Paracas – Ica – Cusco Program (8 Days/ 7 Nights)

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Tour Plan
  • Day 1 Lima – Cusco. Cusco Afternoon City Tour
  • Day 2 Super Sacred Valley Tour with Connection to Machu Picchu
  • Day 3 Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco
  • Day 4 ATV Tour: Maras & Moray
  • Day 5 Rainbow Mountain (Vinikunka)
  • Day 6 Cusco – Lima
  • Day 7 Lima – Ica – Paracas
  • Day 8 End of program. Return to your destination.
Itinerary

Day 1LIMA - ARRIVAL IN CUSCO - HALF-DAY CITY TOUR

  • Tour starts: 2:00 PM
  • Tour ends: 6:00 PM

Places to visit:

  • Qoricancha
  • Sacsayhuamán
  • Qenqo
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay

On this day, you will arrive at Lima’s capital airport from your country and then continue your journey for 1 hour and 20 minutes until you reach the city of Cusco, which is located at an altitude of 3,399 meters above sea level.

Once you arrive at Cusco airport, we will be waiting outside with a sign indicating your name, and then we will take you to your respective hotel. As a welcome, we will have coca tea, which has many properties to alleviate altitude sickness, and then we will proceed to the rooms if they are ready (CHECK-IN at 11:00 AM).

In the afternoon, we will pick you up from the hotel at 1:45 PM to start the City Tour excursion, which offers visitors a rich historical and monumental legacy in a unique and spectacular way.

This circuit includes the following attractions:

Qoricancha: One of the most important religious centers of the Inca Empire. Its stone constructions exhibit even greater perfection than Machu Picchu.

Sacsayhuamán: A megalithic monument that showcases great artistic expression and serves as a clear example of the technological achievements of the Incas.

Qenqo: In Inca times, it was considered a huaca, a sacred place.

Puca Pucara: It was a control site for areas and also had different administrative spaces.

Tambomachay: A sacred space where water worship took place, as water was vital for human existence.

We will conclude the visit by returning to the city of Cusco, where the transportation will drop you off 2 or 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

Day 2SUPER SACRED VALLEY WITH CONNECTION TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Tour start: 8:00 AM
  • Tour end: 18:30 PM

Places to visit:

  • Pisaq Market
  • Pisaq Archaeological Site
  • Ollantaytambo

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located at an altitude of 2790 meters above sea level. On this day, we will pick you up from your hotel at 7:35 am to start our tour.
During the Inca era, the Sacred Valley was highly significant in agricultural production. It is in this valley where large-grain corn was and still is produced. During the tour, you will visit its beautiful towns that showcase a mix of cultures, art, and architecture. We will visit the town of Pisac and its artisan market, as well as the archaeological site. Then, we will arrive in Urubamba to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with typical regional dishes. We will continue the journey to the archaeological park of Ollantaytambo, which dates back to the 15th century.

After our visit to Ollantaytambo, we will take the afternoon train. The specific departure time will depend on the available schedules that we have booked (either 4:30 pm or 7:00 pm). The train journey to our destination takes approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival at the final station in Machu Picchu Pueblo, the hotel transfer will be waiting for you with a sign displaying your names (CHECK-IN). On this day, your guide will meet you at the hotel to coordinate the visit to Machu Picchu the following day.

Day 3SUNRISE AT MACHU PICCHU - RETURN TO CUSCO

  • Tour start: 7:00 am
  • Tour end: 7:00 pm

Places to visit:

  • Machu Picchu citadel
  • House of the Guardian
  • Temple of the Sun
  • Main Temple
  • Temple of the Three Windows
  • The Sacred Rock
  • Temple of the Condor

On this day, we will make our dream of visiting the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu, come true. We will be picked up from the hotel at the specified time and take a bus that will drive us to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu in a 30-minute journey. At the control gate, we will present the original documents (passport or ID) and entrance tickets to begin the tour. We will pass by the main Inca structures, such as the Temple of the Sun, the Main Temple, the Temple of the Three Windows, The Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, among others. We will also make a stop at the House of the Guardian to take the long-awaited photos with Machu Picchu in the background. In total, we will spend approximately two hours in Machu Picchu. At the end, all tourists must exit the archaeological site along with their tour guide.

For the return journey, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch including a starter and a main course. After the meal, we will have free time until the scheduled departure. Finally, we will take the train back at the specified time on our tickets (remember to be at the train station 30 minutes prior).

Upon arrival at the Ollantaytambo station, we will board a bus that will take us back to the city of Cusco. The bus journey will take approximately 2 hours and will drop us off 2 or 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, where our tour will conclude.

Day 4ATV TOUR: MORAY & MARAS SALT MINES

  • Tour start: 7:00 am
  • Tour end: 13:00 pm

Places to visit:

  1. Moray
  2. Maras (Salt Mines)

We begin the tour with hotel pickup at 7:00 am and then proceed in our transportation for approximately 50 minutes to the town of Cruzpata. Here, we will have a 15-minute practice session until all passengers are ready. The guide will ask each passenger if they are ready and have no issues with the ATV. Once the passengers give their approval, we will start the tour.

We will ride the ATVs to the experimental terraces of Moray, and then continue towards the salt mines. However, for safety measures and to prevent accidents, we will switch to transportation at a certain point. This is done to ensure safety on the steep slopes and cliffs of the salt mines. During this journey, we will be able to admire the snow-capped mountains of Veronica and Chicon, accompanied by a magical landscape in close contact with nature and the local inhabitants.

