Majestic Peru

Start: Lima Finish: Lima

Visiting: Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour Operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 12

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Travel to Peru in style, from the hot coastal plains to the high cities of Cusco and ancient Machu Picchu. Uncover charming colonial towns, stunning Andean landscapes, Inca ruins, colourful markets and a fascinating local culture. Tour through Lima, Pisco, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. This majestic adventure will take you into the true heart of Peru, unveiling a fascinating culture that is sure to astound.

Highlights

  • iconSpend a full day exploring the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and Taquile Island, with the chance to meet the local Uru people
  • iconCusco is a great city to explore on foot. Enter a bygone era as you explore the ancient Incan ruins dotted all over the city
  • iconOpt to trek the 1-Day Inca Trail, an excellent option for those wanting to experience trekking in Peru, but don’t want to do the full four days
  • iconThe giant desert inscriptions of the Nazca Lines are one of Peru's great unsolved mysteries. Scrutinise them up close on a viewing platform or from a bird's-eye-view on an optional flight
  • iconA trip through Peru wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour around the ruins as well as plenty of free time to discover it on your own

Places You'll See

Countries:
Arequipa
Lima
Lake Titicaca
Puno
Cusco

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Lima

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Kick off your adventure in Peru's coastal capital. The tour begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you'll meet your tour guide and travel group. Please check the noticeboard near the hotel reception for confirmation of the location of the meeting. After this important meeting, head out on a walking tour of the vibrant Miraflores area with your tour leader. Enjoy free time to explore at your own pace,  then perhaps meet back up with the group for an optional dinner. Whether you dine with the group or sample the city's renowned food scene on your own, don't miss sampling Peru's national dish, ceviche (raw rish marinated in lime juice, often served with hot peppers). If you're not a fan of seafood, there are plenty of other excellent options on offer. Ask your tour leader for advice.

Included Activities:
-Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

Optional Activities:
-Lima - Gold Museum
-Lima - Museo de la Nacion
-Lima - Museum of the Inquisition - Free
-Lima - Pachacamac Tour (30 km from downtown)

icon Day 2 : Paracas

Location: Lima, Paracas

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Begin the day with a guided walking tour of Lima's historic cenre. Stroll atmospheric streets flanked with ornate mansions, palaces and Spanish colonial churches, taking in Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of Lima, the San Francisco Monastery and the central market. Your leader will guide you through the market where you'll find vendors selling a variety of fresh produce, as well as more unusual fare like cuy (better know as guinea pig) – a Peruvian delicacy! Sample some local fruits and street food, then head away from the tourist trail and visit Alameda de Chabuca Granda. This pedestrian strip is where Limenos (locals from Lima) go for street food and entertainment. Sample authentic Peruvian desserts here, like mazamorra morada (a sweet porridge made from purple corn) and picarones (Peruvian donuts made from local squash and sweet potato, then drenched in a sweet syrup). Later on, travel by minivan to beautiful Paracas (about four hours).

Included Activities:
-Lima - Guided tour, including San Francisco Monastery, the Catacombs and Central Market

Optional Activities:
-Lima - Cathedral visit

icon Day 3 : Nazca

Location: Nazca

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Wake early and make your way to Paracas' port, where you'll board a boat bound for Islas Ballestas. The islands are home to an abundance of wildlife including pelicans, red-footed boobies, flamingos, sea lions and even penguins. Have your camera handy, as there's a good chance you'll get up close to the wildlife on this 1.5 to 2 hour boat tour. Keep in mind that the port is sometimes closed due to weather conditions between June and September. If this happens during your trip, an alternative land-based tour of the Paracas National Reserve will be arranged instead. After some awesome wildlife-viewing, hop in a private van and drive one of the world's most mysterious archaeological sites, the Nazca Lines. It's about a three-hour journey, but we may stop at the oasis town of Huacachina along the way. Nazca’s origins date back to the 2nd century BC. Thanks to the dry desert conditions found here, mummies, textiles, ceramics and other relics have been remarkably well-preserved, providing archaeologists with clear snapshots of the highly developed, pre-Inca civilisation that once resided here. Climb to the viewing platform, or perhaps take an optional flight over the lines for the best experience. The flight is 30 minutes long and covers the 26 figures scattered throughout the desert.

