This Program is only an example, we can make programs accommodate all your needs !!!
You can use this tour as a base; you can add the 2 or 4 days Inca trail
You can choose this tour in 2 options:
- Classic tour: In 3 Hotels / Mix local transport – private / Mix private excursions – Internat group.
- Luxe tour: All 4 Hotels / Private transport / Private excursions/ Included entree fees.
How do we work
In our packet tours you travel all by yourself, AMAZING HOLIDAYS take care for you, we reserve all your hotels and transport. When you arrive in Peru you find in your first hotel an envelop with all the vouchers for hotels /buses and excursions. The excursions you do in International groups with English speaking guides.
Our local agent arrange also your transfers and give you the bus tickets to go from point A to point B, like this you travel around by yourself but without worry’s ,all arranged thru AMAZING HOLIDAYS . If there are any problems, you always find support by contacting our office in Cusco and Lima!
What is included ?
- All bus/ 2 planes transport, all hotels.
- All your vouchers, information packet, like general info over all the places you visit.
- The 1 ( or 3 days) day jeep tour over the salt lakes, one of the highlights of South America!
- All hotels are based on double room with private bathroom, single rooms on request for an extra price, all buses are based on good buses.
- We can offer this tour in hotels or local clean hostels.
- Your food, in the hotels is breakfast included, in the jeep tour is food included.
- The entry fees and taxes, like airport tax.
- Local flight (we also can arrange!)
Day 1: Lima
Arrive at Lima airport, someone from AMAZING HOLIDAYS pick you up from the airport and bring you to your first hotel in Lima or Miraflores. First day in Lima. Today you have a half day city tour in Lima. The tour begins with a visit to historic downtown Lima, also known as “the City of the Kings”.
Stops include the Main Square of Lima, upon which sits the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the City Hall, next on the itinerary is a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent. You also drive thru Miraflores and san isidro. In the afternoon you can visit by yourself Colonial Barranco, museo national de Arqueologia, in pueblo libre or larco museo” the best museum in Peru”. Or walk at the seafront in Miraflores. The city tour is with an english speaking guide, it takes 3 h. The tour start and finish in your hotel.
- Hotel in miraflores
- ½ day city tour in group or private
- Entrée fee
Day 2: Pisco- Nazca
Verry early in the morning (3.30 AM) the transfer brings you to the busterminal. You will take the luxery bus to Paracas/about 4 h drive. In Paracas our agent pick you up to bring you to the harbour, from where you take the excursion to the ballestas islands. Around 8 am you go by speedboat to the Ballestas islands. Paracas is known for its extraordinary marine wild life and wonderful natural setting.
Enjoy a boat tour, lasting approximately 2 hours, around the Ballestas Islands, where you can observe countless species, including the world’s largest sea lion colony. You can also view seals, penguins, turtles, albatrosses, pelicans, and seagulls. With many sea lions and birds. After this excursion, you can visit optional the national reserve of Paracas . Than you take the bus or private transport for about 3 h to Nasca. Hotel with swimmingpool
- You can optional take a private car with driver for 1 or 1/2 day , so you can do many stops along the road and do the sandbuggy tour.
- Optional you can stay in Ica or Huacachina.
- Royal class bus tickets to Paracas and Nazca
- Transfers in paracas and Nazca
- Ballestas tour
- Hotel in Nazca
- Paracas tour
- Private transport( opcional)
Day 3 Nazca
After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel for your journey to the mysterious Nazca Lines! You’ll board a small aircraft. During your adventure, you’ll see first hand several famous line figures, including the spider, monkey, astronaut, flamingo, parrot & condor among many others. Why were these figures created? Do they have an astrological or religious purposes? After your flight you visit Chauchilla. The area is named after the Nazca civilization that flourished there between 300BC and 800AD. A Pre-Inca cemetery located 28km South of Nazca. The cemetery has exhibits of some well-preserved mummies, textiles and other artifacts, saved from decay over the centuries by the dry desert conditions. At night you take the luxury night bus for 10 h to Arequipa. The bus leaves at 10 PM.
