Peru - Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

Discover Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca on this exciting Peru holiday

Enjoy the best of Peru to the fullest with this round-trip from and to Lima. Visit beautiful colonial cities, the sites of ancient civilisations, and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Get to know the descendants of the Incas and the endemic camelids of the Andes. Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas; see first-hand how the past still lives in the islands of Lake Titicaca, and make a pilgrimage to the snow capped peaks of the Andes to explore the magnificent Machu Picchu citadel and mountain. This trip can also easily be extended to include an extension to the Amazon Jungle or to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon if you wanting to spend longer in Peru. 

Tour highlights

    • Lima: The capital’s great architectural ensemble has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, with attractions as the Casa Aliaga, the Cathedral and the Main Square.
    • Cusco: Discover the former capital of the Inca Empire which offers attractions such as the baroque Cathedral, and the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site.
    • Sacred Valley: Discover the ancient town of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo among other sights.
    • 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.
    • Lake Titicaca: A cruise on the lake makes a stop at Taquile island and the floating Uros Islands.
    • Direct flights with British Airways from London Gatwick.
    • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements. 


Day 1

Arrival into Lima

On arrival in Lima, you receive assistance at the airport and are transferred to your selected hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

Lima - Lima city tour

Explore Lima old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Stroll over to the Cathedral, which was begun in the 16th century and took 80 years to build. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a seventh-century a pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artefacts, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the ‘Love Park’ in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Lima - Cusco: Cusco city tour

Pick-up after breakfast and transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. A meet and greet service on arrival is followed by transfer to your selected hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Qoricancha temple. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral. It features an elaborate Renaissance façade and, like other important monuments in the city, was built over a demolished Inca temple. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, the ruins of temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Return to and drop off at your hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Cusco - Sacred Valley: Sacred Valley excursion

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Urubamba River valley, which is popularly known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop is at Awana Kancha (‘weaving palace’ in Quechua) a farm-cum-zoo where endemic Andean camelids are bred. Learn about llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, which are friendly and domesticable, and which have wool with very strong fibers, which are used to weave ponchos, chullos, and other garments. Continue to Pisac, a historic town on the valley floor, to wander through its market. Break for lunch is a local diner before continuing to late Inca period Ollantaytambo fortress, which controlled access to the Sacred Valley. The site is a huge archaeological complex which, although it is known as a ‘fortress’, was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate delegations that traveled long distances. Drop off at your selected hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu excursion

Departure by Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. On arrival you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu itself. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ had lain abandoned in the heavens for four centuries until American explorer Hiram Bingham happened upon it in 1911. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it so it was spared the destruction they wrought on other Inca sites. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and the most prominent landmarks among the 200 or so buildings such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Rest of the day free at leisure.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a free morning. We strongly recommend that you wake early today and make your way to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience. The best views are from Huayna Picchu, which is about 360 meters above Machu Picchu and boasts an underground temple complex, and Inti Punku, which offers even better views from some 390 meters above the citadel. Another option is the Inca Bridge, a secret military trail, which controlled access to the citadel. In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Transfer to the train station after breakfast at the hotel, boarding the Cusco-Puno Andean Explorer Train to Puno, on the western shore of Lake Titicaca. This is a beautiful full day journey, the train has an observation carriage and lunch is served onboard. On arrival in Puno you are met on arrival by a representative and transferred to your selected hotel in the city.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Lake Titicaca: Uros and Taquille Island tour

Transfer to the shore of Lake Titicaca after breakfast to enjoy a motor boat cruise, alighting at a number of the islands in the lake. The first stop is at the unique Uros Islands. There are more than 40 of these floating islets, which are made entirely from totora reeds plucked from the lake. Meet the Aymara-speaking islanders, learn all about the making of the islands, their lifespan and upkeep while exploring these marvels of engineering made using only primitive materials and methods. Board the boat again to continue the voyage of discovery at timeless Taquile island, where the Quechua-speaking residents have maintained their ancient social system and earned a reputation for their fine hand-weaving technique. The island’s history is also as fascinating as its people, having been a penal colony during Spanish colonial times. Return to Puno for lunch with rest of the day free at leisure.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Departure for the UK

Private transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima and then onto the UK.

If you wanting to extend your time in Peru then why not consider an extension to the Amazon Jungle. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast


4 Star Hotels : 22nd September 2016 - 30th November 2017

5 Star Deluxe Hotels : 22nd September 2016 - 30th November 2017

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