Machu Picchu, Peru

Highlights of Peru

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Duration

12 Days

Prices Start from

£3,950pp (ex. flights)

Peru: the storied land of the Inca empire.

From one of the deepest canyons in the Americas to the highest navigable lake in the world, take in Peru’s dramatic scenery, indigenous communities and striking wildlife. Journey between colonial-era cities to Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca before travelling by train and foot to the celebrated Machu Picchu.

Why travel to Peru this September?

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru 1

Kaleidoscopic culture

From colourful textiles and dense rainforests to Andean communities and Inca remains, Peru brings together all that makes South America special.

Salkantay Trail, Sacred Valley, Peru 2

Trails to yourself

September is a wonderful time to visit, with the Sacred Valley, Cuzco, the Inca trails and treks to Machu Picchu being quieter.

Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru 3

Availability

Travelling in Peru’s shoulder season means you can make the most of flight, accommodation and permit availability.

Rainbow Mountains, Peru 4

Insider knowledge

“A spectacular trip through the highlights – no detail was missed. Paul’s recommendations for acclimatising were something no one else had mentioned.”

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Peru on your wishlist? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Day 1

    Arrive Lima

  • Day 2

    Lima - Arequipa (Casa Andina Arequipa)

  • Day 3

    Arequipa

  • Day 4

    Arequipa - Colca Canyon (Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs)

  • Day 5

    Colca Canyon - Puno (Casa Andina Premium Puno)

  • Day 6

    Puno (Casa Andina Premium Puno)

  • Day 7

    Puno - Cusco - Sacred Valley (Sol y Luna Lodge)

  • Day 8

    Sacred Valley (Sol y Luna Lodge)

  • Day 9

    Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Aquas Calientes (Inkaterra Machu Picchu)

  • Day 10

    Machu Picchu - Cusco (Inkaterra La Casona)

  • Day 11

    Cusco (Inkaterra La Casona)

  • Day 12

    Cusco - Lima

Day 1

Arrive Lima

Arrive into Lima and overnight close to the airport.

Day 2

Lima - Arequipa (Casa Andina Arequipa)

Fly to Arequipa and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 3

Arequipa

Amble through the cobbled streets and many markets of the white city of Arequipa, built from volcanic sillar stone and surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes.

Day 4

Arequipa - Colca Canyon (Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs)

Travel overland for around three hours to Colca Canyon, journeying through stark yet beautiful landscapes in the foothills of the Andes and crossing a mountain pass at nearly 5,000 metres.

Day 5

Colca Canyon - Puno (Casa Andina Premium Puno)

An early start to see enormous Andean condors as they soaring above the vast canyon. Travel overland for around five hours to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 6

Puno (Casa Andina Premium Puno)

Explore Lake Titicaca – walk along the lake edge or sail its waters to reconnect with the ancient cultures and people who inhabit its shores and islands.

Day 7

Puno - Cusco - Sacred Valley (Sol y Luna Lodge)

Board the train to spend a full day crossing the Peruvian Andes from the shores of Lake Titicaca to Cusco,  Imperial City of the Incas. On arrival travel overland around 90 minutes to your accommodation in the Sacred Valley.

Day 8

Sacred Valley (Sol y Luna Lodge)

Explore the Sacred Valley, visiting the circular terraces of Moray, the saltpans of Maras as well as thriving Inca villages from Ollantaytambo, set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple to Chinchero, famed for its colourful Sunday market.

Day 9

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Aquas Calientes (Inkaterra Machu Picchu)

Board the train to journey to Km 104 station where you will disembark and continue your journey into Machu Picchu on foot. Day four of the full Inca Trail this five hour trek traverses incredible scenery arriving at the citadel in the clouds as the sun sets. Descend to Aguas Calientes to overnight.

Day 10

Machu Picchu - Cusco (Inkaterra La Casona)

Revisit the site of Machu Picchu this morning before a four hour train journey to Cusco.

Day 11

Cusco (Inkaterra La Casona)

Spend today at leisure exploring Cusco. Alternatively, journey out of the city to visit the salt terraces and Inca ruins at Maras and Moray.

Day 12

Cusco - Lima

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and onward travel.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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