South of Peru – 11 Day Tour

11 Days | Lima to Cusco

Trip overview:

Discover the best of what the country has to offer with this All Inclusive pass through the South of Peru. This journey combines that top destinations and tours throughout the route, plus the hidden gems unknown by many. With your accommodation and transport taken care of, and the onboard assistance from your tour guide, you’ll have an unforgettable, stress-free experience like no other.

Highlights:

  • Exclusive guided tour of the Secret Slave Tunnels. 17km of underground tunnels used to smuggle slaves in the XVII century – Chincha
  • Venture out to the “Peruvian Galapagos” via speedboat, and see some of the best of untouched Peruvian wildlife, from penguins to sea lions – Ballestas Islands in Paracas
  • Visit one of the biggest protected deserts in the Americas. Incredible views of desert meeting the ocean – Paracas National Reserve
  • Take on the famous dune buggies and try your hand at sandboarding at the only desert oasis in South America - Huacachina
  • Go on a flight above the mysterious Nazca Lines that are etched on the desert ground and has had thousands of people baffled for years – Nazca
  • Visit the Sillar quarries where you can observe the ancestral mining and stonemasonry techniques used to extract the city's building blocks – Ruta del Sillar in Arequipa
  • Explore the second deepest canyon in the world at Colca Canyon, almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! – Colca Canyon in Arequipa
  • Take a boat across Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and visit the indigenous families living on the floating islands – Uros Floating Islands Tour in Puno
  • Discover one of the 7 Wonders of the World located deep in the Andes and visit the Inca sites throughout the beautiful Sacred Valley. – Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley 2 Day Tour in Cusco

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What this tour offers:

  • 11 Magical Days
  • 7 Unforgettable Destinations
    • Chincha
    • Paracas
    • Huacachina
    • Nazca
    • Arequipa
    • Puno
    • Cusco
  • 9 Incredible Activities
    • Secret Slave Tunnels Tour
    • Ballestas Islands Boat Tour
    • Paracas National Reserve
    • Sandboarding & Dunebuggy Tour
    • Nazca Lines Flight
    • Ruta del Sillar Tour
    • Colca Canyon Full Day Tour
    • Uros Floating Islands Tour
    • Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley 2 Day Tour
  • Accommodation included
    • Your stay at each destination is already sorted
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Lima – Chincha – Paracas

Journey out to the beautiful beach town of Paracas just a few hours south from the capital. You’ll be picked up early morning directly from your hotel in Lima with our private transport for a comfortable drive. On our way, we’ll make a stop at the unique bread oven which has Peru’s freshest bread. Once in Paracas, you will have time to explore and fully enjoy the small town. Chill on the and catch an unforgettable sunset or enjoy some of Peru’s tastiest seafood overlooking the Pacific ocean.

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Secret Slave Tunnels guided tour
  • Visit to traditional artesanal bread oven
  • Peruvian Paso horse show

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included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 2: Paracas – Huacachina

It’s an early start to the day with a 2 hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas Islands are Peru’s smaller version of the Galapagos Islands, and just as great. You’ll see sea lions, penguins and lots of birds all in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you may even see a dolphin or three! Once we finish our adventures at sea, we will switch to the bus and head out and explore the Paracas National Reserve – one of South America’s biggest protected desert reserves. From there, we make our way to the only natural desert oasis in South America: Huacachina. End the day with a thrilling Dunebuggy & Sandboarding tour through some of the biggest sand dunes you’ll ever see!

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Ballestas Islands Boat Tour
  • Paracas National Reserve
  • Dunebuggy & Sandboarding Tour

Night IconNight in Huacachina

included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 3: Huacachina – Nazca – Arequipa

Today we head further south to Nazca, where the mysterious Nazca Lines are sketched on the desert floor. Nazca was once home to the Nazca Culture who were known for their distinctive pottery, textiles, and the geoglyphs that were drawn. You’ll have free time to roam around the desert city and discover some of it’s landmarks like Plaza de Armas!

