This small group tour offers the perfect introduction to Peru and is ideal if you're short on time or looking for a starting point for a more extensive Latin America journey. Explore this fascinating and diverse country's main attractions as you travel from Lima to Cuzco, visiting the tranquil Sacred Valley and legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu along the way.

• Lima: 2 nights

• Sacred Valley: 2 nights

• Machu Picchu: 1 night
• Cuzco: 2 nights

8nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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This is the perfect introduction to Peru’s main highlights and the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Staying overnight in the area lets you explore this once-in-a-lifetime spot twice, the second time at your own pace. Travel on the panoramic Vistadome train through the winding mountains of Sacred Valley; discover the ancient secrets of the Inca Empire at some of the country’s most famous citadels and temples; and see why Peruvian cuisine is making a name for itself around the world with a gastronomic tour of Lima. It also makes a great starting point for a wider exploration of Latin America.

• Lima: 2 nights

• Sacred Valley: 2 nights

• Machu Picchu: 1 night
• Cuzco: 2 nights

8nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Lima Depart from the UK on your daytime flight to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure. Stay: Hotel José Antonio Bellavista (or similar).

Day 2: Lima Begin your exploration of the city with a visit to a local market. Equipped with a shopping list of items, you can purchase fresh fish, exotic fruits and colourful vegetables. You can then pick up some culinary tips as you watch a chef from a renowned restaurant cook some traditional dishes. Have a go at recreating them yourself before enjoying a welcome Peruvian lunch which offers a great opportunity to get to know the rest of your group. During an afternoon tour of the capital you can admire the striking contrast of Lima’s impressive colonial architecture and pre-Inca ruins which reflect the city’s intriguing history. Visit the modern districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, stopping to see a huaca – a pre-Inca sacred place – and to admire the fantastic views from the clifftop Parque del Amor, or ‘Park of Love’. Continue to the Historic Centre to visit the Plaza de Armas which is home to the Government Palace – the official residence of the president – the Archbishop’s Palace and the beautiful 16th-Century baroque cathedral. You’ll also visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a striking example of colonial architecture with an ancient crypt. Stay: Hotel José Antonio Bellavista (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Lima to Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley. This fertile area was once the heart of the Inca Empire and is home to ruins, colourful markets and small Andean towns. Transfer to your hotel which lies on the banks of the Vilcanota River. This afternoon, head to your hotel bar for a lesson in crafting traditional Pisco Sours. Blend Peruvian pisco (grape brandy) with lime juice, egg white, sugar, Angostura bitters and crushed ice before relaxing at the bar with your tasty cocktail. Approx. flight time: 1¼ hours. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Discover colourful culture and beautiful scenery during a full day spent exploring the Sacred Valley. Visit the small town of Pisac and its local market where you can barter for regional products such as alpaca wool, silver jewellery, trinkets and ceramics. Continue to the small town of Ollantaytambo to discover one of Peru’s most impressive Incan archaeological sites. Explore the narrow cobbled streets and climb the stone steps on the steep terraces up to the fortress at the top, from where you can enjoy views over the town and valley. Continue to the ancient Maras salt mines, which were built on the slope of a mountain in Pre-Incan times. An underground spring feeds salt-crusted ponds in terraces that cascade down the valley. You will also visit the huge agricultural terraces of Moray which were built in natural holes in a circular form and resemble a Roman amphitheatre. It is believed that the terraces were used as an agricultural research station by the Incas who wanted to experiment with growing crops in varying conditions. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Today is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your tour – a visit to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. Your adventure starts on a train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes in VTD501 (08:53 – 10:29), where you'll disembark and have an early lunch in a hotel. After lunch, you'll take a scenic bus journey through cloud forest to the top of the mountain and discover the Machu Picchu archaeological site, a New 7 Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Catching your first glimpse of this iconic site is unforgettable and the sweeping Andean landscapes provide a magnificent backdrop for this mysterious citadel that was ‘lost’ to the world until its ‘rediscovery’ by archaeologist Hiram Bingham III in 1911. From 12:00 to 17:30 you'll be able to take a guided tour of the legendary citadel – a remarkable testimony to the skills of the Inca – before enjoying some free time to explore by yourself and relax. Stroll through the cloud forest and see orchids, colourful bromeliads, butterflies, and hundreds of bird species including hummingbirds, Andean motmots and endemic species such as the masked fruiteater. You'll then head back to Aguas Calientes at an agreed time and be transferred to your hotel, staying overnight in a Superior Room at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cuzco This morning is free so that you have the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu for further exploration. Your hotel is just a short stroll from Aguas Calientes where you can board a bus for the 20-minute journey to the ruins. This afternoon, board the Vistadome train for your journey to Cuzco, the former capital of the great Inca Empire. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar). B.

