Peru Uncovered(Without Inca Trail Trek,Start Lima, End Lima)

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Experience the best of Peru on this adventure into the country's ultimate hotspots. From ancient Inca culture & Amazon jungle to awesome locals, Peru has it all. See the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the cultural-hub of Cusco, the Colca Canyon & our highlight, Machu Picchu. When you're done, sit back & relive the memories over a perfect Pisco...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Visit Cruz del Condor
    • Visit Maca
    • Ride on a triciclo in Puno
    • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca from Puno
    • Visit Taquile and Uros Island communities in Puno
    • Explore the San Pedro Market & try some Peruvian snacks in Cusco
    • Take a walking tour of Cusco
    • Entry into the Sacred Valley and Pisac ruins
    • Meet some resident llamas in a local farm in Cusco
    • Visit Pisac town and Pisac Market

What's this trip about?

    Experience the best of Peru on this adventure into the country's ultimate hotspots. From ancient Inca culture & Amazon jungle to awesome locals, Peru has it all. See the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the cultural-hub of Cusco, the Colca Canyon & our highlight, Machu Picchu. When you're done, sit back & relive the memories over a perfect Pisco Sour. You can choose to either trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or take it easy & go by train.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityLima
End CityLima

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays

Destinations

  • South America
  • Peru

Attractions

  • Aguas Calientes
  • Arequipa
  • Cusco
  • Inca Trail
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Puerto Maldonado
  • Puno
  • Sacred Valley

Activities

  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion

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Itinerary

Day 1: Lima

Welcome to Lima, adventurers! Steeped in Spanish colonialism yet buzzing with modern metro vibes, Lima is sure to ignite your love for Peru. Spend your morning marvelling at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bones or catac...

Day 2: Lima to Arequipa

The skies are calling this morning as we board our included flight bound for the ‘White City’ of Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city which lies in the shadow of three majestic volcanoes.The town of Arequipa, or La Ciudad Blanca, is both culturally and aesthetically a...

Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon

Are you ready for another nature masterclass? Waving farewell to Arequipa this morning, we’ll pass through Salinas and Aguada Blanco national reserve on route to one of the world’s deepest canyons.After a journey of windswept landscapes, sandstone cliff & stops fo...

Day 4: Colca Canyon to Puno

This morning promises to be pretty mega as we hop out of bed in search for the King of the Andes, otherwise known as the Andean Condor, which boasts a mega 3-metre wingspan. Fingers crossed luck is on our side – some days we may spot 10 condors, other days none – but ...

Day 5: Puno

Ready to explore this area in all its multi-coloured glory? We thought so. Jumping in a triciclo (a three-wheeled bike taxi) we’ll bump our way down to the port and get our first taste of life on the Lake (fun fact – Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest freshwater...

Day 6: Puno to Cusco via Raqchi

Heading out of Puno this morning we’ll make our way to Pukara to visit a small museum offering up archaeological findings and Peru’s iconic ceramic bulls. Hitting the road again we’ll journey through the snow-capped surrounds of La Raya, stopping for lunch in the town...

Day 7: Cusco

Another day, another incredible Latin American destination to uncover; today it's sun up 'til sun down in Cusco. Shop for artisan jewellery and woodworks, roam the cobble-stone streets or just stroll the San Pedro markets eating cacao buds and sipping on coca leaf tea. Today really is what you make it as you’re in total control…except for dinner with the crew – that’s on us.

Day 8: Cusco to Sacred Valley

Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley on our private coach, this is where our journey into the ruins and mystique of this land truly begins. But first, llamas. An iconic symbol of Peru, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these fu...

Day 9: Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes or Inca Trail Trek

For those embarking on our epic 1 day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. With just 3.5 hours on foot and 6-kilometres to cover, the enchanting site that awaits us will make it all worthwhile. Descending into the site we’ll take ...

Day 10: Machu Picchu to Cusco

Excitement levels at an all-time high, the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – it’s Machu Picchu time! Built around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the new world. We’ll b...

Day 11: Cusco

The last few days have been pretty full on, so today is all about seeking out some much needed r’n’r. Grab a lie in at the hotel then sip fresh mountain coffee in the Plaza de Armas, or maybe take a stroll around town to pick up an alpaca sweater or ten (they are super snuggly). Can’t shake that taste for adventure? We hear you.

Day 12: Cusco to Jungle Lodge

Saying a final farewell to Cusco, we’ll hop on our included flight over the Andes to the city of Puerto Maldonado. With the sound of macaws and toucans welcoming us in, this can only mean one thing…it’s jungle time.A quick tour of the city will reveal colourful fruit ...

Day 13: Jungle Lodge to Puerto Maldonado

If the vibrant morning song of the jungle birds hasn’t roused you early doors, the prospect of the Tres Chimadas lake teeming with wildlife will. Our morning catamaran cruise will have us spotting prehistoric hoatzin birds and giant river otters. Satisfaction levels o...

Day 14: Puerto Maldonado to Lima

Today our Peruvian encounter comes to an end. As heartbroken as you'll be to wave goodbye to this incredible country, you'll be leaving with countless memories and a whole army of new friends. We'll arrive back in Lima where our trip ends on arrival. Sob. How about easing the pain by making reunion plans is somehwere equally exotic - Thailand, anyone?

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Last Updated: 5/23/2024

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