Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Pichu 16 Days

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 4850 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Leisurely/Moderate
Group Size 2-8 people
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Let yourself be fascinated by the exciting highlights of the Peruvian Andes on this 15-day comfort trip. An even better hotel standard and selected experiences set the special comfort accents on this tour. There is also plenty of activity and adventure typical of Andean Great Treks, which you and your English-speaking guide and your fellow travelers will remember for a long time to come.

From the colonial cities of Lima and Arequipa to the azure blue Titicaca Lake to the Inca capital Cusco, our small group tour does not leave out any highlight of Peru. After exciting experiences such as flying over the fascinating Nasca Lines, a day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or sighting the majestic Andean condor, we enjoy the special ambience of our high-quality hotels and lodges to end the day. After  two weeks in the realm of the Incas and Alpacas, we are sure to share our passion for Peru. If you still have some time left, we will be happy to advise you on possible extensions to complement your trip.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All domestic flights: Lima – Arequipa /Cusco – Lima
  • Private transfers between hotels/stations/airports/excursions according to the itinerary
  • All national transportation and transfers; Arequipa – Puno by bus / Puno – Cusco by bus
  • Inka rail 360° train, Ollantayatmbo – Aguas calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation in 4-3 star hotels for 15 nights in their specified destinations. Buffet breakfast is included.
  • All activities provided in the program with equipment, unless they are marked as additional costs in the itinerary.
  • Tickets to the tours provided in the program.
  • English speaker tour guide in all the route
  • 24/7 assistance and personal concierge
  • First aid kit, oxygen bottles are used only in an emergency.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation.
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary. Expect USD260-340 for meals not included
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone
  • Travel insurance.
  • Discover Lima’s grand colonial facades, Spanish houses, endless culture and delicious cuisine during your free time in the Peruvian capital.
  • Take the opportunity to board a scenic flight over the Nazca Lines – whether they’re the work of ancient civilizations or something more supernatural, it’s an incredible experience.
  • Take in truly stunning surroundings at your feature stay hotel along the Colca River, offering grounds dotted with tumbling waterfalls, organic gardens and gorgeous pools, plus modern rooms, first-class service and fantastic amenities.
  • Set out in search of pelicans, flamingos, sea lions and penguins on an exciting boat tour around the Ballestas Islands, allowing you to get up close to wildlife in its natural environment.
  • Explore Cusco, South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city, with its ancient foundations and interesting blend of Inca and colonial influences.
  • Spend two incredible nights on Lake Titicaca’s only private island at a wonderful eco-lodge, built with natural and sustainable materials and offering an escape from the modern world.
  • Due to the high altitude of the places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness.
  • This trip visits Peru’s coast, mountains , which means you’ll need a flexible wardrobe no matter what time of year you travel.
  • Hotels 3-4 ***: 15 nights
    Overnight stays in double rooms (with shower / WC) in a balanced mix of 3-4 *** hotels, very cozy.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 50 m

Welcome to Peru! Your adventure begins in Lima. Peru’s colourful capital is equal parts cosmopolitan and chaotic. You will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel where you will meet your fellow travellers and local leader. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. After the meeting, stroll the streets of downtown Lima and check out some of its main attractions on a leader-led walking tour. Enjoy free time before an optional group dinner this evening. The unofficial food capital of South America, there’s no better place to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche, than at one of Lima’s excellent restaurants. As there’s little time spent in Lima, you may like to arrive a few days early to see the sights, including the chic suburb of Miraflores, Central Park, Lovers’ Park and the National Museum.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 400 m

Depart Lima and travel to the fabulous Vinas Queirolo, the only hotel in Peru located within a vineyard and your accommodation for the next two evenings. Sitting in the Ica valley at the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by more than 500 hectares of vineyards, the setting couldn’t be more spectacular, and the comfort and service of this hotel are every bit as impressive. Enjoy traditional bodega charm, spacious and stylish rooms, three swimming pools, tennis courts and a marvellous restaurant. On arrival, you may like to take a dip in one of the pools, play a game of tennis or simply relax poolside and soak in the stunning scenery. The vineyards that surround your hotel produce Peru’s most famous wine along with the national drink, pisco. This afternoon you will have the option to take an aerial tour of the mysterious Nazca Lines. Etched into the landscape some 22 kilometres north of Nazca, these mysterious wonders are an assortment of perfectly straight lines, trapezoidal zones, and strange symbols of birds and beasts on a giant scale. Speak to your leader about arranging this unforgettable activity.

