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Peru: people, culture and adventure
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After a long overland flight you will reach Lima, the capital of Peru. I'll be waiting for you at the airport and we'll drive to the hotel together. Depending on whether the plane lands in Lima during the day or late in the evening, we stroll a little through the quiet coastal district of Miraflores and end the day with dinner or fall tired to bed after the strenuous transatlantic flight. Overnight in Lima.
In the early morning we drive to the airport. The national scheduled flight takes us over the Andes to Cuzco at 3,400m. My recommendation after arrival: Take it easy and get used to the altitude. A late, light breakfast in the hotel with a view of the city or a short walk will help acclimatize. A first day in the former capital of the Inca Empire that leaves you wanting more! Overnight in Cusco.
Today's program for the day is varied. We leave Cuzco towards Valle Sagrado de los Inkas, where our first stop is in Chinchero. It is a traditional Andean village with terraces and ruins as well as a small but impressive colonial church. Afterwards we get to know the Inca salt pans in Maras and the agricultural research center, the huge funnels of Moray. We will have dinner in a children's home in Urubamba. Overnight in Cusco.
Again we leave Cuzco and again we go to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. At dawn we drive to the terraces of Pisac to be there before the tourists. A short hike brings us first to the upper part of the facility, where we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place at such an early hour. After a hike into the valley, there is time for the largest handicraft market in Peru. In the afternoon we visit Awana Kancha, a small zoo where we get to know the differences between llama and alpaca. Overnight in Cusco.
And once again it goes to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. This time to the other end to visit the fortress Ollantaytambo. One of the last Inca retreats from the Spanish. Good endurance is required to climb the steep steps. We are rewarded with a fantastic view over the village and the valley. Overnight in Cusco.
For now we leave Cuzco and take the bus past snow-capped mountain peaks, over high mountain passes down towards the rainforest. Our goal is a Power station on the Urubamba River. From there we walk about 3 hours with light luggage through the rainforest, always along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes, the starting point for our day at Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. The second day is all about the mysterious cloud city Machu Picchu. We leave Aguas Calientes early and take the first bus to the ruins. This is the only way we can enjoy the play of light and shadow at the beginning of the day in absolute peace. Maybe a flock of green, small parrots flies over us or a llama grazes next to us. We have the whole day to conquer the wonder of the world for ourselves! Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
In the morning we take the Andes Railway from Aguas Calientes back to the train station in Ollantaytambo. We leave the Sacred Valley of the Inca and drive back to Cuzco. For the We will stay overnight in a children's home. The next day is free. A hopefully unforgettable day awaits us today in the old Inca capital. You are free to design the morning according to your wishes and mood. A large number of museums invite you to explore and learn, massages relieve tension, coffee from organic cultivation from the primeval forests of the region is best drunk with a view of the Plaza de Armas and there are shops for every budget! We'll meet again for a small lunch. Then we visit the impressive ruins of Qenqo and Sacsayhuaman outside of Cuzco and hike back into the city. The atmosphere in the afternoon is relaxed and when the sun goes down, the San Blas neighborhood becomes romantic. We will spend the night again in the children's home.
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Today we drive about 8 hours from Cuzco by bus over the Altiplano to Puno. The highest pass to be overcome is called La Raya and is at 4,300m. We reach Puno in the late afternoon and already catch a first glimpse of the impressive one Lake Titicaca. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Puno. We drive to the harbor, where the boat is already waiting for us. The island of Amantani is that Today's destination, on the way we have the opportunity to visit the floating islands of the Uros descendants. In the afternoon we will then climb the top of the island of Amantaní to enjoy the view and the unique sunset. A campfire rounds off the day! We sleep with a local family on the island. We spend the morning on the island. In the morning we visit a penniless small school and here is a good opportunity to donate pens, exercise books and other school supplies! You probably bought fruit on the mainland to bring the children some vitamins. Maybe you fancy a volleyball match against the school children? After lunch we will return to the mainland by boat. After arriving in Puno, we are probably looking forward to a warm shower. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Puno.
