Itinerary

Day 1 Lima

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Paracas/Ballestas Islands

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.

Day 3 Nazca

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 4 Puerto Inca

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.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 5-6 Arequipa

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 7-8 Chivay/Colca Canyon

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.
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Day 9 Raqchi Homestay

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.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 10-11 Cuzco

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 12-15 Classic Inca Trail/Quechua Community Trek/Ollantaytambo

Follow ancient footpaths through the Andes on a four-day alternative Inca trail trek that winds through traditional Quechua communities. Pass soaring mountain peaks, trek amid grazing herds of llamas and camp beside ancient forests. Meet the locals and discover lesser-known Inca pathways before descending into the Sacred Valley to explore the massive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 4

Days 16-17 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Rise early to discover the ruins of Machu Picchu bathed in the golden morning light. Spend a memorable day in the 'lost Inca city', perhaps hiking to the Sun Gate or braving the steep climb to the top of Huayna Picchu - the views are breathtaking! For those wishing to unwind post-trek, seek out bustling markets and cosmopolitan Cuzco cafes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 18 Puno

Spot the ancient funerary towers of Sillustani rising from the windswept antiplano. Spend the night in Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
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Days 19-20 Lake Titicaca/Copacabana

Sailing across the glassy surface of Lake Titicaca is a memorable experience. Hike around the car-free Island of the Sun and discover its scenic heart. This island is widely believed to be the birthplace of Inca culture - there are plenty of ancient ruins and traditional villages to explore here.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 21-23 La Paz

Arrive in La Paz and set off on foot to explore the myriad of winding streets. La Paz is a colourful, enigmatic city, packed full of markets, restaurants and cultural attractions. Why not stay a few extra days to explore it.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 24-25 Potosi

Explore the tin-mining city of Potosi and perhaps take an optional tour through a working mine.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 26-27 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Visit Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, for an astonishing adventure. During the dry season the salar forms a blinding blanket of white; however, when wet it acts as a giant mirror, reflecting the sky and surrounding volcanoes. Continue across the Bolivian altiplano past red lakes and steaming volcanoes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 28 Bolivian Altiplano

Cross the spectacular Bolivian Altiplano.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 29-30 San Pedro de Atacama

Depart Bolivia and travel across the border into Chile and camp at one of the world's best places for stargazing. By day, visit the surreal lunar landscape of Valle de la Luna.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 31-33 Salta

Skip across the border again, this time into Argentina. Wander the elegant streets of Salta city and perhaps take the cable car to the top of Cerro San Bernardo - the view of the surrounding mountains is spectacular.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Hotel - 2

Day 34 Cafayate

Nestled in a picturesque valley in the Andean foothills, Cafayate is a welcome retreat. Learn about local wine production during an optional vineyard tour then take a walk through the surrounding countryside.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 35 Quilmes

Drive through beautiful scenery and visit the ruins of Quilmes.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 36-38 Estancia Stay

Pitch a tent on a working cattle farm and experience traditional Argentine hospitality. Enjoy a famous asado barbecue washed down with some local red wines. Why not spend time exploring the vast pampas on horseback or maybe stop by a local school to meet the kids.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 39 Cordoba

Travel to Cordoba and admire the finest colonial architecture in Argentina. Enjoy losing time along the scenic streets of this vibrant university city.
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Day 40 Rosario

Camp overnight near Rosario.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 41-42 Buenos Aires

From tango classes to football games, it's impossible to resist the passion and spirit of Argentina's capital. Attractions are many and varied, from a visit to Recoleta Cemetery to see Eva Peron's tombstone or a shopping spree in the funky Palermo Soho neighbourhood.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1