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Pisco Vineyard tour
  • Nazca Lines Viewing Tower

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included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 4: Arequipa

Arrive to the wonderful city of Arequipa, also known as “The White City”. Free time to explore Arequipa. Visit the famous monastery of Saint Catalina, indulge in the delectable cuisine of this region, or simply join a free walking tour of this beautiful city! On this day the Ruta del Sillar Tour is included where you’ll learn about the carving and extraction process of the ashlar, emblematic material of Arequipa. Enjoy the culture and experience of the stonecutters.

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Ruta del Sillar Tour

Night IconNight in Arequipa

included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 5: Colca Canyon – Arequipa

Explore the second deepest canyon in the world and see the Andean condor up close in its natural habitat in this full day tour. You’ll start the day early to make way to the Colca Canyon where you’ll have the chance to see pre-Inca terraces along the valley, and take photos with llamas and alpacas.

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Colca Canyon Full Day Tour

Night IconNight in Arequipa

included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 6: Arequipa – Puno – Cusco

After pick ups early morning, we head south on a scenic drive to Puno. We’ll go through the Altiplano, a vast, windswept plateau nestled between the Andes mountains. Puno is a small town filled with culture and history in every corner and is said to have been where the Inca Empire began after the first Incas emerged from Lake Titicaca. Here, you’ll journey out to the Floating Islands of Uros in the middle of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Once our journey through the Islands is over, we’ll make our way to the Inca capital, Cusco.

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Lake Titicaca - Floating Islands of Uros Tour

Night IconNight in Puno

included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 7: Cusco

Arrive to the once capital of the Inca empire, Cusco. Here you’ll have free time to acclimatize and take it easy. Perfect to explore the city and enjoy what it has to offer. You can visit the Plaza de Armas (main square), Mercado San Pedro (local market), or just stroll through the small, picturesque roads.

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Night IconNight in Cusco

included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 8: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Today we begin our Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour. First we make way in train to the Sacred Valley, with towns such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo, which is regularly hailed as one of the most important historical places of South America, and was extremely important for the Incas. We will visit Inca architecture and ruins, markets and more. To finish the day, we reach Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Here we will settle into our accommodation, have a stroll through the small, picturesque town and get to bed to have a good nights sleep for the big day ahead of us.

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour

Night IconNight in Aguas Calientes

included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 9: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu – Cusco

The most awaited activity is finally here: Machu Picchu. We wake up early, have breakfast and take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. Once we arrive our 2-hour guided tour of the Inca citadel begins. You learn all about the Incas while you visit all the important areas of the ruins. After your tour, you’ll have free time to explore the site by yourself and to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain if you had requested previously. After enjoying one of the 7 Wonders of the World, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there head back to Cusco in a private transport.

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour

Night IconNight in Cusco

included activities icon Meals:

  • Breakfast

Day 10: Cusco – ATV Quad Bikes

After pick ups early morning, we head south on a scenic drive to Puno. We’ll go through the Altiplano, a vast, windswept plateau nestled between the Andes mountains. Puno is a small town filled with culture and history in every corner and is said to have been where the Inca Empire began after the first Incas emerged from Lake Titicaca. On the afternoon, you’ll journey out to the Floating Islands of Uros in the middle of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • ATV Quad Bike Tour

Night IconNight in Cusco

Day 11: Rainbow Mountain

After a trip full of adventure, amazing scenery and unforgettable experiences, the South of Peru – 11 Day Tour ends with a full day tour to the beautiful Rainbow Mountain. We start the hike early to beat the crowds and get the best views of these colorful Andean mountains striped with many different colors. It’s definitely a scene which will leave you with your jaw wide open. After the wonderful hike, we head back to Cusco where we say sadly say goodbye. But we’re sure that it won’t be the last time we all see each other!

included activities iconIncluded activities:

