Fall in love with mystical Peru on this adventure tour

Travel through the soaring Inca heartland, from the beaches of Lima to the streets of Cuzco, high up in the Andes. Unlock the secrets of the many mystic sights as you explore the streets of Arequipa, trek along historic Inca pathways, explore the wildlife-studded Ballestas Islands and ramble over the ruins of Machu Picchu. From the colonial sights of Lima to the mighty Inca history in Cuzco, journey through the heart of Peru and discover the highlights of this fascinating country along the way.

This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Cuzco, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Overland
Code
GDOP
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
491kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Spot penguins and boobies on the Ballestas Islands
  • Puzzle over the mysterious Nazca Lines
  • Visit the funerary towers at the Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Spot Andean condors in the Colca Canyon
  • Make new friends on a Peruvian village homestay
  • Follow in the steps of the ancient Peruvians on an Inca trek
  • Gaze on the crumbling beauty of Machu Picchu

Itinerary

Get acquainted with Lima, Peru's modern capital. There's plenty to see in this bustling city, from colonial mansions to vibrant plazas, fine museums and ornate churches.
Leave the city behind and travel south along the coast of Peru. Pitch a tent in Paracas, which spans over 335,000 hectares and is one of the world's most important marine reserves. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife Paracas is famous for.
Spot penguins, sea lions and boobies during a boat tour through the Ballestas Islands. Learn about the mysterious sand images on a Nazca Lines tour and perhaps take an overhead flight to fully appreciate the scale of this puzzling creation.
The windswept graves at the Chauchilla Cemetery display the eerie skeletons and mummified bodies of the Nazca people, some of which date from 1,000 AD. Camp overnight near Puerto Inca.
Explore the scenic city of Arequipa and perhaps stop by the Museo Santury to view Juanita, the ice princess. The body of this frozen Inca maiden is thought to be more than 500 years old, and was found at a sacrificial site on the summit of Nevado Ampato.
Try to spot the mighty Andean condors as they silently take to the sky thousands of metres above the floor of the breathtaking Colca Canyon.
Get to know a local family as guests at a homestay in Raqchi. Spend the evening huddled around a crackling fire, sharing a meal, and discovering traditional Peruvian song and dance.
Arrive in the city set high city in the mountains of Peru, Cuzco. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps enjoy a traditional dance performance or sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer in Cuzco, including quad-biking and whitewater rafting.
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on an alternate Inca trail trek through the Andes. Go trekking through the snow-capped Cordillera Urubamba mountains, along winding mountain paths, past herds of grazing llamas. Meet local Quechua communities during the four-day hike before descending into the Sacred Valley to explore the massive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
Explore the crumbling ruins of Peru's most frequented attraction, Machu Picchu, the 'lost Inca city'. Why not find a spot near the Sun Gate to sit back and soak up the magical atmosphere.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Overland vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (9 nights)
Included activities
  • Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek
  • Ballestas Island tour
  • Chauchilla cemetery
  • Colca Canyon Tour
  • Paracas National Park
  • Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins
  • Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo

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This trip requires an Inca Trail Permit. To view permit availability click here.

For information about altitude sickness click here


Important notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
3. You need to choose whether you wish to hike the Classic Inca Trail or the http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf">; Quechua Community Trek at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf">; Quechua Community Trek will be confirmed automatically.

Classic Inca Trail permits are sold on a request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Classic Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you will be booked on the http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf">; Quechua Community Trek instead.

The Classic Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to hike the http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/inca-advisory/Community_Trek_Peru.pdf">; Quechua Community Trek .

Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Lima to Cuzco trips score an average of 3.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Lima to Cuzco , January 2015

Lima to Cuzco , February 2014