A travel through the south of Peru links the most important tourist regions, among them; Arequipa, puno and cusco, which receive thousands of travelers every year. Many of those who visit Peru aim to see the wonderful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, as well as enjoy the rich colorful culture offered by the towns located in the Peruvian highlands.
During the travel through the south of Peru you can enjoy places like; the Titicaca Lake and the famous floating islands of the uros in Puno, the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas and the majestic Machu Picchu in Cusco, Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve and Colca Canyon in Arequipa.
The city of Arequipa is located at 2,400 m above sea level. As in any city in Peru the climate is changing and a day of acclimatization is recommended, so every activity should be done with calm.
In the first hours of the morning it is recommended to tour the city, either on your own or by hiring a tourist agency. We recommend visiting the Santa Catalina Convent and the Juanita Mummy Museum.
The best places or adventures to visit in Arequipa are
- Salinas National Reserve and Aguada Blanca.
- Colca Canyon.
- Walk to the Misti volcano.
- Cotahuasi Natural Reserve.
- Stone forest.
AREQUIPA – PUNO.
The trip from Arequipa to Puno is done early in the morning, you can travel by public services or also by private transport if you have a travel agency. The trip is 5 hours long. acclimatization will be very important and it is advisable to rest or, at most, go out for tea at the house of Corregidor, right in the Plaza de Armas.
LAKE TITICACA AND TAQUILE ISLAND.
Lake Titicaca and its islands are the most popular tourist spots in Puno. Among the many islands in the lake, Tequile Island is the most visited. The trip to the island starts early from the boat dock. After a brief stop at the Uros Islands, the famous floating reed islands, the trip ends in Taquile where you can stay in a house of the Huayllana Community.
The most beautiful part of this trip, besides the beautiful views of the lake, are the days spent with the families who will show you their customs and traditions, both in terms of cultivation, handicrafts and daily habits. During the time you decide to stay in that beautiful place.
PUNO – CUSCO THE FAMOUS ROUTE OF THE SUN.
The famous route of the sun will be the one that completes the trip through the south of Peru. In addition, for this route you can hire special transportation services, private transportation provided by travel agencies located in Cusco or simply buy an interprovincial bus ticket.
It is recommended to hire private services or tourist agencies to make the long trip more pleasant, it includes some stops like Pukara, Raqchi and Andahuailillas, and if the transport has a tourist guide, the trip will be extremely spectacular.
CITY TOUR IN CUSCO.
you can visit the Inca complexes of Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco. The fortress is famous for its enormous stones, which form the outer walls of the complex, intertwining with each other with a wonderful and inexplicable perfection. Some of these stones are more than 9 meters high and weigh more than 350 tons.
You can continue to the Plaza Mayor, the Temple of the Sun or Qoriqancha, the market of San Pedro. The city tours can be public or private in both cases it will be necessary to buy tickets and tour tickets.
We recommend the purchase of the complete Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTC), which will allow you to access many of the sites you will have the opportunity to visit during your stay in Cusco.
VISIT THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS.
One of the best tours in Cusco, for this tour we recommend hiring private transportation services, and if you want to travel in comfort we recommend hiring private Sacred Valley tours.
you can go to the sacred valley of the incas for a long day dedicated to your knowledge. You can also visit the spectacular Inca salt mines of Maras, which are located on the side of a mountain and still used by the inhabitants for salt extraction; Moray, unique craters worked by hand and used by the Incas to acclimatize the seeds of cereals, potatoes and tropical flowers to the Andean heights.
ADVENTURE TO MACHU PICHU.
Suggested and highly recommended program. After a tour of the sacred valley we recommend taking the train trip to Machu Picchu or the luxury tour of Machu Picchu. The transfer from the town of Aguas Calientes to the mountain where Machu Picchu is located starts very early from the Aguas Calientes bus station.
Once you arrive, you will make a long tour of the citadel, visiting the Plaza de Armas, the Circular Tower, the sacred Sundial, the royal houses, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. In the early afternoon, depending on the time of the return train, you will get off at the Aguas Calientes station and return to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer to Cusco to end the adventure.
A trip through the south of Peru is highly recommended if you like to learn about the current and ancient culture, colorful Peruvian landscapes and travel through roads meeting friendly and respectful people.