  • Rainbow Mountain Full Day Tour

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What’s Included

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Onboard bilingual Hop guide
  • 8 incredible activities
    • Secret Slave Tunnels (includes transport there & back, tour guide, and all entrance fees)- normally $20.
    • Ballestas Islands Boat Tour (includes tour guide and all entrance fees)
    • Paracas National Reserve Tour (includes transport there & back, tour guide, and all entrance fees) – normally $15
    • Sandboarding & Dunebuggy Tour (includes tour guide, sandboard and all entrance fees)
    • Nazca Lines Flight Tour (includes transport there & back and flight) - Does not include: 30 soles airport tax
    • Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour (includes transport there & back, tour guide and all entrance fees) - Does not include: National Park Entry Ticket (70 soles foreigners, 40 soles Comunidad Andina) / Entry to Thermal Springs in Chivay (15 soles)
    • Uros Floating Islands Tour (includes transport there & back, tour guide and all entrance fees)
    • Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley 2 Day Tour (includes transport there & back, tour guide and all entrance fees)
  • 10 nights of accommodation
    • 1 night in Paracas, 1 night in Huacachina, 1 night in Nazca, 1 overnight bus, 2 nights in Arequipa, 1 night in Colca Canyon, 1 night in Puno, 2 nights in Cusco, 1 night in Aguas Calientes.
  • 29 meals
    • 9 breakfasts 10 lunches 10 dinners

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Important Info & Notes


Travelling between any of the dates mentioned below? Click the tab for the corresponding important information.

14 APRIL – 17 APRIL 2022 EASTER WEEKEND

Easter weekend holidays: Due to high demand, we will not be able to assist with booking any rooms during this period. We recommend you to book in advance directly with the hotel/hostel.

Due to the heavy traffic, we will depart Lima 1 hour before the departure time mentioned above.

NOTE: For the Easter (Semana Santa) weekend the Ballestas Islands Tours (Paracas) on these dates will last only one and a half hours in duration. This is the same for ALL tour operators.

NOTE: For the Easter (Semana Santa) weekend the Dunebuggy & Sandboarding Tours (Huacachina) on these dates will last only one hour in duration. This is the same for ALL tour operators.

27, 28, 29 & 30 JULY 2022 - INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS (PERU)

Due to high demand, we will not be able to assist with booking any rooms during this period. We recommend you to book in advanced directly with the hotel/hostel.


Due to the heavy traffic, we will depart Lima at an earlier time (6:00am)


Tours will be shortened with all tour operators as follows: Ballestas Islands Tour: 1 hour and a half and Sandboarding & Buggies: 1 hour


Access to the oasis may be limited. It might be necessary to walk a short distance in and out of the oasis. Please consult your guide regarding your luggage.

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Accommodation Options

We’ve partnered up with some of the best hotels and hostels in Peru to ensure that you enjoy your stay in each location. We understand that different people have different requirements in regards to accomodation, therefore, we have the following options to fit your needs:

Nomad

Perfect for the solo traveler. Shared-room accommodation in hostels with great atmospheres. Great place to meet like-minded travelers

Comfort

Perfect for couples. Great value private rooms that provide a relaxing and quiet night.

Luxury

Perfect for those looking for a luxurious experience. Carefully handpicked 4-star and 5-star hotels that offer superior service.

Below are all the accommodation options for each destination of this tour.

Paracas

Nomad Kokopelli Backpackers Hostel

Description:
The best hostel in Paracas, swimming pool and lively bar.

Facilities:
Swimming pool, small bar, breakfast included, Wi-Fi.

Peru Hop Deal:
10% OFF  private rooms.

Excellent for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers
  • Couples

Why guests love it:

  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Entrance to beach

Comfort Los Frayles 3-Star Hotel

Description:
Beautiful 3-star hotel with clean 4bed/3bed and private rooms.

Facilities:
Breakfast included. Swimming pool, wi-fi, secure rooms ALL with private bathroom.

