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12 Days Classic Peru Adventure

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Take the plunge and behold an empire of extreme beauty

Peru’s vast kaleidoscope of colour, vibrancy and history create an elaborate mesh of seductive and smouldering South American scenery.

Resurrected from the hands of a colossal artist is the staggering animated and diverse backdrop. Piping hot deserts sweeping into rugged sugar-sprinkled peaks, which soar high above the Amazon, tucked in between rise the Andes with Inca roads trailing up towards hushed settlements.

We start off with a bang in the capital city of Lima with views of seascapes, deserts and the coast. Day to night the Parque Kennedy district thrives with cuisine, museums and shops.

Next up is the White city of Arequipa, the sillar stone gateway to Mount Chachani, Misti, and Pichu Pichu. Baroque-style buildings and cobbled roads reflect European, indigenous and Spanish influences. Visit the markets for Queso Helado before heading to the museums.

 ‘The Valley of Wonders’ is home to the phenomenal Colca Canyon and the magnificent Andean condors swooping above the Colca River, which cuts through the deepest void in the world. Collagua women from the nearby villages can be spotted wearing traditional hats with ribbon.

Another spectacle is the Lake Titicaca, a splash of translucent neon blue at an impressive 3,855 metres. This birthplace of civilisation is home to the Uros Indians, who live on the floating islands.

No Peru adventure is complete without visiting the Inca’s ‘Lost City’.  At Machu Picchu you will find yourself in the words of Hiram Bingham ‘truly breathless’ before the infinite stonework.

Savour Peru’s eclectic cuisine, sights and history. For in this sacred land, the chefs, artists and communities have worked in union with their diverse country to create a proud and glorious empire. 

Discover plenty of awe and wonder on this 12 day pilgrimage topped with our specially designed Peru Tour and hand-picked hotels for only 1799pp!

What's Included:

  • We take care of travel with return international flights from the UK
  • Private transfers in and out of Lima, Arequipa, Puno and Cuzco
  • Two-night stay in Lima where you will explore the ‘City of Kings’
  • Two-night stay in beautiful Arequipa, Peru’s most prettiest city
  • One-night journeying into the incredible wild west of Chivay
  • Exclusive entry to the Colca Canyon with lunch and dinner
  • A once in a life time opportunity to see the Andean condors
  • Two-night stay in Puno, the gateway to Lake Titicaca
  • Sail out in Inca style across Lake Titicaca to the islands
  • Excursion includes lunch so you can savour fish from the lake
  • Four-nights enjoying the sights of Cuzco with a city tour
  • Machu Picchu excursion with entries and return train in tourist class
  • Internal flight from Lima to Arequipa and Cuzco to Lima
  • Coach from Chivay to Puno, Puno to Cuzco with entries, guide and lunch
  • Entries and knowledge of a dedicated guide
  • All selected hotels offer bed and breakfast only

Holiday Highlights:

Enjoy this once in a lifetime Holiday

  • Go far beyond Lima’s beauty with a tour of colonial treasures
  • Behold the European influence of Arequipa with jaw-dropping views
  • Enjoy an incredible trip to the natural wonders of Colca Canyon 
  • A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Andean condors
  • Journey to the ‘Sea in the Sky’ and islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Unearth the rich history and dazzling monuments of Cuzco 
  • Stand on top of the world of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu  

Optional Amazon Extension + £399pp

In this wonderful itinerary, the greatest river cutting through the most remarkable rainforest comes with guided tours, a spacious bungalow and specially prepared treks.

