14 Day – 2,000 Km
Lima, Paracas, Nasca, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco
We meet you and transport you to our base, where we will familiarize you with the operation of the vehicles and equipment. Next stop is the supermarket for some supplies, and then our first drive 250 Km down the Pan Americana Highway to the Paracas National Reserve. With a couple hours of sunlight left, we will explore the Reserve and pick a campsite at one of its many beaches.
The Paracas National Reserve offers activities in archaeology, paleontology, bird watching, and water sports, especially sailing and windsurf.
Off the coast are the Ballestas Islands, teeming with cormorants, sea lions, penguins, Peruvian Boobies, and Inca Turns. We start off the day with an early speedboat cruise to the islands, a wild buggy ride through the dunes, and or spend the day enjoying all the park has to offer.
3 Paracas - Nazca
Another 250 Km down the Panamericana brings us to the Nazca Lines; these geoglyphs drawn in the desert 2,000 years ago, include hundreds of geometric shapes, animals, human figures, trees and flowers. Once in the proximity of Nazca we will have a chance to stop at a couple spots where we can get our first views of the Lines.
4 Nazca - Puerto Inca
Our day starts with an exciting flight over the lines, followed by a full day visiting sites such as the Cantayoc Aqueducts, Chauchilla Cemetery, and the adobe city of Cahuachi; all remains of the people who drew the Nazca Lines two thousand years ago. A local guide will accompany us today for a dose of home flavor. We need a head start on a long day tomorrow, so we will drive a short 150 Km down the Pan Americana, to meet the Pacific Ocean again at Puerto Inca.
5 Puerto Inca - Majes
Today we wake up on a beach next to the remains of a fishing village in continual use for over 4,000 years; it’s apogee, when it serviced the Inca elite in Cuzco some 400 Km northeast. Salted fish travelled in llama caravans, and fresh fish for the table of the Inca himself, was relayed by runners.
This next section of the Pan Americana, about 400 Km, is going to take us a solid 6 hours of driving. Narrow 2 lane highway, it constantly climbs, descends, and curves as we follow the Pacific coastline. Quite enjoyable for those who like curves…
6 Majes - Colca Canyon
Now we leave the coast and head into the Andes. On this 180 Km climb, Highway 109 takes us from the driest of deserts at sea leve, to over 4,000m, and down to the Colca Valley. Visit the towns of Huambo and Cabanaconde, and head to our camp for a deserved hot springs evening under the stars.
7 Colca Canyon
The Colca Valley, inaccessible to vehicles until the 1940’s and unexplored until the 80’s, is at a depth of 3,270m the second deepest in the world. Populated by two different ethnicities; the Collaguas of Aymara orignin on the high slopes, and the Cabana of Quechua origin on the valley floors, both with a distinct language and millenary cultures. Today we will drive both sides of the valley, starting and ending the day with stops at Condor viewing points, and visit the towns of Lari, Coporaque, and Chivay.
8 Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca
Another beautiful drive in the mountains; the road is a mixture of asphalt and dirt, as we detour through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve on our way to Lake Titicaca.On the menu today are volcanos and lakes , flamingos and Vicuña. Full day on the road with many stops. Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, is according to Quechua legend the place from where the first Inca Manco Capac arose with his wife Mama Ocllo to found the Inca Empire.
9 Lake Titicaca
Relax at camp, or navigate the lake to the island of Taquile, and or the Uros Floating Islands. The totora reed is used by the indigenous Uros to build their islands by adding fresh reed at the top, as the bottom rots away. Taquile, is a solid 6 Km long, whose inhabitants live on farming, tourism, and a textile weaving tradition named by Unesco a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
10 Joker Day
All our expeditions have one day set aside for any special interest you might want to pursue, be it sport, cultural, or just relaxing.
11 Titicaca - Rainbow Mountain
Only 300 Km of good flat highway today. Stops include an artisan shop in Pucara, the Inca Temple of Raqchi, and/or a detour to the Qéswachaka Hanging Bridge; made of Ichu rope, the bridge is replaced yearly in a three day event manned by several neighboring communities. To top off the day, we might ride a horse to Rainbow Mountain.
12 Rainbow Mountain - Cuzco
Early rise, and a 2 hour run to our camp in Cuzco. Our camp here is across the street from Sacsayhuaman; after visiting this massive fortress, walk downhill through the San Blas neighborhood to the central Plaza of Cuzco. Cathedrals and museums, Colonial and Inca architecture, art galleries, coffee shops and pubs; all of this and more will you experience in this,the oldest inhabited Capital in America.
Free day in Cuzco to roam around the city, its markets, more museums, and the best food outside of Lima.
Today we will drive to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This is a short 100Km drive in which we will visit the Inca citadel and Colonial market in Pisac, the Maras Salt Mines, and finally the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo for our last evening on the town, Your train to Machu Picchu leaves from here tomorrow morning.
Price: US$ 3,940 per person, double occupancy
Airport transfers in Peru.
Camper hire and road traffic insurance.
Host and Support vehicle.
One way rental fees.
Fuel, Tolls, Campground fees.
Nazca Lines flight.
All above mentioned tours, tickets, and guides.
Flights to, from, and in Peru.
Optional Tours when not specifically mentioned.
Meals and beverages.