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Travel to Peru and discover the ancient civilisation of the Incas

Travel to Peru and Bolivia as you head deep into the Andes to the mountain-top capital of Bolivia, La Paz. Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the depths of the Colca Canyon and experience the island cultures of Lake Titicaca on a homestay. Discover the diverse scenery of Peru and Bolivia on this exciting overland journey and get a glimpse of the homeland of the Incas.

  • Experience traditional life at a homestay
  • Hike the Colca Canyon
  • Hit the many markets of La Paz
  • Learn about Nazca's ancient mummies
  • Search out Andean condors
  • Trek the Inca Trail to ancient Machu Picchu
  • Visit a local community in the Sacred Valley
  • Visit the coca museum in Cuzco

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Lima, Peru
  • Finish:

    La Paz, Bolivia
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (16 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Bus, Minibus, Train
  • Included activities:

    (Don't use) Chauchilla Cemetery, 4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour, Andean condor viewpoint, Coca Museum, La Calera hot springs, Lake Titicaca boat tour and homestay, Leader-led walking tour, Sacred Valley and local community visit

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    570kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the single supplement is not available: Days 17-18 Lake Titicaca Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you. If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead. The 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 Inca Quarry Trail. 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. Important information regarding new regulations and booking procedures for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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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 Pisco

While Pisco may have lent its name to Peru's most famous drink, this seaside city is also known for being the gateway to the Ballestas Islands.

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.

Days 4-5 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 6-7 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.

Days 8-9 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.

Day 10 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

The Sacred Valley was once the heartland of the Inca Empire and now contains picturesque villages and impressive archeological sites. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the city of Ollantaytambo is an incredible archeological site and the starting point of the classic Inca Trail trek.

Days 11-14 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu

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. 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.

Day 15 Cuzco

A World Heritage site set amongst red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture.

Day 16 Puno

Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets.

Days 17-18 Lake Titicaca/Puno

Crossing the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and has some fascinating islands and hefty-sized frogs living within its waters. Known as the folklore capital of Peru, Puno often has colourful celebrations and is a great place to find goods made of alpaca wool.

Days 19-21 La Paz

Built in a canyon, the unique and bewtiching city of La Paz is filled with steep, cobbled streets, fascinating markets, evident tradition and captivating sights.
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