Peru

Peru as a country offers it all. Incredible ancestral heritage and many and varied archaeological treasures to admire. The land is covered with amazing pristine natural areas, preserving much of the world’s biodiversity in one country. Above all, it is Peru’s warm hearted people that let travellers get in touch with the soul of the country.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Independent TourExperience Lima3From $325.00
Independent TourExperience Cuzco4From $515.00
Independent TourDiscover Machu Picchu6From $1,899.00
Independent TourDiscover Peru8From $2,899.00
Escorted TourEssential Peru15From $3,075.00
Independent TourHandpicked Peru13From $4,635.00

Experience Lima

Discover historic downtown Lima and the modern district of San Isidro where you will tour a Pre-Incan adobe pyramid. This bustling vibrant city mixes traditional and modern culture with more than 1000 years of history.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive at Lima airport and transfer to your chosen hotel.

Day 2: Lima

Discover historic downtown Lima. Visit the Main Square of Lima, upon which sits the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and the Santo Domingo Convent. After this, it's off to the modern district of San Isidro where you will tour Huaca Huallamarca, a Pre-Incan adobe pyramid. Afterwards, head to Miraflores and stop off at the 'Parque del Amor' with its incredible view of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3: Depart Lima

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: 2 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 2 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Experience Cuzco

Tour the incredible colonial city of Cuzco, enjoy the Temple of the Sun and see the exquisite stone work carved by the Incas. Explore the Cathedral and the Church of La Compania de Jesus and then head up to a fortress located high above the city.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Cuzco

Arrive at Cuzco Airport and transfer to your chosen hotel.

Day 2: Cuzco

This afternoon tour this incredible colonial city. Begin at Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, to see the exquisite stone work carved by the Incas. Next stop is the Main Square for a tour of the Cathedral and the Church of La Compania de Jesus (Society of Christ). Following that, head to Sacsayhuman, a fortress located high above the city. You will also visit other archaeological complexes, including Kenko and Tambomachay, and enjoy panoramic views of Puca Pucara.

Day 3: Cuzco

A day at leisure.

Day 4: Depart Cuzco

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 3 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Discover Machu Picchu

Experience the magical ancient empire of the Incas as you explore the colonial city of Cuzco which was built on the foundations of former Inca palaces; discover the best of the Sacred Valley in Yucay; uncover the monumental architectural complexes of Ollantaytambo and travel to Machu Picchu by rail.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Cuzco

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to acclimatise to the high altitude.

Day 2: Cuzco

Today discover the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. Visit the popular San Pedro Market, a must-see in Cuzco; Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Day 3: Cuzco - Yucay

Discover the best of the Sacred Valley, starting on the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful place with an impressive view of Chinchero ruins and city, where twelve families still preserve their traditional mores. Visit Moray, an impressing pre-Inca greenhouse. After lunch, continue to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire. Walk through the town of Ollantaytambo, with its narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 18th century.

Day 4: Yucay - Machu Picchu

Transfer to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train service to Aguas Calientes. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of the Sacred Valley from the panoramic windows. Disembark at Aguas Calientes station and then board a bus for the ride to Machu Picchu and your guided visit.

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Morning at leisure to explore the town of Aguas Calientes. Board the train for the return journey to Cuzco. This evening, farewell Cuzco on a walking tour. See the city lit up from San Cristobal lookout point before making your way to the Main Square, for a leisurely stroll. Conclude at a well-known bar for lessons from an expert bartender on how to make the traditional Pisco Sour.

Day 6: Depart Cuzco

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & land transportation
Rail:Train Ticket: Vistadome train - Ollanta / Aguas Calientes / Cuzco
Accommodation: 5 nights
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Discover Peru

This tour is the perfect introduction to the wonders of Peru. Explore the colonial heritage of Lima, with its stately museums; discover the cultural heritage of Cuzco and visit the nearby ruins; travel to the town of Aguas Calientes and explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. This journey will give you a fascinating insight into the cultural heart of Peru.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive at Lima airport and transfer to your chosen hotel.

