Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure

14 days from $9,464 per person*
  • Set out on a private tour of Machu Picchu and conquer Montana Machu Picchu.
  • Experience heart-pounding thrills on the Via Ferrata, the Vilacanota River and while biking downhill.
  • Observe the mysterious Nazca Lines on a panoramic flight.
  • Discover Huacachina Oasis and enjoy an exclusive evening in the desert.
  • Features expertly selected accommodations.
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Long known as a cultural and culinary capital – and rightfully so – Peru has another side, one that is often overlooked. Not for the feint of heart, this adventure has been curated for the adrenaline-driven, combining some of the most heart-pounding activities in the country with quintessential highlights including the Nazca Lines and Machu Picchu.

After a quick touch-down in Lima, you’ll be swept away to the heart of the Sacred Valley where you’ll visit an artisan outpost, set out on a high-altitude hike of Huchuyqosqo, experience a thrilling afternoon on the Via Ferrata, then visit the iconic mountain-fortress of Machu Picchu. As the scene shifts to Cusco – imperial capital of the Inca – you’ll battle challenging rapids on the Vilacanota and embark on a downhill biking adventure. Returning to Lima, you’ll stay in the trendy enclave of Miraflores, and in the morning of your first day in the city, head out to catch some waves during a private surfing lesson.

Next stop: Paracas. Host to the mysterious Nazca Lines, you’ll take to the skies to observe the geoglyphs on a panoramic flight, then tour Paracas National Park where you’ll have opportunity to view the Candelabra formation; the only that can be seen from ground. After a tour of the Ica Regional Museum – home to range of relics from bygone eras – you’ll visit the impossibly beautiful desert oasis of Huacachina, complete with an exciting dune buggy ride. Rounding out the adventure, you’ll experience an evening in the desert paired with an exclusive dining experience to cap off your active adventure. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Lima
    Lima
    • Airport Assistance (Arrival) - Local Representative
    • Peru - Welcome
  • Day 2 Lima to Cusco to Sacred Valley
    Lima to Cusco to Sacred Valley
    • Airport Assistance (Departure) - Local Representative
    • Air - Lima - Cusco [Direct, 1.5 hrs] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Cusco - Sacred Valley [via Awana Kancha] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon Acclimatization
  • Day 3 Sacred Valley
    Sacred Valley
    • Private Tour - Huchuyqosqo Hike (with Lunch, 6-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Full Tourist Ticket - Included
  • Day 4 Sacred Valley
    Sacred Valley
    • Private Tour - Via Ferrata & Zipline (with Box Lunch, 6-7 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    • Private Transfer - Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo [Hotel to Train Station] - Vehicle/Local Representative/Driver
    • Activity - Note on Luggage
    • Train - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes [Vistadome (2 hrs) ] - Train Ticket
    • Shared Transfer - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu [Bus up to Machu Picchu (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    • Private Tour - Machu Picchu Tour (with Lunch, 4 hrs) - Guide/Bus/Entrance tickets
    • Shared Transfer - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes [Bus down to Aguas Calientes (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco
    Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco
    • Shared Transfer - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu [Bus up to Machu Picchu (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    • Private Tour - Montana Machu Picchu Hike (5 hrs) - Local Guide
    • Shared Transfer - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes [Bus down to Aguas Calientes (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    • Train - Aguas Calientes - Cusco [Vistadome (4 hrs)] - Train Ticket
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
  • Day 7 Cusco
    Cusco
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Rafting the Vilcanota River (with Picnic Lunch, 4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 8 Cusco to Lima
    Cusco to Lima
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Downhill Mountain Biking (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    • Air - Cusco - Lima [Direct, 1.5 hrs] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Lima
    Lima
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Surfing Lesson (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Self-Guided - Exploring Miraflores and the Larcomar
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Lima to Paracas
    Lima to Paracas
    • Private Transfer - Lima - Ica [Nazca Explorer – via Nazca Lines Observation Flight – with Boxed Lunch, 5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Flight
  • Day 11 Paracas
    Paracas
    • Private Tour - Nazca Explorer – Hiking Paracas National Reserve (with Lunch, 6-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 12 Paracas
    Paracas
    • Private Tour - Nazca Explorer – Regional Museum of Ica, Huacachina Oasis & Dune Buggy Ride (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 13 Paracas
    Paracas
    • Morning at Leisure
    • Private Tour - Nazca Explorer - Adventure in the Desert (with Picnic, 4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 14 Paracas to Lima
    Paracas to Lima
    • Private Transfer - Paracas - Lima [Nazca Explorer - 3.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Day Room at Wyndham Costa Del Sol - Room for a day
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Day 1: Lima

