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US$ 1,769 Price per person, 3 stars, double occupancy, shared/group tours, airport transfers, Expedition Trains (subject to availability). Airfares & Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes are not included.
Duration: 16 Days
Destination: Lima - Paracas - Ica - Nazca - Arequipa - Colca Valley - Puno - Lake Titicaca - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE – OVERVIEW

The Peru Package is a complete trip of 16 days traveling through the south of Peru. In this Peru package, you will observe the interesting multicultural diversity there is in the same country.

The first in our Andean Peru Package is Lima, a capital with beautiful colonial balconies in the center of the city and modern neighborhoods with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Then, the Ica region offers natural, adventure, and cultural activities. You will explore on your first day the Paracas National Reserve and ride a buggie and sandboarding over the Sand Dunes of Paracas. Likewise, the Peru package includes sailing the Ballestas Islands, walking around natural oasis Huacachina, and flyover the Nazca Lines.

Another highlight is the amazing Colca Canyon, where you will have a wonderful chance to sightsee real Condors flying very close to you. This Peru package is designed to maximize your travel experience, therefore you can go to Puno in the afternoon after your Colca Canyon tour.

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. You will have a unique experience of 2 days visiting the originally man-made islands of Los Uros, sleeping in a homestay on Amantani Island, and sailing to Taquile island where you will have spectacular views of the Lake Titicaca.

This Peru package ends travelling to the ancient capital city of the Inca Empire. You will visit the historical city of Cusco, its surroundings Inca archeological sites, the magnificent scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the majestic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, a formidable architectural complex built strategically on top of a mountain.

16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE – ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival in Lima

International flight – Lima (arriving at any time – booked on your own). Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel in Miraflores WITH DRIVER ONLY.

Evening free.

Overnight in Lima.

Included meals: none

DAY 2

City Tour Lima Half Day

Start your amazing Peru package with Lima, the “City of Kings”.  Tour the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores where you’ll find the bustling financial center, the prestigious San Isidro Golf course and the tranquil Olive Grove Park. See the impressive Huaca Pucllana, a pre-inca pyramid-shaped temple, that stands surrounded by the city. Stop at the Parque del Amor (Love Park) and enjoy unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean as you drive through the Miraflores Malecon, a road along the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Your next visit is Lima’s historic center, which was declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1991. Drive by the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall and the Desamparados Train Station. Continue on to Plaza San Martin, a large park in downtown Lima, surrounded by colonial buildings still displaying ornate wooden balconies. Your city tour ends with a visit to the San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts (Catacombs).

NOTE: all visits are panoramic except for the San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs.

Afternoon and evening free to explore the city.

Overnight in Lima.

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DAY 3

Paracas National Reserve Tour:

Transfer to the Cruz del Sur bus station to take your bus Lima – Paracas (2nd floor seats) departing at 07:30hrs. (duration: 3 ½ – 4 hours approx.). Upon arrival at the bus station, you will visit the Interpretation Center of the Paracas National Reserve and the Museum of Julio C. Tello. Then, transfer to the natural rock formation known as the CATHEDRAL, due to the whimsical way it has (Damaged by the 2007 earthquake). Finally, it will make a circuit through Playa Roja and Yumaque, where petrified dinosaur eggs have been found that the date has been studied (duration: 3 hours). Return to your hotel.

Buggie Ride & Sandboarding:

Pick-up from your hotel. You will be transferred outside Paracas to experience an exciting buggie ride and practice sandboarding along the desert dunes (duration: 1 hour). Return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Paracas.

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DAY 4

Ballestas Islands Sanctuary:

Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to a private port for your boat ride at 08:15hrs. Visit the Ballestas Islands, where you will observe a large variety of marine fauna such as Humbolt penguins, sea lions, seagulls, and several coastal bird species. You will also admire the Candelabra (similar to a Nazca line) along the way (duration: 2 hours). Return to your hotel.

Then, pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the Cruz del Sur bus station to take your bus Paracas – Ica (2nd floor seats) departing at 11:00 hours (duration: 1 – 1 ½ hour approx).

City Tour Ica:

At your arrival, you will visit the Regional Museum of Ica, where you will appreciate the evolution of the 5 most representative cultures of the region such as Paracas, Nazca, Wari, Ica, and Inca culture. Continue the tour visiting the natural oasis of la Huacachina and a local pisco/wine farm (duration: 3 hours approx).

