11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

A comprehensive journey across Peru, discovering ancient cultures, the picturesque beauty of the Andes and the tranquil waters of Lake Titicaca. Try to spot the magnificent sight of the flight of the Condor soaring through the Colca Canyon, visit the famous floating Uros Islands and journey by scenic train high over the Andes to Cuzco. No trip to Peru would be complete without a visit to the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

• Lima: 1 night
• Arequipa: 2 nights
• Colca: 1 night
• Puno: 2 nights
• Cuzco: 3 nights
• Machu Picchu: 1 night
• Sacred Valley: 2 nights

13nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

Amazon Rainforest 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.

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: Jose Antonio Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Lima to Arequipa
Discover modern and colonial Lima on a city tour. Start in the Miraflores district then head to the historic centre for the Plaza de Armas, home to the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Baroque cathedral containing the remains of conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima’s founder. Visit the Choco Museum and the Santo Domingo Convent, a colonial architecture gem with an ancient crypt. Afterwards, you will go to Museo del Pisco to taste the traditional Peruvian liquor. Upon leaving the Historic Center, you will head towards the Larco Museum, which houses the incomparable Treasures of Ancient Peru private collection. You will have lunch at the museums famed restaurant. In the afternoon, depart Lima on your flight (approx. 1½ hours) to Arequipa, known as the ‘White City’ due to its white volcanic rock buildings. End the day with a welcome dinner.
Stay: Costa Del Sol Hotel Wyndham (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Arequipa
Enjoy a walking tour of the main square and its colourful buildings. Visit the Cloisters and Church of the Society of Jesus which houses colourful frescos in the San Ignacio Dome, and the beautiful Monasterio de Santa Catalina – a 16th-Century citadel-like complex. Explore the traditional districts of Cayma and Yanahuara and end the day with one of Arequipa's famous artisan ice creams, queso helado.
Stay: Costa Del Sol Arequipa (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Arequipa to Colca
Head out this morning on the long drive to Colca, passing through the town of Yura and the Augada Blanca and Pampa Canahuas National Reserves, a lunar landscape with majestic volcanoes rising above the Andean plains. You may also get to see vast herds of Vicunas, Alpacas and Llamas grazing on the scrub land; the lagoons and wetlands are home to flamingos. Arrive in the town of Chivay, have lunch and check into your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. Head into town to browse the local market or visit the nearby Calera Thermal waters. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours, 100 miles.
Stay: Aranwa Colca (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Colca to Puno
Rise early and head to Condor’s Cross on the forested slopes of Colca Canyon, with amazing views. Condor’s Cross is one of the best viewpoints for watching the flight of the Andean condors, the world’s largest flying bird. Rising early gives you the best possible chance of seeing the birds soaring through the canyon below. Visit the villages of Pinchollo and Maca, return to Chivay for lunch, then continue to Puno. You’ll retrace some of your steps from previous journeys but will slowly descend through the mountains – watch the landscape change as you reach the shores of Lake Titicaca. Continue to your hotel on the shore of the lake just outside of the city. Approx. journey time: 5 hours, 169 miles.
Stay: Casa Andina Premium Puno (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Puno
Rise early for a full-day excursion on Lake Titicaca. Head out of Puno and sail to Taquile Island for a glimpse into pre-Incan culture. The islanders, who still live by their ancestors' traditions and beliefs, are renowned for their colourful outfits and incredible textiles. After lunch at a local family home, sail to the famous Uros Islands in the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. These floating islands are made from totora reeds and expand to support growing Uros communities. Meet the descendants of the Altiplano’s first inhabitants, before returning to your hotel.
Stay: Casa Andina Premium Puno (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Puno to Cuzco
Rise early to catch the Titilaca train to Cuzco (approx. journey time 10½ hours, 210 miles). It's a long journey but crossing the Peruvian Andes by rail is unforgettable. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea in a 1920s-style Pullman carriage, and absorb breathtaking landscapes through panoramic windows – the open-air observation car is a dream for photographers. Stop en route to enjoy incredible views and the highest point at La Raya at 4335m. On arrival in Cuzco transfer to your hotel, with the rest of the evening at leisure.
Stay: Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Cuzco
Join a city tour and see the highlights of this striking colonial city and surrounds. You will visit the city of Cuzco, known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colours, flavours and traditions of modern Cusco. The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult centre of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. You will continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will explore Q'enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place. Finally, you will arrive to the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city. Afternoon at leisure with the option to pre-book a Night Tour of Cusco and Pisco Sour making class.
Stay: Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Cuzco
Today is free to relax or explore Cuzco on your own. If you would prefer, you can pre-book two optional activities; Chocolate Making Class and a half day of Andean Cosmovision at the Planetarium of Cusco.
Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Cuzco to Machu Picchu
Today visit the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. Transfer to the train station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes (approx. 1½ hours). Continue by bus to the top of the mountain and Machu Picchu. You’ll need a small overnight bag here; the rest of your luggage will be forwarded on to your Cuzco hotel. Stay: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley
This morning after breakfast, if you have pre-booked our optional excursion, you will be able to visit Machu Picchu for a second time and also visit Huayna Picchu. At the scheduled time you will board the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo station from where you will be transferred to your hotel where you will enjoy dinner.
Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Sacred Valley
Today you will spend the day exploring the Sacred Valley. The tour will head towards Moray, a fascinating archaeological site where the Incas built concentric terraces for agriculture with an irrigation. Then, you will visit the Andean Misminay community, where your local hosts will welcome you with music and dancing, invite you to experience a bit of their daily life activities and serve you a delicious meal made with local products. After experiencing living culture in Misminay, you will continue to Ollantaytambo, where you can visit the archaeological complex of the same name, one of the largest in Peru, strategically located on top of a mountain. Finally, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo, which stands out for maintaining its original Inca urban planning. Here you can tour the town and visit the local market before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Stay: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Sacred Valley to UK
Transfer to the airport in Cuzco for your flight to Lima and connecting flight to the UK, arriving the next day.
Meals: Breakfast


Stay longer

Amazon Rainforest 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.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

An in depth itinerary which takes you to the highlights of central and southern Peru. Great for people who want to do and see more than just Machu Picchu.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 10)
• Average group size of 10 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

Accommodation on tour

At lesser-visited destinations such as the Colca Canyon and Puno, accommodation options can be limited. While facilities and hotels are basic, they're clean and perfectly positioned for exploration. In Colca you’ll stay close to the Calera Thermal Waters and in Puno your hotel sits on Lake Titicaca's shores, offering fabulous views. In Cuzco you’ll stay in a restored historic mansion, just a short walk from the main square, bars and restaurants. Your Sacred Valley hotel has superb Andes views.

Solo travellers

Single room supplement from £620

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2021 Apr 18; May 16; Jun 13; Sep12
2022 Apr 17; May 15; Jun 12; Sep 11

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

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £810 per person.

Excursions

Day 8: Night city tour & Pisco Sour making class from £32 per person.
Day 9: Half day chocolate making class from £33 per person.
Day 9: Half day at the Planetarium of Cusco from £70 per person.
Day 11: Second entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu from £122 per person.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

Marvel at Machu Picchu Visit one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu.

Travel the Andes by train Enjoy unrivaled service aboard the Titicaca Train, dining in 1920s-style Pullman carriages and taking in the breathtaking landscapes from the observation car on your journey from Puno to Cuzco.

See the sights and sounds of Cuzco Tour the ancient Inca city of Cuzco and get a feel for the colourful textiles, foods and people of the Andes at the busy San Pedro Market.