Hit the top spots of South Peru in this very complete tour. Journey to the Sacred Valley and enjoy the wonder and mystique of Machu Picchu. Visit the largest lake in South America and experience life on an island with locals. Gaze down one of the deepest Canyons in the world, see the famous Nazca lines, try an adrenaline adventure in the desert and approach wildlife on the sea!
Minimum number of participants: 2
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Welcome to Peru! Your Essential of South Peru Tour begins in Lima.
Private transfer will be arranged from Lima airport to your hotel. There is no scheduled activity today assuming you will take a good rest in order to adapt to jet lag, or spend the day at your leisure. We recommend you to visit Larco Museum (entrance fee of US$10), which showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Lima
Day 2: CUSCO
You will be taken to Lima airport by private transfer where you will take a domestic flight to Cusco (flight is not included). The flight will last for an hour, taking you up into the Andes over spectacular scenery. After arriving in Cusco you will have the rest of the day free to acclimatize and explore this charming city, which is one of the most beautiful combinations of Inca and Colonial architectures.
Day 3: CUSCO
On Day 3 morning you can also rest or go outside and discover the city. In the afternoon, you will take a 4 hour city tour including: the Cathedral (a collection of religious art with 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School), the ‘Qorikancha’ temple (the most important temple in the Inca Empire and the religious, geographical and political centre of Cusco), the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuamán (majestic ruins with a great view over Cusco), the Q’enqo Labyrinth (a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth), Tambomachay (a center of adoration and worship of water), and Puca Pucara (a former military centre).
Included Excursions: City Tour of Cusco (bus, guide and entry to each place)
Accommodation: 2 nights 3 star hotel in Cusco
Day 4: SACRED VALLEY OF INCAS
The Sacrd Valley tour begins with a visit to the ruins of Pisac. The ruins are located on the top of a hill and the view is incredible. After climbing down from the ruins, on the market days you have a chance to visit the famous, traditional market where you can buy souvenirs. We will eat lunch and continue to the charming town of Ollantaytambo. We visit the temple fortress and see the impressive Inca terraces which were built on the sides of the steep mountains.
Included Excursions: Guided Tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas with entrance of Pisac and Ollantaytambo Inca ruins
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Ollantaytambo
Included Excursions: Guided Tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
Accommodation: 1 night hostal in Ollanytaytambo
Days 5: OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES
Rest and free time in Ollantaytambo in the morning. In the afternoon, you will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. After arriving in Aguas Calientes you will have time to explore the town on your own, for example you can enjoy your time at the hot springs. In the evening at 7:30 pm you will have a meeting with the tour guide, who will explain the schedule of the following day.
Days 6: MACHUPICCHU
Day spent exploring the lost city of Machu Picchu. You will take the tourist bus to entrance of Machu Picchu. At the entrance, you will be greeted by your guide who will give you 2-hour guided tour to show you the most important places, describing their purposes during the Inca Empire. It will be a fascinating lesson of history and culture of the Inca Empire connected with the enjoyable walk surrounded by the beautiful scenery. You will then have your own time for discovering this unique place independently. If you are in good shape and feeling energetic, you can consider to taking the short hike to Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain (optional with US$10 per person). You will stay in Machu Picchu until the maximum of 4 pm. From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes you will return by yourself. Remember that you need to be in Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes before the departure of your train to Ollantaytambo. Then, private transfer will be arranged from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. Arrival in Cusco around 9-10pm
Included Excursions: 2-hour Guided Tour in Machu Picchu, Roundtrip bus tickets in Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. Roundtrip Train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes and 1 night 3 star hotel in Cusco
Day 7: TRANSFER FROM CUSCO TO PUNO
You will be picked up early in the morning to start the journey to Puno, during which we will drive through beautiful countryside. The drive goes along roads with herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before reaching the Altiplano (high plain). We will visit some colonial churches and Inca ruins including Andahuaylillas, Raqchi and Pucara. At the highest point, La Raya pass, 4,321m,we will reach a research station for high altitude animals. Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The lake is 3,855m above sea level,making it the highest accessible lake in the world. Arrive at Puno around 5 pm.Free time in Puno to be spent at your own leisure.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Puno
Day 8: LAKE TITICACA
The morning starts with departing Puno for an overnight excursion. First we will visit the floating reed islands and see the Uros islanders’ way of the life. There will be an option to ride in the traditional reed boat before it is time to continue the excursion with a 3-hour boat ride to the island of Amantaní. After arriving at the island we will hike to the top of the mountain (4150m) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata. Then you will be welcomed by the local Aymara/Quechua families and experience their hospitality by staying with them for the night. You will experience the local life with their traditional manners: food made in a traditional way and authentic music performed by the family.
