Cathedral and main church in Lima, Peru

Riveting Time Capsule Trip of Peru’s Capital

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Peru

Places Visited

Lima, Caral, Nazca Lines, Paracas

Suggested Duration

7 Days

Throughout this 7-day exploration of Peru’s history and culture, uncover some of the country's most treasured historical gems. Discover the ancient wonders of the stunning region of Lima, and fall in love with the friendly people, charming shops, delicious restaurants, and spectacular views. Amble through Lima's downtown, immerse yourself in the ancient civilizations of Caral, and fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines.

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Trip Highlights

  • Savor the diverse flavors of Lima's fresh seafood as you dine along the city's sparkling shoreline
  • Venture inside the gold-leafed interior of Lima's opulent cathedral and roll up your sleeves for a traditional ceviche cooking class
  • Stroll through romantic Parque del Amor and discover the metropolis' hidden Inca and pre-Inca ruins
  • Seek out the "Oldest Town in the World" in Caral and visit pre-Columbian ruins, which are known as the Norte Chico civilization
  • Fly over the Nazca Lines in a helicopter and explore the history of these ancient geoglyphs
  • Embark on a scenic cruise from Paracas to Islas Ballestas, which is teeming with fascinating marine life
  • Luxuriate in Lima's prestigious neighborhood of Miraflores and visit the neighborhood's charming lighthouse

Detailed Description

Lima is a hub of all things modern, international, and fast-paced. People from around Peru and the world travel to this nation's capital for exquisite fashion, mouth-watering cuisine, and shopping of all varieties. Still, the opulent skyscrapers of Miraflores mesh well with a calming serenity that can be found along Lima's Pacific coastline. Here, families gather to relax and unwind as they admire some of the best views that the city has to offer. Despite the city's push toward vibrant modernity, cobbled streets and charming plazas still adorn the town and are saturated with a rich history that spans hundreds of years. Ancient civilizations and Spanish colonists have left their mark around every corner.

You will begin your luxurious, 7-day immersion into Peru’s history and culture with a tour of the downtown area. During your tour, you will step inside famed edifices, including the Cathedral of Lima. You will even be provided with the exclusive opportunity to tour the ancient catacombs that are tucked beneath the city's basilica. After enjoying a tantalizing, oceanfront dinner the night before, you will roll up your sleeves with an expert chef and learn how to make Peru's internationally acclaimed ceviche. The following day, you will stroll through Lima's most meticulously coiffed public parks, including Parque del Amor, where you may be hypnotized by the calming ambiance of the water's edge. Finally, you will travel to a nearby archaeological site, where you will witness some of the region's most fascinating relics that were constructed by ancient civilizations.

During the second half of your journey, you will visit the oldest town in the world in Caral, where you will follow your expert guide to learn about the town’s fascinating construction process. Then, you will fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines, which still baffle historians to this day. From overhead, you will come to understand the magnitude of these massive geoglyphs as you learn more about how they may have been formed and why. On your final day in Peru, you can relax along the sparkling shore of Paracas before embarking on a luxurious cruise to Islas Ballestas, where you will witness some of the region's most magnificent wildlife, including sea lions and, possibly, Humpback whales. Throughout your entire adventure, you will stay in luxurious accommodations and have private transportation arranged for all of your travel needs. This tour is customizable, so you can adjust nearly anything and everything to better suit your moods and interests once you are in Peru.

Starting Price

$1,535 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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