Peru in 16 Days
Ultimate Inca Adventure
A complete tour of incredible Peru, from the colonial-era architecture of Arequipa to the condors of the Colca Canyon, the Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu and much more!
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.
16 days trip including flights*
15 days and 14 nights in destination
NYC - LIM
Nazca - Arequipa
LIM - NYC
LIM - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
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. Today you have the unmissable opportunity of taking an optional flight over the Nazca lines.* In the afternoon, transfer to the bus station to catch a regular night bus to Arequipa, 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 transfer.
* Optional Nazca Lines Flight: Experience the mystery of the Nazca lines from the sky, with a flight over the ancient lines, some measuring 30 metres in width, which 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. Minimum 3 pax. 180$ approx per person to be paid at the destination.
Please note: the transfer to Arequipa is through the night and you will arrive at the destination the following morning.
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. Depart this morning towards the Colca Valley, and the beautiful city of Chivay. Take in the spectacular views from the 3900-metres high Pampa Cañahuas Pass and continue your journey towards the legendary Colca Valley. Make a rest stop at a local restaurant and perhaps try a cup of coca tea (not included) whilst taking in the views at 4000-metres of altitude! Continue your journey, as you discover the wildlife-rich Pampas of Toccra. Observe llamas, alpacas and Andean birds in their natural habitat before heading to the Pata Pampa Pass, the highest point on today's journey at 4900-metres above sea level. See the so-called 'Ring of Fire', a circle of 8 volcanoes, before descending into the Colca Valley and arriving in charming Chivay. Take some time at your leisure to explore the town or have lunch (not included), before transferring to the hotel where you can get settled into your accommodation. In the afternoon, unwind after your journey at the La Calera Hot Springs (entrance not included), the perfect end to an adventurous day in the Andes! Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Chivay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off early this morning, headed for the quaint village of Yanque, home to a historic church and considered the most beautiful village in the Colca Valley. Next, take in the views as your drive towards Cruz del Condor, one of the best places in South America to view the giant Andean Condor! Arrive at the viewpoint and take some time to appreciate the incredible natural landscapes as you watch the legendary flight of the Condor, an unforgettable experience! After an action-packed morning, return to Chivay, stopping at the Huayra Punko viewpoint and the town of Maca along the way. Back in Chivay, enjoy some time at your leisure before departing towards Puno, a journey of approximately 6-hours. Make a rest stop along the way in Patahuasi and stop to observe the birdlife and landscapes in Lagunillas. After another short stop in Santa Lucia, you finally arrive in Puno, home of legendary Lake Titicaca and famed for its rich cultural heritage! Get settled at the hotel and enjoy the evening to relax at your leisure. 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. Spend the day at your leisure with the opportunity to enjoy optional Sacred Valley excursion, to experience the best of the region.* 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.
*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, Ayenda Andesmar, Ayenda La Paz Apart Hotel, El Tambo Uno, Habitat Hotel, Ibis Larco Miraflores, Ibis Lima Reducto Miraflores, Mercure Ariosto Lima, Tambo Dos de Mayo.
Included activity for day 2 in Lima
Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx
City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima
Enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent.
Included activity for day 4 in Islas Ballestas
Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx
Excursion by boat to the Ballestas Islands, where you can see thousands of birds, sea lions and seals in their natural environment. The famous Candelabra design can also be seen from the boat.
Included activity for day 7
Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:45 Approx
Journey from Arequipa to Colca
Take in the views from the Pampa Cañahuas Pass and stop at a local restaurant. Discover the wildlife-rich Pampas of Toccra, the high-altitude Pata Pampa Pass and see the 'Ring of Fire', a circle of 8 volcanoes, before descending into the Colca Valley.
What's included: Shared transportation and guide, entrance to Colca Not included: Lunch
Included activity for day 8
Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 06:30 Approx
Full-Day Journey from Colca to Puno
An unforgettable journey through the Colca Valley to the Cruz del Condor, home of the giant Andean Condor! Head to Huayra Punko viewpoint, visit the town of Maca and, later, continue to Puno, stopping at local villages, viewpoints and restaurants en route.
What's included: Shared transportation and guide. Not included: Lunch.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 6 in Arequipa
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx
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.
Suggested activity for day 9 in Lake Titicaca
Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx
Lake Titicaca: Uros & Taquile Islands
Depart by boat to Taquile Island, home to pre-Inca ruins, and learn about the local textile industry. Stop for lunch before continuing to one of the famous floating Uros Islands.
Suggested activity for day 11 in Cuzco
Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 10:00 Approx
Cuzco Photography Workshop
Discover the real Cuzco with this unique photography workshop. Using either your mobile device or camera, follow a professional photographer around the city to learn how to capture the essence of Cuzco in unique and exciting ways!
What's included: Guidance and photography class Not included: Gratuities, transfers to/from the hotel.
Suggested activity for day 12
Upgrade: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes
Upgrade to the 360° train to Aguas Calientes which has an open-air observatory wagon with bar and higher and wider panoramic windows.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Lima - US.
- Internal flights: Cuzco - Lima.
- Train Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Voyager/Expedition Train.
- 13 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels and 1 night on a Night Bus.See hotels included
- 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with English speaking guide.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
Taxes*, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
*Tourist air tax is not included in the price and must be paid directly at the airport in your destination (Approximately USD 15 per person, subject to change).
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.
Warning: Please note that when filling out the Health Form required to enter Peru, in the Nationality section, you must write EEUU (instead of USA), in order to generate a valid form.
- Entry requirementsPassport with at least six months validity. One page required for stamp.
- VisaFree visa on arrival.
- CurrencyPeruvian Sol.
- Electricity220V, 60 Hz. U.S. style plug. Check the voltage.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
- Time zoneUTC - 05:00.
- Tourist Office websitehttps://www.peru.travel/en-us/
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.
Exoticca Travel Stories
Creating unforgettable memories, one traveler at a time
The trip was amazing...
The guides were informative and made interesting stops along the way during our transfers. We added the tour of the Sacred Valley and saw the Temple of the Sun, which was a highlight after being at Machu Picchu the previous day. We saw even more of the Inca's amazing architecture and terraces.