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Private sailing on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake.

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This edition of Ultimate

Journeys - Travel in Peru was

produced by LimaTours’

marketing team.

UJ GENERAL DIRECTOR

Gerardo Sugay

CONTENT DIRECTOR

Gerardo Sugay

Ana Paula Albín

Ximena Arrieta

GENERAL EDITOR

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PRODUCT DESIGN

Dafne Vargas

COORDINATION

Karla Huertas

ART DIRECTOR

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

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INFOGRAPHICS

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EDITORIAL STAFF

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ROUTE

This edition is an adventure through

the south of Peru. Join us on a

journey with Maca to discover

fascinating places following a

mysterious map.

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Sergio Salazar

PromPerú

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COVER PAGE PHOTO CREDIT

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Naomi Tamamoto


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SAND, BEACH AND NATURE

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BALLESTAS ISLANDS: A PLACE OF BIRDS AND SEA LIONS

NASCA FROM THE SKIES

THE FLAVOUR OF PISCO

BETWEEN THE SKY AND THE DESERT

IN THE TRACKS OF THE DAKAR

AREQUIPA

GASTRONOMY AND HISTORY

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nature and tradition

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TASTING AREQUIPA

A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME

THE SILLAR ROUTE

THE FLIGHT OF THE CONDOR

NATURAL BONDING

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EXPERIENCING LA CANDELARIA

THE LIVING CULTURE OF TITICACA

SOCCA, LAKESIDE TRANQUILLITY

LLACHON, A LIFE EXPERIENCE

THE TWO "PIETAS" OF LAMPA

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OF MACHU PICCHU

CUSCO

THE INCA EMPIRE

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THE OTHER FACE OF SACSAYHUAMAN

CUSCO BENEATH THE STARS

SACRED VALLEY, THE HEART OF THE EMPIRE

ANCIENT SCIENCE IN THE LABORATORIES OF THE ANDES

HANAN PACHA, THE WORLD OF THE CONDOR


EDITORIAL

DEAR TRAVELLER:

Can we trust you with a secret? We have in our hands an ancient map, which our woolly friend Maca the

Alpaca found hidden away among her family’s old books. It shows the way to a place of dreams, full of magic

and tradition, surrounded by fantastic scenery and alive with ancestral energy.

You are invited to go on an unequalled adventure with Maca in search of this mysterious world. The journey

begins in Lima and heads south, threading its way through the sandy dunes of the Ica desert, with the dazzling

wealth of Peru’s coastal waters and the pre-Inca cultures that thrived here. Further south, we will discover the

colonial heritage that the Spanish left in Arequipa, a treasury of Vice-royalty architecture which provides the

setting for a local cuisine which will excite your palate in every way.

Continuing to the south and the Inca world begins to shine. First in Puno, a place of legend where according

to tradition, the Inca founding fathers rose up out of the mystic waters of Lake Titicaca in search of the perfect

foundation on which to build the capital of their Empire. Finally, we enter Cusco, the enchanted city of narrow

cobbled alleyways, impressive stone-built walls and an ancient culture which still survives in the communities here.

At every step, Maca will show you the best experiences to enjoy your time to the full, chosen to satisfy the

tastes of every traveller: adrenaline junkies, fans of food, lovers of history, and those who seek close and

meaningful contact with nature and local tradition.

Let yourself be led by the hand (or hoof) of Maca, our local expert, and enjoy everything that our glorious

Peru has to offer.

Happy holidays and a fantastic 2020!

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company (quotation, product design, suppliers management, Lima

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PERU ONE OF THE BEST

SAYS CONDÉ NAST

Art in Motion - Peruvian Edition is a new project from

Belmond that will bring its guests closer to contemporary

national culture through arts, design and food. The venue

for this work was the Hiram Bingham train, which has been

re-conceived by artist Fito Espinosa to evoke the natural

world. The drinks menu has been recreated by Aaron Diaz,

the mixologist of the popular bar Carnaval in Lima, and the

food includes dishes prepared with local ingredients of the

highest quality. Also, the uniforms of the staff have been

revamped by fashion designer Jose Miguel Valdivia, taking

inspiration from the outfits of Hiram Bingham himself

during his expedition to Machu Picchu in 1911, though with

a modern touch.

Prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveler has chosen Peru

as one of the best countries in the world in its latest annual

Readers Choice 2019. More than 600,000 readers took

part in the survey, rating their travel experiences around

the world, and placing our country Peru in sixth place

overall. In the survey, several Peruvian hotels were ranked

in the top ten in South America: Aranwa Cusco Boutique

Hotel (# 1), Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (# 2),

Country Club Lima (# 5), and Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (#

9). In the resorts category, the Condé Nast readers chose

Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection Resort & Spa (# 5), Hotel

Paracas, Luxury Collection Resort & Spa (# 8) and Aranwa

Pueblito Encantado del Colca (# 9). Finally, the Belmond

Andean Explorer was named the best train in the world,

and the Belmond Hiram Bingham won fifth place.

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ART IN MOTION COMES

TO MACHU PICCHU

NIGHTS OF PERUVIAN FLAVOUR

IN THE WORLD

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For the third year in succession, the restaurant Maido has

been selected as the best in the region in the awards for

Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, held in Buenos Aires,

Argentina. Mitsuharu Tsumura, the Chef who fronts up

Maido, received the award which places Maido as the top

restaurant, once again ahead of Central and chef Virgilio

Martinez, which took second place. Meanwhile, Peru was

once again recognised as the world’s Leading Culinary

Destination – for the eighth time – in the global edition

of the World Travel Awards, the Oscars of Tourism. In the

same awards ceremony, held in Oman, our country also

triumphed in the category of Leading Cultural Destination

and won Leading Tourist Attraction with Machu Picchu.


