Embark with us on this amazing Peruvian Journey that spans for just over two weeks. We will take you to many of the most amazing places in Peru. We start our trip from Lima, the capital of Peru. We will travel to Cuzco and explore this city thoroughly, visiting many historic locations along the way. Of course, no trip of the country is complete unless you get to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, the most famous archaeological site in all of South America
After exploring Lake Titicaca (Peru side), we will travel to Colca Canyon and then Arequipa, one of the most beautiful destinations in the country.
On the 14th day, your trip with us will come to an end and we will transfer you to the airport for your journey back home or your next destination.
Please refer to the itinerary so that you know the exact details of the trip.
Day 1 - ARRIVE LIMA
Arrive into Lima today.
Lima, capital of Peru, which was founded by the great conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and soon became the capital of the extensive and tremendously wealthy Peruvian Vice Regency of Spain. By the end of the 16th Century it had grown into a city of fine palaces and churches and was the cultural centre of the southern hemisphere. Today, Lima still retains the essence of the Spanish colonialism. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Private Transfer)
Day 2 - LIMA
This morning, embark on a city tour of Lima. See the plazas, colonial buildings with ornate balconies, colonial churches and mansions, gems of Ibero-American architecture including the 17th century San Francisco Monastery. Modern Lima is a mix of architectural styles and beautiful gardens, especially Miraflores and San Isidro, popular commercial districts with excellent shops, art galleries and restaurants. Visit Love Park in the Miraflores district and admire its view of the Pacific Ocean, and then head to Huaca Pucllana, the adobe pyramid that was ancient Lima’s ceremonial heart. Next, drive through the district of San Isidro, the financial center of the city, and then on to the city’s main square, Plaza Mayor, where you’ll see the Government Palace and Lima’s town hall. (B.) (Private Tour)
Day 3 - LIMA - SACRED OF THE INCAS
This morning we transfer you to the airport for your departing flight to Cusco. On arrival to Cusco you will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transport you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (8,500 feet elevation), a long, fertile river valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks that lies between Cusco (11,000 feet elevation) and Machu Picchu (8,000 feet elevation). Starting here helps you adjust to the high altitude of the Andes and is a great way to see how the local people continue to live in the traditional Andean manner. Rest of afternoon at leisure. (B.) (Private Transfer)
Day 4 - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Today we discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca's Balcony, in Chinchero, a beautiful place with an impressive view, where twelves families still preserve their traditional costums, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colors for their textiles.
Afterwards, we will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, that also served as a temple. Then, we will follow to the town of Ollantaytambo, “the unique living Inca town”: the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. (B.) (Shared Guide)
Day 5 - SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU
Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism: Machu Picchu, where you will definitely have an experience you will never forget. Transfer to Ollanta station to board Vistadome train bound for Aguas Calientes and take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu, a breathtaking Incan citadel. A guided tour of the ruins will have you wondering about the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this citadel and what drove them to build it on a mountain-top. Excavations have revealed skeletons, artefacts and woollen clothing, but no gold. The same precise stonework as in other Incan sites in evident. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its destruction as the Incas left no written record. Have lunch at the Belmont Sanctuary Lodge and then there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax or to meditate. Once all activity are completed transfer to your hotel where dinner will be served. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide) (Private Transfer)
Day 6 - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Today you can make an unguided return visit to Machu Picchu in the morning to have sometime to explore on your own; your shuttle and entrance tickets are included and will be provided to you. Going early, when the site first opens, allows you time at the ruins when there are far fewer people around. There are many things to see and do at the site, including the hike to Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun. You also have the opportunity this morning to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that towers over Machu Picchu, for spectacular aerial views of the ruins and the surrounding mountains.
