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Epic Peru

South America
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TTRALPRU

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air
  • 3 star hotel
  • Excursions: 8

Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers as you explore Peru, an intriguing country like nowhere you've been before. Discover the colonial past of its capital, Lima, journey along the Pan American Highway to the ancient Pachacamac Temple and cruise around the Ballestas Islands, keeping a lookout for Humboldt penguins and sea lions. In the 'White City' of Arequipa – loomed over by ice-capped volcanoes – uncover archaeological Andean treasures then take a scenic drive via the immense Colca Canyon. Gaze skyward to spot Andean condors as you head to Puno, set on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Sitting 12,500ft up in the Andes, it is home to the Uros floating islands, which you'll discover before you travel to Cuzco. During a four-night stay here, walk amongst ancient Inca sites, none more thrilling than the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu. Perched high above a steep valley and swathed in jungle, this incredible site is the pièce de résistance of your tour.

​This intriguing country is like nowhere you've been before, where Incan ruins, lost civilisations and intoxicating landscapes are king.

PRICE FROM ? £3049 per person
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What's Included

    ​Return flights from Heathrow with Avianca and internal flights
    • 12 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
    • 18 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
    • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
    • Overseas transfers and other transportation
    • Porterage

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  • Tour of Lima
  • The Pachacamac Temple in the valley of Lurin
  • Cruise the Ballestas Islands
  • See the famous Nazca Lines
  • Visit the 'White City' of Arequipa
  • See the spectacular Colca Canyon
  • Guided tour of the Sillustani ruins
  • Lake Titicaca and the floating islands
  • Tour of Cuzco
  • Machu Picchu guided tour

Not Included

Itinerary

  • Day 1 UK/Lima via Bogotá
  • ​Depart on your scheduled flight to Lima via Bogotá. On arrival on the morning of day 2, we'll transfer you to your overnight hotel. If you are travelling on a regional flight, you'll arrive late evening of day 1, and we'll transfer you to your hotel, where you'll stay for two nights.
  • Day 2 Lima
  • ​You'll get to see the highlights of Lima on an included tour this morning. The 'City of Kings' was founded in 1535 by the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, and eventually became the capital of the whole Spanish colony. Much of the city's colonial influence can still be seen today – beautiful squares, fine churches, palaces and mansions remain little changed from the 17th century, while the architecture and culture of the Incas and the native Indians are also very much in evidence.
  • Day 3 Paracas
  • ​Today we'll travel by road to our overnight base, Paracas. Our journey takes us along the Pan American Highway, which cuts through a barren desert landscape. We'll stop at the site of the ancient Pachacamac Temple, considered one of the most important religious centres of the central Andes. We'll be transported back to pre-Incan times as we explore the ruins, which consist of adobe walls and pyramids, and the remains of early frescoes.
  • Day 4 Nazca
  • ​We're taking to the water today for a fascinating cruise around the Ballestas Islands. This protected wildlife reserve provides shelter for many different species. On your cruise, keep a lookout for Humboldt penguins, sea lions and more. Later we'll travel to Nazca for an overnight stay.
  • Day 5 Arequipa
  • ​Sit back, relax and take in lovely coastal views as you journey by road to Arequipa. You'll stay in this colonial-era city for the next two nights.
  • Day 6 Arequipa
  • ​You'll understand why Arequipa is known as the 'White City' after this morning's tour. This picturesque gem is loomed over by ice-capped volcanoes and as you explore you'll see that many of its buildings are made from white volcanic rock. We'll step inside the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries, to see archaeological finds from the Andes, in particular the 'Ice Maiden of Ampato'. Believed to have been the victim of ritual sacrifice, this young girl's mummified body is believed to have been buried at the top of the Ampato Volcano in the 16th century. Next, we head to the Santa Catalina Convent, a masterpiece of colonial architecture. The complex, which stretches over 20,000 square metres, is organised into cloisters, living quarters, a plaza, gallery and a chapel. This afternoon has been left free for you to spend at leisure. 
  • Day 7 Colca
  • ​After setting off early this morning, a scenic drive takes us through a rugged volcanic landscape to the Colca Canyon, whose steep walls are deeper than the Grand Canyon. This is one of the best places in South America to spot the iconic Andean condor. This magnificent bird of prey is one of the largest in the world, so keep your eyes skyward and hope for a sighting. We'll stay in Colca overnight.
  • Day 8 Puno
  • ​Our next base is Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. As we drive here today we'll stop off at the remote burial site at Sillustani, hilltop ruins set on a peninsula above Lake Umayo. Here you'll learn about the religious rituals of the pre-Inca Colla people, and see the well-preserved stone towers they used as graves for their chiefs and nobles.
  • Day 9 Puno
  • ​You're going to enjoy superb close-up views of sacred Lake Titicaca and the Uros floating islands this morning. The world's highest navigable lake sits 12,500ft up in the Andes and covers a huge area of 3,500 square miles. It forms a natural border between Bolivia and Peru, and is the legendary birthplace of the Incas.  Spend the afternoon in Puno exploring at your own pace.
  • Day 10 Cuzco
  • ​Your journey today is sure to be a wonderful experience as you cross the high plateau of the Andes. As you go, take in exceptional scenic views and get an insight into traditional rural life. Your end destination is Cuzco, where a four-night stay will give you plenty of time to explore.
  • Day 11 Cuzco
  • Today has been left free for you to make your own discoveries in Cuzco. Alternatively, if you'd like to join an optional excursion, why not come with us to the Sacred Valley. This day of exploration begins in Chinchero, a typical Andean village, where we're invited into a local home to meet a craftsman who will tell us all about the production of traditional textiles. The village is also home to a beautiful adobe church built in the early 1600s by the Spanish, and Inca ruins dating back to the 15th century. Prior to lunch in a restaurant we'll head to the Racchi viewpoint to take in amazing views over the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon we arrive at Ollantaytambo, an Incan military, religious and agricultural centre located at the top of a mountain. This fortress settlement is one of the few places where the Spanish colonists were defeated by the Incas. The present town, which we will explore, largely follows its original Inca plan, with stone-paved streets and a number of ruins remaining.
  • Day 12 Machu Picchu
  • ​You've seen many of Peru's incredible sights so far on your tour, but today offers something really special. You're going to get the chance to explore the famous 'lost city' of Machu Picchu. Perched high above a steep valley and swathed in jungle, this Inca complex lay hidden away for centuries until it was rediscovered quite by accident in 1911. Your journey here is by narrow gauge railway, with the last part by bus. On the mist-shrouded mountain tops you'll set off to explore in the company of a Local Guide, who will help you to uncover its splendour. You'll also be able to wander through the temples and terraces at your own pace and take in spectacular views of the lush green Urubamba Valley thousands of feet below.
  • Day 13 Cuzco
  • ​There's plenty to see in Cuzco, so let's head off to explore. We're going to start at a school in the Choco rural community which is supported by the Travelsphere Cares project, before heading to the Koricancha Temple. This ancient Inca palace was the centre of worship of the Sun God. In Cuzco's main square you'll step inside the cathedral, and your tour ends with a visit to the Sacsayhuamán fortress, an impressive example of Inca military architecture.
  • Day 14 Cuzco
  • ​Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to the UK via Lima and Bogotá.
  • Day 15 UK via Bogotá
  • ​You'll arrive back in the UK today.
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Accommodation

