Peru South Highlights

6 nights / 7 Days

Day  1 Lima - Paracas

This morning we travel  south by bus along the Panamericano Highway through desert countryside alongside the Pacific Ocean.  Transfer to your hotel

Visit the Paracas Nature Reserve, a marine sanctuary located at the shore of the Pacific Ocean

Day 2 Paracas -  Nazca   (B)

This morning visit Ballestas Islands, known as Peru’s mini Galapagos.  An opportunity to  watch resident and migratory birds, including flamingos, Red-legged cormorants, Inca terns, boobies, as well as playful sea lions, amusing Humboldt penguins and if, we are lucky,  we might see marine otters.

This afternoon travel by bus to Nazca. 

This small oasis town is famous for the mysterious lines etched in the desert pampas.  Are they messages to travellers from outer space that landed here thousands of years ago or the works of an ancient culture depicting a planting calendar?  Cut into the stony desert, like a giant sketching pad, these many lines include geometrical figures, giant animals and birds. 

Day 3  Flight over Nazca Lines – Arequipa (B)

This morning it is your turn to become airborne and theorise on these mysterious lines etched in the desert.  Wow - up you go to witness this gigantic sketching pad in the desert pampa.  Who drew them? Why?   Draw your own conclusions or come away with as many questions as answers!  

This afternoon visit the Chauchilla cemetery where the hot dry weather has preserved the mummies and clothing they were wrapped in hundreds of years ago. 

Rest of the afternoon free to relax and explore before the super comfy late night bus departs for Arequipa

Day 4  Arequipa (B)

Arrive early morning to the beautiful city of Arequipa sitting at 2880 metres above sea level and gateway to the Colca Canyon.  Transfer to our hotel for breakfast then a chance to rest.

Arequipa, situated at the foot of El Misti Volcano (5882m), is the ‘Ciudad Blanca’ – the white city, boasting a delightful climate, plenty of fascinating colonial buildings and gateway to the famous Colca Canyon, home of the condors, one of the world’s deepest canyons. 

This afternoon tour of Arequipa including a  visit to the peaceful Santa Catalina Convent, one of the most fascinating religious colonial buildings in Peru. The Convent, opened to visitors in 1970, is surrounded by imposing walls and the 450 nuns who lived here led a completely secluded life. 

Day 5 Arequipa -  Colca Canyon (B,D)

Drive through the awesome Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons which is only accessible by a dirt road over the Altiplano before dropping to the village of Chivay at 3600 metres above sea level.  The landscape is remarkable for its Inca and pre-Inca terracing which goes on for many kilometres and is the most extensive in Peru.  Life here has changed very little through the centuries where the campesinos still farm the remarkable Inca terracing as their ancestors did before them. 

Stay overnight in the small village of Chivay where you can relax in the hot thermal springs and delight in the haunting melodies of the panpipes.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant

 Day 6 Colca Canyon - Arequipa  or Puno  (B,L)

You will get an early morning wakeup call today

After breakfast we continue deep into the Canyon to the Cruz de las Condors.  This is a remarkable highlight – you can watch the impressive condors rising with the thermals – your chance to get great photos of these wonderful birds. 

This afternoon return to Arequipa or cross the Altiplano to Puno

Day 7  Depart  Arequipa  or  Puno (B)

Transfer to Arequipa airport or continue on from Puno

Dates & Prices

Departures: Daily

Price Per Person US$

                              3 Star                               4  Star

2014                  Double    Single            Double    Single

Jan-Dec           $1040       $1450            $1175      $1785