After your tour, return to the Cruz del Sur bus station to take your bus Ica – Nazca (2nd floor seats) departing at 18:50 hours (duration: 2 – 2 ½ hours approx). At your arrival, transfer to your hotel in Nazca.

Evening free.

Overnight in Nazca.

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DAY 5

Nazca Lines Overflight:

Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Nazca Aerodrome. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will get on your Nazca Lines Overflight for the next 30min from 16:00 to 16:30hrs (subject to weather conditions). The Nazca Lines, a series of geoglyphs in the Nazca desert; hundreds of individual figures, ranging in complexity from simple to more complex detailed figures. You will get a wonderful view of the main lines as the trapezoid, the compass, the long tailed Monkey, the Dog, the detailed Hummingbird, the abstract Condor, the symmetrical Spider, the Hands, and many others. Return to your hotel in Nazca.

NOTE: We also recommend you to visit, on your own, the Antonini Museum, to learn more about the recent discoveries of the Archeological Site of Cahuachi and/or the Cantayoc Aqueducts (not included in quote).

Then, pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the station to take your bus Nazca – Arequipa (1st floor seats) departing at 14:30 hours (duration: 9 – 10 hours approx). Upon your arrival, transfer to your hotel in Arequipa (altitude: 2350m/7708ft).

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DAY 6

Arequipa City Tour:

On this tour, you will learn that Arequipa is an enchanting city also known for its many baroque-style colonial buildings made out of white volcanic rock called sillar. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes, the most outstanding one El Misti.  Arequipa’s historic center is considered a Cultural, Historical and Monumental Heritage by UNESCO.

We will be visiting Arequipa’s main square, the traditional and picturesque Santa Teresa Convent, the Compañia Church (Jesuit order), the Colonial House del Moral, Carmen Alto, and Yanahuara Viewpoints and San Lazaro Traditional District. Return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Arequipa.

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DAY 7

Colca Canyon Tour (3800m / 12464ft): Trip to the Colca Valley:

Situated about 160 km northeast of Arequipa, the Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world.  At 4150 meters deep, it is more than twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in Colorado US. The name Colca comes from the words Collaguas and Cabanas, two ethnic groups that lived along the Colca River.  In addition to its grandeur, the Colca Canyon is a fantastic place to witness, up close, the majestic flight of the Condor (only found in the Andes).  It’s a great opportunity to take close-ups of this spectacular vulture.

On our way to the Colca Valley (3800m/12464ft), we will pass through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where we will startled at long-neck fine vicuñas running freely on the ichu (Andean thick grass), as well as other camelids and mammals such as the Guanaco, Alpaca, Taruca, Vizcacha, Colocolo (Andean mountain cat) and the Andean fox. On the “Mirador de los Andes” viewpoint you can admire the Andean landscape, here you will also notice many piles of rocks carefully placed separate one from the other, made by the people for the Apus (Sacred Mountains) as they are meant to represent their wishes in an offering. As you can see you can capture life in the highlands in a moment and why not! In a photo as well.

At your arrival, you will be transferred to your lodge.

Evening free.

Overnight in Colca Valley.

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DAY 8

Colca Canyon Tour: Cruz del Condor viewpoint and Departure to Puno:

On our way to the Colca Canyon viewpoint, we will go through some of the charming little old towns of the highlands, Coporaque, Yanque and Maca, the town that survived a Sabancaya volcano eruption! An exciting drive on the left side of Colca Canyon will finally lead us to the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint to admire the majestic flight of the Andean Condors, as they fiercely fly into the appealing depth of the canyon pulling our eyes down, allowing us to live an exciting experience! And also a great chance to take wonderful close-ups.

Then, we will continue our Perú tour, heading to Puno located in the southeastern part of Perú (3800m/12464ft) by land. Along the way you will notice the subtle changes in the landscape as we go higher, we will be entering the highest places in the country where Peruvians have been able to harness nature and build their civilizations. Once we arrive in Puno you will be transferred to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 9

Sillustani Tour:

Puno was part of the vast territory of the ancient advanced pre-Inca civilization of Tiahuanaco in the middle of the first millennium. It is believed that the first ones to start cultivating potatoes 8,000 years ago were the Tiahuanacos in the highlands of Perú and Bolivia.

