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Highlights Of Peru Holiday

Lima - Cusco

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14 days / 13 nights from £1,765 per person Based on two people sharing double or twin rooms in standard accommodation. Flights are available separately.
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See the highlights of Peru on this 14 day tour.  Spot condors in the Colca Canyon, sail on Lake Titicaca and marvel at the mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu.

Day

City

Activity

Overnight

Meals*

Day 1  

Lima

Arrive Lima and transfer to your hotel

Lima

-

Day 2

Lima

Morning Group Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima

Lima

B

Day 3

Lima - Arequipa

Travel from Lima to Arequipa (flight not included)

Arequipa

B

Day 4

Arequipa

Free day in Arequipa

Arequipa

B

Day 5

Arequipa

Colca Canyon Group Tour

Colca Canyon

B, L

Day 6

Arequipa - Puno

Cruz del Condor and tourist bus to Puno

Puno

B

Day 7

Puno

Full Day Lake Titicaca Group Tour of Uros & Taquile Islands

Puno

B, L

Day 8

Puno - Cusco

Full Day Group Bus Tour from Puno to Cusco

Cusco

B, L

Day 9

Cusco

Free morning, afternoon Group Tour of Cusco & Ruins

Cusco

B

Day 10

Cusco

Free day in Cusco

Cusco

B

Day 11

Cusco

Full day Group Sacred Valley tour & train to Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes

B, L

Day 12

Cusco

Machu Picchu Guided Tour and return to Cusco

Cusco

B

Day 13

Cusco

Free day in Cusco

Cusco

B

Day 14

Cusco

Depart Cusco

-

B

* B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Upgrades and Extensions
  • Upgrade to our Superior accommodation - contact us for prices.
  • Upgrade to the Luxury Belmond Titicaca Train on day 8 for £150 per person. Train only runs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Combinations
  • Combine this tour with our Pick & Mix tour to Puerto Maldonado to get a taste of the Amazon Rainforest
  • Combine this tour with a highlights holiday of another country

Day 1: Arrive Lima and transfer to your hotel

Upon arrival in Lima you will have a private transfer to your hotel.  You have free time to relax after your flight and stroll through the cliff top parks, or depending on your arrival time, enjoy a seafood lunch at one of Barranco’s famous ceviche restaurants.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Lima.

Day 2: Morning Group Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel to join a Group Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima. First you will visit the Colonial centre and the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will see the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Next, you will visit the 16th century San Francisco Convent, famous for its catacombs. The last stop is the modern district of Miraflores and after visiting one of the parks you have a transfer back to your hotel. You have a free afternoon to relax at your hotel or do some independent exploring.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Miraflores, Lima.

Day 3: Travel from Lima to Arequipa (Flight not Included)

At the appropriate time you will have a private transfer from your hotel to Lima airport, to check-in for your flight.  Upon arrival in Arequipa you will have a private transfer from the airport to your hotel.  The rest of the day is free to start exploring the beautiful colonial city.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Arequipa.

Day 4: Free day in Arequipa

After breakfast at your hotel, no activities are planned for today.   We recommend you visit the fascinating Santa Catalina Convent, which feels like a small city in itself.  You may also like to visit the Santuarios Andinos Museum to see Juanita the Inca Ice Princess, a well-preserved mummy which was discovered on the volcanic peaks around Arequipa, and is suspected to have been a human Inca sacrifice.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Arequipa.

Day 5: Colca Canyon Group Tour 

You will be collected from your hotel in the morning and meet your group for the next 2 days.  Enjoy travelling over the high mountain pass to the town of Chivay, passing through the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve where you may spot wild vicuñas and flamingos feasting on the mineral rich waters.  Upon arrival in Chivay you will have the chance to visit the main plaza, before heading to Coporaque to check into your hotel.  Lunch at the hotel is included.  In the afternoon there is an optional walk of approximately one hour around Coporaque village and to the San Antonio hill where you can see the ruins of an ancient cemetery and excellent views of the Canyon.  Later there is another optional visit to the hot springs at La Calera, where you can relax in the warm waters and watch the sun set over the mountains.  Spend the night at our Standard Colca Canyon lodge.

Day 6: Cruz del Condor and tourist bus to Puno

You will need to get up early today (around 5am) to travel to Cruz del Condor in time to see the condors rising up out of the canyon at dawn. You will be able to get close to the amazing birds from the viewing platforms on the edge of the canyon. On the way back to Chivay you will stop at several small village communities in the Colca Canyon to discover their traditional ways of life. You have time for lunch in Chivay, where there is a choice of restaurants, before boarding the tourist bus to Puno. You will be taken to your hotel upon arrival.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Puno.

