Highlights of Peru

Highlights of Peru

An action-packed 14-day tour visiting the highlights of Peru

This two week adventure visits all of Peru’s most iconic landmarks. Spend a couple of nights in Lima and Arequipa, known as the 'white city' due to its buildings made out of white volcanic stone. Visit the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world and settle into traditional village life on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Other highlights include a visit to the former Inca capital of Cusco and the Sacred Valley with its colourful and bustling market towns. Finish your trip with a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World

Tour highlights

    • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Lima
    • Explore the Colca Valley, home to the Andean Condor
    • Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Titicaca to the floating Uros Islands
    • Visit Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire
    • Climb Machu Picchu and explore the Lost City of the Incas
    • Direct flights from London Gatwick are available with British Airways (regional departures also available) 
    • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Lima

Upon arrival into Lima, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the evening at leisure. 

Overnight at Arawi hotel. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

Waking tour of Lima

Enjoy a walking tour to visit Lima's Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour includes sightseeing of the colonial buildings surrounding the Main Plaza, San Francisco Church and Casa Aliaga, the best preserved colonial mansion in the Americas. You will also get to visit Lima's chinatown, locally known as Barrio chino. This area is centred on two blocks - the seventh and eighth - a stretch 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 )

City Tour Arequipa, (Private - 4 hours)

A late morning flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival to Arequipa, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time to relax and get use to the altitude, before your city tour. Afternoon visit to Santa Catalina Convent. Built in 1579, this is an enclosed religious town that remains in use to this days. Stop in one of the most prestigious chocolate factury of Peru “Casa Helena” before you stop at the "Juanita Museum", is the well preserved frozen body of an Inca girl, afterwards, we drive to the district of Sabandia, famous for its colonial mill that dates back to the XVII Century, where the grains were once ground and distributed to all of Southern Peru. Also, terraces dating from pre-Inca time, will be seen on the way back to Arequipa.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4 ( Arequipa – Colca Canyon)

Journey Arequipa - Colca (Private Tour - 5 hours)

Depart via Yura, a district characterised by its rugged scenery, hills and ravines. Enter Pampa Canahuas Reserve, an extensive plain where you can see vicunas, the indigenous Andean camelid that is a national symbol. Continue 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 is included in a local restaurant. Visit and enjoy the hot springs of the hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5 ( Colca Canyon )

Leisure

Enjoy a leisure day on this magnificent scenery of the second deepest canyon in the world, more than 4 kilometres at its deepest part.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 ( Colca Canyon - Puno)

Visit the local villages (Private Tour) & Journey Colca to Puno (Private Tour – 6 hours)

An early start to visit the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and the vantage points at Antahuilque and Choquetico. Lunch is included in a local restaurant. 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.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 ( Puno )

Uros & Taquile Island Tour (Group Tour with private guide – 8 hours)

You will be visiting by boat some of the ancient communities living in different isles of the Lake Titicaca. The first stop is the isle of Uros, an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reed that grows in the lake. After, you will continue 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 this culture can be noted in their buildings. They will give you a brief presentation about the island and you will attend a cultural activity. After lunch, you will return by boat to Puno.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 ( Puno - Cuzco )

Journey Puno to Cuzco by Bus (Regular Bus – 10 hours)

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 BC. After a brief break at La Raya, the highest pass on our way to Cuzco (at 4313m), the bus stops at Sicuani for lunch. Continue to Raqchi, an Inca site built in honour of Wiracocha, a powerful Andean God. 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 kilometre drive gets us to Cuzco. A guide will pick you up at the bus station and will transfer you to your hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 ( Cuzco )

City Tour and archaeological sites (Private Tour – 4 hours)

Morning to relax or personal activities. Afternoon, starts your city tour of Cusco at Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic constructions of the Incas. It is a huge fortress made of large stones of 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 it is a delightful cluster of cobblestone streets popular among artisans who sell their handcrafts on the street. Continue to the Cathedral, the most impressive monument in the Plaza de Armas. Visit the San Pedro Market and enjoy an authentic look at everyday culture. The tour ends at the Coricancha also known as "The Temple of the Sun".

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10 ( Cuzco - Sacred Valley )

Awanakancha weaving center, Pisac & Ollantaytambo (Private Tour – 6 hours)

Your tour will start at Awanacancha, a llama centre to learn about the importance of llamas and alpacas to the Peruvian way of life. Continue to Pisaq Archaeological site, hosting one of the most impressive complexes of terraces in the valley and the market. After lunch, continue to the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited like the past. 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

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11 ( Sacred Valley )

Chinchero, Maras & Moray (Private Tour – 6 hours)

Today you will visit Chinchero, a small traditional village located on the way to Urubamba from Cusco. At Chinchero you will visit a traditional weaving workshop were you will be given a very interesting presentation on how the local artisans use natural products. After, move on to the Maras Salt Mines. These Salt Mines have been used since long before the Inca times. The extraction method employed involves using an ancient drying process, whereby saltwater, flowing from an underground stream, is left in thousands of wells until it has evaporated, leaving behind only the salt, which is then ready to be sold or exchanged for provisions.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 ( Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cuzco )

Visit to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Private Tour – 2 ½ hours)

Today will be an unforgettable day as you 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 UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately two hours . On arrival at Aguas Calientes, catch a bus to the site entrance where you will enjoy a guided tour of the Sanctuary. Return to Cusco late afternoon.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 13 ( Cuzco )

Cuzco

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

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 ( Cusco - Lima - International Departure )

Cusco - Lima - International Departure

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

INCLUDES : Breakfast

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27th November 2017 - 30th December 2018


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