South Peru Circuit Express

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Price From US$ 1,094.00
Starting point LIMA
Ending point LIMA
Duration 10 days / 09 Nights
Trip style Archeological, Cultural and Ecological.
Place to visit Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca. Puno, el Lago Titicaca, Cusco y Machupicchu.
Airfares There is not included the flight Cusco/Lima. Add $90.00
Highlights Visits Lima , Ballestas Island, The Nazca Lines ,Visit Arequipa, The Titicaca Lake and the Lost City of the Incas: "Machupicchu".









This 10 days’ tour provides a perfect overview of Peru, travelling along the Southern Peruvian Coast up to the Highlands. From your first day in Peru we grant you the most amazing travel experience visiting the highlight areas of Lima, Paracas National Reserve, Nazca Lines, and the city of Arequipa, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes in Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Floating Islands of Uros, Island of Taquile and Juliaca in Puno.

Note: Tourist and Tourist Superior Programs the train service is Backpacker coach. Superior and Luxury Programs the Train service is Vistadome coach.

Day 1: Lima: International Flight

International arrival to Lima Assistance on your arrival to Lima "Jorge Chavez" Airport and transfer to the selected hotel.


Day 2: LIMA/PARACAS: BALLESTAS ISLAND TOUR /NAZCA (B)

06.00 Am. Transfer to the bus station to take the bus from Lima to Paracas Peninsula, ( the bus leave at 07:15, which takes 4 hours to arrive in Paracas.

11.15 Am. Arrive in Paracas and transfer to the office to save the luggage.

12:00 PM. Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, in the Paracas National Reserve, where we can observe sea lions, bobo bird, pelicans, penguins and marine birds. On the way back, from the water, we can also see the "Candelabro" (Candelabrum), a giant figure etched in the sand on the side of a hill in the style of the Nazca Lines, back to Paracas and transfer to the selected Hotel. Free time for lunch (the excursion takes 2 hours)

17.00 Pm. Transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Nazca (the bus leaves at 1:30 pm and arrive at 20:30 pm)

20.30 Pm. Arrive in Nazca and transfer to the selected Hotel.

Day 3: NAZCA – OVERFLIGH NAZCA LINES / AREQUIPA (D)

08:00 AM: Transfer to the airport to take the airplane for the 45 minutes over flight of the mysterious Nazca Lines. Enormous line drawings of animals, birds and geometrical figures, remain etched in the desert and which can only be appreciated from the air. Even though, they are centuries old and how they were made and their purpose are still an enigma.

In the afternoon, transfer to the bus station to take the tourist bus to Arequipa (departure at 13h30,and arrival at 22h30, bus Cruz del Sur). Arrival in Arequipa and transfer to the selected Hotel

Day 4: AREQUIPA: CITY TOUR+ BUS AREQUIPA/PUNO (B)

09:00 AM. In the morning, guided visit to the city of Arequipa, including Santa Catalina monastery, the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIX century Peruvian architecture, housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compania Church, and ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important church in Arequipa because of its history and tradition; one face is even crowned with feathers. Night at your leisure.

13:30 Pm. Transfer to the bus station and departure to Puno at 14:00 hours. We will drive 350 kilometers and it will take around 5 hours.

19:00 Pm. Arrival to Puno and transfer to the selected Hotel.

Day 5: PUNO TITICACA LAKE, FLOATING ISLAND OF THE UROS

Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. l. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island . After lunch in a local Taquile inn, we have a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at the hotel. Free night.

Day 6: BUS PUNO/CUSCO

Breakfast. Early departure by bus to the City of Cusco. We travel along the High Plateau of the Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasasaya, remnants of the ancient Pucara Culture. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through the La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.

We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling.

Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region. Upon arrival in Cusco, meet and transfer to your hotel. Dinner on your own.

Day 7: CUSCO SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (B) (L)

Excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. Pisac's typical Indian market, In the afternoon pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive to the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo. On our way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lies. Admire its well preserved Inca Wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes on the portico.

In the afternoon,transfer to Cusco train station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Arrive at Aguas Calientes station at 18:35 hrs and transfer to selected Hotel.

Day 8: CUSCO: MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES (B) (L)

The day starts with an early morning breakfast followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we´ll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel,. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure.

In the afternoon, transfer to Aguas Calientes train station for a three hour train ride back to Cusco City.

Day 9: CUSCO: CITY TOUR (B) (L)

Time to have breakfast and enjoy the morning, in the afternoon City tour and visit to nearby ruins, we will have a guided city tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons. Return to the hotel. Free night.


Day 10: CUSCO/LIMA (B)

Early in the morning, transfer to the airport and departure to Lima. Transfer to hotel selected.

