This exhilarating journey visits Peru’s most famous highlights. Admire Lima and Cuzco’s impressive colonial architecture, discover ancient ruins and the tranquil Sacred Valley of the Incas, and journey across the Andes by rail to Machu Picchu, the magnificent ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Finally, discover the spectacular landscapes of Lake Titicaca – home to the famous floating Uros islands, and Colca Canyon.

• Lima: 2 nights

• Cuzco: 3 nights

• Puno: 2 nights

• Colca: 1 night
• Arequipa: 2 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

This exhilarating journey visits Peru’s most famous highlights. Admire Lima and Cuzco’s impressive colonial architecture, discover ancient ruins and the tranquil Sacred Valley of the Incas, and journey across the Andes by rail to Machu Picchu, the magnificent ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Finally, discover the spectacular landscapes of Lake Titicaca – home to the famous floating Uros islands, and Colca Canyon.

• Lima: 2 nights

• Cuzco: 3 nights

• Puno: 2 nights

• Colca: 1 night
• Arequipa: 2 nights

11nights 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 This morning, visit a local market to buy fresh fish, exotic fruits and vegetables. Watch a chef from a renowned restaurant whip up some tasty dishes and have a go at recreating them before enjoying a welcome Peruvian lunch with your tour leader and the rest of your group. Discover the contrasts of this beautiful UNESCO-listed city during visits to modern and colonial parts of Lima. Begin in the exclusive Miraflores district and the elegant residential district of San Isidro. Along the way you’ll see a huaca – a pre-Inca sacred place, and stop to admire the views from the clifftop Parque del Amor, or ‘Park of Love’. Continue to the Plaza de Armas which is home to the Government Palace – the official residence of the president, the Archbishop’s Palace and the baroque cathedral which contains the remains of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima’s founder. 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 Cuzco Fly to Cuzco, the former capital of the great Inca Empire, and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, discover the highlights of this striking colonial city which was built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Visit the Koricancha Temple and the Plaza de Armas to see the cathedral which was built using stone from the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the San Cristobal lookout point before continuing by road to explore  Sacsayhuamán. Visit the cave and temple of Kenko and the ruins of Puca Pucara which means ‘Red Fortress’ in Quechua. Admire local artisans and their paintings, wood carvings and silver pieces at the ‘Inka’s Expression’ workshop. Approx. flight time: 1¼ hours. Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar). B.

Day 4: Cuzco Today is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your tour – a visit to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. Transfer to the train station to board the scenic Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Continue on a spectacular bus journey, zig-zagging your way through cloud forest to the top of the mountain and Machu Picchu. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before your afternoon guided tour of the legendary citadel, a remarkable testimony to the skills of the Inca. After your tour, you’ll have some free time to explore this ancient wonder by yourself before returning to Cuzco by train and transferring to your hotel in the city. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Cuzco Today you will explore 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 Indian towns. Visit the small town of Pisac and its local market where you can barter for items such as alpaca wool, silver and ceramics. Continue to the hilltop town of Chinchero to enjoy magnificent mountain views and observe locals using centuries-old Andean spinning and weaving techniques. Try your hand at this ancient art and take your creation home with you. You’ll also visit the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo. Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Cuzco to Puno
Board a bus for your long journey to the small city of Puno on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. You’ll pass small villages, herds of alpacas and llamas grazing on the highland pampas, with the majestic backdrop of the Andes. Stop off at the village of Andahuaylillas which is renowned for its 17th-Century baroque church – dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’. Visit the archaeological ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha in Racchi and stop in La Raya, which is over 4260 metres above sea level. Enjoy views of the La Raya mountain range before continuing to Puno. Approx. journey time: 10 hours. Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: 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 still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are renowned for their colourful outfits and incredible textiles. Lunch will be in a local family home before you 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. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Puno to Colca Leave early this morning for a full-day road transfer to Colca. This journey is an ideal opportunity to quiz your guide about Peruvian culture, or just relax and enjoy the rolling landscapes as you travel through highland plains and mountain roads, passing Andean villages and grazing vicuñas. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and stop at the beautiful Laguna Lagunillas which attracts a number of birds including flamingos. Arrive in the town of Chivay in the Colca Valley. Stay: Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Colca to Arequipa It’s an early start as you journey to Condor’s Cross which lies on the forested slopes of Colca Canyon and offers spectacular views. Condor’s Cross is also one of the best viewpoints for watching Andean condors, the world’s largest flying bird. Visit the villages of Maca and Yanque on your way to Arequipa. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Libertador Arequipa (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Arequipa
Known as the ‘White City’ due to its white volcanic rock buildings, Arequipa is a delight to explore. 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 frescoes 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. Stay: Libertador Arequipa (or similar). B.

