Tailor-Made Holiday

Highlights of Peru

Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

13 days

from £2,995pp (excluding flights)

This itinerary covers some of the many highlights on offer in Peru, a perfect holiday for the first time traveller.

  • Spend time in the white city of Arequipa and nearby Colca Canyon
  • Stay on a small private Island on Lake Titicaca
  • Venture off the beaten track in the Sacred Valley, exploring the less visited sites
  • Visit the enchanting Machu Picchu citadel and former Inca capital of Cusco

This holiday captures the main highlights of southern Peru, starting in the white city of Arequipa, a charming place built from volcanic sillar stone and surrounded by snowcapped volcanoes. Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca offer two extremes, one of the deepest canyons in the Americas and the highest navigable lake in the world. Both have fascinating wildlife, colourful indigenous communities and jaw dropping scenery.

Head to the Sacred Valley to visit incredible ruins, snow peaked mountains and remote communities. Stay here before travelling to the enigmatic royal palace of Machu Picchu. Finish in Cusco, the capital of the Incas and experience a living history of colonial streets, where houses and churches have been built on original Inca walls.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Lima overnight

Day 2

Fly Lima to Arequipa

Perched spectacularly at the flanks of Volcano El Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Pichu and beneath the predominantly blue skies of south western Peru, Arequipa commands a setting as engaging as the city itself.

Founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1540, Arequipa offers some of finest examples of colonial architecture in Peru - if you want to get a feel for the long history of this amazing country, there are few better places to start.

You will be staying at Casa Andina Standard Arequipa, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Half Day City Tour
Half day city tour of the highlights of Arequipa, its cobbled streets and many markets. Of particular interest is Santa Catalina Convent, opened in 1970 after four centuries of isolation, it is a miniature colonial town where 450 nuns live in total seclusion. Visit the arcaded colonial buildings around the central Plaza de Armas with its gardens, fountains and palm trees and on one side the massive cathedral founded in 1612.

You will be staying at Casa Andina Standard Arequipa, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Arequipa to Colca Canyon Overnight
Depart from Arequipa to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, a journey of approximately four hours. The route travels through barren and beautiful landscapes in the foothills of the Andes and crosses a pass of nearly 5,000 metres. Look out for llamas and alpacas grazing at the side of the road on the way.

You will be staying at Casa Andina Standard Colca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Colca Canyon to Puno
Visit the Cruz del Condor view point, one of the deepest points of the canyon and home to the Andes condor. Early morning is the best time to see these enormous birds soaring on the rising mountain thermals. Drive through the surrounding villages with pretty colonial churches, heading further up into the Andes to Lake Titicaca, journey of approx 4 hours.

This astonishing landscape, featuring thermal pools, the smouldering volcano of Sabancaya and timeless adobe villages dotting the canyon rim, can be explored on mountain bike, horseback, by organised trek - or navigated by raft along the rapids of Rio Colca. Whichever method you choose, a journey into the Colca Canyon is a thrilling adventure not to be missed.

You will be staying at Casa Andina Premium Puno, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Arrive on the island
Early start to Suasi Island from the pier at the hotel, travel by speed boat across the lake. On the way visit the Uros Indians and Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca. Marvel at the animals, bird life, views and way of life on the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,850 meters. The Uros Indians hunt, fish and live off the lake on floating islands, made from the reeds found in Lake Titicaca. Taquile Island has a number of Inca ruins and Inca terracing, an interesting island to watch the locals in their traditional clothing and watch their weaving techniques.

Continue to Suasi Island, arriving at lunch time. The afternoon is free to relax or explore the island.

Puno is situated on the northwest shore of Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 3850 metres. Puno is no great beauty but is the folkloric centre of Peru, with many spontaneous events and festivals taking place, plus the best place to buy local handicrafts. The deep blue of mystical Lake Titicaca and the clear and clean light, affords stunning views.

You will be staying at Suasi Island, Full board

Day 7

Return to Puno
This morning take the boat ride back to Puno.