Upon arrival to Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, you will be greeted by a local representative holding a sign with your name on it just outside of arrivals. After a warm welcome, you will be guided to the lobby of the nearby Wyndham Costa del Sol hotel where your representative will assist with check-in.

A welcome package containing a city map, tour vouchers, and other useful information will be waiting for you upon arrival to your first hotel.

Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport

Discover hospitality just steps from Lima’s Jorge Chavéz International Airport at the Wyndham Costa del Sol. A non-smoking property with modern and spacious guestrooms, the hotel combines both convenience and comfort to provide travelers with the ideal airport-based hotel. Although adjacent to the airport, the property was designed to ensure a quiet nights rest can be enjoyed. The on-site spa offers a variety of therapeutic treatments, while the indoor swimming pool, fitness center, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room are also available to guests. Whether beginning an exploration of Peru or just passing through, the Wyndham Costa del Sol is the go-to choice for travelers spending the night near Lima’s international airport. 

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Lima
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Day 2: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

A local representative will meet you in the lobby of the Wyndham Costa del Sol, guide you to Jorge Chávez International Airport and assist with flight check-in.

Board a flight in Lima with direct service to Cusco. Approximate flight time is one hour and 15 minutes.

Enjoy a private transfer to the Sacred Valley, stopping along the way to tour Awana Kancha. A popular artisan outpost and a friendly place to experience alpacas and Andean culture, Awana Kancha textile mill is a fantastic place to observe traditionally-dressed women spinning colorful patterns before your eyes. Using the wool of alpacas, llamas, guanacos, and vicunas, the women create designs using natural dyes that have existed in the Andes since the time of the Inca. In addition to the textiles, visitors have the chance to hand-feed llamas or nurse baby alpacas with milk from a bottle. Following your visit to Awana Kancha, you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

The effects of being at high altitude vary from person to person. While some travelers will experience no discomfort, others may find the process of acclimatization more challenging. To ensure an enjoyable experience in the coming days, take some time to rest and allow your body to adjust to the change in environment.

Accommodation: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Tambo del Inka is among the top hotels in the Sacred Valley, featuring elegantly designed rooms and suites with mesmerizing views of the Andes and the Vilcanota River. Peruvian cuisine, recognized as one of the best in the world, is served daily at the elegant Hawa Restaurant where guests can enjoy a wide range of exotic, mouth-watering dishes. Unwind and relax in the luxurious spa where you can choose from an array of pampering massages and exclusive therapeutic treatments featuring ancestral Incan ingredients, all surrounded by sweeping views of the Andes. 

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Sacred River
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Awana Kancha

Day 3: Sacred Valley

Marvel at breathtaking mountain vistas on this high-altitude trek in the Andes, discovering the rich and fascinating history of the area along the way with the help of your expert local guide. After an early morning pick-up at your hotel, head to Piuray Lake near the town of Chinchero to begin the hike which starts with a steep ascent from the Cuper Alto community on Mount Veronica. The first leg of the hike is the most demanding, however, this private tour will run according to your own pace and preference; it is often times during these moments that the luxury of private travel becomes apparent and appreciated. Stop whenever you wish to enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the Altiplano snow-capped mountains, to catch your breath and sip water, or to chat with your guide. After making your way along the top ridge, you'll slowly descend to the ancient site of Huchuyqosqo. A former palace in the Inca Empire, this structure features wonderfully preserved buildings that are made of stone and adobe mud-brick. Relax in the shade of the Queñua trees (Andean Oak) and enjoy a delicious lunch, then wander the zigzagging trail down the face of the mountain to meet your driver in Lamay. 

