Itinerary

There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View later Peru Highlights.

Day 1 Lima

Bienvenidos and welcome to Peru! Dive into the delights of Lima and let the Peruvian adventure begin.
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Day 2 Pisco

Tour downtown Lima with a guide before heading to Pisco, the epicentre of the unmistakeable Pisco sour.
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Day 3 Nazca

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.
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Days 4-5 Arequipa

Built at the foot of El Misti Volcano, Arequipa's colonial charm is enchanting. Marvel at the gleaming buildings made from pale volcanic rock.
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Days 6-7 Chivay/Colca Canyon

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.
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Days 8-10 Puno/Lake Titicaca

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.
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Days 11-13 Cuzco

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.
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Day 14 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Learn about the traditions of a local community in the Sacred Valley, and visit Ollantaytambo, a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
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Day 15 Aguas Calientes

Soak in the natural hot springs that gave Aguas Calientes its name then be overwhelmed by the unforgettable sight of mystical Machu Picchu.
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Day 16 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Be overwhelmed by the unforgettable sight of mystical Machu Picchu. Spend a day exploring and learning about these fascinating ancient ruins.
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Day 17 Cuzco

Shop or rest those weary legs at a cafe around the Plaza de Armas.
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Days 18-19 Amazon Jungle

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.
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Days 20-21 Lima

Soak up Lima's colourful history before bidding adios to wonderful Peru.
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