On the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cusco. You will have the balance of the day free to relax and explore this historic city. Cusco is another of the highlights of a trip to Peru, a fascinating city built on the foundations of the former Incan capital. You can observe massive Incan walls along many of the streets of the city. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants. (B.) (Private Transfer)
Day 7 - CUSCO
This morning, enjoy a city tour, which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, and the Koricancha Temple. Just outside Cusco, you will visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testimonial to the Incan architectural skills. Compiled of massive stones (one weighs 125 tons!) you are challenged to try to slip a piece of paper between the cracks of these blocks, cut and fitted together with incredible precision without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress where the greatest battle between the Spanish and the Incas took place overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cuzco and the spectacular lush countryside. Also visit Qenqo (the Labyrinth), an Incan shrine dedicated to the Earth Mother, the small fortress of Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay, a sacred bathing place. (B.) (Shared Guide)
Day 8 - CUSCO
Today enjoy free time to relax, shop or explore more of Cuzco's sights. (B.)
Day 9 - CUSCO - ALTIPLANO - PUNO
Transfer to the station for your morning bus trip across the Altiplano (Spanish for high plain), where the Andes are at their wildest.
Sightseeing on the way:
- Andahuaylillas: Referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel because is magnificent frescoes, the church is but one example of the mestizo baroque architecture typically of the Cusco school which was prominent in the 17th You will marvel at the ceiling of carved panels covered with gold leafs
- Raqchi: Also named the Temple of the God Wiracocha. The Inca temple is monumental: 100 meters in length, 26 meters in width and 14 meters in high. Divided in two naves, each of these still retains the bases of eleven giant columns. The base of the walls consist of Imperial Inca stonework with a top section of adobe. Adjacent to the temple, we can see many storehouses, used for various purposes: social, religious and military
- Sicuani: in this village you will be able to enjoy a delicious lunch buffet and buy handicrafts.
- La Raya: The highest pass on the route between Cusco to Puno. Beautiful landscapes await you, as well as the animals that are symbolic of the Andes: llamas, alpacas and vicunas. This is a region situation between two cultures Quechua and Aymara, as well as composite of two terrains: the dry and arid Altiplano and the more verdant Quechua valleys and rivers
- Pucara:This is the most important and oldest ceremonial site this side of Tiahuananco. Characterize by a series of satire platforms, the ruins also reveal some lito-sculptures and tombstone, all witnesses of pre Inca civilization, possible one at the origin of the Andean culture of the Altiplano.
On arrival into Puno, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B. L.) (Shared Guide) (Private Transfer)
Day 10 - ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA (Peru side)
Today will be a full day excursion on Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 3808 m, and you will visit its main attraction: the floating Uros Islands, which lay just 6 km off the Puno Bay. 35 minutes from these is Taquile Island, where the community will, after giving you a traditional welcome, show you their customs, like their traditional and colorful outfits, and teach you what the knitted patterns mean. From this spot, the views become even better. The colour of the lake turns a deeper blue, and the setting takes on an even more special mood. (B. L.) (Shared Guide)
Day 11 - LAKE TITICACA - COLCA CANYON
Early morning, we transfer you to the bus terminal to aboard the Bus to Chivay and travel by the endless highland plains covered by “Ichu” a type of straw adapted to high altitudes. Slowly we ascend and cross the occidental Andes range, stop at a high lookout point that domains the views over the “Lagunillas Lagoon” observe some rare Andes birds such as “Ajoya” the giant Andean coot and the Andean goose. At “Pampa Cañahuas” we observe herds of Vicuñas a type of Andean camelid. On the way we get to another high pass (4,950 m) called the Volcanoes lookout. Before descending to Colca Valley. At 12:00h. Arrival to Chivay city. Transfer to your exclusive Colca Lodge Hotel located near Yanque Village, then you just remain at The hotel because it has private thermal waters and excellent facilities like SPA, warm pool, and others. (B.) (Shared Guide)
Day 12 - COLCA CANYON - AREQUIPA
