We invite you to join us on an off the beaten path adventure in Peru`s capital.
Walk through Lima´s downtown exploring its monuments, enjoy the city from a
unique perspective while kayaking along Lima Bay or cycling along its coastal districts
of Barranco and Miraflores and then embark on a short adventure trek to Rupac, an archaeological jewel also known as Lima`s Machu Picchu, located only 4 hours away from the city. Prepare to see a Lima you never even knew existed!
From modern and cosmopolitan Lima, Peru's Capital City, you will go back in time through the Colonial and Pre-Hispanic stages of Peruvian History. Drive through Lima's first freeway, built during 1960s and 1970s to arrive to the Downtown Lima. Here you´ll walk through its most important streets to observe its monuments and imposing architecture from the colonial times. You will visit Convento de Santo Domingo (circa 16th century), one of the best preserved monasteries in the city from where you´ll be able to see the old Lima from its tower. We´ll then continue to the Larco Museum, featuring the finest gold and silver collection from ancient Peru and the famous "erotic" archaeological collection. Finally, you will be able to walk around one of Lima's oldest neighborhoods, Pueblo Libre, and try “picarones”, a Peruvian dessert originated in the colonial period, made of squash and sweet potatoes. One the way back to your hotel we´ll observe Huaca Huallamarca, a pre-Inca adobe pyramid.
Duration: 4 hours (2:30pm to 6:30pm)
Shared service with other passengers (Maximum group size: 06 people)
Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Lima
Today, depending on your interests we have two different suggestions:
We can embark on a kayaking excursion. Lima is the only seaside capital in South America and today we´ll take full advantage of Lima`s Bay as we board our sea kayaks to enjoy some relaxing sport while observing the city from a unique perspective from the Pacific Ocean. After leaving the hotel, we head to a nearby beach at “La Costa Verde” where we`ll receive our sea kayak equipment and a short briefing before we start our adventure paddling along the coastline of Lima. From the sea we´ll have amazing views of Lima located over the seaside cliffs of “La Costa Verde”. After 3 hours of easy paddling we return to the beach and we are transferred back to our hotel.
Or we can go cycling. In this biking tour we´ll show you some of the best sights of the seaside districts of Lima. We start in the old and bohemian neighborhood of Barranco with its mansions, bars and beautiful parks which where once homes of famous Peruvian writers and artists. Then we visit Chorrillos and its old fishing pier, beaches and historic Morro Solar hill. Finally, we bike through Miraflores with its amazing cliffs edge sidewalks, restaurants, and shopping center overlooking the big blue Ocean.
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Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel in Lima
Today we pick you up early in the morning and drive along the north coast heading to the small city of Huaral, located two hours away from Lima. From here we start a zigzagging two hours drive towards Lima’s highlands.
Our first stop is at “La Florida” a peaceful Andean village where we will need to pay the entrance fee to the archaeological site. After this brief stop we continue through an unpaved road to Pampas, a “Ghost Town”, abandoned by its local population a few decades ago in search for lower and more fertile lands. Pampas still conserves its traditional architecture of small mud brick houses with wooden balconies and a beautiful colonial style church. After an early picnic lunch at Pampas we get ready to start our 4 hours hike to Rupac.
We begin the trek at 3,300 masl and will be ascending to about 3,800 meters, once we arrive at Rupac. The path to this very well preserved archaeological site, takes us up the mountain slopes with some impressive views of the valley. As we move along the path we’ll cross a few small waterfalls and we’ll be able to appreciate the changing vegetation. After the 4 hours of trekking we will be rewarded with some amazing views of the archaeological sites, first of Macro Kullpi (located about 500 meters away from todays goal) and then of Rupac, also known as Lima’s Machu Picchu.
It is believed that this pre Inca archaeological site was a religious and military center of the Atavillo culture (1000 AD). The scenery here is amazing and the pre Inca site is very well preserved despite the passage of time! Most buildings conserve their original stone-tile roof intact. We will have time to walk around the citadel composed of about 60 buildings made of stone slabs and mud mortar. Seeing the sunset from the top of Rupac is fabulous, in fact some people say it is possible to see the sun setting on the Pacific Ocean on a clear afternoon! Finally, have dinner at the campsite before, enjoying your well-deserved rest.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Rupac
Early rise, to be able to admire dawn either at Rupac or Makro Kullpi before breakfast. After, we will begin our slow descent back to Pampas taking in the last views of Lima`s highlands. From here we will head back to Lima in our private transportation. We stop on route for lunch at Huaral and get to see a bit of the city. We expect to be arriving to Lima by approximately at 6:00pm. END OF SERVICES
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
OPTIONAL: Upon request we can include accommodation on day 4 and an additional transfer out on the next day.