Our “classic one”, with all the must-see in Peru, from the Andes to the coast! Cusco, the Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu, Titicaca Lake, Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Nasca, Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve!
International flight. You meet one of our staff members at the airport. Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel.
Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco. Airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel where we get time to rest so our bodies can adjust to the altitude. Free afternoon, we recommend resting and eating light. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, we walk through the city center with our guide and reach San Pedro market, where we feel the typical Andean flavors, aromas and colors. We get back to the city center to visit Qoricancha or sun temple, the most important temple of the Inca Empire. Then, using private transportation, we visit Sacsayhuaman fortress and Qenqo, a temple dedicated to the snake God who is the creator of life in Andean cosmology. During our walk, we stop in a textile workshop and meet alpacas, lamas and vicuñas. We continue up to Pisac, famous for its colorful handcraft market and its archeological site with great walls, palaces and towers, all made of huge stone blocs. Night in the Sacred Valley.
Today, with our tour guide and by private transport, we explore the mythical “Sacred Valley of the Incas” to discover one of the most beautiful and magical places in Peru. We visit Moray, ancient and wonderful biological lab of the Incas; Maras, impressive salt ponds embedded in a beautiful landscape, which have been in operation for over 1000 years; and Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that is still inhabited today and is an extraordinary model of urban planning. In the afternoon we ride the train to Aguas Calientes to begin our Machu Picchu adventure. Night at the hotel.
At dawn we embark on a dream. We take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and enter the “lost city.” For the more adventurous there is also the possibility to climb to the top of Huayna Picchu or visit the Machu Picchu Mountain or the Huchuy Picchu. In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then the bus to make our way back to Cusco. Night at the hotel.
At 6am, we get picked up to start our trip to the alternative Rainbow Mountain of Palccoyo, located approximately 100 km away from Cusco.
After a 4-hour journey by private transport, we reach the starting point of our gentle hike, which goes from 4700m to 4900m.
We walk for about an hour and a half in the surroundings of the rainbow mountain. On our way back, we have lunch in a family restaurant located in Cusipata. Return to Cusco expected around 18.00. Night at the hotel.
Note> if you wish so, you can visit Vinicunca instead of Palccoyo. It is the most famous rainbow mountain. But it is also much more touristy. Besides, the hike to Vinicunca is more strenuous (from 4600 to 5100 m). Between them, we recommend you Palccoyo because it is more “intimate”.
We get picked up at 06:15 from the hotel and begin our journey towards the city of Puno. The comfortable touristic bus (including heating, air conditioning, chemical bathroom, DVD, on board service, and buffet lunch in Sicuani) will make several stops during the journey: Andahuaylillas, Rajchi, and Pukara. Pick-up from the bus station in Puno. Night at the hotel.
In the morning at around 7am, we pick you up. We go to the port and embark on a boat with other tourists for a tour on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. We visit the floating islands of the Uros located north of the Puno bay, followed by a stop in Taquile, the lake’s largest island. We disembark and walk till the island center, where we have lunch. We then get back o board to reach Puno at the end of the day. Night at the hotel.
In the morning, between 06:15 and 06:30, we take a bus from Puno to Chivay where we arrive in the afternoon. Chivay is located in the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon on Earth. There, we can enjoy beautiful landscapes and see the natural habitat of alpacas, llamas, guanacos, vizcachas, etc. Option to bathe in the thermal waters of the valley. Night in Chivay.
In the early morning we depart towards “The Cross of the Condor,” a lookout point from where we are able to closely see this spectacular Andean bird in flight. After lunch we begin our trip to Arequipa, stopping at various villages along the valley. Estimated arrival at 18:00. Night at the hotel.
Free day in Arequipa, “The White City.” A few spots you cannot miss: Santa Catalina Convent, Museum of mummy Juanita, and the delicious traditional dishes of Arequipa. At night we are picked up from the hotel and taken to the bus station where, on a comfortable touristic bus (that includes heating, air conditioning, chemical bathroom, DVD, on board service) we embark towards Nasca. Note: For those who are not interested in visiting Nasca it is possible to go directly from Arequipa to Huacachina oasis and save one day of travel.
On arrival in Nasca, meeting with one of our staff members. Transfer to the airport to fly above the lines. Once the flight is over (duration: 45 minutes), we get transfer to the bus station and bus to Paracas. Pick-up and transfer to our hotel in Paracas. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, at 07:30 we depart to the port of Paracas, where we board on a boat that takes us to Ballestas Islands. In this natural environment we observe sea lions, Humboldt penguins, seals and a diverse variety of bird species. To end the excursion we visit the Paracas Museum and walk around the Reserve to admire its splendid landscapes and animals in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we take the bus to Lima. Pick-up from the station and transfer to the hotel.