Included Activities:
-Ballestas Island - Guided tour

Optional Activities:
-Nazca - Flight Over the Nazca Lines

icon Day 4 : Arequipa

Location: Arequipa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Travel about nine hours from Nazca to Arequipa by private vehicle. Standing at the foot of El Misti Volcano and oozing the best of Spanish colonial charm, Arequipa vies with Cusco for the title of Peru's most attractive city. Built out of a pale volcanic rock called sillar, the old buildings dazzle in the sun, giving the city its nickname — the 'White City'. The main plaza, with its cafes and nearby cathedral, is a lovely place to while away the day.

icon Day 5 : Arequipa

Location: Arequipa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Get to know this beautiful city with the help of a local guide. Visit the main plaza, Santa Catalina Monastery, San Ignacio Chapel and the suburb of Yanahuara. Afterwards, you're free to explore Arequipa at your own pace. Perhaps return to the main square to take a closer look at its lovely cathedral, cafés and eateries. You may also like to visit the Juanita Museum, which houses Peru’s famous ‘Ice Maiden’, the Inca mummy of a girl who died in the 1440s. Ask your tour leader for other tips on how to make the most of your free day.

Included Activities:
-Arequipa — Walking tour
-Arequipa — San Ignacio Chapel Visit
-Arequipa — Santa Catalina Monastery
-Arequipa — Cathedral Visit

Optional Activities:
-Arequipa — Juanita Museum

icon Day 6 : Puno/Lake Titicaca

Location: Puno, Lake Titicaca

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Travel by minivan to Puno, a town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. It's a long drive (about five hours), but the dramatic views of Peru’s highlands, the Altiplano, make it an exceptionally scenic one too. As you approach Puno, stop to pay a visit to the ruins of Sillustani. Tucked between small villages on a beautiful peninsula near Lake Umaya, the pre-Inca ruins are comprised of circular towers called chullpas that served as burial sites for noble men. It's about a 45-minute drive from here to Puno. Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan indigenous culture. Traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here earning to town the title of Folklore Capital of Peru. If you’re lucky enough to arrive during a festival, you’ll be treated to an elaborate parade of costumes and dances.

Included Activities:
-Sillustani archaeological site (time permitting)

icon Day 7 : Lake Titicaca / Puno

Location: Lake Titicaca, Puno

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Start the day with a tour of Lake Titicaca. Sitting 3820 metres above sea level, it holds the title of highest navigable lake in the world. Hop in a motorboat and learn about the spiritual significance the lake holds for the Quechua while cruising across its waters. Stop off at Uros Titinos, floating islands made entirely from layers of totora reeds. As you'll find out, the islands are constantly under construction; as the reeds closest to the water begin to rot, more layers are added on top. Reeds are used for making everything on the island, including the boats used to travel to the mainland, which can last up to 12 months. Continue to Taquile Island, where the locals make their livelihood out of textiles. Here, knitting is strictly a male domain, while women doing the spinning. To reach the main part of the island, there is a one-hour uphill trek with great views of the lake. Sit down to an optional set lunch consisting of a local staple – nutritious quinoa soup – washed down with a cup of muna tea (Andean mint tea). After a brief stay, a descent of about 500 steps brings you back to the boat, which will take you back to Puno (about three hours).

icon Day 8 : Cusco

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Take a scenic bus ride across the Altiplano towards Cusco (about six hours). Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and here, colonial buildings are built upon foundations remaining from Inca times. Spend a little time acclimatising to the high altitude (3450 metres), then set out to discover some of Cusco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour. Visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, San Pedro market, the main square, 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. End the walking tour at Cusco's Chocolate museum where you'll get to sample a decadent cup of hot chocolate made from local cacao beans. There’s a small store where you can browse handicrafts and artisanal chocolate products.

Included Activities:
-Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate

icon Day 9 : Cusco

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Cusco, the heart and soul of Peru. You may like to visit the city’s many museums and archaeological sites with a boleto turistico (tourism ticket). This includes the Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum, Qosqo Native Art Museum and the Inca ruins of Saqsaywaman, Q'enqo, Pica Pakara, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The most easily accessible among these sites is Coricancha, which was once the Incan empire's richest temple until the Spanish built a Dominican church on top of it.

