Peru - Lake Titicaca To Machu Picchu
11 nights. May 2019 - October 2020. From £3199.00.
The treasures of the Incas - discovered and explored
This wonderful Small-Group tour begins in colonial Lima, Peru's cultural, culinary and colourfully modern capital. Dazzling 'white city' Arequipa and its surrounding volcanoes and canyons, and a stay on Titicaca's shores, bathed in the extraordinary clear light of the high Andes, follow, before you travel north - and back in time - to the magical city of Cuzco, capital of the Inca civilisation, and crown an unforgettable trip with a visit to fabled 'Lost City' Machu Picchu.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy the company of like-minded travellers as you uncover the secrets of one of South America's most colourful countries
Tour Lima, the 'City of Kings' and Peru's capital
Discover beautiful Arequipa and Monasterio Santa Catalina
Spend a day in awe-inspiring Colca Canyon
Enjoy a Lake Titicaca cruise to the Uros Islands and Taquile
Visit Cuzco - a remarkable living citadel
Experience a visit to a local community to learn how they make ceramics, coffee and chocolate
Visit the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo
An unforgettable journey, including narrow gauge train ride, to Machu Picchu - the Lost City of the Inca
11 nights' carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation
Seven lunches and two dinners including a special 'farewell' dinner
Return scheduled flights to Lima, via Amsterdam (overnight on the way home)
Internal flights from Lima to Arequipa, and from Cuzco to Lima
Coach and rail travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly, via Amsterdam, to Lima. Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and fellow travellers and transfer to the hotel in the modern Miraflores district for a first evening of rest and relaxation after the journey.
Day TwoA guided sightseeing tour brings to life the Peruvian capital founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Lima is a thriving city of some nine million inhabitants, with the UNESCO-listed historical legacies of Spanish gems like the vast Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Armas with its grand Presidential Palace, as well as its stunning Baroque cathedral, sitting alongside the gleaming developments of San Isidro and Miraflores. Wander through verdant El Olivar Park, with its ancient Spanish olive trees and take in the view of the Pacific Ocean from the Lacromar mall, in its cliff-side location.
This evening, choose from a vast selection of dining opportunities in what is renowned as one of South America's culinary meccas.
Day ThreeThis morning we'll fly south to the beautiful city of Arequipa, in its dramatic setting in the heart of a landscape dotted with volcanoes and vast canyons. Upon arrival, transfer to your comfortable overnight hotel, then enjoy a guided tour of the city, with its elegant main Plaza de Armas, lined on one side by the great cathedral, and surrounded by 19th-buildings constructed of white volcanic stone - Arequipa is known as the 'white city'. You'll also visit the extraordinary 'town within a city', the narrow streets, cloisters and hidden quarters of the Monasterio Santa Catalina, learning about the lives of the 500 or so nuns who once lived within its walls. The tour is completed with a visit to the stunning Jesuit La Compania church, with its ornate facade, golden altar and adjacent chapel with its richly decorated cupola, before you head back to the hotel.
Day FourEarly this morning, bid farewell to Arequipa and board the coach for the scenic journey up through the startling, scenic landscape of the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, with its herds of vicunas and alpacas, farmed for their fine wool, and the Inca terraces that are still worked today, to the immense Colca Canyon, one of the worlds deepest. Take in the extraordinary view from the high point above the chasm at Canahaus, and then descend to the valley and the welcoming, traditional, stone
houses of your overnight hotel in Chivay, near to Colca Canyon.
Day FiveMake an early start this morning and drive to the spectacular viewpoint known as Cruz del Condor, Condor Cross, where high above - and sometimes even closer at hand - you may be lucky to catch sight of the world's largest birds in flight. Continue the scenic journey up onto the Andean plateau, pausing at the ancient village of Yanque, with its Baroque church, and, this afternoon, arrive at fabled Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable body of water. Enjoy a two-night stay in Puno, the colourful town on the lake's north-western shore that is the capital of Peruvian folklore and gateway to the magical floating islands and their ancient peoples.
