The southern route of Peru is undoubtedly the most demanded by travelers due to gather some of the best wonders of the world distributed along its coasts and Andean mountains range.
From Lima, known as ‘The City of Kings’, we will lead towards the sunny Paracas Reserve, the enigmatic Nazca Lines, the deep Colca Canyon, Puno and Lake Titicaca, to finish in Cusco and the Machu Picchu fortress.
This tour through the south will show us some of the oldest cultures and most representatives of Peru that showing perfectly the Andean ways of life in the country.
Pick up at the Jorge Chavez International Airport and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the main streets, squares and avenues of the city.
The route starts at the Miraflores Love Park, where we will have a beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Later we will visit the Huaca Pucllana, belonging to the Lima culture (400 AD). After this we will lead to the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) in the center of Lima, where the Government Palace and the Municipality (Town Hall) are located.
In the center we will visit two of the city’s most important religious buildings: The Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro, discoverer and founder of Lima rest and the catacombs of the Santo Domingo Convent.
Early in the morning we will be transfered to the bus station to depart to Paracas. Our staff will be waiting for us to take a boat trip through the Ballestas Islands, populated by Humbolt penguins, sea lions, pelicans and other sea birds.
We will also see the famous “Candelabro”, a geoglyph located on a hill that is related to the Nazca Lines.
After our boat ride we will go to the Paracas National Reserve to visit the Interpretation Center of the Reserve, where conducts a work of research and conservation of different marine species in the area.
We will also see the rock formation known as “La Catedral” and we will take a tour of Lagunilla and Yumaque beache, ending at the “Obelisk of Independence”.
In the afternoon we will go to the bus station to depart to Nazca, where our staff will assist us and take us back to our hotel.
Early in the morning, we will head to the nearby airfield to fly over the Nazca Lines, huge geoglyphs that can only be seen from the air.
The Nazca lines contain many mysteries yet to be unveiled. Some theories point out that its functionality ranges from being a guide to the sacred city of Cahuachi to landing strips for extraterrestrial visitors.
The best known figures are those of the Monkey, the Hummingbird, the Condor or the Spider.
After flying over the Lines we will have the free day to rest in our hotel or to know the surroundings.
In the afternoon we will transfer to the bus station to depart for Arequipa. We will arrive at night, where we will have assistance and transfer to our hotel.
Free morning to rest.
In the afternoon we will visit some of the most beautiful streets of Arequipa, known as “The White City”. We will start from the colonial neighborhood of San Lázaro ,where Arequipa was founded, continuing to the viewpoint of Carmen Alto.
From there we will have a panoramic view of the three volcanoes that protect the city: Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Picchu.
We will walk to reach the colonial district of Yanahuara, wich has a beautiful Andalusian style church and a viewpoint built in white sillar (volcanic stone characteristic of the city).
We will end the tour knowing some of the most important religious buildings in the city, such as the Monastery of Santa Catalina, the Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, and the Church of the Company of Jesus, founded by the Jesuits in the seventeenth century. We will stay in our hotel at Arequipa.
This day we will dedicate to know the Colca Valley, we will climb the slopes of the Chachani volcano from where we can have spectacular views of the Misti and the Pichu-Picchu.
We will cross the vicuña reserve of Pampa Cañahuas, passing a series of small villages with a special charm.
We will stop for eating on the road that leads to our hotel.
In the afternoon we will have free time to optionally visit the thermal baths in the area.
We stayed at Colca Valley.
Early in the morning we will go to the viewpoint of the Cruz del Cóndor, where we will be able to see the majestic flight of the Andean condors, symbols of Peru and the cultures of the Andes.
From there we will also have exceptional views of the Colca Canyon, considered the deepest in the world with about 100 km of length.
Then we will visit the cities Maca and Yanque, which still conserve their colonial churches.
After our lunch we will start a six and a half hour trip in a special transport to our hotel in the city of Puno.
Upon arrival we will be welcomed with a coca tea to avoid the annoying “altitude sickness” and rest in our hotel.
This day we will dedicate a full day tour to visit Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world (3,812 meters above sea level). We will start visiting the island of Uros built on the basis of reeds called ‘totora’, and its hospitable inhabitants.
We will start visiting the island of Uros built on the base of reeds called’ totora’, and inhabited by a very traditional and hospitable village.
We will continue our way to Taquile Island, famous for its textiles and ancestral traditions of its inhabitants.
On the island we will have a typical lunch where we will enjoy beautiful views of the lake.
In the afternoon we will return to Puno to rest and get to know the city.
We will take a tourist bus to the “Sacred City” of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire.
On the way we will make some stops to visit the main attractions that exist in the surroundings.
The first will be in the Pucara Archeological Site, where we can buy handicrafts characteristic of the ‘ Toritos de Pucará’ that represent Andean duality and attract fortune.
After lunch and enjoy the views of La Raya, between Puno and Cusco, we will continue our adventure towards Racchi, Temple of God Wiracocha, built with huge stone walls.
Before reaching our final destination we will make a stop at Andahuaylillas Chapel.
In the afternoon we will arrive in Cusco where our staff will transfer us to our hotel.
We will take the northern road of Cusco to visit Sacsayhumán, an Inca ceremonial fortress with impressive walls built with several tons of stones.
From there we will continue towards Qenqo, to visit an altar dedicated to sacrifices that is located inside one of its caves.
We will continue our journey towards Puca Pucará, known as the “Red Fort” and the bathrooms of Tambomachay.
After lunch, we will make an exclusive tour in the city of Cusco that begins in St. Christopher’s Square to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Later we will visit the San Pedro Market, and its colorful passages full of all kinds of products and crafts.
From there we will visit the Temple of Qoricancha, the ancient Inca palace that in the past had walls covered with gold.
We will continue to the Church of Santo Domingo, and San Blas, the artisans’ quarter.
From there we cross thePalacio de la Inca Roca, today the Archbishop’s Palace, where we can admire the famous Pavilion of the Twelve Angles.
We will end our tour in thePlaza de Armas and the Cathedral, which contains many works of art from the colonial period.
The Sacred Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Cusco and Peru.
Early, in the morning, we will lead towards Awanacancha, a space inhabited by Andean camelids like llamas and alpacas. In the village, will see a workshop where the villagers make fabrics and garments based on these materials.
After this, we will visit to the traditional market of Pisac, the most extensive and diverse market in Peru, where we will have free time to walk and buy some crafts from the area.
We will have lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon we will continue our way to the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo, which seems to have remained static since the time of the Inca Empire.
We’ll stay in Ollanta, as the locals call it.
Very close to the accommodation we will go to the train station in Ollantaytambo, from where we will depart to Aguas Calientes.
There our staff will wait for us to take a 30-minute ride up to the Inca Fortress of Machu Picchu, through a steep path overlooking the river Urubamba.
The Machu Picchu will appear in all its splendor, showing its famous stairs, temples, ceremonial enclosures and urban areas.
The energy that emanates from the place is famous and can be felt in the sacred Inca sundial known as Intihuatana. After a guided tour with a professional of our staff, we will have lunch in a local restaurant.
After the visit we will return to the train of Aguas Calientes and we will go to the hotel Cusco to rest from our day.
After breakfast we will go to the airport of Cusco to take a flight and return to the city of Lima.