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Peru Tours: Highlights of Peru

Highlights of this Tour: Lima • Arequipa • Colca Canyon • Lake Titicaca • Cusco • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • Amazon

Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights

Days of Departure: Daily, On Request (Private)

This itinerary allows you to explore pretty Arequipa, see the condors at Colca Canyon, take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca, learn about the Inca history in Cusco and the Sacred Valley and admire magnificent Machu Picchu. The trip ends with a few days spent in the Amazon in the Puerto Maldonado area but this can easily be amended to the Iquitos area if you prefer a Amazon cruise. Note that some trains and markets only operate on certain days and so there may have to be some amendments made depending on your travel plans. Equally, we can add in some time in Bolivia if you would like to cross the border at Lake Titicaca.

Sample Itinerary

lima city tourDay 1 – Lima
Arrive in Lima and driven to your hotel. If you have time you may like to have a half day tour of the city or simply visit the excellent Museo Larco.

Day 2 | Lima-Arequipa
Perhaps take a tour of Lima in the morning before flying to Arequipa, a pretty colonial town which is full of charm.

Day 3 | Arequipa
Explore the streets of Arequipa and have a half day guided excursion of the town visiting the Santa Catalina Convent.

arequipa city tourDay 4 | Arequipa-Colca Canyon
Driven into the countryside and to reach Colca Canyon where you will spend a night. The scenery is breathtaking, literally.

Day 5 | Colca Canyon-Lake Titicaca
Following an early morning start seeing the condors you will be driven to Puno, on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

Day 6 | Lake Titicaca
Take a full day boat excursion on the lake to visit some local islands; Taquile and Uros.

Day 7 | Puno-Cusco
Take the Andean Express train to Cusco (10 hrs) while admiring the passing scenery from the comfort of your seat. On arrival in Cusco you will be met and taken to your hotel.

cusco city tour Day 8 | Cusco
Enjoy a full day excursion visiting the main sights in Cusco and nearby ruins.

Day 9 | Cusco-Sacred Valley
Depart Cusco on a full day excursion into the Sacred Valley where you will stay for the following nights. Visit the villages of Pisac and Ollantaytambo for their markets and ruins.

Day 10 | Sacred Valley
A day of leisure for you to explore locally independently. Alternatively, you lay like to have a pre-arranged trek organized to a local village, or some mountain biking. There are so many beautiful areas in the Sacred Valley worth exploring.

pisac market tourDay 11 | Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu
Take the train form Ollantaytambo station (there are a few train options, varying in level of comfort) and have a guided visit to Machu Picchu. Overnight at a nearby hotel.

Day 12 | Machu Picchu-Cusco
Return to Machu Picchu for a second visit in the morning before returning to Cusco by train.

Day 13 | Cusco-Puerto Maldonado-Amazon Lodge
Fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado from where you will take a boat ride to your chosen Amazon Lodge. Lodges vary in distance from town, some are only an hour or so away, others are a few hours.

jungle tour sunset Days 14-15 | Amazon
Spend these days exploring trails through the forest and taking boat trips to spot wildlife. Hopefully you will see plenty of monkeys, capybara, caiman and birds. If you are really lucky you may see a jaguar but that usually only tends to happen at the lodges quite far from Puerto Maldonado.

Day 16 | Puerto Maldonado-Lima
Transfer by boat back to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima for onward connections.

No prices are mentioned here as there are many variations on hotels and excursions in each area. Contact our Peru Travel Specialists to discuss details or to request a quote for a custom private tour of Peru.

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