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From Lima: Caral Archaeological Site Guided Day Trip

1. From Lima: Caral Archaeological Site Guided Day Trip

Join a full day tour from Lima to the ancient ruins of Caral, considered to be the oldest civilization in the Americas. Take a guided tour of the unesco listed ruins, soak in spectacular views over the Supe Valley and have lunch at a restaurant in Barranca. Hop on your pickup bus from Lima and start a 3-hour road trip to Caral, with a stop for breakfast. Then, continue your journey to the arid Supe Valley through a dirt road. Upon arrival at the ancient city, follow your tour guide and an official Caral guide. Enter the Caral Archaeological Site to learn how the Norte Chico civilization emerged. Explore the site's pyramids and temples and get an insight into the lives of the ancient society's inhabitants. After the guided tour, take a walk by yourself, click photos, or stop by souvenirs shops. Next, head towards Barranca beach, a place that was once inhabited by the people of Caral. Visit a local restaurant that is famous for its delicious seafood. However, if you're craving something else for lunch (at your own expense), there are plenty of other options around. After lunch, make a stop at the "Cristo Redentor de Barranca," a large Peruvian statue of Christ the Redeemer, from where you can admire the beautiful beach. Finally, head back to Lima to return to your hotel.

From Cusco: Classic Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Train

2. From Cusco: Classic Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Train

DAY 1: Cusco - Abra Málaga - Huamanmarca - Santa María or Santa Teresa (overnight depending on option chosen) Pickup from your accommodation in Cusco between 6:00 - 6:30 AM. Transfer to the highest point, Abra Malaga at 4316 meters, from where you will descend by bike for 3 hours, passing streams and vegetation until you reach Huamanmarca. Then, you will be transferred to the town of Santa María, to have a typical lunch and free time to explore plants like Coca and coffee with your guide. You can choose to add on a rafting activity available at an additional cost (Level II, III and IV). If you choose the 3-day option, you will continue the route until you reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which have medicinal and therapeutic waters. After relaxing, continue in a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lodging. If you choose the 4-day option, you will have free time until dinner time in Santa María, and will overnight. DAY 2 for 4-day option: Santa María - Quellomayo - Termas de Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa Start the hike with a gradual climb for 3 hours. This area is tropical and you will appreciate organic products of different varieties such as coffee, cocoa, avocado and medicinal plants. Along the way you will also appreciate natural attractions such as the "El Velo de Nusta" waterfall, and the highest pass of the day, "Pastogrande", at an altitude of 1900 meters. Stop for lunch at Islayunca. Continue to an unexplored waterfall, then walk 2.5 hours so you can enjoy the hot springs of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa. After relaxing, continue on a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lodging. DAY 2 for 3-day option / DAY 3 for 4-day option: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes After a typical breakfast, you can choose add on a zip line adventure after. In this case, after the activity, you will be taken by transport to the beginning of the trail to Aguas Calientes at Hydroelectric. If you don't add the zip-lining activity, you will be taken by bus straight to Hydroelectric. Then, start a 3-hour trek along the train tracks through the jungle to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, enjoy lunch. After lunch, your guide will show you to your accommodation. Have dinner in a restaurant and plan with the guide for the next day for Machu Picchu visit. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. DAY 3 for 3-day option / DAY 4 for 4-day option: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco Get up early in the morning and 4:30 AM to start the walk towards Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk up will last approximately 1.5 hours, and the objective is to witness the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive. The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a fair physical condition - you can also choose add on a bus to Machu Picchu at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you chose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain — you can choose to add on these hikes at the checkout. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes at around 11:30 AM (walking or by bus, depending on what you choose). Once in Aguas Calientes, board your train to Ollantaytambo, and take a minivan from there to Cusco. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near the Plaza de Armas.

Lima: Historical Center, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Site Tour

3. Lima: Historical Center, Catacombs, and Pachacamac Site Tour

Travel from your hotel in Lima, Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro, to the charming Historical Center of Lima to see all the highlights with this group tour. Visit a local restaurant for an optional lunch. Marvel at Plaza San Martin, a plaza that was made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. View the statue that represents Peru’s liberator and soak up the history of the stunning neoclassical buildings. Head to the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) to see the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima. Listen as your expert guide will explain the rich history of Peru’s capital. Travel to downtown Lima to explore the catacombs. Head to the Pachacamac archeological site and museum to experience one of the largest religious centers in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast with buildings from different kingdoms predating the Inca (200 AD). Admire pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon.

From Cusco: Budget Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Car

4. From Cusco: Budget Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Car

DAY 1: Cusco - Abra Málaga - Huamanmarca - Santa María or Santa Teresa (overnight depending on option chosen) Pickup from your accommodation in Cusco between 6:00 - 6:30 AM. Transfer to the highest point, Abra Malaga, at an altitude of 4316 m, from where you will descend by bike for 3 hours, passing streams and vegetation until you reach Huamanmarca. Then, you will be transferred to the town of Santa María, to have a typical lunch and free time to explore coca and coffee plants with your guide. You can choose to add on a rafting adventure available at an additional cost (Level II, III and IV). If you choose the 3-day option, you will continue the route until you reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which are medicinal and therapeutic waters. After relaxing, continue in a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lodging. If you choose the 4-day option, you will have free time until dinner time in Santa María, and will overnight. DAY 2 for 4-day option: Santa María - Quellomayo - Termas de Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa Start the hike with a gradual climb for 3 hours. This area is tropical and you will appreciate organic products of different varieties such as coffee, cocoa, avocado and medicinal plants. Along the way you will also appreciate natural attractions such as the "El Velo de Nusta" waterfall, before reaching the highest pass of the day called "Pastogrande" at 1900 meters. Stop for lunch at Islayunca. Continue to the unexplored waterfall "Gonzales", then walk 2.5 hours so you can enjoy the hot springs of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which have medicinal and therapeutic waters. After relaxing, continue on a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lodging. DAY 2 for 3-day option / DAY 3 for 4-day option: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes After a typical breakfast, you can choose to add on a zipline adventure after your breakfast. In this case, after the activity, you will be taken by transport to the beginning of the trail to Aguas Calientes at Hydroelectric. If you skip the zipline, you will be taken straight to Hydroelectric. S tart a walk on the train tracks through a native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3 hours trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, enjoy lunch. At Aguas Calientes, your guide will show you to your accommodation. Have dinner in a restaurant and plan with the guide for the next day's visit to Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. DAY 3 for 3-day option / DAY 4 for 4-day option: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Hydroelectric - Cusco Get up early in the morning at 4:30 AM to start the walk towards Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk up will last approximately 1.5 hours, and the objective is to appreciate the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive. The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a good physical condition — you can also choose to add on a bus to Machu Picchu, if you don't want to do the walk. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you chose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains, you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. You can choose to add on these hikes at the checkout. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes (walking or by bus, depending on if you choose add-on at checkout). Once in Aguas Calientes, start the walk back to Hydroelectric where your guide will be waiting to gather the group to return to the city of Cusco — again, you can choose to add on a train to Hydroelectric at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near Plaza de Armas. Please have in mind this is a budget-friendly tour and does not include the train back to Cusco. Distance traveled by car/van from Hydroelectric to Cusco is approximately 5 to 6 hours.

From Barranca: Discover the Ancient Sites Caral & Bandurria

5. From Barranca: Discover the Ancient Sites Caral & Bandurria

Explore the ancient sites of Caral, a sacred city, and Bandurria, an ancient fishing village, and learn about each site's history while seeing their ancient buildings with an experienced guide. Begin the day with pickup from the main hotels in the city at 6:00 am, and head north until reaching the archaeological site where the ruins of the sacred city of Caral remain. Marvel at pyramids, temples, and astronomical centers more than five thousand years old, part of one of the first cities of the Americas. Learn about Caral, located in the Supe Valley, which is the cradle of the Andean civilization and is considered the third oldest place with human settlement in the world, behind Mesopotamia and Egypt. Take an hour of free time to enjoy lunch after learning about the civilization of Caral, and then head toward the area of the Wetlands of Paradise. Visit the archaeological complex of Bandurria, an old fishing village. See its pyramids, mounds, and circular areas similar to those of Caral before approaching a natural viewpoint from which there is a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Albufera Paraíso. End the visit to Bandurria, begin the journey back to Lima, and be dropped off at the same location as pickup at approximately 8:00 pm.

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What people are saying about North Coast

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Everything worked very well. The activities, accommodation and food were very good. We were lucky to be just the two of us. Due to the short-term nature of our booking, the team was able to demonstrate their talent for improvisation and we were also allowed/had to get involved in funny, exciting and beautiful moments. We can definitely recommend the trip. Unfortunately, due to the short notice of our booking, the ascent of Machu Picchu Mountain did not work out. The paid tickets will certainly be refunded to us. Many thanks to Emerson, Antonio and everyone else.

It is a very nice tour with hiking, biking (down hill on a road), rafting and ziplining. I like to walk, but not uphill for 4 days, so this was the perfect alternative for me! You have time to relax between activities and do things at your own time. Only thing that was concerning was the state of the bikes, two of them broke down on the way down (50 kmph).

Jose was a wonderful tour guide. He is knowledgeable about the Caral site but he also keeps silent so that you can absorb the history on your own. After the tour, Jose took us to a beach on the Pacific Ocean and then a seaside restaurant. A very pleasant day of education and fun! Murray Toronto, Canada

if there's one excursion you take in Cusco, make it this one! Staying at the family lodge being the highlight. So beautiful and quiet! Ricardo our guide was kind, fun and full of knowledge. A once in a life time experience!

Trip was amazing and Gustavo was an incredible guide. Can’t recommend this enough.