Experience magical Inca ruins and the serenity of Lake Titicaca, fly over the the mysterious Nazca Lines and visit the vast Colca Canyon, on this ultimate tour of Peru

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It's an experience that's on most of our travel bucket lists; seeing the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu rise majestically out of the mountain mist in the Andes. This spectacular citadel was abandoned in the 16th century and forgotten until it was re-discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham. On this once-in-a-lifetime holiday you'll enjoy a guided tour of the ruins without having to trek for days to get there as you'll arrive by taking a beautiful train journey through the Urubamba River Valley.

Other highlights of this 16-day tour, exclusively for Good Housekeeping readers, include spotting condors soaring over Colca Canyon and admiring the colonial charms of Arequipa. Your first adventure, after flying into the Peruvian capital Lima, will be a short boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, which has one of the highest concentrations of marine birds in the world. You'll also take a flight over one of the world's great archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines, and explore the largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca. Heading north into the Andes, you will enjoy upgraded accommodation in the picturesque city of Cuzco before your memorable journey to Machu Picchu. This is a once-in-a-lifetime tour in the company of expert guides that is simply not to be missed.

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Price includes

  • Return flights from London

  • 14 nights' accommodation including a two-night hotel upgrade in Cuzco and homestay on Amantani Island

  • Sightseeing flight over the Nazca Lines (depending on conditions)

  • All internal transport and transfers including flight, train, boat and private bus

  • All breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner

  • Tour leader throughout

Things you should know

  • This is graded as leisurely to moderate activity level and will suit those who enjoy an active lifestyle.
  • Hotel breakfasts are a simple buffet-style affair, including bread and jam, cereal and sometimes a cooked option.
  • Where lunch and dinner is not included there will be visits to a variety of local restaurants.
  • You will stay in carefully selected three-star hotels with en suite bathroom facilities throughout (except one night in a homestay).

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 20, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Duration
16 Days
Price per person
£2,949*
* Based on two people sharing and on 8th November departure. 20th September departure from £2,949pp. Single supplement £495. Subject to availability. This promotion is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst UK brands. This trip is ATOL-protected.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Lima
    Lima, Peru

    Fly to the Peruvian capital arriving into Lima in the evening. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the Miraflores district of Lima.

  2. Day
    2
    Ballestas Islands
    Ballestas Islands, Peru

    After a journey from Lima down the coast, you will sail to the Ballestas Islands, home to one of the highest concentrations of marine birds in the world. We will visit them by boat. See the caves and rock archways by sea with the chance to see sea lions, fur seal colonies, Humboldt penguins and an myriad birdlife. The boats are open-top motorised boats (note the voyage is weather dependent). Once back on dry land, continue an hour or so to Ica, a wine-growing region. At the Huacachina oasis outside of Ica you will find high sand dunes - 'sand-surfing' and/ or a dune buggy ride (optional) may be possible if time permits. Meals included: breakfast.

    Meals - Breakfast
  3. Day
    3
    Nazca Lines
    Nazca Lines, Peru

    Continue towards Nazca, stopping to visit the viewing platforms overlooking the Nazca Lines. These are one of the world's great archaeological mysteries - huge patterns etched in the desert sand. Take a scenic flight over the Nazca Lines, weather permitting.

    Meals - Breakfast
  4. Day
    4
    Climb to the Andes/ Abancay
    Abancay, Peru

    You will depart now from the coastal desert, climbing high into the Andes. We turn inland from the coastal desert today, climbing high into the Andes. Expect a long (around nine hours) but spectacular drive. Vicuñas are often spotted along this road - it is Peru's largest vicuña reserve. The altitude can make physical exertion difficult (the highest point we reach today is Negro Mayu at approx 4600m). We recommend you rest in the evening. Stay near to Abancay on the road to Cuzco.
    Meals: breakfast

    Meals - Breakfast
  5. Day
    5
    Arrive in Cuzco
    Cuzco , Peru

    Set off to Cuzco in the morning and visit the Inca Saywiti stone and Tarawasi ruins. The glaciated summits of the Vilcabamba Mountain range and the descent into the Apurimac River valley show the contrasts of the Andes Mountains. There are magnificent views throughout today's journey (likely to be at least seven hours). Take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and drink plenty of water to allow yourself time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m).

    Meals - Breakfast
  6. Day
    6
    Explore Cuzco
    Cusco, Peru

    Explore one of South America's most beautiful cities today, from people watching in the Plaza de Armas, to visiting the Koricancha Sun Temple in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery. The Mercado San Pedro is the place to try some local produce and there are many handicraft markets to shop for souvenirs such as alpaca jumpers and scarves. Outside the town are more Inca ruins, such as the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores. Sightseeing excursions to places outside Cuzco, including the Sacred Valley of the Incas, are also available.