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TWO NEW CREATIVE CITIES

WERE CHOSEN BY UNESCO

The selection of Peru as a location for great international

sporting events distinguished 2019. This year, our country

was visited by thousands of sports fans of all kinds,

beginning with the Dakar Rally in January, which took

them through the fantastic landscapes of our coastal

desert. In June, the Panamerican Games and the Para-

Panamerican Games put Lima in the spotlight, as the city

hosted the participants, their families and supporters.

Finally, we close the year with Lima as the chosen venue

for the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s

international competition for soccer club sides. These

events establishing Peru as a destination ready and able

to hold such prestigious international competitions which

promote foreign tourism and help the development of the

industry within the country.

NEW FIGURES

FOUND IN NASCA

Arequipa and Ayacucho have been added to Unesco’s

Creative Cities, a group that aims to promote international

collaboration between developing countries by

establishing networks of creativity and culture. Arequipa

has been selected in the category of “Gastronomy” for

its contributions to Peruvian cuisine, while Ayacucho was

chosen in the area of “Crafts and Popular Art” given that its

handicrafts are the foundation of its economy and regional

identity. The Unesco project of Creative Cities was set up

in 2004 and now has 180 members around the world,

focused on seven areas: Cinema, Music, Literature, Design,

Digital Arts, Gastronomy, and Crafts and Popular Art.

2019 WAS PERU’S

SPORTING YEAR

On the 25th anniversary of the nomination of the Nasca Lines

as a World Heritage Centre by Unesco, a new discovery puts

the geoglyphs back in the headlines. After an investigation

by archaeologists from the University of Yamagata in Japan,

more than 140 new geoglyphs have been identified including

both human and animal figures. To identify them, the

scientists used fieldwork and advanced technology including

satellite imagery, three-dimensional scanning and Artificial

Intelligence. Masato Sakai, director of the investigating team,

stressed the importance of the findings in enabling the

recovery of the figures, which were found in poor condition,

close to “a crisis of destruction”. Making them visible will allow

them to be protected as national heritage.

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LIMA

We head to the south of Lima, following the

route on the map. After travelling for four hours,

we reach Ica, an oasis set in the coastal desert,

with something to suit everyone.

Here you can discover the charms of this

city and its surroundings. It has both history

and mystery, in contact with nature on all sides,

offering both adrenaline adventures and great food

and drink experiences. All this with a warm and sunny

climate, perfect for visiting at any time of the year.


EXPERIENCES

The Ballestas Islands: a place of BIRDS and SEA lions

Nasca from the skies

The flavour of Pisco

Between the sky and the desert

In the tracks of the Dakar


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Ballestas Islands : a place

of BIRDS and SEA lions

Nature and Experiential

4 hours AM Upon Request

If we ask you to think of a penguin, what first comes to mind?

Ice, perhaps, at the north or south pole, or somewhere very

cold. And you are right. But if we tell you that you can find

penguins in the the desert, would you believe us?

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The Ballestas Islands are a beautiful sight for lovers of the

sea, a chance to see close up the richness of the marine

environment off the coast of Peru. The islands have an

ecosystem teeming with life, and also display scattered

relics of the past. The islands’ proximity to Lima and their

beauty make them one of the protected areas most visited

by national and foreign tourists.

Bird watchers will find here an enormous diversity of species,

some resident and some migratory. Pelicans, boobies,

plovers and seagulls are some of the inhabitants of the

reserve. But the most spectacular resident, without a doubt,

is the Humboldt Penguin, the only penguin that lives in Peru

permanently. Colonies of sea lions and pods of dolphins

complete the dramatic displays of wildlife that call these

islands home.

The tour of the Ballestas Islands lasts about two hours. From

the boat, you can also see the beautiful rock formations up

close, and let your imagination to run free perceiving fantastic

faces and figures. Be sure also to see the Candelabro, a huge

geoglyph almost 170 metres long drawn on a giant dune

facing the sea. Although its origin is unknown, it is related to

the Nasca lines.

Manuel Medir / Promperu

The Peruvian sea is waiting for you - are you ready to discover it?

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Nasca from

the skies

Archaeology and History

5 hours AM Upon request

What do a dog, a hummingbird, a llama, an iguana, a seagull,

a spider and a whale have in common? The answer lies

below you while you fly over Ica’s desert, where these and

other figures are drawn. They are part of the Nasca Lines,

astounding drawings chosen as a World Heritage Site by

Unesco.

Janine Costa / Promperu

The Nasca Lines are a complex of geoglyphs covering the

broad desert plains close to Ica. On an area of 450 square

kilometres, the ancient inhabitants from the Nasca culture

laid out up to 800 figures, some as much as 270 metres long.

How have these simple lines in the sand managed to survive

all this in time? That is part of the mystery they embody.

The German scientist Maria Reiche dedicated her life to the

study and protection of this conundrum. She concluded that

the lines function as an astronomical calendar, related to

the motions of several stars and, can thus be used to mark

critical times of the agricultural year. Also, their vast scale

gave the drawings a ceremonial significance, calling out to

the gods to send water down to the lands.

After flying over the geoglyphs for half an hour, you can learn

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more about the history of these people by visiting the pre-

Inca cemetery of Chauchilla and its mummies. You can also

walk by the aqueducts of Cantayoc, spiral stairs leading down

to underground passageways of flowing water, to sustain the

crops of the Nasca people.

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The flavour

of Pisco

Gastronomy

From 2 days / 1 night PM Upon Request

The southern region of the Peruvian coast has exceptional

soil. Since colonial times, landowners settled there have

enjoyed a rich and fertile land, farming the grape and

producing its by-products which have won an iconic place in

the Peruvian economy.

