Individual south Peru in 18 days, our most popular tour
South Peru in 18 days, our most popular tour!
You can choose this tour by selecting the following 3 options
1 Budget tour : in hostals; local transport / excursions in international group
2 Classic tour: at 3* hotels; mix local transport – private / mix private excursions – internat group
3 Luxe tour: at 4* hotels; most of the time private transport / private excursions/ included entrance fees
How do we work ?
In our packet, you will travel all by yourself. South America planet take care of you; we reserve all your hotels transfers and transport. When you arrive in Peru you will find in your first hotel, an envelop with the information of all the vouchers, buses and excursions. You will do excursions in International groups with English speaking guides.
Our local agent will arrange your transfers and give you the bus tickets to go from A to B, like this, you will travel around by yourself but without worries. If there are any problems, you can always find support by contacting our office in Cusco or Lima!
What is included?
* All bus transport, all hotels and all the tours as indicated in the program.
* All your vouchers, information packet (general info over all the places you visit).
* All hotels are based on double rooms with private bathroom, single rooms on request for an extra price, all buses are based on good buses, we work most of the time with cruz del sur, the best company in Peru.
* We can offer this tour in star hotels or local clean hostels. or in a mix
* all the transfers
* Your food, in the hotels breakfast is included.
* The entrance fees and taxes.
*Local flight Cusco-Lima.
Day 1: Lima
You will arrive at the airport in Lima. Someone from South America planet will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your first hotel in Lima or Miraflores.
Hotel and Hostal in Lima
Day 2 : Lima
It will be your first day in Lima and today you will have a half day city tour. The tour begins with a visit to the historical downtown of Lima, also known as “the City of the Kings”. The stops include the Main Square of Lima, upon which lays the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the City Hall. Next on the itinerary, is a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent. You can also drive through Miraflores and San Isidro. In the afternoon you can visit the Colonial Barranco, Museo National de Arqueologia in Pueblo Libre or Larco Museo” the best museum in Peru” by yourself. You can also walk at the seafront in Miraflores. The city tour will include an english speaking guide. It will take 3 hours. The tour starts and finishes in your hotel.
City tour in Lima (Hostal group 3*+4* Private)
Hotel and hostel in Lima
Day 3: Pisco Paracas
At around 7 am or 1.30 pm you will take the luxury Crus del Sur bus to Paracas. It’s about a 4 hour drive. Your hotel is close to the harbor. You can walk on the boulevard and eat the delicious fresh fish. Your hotel has a swimming pool.
Transfer in Lima
Bus tickets to Pisco ( 4* private)
Hostal and hotel in Paracas
Day 4 : Ballestas / Nasca
This morning at around 8 am, you will go by speedboat to the Ballestas Islands. Paracas is known for its extraordinary marine wildlife and wonderful natural setting. You will get to enjoy a boat tour, lasting approximately 2 hours around the Ballestas Islands, where you can observe countless species, including the world’s largest sea lion colony. You can also view seals, penguins, turtles, albatrosses, pelicans, birds, and seagulls. After this excursion as an option, you can visit the National Reserve of Paracas. Then you take the bus or private transport for about 3 hours to Nasca. Hotel with swimmingpool in Nazca:
if you like, you can go by a private car with some stops (we recommend this so you can also do the sand buggy tour in Huacachina and go to local Pisco bruery)
Ballestas Islands tour
Bus tickets to Nasca ( 4* private)
Hostel and Hotel with swimming pool
Food, pier tax
Paracas Reserve tour
Day 5 : Nazca and Nazcalines
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel for your journey to the mysterious Nazca Lines! You’ll board a small aircraft. During your adventure, you’ll see first hand several famous line figures, including the spider, monkey, astronaut, flamingo, parrot & condor among many others. Why were these figures created? Do they have an astrological or religious purposes? After your flight, you’ll visit Chauchilla. The area is named after the Nazca civilization that flourished there between 300BC and 800AD. It consists of a pre-Inca cemetery located 28km South of Nazca. The cemetery has exhibits of some well-preserved mummies, textiles and other artifacts, saved from decay over the centuries by the dry desert conditions. At night you can take the luxury night bus for 10 h to Arequipa. The bus leaves at 10 PM.
Flight over Nasca lines 30 min
Bus Crusero to Arequipa ( 4* in business)
Entrance fee 10 soles
Airport tax 25 soles
Optional: If you don’t like nightbus you can take a daybus.