The mandatory tourist ticket, necessary for explorations in and around the Sacred Valley, is included. This tourist ticket is valid throughout your stay in the region.

Accommodation: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
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Andean Landscape

Day 4: Sacred Valley

Dine high in the sky on this heart-pumping adventure at Skylodge Adventure Suites! Set out in the morning for the town of Pachar where you will meet up with other thrill seekers and participate on a brief safety orientation. Soon, it will be time to begin the ascent of the Skylodge mountainside, where you will climb some 1,300 feet to reach a dining capsule embedded in the cliffs. Taking roughly two hours to ascend, you will then enjoy lunch while perched in the mountain and enjoying panoramic views of the Sacred Valley before beginning your descent, which will be done by way of zip-line. After strapping in, shoot your way down to the base of the Skylodge Adventure Suites, which will take roughly 45 minutes, where an awaiting driver will collect you and return you to your hotel. Please note: Children must be at least 9 years of age to participate. This shared tour is conducted with up to 12 guests.

Accommodation: Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
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Sacred Valley

Day 5: Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

In the company of a private driver and local representative, depart from the Sacred Valley en route to Ollantaytambo Train Station, the penultimate stop on your journey into the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

Note on Luggage: This morning, the private guide and driver who accompany you to the train station in the Sacred Valley will also transport your primary luggage back to Cusco for secure storage. You will bring a personal overnight bag aboard the train to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, you will disembark the train and meet your Machu Picchu guide immediately. This local guide will ensure your overnight bag is forwarded to your hotel in Aguas Calientes via hotel porters. This will allow you to continue directly to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Cusco, your primary luggage will be waiting for you.

Set near the base of the imposing Pinkuylluna Mountain, meander through the sleepy town of Ollantaytambo to arrive at the centrally-located train station where you will bid farewell to your local assistant and board the iconic Vistadome. Having settled in, the train will depart along a route that traces the Urubamba River, affording striking views of the dramatic landscape as you approach the valley below Machu Picchu. After a two-hour journey, the Vistadome will pull into a train station on the foothills beneath the ancient citadel in the town of Aguas Calientes. Here, your local guide will welcome you together with local hotel porters who will transfer your luggage to your accommodation.

Please note, strict luggage restrictions apply aboard the Vistadome: 1) Only one piece of hand luggage is permitted per guest, weighing a maximum of 11 lbs (5 kgs). 2) Hand luggage cannot be larger than 62 linear inches. Baggage that exceeds weight or measurement restrictions will not be permitted. Please speak to your Destination Expert for more information.

Board a shuttle bus in Aguas Calientes and begin the 30 minute drive to ascend Machu Picchu Mountain on a switchback road carved into the mountainside. Buses depart frequently, leaving Aguas Calientes approximately every 30 minutes.

Steeped in mystery, the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu has dazzled visitors since its discovery by American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Believed to have been constructed sometime around 1450 CE and abandoned just over a century later, it is one of the world’s most prized heritage sites, and for good reason; complementing a fascinating history and incredible architecture are unforgettable views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the wild Urubamba River some 2,000 feet below. With a private guide catering to your personal interests and providing an informative overview of the history and architecture of this ancient citadel, gain a firsthand understanding of – and intimate appreciation for – the pièce de résistance in Peruvian travel. Depending on the timing of your arrival, you will visit the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel found atop Machu Picchu, to enjoy a leisurely lunch either before or after your in-depth tour.

Board a shuttle bus at the entrance to Machu Picchu and make the 30 minute return to nearby Aguas Calientes. Shuttle buses depart frequently, leaving Machu Picchu approximately every 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Sumaq Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family hotel with extensive experience in luxury hospitality. A stay at Sumaq is centered on enjoying the beautiful landscape, rich with lush vegetation, enormous mountains, valleys, the Vilcanota River, a waterfall and ancient trails. Guestroom are luxurious private retreats where you can begin and end the day in complete comfort. In addition to top-notch service, Sumaq Hotel offers a privileged location in Aguas Calientes, on the banks of the Vilcanota River and just a short drive from Peru’s premier tourist attraction, Machu Picchu.