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From a process of distillation using the fruits comes Pisco,

the national drink. The taste of this product is distinctive

due to the use of specific varieties of grapes known as

“pisqueras”: Quebranta, Mollar, Criolla Negra, Uvina, Italia,

Moscatel, Torontel and Albilla. Pisco masters work with them,

obtaining three types of drinks: “Pisco puro” or pure, derived

from a single grape variety; “Mosto Verde”, collected from

the distillation of fresh musts interrupting its fermentation;

and the “Pisco acholado”, obtained from the mixture of

grapes and musts at different stages of fermentation.

Even if its incomparable flavour and aroma are enjoyed

throughout the country, it is in Ica where the most prestigious

vineyards and wineries are found, offering tastings and

hospitality to visitors.

The vineyards of Ica are an ideal place to get away from the

noise and grime of the city. In the hands of a sommelier, you

will learn everything about the process of making Pisco. Start

with a walk amongst the vines to learn about grape varieties;

then visit the distillery to see the production process. Finally,

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enjoy a special tasting to finish of the day. An unforgettable

way to get to know our Pisco!

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Between the sky

and the desert

Adventure

4 hours AM | PM Upon request

To enter into the heart of the desert is an adrenaline-filled

adventure! Surrounded by dunes which appear to go on

forever, you can be sure of spectacular landscapes, where

sand and sky come together to set the stage for unforgettable

sunsets.

Paracas reserve has an area of more than 3,335 thousand

hectares, much of which is Peruvian coastal desert. What

better way to discover it than by having fun in it? Onboard a

tubular, or dune buggy, you can leave the roads behind and

race across the sands. Climb the dunes feeling the wind in

your face, with only tracks insight being those left by your

wheels!

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Your first stop will be on the highest point of the dunes,

where the silence of the desert is broken only by the whistle

of the evening wind. While the sun slowly sets beyond the

sea, you can take in the panorama. Sitting on the top of the

dunes, letting the sand run through your fingers, you can

relax and breath in the tranquillity that surrounds you. After

a few minutes, you will be ready for action – pick up your

sandboard and head downhill in a rush of adrenalin.

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With the last rays of the sun, a picnic will be awaiting you

on the peak of the dunes. Relax with a glass of champagne,

some appetisers, fruits and drinks until it is night. If the sky

is clear, the first stars will make their appearance, giving a

silvery gleam to the end of the day.

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In the tracks

of the Dakar

Adventure and Nature

8 hours AM Upon Request

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it is said, the liberator Don Jose de San Martin landed, and

dreamt of flamingos flying over the bay. He chose their colours

to create the Peruvian flag. The route continues between the

dunes past remote and tranquil beaches, revealing the richness

of the coastline. Soon you will arrive at Gallinazo beach, deep

into the reserve.

There is another way to experience the desert. If a trip on the

sand buggies is too much, you can also explore the dunes

in four-by-four vehicle as used in the Dakar Rally, one of the

world’s most famous off-road races, which has chosen Paracas

as the venue for a stage on four occasions.

You will enter the Paracas National Reserve and head towards

the sea. The first stop is at the historic Independence Bay: here,

Here you leave the trucks behind and discover the surroundings

on foot. Let the sound of the waves soothes yourself and feel

the pull of sea as you walk along the coast. You can cool off with

a dip in the waves, rest on the shore or search out the perfect

spot for photographs. You are far from other tourists here, just

you and nature.

The richness of this coastline lies not only in the spectacular

landscape but in the wildlife that inhabits it. Peruvians have

been fishing here for thousands of years, so your lunch today

will be a gift from the ocean. You will enjoy delicious dishes

of fresh fish prepared with incomparable Peruvian ingredients

before you return to the starting point of your adventure.

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GREENING

LIMATOURS

We are aware of the importance of protecting the environment.

And so we take part in various activities and promote actions to

add our little grain of sand to the great work of caring for the

planet.

At the same time as we

are reducing the use of plastics,

we aim to do the same for paper. This

is why our guides and representatives

use electronic tablets to carry information

for guests about Peru and their itineraries,

without printing.

We give our clients the

chance to compensate for their

carbon footprint by planting trees in

the Tambopata National Reserve. This

planting not only helps to mitigate the

contamination effects of travelling, it also

replaces lost biodiversity and improves

the environment for wildlife in the

protected areas of forest.

We develop strategic

alliances with our providers to

establish water refill points

throughout our activities. In this way, we

encourage our travellers and staff to invest

in reusable water containers, reducing the

need for throw-away plastic water

bottles.

Since our foundation, we

have been part of recycling

campaigns such as ReCusco, which

aims to reduce the level of waste in the

tourist circuit of Cusco and the Sacred

Valley. Also, this initiative has enabled

local recyclers to establish themselves

and has spearheaded awareness

campaigns in the local

communities.

TOUR OPERATOR

Our NEPCon/Rainforest Alliance certification has been validated once more with a 98.38% rating.

This audit confirms that the chain of services that we offer promotes viable tourism for the future,

and also that our providers and clients respect these values.


LIMA

The country’s second-biggest city is the next

stop on the map. Like Lima, its colonial legacy is

impressive and evident in its spectacular churches,

enigmatic convents, and imposing mansions that

grace the streets of its historic centre.

Discover Arequipa, known as the White City, and

its renowned cuisine, with and “picanterias” that

are places to meet for the locals. And don’t miss the

extraordinary natural beauty of the countryside around,

part of the life of the city dwellers, which is laid out beneath the

towering volcanic peak of the Misti.


EXPERIENCES

Tasting Arequipa

A journey through time

The sillar route

The flight of the condor

Natural bonding


Inés Menacho / Promperu


AREQUIPA: GASTRONOMY AND HISTORY

TASTING AREQUIPA

Culture and Gastronomy

5 hours AM | PM Upon Request

Eating well in Peru is guaranteed. Every region has something

different to offer, with traditional specialities made from

local ingredients. Distinctive flavours to tempt the taste

buds of each visitor. But Arequipa regional food has an

exceptional reputation, so much so, that it has been named

as a “Creative City” by Unesco in the “Gastronomy” category.

