Great journey through South Peru
Day 1 INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT - LIMA
Arrival in Lima and transfer to your hotel. Meals not included.
Transport: Private car with driver - 1 hour
Day 2 LIMA - PARACAS
After breakfast, you get all the morning free in the Peruvian capital to visit the district of Miraflores and the city center. In the afternoon, you're taken to the bus station to take the bus to Paracas. Lunch and dinner not included.
Transport: Bus (3h30)
Day 3 PARACAS - HUACACHINA OASIS
This morning, you join a collective boat to navigate towards the Ballestas Islands, favorite spot for sea lions, pelicans and penguins.
Back to shore, you take a bus across the desert to get to the Huacachina oasis, where you can walk across the dunes or enjoy Sand Board (not included). Lunch and dinner not included.
Transport: Bus (1h30)
Day 4 HUACACHINA OASIS - NAZCA - AREQUIPA
You leave the oasis to take a bus to Nazca. You have all day to visit Nazca as you wish.
The main attractions of the city are the local market, the Antonini Museum and the Maria Reiche Museum (who dedicated her life to the stuy and protection of the Naxca lines), the still functionning 2,000 years old aqueucts. In the evening, you leave Nazca in a comfortable bus to climb the mountains to Arequipa. Arrival at Arequipa and transfers to your hotel to rest. Lunch and dinner not included.
Transport: Bus (10 h)
Accomodation: Bus an hotel upon your arrival
Day 5 AREQUIPA
Nicknamed the White City because of its houses built with dried volcanic stones, Arequipa is listed as UNESCO World Heritage since the year 2000.
You have all day to visit the convent of Santa Catalina, the "Plaza de Armas" where the Cathedral seats, the museum Sanctuarios Andinos where you can come face to face with Juanita: the mummy found fifteen years ago in the summit ice of the Ampato volcano at over 6000m above sea level, where it was allegedly sacrificed during a pre-Columbian ceremony. Lunch and Dinner not included.
Day 6 AREQUIPA - CHIVAY
Departure for Chivay, in the Colca Valley at 3600m altitude. On the road, you cross the Salinas y Aguada Blanca reserve, which offers an impressive landscape of volcanoes, rivers and rock formations. In addition to vicuñas, you can see many other birds such as flamingos. The reserve is home to various volcanoes: the Mitsi (5,840 meters), Chachani (6,075 meters) and Ubinas (5676 meters), the most active of Peru. You also pass near the Chachani volcano.
The road passes the Pata Pampa pass at 4800m altitude before going down into the valley to Chivay, the closest village to Colca Canyon. If you wish, you can stop and enjoy the famous thermal hot springs of Chivay. Lunch and dinner not included.
Transport: private car with driver (3 hours)
Day 7 COLCA CANYON - CRUZ DEL CONDOR - PUNO
After breakfast, you take the road to the viewpoint of the Cross of the Condor from where you take the measure of the depth of Colca Canyon (1200m). You admire the condors playing with the currents above your head and in the depth of the canyon. You rejoin Chivay with pauses at the miradors of Antahuilque and Choquetico and cross the traditional villages of Maca (3262m) and Yanque (3417m).
In the early afternoon, departure by tourist bus to Lake Titicaca. On the road, you discover the landscapes of the Altiplano with the white cordillera in the background. Arrival at Puno in the early evening. Dinner not included.
Transport: private car with driver (2 hours) and bus (6 hours)
English-speaking guide in the morning
Day 8 PUNO - TAQUILE - UROS - PUNO
In the morning, transfer to the port of Puno, where you take a collective boat to enjoy an entire day on the Titikaka with a Spanish/English-speaking guide. After about twenty-five minutes on the boat, you visit the floating islands. These are not natural, they have been built by the Uros whose main activity is fishing. You continue your navigation to Taquile, an island of great cultural interest whose inhabitants have remained without contact with the outside world for four centuries and have preserved their ancestral traditions. Men knit, women weave. Visit of the island and lunch in one of the restaurants of the island. You come back to Puno in the middle of the afternoon. Dinner not included.
