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Luxury Peru & Atacama Tour - Civilizations and Deserts

A fascinating journey to the most spectacular archaeological and cultural sites of Peru whist staying at deluxe hotels and villas in full private service. This private journey includes a fly-over tour of the incredible Nazca Lines before continuing onto Chile and the Atacama Desert, the driest and most diverse desert in the World.
Lima - Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca - Nazca - Santiago Atacama Desert
16 days / 15 nights.
Luxury Peru & Atacama Tour - Civilizations and Deserts
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ITINERARY
Day 1. LIMA - no meals today

As you arrive into Lima airport and exit customs and baggage, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide. You will be assisted with your luggage before escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. Your hotel in Lima will be the 5 star deluxe Miraflores Park Hotel complete with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. At check-in you will receive a welcome drink before being shown to your junior suite. Free evening.

Miraflores Park Hotel

Day 2. LIMA (Breakfast and lunch)

After a delicious breakfast at the observatory restaurant with spectacular views of both Lima and the Pacific Ocean, you will be met again by your guide Monica as you start your private visit of colonial and modern Lima, starting in the centre of this vibrant, metropolis. The tour will include a visit of the cathedral, dating from 1654 which still houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro in the foyer; the Main Square, with the original bronze fountain built in 1650, the Government Palace where the President has his official residence and the San Francisco Convent, with its famous catacombs. Lima, known as the city of the kings, was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and after several devastating earthquakes was rebuilt in 1991; the same year that UNESCO declared Lima a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonial power. The tour will continue with a visit to the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores, before stopping at La Rosa Nautica for a delicious lunch. This seafood restaurant is popular with affluent Limenos as well as international visitors but may be substituted for any other restaurant of your choice. After lunch, you shall enjoy a private visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, one of the finest private museums in Peru. With a fabulous collection of artefacts of the northern cultures particularly of the Mochica culture. The museum was founded in 1926 in Trujillo but was transferred in the 1950's to Lima. There is a room of mummies, textiles (including a Paracas cloak over 2000 years old), and several gold and silver vaults. Return to your hotel. Free evening.

Meals: B & L

Day 3. LIMA - CUZCO - SACRED VALLEY (Breakfast and lunch)

After breakfast, with boarding passes in hand, you will be driven to the airport for your quick-check-in and brief one hour flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas. In Cuzco, you will be warmly welcomed and assisted with your luggage before your private transfer to the Rio Sagrado and accommodation in a villa. Lunch at your hotel. Free evening.

Rio Sagrado Hotel  |   Meals: B & L

Day 4. SACRED VALLEY-PISAC-OLLANTAYTAMBO (Breakfast and lunch)

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will again meet with you for the start of a full-day's excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and remains the larder of Cuzco. You will visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will witness Indians bartering their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. Lunch will be at the splendid Huayoccari Hacienda, overlooking the Sacred Valley and which dates back to the seventeenth century. The hacienda is owned by one of the most prominent landowners in the Sacred Valley and is home to beautiful gardens producing native ingredients that are used in the restaurant's kitchen. These include corn, quinoa, fruit and aromatic herbs. Enjoy a set meal in this marvellous country residence before continuing your trip to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above. You will then return to your hotel. Free evening.

Meals: B & L

Day 5. SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (All meals)

Today you will have an early start and enjoy breakfast before your private chauffeur will take you to the Railway Station in time for the boarding of the Luxury Hiram Bingham train (not on Sundays)to Aguas Calientes. The train will depart at 09.00am for the 3 ½ hour journey and you will enjoy the company of fellow travellers and your own private guide onboard this luxury train complete with 1920s styled Pullman carriages. Each carriage has been furnished in polished wood and brass with large comfortable armchairs. The bar car is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail accompanied by live Peruvian music. On the way to Machu Picchu, the bartender will show you how to make a traditional Pisco Sour. The observation car is furnished with large cushioned seats, making it the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the Peruvian landscape unfold as you gently ride towards Machu Picchu. A hearty brunch will be served on-board before you arrive to Aguas Calientes train station, gateway to the lost city of the Incas. As you disembark, you will be assisted with your luggage and welcomed to take the short walk to the bus terminal where a private bus will be waiting for all Hiram Bingham passengers. The short ride up to Machu Picchu will meander through breathtaking mountain scenery up to the ancient Inca citadel. At the very entrance to Machu Picchu, your hotel, the Sanctuary Lodge hotel is located. Welcome and check in to your room. Shortly after, your guide will again lead you on a private guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Dinner and accommodation at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel  |   Meals: B, L & D

Day 6. MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (All meals)

Today you will enjoy a free day in Machu Picchu with an opportunity to see the site at sunrise. Time for some private reflection before returning for breakfast. Today your guide will be on hand to visit other parts of the site, trek up to Wayna Picchu or walk down to the Inca's bridge. Return to your hotel for lunch. Afternoon tea will be served before taking the private Hiram Bingham bus down to Aguas Calientes in time for the return Luxury Hiram Bingham train to Cuzco (not on Sundays). You will enjoy dinner and cocktails onboard before arriving back to Cuzco. Welcome and private drive back to your hotel, the exclusive deluxe five star Casona Inkaterra Hotel.

Casona Inkaterra Hotel   |   Meals: B, L & D

Day 7. CUZCO (Breakfast and lunch)

After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for an incredible tour of Cuzco including the Qoricancha temple or temple of the Sun, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco city, Qenko, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara. Your private driver will be with you at all times as you visit each part of this fascinating and ancient city. Return to the hotel in time for lunch at the Gourmet MapCafe restaurant a short walk from your hotel.