Day 7: Cuzco During a city tour you’ll discover the highlights of this striking colonial city which was built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Visit the Qoricancha Temple – an ancient Inca palace that was built to honour the sun god, Inti – and the Plaza de Armas for a tour of the cathedral which was built using stone from the nearby Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán.Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the San Cristobal lookout point before continuing by road to explore  Sacsayhuamán. It is believed to have taken 20,000 men to cut and transport the huge stones needed to build the fortress – an impressive architectural feat. Visit the cave and temple of Kenko and the ruins of Puka Pukara which means ‘Red Fortress’ in Quechua. Admire local artisans creating artwork including paintings, wood carvings and silver pieces at the ‘Inka’s Expression’ workshop. Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar). B.

Day 8: Cuzco to Lima
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and connecting flight to the UK, arriving the next day. B.


Stay longer

Galapagos Cruise (pre-tour) 8 nights

The perfect complement to your Peru adventure. Take a pre-tour visit to Ecuador and cruise around the Galapagos Islands to discover the unique flora and wildlife of the archipelago.

Day 1: UK to Quito Depart the UK on your daytime flight to Quito via Amsterdam. On arrival transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Stay: Hilton Colon Quito (or similar).

Day 2: Quito Embark on a city tour starting with a visit to the colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved in South America. Stroll the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Catherdral, Presidential Palace and Archbishop's Palace. Visit the temple of La Compañía de Jesús with its gilded interior and the Monastery of San Francisco with its impressive façade influenced by Moorish style. Continue to the Equatorial monument which marks the exact middle of the World, where you can stand with a foot in each hemisphere. Discover the Ethnographic museum charting the history of the Native American groups living in Ecuador. Visit the nearby colonial-style town for some souvenir shopping and receive a certificate for having crossed the Equator. Stay: Hilton Colon Quito (or similar). B.

Day 3: Quito to Galapagos Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos (approx. 1 hour). On arrival in Baltra Island transfer to the Santa Cruz II for your four-night Western Islands Galapagos cruise. Walk the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Pass by a lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and flamingos and continue along the trail that offers stunning views of the bay and Western Islands and the chance to spot land iguanas. Stay: Santa Cruz II. B, L, D.

Day 4: Galapagos Explore the coast of Isabella Island by panga (dinghy), while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, a nesting place for flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals and boobies. Weather permitting, you can snorkel along the cliffs to discover the rich marine life, which depending on the time of year may include green sea turtles. Explore one of the youngest islands of the archipelago, Fernandina – it has no mammals and has developed a unique environment for marine iguanas, sea lions, crabs, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants. Stay: Santa Cruz II. B, L, D.

Day 5: Galapagos Disembark on Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise breeding centre. Head into the cooler highlands for lunch. The afternoon is yours to enjoy a number of optional activities which include beach walks, kayak experiences or visits to the tortoise reserve. Stay: Santa Cruz II. B, L, D.

Day 6: Galapagos Take a panga ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore and a visit to the Baroness Cove offering breathtaking views of the island. Land at Post Office Bay and visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office for over two centuries where postcards are left for other guests to hand-deliver on their behalf. Enjoy a snorkel off the beach before taking lunch. Take a panga and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater worlds around Champion Islet, an extinct volcano regarded as one of the best snorkelling spots in the islands. Experience a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach at Punta Cormorant and an easy walk to discover the birdlife of the nearby lagoon. Finally see the white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (December to May). Stay: Santa Cruz II. B, L, D.

Day 7: Galapagos to Guayaquil Disembark on Baltra Island and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil (approx. 1¾ hours) and transfer to your hotel. Stay: Hilton Colon Guayaquil (or similar). B.

Day 8: Guayaquil Enjoy a scenic tour of Guayaquil. Visits include the Centennial Plaza that honours the heroes of Guayaquil’s independence and along the 9th Boulevard to the heart of the business district of the city. Take a short stroll to the famous Moorish Clock Tower and Bolívar Park with an equestrian statue of South America’s liberator, Simón Bolívar. Discover the park's roaming iguanas before heading to the nearby Metropolitan Cathedral. Next head for the city's Malecón area to see the Crystal Palace, Integration Square and Plaza of the Flags. Finally head to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Guayaquil, whose wooden buildings have been beautifully restored. Stay: Hilton Colon Guayaquil (or similar). B.