Day 9: LAKE TITICACA
Visit to Taquile Island where you will take a part in a tour around the ruins and see another way of islanders’ life. The men are busy knitting distinctive woollen hats and the women are working on the fields. They are also world famous for their complicated and fascinating weavings. There will be an opportunity to buy some of these unique handicrafts.
After lunch we will return to Puno for the night.
Included Excursions: Overnight Excursion including tour guide, entrance of all islands, meals in the islands and homestay in Amantani Island
Accommodation: 1 night in a rustic island accommodation, 1 night 3 star hotel in Puno
Day 10: COLCA CANYON
We will leave from Puno early in the morning to enjoy a beautiful journey by bus: the road takes you high up into the Andes, where you will see abandoned towns destroyed by earthquakes, typical fauna and flora of the region and the Pre-Inca farming terraces known as “Andenerias”. On an arrival to Chivay, you will take a stroll to the entrance of the Colca Canyon, which is said to be one of the deepest canyons in the whole world. If the weather permits it will be possible to visit the nearby hot springs in the afternoon.
Day 11: COLCA CANYON
In the morning you will be transported to the Colca Valley to visit the famous Cruz del Condor (Condor’s Cross) vantage point, where you can observe condors which are majestically overflying the canyon. Then you will enjoy a gentle walk along the canyon’s edge. The road to Arequipa is also beautiful, on the way you can see the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura), the famous volcano’s panorama (from 4.800m.a.s.l.), the snow-covered Chachani mountain and the Aguada Blanca National Park, natural habitat of the beautiful South American camelids (vicuñas, alpacas, guanacos and llamas). We will arrive to Arequipa in the late evening and spend the night there.
Included Excursions: Entrance to Colca Canyon & Guided Tour of the Colca Canyon
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Colca Canyon and 1 night 3 star hotel in Arequipa
Day 12: AREQUIPA
In the morning or afternoon, subject to your request we will pick you up for a 3 hour city tour of Arequipa. In this tour you will visit the Compañia church, built in an impressive Andean Baroque style and holding cloisters where young men were formed to become priests. After you will visit the beautiful Main Square, with its Cathedral and its impressive, classic style facade through which we will enter. The interior demonstrates a French pulpit, a Belgian organ and Italian decor. We will continue towards the Santa Catalina Monastery where you will visit the most famous constructions made in the colonial time for women who wanted to become nuns. In the evening you will be transported by private car to the bus terminal where you will catch an overnight bus (10 hours ) to Nazca.
Included Excursions: Entrance of all sightseeing points & Guided Tour in Arequipa
Accommodation: 1 night in an overnight bus
Day 13: NAZCA
The Nazca lines are one of the most mystical highlights of Peru. It is thought that the lines were made by three different civilisations: Paracas (900 -200 BC), the Nazca (200BC -600AD) and then new migrants from Ayacucho around 630AD. Although there is a viewing tower, the best way to see the Nazca lines is from the air: the optional flight provides amazing views of the “monkey”, “hummingbird”, “condor”, “spider” and even a “spaceman”. After admiring the Nazca lines, we will visit the pre-Inca cemetery of Chauchilla, the only archaeological site in Peru where you can see the mummies in their original setting: some of them are over 1,000 years old, while others still have their hair intact or soft tissue. For many years this place was looted by treasure hunters who left behind the corpses, lying all over the ground, along with human hair and ceramic fragments. There will be two different optional tours which you can choose from: the visit to the pyramids of Cahuachi (a major pilgrimage and ceremonial centre of the Nazca culture with 1,5 km2/0.6 sq. miles of architectural complex and over 40 mounds topped with adobe structures) or the underground aqueducts of Cantalloc (built around 300 to 600 AD to conduct water from the mountain springs down to Nazca. There were initially 36 S-shaped canals and some of them are still used by farmers in the area). After the tours, we will return to Nazca to visit a ceramic studio, where the artisan will give us a lecture on the Nazca civilisation and the colourful vessels they crafted hundreds of years ago.
Optional Excursions: Scenic flight over Nazca Lines (US$130 + S/25 tax) • Planetarium show & lecture (US$10) • Cantalloc underground aqueducts (US$8) • Cahuachi pyramids (US$20)
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Nazca.
