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Magic of Peru
THE SOUTHERN HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU

This popular tour showcases the very best tourist sites of Southern Peru – Colonial Lima, White city of Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lakes Titicaca, Incan city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the beach of Paracas.

Prepare to learn first hand the history of the Incas and day to day lives of the modern day indigenous groups, to visit the most impressive of the many ruins in the country, to see the most stunning Andean scenery, to witness Peruvian wildlife at close quarters, and above all to experience the warm hospitality of the Peruvian people.

As well as the main sites this tour also includes some nice off of the beaten path encounters with locals to guarantee a truly unique experience.

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ITINERARY
Day Activities Meals
1 Welcome to Peru!! On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Freetime to relax. Overnight Lima. -
2 Lima / Arequipa - Morning city tour of Lima including both the historic quarter and modern districts of the city: the main square with beautiful buildings, San Francisco Monastery, Plaza San Martin, Pueblo Libre district. Lunch at the “Queirolo” bar, one of the most traditional restaurant-bars in Lima where writers and poets, old and young meet. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. The city which is surrounded by 4 enormous extinct volcanoes is also called the "White City" due to its many old buildings made of "sillar", a white volcanic stone. B
3 Arequipa – Morning walking tour through Arequipa sees us taking in sites such as San Lazaro (Arequipa’s most traditional quarter with picturesque and narrow cobblestone streets), San Francisco Church, ‘Fundo El Fierro’, the white stone Tambos, and Santa Catalina Convent Afternoon at leisure to discover the city. B
4 Colca Canyon - In the early morning we leave Arequipa and head towards the valley on-route passing by Pampa de Arrieros, Pampa Cañahuas (where we find the Vicuna National Reserve of Aguada Blanca), Vizcachani and Tojra a good place for spotting Andean birds. Take in stunning panoramic views of the volcanoes Mismi, Misti and Chachani as well as the glaciers. After a 4 hour drive we arrive to Chivay for lunch and a short stop to explore the picturesque town and visit the local market. Afterwards you continue to Yanque and your hotel in the Colca canyon, the Colca Lodge. The hotel is famous for its own thermal springs available to the hotel’s guests. BL
5 Colca Canyon - Early morning drive to an observation point, located between Maca and Cabanaconde, one of the deepest parts of the canyon - the perfect spot to look down 1,200m (3,937 ft) into the canyon at Mirador Cruz del Condor. It’s also here that the legendary condor, the bird with the largest wingspan in the world, can be seen rising and circling on the morning thermals, silhouetted against the magnificent backdrop of the mountain scenery. Afterwards you’ll start your drive through the altiplano towards your next destination Puno, where you’ll arrive in the late afternoon. B
6 Lake Titicaca – A full day excursion to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Traveling by motorboat you will visit the floating islands of the Uros and then the lesser known community of Llachon. This is a small village located in the top of Capachica Peninsula 1 ½ hour min drive from Puno in a very scenic part of the lake. This tiny community with only 1,300 inhabitants is made up mostly of farmers and weavers of the Quechua ethnic group who still observe old traditions and laws. As Llachon is an out-of-the-way attraction it rewards the visitor with genuine scenes of countryside life. The visits include walks throughout the village, visit to local families, observation of farming and weaving activities and tasting local food. BL
7 Puno to Cusco - A pleasant eight-hour bus trip takes you through picturesque Andean landscapes dotted by small villages and herds of llamas and vicunas. You make three important stops along our way: the first one is La Raya Pass (4,335 m/ 14,172 ft) to enjoy a panoramic view of the snow-capped Andes. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant in Sicuani. Then your tour continues to visit the Viracocha Temple - the only Inca temple featuring cylindrical stone columns covered by fine clay layers. The last stop is in Andahuaylillas known for its baroque church dating from the 17th century. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel. BL
8 Cusco - A comprehensive morning tour showcases the best sites of Cusco: Koricancha Sun Temple, Cathedral, Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Amphitheater of Kenko, Puca Pucara and finally Tambomachay. Afternoon at leisure to explore the many museums and scenic streets of Cusco. B
9 Sacred Valley – A full day to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We start at Pisaq to visit the colourful market offering both local and tourist wares. Lunch is something special as you will visit a local family in the Sacred Valley to sample an Andean soup and the popular 'Lomo Saltado' prepared with fresh produce and served in their own homes. This experience offers a great opportunity to interact with locals in a not-touristy environment and to contribute directly to the community. Afterwards, we drive along the valley to Ollantaytambo, where the Temple of the Sun and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out. Ollantaytambo was the site of the only successful Inca battle against the Spanish conquerors and the only town in the area to still retain its original Inca layout. Today’s tour will end in your hotel in the Sacred Valley. BL
10 Machu Picchu - Morning transfer to Ollanta train station for the 1 ½ -hour train ride up to Machu Picchu. On arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. Machu Picchu remained for centuries undiscovered by the Spaniards, only to be found in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The uniqueness of its location and the genius that went into its construction make this Inca archaeological site truly one of the great wonders of the world. Afterwards you will take your bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes where you will stay for the night. BD
11 Machu Picchu - After breakfast you have the remainder of the morning free to roam around the majestic site of Machu Picchu, or climb Huayna Picchu (at 3000 m) for panoramic pictures. (Note - 2nd entrance fee to Machu Picchu and bus to the ruins are not included). In the afternoon we board the train back to Cusco. On arrival to Ollanta station (approx. 25 min drive from Cusco), you will be received and transferred to your hotel. B
12 Paracas - An early morning flight brings you back to Lima, where you will be received and transferred to the local bus terminal to board your bus to Paracas. The comfortable bus is equipped with A/C, reclining seats and toilet/washroom. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel at the beach. Afternoon at leisure. B
13 Paracas - Morning boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands for close-up observation of sea lions and marine bird species including the Guanay cormorant, Peruvian pelicans and with some luck Humboldt penguins. Free afternoon at Paracas.

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Optional extra activity for the day: flight over the Nasca and Palpa lines.
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14 Return to Lima – Bus transfer back to Lima and transfer to airport. B

Past Clients Feedback

“Peru is an incredible country and this trip through Happy Gringo gave us a great introduction of the best sites to visit. The service throughout was just perfect and we found the trip to be very good overall value.” (Claire Evans, Wales)

2014 PRICES

# OF PASSENGERS PRICE (PER PERSON)
2 $2785 Regular / $3250 Comfort
3 $2395 Regular / $2915 Comfort
4 $2185 Regular / $2695 Comfort
5 $2060 Regular / $2550 Comfort
6 or more $2035 Regular / $2520 Comfort

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin/double basis
  • Homestay with local family on Isla Amantani
  • Meals as listed in itinerary
  • Activities as listed in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide (on private tours, except day7 which is a group tour)
  • All airport transfers
  • Public bus Lima-Paracas-Lima (Tourist service)
  • Entrance fees including the Cusco Tourist Ticket
  • Vistadome train tickets listed in itinerary

Exclusions:

  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights Lima-Arequipa / Cusco-Lima (Approx $400-450 per person)
  • Optional flight over the Nasca Lines + transport to/from Paracas (approx $275)
  • Optional train from Puno to Cusco (instead of bus) approx $195 per person
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips