Condors, Andean Mountain Scenery, Lake Titicaca, Inca Heritage & Colonial History
12 Night Itinerary from £3,205
A comprehensive journey from the coastal desert to mountain landscapes with condors, mysterious Lake Titicaca and the citadel of the Incas, with train journeys and staying in first class hotels.
- Lima - 3 Nights
- Arequipa - 1 Night
- Colca Canyon - 1 Night
- Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
- Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu - 5 Nights
- Return via Lima - 0 Nights
- Discover historic Lima with its fascinating Larco Herrera museum and excellent fusion cuisine.
- Colonial splendour of Arequipa and ancient terraces of the Colca Canyon.
- Explore the legacy of ancient Inca and Aymara civilisations on Lake Titicaca.
- Explore the Inca heartland of Cusco and Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Take a train journey to the magnificent ruins Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.
- Marvel at stunning Andean Landscapes on a comprehensive tour through the Peruvian Andes.
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Lima - 3 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Lima
Day 2 - Arrive and city tour
Day 3 - Optional tours and excursions
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Sunday, 03 March 2024
Fly to Lima
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Lima.
Monday, 04 March 2024
Tour of Lima
Afternoon tour of the city including the historic centre. Visit the Presidential Palace, Plaza San Martín and the Larco Herrera Museum, with a fabulous collection of ancient artefacts from all over Peru.
Located in an 18th century vice-royal mansion, built on a pre-columbian pyramid of the 17th century, its new galleries display the best and most complete collection of gold and silver of Peru. This Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-columbian history. It features the finest gold and silver collection from ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. Entrance to Larco Museum is included.
Tuesday, 05 March 2024
Optional tours and excursions
Today, enjoy a choice of optional guided tours, including: a tour to the Pachacamac ruins, a sacred and ceremonial site dating back to the beginnings of Christianity; a culinary tour of Lima by night; a full day visit and flight over the Nazca Lines - incredible geoglyph figures of animals, birds and geometric figures etched in the desert; a visit to the Paracas Islands; or a walking tour discovering Lima's wonderful array of street food.
Lima - First Hotel
The 4* Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel is located near the Kennedy Park and a few minutes away from the main shopping centres and restaurants of Miraflores. It’s a hotel that combines a contemporary Andean design.
The air-conditioned superior rooms are well-appointed with private bathroom, hair dryer, coffee making facilities, safe, iron and other facilities. The hotel also offers room service, FREE Wi-Fi, sauna, Jacuzzi, lounge, bar and gym. The La Plaza & Grill restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and also a variety of dishes.
Arequipa - 1 Night
Day 4 - City Tour & Santa Catalina Convent
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Wednesday, 06 March 2024
City Tour & Santa Catalina Convent
Leaving in the morning, fly to Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, set in a rich green valley at the foot of the mighty El Misti Volcano. The buildings in the centre have been built almost exclusively of the volcanic material 'sillar', a white, porous rock, giving Arequipa its nickname of 'The White City'.
Your guide and transport will meet you at your hotel for a delightful city tour which visits the church of La Compania and other colonial buildings, including the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. The Santa Catalina Convent once held some two hundred nuns and is a maze of colourful alleyways and rooms, providing a fascinating insight into the way the nuns once lived.
Arequipa - First Hotel
This historic hotel is located in front of the Plaza de Armas (the Main Square) of Arequipa and steps away from the main attractions of the city.
The hotel has 58 comfortable, air-conditioned rooms with private bathroom, FREE Wi-Fi, minibar, safe and flat screen TV.
The La Plaza & Grill restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and also a variety of dishes overlooking the Main Square. Other public facilities include a bar, spa and gym.
Colca Canyon - 1 Night
Day 5 - Colca Canyon
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Thursday, 07 March 2024
After breakfast, you set off to the spectacular Colca Valley through the foothills of Chachani Volcano and admire the Misti and Picchu Picchu Volcanoes.We then cross the vicuña reserve of Pampa Cañahuas, where you can see the smaller version of the llama roaming freely in the Andean highlands.