Inclusions

  • We take care of flights from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado
  • Transfers in and out of Cuzco and Puerto Maldonado
  • Two nights accommodation at the Ecoamazonia Lodge on full board basis
  • Kick back from your journey with lunch at the lodge on the day of arrival
  • Witness the treetop antics of the monkeys during a trip to Monkey Island
  • Behold one of the most dazzling sunsets sinking into the forest canopy
  • Guided hike through a timeless world of ancient trees and dazzling flora
  • The thrilling opportunity to brave the Cave of the Alligators
  • Experience nature at its most captivating with a visit to Apu Victor Lake
  • Get your fishing reel ready for a unique opportunity to trawl the river
  • We take care of your flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima

Accommdation

Allpa Hotel and Suites

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Allpa Hotel & Suites is located in the heart of the Miraflores district, offering easy access to main points of Lima's city. It features modern rooms with  Wi-Fi and a restaurant.

All the 38 elegantly decorated rooms provide plenty of space. There is an LCD TV and a minibar in each unit. Every room has a private bathroom, some of which feature a bathtub.

Allpa Hotel’s chic restaurant and bar offer a variety of dishes, ranging from traditional to international. Buffet breakfast is served every morning. Guests can benefit from 24-hour room service. The multilingual staff of Allpa Hotel & Suites can assist with arranging laundry and airport shuttle. Allpa is located only minutes’ walk to the crafts market and Angamos Station. The Jorge Chavez Airport is less than 15 km away.

Hotel Casa Andina

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Hotel Casa Andina Colca is located in the town of Chivay and offers a good base for exploring both the canyon and valley, but it also has a number of attractions of its own, including thermal baths and a planetarium. 

With views that extend towards nearby mountains and stone pathways that wind between the cottages and other buildings, Casa Andina Colca is rustic yet charming. The hotel is located a few blocks from Chivay’s small plaza.   

The rooms here are set in rustic stone houses that feature thatched roofs and tile floors; some of the newer rooms have hardwood floors and tile roofs. The rooms are simply decorated and clean. They have private bathrooms and hot water showers. There are beds with down comforters and heaters in every room. Additionally, all rooms have small desks or breakfast tables, and a safety deposit box.  

The hotel’s large restaurant has buffet breakfasts and dinners and a nightly folkloric show, which includes music and dancing. The food is inspired by regional specialties, but also includes options like pizza and barbecue.   

There is a massage room where guests can relax after a long day of sightseeing. The hotel has public computers where guests can access the Internet. Same day laundry service is also offered.

Hotel Casona Plaza

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Casona Plaza Hotel is conveniently located one block from the central Plaza da Armas and 2 blocks from the Cathedral. 

58 Rooms at Hotel Casona are decorated with wooden furniture and fresh flowers. All are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, and coffee making facilities. Some rooms offer a private jacuzzi tub. A breakfast with tropical fruits, fresly squeezed juices and scrambled eggs is served every morning. Guests can enjoy regional cuisine and an extensive wine list at the restaurant or make use of the room service.

Casona Plaza is 45-minutes drive from Juliaca Airport. It offers a flight confirmation service and a 24-hour front desk. Guests can contact the hotel to arrange an airport shuttle service.

Hotel Conde de Lemos

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Set in the heart of Puno, Conde de Lemos offers views over the historical city centre and the Titicaca Lake. 

All 40 guest rooms are offer private bathrooms with bathtub and hairdryer, cable TV reception and a minibar. There is also a choice of suites with a an additional seating area.

Guests can relax at the onsite bar or enjoy a meal at the restaurant that serves typical Peruvian food and international classic dishes. Other amenities include 24-hour front desk and currency exchange.

Located between the Cathedral and the Mirador Manco Capac, the hotel is one block away from the Plaza de Armas, with many cafes, shops and museums nearby. Plaza Del Faro, on the lake shore, is 2 km from the hotel.

Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel

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Centrally located with a warm, polite and welcoming staff Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel is a gem with stores and restaurants very nearby. The hotel is contemporary in design, boasts high ceilings, lots of natural light and makes guests feel welcome and relaxed.


Tastefully decorated rooms can be enjoyed just 100 m from Cusco’s main square. Rooms have cable TV and are styled with dark wood furnishings. They have modern private bathrooms with showers and some of them include spa baths. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hill and chic common areas with modern décor.