Today we go by minibus from Puno to Chivay. The village is at the entrance to the Colca Canyon, famous for its spectacular scenery. On the way we cross nature reserves where we drive past beautiful mountain lakes and admire llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and flamingos. With a little luck we will also see the shy Vizcachas. We cross the highest point of the trip at 4,910m, here the snow-covered peaks of the volcanoes can be photographed in good weather! Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Chivay or Yanque.
Early departure to admire the canyon from above without tourists in the morning. Afterwards we drive to the viewpoint "Cruz del Condor", where we can hopefully see many condors. Before we make our way to Arequipa, we stop twice at photographically interesting places. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Arequipa. After sleeping in, we get to know the beautiful colonial city. At the Tomorrow we will pay a visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery. It is an integral part of Arequipa's history and transports every visitor to a time when “God and the kingdom of heaven” still meant honor and duty. After a lunch snack you have the opportunity to conquer Arequipa on your own, relax and read in the hotel garden, visit the museum of the mummy Juanita or go rafting on the Rio Chilli undertake. There are many alternatives and we choose the ideal leisure time activities for us! Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Arequipa.
The morning is free in Arequipa. We can visit the alpaca weaving center or see the mummy of Juanita. Around noon we will be taken to the bus station. Today we cover the longest driving distance of the trip. For a little more than 9 hours the Panamericana will be ours and we will cover large parts of the Pacific. The environment changes. We drive into the foothills of one of the driest deserts in the world, the Atacama. Only where water rises from the mountains are there fertile river valleys with tropical fruits and even rice cultivation! We reach our destination Nazca shortly before midnight. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Nazca.
If you want, you can get on a small plane today and fly over the famous desert drawings of Nazca. Spider, monkey, hummingbird, whale and others can only be seen from above. These lines are one of the great riddles of mankind! Then the journey goes north, we stop at the observation tower and other drawings in Palpa. Our goal is a hotel in the Huacachina oasis in the middle of many sand dunes. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Ica / Huacachina. After breakfast we will set out to enjoy the alcoholic delicacies of the Get to know the region. We visit one or the other bodega, learn how the famous Pisco schnapps is distilled and try a few drops. Back at the hotel we enjoy the afternoon. Lying by the pool, strolling in the oasis, enjoying your experiences, driving the beach buggy, sandboarding, climbing or resting on the approximately 140m high sand dunes. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Ica / Huacachina.
After an early breakfast we drive to Paracas today. There we join a group and explore the Paracas National Park. Be sure to pack your swimming trunks if you want to go swimming in the Pacific. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Paracas / Pisco. We drive to the port this morning to take the 8 o'clock speedboat to the Islas Ballestas on the sea. Here we see countless sea birds such as pelicans and cormorants, some Penguins, sea lions and maybe even dolphins. At noon we take the bus further north along the Panamericana and return to Lima. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Lima.
Full program in the capital: We visit the main square Plaza de Armas with the cathedral, visit the famous San Francisco monastery with its catacombs, climb the adobe pyramid Huaca Pucllana and / or marvel at the unique pieces in the gold museum! The contrast to the hectic city center is a stroll in the bohemian Barranco, where we look for a cozy restaurant in the evening. Overnight in simple, clean and typical accommodation in Lima. The journey is coming to an end. We're spending the last few hours in Lima. Buy maybe a few more souvenirs for loved ones at home or stroll along the Pacific coast again. Then it's time to say goodbye. Hopefully with a lot of unforgettable impressions and a tear in our eye, we drive to the airport so that we can get the plane home on time.
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Hi, my name is Thomas. I would like to invite you to explore MY Peru. I will take you to magical places that hardly any tourist gets to see.Profile description: Hi, my name is Thomas. I would like to invite you to explore MY Peru. I will take you to magical places that hardly any tourist gets to see.
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