The next stop is at a restaurant called the Chinitos, located at an altitude of 4000 meters. Here, drink the traditional ‘Mate de Coca’, helping you to get used to the altitude. Continuing the trip, you make a stop at Toccra Pampa, where you can see llamas, alpacas, and different species of birds near the crater of the Chucura Volcano, to subsequently reach the scenic viewpoint Los Andes in Patapampa (4910 meters). From here, you have a breathtaking view of various volcanoes surrounding Arequipa.
You have lunch (not included) in the legendary town of Chivay, after which you check-in to your hotel.
Colca Canyon - First Lodge
Colca Lodge is located in one of the most spectacular regions of southern Peru, the Colca Valley, 3250 meters (10660 feet) above sea level. The hotel is built on the banks of the River Colca and is surrounded by hundreds of pre-Inca agricultural terraces that have been declared a Peruvian National Heritage. Colca Lodge employs earth, stone and straw in its construction to create a magical environment where the rooms are connected with the gardens which, in turn, shade into the adjacent crop-fields without the use of dividing structures such as walls or hedges.
Public areas include a superb restaurant, use of thermal springs with four pools and a bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge.
There are 45 rooms and suites with good heating, private bathroom, safe, desk and sitting area. The Panoramic suite has an outside jacuzzi with stunning views.
The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.
Lake Titicaca - 2 Nights
Day 6 - Drive to Puno, Lake Titicaca
Day 7 - Visit Uros & Taquile Islands
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Friday, 08 March 2024
Drive to Puno, Lake Titicaca
Early in the morning, travel to the famous viewpoint Cruz del Condor. In the stunning landscape of the canyon, you have the opportunity to see condors, the impressive Andean birds that are on the brink of extinction and the symbol of the Andes. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see these majestic birds, with the Colca Canyon in the background. Before you return to Chivay, head to the small town of Yanque, to visit its well-kept colonial church. Once back in Chivay, visit Maca, Antahuilque, and Peña Blanca, to enjoy even more of this beautiful rural area.
After lunch (not included), travel to Puno located at the banks of Titicaca Lake. This is a four to five hour journey taking you through amazing landscapes. On arrival in Puno, check-in to your hotel for 2-night stay.
Saturday, 09 March 2024
Visit Uros & Taquile Islands
A 35-minute boat trip from the port of Puno brings you to a group of very special islands. Here, the Uros people made not only there boats and houses out of totora, they also made their islands out of this strong type of reed! The Uros people do not only stand out because of their unique way of life, they are also a very hospitable people and are happy to share their beautiful culture with visitors.
After learning about the Uros’ traditions and daily life, you head to Taquile, a ‘real’ island and another highlight of Titicaca Lake. You walk uphill for about an hour until you reach the central square of the village, where you enjoy a local lunch (not included). Subsequently, you head further uphill climbing the 535 stone steps of Taquile. In the afternoon, you return to your hotel.
Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Hotel
The Casa Andina Premium, Puno is a few minutes’ walk outside of Puno city centre, including Lima Street which is very popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
The hotel lobby boasts a stone fireplace, ideal for warming up after being out in cold weather. It has 53 rooms, all with TV, FREE Wi-Fi, telephone, en-suite bathroom and mini-bar. The restaurant serves typical Andean cuisine.
Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu - 5 Nights
Day 8 - Journey to Cusco
Day 9 - Guided tour of Cusco
Day 10 - Exploring the Sacred Valley
Day 11 - Machu Picchu
Day 12 - At leisure in Cusco
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Sunday, 10 March 2024
Journey to Cusco
Today we travel by bus for approximately 10 hours visiting the most important attractions of the route “Ruta del Sol“. En route you will be inspired by the impressive Altiplano landscape, dry and barren scenery with wide views, lots of vicuñas and local communities.
