ENIGMAS OF THE SOUTH – 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

TRIP SUMMARY
  • 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • Departure: Lima
  • Experience Peru through this magical cross-country trip
    discovering Peru’s gems
  • Perfect for couples and friends
  • Explore the former Inca capital
  • Accommodations
  • All activity and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides (EN/SP other languages available on request)
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transportation as mentioned in itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival – Lima

Day 2 Lima City Tour

Day 3 Lima – Paracas – Ballestas Islands (270km – 4 hours) / Ica – Nazca (143km – 2.5 hours)

Day 4 Nazca / Flight over the Nazca Lines – Arequipa

Day 5 Arequipa – City Tour & Monastery of Santa Catalina

Day 6 Arequipa – Valley and Colca Canyon

Day 7 Valley and Colca Canyon – Puno (250km – 4 hours)

Day 8 Puno – Lake Titicaca: Uros and Taquile Islands

Day 9 Puno – Cusco (375km – 10 hours)

Day 10 Cusco – City Tour & Nearby archeological sites

Day 11 Cusco – Sacred Valley – Chinchero – Ollantaytambo (75km – 1.5 hours)

Day 12 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Ollanta Station – Cusco

Day 13 Cusco – Departure to Lima

  1. Lima
  2. Nazca
  3. Arequipa
  4. Colca Valley
  5. Puno
  6. Cusco
  7. Sacred Valley
  8. Machu Picchu
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY
  • 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • Departure: Lima
  • Experience Peru through this magical cross-country trip
    discovering Peru’s gems
  • Perfect for couples and friends
  • Explore the former Inca capital
  • Accommodations
  • All activity and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides (EN/SP other languages available on request)
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transportation as mentioned in itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival – Lima

Day 2 Lima City Tour

Day 3 Lima – Paracas – Ballestas Islands (270km – 4 hours) / Ica – Nazca (143km – 2.5 hours)

Day 4 Nazca / Flight over the Nazca Lines – Arequipa

Day 5 Arequipa – City Tour & Monastery of Santa Catalina

Day 6 Arequipa – Valley and Colca Canyon

Day 7 Valley and Colca Canyon – Puno (250km – 4 hours)

Day 8 Puno – Lake Titicaca: Uros and Taquile Islands

Day 9 Puno – Cusco (375km – 10 hours)

Day 10 Cusco – City Tour & Nearby archeological sites

Day 11 Cusco – Sacred Valley – Chinchero – Ollantaytambo (75km – 1.5 hours)

Day 12 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Ollanta Station – Cusco

Day 13 Cusco – Departure to Lima

  1. Lima
  2. Nazca
  3. Arequipa
  4. Colca Valley
  5. Puno
  6. Cusco
  7. Sacred Valley
  8. Machu Picchu

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

TRIP OVERVIEW

Discover the wonders of Peru during 13 incredible days of crossing this fascinating Andean country. You’ll visit the country’s main cities and cultural attractions. The journey begins and finishes in the capital of Lima. Along the way you’ll pass through the desert province of Ica, the culinary capital of Arequipa, Colca Valley, the indigenous world of Lake Titicaca, and the Inca homeland of Cusco. You’ll also stroll through Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’.

DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL - LIMA

Arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima…

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Arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. Upon arrival, a representative will be waiting to greet you at the airport and the transportation service will transfer you to your hotel at the scheduled time. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure in Lima, the capital of Peru and a city steeped in history. During Colonial times, the Historic Center of Lima, known as the ‘Ciudad de los Reyes’ (City of Kings), was the political, administrative, religious and economic center for the Spanish in Peru. The historical center is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Lima is now a modern metropolis and is currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic change.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima on bed and breakfast basis.

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DAY 2: LIMA - CITY TOUR

Today breakfast at the hotel is followed by a tour of the city of Lima. The route begins at the Larco Museum of pre-Columbian art, in the traditional district of Pueblo Libre…

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Today breakfast at the hotel is followed by a tour of the city of Lima. The route begins at the Larco Museum of pre-Columbian art, in the traditional district of Pueblo Libre. Housed in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a seventh-century, pre-Columbian temple, the museum boasts a very complete collection of gold and silver articles, pottery and erotic art. Continue on to Casa de Aliaga, the oldest Colonial mansion in Lima. The house has been owned and lived in by the Aliaga family and their descendants since conquistador Francisco Pizarro granted the land to his trusted ally, Jerónimo de Aliaga in 1535. The tour will then guide you through the colonial center of the city. Visit the impressive Plaza de Armas, the city’s central square and a showcase of Spanish colonial architecture. The Government Palace occupies the north side of the square and the magnificent, sixteenth century Cathedral of Lima is located to the east. Once the trip is over, return to your hotel to put your feet up.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima on bed and breakfast basis.

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DAY 3: LIMA – PARACAS – BALLESTAS ISLANDS (270KM - 4 HOURS) / ICA - NAZCA (143KM - 2.5 HOURS)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel, then a representative and the transportation service will transfer you from your hotel to the bus station, where our trip to Paracas begins.

