Lima to Cuzco Overview

Fall in love with Peru on this adventure tour. Travel from Lima to Cuzco via the Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon, Arequipa and do an Inca trek.

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      USD $1,155
      CAD $1,180
      AUD $1,205
      EUR €880
      GBP £720
      NZD $1,430
      ZAR R10,970
      CHF FR1,035
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      USD $960
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,085*
      CAD $2,187*
      AUD $2,233*
      EUR €1,559*
      GBP £1,336*
      NZD $2,530*
      ZAR R20,859*
      CHF FR1,857*
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Trip Validity

  • 2011-01-01 - 2015-12-31

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.

  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Lima, Peru
  • Finish:

    Cuzco, Peru
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt), Camping (with facilities) (5 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (9 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Overland vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    Alternative Inca Trail and Quechua Community trek, Ballestas Island entrance fee, Chauchilla cemetery, Colca Canyon entrance, Paracas National Park, Raqchi Artisan Centre and ruins, Tour of the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    491kg pp per trip
  • 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 Quechua Community Trek at the time of booking. If you do not indicate a preference, the 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 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 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 price from

    USD $1,155
    CAD $1,180
    AUD $1,205
    EUR €880
    GBP £720
    NZD $1,430
    ZAR R10,970
    CHF FR1,035
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    USD $960
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    USD $2,085*
    CAD $2,187*
    AUD $2,233*
    EUR €1,559*
    GBP £1,336*
    NZD $2,530*
    ZAR R20,859*
    CHF FR1,857*
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    USD $122
    CAD $128
    AUD $131
    EUR €91
    GBP £78
    NZD $148
    ZAR R1,227
    CHF FR109
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Lima to Cuzco Summary

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Day 1 Lima

Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.

Day 2 Paracas/Ballestas Islands

Home to a large number of birds and wildlife species, Paracas National Reserve helps preserve Peru's marine ecosystem and the cultural heritage of the Paracas people. With birds circling ahead, a dramatic coastline with stone arches and caves, and animals galore lazing on rocks and beaches, the Ballestas Islands are a visual feast.

Day 3 Nazca

Rebuilt completely after a devastating earthquake in 1996, Nazca is home to the mysterious Nazca Lines and a city of colourful houses with a pretty main square.

Day 4 Puerto Inca

Puerto Inca is a tiny, sandy place with an abundance of ruins and beautiful coastal scenery to enjoy.

Days 5-6 Arequipa

The beautiful 'White City' of Arequipa is surrounded by volcanoes, is rich in Spanish colonial architecture and abounds with local culture and cuisine.

Days 7-8 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Known for its love of karaoke, Chivay is a small town located near the Colca Canyon with an interesting market and some relaxing hot springs close by. Over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and with Andean Condors soaring high above, the Colca Canyon commands reverie.

Day 9 Raqchi Homestay

Traditional houses, customs and handicrafts are a signature part of Raqchi, a small village just outside of Cuzco.

Days 10-11 Cuzco

Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.

Days 12-15 Quechua Community Trek/Classic Inca Trail

Winding around mountains, through valleys and up steep slopes, the iconic Inca Trail is a series of beautiful vistas and challenging hikes all the way to Machu Picchu.

Days 16-17 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Built sometime in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu were thought to be an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti. A World Heritage site set among red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture.
    • 17
    • GDOP
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,155
      CAD $1,180
      AUD $1,205
      EUR €880
      GBP £720
      NZD $1,430
      ZAR R10,970
      CHF FR1,035
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $960
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,085*
      CAD $2,187*
      AUD $2,233*
      EUR €1,559*
      GBP £1,336*
      NZD $2,530*
      ZAR R20,859*
      CHF FR1,857*
      *
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‡ As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.