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There are a vast number of natural and historical places in Peru and you will need at least couple of months to see them all! People independently planning to visit Peru face difficulties in planning the route that would allow them to see maximum places in shortest time. Therefore, we would like to suggest you the route for 2 weeks that includes visits to Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu-Picchu and even the trip to Amazonian jungle. Within two weeks you will be able to visit all three climatic zones of Peru and see all fantastical natural diversity and landscape of this country!

 

Total cost of the trip including tours, internal transfers and hotels: $1642

NB: The itinerary can be customized: we can change it as you like, add more sites or remove the ones you do not like to visit. Please, contact us for more information: natalia@explorebyyourself.com

We also can provide assistance of guides and representatives during the whole trip: from your arrival till your departure.

 

Sample:

Day 1: We arrive at Lima airport. The capital of Peru is always a starting point for any route. If you have limited time do not waste it in Lima, better to go directly to the south - to Nazca. There are numerous bus services in this direction and you can choose convenient time. Travel time: 7.5 hrs. Overnight in Nazca.

Cost:

Bus ride to Nazca onboard a very comfortable VIP bus belonging to the Cruz del Sur company: approx. $30 

3* hotel in Nazca, e.g. DM Hoteles Nasca: approx $28 per person in DBL 


Линии Наска Обезьяна

 

Day 2: In the morning we go to the nearby Nasca airport for your flight. There are flights over the Nazca Lines onboard a 5-passenger planes every day . Upon approaching each hieroglyph the pilot will warn you what figure you are going to see and then will tilt the plane right and left so that you can see and take pictures of the Lines. After the flight lasting 30-35 minutes you can have a lunch and walk in the city and at 10 o'clock in the evening you can take a Cruz del Sur bus to Arequipa.

We have planned this route for a reason: location of Arequipa and Canyon helps you to adjust to the altitude of Puno and Cusco without suffering from altitude sickness.

Buses in Peru are very comfortable, they recline back almost to horizontal position, each passenger receives a pillow and blanket, so that you can sleep all the way to Arequipa, which will take 10 hours.

Cost:

Flight over the Nazca Lines: $140

Transfer to Arequipa onboard Cruz del Sur buses: $30 

 

Арекипа

 

Day 3: We will arrive in Arequipa at 8 in the morning. You can leave your baggage in the hotel and go for a walk. Don't forget to visit the Monastery of Saint Catherine (Santa Catalina) and Museum of Andean Sanctuaries that features Juanita - a young girl offered in sacrifice and preserved through the ice. You will stay overnight in Arequipa.

Cost:

3* hotel in Arequipa, e.g. Posada Nueva Espana: $27 per person in DBL 

 

Каньон Колка

 

Day 4: In the morning we will go to Colca Canyon. The road to canyon is fabulously picturesque! It passes through the volcano valley, climbs to a great height - almost 5000 meters above sea level, crosses Aguada Blanca National Vicuna Reserve and fields with grazing alpaca and lamas. You will have a chance to rest in the hotel in canyon and then go for a walk with your guide, visit terraces, colcas (storage pits in the rocks) and ruins of ancient civilizations and enjoy the beautiful view of the canyon. At the end of tour you will be able to swim in hot spring - it is a wonderful pleasure!

Cost:

2-day tour in Colca Canyon followed by the transfer to Puno: $185 per person in DBL

The cost includes one night in Canyon hotel, breakfast and transfer to Puno.

 

Викунья, Каньон Колка

 

Day 5: Early in the morning we will drive through canyon to Cruz del Condor, the pass where condors soar in the air. It is a wonderful view! However, it is difficult to say what is the most amazing: huge soaring condors or stunning view of the canyon! After lunch in Chivay village we will leave for Puno. I will not repeat myself by describing the beautiful scenery you will see on the way to Puno. :) Andes are always pre-eminently fascinating!

We will stay overnight near Titicaca lake, so that to visit the lake early in the morning.

Cost:

Hotel in Puno, e.g. San Antonio Suites: $21 per person in DBL 


озеро Титикака, остров Такиле

 

Day 6: Early in the morning we will visit floating reed islands Uros and Taquile Island. Taquile island is famous for its male weavers who work and sell their colorful hats and tapestries - they are so skilled :) The island itself is very beautiful and overlooks the magnificent view of Titicaca lake.

We will have lunch in Taquile Island, walk and in the evening we will return to Puno and will spend a night in the hotel. In the morning we will leave for Cusco.

Cost:

Titicaca tour including visit to Uros and Taquile islands (lunch is included): $55

Hotel in Puno, e.g. San Antonios Suites: 21$ per person in DBL 

 

Куско

 

Day 7: There are night buses to Cusco, but it's better to travel in the daytime as the road from Puno to Cusco is very beautiful and eyeful. It is even called "The Route of the Sun" - and it is for a reason! Tourist buses stop by the most interesting places and observation points with wonderful views. In the evening we will arrive in Cusco and stay overnight in the hotel.

Cost:

Transfer in a bus from Puno to Cusco via the Route of the Sun: $60 

Hotel in Cusco, e.g. Inti Wasi Plaza de Armas: $35 per person in DBL 

 

Священная Долина

 

Day 8: Early morning we will go to see the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisco and Ollantaytambo and in the evening we will take a train to Aguas Calientes. There we will stay overnight and leave very early for Machu Picchu.

Cost:

2-day tour in the Sacred Valley and Machu-Picchu, including all transfers, entrance tickets, guided tours and one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes: $370

 

Мачу-Пикчу

 

Day 9: You can see the sunrise in Machu-Picchu! I know that many of you don't like popular tourist sites. But it is not Machu-Picchu's fault that it is so beautiful and lots of people visit this miracle! You can climb higher, find quiet place and enjoy the beauty alone :) You also can climb Wayna Picchu - the mountain that is usually depicted in the photos of Machu-Picchu, behind the ruins. Climbing Wayna Picchu is steep and difficult, but the view from there is crazy!

In the evening we will return Cusco.

Cost:

Hotel in Cusco, e.g. Inti Wasi Plaza de Armas: $30 per person in DBL 

 

Куско

 

Day 10: You can rest, walk in Cusco, visit museum, climb the hill to see the Statue of Christ, visit Sacsayhuamán ruins and even have a horse ride in the mountains - they offer such rides near Sacsayhuamán ruins. In the evening you need to pack - Amazon jungles and Manu National Park are awaiting us!

Cost:

Hotel in Cusco, e.g. Inti Wasi Plaza de Armas: $30 per person in DBL 

 

Кайман в национальном парке Ману

 

Days 11-14: We will leave before dawn, as we have long trip ahead. It is a very interesting and unusual experience - travel from Sierra (mountains) to Selva (jungles). Nature, vegetation, landscape changes before your eyes. In the morning your were among rocks, eucalypts and scarce vegetation, while in the evening you are in humid, hot tropical zone listening to the call of bright red rooster, where mountain river flows under the windows of the lodge, and giant butterflies and tiny hummingbirds hover over the flowers!

After lunch we will go till the end of the road. After that, you can continue the trip only by boat. But first, we will drop down the river on the rafts - it is a barrel of fun! The bravest can even have a swim :)

A nice sleep under the sound of the river is the best thing after long day and tasty supper!

Next several days will melt into one long and beautiful day beyond belief consisting of the hikes in jungles and lakes, ride on rope-way, catching piranhas, night trips to the forest and animal and bird watching. It is hard to leave, everybody wants to stay longer!

Cost:

4-day tour in Amazon jungles - National Park Manu: $470

Cost includes all transfers, lodging, meals, rafting, ride on a rope-way, etc.

Overnight in Cusco hotel after return from Manu, e.g. Inti Wasi Plaza de Armas: $35 per person in DBL 


Национальный парк Ману

 

Day 15: That's it. Time to fly to Lima and home

If you still have time, you could do a quick trip to the north coast: Trujillo and Chiclayo - to see Moche route, visit the Cordillera Blanca and lagoons among the glaciers and giant flowers Puya raimondii, climb to the ancient city of Chachapoyas civilization - Kuelap. 

Cost:

Flight Cusco-Lima (LCPeru airlines): approximately 110$ 

 

Total: total cost of the trip including tours, transfer and hotels: 1642$

NB: The itinerary can be customized: we can change it as you like, add more sites or remove the ones you do not like to visit. Please, contact us for more information: natalia@explorebyyourself.com

We also can provide assistance of guides and representatives during the whole trip: from your arrival till your departure.

 

Notes

  • The itinerary is prepared taking into account the current schedule of buses and flights.
  • Tours in this route are presented in English or Spanish.
  • Hotel prices are per person in double rooms. Dates are approximate, the price for actual date can be slightly different.
  • The calculation does not include the meal apart from the meals offered in the hotels or during the tours.
  • The calculation does not include entrance tickets for museums, national parks and other additional expenses.
  • Bus and Cusco-Lima flight prices are approximate and may slightly change at actual dates of travel.
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