Visit Peru and explore this incredible country from Lima to Cuzco

Visit Peru and discover its highlights from Lima to Cuzco on an exciting journey that encompasses modern cities and ancient worlds. Explore Peru's lush Amazon Jungle, the epic Lake Titicaca and the vast Colca Canyon. Enjoy local homestays, hike the famed Inca Trail and be immersed in fascinating Peruvian culture while discovering its history buried deep within the walls of lost cities.

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

Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
565kg pp per trip


  • Sip on a Pisco sour in Pisco
  • Scale Huacachina’s sand dunes
  • Be amazed by the Nazca lines
  • Discover desert mummies at Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Nibble on guinea pig in Arequipa
  • Search for condors in Colca Canyon
  • Experience traditional Lake Titicaca life at a homestay
  • Sample coca tea in Cuzco
  • Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the steamy Amazon Jungle


Bienvenidos and welcome to Peru! Dive into the delights of Lima and let the Peruvian adventure begin.
Tour downtown Lima with a guide before heading to Pisco, the epicentre of the unmistakeable Pisco sour.
Wildlife-lovers can opt to visit the Paracas National Reserve, a haven for pelicans, red-footed boobies, flamingos and sea lions. Cameras poised to capture the dramatic sand dunes and lake of Huacachina, before heading to one of the world's most mysterious archaeological sites, the Nazca Lines. Explore the eerie desert cemetery of Chauchilla, where the arid conditions of the desert have naturally mummified the remains of the Nazca people buried here.
Built at the foot of El Misti Volcano, Arequipa's colonial charm is enchanting. Marvel at the gleaming buildings made from pale volcanic rock.
Spot llamas, alpacas and their cousins - vicunas - on the way to Chivay. Be impressed by the depth of the canyon while keeping an eye out for the resident Andean condors, one of the world's largest flying birds. In the evening, relax in thermal baths, dine on a llama steak or listen to live Andean music at a pena. Experience traditional local life staying with a family on a homestay in the Colca Canyon.
Cross the Andes to explore the vast expanse of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Visit the floating islands and learn about island culture during a homestay with a local family.
Discover Inca ruins and baroque churches in the continent's oldest city. Then perhaps take a local bus to the Sacred Valley or have lunch at Aldea Yanapay Cafe - all profits go to supporting Cuzco's underprivileged kids.
Embark on the trek of a lifetime through dense forest and high plateaus, up the steps of the Sun Gate to the Machu Picchu ruins. Spend a day exploring and learning about the fascinating ancient ruins.
Shop or rest those weary legs at a cafe around the Plaza de Armas.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Travel by canoe into the lush Amazon Jungle to stay in an eco-friendly lodge. Explore the jungle with local guides to spot unique flora and fauna and learn about the practical and medicinal uses of native plants.
Soak up Lima's colourful history before bidding adios to wonderful Peru.
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19 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Boat, Bus, Canoe, Plane, Van
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (13 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • (Don't use) Chauchilla Cemetery
  • Colca Canyon entrance fee
  • Guided jungle walks
  • La Calera hot springs
  • Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay
  • Leader-led walking tour


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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. On the following nights the single supplement is not available:

Days 6-7 Colca Canyon
Day 9 Lake Titicaca
Days 13-15 Inca Trail
Days 18-19 Amazon Jungle

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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