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Machu Picchu
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Vistadome Train

Day 6: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Board a shuttle bus in Aguas Calientes and begin the 30 minute drive to ascend Machu Picchu Mountain on a switchback road carved into the mountainside. Buses depart frequently, leaving Aguas Calientes approximately every 30 minutes.

Pass by beautiful orchids and watch nearby floating clouds as you and your private local guide hike Machu Picchu Mountain. Featuring a 360 degree view of the famed Inca city and the surrounding region, once you reach the summit you will feel as if you are on top of the world and have the opportunity to take incredible pictures of Huayna Picchu and the Vilcanota Valley. A picturesque tour like few others on Earth, you're sure to remember your hike of Machu Picchu Mountain for years to come.

Board a shuttle bus at the entrance to Machu Picchu and make the 30 minute return to nearby Aguas Calientes. Shuttle buses depart frequently, leaving Machu Picchu approximately every 30 minutes.

After a fascinating experience in the heart of the ancient Inca world, it is time to depart for the Imperial City, Cusco. Board the Vistadome in Aguas Calientes and relax as you embark on the scenic, four-hour journey to Poroy Train Station near Cusco. The route follows along the Urubamba River, climbing and descending through mountainous terrain utilizing, where necessary, a series of switchback rails. Consider purchasing a light snack or refreshment to make this sojourn through the countryside even more enjoyable. Before long, you will arrive at Poroy Station near Cusco.

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Poroy Train Station found just outside of Cusco alongside a professional driver and an English-speaking representative.

Accommodation: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

The JW Marriott El Convento is located in the heart of Cusco, a few blocks from the Main Square and surrounded by historical sites such as Qoricancha and the San Blas neighborhood. Built atop ancient Incan ruins, the hotels vibrant decor and outdoor patio make for the ideal respite during your Peruvian vacation. The on-site restaurant, Qespi, is among the top rated in the city and should not be missed. Also within the hotel is a full-service spa with a relaxation pool, sauna, steam room and treatment center where a range of services, guided by ancient therapeutic techniques, are offered.

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Machu Picchu Mountain
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Train to Cusco

Day 7: Cusco

The perfect rapids for advanced white water enthusiasts, begin the day in Piñipampa, a small village found 22 miles south of Cusco in the Sacred Valley. Here, on the banks of the mighty Urubamba River, you will receive a safety orientation and rafting gear before setting out into the racing currents. On a section of the river with class two and three rapids, complimented by incredible scenery, enjoy an exhilarating adventure as you journey down the powerful waterway alongisde seasoned and licensed guides. After battling through the cascades, reach the end of the circuit where a healthy and replenishing picnic lunch awaits. Following lunch and after bidding farewell to your white-water guides, return to your hotel in Cusco. Please note: This program is only offered between mid-April and mid-December. 

Accommodation: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
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Vilacanota River

Day 8: Cusco - Lima

This exciting excursion begins with a private transfer to the tiny village of Yuncaypata. Begin your biking adventure which features both downhill inclines and level trails that traverse through beautiful woodlands after first exploring the local community. After a brief tour, set out into the Andean wilderness with your private guide on a route that takes you to a lookout near Inkilltambo, believed to be a former ceremonial site for worshiping the dead, where you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of this impressive complex. The ride then continues past Rumiwasi archeological site along a trail that ends in Enaco, found just outside of Cusco; here a driver will be waiting to return you to your hotel. Please note: This bicycle tour does not include admissions to archeological sites.

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco alongside a professional driver and an English-speaking representative.

Board a flight in Cusco with direct service to Lima. Approximate flight time is one hour and 25 minutes.

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima by a professional driver and an English-speaking representative.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel

Centrally located, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima features awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent views of the Pacific. Towering above ocean-side cliffs in Lima’s trendy Miraflores district, the JW Marriott offers sweeping panoramas from every guestroom. The hotel's 25-story, ultra-modern glass tower makes it arguably the most cosmopolitan and contemporary of Lima’s luxury hotels. The spacious ocean-view rooms feature new bedding from Marriott with designer duvets and pillows, air-conditioning, in-room safe and mini-bar. As well, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima is also home to a gourmet restaurant, La Vista, a spa with a wide range of beauty treatments, a fitness center, gift shop, and - seasonally - a swimming pool and tennis court. Enjoy the first-class service and one-of-kind amenities at this premium luxury hotel in the heart of the Peru's capital city.

