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.

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

Lima, Peru
La Paz, Bolivia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
326kg pp per trip


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


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Travel through the dramatic scenery of the high Altiplano on the way to Puno, Lake Titicaca's pleasant waterside city.
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.
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.
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19 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Boat, Bus
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (10 nights)
Included activities
  • 3 Night / 4 Day Inca Trail (or Quarry Trail) and a guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Chauchilla Cemetery Tour
  • Coca Museum
  • Colca Canyon
  • Colca Canyon Tour
  • La Calera hot springs
  • Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay


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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

A single supplement is available on this trip. This includes during the Inca Trail where a single tent will be provided.

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.

Trip notes

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