Price for the 10-day trip: 2 persons - $860/person, 3 persons - $775/person, 4 persons - $720/person
No hidden charges, price includes all arising costs during the 10 days apart from meals:
-all transport on route: comfortable long distance buses and all local transport
-accommodation: double occupancy at family run good quality B&Bs
-organized day excursion:
-entrance fee to all museums, and national parks: St Catherine Monastery, Juanita Museum, Colca Canyon National Park, Paracas National Reserve, Hot Springs at Chivay…etc
-dune buggy tour at Huacachina, Wine / Pisco tasting near Ica
-breakfast where included in accommodation price or meals served on long distance buses
-fee of your personal tour leader and his basic expenditures ( inc. his costs to arrive or return from Cusco)
Not included: meals, gratuities and extras
Make your journey on this amazing route that links southern Peru’s best known attractions.
Most important sights along the road:
Cusco: starting point or end of your trip.
Puno – Lake Titicaca: Puno is the main settlement on the shores of Lake Titicaca, also called the festival center of Peru due to the numerous celebrations take place here. We make a full day boat trip on Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world) to visit one of the floating islands (man-made islands prepared from reed) and Taquile, an island with a traditional settlement surrounded by the picturesque lake where the clouds are nearly touching the surface of the water. (Optional overnight stay on Taquile with local family - not for the faint-hearted.) If time allows the Chullpas of Sullistani worth a visit. These are interesting pre-Columbian burial towers above the lake near Puno. If extending your trip to Bolivia buses leave from Puno to cross the border towards the neighboring capital of La Paz. At the other side of the border you find Tiwanaku, one of the most important archeological site of Bolivia.
Arequipa: in contrast to the Inca Cusco, Arequipa is a Paradise of colonial architecture. The whole historical downtown is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most of its old buildings are made of white stones (sillar) of the nearby volcanoes hence its nickname the White City. Visit the once hidden St Catherine Monastery which is itself a town inside the town. Or just get lost sitting on a bench in the beautiful colonial main square surrounded by snowcapped piping volcanoes. Arequipa also displays Juanita, the mummy of a sacrificed girl well-preserved for more than 500 years in a nearby glacier. (On display from 1st May to 31st December.) On the top of all above, the cuisine of Arequipa is one of the most varied and delicious of all of Peru.
Colca Canyon: Visiting the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest places on earth (3400 meters in depth) is an overnight trip from Arequipa. See the Andean Condor at close range from scenic lookouts as they fly past the canyon walls. Overnight stay in the mountain town of Chivay where you can enjoy a dip in the local hot thermal bath and get entertained by Andean folklore dance at dinner.
Ica – Hauacachina: Overnight stay in the desert oasis of Huacachina that in fact is a lagoon surrounded by huge sand dunes. Try sandboarding (snowboarding on the sand of the dunes) ride a dune buggy or just walk up to one of the dunes for a beautiful sunset. We also make a tour to one of the wineries with possibility to try and buy the national liquor Pisco and excellent quality of red wines.
Paracas: boat tour to the Bellasta Islands, where you can observe from your boat colonies of seabirds (including the small Humboldt penguins) and sea-lions. We also visit the Paracas National Reserve situated on the nearby peninsula with red sand beaches and flamingos and a museum displaying excavations of the local pre-Inca Paracas culture as well as information on biodiversity, ecosystems.
Lima: starting point or end of your trip.
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