Are you a single traveller who wants to meet some new people? Choose our “Peru Solo Adventure”. Throughout the journey, you will have an opportunity to meet a lot of travellers and discover beauty of Peru. You will visit Cusco, Arequipa, Lima, Titicaca Lake and, of course, famous ruins of Machu Picchu.
In Peru Solo Adventure, you will be joining several different groups along the entire journey (each group should not exceed 15 people with exception for Titicaca Lake and Machu Picchu trips).
Please, notice that we use public transport on this tour. When moving between locations, one guide will ensure that you safely entered the right long-distance bus and you will be picked up by another guide once you reached the next destination.
A price is based on 1 person in a single room.
|INCLUDED||Transport in Peru between locations indicated in the itinerary;|
Transport from the airport in Lima to the hostel/hotel;
Attractions: city sightseeing (Lima, Arequipa), a boat ride to Ballestas Island, Candelabr view, trip to Colca Canyon, a boat ride on Lake Titicaca, visiting Uros, Amantani and Taquile islands, entrance to Machu Picchu;
|Accommodation: 2* hostals (in a single room), + one night with local family;|
15 x breakfast, 2 x supper; 1 x lunch;
|NOT INCLUDED||Flight tickets;|
All others which are not mentioned in the itinerary;
|Location||Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Ica: Huacachina oasis, Lima, Paracas, Puno: Titicaca Lake, Uros Floating Islands|
|Activities||A boat trip, Hiking, Sightseeing, Trekking, Watching animals|
Day 1. Lima: arrivals & welcome meeting
By the evening a welcome dinner is included in Lima. (transfer to the restaurants not included).
Day 2. Lima
Day 3. Lima - Paracas
Very early in the morning, transfer from the hotel to the bus station to take the first class public bus to Paracas (3 ½ hours approx).
You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel to begin the Ballestas Islands tour accompanied by your local guide. On arrival to the pier, board a speedboat equipped with life vests and comfortable seats. It is advisable to wear a good jacket or windbreaker, as it gets very windy once the boat sets off. We head off on the 30-minute journey to the Ballestas Islands following the coast where we see the famous figure known as The Candelabrum or Chandelier, an enigmatic giant trident form similar in style to the Nazca lines etched into the desert floor hundreds of years ago by pre-Inca cultures. The Candelabro overlooks the Ocean, giving you the chance to take pictures while learning about the most popular theories of its creation, which range from pirates marking a hiding place for their treasure to soldiers fighting for Latin-American independence from Spain.
Unfortunately, it is not allowed to get off the boat to walk around the islands, but the boats get close enough to see the amazing marine life, with over 200 types of migratory and resident birds, including Peruvian Pelicans, Belcher’s gulls, Humboldt penguins, Guanay cormorants, red-legged cormorants, Inca terns, Peruvian boobies, turkey vultures, among many others. The Islands are also home to hundreds of sea lions resting on the beaches, sleeping on the rocks or swimming nearby. Equally, the islands provide shelter for the shy Humboldt penguins. After touring around the islands for about 1 hour we return to Paracas or Chaco pier. Overnight in Paracas.
Alternatively, rent a paddle, kayak or kite or even spend an active afternoon doing water sports.
Day 4. Paracas - Ica
Transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Ica. Meet our staff in Ica. Visit Huacachina, an oasis located just 5 Km from Ica city and situated in the desert surrounded by huge sand dunes, palms, huarangos (carob tree) and picturesque houses. This is an ideal place for those who like to relax and also those who like their activities a little more adrenaline filled.
Very few places in the world offer sand dunes of the size found in Huacachina, so why not see them up close? This is the ever-popular sandboarding/dune buggy tour that made Huacachina famous. The dune buggy ride is much like a rollercoaster. All of the decent drivers will drive at high speeds up and down the dunes while the tourists shriek with delight (and fear.) Although many tourists go to Huacachina especially to try sandboarding, at least half the visitors say they preferred the adrenaline of the dune buggy.
Be advised: It is not possible to drive or rent the dune buggy. Only trained professionals are allowed to drive.
Free afternoon in Ica. At the indicated time, transfer to the bus station to take the night bus to Arequipa. Overnight coach journey.
Day 5. Arequipa
Arrive in Arequipa city and transfer to your hotel.
Standing at the foot of El Misti Volcano and brimming with colonial Spanish charm, take the opportunity to walk the most important parts of the city accompanied by your guide. Founded in 1540, Arequipa vies with Cuzco for the title of Peru’s most attractive city and retains an elegant historic center constructed almost entirely out of a pale volcanic rock called sillar. Old buildings dazzle in the sun, giving the city its nickname of the ‘White City’. The main plaza, with its cafes and nearby cathedral, is a lovely place to while away the day.