An American breakfast with tropical fruits can be enjoyed daily in the bright common area fitted with glass tables and light wood furnishings.
Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel's understated approach and prime location afford customers the chance to enjoy the city at its fullest. It’s exactly what you need, nothing more, nothing less.

Ecoamazonia Lodge

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Cuzco,Lima ,Puerto Maldonado Roughly 30km from Puerto Maldonado is another lodge offering a huge, thatch-roofed restaurant and bar, with fine river views from the 2nd floor. Guides speak English, French and Italian; the knowledgeable manager also speaks Japanese. Forty-seven rustic, completely screened bungalows each have a bathroom and a small sitting room.

There are several trails from this lodge, including a tough 14km hike to a lake, and several shorter walks. Boat tours to local lakes and along the rivers are also offered, and ayahuasca ceremonies can be arranged by advance request.

Itinerary

Day 1 LIMA

Start your Peruvian odyssey with a bang in the reigning “City of Kings”, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Upon arrival at Jorge Chávez International Airport, a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel.

This immense capital soars above a coast line of rugged cliffs, filled with colonial and pre-conquistador gems. Scarlet sunsets light up the sky, silhouetting the surfers gracefully taming the waves. Recognised as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, Latinos flock from all over the globe to taste the mouth-watering dishes of the Pacific coast.

Overnight in Lima 

Day 2 LIMA

Your first day will begin with a tour, which will give you the fantastic opportunity to go far beyond the city’s surface. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the centre of Lima. This dynamic trip combines the sites of colonial history and art – including the Cathedral of Lima – with a visit to the city’s palace used as official residence of the Peruvian president. You will also discover some of the polished districts, which offer a fascinating contrast. First stop, the “garden” region of San Isidro preserves its past aristocratic charm, seen in Olivar & Iglesia de Santo Domingo which is One of Lima’s most storied religious sites. It is most renowned as the final resting place for three important Peruvian saints: San Juan Macías, Santa Rosa de Lima and San Martín de Porres (the continent’s first black saint). Departures timings for the Lima City Tour are 9:00 am & 14:00 hrs. Then onto Miraflores, where you could spend days discovering the markets, art galleries and theatres. Finish at Larcomar for amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Overnight in Lima

Day 3 LIMA-AREQUIPA

After enjoying breakfast, you will be met and transferred from your hotel to board your flight to the sugar-white city of Arequipa, the volcanic stone gateway to Mount Chachani. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. From first sight of this colonial Spanish dynasty, as you emerge from the Baroque-style buildings, along the cobble roads and pass the stone walls, it is obvious this European antiquity is one of Peru’s stunning cities. Overnight stay in Arequipa

Day 4 AREQUIPA

After breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure to explore Arequipa. Do not miss the treasures of the White City! At 14:00 hrs in the afternoon, there is the option of joining a wonderful guided tour. You will head to Santa Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas, where you will see the Cathedral and the arches that surround the plaza. It is the most important Catholic church in the city and considered as one of Peru’s most famous colonial cathedrals since the Spanish conquest. Finally, you will visit the Church of the Company founded in the 17th century by the Jesuits, its beautifully painted chapel creating a spectacular architectural gem. Enjoy an evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Arequipa Optional tours are not included in the price, please contact one of our representatives for more information

Day 5 AREQUIPA-COLCA CANYON-CHIVAY

After breakfast, you will leave Arequipa to enjoy a remarkable four hour guided coach trip of the extraordinary Colca Canyon, stunningly set in “The Valley of Wonders”. The term “Wonders” is apt as Colca Canyon is a riveting natural spectacle. You will spend the day marvelling at the sprawling scenery, lunching at a local restaurant, as well as making furry friends along the way with a llama or two! Dinner is also included. Overnight stay in Chivay

