8 Days – Desert & Mountain Adventures

Nazca Lines, Dune Buggy & Sand boarding, Sacred Valley & short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Travel down the coast south of Lima and fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines which still bear many secrets. Continue to Huacachina Oasis near Ica for a fun Dune Buggy ride and try Sand boarding, sliding down the huge dunes of the desert. Fly to Cusco, go hiking and biking in the Sacred Valley and conclude your trip with a full day trekking on the short Inca Trail leading you to the Sanctuary Machu Picchu.

If you have more time, consider adding in 1 or 2 nights on the coast after the Oasis, visit Paracas Natural Reserve and Ica’s wineries and go on a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, getting nose to nose with the endangered Humboldt Penguin.

Fully customizable itinerary in accordance with your travel wishes. Add in Lima, the Rainforest, Arequipa & the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca or any other adventure, cultural or food experience.

Day 1: Arrival to Lima – Welcome to Peru!

Your driver awaits you at Lima Airport and brings you to your hotel. Relax and get some rest for the next day.

Day 2: Flight over Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis

In early morning, travel by private car down the coast south of Lima to Ica, with great views on the Pacific Ocean. Board a 12 passengers Cesna plane (each passenger guaranteed a window seat) for your flight over the Nazca Lines. During your 90 minutes’ flights, you’ll be able to admire 12 of the mysterious Nazca Lines, which still bear many secrets.
Continue to nearby Huacachina, eat lunch and relax at the Oasis.
In the afternoon, go on a fun private Dune Buggy tour, riding the huge dunes of the desert and try San Boarding. Conclude the day contemplating the sun setting down over the lagoon and travel back to Lima for your overnight stay.

Day 3: Flight to Cusco & Sacsayhuaman Ruins

Get picked up at your hotel and drive to Lima Airport for your flight to Cusco (approx. 1:30 hour). Visit Sacsayhuaman, the majestic Inca Fortress overlooking Cusco. After a first introduction to the Inca’s history and a guided visit, you will have time to explore the vast site on your own.

After lunch, visit Cusco’s Main Square, get familiar with the streets of Cusco and admire its beautiful architecture.

Day 4: Hiking Pisac Ruins

Drive by private car to the village of Pisac (approx. 45 minutes’ total driving duration), experiencing the fantastic Andean landscape as you gradually descend to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop by a view point and enjoy the stunning view over snowcapped mountains.
Drive up the mountain for a great view over the Valley and today’s highlight, a guided visit of Pisac Ruins on the Mountain’s top. Leave the crowds at the top and hike down to the village with more ruins on the way (approx. 3 hours’ hiking).
Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards you’ll have time to explore Pisac’s famous handicraft market before driving back to Cusco.

Day 5: Mountain biking to Moray & stunning Inca Salt Flats

Mountain bike (optional) to the archeological site of Moray with its perfectly round Inca terraces, also known as the “Inca Lab”. Continue to the Inca Salt Flats and marvel at over 4,000 salt ponds built by the pre-Inca over 800 years ago, where the locals still harvest salt in exactly the same way as their ancestors did.
After lunch, drive to your nearby located hotel in the Valley and replenish your energy for the Inca Trail the next day.

The bike ride is optional, although ideal for travelers enjoying the outdoors. No former experience is required and the trail will be adapted to your preferences (easy to challenging). The car will follow the bikes the whole time, so you don’t need to carry anything.
If preferred, you can also choose to skip the bike ride and add in a hike instead or rather take it relaxed.

Day 6: Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Early in the morning, met your specialized guide and drive to the train station to take the train to the starting point of your trekking adventure.
Start hiking up the mountain for about 2.5 – 3 hours to reach the Inca Trail and amazing site of “Wiñay Wayna” at 8,530 ft of altitude. Enjoy your box lunch and replenish your energy. From here, continue your way on original Inca Trail to the Sun Gate and entry point to Machu Picchu. If the weather is clear, you’ll be able to enjoy tremendous vies of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and other surrounding Inca Ruins.
Marvel at the World Wonder and enjoy your first undisturbed impression of Machu Picchu, when most visitors have already left for the day.
Take the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village – approx. 25 minutes). Enjoy a hot shower at your hotel and relax after dinner to replenish your energy for your guided visit of Machu Picchu the next day.

Average hiking duration: 5 – 6 hours

Day 7: The Sanctuary: Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain)

In early morning, meet your guide and drive up to the vast archaeological site of Machu Picchu for a guided visit. Climb challenging Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) for a breathtaking view over the whole site.

Hop on the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch in a local restaurant. Then take the train to Ollantaytambo where your driver is waiting to get back to Cusco.

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain?

For those who wish to add in an additional hike to the cultural visit of Machu Picchu should consider climbing one of the two additional mountains located on the site of Machu Picchu.
Tickets are limited per day and need to be purchased well in advance. The challenging hike uphill takes about 1 hour, rewarded with breathtaking views from the top. However, in case of Huayna Picchu, it’s important that you are not afraid of heights (narrow steps next to an abyss). In case heights are an issue, Machu Picchu Mountain would be the better choice.

Day 8: Flight to Lima & Farewell

Enjoy some free time in Cusco to further explore. Then get picked up at your hotel and drive to Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima & Outbound flight.

Safe journey home & come back soon!

There are domestic flights from Cusco to Lima all day. However, your international flight should not leave before 10 AM to make it in time to Lima. Your domestic flight will be booked in accordance with departure time of your international return flight.

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8 Day Peru Adventure

Nazca Lines, Dune Buggy & Sand Boarding, Sacred Valley & short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
as of USD 3,480per person
3 Star accommodation for 2 travelers, based on double room occupancy (outside public holidays)

as of 3,790 USD per person
4 Star accommodation for 2 travelers, based on double room occupancy (outside public holidays)

as of 4,510 USD per person
5 Star accommodation for 2 travelers, based on double room occupancy (outside public holidays)

Includes:

  • 2x domestic flights: Lima – Cusco (roundtrip)
  • All accommodation: 7x nights in the Hotel category of your choice
  • Meals: 7x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner
  • All Transportation: all transportation by private car, including airport transfers
  • All entry fees: all entry fees to sites visited during the trip, including Inca Trail Permits, Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain), train tickets (Vistadome) and bus tickets up to the site
  • Private English-speaking guiding service on excursions
  • All tours and excursions

Excludes:

  • Your international flight
  • Trip insurance
  • Tips for the guides and staff

Activities

  • Flight over the Nazca Lines, Dune Buggy & Sandboarding (Full day)
  • Visits of the main archeological sites of Cusco & the Sacred Valley
  • Hiking Pisac Ruins (approx. 3 hours)
  • Mountain biking to Moray (optional)
  • Hiking the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (5 – 6 hours) / No camping
  • Guided visit of Machu Picchu + climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Difficulty

Moderate – suitable for everyone regularly fit, enjoying the outdoors and hikes up to 6 hours. No former mountain biking experience required.

Time Sensitivity

Not time sensitive, except for tickets to Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) which need to be arranged for well in advance, ideally 3 months prior to travel in high season.