explore more of the city and its museums and churches or look for local crafts from Alpaca woollen jumpers to Andean musical instruments and local jewellery. If you still have the energy you can arrange an adventurous white water rafting trip on either the Urubamba or Apurimac River.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cuzco Hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast


Day 15 Cuzco. Transfer to airport for flight to Lima

Today sees the end of the trip as we board the plane back to Lima. Extra nights are available on request where the trip ends on arrival.
| OVERNIGHT:
None
| MEALS:
Breakfast
  • Airport transfer on arrival in Lima
  • Ballestas Islands boat tour
  • Overnight desert camp & barbeque
  • Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (4-day trek including all meals and guide)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return train from Machu Picchu
  • Flight Cuzco to Lima
  • All accommodation (small & simple hotels & guesthouses & 3 nights camping on Inca Trail)
  • Meals as per itinerary (approx 40%)
  • Services of tour leader
  • All local transport
  • Dates Price Single Availability
    10-Nov-2019 for 14 Nights Visit Website

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