21 days from £5880pp 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 lesson. Breakfast.
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
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
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
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
Guide price from (pp sharing): £5880 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: £5880
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).
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.
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Colca Lodge provides the perfect base for exploring the pre-Inca history of the valley and viewing the magnificent Andean Condor.
72 room refurbished 17th Century mansion close to Cusco's main square
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is set amidst a private 12-acre area of cloud forest on the edge of Aguas Calientes.
A lovely colonial building in the central square of Trjuillo with a popular restaurant, interior courtyard and a pool.
20 room hotel located in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Posada Amazonas is the ideal short introductory nature tour to some of the Amazon's richest rainforests.
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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.