Visit Peru and explore this incredible country from Lima to Cuzco

From the desert-like plains of the Pacific Coast, home to the intriguing Nazca Lines, to the heights of the Andes and the depths of the Amazon Jungle, this trip covers the highlights of Peru. From sultry Lima to beautiful Arequipa and on to the incredible Machu Picchu, experience the diversity, natural wonders, ancient Inca treasures and friendly faces of Peru.

Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGSJC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
707kg 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

Dive into the sights and delights of Lima and let this Peruvian adventure begin.
Set out on a guided downtown tour of Lima before heading to Pisco, the birthplace of Peru's much-acclaimed national libation.
A haven for birdlife, wildlife enthusiasts can opt to visit the Paracas National Reserve for a chance to spot pelicans, red-footed boobies and flamingos. Photograph the dramatic sand dunes and picturesque lagoon of Huacachina before heading to one of the world's most mysterious archaeological sites, the Nazca Lines. Explore the eerie desert graveyard of Chauchilla, where the arid conditions have naturally interred the remains of the Nazca people buried here.
Situated at the foot of imposing volcano El Misti and replete with colonial architecture, Arequipa's charm quickly becomes evident. Visit the Monasterio de Santa Catalina for an insight into what life was like in the religious service and marvel at the gleaming buildings fashioned from pale volcanic rock.
Spot llamas, alpacas and vicunas – alpacas' wild ancestors – on the way to Chivay. Gaze in awe at the depth of the Colca Canyon while keeping an eye out for resident Andean condors, one of the world's largest flying birds. Spend the evening relaxing in thermal baths, dining on a llama steak or listening to live Andean music at a pena before getting a taste of local life on a family homestay.
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 local culture during a homestay with a local family.
Discover Inca ruins and baroque churches in the continent's oldest city, Cuzco. Perhaps hop on a local bus and head out to the Sacred Valley or have lunch at Aldea Yanapay Cafe – all profits go to supporting the city'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.
Perhaps take a soak in the natural hot springs that gave Aguas Calientes its name, and bask in the tranquility of the mountainside town.
Be overwhelmed by the unforgettable sight of mystical Machu Picchu. Spend a day exploring and learning about these fascinating ancient ruins.
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.
Catch a flight back to Lima for a final night in this cosmopolitan capital city before bidding adios to mighty and mystical Peru.
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Inclusions

Meals
20 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Boat, Bus, Canoe, Plane
Accommodation
Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (15 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • 3-Day Amazon Jungle trip
  • Chauchilla cemetery
  • Chauchilla Cemetery Tour
  • Coca Museum
  • Colca Canyon Tour
  • Colca Canyon Tour 3d/2n
  • La Calera hot springs
  • Lake Titicaca boat tour & homestay

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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 7 Colca Canyon
Day 9 Lake Titicaca

Trip notes

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