Peru with Machu Picchu & the Nazca Lines - Classic Group

Peru with Machu Picchu & the Nazca Lines - Classic Group

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Peru with Machu Picchu & the Nazca Lines - Classic Group

13 Days Starting in Lima and ending in Cuzco

Visiting: Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

ZPERPN19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

History, Wildlife Tours

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Tour Overview

Feast on Peruvian delicacies in Lima, tour the ancient Korikancha temple in Cusco and adventure through the Ollantaytambo ruins of Machu Picchu, on this 13-Day exploration of Peru. Embark on a Private Planetarium Tour in Cusco and uncover the influence of astronomy on Andean culture. Join a Local Expert in Machu Picchu for a guided tour through the ancient ruins—set high in the Andes against breathtaking backdrops. Visit the salt pans of Maras in the Sacred Valley where the Incas used to harvest the mineral and visit with a local Quechua Weaver to learn their ancient weaving techinques in a private presentation. In Paracus, be sure to pause at the Pisco distillery to sample this tasty local aperitif.

Highlights

  • Cusco: Choose to join a Local Expert on a trek of the Inca ruins in Puca Pucara or explore the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas and visit the prestigious art galleries

  • Lima: Make your way to Lima's Pueblo Libre District and indulge on a Highlight Lunch in the Museo Larco's 18th century garden

  • Sacred Valley: Enjoy your Highlight Lunch of Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian feast, at the small lagoon of Laguna Piuray

  • Machu Picchu: Enjoy a guided visit with Local Experts to explore the sophisticated 15th century Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains

  • Cusco: Visit Cusco's planetarium to learn more about how the Incas interpreted the stars and view the ancient night skies

  • Sacred Valley: Visit a local traditional Quechua weaver for a private textile presentation and learn about ancient weaving techniques

  • Ballestas Islands: A wildlife sanctuary home to over 200 species of birds including Peruvian boobies, Inca terns, and Humboldt penguins

  • Nazca: Take to the skies to see the iconic Nazca Lines, archaeological enigmas that can only be fully appreciated from above

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Lima

Location: Lima, Lima

Accommodation: MGallery Manto Lima

Accommodation Name: MGallery Manto Lima

Meals Included: None

Arrive in Lima for the first day of your Nazca excursion. Situated in southern Peru, Nazca Lines is made up of around 300 geoglyphs, spread over 500 square meters. These include impressive animal and plant drawings. In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers at the hotel bar for a welcome drink.

Day 2: Coastal Paracas Relaxed Start

Location: Lima, Paracas

Accommodation: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort

Accommodation Name: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

In the morning, head out on a leisurely coastal drive to the beach town of Paracas. Known for its sandy beaches, wildlife and the Paracas Candelabra geoglyph, you'll take in the area from above with an aircraft ride over the mysterious Nazca Lines. This top-rated highlight is truly the best way to experience this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site in all its glory. In the evening, catch up on your day, as you enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers at your luxury hotel.

Day 3: Ballestas Islands And Peruvian Wildlife

Location: Paracas

Accommodation: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort

Accommodation Name: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Have your cameras at the ready as you head out on a scenic cruise to the Ballestas Islands famous for their rock formations and marine life. Explore this beautiful area before heading to the nearby city of Ica for lunch. Visit a pisco distillery for a tasting of the local spirit, followed by a stop at a local museum, where you’ll learn more about the city’s culture. With the rest of your evening free, take the opportunity to relax at your beautiful resort right on the beach. Take a cooling dip in one of their two swimming pools or stroll through the fragrant gardens.

Day 4: Coastal Peru And Lima

Location: Paracas, Lima

Accommodation: MGallery Manto Lima

Accommodation Name: MGallery Manto Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The final day of your Nazca extension will begin by the coast. Meet a local fisherman who will talk to you about their daily life and routine. Later, enjoy lunch at a historic hacienda on your way to Lima. You’ll get a tour of the plantation and learn more about a dark chapter in Peruvian history and the area’s heart-breaking past of slavery in the cotton business. You’ll also visit the long tunnels which were used to bring slaves from the coast to the hacienda. If you are joining the Peru with Machu Picchu journey today, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Unwind at your luxury abode, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers in the evening for a Welcome Dinner with drinks.

