Discover the best of Peru in just 11 days with our remarkable Peru Express trip!
Designed especially for travelers with limited time, this adventure showcases the most iconic destinations of Peru, ensuring an unforgettable experience packed with diverse landscapes and captivating cultural treasures.
“Welcome to Lima, The City of Kings”
As the starting point of our Peru Express Trip, Lima serves as a springboard to the wonders that lie ahead.
From here, we’ll gradually ascend through Peru’s diverse landscapes, venturing to enchanting destinations.
“Encounter Marine Wonders: Explore the Ballestas Islands and Witness Nature’s Spectacle”
We begin our expedition by visiting the enchanting Ballestas Islands, home to a remarkable array of marine wildlife. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of nature as you witness the fascinating biodiversity of this unique destination.
“Thrills in the Desert: Experience Huacachina Oasis, Where Adventure Meets Serenity”
Continuing our tour, we’ll venture to the mesmerizing Huacachina oasis.
Immerse yourself in the picturesque surroundings, enjoy thrilling dune buggy rides, and experience the exhilaration of sandboarding on the towering sand dunes.
“Unravel Ancient Mysteries: Discover the Nazca Lines, Geoglyphs Carved into the Earth”
No trip to Peru is complete without marveling at the enigmatic Nazca Lines.
Behold the colossal geoglyphs etched into the desert floor, pondering their mysterious origins and intricate designs—a sight that will leave you in awe. To maximize your time, we’ll take an overnight bus journey to Arequipa, allowing you a full day to explore this vibrant city at your leisure.
“Colonial Charm and Cultural Delights: Delve into Arequipa’s Beauty on Your Own Terms”
In Arequipa, we have set aside a free day for you to explore the city and its attractions at your own pace.
Arequipa, known as the “White City,” captivates visitors with its colonial charm and breathtaking architecture.
This free day allows you the freedom to customize your experience and discover the city’s hidden gems according to your interests.
“Nature’s Grandeur Unveiled: Marvel at the Majestic Colca Canyon and its Awe-Inspiring Vistas”
Our adventure continues as we embark on an unforgettable exploration of the legendary Colca Canyon.
Gaze in wonder at its majestic depths, and be thrilled by the sight of Andean condors soaring through the skies.
“Explore the Serene Beauty of Lake Titicaca and its Vibrant Traditions”
Next, we’ll journey to the legendary Lake Titicaca, where ancient traditions come alive.
Explore the floating Uros Islands, interact with the welcoming locals, and gain insight into their fascinating way of life.
“Traverse the Route of the Sun from Puno to Cusco, Revealing Nature’s Splendor”
As we leave the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the route of the sun winds its way through the dramatic Andean highlands.
Marvel at the majestic snow-capped peaks that pierce the sky, painting a breathtaking backdrop against the horizon.
“Uncover the Secrets of Cusco, Where History and Culture Converge”
The journey continues as we venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Marvel at the astonishing ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, each with its own remarkable stories to tell—a testament to the ingenuity and architectural prowess of the Inca civilization.
“Experience the Enigmatic Majesty of Machu Picchu”
Finally, the pinnacle of your adventure awaits—Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of your Peru Express journey.
Step into the enigmatic majesty of this ancient sanctuary, nestled among the towering peaks of the Andes.
As you explore the stone terraces, intricate architectural structures, and sacred temples, you’ll be transported back in time to the heyday of the Inca civilization.
Our Peru Express trip may be a bit tight, but it is meticulously designed to ensure you witness the very best of Peru’s enchanting destinations.
Join us on this whirlwind journey where every moment is filled with extraordinary beauty, cultural richness, and unforgettable experiences.
Day 1º: Welcome to the city of Lima. Pick up from the airport. Overnight in Lima.
Day 2º: Ballestas Island and Huacachina Oasis. Overnight in Nazca.
Day 3º: Flight over the Nazca Lines. Overnight bus to the city of Arequipa.
Day 4º: Welcome to the White City of Arequipa – Free Day to explore this colonial city of on your own.
Day 5º: Excursion to the Colca Canyon. Hot springs in Chivay. Overnight in Colca Canyon.
