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Best of Peru

Peru

16 days

Summary

Our Best of Peru two week sample itinerary is the ideal unrushed tour to discover the main highlights of Peru. First arrive into Lima, where you can take your time to explore what this amazing city has to offer. For instance, visit a local food market and participate on a hands-on cooking class in the South America’s culinary capital. Alternatively discover one of the world’s most exquisite private art collections comprised by masterpieces of Vice-regal art. Then travel to the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas where you can best adjust to altitude. Although there are many attractions in the area, we highly recommend a tour to Huilloc Village & Pumamarca ruins. It is a fabulous way to immerse in the culture and history in a tour that combines an incredible landscape and traditions.

Continue to by train (or trek) to Machu Picchu where you will have a guided tour of the archaeological site. Followed by a second day visit to walk around Machu Picchu at your own pace before travelling to Cuzco. You will have days to explore Cuzco and its charming cobbled-stone streets. Afterwards travel south either by bus or by train to Puno where Lake Titicaca is nested. Visit the remote island of Taquile and the floating reed islands of Uros. Continue towards Colca Canyon for the best Andean spectacle, see the majestic Condor in flight. Finally arrive into the beautiful city of Arequipa, arguably the loveliest city in Peru.

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

Choose your exploration in Lima. Depart on a half day sightseeing tour of Lima, including a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. If you prefer a more active option take a bike ride along bike paths and parks. Alternatively, with the help of one of the best culinary guides in Peru, discover the local ingredients that give life to the finest dishes of Peruvian cuisine.

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 Sacred Valley

Experience what it is like to trek in the mountains on these ancient trails that are still used today by llama drivers who make their living by leading their animals to different points in the Andes. You will observe beautiful landscapes and share a day with the members of a local Andean community. The women of the village are renowned as fine weavers and 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. Alternatively, board the Belmond Andean Explorer. South America’s first luxury night train.

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. For train enthusiast, take the Belmond Andean Explorer train and descend through the Colca Canyon to the picturesque city of Arequipa.

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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