    • Jose Antonio Lima Hotel
    • The 4-star Jose Antonio Hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to downtown Lima. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and gift shop. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV and hairdryer.
    • Jose Antonio Lima Hotel
    • The 4-star Jose Antonio Hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to downtown Lima. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and gift shop. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV and hairdryer.
    • Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paracas
    • DM Hoteles Nazca
    • DM Hoteles Nazca is a wonderful property that combines classic style with a great location, being situated just a short walk from the city’s main square. The hotel has a large and spacious courtyard that has a refreshing swimming pool in its centre. Both local and international dishes can be enjoyed at the in-house restaurant, and there is also free WIFI readily available. The air-conditioned rooms are furnished with private facilities, a safe as well as a TV.
    • San Agustin Posada del Monasterio
    • Directly across the road from the famous Monastery of Santa Catalina, this hotel is ideally located so guests can explore everything Arequipa has to offer. Its historic external aesthetic is complemented beautifully by a relaxing and lush garden courtyard. Those staying here can also enjoy both local and international cuisine at the in-house restaurant. There is free WiFi available at the property and rooms are furnished a TV.
    • Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca
    • Located on the banks of the Colca River in the Andes, this private, beautiful hotel features wooden flooring in the rooms, rooms have safes and minibar. There''s also a bar and a modern restaurant which uses local organic ingredients. Other amenities include a spa and an outdoor pool.
    • XIMA Puno Hotel
    • Hotel Jose Antonio Cusco
    • The Jose Antonio Cuzco is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the main square. The hotel is fitted with modern amenities but also features stunning colonial details. Rooms are spacious with features including hair dryers, Wi-Fi and cable TV. The hotel also has two great restaurants serving both Peruvian specialties as well as international options.
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Optional Excursions

​Tour of Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo​

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Further Information

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