Day 11: Arequipa to Lima Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and connecting flight to the UK, arriving the next day. B.


Stay longer

Amazon Rainforest 4 nights

Day 1: Lima On arrival in the Peruvian capital, transfer to your hotel where you will stay one night. Stay: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe.

Day 2: Lima to the Amazon Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado (approx. 1½ hours). Here you will board a motorboat for the 45-minute trip along the Madre de Dios River to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. There will be a guided stroll along the lodge’s trails, a presentation on the nature of the Amazon and a night walk during which you can hear the sounds of the jungle and seek out animal footprints. Stay: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. B, L, D.

Day 3: The Amazon Begin the day on Rolin Island where you will see various species of monkeys that are in the process of being introduced back into the wild. Other experiences on offer today include a visit to the Aguajales rainforest swamps, a boat trip along the river and a one-hour trek to – and rowing boat trip on – Lake Sandoval, and a nature talk back at the lodge. Stay: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. B, L, D.

Day 4: The Amazon Today begins with a visit to a local farm and a boat trip to Gamitana Creek. Here you will walk along a winding, forest-covered waterway and keep your eye out for numerous bird, mammal and reptile

species. Following a demonstration of native fishing techniques, enjoy a typical Amazonian lunch on one of the creek’s beaches. This evening there will be a further nature talk. Stay: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. B, L, D.

Day 5: The Amazon to Lima Return to the airport at Puerto Maldonado and fly back to Lima (approx. 1½ hours) where you will join either the Highlights of Peru or Peru Explorer (p184) on Day 1. B.


Galapagos Islands 8 nights
Cruise around the Galapagos islands onboard the Santa Cruz II, with the chance to spot unique wildlife, flora and fauna.

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 This morning, visit a local market to buy fresh fish, exotic fruits and vegetables. Watch a chef from a renowned restaurant whip up some tasty dishes and have a go at recreating them before enjoying a welcome Peruvian lunch with your tour leader and the rest of your group. Discover the contrasts of this beautiful UNESCO-listed city during visits to modern and colonial parts of Lima. Begin in the exclusive Miraflores district and the elegant residential district of San Isidro. Along the way you’ll see a huaca – a pre-Inca sacred place, and stop to admire the views from the clifftop Parque del Amor, or ‘Park of Love’. Continue to the Plaza de Armas which is home to the Government Palace – the official residence of the president, the Archbishop’s Palace and the baroque cathedral which contains the remains of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima’s founder. 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 Cuzco Fly to Cuzco, the former capital of the great Inca Empire, and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, discover the highlights of this striking colonial city which was built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Visit the Koricancha Temple and the Plaza de Armas to see the cathedral which was built using stone from the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the San Cristobal lookout point before continuing by road to explore  Sacsayhuamán. Visit the cave and temple of Kenko and the ruins of Puca Pucara which means ‘Red Fortress’ in Quechua. Admire local artisans and their paintings, wood carvings and silver pieces at the ‘Inka’s Expression’ workshop. Approx. flight time: 1¼ hours. Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar). B.

Day 4: Cuzco Today is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your tour – a visit to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. Transfer to the train station to board the scenic Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Continue on a spectacular bus journey, zig-zagging your way through cloud forest to the top of the mountain and Machu Picchu. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before your afternoon guided tour of the legendary citadel, a remarkable testimony to the skills of the Inca. After your tour, you’ll have some free time to explore this ancient wonder by yourself before returning to Cuzco by train and transferring to your hotel in the city. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Cuzco Today you will explore 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 Indian towns. Visit the small town of Pisac and its local market where you can barter for items such as alpaca wool, silver and ceramics. Continue to the hilltop town of Chinchero to enjoy magnificent mountain views and observe locals using centuries-old Andean spinning and weaving techniques. Try your hand at this ancient art and take your creation home with you. You’ll also visit the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo. Stay: Palacio del Inka (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Cuzco to Puno
Board a bus for your long journey to the small city of Puno on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. You’ll pass small villages, herds of alpacas and llamas grazing on the highland pampas, with the majestic backdrop of the Andes. Stop off at the village of Andahuaylillas which is renowned for its 17th-Century baroque church – dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’. Visit the archaeological ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha in Racchi and stop in La Raya, which is over 4260 metres above sea level. Enjoy views of the La Raya mountain range before continuing to Puno. Approx. journey time: 10 hours. Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: 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 still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are renowned for their colourful outfits and incredible textiles. Lunch will be in a local family home before you 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. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Puno to Colca Leave early this morning for a full-day road transfer to Colca. This journey is an ideal opportunity to quiz your guide about Peruvian culture, or just relax and enjoy the rolling landscapes as you travel through highland plains and mountain roads, passing Andean villages and grazing vicuñas. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and stop at the beautiful Laguna Lagunillas which attracts a number of birds including flamingos. Arrive in the town of Chivay in the Colca Valley. Stay: Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 9: Colca to Arequipa It’s an early start as you journey to Condor’s Cross which lies on the forested slopes of Colca Canyon and offers spectacular views. Condor’s Cross is also one of the best viewpoints for watching Andean condors, the world’s largest flying bird. Visit the villages of Maca and Yanque on your way to Arequipa. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Libertador Arequipa (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Arequipa
Known as the ‘White City’ due to its white volcanic rock buildings, Arequipa is a delight to explore. 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 frescoes 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. Stay: Libertador Arequipa (or similar). B.

