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Peru Classic Tour – Machu Picchu Tour: August 2018

Our Peru Classic Tour – Machu Picchu Tour will take you to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and many other marvelous sites. The 15-day tour of Peru will give you an in-depth understanding of life during the time of the Incas and the important role this still has in Peru today. You will visit some amazing Inca ruins, take a boat ride on Lake Titicaca and stop by the reed islands on Lake Uros. You will also have the opportunity to tour three impressive, but completely different, cities of Cusco, Arequipa and Lima. Add to that a visit of the Nazca Lines, a hike to the Colca Canyon and a trip to the Ballestas Islands, and you have the holiday of a lifetime. If you are ready to visit Peru in August 2018, now is your chance. The Peru Classic Tour – Machu Picchu Tour, organized by the knowledgeable team at Perú InsideOut, is currently taking bookings. Reserve your place today.

Day 1: Our friendly staff will meet you at the airport in Lima and take you directly to the hotel. You can rest after your long flight, or undertake a supplementary city tour if you wish.

Day 2: Learn about the expansive and fascinating history of Peru and its different cultures. You can stroll the colonial streets of ‘The City of the Kings’, stop by Huaca Pucllana and visit the Museo Larco. In the afternoon you will travel to Paracas on the Pan-American Highway, savor lunch on the go and admire the spectacular landscape as you drive  by .

Day 3: Nature lovers will enjoy the tour of the Ballestas Islands and admire sea lions, penguins, boobies and pelicans and catch a glimpse of the Candelabra of the Andes, a prehistoric geoglyph etched into the hillside of the Paracas Peninsula. Afterwards, you can tour the Paracas National Reserve, and in particular the Red Beach, the rock formations and the fossils that captivate all who visit.

Day 4: The Nazca Lines are indeed a mystery and charm visitors on a daily basis. Climb the observation tower to view the markings and even take an optional plane ride to admire the grand artwork from above. You will then tour the Antonini Archaeological Museum and the Chauchilla Cemetery and learn more about the ancient cultures of Peru. Travel to Arequipa by overnight bus, or take the afternoon bus ride and spend the night in Arequipa (skipping the cemetery visit) – your tour, your choice.

Day 5: Santa Catalina Monastery is the city within a city, and you can relish the colorful surroundings and the peacefulness that this tour will bring. In the afternoon you can spend time in the bustling Plaza de Armas in Arequipa and sample the world-famous Peruvian cuisine.

Day 6: You will learn more about the sillar (white volcanic stone) that the ‘White City’ of Arequipa is named after, see how alpaca yarn is woven and try your hand at making traditional Peruvian food. It’s a fun day, and in the afternoon you have some free time to wander and pick up a souvenir or two to remind you of your visit.

Day 7: the Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, and today you have the chance to see it with your own eyes and marvel at the sheer expanse of the landscape. Explore the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, and take in the views  with alpaca and vicuna grazing in the fields. Savour a traditional Peruvian lunch in Chivay and relax in the natural hot springs followed by a traditional music performance.

Day 8: Start the day with the condors flying over the rim of the Colca Canyon at Cruz Del Condor. Stop by a number of small villages ending the journey in Puno, on the shores of stunning Lake Titicaca.

Day 9: Board your boat at the Port of Puno and tour the floating reed islands of Uros before meeting your host family on Amantani Island where you will spend the night. In the afternoon you can visit the Tiwanaku ruins and watch a traditional dance ceremony.

Day 10: Say goodbye to your host family and travel to the island of Taquile where you can see the hand-woven crafts and textiles that the island is famed for. You can pick up a souvenir or two before eating a delicious lunch on the island. You will spend the evening in Puno.

Day 11: Today you will make the journey from Puno to Cusco, but the trip is far from dull. You will stop at Pukara – a town of potters, then at La Raya mountain pass to admire the view, and visit the archeological site of Raqchi and finally Andahuaylillas, known as the Sistine Chapel of Peru.

Day 12: Your first day in Cusco is a busy one. Not only will you visit Korikancha and the Plaza de Armas, but you will also see the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara.

Day 13: Your tour today will take you deep into the heart of the Sacred Valley through Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. You will have the opportunity to visit the Pisac ruins, browse the artisan markets, taste a traditional lunch and in the afternoon, catch the train to Aguas Calientes in preparation for your visit to Machu Picchu.

Day 14: We have saved the best for last. Today you will tour the wondrous citadel of Machu Picchu. After an early start, you can see the site at sunrise and learn about the history of Machu Picchu from your qualified and knowledgeable tour guide. Following your visit to Machu Picchu, you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cusco by bus.

