7 Day Peru's Machu Picchu & Nazca Lines

$1739
Land Only
$2409*
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7 Day Peru's Machu Picchu & Nazca Lines
Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe Lima
Aranwa Paracas Resort & Spa Ica
Hilton Garden Inn Cuzco Cuzco

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2409* $1789
$2609* $1789
$2549* $1739
$2599* $1739
$2599* $1739
$2599* $1739

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Pisco-Cuzco

Passengers should select flights that depart from Cuzco no earlier than 2 pm on Day 7.

Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups, some at 5 or 6 am, as well as one long 4-hour drive to Paracas are necessary to cover the territory. The elevation of 11,000 feet in Cuzco, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions, or are otherwise affected by altitude. We suggest you check with your healthcare provider before signing up for this tour. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

This 7 day “on-the-go” program features the highlights of Peru in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Peru. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Friday - Tacama Vineyard en Route to Paracas
Depart Lima this morning, and head south on a long drive along the Pan-American Highway through desert landscapes towards Paracas. En route stop at Tacama, the oldest vineyard in Peru, located in the Valley of Ica. The sommelier will explain about the different wines and piscos and give recommendations during your tasting. Lunch follows in a terrace overlooking the vineyards. Afterward, tour the beautiful winery which was created in the 16th century. Learn about the history and the manufacturing process of their wines & piscos. Then, drive to your hotel which overlooks Paracas Bay for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Paracas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3, Saturday - Nazca Lines Overflight
This morning, enjoy an hour to an hour and a half flight on a high wing light aircraft, over the desert and the mysterious Nazca Lines, which can only be appreciated from the air. Spend the balance of the day at leisure in Paracas, known for the 800,000 acre Paracas Natural Reserve, a marine sanctuary. The reserve also consists of 100 archaeological sites from the Paracas indigenous people
The Nazca Lines overflight is subject to weather conditions & availability
Overnight: Paracas
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Morning at Leisure in Paracas, Fly to Cuzco
Spend the morning at leisure or join an optional tour of the scenic Ballestas Islands. These islands, are an important sanctuary for marine fauna like the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril. Other species include the Humboldt penguins, zarcillos, fur seals and sea lions, all coexisting in their natural habitat. Depart Paracas this afternoon by flight to Cuzco*, ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. Balance of the day is at leisure.
*For Jun 13 departure, the Pisco-Cuzco flight will be replaced with a drive back to Lima and a flight to Cuzco.
Optional: Ballestas Island Cruise (AM)
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Monday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board The 360° Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's rediscovery in 1911. Spend the morning viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight
*Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 2 hours
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today independently discovering the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Inca and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city’s stunning sights, or, shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Participate in the optional Cuzco "Behind the Scenes" tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. In the afternoon, join the optional Highlights of Cuzco excursion that takes you to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings, the Temple of the Sun and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which took over seven decades to complete. Tonight, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at a special Farewell Dinner with Peruvian specialties
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Optional: Highlights of Cuzco & Cuzco Behind the Scenes Combo Package
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Depart Peru
This morning, take a scenic drive to Pisac Village. Explore the town and bargain with vendors on the cobblestone streets of the Pisac handicraft market. Enjoy a cultural blast as the entire town has been converted into a street market. Later, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Featured Hotels

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Aranwa Paracas Resort & Spa Image
Hilton Garden Inn Cuzco Image

Optional Tours

Enjoy a 2 hour morning cruise around the beautiful Ballestas Islands. Watch colonies of fur seals and sea lions bask in the sun. Be on the lookout for pelicans and Humboldt penguins among the thousands of birds that inhabit these islands. Marvel at the mysterious geoglyph, known as El Candelabro, that stands watch over the coastline as it has for centuries.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 15 Jan 2021 $39.00
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Today's tour will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Start the day with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cuzco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Following the cemetery, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness a real offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Conclude this incredible morning with a cooking demonstration by a local chef showing you how to make a traditional dish from Cuzco, followed by lunch. After a short break at your hotel, continue on to the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School in addition to an impressive collection of colonial art, including Marcos Zapata's depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once the most important religious site of the Incas. From here you will travel to Sacsayhuaman, located on the northern slope of Cuzco. This impressive fortress, which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons, took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Incan military architecture. Conclude the day at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a local shop featuring alpaca clothing and accessories, and a local jewelry shop, featuring gold and silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $119.00
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Today's tour will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Begin with a "Healing Ceremony". Meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness an offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Continue with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cuzco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Conclude the tour with a cooking demonstration by a local chef showing you how to make a traditional dish from Cuzco, followed by lunch.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $59.00
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Today's tour starts at the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School in addition to an impressive collection of colonial art, including Marcos Zapata's depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once the most important religious site of the Incas. From here you will travel to Sacsayhuaman, located on the northern slope of Cuzco. This impressive fortress, which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons, took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Incan military architecture. Conclude the day at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a local shop featuring alpaca clothing and accessories, and a local jewelry shop, featuring gold and silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $79.00
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