Greatest Highlights In South Peru




Your Peru trip shall start with travelling along the south of Peru, including a visit to mystical Machu Picchu. If you’re ready for the challenge, explore first Lima cultural highlights and then drive south to Paracas, navigate to the Ballestas islands (our small Galapagos), fly over the astonishing Nazca lines and reach Arequipa, the white city. Explore the Colca canyon and see the condors flying away just meters from where you stay, make a boat excursion to the Uros and Taquile islands in the Titicaca Lake and finally reach the Inca capital, Cusco and the Machu Picchu World Wonder. This route has along it diverse zones of natural beauty and also spectacular cultural and archaeological remains, most of which are of exceptional interest.

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This service is arranged just for you and your party has the advantage of adapting the pace to your physical condition, but also usually means enjoying all the archeological


Day 1

Lima, transfer to hotel in Miraflores

Arrival in Lima, reception in the airport and transfer to chosen hotel in Miraflores.

Day 2

Lima colonial and modern City Tour

Morning suggested visit to superb Larco Herrera museum. In the afternoon included City tour colonial and modern Lima.

We pick you up in the afternoon for your half day city tour of Lima. Visit the Plaza San Martin, the Plaza Mayor (Lima Main Square), Peru’s Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral and the San Francisco church. Continuing our tour, we will visit the residential neighborhoods of San Isidro and Olivar, with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVI century.

Day 3

Lima to Paracas peninsula

Private transfer to bus station for regular bus ride to Paracas, or optional private drive with guide, along the south Panamericana highway to Paracas. Transfer to chosen hotel at ocean shore. Free afternoon to enjoy sea side and sunset. (BB)

Day 4

Ballestas islands tour (Peruvian small Galapagos) and transfer to Nazca

Transfer to pier for two hours Ballestas islands tour. These spectacular islands, eroded into many caves and arches, provide shelter for thousands of seabirds and hundreds of sea-lions. Transfer to bus station for bus ride to Nazca, or private drive with guide. Transfer to chosen hotel. (BB)

Although the islands fall just outside the Paracas National Reserve they are protected by separate legislation. The islands are home to over 150 species of marine bird including the Humboldt penguin, cormorants, boobies and pelicans. Even condors have been known to visit. On the shores can be seen large numbers of sea-lions and in the sea it is possible to encounter dolphins and even whales.

Day 5

Astonishing Nazca lines (optional), drive to Arequipa

Optional flight over Nazca lines (not included). There are also several very interesting optional pre-Inca tours in the Nazca area, like the Cahuachi pyramids and the related Antonini museum, the Cantayoc underground aqueducts, the Chauchilla cemetery, etc. Evening transfer for night public bus to Arequipa. (BB)

Day 6

Arequipa City Tour, the wonderful colonial “white” city

Reception in Arequipa bus station, followed by private transfer to chosen hotel, buffet breakfast. Afternoon private city tour and Santa Catalina convent.  We pick you up in the morning or afternoon for your half day city tour of Arequipa. You will visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, the districts of Yanahuara and San Lázaro, the superb Santa Catalina Monastery (a surprising large and interesting citadel in the middle of Arequipa city), the San Francisco Church, Carmen Alto panoramic point and the residential zone of Selva Alegre. (BB)

Day 7

2 days tour to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world.

Private or seat-in bus for a 2 days tour to Colca Canyon, visiting also the Cruz del Condor panoramic point. The depth of the canyon from the Cruz del Condor to the river is approximately 1,500m, an excellent place to spot the morning flight of giant condors. (BB)

Day 8

Spectacular morning flight of giant condors. Drive from Colca to Puno and Titicaca lake.

Early morning departure to Cruz del Condor, an excellent place to close-up watch the morning flight of giant condors. Afterwards drive along the canyon, visiting some villages and their magnificent churches. Arrival to Chivay. Private or seat-in bus departure drive at noon from Chivay to Puno. Reception in Puno and transfer to chosen hotel in the city or at Titicaca lake shore. (BB)

Day 9

Excursion to Uros floating reed islands and a traditional culture in the panoramic Taquile island.

Transfer to pier, cultural seat-in boat excursion to the Uros floating reed islands and to Taquile island, a cultural visit plenty of contrasts, lunch. Most tours of the Uros & Taquile Islands depart at 8.30am and include transport from your hotel to the pier, transport by

Day 10

Drive to Cusco crossing the Altiplano and the La Raya pass, visiting several highlights

Trf to bus station for tourist bus drive to Cusco. On the way visits to the interesting Pucara museum (the Pucara was the mother culture of pre_Inca Tiahuanaco in Bolivia), then buffet lunch in restaurant in Sillustani town, visit afterwards to the Raqchi Inca ruins (Inca temple dedicated to worship the spiritual Wiracocha God) and to the Andahuaylillas church, the “Sistine chapel in the Andes”. Reception in Cusco, transfer to chosen hotel.

