Travel to South America and explore Peru's ancient Inca history.

Travel to Peru in style, from the hot coastal plains to the high cities of Cuzco and ancient Machu Picchu. Uncover charming colonial towns, stunning Andean landscapes, Inca ruins, colourful markets and a fascinating local culture. Tour through Lima, Pisco, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. This majestic adventure will take you into the true heart of Peru, unveiling a fascinating culture that is sure to astound.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGKP
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 132kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Travel to Peru's wild Ballestas Islands
  • Survey the mysterious Nazca Lines
  • Meet the mummies of Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Taste traditional coca tea in Cuzco
  • Marvel at the soaring pre-Inca funerary towers at Sillustani
  • Peruse the remarkable ruins at Ollantaytambo
  • Visit locals on Lake Titicaca's 'floating islands'
  • Experience wonder at incredible Machu Picchu
  • Sip a Pisco sour in Pisco
  • Meet villagers in the Sacred Valley

Itinerary

Visit Lima and uncover the treasures of the capital of Peru on a walking tour, beginning with the bustling downtown area.
Travel to Pisco and boat around the wild Ballestas Islands before stopping off at Ica's sprawling sand dunes. Sample Peru's tipple of choice at a Pisco distillery before crossing the desert to reach the puzzling Nazca Lines.
Stop by the eerie desert cemetery at Chauchilla. Travel down Peru's rugged coast en route to Puerto Inca and watch sea lions lazing on the beach in Atiquipa.
Get acquainted with the 'White City' of Arequipa that dazzles in the sunlight, an effect created by the pale volcanic rock used to construct most of the buildings.
Learn about the incredible pre-Inca funerary towers at Sillustani. The floating reed islands of the Uros people are sure to fascinate during a boat tour of majestic Lake Titicaca. Pick up some handmade gifts on Taquile Island, famous for its knitted goods made - under strict tradition - by men only.
Cuzco's status as the hub of the Inca Empire is apparent in its traditions and architecture. Join the throngs at the busy San Pedro market.
Meet locals and learn about life in this fertile valley - a great opportunity to pick up a bit of Quechua, the language of the Incas. Visit a valley community and admire the perfectly geometric Ollantaytambo ruins.
Soak in thermal baths surrounded by cloud forest, high up in the Andes.
Enjoy a guided walk through the 'Lost City of the Incas', learning the history of the ancient site at Machu Picchu and marvelling at its structure and setting. Thought to have been constructed around 1440, some evidence hints it has existed for much longer. One theory suggests it was built as an astrological observatory. Take the time to contemplate and admire these incredible ruins and reflect on one of the world's great wonders.
Travel back to Lima and bargain at the markets for that perfect memento. Celebrate the end of this adventure with a Pisco sour.
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Inclusions

Meals
13 breakfasts5 dinners
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Plane, Private minibus, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (14 nights)
Included activities
  • (Don't use) Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Arequipa walking tour & Santa Catalina Nunnery
  • Ballestas Islands tour
  • Coca Museum
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Lake Titicaca boat tour
  • San Ignacio Chapel
  • Santa Catalina Monastery
  • Sillustani archaeological site

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A single supplement is available on this trip.

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