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Best of Peru

Peru

16 days

Summary

Marvel at the extraordinary history and culture of Peru- home to some of South America’s most enduring attractions. Discover the archaeological wonders of the Northern Kingdoms, the lush tropical lowlands of the Amazon Basin, the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas & Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon on this fantastic tour. Please contact us for more information.

Highlights

  • Visit Peru’s top sights and get the most authentic experiences.
  • Start your journey in the gastronomical capital of the world! Let Lima show you its beauty.
  • Have full days exploring the ruins of Pisac and the famous fortress and town of Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit Machu Picchu, the world’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Cuzco exploring the Plaza de Armas, Koricancha Temple, and ancient cobbled streets on foot.
  • Drive to the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Tambomachay.
  • Cross the Altiplano to Lake Titicaca with stops at Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, along the way.
  • Explore the stunning Colca Canyon region and see the majestic Andean Condor rising with the thermal currents.
  • Arrive to Arequipa, known as the White City for its use of sillar volcano stone.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Lima

Arrival transfer to your hotel. Miraflores and Barranco have excellent accommodation options to suit every budget.

Day 2 Lima

Depart this morning on a half day sightseeing tour of Lima, including a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Your tour includes the city’s most important monuments: The Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral. Torre Tagle, an exceptionally beautiful mansion built in 1735, today houses the offices of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Nearby, the recently renovated Palacio de Osambela, built between 1803 and 1805, serves as a venue for art exhibitions and cultural events.
The Larco Museum has the most important archaeological collection of the north coast of Peru and is located in an old Vice Royal mansion that was constructed on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the 18th century. This fabulous museum has also an exquisite collection of gold and silver of ancient Peru and a room full of erotic art. The pieces in this museum are now world-famous after having been exhibited in the best museums around the world.

Day 3 Lima/Sacred Valley

Fly to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Afternoon at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 4 Sacred Valley

Visit Pisac Ruins early this morning and walk back to the village via trails crossing ancient terraces. You’ll have time to visit the famous Pisac markets before returning to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 5 Sacred Valley

After breakfast we visit the terraced rings of Moray, then take a relaxed downhill walk to the salt terraces of Maras.
Continue to Ollantaytambo for lunch and visit the famous fortress and town, the oldest continually occupied cities in the Americas.

Day 6 Ollantaytambo/Sacred Valley

Early departure by road into Patacancha Valley, passing some of the best examples of Inca terrace farming, and arriving at Huilloc (3,600m). The women of the village are renowned as fine weavers; many of the Huilloc men work as porters on the Inca Trail. Stop at the Pumamarca ruins on the return for a short walk and a picnic lunch.

Day 7 Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Today is sure to be a highlight of your trip! Travel by Vistadome train to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological site. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 8 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Return to the ruins early this morning to watch dawn break and the mist rise over Machu Picchu, a truly unforgettable sight. Book early and secure an entry to Huayna Picchu for stunning views over the citadel. Take the afternoon train back to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel.

Day 9 Cuzco

Enjoy a walking tour of Cuzco exploring the Plaza de Armas, Koricancha Temple and ancient cobbled streets on foot. Afterwards we drive to the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Tambomachay for a tour of these impressive sites.

Day 10 Cuzco

Free day to relax and continue exploring the ancient Inca capital.

Day 11 Cuzco/Puno

Full-day tour by bus across the Altiplano to Lake Titicaca with stops at Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, and lunch in Sicuani along the way.

Day 12 Puno

Full-day tour visiting the unique Uros floating reed islands and the more remote and authentic Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca.

Day 13 Puno/Colca Canyon

Transfer to the bus station for the regular service to Chivay. Here you’ll meet your driver and guide and enjoy an afternoon exploring the stunning Colca Canyon region.

Day 14 Colca Canyon/Arequipa

Early morning trip to Condor Cross, where you can see the majestic Andean Condor rising with the thermal currents. These incredible birds have a wingspan of up to 3 metres. After lunch we transfer to Arequipa and your hotel.

Day 15 Arequipa

Enjoy a guided tour of historic Arequipa, including a visit to the must-see Santa Catalina Convent.

Day 16 Arequipa

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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