If we talk about the food of the White City, we have to

discuss the picanterias. These iconic Arequipa restaurants

have their origins way before the Spanish foundation of

the city. Historically they were known for serving “chicha” –

the traditional drink made from fermented maize which is

characteristic of Andean communities – accompanied by

dishes that were picante (spicy). The introduction of new

ingredients and cooking techniques has transformed the

Arequipa kitchen, leading to such famous dishes today as the

Solterito, the Ocopa and the Rocoto Relleno.

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You can enjoy the intense flavours of the most typical of

Arequipa dishes on a stroll through a couple of picanterias.

You will see that they have their own culture and customs,

such as having a “special” which changes daily and serving

the food not at individual tables but on large tables with

benches, where everybody eats together.

lookout, with a spectacular view of the city and its sheltering

The finishing touch to a meal here is the Queso Helado or

cheese ice-cream, the most traditional of Arequipa’s desserts.

And there is nowhere better to try it than at the Yanahuara

volcanoes, and the lookout’s beautiful arches of bright white

ashlar (sillar in Spanish) carved with quotes from the most

famous sons and daughters of the White City.

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AREQUIPA: GASTRONOMY AND HISTORY

A journey

through time

History and Archaeology

8 hours AM Upon Request

Wandering through Arequipa is like taking a trip in a time

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machine. Its streets and museums are a doorway to the past,

a heritage that the White City and its inhabitants preserve to

delight the world.

One of the most impressive historical legacies of the

city belongs to the Inca period and rests in the Andean

Sanctuaries Museum. She is the Lady of Ampato, or the

Mummy Juanita, a young girl who was sacrificed hundreds of

years ago, and whose frozen body was found in the snowy

crater of the Ampato volcano.

Unlike other mummies, Juanita’s body was not given the

usual treatments to preserve it. After her death from a blow

on the head, she was placed in the snow where the cold

temperatures maintained the body intact until her discovery.

With her were found offerings such as jewellery, food and

ceramics.

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The centre of Arequipa is also pure history, with colonial

buildings which illustrate how important the city was during

the Vice-royalty. And between the churches and mansions

you will find a giant wall, four metres high, which surrounds

one of the architectural gems most characteristic of the

period: the Monastery of Santa Catalina.

Founded in 1579, the monastery is like a small village isolated

from the outside. Its colourful corridors, spacious patios

and austere monastic cells evidence the building styles of

the colonial period, combining Spanish features with others

more indigenous. The monastery’s great beauty lies as much

in its history as the aesthetics of its miniature world of lanes

and dwellings, with a character that makes it unique.

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The sillar route

Culture and History

3 hours AM | PM Upon Request

Arequipa is known as the White City for a reason. If you look

around at the most significant buildings in the centre of the

city, you will see that they have all been built of ashlar, a

volcanic stone that paints the streets white, according to

popular tradition.

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The ashlar or sillar quarries of nearby Cerro Colorado are

the oldest that are still in use. Just a few kilometres from the

city, they are open to visitors, and you can see the stone in

its natural state and discover how the blocks are quarried

since the demand for this spectacular stone continues

undiminished to this day.

Walking amongst the giant walls of sillar is an eye-opening

experience, as you learn how these rough blocks become finely

carved sections of an elegant townhouse facade. The Sillar

Route is a back-stage exploration of Arequipa architecture.

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The flight of

the condor

Nature

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The region of Arequipa is full of surprises. In addition to its

marvellous historical legacy, it boasts a natural beauty that

runs from its fertile farmlands to its towering volcanoes. And

if you want to know all its attractions, you must not miss the

Colca valley and canyon.

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More than four thousand metres deep, the Colca Canyon

is one of the most profound in the world. Its formation lies

in the uprising of the volcanoes of Sabancaya and Hualca

Hualca, giving rise to its name of “Valley of Fire”. These

natural forces have created the canyon as it is today, with a

series of ecological niches at different heights that are home

to dozens of different species of flora and fauna, as well

providing farmland for the people that live around.

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In addition to the area’s unique beauty, there is an unmissable

spectacle for which the canyon offers a front-row seat. Take

your place at the Cruz del Condor lookout, have a little

patience, and you may be blessed with a close-up view of

the elegantly soaring condors. These birds, threatened with

extinction, have a sanctuary here between the steep walls of

the canyon and perform their imperial flights in plain sight.

The majesty of the Colca Valley is matched by the lifestyles of

its close communities, who have learnt to live in harmony with

nature. This is an exceptional experience in the depths of Peru.

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Natural bonding

Nature

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The importance of this reserve lies not only in the

preservation of the several ecosystems within the area, but

also the protection of endangered animal species. The vicuña,

for example, is an Andean camelid under threat which has its

home in the Salinas and Aguada Blanca. Watching them run

freely here is a hopeful sign for the survival of this beautiful

animal. The same is true of the parihuana, or flamingo,

another threatened species found here.

Today, Salinas and Aguada Blanca is also one of the principal

sources of water for Arequipa, thanks to its woods, lakes and

marshes that store the water and regulate the water cycle.

There are times when connecting with yourself is the same

as connecting with nature. Experiences which allow you to

contemplate the immensity of what Pachamama, or Mother

Earth, has to give, light up something in the human spirit.

They need to explore, to understand, to seek out a space to

appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, accompanied only

by silence.

This also benefits the nearby communities, who keep up their

ancient ways of working together in harmony with nature.

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The Salinas and Aguada Blanca Natural Reserve, located

between volcanoes, is a large conservation area with several

natural attractions. There are more than 360 thousand

hectares which offer possibilities including hiking to the

Misti and Chachani volcanoes, cycling, looking at birds and

animals, and visiting rock formations and cave paintings.