As an alternative, a luxurious train ride with Andean Explorer from Puno to Cusco is an excellent, rather luxurious option. It includes lunch and a pisco sour drink demonstration how to prepare it. (BB, L)

Day 11

Cusco city and ruins tour, a magnificent contrast of Inca and colonial buildings.

Morning free in Cusco, afternoon private or seat-in bus city tour and nearby ruins.
We pick you up in the afternoon for your half day city tour of Cusco. Visit the Koricancha Sun Temple ruins below the Santo Domingo monastery, the spectacular Cathedral in the main Plaza, and the Inka ruins out of the city. Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Return to your hotel. (BB)

Day 12

Sacred Valley tour to the favorite and temperate, welcoming resting place for Incas and conquerors.

All day private or seat-in bus Sacred Valley tour with lunch, visiting the Indian Pisac market and its wide supply of handicrafts, and visiting the Ollantaytambo Inca temple and fortress, one of the best preserved Inca monuments Overnight in Ollantaytambo. (BB, L)

Day 13

To the new World Wonder: Machu Picchu day tour

Short 5 minutes walk to train station All day Machu Picchu tour by Expedition, Vistadome or Inca Rail trains. Located 120 km northwest of Cusco, the Inca city of Machu Picchu lay hidden from the world in dense jungle covered mountains until 1911. This ‘Lost City’ is one of the world’s archaeological jewels and is one of South America’s major travel destinations, declared one of the 7 new World Wonders in 2007.

Day 14

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima and back home

Transfer to the airport for flight to Lima (flight not included). Flight connection back home. (BB)


  • Lodging in double rooms in 3 star hotels or more (or alternatives, following your desires).
  • 13 buffet breakfast meals, 2 lunches.
  • Transfers described in program, using private or public buses, Expedition or Vistadome or similar trains to Machu Picchu and boats for Ballestas and Titicaca lake excursions
  • Seat-in bus tours (or on request private services with guide, except if included in program description)
  • English/ Spanish speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Breakfast

Not Included

  • Other meals as the ones described
  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal health and trip insurances
  • Local and international airport taxes
  • Optional tours
  • Expenses due to mishaps
  • Tips


Please check with your medicine doctor if you would need a special medication against high altitude sickness, mainly in Puno and Titicaca lake (3800 m, Colca canyon (3600 m.) and Cusco (3400m). Along the routes, there are also passes of 4300 m and above.

Depending on the season, temperatures in summer along the coast can be quite hot, otherwise; In the highlands it is normally hot during midday and gets cold after sunset, during the night and early in the morning. In jungle areas weather is usually hot.

In the highlands take warm clothing for the night, and during the day have also a wind jacket at hand reach, in case it gets cloudy. In Machu Picchu and in the jungle, even if it is hot, use shirts with long sleeves and long trousers to avoid nasty insect stings.

Skin protection:
Use a hat or casket, sun screen creams or lotions and, in Machu Picchu and in the jungle, an insect repellent.

Luggage on trains to Machu Picchu:
All trains to Machu Picchu allow only hand luggage, like a small rucksack, a hand bad or small carry on. Large luggage is not permitted.


People who stayed in this apartment, have only the best opinions about it.

We toured Peru by car for 2 weeks and were completely enthusiastic about the entire trip. Nora and Mario responded to all our wishes and put together a perfect and individual trip for us: the hotels were great, the excursions were great, the organization was perfect! We didn't have to worry about anything - everything was as described
Migu Tinman
Andean Origins is a travel agency that is one of the few to offer Fly-and-Drive. We have decided on a two-week Rd trip through southern Peru. Already during the travel planning and preparation we were convinced of the attention and professionalism. We were able to change the suggestions and they were perfectly accepted and integrated. From the arrival at the airport in Lima, to the handing over of the car, to the deposit of entrance tickets in the hotels, everything was thought out and prepared for us. Even during an "incident" on site, Andean Origins was available and took care of us. We were also very enthusiastic about the selected hotels (standard, location, cleanliness,...). Andean Origins remains our contact for the next trip and is highly recommended. In summary: it was wonderful. Thank you for everything.
We have booked a three-week round trip with a car as a self-driver. All the hotels were excellently chosen the journey very well thought out. We received an exact map (using an app) and were able to navigate very well. Even before a road blockade (strike) we were informed and were able to avoid a traffic jam. The selected guides were exceptionally qualified and quickly responded to all special requests. The excursion to Rainbow Mountain suggested as an alternative was also sensational and very well described. We would book here again and again. Many thanks for everything
Fritz K


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