Day 6 : Arequipa
You will arrive in Arequipa early in the morning, the white city and its famous historic downtown. From there you will visit the Plaza de Armas, the Church of the Company and the Church of San Francisco. The highlight of Arequipa is the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent. This beautiful complex of plazas and buildings is remarkably intact and remained closed to the outside world until 1970. You’ll also get to visit the star of Arequipa “The Mummy Juanita “. In the evening you may choose to dine at one of Arequipa’s many fine restaurants. Try the amazing alpacca steak!
Hotel and hostel in Arequipa
Day 7 : Arequipa
On the free day in Arequipa you will get to relax or drink a cup of coffee on one of the nice balconies on the Plaza de Armas, or as option, you can go rafting on Chili river, a great adventure or you can take the Campina tour with viewpoints over or the reality tour. Here you visit the local market, the silar stone works and you can see how the poor Peruvian people survive! Or cycle down volcanoes….
This day is perfect to get used to the altitude! Hotel Arequipa.
Hotel and hostal
Excursions: rafting, reality tour, mountain bike, city tour
Day 8 : Colca 2 days
After breakfast you’ll be picked up for your journey to the Colca Canyon. It’s a scenic route 165 km from the city of Arequipa. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes as you climb towards the Canahuas National Reserve. Along the way, you will pass through Pampas Cañahuas, a plain in the midst of the Aguada Blanca y Salinas National Reserve. On the way you’ll stop at 3800m to drink some coca tea to counteract the effects of altitude sickness. As you climb further up onto the Altiplano, you’ll begin to spot wild vicunas, llamas and guanacos as well as some interesting birdlife on the lakes. After reaching the highest point at about 4800m, you’ll descend a little to the town of Chivay. The Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, although its incline is much more gradual. Here we stop for lunch. After we bring our luggage to the hotel, in the afternoon we will go to the nearby hot springs: La Calera. It’s a 1 night hotel in the small village Chivay.
2 days tour in international group (4* Private)
Hotel and hostal in Colca Canyon
Entrance fee 70 soles ( included in 4*)
Entrance fee hot springs 15 soles
Day 9 : Colca – Puno
This morning you will have an early breakfast at your hotel and set out to the Cruz del Condor lookout point, 60 Km from Chivay, for spectacular views across the canyon. We are looking for the world’s largest bird, the majestic Andean condor, gliding on the thermals that rise up through the canyon. Be sure to bring your camera! Upon returning to Chivay you’ll make various stops, firstly at the traditional town of Pinchollo with its 1500 year old stone terraces, and later at the Choqetico view point and the Andean town of Maca. Around 1.30 PM we will take the good tourist bus for a 6 hours journey to Puno over the altiplano. The last part of the day is the drive to Puno. Accommodations for the night in Puno:
Optional 1: You can take the 3 day Colca canyon tour, then you walk down in the canyon, you sleep at an oasis, next morning you start the early climb to Cabanaconde, from where we will take the local bus back to Chivay and up to Puno
Opcional 2: You can take a private car and guide for 1 1/2 day or for 2 days
Hostal or hotel in Puno
Shared bus to Puno at 1.30 PM ( 4* in private)
Transfer in Puno
3 day trekking
Day 10: Amantani
Today you will visit the incredible Lake Titicaca, situated some 3800m above sea level and covering an area of over 8000 square kilometers. You’ll begin your tour by visiting the fascinating Uros islands, home to the descendants of the pre-Inca Urus people, who continue to live on the floating islands, which are constructed by totoro reeds that grow around the lake. It is said that, when seen from above, the lake looks like a Puma hunting a rabbit. Uros is comprised of about 40 islands, but the total number varies over time. Then we will go to Amantania island. You will sleep on the island with a local family; basic but a nice adventure! They will treat you as their own children, in the evening you sing and dance with the whole village in local clothes. This option provides a great opportunity to interact with the warm and hospitable islanders and to learn about their daily lives. We will leave in Puno with our big luggage travel with a day pack.
Boat tour in shared service
Family stay with food ( basic)
Present for the family
Day 11: Puno
After breakfast, we will leave our local family and go to Taquile Island, another beautiful destination. The island still bears vestiges of a pre-Incan past. There are Ayamara Indians. The intricate and brightly-colored textiles produced here reflect the inhabitants’ Andean beliefs, myths, and ways of life. After a short but steep climb to the main village you’ll enjoy lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the island and finding out about its people. The islanders are known for the beautiful textiles and garments that they produce, and interestingly, the knitting of these garments is done exclusively by men. Afterward you’ll take a boat back to the Puno hotel.
