Travelling on a tailor-made tour with shared excursions is often one of the most affordable ways to visit an unfamiliar country. You can depart on any day and adapt or extend the trip where required. On this trip you visit the capital city of Lima and learn of its colonial past. Then travel to Arequipa and visit Colca Canyon, a breathtaking sight and you may be lucky to spot the majestic Condors as they hover on the thermals over the canyon. Travel onwards to Lake Titicaca, famous for it floating reed islands, where you visit the Uros and Taquile Islands. Enjoy a few days in the fascinating Andean city of Cuzco, before travelling through the Sacred Valley and then board a train to visit the world renowned Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. Peru is a fascinating country for all ages and this holiday would be a great option for older children.
UK - Lima
Arrive in Lima the capital of Peru, and transfer to your hotel located in the heart of the Miraflores district, the Sonesta Posada del Inca, close to a great selection of restaurants and cafes and the downtown area.
Accommodation: Sonesta Posada del Inca Miraflores
Explore the city of Lima also known as the City of Kings. You can visit the Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco monastery. Explore the historic sights, colonial architecture and Inca influence, as well as many beautiful shrines and churches.
Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Arequipa to visit the Cuidad Blanca or 'White City' including the Santa Catalina convent, dating back to the 16th century and La Compania de Jesus Church, a beautiful sample of baroque art. Overnight at the Posada del Inca, ideally situated on the main square.
Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace - we recommend you visit the Santa Catalina convent.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Arequipa
Arequipa - Colca Canyon
Depart Arequipa today through the town of Yura to the Colca Canyon and to your hotel, the Casa Andina Classic. Reaching a depth of 3,400 metres the 62 miles long Colca is one of the deepest canyons in the world. The valley was home to the Cabana and Collagua people almost 2,000 years ago, who built a system of terraces that trap melting run-off water from nearby snow-capped volcanoes.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Classic Colca
Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca
Early morning start in order to get the best views of Colca Canyon and the condors in flight. Stop enroute to Puno in small local towns & markets with a lunch stop in Chivay. Overnight at the Posada del Inca located on the shores of the highest navigable lake in the world.
Accommodation: Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno
Lake Titicaca - Uros & Taquile Islands
Take a boat trip on stunning Lake Titicaca to the Uros floating reed islands and continuing to Taquile Island to visit the local community there who are skilled artisans. The Uros developed their unique floating islands centuries ago to escape hostile cultures on the mainland. They consider themselves to be "the oldest people on earth".
Lake Titicaca - Cuzco
Travel by road today across the spectacular Andean altiplano visiting the highest point on the journey at La Raya. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant , before continuing to Cuzco and the Sonesta Cuzco hotel.
If you prefer we can arrange an upgrade to the Andean Explorer train, a 10 hour journey from Puno to Cuzco. This service does not operate daily, so please ask us for more details.
Accommodation: Sonesta Cuzco
Explore the city of Cuzco with its Incan and colonial history as well as the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman on the outskirts of the city. Its an impressive example of Inca military architecture made up of three large terraces which overlap in a zigzag fashion.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Cuzco. Filled with Spanish arches and squares, and wooden balconies jutting over narrow cobbled streets, the picturesque town of Cuzco was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Sacred Valley of The Incas
Depart Cuzco today for the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Pisac to arrive at the colourful local market. Continue to the town of Urubamba for lunch and then to Ollantaytambo, a spectacular place described as a living Inca town. Overnight at the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay in the Sacred Valley.
Accommodation: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
From your hotel in the Sacred Valley, a short transfer takes you to the train station at Ollanta for the Vistadome service to Aguas Calientes. Explore this spectacular citadel with your local guide learning about the Inca traditions and history. Lunch is included at a local restaurant and you will overnight at the boutique El MaPi hotel located in Aguas Calientes, a mere 30 minute bus ride via a winding mountain road.
Accommodation: El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Free morning to relax and explore the town or return to Machu Picchu. Entrance is not included in the tour price but we can arrange for £70 per person including the Huayna Picchu climb which is available at 7am or 10am. Afternoon train to Poroy for the short, 20 minute or so transfer to Cuzco and the Sonesta Cuzco for your final night in Peru.
Cuzco - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or ask us about possible extensions to the Amazon rainforest or Northern Peru.
Pricing Information & Dates
13 day tour, from £2690 per person
Daily departures and based on two people sharing the excursions.If you would like to spend a little longer in Peru or elsewhere in South America, there are a wide range of exciting extensions that combine easily with this tour, such as a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, or to the verdant Amazon basin where local guides take you deep into the rainforest.
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