Classic Peru - 14 Days

Classic Peru - 14 Days

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Classic Peru - 14 Days

14 Days Starting and ending in Lima

Visiting: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2670/CLPE

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 20

Age range:

Minimum age 12. If booking a family please contact GH to request/check triple rooms / rooms next to each other before confirming the bookingThere is no maximum age. Those 70 or over will be required to fill out a tour suitability tour.  

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Tour Overview

Discover southern Peru, the heartland of the Inca Empire, on this 14 day group tour which starts and ends in Lima. Take in Peru's contrasting landscapes, from plunging canyons to soaring mountains, while exploring ruined temples and vibrant indigenous markets. Spot condors over Colca Canyon and visit the unique floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca. Spend time in the enchanting cities of Arequipa and Cusco, explore the Sacred Valley and magnificent Machu Picchu, Peru's crown jewel.

Highlights

  • Lima - Explore the capital of Peru with its vibrant plazas, Spanish colonial architecture and world class museums

  • Colca Canyon - Marvel at the world’s deepest canyon and spot condors soaring overhead

  • Arequipa – Stroll around this enchanting UNESCO-listed city which is home to the impressive Santa Catalina Convent

  • Cusco – Take in the highlights of the ancient capital of the Inca Empire on a guided tour and explore the Sacsayhuaman Fortress

  • Sacred Valley of the Incas – Roam around the Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets

  • Machu Picchu – Take a scenic train ride to explore the spectacular Inca citadel, which is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World

  • Lake Titicaca – Sail out to the remarkable floating reed Uros islands on South America's largest lake

  • Puno - Visit the chullpas at Sillustani, towering stone tombs said to be the burial site of the ancient Hatun Colla chiefs

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima
Location: Lima

Welcome to Peru. Upon arrival at Lima Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel in Miraflores, a modern middle-class suburb on the coast. The remaining time today is free to spend at leisure exploring the capital.

Day 2: Arequipa
Location: Lima, Arequipa
Meals Included: Breakfast

Lima - v Today starts with a walking tour of the city centre. We visit the Plaza de Armas and its monumental cathedral and the government palace. After our walking tour, we take a 1-hour flight to the southern colonial city of Arequipa. The beautifully constructed squat buildings are made from sillar, a white-grey volcanic stones, giving the city a Middle Eastern vibe. Upon arrival the rest of the day is free to explore the ‘white city’. There are some fantastic restaurants in Arequipa and it is possible to enjoy many Peruvian delicacies, a lot of which originated here.

Day 3: Arequipa
Location: Arequipa
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is free to spend exploring Arequipa, the 'White City'. Take in the beautiful flowery plazas, shady lanes, visiting some of the most striking architectural masterpieces of the Spanish legacy. A highlight is the Santa Catalina Convent, which is almost a city in itself with its maze of cobbled streets, cloisters and decorative buildings. Time permitting you might also like to visit the Museo Santuarios Andinos, a museum famous for housing the remains of several Inca mummies that have been preserved in freezing conditions, including the bodies of Incan child sacrifices to the gods.

Day 4: Colca Canyon
Location: Arequipa, Colca Canyon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Arequipa – Colca Canyon. Today we drive through the Colca Valley, passing traditional towns, natural lagoons, volcanic peaks and the vicuna national reserve along the way. This is a great place to see many vicunas (a relative of the llama), alpacas, llamas and flamingos feeding from the scrub. Our bus begins to climb around the cavernous crater of an extinct volcano and over a high pass before emerging onto the rim of the valley that boasts spectacular views of the fields and villages below. We then descend into the Colca Canyon where we have the chance to take a dip in the warm, healing waters of the hot springs.

Day 5: Colca Canyon
Location: Colca Canyon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we travel by road along the canyon's rim, surrounded by fields of Andean crops like potatoes, quinoa, and kiwicha up to the Cruz del Condor. Here we stand on a bluff looking into the deepest part of this colossal canyon, where a patchwork of tawny colours spread across the valley, and watch condors soaring effortlessly skyward from inaccessible crags and rocky ledges.



Along the way to the viewpoint we stop at a number of small villages where little has changed in the rural lifestyle over the centuries. The women continue to wear traditional, intricately embroidered dresses. If you choose, you can follow ancient footpaths linking adobe villages and follow the paths of ancient aqueducts, with spellbinding views down to the canyon floor.

Day 6: Lake Titicaca (Peru)
Location: Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Colca Canyon - Puno. After an early breakfast, we head towards Puno on the shores of Lake Titcaca. Our journey for the day is approximately 6 hours and climbs over 3,805m. The road is flanked by majestic snow-capped peaks, and we witness men and oxen toiling in fields surrounded by corn and potato crops. We reach the highest point of our journey, as we make our way across the plains of Altiplano, passing market towns where llamas and alpacas are herded by bowler-hatted women.

