Explore South Peru: Backpacker Special – 18 Days

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18 Days
Availability : Jan 1' - Dec 31'
Lima, Paracas, Huacachina, Nazca, Arequipa, Titicaca, Cusco. Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Ausangate
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15
Explore South Peru: Backpacker Special
A new trip experience designed especially for those on a budget!

Experience the best Southern Peru has to offer; travelling comfortably and in the best public transport this trip plan is great for groups of friends, families large or small and also those travellers on a careful budget. Visit some of the incredible destinations South Peru has to offer, meet new people & local communities, make new friendships along the way in a rich cultural experience in the heart of Latin America.

Group Tours

Beginning in Lima you’ll be collected on arrival and transferred to your first hotel. Then the following day, travelling south down the Pacific Coast and onwards to the deepest canyon in the world, the highest navigable lake in the world, one of the Seven Wonders of the world and one of the best trekking regions in South America.

Incorporating groups tours to Paracas, Huacachina, Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Ausangate. These tours have been carefully selected with operators who offer great service and friendly welcomes.


This tour can be very easily personalised to your own group requirements; transport, hotel & group activity logistics are planned in on request. Contact us now to discover more; find out how easy it is to design and plan your dream trip with our team!

Departure & Return Location

Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Inland Bus & Domestic Air fares
  • 2-3* Hotel Accomodation
  • Group Tour Guides & Activities
  • Logistics for Machu Picchu
  • Most Meals
  • Transport for all activities

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Tip
  • Driver Service Tip
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees


  • Woolly Hat for Ausangate
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • Working with you to customise and operate your trip plan.
  • We will manage all of the group tour reservations for you and your group.
  • Maintaining contact with the tour operators all the way through your trip so your transitions are smooth.
  • Management of any travel & group activity issues.

Day 1Land Lima & overnight in central Lima, Miraflores

Arrival into Lima. Welcome!

  • Airport transfer from Lima Airport.
  • Collection from Lima Airport & Transfer.
  • Hotel, Miraflores, Lima.


Day 2 - 4Group Tour: Paracas, Ica, Huacachina & the Nazca Lines & bus from Ica to Arequipa


  • Group Tour to Paracas/Ica/Huacachina + Nazca Lines.
  • Collection from Hotel Miraflores between 05.00-05.30 am.
  • All activities
  • Accommodation in Nazca & Arequipa.
  • Overnight bus from Ica to Arequipa.
  • Hotel Nazca
  • Collection on arrival & transfer to Hotel.
  • Collection at 9.30am for transfer to Nazca Aerodrome & flight over Nazca Lines.
  • Bus Civa from Ica 18.21pm arriving into Arequipa at 07.09am
  • Bus Trip timings = 12+ hours
  • To take on board – Water, snacks, earplugs, music & smartphone!


  • Transfer from Arequipa Bus Station to your Hotel.
  • Hotel Arequipa
  • Free afternoon in Arequipa to relax and explore.
  • Meals: Breakfast – Day 3 & Lunch – Day 2 (on tour of coast to Paracas, Huacachina, Nazca)

Day 5Group Tour: Colca Canyon & Overnight Sleeper Bus from Arequipa to Puno

  • Group Tour to Colca Canyon
  • Entrance fee to Colca Canyon paid by Unu Raymi Expeditions.
  • Leave at 03:00am return around 3.00pm to Arequipa.
  • All activities
  • Tour timings = 13+ hrs
  • To take with you – Water, snacks, earplugs, music & smartphone!
  • Transportation (from Arequipa to Colca Canyon and then overnight to Puno) – Transzela Bus10.00pm to 5.00am.
  • Bus Trip timings = 7+ hrs
  • To take on board – Water, snacks, earplugs, music & smartphone!
  • Meals: Breakfast (in hotel) & Restaurant Buffet Lunch (to pay on tour – 35 soles)

Day 6 - 7Group Tour: Lake Titicaca Islands - Uros & Amantani & Bus from Puno to Cusco


  • Group Tour to Lake Titicaca
  • Collection from Bus Station to begin tour 05:00am
  • Tours will begin at 6.45am
  • All activities
  • Accommodation (Puno on Day 6 and then Cusco Hotel on Day 7)
  • Hotel Puno


  • Transportation (Bus from Puno to Cusco): Bus timings 10.00am – 17.00pm (Cruz del Sur)
  • Bus Trip timings = 7+ hours
  • To take on board – Water, snacks, earplugs, music & smartphone!
  • Transfer from Cusco Bus Station to your hotel
  • Hotel Cusco
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (in hotel & tour)

Day 8Free Day in Cusco


  • Free day to explore the historic city of Cusco and overnight.
  • Hotel Cusco

Day 9Group Tour: Journey through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo & transfer to Santa Teresa

  • Group Tour to the Sacred Valley – Tour begins at 6.30am (Collection from your hotel).
  • After tour of the Sacred Valley – collection from Ollantaytambo between 2.00-3.00pm and transfer to Santa Teresa with our guide in shared Transport.
  • 3 hours journey from Ollantaytambo to Santa Teresa.
  • To take on board – Water, snacks, earplugs, music & smartphone!
  • Accommodation Santa Teresa LodgeZipline & Adventure activities included in the morning.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (in hotel & tour).

Day 10Llactapata Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & overnight Aguas Calientes

  • Management & operation of the Llactapata Inca Trail route.
  • Trek with our guide.
  • Hotel Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 11Group Tour: Explore Machu Picchu & return to Cusco

  • Machu Picchu Group Tour – Entrance between 09.00-10.00am.
  • Entrance Tickets & Transport: Bus tickets and train tickets.
  • Collection from Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
  • Hotel Cusco.
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Day 12 - 16Ausangate Nevado Trek (Siete Lagunas, Laguna Armacocha, Laguna Singrenacocha & Rainbow Mountain)


  • On the last day you’ll return to Cusco in the late afternoon.
  • Free afternoon to explore Cusco & Overnight.

Ausangate Trekking

  • Briefing: Pre-departure briefing to check your equipment and discuss the route.
  • Management & operation of Ausangate Trekking – Leave between 00-9.00am
  • Private transportation from and to Cusco
  • 3 hr journey between Cusco & Ausangate.
  • Specialist high mountain guide
  • All camping equipment
  • Meals: Breakfast x5, Lunch x5 & Dinner x4 + Snacks.
  • Final night in Hotel Cusco

Day 17Domestic Flight from Cusco to Lima

  • Airport transfer 06.40am & domestic flight from Cusco to Lima.
  • Depart Cusco 09.00am.
  • Airport transfers from Lima Airport to Hotel with our driver.
  • Hotel, Barranco or Miraflores, Lima.

Day 18Airport Transfer & connecting International Flight out

  • Airport transfers from Lima to Hotel with our driver Joan.
  • Collection & leave at 9:30am for flight at 13:00pm.

4 Reviews
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Benjamín Kathriner

Group Traveller

My friend and me travelled in the difficult situation of protests in peru, so many roads and places were closed. Unu Raymi Expeditions did the best for our stay, we were well informed and flexible when situations changed quickly. The guides had good knowledge and we felt safe all the time. We recommend it and would do it again!

January 26, 2023

Ching Lan

Solo Traveller

Rating on Peru, 5 star. A beautiful county. Each place I visited was beautiful and breathtaking. – Rating on the Solo traveler arrangement, poor. Before the trip, I’ve informed I am a solo female traveler and paid for the additional cost for my own tent, but I didn’t get my own tent and needed to share the tent with the male guide for 5 nights. – 1 of the tours (Ica) was 90% Spanish 10% English. It made it difficult to follow the tour. Rest of the group tours were good. – An additional camping tour (3 days 2 night) was re-arranged late, 3 days after my trip in Peru. This added camping tour was without horseman and cook (only myself and the guide) which was unexpected. The guide carried most of the camping equipment but I still needed to carry more weight, which was exhausting. – Rating on the the cook and horseman for the 2nd camping tour, 5 stars.

November 9, 2022

Nidhi & Simren

Group Traveller

Thank you, James! I liked it a lot and love the South American culture.
Peru has been amazing and the trip has been great on the whole and that is thanks to your planning.
We’ve had an enjoyable time, Thanks for all your help 😀

July 2, 2022

Matthew Ivor Jones

Solo Traveller

I booked an 18 day trip with Unu Raymi in March 2022 and would recommend them wholeheartedly. My 18 day adventure around Southern Peru was fantastic – James and the Unu Raymi team were incredibly professional, organised and helpful.

From the start of the process, James helped me curate a flexible tailor-made tour at a very reasonable and competitive price.

Before the trip, the Unu Raymi team was in touch regularly to discuss and provide ideas for places to visit.

During my visit to Peru, James was highly communicative, friendly and went the extra mile on numerous occasions and provided an exceptional service. I went on a number of hikes which were superb and very well organised.

Overall, my tour with Unu Raymi was a stress-free once-in-a-lifetime experience and a perfect way to see one of the most beautiful countries. Book with Unu Raymi – you won’t regret it!

April 15, 2022
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