Day 9: Guayaquil to Lima Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, and start your Peru tour. B.

Amazon Rainforest (post-tour) 2 nights
Discover the majestic Amazon rainforest with a two-night stay at the eco-luxury Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. Spend your time here discovering the wildlife, flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest with a host of activities organised by the reserve. Visit the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, a bridge system suspended 30 metres above the ground and giving an eye-level view of the wildlife in the treetops. Go on a jungle walk at night to discover the secrets of the nocturnal world, or cruise the river system nearby and discover the wildlife that lives on the banks.

Colombia (post-tour) 6 nights

Travel on to neighbouring Colombia to discover its fascinating history and most famous export, coffee.

Day 1: Bogotá Fly from Cuzco to Bogotá (approx. 3½ hours). On arrival you'll transfer directly to your hotel. Stay: Four Seasons Casa Medina (or similar). B.

Day 2: Bogotá to Cartagena Today you'll embark on a full-day tour of the historic city starting in the La Candelaria neighbourhood – the heart, soul and oldest part of Bogotá. Along the way stop in the local market of Paloquemao, which sells a huge variety of tropical fruit and vegetables as well as fresh cut flowers. Discover Bolívar Square, surrounded by colonial buildings including the Palace of Justice, Mayor’s office and Cathedral. Standing proudly in the centre of the square is the statue of Simón Bolívar, Colombia’s founding father. Next stop will be the famous Gold Museum which houses over 35,000 gold artefacts, one of the finest collections of pre-Hispanic Gold. The ‘Balsa Muisca’, a small golden raft is said to be unsurpassed by goldsmiths of today and the driving force behind the Spaniards' quest to find the mythical El Dorado. Late in the afternoon you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena (approx. 1½ hours). On arrival transfer to your hotel. Stay: Charleston Santa Teresa (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Bogotá to Cartagena Today you'll explore the historic centre of Cartagena. Start under its famous Clock Tower while your guide explains the myths and legends of this ancient city. Head for the Plaza Bolívar where you can enjoy a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice and watch the world go by around you. Taking a short walking tour through the historic streets and visit the Inquisition Palace and San Pedro Claver Cloister built in homage to the protector of slaves. After lunch you’ll head for the Castillo San Felipe, the largest Spanish fortification in the Americas and a dominant feature of the old town. Continue on to Convento La Popa, the highest point in the city which offers excellent views of the bay, old town and Caribbean Sea beyond. Stay: Charleston Santa Teresa (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cartagena to Rosario Islands Depart this morning to Cartagena’s port for a two-hour boat journey to Múcura Island. The Rosario Islands consist of 23 separate coral islands and form one of Colombia’s many national parks. On arrival, transfer to your hotel where the next two days are free for you to relax and enjoy the stunning marine life and coral reefs. Stay: Punta Faro (or similar). B, D.

Day 5-6: Rosario Islands Your days are free to spend as you wish – relax and enjoy the facilities around your resort hotel, head out for some snorkelling on the coral reefs or discover one of the beautiful island beaches. Stay: Punta Faro (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Rosario Islands to UK Return to Cartagena by ferry (approx. 2 hours) and transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK via Amsterdam. B.

Day 1: UK to Lima Depart from the UK on your daytime flight to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure. Stay: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe (or similar).

Day 2: Lima Start with a visit to a local market, where you'll have a shopping list to buy fresh fish, exotic fruits and colourful vegetables. You can then pick up some culinary tips as you watch a chef from a renowned restaurant cook traditional dishes. Have a go at recreating them yourself before enjoying a welcome Peruvian lunch with your group. During an afternoon tour of the capital, admire the contrast of Lima’s impressive colonial architecture and pre-Inca ruins which reflect the city’s intriguing history. Visit the modern districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, stopping to see a huaca – a pre-Inca sacred place – and admire the fantastic views from the clifftop Parque del Amor, or ‘Park of Love’. Continue to the historic centre to visit the Plaza de Armas which is home to the Government Palace (the official residence of the President), the Archbishop’s Palace and the beautiful 16th-Century Baroque cathedral. You’ll also visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a striking example of colonial architecture with an ancient crypt. Stay: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Lima to Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco (approx. 1½ hours) and transfer to the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley. This fertile area was once the heart of the Inca Empire and is home to ruins, colourful markets and small Andean towns. Transfer to your hotel on the banks of the Vilcanota River. This afternoon, head to your hotel bar for a lesson in making traditional Pisco Sours. Blend Peruvian pisco (grape brandy) with lime juice, egg white, sugar, Angostura bitters and crushed ice before relaxing at the bar with your tasty cocktail. Approx. journey time 1½ hours, 25 miles. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley (or similar). B.