- Flight over nasca lines 30 min
- Tour chauchilla
- Bus crusero to Arequipa
- Entree fee 10 sol
- Airporttax 25 sol
- Opcional you can take the day bus from Nazca to Arequipa
Day 4 + 5 Arequipa
Early in the morning you arrive in Arequipa. The white city and its famous historic downtown. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the Church of the Company and the Church of San Francisco. The highlight of Arequipa is the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent. This beautiful complex of plazas and buildings is remarkably intact and remained closed to the outside world until 1970. Visit also the star of Arequipa “The Mummy Juanita “.
In the evening you may choose to dine at one of Arequipa’s many fine restaurants. Day 5 free in Arequipa to relax or drink a cup of coffee on one of the nice balconies on the plaza de armas , or you can go optional , rafting on Chili river , a great adventure or you take the Campina tour with viewpoints over or the reality tour, here you visit the local market , the silar stone works ,and you can see how the poor Peruvian people survive ! Or cycle down volcanoes
2 Nights arequipa to get used to the altitude. Hotel in Arequipa
- Hotel in Arequipa
Day 6 Colca Canyon
After breakfast you’ll be picked up for your journey to the Colca Canyon. It’s a scenic route 165 km from the city of Arequipa. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes as you climb to the Canahuas National Reserve. Along the way, you will pass through Pampas Cañahuas, a plain in the midst of the Aguada Blanca y Salinas National Reserve.
Along the way you’ll stop at 3800m to drink some coca tea to counteract the effects of altitude sickness. As you climb yet further up onto the Altiplano you’ll begin to spot wild vicunas, llamas and guanacos as well as some interesting birdlife on the lakes. After reaching the highest point at about 4800m you’ll descend a little to the town of Chivay. The Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, although its incline is much more gradual. Here we stop for lunch. after we bring our luggage to the hotel and in the afternoon we go to the nearby hot-springs, la calera. 1 night hotel in the small village in the Canyon.
- 2 days tour in international group or Private
- Hotel / hostal in colca canyon
- Entree fee 70 sol
- Entree fee hot springs 15 sol
Day 7: Colca
This morning you will have an early breakfast at your hotel and set out to the Cruz del Condor look-out point, 60 Km from Chivay, for spectacular views across the canyon. We are looking for the world’s largest bird, the majestic Andean condor, gliding on the thermals that rise up through the canyon. Be sure to bring your camera. On the return to Chivay you’ll make various stops, firstly at the traditional town of Pinchollo with its 1500 year old stone terraces, and later at the Choqetico view point and the Andean town of Maca.
Around 1.30 Pm we take the good Tourist bus for a 6 hours journey to Puno over the altiplano. The last part of the day is the drive to Puno. Accommodations for the night in Puno.
Optional you can take he 3 day Colca canyon tour, than you walk down in to the canyon, you sleep very basic at the oasis, next morning you start early the climb to Cabanaconde, from where we take the local bus back to Chivay and up to Puno
- Hostal / hotel in Puno.
- Shared bus to puno at 1.30 Pm.
- Transfer in Puno.
- 3 days with trekking.
- Opcional you can do Colca canyon in Private tour.
Day 8 Puno Islands
Today you will visit the incredible Lake Titicaca. Situated some 3800m above sea level and covering an area of over 8000 square kilometres. You’ll begin your tour by visiting the fascinating Uros islands, home to the descendants of the pre-Inca Urus people, who continue to live on the floating islands, which are constructed using the totoro reeds which grow around the lake. It is said that, when seen from above, the lake looks like a Puma hunting a rabbit. Uros is comprised of about 40 islands, but the total number varies over time.
Than we go to Taquile Island. Another beautiful destination. The island still bears vestiges of a pre-Incan past. The are Ayamara Indians. The intricate and brightly-colored textiles produced here reflect the inhabitants’ Andean beliefs, myths, and ways of life. After a short but steep climb to the main village you’ll enjoy lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the island and finding out about its people. The islanders are known for the beautiful textiles and garments that they produce, and interestingly the knitting of these garments is done exclusively by men. Boat back to Puno /hotel Puno .
- Boat tour in international group.
- Meals op taquile.
- Optional you can take the luxe catamaran from coppacabana and sleep a board.
