Rainbow Peru: Lima to Cusco

Rainbow Peru: Lima to Cusco

Rainbow Peru: Lima to Cusco

Trip Details:

Operator:   Explorandes
Price From: TBA
Program duration: 10 days

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About this program

Start your journey in the colonial and modern city of Lima before indulging yourself in a feast for the senses. See the desert city of Ica, the National Reserve of Paracas, board a dug-out canoe and float along the Rio Madre de Dios in Puerto Maldonados.

Explore the city of Cusco and it’s historical center before marvelling at the beauty of the Sacred Valley and the infamous Machu Picchu. If you have the desire for adventure, history and cultural immersion, this 10-day experience is a bucket-list must!


Day 1: Lima

Arrival and transfer to your hotel. If you arrive early we can arrange optional tours to museums or to visit the city and surrounding sites. Overnight at hotel, lunch and dinner on your own.

Day 2: Lima / Ica

Early departure by coach to Ica – the comfortable bus will take you to this desert city traversing various lush valleys that cut through the Atacama Desert. Arrival and check-in at your hotel. Afternoon optional flight over the Nazca lines. Lunch and dinner on your own, Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 3: Paracas / Lima

After breakfast a vehicle will take you to the National Reserve of Paracas. The tour begins in the morning with the boat trip to the Ballestas Islands where we can find a lot of Marine Wildlife. After 15 minutes of travel towards the Islands we will appreciate "The Chandelier" an enigmatic figure sculpted in the sand on the side of a sand hill, overlooking the ocean. After two hours, we’ll head towards Tambo Colorado, one of the best preserved architectural complexes in Peru despite being built with adobe (mud bricks). Typically Tawantinsuyu in its outline and architectural design it is unique. In being built of adobe, as an example of the adaptation of the Quechua architects and engineers to the new coastal environment that they were beginning to conquer. In the late afternoon a bus will take us to Lima. Overnight at hotel, dinner on your own. (B/L)

Day 4-5: Puerto Maldonado

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado in the rainforest of Southeastern Peru. Meet and greet at airport and canoe transport to your lodge. There are various options for lodges in the area, according to space availability we will send you to one of the three options that we work with, all offering an exceptional rainforest experience. Most entail orientation talks on arrival, walks through trails in the forest led by naturalist guides, night time excursions on dug-out canoes, float rides to watch fauna on the shore line and in the canopy layers. All meals are included as well as transportation in vehicles and canoes. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Puerto Maldonado / Cusco

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Cusco. On arrival in the course of the morning, you will be transferred to a hotel, rest of the morning free to acclimatize, lunch on your own. Depending on arrival time, a walking tour of the city can be done– Inca temples and colonial churches. Overnight at hotel, lunch & dinner on your own. (B)

Day 7: Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Full day excursion to visit the main sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas with group guided tour to the Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo the archaeological remains. Lunch on route, and overnight at a local hotel, dinner on your own. Depending on hotel availability additional activities can be organized from some of the country inns. (B/L)

Day 8: Machu Picchu

Early transfer from your hotel to the train station in the Sacred Valley. A two hour ride down the Urubamba gorge as it changes from mountain vegetation to cloud forest, arrival at the station of Machu Picchu Village. A bus ride will bring you to the citadel for a full day guided visit on a group basis, with lunch included and afternoon return to the village; spend the night at a local hotel, dinner on your own. (B/L)

Day 9: Machu Picchu / Cusco

Early rise for those who want an optional visit to the ruins. The other option is to stay around the village, relax in your hotel or take a walk in the surrounding cloud-forest. Lunch on your own. Afternoon train return to Cusco, where we will arrive in the evening. Transfer to your hotel, dinner on your own. (B)

Day 10: Cusco / Return

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your ongoing connecting flight to another destination inside the region or back home. (B)

Country Fast Facts


Flag Flag_of_Peru
Continent:South America
Official Language(s)Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Population31,141,643 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s)Eqautorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Subtropical oceanic, Temperate oceanic.
Major Airport(s):Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP)
Economic Driver(s):Agriculture, Manufacturing, Extraction, Tourism

Country Fast Facts


Continent:North America
Official Language(s)English, French
Population36,048,521 (2016 estimate)
Climate(s)Arctic, Sub-arctic, Semi-Arid Desert, Temperate Rainforest, Humid Continental
Major Airport(s):Lester B. Peason International Airport (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Economic Driver(s):Fossil Fuels, Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture

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