Day 6º: Visit the Cruz del Condor. Bus ride to the city of Puno. Overnight in Puno.
Day 7º: Highlights of the Lake Titicaca. Uros floating community and Taquile Island. Overnight in Puno.
Day 8º: Travel to the city of Cusco by bus visiting the tourist attractions on route. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 9º: Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Train to Aguas Calientes. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Day 10º: Tour to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu – Return by train to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 11º: Flight bak to Lima. End of the trip.
Day 1°: Welcome to Lima.
Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative at the airport of Lima.
Afterwards, our driver will transfer you to your hotel located at the residential zone of Miraflores.
Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Standard Miraflores *** or similar.
Day 2°: Travel to Paracas. Ballestas Islands – Huacachina Oasis .
Our adventure begins at the Marine Reserve of Paracas, a natural paradise nestled on the Pacific coast.
Here, you will have the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring wonders of the Ballestas Islands.
Board a boat and set sail on a remarkable voyage, surrounded by the stunning marine life.
Keep your eyes ready for the playful sea lions, graceful Humboldt penguins, and countless seabirds that call this place home.
Leaving the Marine Reserve behind, we continue our journey southward, venturing towards Huacachina Oasis.
Prepare to be amazed as you arrive at this extraordinary desert oasis, surrounded by towering sand dunes.
Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled adventure as you embark on a thrilling dune buggy tour, navigating the ever-shifting sands and conquering the massive dunes.
As the sun begins to set, we make our way further south to the small city of Nazca.
Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina in Nazca *** or similar.
Day 3°: Flight Over the Nazca Lines – Night bus to Arequipa.
Your day begins with an early morning transfer to the airport, where you will board a small aircraft for a once-in-a-lifetime flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.
As you soar above the Nazca Desert, marvel at the massive geoglyphs etched into the desert floor over two millennia ago. From high above, witness the intricate designs of animals, plants, and geometric shapes that have fascinated archaeologists and historians for centuries.
Our knowledgeable guide will provide intriguing insights into the theories and mysteries surrounding these ancient creations.
After this unforgettable experience, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Take the opportunity to explore Nazca further, immerse yourself in the local culture, or simply relax and reflect on the incredible sights you have witnessed.
As night falls, we embark on a comfortable overnight bus journey to the captivating city of Arequipa.
Day 4°: Free Day to explore Arequipa on your own.
06:30 h. Upon arrival in Arequipa, you will be collected from the bus station by a representative of Mystery Peru, and then transferred to your hotel. This day is free for you to explore this beautiful Andean city.
Arequipa is a delightful Colonial City, situated at the foot of El Misti Volcano, a snow-capped perfect cone of 5,822 metres.
Known as the White City, Arequipa is teemed with fine Spanish buildings and wonderful natural landscape.
At the heart of the City, you may visit the magnificent Santa Catalina Monastery, the most remarkable sight in Arequipa, with numerous passageways and intricate architecture dating back to the XVI century.
At the Museum of Santuarios Andinos you may meet Juanita “The Ice Girl”, a well preserve Inca mummy, found high into the Andean glaciers.
Its Plaza de Armas is one of the most beautiful of Peru, beautifully laid-out with palm trees and gardens, surrounded by arcaded buildings in colonial style, including the gorgeous Cathedral.
Overnight at the hotel Casa Andina Classic Arequipa *** or similar.
Day 5°: Visit to the Colca Canyon & Hot Springs of Chivay.
08:00 h. You will be picked up from your hotel by our local guide/representative.
Afterwards we will drive northwest following a paved road towards the “Colca Canyon”.
Before leaving Arequipa, we will stop first at a small shop where our clients can buy some chocolates, candies and coca leaves, this will help to keep your sugar level high, and also help to ward off altitude sickness.
Later on we will continue till Pampas Cañahuas (3500 masl ), a National Reserve where visitors may spot some Vicuñas & Alpacas.
Unlike the Alpacas, Vicuñas are wild animals, and still can be seen running freely on these high plateaus.
