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Arequipa
Colca Canyon
Cuzco
Iquitos
Islas Ballestas
Lake Titicaca
Lima
Machu Picchu
Nazca
Sacred Valley
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Experience Peru on an unforgettable journey from the Andes to the Amazon. From cosmopolitan Lima, head to the mysterious Nazca Lines, volcanic Arequipa and the Colca Canyon. Discover Lake Titicaca in Puno, visit the Inca capital of Cuzco, and uncover the secrets of the Sacred Valley. Finally, explore iconic Machu Picchu before heading to Iquitos to discover the wildlife of the Amazon

 

20 days trip including flights*

19 days and 18 nights in destination

1

NYC - LIM

Lima

2

Lima

3

Paracas

4

Nazca

5

Arequipa

6

Arequipa

7

Colca

8

Puno

9

Puno

10

Cusco

11

Cusco

12

Urubamba

13

Aguas Calientes

14

Cusco

15

Iquitos

16

Iquitos

17

Iquitos

18

Lima

19

IQT - NYC

20

IQT - 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.

1st Day: US - Lima

Ready to discover Peru? Head to your departure airport to check-in for a flight to Lima*. Touch down in Lima, the capital of Peru, 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.

*If your inbound flight departs in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Lima

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Center 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.

Included
City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima
3rd Day: Lima - Paracas

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer to the bus station to catch a bus to Paracas and enjoy a scenic journey heading south along the coast. 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.

4th Day: Paracas - Nazca

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 to catch a bus to Nazca. Arrive in Nazca, famous for its mysterious lines, although the city is named after the civilization that flourished here between 100 BC and 800 AD. This region also has a strong heritage of viticulture, although today, it is one of the driest places on earth, with only 4 millimetres of rain, on average, a year. Overnight stay in Nazca.

Included
Ballestas Islands
5th Day: Nazca - Arequipa

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 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.

6th Day: 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 at your own pace. 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.

Optional
City Tour of Arequipa
7th Day: Arequipa - Colca

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, travel to the Colca Valley, an ancient area that boasts sweeping valleys and is home to the 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. Get settled at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, enjoying the facilities of your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Colca.

8th Day: Colca - Puno

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 much mystery and legend. After watching the birdlife, transfer from Colca to Puno, past stunning Andean landscapes. Arrive in Puno, home of the world-renowned Lake Titicaca. Overnight stay in Puno.

Included
Full-Day Journey from Colca to Puno
9th Day: Puno

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day relaxing at your leisure, soaking up the views of Lake Titicaca or simply enjoying the facilities of your hotel. We recommend an optional excursion to the Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca.* Overnight stay in Puno.

* Optional Taquile & Uros Islands Excursion: Depart by boat to Taquile Island, which dates back to pre-Inca times. The Islanders are famous for their beautiful clothing and textile industry. Next, visit the community of Huayllano, on the same island, where the locals show their traditional crafts and agriculture, to enjoy a traditional lunch. Afterwards, visit the floating islands of Uros, situated in the middle of the national reserve of Lake Titicaca.

Optional
Lake Titicaca: Uros & Taquile Islands
10th Day: Puno - Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Puno station to take a bus to Cuzco. Leave the station and start your journey to Puno, enjoying the marvelous 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.

Included
Bus Journey from Puno to Cuzco
11th Day: Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you have the opportunity to take an optional half-day tour of Cuzco.* Alternatively, spend the day at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of the city and sampling the local cuisine. Overnight stay in Cuzco.

* Optional 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 neighborhood, 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.

Optional
Half-Day Cuzco Tour
12th Day: Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting excursion to the Sacred Valley today. Begin in Chinchero, where you can visit the PARWA Center, dedicated to beautiful Andean textiles. Explore Chinchero Church and the fascinating nearby Inca ruins before continuing to Raqchi Viewpoint, for an unforgettable panoramic view across the Sacred Valley. Stop for lunch* and continue to Ollantaytambo, famous for its ancient Incan streets and the traditional dress of the locals. Explore the town and visit the local market for a taste of traditional Andean culture. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

*Lunch included.