After completing the tour, we will return to the city of Cusco. Our tour will conclude 2 to 3 blocks away from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

Day 5RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (VINICUNCA 5,036 meters above sea level)

  • Tour start: 5:00 am
  • Tour end: 5:30 pm

Places to visit:

  • Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)

Our journey begins with hotel pickup between 4:25 and 4:35 am. Then, we will depart for the town of CUSIPATA, approximately a two-hour drive away, where we will enjoy a hearty breakfast. We will continue our journey through beautiful valleys, small canyons, and impressive pre-Inca terraces until we reach the community of CHILLIHUANI. Here, we will have a breathtaking view of Apu Ausangate. After an introduction by our guide, we will begin our gradual hike, which will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. During the trek, we will observe a variety of South American camelids such as alpacas and llamas, birds, lagoons, valleys, streams, and snow-capped mountains until we reach Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca. This place is unique and magical, as nature has shaped it whimsically. After enjoying a peaceful moment in contact with nature for 40 to 50 minutes, we will return to CHILLIHUANI, where our vehicle awaits.

We will then continue the journey to the town of CUSIPATA, where we will enjoy lunch. Finally, we will return to the city of Cusco, and our tour will conclude 2 or 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.

Day 6DEPARTURE FROM CUSCO - ARRIVAL TO LIMA

On this day, after enjoying your breakfast, you will have free time in the morning for shopping. In the afternoon, at the agreed time, we will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the Cusco airport. Remember to be at the airport 2 hours before your flight departure. Upon arrival at Lima airport, we will be waiting for you outside with a sign indicating your name, and then we will transfer you to your respective hotel. You will have the rest of the afternoon free to rest or visit the main square of Lima (optional).

Day 7PARACAS-ICA-LIMA FULL-DAY TOUR

  • Tour start time: 5:20 am
  • Tour end time: 6:00 pm

Places to visit and observe:

  1. Ballestas Islands
  2. Candelabra
  3. Humboldt Penguins
  4. Playful Sea Lions
  5. Dolphins
  6. Guanay
  7. Cormorants
  8. Peruvian Boobies
  9. Huacachina

4:30 – 5:20 am: Departure from various pickup points (Los Olivos/Plaza Norte, San Miguel, San Isidro, Miraflores). We will begin our journey towards Paracas, making a stop for a delicious traditional breakfast. Additionally, you can start the day with some adrenaline by taking an optional ATV or Canopy ride.

Around 9:30 am, we will arrive in Paracas. Our first stop will be at the tourist marina dock to go through the SERNAMP control and board the speedboats that will take us to the Islas Ballestas. We will spend approximately 2 hours exploring the marvelous marine world. Our first stop will be at the “Candelabro,” where our guide will explain the different theories about its creation and function. We will then continue navigating through the sea, surrounded by abundant marine life, including large colonies of guanera birds, Humboldt penguins, friendly sea lions, dolphins, guanayes, boobies, and more. You won’t want to put your camera away! After the tour, you will have free time to stroll around the Bay of Paracas, take photos, and buy souvenirs.

Around 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, we will travel to Ica for approximately 1 hour, arriving at the “El Catador” winery. Here, we will have our lunch and tour the winery, enjoying a delightful tasting of the different varieties of wines and piscos from the region. We will then continue to the Huacachina Oasis, where we will hop on the buggies that will take us up and down the endless sand dunes of the Ica desert. We will also slide down the dunes using sandboards. Afterward, you will have free time to visit the oasis, take boat rides, take photos, and buy souvenirs.

Around 5:30 pm, we will start our return journey to Lima. Before reaching Lima, we will make a stop at the “Racimo de Uva” vineyard in Chincha, where we will taste the liquors produced in the area and enjoy Afro-Peruvian music and dance.

Approximately at 10:30 pm, we will arrive at your hotel in Lima.

Day 8LIMA - END OF PROGRAM - RETURN TO YOUR DESTINATION

On this day, after enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, we will need to pack our bags to return to our destination (CHECK OUT 10:00 AM). The transfer will pick you up 4 hours before your flight departure to take you to Lima airport.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup in Cusco and Lima
  • Transfers from the airport/hotel/airport
  • Transportation for all tours
  • Accredited bilingual professional guide (Spanish-English)
  • Entrance fees for all tours (City tour, Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain)
  • Entrance fees for Islas Ballestas, Paracas National Reserve, and Huacachina
  • Round-trip train tickets (The Voyager or Expedition)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu (plus Postcard photo)
  • Consettur bus tickets for ascent and descent
  • 1 double ATV for 2 people
  • Boats for the Ballestas Islands (Life jackets provided)
  • 7 hotel nights according to accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts at the hotel
  • 1 breakfast at the Rainbow Mountain
  • 1 buffet lunch in the Sacred Valley
  • 1 tourist lunch at Machu Picchu Town

Price Excludes

  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
  • Flights Lima/Cusco/Lima, add + USD 185.00 including 10kg carry-on baggage
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike, add + USD 55 for foreigners and USD 35 for Peruvians
  • Panoramic Vistadome or 360° train, add + USD 60

Additional Information

  • Infants from 0 to 2 years old do not pay for the ticket and will occupy their parents' seat unless they wish to have a seat for themselves, in which case the cost will be a 50% discount on train and bus tickets.
  • Prices vary depending on accommodation and hotel category.
  • Hotels are located 2 to 4 blocks away from the main square.
  • Daily departures with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 people in groups.

What you should bring

  • Backpack for personal belongings
  • Money in soles for tickets and other expenses
  • Photographic camera
  • Comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle (1.5l)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat to protect from intense sunlight
  • Warm jacket for the afternoon / wind
  • Personal medications
  • Rain poncho (December to March)
Photos

Ica (Huacachina Oasis) - Paracas

Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu

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