The most requested honeymoon of the last few years !!! If you think that coming to Peru means giving up the sea, you’re wrong … the beaches of northern Peru have nothing to envy to the Caribbean, you will come home relaxed after a few days at sea in Mancora, near the line ‘equator!!! Without forgetting the rest of the trip where you will visit the best of Peru with Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon. All accompanied by visits to community and local realities to really get on tiptoe in the spirit of this country, like real travelers …
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”.
Free day to walk around the beautiful city of Cusco. Some must-see places we recommend: MAP (Museum of Pre-Columbian Art); San Francisco Convent; and the quaint neighborhood of San Blas. In the evening we go on a cultural and alternative walking tour. Strolling under the stars through the historic city center, we discover a less-known side of Cusco: myths, legends, tales, ghosts and saints. A unique experience to see the real Cusco, Peru’s iconic city. Night at the hotel.
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.
After breakfast, we head to the port and embark on a boat to Uros floating islands, located north of Puno’s bay. Then we reach Amantani island where we have lunch and spend the afternoon discovering the island. Dinner and night with a local family.
After breakfast we go towards Taquile, the biggest island of the Lake Titicaca. We disembark on the northern side and walk till the main part of the island. Lunch in Taquile. We get back to Puno in the afternoon (estimated arrival at 18:00). Night in Puno.
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. Night in hotel.
Transfer to Arequipa airport. Connecting flight Arequipa-Lima-Tumbes (or Piura). On arrival, meeting with one of our staff members and transfer to the hotel in Mancora… Sea, palm trees, swimming pool and sun (sunscreen mandatory, equatorial sun is heavy!). Night at the hotel.
Transfer to Tumbes or Piura to fly back to Lima. International flight.
City to city transfers in comfortable touristic 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 tours described in the program. We work with selected local and professional agencies.
Qoricancha: it is closed on Sunday; if the city tour of Cusco coincides with this day of the week, you can visit the archaeological site yourself during the 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.
Housing in Amantani is very basic. Rooms are cozy and there are enough thick blankets to keep you warm. Bathrooms are located outside the house.
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 USD 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 stay and experience in Amantani, and the visit to the Maras salt ponds, you are directly helping and supporting the local families and their projects.
Any of our employees, from guides to local communities, receive a fair salary and remuneration for the work done, above the average in Peru.
Peruetico is committed to reducing the environmental impact and the use of plastic and paper during your travels.
We relied completely on PeruEtico for our honeymoon, being used to organizing trips on my own it was a bit of a stress, but we couldn’t have made a better choice! Emanuele answered every question before departure, Gianni checked that everything was proceeding in the right way and every little hitch was solved promptly. We thank our guide Luis who also helped us a little in our days in Cusco. We got home with beautiful memories, wonderful landscapes, very kind people and a great desire to get back to Peru.
PeruEtico has helped make this journey become emotion.
In the wake of the many positive comments I read, I contacted them, Emanuele was immediately available and always managed to satisfy us, when he arrived in Peru, Gianni took over and, with his presence and availability, helped make it really perfect.
I could tell you many things about this trip, but reading the various reviews I think a lot has been said, emotions must be lived.
History, culture and nature in an explosion of flavors, colors and sensations. To discover a place for us is to relate with the locals, and if we bring indelible memories of this trip it is certainly thanks to Peru Eticos that has best interpreted our way of traveling, organized experiences like the night on Lake Titicaca, which has us allowed to stay and get to know a wonderful local family, in addition to enjoying the most beautiful starry sky ever.
Our thanks, however, goes above all to David Flores, our adorable guide, a Peruvian of excellence, highly trained and deeply in love with his country, without him this journey would certainly not have had the same taste. For all this and much more, I advise you to contact Perù Etico, because not only were they able to meet the expectations we had but even exceeded them.
Thanks Emanuele and Gianni but above all thank you so much David!
A wonderful journey in a country to be discovered, tailored by the PeruEtico staff, who carefully followed every of our step. Great professionalism, based on punctuality and availability. Thanks to Emanuele, the guides and the drivers. A special thanks to Gianni, always ready to solve your every problem. Thanks PeruEtico!!
We relied on PeruEtico for the organization of our honeymoon. In addition to the fact of being able to express yourself in your mother’s tongue (not to be underestimated), their kindness and their professionalism made us live a unique experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We liked so many things! Local guides, the salt ponds of Maras, the Cusco city tour and the Sacred Valley, the Inca culture and its symbols, the train journey to Machu Picchu and the waiting and excitement of being there for a whole day until your legs hurt. The welcoming, friendship and support of hotel staff, guides and taxi drivers (especially in dealing with the unexpected!), the dinner offered by PeruEtico at the restaurant in Urubamba, the advice on where to eat, (the Alpaca carpaccio!), Puno and the island of Taquile, the experience with the comuneros on Lake Titicaca and the beautiful beaches visited with Valerio, the stories about their habits, the colors, the ‘chullos’, the breakfasts that Julia prepared for us and the trout of lake. The coca tea, the Andean sandals, we liked to help the comuneros to unload the bags from the boat on the dock. La Cruz del Condor, the Chivay hot springs, the Colca Canyon, Arequipa and the Misti. And then Mancora and the Pacific ocean, the sunsets and the endless beach without umbrellas and people. The journey between Cusco and Puno, actually too touristy and a little too “guided”. Slightly less exciting is the part led from Puno to Arequipa, beautiful but a little too touristy than the days in the Sacred Valley.