Land of the Incas

This two- week itinerary offers an insight to the diversity and variety of the Peru.  Extensions can be arranged to include the Ballestas Islands or a few days in the Amazon jungle.

Highlights: Lima – Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Lake Titicaca – Cuzco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

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Day 1

Lima

You will be met on arrival in Peru and driven to your hotel.

Day 2

Lima

Half day city tour of Peru includes the historical centre which has been much restored over the last two decades and the modern area of Miraflores and Larco Mar. A fine introduction to the capital.

We will be happy to discuss a range of activities in the afternoon, such as a tour of the gold museum, cooking lessons or pisco tasting.

Day 3

Arequipa

Transfer to Lima airport in time to check in for your flight to Arequipa. Arrival transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon city tour of Arequipa including a visit to the Santa Catalina convent, a walled five acre site in the heart of the city which was hidden from the public for centuries.

Day 4

Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon,
and is peppered with unspoiled villages, Inca terraces and bridges. It is also an excellent vantage place to see condors, vicunas, llamas and alpacas.

Overnight at a lodge in the Canyon.

Day 5

Cruz del Condor - Puno

The Mirador, Cruz del Condor (Condor Crossing point) is the deepest point of the canyon offering spectacular views and the best place to see condors rising in the early morning.

Continue from the Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca, arriving at your hotel in the evening.

Day 6

Uros and Taquile

Full day trip on Lake Titicaca to the floating Uros Islands and to Isla Taquile for an insight into ancient customs and traditions which are maintained into the 21st century.

Day 7

Travel to Cuzco

We will arrange your itinerary to include the luxurious Andean Explorer train (10 hours) which operates only a few times a week, or a bus transfer (8 hours) if budgets are tight. If you prefer to fly (30 minutes) please let us know.

You will be met however you arrive at Cuzco and driven to your hotel.

Day 8

Cuzco

Morning tour of Cuzco to the main highlights of the city, including the Plaza de Armas, cathedral and Sacsayhuaman, the impressive fortress which overlooks the city.

Day 9

Cuzco

Free day in Cuzco. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange any particular activities or excursions: visits to the artists and artisans in the craft workshops of San Blas, cooking lessons or adventurous activities such as white-water rafting, riding or mountain biking.

Day 10

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Transfer and tour of the Sacred Valley; we will adapt the itinerary according to your interests: e.g. the ruins and market at Pisac, the fortress at Ollantaytambo, the salt pools at Maras and the Inca agricultural research centre of Moray.

Overnight at a hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 11

Machu Picchu

Full day excursion by train to Machu Picchu. The train journey is two hours each way with a tour of the citadel and lunch included at Machu Picchu. If you have longer we can adapt the itinerary to stay overnight either at the Sanctuary Lodge or in the local village, Aguas Calientes. We also offer a one-day Inca Trail to hike to Machu Picchu, arriving through the Sun Gate.

Day 12

Cuzco

Travel back to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. We will discuss timings of the transfer and any activities according to your preferences. You may want to spend the morning in the Sacred Valley and travel back to Cuzco in the afternoon, for example.

Day 13

Lima

Fly to Lima and overnight here. The Larcomar centre is a good place to do any last minute shopping before you fly home. If you would like us to book lunch at the Rosa Nautica pier or dinner at one of Peru's best restaurants, please let us know.

Day 14

Depart Peru

Departure transfer to the international airport in time to check in for your transatlantic flights home or onward flight elsewhere.

The above sample Peru holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels

We offer a range of accommodation from three star standard hotels to five star luxury so please chat to our staff for informed advice and expertise to discuss arrangements for your tailor-made Peru holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your South American Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Peru holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made holiday to Peru.

Duration of your Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample Peru itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote for your tailor-made itinerary in Peru together with links to hotel websites, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this tailor-made Peru holiday.