The Beautiful Southern Circuit • 9 Day Peru Tour Package

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    9 Days
    Availability : Limited
    Lima Peru
    Min Age : 7+
    Max People : 20

    The Southern Circuit Tour Details

    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.

    Departure & Return Location

    Lima, Peru

    Departure Time

    Any time on day one

    The Southern Circuit Price Includes

    • 8 Nights Accommodations (see hotels used below). Backpacker does not include accommodations.
    • All Transfers and Transportation (Tourist bus, shuttles, boat)
    • Breakfasts (3 star hotels & Higher), Sacred Valley Tour includes Lunch Buffet, Tourist bus to Puno includes Lunch, Lake Titicaca Tour includes Lunch.
    • Guided Tours in English, Guides are Bi-lingual
    • All site & attraction entrance tickets. Two Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets included: 6AM and 10AM (Huayna Picchu.
    • Huayna Picchu (if available) otherwise Machu Picchu Mountain Hike.
    • Round Trip Expedition Train to Machu Picchu (Backpacker and Budget), Vistadome Train included in 3, 4 and 5 star programs. Vistadome can be included upon request on Backpacker and Budget Programs at additional cost.
    • Round Trip Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
    • All Excursions & Tours
    • 4 and 5 Star programs include private tours

    The Southern Circuit Price Excludes

    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Meals (unless specified)
    • International Flights
    • Domestic Flight - Domestic Flight is sold separately (Cusco to Lima)

    Southern Circuit Complementaries

    • Snacks
    • Water
    • Tea Time
    • Oxygen
    Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains
    Additional Information for the The Southern Circuit
    • Pricing is based on double occupancy, price is per person with all taxes and fees included.
    • Single occupancy and group discounts available upon request
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking
    • The Southern Circuit begins upon your arrival in Lima to Jorge Chavez International Airport
    • Southern Circuit does not have set departures, you can choose your own start date.
    • Some Holiday dates may require accommodation surcharge; Christmas Day, New Years
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

    Southern Circuit Cancellation Policy

    As the Industry Leader in customer service we provide you with the flexibility to change your travel plans – with the assurance that you’ll have options to re-book when it suits you. As long as you notify us about changes to your travel plans at least 24 hours* before your scheduled departure, you can pick new travel dates or an entirely different trip, with no change fees. We offer:

    1. Flexible Payments
    2. Partial Deposits
    3. No Change Fees*
    4. Secure Online Payment
    5. Guaranteed Departures

    View our updated Terms and Conditions here

    *Domestic/International Airlines may have their own fees. Day tours can be cancelled for a full refund at least 24 hours before tour start time. Multi day tours, treks and tour packages need to be cancelled at least 40 days before departure for full refund.

    Please take the time to review all Covid-19 Travel Information before booking.

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    The Southern Circuit Tour Itinerary

    Day 1

    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.

    Day 2

    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.

    Day 3

    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.

    Day 4

    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. 

    Day 5

    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. 

    Day 6

    You resume the Southern Circuit Tour with a pick 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. 

    Day 7

    ​Today you begin your much anticipated journey to Machu Picchu. Our guides will pick you up from your hotel and take you through the serene Sacred Valley of the Incas, you’ll visit the ruins of Pisac as well as make a stop at a market for those that wish to purchase souvenirs. The Sacred Valley Tour then takes you to the town of Ollantaytambo, the best preserved Inca town in the Empire. Here you’ll check out the massive ruins before boarding your train to the town of Aquas Calientes beneath the ruins of Machu Picchu, here you’ll have the evening free and spend the night.

    Day 8

    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.

    Day 9

    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.

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    Isaac Cohen

    Solo Traveller

    I’ve been on many tours, but this one stands out. The itinerary was a perfect mix of iconic sites and hidden gems. The Nazca Lines were surreal, and the colonial charm of Arequipa was a pleasant surprise. But what made the trip truly special was the warmth and hospitality of the locals. The guides, the hotel staff, even the street vendors, everyone went out of their way to make me feel welcome. This wasn’t just a tour, it was an experience. Highly recommended!

    June 28, 2023

    Fernandez Family

    Family Traveller

    Traveling with teenagers can be challenging. But this tour was a hit with the entire family! Our kids were fascinated by the history of Cusco and the architectural marvels of Machu Picchu. We parents loved the serene boat ride on Lake Titicaca and the bustling markets of Lima. The accommodations were comfortable, and the food was a delightful mix of traditional and modern. A big shoutout to Karikuy for making our family trip so memorable!

    February 4, 2023

    Natalie Thompson

    Couple Traveller

    Chris and I have always dreamt of exploring the wonders of Peru, and this tour was the perfect way to do it. From the mesmerizing Nazca Lines to the serene beauty of Lake Titicaca, every day was a new adventure. The local cuisine was a delightful surprise, especially in Arequipa. The highlight, of course, was Machu Picchu a sight that left us speechless. Kudos to Karikuy Tours for such a well-organized trip. We’re already planning our next one!

    May 20, 2022

    Eleanor Williams

    Solo Traveller

    As a solo traveler, I was initially apprehensive about joining a group tour. But from the moment I started the Southern Circuit, I felt right at home. The guides were not only knowledgeable but also incredibly friendly, making sure I never felt left out. The blend of history, nature, and culture was just right. And Lima? What a vibrant city! The nightlife was electric, and the food scene was out of this world. Thank you Julio and team, can’t wait to come back!

    September 21, 2021

    Gordon Mcculloch

    Family Traveller

    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.

    August 22, 2019

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