  • Accommodation: Viñas Queirolo or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 400 m

Travel to the coast this morning to the Paracas Peninsula for an excursion to the Ballestas Islands. These islands are home to an abundance of wildlife, including pelicans, red-footed boobies, flamingos, sea lions and even penguins. You’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with wildlife on an exciting boat tour of the islands. Return to your accommodation in the afternoon where you’ll have the special opportunity to explore the vineyards during a private tour with an expert sommelier. Hear the history of the vineyard and hotel, from the settlement of the Queirolo family from Italy in 1877 to the renovations and modernisations enacted by the third generation of the family in the 21st century. Learn how the brilliant wine and pisco is produced, then cap off the day with drinks at a lookout point, watching the sun set over the gorgeous landscape.

  • Accommodation: Viñas Queirolo or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 50 m

After breakfast, depart the Ica valley and return to Lima, arriving in the early afternoon. There will be a meeting at 2pm to welcome any new travellers joining you on the next stage of your adventure. Afterwards, head out to get to know the city on a walking tour of downtown Lima with your leader. Admire the colonial buildings of Plaza Mayor and visit the eerie catacombs of the Saint Francis Monastery, then head away from the tourist trail to Alameda de Chabuca Granda – an area popular with the locals. Stop off at the colourful street food stalls to sample some of Lima’s favourite sweet treats, like Peruvian donuts and mazamorra morada; porridge made from purple corn. Today you can choose one of the best restaurants to have a special dinner.

  • Accommodation: Casa Republica Hotel or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2300 m

After the breakfast you will take a flight to Arequipa, a beautiful Spanish colonial city. On arrival, head out for an orientation walk with your leader. Known as La Ciudad Blanca (The White City), Arequipa’s buildings have been built almost exclusively from a white volcanic material called sillar, giving the city an appearance like no other. Situated in a valley at the foot of the El Misti volcano, the city also boasts a truly remarkable backdrop.

Special Information

Today’s flight is approximately 1.5 hours.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Arequipa or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate

This morning, meet a local guide who’s an expert on all things Arequipa and set out on a tour of the city. Explore Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square, then continue to the Santa Catalina Monastery while your guide shares stories of the city’s history along the way. Stop by the San Ignacio Chapel to appreciate its colonial mural paintings. Visit the beautiful Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa with another local expert guide who will discuss the many layers of the building’s history – from its construction in 1656 to its subsequent destructions and rebuilds. The afternoon is free your own discoveries. Why not pick up an Alpaca jumper and meet the llamas and alpacas of Mundo Alpaca or take part in an active adventure in the surrounding hills and rivers. Or perhaps visit the museum that houses ‘Mummy Juanita’ – the well-preserved body of a young Inca girl who died sometime between 1450 and 1480.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Arequipa or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activities

  • Arequipa – Walking tour
  • Arequipa – Santa Catalina Monastery
  • Arequipa – San Ignacio Chapel
  • Arequipa – Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa

Optional Activities

  • Arequipa – Juanita Museum

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4000 m

This morning, drive through the Altiplano high plains to the Colca Valley and Canyon. On the way you’ll see grazing vicunas, llamas and alpacas, as well as stone cairns built by local indigenous communities. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the Colca Canyon provides some breathtaking views. The pre-Inca terraces carved into its walls are still cultivated today, and the area is dotted with traditional Indian villages with locals in colourful dress. Stop at the highest point (4910 metres) to enjoy views of the landscape below. Drive on the town of Chivay, where you’ll have some time to soak up the local hot springs, then continue to the Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca Hotel, your feature stay accommodation for the evening. With a prime location along the rugged Colca River, this resort offers tranquillity and comfort in a truly magnificent setting. The grounds are just as wondrous as the surroundings – tumbling waterfalls, organic gardens and gorgeous pools make this a superb spot to explore. With modern rooms, first-class service and fantastic amenities, this stay is sure to be one to remember.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca (Feature Stay) or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activities

