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This 15-day adventure starting and ending in Lima will take you through the heart of Peru to discover ancient Inca ruins, charming colonial towns, vibrant markets, delicious Peruvian cuisine and the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
Embark on a boat tour of Lake Titicaca – one of South America’s largest lakes and meet the local Uru people, while in Cuzco, enjoy a walking tour learning the history of the “lost city of the Incas”.
- Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- Transport: Private minibus and domestic flights
- Accommodation: Hotel (14 nights)
- Included activities
- Lima - Guided tour of San Francisco Monastery including The Catacombs
- Lima - Guided tour, including San Francisco Monastery, the
- Catacombs and Central Market
- Ballestas Island - Guided tour
- Arequipa - Walking tour
- Arequipa - San Ignacio Chapel Visit
- Arequipa - Santa Catalina Monastery
- Arequipa - Cathedral Visit
- Sillustani archaeological site (time permitting)
- Cuzco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
- Sacred Valley - Local community visit and lunch
- Machu Picchu - Entrance and Guided Tour
Day 1: Lima
ick off your adventure in Peru's coastal capital. The tour begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you'll meet your tour guide and travel group.
Day 2: Paracas
Begin the day with a guided walking tour of Lima's historic cenre. Stroll atmospheric streets flanked with ornate mansions, palaces and Spanish colonial churches, taking in Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of Lima, the San Francisco Monastery and the central market.
Day 3: Nazca
Wake early and make your way to Paracas' port, where you'll board a boat bound for Islas Ballestas. The islands are home to an abundance of wildlife including pelicans, red-footed boobies, flamingos, sea lions and even penguins.
Day 4: Arequipa
Travel about nine hours from Nazca to Arequipa by local bus. Standing at the foot of El Misti Volcano and oozing the best of Spanish colonial charm, Arequipa vies with Cusco for the title of Peru's most attractive city.
Day 5: Arequipa
Get to know this beautiful city with the help of a local guide. Visit the main plaza, Santa Catalina Monastery, San Ignacio Chapel and the suburb of Yanahuara. Afterwards, you're free to explore Arequipa at your own pace.
Days 6: Puno/Lake Titicaca
Travel by minivan to Puno, a town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. It's a long drive (about five hours), but the dramatic views of Peru’s highlands, the Altiplano, make it an exceptionally scenic one too. As you approach Puno, stop to pay a visit to the ruins of Sillustani
Day 7: Lake Titicaca/ Puno
Start the day with a tour of Lake Titicaca. Sitting 3820 metres above sea level, it holds the title of highest navigable lake in the world. Hop in a motorboat and learn about the spiritual significance the lake holds for the Quechua while cruising across its waters.
Day 8: Cusco
Take a scenic bus ride across the Altiplano towards Cusco (about six hours). Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and here, colonial buildings are built upon foundations remaining from Inca times.
Day 9: Cusco
Enjoy a free day in Cusco, the heart and soul of Peru. You may like to visit the city’s many museums and archaeological sites with a boleto turistico (tourism ticket).
Day 10: Sacred Valley
Set out by private bus through the Sacred Valley. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the valley has been a source of livelihood to the locals for hundreds of years.
Day 11: Aguas Calientes
This morning, catch a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (about 90 minutes). The city is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu.
Day 12: Machu Picchu/Cusco
Take an early bus up the winding road to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer.
Day 13: Cusco
Enjoy free time to delve deeper into all Cusco has to offer. Those with weary legs may want to simply grab a coffee from a cafe at Plaza de Armas and do some people-watching.
Day 14: Lima
Take a short flight from Cusco to Lima. Upon arrival, the day is free to spend how you wish. Visit some of the sites you missed at the beginning of the trip or perhaps do some last-minute souvenir shopping.
Day 15: Lima
The adventure comes to and end today after breakfast; there are no planned activities today.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on a solo traveller. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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