Homeland of the Incas Itinerary

Discover Peru's sacred land of the Incas. Visit Lima, the Amazon, Cuzco, Puno, Lake Titicaca, trek the Inca Trail and cross the border into Bolivia's La Paz.

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      USD $2,656
      CAD $2,690
      AUD $2,796
      EUR €1,942
      GBP £1,670
      NZD $3,319
      ZAR R25,457
      CHF FR2,397
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Local musician, Peru

Colca Canyon

Dancing in the streets of Cusco

Peruian family

Stairway from heaven on the Inca Trail

Lake Titicaca

Machu Picchu

Day 1 Lima

Get acquainted with Peru's vibrant capital, Lima, starting with the bustling Miraflores district. Check out the city's impressive museums, explore the restaurant scene or head to Parque del Amor – Love Park – for romantic views of Lima's coastline.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Pisco

Explore Major Plaza – Lima's colonial quarter – on a guided walking tour before heading to the port town of Pisco on a local bus. Sample the much-celebrated Pisco sour, stroll along the main plaza and watch the world go by from a cafe terrace.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 3 Nazca

Start the day with an optional boat tour of the Ballestas Islands – a nature reserve for pelicans, flamingos and sea lions. Visit the oasis of Huacachina before continuing on to Nazca to learn about the mysterious lines adorning the landscape and ancient mummies perfectly preserved by the dry conditions.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 4-5 Arequipa

Nestled on the flank of the imposing El Misti volcano, Arequipa is one of Peru's most charming cities. And with much of the city's architecture fashioned from a pale volcanic stone called sillar, there are no prizes for guessing how it came to be know as the 'White City'. Overflowing with colonial churches, mansions and monasteries, it's an exceptionally pleasant place to explore by foot.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 6-7 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Enjoy expansive views – and possibly an Andean condor sighting – at Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the views are utterly remarkable. Many of the Incan and pre-Incan terraces that were carved into the walls are still cultivated, and traditional indigenous villages are also visible.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 8-9 Cuzco

Cuzco is a charming treasure trove of historical attractions and architectural wonders just waiting to be explored. Hit the local markets for some quirky souvenir shopping, visit the cathedrals and museums, or walk out to the ancient ruins peppering the city's surrounding hillside.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 10 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Meet members of a Sacred Valley community and learn about their way of life en route to the Ollantaytambo ruins. The ruins are one of the few places where the Incas routed the Spanish.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 11-14 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu

Set out on the mighty Inca Trail, a demanding but rewarding series of ancient highways that linked the Inca empire from Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. Seeing the ruins of Machu Picchu pierce the morning mist for the first time is simply indescribable.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 15 Cuzco

Today is a free day. Optional mountain biking and hiking activities abound for sporty souls, or just rest those weary legs at a cosy cafe in Plaza de Armas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 16 Puno

Travel through the dramatic scenery of the high Altiplano on the way to Puno, Lake Titicaca's pleasant waterside city.
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Days 17-18 Lake Titicaca/Puno

Set sail for Lake Titicaca's floating Uros Islands. Built from layers of totora reeds growing in the shallows, they're quite the architectural wonder. Stay with a local family on the lake and perhaps enjoy a light trek or soccer game on one of the islands.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 19-21 La Paz

Cross the border into Bolivia and join your leader on an orientation tour of La Paz. The city's market-lined streets peddle a fantastical assortment of bizarre and beautiful artefacts and handicrafts. Nestled in a vast canyon at considerable altitude, La Paz is an intriguing and scenic city in which to finish this memorable journey. Or to begin your next.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2