Day 6 CHIVAY-CRUZ DEL CONDOR-PUNO

Enjoy the flight of the condor! After breakfast, head to the highest point of your trip, “Cruz del Condor”, the ideal setting to a Western film with hot mist pouring over dark jagged peaks and wild cactus. You will suddenly see swooping out of the fog the Andean condor, the largest flying bird gliding over the 13,640 drop like a magnificent kite, coolly riding the breeze. Along the way, you will see ancient villages shooting up out of nowhere like oases in the middle of the desert. You will visit the fascinating ‘Mirador de Chinina” and follow the bridge that connects the remote Yanque and Coporaque. Enjoy spectacular views overlooking the whole Colca Valley. Continue to the village of Yanque and stop at Choquetipo, Artahuilque and the town of Maca. After dining for lunch at a restaurant, your day trip ends with a stay in Puno, the port that combines the sights of the pre-Colombian era with the beauty of Lake Titicaca. Evening hotel check-in. Overnight stay in Puno

Day 7 PUNO –LAKE TITICACA

After breakfast, you will start the day exploring Lake Titicaca. A guide will take you across to the natural wonders of the lake, including the floating island homes of the Uros people. Their distinctive lifestyle began centuries ago in order to isolate themselves from the Colla and Inca tribes. Inhabitants pluck the totora reeds from the shallows of the lake, which are woven through the floating islands and their boats. Continue exploring with a short boat ride to Taquile. This fascinating island offers many unique charms where you will see authentic style of dress and culture. Don’t forget to pick up a knitted souvenir. For lunch you will have the chance to dine on the lake’s fresh trout along with Peruvian food. After, you will explore the hills and archaeological sites. You will return to Puno for an evening at leisure. Overnight in Puno

Day 8 PUNO-CUZCO

After breakfast you will bid farewell to Puno to make your way to the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco. First up, is a tour of the sacred temple of Kalasaya, dating back to 15,000 BC, where you will be captivated by such temples discovered by the Incas. Next stop is the village of Raqchi, home to the Temple of Wiracocha, which was built for the “Wiracocha”, God of the Andean people. Continue to La Raya ranch, an impressive 14,150 feet above sea level! Be charmed by the large herds of llama and vicunas, and the array of colourful little markets selling blankets and knitted socks. Then head to Huacarpay Lake, where you will see waterfowl and a variety of birds. Nearing Cuzco, you will continue to the village of Andahuaylillas, home to South America’s version of the Sistine Chapel, “San Pedro de Andahuaylillas”. Decorated with a splendid ceiling and an intricate display of murals, the church has earned its acclaim. After savouring traditional cuisine you will board a bus that will take you straight to Cuzco. Upon arrival in the city you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Cuzco

Day 9 CUZCO

Begin your trail with a hearty breakfast and morning at leisure. In the afternoon you’ll explore the labyrinth of historical streets and dazzling monuments of central Cuzco, including the plaza, cathedral, Temple of the Sun and Korikancha. You’ll also discover the outside Incan treasures of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara and the wonderful Fortress of Sachsayhuaman. Your magnificent history lesson completed, you will be transferred back to your hotel to pamper for an evening of wining and dining at Cuzco’s many restaurants. Overnight in Cuzco

Day 10 CUZCO-MACHU PICCHU

After an early start to this packed day of awe and wonder, you will be transferred to the train station from where you will begin your mesmerising journey to Machu Picchu, also known as the “Lost City of the Incas”. Arriving at Aguas Calientes train station, you will board a bus which will take you to the heart of this masterpiece of Inca civilization. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu with your expert guide. Here you will visit the main square and the circular tower. Also included is the sun dial, the temple of three windows and the cemetery. Feel free to lunch at your own expense in Aguas Calientes before travelling by train back to your hotel. Overnight in Cuzco

Day 11 CUZCO

After breakfast, you will have a free day at leisure. You may wish to indulge in the wonderful hotel facilities or discover the array of lively markets for a spot of souvenir shopping. Overnight in Cuzco

