Essential South

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5 Based on 4 Reviews
  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 10-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-32680
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English, Spanish
  • Starts Lima, Peru
  • Ends Puno, Peru
  • +8
Starting in Lima and ending in Puno, the "Essential South" tour is a guided art and architecture trip that takes 9 days. You will travel through Lake Titicaca, Lima, Aguas Calientes and 5 other destinations in Peru. "Essential South" is a small group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Enjoy the best of Peru during this round-trip tour beginning in beautiful Lima and ending with a drop-off at the Puno airport. Spend nine memorable days in this stunning country, visit charming colonial cities, learn about the legacy of ancient civilizations, and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Meet the descendants of the Incas and the camelids of the Andes. Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas, observe the shadows of the past surrounding the islands of Lake Titicaca. Then, enjoy a pilgrimage to the peaks of the Andes to tour the magnificent citadel and mountain of Machu Picchu.
  • Day 1: Arrival Lima
  • Day 2: Lima
  • Day 3: Lima – Cusco (90 Min Flight)
  • Day 4: Cusco – Sacred Valley (75km – 2 Hrs)
  • Day 5: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (75km – 1.5 Hrs)
  • Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Ollanta Station – Cusco (170km – 4 Hrs)
  • Day 7: Cusco – Puno (360km – 6 Hrs)
  • Day 8: Puno – Lake Titicaca – Puno
  • Day 9: Depart Puno
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Standard Hotel Category = Tierra Viva or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Jose Antonio Deluxe or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Pullman Lima Miraflores or similar 5*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hilton Garden Inn or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Aranwa Cusco Boutique or similar 5*
  • Standard Hotel Category = AVA Spots or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Casa Andina Private Valle or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba or similar 5*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Ferre Machu Picchu or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = El Mapi Inkaterra or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo or similar 5*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hacienda Puno or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Jose Antonio or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca or similar 5*
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches (day 4, 5, 7, 8)
  • Private transfers from and to the airport
  • Shared transfers from and to the train stations
  • Roundtrip train to Machu Picchu in Expedition Service (PeruRail) or Voyager (IncaRail) for Standard and Superior category, and Vistadome Service (Peru Rail) or 360 (Inca Rai) for Deluxe category
  • Bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes.
  • English and Spanish-speaking local guide during activities
  • All the visits mentioned in the above itinerary: Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Larco Museum in Lima; Coricancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay in Cusco; Chincheros, Living Museum of Yucay and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu; Andahuaylillas, Racchi and Pucara Museum in Cusco; Puno and Uros and Taquile Islands in Puno
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTC)
  • Expenses of a personal nature. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during meals. Meals not stated in the programme
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Additional optional visits
  • International flights to Peru
  • Domestic flights: Lima - Cusco (Day 3) (we advise booking the first flights in the morning)
  • International and domestic airport departure taxes.
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
  • Ms Heidi Hohler
  • From Peru
  • On Jul 18 2022
4 - Very Good
Poor Communication in Peru
The trip was good. We saw alot of sights, however I feel the trip was rushed. We were asked to get up very early and the driver/guide was often late making us sit around while we missed breakfast. Also they do not stop for... Read more
  • Jose S.
  • On Oct 02 2020
5 - Excellent
The Limatours service was magnificent. Very punctual at the airports as well as at the hotels. The guides are very kind
  • Anonymous
  • On May 01 2019
5 - Excellent
Our experience with LimaTours as an operator was spectacular. Each and every one of the guides and drivers was friendly and respectful at all times. Very responsible and punctual in their pickups. We were satisfied with their... Read more
  • Leiny
  • On Mar 05 2019
5 - Excellent
Our experience with Lima Tours as an operator was spectacular. Each and every one of the guides and transporters were friendly and respectful at all times. Very responsible and punctual in their collections. We are satisfied with... Read more
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Essential South tour. You can cancel the tour up to 34 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 33 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 20 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 August 2024, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 33 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Essential South tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Essential South tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

Know Before You Go

Day 1: Optional extra Magic Water Circuit with Dinner and Folk Show does not operate on Mondays.  Rates do not apply to Peruvians or residents with more than 60 days of stay. If passengers are Peruvians or exceed 60 days of stay, sale taxes (18%) will be collected by our local operator Please note that check-in in most hotels begins at 13:00 hrs. Clients will be subject to the availability of the room if they arrive before time, allowed to wait in the hotel lobby If your trip includes the visit to high altitude cities such as Cusco and Puno located at more than 3,400 metres (11,200 feet above sea level), do not forget to take precautions in order to avoid altitude sickness. Passengers who have heart problems or high blood pressure should check with their doctor before travelling Upon arrival, it is recommended to rest for few hours, drink coca tea and eat lightly. As a reference, Machu Picchu is located at 2,400 meters (8,000 feet above sea level) We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons. INSTRUCTIONS  Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco is not included and must arrive no later than 10:30hrs. Noon arrivals are too late. Carry the same document that you presented to the agency, given that train tickets and entrance to Machu Picchu will be issued with the same information In all train services to Machu Picchu, the passenger can carry only hand luggage (backpack, bag or briefcase) weighing no more than 5kg / 11lb on the train to / from Machu Picchu. You will find your luggage at the chosen hotel. Allowed size: 62 linear inches 157cm (height + length + width). Quantity Weight Size (length + width + height) = 1 one handbag or backpack 5kg/11lb 62 inches/157cm. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW ENTRANCE REGULATIONS TO MACHU PICCHU The current restrictions on visits to Machu Picchu allow a maximum stay of four hours in the citadel accompanied by a guide during the first entry. If the visitor tours on an alternate route (Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu) the passenger will have three hours to for this purpose, additional to the four hours in the citadel. If the passenger wishes to enter the citadel again during the afternoon shift or the next day, he/she must previously acquire an additional ticket to enter during the new shift. There is no ticket sale in the archaeological zone.  It is forbidden the follow objects: professional cameras that require lights and tripods, or with telephoto lenses with a weigh higher than 2 kilos (in order touse them, special authorization is needed, as well as the payment of an additional fee), drones, selfie sticks, sprays, high heels, walking sticks withoutrubber tip, banners and posters, sharp objects and backpacks bigger than 40cm x 35 cm x 20 cm.   NEW PLASTIC REGULATION: After the prohibition of the access of single use plastic items to 76 natural areas including Machu Picchu, it is important to use reusable bottles.


Permits to the Inca Trail are subject to availability. Kindly note that in case such permits are not available for your preferred date, you may need to choose a different date for your trip.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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