We will stop at this national park and our local guide will provide information about these shy Andean camels.
Then we continue our journey to the Colca Canyon, little further up we will stop again at the little restaurant of Viscachani, where you can enjoy natural sceneries and also drink a typical coca tea.
Afterwards we will continue ascending a dirt road till we reach the highest point of our trip, ” The Lookout Point of the Andes (4800 masl). At the very top, we will get off of the bus some minutes to see the landscape, having in the background the volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (active) and Ampato, all around 6000 metres high.
Later on we will drive down hill to the main village of the Colca Canyon, the Village of Chivay (3600 m).
In this town we will have lunch in one typical Andean restaurant, where visitors may enjoy their meals accompanied by Andean musicians.
After lunch our clients will be transferred to our lodge located in a little village at edge of the Canyon.
Late, in the afternoon, you may walk around the village and get to know better the rural life in this corner of Peru.
By the afternoon we will go to relax to the Hot Springs of the Colca Valley (35°), a nice pool located outdoors surrounded by huge mountains. Overnight at the Lodge Pozo del Cielo located at the little village of Chivay.
Day 6°: Visit to the Cruz del Condor – Bus to Puno.
In order to see the mighty Condor, you will be woken up at 05:00 h, breakfast will be served at 05:30 h, and by 06:00 h, we get on the bus to leave towards the “Cruz del Condor”, a natural lookout point where you can see the flight of the Condors (we won’t return to the lodgel, which means you must bring all your staff along with you on the bus).
On the road we will have the best view of the Colca Valley, as we drive along the edge of the Canyon, seeing on route ancient terraces still in use by the local farmers, who grow mainly varieties of corn and potato.
We will make some stops for photos, and our local guide will give us a good insight into the Colca Canyon history.
Here you will stumble upon a great rock, where ancient architectures carved the terraces, testing (perhaps) which parts of the Canyon were suitable for cultivation.
This is a good place also to see the “Colca River” and hanging pre-Inca tombs.
Eventually we will reach Cruz del Condor, where we will spend an hour or so, observing the beautiful flight of the Condors as well as the depth of the Canyon. (be careful and only walk on signed trails if you intent to go for a walk on your own).
After approximately one hour and a half, we will return to Chivay, passing typical towns along the way.
Later on we will have lunch at the community of Chivay and eventually will leave to the city of Puno on a tourist bus.
The bus to Puno leaves at 13:30 hrs, and the road offers great natural sceneries.
Along this paved road we will drive throughout small towns, as well as a beautiful lagoon called Lagunillas, where trout farms can be seen, and if you are lucky you might also see Andean Flamingoes and many others Andean birds.
The bus trip to Puno takes about 5 hours. Puno is one of Peru’s most tourist destinations and one of the most interesting spots in South America due to their religious feasts and wonderful history.
This Andean city lies at the shore of the Lake Titicaca (3,855 m), the world’s highest navigable lake.
According to legend, from its waters emerged Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the mythical founders of the Inca Empire.
Puno is a major folklore center and a great place to buy handicrafts, particularly those amazingly fine Alpaca jumpers, hats and gloves.
It also boast a rich tradition of music and dance and it is a good place to enjoy a number of Andean festivals, some wild, some solemn.
Upon arrival in Puno, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free for you to explore Puno.
Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Puno *** or similar
Day 7°: Uros Floating Islands and Taquile.
06:30 h. Our journey begins with a scenic boat ride across the shimmering blue waters of Lake Titicaca.
As we approach the Uros floating islands, you will be greeted by a sight unlike any other.
These unique islands are made entirely of totora reeds, carefully woven together by the Uros people.
Step foot on these fascinating floating islands and immerse yourself in the daily life and traditions of the Uros community.
Discover their incredible craftsmanship as they showcase their handwoven reed boats and intricate handicrafts.
Engage with the locals, learn about their customs, and gain insight into their way of life, which has remained largely unchanged for centuries.
Leaving the Uros islands behind, we continue our journey to the picturesque Taquile Island.
As we approach the shores of Taquile, you will be captivated by the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds you. Taquile Island is known for its stunning terraced landscapes, vibrant traditional clothing, and the warm hospitality of its residents.