Day 12 CUZCO – UK or take up an optional extension

Today your fantastic tour finishes with a transfer to Cuzco Airport for a flight to Lima and connecting flight to the UK. Or you may choose to continue with our Amazon extension programme, please read further for its detailed itinerary. Optional Amazon Extension + £399pp

Day 12 CUZCO-PUERTO MALDONADO

Riotously rich in vibrant colour and home to the world’s greatest ecological wonders, Puerto Maldonado’s bountiful beauty is as exotic as anything you could hope to find in the rainforest. Make sure you’ve packed a hat, sunscreen, bathing suit and sturdy boots for jungle safety! Your adventure of a lifetime begins with a swift transfer to the airport, where you will depart to Puerto Maldonado. You will be welcomed by our team at Puerto Maldonado. You will start your journey with a city tour in our bus to Port Captaincy, the most popular hub for excursions. From here you will board a boat to cross the Madre de Dios River. Begin the boat ride to your lodge. On board, you will enter a natural, timeless world of vines wrapped around ancient trees and flora that make the jungle pop with vibrant colour. Parrots call out from the dense tree canopy, squirrel monkeys swing down to the river, and caiman rest on the banks as heron, kingfisher and tangager fly across the bright sky. Enjoy reciting the many names of the creatures that pass by including the rufescent tiger heron and three-toed sloth! Arrival at the Ecoamazonia Lodge. Here you will toast the journey with welcome drinks. Afterwards you will be handed over the keys to your bungalow before lunching on traditional cuisine – the perfect setting to one of life’s greatest adventures. In the afternoon, join your expert guide for your first adventure to Monkey Island, only five minutes from the lodge. Trek along the footpaths through the extraordinary landscape and flora where you will be greeted by a variety of playful monkeys. Our specialist guide will help you to spot coati, sloth and other fascinating inhabitants. The Amazon is home to more than 400 new plant and animal species that are protected by this bountiful and leafy oxygen tank. The rainforest produces 20 per cent of the planet’s oxygen and is almost as large as Australia. Look out for some of the 4,000 types of butterfly fluttering by. As we head back to the lodge, you will behold one of the most dazzling sunsets sinking into the vast canopy. Return to your bungalow and kick back the day with a relaxing dinner. OVERNIGHT IN PUERTO MALDONADO

Day 13 MADRE DE DIOS RIVER

Rise early to the lively trill of bird song. After breakfast, you will set off on a hike through the heart of the forest, following trodden trails with bridges joining gaping gorges. Stop to observe the tanagers and orioles as well as the reptiles accompanied by the chitter chatter of the canopy. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see the Cave of the Alligators. Continuing our walk, we will arrive at the majestic Apu Victor Lake – certainly this is nature at its most captivating. This eco-rich lake is set in sublime surroundings, where dramatic, remote, wide swamps frame a mirror of crystalline waters. You will then weave along an infinitely glorious stretch of towering trees and flora to a secluded watchpoint overlooking dark waters. Here nature is dramatic: exotic short-tailed parrots, five types of parakeets, laughing falcons, herons, and other colourful birds. But it is the larger creatures that will undoubtedly steal the limelight, including alligators and turtles. If in luck, you might catch a glimpse of the giant otter! After several hours of jungle fun, you will return to the lodge and enjoy a delicious afternoon lunch on the Gamitana River. You will also have the opportunity to fish in the river. Return to the lodge for dinner. OVERNIGHT IN PUERTO MALDONADO

Day 14 PUERTO MALDONADO-LIMA-UK

After breakfast, it is time to head home via assisted transfer to the airport in Puerto Maldonado for a flight to Lima and a connecting flight back to the UK. BOARD YOUR RETURN FLIGHT HOME

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses like room service charges, telephone calls, laundry charges, tips of personal nature
  • Any additional meals not mentioned in the package inclusions
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the package includes column
  • Visa Fees
  • Non-prepayable Airport taxes (if any)  
  • Optional Guided tour in Arequipa available at £35 Per Person
  • Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.