LIMA EXCURSIONS 2008

CLASSIC LIMA CITY TOUR(3 hrs)

The Classic Lima City Tour takes you via the modern and residential areas of Lima to the Old City centre of Lima. This historic colonial and republican centre is one of UNESCO´s Cultural Heritages of Mankind thanks to its architecture and its mansions adorned with Moorish-style balconies. We pass by the Plaza san Martin, surrounded by white buildings. This square was constructed in 1921 to celebrate hundred years of Independence from Spain. At the beautiful Central Square, with the governmental palace, the Cathedral built on top of an ancient Inca Temple and the pretty balconies we go for a walk to feel the atmosphere of ancient times. Especially during our visit to monumental Convent of San Francisco which displays a great collection of religious art, it’s Choir Room and the Monks’ Library, the Sacristy and The Catacombs.

Includes: Private transport, entrance fee San Francisco, Cathedral and bilingual guide.

COMBINATED CITYTOUR (4hrs)

The City Tour takes you to the three historical periods: Pre-Inca, colonial and contemporary Lima. Pre-Inca: We pass the Huaca Pucllana, an archeological precinct build in the IV century A.C., we will have apanoramic view of this magnificent ceremonial and administrative centre which was considered by the pre-Incas a holy village

Colonial/Republican: The historic colonial and republican centre of Lima is one of UNESCO´s Cultural Heritages of Mankind thanks to its architecture and its mansions adorned with Moorish-style balconies. We pass by the Plaza san Martin, surrounded by white buildings. This square was constructed in 1921 to celebrate hundred years of Independence from Spain. At the beautiful Central Square, with the governmental palace, the Cathedral built on top of an ancient Inca Temple and the pretty balconies we go for a walk to feel the atmosphere of ancient times. Especially during our visit to monumental Convent of San Francisco which displays a great collection of religious art, it’s Choir Room and the Monks’ Library, the Sacristy and The Catacombs.

Afterwards we drive through to modern residential areas of the capital: San Isidro & Miraflores. Time permitting a visit to the bohemian area called Barranco.

Includes: Private transport, Entrance fee San Francisco, Cathedral and bilingual guide

BIKE TRIP: SAN ISIDRO-MIRAFLORES – BARRANCO (4-5 hrs)

Our new bike trip takes you on a slower pace around the pre-Inca, republican, bohemian, modern and residential Lima. We start near the Huaca Pucllana a pre-Inca ceremonial centre made of adobe and clay bricks. We bike through Olive Grove in San Isidro, a park with a lot of history and over 30 bird species. From there we bike down the Arequipa Avenue until the Kennedy Park in Miraflores, the Central Park of touristic Lima and head to the boulevard from where we can appreciate the Pacific Ocean. We bike along parks of the modern district of Miraflores all the way to Barranco. The bohemian area of the city of Lima with its republican style houses and pretty parks and its famous ‘Bridge of the Sighs’. From here we bike back to the starting point. Lunch or Lunch Box included. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes, bring sunglasses and sun cream. Please note, that you need to be in an average shape to be able to bike this trip as the area we bike is flat.

CITY & GOLD / ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM LIMA CITY TOUR(4 hrs approx)

The Classic Lima City Tour takes you via the modern and residential areas of Lima to the Old City centre of Lima. This historic colonial and republican centre is one of UNESCO´s Cultural Heritages of Mankind thanks to its architecture and its mansions adorned with Moorish-style balconies. We pass by the Plaza san Martin, surrounded by white buildings. This square was constructed in 1921 to celebrate hundred years of Independence from Spain. At the beautiful Central Square, with the governmental palace, the Cathedral built on top of an ancient Inca Temple and the pretty balconies we go for a walk to feel the atmosphere of ancient times. Especially during our visit to monumental Convent of San Francisco which displays a great collection of religious art, it’s Choir Room and the Monks’ Library, the Sacristy and The Catacombs.

After this visit we head to the Gold museum or the archeological Museum both with their wonderful collections.

Includes: Private transport, entrance fee San Francisco, Cathedral, Gold or Archeological Museum and bilingual guide.

GOLD MUSEUM(3hrs)

We drive to the Gold museum located in the Monterico area. In the Gold Museum a collection of gold artefacts are exposed and some date back to over 3,000 years ago! The collection also shows metal pieces, jewellery, silver and precious stones which were used by the pre-Inca’s

The Arms of the World collection consists of old and modern weapons. Some ancient war artefacts and weapons even date back to 1300 B.C.

Included: Private transport pick up and drop off hotel, Bilingual guide, and entrance to the Gold museum.

LIMA’S LITTLE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS(4 hrs approx)

We drive to the harbor of the city of Callao (40min. ride). Here we board the boat and we sail past various islands with an interesting history and get to a big island home to over 4,000 sea lions that swim, play and sleep on the rocks. You can even experience swimming with them, which is a unique experience as they come close to you, they are very curious and peaceful. We will, see lots of bird species and if we are lucky we can even see a penguin colony. Wetsuits will be supplied those who want to swim.

Includes: Pick up and drop hotel and 2 hours on the boat, bilingual guide, and snack.

Bring: swimsuit, sun scream, a hat, sun glasses a towel, a jacket/jumper, bottled water and a snorkel.

IMPORTANT: For every reservation we need name as in passport + passport number of each participant.

 

HORSEBACK RIDE IN AN OASIS AND THE BEACHES OF LIMA(4.5 hrs approx)

We drive to a nice range in a fertile Valley at 30K south of Lima (40 min. drive). Here are the stables of the elegant and special breed the Peruvian Horse. We ride for 3 hours through an oasis, dunes, villages and over beaches and we are accompanied by a chalan (Spanish speaking), and he is the person in charge of the trip and comes from the area and has great experience with the horses. The Peruvian Paso horse is designed for the comfort and enjoyment of the rider. The gait accounts for the smooth ride. It is a four beat lateral pattern with the footfalls being: right hind — right front — left hind — left front. The result is one of the smoothest rides of any breed of gaited horse. For riding pleasure, the ultimate trail and pleasure horse is the Peruvian Paso horse.  They are known as the Champagne Ride and you really can hold a glass of champagne and ride…without spilling a drop!

Includes: Pick up and drop of hotel, 3 hours horseback ride with chalan (Spanish).

Bring: Sun scream, a hat, sun glasses, bottled water and comfortable shoes.

 

CARAL(7.30-17.00) (4 hr drive to Caral, 1 hour over a bumpy road)

Caral is world famous now as this city has been presented all over the world by the media! It represents the oldest civilization of The Americas. It developed almost simultaneously with the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China. The first civilization of Peru, Caral, dates back from 3000 – 2500 B.C. in the Supe Valley (181 km North of Lima) and consisted of a joint community of urban societies. Their organization has influenced the development of future civilizations.  Caral occupies 66 hectares and Pyramids, joint residences, temples, etc. can be observed. Visit to the Sacred city of Caral with local archeologists that guide us around (Spanish)

Includes: Private transport, Pick up and drop of hotel, lunch, assistance and guidance at Caral.

Bring: Sunglasses, sun scream, hat and comfortable shoes

THE PRIVATE COLLECTION MUSEUM(3 hours approx)

The private collection museum is a very exclusive collection.

We can divide it in three parts: The Colonial Area: A collection of paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th century from the colonial time with a lot of nice pieces, while you continue they have many furniture like cupboard and vaults from that are filled up with pieces of silver and white silver that are totally astonishing (they even let you touch some of them) and also some gold pieces from different periods of the colony. Traditional AreaIn here you will find since shrank heads and masks from cultures of the north region until pieces of the Inca and pre-Inca time, all of them well kept and described. There’s also a whole chapel from a church of Ayacucho that is all covered in “pan de oro” (=gold leave). Sipan Without doubts the highlight of this visit. Many golden pieces of the Moche culture (SIPAN) are on display. They will explain you how the discovery of Sipan was actually looted, before the archaeologist could investigate. Archaeologist’s claim that the discovery of Sipan was found intact, which can definitely be doubted. So there is a lot of polemic about these pieces.

Includes: Pick up and drop of hotel, guide at the museum and entrance fee.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRIP(8am-3pm)

A nice mountain bike In the Lurin Valley South of Lima (35K) were we find the nice green hills of Pachacamac and archaeological ruins. This is the most important destination for mountain bike trips, being a place near Lima and it is very attractive, it has access to a series of circuits that vary in difficulty and types of land. We bike from 9.15am-1.30pm approx. Please note, this is not comparable to an average bike ride. You should also wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.

Included: The rent of the professional mountain bike with gears, pick up and drop of hotel, a car will follow us on the route, guide, and a box with fruit, energizing snacks and a drink. Lunch (not included) at the end of the trip.

Bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, sun scream, hat, sun glasses.