15 Days – 14 Nights.
A Trip of Natural and Spiritual Discovery
This year our trip to Peru takes us on a magical journey to Lima: City Tour. Ica: Nazca Lines, Paracas Islands – Huacahina Oasis. Arequipa: City tour – Chivay/Colca Canyon. Puno: Lake Titicaca, Uros/Taquile Islands. Cuzco: Ayahuasca Ceremony – City Tour – Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu.
Lima — Arrive
DAY 1: June TBA
Transfer from Jorge Chavez International Airport to
your Hotel in Lima.
Lima, the capital of Peru, lies on the country’s arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial center is preserved, it’s a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. It’s home to the Museo Larco collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century cathedral are the heart of old Lima Centro.
DAY 2: TBA
Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Pizarro chose the name because Lima was founded during an important Catholic holiday and feast, now known as Ephiphany or Three Kings’ Day. … So when the capital of a new empire was founded for the religious monarchy which ruled Spain, Pizarro chose to call it “Ciudad de los Reyes.” Lima Name Meaning. Spanish: of uncertain derivation; possibly from lima ‘file’. Portuguese: topographic name for someone living on the banks of the river of this name (of pre-Roman origin, probably akin to a Celtic element lemos, limos ‘elm’).
Lima – Ica
Ica is a city in southern Peru. On its main square Plaza de Armas, the cathedral has a neoclassical façade. Damaged by a 2007 earthquake, the Lord of Luren Church once held an idol of Ica’s patron saint, now housed in a Carmelite convent. Ica Regional Museum shows ancient pottery. Southwest, Huacachina village is an oasis set amid sand dunes, like the huge Cerro Blanco. Its Huacachina Lagoon is ringed by palm trees.
• Visit Paracas National
• Visit the Ballestas Islands – Paracas (Candelabro and
marine animals) (bus & boat)
• Transfer to Paracas Bay – Visit craft market and take
• Transfer from Paracas to Ica ( 1 hour trip by bus)
•Visit Paracas Museum (bus)
Huacachina is built around a small natural lake in the desert. Called the “oasis of America,” it is a resort for local families from the nearby city of Ica, and increasingly as an attraction for tourists drawn by the sports of sandboarding on sand dunes that stretch several hundred feet high. Other popular activities include dune buggy rides on buggies known locally as areneros.
According to local legends, the water and mud of the area are therapeutic. Both locals and tourists often bath in the waters or cover themselves with the mud in an attempt to cure ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, and bronchitis.
Legend holds that the lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess removed her clothes to bathe, but looking into a mirror, she saw a male hunter approaching her from behind. Startled at the intrusion, she fled the area leaving behind her mirror which turned into a lake. Other versions hold that she fled, leaving the pool of water she had been bathing in to become the lagoon. The folds of her mantle, streaming behind her as she ran, became the surrounding sand dunes. The woman herself is rumored to still live in the oasis as a mermaid.
Ica – Arequipa – Nazca Lines
The Nazca Lines in southern Peru are a group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into desert sands. Covering an area of nearly 1,000 sq. kilometers, there are about 300 different figures, including animals and plants. Composed of over 10,000 lines, some of which measure 30 meters wide and stretch more than 9 kilometers, the figures are most visible from the air or nearby hilltops.
Day 6: Arequipa City Tour.
Arequipa is the colonial-era capital of Peru’s Arequipa Region. Framed by 3 volcanoes, it’s filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar, a white volcanic stone. Its historic center is anchored by the Plaza de Armas, a stately main square flanked on its north by the 17th-century neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, which houses a museum displaying religious objects and artwork.
Arequipa Puno: Chivay/Canon del Colca – Rumbo a Puno
DAY 7: June TBA
Chivay is a town in southern Peru’s Colca Valley. It’s the gateway to the deep Colca Canyon, comprising a green valley and remote traditional villages with terraced agriculture that pre-dates the Incas. West of town, Andean condors circle above the Cruz del Condór viewpoint, which overlooks the Colca River. Northeast of the town center, La Calera hot-springs complex has several pools and a small cultural museum.
Colca Canyon, a river canyon in southern Peru famed as one of the world’s deepest, is a well-known trekking destination. It’s a habitat for the giant Andean condor, on view from overlooks like Cruz del Condor. The canyon landscape comprises a green valley and remote traditional villages with terraced agriculture that predates the Incas. Its Colca River is popular for rafting.
Puno: Lake Titicaca
DAY 8: June TBA
Puno is a city in southern Peru on Lake Titicaca, one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. A regional trading hub, the city’s also considered Peru’s “folkloric capital,” owing to its traditional festivals featuring vibrant music and dancing. Landmarks include the Andean baroque-style Puno Cathedral and the Yavari, a 19th-century steamship (now a bed and breakfast).
Lake Titicaca, straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains, is one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. Said to be the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to numerous ruins. Its waters are famously still and brightly reflective. Around it is Titicaca National Reserve, sheltering rare aquatic wildlife such as giant frogs.
Puno – Cuzco: Bus/Train
DAY 9: June TBA
Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies, and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.
Cusco City Tour/Preparation for Ayahuasca
DAY 10: June TBA
Ayahuasca Ceremony with Maestro Jairo Osco
DAY 11: June 24, 2019
Cusco: Sacred Valley
DAY 12: June TBA
The Sacred Valley is a region in Peru’s Andean highlands. Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire. Stretching roughly 60 kilometers, it’s an area of fertile farmland and Spanish colonial villages like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Pisac is known for its Sunday handicraft market and hilltop Incan citadel.
DAY 13: June 26, 2019
Ollantaytambo is a village in the Sacred Valley of southern Peru, set on the Urubamba River amid snow-capped mountains. It’s known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Major sites within the complex include the huge Sun Temple and the Princess Baths fountain. The village’s old town is an Inca-era grid of cobblestoned streets and adobe buildings.
Cuzco: Machu Picchu
DAY 14: June TBA
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.
1st payment due on or before February 2024: TBA
2nd payment due on or before March TBA
3rd payment due on or before April TBA
• All domestic flights in Peru
• All transportation (bus, train, boat) and lodging in Peru
• Bilingual Tour Guide
• Tickets visits
• Assistance 24/7
Airfare USA to Peru.
Tips for guides in each city.
Your Personal Charges.
Drinks and a few meals.
Possible additional Fuel Charges may effect Price.
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Iggy Garcia: (614) 354-1636
Victor Arcenio: (330) 770-1825