Peru Highlights Tour

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.

Highlights

  • The jewel in the crown of Inca sites – Machu Picchu
  • Traditions and towering mountains of the Colca Canyon region
  • Watching Condors in flight just above your head
  • Unique cultures and magnificent scenery on the Islands of Lake Titicaca
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
Full Itinerary

Customize this Itinerary

  • The Luxury Andean Explorer train also makes the journey between Puno and Cusco and is an alternative to the bus. It is a more relaxing way to see the beautiful scenery and a must for train fanatics
  • Spend a relaxing night in the Sacred Valley either before or after you visit Machu Picchu.
  • Add on a trip to the Amazon jungle
  • This is a sample itinerary, all of our tours are custom made,contact our experts to get your personalised Peru travel itinerary.

Included

  • Safe private transfers
  • All tours as described with a professional english speaking guide
  • Accommodation with breakfast, other meals as stated
  • All entry fees

Not Included

  • International Flights to and from Peru and flights within Peru. Ask us for a quote when you Contact Us.

Itinerary - Peru Highlights Tour

Day 1. Fly to Lima

Arrive in Lima – Peru’s capital city, private transport to your hotel.

Day 2. Lima City Tour

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.

Day 3. Fly to Arequipa, Afternoon Walking Tour

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.

Day 4. Travel overland to Colca Canyon

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.

Day 5. Condor's Cross, Overland to Lake Titicaca

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.

Day 6. 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.

Day 7. Bus or Train to Cusco

Tour to Cusco across the high plains with stops at ancient ruins and magnificent viewpoints along the way.

Day 8. Cusco City Tour

Discover Cusco’s blend of Inca and Colonial history at the fortress of Saxayhuaman, the important Cathedral and ‘gold palace’ Koricancha.

Day 9. Sacred Valley, Train to Machu Picchu

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.

Day 10. Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco

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.

Day 11. Free Day Cusco

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.

Day 12. Fly Home

We take you to the airport for your flight to Lima and home.

Accommodation - Peru Highlights Tour

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.

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A stylish, modern hotel with a fabulous restaurant, café bar and cocktail bar.

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Casa de Melgar Arequipa

This charming hotel full of character is housed in an 18th century house.

El Tambo Lima

The hotel is in Miraflores, a modern, safe area on the coast with shops, excellent restaurants and all amenities close by.

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Regarded as one of Arequipa’s best hotels.

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Colca Lodge Spa Colca Canyon

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.

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The tranquil Casa Andina Private Collection blends well with its surroundings.

El Mercado Cusco

A beautifully restored colonial building that once made up part of a market.

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This beautiful independent hotel with 18 rooms is quiet yet central in the arty San Blas area.

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El MaPi Aguas Calientes

This hotel is a blend of classic styles and recycled materials.

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Machu Picchu Pueblo Machu Picchu

This is a welcome sanctuary after the hustle and bustle of Aguas Calientes.

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Miraflores Park is in a privileged location on the cliffs above the ocean.

Las Casitas del Colca Colca Canyon

This luxurious hotel is in the heart of the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest and most beautiful.

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Killa Wasi lodge Colca Canyon

A cosy, rustic hotel with a location that’s perfect for exploring the beautiful Colca Canyon.

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Titilaka Puno

18 stunning boutique rooms all with beautiful views across Lake Titicaca.

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The most famous of Cusco’s hotels and deservedly so.

Hatun Inti Machu Picchu

Stunning views over the Urubamba river.

Expert Lowdown - Peru Highlights Tour

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.

Flight Information - Peru Highlights Tour

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.

12 days from $3245 pp

plus international flights

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