A visit to the Monasterio de Santa Catalina is a must for a glimpse into a bygone way of life. When the convent was built in the 16th century it was traditional for the second son or daughter of a family to enter the religious service. Santa Catalina accepted only women from high-class Spanish families, with each family paying a hefty dowry for her acceptance. But life inside the convent was far from modest – each nun had between one and four servants. Many brought rugs, fine china and silk curtains, and they often held parties.
Return to the hotel.
Day 6. Colca Canyon
Early in the morning after breakfast, pick up at your hotel and depart from Arequipa towards northwest direction following a paved road which leads us to the Colca Canyon.
Going round the Chachani volcano you will go towards the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will be able to spot wild vicuñas, the South American camel which fiber is one of the finest in the world, also alpacas and llamas, then you will make a stop on the Tocra swamps where you can see Andean goose, ducks, Andean eagle “Kara Kara”. You will be also able to appreciate the crater of an extinct volcano, Chucura. Afterwards, you will continue ascending a dirt road till you reach the highest point of your trip, called Patapampa (4800 meters-15000 feet) from where you will have a magnificent view of the volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (active) and Ampato.
Later on, we will continue our journey down the hill to the main village of the Colca Canyon, the village of Chivay. Time for lunch (lunch not included). Transfer to your lodging.
We are always trying to lodge our clients in the hotels which own their own hot springs pools but if it is not possible later this afternoon you will be able to visit the Calera hot springs (35ºC/95ºF), to enjoy a relaxing bath on their thermal large pools surrounded by huge mountains (entrance included). Walking around the town experiencing the local life is a good idea before having dinner with nice Peruvian music performance.
Overnight in Chivay.
Day 7. Colca - Puno
The main star of the canyon is not the amazing scenery but the magnificent Andean condor. To fully appreciate this majestic bird, an early start is necessary. After a two-hour ride along the edge of the Canyon having the best view of the Colca Valley, we arrive at a natural lookout point, from where you will be able to see these dignified Andean creatures soaring gracefully on the rising thermal air currents.
On the way back to Chivay we stop in the beautiful local towns of Pinchollo, Maca, and Yanque with their beautiful colonial churches, and interact with the kind locals with their typical needlework dresses. At the observation points, experience a fantastic view of the beautiful pre-Inca terraces which are still used to grow corn, quinoa or kiwicha.
After a relaxing lunch in Chivay (lunch not included), you will continue your trip by touristic bus to Puno. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 8. Puno: Titicaca Lake. Uros and Amantani Islands
When we get to Amantani Island, you will probably see local families running down the hill to welcome you.
There you will meet your designated family, (designated by the local administration according to a rotational system, that we are committed to respect). By small path ways, they will lead you to the home stay or a basic lodging made especially for tourists. Feel free to participate in the cooking with them. After lunch, they will take you in a deep cultural encounter with the daily life issues. Depending on the season they might be farming, herding or building a house. If you have the commitment, go ahead and be part of it. (This part of the trip is carefully arranged, and prepared by you experienced guide, to make of it an authentic experience).
A hike to the high point of the island to watch the sunset are available. At dinner your designated family will dress you up in traditional local costumes and take you to the community hall for a small celebration, it is a lot of fun! Feel the energy of this live culture. Homestay.
MAKE IT DIFFERENT (OPTIONAL)
Kayak the highest navigable lake in the world. Kayak trips are available along the coast of Uros. The additional price per person for this experience is: USD$ 65
*The additional price to have a private guide on the pooled tour is USD$50 per day
Day 9. Amantani and Taquile Islands. Return to Puno
Enjoy Breakfast with your designated family, later the group leaves Amantani Island and head to Taquile Island while we get lectures about the origins of the Inca culture, Quechua language lessons & more. At arrival, we have the chance to enjoy the spectacular views offered by Lake Titicaca, get to this unique place, by the south section of the island, the less visited zone of Taquile Island. Have at least 4 hours to explore this paradise, there enjoy a pristine sandy beach. And hike for 1 hour by a pre-Inca path way (soft and gradual hike) with impressive landscapes, while we learn about the flora and fauna of the island. Lunch at local restaurant (lunch not included). The members of the community will show us their dances, textiles and unique cultural expressions. Taquile Island is the home for an authentic community that conserves Incan laws and social system. Later, we will hike to the main port and descent about 500 steps down to the dock. Transfer to the Puno hotel.
*The additional price to have a private guide on the pooled tour is USD$50 per day
Day 10. Puno - Cusco
On arrival to Cusco (3400 masl), meet up with our representative in Cusco and transfer to your lodging.
