This is an example of a custom tour we designed for some of our clients.
South Peru Slow Itinerary
Day 1 – Transfer from the Lima airport to hotel in Miraflores, tour briefing in the evening.
Day 2 – Walk around Miraflores and discover local attractions. Fly to Arequipa in the afternoon, dinner at Chicha restaurant.
Day 3 – Tour the Santa Catalina monastery and Museum Sanctuary to see the mummy of “Juanita” and learn about Incan traditions. Take an afternoon tour around the city including the Yanahuara lookout, the white stone suburb of San Lorenzo and a historical wheat flour mill powered by spring water.
Day 4 –Travel from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon. The highest pass during the trip will be 4910m before dropping down into Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world. We will drive through Salinas & Aguada Blanca Nature Reserve where the possibility of seeing vicunas (smaller relative of the llama) is good. Dinner will involve a local dance show. Optional activities: Hot Springs or astronomic observatory.
Day 5 – Leave the hotel early for the best chance of seeing condors at Cruz Del Condor. Afterwards, we will head to Puno (around 6hrs) stopping for a picnic lunch, a leg stretch and photos on the way.
Day 6 – Visit the spectacular islands of Lake Titicaca, the biggest lake of this altitude (3,827 metres above sea level) in the world. In the morning, we will visit the Uros Islands (floating reed islands inhabited for centuries), and in the afternoon we will take a boat to the Amantani Island where we will home-stay with a local family. You may be involved in the community activities on the island and witness an amazing sunset.
Day 7 – After breakfast with the family, we take the boat to Taquile island which maintains its own distinct customs. The islands appearance are strangely reminiscent of the Mediterranean coastline but at a completely different altitude. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before taking the boat back to Puno.
Day 8 – Drive from Puno to Yauri. Visit the archaeological site of Maukallaqta where you may be the only tourist in sight! Visit Tres Cañones, a picturesque joining of canyons and the start of the mighty Apurimac River. Stay overnight in Yauri.
Day 9 – After breakfast, we will visit the KanaMarka archaeological site and then onto the Inca Straw Bridge of Q’eswachaka, devotedly restored every June by the locals in ancient tradition. You will see the technique used to make the bridge from grasses and you have the opportunity to cross if you dare! From there, we will pass rural villages, agricultural crops and the 4 lakes before arriving to Cusco.
Day 10 – A walking tour around the beautiful city of Cusco; known as the navel of the world in Incan times. Discover the Plaza de Armas, marvel at the Incan masonry at the stone of 12 sides, explore the intricate network of one-way stone streets, and survey the artisan markets. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. Recommended visit to Qoricancha or ChocoMuseo.
Day 11 – Visit the San Pedro market to buy ingredients for a traditional Peruvian lunch, that you will make with a Quechua speaking local (recipe based on what is in season at the time but choices are available).
Day 12 – Visit Sacsayhuaman archaeological site towering above Cusco and take some photos from the Christo Blanco lookout. From here we drive down into the Sacred Valley where we will visit the Pisac market and archaeological site. On our return to Cusco we can stop in at a small Andean Zoo and to see some native wildlife.
Day 13 – Drive to the Moray archaeological site which was an agricultural experiment ground for Incan crops. Then we will move on to the amazing Maras Salt Mine, where locals take advantage of the naturally salty spring water to farm salt. On the way back to Cusco, we’ll tour the Chincheros archaeological site or visit a wool collective where you can see how yarn is spun, dyed with natural items and woven into beautiful pieces of art.
Day 14 – Day trip to Rainbow Mountain. You can choose between the infamous Vinicunca mountain which is in the traditional rainbow shape and requires a challenging trek at about 5000m, or the less strenuous Palcoyo mountain range which has a number of rainbow mountains as well as intersting rock formations.
Day 15 – Free day to relax before the Inca Trail.
Day 16, 17, 18 & 19 – Inca Trail. The trail follows genuine Incan stone tracks with views of snowy peaks, rivers, cloud forest and Inca ruins. The highest part of the trek reaches 4198m but the walk has many ascents and descents. The last day we will arrive early to see the sunrise over the majestic Machu Picchu archaeological site. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the important features of this lost city. Stay the night at Aguas Calientes and enjoy a well-deserved rest in the natural hot springs.
Day 20 – Take the morning train back to Ollantaytambo where we will spend some time visiting the cobbled stone old town and it’s archaeological site. Optional visit to the artisanal brewery (Ceverceria del Valle) in Pachar before a buffet lunch in Urumbamba and then returning to Cusco.
Day 21 – Tour to the emerald green Lake Humantay set below impressive glacial mountains.
Day 22, 23, 24,& 25 – Amazon Jungle Excursion. Visit the lungs of the world on an adventure by boat into the depths of the jungle. You will likely see various kinds of monkeys and birds, as well as piranha, pink dolphins, giant otters and caiman. Depending on luck and water levels, you may also see land animals such as the capybara, tapir reptiles, and maybe even a jaguar. Visit to a local community farm.
Day 26 – Early morning return to Puerto Maldonado for flights to Lima.