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- A guided tour of important places
- Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
- First Entrance fees
- Observation and participation in allowed activities
- Porterage for a maximum of two bags per person
- Professionally guided tour
- Excess baggage charge
- Personal expenses
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tips to guide and driver
Nexus of the Arts
The Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim are just the beginning of a dizzying list of art-world icons. You’ll find museums devoted to everything from fin de siècle Vienna to immigrant life in the Lower East Side, and sprawling galleries filled with Japanese sculpture, postmodern American painting, Himalayan textiles and New York City lore. For a glimpse of current and future greats, delve into the cutting-edge galleries of Chelsea and the Lower East Side, with their myriad exhibition spaces and festive opening-night parties (usually Thursday night if you want to join in).
With its compact size and streets packed with eye candy of all sorts – architectural treasures, Old World cafes, atmospheric booksellers – NYC is a wanderer’s delight. Crossing continents is as easy as walking a few avenues in this jumbled city of 200-plus nationalities. You can lose yourself in the crowds of Chinatown amid bright Buddhist temples and steaming noodle shops, then stroll up to Nolita for enticing boutiques and coffee-tasting. Every neighborhood offers a dramatically different version of the city, from the 100-year-old Jewish delis of the Upper West Side to the meandering cobblestone lanes of Greenwich Village. And the best way to experience it is to walk its streets.
The Night Is Young
When the sun sinks slowly beyond the Hudson and luminous skyscrapers light up the night, New York transforms into one grand stage. Well-known actors take to the legendary theaters of Broadway and world-class soloists, dancers and musicians perform at venues large and small across town. Whether high culture or low, New York embraces it all: in-your-face rock shows at Williamsburg dives, lavish opera productions at the Lincoln Center, and everything in between. This is a city of experimental theater, improv comedy, indie cinema, ballet, poetry, burlesque, jazz and so much more. If you can dream it up, it’s probably happening.
There’s never been a better time to dine in New York. It’s a hotbed of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine – with restaurants growing vegetables on roof gardens or upstate farms, sourcing meats and seafood from nearby sustainable outfits, and embracing artisanal everything, from coffee roasting and whiskey distilling to chocolate- and cheese-making. Bars have also taken creativity to new heights, with pre-Prohibition-era cocktails served alongside delectable small plates – indeed, gastropubs are some of the most creative places to eat these days. Of course, you can also hit a gourmet food truck or dine at one of the 20,000-plus sit-down restaurants.
Forget Times Square and the Statue of Liberty – if you want to see the real New York, you need to head to Brooklyn. These days, the name is shorthand for ‘artsy cool’ the world over, but there’s far more here than hipster stereotypes. This sprawling borough (more than three times the size of Manhattan) is actually home to some of NYC’s most interesting, historic and culturally diverse neighborhoods, with singularly fantastic dining, drinking, shopping and entertainment options – not to mention some of the best river views in the five boroughs.
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Upon arrival in Lima, welcome reception, and private transfer to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Lima.
This exclusive tour takes you through Lima’s Historic Center, where you can admire and learn about the numerous architectural relics that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin in the magnificent Santo Domingo Convent, which was built during Lima’s foundation, and originally housed the San Marcos University – the oldest university in the Americas. Stepping into the convent is like stepping into the past. The oldest chairs in the country sit in the chorus area, while the library – with its 25,000 books from the Dominicans, some of which were printed in the XV Century – is of incredible historic value. The Santo Domingo Convent was transited by all the major Saints of Lima, and currently houses the remains of San Martín de Porres, San Juan Masías y Santa Rosa de Lima. From here, cross through Lima’s Main Plaza – which contains the Government and Municipal Palaces – as you make your way towards the Lima Cathedral. The Cathedral is containing numerous religious art gems and is considered an integral part of Lima’s history. The paintings housed within it take us on a visual tour through moments of Lima’s past. Then, make your way to the Larco Museum, located 30 minutes from Lima’s city center. The museum, named one of the Worlds 25 Best Museums by Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards, has many different displays that offer visitors a journey through the beauty and history of Peru’s ancient cultures. Meanwhile, the warehouse contains an impressive number of ceramic pieces that depict faces, objects, fruits, birds, and many other aspects of day-to-day life in ancient Peru. Total tour duration is up to 5 hours. Return to the hotel.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight stay in Lima.
Lima - Paracas
At the arranged time, private transfer to the bus station.
At 07:15 we will take regular bus to Paracas (up to 3,5 hours; does not include an assistance on board).
Upon arrival (approximately at 10:30), reception, and transfer to the hotel.
Today we will go to the National Reserve of Paracas to visit the Center of Interpretation of the Reserve in which work is carried out research and conservation of marine species of the area. We will visit the natural rock formation known as “The Cathedral”, then we will tour the Yumaque and Red beaches; and finally, we will visit the Obelisk of Independence. Total tour duration is up to 2,5 hours. Return to the hotel.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight stay in Paracas.
Paracas / Nasca
In the morning, transfer to the peer, where we will embark on a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. The “Chandelier” a giant figure marked in the sand in the style of the Nasca lines can also be seen on our way to the islands. On the islands you will be able to observe sea lions, pelicans, Humboldt penguins and other sea birds. Total tour duration is up to 2 hours.
After the tour transfer to the bus station to take regular bus to Nasca at 11:25 (up to 3,5 hours; does not include an assistance on board).
Upon arrival (approximately at 15:40), reception, and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight stay in Nasca.
Nasca - Arequipa
At the arranged time, transfer to the airfield (Spanish-speaking driver only). We will fly over the enigmatic Nasca Lines and will be able to distinguish more than 10 of their geoglyphs from the air (doesn´t include an accompanying guide and airport tax, +/- $20 p.p). The first figure that we will make out will be the Whale, a great marine deity. Then, we will see the impressive Trapezoids, which measure approximately 2 miles long, and so we will continue to find various figures of animals and plants on the Peruvian desert. Without a doubt, an unforgettable experience from the sky. Total flight duration is up to 30 minutes. Return to the hotel.
Afternoon at leisure.
Optional: Chauchilla cemetery visit – US$ 30 per person.
We will begin our excursion by heading for the Chauchilla cemetery, located about 30 km from Nasca City. This is the only cemetery in Peru where you are allowed to appreciate the mummies in their original tombs. Thanks to the arid desert climate of Nasca where the cemetery is located, their preservation has been possible. After exploring the place, we will return to our hotel. Approximate duration of tour is up to 3 hours.
At the arranged time, transfer to the bus station to take regular bus to Arequipa (up to 11 hours; does not include an assistance on board).
Overnight on board.
Upon arrival, reception, and private transfer to the hotel.
Note: check in at 14:00.
In the afternoon, the White City opens up its doors in a tour that begins in the beautiful colonial quarter of San Lázaro, where Arequipa was founded; from here we will walk along the picturesque streets adorned with geraniums, and then we will head for the Carmen Alto viewpoint from where we will be able to admire the beautiful landscape of farming terraces and the three guardian volcanoes that surround the city: Misti, Chachani and Picchu-Picchu. We will then continue to the colonial district of Yanahuara, famous for its church built in Andalusia style, and its viewpoint with is gorgeous architecture surrounded by sillar stone arches. We will then visit the Monastery of Saint Catherine, an impressive religious monument that had been closed to the public for nearly 400 years; its narrow streets, plazas and gardens reminds us of the ancient districts of Seville or Granada. Finally, we will head for the Main Square, where we will be able to see the Cathedral and the arches that surround the plaza, and then visit the Church of the Company of Jesus founded in the 17th century by the Jesuits, and which stands out for its cloisters and the famous Saint Ignacio Dome. Total tour duration is up to 3 hours. Return to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Arequipa.
Arequipa / Colca Canyon
Today we will go to the fascinating Colca Valley. On the way we will have a spectacular panoramic view of the Chachani, Misti and Picchu Picchu volcanoes. Then we cross the area of Pampa Cañahuas where we will see vicuñas crossing the high Andean lands freely. Peculiar villages around us. We will stop for lunch on our way to the hotel. Free afternoon to rest and enjoy the hotel. Overnight stay at Colca Valley.
