Crossing Peru

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This “Crossing Peru” multisport adventure combines the best of Peru with active adventure: Paracas National Reserve, Nazca Lines. Colca River Canyon. Lake Titicaca. Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Crossing Peru

This “Crossing Peru” multisport adventure combines the best of Peru with active adventure: Paracas National Reserve, Nazca Lines. Colca River Canyon. Lake Titicaca. Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Active and fun, this adventure vacation is relaxing and engaging – but not strenuous. A perfect family adventure vacation and a facinating and unforgettable tour of Peru for others.

Day 1
Our privated transport will pick you up from the Lima. Peru airport to a hotel in Miraflores, Lima.

Day 2
In the morning we will begin our journey around the southern coast of Peru. We will eat lunch in Pisco and we will continue to Paracas to visit the Paracas National Reserve, one of the most important marine reserves in the world. This reserve is home to millions of sea-birds such as flamingos, pelicans and Humboldt Penguins.As well as wildlife, the reserve is also home to a museum of the Paracas culture (c.700 BC) which features examples of this culture’s textiles and funerary bundles. We will spend the night at the Hotel Paracas.

Total distance: 240Km. Or 150 miles
Estimated driving time: 2 1/2hours

Day 3
In the morning we will take a tour around the Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas Islands are sometimes described as Peru’s answer to the Galapagos Islands. The islands have been eroded to form countless natural caves and arches. There are colonies of thousands of seabirds such as pelicans and penguins and you will also see hundreds of sealions and often schools of dolphins. After visit this islands we will eat lunch at Huacachina, better known as the Oasis of America. In the afternoon we will drive to Nazca where we will spend the night.

Total distance: 210 Km.or 130 miles.
Estimated driving time: 2 1/2

Day 4
Early in the morning we will take a flight over the famous Nazca Lines, one of the most baffling enigmas of archaeology. Enormous figures in the shapes of animals, vegetables and geometrical figures; these figures were created by the ancient Nazca culture more than 1500 years ago. We continue to Puerto Inka, an important archaeological site constructed by the Incas on the shore of the ocean, to eat lunch. After lunch, we will continue to Arequipa, the “white city”.

Total distance: 640 km, or 395 miles.
Estimated driving time: 7 to 8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 7550 feet

Day 5
Today in the morning we will have the option to do rafting in the Chili River (15 minutes from Arequipa). Then we will come back to the city to eat lunch and to have a city tour in Arequipa. We will visit the Convento de Santa Catalina and La Momia Juanita.

Day 6
In the morning we will make our way to the beautiful Colca River Canyon. On the way we will see beautiful lagoons formed by rock erosion and the presence of many uncultivated species of flora and fauna, one of which is the Andean condor. The canyon walls are covered with a spectacular system of agricultural terracing, a technique that helped sustain the farmers living in this zone during ancient times. In the afternoon we will visit Chivay’s Marketwhere we will find typical artisan crafts from this region. In the afternoon we will enjoy the hot springs; finally, we will spend the night in a beautiful lodge overlooking the Colca River Canyon’s rim.

Total distance: 148 Km, or 100 miles
Estimated driving time: 3 hours.
Maximum altitude point: 15,926 feet
Hotel altitude: 12,140 feet

Day 7
We will take a tour of the Colca River’s valley, traveling through a number of towns, visiting their ancient constructions and churches, and admiring their traditional clothing and customs. We will arrive at the Cruz del Cóndor, a look out point that is 3.938 feets above the river, and is a natural observatory where you are able to appreciate the profound depth of the Colca Canyon and the impressive flight of the Andean condor. We will return to Chivay for our last night here.

Total distance: 30 km, or 19 miles
Estimated driving time: 30 minutes
Maximum altitude point: 12.445 feet
Hotel altitude: 12,040 feet

Day 8
We will leave the Colca Valley on our way to the community of Llachon, in front of the Titicaca Lake in Puno, Peru. On the way we will visit Sillustani. These are chullpas, or funerary towers, and the earliest at the site date from the Colla civilisation around 600AD, although many of the towers are from the Inca period. There are over 60 towers at Sillustani, and the style of the chullpa varies according to the person who was being buried. We will take advantage of the beautiful scenery to eat lunch. We will spend the night in this community ( Llachon), sleeping in a rural hotel, where the owners, a family native to Llachón, will great us and prepare us an exquisite and healthy dinner.