 

Included
The Essence of the Sacred Valley (with lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco')
13th Day: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting day at Machu 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 the ultimate bucket-list destination. Spend some time discovering the ruins and being amazed by the terraces as you enjoy a tour of the different sections of the site. Soak up the special atmosphere and make sure to take some photos! Finally, you will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes, transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.

* You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.

Note: The baggage policy on board the train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.

** 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.

Included
Visit to Machu Picchu by Expedition or Voyager Train
Optional
Upgrade: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes
14th Day: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning at your leisure with the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu for a second time, (additional cost at the destination) to contemplate the unforgettable views and take some beautiful snapshots. You will board the return train to Cuzco at the appointed time. The city comes to life as the sun goes down, so be sure to experience the atmosphere of the city's lively plazas at night. Overnight stay in Cuzco.

15th Day: Cuzco - Iquitos - Amazon

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Iquitos, a port city and gateway to the Northern Amazon. After meeting your guide and receiving some advice on exploring the jungle, transfer to the port to enjoy a boat trip on the Amazon River, headed for your lodge in the heart of the Amazon. Look out for local wildlife along the way before arriving at the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon, set off on a jungle hike into the Yanamono rainforest reserve with an expert guide to introduce you to the many flora species and point out the different bird and wildlife along the way. If you are lucky you might spot small families of monkeys, such as marmosets or even Squirrel monkeys. Return to the lodge for a magical sunset boat trip on the Amazon river. Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.

*Please consider this relevant information about your stay which can be found below in the important notes section.

16th Day: Amazon

Rise early for an early morning bird-watching excursion by boat, and spot a number of unique species such as the Ringed Kingfisher and the Black-Collared Hawk. Return to the lodge for breakfast and a short rest. Later, head out on a Native Fishing Expedition, along one of the tributaries of the Amazon River. Learn local fishing techniques and even try and catch an elusive Piranha. Keep an eye out for the weird and wonderful Pink River Dolphins, unique to the Amazon. Return to the lodge for lunch, where anything you caught can be cooked for you. In the afternoon, board a boat for an excursion to Yanamono Island, the best place to see the beautiful Giant Water Lillies, which can grow to an amazing 40cm in diameter. As night falls, enjoy a night-time nature hike around the periphery of the lodge to witness the transformation of day to night in the Amazon. This is the best time of day to spot tree frogs, snakes and other nocturnal animals, such as night owls. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.

*Please consider this relevant information about your stay which can be found below in the important notes section.

17th Day: Amazon

Breakfast at the lodge. Today, visit a local riverside town to meet an indigenous tribe of the Yaguas community. Learn about their way of life on the Amazon River and see their community buildings. The locals will share their fishing and farming techniques with you as you enjoy a fascinating insight into life on the Amazon. Return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.

*Please consider this relevant information about your stay which can be found below in the important notes section.

18th Day: Amazon - Iquitos - Lima

Breakfast at the lodge. This morning, take a short boat ride on the Amazon River to visit a traditional family-run Sugar Cane Distillery. Learn the local techniques for processing sugar cane and enjoy a tasting session of the varied exotic beverages made from the sugar cane liquor. Return to the lodge for lunch before leaving the Amazon behind as you transfer by boat to Iquitos and continue your journey by road back to Lima. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the final evening in Peru at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.

19th Day: Lima - US

Breakfast at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to bring your adventure through Peru to an end! At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the US. Night on board.

20th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Accommodation: 18 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 2 in Lima

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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.

more information
Included

Included activity for day 4 in Islas Ballestas

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Ballestas Islands

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.

more information
Included

Included activity for day 8

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 06:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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.