Day 4: Sacred Valley Discover colourful culture and beautiful scenery during a full day exploring the Sacred Valley. Visit the small town of Písac and its local market where you can barter for regional products such as alpaca wool, silver jewellery, trinkets and ceramics. Continue to the small town of Ollantaytambo to discover one of Peru’s most impressive Incan archaeological sites. Explore the narrow cobbled streets and climb the stone steps on the steep terraces up to the fortress at the top, from where you can enjoy views over the town and valley. Continue to the ancient Maras salt mines, which were built on the slope of a mountain in Pre-Incan times. An underground spring feeds salt-crusted ponds in terraces that cascade down the valley. You'll also visit the huge agricultural terraces of Moray which were built in natural holes in a circular form and resemble a Roman amphitheatre. It's believed that the terraces were used as an agricultural research station by the Incas who wanted to experiment with growing crops in varying conditions. Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Today is a key highlight – a visit to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas and a New 7 Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Your adventure starts with a ride on the Vistadome train (approx. 1½ hours) – it has panoramic windows which offer spectacular views over the winding mountains and valleys, en route to the town of Aguas Calientes. Disembark on arrival for an early lunch before a scenic and thrilling bus journey through mountainous cloud forest up to the archaeological site. Catching your first glimpse is unforgettable and the sweeping Andean landscapes provide a magnificent backdrop for this mysterious citadel that was ‘lost’ to the world until its ‘rediscovery’ by archaeologist Hiram Bingham III in 1911. Take a guided tour before enjoying some free time to explore by yourself. Stroll through the cloud forest and see orchids, colourful bromeliads, butterflies, and hundreds of bird species including hummingbirds, Andean motmots and endemic species such as the masked fruiteater. You'll then head back to Aguas Calientes and walk the short distance to your hotel. There is limited luggage space on the train and restrictions on what can be taken into the Machu Picchu site, so you'll need a small overnight bag today. The rest of your luggage will be stored and waiting for you in your Cuzco hotel. Stay: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cuzco This morning is free, giving you the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu for independent exploration at your own pace. Your hotel is just a short stroll from Aguas Calientes where you can board a bus for the journey to the ruins (additional entrance not included, we recommend booking this in advance). In the early afternoon, board the Vistadome train for your journey to Cuzco (approx. 1½ hours), the Inca Empire's former capital. Stay: Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 7: Cuzco
Discover the highlights of this striking colonial city, built on the foundations of Inca palaces, and the surrounding mountains. Visit the Qoricancha Temple – an ancient Inca palace that was built to honour the sun god, Inti – and the Plaza de Armas for a tour of the cathedral, made using stone from the nearby Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the San Cristobal lookout point before continuing by road to explore Sacsayhuamán – it is believed to have taken 20,000 men to cut and transport the huge stones needed to build the fortress. Visit the cave and temple of Kenko and the ruins of Puka Pukara, or ‘Red Fortress’ in the Quechua language. Admire local artisans creating artwork including paintings, wood carvings and silver pieces at the ‘Inka’s Expression’ workshop. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Incanto, a charming restaurant at the heart of Cuzco which fuses Italian and Peruvian cuisine using local ingredients. Stay: Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 8: Cuzco to Lima Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima (approx. 1½ hours) and connecting flight to the UK, arriving the next day. Or continue your exploration of the region with a stay in the Amazon rainforest, neighbouring Bolivia or Colombia. B.


Stay longer

Galapagos Cruise (pre-tour) 8 nights

The perfect complement to your Peru adventure. Take a pre-tour visit to Ecuador and cruise around the Galapagos Islands to discover the unique flora and wildlife of the archipelago.

Day 1: UK to Quito Depart the UK on your daytime flight to Quito via Amsterdam. On arrival transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Stay: Hilton Colon Quito (or similar).

