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.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGSJC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
951kg pp per trip


Highlights

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

Itinerary

Bienvenidos and welcome to the city of Lima. Exploring the gardens and beaches of Miraflores is a wonderful way to spend the day.
Wander the streets of Lima before heading to Pisco and unwinding the traditional way with a Pisco sour.
Take an optional trip to the Paracas National Reserve, a haven for pelicans, red-footed boobies, flamingos and sea lions. See the dramatic sand dunes of Huacachina before heading to the mysterious Nazca Lines. Discover the eerie desert cemetery of Chauchilla, where the arid conditions have mummified the remains.
Built at the foot of El Misti Volcano, uncover the colonial charm and gleaming volcanic buildings of Arequipa.
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.
Learn about the traditions of a local community in the Sacred Valley, and visit Ollantaytambo, a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
Soak in the natural hot springs that gave Aguas Calientes its name then be overwhelmed by the unforgettable sight of mystical Machu Picchu.
Be overwhelmed by the unforgettable sight of mystical Machu Picchu. Spend a day exploring and learning about these 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.
Head into Lima's centre to discover more of the history and traditions of old Peru.
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Inclusions

Meals
19 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Canoe, Plane, Van
Accommodation
Homestay (2 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (14 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
  • Sacred Valley and local community visit

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Important notes

Name and passport number are required at time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in third party booking fees.
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 18-19 Amazon Jungle

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Peru Highlights trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.

Peru Highlights , June 2015

Peru Highlights , June 2015