Mountain Climbing in Southern Peru

Roundtrip through the South of Peru with numerous stunning Highlights

Tour Overview

Mountains, Rainforests, Deserts, Beaches, ancient Inca Ruins – for sure Peru is one of the multi-faceted countries of the world. During this tour we will discover many of these diverse landscapes that Peru has to offer. During our unique journey we will discover huge, detached volcanoes, profound canyons, wild rainforests, vibrant metropolis, crystal clear mountain lakes, famous Inca ruins and believe it or not even real desert.

The tour

You will arrive in Lima, the capital city of Peru. Counting 11 million inhabitants, Lima is one if the biggest cities of South America. After a profound city-visit we will hand off to Ica, or the next-by Oasis Huacachina, which is surrounded by gigantic sandy desert. From there on we will start our desert-hike, discovering the desert with Buggycar and practicing sand boarding, with professional guidance.

Next station will be the white city Arequipa, 2nd largest city of Peru and famous for its interesting colonial architecture. To acclimate us, we will start our first mountain tours to Cerro Verde located in a scarce desert region near Cayma, and later on the famous Colca Canyon between Chiyay and Cabanaconde which is the deepest Canyon worldwide. Not only breathtaking landscapes but also circulating Condors are waiting for us.

Further, we head off to the famous Titicacalake, to Puno, at a height of 3800 meters. Not only the tour to the 4500 high Atoja and the visit of the cultural Inca site Sillustansi will we part of our program but also a boat trip to the highest lake of the world.

From here on we will visit Cusco, possibly one of the famous cities of Peru, but for sure one on the most beautiful ones. After a profound visit, we will leave Cusco to make our way to Ollanta, where we will not only look up to impressive Inca ruins, but also discover the valley of Urubamba, the sacred valley of the Incas. The entirely green landscape is perfectly suitable for wheat, potato and vegetable cultivation.
Next we will take the train to Agua Calientes, which will be our starting point to our inimitably excursion to Machu Pichu on the next day.

By staying overnight we can avoid the tourism hype and meanwhile reach the ancient constructions on a stony Inca Trail through the jungle.

To assimilate the mystical atmosphere as intense as possible, we will climb up to Machu Pichu, one of the 7 new world miracles. Once again on ancient Inca trails we would normally move without other tourists to get right to the top where we can watch the hype from above and look down to the fascinating old Inca village. After this haunting visit we will return to Agua Calientes and on the next day take the train back to Cusco. From here on we will head for new to Arequipa to visit the extinct volcanoes Misti (5811m) and Chachani (6.0675m). Both mountains can be climbed in 2 days from Arequipa and offer breathtaking wide views and wonders of nature in their full glory. Although this tour does not cover technical difficulties and is possible without alpine-technical knowledge, a very good physical condition is indispensable. After climbing up the 6000m high Chachani, we will return to Lima and therewith conclude our journey.

Highlights

  • Sandy desert
  • Huacachina
  • Paracas
  • Colca Canyon
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Titicacalake
  • Maccu Piccu
  • Misti
  • Chachani

Dates and Prices

  • Length: 25 days
  • 3. to 27. October 200 Price: 1.495 Euro
  • 3. to 27. March 2009 Price: 1.495 Euro
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What we have to offer

  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Accommodation in simple Hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Sandboarding
  • Machu Pichu guided
  • Ollantaytambo guided
  • 2 Mountaineering with complete Organization, guide and rented equipment
  • Boat trip to Titicaclake
  • Meals during the mountain tours, but not during the other days

Not included

  • Flight
  • Travel accident – and Health insurance
  • Luggage- Travel cancellation insurance
  • Not mentioned food and beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal spending

Number of participants

  • Minimal: 2
  • Maximal: 10

Detailed description of the tour

1. Day: Arrival

Departure and arrival airport is Lima, with more than 11million inhabitants on of the biggest cities of South America. After picking you up from the airport, you will check into the hotel where you will have some time to relax or start a first city investigation. At the end of the day you can look forward to a typical meal in a simple restaurant in Lima.

