Discover the ancient Inca civilisation with this ultimate tour of Peru. From the mysterious Nazca Lines and volcanic Arequipa to the gastronomic capital of Lima. Head up to Puno, home to Lake Titicaca and enjoy the breath-taking views. Visit Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital and uncover the secrets of the mysterious Sacred Valley. Finally, explore iconic Machu Picchu, a true Wonder of the World.
Arrival at US departure airport ready to check in for a flight to Lima. Arrive, transfer to the hotel, and depending on the time, spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent. Start by exploring the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before heading to the Historic Center. Visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo and walk to the Plaza de Armas to admire the exquisite colonial architecture that surrounds it. Finally, stop in the Parque del Amor, from where you can take beautiful photos of the Peruvian coastline. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer to the bus station and enjoy a scenic journey heading south along the coast to Paracas. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and get out and explore this small port town which boasts beautiful beaches and fascinating wildlife. Overnight stay in Paracas.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, take a boat to the Ballestas Islands, where you can see thousands of birds, sea lions and seals in their natural environment. From Humboldt penguins and South American sea lions to a multitude of marine birds, be in awe of the beauty of these tranquil islands. The famous Candelabra design, a figure of the Nazca culture engraved in the desert, can also be seen from the boat. In the afternoon, transfer to the bus station for a bus to Nazca. Arrive in Nazca, famous for its mysterious Nazca lines, although the city is named after the civilisation that flourished here between 100 BC and 800 AD. This region also has a strong heritage of viticulture, although today, this is one of the dryest places on earth with only 4 millimetres of rain, on average, a year. Overnight stay in Nazca.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the morning take an unforgettable flight over the ancient Nazca Lines, some of which measuring 30 metres in width, and depict strange images, shrouded in conspiracy and speculation. See the Astronaut, the Monkey and the Condor, among other depictions and decide for yourself the meaning of these ancient messages to the Gods (Please note: $10 per person Nazca flight fee not included. Must be paid at destination). In the afternoon, transfer to the bus station to catch a bus to Arequipa and enjoy an overnight stay in one of the most important economic and industrial centres in Peru. Arequipa's city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to various religious monuments and historic buildings such as the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa. The city sits at the foot of the Misti volcano which provides a beautiful skyline backdrop. Overnight stay in Arequipa.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you have the opportunity to take an optional city tour of Arequipa.* Alternatively, spend the day at your leisure, exploring this historic city. Overnight stay in Arequipa.
* Optional City Tour of Arequipa: Visit the sights of Arequipa such as the Plaza de Armas, the Monastery of St Catherine and the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa. The Monastery of St Catherine is the most important and impressive religious construction in Peru. Next, head to the beautiful Barrio del Solar to visit the Church of La Compañía de Jesús, a temple that constitutes the oldest and most important testimony of religious architecture made with ashlar volcanic stone.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, travel to the Colca Valley, an ancient area that boasts sweeping valleys and is home to famous giant Andean Condor. On the way, pass through the town of Yura, the spectacular landscapes National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and stop in Patapampa. Pass through Chivay before arriving in Colca. Enjoy the facilities of your hotel and dinner. Overnight stay in Colca.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head into the valley for an unforgettable visit to the Cruz del Condor, the best viewpoint for watching the iconic giant Condors take flight across the sky. With an average wingspan of 9 foot, the Andean Condor is the unmissable attraction of this part of the world and is shrouded in mystery and legend. After watching the birdlife, transfer from Colca to Puno, past stunning landscapes. Arrive in Puno, home of the world-renowned Lake Titicaca. Overnight stay in Puno.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day relaxing at your leisure, enjoying the views of Lake Titicaca or simply enjoying the facilities of your hotel. We recommend an optional excursion to Taquile & Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca.* Overnight stay in Puno.
* Optional Excursion to Taquile & Uros island: Depart by boat to Taquile island, which dates back to pre-Inca times. The Islanders are famous for their beautiful clothing, their incredible knits, and textile industry. Next, visit the community of Huayllano, on the same island, where the locals show their traditional crafts and agriculture.Enjoy a traditional lunch. Afterwards, visit the island of Uros situated in the middle of the national reserve of Lake Titicaca.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Puno station to take a bus to Cuzco. Leave the station and start your journey on the bus to Puno and enjoy the marvellous landscapes of the South Valley of Cuzco. Visit Andahuaylas, a beautiful 17th-century church, featuring an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Continue on the road and visit the ruins of Racqui, also known as the ´Temple of the God Wiracocha. After lunch, discover La Raya, the highest point on the highway between Cuzco and Puno for amazing views of the landscape. Arrive in Cuzco and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a fascinating half-day tour of Cuzco. Begin in the iconic Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. From here, walk to the Koricancha Temple, an impressive ancient Inca palace, in honour of the Sun God. Today, a Dominican church stands on the site. Finally, visit the lively San Blas neighbourhood, known for its artists, shops and artisan workshops. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of the city and sampling the local cuisine. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting visit to Macchu Picchu awaits you this morning as you set off for the train station to board the Voyager or Expedition Train* to Aguas Calientes, admiring the landscape along the way. Arrive and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu**, a true wonder of the world and one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Spend some time discovering the ruins and being amazed by the terraces and enjoying a tour of the different sections of the site. Return by train to Cuzco. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
Note: The baggage policy on board the train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.
* You will have the option to upgrade to a different train in the next step of the booking process.
** Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. $2 per bag.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Cuzco, with the opportunity to enjoy optional Sacred Valley excursions along the way, to experience the best of the region.* Arrive in Cuzco and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, enjoying the lively plazas at night. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
* Optional Essence of the Sacred Valley Excursion: Visit Chinchero and the PARWA Centre, to appreciate the colourful traditional textiles. Next, visit the church of Chinchero before heading to the Racchi panoramic viewpoint for a fantastic view across the valley. Explore Ollantaytambo and its Inca fortress. Lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco' included granting entrance to the Sacred Valley and surrounding sights.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day relaxing at your leisure before going to the airport to take a flight to Lima. Arrive in Lima, situated on the Pacific Coast. Transfer to the hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city's colonial streets and magical plazas at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.
Arrive in the US and end your trip.
16 days trip including flights*
15 days and 14 nights in destination
NYC - LIM
LIM - NYC
LIM - NYC
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Arawi Miraflores Express, Arte Hotel Lima, Ayenda Andesmar, Ayenda La Paz Apart Hotel, El Tambo, Habitat Hotel, Ibis Lima Reducto Miraflores, Mercure Ariosto Lima, Tambo Dos de Mayo.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
Please note: There are luggage restrictions for the bus journeys between Lima - Paracas - Nasca - Arequipa. The buses used are operated by either Cruz de Sur or Oltursa and each has their own luggage restrictions as follows:
Cruz de Sur:
20 kg hold luggage and 6 kg hand luggage per person
If you are over the weight restrictions you will be charged approx. $1 per additional kilo.
20 kg hold luggage and 5 kg hand luggage per person
If your luggage is over the weight restrictions you will be charged approx. $2 per additional kilo.
Any excess luggage will only be admitted when the capacity allows and with prior payment of the appropriate charges. The bus company is not responsible for any loss or damage to the luggage.
It is mandatory to send a copy of the valid passports of all passengers to email@example.com once you have made your reservation.
We strongly recommend you consult your healthcare provider regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness.
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Children: 2 - 11 years.
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