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Llama, Machu Picchu, Peru

Highlights of Peru

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

11 Days

Prices Start from

£3,000 ex. flights

Uncover the highlights of Peru while travelling between colonial-era cities and deep river canyons, taking a train to Machu Picchu, the incredible Inca citadel perched high above the cloud forest, interacting with locals living traditional lives on remote Lake Titicaca and sipping Pisco sours from al fresco spots in Cusco.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia 1

Sail to Suasi Island

Stay on a small private island on Lake Titicaca and meet its unique communities.

Monastery of Santa Catalina, Arequipa, Peru 2

The White City

Amble through the cobbled streets and many markets of the white city of Arequipa.

Maras Salt Terraces, Cusco, Peru 3

Maras & Moray

Venture off the beaten track to explore high altitude saltpans and archaeological ruins.

Inca Wall, Machu Picchu, Peru 4

See Machu Picchu

Visit the enchanting Machu Picchu citadel and former Inca capital of Cusco.

Why we like it

Encompassing the real focal points of Southern Peru, this journey through the land of the Incas is one of extremes. From Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the Americas, to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, this trip takes in fascinating wildlife, colourful indigenous communities and jaw dropping scenery. With explorations of Machu Picchu, Arequipa, the Sacred Valley and the remote private Suasi Island, this is a breathtaking journey through marvels that simply need to be seen in person.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Lima - Arequipa
  • Day 2
    Arequipa
  • Day 3
    Arequipa - Colca Canyon
  • Day 4
    Colca Canyon - Puno
  • Day 5
    Puno - Suasi Island
  • Day 6
    Suasi Island - Puno
  • Day 7
    Puno - Juliaca - Sacred Valley
  • Day 8
    Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
  • Day 9
    Machu Picchu - Cusco
  • Day 10
    Cusco
  • Day 11
    Cusco - Lima
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa, Peru

Discover Arequipa

Visit the white city of Arequipa, a charming place built from volcanic sillar stone and surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, to amble its cobbled streets and many markets. Perhaps visit the miniature colonial town of Santa Catalina Convent, opened in 1970 after four centuries of isolation, where 450 nuns live in total seclusion.

Cruz Del Condor Viewpoint, Colca Canyon, Peru
Cruz Del Condor Viewpoint, Colca Canyon, Peru

Drive the Colca Canyon

Travel through barren and beautiful landscapes in the foothills of the Andes and cross a mountain pass at nearly 5,000 metres, watching out for llamas and alpacas grazing at the roadside. Drive through the surrounding villages with their pretty colonial churches, looking out for enormous Andean condors soaring overhead, and explore the canyon rim on mountain bike, on horseback, on foot, or by rafting atop the rapids of Rio Colca.

Hiram Bingham Train, Sacred Valley, Peru
Hiram Bingham Train, Sacred Valley, Peru

Train to Machu Picchu

From the snow-capped mountains and remote communities of Sacred Valley, travel by train to the enigmatic royal citadel of Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the ruins. Perhaps stay in bustling Machu Picchu Pueblo, the gateway town to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and make a second visit to the citadel to perhaps hike up one of its steep mountains.

Maras Salt Terraces, Cusco, Peru
Maras Salt Terraces, Cusco, Peru
Inca Terrace Ruins, Moray, Sacred Valley, Peru
Inca Terrace Ruins, Moray, Sacred Valley, Peru

Salt Terraces, Maras & 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. Its authentic dress of the local farmers, walls of an Inca fortress with trapezoidal niches and colonial church with paintings by the indigenous artist Chiwantito all combine to give Chinchero a unique charm. Travel to Maras, renowned for its salt mines and the hundreds of salt ponds, and Moray, a remote Inca agricultural experimental centre known for its elliptical irrigation terraces, each with its own micro-climate.

Lake Titicaca, Suasi Island, Peru
Lake Titicaca, Suasi Island, Peru

Explore Suasi Island

Travel by speed boat to the private Suasi Island by crossing Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,850 metres. The island’s exceptionally quiet hideaway is perched on a steep hillside of flowered terraces and boasts enchanting views over the lake through large windows or from balconies. A truly magical location for star-gazing, kayaking along the shoreline, or tucking in to a beachfront barbecue, guests will leave with an understanding of the islands’ geological formation, fragile ecosystems and fascinating cultures.

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands

Suggestion: Galapagos Islands Extension

Consider flying out to the remote and remarkable Galapagos Islands, the pristine archipelago that can be explored during eye-opening sailing voyages or through carefully planned island-hopping trips. For up close and personal encounters with fearless sea lions, penguins, tortoises, sharks, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas (to name very few), these islands are unmissable and combine beautifully with an adventure in Peru.