Day 15: Say goodbye to the ancient capital of Cusco, as you fly to Lima for your journey back home. What a fantastic two-week experience and over the course of the time you will have made many new friends and learnt a lot about our favorite South American destination.

If you have not yet booked your trip on the 15-day Peru Classic Tour – Machu Picchu Tour in August 2018, then contact Perú InsideOut to make your reservation. This is one of our most popular tours, and we look forward to making your dream trip become true.

Machu Picchu Classic Tour: August 2018

Travel to Peru is quite often a bucket-list experience, but the team at Perú InsideOut says, “Why wait?” Peru is unrivalled as a tourist destination and whether you are seeking a culinary experience, an historical adventure or an opportunity to enjoy nature, here’s your chance. Our Machu Picchu Classic Tour offers 13 amazing days of exploration and wonder, and we are now taking bookings for departure during August 2018. You can make the trip that you have always dreamed about, visiting beautiful destinations such as Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Lima, Cusco, Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca, and much, much more. If you want to explore a South American destination unlike any other, then book your Machu Picchu Classic Tour today.

Day 1: The big day is finally here as you arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Lima. Your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you directly to your hotel.

Day 2: The rich history of Peru is evident as you tour the colonial streets of Lima and learn about ancient cultures. Today you will also travel to Paracas on the Pan-American Highway, with a VIP bus service.

Day 3: Nature lovers will adore today’s festivities as you get to see sea lions, penguins, and the rich abundance of sea birds during your amazing tour of the Ballestas Islands. Following your tour, you will visit the Paracas National Reserve to admire the unique surroundings and learn more about this fascinating region.

Day 4: The Nazca Lines are an extraordinary sight . You can take an optional plane ride to view the markings from above, or climb the tower for a bird’s eye view following your visit to the Antonini Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon you will take the journey from Nazca to Arequipa.

Day 5: From the lively market of San Camilo to the historic Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa has a lot to offer the intrepid traveler. You will have plenty of opportunities to pick up an alpaca souvenir or two and wander the streets of the ‘White City’.

Day 6: The Andes Mountain Range is indeed picturesque, and today you can walk the second deepest canyon in the world, Colca Canyon. Explore Aguada Blanca National Reserve, enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and spend the night in the small village of Yanque.

Day 7: Condors are such graceful birds, and you can see them soar high in the sky above the Cruz Del Condor. Following this fantastic experience, you will head to Puno through the delightful countryside where you will spend the evening.

Day 8: Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of Uros are unlike anything else you will have seen. You will also visit Taquile Island and learn more about the handicrafts and textiles which are produced here.

Day 9: Today you will travel to Cusco via the Ruta del Sol stopping to visit villages and archaeological sites along the way.

Day 10: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you will tour Korikancha, Sacsayhuaman and other ruins surrounding the Inca capital. You will also have the chance to pick up a souvenir and sample the fresh fruit at San Pedro market.

Day 11: Pisac is known for its exceptional beauty, and today you will explore the ruins high above the town and visit the local Pisac market which is known for its quality silver products. After an enjoyable lunch in Urubamba you, will board the train to Aguas Calientes, the town surrounded by mountains on all sides and the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Day 12: The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is even more inspiring when seen up close and today you will get to see the spectacular views of the site at sunrise. After a tour of Machu Picchu, you can choose to take an optional walk to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain or relax and admire the incredible views. In the afternoon you will return to Cusco to celebrate your last evening in Peru.

Day 13: You will board your flight from Lima to Cusco where your August 2018 Machu Picchu Classic Tour will finish. You will be left with many wonderful memories and experiences and some impressive souvenirs and photographs from this tour of Peru.

Don’t delay and book your Machu Picchu Classic Tour for August 2018. Perú InsideOut will be able to help you with any query you may have . Once your tour arrangements are confirmed, all you have to do is pack and wait for your scheduled departure date. See you in August!

Giant Orca Restored and Confirmed As Oldest Nazca-Era Geoglyph

Nazca features heavily as a tourist attraction in Southern Peru due to the famous Nazca Lines. However, the recent restoration of the giant orca, which was rediscovered in 1960, has put Nazca back in the news.