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WHAT

DO OUR

PASSENGERS SAY

FATIMA

IBARRA

Argentina

Excellent organisation, we spent seven days with LimaTours. Everything was

organised: they guided us from the airport, transported us to the hotel, even

accompany us when boarding the trains. The private tours in Cusco and the

Sacred Valley are a must-see. Our guide, Saul, made it an excellent trip. I definitely

recommend LimaTours, and if I have the opportunity to return, it will be with them.

The trip was very good, everything went well and we had no problems. We had a great

time because everything was organized perfectly (transfers, plane tickets). We were

accompanied by very friendly and prepared guides, and of course, the places we saw

were wonderful! We really liked the fact that we organized the tour starting in Lima

to get to Cusco and Machu Picchu. We must also mention the Amazon rainforest: a

unique experience! I highly recommend it. Thank you so much for everything!

ELISABETTA

COLOMBINI

Italy

JANE

MAUCK

United States

I would highly recommend LimaTours. They were always there on time and ready

for the next adventure. They kept the groups moving and on time as well. I really

appreciated having a rep escort us to the airport at Puno to ensure we were all checked

in with no issues. Most helpful. It was such a great time while in Cusco and Puno.

My wife and I took an excellent 6 Day Peru trip organized by LimaTours. It was a

private, hassle-free and enjoyable experience. Everywhere we went, we were met

with and accompanied by a guide, along with a car and driver. Even when we

requested last minute changes, LimaTours made the required arrangements. I can’t

find enough words to express my appreciation for the great work they did.

RAMAN M.

United States

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LIMA

Welcome to the doorway to the Inca cosmos.

According to legend, Manco Capac and Mama

Ocllo emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca

to civilise humankind and seek the promised

land where the Sun God would establish his

empire. So it was that they reached Cusco, the

now-famous Inca capital which charms the world.

Puno is a magical mix of cultures, maintaining

its pre-Hispanic inheritance together with colonial

influences. Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world,

is an exceptional destination for community tourism, and its

immensity will astonish you. It is a spectacular emerald jewel in the

heart of the Andes.


EXPERIENCES

Experiencing La Candelaria

The living culture of Titicaca

Socca, lakeside tranquillity

Llachon, a life experience

The two “Pietas” of Lampa


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PUNO: NATURE AND TRADITION

Experiencing La

Candelaria

Culture and History

2 hours AM / PM Upon Request

Peru is a land of traditions, and many of them have

strong religious overtones. Church processions and saints’

festivals are fervently celebrated by devotees, in a cultural

syncretism which has become a part of Peruvian life over

hundreds of years.

Renzo Giraldo / Promperu

Puno is no exception. On the contrary, the southern city

is known as a cultural capital of the Americas thanks to its

celebration of the Virgin of Candelaria, one of the world’s

best-known festivities, recognised by Unesco as one of

Humanity’s outstanding Intangible Cultural Heritages.

Every February, heaven and hell have a date in Puno. Angels

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and devils take over the streets to dance in honour of

Mamacha Candelaria, wearing exotic costumes, accompanied

by bands and musicians which fill every street corner with

life and colour, performing traditional dances such as La

Diablada, La Morenada and Los Caporales.

Transform your visit to Puno into an unforgettable

experience by getting deep into the heart of the Candelaria

festival. Discover the meticulous craftsmanship of the local

workshops as they create the masks and costumes on show

in the parades in honour of the Mamacha, learning also

about their history and meaning. Later, let the experts guide

yourself as you try out the dance steps to some of the most

popular rhythms of the festival.

You can experience Candelaria all year round and feel some

of the spiritual energy that Puno has to offer you.

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The living culture

of Titicaca

Culture and History

8 hours AM Daily

Besides its spectacular scenery, lake Titicaca is home to

communities which have learnt to adapt to the environment

with their particular lifestyle. They are the guardians of

ancient customs respecting the spirituality of the natural

world, that is an essential part of their identity as a people,

and that they still maintain.

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On the Uros islands, you can see some of the most popular

and curious customs. When you set foot there, you quickly

realise that these are, indeed, floating islands built by their

inhabitants. The Uros people are expert in working with

totora, a reed which grows in the lagoon. It can be used for

almost anything, including the construction of their houses

and boats.

The Uros people were here before the Incas. In order not

to be conquered, their ancestors chose to occupy these

islands in the middle of the lake. Ever since, the men of the

community have been taught how to build and maintain the

islands, developing their unique lifestyle with customs such

as cooking daily in the open air.

Heinz Plenge Pardo / Promperu

The history of the island of Taquile is different, with an Inca

and Spanish past. Walking down its narrow lanes, you enter

another world: modernity appears to have had no impact

here. Their traditions have survived the passage of time and

the islanders have their own unique form of dress, using the

beautiful textiles for which they have become famous. From

the top of the island, the view is spectacular. It is a privilege

which they enjoy every day, and that now they are sharing

with the world.

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Gihan Tubbeh / Promperu


PUNO: NATURE AND TRADITION

Socca , lakeside

tranquility

Nature, Culture and History

8 hours AM Upon Request

Who hasn’t enjoyed a day at the beach? The bright blue sky,

the golden sand, and the peaceful sound of the waves give

travellers the ultimate peace. Now imagine the same, but on

the shores of the world’s highest navigable lake, on top of

the Andes.

Head to the other side of Titicaca, and the roads will take

you away from the tourist route to find some beautiful and

private scenes. Socca is a small community close to the shore

of the lake, and the starting point for a less travelled path

in the Peruvian highlands. As you walk, you can see the

local people working in the fields, using thousand-year-old

methods inherited from their ancestors.

