South Coast and Peruvian Andes Stay
Magnificent discovery of the South Coast! After visiting Lima, the City of Kings, we go along the desert to visit the Ballestas Islands, coastal towns, dunes and lagoons, without forgetting the famous Nazca lines! On the foothills of the Andes, guarded by the Misti, we reach Arequipa, starting point for the Colca Canyon. We will then reach Lake Titicaca, then Cusco, center of the Inca culture with its ruins, its Sacred Valley and the Wonder of Machu Picchu.
|NOT INCLUDED||International flights to and from the place of arrival and departure
Anything not mentioned under “Included.”
Compulsory travel insurance (accident/repatriation)
Your expenses on site
Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant.
Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away as well as for your personal expenses.
We are leaving for an inspiring city tour.
We will visit the bohemian district of Barranco, modern Lima with Miraflores and the historical center of the Peruvian capital.
Night in Lima.
Private English guided tour, entrance fees included, private transportation.
Lima - Paracas
We leave Lima by the South Panamericana in the direction of Paracas, a small fishing village, where we will stay.
After dropping off our suitcases, we will enter the desert where the Paracas National Reserve is located. We will stay there until early afternoon before returning to the hotel.
Night in Paracas
Private transfers, English-Spanish group tours, entrance fees included, CRUZ DEL SUR comfort bus line for Lima – Paracas
Islas Ballestas - Huacachina
Early in the morning, we will embark for the Ballestas Islands, known as the habitat of many birds and the famous Humbolt penguins.
At the end of the morning, a private transport will take us to Ica with a stop at a winery for lunch and a guided tour followed by the tasting of local products.
We will then go to the famous Huacachina Oasis, in a magnificent setting, where we will go for a buggy ride in the dunes. Evening meal included.
Night in Huacachina
English-Spanish group tours of the islands, private transfer, entrance fees included, evening meal included.
This morning we leave for Nazca, the centre of the civilization of the same name, at the origin of the famous Nazca lines that you can fly over as an option.
If the weather permits, in the afternoon we will visit the archaeological site of Cahuachi.
In the evening, we will take a night bus that will take us to Arequipa (5* bus on the Panamericana).
Night in the bus
Optional Line Overview (125usd)
Private transfer, entrance fees included, private English tour, 5* comfort line bus CRUZ DEL SUR
We walk through this magnificent city, nicknamed the White City because of its facades built in sillar, a clear volcanic rock. On the menu of this visit is the Convent of Saint Catherine, a real city within the city with its streets, parks, cloisters. We will also visit Juanita, one of the best preserved mummies in the world, discovered in 1995 at the top of the Ampato Volcano.
Night in Arequipa
Private English speaking tour for the city, entrance fees included, private transfer, English speaking group visit for Juanita
Arequipa - Colca Canyon
We leave early in the morning for Chivay, with on the road a magnificent view of the volcanoes of the cordillera. We will cross the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas where we will have the opportunity to observe herds of vicuñas. Arriving at the village, located in the middle of green terraces more than 1,500 years old, we will have lunch and continue to the hotel.
In the afternoon, if you wish, we will leave for a short walk in the countryside with the visit of the UyoUyo ruins and an end of the day in thermal baths.
Night in Yanque
Shared transportation, private English-speaking guide, tickets included
Colca Canyon - Puno
Early in the morning, we will first reach the Cross of the Condor, an excellent observation point on the Canyon, where we may have the chance to appreciate the flight of the Peruvian sky lords.
Then we will follow the Canyon to reach the villages of Pinchollo and Maca.
After lunch, we will continue our trip to the city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Night in Puno
Shared transport, private English-speaking guide, bus with English-Spanish guide for the route to Puno
Grouped service (about 15-20 people) with English-Spanish guide. Possibility to have a private English-speaking guide with a supplement.
Boat for the Uros Islands entirely built in reed.
We will continue in the direction of Amantani Island. Our host families will pick us up and we will settle down in our rooms. We will enjoy a meal with our host family and in the afternoon we will go for a walk on the island. Wonderful landscapes, pre-Inca ruins and an excellent introduction to the economic and social life of this “state within the state”.
The next day we will visit Taquile Island, world famous for its high quality craftsmanship.
Return to Puno at the end of the afternoon.
Night at the inhabitant’s house and night in Puno in a hotel.
English-Spanish group visit, possibility to have a private English-speaking guide for an extra charge, entrance fees included.
Puno - Cusco
We continue our journey by crossing the Peruvian highlands today, thanks to a special bus service that will stop in several places of interest :
– Pukara, an important pre-Inca ceremonial center…
– the Col de la Raya at 4’335m.
– Raqchi, where is the Temple of Viracocha, the creator god
– Andahuaylillas with the Sistine Chapel of the Andes
Night in Cusco
Private transfers, tourist bus with English-Spanish guide, entrance fees included
In Cusco, we offer several tourist and local activities. Our experience on site will also allow you to experience the city from the inside.
After the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, you will explore the Temple of the Sun (or the Inca Museum of your choice) as well as the Central Market, while strolling through the narrow streets of the historic center and the bohemian San Blas neighborhood.
Overnight in Cusco
Private tours in English, entrance fees included
Visit of the Sacred Valley.
We start with the weavers’ village of Chinchero, where we will learn how to weave and dye wool.
We will then continue by the sites of the saltworks of Maras and the agronomic laboratory of Moray. We will finish our day in Ollantaytambo.
Night in Ollantaytambo.
Private English-speaking visits, private transport, entrance fees included.
Early in the morning, you take the train to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a guided tour of the Inca citadel, considered a masterpiece of Inca architecture, classified as a World Heritage Site and known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Optional: The most courageous will be able to embark on the ascent of the Machu Picchu mountain or the Huayna Picchu, two viewpoints overlooking the site, offering at their summits a magnificent and significant view of why this Inca city was so long forgotten.
You will also have some time to isolate yourself and contemplate this site with the necessary calm.
We will then go back down, either by bus or on foot, towards the train station to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus to Cusco.
Night in Cusco
Private English speaking guide to be found at the entrance of the site, bus ticket for Machu Picchu round trip included, train round trip included. Option for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain in addition, private transfer from Ollantaytambo.
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.
The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.
No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.
When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).
All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.
We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.
Currency / Credit Cards
Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.
Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.
In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.
Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.
For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.
Material to take with you
|Passport and 2 copies||Visa (if required)||Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy|
|Airline tickets and copy||Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon)||Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency|
|1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel)||Camera||Binoculars|
|Reading/writing materials||Flashlight||2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)|
|1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater||Warm underwear||Cap|
|Warm and waterproof jacket||Good shoes||Small towel and bathing suitcase|
|Toilet kit||Protection against sun and insects||Medicines you usually take|
Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)
You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).