Optional Activities:
-Cusco - Stand Up Paddle Boarding
-Cusco - Totem painting workshop
-Sacred Valley - Via Ferrata & Zipline
-Sacred Valley - Mountain Biking

icon Day 10 : Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Location: Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Set out by private bus through the Sacred Valley. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the valley has been a source of livelihood to the locals for hundreds of years. You’ll see maize crops covering the terraced valley walls and the sacred river beneath. Just outside Cusco, make a stop to visit the Inca fortress, Sacsayhuaman. Overlooking the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is built out of massive stone blocks and is the ultimate example of the Inca's military strength and engineering ingenuity. For lunch, visit a community that live in the valley and learn about the local lifestyle and language. If it’s market day, you may have the opportunity to browse the local handicrafts such as beads and ponchos. Continue your journey to the town of Ollantaytambo where you’ll spend the night. If there’s time you may like to see the town’s archaeological site, which includes remnants of an Inca city and soaring views over the present-day settlement.

Included Activities:
-Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch

icon Day 11 : Aguas Calientes

Location: Aguas Calientes

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, catch a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes (about 90 minutes). The city is nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those who want a sneak peak, there is time to visit Machu Picchu independently before a guided tour tomorrow. Otherwise, you can while away the afternoon in the natural hot springs at Aguas Calientes. One-Day Inca Trail: If you're the active type, you can choose to trek the One-Day Inca Trail today. Keep in mind, you must pre-book this option at least 30 days prior to departure. If you choose this option, the day begins bright and early with a 6:30 am train ride to the starting point. With a local guide leading the way, the trail will lead uphill and downhill, passing a few archaeological sites along the way. See Chachalaca and Winay Wayna (2680 metres), also known as 'Forever Young'. This impressive complex is considering by many to be the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail, and is made up of a terraced argicultural centre, religious sector and urban sector. From here, it's about a one-hour  trek to Intipunku (the Sun Gate), where (weather permitting), you'll enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as you enter Machu Picchu. Depending on how long the trek takes, you'll have time to snap some pics and look around before taking a short bus ride down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) where you'll re-join the group and spend the night at a hotel.

Optional Activities:
-1 Day Inca Trail - Add-on (Must pre-book)

icon Day 12 : Machu Picchu/Cusco

Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Take an early bus up the winding road to Machu Picchu at 5.30 am. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Another school of thought is that this was an astronomical observatory. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cusco. Visiting Machu Picchu: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Included Activities:
-Machu Picchu -Entrance and guided tour

icon Day 13 : Cusco

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Enjoy free time to delve deeper into all Cusco has to offer. Those with weary legs may want to simply grab a coffee from a cafe at Plaza de Armas and do some people-watching. The Manos Unidas cafe is a great choice for a meal. In addition to serving up delicious food, this central pizzeria also provides vocational training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For those still seeking an active adventure, the hills that surround Cusco are well-suited for some mountain biking. Ask your tour leader for advice on optional activities and how to make the most of your free day.

icon Day 14 : Lima

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Take a short flight from Cusco to Lima. Upon arrival, the day is free to spend how you wish. Visit some of the sites you missed at the beginning of the trip or perhaps do some last-minute souvenir shopping. While there are no activities planned for today, why not gather the group for one final night out on the town. Your tour leader will be happy to offer tips on how to make the most of your last day.

icon Day 15 : Lima

Location: Lima

Meals: Breakfast

The adventure comes to and end today after breakfast; there are no planned activities today.

Optional Activities:
-Lima - Private Lima: Home Cooked Tour Urban Adventure (price from)
-Lima Coast Biking Tour - Urban Adventures
-Lima - Night Bites & Sights - Urban Adventures

What's Included

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    Transport

    Plane, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Train

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    Accommodation

    Hotel (14 nights)

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    Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch

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    Lima - Guided tour, including San Francisco Monastery, the Catacombs and Central Market

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Arequipa - Santa Catalina Monastery

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    Meals

    13 breakfasts, 1 lunch

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    Ballestas Island - Guided tour

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    Arequipa - Walking tour

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    Sillustani archaeological site (time permitting)

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    Arequipa - San Ignacio Chapel Visit

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    Arequipa - Cathedral Visit

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    Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour

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    Accommodation

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    Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

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    Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    International Travel

Accommodation

  • Hotel (14 nights)

Transport

  • Plane , Private minibus , Private vehicle , Train

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Lima - Guided tour, including San Francisco Monastery, the Catacombs and Central Market
  • Ballestas Island - Guided tour
  • Arequipa - Walking tour
  • Arequipa - San Ignacio Chapel Visit
  • Arequipa - Santa Catalina Monastery
  • Arequipa - Cathedral Visit
  • Sillustani archaeological site (time permitting)
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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