The beaches of the lake have a unique charm which you

will soon appreciate. Let yourself be touched by the cool,

refreshing breeze, while you stand on the shore and look out

across the immensity of the clear water. It’s an unbeatable

chance to relocate yourself in a place where nature reigns

supreme.

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Saenz Peña Ave. 208, Barranco. Lima


PUNO: NATURE AND TRADITION

Llachon , a life

experience

Culture and Nature

From 2 days / 1 night AM Upon Request

To truly appreciate the lifestyle of the Andean communities,

there is no better way than to live with them. To be “a local”

for a few days will open your eyes to a different world, full

of customs and traditions which are closely guarded, a

testament to the cultural diversity hidden in Peru.

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Llachon is a community on a peninsula in Lake Titicaca. Like

other villages similarly positioned, its distance from the city

has enabled it to preserve its traditional way of life, from

how they dress to the collaborative working practices of the

inhabitants. The beauty of the surroundings and the warmth

of the people makes it a perfect place to enjoy “experiential

tourism.”

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When you reach Llachon, the people of the community will

welcome you. Some villagers here make cloth by spinning

and weaving, others are farmers or fishermen, while some

maintain the household. All these activities complement

each other for the benefit of all.

You can spend the afternoon exploring around and

about until the evening, a time for relaxing beneath the

spectacularly starry sky to the gentle lapping sound of the

lake waters.

After spending the night in one of the villagers’ houses, you

will head back to Puno, but not before visiting a fine white

beach that fringe lake Titicaca. This is a dreamy landscape

where you can enjoy nature in all its greatness.

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The two “ Pietas

of Lampa

Archaeology and Nature

8 hours AM Upon Request

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After this, the Pope ordered the destruction of the first

copy, but this was never carried out. In 1972, Michelangelo’s

original sculpture in the Vatican was severely damaged

by vandals. For the reconstruction, a special committee

travelled from Italy to Lamp to take the exact measurements

of the replica that had been made in plaster.

In addition to the colonial influence here, we can see also the

pre-Inca legacy. On the way to Lampa, we pass by Sillustani,

with its impressive twelve metre high mausoleums, built by

the Colla people to store the remains of their ancestors. One

more sight to enjoy in the unique journey through history

that Puno offers the visitor.

Lampa is a charming little community near Puno. Its buildings

of volcanic ashlar, with a rosy tinge, have won it the title

of “the pink city”, and it appears to be lost in time. Among

its colonial houses and bridges is the church of Santiago

Apostol, the most important in the town: this church houses

a replica of Michelangelo’s famous Pieta, made on the orders

of a Pope.

Martín Pauca / Promperu

How did this Pieta reach the Andean altiplano? In the 1960s,

Peruvian senator Enrique Torres asked Pope John XXIII for

a copy of the famous sculpture to put on the dome of the

church. When it arrived in Lampa, it was clear that it was

too heavy for the building and threatened to bring down the

dome. So a second replica was made, in black aluminium,

which can still be seen today inside the church. The original

plaster copy remained in the municipality.

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LOOKING

TO THE

FUTURE

OUR

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

At LimaTours our objective is always to be leading the

tourism industry in Peru, innovating and seeking

accreditation to ensure we are providing a service of

the highest quality and to international standards.

OUR ADVANCED

TECHNOLOGY

OUR

CERTIFICATIONS

BUSINESS CREATIVITY 2019 FINALIST

We were named finalists in the Tourism and

Recreation category with our digital platforms

Masi and Aurora.

TOUR OPERATOR

QENTE AWARD 2019

We offer a personalised help service and chatbot

for travellers to keep them informed about their

trip before, during and after their visit.

The renewal of this certification shows that our

operations meet all the requirements of

sustainable tourism practices.

We were winners in the Travel and Tourism

Agency category, recognising our social work,

sustainability practices and the quality of service

of our Cusco operations.

LATA ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2019

Our virtual platform is live 24 hours to enable

our clients to plan their reservations in

real-time.

This certification in Corporate Social

Responsibility validates our good labour and

social policies with our work team, and good

environmental practices to support nature and

communities.

We were selected as the second-best DMC of

the year by LATA (Latin American Travel

Association) for our quality of service, product

innovation, work towards the well-being of our

employees and the positive impact we have on

communities and the environment.


LIMA

Immerse yourself in the depths of the

Inca world, something that never fails

to wonder with its way of life and its

sophistication. Cusco, as the capital

of the Empire, is a heaven for lovers

of history, where nature and culture

come together to create fabulous

memories.

You will be amazed by more than just the

Inca and colonial architecture. You can also

experience the local communities and discover

at first hand their traditions, which have survived

for hundreds of years and will take your experience to

another level.


EXPERIENCES

The other face of Sacsayhuaman

Cusco beneath the stars

Sacred Valley, the heart of the Empire

Ancient science in the laboratories of the Andes

Hanan Pacha, the world of the condor


Intu


CUSCO: THE INCA EMPIRE

The other face of

Sacsayhuaman

Adventure, Archaeology and Nature

8 hours AM Upon Request

The archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman is much more than

Intu

the mighty fortress that we all know. In fact, the complex has

three thousand hectares of woodlands, villages and other

attractions that are well worth the time to explore. One of

these is the Balcon del Diablo (Devil’s Balcony).

If you like hiking but you don’t have much time, or you want to

gently acclimatise to the altitude of the Imperial City, this walk

may be just the job. The route runs through the Yuncaypata

valley, allowing you to enjoy the scenery and learn about the

life of the locals as they go about their daily work.

Despite its closeness to Cusco, the area is an oasis of calm.

The peaceful surroundings with the soft sound of running

water are utterly relaxing. A giant rock outcrop signals your

destination, with the river running below it creating a splash

of greenery with trees and plants all around. High above,

there is a crack that appears to be a viewpoint.