Colca Canyon - Puno
Early in the morning we will go to the Condor Cross viewpoint. Before us the shocking flight of the condors, huge Andean birds on the brink of extinction and symbol of the Andes Mountain Range. The view at this place allows us to appreciate the canyons depth, considered as one of the deepest in the world. We will then visit the Maca and Yanque towns which keep the colonial churches. Lunch at a local restaurant and set off for Puno.
A full day tour to explore Lake Titicaca. First, we will visit the Uros, the friendly inhabitants of these handmade islands made of totora reeds. Then it’s off to Taquile Island, a place in which the settlers still maintain their ancestral traditions and colorful typical clothes. A great opportunity to explore the island and get the best view of the lake. A typical lunch is provided in the island. Return to the city in the afternoon.
Overnight stay at Puno.
Puno - Cusco
At the arranged time, private transfer to bus station and departure on a tour bus to Cusco (shared service). On the way we’ll stop to visit the attractions this beautiful route has to offer. Our first stop: the in site Pucara Museum and a chance to get one of the local classic bull shaped ceramics. Then it’s the opportunity to see the view at La Raya, natural border between Puno and Cusco. After lunch, we will continue our trip to Racchi, Temple of the Wiracocha God where the walls and narrow streets stand out. Before our destination, we will stop at Andahuaylillas for a visit to its beautiful chapel. We will arrive in Cusco at the end of the afternoon. Private transfer to the hotel.
Overnight stay at Cusco.
Morning at leisure.
At the arranged time, we will climb up the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, and start our excursion visiting the fortress with the same name, a beautiful place that radiates peace and quiet, where we will be able to admire the huge rocks measuring up to 4 meters high that were used in its construction. We will then head for Q'enqo, and ancient temple of the Puma, where we will be able to appreciate an altar for sacrifices in the inner part of a huge rock, and then Tambomachay, sacred fountains of life and health. On the way we will have a panoramic view from Puca Pucara, a watchtower that controlled the entrance to the city. After that we will visit the Temple of the Sun “The Korikancha”, on top of which the Saint Dominique Convent was built. A legend tells that his temple was entirely lined in gold sheets that marveled the Conquistadors upon their arrival. Finally, we will go to the Main Square and will visit the Cathedral that reassures invaluable colonial paintings and other works of art such as the Cross that arrived with the first conquerors. Total tour duration is up to 3,5 hours. Return to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Cusco.
Cusco / Sacred Valley / Machu PicchuPueblo
Let’s visit the most outstanding sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be in the town of Chinchero, the most typical and picturesque of the Sacred Valley where we will appreciate its Inca archaeological complex and its beautiful colonial Church. Chinchero is also famous for its women weavers, who may teach us the ancient Inca techniques for dyeing and spinning with Alpaca wool. We will continue to Moray, beautiful and curious Inca archaeological complex composed of colossal concentric terraces simulating a large amphitheater. In Incas times, it served as an agricultural laboratory where diverse microclimates were recreated. Lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. Finally, we end our tour visiting the fabulous archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo important for the Incas as a military, religious and agricultural center. We will visit the Temple of the ten windows, the bathrooms of the ñusta, the Temple of the Sun among other places of interest. The postcards from the heights of Ollantaytambo will close this magical day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Finally, we will board The Voyager train at the train station to go to the town of Aguas Calientes (does not include an assistance on board).
Upon arrival, welcome reception and walking to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Machu Picchu Pueblo
In the morning, meet the guide and walking to bus station where we will board one of the shuttle buses to travel up a winding road with breathtaking views to the remnants of the Sacred Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided visit of this incredible archeological site. We will tour the terraces, corridors, temples, the solar clock or Intihuatana, and other sacred places of this citadel. In the afternoon, descend to the town of Machu Picchu to enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant and catch the return train (does not include an assistance on board).
Arrival at Ollanta station and private transfer to the hotel in Cusco (does not include an assistance on board).
Overnight stay in Cusco.
Day at leisure.
Overnight stay in Cusco.
Not included in this package and optional for this day: Rainbow Mountain or Humantay Lake trek.
Cusco - Lima
At the arranged time, private transfer to the airport to board the flight to Lima.
Upon arrival, connection to the international flight.
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