After careful investigation and consideration the orca has been found to be the oldest Nazca-era geoglyph in the Nazca desert. The orca is over 60 meters in length and built on a slope in the Palpa region making it more prone to weathering and erosion. It was lost for over 50 years, from 1960 until 2015, when it was rediscovered. For two years, Johny Isla from Peru’s Ministry of Culture and six specialists carried out an extensive restoration project and study. The archeologists have confirmed that they have dated the soil surrounding the geoglyph back to 200 B.C. and returned the geoglyph to its former glory.

The orca is in the style of other older Nazca geoglyphs in the region but also shows considerable evidence that it was imprinted with the assistance of the Paracas, an older culture that predates the Nazca people (800 BC to 100 BC).

But, why a killer whale? An interesting question given that it was etched in the middle of a desert. Some believe that it was revered as a mythical creature and considered a deity. Interestingly enough, the orca symbol is often found in ancient Peruvian pottery and ceramics found in the area.

This latest discovery will certainly encourage more travellers to head to the Nazca desert to see the geoglyph in question. Will you be one of them?

Perú InsideOut’s Cultural Tour – 12 Days & 11 Nights

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Perú InsideOut offers many fascinating and varied trips around Peru. However, our Peru Cultural Tour is one of the most popular from a cultural perspective. It gives our travelers a fascinating overview of life in Peru, both past and present, in just 12 days visiting the sights in and around Lima, Arequipa, Puno and Cuzco. It is perfect for those with limited time who wish to hear more about the culture of this amazing South American country.

Learn about History

You can’t help but learn about the history as you visit the sights. In Lima, you are given a chance to visit Museo Larco and observe Huaca Pucllana. Both destinations will allow you to take a true step back in time and learn more about the pre-Colombian cultures that inhabited the area.

Sail On Lake Titicaca

Your trip to the Uros Islands, otherwise known as the floating islands, is the highlight of the cultural tour. The locals have built over 50 islands from totora reeds and have made these man-made islands their home. You will be welcomed with open arms and big smiles as you tour the islands.

Explore Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon and the surrounding towns offer a unique insight into the Andean culture. On the second day you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the soaring condors at Condor’s Cross before stopping for a delicious buffet lunch in Chivay before to continue to Puno.

Visit the Ruins

It wouldn’t be a tour of Peru without taking in some ruins. Our Peru Cultural Tour will not only give you a chance to explore Machu Picchu, but you can also visit Kenko, Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman, four ruins located on the outskirts of Cuzco.

For information on this tour, or any other tour that Perú InsideOut offers, hesitate to contact our friendly and serious team who will be happy to assist you. We are experts in assembling tour packages according to the demands of our potential passengers, we offer tours in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador and we will be happy to answer any concerns that may arise regarding the quoted.

Peru For Foodies

If you are a true foodie, you will have indeed heard that Peruvian food is popular the world over. Their food is constantly in the headlines showcasing mouth-watering dishes both in Peru and abroad.

Just recently (April 2017), Chef Virgilio Martinez won the Chef’s Choice Award in Melbourne, Australia. And rewind to December of 2016 when the World Travel Awards (WTA) labeled Peru as the World’s Leading Culinary Destination for the fifth year running. Not a year goes by where Peru doesn’t fail to get a nod for its gastronomic delights. These honors and awards are advantageous for the country and tourism in general.

When planning your trip, why not take the time to sample some of the leading dishes in the area? There is so much to choose from and, as the world is beginning to learn, Peruvian food is absolutely delicious.

Peruvian food is defined by the varied landscapes of the country. The coastal areas provide access to seafood such as fish, shrimp, scallops and squid, while the mountainous regions and lakes are based around quinoa, potatoes, cuy (guinea pig), trout and alpaca. And of course there are all the wonderful influences from other countries creating an exciting cultural and culinary blend. Chifa is the perfect example. It is Peru’s version of Chinese food and definitely worth trying at least once.

Here are some of the more traditional dishes you can expect to find in Peru.

Ceviche: A Peruvian delicacy consisting of raw fish marinated in lime juice.

Chupe de Camarones: A thick, tasty chowder made with shrimp.

Lomo Saltado: A stir fry combining beef, tomatoes, French fries, and onions served with rice.

Adobo de Chanco: A marinated pork stew with garlic, peppers, aji panca and chicha de jora.

Cuy Chactado: Deep fried guinea pig.

Rocoto Relleno: These stuffed peppers are a specialty of Arequipa.

Chicharrones: A dish made with fried pork rinds or pork belly.

Salsa Ocopa: A delicious creamy sauce made from huacatay (Peruvian mint), chili and garlic, often served over eggs or potatoes.

Picarones: Similar to a fried donut, picarones are made from squash and sweet potato served with sweet cane syrup.

