Grand Tour of Peru

Visit the incredible natural and historical highlights of Peru on this in-depth tour.

Our Grand Tour of Peru allows you to visit the highlights of Peru at a leisurely pace. The trip starts with a flight over the incredible Nazca Lines which is the only real way to appreciate these mysterious lines. Head south to Arequipa and admire the stunning scenery of the Colca Canyon. After spotting condors soaring above the thermals, you'll continue onto Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Next, you’ll journey onwards to Cusco, the former Inca capital and explore the colourful market towns of the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. The trip finishes up with 3 nights in the Amazon Rainforest.

Tour highlights

    • Visit the awe inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu
    • Take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines
    • Spot Condors soaring over the Colca Canyon
    • Explore the Amazon Jungle 
    • Shop in the traditional market towns of the Sacred Valley
    • Enjoy a day out on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
    • Direct flights available from the London Gatwick
    • Itinerary is flexible and any aspect can be tailor-made 


Day 1

Arrival into Lima

On arrival into Lima you will be met by your guide at the airport and taken by private transfer to your hotel. Lima is a modern metropolis full of history, which has approximately ten million inhabitants and is going through an exciting process of cultural and economic changes. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Select. Standard room.

Day 2

Lima - Paracas

You will be transferred from Lima to Paracas by bus, approximately 4 hours. 

Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the airfield to board a light aircraft to fly over the Nazca Lines (Subject to weather conditions). The Nazca Lines are one of the world's great mysteries, and they were discovered back in the 1920's. What exact purpose did they meet? We don't quite know. The truth is they depict coastal, highland and jungle fauna (whale, hummingbird, monkey, spider) as well as geometric figures (lines, trapeze, triangle). Thereafter, weather and air-traffic controllers permitting, fly above the figured-scrapped hills of Palpa. The Palpa Lines are believed to predate those of Nazca, picturing animals and human figures and a prominent deity. The Nazca culture flourished between 50 B.C. and 600 A.D, studies suggesting their society suffered an environmental collapse derived from deforestation. You will be transferred to your hotel at the end of the day.

Overnight at Hacienda Bahia Paracas. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Paracas - Lima

After having breakfast, you will go to the Paracas Port, to take a tour to the Ballestas Islands, which are part of the Paracas National Reserve. This region is a natural reserve with beautiful geological formations, impressive fauna and vestiges of a pre-Inca culture that dominated the desert. The Ballestas Islands are home to a large population of sea lions, Humboldt penguins and other species found in the archipelago. The tour lasts around 2 hours. 

In the afternoon you will be transferred from Paracas to Lima by bus, approximately 4 hours. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Select Lima. Superior room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Lima - Arequipa

Breakfast at your hotel. Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. On arrival in Arequipa you are met and taken by private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Select Arequipa. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5


Your tour starts at the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru. This is located next to the impressive Arequipa Cathedral, built in the 17th century and fully rebuilt after several earthquakes. Then you will go to the Monastery of Saint Catherine, built in 1579, which is an authentic medieval cloister and a small religious citadel still used today. You will then visit the Church of the Society of Jesus (1590), considered a classical example of the local baroque architecture, which houses an exceptional collection of paintings and murals. You will end the tour visiting the Yanahuara and Carmen Alto districts to have a scenic view of Arequipa's countryside. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Select Arequipa. Superior room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Arequipa - Colca Canyon

A day filled with beautiful sights. You leave the city via Yura, a district characterised by its rugged scenery, hills and ravines. From here you enter Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive plain where you can see vicuñas, the indigenous Andean camelid that is a national symbol. Then it is onwards and upwardsto Mirador de los Andes at Patapampa (4800 m.a.s.l.) where the volcanoes surrounding Arequipa can be seen. Lunch will be served in the village of Chivay and in the afternoon you can rest in the hotel, or visit the local thermal springs.  

Overnight at Casa Andina Classic. Traditional room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca

It is an early start to visit the Cruz del Cóndor to see the Colca Valley (the second deepest canyon in the world, more than 4 kilometres at its deepest part) and the huge and majestic condors flying a few metres away. You will visit the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and the vantage points at Antahuilque and Choquetico, on your return to Chivay. From here you will leave for Puno taking the turn-off to Patahuasi. It is a 6 hour journey to Puno and you pass petrified forest, blue lakes with flamingos and reaching height of 4000m above sea level. 

Overnight at Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno. Lake view room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Lake Titicaca

Enjoy a day of sailing on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Early morning departure for the floating islands of Uros. The Uros are an ancient culture that inhabit a series of artificial islands built on the basis of reeds growing in the lake itself. These are constructed by weaving reed in the areas where it grows thicker and thus forming a natural layer. On it they build their houses and they cook outdoors in order to prevent fires. Afterwards continue by sailing towards Taquile Island for a 30 minute hike towards the small town inhabited by quechua speakers. Lunch will be served in a local house that doubles as a restaurant. After lunch, explore the island and enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Titicaca. After about an hour and a half, return back to the main dock to take the boat back to Puno. 

Overnight at Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno. Lake view room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Lake Titicaca - Cusco

Today is a full day journey to Cusco, with a few interesting stop on route. Visit the town of Pucara and the Pucara Lithic Museum. Pucara was the first urban settlement on the highlands, a civilisation that populated the area between 100 and 300 B.C. After a brief break at La Raya, the highest pass on our way to Cusco (at 4313 masl), the bus stops at Sicuani where lunch is enjoyed. We then head on to Raqchi an Inca site built in honor of Wiracocha, a powerful Andean God. Moments later we visit the Church of Andahuaylillas, known as the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas" due to the high quality art pieces it shelters. Arrival into Cusco, and transfer to your hotel. 

