Paracas – Ica – Nazca Program (9 Days/ 8 Nights)

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Tour Plan
  • Day 1 Lima – Cusco
  • Day 2 Cusco Morning City Tour
  • Day 3 Classic Sacred Valley Tour with Connection to Machu Picchu
  • Day 4 Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco
  • Day 5 Maras & Moray Tour
  • Day 6 Rainbow Mountain (Vinikunka)
  • Day 7 ATV Tour: Dwelling of the Gods – Lima
  • Day 8 Lima – Ica – Paracas
  • Day 9 End of program. Return to your destination.
Itinerary

Day 1LIMA - ARRIVAL IN CUSCO - A FREE DAY TO ACCLIMATIZE

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).

Day 2HALF-DAY CUSCO CITY TOUR AND SURROUNDINGS

  • Tour start: 9:00 am
  • Tour end: 14:00 pm

Places to visit:

  • Qoricancha 
  • Sacsayhuamán
  • Qenqo
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay

In the afternoon, we will pick you up from the hotel at 8:45 AM 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 3CLASSIC SACRED VALLEY WITH CONNECTION TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Tour start: 7:00 AM
  • Tour end: 6:10 PM

Places to visit:

  • Chincheros
  • Moray
  • Salineras
  • Ollantaytambo

Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour: During this tour, you will enjoy admirable and beautiful landscapes, picturesque villages, and the wonderful history that only the Sacred Valley of the Incas can offer. Your adventure will begin at the navel of the world, with unmissable stops at the most renowned archaeological sites in Cusco, as you enjoy the entire Sacred Valley of the Incas until you reach the marvelous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It is a journey that connects the most important valley of the Inca Empire.

On this day, we will pick you up from the hotel at 6:35 am to start our excursion. Our first stop will be CHINCHEROS, which still maintains its traditional textile and ceramic art. We will visit its colonial church, which stands out for its most important canvases from the 15th and 17th centuries. Then, we will head to MORAY, which was an agricultural research center where cultivation experiments at different altitudes were conducted. After that, we will visit the SALINERAS DE MARAS, which have over 3,000 salt pools of various sizes and dimensions. These pools are owned by local families who, during the dry season, extract and treat the salt for sale in the market. Continuing our journey, we will arrive at URUBAMBA, where we will enjoy a buffet lunch, and then visit the city of OLLANTAYTAMBO, dating back to the 15th century.

After our visit to Ollantaytambo, we will take the afternoon train, depending on the available schedules that we have booked (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, our hotel transfer will be waiting for us with a sign displaying our names (CHECK-IN). On this day, our guide will meet us at the hotel to coordinate the visit to Machu Picchu the following day.

Day 4SUNRISE 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 5MARAS & MORAY TOUR

  • Tour start: 8:45 am
  • Tour end: 14:30 hrs

Places to visit:

  • Moray
  • Maras Salt Mines

During this tour, we will observe the Vilcanota Mountain Range and its impressive snowcapped mountains that extend throughout the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 

On this day, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30 am. Our first stop will be the Moray complex, located 7 kilometers from Maras in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 38 kilometers northwest of Cusco. During the tour, we will observe traditional communities surrounded by beautiful landscapes. We will visit the Moray complex, which was a center of agricultural research where crop experiments were conducted at different altitudes. Then, we will visit the Salineras of Maras, which have over 3,000 pools of various sizes and dimensions owned by local families. During the dry season, they take advantage of the salt produced, treat it with iodine, and sell it in the market.

After our visit, we will return to the city of Cusco, and the transportation will drop us off 2 to 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

Day 6RAINBOW 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 7ATV TOUR: DWELLING OF THE GODS - RETURN TO LIMA

We start off the tour by picking you up from the hotel and then riding our transport for approximately 25 minutes to Tica Tica, in the Sencca sector, where we will have a 15-minute practice. The tour guide will ask each passenger if they are ready and if they do not have any problem with the ATV to begin the tour.

The ATV route has a duration of 45 minutes, including a 30 minute stop at the DWELLING OF THE GODS, so we can see the diverse handmade sculptures and enjoy the natural landscape, while we can take some photos. At the end of the tour we will return to our base, to board the transports in which we will return, concluding our experience 2 blocks away from Cusco’s main square.

Note: Before leaving on the tour, we must check out of the rooms because the CHECK OUT IS AT 10:00 AM, and we will leave all the luggage at the reception. When we return from the tour, you will be able to use the restroom facilities, Wi-Fi, and lobby.

In the afternoon, at the agreed time, we will pick you up from the hotel to take you to the Cusco airport. Remember to be there 2 hours before the flight departure. Upon arriving in the city of Lima, we will be waiting for you outside the airport with a sign indicating your name. Then, we will take you to your respective hotel, where you will have the rest of the afternoon free to relax.

Day 8ICA AND PARACAS ADVENTURE

  • 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 different pickup points (Los Olivos/Plaza Norte, San Miguel, San Isidro, Miraflores). Departure towards Paracas, but not before stopping to enjoy a delicious Creole breakfast. Additionally, you can start the day with adrenaline by taking an ATV or canopy ride.

9:30 am approximately. We will arrive in Paracas. Our first stop will be the tourist marina pier to go through the SERNAMP control and wait to board the speedboats heading to the Ballestas Islands, where we will immerse ourselves in the marvelous marine world for an average of 2 hours. We will start by stopping at the figure of “El Candelabro,” where the guide will explain the different theories about its creation and function. We will continue sailing with the sea breeze above us until we reach the islands and surround ourselves with abundant marine life, such as large colonies of seabirds, 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 walk around Paracas Bay, where you can take photos and buy crafts.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm approximately. We will travel to Ica for about 1 hour until we reach the “El Catador” winery. Here, we will have our lunch and tour the winery, where we will have an exquisite tasting of different varieties of wines and piscos from the region. We will then continue to the Huacachina Oasis, where we will board the dune buggies that will take us up and down the endless dunes of the Ica desert. We will also slide down the slopes with sandboards from the highest points. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the oasis, take boat rides, take photos, and buy crafts.

5:30 pm approximately. We will begin the return trip to Lima. But not before stopping at the “Racimo de Uva” vineyard in Chincha to taste the liquors produced in this area, enjoy their dance, and Afro-Peruvian music.

10:30 pm approximately. Arrival at your hotel in Lima.

Day 9LIMA - 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)
  • Round-trip train tickets (The Voyager or Expedition)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu (plus Postcard photo)
  • Consettur bus tickets for ascent and descent
  • Boats for the Ballestas Islands (Life jackets)
  • 8 hotel nights according to accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts at the hotel
  • 1 breakfast at the Rainbow Mountain
  • 1 buffet lunch in the Sacred Valley
  • 2 tourist menus (Machu Picchu Town and Rainbow Mountain)

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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