15 days departing LIMA from

Style: Discovery
Destination: Peru
Tour Code: EPP

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Trip Overview

This tour of Peru is an incredible journey through varied landscapes including coastal desert, snowy Andean peaks, the high Altiplano and lush cloud forest. Visit the most famous sites including the mysterious Nazca Lines, awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca (where you spend the night in an island homestay) and the stunning 3,000 metre deep Colca Canyon. Encounter traditional indigenous groups, condors, llamas, and a warm welcome from the Peruvian people. Free time is included in this tour, giving you the flexibility to choose from a range of optional activities to suit your style.

Included Highlights
  • Homestay on traditional Amantani floating reed islands
  • Colca Canyon & its soaring Condors
  • Boat trip to the Ballestas Islands for wildlife viewing
  • Uncover the Inca Saywiti and Tarawasi ruins
  • Visit the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a scenicdrive into the Andes
  • Visit the working Convent of Santa Catalina
  • Scenic return train and bus from Cusco to Aguas Calientes via Ollantaytambo
  • Watch condors soar high above Colca Canyon
Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 13 hotel nights in twin share accommodation + 1 night basic homestay. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation in a private vehicle excluding Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu return bus
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included
Guided: Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
Group size: Maximum 18
Age range: 16+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Cusco city tour US$30-$55
  • Visit local museums - Cusco US$5-10
  • Pisac market & Sacred Valley tour US$35-$65
  • Sacred Valley site entrances US$25
  • Combined entrance to all sites in the Cuzco area US$50
  • Antonini Museum entrance - Nazca US$6
  • Chauchilla Cemetery entrance - Nazca US$3
  • Aqueduct entrance - Nazca US$3
  • Nazca Lines flight US$100

Day 1: Arrival day in Lima

Arrive into Lima on day one with the rest of the day at leisure. A welcome note will be left in the hotel reception explaining whether you meet the guide and group on the evening of day 1 or the following morning, please check this upon arrival to the hotel. As the capital and largest city in Peru, Lima is blessed with some splendid landmarks and places to visit including a great choice of museums ranging from art and natural history to anthropology and gold. Lima's historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features some exquisite examples of colonial architecture, with the Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza Mayor and the Palace of Torre Tagle providing just three of many highlights.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Ballestas Islands

Don't forget your binoculars as you head south to the Ballestas Islands which contain one of the world's highest concentrations of marine birds as well as sea-lions and pre-Inca etchings. This is your first introduction to the wildlife and natural beauty of Peru. The Ballestas Islands are often compared to Darwin's Galapagos guaranteeing you'll be in for a superb experience prior to heading to your overnight accommodation in Ica.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3: Nazca Lines

After an optional spot of sandboarding and due buggying just outside of Ica, your next port of call is Nazca and the fascinating lines which have baffled archaeologists for centuries. These are one of the world's great archaeological mysteries, consisting of enormous drawings and patterns etched in the desert sand. Amazingly there was previously no knowledge of their existence and a motorway was built directly through the middle of the lines until first spotted by plane from the air. A visit to the viewing platform is included but for the ultimate Nazca experience, an optional flight will enable you to gain a bird's eye view. This is an incredible insight and one that will really help to put things into perspective.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 4: Nazca and Andes

Driving into the Andes is a breathtaking experience and as you gain altitude and stop for some incredible photo opportunities you'll do well to take it easy as you become acclimatised en route to Abancay. Vicunas (a smaller wild relative of the llama) can be spotted along this road as this area is Peru's largest vicuña reserve. Keep your eyes and cameras at the ready.

NB: Becoming acclimatised to high altitude effects different people in different ways. The best advice is to rest, drink plenty of water and keep physical exertion to a minimum in order to really appreciate the Andes and prepare for tomorrow's trip to Cusco.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 5: Andes and Cusco

Cusco is your next stop via the Inca Saywiti stone and the Tarawasi ruins as well as all that incredible Andean scenery. Today's travels allow you to really make the most of the Andes and as you pass glacial peaks, fast-flowing rivers and many of the lesser images overlooked by impatient tourists. You'll no doubt start to appreciate the incredible resilience and ingenuity of the current and previous human inhabitants.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 6: Cusco

