Imperial Cusco and Machu Picchu – 4 Days – 3 Nights
Designed for those who may be short on time, but who nevertheless want to capture the essence of the Inca empire with visits to Cusco, the Sacred Valley in general, and the Lost City of the Inca. The tour begins with a traditional visit to Cusco and its surroundings. We take in two Inca fortresses, those of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, as well as the ever-mystical Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The tour isn’t strictly traditional, though. We visit the fascinating and photogenic agronomical laboratory of the Incas in Moray, as well as the Inca Salinas in Maras. Also included, a visit to the archaeological ruins located in Chinchero.
The Inca Trail – 4 Days – 3 Nights
The Inca Trail. The experience of a lifetime! A trekker’s dream come true.
Starting in the Sacred Valley, stretching up and across many climate and vegetation zones, and finishing in a cloud-like, forested region, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is high on the list of the world’s most famous treks. Built by the Incas themselves, 500 years of history lie beneath the feet of those who walk this trail!
Arequipa, the second-largest city in Peru, is sophisticated in its own way. A predominant, cream-coloured stone dominates construction in the city. Its cuisine is fresh and original – and whets the appetite. Here, at 2,400 meters above sea level, one finds exceedingly talented weavers working wonders with Peru’s long-standing, traditional fiber: alpaca. In this world, the world of the Andes, time seems to stand still. And many people are surprised to learn that the world’s second-deepest canyon, the Colca, is located nearby. Surrounding communities – Chivay, Cabanaconde, and Yanque – demonstrate to tourists how life can be lived at such high altitudes. Exceedingly high mountains, sacred mountains (!), sweeping panoramic views, and the flights of soaring Andean condors will entice you, delight you, and welcome you to southern Peru.
Ethnic Lake Titicaca – 4 Days, 3 Nights
Discover the ethnicity of Peru and its fabulous Lake Titicaca islands: Amantani, Taquille, and Uros. Sail Lake Titicaca and travel back in time. See firsthand how the inhabitants of Amantani live –without electricity–and prepare a meal with the ingredients they cultivate. Meet with the wonderful people of Taquile and learn how skilled they are in the art of hand woven textile crafts. Visiting the Uros will give you a feeling of an ancestral instinct mixed with a puzzling dilemma: how do they cope with modernity? Finally, we follow Manco Capac’s route and see many of the archaeological sites encountered by the founder of Cusco and the Inca civilization.
Nazca Lines to Lima– 4 Days – 3 Nights
Hidden between sand dunes and the Pacific Ocean, the Nazca Lines to Lima is a tour full of visits to archaeological sites, pisco (Peruvian national drink) traditions, wild nature, and museums. Majestic, mysterious, and puzzling, the Nazca Lines are the highlight of this tour. After this sun-baked day, we chill out at the Huacachina, enjoy a Pisco tasting, and have a go at sand boarding.
A full immersion in the wild nature of the Ballestas Islands will leave you speechless! It’s no wonder they’re known as the “Peruvian Galapagos”. We finish off visiting Colonial Lima and the refined Museo Larco.
Lima, with its well-defined colonial style, as well as the refined Museo Larco, provides a wonderful introduction to Peru. With a taste of Peruvian culture under your belt, it’s time to venture south a bit, on the legendary Panamericana highway! Just south of Lima, one encounters dramatic sand dunes along the coast as the road winds down to “the Peruvian Galapagos”, the Ballestas Islands. This wonder-filled and wonderful marine sanctuary is awe-inspiring. The tour continues with a visit to the Huacachina Oasis, a pisco tasting (a popular, local brandy, most often enjoyed in the classic pisco sour cocktail), and a stop at the Ica Regional Museum, to learn a bit more about the Paracas culture. At day’s end, it’s time to relax and simply enjoy the lagoon, the focal point of the Huacachina oasis and a romantic spot indeed! The Nazca Lines, of course, are the highlight of this particular tour. Thanks to the work of Maria Reiche, these spectacular geoglyphs—at once mysterious and wonderful—are one of Peru’s top archaeological sites.
Lima-Paracas Wildlife Sanctuary – 2 Days – 1 Night
Lima, with its well-defined colonial style, as well as the refined Museo Larco, provides a wonderful introduction to Peru. With a taste of Peruvian culture under your belt, it’s time to venture south a bit, on the legendary Panamericana highway! Just south of Lima, one encounters dramatic sand dunes along the coast as the road winds down to “the Peruvian Galapagos”, the Ballestas Islands. This wonder-filled and wonderful marine sanctuary is awe-inspiring. After a quick but memorable tour, it’s time to return to Lima—The City of Kings.