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Complete Peru

21 days from £4695pp plus international flights.

​If you want a really in-depth tour of Peru visiting all the main highlights, this is made for you!

Peru is one of those countries that has so many fascinating and varied things to see that you simply can't see it all in a short trip. This 3 week exploration of Peru brings together the country's main highlights, but without rushing around so much that you don't know where you've been afterwards!  Being a tailormade trip we can change any aspect of this, but this will give you an idea that you can fit a lot into 3 weeks. 

Most of the trip is based on private tours and transfers, with only one section (the 3 days in the rainforest) being based on a shared departure. This means that whilst you will undoubtedly meet other travellers at hotels, you have flexibility in terms of your guided tours and transfers given that you are not tied to travelling with other people. 

So we recommend this itinerary to you for a real immersion into Peru!

Itinerary
Complete Peru tour - Ramada hotel

DAY 1: ARRIVE LIMA

Most flights from arrive into Lima in the evening.  When you arrive in Lima Airport you will be met and transferred to your overnight hotel close to the airport for convenience. 
Arequipa

DAY 2: AREQUIPA

Your morning flight takes you to Arequipa. You will be taken into town to check in to your hotel, which is in the main square, the historic Plaza de Armas. You have the afternoon free to explore this lovely city, or simply sit on the retsaurant terrace and enjoy views and people watching. Breakfast.

Santa Catalina convent

DAY 3: AREQUIPA

Today you have a half day guided tour of Arequipa including the famous convent of Santa Catalina. Founded in 1579, it is a huge complex, almost a city in its own right. Whilst mostly now open to the public, there are still some nuns continuing the traditional convent lifestyle here.  You will also visit the Catholic University Museum to see 'Juanita', known as the Ice Maiden. Her mummified remains were found on a nearby mountain in 1993. Breakfast.

Colca Lodge

DAY 4: COLCA CANYON

This morning we will drive you to Colca Canyon, which is known as the deepest canyon in the world at twice the depth of the Grand Canyon. It is a very beautiful spot, with the Colca River down below in the canyon (great for whitewater rafting!), and condors soaring above. The 'Cruz del Condor' is the best viewpoint from which to see the canyon and the early morning spectacle of the condors rising up on the morning thermals. Other activities such as hiking and mountain biking are also possible here, though you may equally simply want to sit and soak up the stunning scenery, or perhaps visit some of the local villages. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Andean condor flying

DAY 5: COLCA CANYON

Rise early today as this morning is your best bet to to go the Cruz del Condor to hopefully see the Andean condors rising from the canyon. The rest of the day is yours to explore the area in whichever way you prefer. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Sillustani

DAY 6: TRAVEL TO PUNO & SILLUSTANI

Today is taken up mostly with journeying to Lake Titicaca. Crossing the altiplano we stop off on the way to Puno at Sillustani to see the pre-Incan stone burial towers. Breakfast.
Uros islands

DAY 7: LAKE TITICACA

This morning you leave on your private two-day trip on Lake Titicaca. On the way to Amantani Island you will stop at the famous floating reed islands of Uros. there are about 40 of these islands, some of which are still inhabited by the Uros Indians. One of the islands has been designated as a sort of living museum of the Uros peoples, and its a fascinating visit. You then have a boat journey over to Amantani, where you will be staying for the night. You arrive mid-late afternoon, and you will be staying with local family. We might head up the hill to see the sunset this evening before you enjoy dinner with the family. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Taquile Island, Peru

DAY 8: LAKE TITICACA

Saying goodbye to your host family on Amantani, we take you to visit Taquile Island. Here you will walk from one side of the island to the other, stopping in the main square to see the handicraft centre and to have some lunch.  You then travel back to Puno by boat and have a night in Puno. Breakfast, Lunch.
Andean Explorer train

DAY 9: TRAIN TO CUSCO

After breakfast we take you to the train station where you board the Andean Explorer for a journey through the Andes to Cusco. The journey is a full day (about 9 hours) with some lovely scenery which you can view from the glass-walled observation car. You are served a three-course lunch on the way. On arrival at Cusco, we will meet you and take you to your hotel. Breakfast, lunch. 
Koricancha, Cusco, Peru

DAY 10: CUSCO

Today a guide will take you on a discovery tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins.  This is a private trip just for you, and will take in all the main sights in the city such as Korikancha and the cathedral. Just outside of the city are many ruins which are also worth visiting such as Tambo Machay, Pucapucara and Qenko. The tour will last a long half day. Breakfast.
Moray, Peru

DAY 11: SACRED VALLEY - CHINCHERO, MORAY & MARAS

You have a full day tour in the Sacred Valley today, ending in a pleasant hotel in Ollantaytambo. Taking a picnic lunch, you will be shown the lovely village of Chinchero (famous for its Sunday market) and also visit the pre-Inca sites of Moray and Maras. Moray is a strange terraced circular site, though to be have been used as an agricultural testing station. Maras is a salt mine and pans which are still worked today. Breakfast, lunch.
Pisac market, Peru

DAY 12: SACRED VALLEY - PISAC & OLLANTAYTAMBO

Staying in the Sacred Valley today we will show you Pisac with its excellent market and wonderful Inca ruins. Ollantaytambo, where you stayed last night and will stay tonight, is also a very important Inca site. We will take you to lunch at a local restaurant to try some tasty local dishes. Breakfast, lunch. 
Machu Picchu, Peru

DAY 13: MACHU PICCHU

Today is bound to be one of your anticipated highlights as we take you to Machu Picchu. Taking the train from Ollantaytambo, you will have a private guided tour of the famous Inca ruins. Lunch will be at the excellent Sanctuary Lodge, and you will be staying overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) at the lovely Inkaterra Pueblo. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Machu Picchu, Peru

DAY 14: MACHU PICCHU

You have a free morning to revisit Machu Picchu (short bus trip from Aguas Calientes to the ruins, and entrance fees not included today) and wander through the ruins taking in the atmosphere of this magical place in the mountains. Your afternoon train departs about 3pm and gets in to Cusco about sunset. Breakfast.
Cusco, peru

DAY 15: CUSCO

Today is a free day in Cusco. There is plenty to see and do here,​ but often the nicest thing to do is just wander the streets and see life in the city.  If you interested in food, you could consider taking a half day's cooking lessonBreakfast.
Posada Amazonas lodge, Peru

DAY 16: TO THE RAINFOREST

Your morning flight will bring you to the town on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, Puerto Maldonado. From here you will get on a motor boat to transfer to your rainforest lodge, Posada Amazonas. It will take about x hours on the boat, and you will arrive in the afternoon. This part of the trip is a fixed departure (for 3 days), so you may be travelling with other people at this point. The Posada is a great ecolodge, part-owned by the local Ese'Eja community. Full board.
Activities in rainforest

DAY 17: RAINFOREST

You have a full day in the rainforest based at Posada Amazonas. The lodge offers a really excellent rainforest experience with a mix of different activities available, from hikes to night walks, farm visits, visiting the parrot clay lick, or climbing the 35m canopy tower. Full board. 
Hotel Libertador in Trujillo

DAY 18: RAINFOREST TO TRUJILLO

This morning you set off on the boat again to return to Puerto Maldonado. From here you will fly to Lima where you connect with a flight up to Trujillo in the north of country. A driver is waiting at the airport to take you to your hotel in the town's central square. You have the remainder of the day at leisure. Breakfast 

Chan Chan detail

DAY 19: TRUJILLO, CHAN CHAN, HUACAS DE LA LUNA AND DEL SOL

Your day starts with a guided tour of Trujillo including fine colonial mansions dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Later you head out of the city to the vast site of Chan Chan, the largest known adobe city and centre of the Chimu civilisation. It's a place of immense atmosphere and your tour will take the main highlights. Lunch is in the coastal resort of Huanchaco, where you have a chance to sample some fresh seafood and see the reed rafts used by the fishermen, the design unchanged for centuries. Later you viisit the flat-topped Moche pyramids of Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol. Learn how these impressive structures were built and hear about the Moche culture, before being transferred back to your hotel in Trujillo. Breakfast

Chiclayo Costa del Sol pool

DAY 20: TO CHICLAYO

This morning you travel along the Pan American Highway enjoying varied scenery en route including wide valleys, dunes and desert. Your destination is Chiclayo, a site made famous by the discovery of the mummy of a tattoed priestess, found alongside an impressive array of burial goods. Murals give an insight into Moche way of life including depictions of sacrifices, as well as less bloodthirsty everyday scenes. You stay in a hoitel in Chiclayo town tonight, and depending on when you arrive there may time for a quick dip in the pool. Breakfast 

Huaca Rajada

DAY 21: HUACA RAJADA, SIPAN, FLY TO LIMA THEN HOME

You visit the Cracked Pyramid, also known as the Huaca Rajada, this morning, an important archeological site housing several pre-Moche burial chambers. There is a museum where you can learn about the site, its findings and significance. The gold work and jewellery are particulary fine. Lunch is back in Chiclayo, then you visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Musuem whose rich and ornate exhibits bring this era vividly to life. Later you travel to Tucume, built by the Lambayeque people who came to prominence after the fall of the Moche. Cliimb the platform for fine views of the site's many pyramids. Afterwards you are transferred to airport for the flight to Lima where the holiday ends. Breakfast    

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £4695 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 departures from £4695 per person and 2017 departures from £4995 per person

Includes: 

All accommodation based on twin share; 6 days full board, 4 days breakfast & lunch, 10 days breakfast; all transfers by boat, road and rail; guided tours as shown; entrance fees on guided tours (not including second entrance to Machu Picchu).

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; domestic flights (to be bought as add-ons with international flights); drinks; visas, vaccinations; tips; personal expenses.

Getting there: This trip starts and finishes in Lima. Flights to Lima from UK are not direct and we recommend flying via Madrid with the South American airline LAN. These will cost from £900 pp including the domestic sectors required for the trip.

Departure dates: This is a private tailor made holiday which we can plan for you at any time you like. We can also tweak any aspect of the trip so suit your needs more closely. 

places you will see

places you will see

Lima
Lima
For most people Lima is just an arrival city, but there are good museums, restaurants and colonial architecture.
Arequipa & the Colca Canyon
Arequipa
Visit the attractive city of Arequipa for its colonial architecture such as the Santa Catalina Convent, and the museum for the ‘Ice Maiden’ mummy. It’s also the way to get to Colca Canyon.
Lake Titicaca & Puno
Lake Titicaca & Puno
The world’s highest navigable lake, with floating reed islands, and other islands with fascinating traditional cultures. Choose from homestays to luxury lodges.
Cusco
Cusco
The famous Peruvian city built on ancient Incan foundations, and gateway to the Sacred Valley, and also to Machu Picchu, reached by walking the Inca Trail or getting the train from here.
The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley
The beautiful valley that was sacred to the Incas. Visit local villages such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo for Inca ruins and to see modern rural life. Plus horse riding, hiking, rafting … 
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
The famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’. An unmissable highlight of Peru, reached by walking the challenging Inca Trail, or catching the train to a nearby village.


Chan Chan
Chan Chan
Chan Chan in northern Peru was the capital of the Chimu, Empire and is the largest mud-brick settlement in the Americas.

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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.

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