To continue exploring more about the civilizations in the highlands, we will visit the pre-Inca cementery of Sillustani, the “chullpas” vertical burial structures which contained the mummified corpses of Collas or Aymara people, in a fetal position, facing east according to the tradition, at the shores of the superb and peaceful lake Umayo. It is no wonder the Collas chose this place to put their ancestors to rest, the scenery is spectacular and spiritually nurturing.  Enjoy the beautiful landscape at sunset and then return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 10

Lake Titicaca Tours: The Floating islands of Los Uros and Amantani Island:

Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the port and get on a boat to the Uros Floating Islands where you will learn how locals constructed these long-lasting artificial islands with solely Totora or large reed which not only allowed them to live safe from invasion in past but also kept them warm because of a “greenhouse effect”. In the present islanders continue this lifestyle complemented by modern technology. Then we will continue our tour, traveling by boat for 3 hours to the Amantani Island inhabited by Quechua speaking natives. It is believed the invigorating energy of this island is so powerful that it is known also as the “Island of Love”. Enjoy the friendly hospitality and environment of an Amantani home where you’ll stay for the night. You can explore this soothing and at the same time colorful island by foot and visit the pre-Inca Temple of Pachatata (Father Earth) dedicated to the masculine archetype of the world complemented by Pachamama (Mother Earth) the feminine archetype.

Evening free.

Overnight at the island.

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DAY 11

Lake Titicaca Tours: TaquiIe Island:

After breakfast, we will travel by boat to Taquile Island, where you will learn about the Quechua islanders traditions and admire their colorful customs. We will visit the main part of the island, the main plaza and artisan market. We will climb up a path to get to the center of Taquile where we will enjoy lunch with a spectacular view and then return to the port to take our boat back to Puno in the afternoon.

Evening free.

Overnight in Puno.

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DAY 12

Day Trip to Cusco:

We will pick you up and transfer you to the bus station to take the tourist bus to Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Inca Empire (duration of the trip: 10 hours approx.). We will depart at 07:00hrs. On the way, we will notice the change in the landscape flora, as we go lower in altitude. We will stop by Pucará, named after the important culture, whose art and construction techniques influenced the Inca culture, then the complex of Racchi where we will appreciate the impressive Temple of Wiracocha (Sun God), and before we reach Cusco, our last stop will be at the town of Andahuaylillas, famous for its baroque style church also popularly called the Sixtine Chapel of America because of the wonderful Frescos on its walls, carefully done in order to resemble the European ones. Once we arrive you will be picked up from the bus station and transferred to your hotel (3400m/11152ft).

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 13

Cusco Tour: Cusco the city, Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay:

We will meet you at your hotel and begin your excursion in the city of Cusco. We will make a first stop at the Cathedral of Cusco, part of our colonial legacy considered of high importance amongst the catholic population in the present. Then we will continue with Koricancha (or Temple of the Sun) the most important sacred Inca place within the city, which sheltered all Gods and Goddesses brought by the nations that integrated the Empire centuries ago. After a short drive, we will be at the formidable archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent stonework with finely cut polygonal blocks; a little further we will stop at the archeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay, all part of the limits of the city in the old days. What nowadays we would call Customs checkpoint! After our excursion, we will take you back to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 14

The Sacred Valley Tour (2800m/9184ft) and arriving in Aguas Calientes:

We will meet you at your hotel and we will begin our visit the citadel of Pisac, an archeological site with extensie agricultural terraces, naturally divided by the mountain ridges, famous because of its impressive cemetery constituted by more than a thousand burial niches on a mountain wall. Later on explore and perhaps shop in the historical artisan market located on the main plaza of the town of Pisac. For lunch, we will be stopping at the town of Yucay and enjoying some delicious lunch buffet.

We will continue the tour in the next archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, with an awe inspiring construction on a steep mountain, build for military, agricultural and religious control purposes as a watchtower over the Sacred Valley, once you make it to the top you may experience a sense of spiritual communion with nature, you will be stepping in the Wind Shrine, which offers an incredible sight of the magnificent landscape along the Sacred Valley. The tour ends at around 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. Transfer to the Ollantaytambo Train Station to take your Expedition Train Departing at 19:00hrs, arriving to Aguas Calientes at 20:43. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Evening free.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

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DAY 15

Machu Picchu Tour (2430m/7970ft):

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and together you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu citadel early in the morning so you can explore this formidable architectural complex at a less crowded time. After your tour, we recommend you to try climbing up to the Sun Gate or Intipunku (the arrival point for hikers trekking their way into Machu Picchu) and feel as one of the few privileged visitors to admire this amazing ad complete sight of the citadel, just as well you can also visit the exciting grass rope Inca Bridge (optional), a secret entrance on the west side of Machu Picchu citadel during the golden time of the Inkas.

