1,500 Km, 10 Days – Paracas, Nazca, Cuzco
PRICE: US$ $2,800
Classic Peru Itinerary. Visit Paracas National Park, Nazca Lines, Galeras Reserve, Urubamba The Sacred Valley, and Cuzco.
After an early pick up form your hotel or airport we will transport you to your vehicles where we will familiarize you with the operation of the equipment. Our first drive is a short 200 Km down the Panamericana Highway. First stop is the Paracas National Reserve which offers interesting activities in archaeology, paleontology, bird watching, water sports, and off roading. Off the coast, are the Ballestas Islands, known as the “Poor Man’s Galapagos”; these islands are teeming with cormorants, sea lions, penguins, Peruvian Boobies, and Inca Turns. On arrival, we will explore the Reserve, and camp on one of its many beaches.
The Paracas National Reserve offers interesting activities in archaeology, paleontology, bird watching, and water sports, especially sailing and windsurf.
Off the coast, are the Ballestas Islands, known as the “Poor Man’s Galapagos”; these islands are teeming with cormorants, sea lions, penguins, Peruvian Boobies, and Inca Turns.
We start off the day with an optional early speedboat cruise to the islands and/or spend the day enjoying all the park has to offer
We continue south another 250 Km on the Panamericana to the city of Nasca.
The Nazca Lines are a series of large ancient geogliphs drawn in the desert around 2,000 years ago; there are hundreds of simple lines and geometric shapes; more than 70 are designs of animals such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguars, monkeys, and human figures; others include shapes of trees and flowers.
By midafternoon, we should arrive in the proximity of Nasca and will have a chance to stop at a couple spots where we can get our first views of the Lines, perhaps a resupply expedition into town and off to pick a good camping spot in the desert.
We will spend this day in the area, starting the day with a flight over the lines. The rest of the day we will visit three sites such as the Cantayoc Aqueducts, Chauchilla Cementery, and the adobe city of Cahuachi, all remains of the people who drew the Nasca Lines xxxxthousand years ago.
Full day drive 350 Km from Nasca to Chalhuanca where our camp for tonight is located. The first 100 Km will take us from the coast to over 4,000m where we will arrive at the Pampa Galeras National Reserve, a park dedicated to the preservation of the Vicuña. We will have a chance to see Vicuñas, Alpacas, and Llamas in their natural habitats, as this beautiful highway takes thru many different geographical changes.Before arriving at your camp, take a detour to the town of Caraybamba to visit the wonderful Inca terraces which are still in use for farming today.
Tonight we will camp on the grounds of the Tampumayu Lodge where we will relax and enjoy the lodge’s restaurant and bar.
Day 6 - Joker Day
* No plans, shit happens, surprise or relax day. Not necessarily on day 6.
*All our expeditions have one day set aside for any special interest you might have, be it hiking, rafting, cycling, or just staying put at camp.
Another full day on the road; 350 Km to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
If yesterday’s drive was spectacular, todays is even more so; down into the valleys and again up over more 4,000 meter passes, as this beautiful highway takes us thru some spectacular views, archaeological sites, and quaint Andean towns. Arrive late afternoon to our camp in the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo.
Day 8 - Urubamba Valley
Today we work our way up the Urubamba Valley and in a 50 Km stretch we will visit sites such as Ollantaytambo, the Maras Salt Mines, Moray, and Pisac. From here we will climb to our camp across the road from the Sacsayhuaman fortress, overlooking the city of Cuzco.
Camp Quinta Lala
Depending on weather, we will make an overnight excursion to Rainbow Mountain, or to Tres Cruces camp, overlooking the Amazon basin. Day excursion to Andahuaylillas, and Rainbow Mountain. Wild Camp
Day 10 - Cuzco
A 15 minute downhill walk from your camp is the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Spend the day sightseeing in this beautiful city.