Day 1: Lima Welcome to Peru! A personal driver will wait for you at Jorge Chávez International Airport and take you to your hostel in Lima’s charming quarter Miraflores. After a little information talk about the next days you will check into your room and have the rest of the day to relax or have a first look around town. Miraflores is a safe quarter located at the coast of Lima so you can without worrying take a walk on the “Malecon” (the beautiful seafront), visit the center of Miraflores and its “Parque Kennedy” (the central park) or have a delicious lunch or dinner in one of the many restaurants. The neighboring quarter Barranco is also worth a visit!
Day 2: Lima city tour (B) Today you will explore Lima with a guided city tour. You will be picked up at approx. 10:00 am and head towards the center of Lima. Here you will have a walk through the historical center with its impressive colonial buildings and squares such as the “Paseo de la Republica”, “San Martín” square, the main square “Plaza Mayor”, the government palace, the archbishop palace and the cathedral. You will visit the San Francisco Monastery, a beautiful building that hosts one of the most important collections of religious colonial art of America and descend into its gloomy catacombs below the monastery. You will also get to know modern Lima, visiting the quarters El Olivar de San Isidro, Miraflores and Larcomar. In Miraflores, After the tour you are free to explore more of Miraflores, Barranco or the City Center.
Day 3: Lima Paracas – Ballestas Islands- Huacachina (B) A driver will pick you up at around 3:30 am and take you to the bus station where you board a comfortable tourist bus. You travel down South along the coast on the Panamerican highway to the city of Ica (approx. 4 hours in the morning at around 8:00 am we will walk towards the harbor of Paracas, located approx. 1,5 hours from Ica. Here you will board a small motor boat taking you to the Ballestas Islands approx. 30 minutes from the coast. Here you can observe Humboldt penguins, sea lions, cormorants, Peruvian boobies and other sea-birds from a very short distance. On your way back to the dock you will also see the so-called “Candelabra”, a mysterious symbol that was carved into the face of the cliff by an unknown civilization.
Here you will be picked up at the bus station and be taken straight to the oasis Huacachina in the middle of the desert of Ica. You will have time to relax at the hostel pool between sand dunes and palm trees, have lunch in one of the restaurants around the small oasis, take a little walk through the desert or climbing up one of in the afternoon around 15:00 pm you will be picked up for a thrilling and beautiful adventure: an experienced driver will take you at high speed deep into the desert and dunes around the oasis in a so-called sand buggy. You will stop at various points to contemplate the beautiful scenery and enjoy the sunset within the desert. Adventurous travelers are invited to try sandboarding, sliding down the dunes on special sand boards. You spend the night at your hotel by the Oasis.
Day 4: Huacachina – Ica – Nazca You will continue your journey. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the bus station where you take another comfy tourist bus to Nazca (approx. 2 hours). Your driver will be waiting for you at the bus station and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Visit of the mysterious Nazca lines and travel to Arequipa (B)
Today you will observe the mysterious Nazca lines – one of Peru’s most famous highlights! The gigantic figures scratched into the ground of the Nazca desert are an ancient mystery that remains unexplained until today. More information on Web Site.