Airport transfer. International flight. If your flight departs at night, we recommend you spend the day on our City Tour, where we take you to discover an authentic Lima.
City to city transfers in comfortable tourist buses: restroom on board, heating, air conditioning, and reclining seats.
If your international flight arrives in Lima in the morning, please note that the room is available from 3 pm. You can then leave your luggage in the hotel luggage storage for free, but you cannot enter the room before the check-in time. In this case we recommend to include a room available from the moment of your arrival, with an extra cost.
PeruEtico does not directly organize the group trips described in the program. We work with selected local and professional agencies.
Qoricancha: it is closed on Sundays; if the city tour of Cusco is on a Sunday, we will give you the tickets so you can visit the site on your own during your free day.
Machu Picchu: travelers are limited to a 20lt/5kg backpack; the rest of your luggage is to be left in custody at the hotel in Cusco or Urubamba.
Palccoyo: we reach 4900 meters above sea level so you will feel the altitude. We recommend you walk slowly. This tour is only for fit people. During the rainy season (from December to March), it is not always possible to visit Palccoyo due to bad weather. If necessary, this tour will be replaced by an excursion to the Huatanay Valley (south of Cusco), including Tipón, Piñipampa Pikillaqta.
In Arequipa, the hotel checkout time is 11:00. Luggage can be left in the hotel storage. (To keep the room for the rest of the day there is an extra charge of $30.00 per person).
As from the arrival in Peru, the passenger is responsible for any additional costs caused by a variation in the program (net cost plus agency rights).
Through the visit to the Maras salt ponds, you are directly helping and supporting the local families and their projects.
Peruetico is committed to reducing the environmental impact and the use of plastic and paper during your travels.
Spectacular journey, organized to perfection and smoothly. The places visited are wonderful and the guides are not only very prepared and competent, but they have also introduced us to small realities of Peru with different eyes and not as “classic tourists”. Huge thanks to PeruEtico for making this summer memorable.
A trip to Peru dreamed by 3 friends and made at 4 … PeruEtico turned out to be the ideal travel companion!!! Emanuele helped us in the initial planning of the trip, managing to combine all the wonders we wanted to see even though we only had 15 days available! He gave us valuable advice and answered all our questions promptly and accurately. Gianni was our point of reference during the journey … Always present and supportive throughout the journey … finding new solutions for us when we had unexpected events (and we had different ones … not due to them of course … for example we lost our flight)! I can only advise anyone to organize with them a fantastic but complex trip to Peru !!! See you soon guys!!
It is really hard to resume in a few words the crazy journey that we managed to do thanks to PeruEtico. We were a group of 6 friends and we chose the classic destination options. Everything was perfect; the precision in the organization, the punctuality during the trip, the crazy guides who did not make us feel like the “classic” tourists, the level of the hotels (far above our habits) … and then, well Peru itself, beautiful, still little westernized, the skies, the mountains, the air, the colors, people’s faces, the excellent food … everything! We returned home full of serenity and with our heart full of wonders! Thanks to all the staff really, guides, drivers, logistics, managers … everybody !!!
We both had awaited this trip for years. The idea was born out of a promise when we were children, which materialized when we began our life together. The wonderful people, the landscapes that extend beyond kilometers in the horizon and leave you breathless, the most elaborate and exotic dishes or the traditional food that surprise every food lovers without exceptions, … these are only a few of the marvels that have filled our senses and our hearts during this adventure. The entire trip was completely beyond the expectations we had. However, we have yet to live and discover many places and things. We are left to think that, paradoxically; the ‘World Wonder’ is just the tip of the iceberg, at least for us. Taquile, an heavenly island. A trek that must not be missed: the Vinicunca or Rainbow mountains. An archeological site: Moray. A must try: Ceviche. We had a lot of luck during this trip, thanks to our way of getting involved and adapt. We think it is fair to point out some details in the planning: We arrived in Lima on a Monday and it was a holiday, so it would have been helpful to receive information on which places and museums were open. In Paracas, the hotel tried to take advantage of a small confusion that was resolved with the local tour operator. Nazca, in spite of having been advised of the prices beforehand, it proved to be very expensive, especially if we compare with other flight fares or local guides. But nothing else, if we could we would depart again right away!!