Accommodation

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

Casa Andina Premium Arequipa £££££

  • Peru
  • City

Set behind a magnificently carved facade that leads to a contemporary sky-lit lobby, Casa Andina Premium Arequipa is a national monument in its own right. Its stone-walled bar and restaurant, serving a fusion of traditional Arequipa delicacies and haute cuisine, opens out onto a central courtyard, while the fourth-floor terrace boasts impressive views of the cathedral and distant El Misti Volcano.

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Costa del Sol Wyndham Arequipa £££££

  • Peru
  • City

A painted pink colonial-style property that has undergone contemporary renovations, Costa del Sol Wyndham Arequipa is enclosed by extensive gardens and spectacular views of the three imposing volcanoes that dominate the city. Aside from its 88 warmly-lit rooms and suites, the property also features a lovely outdoor swimming pool, a spa (with steam room, sauna and jacuzzi), a gym and a bar and restaurant where traditional Arequipan dishes are served alongside international favourites.

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Belmond Las Casitas del Colca £££££

  • Peru

A hidden gem in the Peruvian Andes, Belmond Las Casitas del Colca is an indulgent retreat nestled within the serene Colca Canyon. A truly secluded hideaway in the shadow of mist-tipped mountains, the estate offers a Peruvian a la carte restaurant, an outdoor stone swimming pool, a tranquil treatment spa with eucalyptus steam room, an inviting library, an organic vegetable garden, a small farm and a delightfully restored chapel.

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Casa Andina Standard Colca £££££

  • Peru

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. The restaurant offers hearty cuisine if a limited menu and local dancers perform daily. There is also a planetarium and observatory, unique in Colca, that allows guests to marvel at the night sky of the southern hemisphere. The hotel is also very well located; the traditional village of Chivay is a mere five-minute stroll away and many of Colca Canyon’s highlights are also in easy reach.

Hotel Isla Suasi £££££

  • Peru

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. Constructed from stone, adobe and totora reed, the island’s property perches on a steep hillside of flowered terraces. Its 23 spacious and bright rooms, many with exposed wooden beams, boast enchanting views over the lake through large windows or from balconies. A truly magical location for star-gazing, the country house offers a number of outdoor spaces that include terraces and hammock-filled gardens and even offers a private shorefront cabin. The colourful Andean cuisine showcases native potatoes, local cheeses and stone-baked bread while activities include kayaking, beach barbeques and visiting the many alpaca and vicuñas.

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Once again, I would like to thank James for organising our trip. Our visit to Peru was perfect. Each of the expert guides in Peru made the whole thing run like clockwork, and I cannot thank all of you enough.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: James

Paul put together a spectacular trip through the highlights of Peru, and no detail was missed. His recommendations for acclimatising were particularly helpful, and something no one else I spoke to had mentioned.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: Paul

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

A note on price

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When to travel

Peru in January

January begins the rainy season in the Andes and the Amazon as they reach the summer months. Along the coast, this can be one of the best times to visit, although it is a hotspot for locals.

Peru in February

As the rains continue, February can be a good time to avoid crowds. While Machu Picchu remains open, trekking in this area is a challenge as the Inca Trail closes for the month. Heavy rains in the Amazon increase water levels on the river, making wildlife viewing slightly more challenging however it does allow you to adventure into areas otherwise not reachable by boat in other months of the year.

Peru in March

March can be a good time to visit Peru. As the rainy season draws to the end, the coast will still be experiencing summer weather while inland you can expect rains. This can be one of the least crowded months for Machu Picchu and the local tourism on the beaches has subsided as children go back to school.

Peru in April

April is considered one of the best times to travel to Peru with pleasant temperatures and avoiding the busiest period. As there is still some rain, the landscape is vibrant.

Peru in May

As the dry season begins and winter sets in, temperatures are comfortable and the countryside is green with life from the rainy season.

Peru in June

June marks the start of the peak season in Peru. Skies are clear, making for picturesque sightseeing. As this is officially the start of winter, cooler temperatures are expected especially in the evenings.

Peru in July

July begins the peak travel season as international holidays open. With warm, sunny days and cooler evenings, this is also the peak time for trekking the mountainous landscapes of the Andes.

Peru in August

August continues the peak season throughout the country. With cooler evening temperatures, brings a morning fog in the Sacred Valley, which clears to blue skies by the afternoon. Expect dry, sunny weather in the Amazon during this time.

Peru in September

As spring draws in during the month of September, expect cloudy mornings which clear to blue skies in the afternoon. Showers become more likely as this is considered the shoulder season before the green season begins.

Peru in October

Temperatures begin to increase in October as summer approaches. As the dry season comes to an end, the chance of precipitation increases along with clouds.

Peru in November

Temperatures rise in November with rain increasing from the middle of the month. As a shoulder season, this can be a good time to travel to avoid crowding in Machu Picchu.

Peru in December

Weather in December sees increased temperatures as summer begins, along with the start to the rainy season. Rising water levels in the Amazon makes wildlife viewing slightly more challenging along the shores.

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