Experience all that spectacular southern Peru has to offer

For a conclusive exploration of some of Peru’s most irresistible cultural, historical, and natural gems, this tour is for you. Traveling from one iconic hotspot or lesser-known site to the next, traversing changeable climates and landscapes – from Andean foothills to desert plains and river valleys – you’ll see the best of southern Peru on our All-Encompassing Tour. Of the many highlights, discovering Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa, the mighty Colca Canyon and resident wild Condors, mystic Lake Titicaca, the best of Cusco and the Sacred Valley are to name just a few. This 13-day trip that starts in Lima and ends at Machu Picchu (with plenty in between) is not to be missed

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  • Uncover the countless cultural and archeological gems of Peru’s southern circuit.
  • Be amazed at the variety of landscapes, lodges, and local highlights you can see in one all-encompassing trip.
  • Discover the captivating contemporary and colonial sides of Lima.
  • Marvel at the treasures of Lima’s Larco Museum.
  • Let your imagination run wild with an overflight above the mysterious Nazca Lines.
  • Get sand between your toes on Peru’s dramatic coastline in Paracas, and see native wildlife on the Ballestas Islands.
  • Witness wild Condors flying overhead in the Colca Canyon.
  • Fall in love with Arequipa, the White City.
  • Visit and learn about Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca itself.
  • Journey through the Andes from Lake Titicaca to Cusco, with excursions and ever-changing scenery along the way.
  • Tour spellbinding ancient ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.
  • Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley by rail to the foot of Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy Machu Picchu your own way with a private early morning tour.
  • Lima
  • Paracas & Nazca Lines
  • Arequipa & Colca Canyon
  • Puno & Lake Titicaca
  • Cusco
  • The Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
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The Route


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Detailed Itinerary

Lima Green Coast Afternoon, Miraflores District, Lima City - Atelier South America

Day 1 | Lima

Upon arrival at Lima International Airport you’ll be met by an Atelier concierge who will help with your bags, give you a snapshot of life in Lima, and assist with hotel check-in.

Lima Main Square Balconies - Atelier South America

Day 2 | Lima

Your first full day in Peru’s capital city includes a visit to admire the treasures of Lima’s Larco Museum, before a walking tour in Colonial Downtown. Lunch comes courtesy of a live cooking demo at a top Lima restaurant, followed by an afternoon to enjoy dramatic coastal views from the upmarket San Isidro and Miraflores Districts, or visit the peaceful ruins of Huaca Mateo Salado. Tonight, find one of those fine dining restaurants Lima is so famous for.

Nazca Lines Overflight - Nazca - Atelier South America

Day 3 | Lima/Paracas

On a Peru tour tailored to variety, changing landscapes, cultures and even climates, day 3 begins as the rest of the trip means to go on – swapping busy Lima for the desert dunes of Paracas, on Peru’s western coastline. This region is home to many myths and legends, none more so than the Nazca Lines. On your way to Paracas, visit Pisco Airport and be thrilled with an overflight above these giant, ancient carvings on the desert floor that, somehow, can only be seen from the sky. Archeologists are still unsure how the Nazca Lines were made or what their true purpose could be, making for one of South America’s most exhilarating travel experiences.

Sea Lions - Ballestas Islands - Atelier South America

Day 4 | Paracas/Nazca Lines

The coastline around Paracas is full of surprises, from ancient carvings to adventure sports and unexpected wildlife encounters, including the nearby the Ballestas Islands. As such, day 4 of your all-encompassing tour of Peru begins with a nature-spotting boat ride to the Ballestas in search of seabirds, sea lions, and even penguins. Then, time permitting, there’s chance to go dune buggying in the desert before heading back to Lima later in the day.

Parish San Juan Bautista in Yanahuara Arequipa - Atelier South America

Day 5 | Lima/Arequipa

More extraordinary Peru experiences keep coming as you travel from the capital to the glorious White City, Arequipa. This picturesque town is a place of quaint plazas, evocative outer walls (with a view), and pretty colonial buildings. Upon arrival a private walking tour of Arequipa is a great way to discover the city, taking time to appreciate the beautifully adorned Santa Catalina Convent in particular.

Admiring Colca Canyon - Atelier South America

Day 6 | Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Manmade beauty makes way for natural wonders on day 6. Departing Arequipa, your next stop is the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon to witness wild Condors flying overhead, as well as the endlessly spellbinding views of one of the world’s deepest – and most fabled – river canyons. Throughout the day you can get a sense of local culture in nearby villages, go trekking, or simply enjoy the comforts of your boutique Colca Canyon lodge.

Imposing Flight of The Condor in Colca Canyon - Atelier South America

Day 7 | Colca Canyon/Lake Titicaca

The next leg of your southern Peru tour takes you from the striking gorges of Colca Canyon to the mythical shores of Lake Titicaca. You’ll travel by road and the scenic journey will take most of the day. However, it’s an absorbing experience in itself and there is a boutique hotel beside Lake Titicaca to look forward to on the other side.

Uros Community Island, Puno - Atelier South America

Day 8 | Titicaca Lake

Lake Titicaca has been a sacred place for Peruvians over many centuries. Some say the floating islands of the lake even kept native peoples safe from invading Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century. It’s a beautiful location too, the highest navigable lake in the world that straddles the borders of Bolivia and Peru. You’ll get to see it all on a relaxing boat ride through the reeds and on to Taquile and Uros Islands. Here, meet locals and learn the history of this spiritual place.

Andahuaylillas Church, Cusco South Valley - Atelier South America

Day 9 | Lake Titicaca/Cusco

Having enjoyed the tranquility of Lake Titicaca and surrounding Andean foothills, buckle up once more for a scintillating drive to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. You’ll stop off at picture-perfect viewpoints, lesser-visited towns and ruins like Andahuaylillas, Racchi, and Pucara along the way. Upon arrival in Cusco, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Koricancha - Cusco - Atelier South America

Day 10 | Cusco

Having settled into Cusco, you can either take a hike to surrounding hilltop ruins, embark on a private walking tour of Old Town, or spend the day at leisure to experience the restaurants, boutiques and cultural highlights of Cusco your own way. You may wish to explore Sacsayhuaman Fortress, visit the Qorikancha Temple (the most important of its kind in the Inca Empire), or delve into the complex history of Cusco Cathedral and the surrounding atmospheric streets.

Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley - Atelier South America

Day 11 | Cusco/Sacred Valley

As your Peru tour reaches its climax, you’ll next travel into the Sacred Valley and the age of the Inca, discovering the perfectly-preserved archaeological sites of Pisac, Moray, and Ollantaytambo. These ancient wonders are worth the trip to Peru alone, so be sure to spend the time you need amongst their majesty and explore at your own pace. Later, check into your boutique Sacred Valley lodge for an evening at leisure.

Machu Picchu Citadel - Cusco - Atelier South America

Day 12 | Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley

The penultimate stop on this all-encompassing tour of southern Peru can only be Machu Picchu, a place that has captured the imagination of countless visitors over the years. Once here, it’s easy to see why. To get there, travel through the Sacred Valley by rail for one of the most scenic train journeys in South America. Then, enjoy The Lost City on a private guided tour, before free time to explore on your own – taking in those Sacred Valley views all the while. Later, return to your boutique Sacred Valley Lodge.

Cusco Cathedral - Atelier South America

Day 13 | Sacred Valley/Cusco/Lima

As your trip draws to a close, you may have time for one final walk around the area before your onward flight to Lima from Cusco and home, full of priceless memories of Peru.

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