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Andes & Amazon between Lima and Cuzco

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  • Lima
  • Paracas
  • Nazca
  • Arequipa
  • Raqchi
  • Cuzco
  • Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu
  • Puerto Inca
  • Huacachina
  • Ballestas Islands
  • Chivay
  • Sacred Valley

If you want to see the best of Peru in a short timeframe, this itinerary takes in all the highlights between Lima and Cuzco, including the Ballestas Islands, the Huacachina Desert, the Nazca Lines, the Colca Canyon, Arequipa and of course Cuzco itself and the Inca Trails to the ruins of Machu Picchu.Central to this trip is the week-long Wild Andes Trail through the Urubamba Valley culminating in a visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.As well as staying with our Quechuan Indian hosts to learn about their culture, you'll be trekking an ancient route which is unique to Dragoman.Another cultural highlight is staying in a typical Peruvian homestay in Raqchi where you'll sample local dishes and be treated to a ceremonial singing and dancing display.This is a truly special itinerary to see the very best of Peru.

  • Day 1 Lima

    Border information: if joining in Lima, you will most likely enter Peru at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (IATA code: LIM). There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lima before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lima. In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

    Visit the Gold Museum & Catacombs of Lima - Cost: PEN 33
    Visit the beautiful Baroque cathedral of San Francisco in Lima's historical centre, and explore the morbidly fascinating catacombs underneath - Cost: PEN 7
    Visit the excellent Museum of the Nation in Lima, which has numerous exhibits highlighting many of the pre-conquest civilisations and an outstanding photo exhibit on Peru's Internal Conflict of the 1980s and 1990s - Cost: PEN 9
    Explore the bohemian areas of Barranco and Miraflores on a cycling tour of Lima - Cost: USD 35
    See the incredible 'Magic Water Circuit' in Lima's Parque de la Reserva, an astounding evening display of water, music, light, images, and laser effects across 13 huge water fountains - Cost: PEN 4
    Explore the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima, containing the largest private collection of pre-Colombian art in the world - Cost: PEN 30
    Take a cebiche and pisco sour class at one of the top restaurants in Miraflores, a lively district of Lima - Cost: USD 40

  • Day 2 Huacachina

    Today we will have a very early start to leave Lima before the rush hour, and drive 270kms south to Paracas. There we will board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds. After lunch, we will continue south to arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying and the further option to camp out under the stars in the deserts. For those that do not wish to participate in the optional camping in the desert, in Huacachina we will stay in dorm accommodation in the village itself. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

    Boat trip to see the seals & seabirds on the Ballestas Isles

    Head out for an exhilarating dune buggy ride and sandboarding trip into the sand dunes of Huacachina, followed by a camp out around the fire and under the stars in the beautiful deserts - Cost: USD 60

  • Day 3 Nazca

    Today we continue south to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the drive, we will stop at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of these lines. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day. In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record. In Nazca we will camp at a well-equipped campsite. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

    Visit to the Nazca Lines and Chauchilla Cemetery - Cost: PEN 3
    Fly over the Nazca lines - Cost: USD 130

  • Day 4 Puerto Inca

    This morning we head south of Nazca, and have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation. In the afternoon we will continue our drive to the coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equipped campsite on the beach. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

    Visit the incredible ancient Nazca sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the nearby Cahuachi Pyramid

  • Day 5 Arequipa

    Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa. In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

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Overland expedition vehicle and local minibus