Hotel in Puno
Lunch and dinner
Day 12 : Cusco
After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the bus station for your journey to Cusco. During this journey you will enjoy spectacular views of beautiful landscapes of the the Andes. We will take the direct bus for about 6 h. Upon arriving to Cusco, you will be welcomed by South America planet. In the evening there are many excellent restaurants to choose in Cusco.
You can take the bus with stops at La Raya Pass, the Incan archeological site of Raqchi, renowned for its massive temple built for god Viracocha. Next on the itinerary is a stop at the village of Andahuayllas, where you will see an actual architectural masterpiece: its main church, built in the 17th century, whose finely painted interior walls will astound you. Accommodations in Cuzco.
Direct Bus to Cusco (in 4* bus stops, lunch and guide + entrance)
Hostal and hotel in Cusco
Bus stops, guide and meals +Entrance fees
Day 13: Cusco
Cusco is where you can do many things this day, you can even sleep longer. Your afternoon tour in Cusco will begin with a visit to the impressive Colonial Cathedral, home to finely carved wooden art pieces and impressive altars, followed by a guided tour of the Korikancha (Temple of the Sun). Later at the outskirts of Cusco for a tour of the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, you’ll get to see the Incan fort that guarded the Imperial city. After this afternoon excursion you’ll be taken back to your hotel to relax for the evening. Accommodations in Cuzco.
Hotel and hostal Cusco
City tour 1/2 day in international group with audio phone (4* private, entrance included)
Entrance fees (Cusco visitor ticket 130 soles)( included in 4*)
Other entrance fees
Day 14 : Sacred Valley
Today we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is divided by the Urubamba River and protected by towering mountains, like Veronica, Chicon, and Pitusiray, all above 5000 meters . Your first stop is visiting the local market in a small village of Pisac. After lunch you’ll spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the impressive Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo town and ceremonial center, an important archeological site and an Inca stronghold during the Spanish conquest. We sleep in the sacred valley.
Sacred Valley tour in internacional group (4* private)
Hotel – Hostal in the sacred valley
Cusco visitor ticket ( included in 4*)
opcional Vistadome train
opcional Private tour (recomended)
Day 15: Maras + Moray + Aquas Cal
After breakfast, you will be picked up for your next Sacred Valley adventure to Maras, a typical Peruvian Andean village near the Maras salt mines. It’s a scenic journey with spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains. You will visit the ruins of Moray, a series of ancient agricultural terraces laid out in concentric circles. These terraces were built by the Incas and used to test and produce seeds for the empire’s principal crops of maize and potato. The site and science of ancient Inca agriculture is inspiring. Later you will leave for Maras to watch the locals pan the salt mines. The tour last a half day. In the afternoon or evening we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, the village close to Machu Picchu, much warmer than Cusco. We are at the border of the jungle. Hotel / hostal in Agua Calientes.
Maras + Moray tour in private
Expedition train to Aguas Calientes (4* vistadom)
Hostal and hotel in Aguas Calientes
Day 16 : Machu Picchu
Today we will leave early on sunrise to the Machu Picchu ruins. You will start with a guided tour of the ruins for 2 h, in which you will learn all about the origins of this archeological wonder with some free time to explore on your own. Your return train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Cusco will depart in the afternoon and arrive in the evening. hotel in Cusco
Optional: You can take the train to Ollantaytambo and sleep 1 night in the Sacred Valley
Bus to Machu Picchu
Entrance to Machu Picchu
2 h English speaking guide in group (4* private)
Train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo
Hotel and hostal in Cusco
Wayna Picchu permit
Day 17 : Cusco Today you will have a free day or opcional excursions. You can go rafting on the Urubamba river with scenic views or go by with a mountain bike to the salt pans of Maras. You can also just visit the local market or Inca museum in Cusco.
Day 18 : Lima + Flight Home
Transfer to the airport, flight back to Lima to connect with your international flight.
Optional, you can stay 1 more night in Lima
Transfer in Lima
Local flight to Lima
Extra night in Lima
This program is only an example, we can make programs accommodate all your needs !!!
It’s also possible to extend with North Peru or relax some days at the beach.
1 flight included: 1 over the Nasca lines
You can use this tour as a base; you can add the 2 or 4 days Inca trail or extend this tour with a visit to the jungle in Manu or Puerto Maldonado.
People who like to go towards the very famous INCA TRAIL , the 2 or 4 days (look at this website for the program), need to make a reservation for this, together with the reservation of this tour. This Inca trail is so popular that it needs more than 90 days of reservation in advance!
For general informacion click below