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
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CULTURE
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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: 2 nights
• Arequipa: 2 nights
• Colca Canyon: 2 nights
• Puno: 2 nights
• Cuzco: 2 nights
• Sacred Valley: 2 nights

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
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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 Puka Pukara 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

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 Cathedral, 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: Jose Antonio Hotel (or similar).

Day 2: Lima 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. Return to Miraflores and stop to admire the views from the clifftop Parque del Amor. Visit the historic and bohemian Barranco district with pretty streets, old mansions, plazas and the famous 'Puente de los Suspiros' (Bridge of Sighs). End the day with a welcome dinner. Stay: Jose Antonio Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 3: Lima to Arequipa Depart Lima on your flight (approx. 1½ hours) to Arequipa, known as the ‘White City’ due to its white volcanic rock buildings. 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). B.

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). B, L, D.

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). B, L, D.

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). B, L.

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). B, L.

Day 8: Cuzco Enjoy a walking tour of this colonial city, built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Start at the Plaza de Armas and see the cathedral, built using stone from the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán. Continue to Qoricancha, the ancient Inca Palace which now houses a Dominican church. End the tour at the Bohemian San Blas neighbourhood, also known as the artists' district with its winding streets and souvenir shops. This afternoon enjoy a culinary experience with breathtaking city views from a rooftop kitchen, where you'll use fresh regional ingredients to cook traditional Peruvian dishes. Stay: Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Cuzco to Sacred Valley Before seeing Sacred Valley, tour archaeological sites including Sacsayhuamán – it is believed to have taken 20,000 men to cut and transport the huge stones needed to build the Incan fortress, and enjoy panoramic views of the city below. Discover the ruins of Puka Pukara, or ‘Red Fortress’ in Quechua and the archaeological site of Tambomachay. Finally visit the cave and temple of Kenko, where the sun, moon and stars were worshipped. Visit the huge agricultural terraces of Moray, built in natural holes in a circular form and resembling a Roman amphitheatre – it is believed they were used as an agricultural research station by the Incas. End at the ancient Maras salt mines, 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. Stay: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Sacred Valley End the tour at iconic Machu Picchu – Lost City of the Incas, a New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride the Vistadome train (approx. 1½ hours) – its panoramic windows offer top 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. The sweeping Andean landscapes are a superb 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 free time to explore by yourself. Stroll through cloud forest and see orchids, bromeliads, butterflies and hundreds of bird species including hummingbirds, Andean motmots and the masked fruiteater. Return to Aguas Calientes and board the Vistadome train back to Sacred Valley (approx. 1½ hours), before a farewell dinner. Stay: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 11: 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. 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 Cathedral, 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?

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 an ideal way to enjoy a comprehensive and immersive journey across Peru.

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

• 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'll visit altitudes up to 4335m (14,200ft)
• Temperatures and weather conditions in the Andes can vary dramatically, therefore we recommend taking layers that can be easily added or removed and a waterproof jacket
• 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

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.

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.

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Tour dates

2020 Apr 05; May 03; Jun 14; Jul 12; Aug 23; Sep 20; Oct 04

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.

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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

As well as Machu Picchu you’ll enjoy other once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from spotting the Condor’s flight in the Colca Canyon to lunch with a local family on Lake Titicaca. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch in a 1920s Pullman carriage on the scenic Titilaca train journey from Puno to Cuzco, with views of the high Andes plateaus. In Cuzco you'll see why Perurvian cuisine is well regarded on the international stage, with a cooking class in a rooftop kitchen offering spectacular city views.