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On this thrilling journey through the wonders of Peru, you’ll venture into the epic landscapes of Lake Titicaca, through the heart of the Inca Empire to Machu Picchu, and explore all that’s in between.
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- Selected Meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Admire Lima’s colonial sights
Enjoy a cooking demonstration
Spot majestic condors at Colca Canyon
Meet the locals living on Lake Titicaca
Explore the beautiful Sacred Valley
Marvel at the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu
Days 1-2: Fly to Lima
Fly overnight to Lima, Peru’s historical capital, arriving the same or following day. On arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport by your Wendy Wu Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: Lima City Tour
Founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and originally named the City of the Kings, Lima has plenty of heritage, which you’ll begin exploring today. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre to admire the colonial magnificence. Explore the 17th century San Francisco Monastery.
Day 4: Palomino Islands
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Yacht Club of Callao, approximately 1 hour away. From there, set sail for the Palomino Islands, passing by the San Lorenzo Island, an important part of the history of Lima, the island is only eight miles long but the largest in Peru. Arrive at the Palomino Islands, where you’ll be surrounded by colonies of sea lions, Humboldt penguins and sea birds.
Day 5: Peruvian Cooking
Peruse delicious produce from every corner of Peru this morning at the Mercado de Surquillo. Head into the traditional Pueblo Libre district to browse the extensive Pre-Colombian collection at the Larco Museum. Pick up tips on cooking Peruvian cuisine with a demonstration, before tucking into a Creole lunch, giving you the chance to taste a variety of national dishes.
Day 6: Explore Arequipa
Today, fly from Lima to Arequipa, approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. You will be transferred to the airport and then, on arrival, be taken to your hotel for check-in, about 35 minutes drive away. Start exploring the city at the Carmen Alto viewpoint.
Day 7: Travel to Colca
After breakfast, depart Arequipa and travel to Colca, approximately 5 hours drive including stops. En route, pass the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, spotting vicuñas as you go. Visit Vizcachani, the Toccra Pampas, and the Los Andes viewpoint, which gives you magnificent views over the volcanoes of the area.
Day 8: Colca Canyon
Appreciate what Colca is famous for this morning at Condor Cross, approximately 50 minutes drive. Admire Colca Valley, one of the world’s deepest canyons, and the huge condors gliding on the thermals.
Day 9: Lake Titicaca
This morning, you will be picked up from the port of Puno and taken to the floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca, approximately 20 minutes by boat. Spend around an hour here before continuing to the island of Taquile.
Day 10: Travel to Cusco
Travel approximately 10 hours from Puno to Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. You’ll travel across the Peruvian altiplano, passing Andean peaks and crossing La Raya Pass, over 4000 metres above sea level, with spectacular scenery throughout.
Day 11: Discover Cusco
Today’s touring will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Coricancha, the temple of the sun. Head just out of town to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara, the ‘Red Fortress’.
Day 12: Urubamba Valley
The Urubamba Valley, also Sacred Valley, is home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes. Transfer an hour out of Cusco to the charming town of Pisac, where you’ll visit the excellent market to both mingle with the locals and to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts, then see fascinating terracing at the Pisac ruins.
Day 13: Huilloc Community
Spend the day in the remote village of Huilloc, approximately 40 minutes transfer from your hotel, where you’ll catch a glimpse of the authentic culture of the valley’s Quechua communities. You’ll be able to interact with the villagers, share lunch with them and witness their day to day life.
Day 14: Train to Machu Picchu
Transfer 30 minutes to Ollantaytambo to board the train that will take you through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes in 1 hour 30 minutes. From here you will ascend to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu by shuttle bus, which takes about 30 minutes along winding roads.
Day 15: Machu Picchu
Today, return to Machu Picchu through a new entrance, taking the same shuttle bus as yesterday, and enjoy some free time at Machu Picchu, exploring the complex as you wish.
Day 16: Cusco at Leisure
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cusco, exploring or relaxing as you wish. You’ll be transferred 15 minutes from your hotel for a farewell meal this evening.
Days 17-18: Depart Cusco to the UK
Transfer to Cusco airport, approximately 25 minutes, and fly to the UK arriving home the following day.
Panoramic Peru is a moderate tour. This means that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness.
- Many destinations on this tour are at altitude including Colca, Puno, Cusco and Machu Picchu. The highest point being at 4800 metres above sea level – activity at these altitudes will be at an easy pace.
- You will be required, on several occasions, to climb on and off boats without assistance and sightseeing may be on steep or uneven ground.
- There will be several days of sightseeing on foot, and in some cases for an extended period of time.
- This tour includes some long days of travelling, notably Puno to Cusco is a 9 to 10 hour drive, rest assured there will be comfort breaks throughout the journey.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from business hotels to rainforest lodges.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers between destinations.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by Local Guides. There will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group.
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