After an enriching day exploring the wonders of Lake Titicaca, we return to the city of Puno, getting there by sunset.
Day 8°: Bus ride to Cusco visiting the tourist attractions on route.
07:00 h. We will pick you up from your hotel in Puno and transfer you to the bus station for your journey to Cusco.
Instead of a long, uninterrupted bus ride lasting 7 hours, Mystery Peru offers you a more enjoyable and immersive experience along the way.
We have curated a special bus service that stops at various points of interest, allowing you to stretch your legs and soak in the beauty of Peru.
With an English-speaking guide on board, you will have the opportunity to learn about the highlights of the route.
Our first stop is at the charming community of Pukara, where you will visit the Pukara Museum.
Discover ancient monoliths and human remains from the Pukara culture, gaining insights into the rich history of the region.
Continuing our journey through the Andean plateau, we will reach the highest point of the route, known as “La Raya.”
Pause here to take in the stunning surroundings of snow-capped mountains, capturing memorable photographs.
If you desire, explore the nearby shops offering hand-made products made from Alpaca or Vicuña wool.
Next, we descend towards the picturesque village of Sicuani, where a delightful buffet awaits you.
Indulge in a truly authentic Andean lunch, savoring the flavors of the region and its native ingredients.
Our adventure continues with a visit to the renowned Inca Temple of Racchi.
Accompanied by our local guide, explore the fascinating ruins and learn about the history the Inca Empire.
Racchi is a unique site featuring circular constructions and walls made of mud bricks, offering a distinct perspective on your journey.
Our final stop before reaching Cusco is the traditional town of Andahuaylillas, home to an impressive colonial church.
Step inside this architectural gem and admire its grandeur, appreciating the rich heritage of the region.
Upon arrival in Cusco, a representative from Mystery Peru will be waiting for you at the bus station to assist you.
Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Casa Andina Cusco *** or similar.
Day 9°: Sacred Valley of the Incas – Train to Aguas Calientes.
07:30 h. Our Sacred Valley adventure starts right at your hotel in Cusco. Our guide. will pick you up from there.
Along the road, we will stop at the textile center of Awanacancha, a project dedicated to elaborate textiles.
During this short visit, we will see various types of Andean Camels, among them the Vicuñas and Alpacas.
Shortly afterward we head to Pisac, an important Inca citadel located high above the modern Pisac village.
Like many other important Inca buildings, Pisac also houses the Intiwatana, a ritual stone associated with the stars.
Following the itinerary, we walk down to the Pisac Market, which is located nearby.
Around the market, you will find musical instruments, ceramics, and many other handmade products.
Shortly after we visit a typical restaurant, in which we will enjoy good Andean gastronomy.
Finally, we will leave in the direction of the Ruins of Ollantaytambo.
Once at the ruins, we do a private visit to the most important sectors of Ollantaytambo.
After exploring the ruins, we go to the station to take the train to Aguas Calientes.
The train trip offers great natural sceneries, with many staggering views.
Upon arrival, our representative will collect you from the station and then escort you to the hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Machu Picchu *** or similar.
Day 10°: Visit to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
06:00 h. After breakfast, our local guide meets you at the hotel lobby.
Shortly afterward, we take a tourist bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
The bus ride lasts only twenty minutes, but, offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Upon our arrival, our guide will show you the most remarkable sights of Machu Picchu.
Among the buildings, we will visit the Sun Temple, the Solar Clock, the Condor temple and others.
Likewise, we also visit the Inti Watana altar, a magnificent spot at the heart of Machu Picchu.
After exploring the city, you will have free time to walk around Machu Picchu on your own.
Eventually, we will take the bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes.Free time for lunch.
In Aguas Calientes, you have plenty of restaurant options.
Finally, we head to the station to take the train back to Cusco.
Upon your arrival in Cusco, our driver picks you up at the station and then drives you to your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Standard Cusco *** or similar.
Day 14°: Flight back to the city of Lima.
Morning free to explore the city on your own.
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the city of Lima.