The Magical Route Of The Andean Higlands

16D - 15N

Lima – Ayacucho – Andahuaylas – Abancay – Sacred Valley – Cusco Machu Picchu – Puno – Colca – Arequipa – Nazca – Ica – Lima

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima

Welcome to Peru!
Upon arrival at the Lima International Airport of Jorge Chavez, a represen- tative of Peru4x4adventures.com will pick you up and transfer you to the selected hotel. Arrival at the hotel, check inn and BRIEFING concerning to the expedition as well as the usage of the units and safety regulations. Overnight. (-)

Day 02  Lima – Pisco – Huaytará – Ayacucho (Lima-Ayacucho Total 558 Kms.)

Early 6 am breakfast at the hotel. Reception of the 4x4 units and departure to the city of Ayacucho. Continuing the South Pan Americana until reaching San Clemente, turn off from the Pan Americana onto the Libertadores Highway up to Pampano. On route we will pass by the town of Humay, afterwards visit Tambo Colorado Inca Fortress, which lays approximately 40 kms from San Clemente. Arrival at Pampano, continue on route until arriving in Ayacucho city (2,750 m.a.s.l).
Arrival and overnight. (B)
Note: We recommend that you take box lunch with you.

Day 03 Ayacucho – Andahuaylas (Ayacucho - Andahuaylas Total 261 Kms.)

Breakfast in the Hotel. Most of this route will be made on dusty countryside roads, from which a completely beautiful landscape expedition begins by visiting small rural towns. Before leaving the city of Ayacucho an early morning walking tour will be held in which you will see main square and principal churches. On route you will visit typical rural Andean towns of Ocros, Chum- bes, Santa Maria de Chicmo and Talavera. Arrival in Andahuaylas. Check Inn and overnight. (B)
Note: We recommend that you take box lunch with you

Day 04 Andahuaylas – Abancay (Andahuaylas - Abancay Total 131 Kms.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Abancay city. On route you will visit the beautiful lake of Pacucha. Once passing the lake ascend to the archaeological site of Sondor (3,500 m.a.s.l), which belonged to the Chankas culture before being conquered by the Incas. Continuing the journey we will pass by the picturesque towns of San Geronimo and Quishara. Arrival at Abancay. Overni- ght. (B)
Note: We recommend that you take BOX LUNCH with you.

Day 05 Abancay – Sacred Valley (Abancay - Sacred Valley Total 191 kms.)

Breakfast at the hotel. On route from Abancay to Cusco Visit the famous circular carved stone of Saywite, which measures 2.5 metres high. One distinguishes in its carved formed, flora and fauna as well as topographic landscapes of the Inca Empire. Continue the journey to the Sacred Valley in Cusco. Overnight in Urubamba. (B)
Note: We recommend that you take BOX LUNCH with you.

Day 06 Sacred Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day expedition within the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the fortress of Ollantaytambo, Pisaq market and its surroundings, the town of Chincheros, salt beds and agricultural complex of Maras and Moray. Return to Urubamba.
Overnight.

Day 07  Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco

BEarly Breakfast. Transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Departure to Aguas Calientes in a panoramic train ride. Arrival and a 30-minute up hill drive by bus to the entrance registration of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Guided tour through the sacred ruins 2 hrs aprox. In the afternoon return by bus to Aguas Calientes train station in order to return to Ollantaytambo, and then transfer to Cusco. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight. (B)

Day 08 Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit to the 4 nearby main ruins, such as: Kenko, Pucapucará, Tambomachay and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. In the after- noon, guided visit to the main cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) as well as the main square.
Overnight. (B)

Day 09 Cusco – Puno (Cusco – Puno Total 395 Kms.)

Recommended very early breakfast at the hotel, before departing on one of the most beautiful landscape journeys. Places that may be visited although unfortunately not all can be visited due to lack of time are: Tipon, Rumicolca, Andahuaylillas, Pukara, The 4 Lagoons, Raqchi, and La Raya. The highest point on route between Cusco and Puno is La Raya where we recommend a brief stop. Arrival in Puno and overnight. (B)
Note:We recommend that you take box lunch with you.