Our first stop is the stepped pyramid elaborated by the villagers of Pukara, 106 kms to the north of Cusco, over 3,500 years old. It is impressive and enigmatic. We cross La Raya pass at an altitude of 4319 m. From here we descend through a marvellous valley cultivated with lots of crops such as corn and potatoes.
Before arriving to Cusco visit Andahuaylillas, whose famous colonial church is known as the “Sixtine Chapel of the Americas” because of its beautiful painted ceiling and other art treasures. We also visit Raqchi, a great temple complex and our first encounter with Inca Ruins.
Inca walls, colourful costumes, churches built on top of palaces, citadels lost in the Andean heights, legendary roads, all the beauty of a glorious past that enfolds the visitor who arrives in Cusco, the sacred city of the Incas and archaeological capital of the Americas.
Monday, 11 March 2024
Guided tour of Cusco
Time to explore magical Cusco! This beautiful city has an interesting history, both from Inca and colonial times. You start this half-day tour at Cusco’s main square, which was called Huacaypata (Warriors Square) by the Incas.
While the guide tells you more about the history of this special place, you can admire the city’s cathedral built between 1560 and 1664 with the red granite stones from the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The cathedral is without doubt one of the most impressive buildings in Cusco, and not only from the outside: the historical buildings host one of the most significant collections of gold and silver work of the colonial period.
Continue to Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo. The convent was built on top of the most important Inca temple dedicated to the worship of the sun, with walls covered with gold leaf. Wandering through the streets of what once was the capital of the Inca Empire, you feel like you are traveling through time.
After exploring Cusco, you head to the nearby ruins, such as the Sacsayhuaman Fortress with its immense temple walls made out of huge stones constructed in a zigzag pattern; the red fort Puca Pucara; the Qenko Amphitheatre, Tambomachay and the Inca baths.
Tuesday, 12 March 2024
Explore the Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley, located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, was unquestionably an important area for the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile plains create the perfect conditions for growing crops. For the Incas, this region was also on the route to the jungle and had therefore a key role in trading fruits and plants of the tropical lowlands. Today, the Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural region supplying the city of Cusco with many agricultural products. We spend the whole day with a private guide exploring the ancient ruins, local markets and stunning scenery of this incredibly beautiful region of Peru.
Wednesday, 13 March 2024
Today we drive from Cusco city to Ollantaytambo Station with our guide, where we board the 360° Machu Picchu train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
This experience is a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar. Enjoy an appetising selection of cold and warm drinks, prepared using fruit juices and Andean herbs, and our delicious gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley.
On your arrival in Aguas Calientes, enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu, only re-discovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, this citadel is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of landscapes architecture in the world. Located in an enclave on the saddle of a mountain overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba River, in an area of lush tropical forest, it served as a place of worship, a site for star-gazing and a private hacienda of the family of the Inca Pachacutec. It consists of two main areas one agricultural, formed mainly by mountains and food stores, and the other urban, which is noted for its sacred zone with its temples, squares and royal tombs. The stairways and canals carved out of stone are recurrent throughout this remarkable archaeological site. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
We then return to Cusco by train and bus - a day you will never forget.
Thursday, 14 March 2024
At leisure in Cusco
Your last day to enjoy the wonderful ambiance in Cusco.
Cusco - First Hotel
This beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 4 blocks from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas, is complete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property.
The hotel has 93 air-conditioned rooms offering private bathroom, safe, minibar, safe, TV, kettle and FREE Wi-fi. The Alma Restaurant & Bar offers an enjoyable breakfast buffet and a varied menu.
Return via Lima - 0 Nights
Day 13 - Departure
Day 14 - Arrive in UK
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Friday, 15 March 2024
Fly to Lima, connecting with return overnight flight home in the early evening.
Saturday, 16 March 2024
Arrive in UK
Arrive back in the UK in the morning.
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