The Balcon del Diablo demonstrates the harmony between

nature and architecture that is characteristic of the Inca

world. If you look closely, you will see signs of their carvings

and stonework around the area, where it is thought that

water rituals were carried out.

You can head back to the city passing by the Temple of the

Moon with its caves and channels carved in the rocks. Follow

the old Inca road for Antisuyo to enter Cusco through San

Intu

Blas, the famous barrio of local artists.

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CUSCO: THE INCA EMPIRE

Cusco beneath

the stars

History, Culture and Gastronomy

4 hours PM Upon Request

Cusco at night is an exceptional experience. The cobbled

lanes are filled with aromas from restaurants preparing

the evening meals for their guests, the lights reflecting on

the Inca stonework give it a magical glow while the fresh air

refreshes you as you walk. The crowds thin out, so that you

can better appreciate each detail of the city as you stroll.

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The Cusco sky is full of colour when the sun goes down, so

you should seek out the best place from which to enjoy it. The

San Cristobal lookout, a few minutes from the Main Square,

offers a spectacular view over the city. Here you will find the

church of the same name, built on the foundations of an

Inca palace. The trapezoidal niches in the walls still standing

around the church square demonstrate the blend of Spanish

and Pre-hispanic, which is typical of the Imperial City.

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From San Cristobal you can walk to San Blas, an iconic Cusco

barrio. Historically, it was home to the Inca nobility, and

today it is known for housing the studios of famous artists.

Walk through its narrow alleys and feel the unique spirit

of the place while you descend towards the Main Square

between imposing walls of stone.

Finish off the night with a delicious dinner in the local style.

Treat yourself to traditional cuisine with a modern touch,

and be taken on a journey of the rich flavours of typical local

ingredients perfectly combined.

Enjoy yourself. That is what a stroll through the Inca capital

is all about.

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Sacred Valley , the

heart of the Empire

History, Culture and Archaeology

8 hours AM Daily

In the Inca Empire, everything had a reason for being.

The cities were built in their chosen place for one reason,

the buildings faced in a particular direction for another,

and almost everything had a common denominator: its

connection with the natural world.

The Sacred Valley is nourished by the waters of the Urubamba

river, which was the earthly parallel of the Milky Way.

Because of its moderate altitude and mild temperatures, it

was possible to grow several vital crops to the Inca Empire,

such as coca leaves and maize. Beyond the cultivated fields,

the main religious and military centres are placed along the

valley, and we can appreciate them even today as examples

of the Inca’s astonishing building work.

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Chinchero is one of the most traditional towns of the valley.

Its colonial church is integrated with what was once an Inca

palace. The inhabitants keep up the ancient Inca ways, such

as their traditional dress, and weaving techniques for which

they have become famous. It is this culture, that can be seen

throughout the valley, that is displayed in the Living Museum

of Yucay, where you will also learn about other aspects

such as working with gold and the breeding of the Andean

camelids.

Ollantaytambo is a gem. The village remains just as it

was built, laid out according to Inca town planning. The

impressive fortress raises the mountainside, where it stood

as a military and religious focal point in the heart of the

valley. The beautiful view from the top, the same that the

Inca enjoyed five hundred years ago, gives us some idea of

why this area was so special.

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CUSCO: THE INCA EMPIRE

ANCIENT SCIENCE IN

THE LABORATORIES OF

THE ANDES

Archaeology, Culture and Gastronomy

5 hours AM Upon Request

Pachamama, Mother Earth, was generous to the Inca, giving

them fertile valleys, beautiful scenery and valuable crops which

continue to supply much of the people’s diet until today.

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The development of agriculture during the Inca empire was

advanced, even so far as creating “laboratories” to monitor

the crops. This is what happed at Moray, one of the most

mysterious archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley, with its

circular terraces on descending levels. Each level has a different

temperature, so they could be used to plant various crops and

see which growing conditions – and which region – would give

the best results. A particular irrigation system in each terrace

allowed the zones to grow up to 250 different products.

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Tubers have been a key component in the diet of Andean

communities for centuries. With technological advances

and new growing techniques, these foods have evolved and

spread to every dining table in the world. But on the heights

of Chinchero, the oca – a particular type of Andean tuber - is

not only filling the plates but also the cups and glasses.

Manuel Choqque is an agricultural engineer. After years

of working in his father’s fields, he decided to turn things

around. And so his oca wine project was born, creating a

drink with a remarkable flavour which has been perfected

over time. Today, Manuel offers a tasting experience to

explain his creation and how he has been able to improve

oca production using natural methods to increase its health

benefits. Are you tempted to try it?

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Alex Bryce / Promperu

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Hanan Pacha , the

world of the condor

Nature

8 hours AM Upon Request

Musuk Nolte / Promperu

considered divine. Its imposing size and its graceful majesty

in flight will make an impression on any observer. For the

Incas, this bird was a messenger between human beings

and the gods, the only creature that could reach the upper

world of Hanan Pacha. Today the condor is still important in

the Andean communities and is part of traditional festivities

such as the Yawar Fiesta.

To see the condor in all its splendour, you have to seek out

particular viewpoints. A few hours from Cusco, you will find

the little village of Chonta, surrounded by the spectacular

scenery of mountains and lakes. From here, you can walk

For the Incas, nature was not only the bounty that surrounds

us on Earth and gives us everything we need to live. The stars

and the animals also represented divine beings in the Inca

cosmovision and formed part of the universe which turned

around them.

The Inca world was divided into three: that of the gods, the

world above (Hanan Pacha); of the living, the world here on

Earth (Kay Pacha); and the place of the dead, the world below

(Uku Pacha). Each was identified with a creature considered

sacred, as we can see on ceramics or even, according to

some studies, represented in the form of their constructions.

These animals were the condor, the puma, and the serpent.

to the canyon where the lookouts are situated. Patience

will be rewarded when you see these birds appear, soaring

overhead, inheritors and guardians of a mythical past.