Day 10 Puno – Titicaca Lake – Puno

Breakfast. Transfer to the pier in order to board the boat that will take to the Uros floating islands, on which the ethnic groups live in them and survive by fishing and selling their handcrafted products. From there on continue the excursion to the Taquile Island. Return boat ride to mainland, transfer to the hotel and overnight. (B)

Day 11 Puno – Colca (Puno - Colca Total 395 Kms.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure with destination to Chivay, Brief visit of Chulpas de Sillustani and the Umayo Lagoon. We continue the journey passing by the city of Juliaca, as well as the mirador at Lagunillas. We continue our expedition passing by further towns such as Santa Lucia and Imata. Arrival in Chivay in the afternoon. Visit the thermal baths of the Calera. Return to Chivay and Overnight. (B).

Day 12 Colca – Arequipa (Colca - Arequipa Total 148 Kms.)

Breakfast in the hotel.
Very early in the morning departure to the Condors Cross Mirador (aprox 41kms from Chivay) from here if the weather conditions allow it you may observe the Condors gliding in the canyon. Return to Arequipa, on the way visiting the towns of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and the observation points of Antahuilque and Choquetico. On route brief stop at Patapampa, this is an observation point at 4,850 m.a.s.l. Arrival in Arequipa, check inn and overnight. (B)

Day 13 Arequipa – Camana – Puerto Inca – Nazca (Arequipa – Nazca Total 560 Kms.)

Breakfast in the hotel.
Departure, initially on the Andean asphalted road, passing the valley of Majes. Downhill drive to the city of Camana, here a brief stop for snacks can be made. From Camana onwards to Nazca is a spectacular drive on the ocean side and amidst the Peruvian desserts, one drives by many valleys and towns, until reaching Puerto Inka, Here a brief stop is recommended, where you can eat typical Peruvian seafood, whilst at the same time visiting the archaeological remains of what was once a pre-inka and later a Inka fishing town. From here the inka received through the Chasqui service fresh fish from the coast. Continuing our journey to Nazca another brief stop, which we recommend is Sacaco, here you can observe whale fossils dating back to a couple of millions of years. There is at site a small museum with bathrooms available newly built. From here on final destination Nazca. Arrival in Nazca and check inn.
Overnight. (B)

Day 14 Nazca - Ica (Nazca - Ica Total 149 kms)

Wake up early. Flight over the Nazca Lines, return to the hotel for breakfast buffet. After breakfast off-road drive on non-asphalted road to visit the archaeological complex of Cahua- chi, once to have been a thriving city from where it is said that the Nazca Lines were born. Cahuachi is also known as the largest sand city in the American continent and probably in the world, surpassing those in Northern Peru known as Chan Chan. Cahuachi is located in the middle of the dessert beside a valley 28 kms from the city of Nazca. After visiting Cahuachi we continue our drive for 2 hrs aprox reaching the city of Ica. Check in and overnight. (B)

Optional: Full Day San Fernando (For this adventure 4x4 excursion it is required that you stay one additional night in Nazca or Ica.)
In this excursion we will drive through sand dunes reaching nearly 1000 m.a.s.l overlooking the bay of San Fernando. San Fernando bay is located nearly 70 kms from Nazca city, and it is in this peculiar place you may observe the Condor, Humboldt Penguins, Sea Lions, Guanacos, Dessert Foxes and other typical dessert fauna. A box lunch or a BBQ is possible this under specific request of the client.

Day 15 Ica – Paracas – Lima (Ica – Paracas – Lima Total 303 kms)

Breakfast. In this excursion we suggest that instead of eating breakfast that you take with you a Box Lunch. Early in the morning departure to Paracas, boat excursion to the Ballestas Island, here you will be able to observe: Sea Lions, Penguins, and different bird species, Dolphins etc. After the visit we continue in the 4x4 by visiting the Natural Reserve. After concluding this tour we continue our journey to Lima. Arrival and check in at the hotel.
Overnight. (B)

Day 16 Lima - ...

Breakfast at the hotel.
At fixed time transfer to the Airport to board your international flight.

Include

Include:

  • 15 nights of Lodging in the selected hotels.
  • Breakfast in all the destinations.
  • Transfer in/out Lima.
  • All entrances in Cusco.
  • Excursion to Machu Picchu in Vistadome train – Service in Group.
  • Excursion to the Uros and Taquile Island – Service in Group.
  • Flight over the Nazca Lines – Service in Group.
  • Excursion to the Ballestas Island – Service in Group.
  • 4x4 units from the 2nd till the 15th.
  • Petrol on the whole route.
  • Professional Driver on the whole route.
  • Road Taxes on the whole route.
  • Oxygen Tank.
  • GPS.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Unlimited Kms.
  • Leather seats.
  • Tablet and height sickness medical kit.

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