Day SixDiscover and explore the waters of Lake Titicaca, birthplace of Inca mythology, home to shoreside and island communities where life is conducted as it has been for centuries, and refuge for Andean wildlife and many species of resident and migratory birds.
Travel by boat to the floating-island homes of the Uros people, stepping 'aboard' their man-made islands, built with tightly bound reeds, to learn about how they try to maintain their traditions and way of life. Cruise to Taquile Island, where a fairly strenuous walk inland is rewarded with a visit to local craft shops, a traditional Taquile lunch and the opportunity to learn more about the peoples and cultures of the lake. Cruise back to Puno to spend a second evening in this bustling, colourful town.
Day SevenRe-board the coach for the scenic journey through the Andean highlands and the Altiplano plateau, passing the stunning ruins of the Inca temple at Raqchi, traditional Andean villages and towns like Pucara and colonial Ayaviri, heading through the high pass of Abra la Raya and on to Andahuaylillas, with its ornate Jesuit church, and finally to Cuzco, for a two-night stay in the 'archaeological capital of South America'.
Day EightThis morning, we'll discover how the varied and fascinating activities of guinea-pig breeding, beekeeping, ceramics, coffee-growing and handmade chocolate production have developed to support the local communities. Try your hand at the
different activities with the guidance of local workers, before we return to Cuzco.
Later enjoy a guided tour of Cuzco that will bring to life the city's fascinating history and most important landmarks, including the Santo Domingo monastery, built on the site of the Inca 'Temple of the Sun', the magnificent Cathedral and the elegant Plaza de Armas. You will also wander through the colourful San Pedro market, with its stalls selling local produce, clothing and crafts. Spend a second evening in colourful Cuzco.
Day NineToday sees you journey into the fabled Sacred Valley of the Incas, where highlights will include a visit to the Awanacancha textile centre, which preserves Inca art and fabric dyeing techniques, Pisac, with its substantial Inca ruins and colourful market, and Ollantaytambo, home to the remains of a monumental Inca fortress, where the Incas resisted Hernando Pizarro, conquistador brother of Lima's Francisco. You'll stay overnight in the valley, in preparation for tomorrow's extraordinary day.
Day 10Whatever has gone before, today's journey to the fabled 'Lost City of the Incas' will live longest in the memory, as you travel by narrow-gauge railway to the spa town of Aguas Calientes, then on by bus to breathtaking Machu Picchu. On arrival, your guide will introduce the layout of the original citadel, after which you are free to wander around the site. Whether military outpost, secret retreat of Inca rulers or sanctuary built in honour of Inca chief Pachacutec, Machu Picchu, with its Royal Tomb, Temple of the Sun, Priest's House, Temple of the Three Windows and Sunken Plaza, all magnificently set in the heart of the Andes, is simply one of the modern 'Seven Wonders of the World'.
At day's end, you'll make the short journey back to Aguas Calientes for dinner and an overnight stay, and the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the hot springs that gave the town its name.
Day 11This morning you'll have the chance to visit Machu Picchu a second time and explore the site before the bulk of visitors arrive, or to relax at the hotel before we return to Cuzco by train. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your travelling companions at the end of your unforgettable tour of Peru.
Day 12Journey to Cuzco Airport for the flight to Lima, and onward overnight flight, via Amsterdam, to the UK.
Day 13Arrive home today after a truly absorbing, thoroughly enjoyable Peruvian adventure. Back to top
AccommodationPeru Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three- or four-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your first hotel is approximately one hour.
Passports and visasBritish citizens require passports when travelling overseas and this must be valid for six months beyond the date you return. If you are not a British citizen, you may need a visa for the country/countries you are visiting (please contact the respective embassies to check and to apply).
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
On your flightAll outbound flights leave in the morning and land at your destination later the same day. All return flights travel overnight and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outbound flights, and dinner and breakfast on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg. Please take an overnight bag, though, as luggage is limited to 5kgs for night seven while staying in Aguas Calientes.
Optional excursionsWe strongly advise you to book optional excursions at the same time as your holiday, as availability cannot always be guaranteed later. Once in South America, prices for excursions are subject to increase.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.
Road ConditionsIn developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
Travel vaccinationsRequirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures. Back to top