Perú Southern Journey 9D/8N
Day 1 Welcome To Lima
You can schedule to arrive in Lima at any time on day one, note that you will have more free time in Lima the earlier you arrive in the day. Our guides will await you at the airport to greet you and take you to your hotel in Miraflores. Here you have the day free to explore Miraflores.
Day 2 Lima – Nazca
Today you have an early morning departure (2AM), here you are met by your guides at your hotel who will assist you in the transfer to the Cruz del Sur Bus station to catch your bus to Nazca. The ride takes about 6 to 7 hours. Cruz del Sur are very comfortable tourist class buses with large comfortable seating and bus attendants. Upon arrival in Nazca your guide will greet you and inform you of recommended locations within the small town as you have some free time after your Nazca Flight.
A light breakfast is recommended before you are taken to the airport in Nazca for your flight over the Nazca lines. The flight lasts approximately 40 minutes and takes you over the most popular lines. After the flight you will also have a chance to visit the Chauchilla Cemetery, the cemetery houses the remains of an ancient burial ground from the Nazca people. You will see mummies in their tombs, many of them well preserved due to the dry climate. Afterwards you will visit some artisan workshops where they will show you how pottery in the area has been made for thousands of years and how they currently mine for precious minerals.
The remainder of the evening you can spend in your hotel or exploring the small town of Nazca, your guide will be on hand to recommend restaurants and short activities. In the evening you catch your overnight Cruz del Sur Luxury bus to Arequipa departing Nazca at 10:00pm. These buses are state of the art and super comfortable to give you a great nights sleep, services include on board bathrooms, entertainment and meals.
Day 3 Welcome To Arequipa
You arrive in Arequipa in the morning and have the chance to rest a little more or explore the city before leaving for the City Tour in the early afternoon. Along with your tour guide you will explore Arequipa by foot. You will visit the monastery of Santa Catalina, which boasts 400 years of history. This convent was built with the White volcanic rock called “Sillar”, and it contains luxury antique furniture. Nowadays, 30 nuns still remain living in the convent following the traditions.
You will visit one of the most beautiful main squares in Peru with its well preserve cathedral and the two story archades that grace the other three sides of the plaza. Finally you will visit Compania Church, built by the Jesuits, the building still remains with its original Stone floor and it’s beautiful columns are decorated with bas-reliefs.After the tour you have the evening free to check out the nightlife or rest up for the following day.
Day 4 Arequipa To Puno By Bus
Today you have the morning free to explore Arequipas center or go shopping for souvenirs. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the tourist bus terminal to catch your touristic bus to Puno (1:25pm). This journey will make several stops on the route to Puno including the Pampa Cañahuas to observe vicuñas in their natural habitat and drink some Coca Tea. The Lagoon Lagunillas where depending on the season you will be able to see Chilean Flamingos. You bus will drive through the National Reserve of Salinas Aguada Blancas where you will see many different animals of the Andes in their natural environment. Upon arrival in Puno you will be met by your guides who will transfer you to your lodging where you will have the evening free to acclimate to the high altitude or head out and explore the city center.
Day 5 Titicaca Lake – Uros Island & Taquile Island.
Today you embark on a full days tour of Lake Titicaca. You begin early in the morning (6:30am) by being transferred to Puno’s port. Here you will board your boat as you prepare to explore the lake. The first stop are the Uro island made up entirely of Totora reeds. Here you will experience everyday life on the islands and given a demonstration on how the islands are built and their history. You will then depart the island by boat and head towards the island of Taquile.
In Taquile you will visit the Main Plaza as well as the market. There will also be a demonstration of customs during your lunch break. Taquile has approximately 1,200 inhabitants, they have become known for their entrepreneurial spirit as well as their local handicrafts. After lunch you will have further time to explore the island and take pictures. At around 2:30 PM we leave Taquile and return to Puno, arriving at around 5 PM in the afternoon. You have the remainder of the evening to explore Puno
Day 6 Puno To Cusco by Tourist Bus
You are picked up from your hotel in Puno at 7am from where you will be taken to the Tourist Bus Terminal to catch your tourist bus to the Inca city of Cusco. During the trip you will visit many Archaeological ruins on the way towards Cusco. Sites include pre-Incan Pukara, lunch in Sicuani, followed by Raqchi and the colonial church of Andahuaylillas, known as the Sistine Chapel of the Andes. Your arrive in Cusco at 5pm where you will be transferred to your hotel, you have the evening free to enjoy Cusco’s nightlife.
Day 7 Sacred Valley Tour
Today you begin your much anticipated journey to Machu Picchu. Our guides will pick you up from your hotel and take you through the serene Sacred Valley of the Incas, you’ll visit the ruins of Pisac as well as make a stop at a market for those that wish to purchase souvenirs. The Sacred Valley Tour then takes you to the town of Ollantaytambo, the best preserved Inca town in the Empire. Here you’ll check out the massive ruins before boarding your train to the town of Aquas Calientes beneath the ruins of Machu Picchu, here you’ll have the evening free and spend the night.
Day 8 Machupicchu “The Lost City of The Incas”
In the morning you wake up early to board one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. Once up at the ruins you’ll catch a beautiful sunrise over the site before being given a two hour tour of the ruins. Afterwards you have the option of climbing to the peak of Huayna Picchu (limited availability) or exploring the maze of ruins throughout the site. You have a full day at the ruins, in the late afternoon you descend to Aguas Calientes to board your return train back to Cusco where you have the evening free.
Day 9 Visit San Pedro Makert, El Hogar San Pedro & Flight to Lima
Today your guides will pick you up from your hotel in order to visit San Pedro market and be able to appreciate the local flavors and learn about the local produce in this market where you can find everything and is the main supply center of the city, from here we continue to El Hogar “San Pedro” a home to orphaned girls from the poorest families in Cusco and its surroundings.Girls living in the orphanage have lost both parents or were abandoned by their families. In addition to seeing to their basic needs, like nutrition, clothing and health care, El Hogar “San Pedro” focuses on the girls’ comprehensive development and we are supporting them with our social projects. We will interact with the girls and you can even bring things to give them if you would like (ask us for ideas!).
Private transport to the airport in Cusco.Depending on your domestic flight schedule (Flight sold separately) to Lima and transfer you to the airport . Here the guide will say his farewell on behalf of Dream Trip Perú as you conclude your Southern Circuit Tour.
- 8 Nights Accommodations (see hotels used below).
- All Transfers and Transportation (Tourist bus, shuttles, boat)
- Breakfasts (3 star hotels), Sacred Valley Tour includes Lunch Buffet, Tourist bus to Puno includes Lunch, Lake Titicaca Tour includes Lunch.
- Guided Tours in English, Guides are Bi-lingual
- All site & attraction entrance tickets. Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets included: 6AM and 10AM (Huayna Picchu.
- Huayna Picchu (if available) otherwise Machu Picchu Mountain Hike.
- Round Trip Expedition Train to Machu Picchu (Backpacker and Budget), Vistadome Train included in 3, 4 and 5 star programs.
- Round Trip Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- All Excursions & Tours
DON’T INCLUDE :
- Gratuities (optional)
- Meals (unless specified)
- International Flights
- Domestic Flight – Domestic Flight is sold separately (Cusco to Lima)
Price per Person Total Price Per Person: $1989