Day 9 : La Paz
After breakfast we take the bus to La Paz (3636 m),2 h to the border and 1,5 h more to La Paz. Most of the time we pass by Coppacabana and change bus. Than we continue to La Paz. We have beautiful scenery and snowy mountain tops. In La Paz you can wonder around in one of the 100 markets around the city or the witches market . Hotel in La PazIn the morning you will take the bus to la Paz along the Titicaca lake /hotel in la Paz and free time to discover this big city and his many markets.
- Bus to la Paz.
- Hotel In La Paz.
Day 10 La Paz
La Paz, excursion included/ city tour + moonvalley, or opcional the highest ski run from here you can see on clear days the Titicaca lake or Tihuanaco pre Inca temple, crossing the mountain regions of Bolivia and getting close to the lifestyle of the Aymaras. Tihuanaco is one of the oldest American civilizations, its temples and buildings are very appreciated around the world . In the evening you transfer out and night bus to Uyuni.( opcional there are flights) The road is very bumpy ,,,
- Night Bus To Uyuni.
- Excursion city tour+ moonvalley.
- Meals/ Entree fees.
- Other excursions.
Day 11+12+13 Uyuni Saltflats
Arrive very early in the morning in Uyuni, you can use a hotel to rest a bit and take a shower.
Around 10,30 Am we start our Amazing 3 days tour. The real reason people come to Uyuni is the Salar. It is a surreal sensation to stand in the middle of a vast expanse and to stare into the distance, unable to tell exactly where the land ends and the sky begins.
This is the largest salt flat in the world, and definitely not to be missed. A 3-day tour continues into the surrounding highlands, an area of intense volcanic and geothermal activity, dotted with lagoons colored red, green, and white by microscopic algae and populated by pink flamingos. Strange rock formations are scattered throughout, including Incahuasi Island, a coral reef covered in groves of giant cactus and believed to be the remnants of a volcano that existed in the middle of a giant prehistoric lake.
In the mornig we first visit the train cemetery and Colchani town, as well as the process of making domestic salt. We will be able to observe the salt extraction method. In the rainy season, the salt becomes a giant mirror where the white sky is reflected perfectly and everything seems to be floating in the air. This scenario is a paradise for lovers of photography, for the visual effects that can be achieved. Then you will visit Ojos del Salar; here bubbling gases escape from underneath the salt flat, the Salt hotel and Incahuasi. After a day at the Salt Flats, you will be transferred to your accommodation where you can relax and enjoy dinner at your basic Salt hotel.(in luxe tour private jeep and private hotel rooms)
Day 12 of Uyuni Salt Flats Expedition tour.
After breakfast you will continue your way to lagoons and altiplano. You will go to Chiguana to visit the Ollagüe Volcano. On the road to the desert Andean camelids, llamas and vicunas can be seen. The journey continues with visits to: Cañapa Lagoon, Hedionda Lagoon and Chiarkota Lagoon. You will also visit the Silolí Desert and the Stone tree; a rock formation of over eight meters high.The next stop takes place at the breathtaking Colorada lagoon, which owes its color and name to the accumulation of a fine red sediment in combination with the pigmentation of a local type of algae. The lake is home to 3 species of flamingos. You will spend the night in a basic lodge
Day 13 of Jeeptour
The departure on the third day will be very early, to watch the sunrise at Red Lagoon. You will visit the geysers, the Green Lagoon and the Licancabur Volcano and you will have the opportunity to go to the hot springs. On the way back to Uyuni you will visit the Valley of the Rocks. We will arrive in Uyuni in the afternoon, where we have a good hotel.
- 3 day jeep tour in shared jeep.
- 1 Night in hotel Uyuni.
- Some hours in hotel first day
- Entree fee / English speaking guide.
- Note:The tour in international group is in very basic hostals/ not possible in better hotel.
- Only in the luxe tour/ you can sleep in nice salt hotel and one of the better Tayca hotels close to Laguna Colorado.
- In the 20 days tour you do only 1 day saltlakes tour,
Day 14 Potosi
Uyuni – Potosí (4090 m)
This morning we take our local bus for around 4 h to the mining city of Potosi. From 2013 this road is paved. The road climb up very steep with stunning views. Potosi is situated at an altitude of 4000mt . Hotel In Potosi
- Bus to Potosi.
- Hotel In potosi.