Day 2: Quito Embark on a city tour starting with a visit to the colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved in South America. Stroll the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Catherdral, Presidential Palace and Archbishop's Palace. Visit the temple of La Compañía de Jesús with its gilded interior and the Monastery of San Francisco with its impressive façade influenced by Moorish style. Continue to the Equatorial monument which marks the exact middle of the World, where you can stand with a foot in each hemisphere. Discover the Ethnographic museum charting the history of the Native American groups living in Ecuador. Visit the nearby colonial-style town for some souvenir shopping and receive a certificate for having crossed the Equator. Stay: Hilton Colon Quito (or similar). B.

Day 3: Quito to Galapagos Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos (approx. 1 hour). On arrival in Baltra Island transfer to the Santa Cruz II for your four-night Western Islands Galapagos cruise. Walk the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Pass by a lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and flamingos and continue along the trail that offers stunning views of the bay and Western Islands and the chance to spot land iguanas. Stay: Santa Cruz II. B, L, D.

Day 4: Galapagos Explore the coast of Isabella Island by panga (dinghy), while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, a nesting place for flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals and boobies. Weather permitting, you can snorkel along the cliffs to discover the rich marine life, which depending on the time of year may include green sea turtles. Explore one of the youngest islands of the archipelago, Fernandina – it has no mammals and has developed a unique environment for marine iguanas, sea lions, crabs, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants. Stay: Santa Cruz II. B, L, D.

Day 5: Galapagos Disembark on Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise breeding centre. Head into the cooler highlands for lunch. The afternoon is yours to enjoy a number of optional activities which include beach walks, kayak experiences or visits to the tortoise reserve. Stay: Santa Cruz II. B, L, D.

Day 6: Galapagos Take a panga ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore and a visit to the Baroness Cove offering breathtaking views of the island. Land at Post Office Bay and visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office for over two centuries where postcards are left for other guests to hand-deliver on their behalf. Enjoy a snorkel off the beach before taking lunch. Take a panga and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater worlds around Champion Islet, an extinct volcano regarded as one of the best snorkelling spots in the islands. Experience a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach at Punta Cormorant and an easy walk to discover the birdlife of the nearby lagoon. Finally see the white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (December to May). Stay: Santa Cruz II. B, L, D.

Day 7: Galapagos to Guayaquil Disembark on Baltra Island and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil (approx. 1¾ hours) and transfer to your hotel. Stay: Hilton Colon Guayaquil (or similar). B.

Day 8: Guayaquil Enjoy a scenic tour of Guayaquil. Visits include the Centennial Plaza that honours the heroes of Guayaquil’s independence and along the 9th Boulevard to the heart of the business district of the city. Take a short stroll to the famous Moorish Clock Tower and Bolívar Park with an equestrian statue of South America’s liberator, Simón Bolívar. Discover the park's roaming iguanas before heading to the nearby Metropolitan Cathedral. Next head for the city's Malecón area to see the Crystal Palace, Integration Square and Plaza of the Flags. Finally head to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Guayaquil, whose wooden buildings have been beautifully restored. Stay: Hilton Colon Guayaquil (or similar). B.

Day 9: Guayaquil to Lima Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, and start your Peru tour. B.

Amazon Rainforest (post-tour) 2 nights
Discover the majestic Amazon rainforest with a two-night stay at the eco-luxury Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica on the banks of the Madre de Dios River. Spend your time here discovering the wildlife, flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest with a host of activities organised by the reserve. Visit the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, a bridge system suspended 30 metres above the ground and giving an eye-level view of the wildlife in the treetops. Go on a jungle walk at night to discover the secrets of the nocturnal world, or cruise the river system nearby and discover the wildlife that lives on the banks.

Colombia (post-tour) 6 nights

Travel on to neighbouring Colombia to discover its fascinating history and most famous export, coffee.

Day 1: Bogotá Fly from Cuzco to Bogotá (approx. 3½ hours). On arrival you'll transfer directly to your hotel. Stay: Four Seasons Casa Medina (or similar). B.