Aji de Gallina: A sauce made with peppers and walnuts served over rice.

Quinoa Atamalada: A stew made with quinoa, chili peppers and cheese.

Alfajores: Soft butter cookies filled with caramel.

While visiting Peru, you must savour at least a few of these dishes to understand why their food is so popular the world over. And don’t forget to wash it down with one of Peru’s national drinks for example the chicha morada or Pisco Sour.

Uyuni, Bolivia – Quite Literally The Middle of Nowhere

The small town of Uyuni is a speck on the map of south-western Bolivia. With a population of just over 10,000 people, there is seemingly no reason to visit. However, this little town amazingly receives over 60,000 visitors a year from all over the world. Why? One reason, only – it is located in the world’s largest salt flats.

The Uyuni salt flats are a sight to behold. Formed by a number of prehistoric lakes, the salt flats are a unique sightseeing option for your Bolivian travels due to the extraordinary flatness of the region. The landscape of the salt flats is unlike anything else and will give you the opportunity to come up with some extremely creative photoshoots. If you cannot believe it, just Google images of the Uyuni salt flats to see what we mean!

The salt flats are also home to a number of breeds of pink flamingos as well as many other birds and wildlife including the Andean goose and the Andean fox. Large cacti scatter the surrounding areas of the flats.

Many of the tours of the area also include Laguna Verde (the green lake) in the National Reserve Eduardo Avaroa as well as Laguna Colorada (the red lake) situated at the foot of Licancabur volcano, and the hot springs.

If you have time to spare, it is also worth checking the aptly named train cemetery in Uyuni. It is located about 3 km outside town along the old train tracks. When the mining companies collapsed in the 1940s, the transport system dried up, and many trains were left abandoned. They now sit there left to rust in the elements and are a popular tourist attraction for those passing through the region.

Other sights of Uyuni include an old locomotive on Avenida Ferroviario as well as many other railway relics scattered all over town. Uyuni also houses a small archeological and anthropology museum featuring a handful of skulls and mummies.

If you intend visiting the region, remember to pack your winter woollies. The icy winds can surprise even the most prepared visitors.

The best places to visit in Lima

Lima is more than just a stopover on your way to other destinations in Peru. This cosmopolitan capital offers plenty of history and culture to keep you enthralled for at least a few days. And let’s not forget the fact that Peruvian food is award-winning on so many levels. Here are our top tips on what to see when you visit the exciting South American city of Lima. Don’t forget to plan for a few of these when you book your next trip to Peru.

Historic Center

The historic center of Lima will definitely be a highlight of your trip. It is a UNESCO World Heritage listed area with the central post office building, the Cathedral of Lima and the Presidential Palace. Take your time to admire the intricate wooden balconies, stop by Plaza Bolivar and admire San Pedro’s gold altars. Don’t forget to spend some time relaxing in Lima’s central plaza, the Plaza de Armas.

Larco Museum

The Larco Museum is full to the brim with pre-Columbian art which is stored in an 18th Century building built over a 7th Century pyramid. There is so much history in the building and the amazing artifacts it holds. You might be surprised to learn that the most talked about aspect of the museum is a collection of erotic pottery. (Yes, there really is such a thing!)

Saint Francis Monastery

The Saint Francis Monastery and Church, with its catacombs, make an enjoyable stop on your tour of Lima. Over 30,000 people have been buried in the catacombs, and today you can wander through the crypts filled with skulls and other human remains. The building also represents a wonderful example of colonial architecture in Lima and houses over 25,000 books, detailed wooden carvings and a large collection of colonial paintings.

Museo de Oro

Lima’s Museo de Oro is a great way to spend a morning or an afternoon. It showcases many fabrics and decorations of the pre-Colombian era, some of which are over 2,000 years old. It also holds an interesting collection of antique and modern weapons and firearms from various continents around the world.

Parque de la Reserva

If you happen to be in the city in the evening, it is worth stopping by the Magic Water Circuit at Lima’s Parque de la Reserva. The 13 fountains are a great modern addition to many of the traditional things to do in this busy city and even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Do try to time your visit to coincide with the Fantasia Fountain water show which occurs later in the evening.

Barranco

Making a change from the sophisticated center of Lima, Barranco offers a charming respite with its bohemian atmosphere. Walk the Bridge of Sighs overlooking the ocean and enjoy a coffee in one of the trendy cafes and eateries. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) and the Museo Pedro de Osma are both located there and come highly recommended.

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