Early after Breakfast our guide will take you to “Mirador Cruz del Condor”, one of the best view points to see the impressive depth of canyon stretching nearly 4,000 ft bellow, and the spectacular flight of the condor, in days with the ideal thermal air currents can be seeing many of them mastering the deep canyon. On the way back we will stop at Maca and Yanque villages and see its picturesque colonial churches with some snow peak glaciers behind on the distance. From the lookouts of Choquetico and Antahuille you will observe impressive Incan and pre – Incan terracing system covering part of the valley. As well your guide will show you lytic models that demonstrate the advanced hydraulic planning of the ancient engineers. Back at Chivay main square we enjoy of lunch before continuing to Arequipa. The bus ride takes again scenic landscapes, arrival to Arequipa at 17:30 hour approximately. On arrival we transfer you to your hotel. (B.) (Shared Guide)
Day 13 - AREQUIPA
This morning you will tour the famed "White City", stopping by the Santa Catalina Convent, a lovely 16th century city in miniature that mimics the styles of different Spanish cities of that time, the Main Square with its three different entrances, and the Church of the Society of Christ, a supreme example of 17th century Mixed Baroque and Spanish Baroque Churrigueresque art, as is the multicolored frescos of the San Ignacio cupola. Following this, you will visit the traditional districts of Cayma and Yanahuara that boasts a lookout and a lovely church. During the afternoon explore this gorgeous city by your own and enjoy the recognized local cuisine in one of the recommended Arequipa Restaurants. (B.) (Private Tour)
Day 14 - DEPART AREQUIPA
This tour comes to an end with a private transfer to the airport. (B.) (Private Transfer)
We can offer you the possibility to extend this tour to other incredible destinations like:
- ECUADOR: Quito and the Galapagos Islands
- PERU: Amazon jungle
- BOLIVIA: La Paz & Uyuni salt flats
The below hand-picked properties feature good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for a comfortable stay.
- Lima: Arawi – Miraflores
- Cusco: Hilton
- Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pakaritampu
- Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu): Mapi by Inkaterra
- Lake Titicaca: Sonesta Posada del Inka
- Arequipa: Katari
- Colca Canyon: Colca Lodge Hotel
- Hotel accommodation quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise
- Hotels can easily be changed at the customer request. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay
- Occasionally due to circumstances out of our control, hotels quoted may not be available at the time of booking. In these circumstances when hotels are unavailable, South America Tours will provide the best possible alternative.
- Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary:
(B.) = Breakfast
(L.) = Lunch
(D.) = Dinner
- All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise:
(Private Transfer / Transport) = Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers / transport are operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others
(Private Tour) = Your own, personal tour guide and an exclusive vehicle
(Shared Guide) = Meet other like minded travellers and share the services of a guide / vehicle during the plan activity. Typical group size is 10 travellers which really works well and makes for a fun experience for all.
- Parks and monuments entrance fees
- Total assistance coverage up to $2,000 per person during your stay in Peru (for more information please contact us)
- Professional English speaking local guides throughout
- Return Vistadome train tickets to Machu Picchu
- Tourist Bus from Cusco to Puno
- Service charges and taxes.
What’s not included
- Air-tickets. We have access to wholesale fares and work closely with LATAM Airlines, contact us before organize your flights independently.
- Tourist Visas are not included.
- It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. South America Tours Pty Ltd does not provide visa services.
- Travel insurance
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included, phone call, laundry, tips, etc.
- Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events
- Irrespective of whether you book directly with us or with your preferred travel agent, we’ll want to know the details of all of your fights – flight times frequently change and we want to make sure your transfers and other arrangements are amended accordingly.
- You should ensure you have travel insurance in place to cover the possibility of unforeseen circumstances which result in the inability to participate in the tour
- All routes are subject to change without notice due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions
- Certain countries require that you obtain official authorization (a visa) before entering the country. It is your responsibility for verifying and obtaining any necessary travel documents for entry and exit to the countries visited, as these requirements vary depending on the specific country and nationality of the traveler.