Treasures of Peru with Inti Raymi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14 day tour
Including flights and transfers
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£3595

Tour Highlights

  • Celebrate Inti Raymi festival in Cuzco
  • Spot condors at Colca Canyon
  • Overnight at Machu Picchu
  • Visit "the white city" of Arequipa
  • Travel by rail between Lake Titicaca & Cuzco
  • Sail on Lake Titicaca & visit the floating reed islands
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Treasures of Peru with Inti Raymi

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Discover the treasures of Peru and experience one of the continent’s most exciting festivals; Inti Raymi. This journey showcases Peru's vibrant culture, history, archaeology and of course, its stunning natural beauty. Experience snow-capped Andean peaks, high altiplano, shimmering lakes and enigmatic Inca ruins. 

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 about Peru Rail's Titicaca train to Cuzco just in time for the annual festival of the sun, Inti Raymi. This colourful procession, full of music and dance, was a tribute to the venerated Sun God, Inti and a celebration of the winter solstice, the start of the Inca New Year. 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! 


Day 1
Day 1
Saturday 16th June: UK - Bogota
Depart the UK on an overnight flight with Avianca via Bogota.
 
No meals are served apart from those on your international flight
Day 2
Day 2
Sunday 17th June: Bogota - Lima
Upon arrival into Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for immediate check-in. Located in the heart of Miraflores, the rest of the day is at leisure. Peru's capital, Lima, rises above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Miraflores 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. Whilst in the city, try some of countries finest dishes, particularly fresh ceviche, washed down with a pisco sour!
 
Breakfast and meals served on your international flights.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Miraflores
       
Day 3
Day 3
Monday 18th June: 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 on the main square and the rest of the evening is at leisure.
 
Breakfast
Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Arequipa
           
Day 4
Day 4
Tuesday 19th June : Arequipa
You will begin your tour at the city’s Main Square. This large plaza is flanked by Arequipa's most important buildings. First stop will be 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. Visit the Andean Sanctuary Museum, home to Juanita, known as the "Inca Ice Maiden".
 
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Casa Andina Select Arequipa
           
Day 5
Day 5
Wednesday 20th June: Arequipa - Colca Canyon
Today depart Arequipa across the altiplano to Colca Canyon. Pass by some Peru's most spectacular scenery of towering mountains, volcanoes as well as past rolling plains dotted with vicuñas and guanacos, even spot the odd flamingo! Stop at the village of Pulpera to visit to the Mollepunku Caves as well as Callalli to observe the volcanic rock formations that look somewhat like a medieval castle. After lunch, continue on your way to the Collagua towns of Sibayo and Tuti. The Collagua is an ethnic group and one of the original settlers in the valley. In the afternoon, arrive to Chivay where you will be dropped at your hotel.
 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Colca
         
Day 6
Day 6
Thursday 21st June: 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. If the weather permits, you might even see the majestic flight of the Andean condor. On the way back, stop at three other lookout points: Choquetico, Antahuilque, and Tunturpay to see other interesting sights, such as hanging tombs and the maqueta stone (an artefact that shows the layout of the surrounding terraced hillsides) at Choquetico and the lake of three colours and Collagua terraced hillsides at Antahuilque. Continue on to the city of Puno, taking in the stunning countryside of the altiplano. The next stop is the farming town of Cabanillas. Keep an eye out for the drastic change in countryside, too, and the best views of the area. After an hour and a half, you will arrive in Puno, sat on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
 
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Jose Antonio Puno
         
Day 7
Day 7
Friday 22nd June: Lake Titicaca
The trip begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards Taquile Island. The culture on the island 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, will visit the community of Huayllano, to observe the local communities handicrafts and traditional farming activities. Enjoy a traditional lunch and then sail over to the famous Uros Islands, a set of man-made floating islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. Here, you will meet the islanders, hunters and gatherers and descendants of the first altiplano inhabitants, who still live on totora reed platforms.
 
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Jose Antonio Puno
         
Day 8
Day 8
Saturday 23rd June: 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 PeruRail Titicaca train. Featuring an open-air observatory car, take in the majestic views as the Peruvian highlands and altiplano pass by. Its two dining cars, in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s, serve gourmet meals. Enjoy live shows of traditional music and dances, snacks throughout the day, a 3-course gourmet lunch and afternoon tea shortly before arrival. 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. As the journey continues, pass by seemingly never-ending pastures and remote villages lost to the passage of time.
 
This journey takes approximately 10 hours. This evening, arrive into Cuzco and transfer to your hotel.
 