Day 14: DESERT OASIS OF HUACACHINA
Pick up early in the morning to transfer to the desert oasis of Huacachina – home to one of the most popular adventure tours in South America: the dune buggy and the sand boarding tour. People of all ages – kids, teenagers, adults, seniors – climb into a four-wheel-drive dune buggy which is driven by a professional driver. One half of the tour is driving with the dune buggy up and down of the dunes. The other half of the tour gives you a chance to try the adventure sport known as sand boarding. This is just like snowboarding, but instead of snow you will be boarding on the fine-grained sand of the desert. If you aren’t athletically talented, no problem! Just lay on your stomach on the board, and try “sand sledding”. This is a lot of fun and doesn’t require any patience or skills.Even if you would prefer not to sand board, you will definitely enjoy the day: the gigantic sand dunes are beautiful and surreal, and you have some excellent photo opportunities! A tour into the desert feels like an “out of this world” experience. This day will end with a private transfer to Paracas where we will spend the night.
Included Excursions: Dune buggy and sand boarding tour
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Paracas
Day 15: BALLESTAS ISLANDS and PISCO
After breakfast, a tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to a pier to catch a motorboat at the mole of Paracas and go to explore the Ballestas Islands. These islands are also known as the ‘Galapagos of Peru’, they are spectacular, eroded into numerous arches and caves which provide shelter for thousands of sea lions and seabirds. Over 150 species of birds live there (penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans). Although it is not possible to access the islands on land, you will have a wonderful experience with breathtaking views and sounds of the wildlife. If we are lucky we will watch seals and dolphins playing around the boat. The boat trip passes the mysterious Candelabra geoglyph, which is believed to be connected to the Nazca lines, it is carved on the side of the mountain. If the weather conditions are bad and we cannot take a part in the motorboat tour, we will visit the Paracas Reserve, where is possible to experience the similar flora and fauna, as well as an interesting interpretation centre. The next stop is the town of Pisco, where the famous Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru got its name. From here, private transfer will be arranged back to Lima
Included Excursions: A Boat Tour of the Ballestas Islands or a visit of Paracas Reserve and Pisco tasting tour
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Lima
Day 16: DEPART LIMA
Your grand Essentials of Peru Tour comes to an end today.
If you want to stay longer in Peru and explore more , please contact us!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Our tours are customized for small groups starting from a minimum of 2 persons, unless it is specified otherwise in the description of the tour.
We can provide a tour guide in these languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, etc. as required.
All our tours are aimed for people in good physical and mental condition. Some tours require better physical condition than others, please check the tour details. Before booking the tour you are obligated to mention any health problems, including allergies, you have had in the past.
All road transportation within Peru is included in our tours. Both the “Standard” and “Premium” price of the tour includes private transfers by car (depending on the amount of participants in your group, the size of the car will differ) and in some cases by bus and/or by train. In the case of the tours to the ruins Machu Picchu there is a public, touristic train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo; and a public, touristic bus from Aguas Calientes to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
International flights are not included. Depending on the tour you choose, some domestic flights may be included if specified. Always, before booking your tour please carefully check and review the chosen tour’s page with the “Included” or “Not Included” lists located near the bottom of the page.
If you would prefer to travel by public transportation and decrease the cost of your tour we are able to accommodate this in the case of private group. Please before booking, ask for this option.
The price of the “Standard” tour includes accommodation of double rooms in hostels, except in some parts of certain tours where you will be provided with a homestay.
NOTE: hostels are not hotels.
The price of the “Premium” tour includes accommodations of double rooms in 3* hotels, except in some parts of certain tours where you will be provided with a homestay.
NOTE: 3* hotels in Peru are likely to be more basic than the equivalent of European or North American standards.
Homestays are very basic and usually will not provide a suite bathrooms or hot water. Hostels in some trails/parts of the tours are very basic; however, most include private bathrooms, but with no hot water.
We are able to provide single rooms and a higher standard of hotel for an extra fee – please let us know if this is your preference at the time of your booking. Where an itinerary states that you will be staying in a ´basic hostel´or ´homestay´ it is unlikely that there are other accommodation options. If you would prefer not to stay in these places then we can adjust the tour accordingly, but this will mean missing out on that particular location. Similarly, we are able to provide accommodation exclusively in hostels and homestays, which will result in a decrease of the tour fee and will provide you with deeper, local experiences. Please advise us of any desired changes as soon as possible before booking.
Breakfasts are generally included in the accommodation. Unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as much as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to adapt and accommodate appropriately to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not Included” information located near the bottom of each tour page, and consult the ´Itinerary´ tab for information about optional/non-included excursions.
