Join a small group of likeminded travellers to discover the treasures Peru has to offer. Encompassing the key highlights, this journey showcases Peru’s vibrant culture, history, archaeology and of course, its stunning natural beauty.
Starting the tour in the Peruvian capital allows for sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, an eclectic mix of architecture old and new as well as some of the country's finest museums. Benefiting from a gastronomic revolution, Lima boasts some of South America's best restaurants, don't miss some of the freshest seafood and sampling Peru's finest cuisine. The white washed city of Arequipa, in the shadow of the El Misti volcano, is the next stop before adventuring to the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon, said to be deeper than the USA's Grand Canyon and the perfect place to spot the majestic Andean condor soaring above on the thermals. The world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, is home to brightly attired locals, the man-made floating islands of Uros and some of the best panoramic views in the country. Travel by train overland aboard Peru Rail's Titicaca train to Cuzco. Explore the once capital of the Inca Empire, Cuzco and the beautiful Sacred Valley before travelling to Machu Picchu by train. Witnessing the best-known archaeological site on the continent will not fail to take your breath away!
Departure dates throughout 2020:
31 May - 13 June
19 July - 18 August
09 August - 22 August
06 September - 19 September
04 October - 17 October
Please note, this itinerary can be taken on a private basis, whislt extensions pre or post tour to other areas of Peru are also possible, please enquire for details.
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Sunday: UK - Lima
Depart the UK on a direct flight to Lima with British Airways
Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel, in the Miraflores neighbourhood for 1 night. Peru's capital, Lima, rises above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. this area is a lovely part of the city, home to many restaurants, parks, markets and boutiques; all easy to explore on foot. Lima is Latin America's culinary capital that is currently living a gastronomic revolution, which seems to be spreading worldwide, be sure to try some of the country’s finest dishes such as fresh ceviche when in town!
No meals are served apart from those on your international flight
Monday: Lima - Arequipa
On a morning city tour, begin with a drive to historic downtown Lima, also known as “the City of the Kings” and an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Stops include the Main Square of Lima, upon which sits the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the City Hall; next on the itinerary is a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent. Once finished there, it’s off to the modern district of San Isidro and back to Miraflores. Stop at the “Parque del Amor” (a sort of lover’s lane) and take in the incredible view of the Pacific Ocean.
In the afternoon transfer to the airport for a late afternoon flight to the beautiful white city of Arequipa. Check into your hotel, located a short walk from main square and the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Today begin your tour at the city’s Main Square. This large plaza is flanked by Arequipa's most important buildings. First stop is the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesús, a Jesuit church with a lovely Baroque façade and chapel. Inside, observe many works of art from Peru’s Colonial era. Visit the traditional districts of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara and take in spectacular views of three nearby volcanoes: Mount Misti, Mount Chachani, and Mount Pichu-Pichu, as well as of the city itself. Next on the itinerary is the Santa Catalina convent, a city within the city. The large complex features cloisters, charming streets, and small plazas that have barely changed in more than 500 years.
Wednesday: Arequipa - Colca Canyon
Today depart Arequipa across the altiplano to Colca Canyon. Pass by some of Peru's most spectacular scenery, with towering mountains and volcanoes as well as rolling plains dotted with vicuñas and guanacos, and you may even spot the odd flamingo! Leave Arequipa early morning on the winding road towards the village of Chivay in the shadow of snow-capped volcanoes, gently gaining altitude. Once settling into your hotel, you may wish to visit the La Calera thermo-medicinal baths in Chivay.
Breakfast & Lunch
Thursday: Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca
After breakfast, visit the Colca Valley where your first stop is the Cruz del Condor lookout point, which affords the best views of the canyon, one of the 7 deepest in the world and the most reliable place in Peru to see the majestic flight of the Andean condor. On the way back if there is time stop at three other lookout points before you continue on to the city of Puno, taking in the stunning countryside of the altiplano on the way. Keep an eye out for the drastic change in countryside along the way and the best views of the area until in the late afternoon arrive to Puno, sat on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Breakfast & Boxed-lunch
Friday: Lake Titicaca
The trip begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards the Islands of Los Uros and Taquile. The culture on the island of Taquile dates back to Pre-Incan times and the islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their lovely outfits and incredible textiles. UNESCO has declared the textile art of Taquile Island as a Masterpiece of intangible local heritage. Still on the island, visit the community of Huayllano, to observe the local communities handicrafts and traditional farming activities. At the famous Los Uros Islands meanwhile you visit a set of man-made floating islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. Here, you meet the islanders, hunters and gatherers and descendants of the first altiplano inhabitants, who still live on totora reed platforms.
