PERU ON A SHOESTRING

Duration:

14 Days

Tour Type:

Backpacking Group

Ratings:

5 star rating

Group Size:

2 Min, 6 Max

$1645 USD

Peru On A Shoestring. 14 days of non-stop adventure through some of Peru’s most beautiful landscapes. Experience southern Peru to the max without the worry or headache of planning your trip. Be ready to opt in for adrenaline filled activities with strangers from around the world that will soon become great friends!

Culture, beautiful landscapes, and a loads of fun await you on this carefully crafted itinerary. From the desert vibes of Paracas, to the highest navigable lake in the world of Lake Titicaca, to one of the Seven Wonders of the world, this adventure has got it all. Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Book below!

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Included Activities

  • Islas Ballestas Tour
  • Paracas National Tour
  • Ica Museum/Pisco Winery Tour
  • Nazca Tour/ Chauchilla cemetery
  • Colca Canyon ( 2 day tour )
  • Meals cooked by chefPuno Floating Island Tour
  • Puno to Cusco Tour

Accommodation

  • Hostel/Hotel/Lodge (12 nights), Overnight Bus (1)

Meals

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 lunches (Allow for ~ $200 ~ 350 for additional foods)

Transport

  • Public Bus, Private Van, Boat, Train

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Peru On A Shoestring

Duration:
14 Days
Tour Type:
Backpacking Group
Group size:
2 Min, 6 Max

$ 1,710.80

Discount:
Departure Date:
Category:

Special offer

ITINERARY    DAY

Day 1: Arrive to Lima

Welcome to the beautiful country of Peru!

We are glad to have you join us on this trip of a lifetime. Compadre/ Comadre is a common saying in Peru and is a way of addressing or referring to a good friend or companion. And that’s exactly what we are. A group of fellow friends and travelers that will be embarking on a 14 day journey through southern Peru, beginning in Lima and ending in Cusco – And having an epic time while doing so!

If you arrive early, please feel free to do some exploring around the area but please be back in time for the meeting. Our group meeting will begin at 6:00 PM inside the hotel. After introductions, your Group Leader will review the details of your tour.

Recommended Optional Activities.

* Larco Mar

* Gold Museum

* Museo de la Nacion

Accommodation

* Hostal Buena Vista (or similar)

Day 2: Depart to Paracas

Free half day to explore Lima.

Spend the day exploring by getting to know the city at your own pace. You’ve got plenty of options to pick from. Get to know downtown Lima and La Costa Verde, hit the markets and restaurants to get your grub on, or go back in time by visiting the catacombs. Depart to Paracas mid day.

Included Activities

* Lima City Tour ( Catacombas, Cerro Cristobal, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church)

Optional Activities

* Bike Tour

* Surfing Classes

Accommodation

* Paracas 360 Lagoon Hotel (or similar)

3: Paracas/Huacahina

Start day early with a tour of the Islas Ballestas to view a variety of wildlife including penguins, seals, and countless species of birds all while admiring the beautiful rock formations and caves formed on the islands. Opt in for lunch before starting second tour to the Paracas National Reserve Museum and visit to red sand beach, overlook coastal cliffs, and enjoy optional lunch in small fisherman village. Make way to Huacachina Oasis.

Included Activities

* Islas Ballestas

* Paracas National Reserve

Accommodation

* * Paracas 360 Lagoon Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Huacachina

Spend the morning exploring the small town oasis of Huacachina before heading to Ica Museum to see mysterious archeological finds such as the famous elongated skulls. Followed by Pisco and Winery tour for some delicious drinks and relaxtion. Return to Huacahina to opt in for popular local fun, sandboard- ing and 4×4’s.

Included Activities

* Buggy Rides

* Sandboarding

Meals

Lunch (1)

Accommodation

* Hostal Suiza (or similar)

Day 5: Nazca/Arequipa

Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter’s studio. Opt for a flight over the world known Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

Included Activities

* Chauchilla Cemetery and Potter’s Studio

Optional Activities

* Nazca Flights

Accommodation

* 1 ( overnight trip double decker bus w/ toilets )

Day 6: Arequipa - Free Day

Arrive in Arequipa bright and early to settle into hostel. Opt to take a nap or start to explore this wonder- fully laid back city.