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea
Accommodation: Los Portales
         
Day 9
Day 9
Sunday 24th June: Cuzco - Inti Raymi Festival
Today experience one of Latin America’s most famous festivals – Inti Raymi, which is held just once a year during the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice. The main celebration takes place on the 24th of June at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an important Inca ceremonial centre sitting above Cuzco overlooking the city. In the local language, Quechua, Inti means Sun and Raymi, celebration. Inti Raymi is the celebration of the God Sun, the most venerated god in Inca religion. According to Inca tradition, the first Inca known as Pachatutec, created the Inti Raymi festival to celebrate the winter solstice which marked the first day of the New Year in the Inca calendar. Actors are selected to act out the rituals of Inti Raymi and first start their day long process at the Santo Domingo Church at Koricancha. Beginning by delivering a speech praising the sun, the Sun King, is then carried by pallbearers through the streets. Behind the chariot, a procession is in tow, actors portraying Inca priests and honourable members of society. Stopping at the main Plaza de Armas, a ceremonial reading of the sacred coca leaf takes place to foresee the fate of the Inca empire before heading up to Sacsayhuaman for the final part of the re-enactment. Thousands of local spectators come for a glimpse of the ceremony and witness the Inca deliver his final words in Quechua. The festival ends with the sounds of panpipes, beating drums and horns and as the sun sets, a bonfire is lit and the procession returns back to Cuzco with the Sun King and his wife carried upon their chariot.
 
Breakfast and boxed lunch served
Accommodation: Los Portales
         
Day 10
Day 10
Monday 25th June: Cuzco
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. Stay in the heart of the city and explore its picturesque cobblestoned winding streets. Head up to San Blas, the whitewashed bohemian neighbourhood and don't miss the fascinating San Pedro market.
 
Breakfast
Accommodation: Los Portales
         
Day 11
Day 11
Tuesday 26th June: Sacred Valley
Today depart Cuzco and head out into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First stop is Chinchero, a small picturesque Andean village. Learn about local textiles from a local craftsman and visit Chinchero's Inca ruins dating from the end of the 15th Century, as well as a beautiful traditional church. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Final stop is Ollantaytambo, one of the most impressive Inca complexes and the site of one of the Spanish Conquistadors' rare strategic defeats. Famous for its terraced fields, Ollantaytambo was a very effective fortress and also a religious center. In the afternoon you will be dropped at your hotel.
 
Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
         
Day 12
Day 12
Wednesday 27th June: Machu Picchu
You will be driven to Ollanta 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. 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
Accommodation: El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
           
Day 13
Day 13
Thursday 28th June: 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 train once again for the scenic journey to Cuzco, the once Inca capital.
 
Breakfast
Accommodation: Los Portales
         
Day 14
Day 14
Friday 29th June: Cuzco - Bogota - UK
This morning is at leisure to do any last-minute souvenir shopping, browse Cuzco’s many colourful markets and artisan shops. In the afternoon, you will be driven to the airport to board your international flight to Bogota to connect onto your overnight flight to the UK.

Pricing Information & Dates

14 day tour, from £3595 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
International and domestic flights, local guides in each destination, transfers, meals and excursions as per itinerary.
Price Excludes
Tips, optional excursions and meals not included in the itinerary.
Price Notes
Prices are per person.


Price is subject to change and based on best flight availability.

The standard of accommodation throughout this itinerary is 3*- 4*. 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.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Lima
  2.   Arequipa & Colca Canyon
  3.   Lake Titicaca
  4.   Cuzco
  5.   Sacred Valley
  6.   Machu Picchu

Accommodation on this Tour

Casa Andina Select Arequipa
Casa Andina Select Arequipa
Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Peru
Casa Andina Select Arequipa Casa Andina Select is the newest addition to this hotel chains portfolio in the charming White City of Arequipa. Completely renovated, this new hotel opened in early 2016......
           
Casa Andina Select Miraflores
Casa Andina Select Miraflores
Lima , Peru
Casa Andina Select Miraflores Casa Andina Select Miraflores is a new addition to the Casa Andina chain and can be found in the lovely district of Miraflores, a short walk from shops, restaurants......
       
Casa Andina Standard Colca
Casa Andina Standard Colca
Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Peru
Casa Andina Standard Colca Casa Andina Standard Colca is a complex of individual stone casitas (with thatched or clay roofs), linked by plant-lined walkways. The 51 traditional rooms (casitas)......
         
El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
Machu Picchu, Peru
El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra El MaPi Hotel is an excellent hotel choice with a welcoming atmosphere in the heart of Aguas Calientes, the village below Machu Picchu. With contemporary, modern......
           
Jose Antonio Puno
Jose Antonio Puno
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Jose Antonio Puno Located just a couple of miles outside the town of Puno, Jose Antonio sits on the banks of Lake Titicaca. Its 106 rooms all offer modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, TV, a......
         
Los Portales
Los Portales
Cuzco, Peru
Los Portales Los Portales is located just in front of the Incan Temple of the Sun, Koricancha, a short walk from the main Plaza de Armas. Offering stylish accommodation, the hotel is elegantly......
         
Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
Sacred Valley, Peru
Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay boasts a lovely location in the depths of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a one hour drive from Cusco and a one hour train ride from......
         

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