Total distance: 250 Km, or 156 miles
Estimated driving time: 5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 14.435 feet
Hotel altitude: 12.405 feet

Day 9
After eating breakfast, a small boat will be waiting for us on the beach in front of the hotel with our luggage and the sea kayaks. Within one hour the boat will take us to Taquile Island. Today, the people conserve their customs, dress, language and a unique political and social organization. The islanders are also excellent weavers, in 2005, their art, which preserves techniques and pre-hispanic designs was recognized by UNESCO as a master art of humankind’s heritage along with 42 other cultural manifestations of the world.

When we arrive at the island’s first port we will begin our sea kayaking adventure as we paddle along the western edge of the island. We will paddle for an hour and a half until we arrive at Kullate, a beach with white sand on the banks of Lake Titicaca with a view of the Real Boliviana Mountain Range. On this beautiful beach, Hector Huatta, our local guide, will be waiting for us. He will take us to his house where his family will have prepared a delicious lunch for us. Taquile Island is interconnected by a series of pre-Incan trails. Hector will take us along these trails as we get to know the island, showing us pre-Incan ruins, showing us the native plants of the region and their uses, as well as explaining to us their way of life, their unique customs and culture that the inhabitants of Taquile have. Upon our return to the Kullata camping site, a beautiful dinner will be waiting for us and our tents will be set up and ready for the night.

Total distance: 18 Km.
Estimated navigating time: 1 hour ( 11 Km. 0r 6.9 miles)
Estimated paddling time: 1 ½ hour ( 7 Km, or 435 miles)
Maximum altitude point: 12,400 feet
Camp altitude: 12,400 feet

Day 10
After a delicious breakfast, we will paddle again by sea kayak around the east side of the island until we arrive at the same place where we began kayaking the day before. Here we will load the sea kayaks into the small boat and return to Llachón to eat lunch. Then, continuing in the same direction we will continue sailing for another hour until we arrive at the Uros floating islands. Here is an example of the homes and rafts that they use to navigate the lake are made of Totora, a reed, and the same material that they use to create the islands. After visiting them, the boat will leave us in Puno´s harbor where our private transportation will be waiting to take us to a hotel where we will spend the night. We will eat dinner in one of Puno´s excellent restaurants.

Total distance: 40 Km, or 25 miles
Estimated paddling time: 1 ½ hours.( 6.3 Km, or 3.9 miles)
Estimated navigating time:4 hours
Maximum altitude point: 12,400 feet
Hotel altitude: 12,400 feet

Day 11
In the morning we will drive from Puno to Cusco. Peru. In the way we will stop in Lampa. Lampa is known at the Pink City as many of its houses are painted a light ochre colour. The main attraction in Lampa, the Templo de La Piedad, with a replay of Michelangelo’s statue of La Pietá in Rome. The church also has some good Cusqueña school painting, and the catacombs can be visited. The church was completed in 1650. Then we will stop lunch and we will continue to Cusco city. We will arrive in the afternoon.

Total distance: 387 Km, or 240 miles
Estimated driving time: 5 hours
Maximum altitude point: 14,200 feet
Hotel altitude: 10,900 feet.

Day 12
In the morning we will do a city tour in Cusco. We will visit the ruins of Saccayhuaman. In the afternoon you will have free time. We will spend the night In a hotel in Cusco.

Total distance: 2 Km, or 1.2 miles
Estimated driving time: 15 minutes.
Maximum altitude point: 11,500 feet.
Hotel altitude: 7,546 feet

Day 13
In the morning we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Our first stop will be in Pisac, here we can visit the famous market place and enjoy a traditional lunch. After that we will continue to Ollantaytambo ruins. We will spend the night in a hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Total distance: 110 km, or 62 miles
Estimated driving time: 2 hours
Maximum altitude point: 10,900 feet.
Hotel altitude: 9,200 feet

Day 14
Today we will make our way to Machu Picchu! After breakfast we will go to the Ollantaytambo train station and from there we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, and then we have to take a bus to the ruins. We will have a guided tour of the city and then free time to explore the ruins or hike up to Huayna Picchu from which there is a spectacular view of Machu Picchu, the Machu Picchu valley, and the surrounding mountains. Finally we will eat lunch in Aguas Calientes and return via train to Cusco.

Total distance: 66 Km, or 41 miles
Estimated driving time from Huarán to Ollantaytambo: 25 minutes.
Estimated time by train: 1 ½ hours

Day 15
The time to return home has arrived. We will take a flight back to Lima. Or we can fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado.

Departure Dates:

Start Dates Available April – November with groups of 4 or more people.

Trip Length: 15 Days
Deposit: $600.

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