Optional Activities

* Arequipa City Tour

* Santa Catalina Monastery * Winery Tour

Accommodation

* * Flying Dog Hostel (or similar)

Day 7: Chivay/Colca Canyon

Begin our day at 3am with a transfer to Colca Canyon. Spot llamas, alpacas and vicunas – alpacas’ wild ancestors – on the way to Chivay. Gaze in awe at the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons, while keeping an eye out for resident Andean condors, one of the world’s largest flying birds. Begin hike down to small lodge off the canyon’s cliffside. Opt in for a nice jump in the pool.

Accommodation

* Sangalle Lodge (1 night)

Optional Activities

* Zip Lining

* Hot Springs

* Pool

Meals

* Breakfast (1), Lunch (1)

Included Activities

* Colca Canyon Hike Tour with Guide

Day 8: Chivay to Puno

Begin day with trek back up canyon to small village at 5am. Witness the sunrise over the canyon and experience the fog reveal the many layers of the canyon. Enjoy local lunch before departing back to Chivay. Jump on a connecting bus and head to Puno to witness a beautiful sunset (depending on time of year). Opt in for dinner and get some much deserved sleep.

Accommodation

* Colonial Plaza Hotel (Or similar)

Optional Activities

* Take mule back to summit

* Take Photo with Andean Eagle

* Shop Market

Meals

* Lunch (1)

TIncluded Activities

* Colca Canyon Tour with Guide

* Visit Maca Church & Small Town

Day 9: Puno Tour

Visit of floating islands of Uros on the way to Amantani. Opt in for a local boat ride. After arrival to Amantani is- land, we enjoy a nice meal lunch in local house and then hike up to top of island to experience cultural activities./span>

Accomadation.

* Colonial Plaza Hotel (Or Similar)

Meal

* Lunch (1 night)

Included Activities

* Puno Tour with Guide

Day 10: Puno - Cusco - Free Evening

Embark on 8 hour ride from Puno to Cusco while stop- ping at ‘Sixteenth Chapel of the Americas’, Raqchi ‘Temple of Wiracocha’, and other off the beaten path archeological sites. Enjoy a buffet lunch at local restau- rant. Continue with route to Cusco. Arrive at ~4:30 pm, in which you will have the rest of the evening to enjoy yourself. Free evening.

Accommodation

* Milhouse Hostel (or similar)

Meal

* Buffet Lunch (1)

Optional Activities

* Plaza de Armas

* Sacsayhuaman Tour

Day 11: Free Day to Explore Cusco

Your choice to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Maras, the agricultural experimental site, will make you feel you’re on a different planet. Morray, the beautiful cliffside salt pools operated by local salt miners. Learn first hand how Incan woman make dye for traditional garments and see the technicality of weaving. Or opt in to go white river raftingin the Urubamba River.

Optional Activities:

* Sacred Valley Tour (Maras/ Morray)

* Quading or Horseback riding

Meal

* Lunch (1)

Accommodation

* Milhouse Hostel (or similar)

Day 12: Aguas Calientes

Embark on 5 hour drive from Cusco heading to Santa Maria – just outside the jungle. Prepare for sharp turns, narrow roads, and beautiful scenery all around. Arrive in HydroElectrica and begin 2 hr trek to Aguas Calientes alongside the train rail. Once in HydroElectrica opt in for a nice evening at the thermal baths or enjoy a nice massage.

Accommodation

* Sinchi Rocha (or similar)

Meal

* Lunch (1)

Included Activities

* Guided Trek- Hydro Electrica to Aguas Caliantes

Day 13: Machu Picchu

5 am guided tour up to Machu Picchu for sunrise. Either take the bus or hike up trail (hiking up trail is so much worth is!) Either stick with group tour or decide to venture off on own. Options are to head to Puerta Del Sol, or explore the main ruins. Catch train back to Ollantaytambo. Bus back to Cusco. Enjoy last night in Cusco.

Accommodation

* Millhouse Hostel (or similar)

Meal

* Lunch (1)

Optional Activities

* Bus Ride to Entrance

Included Activities

* Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Day 14: Depart Cusco Anytime

Last breakfast together before departure. Thanks for joining us on the trip. We hope you enjoyed your travels with us – we know we surely did!

#VisitSouthAmerica

You are now part of the VSA family – We hope to travel with you again soon! Any questions you may have about travelling to any other part of South America, please don’t hestitate to let us know. We’re to help!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Lima

Welcome to the beautiful country of Peru!

We are glad to have you join us on this trip of a lifetime. Compadre/ Comadre is a common saying in Peru and is a way of addressing or referring to a good friend or companion. And that’s exactly what we are. A group of fellow friends and travelers that will be embarking on a 14 day journey through southern Peru, beginning in Lima and ending in Cusco – And having an epic time while doing so!

If you arrive early, please feel free to do some exploring around the area but please be back in time for the meeting. Our group meeting will begin at 6:00 PM inside the hotel. After introductions, your Group Leader will review the details of your tour.

Recommended Optional Activities.

* Larco Mar

* Gold Museum

* Museo de la Nacion

Accommodation

* Hostal Buena Vista (or similar)

Day 2: Depart to Paracas

Free half day to explore Lima.

Spend the day exploring by getting to know the city at your own pace. You’ve got plenty of options to pick from. Get to know downtown Lima and La Costa Verde, hit the markets and restaurants to get your grub on, or go back in time by visiting the catacombs. Depart to Paracas mid day.

Included Activities

* Lima City Tour ( Catacombas, Cerro Cristobal, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church)

Optional Activities

* Bike Tour

* Surfing Classes

Accommodation

* Paracas 360 Lagoon Hotel (or similar)

3: Paracas/Huacahina

Start day early with a tour of the Islas Ballestas to view a variety of wildlife including penguins, seals, and countless species of birds all while admiring the beautiful rock formations and caves formed on the islands. Opt in for lunch before starting second tour to the Paracas National Reserve Museum and visit to red sand beach, overlook coastal cliffs, and enjoy optional lunch in small fisherman village. Make way to Huacachina Oasis.

Included Activities

* Islas Ballestas

* Paracas National Reserve

Accommodation

* * Paracas 360 Lagoon Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Huacachina

Spend the morning exploring the small town oasis of Huacachina before heading to Ica Museum to see mysterious archeological finds such as the famous elongated skulls. Followed by Pisco and Winery tour for some delicious drinks and relaxtion. Return to Huacahina to opt in for popular local fun, sandboard- ing and 4×4’s.

Included Activities

* Buggy Rides

* Sandboarding

Meals

Lunch (1)

Accommodation

* Hostal Suiza (or similar)

Day 5: Nazca/Arequipa

Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter’s studio. Opt for a flight over the world known Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

Included Activities

* Chauchilla Cemetery and Potter’s Studio

Optional Activities

* Nazca Flights

Accommodation

* 1 ( overnight trip double decker bus w/ toilets )

Day 6: Arequipa - Free Day

Arrive in Arequipa bright and early to settle into hostel. Opt to take a nap or start to explore this wonder- fully laid back city.

Optional Activities

* Arequipa City Tour

* Santa Catalina Monastery * Winery Tour

Accommodation

* * Flying Dog Hostel (or similar)

Day 7: Chivay/Colca Canyon

Begin our day at 3am with a transfer to Colca Canyon. Spot llamas, alpacas and vicunas – alpacas’ wild ancestors – on the way to Chivay. Gaze in awe at the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons, while keeping an eye out for resident Andean condors, one of the world’s largest flying birds. Begin hike down to small lodge off the canyon’s cliffside. Opt in for a nice jump in the pool.

