Our 10-day Nazca Lines & Machu Picchu tour package includes visits to Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas … as well as the huge, mystical Nazca Lines in the desert.
Day 1 – Lima
After your arrival at Lima airport, we will transfer you to your chosen hotel in the Miraflores area of the city.
For some you might be staying at the Casa Andina Classic, Faraona, Allpa Hotel or similar. For luxury travelers it could be the five-star Miraflores Park Hotel, the superb Casa Andina Private Collection or the Doubletree Pardo Hotel (subject to space of course).
Enjoy the rest of the day as free time to wander the parks, browse the shops, and enjoy the world-renowned Peruvian food.
Day 2 – Lima City Tour
Today you will be collected from your hotel for a full or half-day tour of Colonial and modern Lima. Visits include Lima Cathedral and the Church & Convent of San Francisco – with its atmospheric catacombs – among other places of interest.
After lunch, which we can arrange for you if you wish, you could visit a museum, such as the excellent Larco Herrera, the Gold Museum or the National Museum.
In the early evening, you could continue with a visit to the spectacular Fountain Park in the center of Lima.
There is so much to see and do in Peru’s chaotic, historic metropolis and we can custom-design everything to your wishes.
After a full day’s sightseeing, we recommend recovering at a dinner / show, where you will hear traditional music and see dances from all over Peru. For a full list of dining options, visit our Peru Restaurant Guide
Day 3 – Nazca Lines
In the morning, you will either have a private transfer for the four-hour journey to Ica, or a first-class public bus trip (depending on the type of tour you choose), to enjoy an overflight of the amazing Nazca Lines in a light aircraft.
NB. We fly people from Ica airport, rather than taking them by road all the way to Nazca, as it is quite a long journey.
Depending upon the timing of the flight, you have options also to visit the Huacachina Oasis for sand buggy rides and sand-boarding, do some horse riding, visit the Ica museum or enjoy a Pisco or winery visit.
At the end of another full day, you should be worn out. So it is back to your hotel – often the resort of Las Dunas – to rest.
Day 4 – Paracas & Ballestas Islands
After an early breakfast, we will take you to visit the Ballestas Islands from nearby Paracas. Commonly referred to as the “Little Galapagos”, here you will see an amazing concentration of sea birds and sea lions in their natural habitat.
Returning to the mainland you will have a trip to the Paracas National Reserve, the only protected coastal reserve in Peru. The trip includes a visit to a museum showing the natural history of the Paracas Reserve, in addition to the pre-Inca Paracas culture.
The return journey to Lima will take about three to four hours (depending on whether by private transfer or VIP public bus).
Overnight in Lima to check out the great nightlife in Miraflores.
Day 5 – Lima to Cusco – Cusco City Tour
This morning, you will be transferred to Lima airport for your short flight (1 hour) to Cusco.
Upon arrival in Cusco we will meet you and transfer you to your chosen hotel.
For some travelers this could be the Casa San Blas, Midori, Casa Andina or similar hotels; and for luxury travelers the fabulous Monasterio Hotel, Aranwa, or the Casa Cartagena Hotel … all subject to space, of course.
Later in the day, you will enjoy a Cusco City Tour visiting the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman plus three other smaller Inca ruins close to Cusco; Cusco Cathedral in the main square; and the most important temple of the Inca Empire, Coricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun.
Cusco is lovely city to wander around and you should take time to do this, when not being guided.
Day 6 – The Sacred Valley of the Incas
After pick-up from your hotel today, you will enjoy a full-day Sacred Valley tour. We visit the Inca ruins of Pisac (if on a private tour), the market at Pisac (on all tours) – a great place to buy souvenirs – and then drive through the Valley to the lovely Inca site and village at Ollantaytambo.
You will have an English-speaking guide all day and a great buffet lunch included in the sunny valley.
You will then spend the night down in the Sacred Valley to take advantage of a change of scene, more oxygen (as you are 800 meters lower than Cusco), and a shorter journey tomorrow on the train to Machu Picchu.
We recommend the Casa Andina Private Collection, the Aranwa and the Sol y Luna as our favorite three higher-end hotels; but there are many more that we use, in all price ranges, such as El Albergue or El Sauce.
Day 7 – Machu Picchu Tour
Today, you may have an early start to catch your chosen train to Machu Picchu. This will be one of the services described in the link below. The advantage you have is that you have stayed in the valley overnight and therefore do not have to get up as early as you would in Cusco to catch the train.
A transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the station. Or if you are staying in one of the hotels really close to, or in the station itself, you can walk there.
After being met in Aguas Calientes by your guide, you could drop off your overnight bags at your hotel, before taking the bus transfer to the ruins.
You then enjoy a Machu Picchu tour with a local, English-speaking guide.
Take the rest of the day as free time to enjoy this incredible site.
In the late afternoon, you will return to your chosen hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town that nestles in the valley below Machu Picchu.
Note: The option exists to return to Cusco the same day, but if you have the time, it is well worth staying over to see this incredible place the next day.
For mid-range travelers, we recommend the Inti Inn, Presidente Hotel or similar. For luxury travelers, we highly recommend the Pueblo or Sumaq Hotel, both down in the village of Aguas Calientes. If you prefer to stay right at the gate of Machu Picchu, and your budget will stand it, you could choose the Sanctuary Lodge, as its location cannot be beaten.
Day 8 – 2nd Machu Picchu tour
Today you will be able to re-visit Machu Picchu and enjoy this fabulous site at your leisure.
You may choose to climb Huayna Picchu, the peak that overlooks Machu Picchu (400 people per day and by prior appointment only), which affords fantastic views and photo opportunities.
In the late afternoon, you will board the train for your trip back to Cusco.
You will leave the train at Poroy (or maybe Ollataytambo), the last station before Cusco, for a faster and more convenient transfer by road back to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 9 – Cuzco
A free day to enjoy Cusco at your leisure.
Your vacation package with us includes the “Cusco Tourist Ticket” which gives you access to many museums, art galleries and Inca sites in and around Cusco. If you wish, we can arrange additional activities for you on this day. Please ask us for more details and options.
NB. If you prefer to drop this day from the schedule, owing to lack of time, no problem!
Day 10 – Fly Home or onward
We will transfer you to Cusco airport for your one-hour flight back to Lima.
If you are staying over in Lima again, then please speak to us about arranging accommodation … and anything else you might need in and around Lima.