Day 2: Lima

Enjoy a half day city tour of Lima, taking in the city's Main Square, with views of the traditional colonial-style buildings: the Presidential Palace, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace and Metropolitan City Hall. Visit the Santo Domingo church and monastery, recognised as a cultural heritage site by UNESCO, before exploring more than 5,000 years of Peruvian history showcased by the private collection of treasures at the Larco Museum.

Day 3: Lima - Cuzco

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Take a half day city tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cuzco, starting at the Koricancha temple, an ancient Inca Palace and the main worship centre of the Sun God, and in more modern times the site of a Dominican Church. Tour the Plaza de Armas, and marvel at the spectacular Cathedral and Church of the Society of Jesus surround the square, along with other magnificent colonial buildings. Journey out of the city to the Church of San Cristóbal for a spectacular view over the city before visitng the hillside fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone.

Day 4: Cuzco

Enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Explore the beautiful Sacred Valley, starting with the Inca's Balcony, with its view of Chinchero ruins, where twelve families still preserve their traditional textile methods. Travel via Moray, the unique archaeological site which may have been used for agriculture by the Incas; explore the enormous stone terraces of Ollantaytambo which served as a fortress and temple in Incan times.

Day 6: Cuzco - Machu Picchu

Travel by train to the city of Aguas Calientes where you will board a bus to take you to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Explore the ruins and take in the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Cuzco where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 8: Depart Cuzco

Transfer to Cuzco airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & land transportation
Flights:Flight Ticket: Lima / Cuzco
Rail:Train Ticket: Vistadome train - Ollanta / Aguas Calientes / Cuzco
Accommodation: 5 nights
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Essential Peru

This is a spectacular journey through Peru’s varied landscape encompassing coastal desert, snowy Andean peaks, the high altiplano and lush cloud forest. Visit the most famous sites including the mysterious Nazca Lines, the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu in its incredible mountaintop setting, Lake Titicaca, where you spend the night in an island homestay, and the stunning 3000m deep Colca Canyon.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Lima - Ica

Set off very early this morning (around 5.30am) and drive south from Lima until you reach the port of Paracas (4-5 hours drive). Here take a boat to the Ballestas Islands, a national park that contains one of the highest concentrations of marine birds in the world. There are sea lions, numerous species of birds and the Paracas Candelabra, a curious pre-Inca design on the hillside, only recognisable from the sea. The boat trip lasts around 2 hours, and once you're back on dry land drive for around an hour to Ica, in the heart of Peru's wine-growing region.

Day 2: Ica - Nazca

At the Huacachina oasis just outside Ica there are high sand dunes where you may have time to try 'sand-surfing' (optional). Arrive at Nazca in the afternoon with time to visit the viewing platforms close to the Nazca Lines. These are one of the world's great archaeological mysteries, consisting of enormous drawings and patterns etched in the desert sand. Subject to availability and weather conditions, there may be a chance to take an optional overflight of the lines.

Day 3: Nazca - Abancay

Turn inland from the coastal desert today, climbing high into the Andes on today's long but spectacular drive. Vicuñas (a smaller wild relative of the llama) can be seen along this road, as this area is Peru's largest vicuña reserve. Flamingos are usually sighted at high Andean lakes near the road. This region has only recently become easily accessible to tourists due to an upgrade of the Abancay/Chalhuanca road. The altitude here can make physical exertion difficult, so it is recommended to rest in the evening after the 12-hour drive. Overnight a couple of hours beyond Abancay on the road to Cuzco.

Day 4: Abancay - Cuzco

Set off towards Cuzco this morning, stopping to visit the unique Inca Saywiti stone and Tarawasi ruins. The glaciated summits of the Vilcabamba Mountain range and the descent into the Apurimac River valley demonstrate the dramatic contrasts of the Andes Mountains, and you should expect stunning scenery throughout today's 5-6 hour drive.