In the afternoon guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the \"City of Kings\". Our tour will take you through Lima in its 3 historical periods: Pre-hispanic, Colonial and Modern. We will first show you a panoramic view of “La Huaca Pucllana”, and then you will visit the impressive Historical Downtown of Lima: Its palaces, mansions, churches and squares, ending with a visit to the residential district of San Isidro and an unforgettable view of the Pacific Ocean from the district of Miraflores. This tour includes the admission to the BCR Museum and the Complejo Monumental San Francisco and its Catacombs.

Day 11: LIMA: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

International Flight. Transfer to the airport for international flight.

End of our services

For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu (depending on weather conditions) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant. Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it is recommendable before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register at the checking point at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as if a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to your selected hotel for overnight.
Evening free.We recommend to dine at the hotel and have an early night

INCLUDES:

In Lima: Sightseeing Tour
In Ica: Excursion to the Ballestas Islands in Paracas
In Nazca: Overflight of the Nazca lines.
In Arequipa: Sightseeing Tour and Tourist Bus Arequipa/Puno
In Puno: Boating excursion on Titicaca Lake and Uros Island and Tourist bus Puno/Cusco.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and nearby ruins.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion to Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Citadel including lunch and overnight.

  • 9 Nights’ accommodation
  • Tourist Bus Lima/Paracas/Nazca/Arequipa/Puno/Cusco
  • All breakfasts and meals as described in the program
  • All entrance tickets applicable
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Bus Tkt to Paracas / Nazca / Arequipa/ Cusco/ Puno
  • Train ticket from Cusco- Aguas Calientes-Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary


NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights
  • Baggage excess (f.i Cusco/Puno bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Second entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Domestic Flight Cusco/ Lima (Add USD 90.00)


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

ORIENTATION

Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE

Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas13:00
Rio de Janeiro14:00
New York12:00
Madrid18:00
Londres17:00
Tokyo03:00

TEMPERATURE

Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.
Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.
Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO

  • Use comfortable shoes the whole time during walking tours.
  • Take lots of liquids during long excursions.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
  • Long pants or slacks.
  • Long-sleeved shirts.
  • T-shirts.
  • Sweaters and a jacket.
  • Rain wear for rainy season.
  • Camera.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
  • Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called” Soroche” or altitude sickness.


Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

WEATHER

Peru's climate may be divided into two: The Western Andes and the Desert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and the temperature is warm through the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, there are two seasons: Rainy and dry.
Cusco is located in the Eastern Andes, so their rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.
Rainy time, starting in October/ November has its own maximum in January, continuing until March/ April. In years of pouring rain there are landslides, floods, etc.
On the highlands, it is cold in the evenings but sunny and warm in the mornings. It is even possible to wear t-shirts, but when the sun sets it gets really chilly so please bring a warm sweater (or buy an alpaca one in Cusco) and a good jacket.
Finally, the weather in general does not represent a limit to provide any tourist services, except during some particularly bad years.

ALTITUDE

Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Nazca: 588 m.a.s.l.
Paracas: Sea level, 5 m.a.s.l.
Cusco: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machupicchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.

WATER

Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS

All travelers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information click here: Type of visa to enter

AIRPORT SECURITY TIPS

  • Maintain control and do not leave personal items (purses, briefcases, electronic equipment, carry-on bags, etc.) unattended at any time in the airport or at curbside.
  • Passengers are not allowed to enter areas posted as Restricted Area or Authorized Personnel Only. Please request assistance from nearest airport personnel
  • Report unattended items or suspicious activity immediately to airline personnel

LANGUAGE

The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY

Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 2.80 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING

Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion: US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY

Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH

Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY

Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
In Paracas and Nazca: International and local sea food restaurants.
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.

DRESS CODE

Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

Prices

ACCOMODATION 2017 Price Per Person
Category Lima Nazca Arequipa Puno Cusco Aguas Calientes Price Tour
Double/Triple
Price Tour
Single
Economic Hostal Porta Hostal Alegria Hotel Casa Consuelo Hotel Sillustani Inka Andina Hostal Machupicchu US$ 1,094.00 US$ 1,316.00
Standard Tourist Hostal Ducado Hotel Oro Viejo Hotel Casona Colonial Hotel Qelqatani Hotel Prisma Hotel Presidente US$ 1,169.00 US$ 1,439.00
Superior Tourist Hotel Faraona Hotel Majoro Hotel Posada del Monasterio Hotel Qalasaya Hotel Plaza San Francisco Hotel inti Punku Alameda Inn US$ 1,248.00 US$ 1,584.00
Superior Hotel Casa Andina Select Hotel Cantalloc Hotel Los Tambos Hotel Eco Inn Hotel Eco Inn Hotel Tierra Viva US$ 1,472.00 US$ 2,015.00


Add to this price fight Cusco/Lima: USD 90.00

Note: Economic and Tourist Programs the train service is Expedition. Superior and Luxury Programs the Train service is Vista dome coach.

Also you can request the tours by private service,

Price: Upgrade Vistadome Train: USD 60.00



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