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Start the day with breakfast at the hotel, then a representative and the transportation service will transfer you from your hotel to the bus station, where our trip to Paracas begins. The leisurely journey will give you time to gaze out the window and appreciate the landscape of Peru and the Pacific coast. The Ballestas are a collection of rocky islets with beautiful geographical formations, just a few kilometres off the western coast of Peru. The islands are the ideal habitat for various species of birds and an eclectic mix of larger wildlife like seals, boobies, pelicans, sea lions and the endangered Humboldt penguin. Cruise around the islands’ dramatic cliffs and watch large herds of noisy sea lions relaxing on the rocks, birds stretching their wings and, if you’re lucky, dolphins near to your boat. While you will not disembark onto the islands, you will get startlingly close to this impressive array of wildlife. As you sail, you will also pass the Paracas Candelabra, a huge geoglyph that has been dated to around 200 BC, although the purpose and the creator of this three-pronged carving remain a mystery. At the end of your boat tour, take a private transfer to the city of Ica to visit its Regional Museum, which houses important collections of pre-Hispanic objects, most notably ceramics and textiles. The Museum also contains pieces of colonial and republican history, as well as art and palaeontology samples. After this visit, you will have free time for lunch before heading to the bus station for a trip to Nazca. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your selected hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Nazca on bed and breakfast basis.

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DAY 4: NAZCA / FLIGHT OVER THE NAZCA LINES – AREQUIPA

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel, then you’ll be transferred to the airport, where you will catch a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines.

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Start the day with breakfast at the hotel, then you’ll be transferred to the airport, where you will catch a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines. The small town of Nazca would go unnoticed on the map if it were not for the ancient geoglyphs etched into the sand that have given it worldwide fame. As you fly over the desert, lines take shape to form simple geometric designs, then some of the swirls and zigzags start to form more distinct shapes: a spider, a condor and a monkey, to name a few. If the weather conditions and the airspace allow, you will also fly over the recently discovered drawings in Palpa. Continue your flight over the mountains where marine fossils that date back millions of years were found. Then you’ll be transferred to the bus station, from where you depart by regular bus to the city of Arequipa. Upon arrival, head to your selected hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Arequipa on bed and breakfast basis.

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DAY 5: AREQUIPA - CITY TOUR & MONASTERY OF SANTA CATALINA

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the day getting to know the town of Arequipa. Today’s tour will begin in the main square, the Plaza de Armas…

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Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the day getting to know the town of Arequipa. Today’s tour will begin in the main square, the Plaza de Armas, where you will find the elegant, neo-Renaissance Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa and the sensational Santa Catalina Monastery. The monastery, founded in the 16th century, was almost entirely self-sufficient and it consisted in accommodation, cloisters, squares, kitchens; it was a walled community, tucked away from prying eyes and the influence of the outside world. The families of nuns paid large sums of money for their daughters to join the convent, thus increasing the wealth and prestige of the Monastery. Nowadays, strolling through its colourful streets is like a step back in time, giving us an insight into colonial Peru. Continue on to the Church of the Company, perhaps Peru’s finest example of Baroque architecture. Its intricately-carved façade, the sacristy and main cloister are particularly beautiful. To finish the tour, visit the neighbourhoods of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto to enjoy magnificent views of the Misti volcano rising above the city.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Arequipa on bed and breakfast basis.

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DAY 6: AREQUIPA – VALLEY AND COLCA CANYON

After finishing your breakfast at the hotel, it is time to say goodbye to Arequipa and head to the Colca Valley.

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After finishing your breakfast at the hotel, it is time to say goodbye to Arequipa and head to the Colca Valley. The route will take you through the Yura district, an area characterised by impressive geographical features, ranging from deep ravines to high mountains, waterfalls and lush vegetation. The route continues on to the Pampa Cañahuas. This extensive Andean plateau is home to the vicuña, an indigenous Andean camelid that is closely related to the alpaca, guanaco, and llama. Cross the pampas of Viscachani and Toccra and skirt the crater of the now extinct Chucura Volcano to reach the Mirador de los Andes at Patapampa, 4,910 metres above sea level. This viewpoint offers impressive views of the numerous volcanoes surrounding Arequipa. Enjoy lunch in the picturesque town of Chivay before being transferred to your selected hotel in the Colca Valley for a free afternoon.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Colca on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch included.

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DAY 7: VALLEY AND COLCA CANYON -PUNO (250 KM - 4 HOURS)

Wake up to breakfast at the hotel then get ready for a day to remember at the Cruz del Condor viewpoint of the Colca Canyon.

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Wake up to breakfast at the hotel then get ready for a day to remember at the Cruz del Condor viewpoint of the Colca Canyon. This impressive valley is one of the deepest in the world, reaching depths of approximately 3,400 metres, double the depth of the Grand Canyon. As y