Day 5: Cuzco

Today has been left free for exploring Cuzco, one of South America's most beautiful cities. In the centre there is the Plaza de Armas, and the Koricancha Sun Temple located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery. Outside the town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores. A combined entrance fee for these sites and many others is recommended and costs US$9-25, depending on the number of sites you wish to visit. Sightseeing excursions to places outside Cuzco, including the Sacred Valley of the Incas, are also available through your tour leader.

Day 6: Cuzco - Machu Picchu

For most people the highlight of the trip is the visit by train to the greatest ruin in the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu. This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle. Take a guided tour of the ruins and afterwards have time for the many spectacular walks including following the path to the Inca Drawbridge or even up to the Sun Gate for that iconic view of the ruins.

Day 7: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

A free morning to enjoy the hot springs and buzz of this little town in the jungle below the ruins - or for those who want to explore more of Machu Picchu, there is the option to return for sunrise; much the most peaceful time of day to appreciate the site. The return entry costs US$50, plus around US$19 for the return bus trip to the ruins from Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon board the train back to Cuzco, arriving in the late evening.

Day 8: Cuzco

A final chance to enjoy the sights and shopping of this beautiful city or take one of the numerous optional excursions available.

Day 9: Cuzco - Lake Titicaca

Today travel for 8-10 hours along the Vilcanota River and onto the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Although it is quite a long drive, it is interesting and often spectacular. There are scheduled stops at interesting sites along the route to help break up the day and all along the route we get a feeling for the immensity of the Andean landscapes. This afternoon arrive at the shores of Lake Titicaca and board a boat for your trip to Amantaní Island. Hiking around the island offers great views across the lake, whilst the night spent with a local family offers fantastic cultural insight into lives very different to our own.

Day 10: Lake Titicaca - Puno

Explore the island in the morning before boarding your boat for the three-hour journey to Puno on the lakeshore. On the way, visit the Uros Indians, who live on islands of floating reeds and, save for a few modest concessions to the modern world, still live as their ancestors would have done centuries ago.

Day 11: Puno - Colca Canyon

Today head off across the altiplano again. This time cross to the south west, heading back towards the coast to the high Colca Canyon (5-6 hours' drive). En route there will be opportunities to see vicuñas and possibly flamingos before descending into what is considered to be the second deepest canyon in the Americas (the deepest, the Cotahuasi Canyon, is also in Peru). There is time in the evening for a visit to the hot springs near the main town of Chivay - a warming pleasure after the chill of Lake Titicaca.

Day 12: Colca Canyon - Arequipa

An early start to view condors soaring on the morning drafts rising out of the canyon. Extensive terraces, stunning colonial churches, and burial tombs are viewed before you ascend out of the canyon on your way to Arequipa, known as the 'White City' due to the pale volcanic stone used to construct many of its colonial buildings. The picturesque city enjoys a year-round pleasant climate and is surrounded by 6000m volcanoes, including the near-perfect cone of El Misti.

Day 13: Arequipa - Lima

In the morning visit the huge and serene convent of Santa Catalina. Built in 1580 and only opened to the outside world in the 1970s, it offers a rare insight into the lives led by the nuns and has changed little through the centuries. There are still around 20 nuns living in the northern corner of the complex. In the afternoon or evening fly to Lima where you will transfer to your hotel in Miraflores.

Day 14: Lima

The trip ends after breakfast today, although there is time for optional excursions including a visit to the Gold Museum or a tour of the historic downtown.

Day 15: Depart Lima

Arrive in Lima and make your way to your hotel.

