River Explorers
Duration: Beach and adventure 14 days
Location: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Paracas.
Price: From U$ 1859
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Beautiful beach in Paracas

River Explorers arrangements are extremely thoughtful and somehow are more special than other agencies. We felt like VIP everywhere in Peru.
  • Our Peru beach holiday tour will take you through Machu Picchu, the capital of Inca Empire Cusco that was home to many important events in Peruvian history. Next up: Lake Titicaca which offers beautiful views from multiple locations around it’s shoreline; after all we can’t forget our adventure into one deep canyon called Colca Canyon and reserved for the end a visit to Paracas. This beautiful paradise has pristine blue waters that will make your heart skip a beat in pure bliss! With 4 days of relaxation on its white sand beaches or engaging in exciting activities, you’ll never want to leave this wonderland behind.

    Day 1: Arrival in Lima
    Day 2: Flight to Cusco
    Day 3: Sacred Valley tour
    Day 4: Machu Picchu tour
    Day 5: Salineras – Moray
    Day 6: Bus to Puno
    Day 7: Lake Titicaca tour
    Days 8-9: Colca Canyon
    Day 10: Paracas
    Day 11 – 14: Paracas – Lima

  • Day by day Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival in Lima

    Lima

    You will arrive in the beautiful Peruvian capital of Lima, and be transferred to your hotel by our local River Explorers representative. Have us organize an activity for you or enjoy a free day roaming the bustling streets before relaxing at one of Lima’s many parks and eating some incredible food! Your first taste is guaranteed not only wake up all senses but leave them feeling refreshed as well

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Lima.
    • Meals: No meals included.
    Day 2: Flight to Cusco

    Scenic flight to Cusco

    Start your day with a pick up from the comfort of your hotel via private car service to the airport. Once checked in, board an aircraft for a scenic 60 minute flight over Andes Mountains, lakes and canyons! On arrival at Cusco our guide will await you and transfer you directly to the Sacred Valley. Cusco is located at 3,400 meters altitude. To avoid pushing your body too hard from day one you continue out of town towards Sacred Valley- in this way you gradually get used to our high rates without having any major problems or injuries!

    The ruins of Pisac are a perfect place to start your vacation. The ancient Inca people had one of the most advanced cultures in South America with their infrastructure including paved roads, temples and palaces! Pisac was only made possible by its location high up in the mountains that provided natural water sources to an advanced irrigation system. The atmosphere at Pisac ruins is fitting for a setting that has been home to some of the world’s most brilliant minds. The terraces, tombs and caves in rock walls are all waiting to be explored by you

    Afterwards, together with your guide you’ll be taken on an amazing journey through the Sacred Valley that’s surrounded by snow-capped mountains and ancient ruins! The  drive follows the Urubamba River where it makes its path throughout this beautiful valley before finally ending up At Ollantaytambo town!

    You board a train in the afternoon towards Aguas Calientes. We guarantee that you’ll be spellbound by the beauty of each landscape in just an hour and a half. We choose a service with panoramic windows, a train perfectly made for enjoying this route’s incredible views, which will be all new to you!

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.
    • Meals: 1 breakfast (1B)

    Day 3 : Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo

    Guided tour to Machu Picchu

    A 25 minute bus ride brings us to our destination -you cannot help but marvel at all that lies before your eyes: Your guide will take you on an insightful and captivating journey into the ruins of Machu Picchu exploring intricately designed buildings, terraces made from stones fitted together so perfectly, water canals carved deeply into the rocks, temples and palaces. You’ll learn about how it was discovered, what life would have been like for its citizens in Incan times. 

    The Urubamba River below us flows wildly as we marvel at tall peaks with lush jungle vegetation spread out before our eyes – some  which gives off such incredible views; there can’t help but pinch oneself that this truly does exist in real life!

    In the afternoon you’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo.

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Paracas.
    • Meals: 1 breakfast.

    Day 4: Ollantaytambo - Maras - Moray

    Your tour starts with a tasty breakfast around 8am. 

    Your guide will take you on a journey through the streets and complex of Ollantaytambo. You’ll be blown away by the grandeur of Ollantaytambo, a true Inca village with authentic Inca walls and original water channels that runs through its streets. Above this little town stands an imposing fort that includes sun temples, royal baths, food stores, miradors and much more! You can’t help but feel like these ancient places were meant as ceremonial spaces rather than military ones-the placement suggests just how important they were supposed to be considered for religious rituals instead.

    We continue on with the tour  to Maras, a 40 minutes drive. Take an adventurous hike from the Urubamba river bed to Maras is about 60 minutes. Some people describe this place as “It looks like a piece of the moon had fallen to Earth and its white remains are filled with crystalline water.” The salt mine in Maras is more than 10 thousand square meters large and home to entire families who work there for generations. Centuries have passed, however the community members of Maras continued to work in the same way as 600 years ago, extracting the mineral that will later become commercialized.  

    A picnic lunch will be prepared by our cook in an atmospheric spot overlooking beautiful mountains!

    By bus we continue to the incredible complex of Moray. What appears to be an abandoned amphitheater is actually the Inca’s agricultural research center. 

    The terraces were created by the Incas to better understand weather patterns. They knew that some climates suited certain crops more than others, so they would plant them on different levels of elevation with varying temperatures that can reach as much as 27° F, and our lowest point and 15 degrees Celsius topmost platform in order to find what worked best for each individual crop type! Isn’t this Amazing?

    The place is spectacular and it looks like a scene straight out of some science fiction movie.

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.
    • Meals: 1 breakfast.

    Day 5: Cusco

    Today’s is easy. You will have the whole morning to rest. In the afternoon we will take you for a city tour.

    The  City tour in Cusco, which begins at Plaza de Armas and continues through the Temple of the Sun (QoriKancha) before finishing up outside city limits with visits to Sacsayhuaman temple; Ritual Center Q’enko as well as Puka-Pukará complex. From all this remains is worth noting that Sacsayhuaman is some of the biggest Inca Constructions.

    The amazing megalithic walls of this ancient ruin rise high in the middle of a dry grassland. The giant stone blocks, some weighing up to 200 tons each and fitted together perfectly like puzzle pieces, gives an appearance that is generous yet protective at once.

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.
    • Meals: 1 breakfast.

    Day 6: Puno

    We leave for a six hour guided tour from Cusco to the flat lands of Puno with stops at some archaeological remains along the way. 

    At the Puno bus terminal, you’ll be greeted and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon is all about relaxing in this picturesque Peruvian city!

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Puno.
    • Meals: 1 breakfast.

    Day 7: Lake Titicaca tour

    On your trip to Lake Titicaca, the second largest lake in South America and highest navigable water body at 3,800 meters above sea level with Taquile Island as your first stop. We wander along pre-Inca trails while enjoying beautiful landscapes that showcase agricultural terraces and small thatched roof houses. You’ll experience local families’ traditions who will demonstrate old weaving traditions dating back centuries like Inca or Pukara  and Colla cultures.

    Our tour also takes you on Capachica Peninsula where you can enjoy a traditional lunch cooked in ground-level “furnaces” overlooking Lake Titicaca.

    The final stop on our tour of Lake Titicaca is Uros island. The Uros people are an ancient tribe that lives on floating islands They collect the roots of totora reeds that grow on the water before joining them together until its shape becomes more stable enough to stand any weather adversities.

    After a day of exploring, you’ll return to your hotel for some well-needed rest before your next adventure.

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Puno
    • Meals: 1 breakfast.

    Day 8: Yanque Colca Canyon

    After an enjoyable breakfast, get ready for a six hour tourist bus towards Chivay and then to Yanque. The drive is breathtakingly beautiful with lakes that are deep blue in color as well as charming Andean villages on each side of us!  You may even spot some adorable alpacas or llamas grazing in front yards during your ride!

    After enjoying a delicious lunch, you can then check in at your hotel and spend time relaxing. We suggest taking the afternoon off for some hiking to Colca river or visiting nearby ruins!

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Arequipa
    • Meals Included: 1 breakfast

    Day 9: Colca Canyon Arequipa

    The scenic drive from Yanque to Cruz del Cóndor in the Colca Valley will take away your breath. Immersed in these incredible landscapes, you arrive at Cruz del Cóndor in the Colca Valley at 3800 meters of altitude, the famous viewpoint, known by the locals as Chaglla is the highlight of the tour. Enjoy the long-awaited flight of the condors and outstanding views of the canyon.

    We take the bus to Chivay for lunch and then back to Arequipa stopping along the way for pictures and rest.

    • Accommodation: Hotel in Arequipa
    • Meals Included: 1 breakfast

    Day 10: Arequipa on your own - Night Bus to Paracas

    Today, you have the day all to yourself. Use it wisely and enjoy Arequipa- known in Peru as a beautiful city! Not just because of its white volcanic rock buildings made by Spanish settlers centuries ago (Spanish: La Ciudad Blanca).