Breakfast & Lunch
Saturday: Lake Titicaca - Cuzco
Crossing the Andes from Puno to Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire, is an unforgettable experience. Make this journey through some of Peru's most spectacular scenery aboard the Peru Rail Titicaca train, featuring an open-air observatory car. Take in the majestic views as the Peruvian highlands and altiplano pass by, with its two dining cars, in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s, serving gourmet meals in unique surroundings. Highlights along the way are Urcos; where according to legend, is the place where the local chieftains hid the Inca's gold to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Spanish conquerors, and La Raya; the highest point on the journey at 4,321m asl. This journey takes approximately 10 hours and this evening, on arrival into Cuzco you are collected and taken to your central hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch & Afternoon Tea
Today, enjoy a half day city tour of Cuzco. Historic pre-Columbian architecture, ornate baroque churches combined with a modern restaurant scene and lively nightlife make for a memorable stay. Visit the impressive Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman perched on the hillside overlooking the city before having some free time this afternoon to explore independently, taking in the local craft markets, cafes and restaurants of the ancient Inca capital.
Monday: Cuzco - Sacred Valley
Today depart Cuzco and head out into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at the Racchi viewpoint for incredible views before visiting Moray. Used as a botanical laboratory by the Incas, the circular agricultural terracing overlooks the Urubamba Valley is an excellent example of just how advanced the Incas were. Visit the nearby Maras salt flats, considered some of the best quality of salt in the world. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Ollantaytambo. One of the most imposing archaeological complexes of the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was one of the few places where the Spanish lost an important battle. The fortress also served as a temple and is an example of its complex agricultural terracing. The town of Ollantaytambo is considered the "only living Inca city" and is one of the greatest examples of Incan urban planning, with stone streets that have been inhabited since the 13th century. In the afternoon you are dropped at your hotel.
Breakfast & Lunch
Tuesday: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
Today you are driven to Ollantaytambo to board the Vistadome train to travel to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Dramatically located between high mountain peaks and where cloud forest covered mountains act as a backdrop, the famous site does not fail to impress. This is the meeting point of the Peruvian Andes and the Peruvian Amazon. Your local guide meets you on arrival into Machu Picchu village and on a guided tour, learn about the Inca history of this magical place, how this 550-year old citadel was so advanced for its time and then lost in time for centuries. Spend the night in the town nearby in Aguas Calientes.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Wednesday: Machu Picchu - Cuzco
This morning is at leisure or alternatively take the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu at sunrise and perhaps climb Huyana Picchu for a panoramic view of the citadel. In the afternoon, from Aguas Calientes, board the Vistadome train once again for the scenic journey to Cuzco, the once Inca capital. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for 2 nights.
Breakfast - Please get in touch if you would like to pre-book your second entrance to Machu Picchu.
Today is a day at leisure in the city of Cuzco. Cuzco is the perfect place to explore with markets, shops, museums, churches and many excursions within the surrounding area to choose from from bird watching to white water rafting.
Friday: Cuzco - Lima - UK
This morning is at leisure to do any last-minute souvenir shopping and browse Cuzco’s many colourful markets and artisan shops or explore some more of the city. In the afternoon, you are driven to the airport to board your international flight to Lima to connect onto your overnight flight back to the UK.
There is the option to extend your trip if you wish to see more of Peru with the possibility for stays in the Amazon Rainforest, visiting the Nazca Lines, an exploration of Northern Peru or add-ons outside of the country such as Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Our Destination Specialists can advise on any additional services required.
Saturday: UK Arrival
You arrive into the UK today off your flights from Peru.
Pricing Information & Dates
14 day tour, from £3345 - £3545 per person
International and domestic flights, local guides in each destination, transfers, meals and excursions as per itinerary.
Tips, optional excursions and meals not included in the itinerary.
Prices are per person.
Price is subject to change and based on best flight availability.
The standard of accommodation throughout this itinerary are mid-range and superior properties ranging between high 3* - low 5*. Peru is an incredible country, and like any Latin American country, requires visitors to come with an open mind and a flexible attitude. Standards of services and accommodation, although generally good, sometimes can be lower than what we are used to in the UK.
Single supplement is an additional £795 per person.
Please ask for details if you wish to extend your trip.
This tour is operated by local guides in each destination.
Maximum group size is 16.
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