Day 5: Explore Lima Relaxed Start

Location: Lima

Accommodation: MGallery Manto Lima

Accommodation Name: MGallery Manto Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore the colorful capital of Peru this morning with your Local Expert. Delve into its colonial past and see key attractions, including the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. Visit Casa Aliaga, an impressive mansion the Aliaga family calls home now for the 17th generation One for those with an appreciation for art, head to Museo Larco, a private museum located in Lima’s Pueblo Libre District. It is the highest-rated museum in South America and houses the largest collection of Pre-Columbian art. Indulge in a Highlight Lunch with an 18th-century garden as your backdrop. After lunch, meet a local guide who will take you around the Museo Larco and share the museum’s private collection with you. Delve into Peruvian culture, its ancient history and the country's religious beliefs. Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 6: Lima To Sacred Valley

Location: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley

Accommodation: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Accommodation Name: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a transfer to the airport in the morning, where you'll catch your flight to the ancient capital of Cusco. Begin your tour of the Sacred Valley, while taking in impressive views on your scenic drive along the way. After a few stunning photo stops, enjoy lunch at Altar Inca, surrounded by some of the most impressive views of the region. Enjoy a leisurely trip to your hotel for the next couple of nights, where the evening is yours to do as you please. We recommend that you rest in order to adjust to the altitude comfortably.

Day 7: Explore Sacred Valley Relaxed Start

Location: Sacred Valley

Accommodation: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Accommodation Name: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Start the morning off with a visit to the Maras salt pans, where the Incas harvested their salt. Today, the salt from Maras is exported to the entire world. Move on to an Incan laboratory in Moray, an archaeological site close to Cusco. Find out more about the ideal altitude to grow crops in the Sacred Valley. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience as you visit a local traditional Quechua weaver in the Sacred Valley and learn about the importance these textiles have in shaping personal and regional identities. Afterward, make your way to Laguna Piuray, where you’ll enjoy a Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian feast, for your Highlight Lunch. In the evening, transfer to Hacienda Huayoccari, where you'll discover this gem of the Sacred Valley while exploring its grounds and small museum. Sit down for a special Peruvian dinner before heading back to your hotel, the luxurious Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel.

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu

Location: Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Sumaq Machu Picchu

Accommodation Name: Sumaq Machu Picchu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Transfer to the station for your IncaRail train ride. Enjoy lunch on your way to Machu Picchu pueblo, the gateway village to Machu Picchu. On the way, visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, followed by a stop at a local house in the village’s cobblestoned old town and visit with the family living there. In the afternoon, visit Machu Picchu, where you’ll meet your Local Experts for a guided visit in small groups. They will take you through the ruins and explain their historical and archaeological significance, as well as the importance of their location. Set high in the Andes Mountains, it offers spectacular scenery and history, dating back to the 15th century. End your day with a relaxing dinner and drinks at your hotel.

Day 9: Machu Picchu At Leisure

Location: Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Sumaq Machu Picchu

Accommodation Name: Sumaq Machu Picchu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Take in the breathtaking landscapes of Machu Picchu for a second time. Spend your morning exploring at your own pace, with your Travel Director on hand to answer any queries you may have. The afternoon is yours at leisure. Relax back at your hotel or perhaps explore the town of Aguas Calientes on your own. Spend the evening as you please before sitting down to a Highlight Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 10: On To Cusco

Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco

Accommodation: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Accommodation Name: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, return by train to Ollantaytambo, where you will transfer to the ancient city of Cusco. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco showcases a mix of Spanish colonial architecture, ancient remains and a lively cosmopolitan scene for modern inhabitants. On arrival in Cusco, head out on a walking tour with a Local Expert. Visit its cathedral and the Korikancha temple, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The evening is yours at leisure. Ask your Travel Director for local restaurant and bar recommendations.

Day 11: Exploring Cusco

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Accommodation Name: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Start your day with a walking tour of Sacsayhuaman, a citadel built in the reign of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, the ninth Sapa Inca of the Kingdom of Cusco. Afterward, choose to join a local expert on a guided hike of the Inca ruins at Puca Pucara. Alternatively you can explore the artisan bohemian neighborhood of San Blas and visit the prestigious art galleries. After lunch at Pachapapa, visit San Blas Church and the surrounding streets, before making your way to San Pedro Market, where you will find local produce. Later, make your way to the city’s planetarium, for a private, after-hours tour. Learn about astronomy, cosmology, and its influence on Andean culture. While here, try some local delicacies paired with hot wine.