Overnight at Sonesta Cusco. Standard room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10


Today you will enjoy a city tour of Cusco and its nearby Inca ruins. You will start your tour by visiting the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (Quri Kancha 'Golden Temple'), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572) and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. Almost a century of construction. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometres from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know Puka Pucara, located 7 kilometres from the city of Cusco. 

Overnight at Sonesta Cusco. Standard room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11

Cusco - Sacred Valley

You will start your tour at Awanakancha, a farm of South American camelids and showroom of textiles, where local families show the entire traditional process of weaving and making garments. You will then visit the Pisac market, which has scores of stands that exhibit and sell products manufactured by the residents of the area. It is possible to find textiles, carvings and replicas of old Inca pieces. After having lunch at a local restaurant, you will go to the Ollantaytambo town, a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacútec (1438-1471) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one in the Inca style, to absorb it as part of his expanding empire. Ollantaytambo shows a huge archaeological complex that, considered one of the most monumental works of the Inca Empire. Although it bears the name of fortress, it was actually a tambo, a leisure place used to accommodate the delegations that travelled long distances. 

Overnight at Posada del Inca Yucay. Standard room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

You will be picked up from your hotel in Urubamba and transferred to the Ollantaytambo train station. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately two hours. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. Finally, after a short transfer by bus you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by the UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world. Enjoy a guided tour of the site. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. 

Overnight at Hotel El Mapi. Superior Deluxe room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Today you can optionally return to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions of the citadel. Visit the Intipunku, which in Castilian means "Sun Gate" and is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu if you follow the Inca trail from Ollantaytambo. It was kind of a checkpoint control and the sun rises every day through this door if viewed from the most important buildings of the citadel. Finally you will be able to visit the Inca Bridge, an incredible stone building that served as entrance or exit of the citadel and halfway has a gap of several meters above which were two large wooden tables. Thus the Incas could isolate the city by simply withdrawing them and therefore remain protected. In the afternoon head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and from there take the train back to Ollanta station. A vehicle will be waiting for you at the train station of Ollantaytambo to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco. 

Overnight at Sonesta Cusco. Standard room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 14

Cusco - Amazon Jungle

Private transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to the Jungle. On arrival at Puerto Maldonado, check-in at the Butterfly House, where the staff will welcome you and give you the necessary information for your stay. Navigate by outboard motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to the hotel (approximately 25-minutes navigation). You will enjoy lunch with organic ingredients and native flavors. After lunch, take a walk through Conception trails, our inside property nature trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk, navigate by motorized canoe, at the Twilight River excursion. Sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals behaviour, and the southern constellations. In the evening enjoy a nice dinner at the dining room in the Casa Grande. 

Overnight Hacienda Concepcion Jungle Lodge. Standard room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Amazon Jungle

New experiences are ahead and after taking a nutritious buffet breakfast, get ready for a long trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Navigate by dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey, black caiman, and one of the world?s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche. Back to the lodge for lunch, and later on the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Caminata Anaconda awaits for you. Take a 20-minute ride by outboard motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center where you will learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (ONG). Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers (30 m.) and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 ft. high (28 m.). Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. At night get ready for an adventure at the hidden rainforest excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rainforest that gives way to nocturnal animals who display intriguing behavior patterns, and enhanced senses as adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal living nature sounds, and penetrate this hidden world. Return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner. 

Overnight Hacienda Concepcion Jungle Lodge. Standard room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16

Amazon Jungle

The sun rises once again and after an early breakfast, you will take part of the Inland Collpa excursion. Walk 15 to 20 min. towards one out of four clay licks at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. Learn about this mammal inland collpa activity and the difference between collpas according to their location, while looking for footprints and traces of animal activity on the clay lick salted walls, such as the agoutis, peccaries, among others. Then continue with our native farm excursion where you will be able to learn local techniques of cultivation and taste some of the products. Getting back to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion you will have lunch. Get a rest and get ready for the Cocha water excursion. Enjoy a dugout canoe ride on the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion cocha lake. Try native fishing applying the catch and release techniques, as you enjoy the scenery observing hoatzins, a diversity of fly catchers, and gray-necked woodrails. You will be able to participate in the Inland Collpa during the evening, where you will see different species and their night routines by observing through our blinds. End up your day with a pleasant dinner. 

Overnight Hacienda Concepcion Jungle Lodge. Standard room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17

Amazon Jungle - Lima

After breakfast buffet, take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by outboard motorized canoe. Arrive at the Butterfly House where you wait for your flight back to Lima, while visiting this beautiful Butterfly House and learning about the fascinating transformation of these colourful insects.

Overnight at Casa Andina Select Lima. Superior room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 18

Lima - Departure

Enjoy a city tour of Lima. Drive through the residential and busy streets of Miraflores and San Isidro. Stroll around Miraflores where ancient inhabitants of the valley built the adobe pyramid of Huaca Pucllana. Make a stop at Parque del Amor (The Love Park) and take in the view of the Pacific. The Larco Museum has custody of rich pre-hispanic gold and silver collections. The Erotic Gallery showcases one of a kind ceramics devoted to fertility rites of the Moche (a peoples of the northern coast pre-dating Inca times). Continue on to Lima Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its long, wooden balconies where once used by flirty tapadas to see while not being seen. Colonial buildings surround the Main Plaza and the Cathedral stands out impressively. The Presidential Palace, City Hall and the Archbishop´s Palace complete a nice vista. Return to your hotel. 

In the late afternoon private transfer to the airport for your international flight.

INCLUDES : Breakfast



22nd September 2016 - 30th November 2017

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