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Prepare yourself for the The Southern Circuit Tour and to explore the highlights of Peruvian culture over 9 Days.
The Southern Circuit sets off on an adventure from Lima to the Nazca Lines & on to the “White City” of Arequipa by land. You will be witness to the changing Peruvian landscape & culinary staples of each region. Your trip continues to Lake Titicaca & the Uros floating reed islands.
Finally, The Southern Circuit arrives in Cusco for the ultimate culmination to any trip; an unforgettable visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise.
With the Southern Circuit Tour, you will get to visit the most recognizable landmarks of Peru while making the most out of your travel time.
Any time on day one
With The Southern Circuit you can schedule to arrive in Lima at any time on day one, note that you will have more free time in Lima the earlier you arrive in the day. Our guides will await you at the airport to greet you and take you to your lodging in Miraflores. Here you have the day free to explore Miraflores.
Today you have an early morning departure (2AM), here you are met by your guides at your hotel who will assist you in the transfer to the Cruz del Sur Bus station to catch your bus to Nazca. The ride takes about 6 to 7 hours. Cruz del Sur are very comfortable tourist class buses with large comfortable seating and bus attendants.
Upon arrival in Nazca your guide will greet you and inform you of recommended locations within the small town as you have some free time after your Nazca Flight.
A light breakfast is recommended before you are taken to the airport in Nazca for your flight over the Nazca lines. The flight lasts approximately 40 minutes and takes you over the most popular lines. After the flight you will also have a chance to visit the Chauchilla Cemetery, the cemetery houses the remains of an ancient burial ground from the Nazca people.
You will see mummies in their tombs, many of them well preserved due to the dry climate. Afterwards you will visit some artisan workshops where they will show you how pottery in the area has been made for thousands of years and how they currently mine for precious minerals.
The remainder of the evening you can spend in your hotel or exploring the small town of Nazca, your guide will be on hand to recommend restaurants and short activities. In the evening you catch your overnight Cruz del Sur Luxury bus to Arequipa departing Nazca at 10:00pm.
These buses are state of the art and super comfortable to give you a great nights sleep, services include on board bathrooms, entertainment and meals.
You arrive in Arequipa in the morning and have the chance to rest a little more or explore the city before leaving for the City Tour in the early afternoon. Along with your tour guide you will explore Arequipa by foot. You will visit the monastery of Santa Catalina, which boasts 400 years of history. This convent was built with the White volcanic rock called “Sillar”, and it contains luxury antique furniture. Nowadays, 30 nuns still remain living in the convent following the traditions.
You will visit one of the most beautiful main squares in Peru with its well preserve cathedral and the two story archades that grace the other three sides of the plaza. Finally you will visit Compania Church, built by the Jesuits, the building still remains with its original Stone floor and it’s beautiful columns are decorated with bas-reliefs.
After the tour you have the evening free to check out the nightlife or rest up for the following day.
Today you have the morning free to explore Arequipas center or go shopping for souvenirs. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the tourist bus terminal to catch your touristic bus to Puno (1:25pm). This journey will make several stops on the route to Puno including the Pampa Cañahuas to observe vicuñas in their natural habitat and drink some Coca Tea. The Lagoon Lagunillas where depending on the season you will be able to see Chilean Flamingos.
Your bus will drive through the National Reserve of Salinas Aguada Blancas where you will see many different animals of the Andes in their natural environment. Upon arrival in Puno you will be met by your guides who will transfer you to your lodging where you will have the evening free to acclimate to the high altitude or head out and explore the city center.
Today you embark on a full days tour of Lake Titicaca. You begin early in the morning (6:30am) by being transferred to Puno’s port. Here you will board your boat as you prepare to explore the lake. The first stop are the Uro island made up entirely of Totora reeds. Here you will experience everyday life on the islands and given a demonstration on how the islands are built and their history. You will then depart the island by boat and head towards the island of Taquile.
In Taquile you will visit the Main Plaza as well as the market. There will also be a demonstration of customs during your lunch break. Taquile has approximately 1,200 inhabitants, they have become known for their entrepreneurial spirit as well as their local handicrafts. After lunch you will have further time to explore the island and take pictures. At around 2:30 PM we leave Taquile and return to Puno, arriving at around 5 PM in the afternoon. You have the remainder of the evening to explore Puno.
You are picked up from your hotel in Puno at 7am from where you will be taken to the Tourist Bus Terminal to catch your tourist bus to the Inca city of Cusco. During the trip you will visit many Archaeological ruins on the way towards Cusco. Sites include pre-Incan Pukara, lunch in Sicuani, followed by Raqchi and the colonial church of Andahuaylillas, known as the Sistine Chapel of the Andes. Your arrive in Cusco at 5pm where you will be transferred to your hotel, you have the evening free to enjoy Cusco’s nightlife.
In the morning you wake up early to board one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. Once up at the ruins you’ll catch a beautiful sunrise over the site before being given a two hour tour of the ruins. Afterwards you have the option of climbing to the peak of Huayna Picchu (limited availability) or exploring the maze of ruins throughout the site. You have a full day at the ruins, in the late afternoon you descend to Aguas Calientes to board your return train back to Cusco where you have the evening free.
Today your guides will pick you up from your lodging depending on your domestic flight schedule (Flight sold separately) to Lima and transfer you to the airport . Here the guide will say his farewell on behalf of Karikuy Tours as you conclude your Southern Circuit Tour.
My family and I just got back from the most amazing trip around southern Peru! We love all the circuit! Thanks to Julio and Karikuy’s personal approach to coordinating our trip. Julio is a true professional in his area, we love all the trekkings, the pictures and all our memories! A beautiful place.
All the money I spent on this trip was really worth it. The food was my favourite part. Cusco is the city of my dreams. The night time is incredible in Cusco, during the day you can find a lot of travelers and at night the party is amazing!!! Peru and specially Cusco is clean and the people are friendly. Around Cusco you can find a lot of little towns to discover the Peruvian culture.
We originally enquired with Karikuy to arrange the Salkantay trek for us but ended up asking them to organise a trip which would take in all the places that we wanted to see in Southern Peru in the limited time we had available. They did an excellent job in putting the whole thing together and ensuring that we were met and picked up from a variety of places as needed. The quality and locations of the hotels they booked us in was excellent and on all aspects of the trip the guides were passionate and had excellent knowledge of the history, geography and flora and fauna. Our trip included Paracas, Balletas Islands, Huacachina, Cusco, Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley, Salkantay Trek, Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Lima
What a magical trip! Was a beautiful connection. The museums, the trekking, all the food and accommodation! We loved it all! Not forgetting the mountains. All the views make us see the magic in Peru. Peruvians are so lovely with tourists. I dream to go back to Peru and of course visit Julio again!!! Thanks bro
Beautiful Trek! We never worried about food, accommodation or transport. The whole experience was controlled with this agency. Karikuy made us fell at home. Everything was perfect! It is a 5 star tour for sure. Thanks to all the team.