For those who want to make new friends during their trip. A classic and affordable trip, with group tour guides in English/Spanish. We will take you to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, the lost citadel of Machu Picchu, the mythical Sacred Valley of the Incas, Puno and the spectacular Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and its colonial architecture, Nasca and its mysterious lines, and to finish off a bit of sea and nature at the Ballestas Islands. In this itinerary we also incorporate visits to rural communities and local realities to come into contact with this country’s spirit, like true 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.
In the morning, we visit the Cathedral, Qoricancha and Sacsayhuaman archeological site. Free afternoon. In the evening we go on a cultural and alternative walking tour. Night at the hotel.
Today, we visit Pisac, famous for its colorful handcraft market and its archeological site with great walls, palaces and towers, all made of huge stone blocs perfectly assembled. Buffet lunch in Urubamba. In the afternoon we visit 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.
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.
Note: it is possible to include in this program a trip to Rainbow Mountain (at an extra cost) by adding an additional day to the itinerary (recommended option) or during this free day.
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.
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. 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. 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 Nazca.
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 transferred to the bus station and take a bus to 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.
Cusco city tour is in the afternoon on Sundays and during low season.
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.
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 visit and stay in Amantani, 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.
Unaccustomed to making tourist trips, PeruEtico has given us the opportunity not to give up the honeymoon but to do it responsibly and more authentically … thanks to the guides and the people we met we did not stop at the beauty of the places but we breathed the essence, the real story .. sometimes hard but real! And so the trip really becomes an opportunity to meet and open … of education to a more attentive and aware look! Thanks for the beautiful and intense experience that we highly recommend and above all excellent organization .. they followed us in everything, never a mishap or otherwise it was managed in such a way that we did not even perceive it! We felt a real take care of us! Thanks again!!
My journey started from Cusco and ended in Lima, traveling all over the South.
Every day was a beautiful discovery and I can only say that you have been impeccable. Good, careful, professionals.
I will surely treasure your work and kindness.
WHAT DID YOU LIKE? Impeccable organization and support always ready by Gianni. A very vast country with the most varied landscapes and all very beautiful. I loved the Lares Trek (recommend) and the islands of Lake Titicaca. I enjoyed an interesting culture and found welcoming people. In Peru I felt a general sense of security (apart from some areas of Lima).
WHAT DIDN’T YOU LIKE? Instead of the day off in Cusco I could have gone to the Rainbow Mountain. I still saw so much poverty and virtually zero industrial development in a country that has all the natural resources to start it. I did not like the street vendors / vendors who sell products of dubious quality / origin at every tourist point.
A wonderful journey, wonderful people, I was stunned by the culture and charm of the places I visited… I thank the agency for this adventure; thank you so much!