From deserts to snow peaks, pre inca civilisations to modern day, our Peru highlights tour is the perfect snapshot of southern Peru. The route takes in Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.
Arequipa is known as the ‘white city’ because it is mainly built from the local volcanic stone and is the gateway to Colca Canyon. Here you can see condors cruising above your head against the snow-capped Andes mountains. Lake Titicaca is a wonder in itself, being the highest navigable lake in the world and somehow magnified by the high altitude. Take the classic journey from the lake to Cusco to discover the fascinating world of the Incas, culminating in Machu Picchu. You will return home with countless memories of what this part of the world has to offer.
|Day 1||Fly to Lima|
|Day 2||Lima City Tour|
|Day 3||Fly to Arequipa, Afternoon Walking Tour|
|Day 4||Travel overland to Colca Canyon|
|Day 5||Condor's Cross, Overland to Lake Titicaca|
|Day 6||Lake Titicaca|
|Day 7||Bus or Train to Cusco|
|Day 8||Cusco City Tour|
|Day 9||Sacred Valley, Train to Machu Picchu|
|Day 10||Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco|
|Day 11||Free Day Cusco|
|Day 12||Fly Home|
Visit the main sites of this fascinating city that is a microcosm of Peru’s varied cultures and people. Alternatively ask about our off-beat Pucusana trip to see a traditional fishing village and bird and sea life.
Fly to Arequipa. Afternoon tour of this beautiful city, known as the White City because of its grand colonial buildings made out of the local white volcanic stone.
Drive to Colca Canyon through Andean high planes or Altiplano. Here you may see herds of Vicunas grazing, the smallest of the cameloid family. Fantastic, stunning high altitude scenery.
Visit Cruz del Condor; one of the best places on earth to observe the mighty Condor in flight. Discover the stunning Colca Canyon; the deepest canyon in the world. Continue onto Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Full day on Lake Titicaca visiting the unique floating Uros Islands then onto the beautiful and unique island of Taquile where life has changed little since Inca times.
Tour to Cusco across the high plains with stops at ancient ruins and magnificent viewpoints along the way.
Discover Cusco’s blend of Inca and Colonial history at the fortress of Saxayhuaman, the important Cathedral and ‘gold palace’ Koricancha.
Departing Cusco today you will visit the highlights of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and discover the importance of this valley in the history of the region. Try out your bargaining skills at Pisac’s colourful traditional market. Afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu.
Explore Machu Picchu with an expert local guide, afterwards you are free to enjoy some free time before returning to Cuzco on an afternoon train.
Cusco is such a fun and interesting city it is well worth a second day to visit one of the many museums and galleries, shop for crafts or wander the cobbled streets of the San Blas district.
We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel. Ask us for upgrade recommendations and prices.
A stylish, modern hotel with a fabulous restaurant, café bar and cocktail bar.
This charming hotel full of character is housed in an 18th century house.
The hotel is in Miraflores, a modern, safe area on the coast with shops, excellent restaurants and all amenities close by.
Regarded as one of Arequipa’s best hotels.
A real gem of a hotel, the Colca Lodge is situated on the River Colca.
Recently renovated, the Tierra Viva is located in the centre of Puno.
The tranquil Casa Andina Private Collection blends well with its surroundings.
A beautifully restored colonial building that once made up part of a market.
This beautiful independent hotel with 18 rooms is quiet yet central in the arty San Blas area.
This hotel is a blend of classic styles and recycled materials.
This is a welcome sanctuary after the hustle and bustle of Aguas Calientes.
Miraflores Park is in a privileged location on the cliffs above the ocean.
This luxurious hotel is in the heart of the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest and most beautiful.
A cosy, rustic hotel with a location that’s perfect for exploring the beautiful Colca Canyon.
18 stunning boutique rooms all with beautiful views across Lake Titicaca.
The most famous of Cusco’s hotels and deservedly so.
Stunning views over the Urubamba river.
Swop the bus for a train to take you on one of the world’s classic train journeys from Lake Titicaca to Cusco. Lunch and afternoon tea are served along the way and there is an observation car at the back.
If you have concerns about altitude this trip is the best way to gently acclimatise because you start in Arequipa which is 2400m above sea level and so much lower than Cusco or Puno. Add an extra day to meander the beautiful old town and enjoy the warm dry climate.
Domestic flights are included in the price and we can also arrange your international flights.
Lima is Peru’s international airport and is well served by European and North American airlines. From May 2016 BA start direct flights from London Gatwick to Lima.