The prices of our tours may vary during the high tourist season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD $20 for students who send us a scanned copy of their Student University card via email during the booking process and who then bring their original, valid Student University card with them for the trip (without a valid Student University card, you would not only lose the discount, but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission for entrance). Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and bring valid DNI for the tour to receive the discount of USD $20. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during the booking process and bring a valid document with them for the tour. In both of the above-mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not be granted entrance and will not have the chance to explore the ruins .
In all of our tours that take more than 2 days, a Boleto Turistico is included. It is a special kind of the ticket that provides access to a number of attractions in the Cusco Region including the ruins at Pisac, Chinchero, Moray and Ollantaytambo as well as certain sites within Cusco city. The Boleto Turistico is valid for 10 days.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we need to confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance reservation payment (65% of the total price) according to the current price of the tour. We will also need to have your full details including your full name (including surname), passport number, nationality and date of birth (no errors). If there are any errors in the above mentioned details the company is not responsible for any invalid tickets due to misinformation from the participant. This information is necessary to book the appropriate entrance tickets on your behalf and if there are any errors with the information you provide, the tickets are invalid. In order to reserve tours we need a copy of each participant’s passport valid for at least 6 months after the planned travel date. Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until we receive these elements.
We require clients to pay the remainder of the fee one day before the start of the tour.
From the date of reservation payment (65% of the total price) until 29 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 30% of the paid amount.
From 28 days before the tour begins until 15 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 50 % of the paid amount.
From 14 days before the tour begins or in the case of a no-show: Cancellation fee of 100% of the paid amount.
Cancellations are deemed to be executed when a written email cancellation confirmation from the client to the agency is received. Cancellation deadlines and fees may vary depending on group size, route and dates.
Any additional charges incurred (including, among others, bank transfers of payment) will be covered by the client and will be discounted from the reservation payment.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before traveling, you should always check current information about required vaccines and contact your doctor that is specialized in this field. We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel, especially if you are planning to visit the Peruvian jungle.
Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance, which can sometimes require insurance from high risk and adventure activities if you are going to do them. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if you are planning on trekking in the high mountains or doing adventure sports. Travel insurance is not included in the price of our tours.
LIMITED RESPOSIBILITY & FORCE MAJEURE
FORCE MAJEURE is any event that DASPE TRAVEL E.I.R.L. could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid or predict. This includes among others events such as weather conditions, physical condition of the participants or their behaviors like: drinking alcohol, taking forbidden substances, and other unpredictable situations, including: loss, theft, injury, accidents, strikes, protests, any flight/train/buses delays or cancellations, any flight/buses/train problems, political disputes, war or threat, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, disaster or adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In all of these cases of FORCE MAJEURE, DASPE TRAVEL E.I.R.L. will not accept any liability or responsibility and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel, even in the last moment, any part of the tour or the whole tour package. In these kind of situations, DASPE TRAVEL E.I.R.L. is not liable or responsible for additional expenses that the client may incur. In all these cases there are no refunds.
In the case of any FORCE MAJEURE, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services. In this case, an increment will be charged to cover costs incurred.
By booking any of our adventure trips (Inka Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Ausangate, Inka Jungle, Choquekirao, Lares, Vilcabamba trek, Santa Cruz trek, etc.) you assume and accept the risks associated with them. For these risks and any of their associated damages incurred by the client DASPE TRAVEL E.I.R.L. will not accept any liability or responsibility. In all these cases there are no refunds.
ACCLIMATIZATION TO HIGH ALTITUDE
For all of our adventure tours in Arequipa, Cusco or Puno region (biking, trekking, climbing or similar) we strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 9840 feet / 3000 meters – in Cusco or another high altitude city/place) for at least 3 to 4 days before undertaking the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. Also, you can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes / alcohol and drinking muña and coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea. Please before coming to the places with high altitude, ask your doctor about this topic and all possible medicine/medication you can take in the case of any problems caused by high altitude.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen complications by arriving at the tour departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour. Check requirements about passports and visas for entering Peru in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
Here you will find some recommendations for what kinds of items you may need on the tour:
- A lightweight water & windproof jacket with hood
- Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
- Wide-brimmed hat or cap
- Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
- Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
- Wet wipes
- Toilet paper
- Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
- Personal medication, if required
- Insect repellent
- Small backpack for day trips
- Warm jacket and pullover
- Gloves, hat and scarf
- Comfortable trekking trousers
- Flash light
- Original and copy of your passport