You will be staying at Casa Andina Premium Puno, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Fly Juliaca to Cusco

Full day tour of Chinchero, Maras and Moray
At an altitude of 3,672 metres and surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Chinchero is famed for its colourful Sunday market and indigenous people. The authentic dress of the local farmers, the walls of an Inca fortress and palace with trapezoidal niches, and colonial church with paintings by the indigenous artist Chiwantito, all combine to give Chinchero a unique charm.

Also visit nearby Maras, famous for its salt mines and the hundreds of salt ponds. From here travel on to the remote but beautiful Moray, an Inca agricultural experimental centre known for its elliptical irrigation terraces, each with its own microclimate. The scenery in this area is completely breathtaking.

Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, was founded around 1100 AD. It is a beautiful city of Spanish and Inca influences with endless colonial sights to see including churches, monasteries and convents interspersed with Inca foundations, walls, doorways, and arches. Cusco is a major town, and is one of the cultural centres of Peru.

You will be staying at El Albergue Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Travel by Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu, a journey of one hour 40 minutes. The vistadome has large picture windows to admire the dramatic scenery and enjoy views of the valley as it narrows alongside the Urubamba River.

Half Day Tour of Machu Picchu
Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes meet the guide, your overnight bag will be transferred to the hotel. From the centre of Aguas Calientes a twenty minute bus ride will take you up the mountainside to reach the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the ruins. Morning and afternoon permits are being issued to visitors, with morning entries being between 6am and 12pm and afternoon from 12pm to 5.30pm. From the time you enter you are able to explore with a guide for up to a maximum of four hours. Lunch is included (buffet style) and will be served at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Machu Picchu, the incredible Inca citadel perched high above the cloud forest is quite simply astonishing. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is incredibly well-preserved and intricate Inca stonework abounds.

Indisputably a wonder of the world it is an almost unfathomable achievement of human culture and architecture and the very definition of 'must see'. The site was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and is perched at an altitude of 2,380 metres in beautiful tropical cloud forest.

You will be staying at El MaPi, Half board

Day 10

Vistadome Train from Machu Picchu to Cusco

Mid afternoon depart on the Vistadome train service to Cusco, a journey of three hours 50 minutes. Disembark the train at Poroy station and travel 20 minutes by road to Cusco.

You will be staying at El Mercado Tunqui, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Half Day Tour of Cusco
Today's city tour features a stroll through the Plaza de Armas and a visit to its cathedral, considered to be the best repository of colonial art from the Cusco School, the artistic tradition that originated in Cusco during the Colonial period, and which remained active between the 16th and 18th centuries. Continue on to Qoricancha, known as the "court of gold" and the "temple of the sun", the place that was the religious and political centre of Cusco during the Inca era. Walk around the huge Inca structure of Sacsayhuaman and take in beautiful views of Cusco from its high vantage point.

You will be staying at El Mercado Tunqui, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Fly Cusco to Lima

Fly Lima to Madrid overnight

Day 13

Fly Madrid to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Casa Andina Standard Colca

Casa Andina Standard Colca

Casa Andina Standard Colca is a small, relaxed and friendly hotel with individual cottages made out of stone, well-tended pathways and vegetable garden and an open courtyard with refreshing fountain....

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Casa Andina Premium Puno

Casa Andina Premium Puno

Perched in meticulously landscaped grounds and with an undulating hilly backdrop, Casa Andina Premium Puno is positioned at 3,800 metres above sea level in front of Lake Titicaca....

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Suasi Island

Suasi Island

Situated on a private island that rises from Lake Titicaca, Suasi Island is accessed by a four-hour sailing from Puno on a navigation that routes via Uros and Taquile islands, allowing guests to meet the unique communities that call this Peruvian lake their home....

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El MaPi

El MaPi

A contemporary property with lofty ceilings and panoramic windows, El MaPi is a down-to-earth accommodation nestled within the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo....

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El Albergue Lodge

El Albergue Lodge

A historic whitewashed property that is bursting with character and charm, El Albergue Lodge is set next to the train station in Ollantaytambo and one hour away from the spectacular Inca ruins of Machu Picchu....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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