Day 7: Puno
Location: Puno
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today's adventure begins with a motorboat journey across the sparkling waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the remarkable Uros Islands. As we disembark onto these floating islands, constructed entirely from the lake's tortora reeds – the same material used for the islanders' canoes – we feel the ground subtly shifting beneath our feet. Once devoted to fishing, the inhabitants now earn their living mainly through selling handicrafts to tourists and, while this is a unique experience, it has the air of a living museum.



Later in the afternoon, a guided excursion takes us to the Chullpas at Sillustani, imposing stone tombs believed to be the final resting place of ancient Hatun Colla chiefs. These towers stand along the treeless shores of a remote highland lake, surrounded by captivating landscape.

Day 8: Cusco
Location: Puno, Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Puno - Cusco. Today we take a luxurious all-day train journey from Puno to Cusco, along one of the most scenic routes on the continent. We start our journey crossing the plains of Altiplano, passing market towns where llamas and alpacas are herded by bowler-hatted women. As the snow-dusted mountains close in, the train climbs to the high pass at La Raya (4,200m), and from here the scenery changes dramatically as you race down through the increasingly fertile pocket-sized fields of corn and potatoes to Cusco.

Day 9: Cusco
Location: Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast

Once the centre of the Inca Empire, Cusco is now a vibrant city, home to extraordinary craftmanship, with old Inca walls and bustling squares filled with ornate baroque colonial churches. This morning we explore Cusco on a guided tour. We visit Q’oricancha, also known as the Sun Temple, this was the most significant temple in the Inca empire, a sacred ground dedicated to the Sun God. Following this, we explore the colossal zigzag walls of Sacsayhuaman fortress set on a hill side above Cusco. In 1536 this was the site of a bitter three-day battle was fought between the Spaniards and the Incas.



The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Stroll around the cobbled streets of this enchanting city as the shoeshine boys and postcard sellers jostle for your attention, shop at the many handicraft stalls and grab a drink at one of the cafes. In the evening, the town centre fills with people flocking to the many restaurants and bars.

Day 10: Cusco
Location: Cusco, Sacred Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Cusco - Sacred Valley. Today we leave Cusco and drive over the high plains and down into the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley was densely populated in imperial times and the well-preserved ruins bear witness to the highly developed society that the Incas created. During our drive we pass many of the villages and temple fortress that are scattered throughout the valley.



We explore the Pisac complex, which is built on terraces carved into the steep hillside, rising like a staircase to the heavens. We also visit Pisac village before continuing our journey through this beautiful, patchwork valley to the temple of Ollantaytambo, with the magnificent Andes as a beautiful backdrop. Ollantaytambo fortress, the colonial grid plan and the Inca foundations are still intact and there are wonderful views down over the sloping hillsides and into the fertile valley. We spend tonight in this tranquil valley.

Day 11: Machu Picchu
Location: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu. Our day begins with an incredibly scenic 2-hour train journey from Ollantaytambo to the iconic lost city of Machu Picchu. Situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba River and surrounded by tropical forest, the Inca city enjoys a truly spectacular setting and it's one of the most fascinating ancient sites in the world. Following a guided tour of the ruins we spend the night in the spa village of Aguas Calientes, a couple of kilometres upstream.


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If you fancy hiking a section of the Inca Trail without disrupting your tour, we can arrange for you to undertake the mini Inca Trail on the same day while still participating in the guided tour of the ruins and staying with the group in the evening. Please ask us for more details.

Day 12: Cusco
Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast

Machu Picchu - Cusco. There is the option to revisit the ancient citadel this morning to walk one of the many trails around the site. Hike up the steep path to Huayna Picchu for incredible views over Machu Picchu or trek to the Inca Bridge, carved into the steep cliff face. Alternatively, you can relax at the hotel before we return to Cusco by train this afternoon.



Please note: If you want to revisit Machu Picchu you will need to contact us and pre-book as availability is limited.

Day 13: Cusco
Location: Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast

Spend the day at leisure in Cusco. Enjoy a relaxed day strolling around this enchanting city or there are a number of optional excursions in the surrounding region, including a trip to Maras and Moray. Moray is a system of ancient agricultural irrigation paths which now form circular depressions in the earth, with wonderful views into the Sacred Valley and in the shadow of the snowy peak of Mount Veronica. From here it is a short walk to the salt pans at Maras, circular pans of glistening white carved into the mountainside. Feeling you’d like to be active? White-water rafting, cycling and horse riding are also on offer.

Day 14: Lima
Location: Cusco, Lima
Meals Included: Breakfast

Cusco - Lima. Today we fly back to Lima where our tour ends on arrival.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3-5 Star

  • 13 nights 3-4 star hotels

  • Lima airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 14

  • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners

  • 2 economy flights: Lima to Arequipa and Cusco to Lima

  • Transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles and by train

  • Full day luxury train from Puno to Cusco

  • Guided tour of Lima, Cusco including Sacsayhuaman, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Sillustani in Puno

  • Escorted by an experienced English-speaking tour leader

  • Uros Islands boat excursion on Lake Titicaca

  • Services of local English-speaking specialist guides.

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What's Not Included

  • International flights and visas

  • Tipping – an entirely personal gesture

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  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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