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & land transportation
Rail:Train Ticket: Cuzco / Aguas Calientes / Cuzco
Accommodation: 14 nights
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Handpicked Peru

This is a comprehensive journey through the highlights of Peru, the cultural heart of South America. Visit the White City of colonial Arequipa, the vast Colca Canyon to witness the unforgettable sight of the flight of the condor, colonial Lima, the markets and ruins of Cuzco, Puno and the Lost City of the Incas, mystical Machu Picchu.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Lima

Explore the charming colonial centre of Lima and see Plaza Mayor, City Hall and the cathedral. Discover one of the oldest and most traditional bars in Lima, Cordano. Immerse yourself in the history of this country with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Lima has become the gastronomic capital of South America, where you can taste some of the most exquisite Peruvian cuisine. Finish your day enjoying some of the best Peruvian gastronomy at the museum’s enchanting restaurant.

Day 3: Lima - Nazca - Arequipa

Journey to Pisco for a remarkable experience; a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines. Observe several figures of stylised plants and animals drawn in an enormous labyrinth of straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you are transferred to Ica for your overnight coach journey to Arequipa.

Day 4: Arequipa

This morning you will arrive in Arequipa. Your afternoon sightseeing excursion will take you through the many cobble stone streets of Arequipa and its fine Spanish buildings, including the Santa Catalina Monastery. The monastery is one of the most beautiful buildings in Arequipa and features cloisters, charming streets and small plazas that haven’t changed in over 500 years. During your visit, learn what life is like for the select group of nuns that live there.

Day 5: Arequipa - Colca Canyon

Depart early through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Arrive in Chivay where you will taste some of the local cuisine.

Day 6: Colca Canyon - Arequipa

Journey by road passing magnificent volcanoes, Indian villages and ancient Inca terraces until reaching the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Without doubt this site offers the most impressive views of the Colca Canyon and the majestic condor in full flight.

Day 7: Arequipa - Cuzco

Today fly to Cuzco. Your afternoon begins with a unique and exclusive visit to San Pedro local market, where you will find diverse local products. Embark on a journey through history visiting the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Continue to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the underground cave and temple of Qenko and Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Your final stop will be a traditional cafe known and visited by the locals, where you will taste some local pastries.

Day 8: Sacred Valley

Today embark on a scenic journey to the Urubamba Valley, the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”. Visit the colourful Pisac market, where the local Indians meet to sell their wares as they have done for centuries. Continue to the town of Ollantaytambo and climb up the imposing Inca fortress for some spectacular views of the valley. This evening at your hotel, take part in a cooking demonstration to learn how to make local dishes.

Day 9: Machu Picchu

Embark on a train journey through spectacular mountain scenery to the magnificent Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and enjoy a guided visit of the citadel exploring every corner of this New Wonder of the World. Mystical energies pulsate under your feet as you climb to the top and admire the Intihuatana or visit the Temple of the Sun, the Palace of the Inca, and its agricultural and urban sectors.

Day 10: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

This morning is at leisure to explore this extraordinary place on your own or if you are truly intrepid, dare to climb to the top of Mount Huayna Picchu, a symbol of Machu Picchu and the tallest mountain behind the archaeological site. The pathway leading to its summit offers the fabulous reward of a spectacular view of the stone city. This afternoon board the train for your journey back to Cuzco.

Day 11: Cuzco - Puno

Travel by road across the Altiplano to Puno. On the way you will visit Andahuaylillas before continuing to Racchi ruins, known as “The Temple of God Wiracocha”. Your last stop will be La Raya, the highest point on the road between Cuzco and Puno, from where there will be excellent photo opportunities.

Day 12: Puno

Enjoy a catamaran cruise on Lake Titicaca visiting the man-made floating reed islands of the Uros Indians. Meet these resilient islanders, descendants of the first Altiplano inhabitants who still live on totora reed platforms. Explore Taquile Island where the islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their lovely outfits and extraordinary textiles.

Day 13: Depart Puno

Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & land transportation
Rail:Train Ticket: Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes / Cuzco
Flight:Flight Ticket: Arequipa / Cuzco
Accommodation: 12 nights
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary