Day 1 Arrive in Lima
You will be met at the Airport by your G Adventures Experience Officer and transferred to your centrally located hotel in Lima. The G Adventures Experience Officer will go over the details of your stay and arrange your choice of tours. Enjoy the rest of the day in Lima at leisure.
Known as the City of Kings, Peru's capital city was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535. The Plaza de Armas is the heart of old Lima, is where you will find the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop's Palace. The Cathedral dates back to the 1700s and houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro. To get a feel for colonial Lima, be in the Plaza de Armas at noon to watch the changing of the Palace Guard. Walk the streets surrounding the Jiran de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city.
There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, which houses an impressive collection of pottery, mummies and textiles from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. The more affluent districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, which are on the coast, offer good nightlife and cafes. Locals are friendly, and the city is filled with excellent restaurants; seafood lovers in particular should be sure to try a ceviche, for which Lima is well known.
Day 2 - 3 Lima (B)
Two tours are included in your iStyle tour over the next two days, from ancient ruins, world class museums, shopping or surfing, iStyle travel allows you to choose the tours and activities that are of most interest to you. Tours you can choose from include:
Learn for yourself why Lima is known as "The City of Kings" on this half-day tour of the city's highlights and vast history including; The Plaza de Armas in the heart of old Lima, where you find the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop's Palace. Also visit some of the more affluent coastal districts which can include Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro.
Museo de Oro del Peru - Gold Museum
Considered to be one of the premier museums of Peru, this is a must-see for those with an interest in archaeology, with relics dating from as early as 10,000 BC to the Inca Empire. An interesting collection of historic textile, arms and armours is also on show.
Departures: Everyday excluding Mondays
Museo de la Nacion
Considered to be the premier museum of Peru, this is a must-see for those with an interest in archaeology, with relics dating from as early as 10,000 BC up to the Incan Empire. This tour is the best way to get an overview of Peru’s vast archaeological, historical and cultural heritage
Departures: Everyday excluding Mondays
Pay homage to Pachacamac, "Creator of Land and Time" at this pre-Hispanic Centre located in the desert just north of Lima. Travel out into the desert to explore the archaeological citadel of Pachacamac, who’s deity was believed to be the creator of the universe and a divinity adored by old Andean civilizations. A sacred and ceremonial site dating back to the beginnings of Christianity where thousands of pilgrims converged to pay tribute and consult the Pachacamac oracle, whom they believed could see the past, future and people’s fate
Paracas Peninsula and Islas Ballestas
Travel south on this full day excursion, through the stark desert to the beautiful seaside resort area of Paracas. Enjoy the changing desert landscapes and stunning views of the sparkling Pacific as we approach the penninsula. Spectacular wildlife viewing awaits, including ocean Birds, penguins and sea lions who live on the islands which are reached by a thrilling speedboat ride.
Note: This tour departs very early in the morning and returns late at night
Travel north on this full day excursion, into the desert, to explore the sacred ruins of Caral. Older than even the Pyramids of Egypt, this is thought to be the oldest city in the Americas. On 27 April 2001 came the stunning announcement in the journal Science that the emergence of urban life and complex agriculture in the New World occurred nearly a millennium earlier than previously believed. Radiocarbon dates from the mysterious city show that monumental architecture there was under construction as early as 2627 B.C., before ceramics and maize were introduced to the region. (By comparison, the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt was built between 2600 and 2480 B.C.).
Shop till you Drop
A mecca for shopaholics, Lima has everything and anything for those in search of gifts, trinkets and artisan goods. On this half-day excursion, discover the best bargains on toy llamas, alpaca blankets and clothing and jewellry at local markets, unique shops and artisan galleries with the help of our guides.
Lima by Night
Revel in the sultry Latin tradition of music and dance. This evening tour includes dinner accompanied by local music.
Lima Learn to Surf
Dude! Beaches here are packed with local and visiting surfers - now it's your turn to catch a wave. Your surf instructor will supply all the necessities and show you the basics.
Lima Fútbol Match
Whether you call it soccer or football, it's a thrilling experience to sit in the stadium with thousands of your closest friends cheering on the local team. (This option is only available on game days.)
Day 4 Depart Lima (B)
Enjoy the day at your leisure, tour ends after breakfast.