Meals: B & L

Day 8. CUZCO (Breakfast and lunch)

Free day at leisure.

Meals: B & L

Day 9. CUZCO - PUNO (Breakfast and dinner)

After early breakfast, we bid farewell to Cuzco and take a short flight to Juliaca. Arrive and transfer to Puno and drive you to your hotel, the Titilaka Hotel, located on a small island with commanding views over majestic Lake Titicaca. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.

Titilaka Hotel   |   Meals: B, L & D

Day 10: ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA (All meals)

After breakfast, you will board your private motorised yacht to start your full day's excursion to the islands of Uros and Taquile. Your first stop will be to the communal islands of Uros, otherwise known as the reed islands, whose islands are made entirely of tortora reeds and home to a small community dating back to a pre-Inca culture. You will appreciate how these people toil out an existence on such a remote setting complete with its own school. After the visit, boarding of the yacht as you continue your trip to the Island of Taquile whose inhabitants are more closely related to the Aymara people of Bolivia than the Quechua Incas of Peru. You will enjoy a walk on the islands and visit the main town square where you will have time to enjoy your lunch box whilst appreciating the fine views of Lake Titicaca. After lunch, some free time to enjoy the local ambience before returning to Puno on-board your yacht and return to your hotel. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.

Meals: B, L & D

Day 11. PUNO - JULIACA - LIMA - PARACAS (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for the escorted ride out to Juliaca airport with boarding passes in hand for your return flight back to Lima. After the two hour flight, arrival back into Lima. Pick up and private transfer south to Ica some 4 hours by car through the coastal desert strip. Arrival and transfer to your hotel, the Paracas Hotel.

Paracas Hotel   |   Meals: B

Day 12. PARACAS - NAZCA - LIMA - SANTIAGO (Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight over the Nazca Lines; Gigantic drawings and geometrical figures, representing animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds which are engraved in the desert sands of Nazca. Visible only from the air, these huge markings were once believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar. The flight will take 1 hour 10 minutes. Please note airport tax is not included and is paid locally, $6 per person. After the tour, return to Lima and directly to the airport for your flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. We recommend the Ritz Carlton.

Ritz Carlton Hotel   |   Meals: B

Day 13. SANTIAGO - CALAMA - ATACAMA DESERT (Breakfast & dinner)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in the Atacama Desert. We recommend the Luxury Awasi. The Atacama Desert is home to volcanoes, dry salt lakes, ponds and waters emerging in the midst of the desert. Exploring the Atacama with Awasi, is individual and private, personally tailored for each guest … customized for the most adventurous, for the faithful hiker, for the lover of heights, and for those who just want to be surprised. An Awasi jeep and a professional guide are always available for private excursions so that guests can take the outings according to their own preferences and pace. The Awasi guides are experienced professionals who have been trained to carry out the outings in an entertaining and safe way. With a fleet of jeeps specially prepared for the difficult conditions of the desert and the altitude, which lets us drive comfortably over off-road courses and thus access unique, exclusive sites and landscapes. In order to always operate with maximum safety, all our vehicles are equipped with a GPS unit and VHF or satellite telephones

Meals: B, L & D

Day 14. ATACAMA DESERT (All meals)

Private tour through the Atacama Desert.

Meals: B & D

Day 15: ATACAMA DESERT (All meals)

Private tour through the Atacama Desert.

Meals: B, L & D

Day 16. ATACAMA DESERT - SANTIAGO (Breakfast)

Very early morning departure to the Tatio Geysers to experience this spectacular demonstration of volcanic activity. In the middle of the Andean mountains, the El Tatio Geysers at 4,500 metres above sea level gush fumaroles at dawn. Return to Calama for your transfer to the airport and your return flight to Santiago.

Meals: B

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Luxury Peru & Atacama Tour - Civilizations and Deserts Itinerary Overview:
Day 1. Lima no meals today
Day 2. Lima (Breakfast and lunch)
Day 3. Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley (Breakfast and lunch)
Day 4. Sacred Valley - Pisac - Ollantaytambo (Breakfast and lunch)
Day 5. Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu (All meals)
Day 6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (All meals)
Day 7. Cuzco (Breakfast and lunch)
Day 8. Cuzco (Breakfast and lunch)
Day 9. Cuzco - Puno (Breakfast and dinner)
Day 10. Island of Lake Titicaca (All meals)
Day 11. Puno - Juliaca - Lima - Paracas (Breakfast)
Day 12. Paracas - Nazca - Lima - Santiago (Breakfast)
Day 13. Santiago - Calama - Atacama Desert (Breakfast & dinner)
Day 14. Atacama Desert (All meals)
Day 15. Atacama Desert (All meals)
Day 16. Atacama Desert - Santiago (Breakfast)
End of our services.
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WHAT IS INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
Our Price Includes:
  • Accommodation at indicated hotels in junior suites & a mountain view room at Machu Picchu
  • Most meals as indicated
  • All airport/train station transfers based on private service
  • Tours as per itinerary with English speaking specialist guides in private service
  • All internal flight tickets in economy class
  • Train tickets include the Hiram Bingham train
  • All entrance fees
Our price does not include:
  • International flight to Peru and from Chile
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident etc
  • Airport Baggage porterage and other extras not specified
Luxury Peru & Atacama Tour - Civilizations and Deserts - 16 days / 15 nights.

Luxury Peru & Atacama Tour - Civilizations and Deserts

Lima - Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Lake Titicaca - Nazca - Santiago Atacama Desert
16 days / 15 nights.

For current availability contact us at info@amazingperu.com and we will send you the relevant trip dossier along with a 90 day fixed quote, terms and conditions. Please bear in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups.

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