Day 7: Full Day Lake Titicaca Group Tour of Uros & Taquile Islands

You will be collected from your hotel early in the morning for a transfer to the port.  Here you will meet the rest of your group and your English speaking guide for the day.  After about 30 minutes by boat you will arrive at the floating Uros Islands, built from reeds by the Uros people who still live on the islands in traditional reed houses.  After a short visit you will continue by boat to Taquile Island.  You will need to walk uphill to the main square in the centre of the island, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Island, and have a traditional lunch of fresh trout.  In the afternoon you will have time to explore and appreciate the island and its people, before returning to Puno by boat, arriving at around 5pm.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Puno.

Day 8: Full Day Group Bus Tour from Puno to Cusco

After your buffet breakfast you have a transfer to the bus station.  Travelling on a comfortable coach you will be accompanied by a local guide on the journey from Puno to Cusco who will point out places of interest along the way, including the ruins of the pre-Inca site of Raqchi and the village of Andahuaylillas where you will have a guided tour. Between stops sit back and enjoy the incredible view of the herds of alpaca and llamas grazing on these highland pampas and the majestic backdrop of the Andes. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the way.  You will arrive in Cusco at around 6pm where you will have a private transfer to your hotel.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Cusco.

Day 9: Free morning, afternoon Group Tour of Cusco & Ruins

You have a free morning to begin exploring the City of Cusco independently, or enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. In the afternoon, you will join a group with an English speaking local guide for a Cusco City Tour, including the Main Plaza, the Cathedral and the Koricancha temple in the centre of town. Your tour also takes in the archaeological sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman located on the hills overlooking Cusco. You will be back at your hotel by around 6pm.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Cusco.

Day 10: Free day in Cusco

After breakfast, you have a whole day to enjoy the City of Cusco. You might want to visit some of the city’s varied museums, the handicraft markets, or the central San Pedro market, as well as the San Blas neighbourhood and you will surely want to try a local restaurant or two.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Cusco.

Day 11: Full day Group Sacred Valley tour & train to Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day Group Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your first stop is the picturesque town of Pisac and its colourful handicraft market. At midday you will stop for a buffet lunch at a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon you continue to the town and Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, a huge administrative, agricultural, civil, military and religious complex from the time of the Inca Empire. In the late afternoon or evening, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes where our local agent will be waiting to take you to your hotel.  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 12: Machu Picchu Guided Tour and return to Cusco

You will have an early start today as you take one of the first buses up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have a private tour with a local guide who will show you all the major sectors of the site, including the Intiwatana or sun dial, the Sun temple and the Condor temple. After the tour you will have a chance to explore the citadel independently. When you are ready you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from for lunch. In the afternoon you will travel to Ollantaytambo by train before having a private transfer back to Cusco. Spend the night at our standard hotel in Cusco.

Day 13: Free Day in Cusco

Enjoy a late breakfast and a relaxing morning at your hotel.  You have another free day in Cusco for last minute souvenir shopping and to visit any of the attractions of the city which you did not have time for on day 10.  Your Tourist ticket from your Sacred Valley tour is still valid and includes entrance to a traditional music and dance show performed every evening from 7-8pm (details on the ticket).  Spend the night at our standard hotel in Cusco.

Day 14: Depart Cusco

Your Discover South America tour comes to an end today with a transfer to Cusco airport at the pre-arranged time to connect with your flight home or on to your next destination.

 


Included:
  • 13 nights in twin or double rooms in standard accommodation with private bathrooms, including breakfast
  • All ground transport mentioned
  • All necessary transfers with Spanish speaking driver
  • Tours as described with English speaking local guide (in a group unless otherwise specified)
  • Entrance fees to all places visited on your tours unless otherwise specified
  • Meals as indicated
Not Included:
  • Unspecified meals and services
  • Optional tips for guides and drivers
  • Domestic flights (Lima to Arequipa on day 3 available from £120 per person subject to availability)
  • International flights
  • Airport taxes

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LlamaTraditional dress and llamas in the Colca CanyonTraditional handicrafts at La Raya, between Cusco and PunoColca CanyonArequipa Plaza de ArmasBeach on Taquile Island, Lake TiticacaTraditional reed boat of the Uros people, Lake Titicaca, PeruPre-Inca archaeological site at Raqchi, between Cusco and PunoSaqsayhuaman, CuscoSacred Valley of the IncasMachu Picchu
Packing List
  • A body-warmer or down jacket
  • Thermal and fleece layers
  • Trainers or walking shoes
  • T-shirts for the daytime
  • Swimming suit
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block
  • Small backpack
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Torch
  • Camera, memory cards & battery charger
  • Cash in local currency for souvenirs, meals not included and optional tips

 

All our tours are fully customisable - please ask us about any changes you would like to make to this itinerary.