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Included

Included activity for day 10

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 06:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Bus Journey from Puno to Cuzco

Take a scenic bus journey from Puno to Cuzco and admire the marvellous landscapes of the South Valley of Cuzco. Visit Andahuaylas Church, the ruins of Racqui, stop for lunch and take in the views from the La Raya viewpoint.

What's included: Tourist bus with stops en route, lunch, entrance to Andahuaylillas, Raqchi and Pucara Not included: Tips, drinks with meal

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 6 in Arequipa

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 9 in Lake Titicaca

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 11 in Cuzco

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Cuzco Tour

Begin your tour in the Plaza de Armas and visit the Cathedral, Koricancha Temple and the San Blas Neighborhood.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 13

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, Iquitos - US.
  • Internal flights: Cuzco - Iquitos.
  • Train Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Voyager/Expedition Train.
  • 18 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels. *
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  • 18 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Boat trip to the Ballestas Islands and boat trip on the River Amazon.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

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).

* If the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative options or similar:

Lima: Arawi Express Miraflores, Allpa Hotel

Paracas: San Agustin Paracas

Nazca: Oro Viejo

Arequipa: Casona Plaza Colonial Hotel, Maison d'Elise

Colca: Pozo del Cielo

Puno: Intiqa Hotel

Cuzco: Agustos Cuzco

Sacred Valley: Mabey Valle

Aguas Calientes: Flower's House

Please note: There are luggage restrictions for the bus journeys between Lima - Paracas - Nazca - 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.
Oltursa:
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.

Important information about your stay in Amak Iquitos Lodge

  1. Baggage allowance per person: 1 carry-on suitcase of maximum 8 kilos and a small handbag. Leave heavy luggage at your hotel in the city.
  2. We include 1 bottle of water per person only on the first night and for the following nights or during the day we invite you to refill your bottles at the water dispensers in the common areas.
  3. Meals include water.
  4. If you wish to use the bar inside the Lodge, please bring cash in local currency (no large bills). Credit cards are not accepted.
  5. There is no wifi connection at the Lodge.
  6. There is no electricity. They use an hourly generator in the common areas. The cabins have solar panels for lighting only.
  7. There is no hot water. It is recommended to take showers between 7am and 7pm when the water is naturally warmer.

Important information about your stay in Irapay Amazon Lodge

  1. Only snacks and drinks are served at the pool.
  2. Electrical fluid hours 07:00 to 10 am and 18:00 to 22:30 pm
  3. There is no Internet or WIFI service, but if you have a cell phone with data you can connect.
  4. All rooms have ceiling fans during the hours of electricity.
  5. We remind you that food and beverages are not allowed in the rooms.

Important information about your stay in Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

  1. It is suggested for the comfort of the passengers during their trip on the Amazon River and their accommodation at the Lodge to organize in advance a backpack or a small suitcase with the absolutely necessary for their stay at the Lodge.
  2. Heliconia only has electricity generators at the following times:         06:00 am a 9:00 am                                                         12:00 pm a 3:00pm                                                           06:00 pm a 11:00pm
  3. The suitcases or the rest of the luggage will be left in custody during your stay at the lodge.
  4. Amazon River Expeditions staff will be waiting for you at counter N°5 of the airport in the baggage claim area.
  5. The program may vary depending on flight arrivals and departures as well as weather conditions.
  6. Check in: 13:00 pm Check out: 12:00 pm
  7. Heliconia Lodge boats allow only one carry-on baggage.

IMPORTANT! Remember to provide your agent with the following information: any physical or health conditions, any dietary restrictions (information needed to guarantee a matching menu in the lodge), and shoe size.

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 requirements
    Passport with at least six months validity. One page required for stamp.
  • Visa
    Free visa on arrival.
  • Currency
    Peruvian Sol.
  • Language
    Spanish.
  • Electricity
    220V, 60 Hz. U.S. style plug. Check the voltage.
  • Health
    Please 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 zone
    UTC - 05:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://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.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

Children: 2 - 11 years. 

 

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