Accommodation

* Sangalle Lodge (1 night)

Optional Activities

* Zip Lining

* Hot Springs

* Pool

Meals

* Breakfast (1), Lunch (1)

Included Activities

* Colca Canyon Hike Tour with Guide

Day 8: Chivay to Puno

Begin day with trek back up canyon to small village at 5am. Witness the sunrise over the canyon and experience the fog reveal the many layers of the canyon. Enjoy local lunch before departing back to Chivay. Jump on a connecting bus and head to Puno to witness a beautiful sunset (depending on time of year). Opt in for dinner and get some much deserved sleep.

Accommodation

* Colonial Plaza Hotel (Or similar)

Optional Activities

* Take mule back to summit

* Take Photo with Andean Eagle

* Shop Market

Meals

* Lunch (1)

TIncluded Activities

* Colca Canyon Tour with Guide

* Visit Maca Church & Small Town

Day 9: Puno Tour

Visit of floating islands of Uros on the way to Amantani. Opt in for a local boat ride. After arrival to Amantani is- land, we enjoy a nice meal lunch in local house and then hike up to top of island to experience cultural activities./span>

Accomadation.

* Colonial Plaza Hotel (Or Similar)

Meal

* Lunch (1 night)

Included Activities

* Puno Tour with Guide

Day 10: Puno - Cusco - Free Evening

Embark on 8 hour ride from Puno to Cusco while stop- ping at ‘Sixteenth Chapel of the Americas’, Raqchi ‘Temple of Wiracocha’, and other off the beaten path archeological sites. Enjoy a buffet lunch at local restau- rant. Continue with route to Cusco. Arrive at ~4:30 pm, in which you will have the rest of the evening to enjoy yourself. Free evening.

Accommodation

* Milhouse Hostel (or similar)

Meal

* Buffet Lunch (1)

Optional Activities

* Plaza de Armas

* Sacsayhuaman Tour

Day 11: Free Day to Explore Cusco

Your choice to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Maras, the agricultural experimental site, will make you feel you’re on a different planet. Morray, the beautiful cliffside salt pools operated by local salt miners. Learn first hand how Incan woman make dye for traditional garments and see the technicality of weaving. Or opt in to go white river raftingin the Urubamba River.

Optional Activities:

* Sacred Valley Tour (Maras/ Morray)

* Quading or Horseback riding

Meal

* Lunch (1)

Accommodation

* Milhouse Hostel (or similar)

Day 12: Aguas Calientes

Embark on 5 hour drive from Cusco heading to Santa Maria – just outside the jungle. Prepare for sharp turns, narrow roads, and beautiful scenery all around. Arrive in HydroElectrica and begin 2 hr trek to Aguas Calientes alongside the train rail. Once in HydroElectrica opt in for a nice evening at the thermal baths or enjoy a nice massage.

Accommodation

* Sinchi Rocha (or similar)

Meal

* Lunch (1)

Included Activities

* Guided Trek- Hydro Electrica to Aguas Caliantes

Day 13: Machu Picchu

5 am guided tour up to Machu Picchu for sunrise. Either take the bus or hike up trail (hiking up trail is so much worth is!) Either stick with group tour or decide to venture off on own. Options are to head to Puerta Del Sol, or explore the main ruins. Catch train back to Ollantaytambo. Bus back to Cusco. Enjoy last night in Cusco.

Accommodation

* Millhouse Hostel (or similar)

Meal

* Lunch (1)

Optional Activities

* Bus Ride to Entrance

Included Activities

* Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Day 14: Depart Cusco Anytime

Last breakfast together before departure. Thanks for joining us on the trip. We hope you enjoyed your travels with us – we know we surely did!

#VisitSouthAmerica

You are now part of the VSA family – We hope to travel with you again soon! Any questions you may have about travelling to any other part of South America, please don’t hestitate to let us know. We’re to help!

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