Transport: collective boat (4 hours)
Day 9 PUNO - CUZCO
Departure by tourist bus to Cusco, navel of the Inca Empire. This itinerary allows you to enjoy beautiful landscapes all along the route, passing by the pass of the Raya, at 4320 meters above sea level. During various breaks on the road, you visit the Pukara Museum, the archaeological site of Raqchi, and the Sistine Chapel of the Andes in Andahuaylillas. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Dinner not included.
Transport: tourist bus (9 hours)
Day 10 4 RUINS - PISAQ - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES
Its early in the morning that you get to the 4 ruins that overlook the city. The fortress of Sacsayhuamán and its ramparts offer you a grand view of Cusco. Not far from there, the Inca sanctuary of Qenqo, the Puqa Puqara fort and the water temple of Tambomachay reveals some of the ancient Inca rites. You then leave for the Sacred Valley and the small village of Pisaq. There, you visit the vestiges that overlook the valley and stroll along some of its many terraces. You make your way to Ollantaytambo and visit its majestic fortress, one of the most important Inca constructions of the valley. In the early evening, departure by train for Aguas Calientes, the village located below Machu Picchu. You follow the tumultuous Rio Urubamba as you sink into a growing vegetation lush. Installation in your hotel. Lunch and dinner not included.
Transport: private car with driver (2 hours) and train (1:30 hour)
Day 11 AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - OLLANTAYTAMBO
An early departure by shuttle will allow you, before the crowd coming from Cusco the same day, to make the most of the site. You discover Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, with a guided visit. Your guide shows you the different sectors of the city and you evolve in this fabulous complex of streets and temples.
After a two-hours tour, you take the shuttle back to Aguas Calientes then, in train, travel to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner not included.
In option, it is possible to do the ascent of Huayna Picchu, this famous mountain that dominates the site, and so enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Machu Picchu and the setting in which it is built. However, this climb can only be booked in one time slot (subject to availability, 400 places per day, please contact us as early as possible), will not be accompanied, and the verticality of its access requires not having the fear of heights. 2 hours walk back and forth.
Note for the visit of Machu-Picchu: backpack of 25 liters maxi, plastic bottles prohibited
Transport: shuttle (30 minutes), train (1:30 hours)
English-speaking guide (for the guided tour of Machu Picchu)
Day 12 OLLANTAYTAMBO - MARAS - MORAY - CUZCO
Your day begins with a tour of the Maras salineras where, at 3,000 meters above sea level, salt evaporation ponds prosper since the Inca empire. This site is a great example of the cleverness of the people that chose this place, as well as the strenght of the people who still work in the salineras to this day.
You then go back in time to visit the site of Moray, that was used as a scientific research center by the Inkas to improve the quality of their food production. Coming back to Cuzco, you cross the small village of Chinchero where you can take a break and eat lunch if you want to. You get to Cuzco in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner not included.
Transport: private car with driver (2 hours)
Day 13 CUZCO
A free day today lets you explore Cusco, fascinating Inca capital. We advise you to sink in the small streets of the city for to reach the Plaza de Armas then, by a maze of stairs, reach the district of San Blas. Nestled on a hillside, the atmosphere here is particularly seductive. We then suggest you continue your discovery of the city center by taking the Loreto street to observe the architectural peculiarities of the city, such as the thick Inca walls, beautifully erected, topped with imposing colonial buildings. A visit at San Pedro market, bubbling place of life, colors and flavors, is also worth a detour. Lunch and Dinner not included.
Accomodation : Hotel
Day 14 CUSCO - LIMA - INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Transfer from your hotel to the airport and then domestic flight from Cusco to Lima and international flight for your return home.
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
From 1370 $ per person (basis 4 people)
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: a sum of €50 per person will be retained
- Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: your deposit, 30% of the total trip price will be retained
- Cancellation received 20 to 14 days before the departure date: 50% of the total trip price will be retained
- Cancellation received 13 to 7 days before the departure date: 75% of the total trip price will be retained
- Cancellation received less than 7 days before the departure date: 100% of the total trip price will be retained
- Fixed airfares: if your airline ticket was issued in advance, often done to avoid significant surcharges, you will be charged 100% of any non-refundable fees if you wish to change or cancel your flight plan
- Fixed in-country costs: early charges for firm bookings will be charged if you cancel or modify your trip.
- Insurance costs: if you have taken out comprehensive or cancellation insurance, the cost of insurance is due and cannot be refunded.