SMALL GROUP TOUR OF PERU
Enjoy spending time & experiences with a small group of travellers as you unearth the wonders of the Incas and one of South America’s most stunning countries, Peru!
Start the tour in Lima, the capital of Peru. Then fly to Cusco, nestled high in the Andes and the centre of the Inca civilisation. Explore this magical mountain city, then travel to Lake Titicaca. Enjoy a boat trip to several islands before crossing the Peruvian altiplano. Be amazed by volcanoes, canyons and wildlife!
Finally end your holiday in the shimmering 'white city' of Arequipa, where most of the buildings are made from a white volcanic stone.
- International Return Flights (to Lima)
- 11 nights B&B hotel accommodation
- Guided Tours of the Sacred Valley, Lima, Arequipa and Cusco
- A boat trip on Lake Titicaca
- Entrance fees and trips to Machu Picchu and the fortress of Ollantaytambo
- Domestic flights
- All transfers (air-conditioned coach)
- Tour manager
- 4 lunches, 11 breakfasts.
Guideline Price: £2400pp
Day 1: Overnight flight to Lima from the UK
Day 2: Arrive in Lima, spend the day at your leisure. I’d recommend visiting the pre-Incan shrine of Huaca Pucllana found in the middle of the Milaflores area. Discover a seven-tiered ancient pyramid, constructed of millions of clay bricks.
Day 3: Explore Lima on a city guided tour.
Day 4-5: The Sacred Valley
Fly to Cusco and travel to the mystical Sacred Valley. See the famous fortress of Ollantaytambo and colourful Quechua markets.
Day 6: Machu Picchu
Travel by train to Aguas Calientes, the small gateway town to unforgettable Machu Picchu. Catch a bus up the zig-zagging road, high in the Andes to this impressive ancient lost city of the Incas.
Your guide will describe the layout of Machu Picchu and the importance of buildings such as the Temple of the Sun. You will never forget this experience!
Head back to Cusco for your hotel stay.
Day 7: Cusco
On the guided tour you will get the chance to admire some of the Cusco’s most important landmarks!
Day 8: Journey to Puno
Awake early for the long coach journey across the vast Andean plains to Puno. I loved this journey. If you would prefer a shorter journey, for a supplement we can book tickets on the Titicaca train. Spend the next two nights in Puno.
Day 9: Lake Titicaca
This is the highest navigable lake on Earth. Enjoy a boat trip, visiting the floating reed islands and Taquile. A fascinating place!
Day 10: Across the Aguada Blanca National Reserve
Board the coach early and voyage west from Titicaca, heading towards scenic landscape of the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. You’ll drive past herds of vicunas and alpaca and see Inca farming terraces that are still worked today. Enjoy lunch and a visit a natural hot spring. Spend the evening in the small town of Chivay, your gateway to the stunning Colca Canyon.
Day 11: Colca Canyon
Journey to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Hopefully you will spot an enormous condor soaring on the thermals in the canyon.
Enjoy a short guided hike into the impressive canyon.
Continue through ancient villages of Pinchollo (pre-Inca terraces), Maca and Yanque (beautiful church).
Arrive in Arequipa, nestled below snow-capped volcanoes.
Day 12: Arequipa
Enjoy a guided tour of Arequipa, with its stunning colonial architecture and impressive cathedral. Visit the monastery of Santa Catalina, a small town in itself!
In the afternoon head to Arequipa airport for a flight back to Lima. Spend your last night there.
Day 13: Fly back to UK
Day 14: Arrive in UK
**This is a guideline price and is subject to change