2. Day: Lima

In the forenoon we will visit parts of the city center , especially interesting is the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by gigantic governmental buildings. From here on are measured all distances to Peru. Next by, a church with an all but ghoulish memorial, dignifying Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish herdsman. All the adversity of the continent is imputed on him, as well as the immeasurable wealth of the Peruvian high society, so better we do not render homage too long. Preferably we will spend our time at the colorful, lively market, Mercado Central de Lima. Here you can get a foretaste what we will see later on in Peru. From artifacts to cd’s, books and European goods, the market hits the spot for every taste.

As Lima is not really the most interesting city that Peru has to offer we will travel further on to Ica in the afternoon. We will travel 3 hours by bus along the coast and through sandy deserts. This will allow you to make first impressions of the country and take some pictures of beautiful landscapes. At the End of the day we will check into our hotel in Ica before concluding the day with a meal in a restaurant .

3. Day: Oasis Huacachina

Early in the morning we will head of to an oasis next by, surrounded by gigantic sandy dunes. As it gets incredibly hot during the day we will discover those early in the morning. At the beginning the sand is hard and easy to access, but the higher up it gets, the harder it gets to climb up. A rather good exercise for our mountaineering later on. A bit further from the Oasis, you really feel like being in the Sahara. After this short trip we will check into our hotel to have lunch. In the afternoon it will be too hot to do big activities, so we spend some time relaxing in hammocks. For those who still have dispensable energy can exercise some sand boarding. Dinner and accommodation take place in Ica.

4. Day: Islas Ballestas

From Ica it is only a stone’s throw to Paracas, the starting point for our boat trip to Islas Ballestas. A group of islands with a couple of clips and random rocks appear in the near distance. Furthermore there are sandy beaches and a great number of exotic animal species. Pelicans, Blaufusstölpel, Biguascharbe and various more… But for sure, the highlight will be the black brown long sea lion, measuring a height of 2,5 meters. With a bit of luck we will actually be able to see dolphins. As we are not allowed to enter the island we will observe this spectacle from the boat.

Than we will leave the oasis and return to Ica by taxi. After a short visit of the city center, we will start our bus trip to Arequipa. During this trip we will cross interesting landscapes with dunes, coast and andean passes at a height of 4000 meters. The journey will take us 12 hours, lucky enough that we have reclining seats and a rather luxurious bus including food and beverages, all of which contributing to a convenient travel.

5. Day: Arequipa

After 12 hours of traveling we will finally arrive at Arequipa. After checking in to our hotel everyone can decide for himself whether he wants to spend the afternoon relaxing and recovering in the hotel room, or preferably participate in a short city-tour. In any case we will head another time at night for the white city to enjoy a typical dinner in a restaurant. The name White city is not relating to the white colonial constructions but rather due to the fact that in the past Arequipa was populated mainly by whites. This can still be felt today, as 700.000 inhabitants derive from Spanish conquerors. Did you know that in Peru and other south American countries most people still define themselves according to their skin color? The clearer your skin, the more prestigious. Unfortunately, the Indigene accept this fact, and therefore see the expression Negro (black) as insulting. This is totally controversial to the accustomed pride of the descendent of the Inca.

Arequipa has developed to the second largest city of Peru and meanwhile the most important metropolis between Lima and La Paz. Surely Arequipa can not be seen as important as Lima but on the other hand it has various other advantages to offer. For instance the city is clearly arranged and a lot more relaxed. Also as far as the climate is concerned Arequipa is a rather attractive city as it is distanced from the coast and at a comfortable height of only 2300 meters.