A free day in the one-time Inca capital of Cusco gives you a chance to discover the colonial and pre-Columbian sites as well as an array of Inca ruins both in and out of the city. In the centre you'll find the Plaza de Armas and the Koricancha Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and monastery. Outside of town are more Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores. We recommended you purchase a combined entrance ticket for these sites and many others for approximately USS$9-25, depending on the number of sites you wish to visit.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 7: Machu Picchu

For most people the highlight of the trip is the return visit by train to the greatest ruin in the world, the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu. Hidden for many years by the magnificent surrounding mountains under a blanket of growth until Hiram Bingham discovered it, this is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle. You will enjoy a guided tour of the ruins with free time to explore by yourself. Visit Inca Drawbridge, the Sun Gate for iconic view of the ruins or simply sit back and admire the spectacle in front of you. Overnight in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 8: Aguas Calientes

This morning is free to head back to Machu Picchu early before the day-trippers and hikers arrive, the best time to visit. For those returning to Machu Picchu, the cost is US$45 plus approximately US$15 for the return bus trip to the ruins from Aguas Calientes. You may wish to soak your bones in the healing hot springs at Aguas Calientes and enjoy the laid back buzz of this little town in the forest below the ruins. In the afternoon you board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where you connect with a bus to Cuzco, arriving in the late evening.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 9: Cusco

Today you're free to enjoy the sights and go for a spot of shopping in this beautiful city or have your picture taken with one of the neighbourhood llamas. If you still want to learn more about the Inca way of life, take a trip to the Inca Museum for a great insight into their culture and history.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 10: Lake Titicaca

Follow the course of the Vilcanota River as you travel over the high plains and onwards to this afternoon's destination, Lake Titicaca. The largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of fresh water in the world, the Andean people believe Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun. This evening you'll spend the night with a local family on Amantani Island. The chance to stay with a local family overnight offers a hugely rewarding experience from finding out more about the local customs and the cuisine to exchanging languages and making friends. This is an essential insight into the culture and the lifestyle of the Peruvian people.
Accommodation: Homestay included (basic facilities) | Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 11: Lake Titicaca/Puno

Wave goodbye to your newfound friends and enjoy one last exploration of Amantani before heading over water to Puno via the floating reed islands, inhabited by descendants of the Uros Indians. Today offers yet another chance to delve deeper into the lifestyles of Peru's native inhabitants. Although many tourists have passed this way on their travels their impact has had little or no effect on this remarkable group of people.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 12: Colca Canyon

Cross the Altiplano to the southwest, heading back towards the coast to the high Colca Canyon. En route keep your eyes peeled for vicunas before descending into the second deepest canyon in the Americas (the deepest, the Cotahuasi Canyon, is also in Peru). In the evening there's time for a visit to the hot springs near the main town of Chivay - a warming pleasure after the chill of Lake Titicaca.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 13: Arequipa

Famous for its beautiful hikes and resident llamas, the real draw here is the Andean Condor, best spotted from the Mirador Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Get your cameras ready as the magnificent Andean Condors soar above you, with a wingspan of up to 3.2 metres, this is truly a sight to behold. Extensive terraces, stunning colonial churches and burial tombs are viewed before you ascend out of the canyon en route to Arequipa, known as the 'White City' due to the pale volcanic stone used to construct many of its colonial buildings. The picturesque city enjoys a year-round pleasant climate and is surrounded by 6,000 metre volcanoes, including the near perfect cone of El Misti.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 14: Arequipa and Lima

This morning you visit the huge and serene Santa Catalina Monastery. Built in 1580 and only opened to the outside world in the 1970's, it offers a rare insight into the lives led by the nuns and has changed little through the centuries. There are still around 20 nuns living in the northern corner of the complex. In the afternoon fly to Lima where you'll transfer to your hotel in Miraflores by the coast. During the warmer days, Peruvian families can be found with a picnic by the sea.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 15: Lima

You are free to continue your tour of Lima on your own after breakfast or transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast included

NB: Free arrival and departure transfers are available in Lima. In order to claim a transfer, flight details need to be provided outside of four weeks prior to travel.

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Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour except for the homestay on Lake Titicaca. The number of single rooms & tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

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Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

El Tambo Hotel


Conveniently located close to the main avenue and Larcomar shopping centre, this hotel offers garden and city views, free wi-fi and on-site restaurant.

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Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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