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South Peru in 18 days, our most popular tour!
Individual tour with hotels transports and excursions included
From Lima to —Lima
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 fee
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.
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
The city of Lima, also known as the City of Kings, was founded by Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535 on the right bank of the Rímac river because of the excellent strategic and geographic conditions of this valley.
Lima, whose name comes from the Quechua word Rímac, which translated into Spanish means talker, began its rapid growth amidst the testimonies of the mille-nary cultures that developed in the entire area. During the Viceroy ship, between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, Lima became the most important and powerful metropolis in Spanish America, and the cultural and commercial center of the region, until the creation of the Viceroy ship of La Plata in the 18th century, which took up the famous mines of Potosí. Already in 1 821, following a series of intense political movements, General San Martín proclaimed the independence of Peru. Thus the Republican period of the country had begun. Today, Lima is a modern city that offers a wide array of attractions which, united to its rich past, provides visitors with a harmonious synthesis of all this historic richness in its many museums, traditional quarters, restaurants, handicrafts galleries and night life. Free time to walk around in Miraflores and go to Larco Mar shopping along the coast
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 1/2 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.National Reserve. One of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America, spanning over 200,000 hectares of desert and ocean. The Paracas National Reserve consists of the Paracas Peninsula, coastal areas and tropical desert. It provides a sanctuary to 74 species of plants that grow in this extremely arid area, and to 216 species of birds, 16 types of mammals, 10 species of reptiles and 193 species of fish. The protected natural marine area covers 3350 square kilometres, 65% of it is sea and 35% land and islands. It is considered as one of the richest and most uncommon ecosystems in the world, but in all honesty the attraction is not only the wildlife, but the beauty of the ocean and desert landscapes.
Transfer in Lima
Bus tickets to Pisco ( 4* private)
Hostal and hotel in Paracas
Day 4 : Ballestas / Nasca
Around 8 am Pick up and drive to the harbour, to take the speedboat to the Ballestas islands. Ballestas is known for its extraordinary marine wild life and wonderful natural setting. 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, and seagulls. With many sea lions and birds. 11.30 Am we have private car To Nasca. This ride takes about 3 h. Along the way we can visit a Pisco Bruery and Huacachina. This tiny village is home to less than 1,000 local people, but every day fresh influxes of backpackers arrive to do one of THE must-do activities in Peru…sand boarding down the famous Huacachina dunes) dune buggies, flying over large humps in what seems to be a never-ending desert of sand.
As well as Huacachina, Ica is also famous for its Pisco and wine vineyards. Pisco is the national drink of Peru, and Ica is often called the home of Pisco. We take you to a Pisco vineyard tour where you will discover the history of Pisco, see how it is made, as well as getting to try a few samples of this deliciously refreshing drink. Peruvians are very proud of their Pisco and you simply cannot come to Ica without having a few glasses of Pisco. Than we drive to Nasca otel with swimmingpool in Nazca:
Ballestas Islands tour
Private car with stop at Pisco Brewery and Huacachina
Hostel and Hotel with swimming pool
Food, pier tax 13 sol
Paracas Reserve tour
Sandbuggy tour in huacachina
Day 5 : Nazca and Nazcalines
Home to the world famous Nazca Lines, huge geoglyphs etched in the Peruvian desert. The city’s name is derived from the Nazca culture that emerged in the area between 100 BC and 800 AD. The Nazca Lines are ancient geoglyphs etched into the Nazca desert in the south of Peru.
The lines, some over 2,000 years old, have blown away historians and archaeologists for hundreds of years, and even today there is no uniform agreement as to how or why they were created. Spread over almost 80km of desert a flight over the Nazca Lines is the only way to do justice to these incredible landmarks. Around 7.50 am Transfer to the airport You’ll take a flight over the Nazca Lines. you’ll board a small aircraft that will let you see several famous line figures, including the spider, monkey, astronaut & condor among many others. 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 9 soles
Airport tax 30 solesFoodOptional: 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.
Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city with a population of over 800,000 people and arguably the most beautiful city in Peru. Situated about 2,335 metres above sea level in the shadows of the stunning ice capped Misti Volcano (5,822 metres).
The perfect place to acclimatize to altitude before your tours in the Colca Valley.
You can do optional a city tour.We will show you all its charms of the main streets and colonial buildings, where you will visit The Main Square, The Cathedral from outside, La Compañia a Jesuit’s church and religious cloisters, Santa Catalina convent – which is a city within the city – built on the XVI century and closed to the public for almost 400 years until 1970, and it’s still home of a few nuns. The tour continues to the Church and Square of San Francisco and the local market. 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 alpaca steak!
Hotel and hostel in Arequipa
Excursion like city tour, rafting or cooking classes
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. In this tour you drive just outside the city. The guide tell you about the locale life, how People survive. Visit a quarries of freestone known as “cutters”, doing a review on this materials known as Sillar, that was used by expert builders or craft beds that shaped and carved harmonious arches, domes and facades of churches today appreciate our historic center of Arequipa. The local market outside and a local dining room . This tour is not to look how poor people are, but just have a look at the different side of Peru, the real life ! In the afternoon you can visit by yourself the Mummy Juanita,also known as the Inca Ice Maiden, the ice preserved mummy of a small child who was killed as an offering to the Inca gods. The local cuisine in Arequipa is argued to be the most varied in all of Peru and while in Arequipa we encourage you to check out many of the traditional “Picanterias” to try out the local dishes such as Rocoto Relleno
This day is perfect to get used to the altitude! Hotel Arequipa.
Hotel and hostal in Arequipa
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 alpacas as well as some interesting bird life on the lakes. After reaching the highest point at about 4900m, 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
After an early breakfast, you will start the journey through the main towns of the valley, stopping at Yanque, where you will appreciate its typical dances exposed in the main square. Then departure towards “El Mirador de la Cruz”, 60 Km from Chivay, the best spot to observe the deepness of the canyon of 11,155 ft deep and 124 miles long, before arrival to “Cruz del Cóndor” passengers can choose for a short walk (45 min.) along a path at the edge of the canyon. Arrival. This is the place from where almost always is possible to see the majestic fly of the condors. There is no an exact hour to see them, as many said, you can see them at any time, it depends on luck and patience. 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! On the way back visit some very interesting places such as: Pre inca hanging tombs, terraces viewer and Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque towns. Arrival at Chivay. At 13.15 Pm were you can take some lunch . We leave the guide in Chivay and we change bus , to drive for about 6 hours more over the altiplano direction 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: Titicaca 2 days tour , Homestay 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 the sky, the lake looks like a Puma hunting a rabbit. Uros is comprised of about 40 islands, but the total number varies. 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
Optional you can stay on the more expensive suasi islands SUASI Islands
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 or train 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
Andean train, orient express/ Departure Date: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Day 13: Cusco
Cusco is located in the south east of Peru at 3,400m above sea level Famously known as the gateway to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world/ Previously the capital of the Incan Empire. Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square to visit the Colonial Cathedral, home to finely carved wooden art pieces and impressive altars, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archaeological sites three archaeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. In the evening there are many excellent restaurants to choose from in Cusco, just consult our restaurant list. 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
Early in the morning you will be transported by bus to Machu Picchu citadel, Our bilingual guide will take you throughout the vast ruins for about 2h. After this you have some free time to wander around yourself Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was “rediscovered” by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. The guided tour of this fascinating place is an inspiring experience. Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the excursion you can walk to Inti Punko, the “SUN GATE” to take the famous picture. Than you drive down by bus to the town of Aqua Calientes where we take the afternoon train back direction Cusco
Optional: You can take the train to Ollantaytambo and sleep 1 night in the Sacred Valley ( you have to leave machu picchu before midday
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 optional 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. Or do an excursion to the 7 colors mountain.
Hotel and hostal 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, or extend with Iguazu waterfalls Argentina
You can use this tour as a base; you can add the 2 or 4 days Inca trail or other trekking in or around cusco 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!
Or extend this tour with a visit to the jungle in Manu or Puerto Maldonado.
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