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Downhill Biking
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JW Marriott Hotel

Day 9: Lima

Surf’s up! Growing in popularity, the waves off the coast of Lima are great for beginners and advanced surfers alike. Today, enjoy a private two-hour surfing lesson at Costa Verde, the premier location to hang ten. Return transfers are included in this tour, as well as a surfboard to learn to ride the waves. Wet suit rentals can be arranged on site for those who wish to have one.

Miraflores is undoubtedly Lima’s most chic neighborhood. Adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, it is host to upscale shops, trendy restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and the sprawling El Malecon boardwalk which spans some six miles. One of the premier attractions in the district is the Larcomar, a shopping mall carved into cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With indoor and outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment, it is a unique shopping complex that should not be missed. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to enjoy your time in this, the premier barrio in the City of the Kings.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel
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Surf's Up!
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Miraflores

Day 10: Lima - Paracas

The Nazca Lines – gigantic geoglyphs found between the Palpa and Nasca Desert – were created by native Nazca communities between 200 BCE and 600 CE. Today, join your guide in Lima and travel south to Pisco Aerodrome, then take to the sky to witness these impressive and mysterious formations first-hand. Upon arrival to the aerodrome, board a small prop-plane with like-minded travelers and begin a 90-minute fly-over exploration of the Nazca Desert. Along the way, you’ll peer over a range of designs including hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys and lizards, the purpose of which remains unknown. Once landed, return to your awaiting driver and guide who will direct you to your vehicle to begin the return to your hotel in Ica. Please note: A local airport tax in Pisco of $14.00 per person must be paid locally and is subject to change.

Accommodation: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort

Nestled 250 kilometers south of Lima, Hotel Paracas Resort is ideally situated for travelers looking to immerse themselves in nature, as well as those seeking a glimpse into the mysterious and intriguing history of Peru’s central coast and its ancestral denizens. Sparkling like a jewel on Paracas Bay, the hotel beckons with distinguished architecture and design that seamlessly harmonize with dazzling surroundings offering countless unforgettable excursions and adventures. A spectacular bay, an encountering with nature marvels and all the adrenaline of aquatic sports are awaiting for you at Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort.

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Nazca Hummingbird Formation
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Day 11: Paracas

The only marine reserve in Peru, Paracas National Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site with much to offer guests who are fortunate enough to visit to region. Today, join your guide to discover unique landscapes, a diverse range of wildlife and archeological remains from centuries-past on an encompassing tour highlighted by a visit to the prehistoric Candelabra geoglyph. Though this mysterious design is often the main draw for guests, the dramatic coastline with wind-whipped cliffs, red-sand beaches and undulating desert dunes are considered by many to be equally impressive. With luck, you’ll also spot a few of the charismatic mammals and birds by land, sea and air: South American fur seals, Humbolt penguins, Andean condors, sei whales, killer whales and common bottle-nose dolphins are all local residents. Another must-see local attraction is the Paracas National Reserve Visitor Center Museum. Here, pottery dating back to 200 BCE is on display, complimented by information to allow you to better understand the ancient customs and traditions of Paracas indigenous peoples. Mid-day you’ll break for lunch at a lovely sea-side restaurant, and after a day exploring Paracas National Reserve, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort
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Candelabra Geoglyph

Day 12: Paracas

The Regional Museum of Ica, understated from the outside, is host to a trove of fascinating relics from centuries past, primarily featuring ceramics and textiles made by indigenous Nazca and Paracas communities between 200 BCE and 600 CE. Join your guide to explore the museum in-depth, gaining an appreciation for the ancient history of the area along the way. Afterward, your guide will lead the way to a local restaurant for a hearty lunch and, when the time is right, bring you to the oasis village of Huacachina. Seemingly from a storybook, explore this small community of 100 permanent residents while learning the fascinating lore that is said to explain the creation of the lagoon, as well as the conservation efforts underway to preserve and protect the tiny lake. Rounding out the day, join a professional dune buggy operator to experience one of the world’s most beautiful deserts on an adrenaline-fueled ride through the ridges. For approximately 45 minutes, you’ll power over massive dunes, taking in incredible views before returning to your awaiting driver and guide who will return you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort
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Huacachina Oasis