6. Day: Cerro Verde

Today it’s time to head for the first tour to acclimate yourself, namely climbing up the Cerro Verde near Tiabaya in a rare desert landscape. Tiayaba is a suburb of Arequipa and through and through shaped by its agriculture. Green fields, cattle breeding and simple buildings are typical criteria of Tiayaba. A bit higher up, there is a pass called Cerro Verde from where on we will start our hiking tour. Passing by poorly huts and street dogs we are heading to the top next to a statue of a Madonna, enjoying a magnificent view over the countryside. We will see stunning rock formations covered by sand, with some green dots here and there thanks to some cactus. Next we will discover the environment of Tiayaba, steadily the landscape is getting a bit greener. For dinner we will return to Arequipa.

7. Day: Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon between Chivay and Cabanaconde, is the profoundest canyon on earth and mustn’t be missed. Therefore we charter the bus to Chiyay, an Andean village with approximately 3600 inhabitants and known as traffic cross point and one of the main points in Colca valley. From here on we can start a short but interesting hiking tour with ancient, stony ruins. We will walk through luscious green into a high valley with llamas, cows and wild creeks. Last but not least we will climb up a small high ridge with glorious wide view over the valley of colca. Accommodation in Chiyay.

8. Day: Mirador Cruz del Condor

Early in the morning we will head for the Cruz de Condor. Not only magnificent landscapes will take our breath on this journey but also cruising condors can be admired. The valley of Colca is very fertile which is why it is significantly marked by agriculture. Mostly potatoes and vegetables are grown here. Just after the fieldwork, the farmers get on the bus, carrying their fruits of their labour in bags and offering them for bargain prices. From the mirador we will depending on your mood either take the bus or walk to Cabanaconde, the canyons endpoint, a village within a glorious, amazingly green mountains cape. Barely ever tourists sleep here, but we will have both lunch and accommodation here. In the afternoon we will check out the canyon and climb down a gulch, enjoying terrific view. Accommodation in Cabanaconde.

9. Day: Cabanaconde

In the morning we will visit the agricultural surrounding of Cabanaconde with its scenic creeks. On top of the village there is a tiny hill, that allows us beautiful wide views over he surrounding farmland and mountains. At midday we will take the bus back to Arequipa, conquering a more than 4000 m Andean pass, enjoying magnificent views during our 7-hours-bustrip. We will arrive in Arequipa just in time to have dinner.

10. Day: Puno

The next day we will head off to Puno by bus. This takes more or less 6 hours and leads us through snow-covered volcanoes, green land and several lagoons through one of the most astonishing landscapes that Peru has to offer. In the meantime we will take rest at a small village market where we can taste indigenous food. Afterwards we will arrive in Puno, surrounded by a beautiful blue lake and some smaller mountains, this city counts more than 100.000 inhabitants. After a glimpse at the beautiful harbor region, we will have dinner in one of the numerous local restaurants.

11. Day: Atoja

For this day we have planed another hiking tour, nothing less than the 4450m high Atoia above the Indigenous village Chucuito. This can only be reached from the Camineto, which only takes off if there is really no single spare seat left. The indigenous carry goods in bags, mostly food, in the hope of exchanging them for other goods in the markets nearby. The summit we will head for is drawn by fascinating southern flora and on top of the mountain we will find a weather station. The hut next by is inhabited by a man that once told me that everything is driven by solar energy.

From this point we enjoy a terrific view over the amazingly blue lake of Titicaca as well as the summits of the Bolivian royal range. Some Peruvian volcanoes make this image a perfect , unforgettable one. After a quick visit of Chucuito, which is definitely worth it, we will return to Puno for having dinner.

12. Day: Titicacasee and Ruins of Sillustani

Today we will do a unique boat trip over the endless wide and deep blue lake of Titicaca. Heading off to various Uruislands, we can have a look around. The people of Uru became extinct since 1958, nevertheless their descendents try to maintain at least a part of their ancestor’s indigenous culture.

A long time ago they where called Kot-Suns “people of the sea” and where well known as the wildest nation of the Inca territorial with a dark skin color. Hiding on the reed islands in cases of battle, they could never be subdued by the Incas. In the 19th century there where still living around 400 families on the reed-islands o f the lake of Titicaca.