You may leave the archeological site on your own and enjoy lunch at the place of your choice (not included), take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (last bus departs at 17:30).  You can do some exploration in the small town or you may wish to try bathing in the town’s Hot Springs (from which the town owes its name) and then head to the train station on your own, and hop on your Expedition Train departing at 16:43hrs, arriving at 20:13hrs in Poroy (30min from Cusco). At your arrival in Poroy, a pickup person will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it, he will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 16

Airport transfer in Cusco:
We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport in Cusco for your flight back to Lima (morning or afternoon).

– End of this 16-Day Andean Peru Package –

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TOUR NOTES: 

The 16 Day Andean Peru Package is customizable.  If you would prefer to travel for fewer days or add days or destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form.  You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

  • This 16 Day Andean Peru Package is available every day of the year.
  • Acclimatization: we strongly recommend you drink coca leaf tea, rest for at least 3 hours upon arrival to your hotel, and eat little as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day due to the altitude.
  • Weather: the rainy season starts in mid-October and ends in mid-March in the Mountains and Jungle. January and February are months with heavy rain. The best time of the year to visit Machu Picchu is from April to September.
  • Different train coach services: Expedition / Backpacker – tourist, Inca Rail Executive Class – superior tourist, Vistadome – superior tourist, Andean Railways Panoramic – superior tourist, Inca Rail First-Class – Hiram Bingham – luxury.
  • Your luggage: you can leave unnecessary luggage at your hotel in Cusco when going to Machu Picchu. There are luggage weight regulations on the train.
  • Sacred Valley Tour: The best days to enjoy the artisan market of Pisac are Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
  • If you are looking for a complete experience, I highly recommend you add a jungle program. For more information, please click in this link: Amazing Wildlife Tour in Tambopata National Reserve.

16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE – PRICES

Price Per Person in Shared Service

3 Stars

Double Room US$ 1,769
Additional to have single room US$ 545
Additional in private service * US$ 525
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Ballestas and Lake Titicaca Tour in shared boat / private guide. Nazca Lines and transfer from Puno to Cusco are in shared service. 

4 Stars

Double Room US$ 2,019
Additional to have single room US$ 815
Additional in private service * US$ 525
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Ballestas and Lake Titicaca Tour in shared boat / private guide. Nazca Lines and transfer from Puno to Cusco are in shared service. 

5 Stars

Double Room US$ 2,865
Additional to have single room US$ 1,680
Additional in private service * US$ 525
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

* Ballestas and Lake Titicaca Tour in shared boat / private guide. Nazca Lines and transfer from Puno to Cusco are in shared service. 

INCLUDED IN 16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE

Included in Tour Price

Hotel accomodation according to itinerary.

Meals according to itinerary.

Guided excursions are in English.

Includes all tour and intermediate transfers.

Entrance tickets.

Bus and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu for 1 day.

Expedition Train to/from Aguas Calientes.

Commercial bus: LIM-PAR, PAR-ICA, ICA-NAZ, NAZ-AQP

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights.

Visas required to enter Peru.

Airport Taxes.

Drinks.

Tips.

Buffet Lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge during Machu Picchu Tour.

Entrance ticket to the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu.

Taxes of Nazca aerodrome (S/. 30 approx).

HOTELS IN 16 DAY ANDEAN PERU PACKAGE:

3-star hotels: Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro (Lima), Hacienda Bahia (Paracas), Casa Andina Standard Nazca (Nazca), Casa Andina Standard Arequipa (Arequipa), Colca Lodge (Colca Lodge), Casa Andina Standard Puno (Puno), Homestay (Amantani Island), Casa Andina Standard Cusco Catedral (Cusco), Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes)

4-star hotels: Casa Andina Select Miraflores (Lima), Hacienda Bahia (Paracas), Casa Andina Standard Nazca (Nazca), Palla Boutique (Arequipa),  Colca Lodge (Colca Lodge), Casa Andina Premium Puno (Puno), Homestay (Amantani Island), Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco (Cusco), El MAPI by Inkaterra (Aguas Calientes)

5-star hotels: JW Marriott Lima (Lima), Hotel Paracas, a luxury collection Restort by Libertador (Paraca), Majoro (Nazca), Casa Andina Premium Arequipa (Arequipa), Colca Lodge (Colca Lodge), GHL Lake Titicaca (Puno), Homestay (Amantani Island), JW Marriott Cusco (Cusco), Sumaq Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).

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