Peru Hop Deal:
Up to 60% OFF for Peru Hop passengers.

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Older Travelers
  • Families

Why guests love it:

  • Best Value
  • Swimming pool
  • Great wi-fi

Luxury Hotel Paracas

Description:
Stay at Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas and enjoy an idyllic setting in Paracas, facing the Paracas National Reserve.

Facilities:
Private beach, swimming pool, bar, gym, restaurant, breakfast buffet, spa.

Peru Hop deal:

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Older travelers
  • Families

Why guests love it:

  • Spacious hotel
  • Luxury stay
  • Private beach

Huacachina

Nomad Wild Rover Hostel

Description: 
Hostel with a lively bar until 1am. Excellent food, parties and atmosphere from the famous Irish hostel chain. Pod style dorm beds and privates available.

Facilities: 
Great food in the bar & restaurant, big swimming pool and chill area, Wi-Fi, travel desk. Breakfast not included.

Peru Hop Deal:
Up to 10% OFF IN DORMS for Peru Hop passengers

Excellent for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers

Why guests love it:

  • Lively bar
  • Day/night parties
  • Pool

Comfort Curasi 3-Star Hostel With Oasis View

Description: 
Hostel accommodation with beautiful views of the oasis.

Facilities: 
Private Rooms, pool, excellent breakfast.

Peru Hop Deal: 
Up to 10% OFF for Peru Hop passengers,

Excellent for:

  • Families
  • Couples
  • Older travelers

Why guests love it:

  • Swimming pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Great food

Boutique Hotel El Huacachinero

Description:
Selina Arequipa is in the center of it all with a great vibe to make your stay in Arequipa a unique and unforgettable experience.

Facilities:
Swimming pool, small bar, breakfast included, Wi-Fi.

Peru Hop deal:

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Older travelers
  • Families

Why guests love it:

  • Swimming pool
  • Peaceful stay
  • Great wi-fi

Luxury Hotel Las Dunas

Description:
The Hotel Las Dunas offers guests a sunny holiday destination within a 14 hectare oasis situated in the middle of the desert.

Facilities:
Over 150 rooms, spa facilities, a tennis court, 3 swimming pools, 2 bars, Wi-Fi.

Peru Hop deal:

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Older travelers
  • Families

Why guests love it:

  • Spacious hotel
  • Delicious food
  • Swimming pool

Nazca

Nomad Nasca Travel One

Description: Good value private rooms in Nazca. Friendly staff. Residential area just a short walk from main plaza.

Facilities: All rooms private bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi, continental breakfast included.

Peru Hop Deal: Up to 29% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

Excellent for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers
  • Couples

Why guests love it:

  • Great value
  • Great wi-fi
  • Central

Comfort Hotel Alegria

Description: Best hotel within the centre of Nasca. Private rooms oriented around a central pool and fruit garden. Hidden retreat within the city itself.

Facilities: Swimming pool, all rooms ensuite, breakfast, Wi-Fi, restaurant.

Peru Hop Deal: Up to 42% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

Excellent for:

  • Older travelers
  • Families
  • Couples

Why guests love it:

  • Best value
  • Swimming pool
  • Central

Luxury Casa Andina Standard

Description:
An airy 3-story, coastal-style hotel that’s modern with a welcoming rustic touch makes this hotel the largest in Nazca.

Facilities:
Central patio, restaurant, bar, breakfast included, ideally located in the city.

Peru Hop deal:

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Older travelers
  • Families

Why guests love it:

  • Spacious hotel
  • Quality service
  • Food

Arequipa

Nomad Flying Dog Hostel

Description: Large spacious but quiet hostel with excellent facilities.

Facilities: Bar, pool table, nice lounge area.

Peru Hop Deal: Up to 16% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Solo travelers

Why guests love it:

  • Bar
  • Pool table
  • Quiet hostel

Comfort Casa De Avila Hostel

Description: 
Ample and comfortable colonial mansion with private rooms around a central chill-out garden and great facilities.

Facilities: 
Ensuite rooms, social room, cafeteria and sun loungers in the garden, terrace. Buffet breakfast included.

Additional:
Discounts on cooking activities. Early check-in available for 30 soles if space available. Free luggage storage.

Peru Hop Deal: 
Up to 28% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

Excellent for:

  • Older travelers
  • Families
  • Couples

Why guests love it:

  • Sun loungers
  • Chill-out area

Boutique Selina

Description:
An airy 3-story, coastal-style hotel that’s modern with a welcoming rustic touch makes this hotel the largest in Nazca.

Facilities:
Garden, swimming pool, bar, live music, yoga deck, social events, movie room, wellness area, library.

Peru Hop deal:

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Solo travelers
  • Backpackers

Why guests love it:

  • Garden area
  • Yoga classes
  • Social events

Luxury Casa Andina Select

Description:
With a modern and functional design, this hotel is the best option for those travelers who plan to have a luxurious Arequipa experience.

Facilities:
Swimming pool, bar, gym, restaurant, breakfast included, spa.

Peru Hop deal:


Puno

Nomad Suite Independencia

Description: Comfortable rooms, social living room area, great view of the Lake from the top rooms.

Facilities: TV room, good Wi-Fi, TV Cable, hot water, buffet breakfast included.

Issues: Limited availability.

Peru Hop Deal: Up to 52% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

Excellent for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers

Why guests love it:

  • Social room
  • Good wi-fi

Comfort Conde De Lemos

Description: Good, mid-range option located in central Plaza de Armas

Facilities: Private rooms, buffet breakfast included.

Peru Hop Deal: Up to 50% OFF for Peru Hop passengers

Excellent for:

  • Older travelers
  • Families
  • Couples

Why guests love it:

  • Great value
  • Buffet breakfast

Boutique Titicaca Lodge

Description:
A pleasant lodge in the middle of the lake designed to relax with privileged to admire the beautiful views, offering on – location support that allows guest to maximize every minute of their stay.

Facilities:
Amazing view of the lake, wi-fi, restaurant.

Peru Hop deal:

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Older travelers
  • Families

Why guests love it:

  • Beautiful views
  • Unique stay
  • Wi-fi

Luxury GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca

Description:
A 5 star hotel located on a private island on the world’s highest navigable lake, where you’ll be able to enjoy the amazing view of Lake Titicaca.

Facilities:
Amazing view of the lake, wi-fi, restaurant, bar, spa, sauna, gym, game room.

Peru Hop deal:

Excellent for:

  • Couples
  • Older travelers
  • Families

Why guests love it:

  • Luxury stay
  • Unique views
  • Food

Cusco

Nomad Wild Rover Hostel

Description:
A top-notch hostel located just outside the main square, giving it quite possibly the best view in the entire city. Excellent food, lively bar, and great parties all-year round.

Facilities:
Great food in the bar & restaurant, chill area, Wi-Fi, travel desk. Breakfast not included.

Peru Hop deal:

Excellent for:

  • Backpackers
  • Solo travelers

Why guests love it:

  • Lively bar
  • Day/night parties
  • City view

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place during the trip?

The health and safety of all of our passengers is, and has always been, our top priority. Due to the current situation, we’ve examined our protocols, journeys and service to make sure that we exceed the safety expectations of everyone who travels with us. We sought guidance from the World Health Organization and government agencies, and, because of years of experience, we’ve been able to help define protocols for travel in Peru. We’re surpassing safety standards, for you, the passenger, and will continue doing so moving forward.

Are there any interesting destinations I will miss with this pass?

No! With the Full South To Cusco pass you’ll get to make all the stops in Peru during your trip, starting in Lima and ending in Cusco. If you want to include Bolivia in your travel, check out our Lima To Cusco To La Paz pass!

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