Day 2: Bogotá to Cartagena Today you'll embark on a full-day tour of the historic city starting in the La Candelaria neighbourhood – the heart, soul and oldest part of Bogotá. Along the way stop in the local market of Paloquemao, which sells a huge variety of tropical fruit and vegetables as well as fresh cut flowers. Discover Bolívar Square, surrounded by colonial buildings including the Palace of Justice, Mayor’s office and Cathedral. Standing proudly in the centre of the square is the statue of Simón Bolívar, Colombia’s founding father. Next stop will be the famous Gold Museum which houses over 35,000 gold artefacts, one of the finest collections of pre-Hispanic Gold. The ‘Balsa Muisca’, a small golden raft is said to be unsurpassed by goldsmiths of today and the driving force behind the Spaniards' quest to find the mythical El Dorado. Late in the afternoon you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena (approx. 1½ hours). On arrival transfer to your hotel. Stay: Charleston Santa Teresa (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Bogotá to Cartagena Today you'll explore the historic centre of Cartagena. Start under its famous Clock Tower while your guide explains the myths and legends of this ancient city. Head for the Plaza Bolívar where you can enjoy a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice and watch the world go by around you. Taking a short walking tour through the historic streets and visit the Inquisition Palace and San Pedro Claver Cloister built in homage to the protector of slaves. After lunch you’ll head for the Castillo San Felipe, the largest Spanish fortification in the Americas and a dominant feature of the old town. Continue on to Convento La Popa, the highest point in the city which offers excellent views of the bay, old town and Caribbean Sea beyond. Stay: Charleston Santa Teresa (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cartagena to Rosario Islands Depart this morning to Cartagena’s port for a two-hour boat journey to Múcura Island. The Rosario Islands consist of 23 separate coral islands and form one of Colombia’s many national parks. On arrival, transfer to your hotel where the next two days are free for you to relax and enjoy the stunning marine life and coral reefs. Stay: Punta Faro (or similar). B, D.

Day 5-6: Rosario Islands Your days are free to spend as you wish – relax and enjoy the facilities around your resort hotel, head out for some snorkelling on the coral reefs or discover one of the beautiful island beaches. Stay: Punta Faro (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Rosario Islands to UK Return to Cartagena by ferry (approx. 2 hours) and transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK via Amsterdam. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Ideal for first-time visitors, this introductory small group tour offers a flavour of Peru’s main highlights and includes local experiences.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Some busy days, travel by bus and train, and changes in climate
• You’ll be visiting altitudes of over 4270m above sea level
• Unsuitable for those with walking difficulties
• Temperatures and weather conditions in the Andes vary considerably so we recommend taking clothing layers which can be easily added to or removed
• A pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended
• Luggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20kg.

Accommodation on tour

We have hand-picked a selection of quality hotels that are centrally located for sightseeing and exploration. These include characterful boutique-style properties that give you a real sense of the local culture. The charming Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is tucked away in a cloud forest reserve and boasts the world’s largest native orchid collection. The Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel has its own gallery, a small museum and a 17th-Century chapel.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £545

Is this for you?

Ideal for first-time visitors and those looking to combine several Latin American countries and experiences.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 10)
• Average group size of 12 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag
• A good level of fitness is required.

What to expect

• You'll need a small overnight bag for your night in Machu Picchu; the rest of your luggage will be forwarded on
• Tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties due to uneven terrain, steps and hills to climb
• Tour is not suitable for those with respiratory problems as you will visit altitudes up to 3800m (12,500ft)
• A pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended

• For internal flights in Peru, a local baggage fee of approx. US $23 per flight is payable locally.

Accommodation on tour

In the Sacred Valley you’ll stay on the banks of the Urubamba River, which offers a tranquil setting and spectacular views of the valley. You’ll stay close to Machu Picchu in the small town of Aguas Calientes, tucked away in the cloud forest reserve and just a short walk to the bus departure point for the citadel and the local craft market. In Cuzco you’ll stay in a restored mansion dating back nearly five centuries, just a short walk from the main square, bars and restaurants.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £545

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Feb 22; Mar 15; Apr 19; May 17; Jun 14; Sep 06; Oct 04

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Tour dates

2020 Apr 15; May 13; Jun 10; Aug 19; Sep 16; Oct 14

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Kuoni highlights

Discover Peru’s bucket-list attractions and enjoy local experiences such as a cooking class and Pisco Sour lesson. We’ve included an overnight stay in Machu Picchu for the chance to revisit the legendary ruins in the morning. This short tour can easily be combined with other Latin America destinations such as Bolivia, the Galapagos, the Amazon rainforest or Argentina and Brazil.

Kuoni highlights

This tour ticks off bucket-list spot Machu Picchu, and staying overnight in the area lets you maximise your time there. We’ve also included an introduction to Peruvian cuisine, which is making a name for itself around the world, with a gastronomic tour of Lima – here you’ll visit a local market with a shopping list of ingredients that a local chef will turn into a typical Peruvian meal. You’ll also discover how to make the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink.