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Peru Motorcycle Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Motorcycle Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 10317 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 16528 US Dollar (USD)

This Peru motorcycle tour will guide you to the diverse landscapes and cultures that make Peru both beautiful and unique. Take an exciting motorcycle tour of historic Lima, the capital of Peru, and stop to tour the Colonial city. Then ride on to Ica and Paracas where you will enjoy wildlife on the Ballestas Islands as well as drive dune buggies on the beach. Take to the road again onto Nazca and Arequipa where you will have the chance to see the Pre-Incan astronomical calendar by plane and explore the city. From here you will visit the breathtaking Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world. From Colca drive on towards Lake Titicaca and visit the famous floating islands of Uros and the island of Taquile. Your tour also includes visits to Cusco and the popular ruins at Machu Picchu.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Flight to Lima
Upon arrival, reception at the airport, and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Day 2: Lima
Today enjoy a private city tour of Lima, one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city, admire the beauty of San Martín and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and visit San Francisco Convent, a religious building from the late 16th century, and its catacombs. This tour also includes a drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Please note the Cathedral is open daily except on Sundays.

During this tour, visit the Museo Larco. Founded in 1926 the Museo Larco chronologically showcases the past 3,000 years of Peruvian history and culture including its pre-Colombian history. The museum is located in a beautiful 18th century vice-royal mansion built atop a 7th century pre-Colombian tomb. After exploring the Museo Larco enjoy a complimentary cocktail and appetizer at the onsite Larco Cafe overlooking the beautiful, surrounding gardens.

Tonight meet with the guide who will be joining for the next 2 weeks by bike across Peru!

Day 3: Lima - San Bartolo - Paracas - Ica ( Huacachina )
Pick up from the hotel at 6:30 am by van and travel for 45 minutes, reaching the town of San Bartolo. Upon arrival, deliver the bikes and all the necessary equipment for the journey. Continue our travel to Ballestas Islands by boat for a fantastic excursion to see wildlife. After the cruise, explore the natural reserve of Paracas. Enjoy lunch on the way to Ica.

After this, be transferred to Ica to experience the magic of the desert at the amazing dunes of the Peruvian Coast. Enjoy a buggy tour where experienced pilots will drive one in a dune buggy through spectacular dunes in one of the driest deserts in the world. There will be the opportunity to take in the panoramic view with a few photo opts while walking, and enjoying the scenery. Finally, visit the Huacachina Lagoon before returning to the hotel.

Day 4: Ica - Nazca
After an early breakfast, leave Ica towards the city of Nazca, the ride will take about 4 hours. In Nazca, have lunch and then board the plane to see the famous “Nazca Lines” – enjoy this once in a lifetime chance to see and to photograph this immense Pre-Incan astronomical calendar. Overnight in Nazca.

Day 5: Nazca - Puerto Inca
Today leave Nazca and head towards Caleta Playa de Puerto Inca to visit the archeological complex at Puerto Inca. Overnight in Puerto Inca.

Day 6: Puerto Inca - Arequipa
Depart around 7:00 am towards the city of Arequipa, on the road, pass through the city of Camana and its various beaches and places around the area, have a break in order to take some rest and lunch, after recovering some energy take the road again towards the city of Arequipa.

Day 7: Arequipa
Enjoy a private city tour of Arequipa’s highlights including the Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and the Colonial district of Yanahuara.

Day 8: Arequipa - Colca Canyon – Cruz del Condor (Chivay)
Today, take the road heading towards the town of Chivay, here is a great spot to appreciate the fabulous Colca Canyon. There will also be the opportunity to observe the Condor here.

The drive today will cross the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Also pass by Pampa Canahuas, the Bojedales of Tocra (water filterings), and enjoy a stop at Patapampa, a special viewpoint of the Andes situated at 4,800 meters. Arriving in Colca, transfer to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 9: Chivay - Puno
After an early morning breakfast, take all of the equipment and get ready for the road towards the city of Puno. On the road, appreciate on its biggest magnitude the awesome Peruvian geography with its gigantic mountains and endless valleys, its beautiful lakes and native animal species.

Upon arrival in Puno, stop for lunch. In the afternoon take a boat and sail over Titicaca Lake (one of the highest sailable lakes around the world). On the lake there are some floating Islands like the Uros that can be visited. After the excursion return Puno.

Day 10: Puno
This morning, transfer to the port to take a boat ride over beautiful Lake Titicaca. The first visit this morning will be to the famous floating islands of Uros, home of the Uros Tribe a civilization dating before the Incas. The islands are composed entirely of reed, including the houses and boats. While exploring these fascinating islands, be able to interact with the friendly locals and enjoy opportunity to purchase their handicrafts, ride in their boats, and see into their daily lives.

Leaving Uros the scenic ride will continue to the island of Taquile. This island is known for its pre-Inca and Inca ruins, as well as its Inca terraces. The people of Taquile are popular for their high quality textiles, arguably the best in Peru. The knitting on the island of Taquile is reserved exclusively for the males, while the women make the yarn and weave. After the visit to Taquile, return to Puno and transfer to the hotel. Lunch (included) is served on the lake.

Day 11: Puno - Sacred Valley
After the breakfast, depart around 8:00 am towards the Sacred Valley (Cusco) on the road and appreciate many different landscapes and altitudes. Finally, arrive to the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas and its colorful landscapes. Afternoon to rest.

Day 12: Sacred Valley
Full day private tour of Salineras, Moray & Maras. Salinas is a salt mine that has been in use since the Incan vice regal time. It is made up of approximately 3000 wells, from which salt is collected after the water of each well has evaporated. Maras is a picturesque and colorful village near the salt mines, approximately 46 km from Cusco. Moray is a unique archaeological complex built with a concentric terrace system, giving it the shape of a large amphitheater. It is believed that this structure was used as a sort of agricultural laboratory. Each level of the site has a different average annual temperature, allowing them to modify and test the various growing conditions of crops at different temperatures.

Day 13: Today, transfer through the picturesque landscape of the Urubamba Valley to the town of Pisac. En route to Pisac stop briefly at Awana Kancha where there will be time to peruse an exhibition of local handicrafts including the traditional Andean textiles. Arriving in Pisac, enjoy some time at the colorful market of Pisac, with time to visit the stands filled with local handicrafts. Explore with opportunities to meet the local people selling their merchandise, as their families have done for many centuries. Leaving Pisac, continue to the town of Ollantaytambo to climb to the ruins of an Inca fortress resting on a hilltop. Lunch is included today, enjoyed at a local restaurant. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Day 14: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
This morning, transfer to the train station. The train heads through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board a bus to the mountain-top citadel of Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stoneworks of the Cusco imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. There will be time to enjoy a light lunch or snack and return to the hotel at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the village of Aguas Calientes.

Day 15: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today is at leisure. One may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, be greeted for train station reception and transferred to the hotel.

Day 16: Cusco
This morning enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco where one will visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During this private tour today there is the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market.

San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where one will receive a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and have an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals either selling or purchasing items from the market. This afternoon there will be time for lunch before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsahuaman Fortress. This afternoon, return to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Day 17: Cusco
Today is at leisure in Cusco.

Day 18: Cusco-Lima
Today say goodbye to the motorcycles and the guides, then transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima and connect with a flight home.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Government regulations limit the number of visitors to Machu Picchu daily. Entrance is subject to availability. Please book with plenty of notice to confirm the entrance to the ruins.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

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