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Huacachina, Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu: 7-Day Journey

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Tour Details

Explore Peru with a seamless blend of historical immersion and thrilling adventures. Begin in Lima, where you’ll delve into the city’s modern and colonial charms, followed by a journey to the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands and the serene oasis of Huacachina. Then, fly to Cusco to explore the Sacred Valley, visiting ancient Inca sites and vibrant local markets, before arriving in Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Culminate your adventure with a guided tour of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, gaining deep insights into its rich history. Throughout the trip, enjoy comfortable accommodations and attentive service, ensuring a memorable and enriching experience in Peru’s most iconic destinations.

Price Includes

  • Airport/Hotel pick up and drop off (door-to-door service)
  • 6-night hotel accommodation with private bathrooms and breakfast included (at your selected hotel in Twin/Double – Single – Triple rooms)
  • Lima City guided tour
  • Full-day tour to Ballestas Island and Huacachina Oasis
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Roundtrip train tickets (at your selected train class) Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
  • Round trip bus tickets in Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes)
  • All admission tickets including Machu Picchu
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Overland transportation for all transfers during the 7-day program

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Waynapicchu admission ticket (US$ 65, must be requested at the time of booking and will be provided if available)
  • One-way Vistadome train upgrade (US$ 55)
  • Extra night at Ica (Huacachina)
  • Meals (Lunch, Dinner)
  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Additional and personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, snacks)
  • Gratuity (optional)


  • Emergency money at least 300 soles. Total per person ($70-$100) Approximately.
  • Original passport and (University, College valid student card if applicable).
  • Camera for photos and videos
  • Recyclable water bottle

Day 1Arrival in Lima

Welcome to Peru! Upon your arrival at Lima airport, our friendly Samex Tours Peru representative will be eagerly awaiting to greet you. You’ll be whisked away in our comfortable private transport to your hotel, where you can settle in and relax after your journey.

During the short ride to your hotel, our knowledgeable representative will be happy to provide you with additional information about Lima and suggest some exciting activities to make the most of your time in the city.

Once you’ve checked in at the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Whether you choose to unwind and recharge or head out to explore the vibrant streets of Lima, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste.

Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in Lima’s rich culture, indulge in some delicious Peruvian cuisine, or simply stroll along the picturesque coastline and soak in the atmosphere of this dynamic city.

Overnight: Lima

Day 2Lima City Tour (B)

After a delightful breakfast at your hotel, your adventure with Samex Tours Peru continues with our expert guide picking you up from the lobby at either 9:00 am or 2:00 pm (choose between the morning or afternoon tour).

We’ll kick off our exploration by delving into the modern suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you’ll encounter Lima’s thriving Financial Center, the prestigious San Isidro Golf Course, and the serene Olive Grove Park. Our journey then leads us to the ancient Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid-shaped temple that has withstood the test of time amidst the urban sprawl.

Next, we’ll pause at the iconic Parque del Amor (Love Park) to take in a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, cruising along the Miraflores Malecon, a scenic road that winds along the coastal cliffs.

Our route then transports us back in time to Colonial Lima, the heart of the 16th-century Spanish colony. Here, amidst the cobblestone streets and grand architecture, we’ll visit the Plaza Mayor, the stately Presidential Palace, the majestic Cathedral, the historic Archbishop’s Palace, the ornate City Hall, and the charming Desamparados Train Station.

Continuing our journey, we’ll explore Plaza San Martin, a verdant oasis surrounded by colonial buildings adorned with exquisite carved wood balconies, offering a glimpse into Lima’s rich heritage.

Our next stop brings us to the revered San Francisco Monastery, home to the famous underground catacombs. Descend into the depths of history as we explore these ancient crypts, marveling at their eerie beauty and historical significance.

As our tour draws to a close, you’ll have the option to indulge in some shopping at the bustling Indian Market or the modern Larcomar Mall, or simply return to your hotel to relax and unwind.

Overnight: Lima

Day 3Paracas and Huacachina Tour from Lima

Today marks the beginning of an exciting adventure as we pick you up bright and early in the morning, departing from Lima at 6:00 am (please note that departure time may vary depending on bus ticket availability). Our journey to Paracas begins with a scenic bus ride lasting approximately 3.5 to 4 hours, during which you can sit back, relax, and take in the breathtaking Peruvian landscapes.

Upon arrival in Paracas, you’ll be greeted by our friendly tour representative who will accompany you to the enchanting Ballestas Islands. Embark on a thrilling 2-hour boat tour of these captivating islands, often referred to as the “smaller version of the Galapagos.” Prepare to be mesmerized as you witness an abundance of wildlife, including playful sea lions, adorable penguins, and a myriad of seabirds in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled, as you may even catch a glimpse of majestic dolphins frolicking in the waves.

After your exhilarating island adventure, you’ll have some free time to explore Paracas at your own pace and indulge in a delicious lunch at one of the charming local restaurants.

Next, we’ll board the bus bound for Ica, where another of our local representatives will be awaiting your arrival at the bus station. From there, you’ll be transported to the picturesque oasis of Huacachina, nestled amidst the vast desert landscape of Ica. Take some time to soak in the serene atmosphere and marvel at the stunning natural beauty surrounding you.

As the day draws to a close, get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience as we embark on a thrilling buggy ride through the towering sand dunes of Huacachina. Feel the rush of excitement as you carve through the sandy terrain and try your hand at sandboarding down the dunes, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the oasis below.