Day 11. Cusco
Free morning to acclimatize to the altitude taking things very slowly and wander around the magic city of Cusco also considered as the Navel of the World.
In the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel in a vehicle to the city’s greatest landmarks. Explore the magical capital of the Incas on a tour that includes the Plaza de Armas, the famous Baroque style Cathedral considered one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in the Americas, built over an important Inca temple, with amazing altars, intricately wood carved pulpits, choir and multitude of paintings of the Cusqueña school, including a Marcos Zapata painting of the Last Supper with a local specialty, cuy (guinea pig), as the main dish. You will continue with the visit of the Santo Domingo monastery, which was built over the Koricancha temple, one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Stop at San Cristobal for a magnificent view of the city of Cusco, before proceeding to the nearby remarkable Inca ruins in the area: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheater of Kenko, and the archaeological site of Tambomachay, where the god “water” was worshipped. Return to your hotel.
*Boleto turístico (BTC) not included for this tour. Additional cost for the BTC USD$70 per person.
Day 12. Cusco - Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu
Early morning, you will go by car towards Santa Theresa. This part of journey lasts about 6-7 hours. The way should be pleasant due to astonishing views visible from the bus windows. Then, you will leave the paved road and, by squeezing between the mountains, you will reach Hydroelectrica. Then, you will go for an exciting walk (about 2-3 hours) along the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes. Overnight in Aguas Calientes town in Machu Picchu.
Day 13. Machu Picchu Citadel visit (Guide and entrance included). Expedition train back to Cusco
You will hike up the stairs located in the forest for about 2 hours and then explore the archaeological site with your private. Machu Picchu is one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture, known as “the lost city of the Incas” and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away. You will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as you explore this magical citadel along with your guide, visiting the main plaza, the circular tower, the sacred sun dial (the most important Intihuatana), the royal quarters, the temple of the three windows and various burial grounds. Free time to stroll by the archaeological site. In the afternoon you will take the bus back to the town and take the Expedition train back to Cusco. (Schedule to visit Machu Picchu: from 6 to 12:00 and from 12:00 to 17:30)
*In case you would like to hike Huayna Picchu mountain (entrance not included) we recommend going up to Machu Picchu by bus so you have time to enter it at the first shift (07:00 am) as the hike takes approx. 3 hours.
EXTRA FOR THIS DAY:
MACHU PICCHU WITH HUAYNA PICCHU – USD$ 80
Day 14. Maras and Moray tour. Depart Cusco. Bus Cusco – Lima (long-distance bus journey - around 21h)
A great excursion in shared service to the archaeological site of Moray. Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site’s system of circular terraces descends 490 feet (150 m) from where you will be standing, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancement achieved by the Incas, who excelled at building masterful constructions in harmony with nature.
Later on, you will visit Salinas de Maras (Salt Pans of Maras). The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times, will amaze you–the stark white of its steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes.
By the afternoon, transfer to the bus station to take the Cusco-Lima bus. Overnight coach journey.
Note: Moray entrance not included for this day. If you purchase the boleto turístico de Cusco (BTC), Moray site is included on it.
Day 15. Lima
Arrive Lima and transfer to your hotel. Free day to relax after a long journey from Cusco.
Day 16. Lima
Day 17. Lima: we hope to see you again!
Your adventure in Peru ends this day. We wish you a safe journey back home and a lot of wonderful adventures in the future. 🙂
We require every passenger to possess the travel insurance which will be valid for your stay in Peru. There are many providers of such insurance. For example, InsureandGo, TravelGoCompare and others so choose the one that suits you best. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend to buy insurance which covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Peru Solo Adventure is a quite challenging tour – you have to able to trek for around 2-4 hours at once up the hills or mountains. In general, to attend this tour, you do not have to be sport active on a regular basis. However, a certain level of a physical condition is required.
If you have any doubts about whether this tour is for you, then we advise contacting your GP. Book a consultation with your doctor especially if you believe that any previous health problems (e.g. problems with breathing or heart) may affect your health during this tour.
- Deposit: £400 paid to our trustee account after receiving the confirmation of services from us. In this confirmation, we will include all the details on how to pay the deposit & the balance.
- The balance: £1599 paid to our trustee account. Please, notice that the full balance has to be paid at least 60 days before departure.
- You will have a single room throughout the journey and you don’t have to pay for this additionally. 🙂
If you want to cancel a reservation…
You have to inform us about the cancellation in writing. In the case of “Peru Solo Adventure”, the cancellation policy is following
Up to 60 days before the departure – Tauri Travel will retain the deposit.
59 – 0 days before the departure – Tauri Travel will retain 100% of the payment.
We strongly recommend buying a travel insurance which covers cancellation from your side.