Day 12: Leisure Time In Cusco Relaxed Start

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Accommodation Name: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Choose the optional visit to the ChocoMuseo, where you’ll learn more about the chocolate making process, or perhaps relax and simply enjoy the facilities at your hotel? Set in a beautiful 16th century building, make the most of this boutique hotel’s signature spa and Andean-inspired healing treatments, massages, facials and custom spa packages. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a memorable Celebration Dinner at Calle del Medio, where you will toast to your adventures and end of your trip.

Day 13: Depart Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. Take a private transfer to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport.

What's Included

  • Meals

    12 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners with Wine

  • Accommodations

    Stay in luxury hotels including MGallery Manto Lima, Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Sumaq Machu Picchu, JW Marriott El Convento Cusco.

  • Transport

    Includes economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima - Cusco, transfers to the airport, and IncaRail train ride to Machu Picchu.

  • Guided Tours

    Guided visits to Machu Picchu with Local Experts, tours of Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco, and more with Local Experts.

  • Special Experiences

    Visit the Ballestas Islands, a wildlife sanctuary; learn about Pisco at Hacienda La Caravedo; explore the Maras Salt Mine and Moray Incan laboratory; enjoy a traditional Pachamanca feast; and more.

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and needs to be purchased separately.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs, laundry, and telephone calls, are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional tours or activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Additional Meals

    Any meals not listed in the inclusions, as well as alcoholic beverages, unless specified.

  • Tips and Gratuities

    Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not included.

Mode of Transport

Take a transfer to the airport in the morning, where you'll catch your flight to the ancient capital of Cusco. Transfer to the station for your IncaRail train ride. Enjoy lunch on your way to Machu Picchu pueblo, the gateway village to Machu Picchu. After breakfast, return by train to Ollantaytambo, where you will transfer to the ancient city of Cusco.

Accommodation

MGallery Manto Lima, Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Sumaq Machu Picchu, JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a visit to the Nazca Lines included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes a visit to the Nazca Lines. Guests will take to the skies on a private flight to see the iconic Nazca Lines, archaeological enigmas that can only be fully appreciated from above. This flight will show many of the lines, complete with their names and a bit of history.

  • What are the highlights of the Peru with Machu Picchu & the Nazca Lines tour?

    The highlights of the tour include visits to Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco, with special experiences such as a guided visit to Machu Picchu with Local Experts, a traditional Peruvian feast in the Sacred Valley, a visit to the Ballestas Islands to see wildlife, and a flight over the iconic Nazca Lines. Guests will also enjoy a variety of meals including 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners with wine, and have the opportunity to choose between different activities in Cusco, such as a trek of the Inca ruins or exploring the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas.

  • What meals are included in the Peru with Machu Picchu & the Nazca Lines tour?

    The tour includes 12 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), and 6 dinners with wine (DW). Highlight meals include a traditional Peruvian feast in the Sacred Valley, a slow-cooked Cusquenian lunch at Pacha Papa, and a memorable Celebration Dinner at Calle del Medio in Cusco.

  • What type of accommodations can I expect on this tour?

    Accommodations on this tour include luxury and boutique hotels such as MGallery Manto Lima, Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Sumaq Machu Picchu, and JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. These hotels offer a mix of luxury, comfort, and local charm.

  • What is the transport arrangement for the tour?

    Transport arrangements include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima and Cusco, transfers to the airport, and an IncaRail train ride to Machu Picchu pueblo with large panoramic views allowing guests to enjoy the scenery of the lush mountains and the Urubamba River en route to Machu Picchu.

  • Are there any cultural experiences included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour is rich in cultural experiences. These include a visit to a local traditional Quechua weaver in the Sacred Valley for a private textile presentation, learning about the ancient weaving techniques and the importance of textiles in shaping personal and regional identities. Guests will also explore Peru's history and archaeology at sites like Machu Picchu and the Moray Incan laboratory, and learn about the influence of the stars on Andean culture at Cusco's planetarium.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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