Finally, we’ll board the bus for the return journey to Lima. Anticipated arrival time in Lima is around 11:45 pm, where we’ll drop you off safely at your hotel, bringing an end to an unforgettable day filled with adventure and discovery.


Overnight: Lima

Day 4Fly to Cusco (B)

After indulging in a delicious breakfast at your hotel, our attentive representative will be ready to escort you from the lobby according to your flight itinerary. You’ll be whisked away to Lima airport to catch your flight to Cusco, your next captivating destination.

Upon touching down at Cusco airport, you’ll be warmly welcomed by our dedicated Samex Tours Peru representative. Relax as you’re transferred to your hotel in our comfortable private transport. During the brief journey to your accommodation, we’ll take the opportunity to provide you with essential information about your upcoming activities, ensuring that all your queries are promptly addressed.

Once you’ve checked in at the hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Whether you opt to unwind and acclimate to the altitude or venture out to explore the charming streets of Cusco, you’re free to tailor your experience to suit your preferences.

Savor the anticipation of the adventures that await while soaking in the enchanting ambiance of this historic city.

Overnight: Cusco

Day 5Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, prepare for an unforgettable day of exploration with Samex Tours Peru. Your guide will greet you in the hotel lobby between 7:00 am to 7:30 am, and together, you’ll embark on a journey through the stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley.

Leaving Cusco behind, our private transport will take you through the scenic route, passing by significant Inca sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Puca Pucara. Our first stop will be at the Manos de la Comunidad rescue center, where you’ll have the opportunity to observe alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas in their natural habitat.

Continuing our descent into the Sacred Valley, we’ll pause at the Taray lookout for breathtaking views of the valley, perfect for capturing classic photographs. Then, we’ll ascend to the Pisac Inca site, where you’ll marvel at ancient temples, residences, altars, and irrigation channels while our knowledgeable guides share insights into Incan agricultural techniques.

Next, we’ll visit the charming village of Pisac to explore its traditional market, where you can interact with locals and shop for authentic souvenirs. Following this enriching experience, we’ll head to Urubamba town for a delightful buffet lunch (not included) featuring delicious Peruvian cuisine.

After lunch, our journey continues to Ollantaytambo, home to an impressive Inca site with remarkable stone constructions dating back to Incan times. Admire the awe-inspiring rock formations, including the representation of the Inca god Wiracocha.

Concluding our day’s adventures, we’ll transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where you’ll board the train bound for Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu pueblo. Relax and enjoy the scenic journey alongside the sacred Vilcanota River.

Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes train station, our friendly hotel staff and Samex Tours Peru representative will be waiting to welcome you. They’ll accompany you to your hotel, where you can check in and unwind after a day filled with exploration.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure, whether you choose to relax at the hotel, explore the charming town of Aguas Calientes, or simply soak in the anticipation of your upcoming visit to Machu Picchu.

Overnight: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu pueblo)

Day 6Machu Picchu Guided Tour – Cusco (B)

After savoring a delicious breakfast at your hotel, your Samex Tours Peru guide will meet you in the lobby between 6:30 am to 7:00 am. Together, you’ll make your way to the bus station to embark on a scenic 30-minute journey up to the main entrance gate of Machu Picchu.

Prepare for an extraordinary experience as you explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, accompanied by our professional tour guide. With their expertise, you’ll unravel the mysteries surrounding this ancient Inca citadel, delving into its rich history, traditions, and more.

As you wander through the awe-inspiring ruins, marvel at the intricate architecture and breathtaking vistas that Machu Picchu has to offer. Your guide will share fascinating insights into the significance of each structure, providing a deeper understanding of this remarkable archaeological site.

After concluding the tour, descend by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) and some leisure time to explore the charming town. Take the opportunity to browse local markets for unique souvenirs or simply soak in the serene ambiance of this quaint mountain retreat.

Later, board the train back to Ollantaytambo train station, where our representative will be waiting to greet you. From there, you’ll be transferred in our comfortable private transport back to your hotel in Cusco.

As the day comes to a close, reflect on the unforgettable memories made at Machu Picchu and anticipate the adventures still to come on your journey through Peru.

Overnight: Cusco

Day 7Departure from Cusco

As you bid farewell to the captivating city of Cusco, your departure day begins with a hearty breakfast at your hotel, fueling you for the journey ahead. With your luggage packed and your memories enriched by the wonders of this ancient Incan capital, our team will ensure a smooth transition as we accompany you to the airport, aligning with your scheduled flight departure.

Reflecting on the myriad experiences and sights you’ve encountered during your stay, you depart with a profound sense of gratitude and admiration for the rich tapestry of culture and history woven into the fabric of Cusco. Until we meet again, may your travels be safe and your adventures boundless.

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Solo Traveller

The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the visit to Paracas and Huacachina. The boat tour of the Ballestas Islands offered a close encounter with diverse marine wildlife, while the adrenaline-pumping buggy ride through the dunes of Huacachina was a thrilling experience.

Continuing to Cusco, the Sacred Valley tour was a journey through stunning landscapes and ancient ruins, culminating in the breathtaking Machu Picchu. Exploring this archaeological wonder with a knowledgeable guide was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, leaving me in awe of the incredible achievements of the Inca civilization.

September 18, 2023