    Meals - Breakfast
  7. Day
    7
    Train to Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu
    Aguas Calientes, Peru

    For most people, the highlight of the trip is the visit by train to the greatest ruin in the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu. This is an architectural and engineering marvel. The Spaniards never found it and the Incas left no records of it, so Machu Picchu remains an enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. We transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to catch a train to Aguas Calientes (the town below Machu Picchu). The railway line follows a beautiful route through the Urubamba River Valley. In the afternoon we take a short bus ride up the winding road to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the ruins. Visiting the ruins involves a reasonable amount of walking, including up and down steep and uneven stone steps. Visiting in the afternoon tends to be quieter than the mornings and the mist which shrouds the ruins at dawn has usually dispersed.

    Meals - Breakfast
  8. Day
    8
    Free morning in Aguas Calientes
    Aguas Calientes, Peru

    Free morning or optional second visit to Machu Picchu; afternoon return to Cuzco by train and by road. Today we have a free morning to enjoy the buzz of this little town in the jungle below the ruins. There are some hot springs nearby, however they tend to suffer from overcrowding and therefore poor water quality, so are not recommended. Should you wish to visit Machu Picchu again this morning, your leader will help you to purchase a second entrance ticket (subject to availability) which will allow you a further four hours to explore the 'Lost City' - for the second visit it is not mandatory to have a guide. At the time of writing a morning ticket costs PEN152 (approx. £35/US$47). In the afternoon we board the train back to Ollantaytambo and then continue by minibus to Cuzco, arriving in the late evening. Hotel Casa Andina Koricancha (or similar) Meals included: breakfast

    Meals - Breakfast
  9. Day
    9
    Cuzco: free day
    Cusco, Peru

    Free day for optional excursions. We have a final chance to enjoy the sights and shopping of this beautiful city. Other activities include paddle-boarding, mountain biking, or a combination of via ferrata and zip-lining in the Sacred Valley.
    Meals: breakfast

    Meals - Breakfast
  10. Day
    10
    Lake Titicaca/ Amantani Island
    Amantani Island , Peru

    Today we travel for 8-10 hours along the Vilcanota River and onto the altiplano, the high plains separating the Andes from the jungle. Although it is quite a long drive, the views are often spectacular. We arrive at the shores of Lake Titicaca (3800m) and board a boat for our trip to Amantani Island. Hiking around the island offers great views across the lake. The night is spent with a local family, a fantastic cultural insight. (A packed lunch is included today).
    Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Lake Titicaca
    Amantani Island , Peru

    We explore Amantani island in the morning before boarding our boat for the three-hour journey to Puno on the lakeshore. On the way, we visit the Titinos Indians, who live on islands of floating reeds mostly as their ancestors did done centuries ago.
    Meals: breakfast

    Meals - Breakfast
  12. Day
    12
    Colca Canyon
    Colca Canyon, Peru

    Today we head off across the altiplano again. This time we cross to the south west, heading back towards the coast to the high Colca Canyon (five to six hours' drive). En route we have opportunities to see vicuñas and possibly flamingos before descending into what is considered to be the second deepest canyon in the Americas (the deepest, the Cotahuasi Canyon, is also in Peru). There is time in the evening for a visit to the hot springs near the main town of Chivay (3635m) - a pleasure after the chill of Lake Titicaca.

    Meals - Breakfast
  13. Day
    13
    Arrive Arequipa
    Arequipa , Peru

    We make an early start to view condors on the morning drafts rising out of the canyon. View terraces, colonial churches, and burial tombs before we rise out of the canyon and cross Patapampa Pass (4910m) en route to Arequipa, known as the 'White City' due to the pale volcanic stone used to construct its colonial buildings. A picturesque city, it enjoys a year-round pleasant climate and is surrounded by volcanoes, including the near-perfect cone of El Misti.
    Meals: breakfast

    Meals - Breakfast
  14. Day
    14
    Arequipa/ Lima
    Lima, Peru

    We make an early start to view condors on the morning drafts rising out of the canyon. View terraces, colonial churches, and burial tombs before we rise out of the canyon and cross Patapampa Pass (4910m) en route to Arequipa, known as the 'White City' due to the pale volcanic stone used to construct its colonial buildings. A picturesque city, it enjoys a year-round pleasant climate and is surrounded by volcanoes, including the near-perfect cone of El Misti.
    Meals: breakfast

    Meals - Breakfast
  15. Day
    15
    Depart Peru
    Lima, Peru

    There is time today for optional tours of Lima including visits to the Gold Museum and tours of the historic downtown before transferring to the airport for an overnight flight to London.

    Meals - Breakfast
  16. Day
    16
    Arrive London
    Lima, Peru

    The group flights arrive in London this afternoon.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 20, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Duration
16 Days
Price per person
£2,949*
* Based on two people sharing and on 8th November departure. 20th September departure from £2,949pp. Single supplement £495. Subject to availability. This promotion is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst UK brands. This trip is ATOL-protected.
Call now to book 02081313756
Quote ref: PERU