Itinerary – Best of Peru Inca Explorer

DAY 1

LIMA

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

DAY 2

LIMA/PARACAS

Travel to Paracas National Park. Relax in this sleepy seaside town and sample Peru’s national drink, the Pisco Sour.

DAY 3

PARACAS/NAZCA Visit the Ballestas Islands by boat to view sea lion colonies, penguins, and other bird life. Visit the Tacama Winery, one of South Americaís oldest. Join an on-site expert and learn about the production of wine and spirits in Peru, then enjoy a tasting. Continue south in the afternoon to Nazca with a stop at the Huacachina sand dunes and oasis.

DAY 4

NAZCA

Tour a pre-Inca cemetery in Nazca to view 1,500-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. Also visit a local pottery studio for a demonstration by a local artist. In the evening, enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style dinner. Option to take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.

DAY 5

NAZCA/AREQUIPA

Full day of driving down the coast to the colonial city of Arequipa.

DAY 6

AREQUIPA

Enjoy a city tour, including a visit to the historic convent of Santa Catalina. Dig into Arequipaís renowned regional cuisine with a cooking class led by a chef at a traditional ìpicanteríaî restaurant. Try local favourites like ìcuyî (guinea pig), Rocoto Relleno (stuffed spicy peppers) and sample a glass of ìchichaî.

DAY 7

AREQUIPA/CUSCO

Fly to Cusco and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site.

DAY 8

CUSCO/URUBAMBA

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley including the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Visit the ìParque de la Papaî (ìPotato Parkî),walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, enjoy lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, an indigenous village.

DAY 9

URUBAMBA/AGUAS CALIENTES

Travel by train and enjoy stunning scenery following the Urubamba River Valley to Aguas Calientes. Option to visit the local hot springs and market. Those taking the 1-day Inca Trail option will disembark and hike the trail:?Approximate Distance: 7km (4.3 mi)?Estimated Hiking Time: 5-6 hour

DAY 10

AGUAS CALIENTES/CUSCO

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu with an expert guide. Free time to explore the site on your own and option to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

DAY 11

CUSCO

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums and ruins or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars. DAY 12 CUSCO/PUNO Take in scenic views while travelling through the high Altiplano region to Puno. DAY 13

PUNO

Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Explore a bit further afield on the Lake, visiting the Luquina community and enjoy a traditional lunch in local homes. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.

DAY 14

PUNO/LIMA

Fly to Lima for the final night. Option to visit museums or enjoy free time to explore.

DAY 15

LIMA Depart at any time.