Highlights of Peru

This action packed two week tour of Peru takes in the highlights with visits to Machu Picchu, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca.

Start your holiday with a couple of nights in Lima and enjoy a walking tour of its historic centre. From Lima fly south to the beautiful city of Arequipa known as the 'white city' due to many of the building being made out of white volcanic stone. From Arequipa journey by road into the Colca Canyon one of the deepest canyons in the world and home to the Andean Condor. Continue onwards to Lake Titicaca where you will see traditional villages still living as they have for centuries. From Lake Titicaca its on to Cusco, the former Inca capital and today has a well preserved colonial centre. After a few days in the Sacred valley visiting colourful and bustling market towns, you finish your trip with an unforgettable day at Machu Picchu one of the 7 Wonders of the World. 

Tour highlights

    • Lima:The capital’s great architectural ensemble has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
    • Arequipa: Explore the small walled town within a town that is the colorful Santa Catalina convent and enjoy awesome views of Mt Misti volcano
    • Colca Valley: Enjoy the stunning views of the 4,000-metre-deep canyon from Condor Cross lookout and see Andean Condors in flight 
    • Lake Titicaca: A boat ride takes you to Taquile island and the artificial floating Uros Islands
    • Cusco: Discover the former capital of the Inca Empire
    • Machu Picchu: The lost city of the Incas is hidden on top of an Andean peak, offering views not only of the mountains, but also of the Inca past
    • Direct flights possible with British Airways from London Gatwick (regional departures also available) 
    • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements


Day 1

Arrival into Lima

Upon arrival into Lima you are met at the airport and transfered to your hotel. Evening at leisure. 

Overnight at Arawi hotel. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

Waking tour of Lima

Waking tour to visit Lima's Historic Centre which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start the tour with sightseeing of the colonial buildings surrounding the Main Plaza. Stroll down to San Francisco Church, then continue on to Casa Aliaga, the best preserved colonial mansion in the Americas. After the colonial visit you will be impressed with the next visit to Lima's chinatown, locally known as Barrio chino. This area is centred on two blocks - the seventh and eighth, a stretch almost universally referred to as Calle Capon, a name acquired during the Spanish Colonial period as it was the location of the market for pigs.

Overnight at Arawi hotel. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Lima - Arequipa

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the airport for flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival to Arequipa assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Select Arequipa. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Arequipa city tour

In the morning enjoy a city tour of the beautiful city of Arequipa. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Santa Catalina Convent, built in 1579 this is an enclosed religious town that remains in use to this day. You will continue to Sabandia, famous for its colonial mill that dates from the XVII Century, where formerly the grains were ground that were distributed in all of Southern Peru. Fascinating villages with stepped terraces dating from pre-inca time, will be seen on the way back to Arequipa. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Select Arequipa. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Arequipa - Colca Canyon

You leave the city via Yura, a district characterised by its rugged scenery, hills and ravines. You enter Pampa Canahuas Reserve, an extensive plain where you can see vicunas, the indigenous Andean camelid that is a national symbol. Then to Vizcachani, Pampas de Toccra and up to the crater of the volcano Chucura and on to Mirador de los Andes at Patapampa (4800m) 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 thermal springs at La Calera.

Overnight at Casa Andina Colca. Traditional room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Colca Canyon - Puno

An early start for the visit to 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 condor flying just 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. More great beauty with petrified forests, blue lakes populated by flamingos at more than 4,000 metres above sea level can be seen along the route. You reach Puno in the late afternoon. 

Overnight at Posada del Inca. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Lake Titicaca: Uros and Taquille Island tour

You will be picked up from Puno’s lake port and transferred to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reed that grows in the lake. The islands are built by weaving totoras in the places where they grow the thickest and form a natural layer. They build their houses over it and cook in the open air to prevent possible fires. After a one and a half-hour tour, you will continue your trip to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and vestiges of said culture can be noted in their buildings. When the Spaniards arrived, they forced its residents to get rid of their typical clothes and to wear traditional farmers' clothes. They will give you a brief presentation about the island and you will attend a cultural activity. After lunch your return by boat to Puno. 

Overnight at Posada del Inca. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Puno - Cusco

Today is a full day journey to Cuzco and along the way you have a few interesting stops. Visit the town of Pucara and the Litico Pucara Museum. Pucara was the first urban settlement on the altiplano, 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 Cuzco (at 4313m), the bus stops at Sicuani where lunch is enjoyed. We then head on to Raqchi an Inca site built in honour 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. The church was built during the XVI century atop Wari remains and today the boasts a beautifully restored colonial organ. A short 40 kilometres drive gets us to Cuzco at the end of today's journey. A transportation service with a guide will pick you up when you arrive at the bus station and will transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight Sonesta Cusco. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Cusco - Cusco city tour and archaeological sights

The tour starts at Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic constructions of the Incas built by Pachacutec in the 15th century. It is a huge fortress made of large stones which transportation is still a mystery. Return to the city to continue your tour along the San Blas neighbourhood, originally inhabited by the Inca nobility who built impressive stone constructions within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas. Today the neighbourhood is a delightful cluster of cobblestone streets popular among artisans who sell their handcrafts on the street. Continue to the Cathedral. This is the most impressive monument in the Plaza de Armas. Visit the San Pedro Market, where all of the items are on vibrant display and are fascinatingly set right out in the open. It’s an authentic look at everyday culture which lies outside the circuit of regular sights. The tour ends at the Coricancha also known as "The Temple of the Sun" was built by Inca Pachacutec (1438- 1572) becoming the base of the Santo Domingo Convent at the arrival of the Spaniards. At the Coricancha homage was payed to the Sun ("Inti") during the Inca Empire, a time when the whole building was covered with gold.

Overnight Sonesta Cusco. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10


Free day in Cusco. Explore the many narrow cobbled streets and discover hidden markets and colonial gems. 

Overnight Sonesta Cusco. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11

Sacred Valley excursion: Pisac and Ollantaytambo

Your tour will start at Awanacancha, a llama centre to learn about the importance of llamas and alpacas to the Peruvian way of life. Proceed to Pisaq which is known for 2 reasons; the craft market, established between colonial buildings and for hosting one of the most impressive complexes of terraces in the valley. The market has dozens of stalls displaying and selling products crafted by the residents of the area. Buffet lunch at a restaurant. After lunch, continue to the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited like the past. Pachacutec (1438 - 1572) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one absorbing it as part of his empire. The fortress of Ollantaytambo is a major archaeological site that although it was called a "fortress" it was a "tambo" town for rest and lodging of long distance travellers. It is without doubt one of the most monumental works of the empire.  

Overnight at the Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Sacred Valley

Free day in the Sacred Valley. Perhaps take a visit to the town of Chinchero which is renowned for its traditional weaving and craftsmanship. 

Overnight at the Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 13

Machu Picchu excursion

Today will be an unforgettable day you will visit one of the 7 wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. You will be transferred to the Ollanta train station to travel to 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. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Caliente in approximately one hour and 30 minutes. On arrival at Aguas Caliente catch a bus to sites entrance where you will enjoy a guided tour of the ruins. 

Overnight at El Mapi. Superior Deluxe room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Free day to return to Machu Picchu  Once in the citadel you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and the Inca Bridge. In the afternoon return by train to Cusco. Arrive to Poroy train station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight Sonesta Cusco. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 15

Departure for the UK

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Lima. Arrival to Lima for your international flight back to the UK. 

If you wanted to extend your time in South America why not consider an extension to the amazing Galapagos Islands?

INCLUDES : Breakfast



Standard hotels 22nd September 2016 - 30th November 2017

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