Day 15 Potosi – Sucre
Today you can visit, the silver mines in “cero rico “. Potosi ones, was one of the richest cities of Bolivia. Also the casa de moneda is worth a visit. After the visit and after the lunch we drive in 3,5 h over paved road to Sucre, in private transport. Hotel in Sucre.
- Excursion silver mines.
- Private car to Sucre.
- Hotel In Sucre.
Day 16 Sucre
After breakfast you can visit one of the most traditional markets in South america ” Tarrabuco.( only on Sunday) after the market you can visit, by yourself, the cemetery or just relax in the many bars. If today is no Sunday, the cemetery, the dinosaurs footprints and textile museum is real worth a visit. Also you can do an amazing 1/2 day incatrail. Hotel in Sucre.
- Hotel In Sucre.
- Other excursions.
- 1/2 day incatrail, only going down!
Day 17 flight to La paz
Today you have some more time to discover Sucre. From here we take a flight from Sucre to La Paz. It takes 45 min. From the airport, transfer to your hotel and free time in La paz
- Transfers to and from the airport.
- Hotel In la paz.
- Flight to La Paz.
Day 18 Night Bus to Cusco
Today is a long night bus to Cusco, minima 12h, beautiful road. With beautiful views over snowcapped mountains and sacred valley, passes of more than 4300mt. You leave La Paz in the afternoon.
Opcional you can take a flight( not possible every day!)
- Transfers in La Paz and Cusco.
- Night Bus to Cusco.
Day 19 Cusco
Cusco, where you can do many things this day, you can sleep some longer. Your afternoon Cusco tour will begin with a visit to the impressive colonial cathedral,home to finely carved wooden art pieces and impressive altars, followed by a guided tour of the Korikancha (Temple of the Sun). Later to the outskirts of Cusco for a tour of the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Incan fort that guarded the Imperial city.
After this afternoon excursion you’ll be taken back to your hotel to relax for the evening. Accommodations in Cuzco.Rest and relax in Cusco, in the afternoon you can do the city tour , here you visit the cathedral /temple of the sun /saqsaywoman /quenca/puca pucara, the ruins above Cusco, additional you can visit these Ruins by horse, to see the beautiful surroundings of Cusco /hotel Cusco .
- City tour in cusco in international group
- Hotel/ hostal in Cusco
- Entrée fee cathedral + coricancha 35 sol
- Cusco visitor ticket 130 sol, This ticket is valid for 10 days for the ruins above cusco + museas +ruins in sacred valley. You buy this 1 time
Day 20 Sacred Valley + aquas cal
Today we wil visit the sacred valley of the Incas. It is divided by the Urubamba River and protected by towering mountains, like Veronica, Chicon, and Pitusiray, all above 5000 meters . Your first stop is visiting the local market in a small village of Pisac.
After lunch you’ll spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the impressive Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo town and ceremonial center, an important archeological site and an Inca stronghold during the Spanish conquest. In the afternoon or evening we wil take the train to Aqua Calientes, this is the village close to Machu Picchu, much warmer than Cusco , we are at the border of the jungle. Hotel / hostal in Aqua calientes.
- Sacred valley tour in internacional group.
- Expedition train to Aquas Calientes.
- Hostal/hotel in Aquas.
- Entree hot springs.
- Cusco visitor ticket.
- Opcional vistadome train.
- Opcional ( recomended) private tour.
Day 21 Machu Picchu + Cusco
Today we leave early to the Machu Picchu ruins for sunrise. You will start with a guided tour of the ruins for 2 h, in which you will learn all about the origins of this archeological wonder with some free time to explore on your own. Your return train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Cusco will depart in the afternoon and arrive in the evening. hotel in Cusco
Optional you can take the train to Ollantaytambo , sleep 1 night in the sacred valley
- Bus to machu picchu.
- Entree to machu picchu.
- 2 h english speaking guide.
- Bus down.
- Trein to cusco or ollanta.
- Hotel / Hostal Cusco.
- Wayna picchu permit.
If you like to walk the 2 or 4 days incatrail you have to reserve a long before !
Day 22 Flight to Lima
Transfer to the airport, flight back to Lima to connect with your international flight.
Optional you can stay 1 more night in Lima
- Transfer in Lima
- Local flight to Lima
- Extra night in Lima
End of this tour, opcional extencion to the Jungle or North