Gihan Tubbeh / Promperu

It is not difficult to understand why the condor should be

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LIMA

We have come to the end of our journey. Each

stop along the way has revealed a different

facet of wondrous Peru, with its natural

beauty and vibrant culture, treasures that

astonish the world and make the country

one of the most visited tourist destinations

in South America.

Now it is time to discover the last point on

the map: Machu Picchu. This world’s wonder

never fails to surprise locals and overseas

visitors alike, whether for its extravagant five

hundred year history, the spiritual energy of the site,

or the astounding landscape that surrounds it.


THE LIVING MAGIC

OF MACHU PICCHU

History, Archaeology and Culture

4 hours AM | PM Upon Request

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Some experiences leave a mark forever on the life of a

traveller. Some places can render the most adventurous of

us breathless, and give the most spiritual of us a glimpse

into their innermost being. For many, Machu Picchu is one

of those spots, a locale with an enchanting atmosphere that

you have to visit before you die.

Machu Picchu is an Inca gem. Set in a dreamlike landscape, the

stone city hovers six hundred metres above the Urubamba

river, on a saddle of hillside suspended between the twin

mountain peaks of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu.

Since its discovery in 1911 by Hiram Bighman, millions of

visitors have walked its pathways and stairs, fascinated

by the skills of the ancient Peruvians who created such a

spectacular complex without tools.

Built by order of the Inca Pachacutec, Machu Picchu served

as a rest centre for the elite. The spiritual harmony and

peace created here for the ruler of the empire are yours to

experience if you climb to the citadel in the early morning,

away from the hustle and bustle of the valley. Explore its

hidden corners and experience the mysteries of one of

South America’s most fascinating cultures. You will discover

a network of temples, plazas and terraces, superbly designed

with hand-hewn stones each fitting perfectly with the next.

Don’t miss the Inti Punku or Sun Gate, the entrance door

to Machu Picchu, marking the beginning of the Inca Trail.

And if it’s available, ascend to the top of the Huayna Picchu

mountain. From there, you can look back down on the

archaeological site and savour the fantastic panoramic view

of its surroundings. Unforgettable!


MACA’S PHOTO ALBUM

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CANDELARIA,

PUNO

SANTA CATALINA

CONVENT, AREQUIPA

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BALLESTAS

ISLAND, ICA

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CUSCO

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Thanks for joining me in this fabulous adventure! I hope you have

enjoyed it as much as I have. Peru is a fantastic country with so much

to offer to travellers. So what have I learned from this experience?

There is always something

new to discover in Peru. It

doesn't matter how

many times you visit.

Our natural resources in the country

are astounding. So we must

protect the environment and be

responsible travellers.

Communities maintain their

ancestral traditions and

lifestyles, which we should

respect.

Our history lives on in the

archaeological sites which can be

found throughout the country, and

we must learn to appreciate them.

FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TRIP

1

Think about the weather. You

should remember that in the

Peruvian Highlands, the rainy

season is from December to

March and the dry season

from June to October. On the

coast, it is summer from

December to April, after which

temperatures will drop. In the

lowland forests, it is hot and

humid almost all year round.


2

The essentials. You should

always carry your passport

and money in cash with

you. We suggest a small

backpack to carry your

camera, water bottle,

sunblock, a hat and

sunglasses during the day.

PASSPORT

3

Be a green tourist. Don't leave your

footprint on the natural world and

choose reusable water bottles.

LimaTours provides water re-filling

points to help you stay hydrated

throughout your travels.

23 KG

4

Take note of restrictions. Airlines and

trains have limits on the weight and

size of your luggage. Internal flights

take cases up to 23 kilos, according

to your class of flight. Trains to

Machu Picchu only accept hand

baggage of less than five kilos.

5 KG

5

Look after yourself and be smart. To

deal with weather as changeable as

we have in Peru, choose clothing you

can quickly put on or take off if you

get too hot or too cold. You should

also have comfortable shoes that

allow you to walk around the city, as

well as deal with more challenging

terrain.

Scan this code and read

everything you need to know

before you travel to Peru.


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DAY 1

BALLESTAS ISLANDS AND

CONVERSATION WITH A FISHERMAN

SUNSET OVER THE DUNES

DAY 2

AWAKENING IN THE VINEYARDS

PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE IN THE

DAKAR STYLE

DAY 4

SANTA CATALINA AND

ANDEAN MUSEUMS

TASTING OF "PICANTERIAS"

DAY 3

OVERFLIGHT THE NASCA LINES

DAY 5

ASHLAR ROUTE

FULL DAY AT SALINAS AND AGUADA

BLANCA NATIONAL RESERVE

AREQUIPA


CUSCO

DAY 11

DEVIL'S BALCONY

CUSCO NIGHT WALKING

TOUR

DAY 14

CHINCHERO, LIVING

MUSEUM OF YUCAY

AND OLLANTAYTAMBO

DAY 12

OBSERVATION OF

CONDORS IN CHONTA

DAY 15

VISIT MACHU

PICCHU

DAY 13

MORAY AND

EXPERIENCE OF OCA

DAY 16

INTERNATIONAL

FLIGHT

DAY 6

COLCA AND CRUZ DEL CONDOR LOOKOUT

TRANSFER FROM AREQUIPA TO PUNO

DAY 7

CANDELARIA COSTUME AND

DANCE WORKSHOP

TREK TO THE SOCCA PENINSULA

DAY 8

UROS AND TAQUILE

EXPERIENCE OF VIVENTIAL

TOURISM IN AMANTANI - DAY 1

PUNO

DAY 10

SILLUSTANI AND LAMPA

TRANSFER FROM PUNO

TO CUSCO

DAY 9

EXPERIENCE OF VIVENTIAL TOURISM

IN AMANTANI - DAY 2

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