Day 11: Arequipa to Lima Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and connecting flight to the UK, arriving the next day. B.


Stay longer

Amazon Rainforest 4 nights

Day 1: Lima On arrival in the Peruvian capital, transfer to your hotel where you will stay one night. Stay: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe.

Day 2: Lima to the Amazon Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado (approx. 1½ hours). Here you will board a motorboat for the 45-minute trip along the Madre de Dios River to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. There will be a guided stroll along the lodge’s trails, a presentation on the nature of the Amazon and a night walk during which you can hear the sounds of the jungle and seek out animal footprints. Stay: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. B, L, D.

Day 3: The Amazon Begin the day on Rolin Island where you will see various species of monkeys that are in the process of being introduced back into the wild. Other experiences on offer today include a visit to the Aguajales rainforest swamps, a boat trip along the river and a one-hour trek to – and rowing boat trip on – Lake Sandoval, and a nature talk back at the lodge. Stay: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. B, L, D.

Day 4: The Amazon Today begins with a visit to a local farm and a boat trip to Gamitana Creek. Here you will walk along a winding, forest-covered waterway and keep your eye out for numerous bird, mammal and reptile

species. Following a demonstration of native fishing techniques, enjoy a typical Amazonian lunch on one of the creek’s beaches. This evening there will be a further nature talk. Stay: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. B, L, D.

Day 5: The Amazon to Lima Return to the airport at Puerto Maldonado and fly back to Lima (approx. 1½ hours) where you will join either the Highlights of Peru or Peru Explorer (p184) on Day 1. B.


Galapagos Islands 8 nights
Cruise around the Galapagos islands onboard the Santa Cruz II, with the chance to spot unique wildlife, flora and fauna.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

This small group tour is a comprehensive introduction to Peru’s most famous attractions, magnificent landscapes and colourful Andean culture.

Good to know

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• A number of early starts, considerable travel and changes in climate
• Full-day bus journeys from Cuzco to Puno and Puno to Colca
• You’ll be visiting altitudes of over 4270 metres 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
• Luggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 23kg.

Accommodation on tour

Our selection of quality hotels, including charming boutique-style properties that are full of local character, really sets this tour apart. Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is a 16th-Century colonial mansion that’s been converted into a luxury hotel with an art gallery. Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca is set in a deep valley with alpacas grazing on the lawn, a restaurant serving traditional Andean flavours, and views of the Andes from every room.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £620

Is this for you?

This small group tour is a comprehensive introduction to Peru’s most famous attractions, magnificent landscapes and colourful Andean culture.

Good to know

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• A number of early starts, considerable travel and changes in climate
• Full-day bus journeys from Cuzco to Puno and Puno to Colca
• You’ll be visiting altitudes of over 4270 metres 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
• Luggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 23kg.

Accommodation on tour

Our selection of quality hotels, including charming boutique-style properties that are full of local character, really sets this tour apart. Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is a 16th-Century colonial mansion that’s been converted into a luxury hotel with an art gallery. Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca is set in a deep valley with alpacas grazing on the lawn, a restaurant serving traditional Andean flavours, and views of the Andes from every room.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £620

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 May 12; Jun 09; Aug 18; Sep 15; Oct 13

Included in price

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

Tour dates

2020 Apr 05, 12; May 03, 10; Jun 07, 14; Jul 12; Aug 16, 23; Sep 13, 20; Oct 04, 11

Included in price

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

Kuoni highlights

This tour offers a superb amount of inclusions, from unmissable sightseeing to scenic journeys by bus, train and boat. As well as must-see sights including that bucket-list favourite, Machu Picchu, you’ll also visit traditional villages and enjoy local experiences, such as a home-cooked lunch with a local family on Lake Titicaca, to fully immerse you in Peru’s rich culture and heritage.

Kuoni highlights

This tour offers a superb amount of inclusions, from unmissable sightseeing to scenic journeys by bus, train and boat. As well as must-see sights including that bucket-list favourite, Machu Picchu, you’ll also visit traditional villages and enjoy local experiences, such as a home-cooked lunch with a local family on Lake Titicaca, to fully immerse you in Peru’s rich culture and heritage.