Today the reed islands only count 1500 to 2000 inhabitants. As mestizos they are through and through descendents of the Aymara and Quechua and live almost only from tourism. The region comprises about 80 islands, with more or less 100 families, among which there is even a school-island.

The afternoon will be spent in the famous ruins of Sillustansi near Puno. Our tour includes a visit to a archeological museum and a typical farming house where we can enjoy an interesting guidance through the sparely equipped rooms and stables. The families living here can gain there main capital from Alpacas and other productive livestock which obviously have to be taken care of respectively. A delicious cheese, produced by the farming families is offered here for you to taste. Besides you can enjoy potatoes and corn, which form important elements of alimentation here. Of course, you can also buy these goods and thus benefit the economy of these local farmers.

13. Day: Cusco

Another bus trip is waiting for us, allowing us again to entrain terrific impressions of Peru. Our destination is nothing less than Cusco, one of the most interesting cities on our entire trip, definitely the most interesting one concerning architecture. The journey will take us 6 hours, passing through multifaceted and beautiful landscapes, green lands, mountains, deep blue sees and scenic Andean villages. The day’s highlight will be visiting the city of Cusco, including a bunch of interesting constructions, and the famous Plazas the Armas. Nearby we will conclude this day full of impressions with a dinner in a local restaurant.

14. Day: On the way to Aguas Calientes

Today we will approach to Machu Pichu, the most famous ruins of the world and one of the new miracles of the world. But at first we will take the bus to Ollanta which offers also rather impressionable ruins. As our train to Agua calientes leaves at 19.45 we will still have enough time to climb up the mountain-ruins and take a walk through the surrounding green valleys. Before heading of to Agua Calientes we will enjoy dinner at the lively market of Ollanta.

15. Day: Ruins of Machu Pichu

Today we will finally visit Machu Pichu, one of the highlights of our entire trip. As our accommodation is located in the jungle we can directly walk to Machu Pichu in the morning. This allows us to reach the ruins before the tourism hype. Beside we can enjoy the walk to Machu Pichu at the most beautiful time of the day. With the rising day we can absorb/breath in the unique mystical atmosphere that this site carries within. After crossing a shaky rope bridge to cross the Rio Apurimac, an ancient Inca trail leads us directly into the mountain jungle. On steep, stony stairs we will climb upwards, listening to the sounds of the jungle only. Now we will cimb up the Inca trail, recapturing the hidden city in the jungle in a very special way. After one and a half ours we arrive at the entrance where we can delight in the very special atmosphere of the day that is still young. Further on we will visit Machu Pichu, passing ancient Inca trails, off the beaten track. In the afternoon we will visit the construction intensively as at this time of the day, there are not as many tourists. When ever we feel like it we can return to Agua Calientes where we will have dinner before eventually returning to the Hotel.

16. Day: In Cusco

At 9 o’ clock our train leaves for Ollanta. Right after, we will return to Cusco. Meanwhile you can enjoy the one or the other snack, there is no lack of possibilities. In Cusco you can either spend sometime relaxing and recovering, or exploring the city a bit further. In any case, we will head for the city center for having dinner.

17. Day: Back to Arequipa

Today we will, another time by bus, travel back to Arequipa. The journey takes us 10hours, but we will take well equipped luxury bus with reclining seats. Another superb view over landscapes of Peru is waiting for us, passing well worth seeing mountain regions. Besides, some unknown volcanoes cover our way. In Arequipa we will return to our hotel where everybody gets his Packsack, so that there is everything clear for the next day. After having dinner, it will be early enough to go to bed early in order to recover from the journey.

18. Day: Day-off

Day of rest in Arequipa in order to prepare for the Misti.

19. Day: Climbing up the Misti

Forming one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the Andean region and located in the near environment of Arequipa, the Misti is another highlight. Usually the mountain is free of ice.
In the dawn we will take a jeep to Aguada Blanca at a height of 3350meters. At nine o’clock we will carry on our journey by foot, accompanied by a guide. The first 2 hours lead us through dry, narrow bush landscapes up to a height of 4085 meters. Right after we will cover another distance, a way of 3 hours drawn by lava sand and debris and finally arrive at our base camp. The camp is located at a height of 4650m, further possibilities to camp are at the snow boarder at a height of 5500 meters, bearing in mind that at night the temperature reaches below zero.

20. Day: Race to the top

In the mid of the night we will head for the top. We start early in the night, marching slowly and continuing. It will take 6 hours or more to the top. But before this we will see the scenic crater, sometimes with a bit of hume. The way up is hard, but easy, sometimes we have to pass harmless snow fields. The descendent is not difficult and easy to find.

Not only the height but also the slippery volcanoes will be cumbersome. After descending we will break down our base camp and take a car to return to Arequipa where you can take a rest.

21. Day: Reserve-day

In case we won’t need another day for Misti this day will be used to explore Arequipa to a greater extent.

We will start from the balcony of Arequipa, the Village Cayma. From here on we enjoy a wonderful view over the city and the surrounded volcanoes Misti and Chachani. Labyrinthine alleys and one the most beautiful colonial churches at the Plaza San Miguel will make this visit a unforgettable one! A good time and place to have lunch. Well-fed we will then discover the city center. The Museo Sabtuarios, where the mummy of Juanita lies, as well as the convent Santa Catalina will be part of our city trip. Passing through ancient streets and the Mercado San Camillo we are just in time to have dinner.

22. Day: Base camp at Chachani

For today we have planned to drive up to our base camp on Chachani. With the jeep we will be able to reach a height of 5000 meter, from here on we will climb up further, 300 meters up a steep track, finally reaching our camp at a height of 5.300 meter. Here we pitch our tents, and go to sleep. As the endeavors haven’t been too much, we will still have enough energy to climb up the Chachani on the next day.

23. Day: At the summit of Chachani

On the next morning we will head upwards on a steep stony field, until we reach the ice plateau. Now we turn right to cross a moderately steep ice hill side. Despite of the height loss we can still enjoy a wonderful view over Arequipa at night. On the left hand sight follows a hill side, this time without ice but covered by slippery volcano sand. Up streaming traces lead us to the scenic summit. The ascension will take us 6-8 hours, the descend 2 hours less. Afterwards we will take a rover-vehicle back to Arequipa where you can have a good nights rest.

24. Day: Flight to Lima.

The most comfortable and quickest way to return to the capital. Now, you will have enough time to recover from the stresses and strains of the mountaineering of the last days. Meanwhile we can have a last glimpse on the different facets of Peru: sandy dunes, Andean passes, coastal regions and last but not lastly the metropolis Lima. Here you will have a last chance to buy souvenirs. If you feel like it you can obviously make use of time for your own or we can man make another city-trip, whatever you wish to. In order to prepare for Europe we could visit the district of Miraflores, Lima’s posh area, which appears to be more like a Spanish city . But that’s Peru of the Rich and the high society. In the evening we will meet for a gambled farewell dinner.

25. Day: Departure

Definitely the saddest day, as today you will have to return home. Of course our guide will be glad to accompany you to the airport. Before heading back home we will skim through Peru mentally. Interesting keen insights of the Andean and Amazoan regions let us recall the most exceptional memories of our journey and create a lot of space for more ideas and itinerary. We hope that you enjoyed your special South-American experience and that it won’t be your last one!

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Special requirements

A good physical fitness is desired and definitely a huge advantage.

Extension of the trip

For those who want to visit another gigantic mountain, can try out the giant Coropuna (6.245m) or Ampato (6.310m) at additional charge. For this trip alpine knowledge an experience is indispensable. Furthermore we offer a wide range of individual tour components, which can be combined with every journey..

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