Explore the beautiful White City surrounded by soaring volcanoes

Arequipa is Peru's second largest city and was founded in 1540. A delightful city set in a green valley among the high-altitude deserts and volcanoes of southern Peru; the buildings in the centre have been built almost exclusively of the volcanic material 'sillar', a white, porous rock, giving Arequipa its nickname of 'La Ciudad Blanca' - 'The White City'. At an elevation of 2,300m (7,500 feet) above sea level, the altitude can take a few days to get used to.

Arequipa is a tranquil city with important colonial and republican architecture, leading it to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main attractions within Arequipa is the Santa Catalina Convent, established in 1579. It was built mainly in the Moorish 'mudejar' style, and is well known for its brightly painted walls. There are still some 20 nuns living in the convent, and parts of it are also open to the public.

Arequipa is also used by many people as a departure point for their visit to the Colca Canyon. About 100 miles from Arequipa and accessible by road, the Colca Canyon is the world's deepest canyon and is home to many small traditional villages, as well as being the habitat of the Andean Condor.

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The Chivay Tour - Holidays to Peru

Peru

Chivay Tour

14 Nights from £3,472 €3,266 $3,513

Our comprehensive journey through Peru. Discover Andean landscapes, ancient civilisations, stunning ruins and the magnificent islands of Lake Titicaca

The Chivay Tour
Tours in Peru

14 Nights from £3,472 €3,266 $3,513

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival in Lima

    Day 2 - Tour of Lima

  2. Day 3 - Tour of the City & Santa Catalina Convent

  3. Day 4 - Journey to the Colca Canyon

    Day 5 - Tour of Colca Canyon

  4. Day 6 - Journey to Lake Titicaca

    Day 7 - Visit Uros & Taquile Islands

  5. Day 8 - Journey to Cusco

    Day 9 - Full Day Tour of Sacred Valley

    Day 10 - At Leisure in the Sacred Valley

  6. Day 11 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Guided Tour

    Day 12 - Return to Cusco

  7. Day 13 - Tour of Cusco

    Day 14 - At Leisure in Cusco

  8. Day 15 - Departure

The Criollo Tour - Holidays to Peru

Peru

Criollo Tour

14 Nights from £4,138 €4,065 $4,379

Discover Peru's diverse landscapes and history, from the Coastal Desert, the altiplano and high peaks of the Andes, to the lush Amazon rainforest.

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Tours in Peru

14 Nights from £4,138 €4,065 $4,379

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome Introduction to Lima

  2. Day 2 - Nasca Lines

  3. Day 3 - Excursion to Ballestas Islands

  4. Day 4 - City Tour & Santa Catalina Convent

  5. Day 5 - Excursion to Uros Islands

  6. Day 6 - Train Journey to Cusco

    Day 7 - Excursion to the Sacred Valley

    Day 8 - City Tour & Ruins Of Cusco

    Day 9 - At Leisure in Cusco

  7. Day 10 - Journey to Machu Picchu

    Day 11 - Return to Cusco

  8. Day 12 - Amazon Lodge & Canopy Tower

    Day 13 - Wildlife Safari & Community Visit

  9. Day 14 - Lima

    Day 15 - Lima

The Chasqui Active Tour - Inca Trail - Holidays to Peru

Peru

Chasqui Active Tour

14 Nights from £3,349 €3,118 $3,353

Active Tour of Peru, with day walks in the Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, and finishing with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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Tours in Peru

14 Nights from £3,349 €3,118 $3,353

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Lima

    Day 2 - Lima City Tour

  2. Day 3 - City Tour & Santa Catalina Convent

  3. Day 4 - Colca Canyon

    Day 5 - Continue to Puno, Lake Titicaca

  4. Day 6 - Tour of Uros & Taquile Islands

  5. Day 7 - Journey to Cusco

    Days 8-9 - Full Day Tour of the Sacred Valley

  6. Days 10-12 - Ancient Inca Trail

    Day 13 - Guided tour of the site 

     

  7. Day 14 - Tour of Cusco

  8. Day 15 - Flight to Lima

The Pachamama Tour - Holidays to Landmark Tours

Landmark Tours

Pachamama Tour

21 Nights from £3,751 €3,601 $3,876

Combine an Amazon adventure with visits to the Inca heartland in Peru and the island communities of Lake Titicaca and a flight over the mysterious Nazca Li…

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21 Nights from £3,751 €3,601 $3,876

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Travel to Lima

    Day 2 - Paracas

    Day 3 - Ballestas islands and Inca Museum

  2. Day 4 - Nazca Lines

    Day 5 - Arequipa

  3. Day 6 - La Paz & Moon Valley

  4. Day 7-8 - Lake Titicaca & Copacabana

    Day 9 - Sun Island, Lake Titicaca

  5. Day 10 - Travel to Puno

    Day 11 - Train to Cusco

    Day 12 - Tour of Cusco

  6. Day 13 - Train to Machu Picchu

    Day 14 - Machu Picchu at leisure

    Day 15 - Sacred Valley

  7. Day 16-18  - Amazon Lodge

    Days 19-20 - Return to the airport and fly to Lima

The Inca Tour - Holidays to Group Tours

Group Tours

Inca Tour

14 Nights from £3,109 €2,830 $3,041

Explore the Inca Empire including the remote Colca Canyon and staying in the "Sacred Valley", taking the trains to Machu Picchu and along magnificent Andea…

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14 Nights from £3,109 €2,830 $3,041

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Flight to Lima and join group

    Day 2 - Morning tour of Lima

  2. Day 3 - City Tour of Arequipa

  3. Day 4 - Transfer to Colca Canyon

    Day 5 - Cruz del Condor

  4. Day 6 - Travel to Lake Titicaca

    Day 7 - Boat Tour of Lake Titicaca

  5. Day 8 - Inka Express Bus Journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

    Day 9 - Day at leisure in Sacred Valley

    Day 10 - Tour the Sacred Valley of the Inca

  6. Day 11 - Guided tour of Machu Picchu

    Day 12 - Explore Machu Picchu & Travel to Cusco

  7. Day 13 - Guided City Tour of Cusco & nearby ruins

    Day 14 - Day at Leisure in Cusco

    Day 15 - Return flight

    Day 16 - Arrive home

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