Day 13: Paracas

This morning, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

The Paracas Desert, the driest in the world, is full of history, culture and amazing views of wind-whipped dunes. Today, set off to enjoy a luxury picnic in this magical environment under the stars after an amazing drive through sand dunes in 4x4 vehicles. Do not miss this incredible experience where you and nature will be the main characters. The adventure begins in the late afternoon with a transfer to the Paracas desert which is followed by a safety briefing. Afterward, you’ll begin to drive through this undulating landscape. As the sun begins to set, the vehicles will break so you can fully appreciate the experience. With the night sky leading the way, you’ll track to a state-of-the-art desert awning to dine on a delicious picnic meal. After your meal, return to the 4x4 vehicles and begin the transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort
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Adventure in the Desert

Day 14: Paracas - Lima

You will be privately transferred from Paracas to Lima by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel duration is three hours and 30 minutes.

Conveniently located within the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, the Wyndham Costa del Sol offers guestrooms for afternoon use. These non-smoking guestrooms offer the perfect respite ahead of your outbound flight, allowing you to check in with friends and family back home or to catch a quick nap.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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Wyndham Costa del Sol
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport: Lima

Discover hospitality just steps from Lima’s Jorge Chavéz International Airport at the Wyndham Costa del Sol. A non-smoking property with modern and spacious guestrooms, the hotel combines both convenience and comfort to provide travelers with the ideal airport-based hotel. Although adjacent to the airport, the property was designed to ensure a quiet nights rest can be enjoyed. The on-site spa offers a variety of therapeutic treatments, while the indoor swimming pool, fitness center, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room are also available to guests. Whether beginning an exploration of Peru or just passing through, the Wyndham Costa del Sol is the go-to choice for travelers spending the night near Lima’s international airport. 

Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport
Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport

Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa: Sacred Valley

Tambo del Inka is among the top hotels in the Sacred Valley, featuring elegantly designed rooms and suites with mesmerizing views of the Andes and the Vilcanota River. Peruvian cuisine, recognized as one of the best in the world, is served daily at the elegant Hawa Restaurant where guests can enjoy a wide range of exotic, mouth-watering dishes. Unwind and relax in the luxurious spa where you can choose from an array of pampering massages and exclusive therapeutic treatments featuring ancestral Incan ingredients, all surrounded by sweeping views of the Andes. 

Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tambo del Inka Hotel
Tambo del Inka Hotel

Sumaq Hotel: Aguas Calientes

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family hotel with extensive experience in luxury hospitality. A stay at Sumaq is centered on enjoying the beautiful landscape, rich with lush vegetation, enormous mountains, valleys, the Vilcanota River, a waterfall and ancient trails. Guestroom are luxurious private retreats where you can begin and end the day in complete comfort. In addition to top-notch service, Sumaq Hotel offers a privileged location in Aguas Calientes, on the banks of the Vilcanota River and just a short drive from Peru’s premier tourist attraction, Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sumaq Hotel
Sumaq Hotel

JW Marriott El Convento Cusco: Cusco

The JW Marriott El Convento is located in the heart of Cusco, a few blocks from the Main Square and surrounded by historical sites such as Qoricancha and the San Blas neighborhood. Built atop ancient Incan ruins, the hotels vibrant decor and outdoor patio make for the ideal respite during your Peruvian vacation. The on-site restaurant, Qespi, is among the top rated in the city and should not be missed. Also within the hotel is a full-service spa with a relaxation pool, sauna, steam room and treatment center where a range of services, guided by ancient therapeutic techniques, are offered.

Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

JW Marriott Hotel: Lima

Centrally located, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima features awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent views of the Pacific. Towering above ocean-side cliffs in Lima’s trendy Miraflores district, the JW Marriott offers sweeping panoramas from every guestroom. The hotel's 25-story, ultra-modern glass tower makes it arguably the most cosmopolitan and contemporary of Lima’s luxury hotels. The spacious ocean-view rooms feature new bedding from Marriott with designer duvets and pillows, air-conditioning, in-room safe and mini-bar. As well, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima is also home to a gourmet restaurant, La Vista, a spa with a wide range of beauty treatments, a fitness center, gift shop, and - seasonally - a swimming pool and tennis court. Enjoy the first-class service and one-of-kind amenities at this premium luxury hotel in the heart of the Peru's capital city.

Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  JW Marriott Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel
Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  JW Marriott Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel

Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort: Paracas

Nestled 250 kilometers south of Lima, Hotel Paracas Resort is ideally situated for travelers looking to immerse themselves in nature, as well as those seeking a glimpse into the mysterious and intriguing history of Peru’s central coast and its ancestral denizens. Sparkling like a jewel on Paracas Bay, the hotel beckons with distinguished architecture and design that seamlessly harmonize with dazzling surroundings offering countless unforgettable excursions and adventures. A spectacular bay, an encountering with nature marvels and all the adrenaline of aquatic sports are awaiting for you at Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort.

Machu Picchu & Pacific Coast Active Adventure Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort
Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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  • Patricia M — May 24, 2019 — South America

    Overall, we were very pleased with the entire experience. Our guides were excellent, knowledgeable, and friendly. We were also amazed as to how well planned the entire trip was and the support we received throughout. For example, the support we received when our flight was delayed was welcomed and greatly appreciated.

  • Lyle I — March 18, 2019 — South America

    Brandi went above and beyond our expectations. This was a bucket list trip for us and it was fabulous. Renee, in Peru, was incredibly attentive and caring. Mariela Zamora was an excellent guide and gave us 110% service. We are very impressed with Kensington and all of their people.

  • Robert S — June 11, 2019 — South America

    This was the second of what will soon be 3 tours with Kensington. The 1st 2 included 17 people. There is absolutely no aspect of the trips that I can find fault with. All the details were carefully dealt with. All of the people from the office to those "on the ground" were professional and pleasant.

  • Lynn N — February 27, 2019 — South America

    Every aspect of our trip to the Galápagos Islands was perfect. Scalesia Lodge and Finch Bay Hotel were both incredible, our excursions were wonderful, our guides were knowledgeable, and our itinerary was planned and executed effortlessly. Best last minute addition: booking a room at the W at the airport in Quito so that we had a comfortable place to nap and relax during our 6-hour layover (especially since our flight back to the States did not depart until 12:45 am).

  • Shelley R — March 24, 2019 — South America

    Kensington Tours planned our trip to Patagonia when we went to visit our daughter in Buenos Aries. Everything worked like clockwork. Flights, transfers and excursions were all well planned with excellent companies and were stress-free. The excursions were varied, and the guides were excellent. Hotels were top notch and very comfortable. This is the second time I have used Kensington to plan a vacation, and they really make it easy. I gave them the places we wanted to visit and our interests and they took it from there. I highly recommend Kensington Tours!

  • Carmen S. — January 20, 2019 — South America

    Thanks to Kensington Tours we had a fabulous, stress free vacation. The Kensington team (Barbara and Jenny) were extremely helpful in helping us decide on sites to visit and planning our airfares connections and always there to timely answer any questions we had. The guides and drivers were always prompt, knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs and we couldn’t asked for a better trip!

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    We had a great time on our trip to Argentina and Chile. The guides were great.

  • Melvin S. — January 31, 2019 — South America

    We enjoyed the experience very much. Our guides in Bogota (Sebastian) and Medellin (Maria) were excellent and very appropriate for those experiences and are highly recommended.

  • Caryl M. — January 07, 2019 — South America

    Sarah Roberts was a joy to work with. She was helpful, responsive and always had a positive can-do attitude. Just fantastic.

  • Ann V. — November 16, 2018 — South America

    It was a trip of a lifetime. Everything worked out perfectly. Thanks so much for all your guidance and help.

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