    Arequipa is a beautiful, lively city that has an enchanting atmosphere. On your stroll through town you should definitely take in the sights of la Plaza de Armas which sits at its center .Other popular attractions include visiting 1580 Santa Catalina Monastery which can be found just minutes away by foot from the Plaza de Armas. An amazing walk that will lead you past the markets is Mercado San Camilo. You can find fruits, vegetables, meat and crafts as well as refreshing freshly squeezed juices in small stalls!

    You’ll be treated to a relaxing trip as you take the night bus towards Paracas. You can enjoy 160 degree reclining seats, snacks and drinks included in this luxury VIP service!

    • Accommodation: VIP night bus.
    • Meals Included: 1 breakfast – 1 lunch.
    Day 12 - 15: Paracas

    The Paracas National Reserve is a unique area for its biodiversity. It has both hydrobiological species and marine mammals, birds and other incredible wild life to be seen in this vast stretch of land along the entire shoreline!

    It is the ideal destination to see the dunes of the Peruvian desert, observe the life of marine animals and enjoy diving and kitesurfing activities. In the Paracas National Reserve it will not be difficult to find recreational activities for the lonely, couples and families. You can take long walks inside the park to see the beaches that surround it or you can swim in several of its beaches.

  • What’s included?

    Meals Included: All breakfast, 6 lunch, 2 dinners. Peruvian Food is incredibly diverse. Each region and even some cities has their own specialties and dishes. In this holydays in peru tour, we will make sure that you’ll try the best of our food.
    Accommodation: Double occupancy rooms, hotels, hostel, guest houses, camping, lodge, home stay; some nights may be multi-share
    Transport: Public buses, local flights, train, speed boat
    Colca canyon: Guided tour, private transport.
    Titicaca: Guided tour of Taquile and The Uros Islands
    Machu Picchu: 2 hours guided tour around Machu Picchu.
    Sacred Valley: Local guide, lunch
    Group leader: Local guides at Machu Picchu, Ballestas Islands, while Colca canyon and while Titicaca tour

    What’s not included?

    Huacachina Dessert tours: Available to purchase, Buggy tour $40, tours around the dunes, $ 35, sand surfing $35.
    Hotel and meals during the days that passengers want to stay in Cusco, Puno or any of the cities, instead of continuing on with the trip. City tour or any other activities not mention in the above tour description.

    What to bring

    Weather can be different in Peru because the Andean mountains and the rain forest, we recommend to bring some warm clothes specially if your holidays take place during May to September, the early mornings and nights in Cusco and Puno can be very cold.

    Any other items that you wish to pack are at your own discretion however you should attempt to comply with the suggested luggage weight limit.

    • Travel documents: passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets (with photocopies)
    • Any vaccination certificates required
    • Money: traveler’s checks/cash/credit or debit card, money belt
    • Binoculars, photo or video camera, cover for backpacks, fleece top, windproof/waterproof jacket, small towel and swim wear, 4 shirts/t-shirts, fleece top, sun hat, 1 pair of shorts, 2 pairs of long trousers, 1 pair hiking pants/track pants, hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes, sport sandals, sun block, sunglasses, watch or alarm clock, flashlight.
    • Refillable water bottle and water purification tablets – No plastic water bottles (from bottled water you can purchase at a supermarket). Hard plastic bottles sold on camping stores are OK.
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, aspirin, band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
    • Day pack to carry your personal items during the day and the hiking tour
    • For tips and information about weather, cash machines and other details please check  Peru travel information posted to your left hand side.

  • Beach Holidays in Peru – prices and hotels

    Our trip prices for the Holidays in Peru are based on double-occupancy hotel rooms and lodges.

    Solo travelers: If you are a solo traveler and wish to share a room, , we’ll help you find a same-gender roommate if one is available; however, there are 3, 5, 7, etc in the group and no extra person to share a room, , we’ll give you a single room at no additional cost.

    Your own private room: If you wish to have your own private room, you will need to pay extra to cover the expenses of the room.

    All the services in this adventure holidays Peru tour, including food, buses and hotels are good quality, safe and clean. The hotels and hostels are very nice and always located in safe places in all the cities that you will visit.

    We include 3-star hotels; all of our hotels have been carefully picked up based on Trip Advisor in order to provide you with the best value and comfort during your holidays in Peru. You can see the names of the hotels that we usually work with below,

    Want a better hotel? contact us, we work with the best 4 an 5 stars hotels available in Peru choose colonial or modern, there is one for your wishes.

  • Departures 2022

    Minimum number of people we required to open a group along the year is 2. Just pick up a date and let us know.

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