  • Colca Canyon – Viewpoint photo stop

Special Information

Today’s total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4200 m

Rise early this morning to visit the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, where Andean condors, one of the world’s largest flying birds, can often be seen soaring in the air. After lunch, begin the drive to Puno. On the way you will stop off at the Sillustani archaeological site. The ruined ‘chullpas’, or funeral towers, of Sillustani were built by a pre-Inca civilisation centuries ago to house the remains of noble men. Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is full of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is renowned for its traditional dances.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno or similar (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activities

  • Colca Canyon – Mirador Cruz del Condor
  • Puno – Sillustani archaeological site

Special Information

The total driving time to and from the Cruz del Condor viewpoint is approximately 5 hours.

The driving time from Chivay to Puno is apporximately 6 hours, including stops.

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4200 m

Be enchanted by striking scenery and unique cultures on a cruise around Lake Titicaca today. This morning, you will depart from the port in Puno for the floating Uros Islands. The Uros people constructed these islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes in ancient times. They are built completely from multiple layers of totora reeds, which grow in the shallows of the lake. Call into Taquile Island for some woollen handicrafts. On the island, knitting is strictly a male domain, while women do the spinning. Explore this extraordinary place before travelling to Suasi – the only private island on Lake Titicaca. You will spend the next two evenings here in a fantastic eco-lodge, built with natural and sustainable materials, with all rooms looking out onto the boundless lake. Enjoy total peace, once-in-a-lifetime views, and an escape from the modern world.

  • Accommodation: Suasi Island Eco Lodge or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activities

  • Lake Titicaca – Floating Uros Islands & Taquile Island

Special Information

Today’s total sailing time is approximately 2 hours.

Due to luggage restrictions on the boat you will be required to pack all necessary items for the next two days into a smaller bag. The remainder of your luggage will be stored securely in the Puno hotel.

As Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, the sun can be extremely strong, so make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen, even on cloudy days.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 4200 m

This morning you will visit the cultural museum on the island which houses maps, pictures of Lake Titicaca and books about the history of the lake and its communities. There are handicrafts and fabrics from the different groups that developed around the lake, types of Andean grains like quinoa, and a chance to learn about the process of painting wool. Set out on a leisurely afternoon walk, expected to take around one hour over solid terrain, with some parts at a slight incline. This walk will take you to the highest point of the island – the perfect place to witness an unforgettable sunset over the waters of Lake Titicaca. Head back down to a secluded beach and enjoy an exclusive evening picnic with wine; a special moment to soak in the beautiful landscape, appreciate the serenity and – if the clouds behave – watch the sun go down.

  • Accommodation: Suasi Island Eco Lodge or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activities

  • Suasi Island – Sunset picnic overlooking Lake Titicaca
  • Suasi Island – Cultural Museum
  • Suasi Island – Viewpoint walk

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

Rise early and travel back across the lake to meet your private vehicle to Cusco. The journey will be broken up with plenty of stops. Arrive in Cusco by late afternoon. Cusco is South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and was the home of the Inca for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. At 3450 metres above sea level, it’s important to take time to acclimatise to the city’s altitude. After settling in at the hotel, take a casual walk around Plaza de Armas with your leader and pick up some excellent dinner recommendations along the way.

  • Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Included Activities

  • Visit of the Pukara Museum
  • Stop at the Paso de la Raya (Cusco-Puno border)
  • Visit to the Wiraqocha temple in Raqchi
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas

Special Information

Today’s total driving time is approximately 8 hours.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

This morning you will discover the best of Cusco on a walking tour. First, enjoy a special tour of the World Heritage-listed Cusco Cathedral with a local historian guide. Built on top of an Incan palace, the building is now one of Cusco’s greatest repositories of art, and your guide will share its history from past to present. Then, tour the Coricancha Temple with another local guide. The temple was once covered in sheets of gold that were eventually removed to raise a ransom for the life of Atahualpa, and later the Spanish demolished the temple to build a Dominican church on its foundations. Soon after, head to the colourful San Pedro market. The rest of the day is yours – speak to your leader about the option to arrange a cooking class at a local restaurant using fair trade products, or the half-day Inkilltambo trek, exploring an archaeologic site on the city’s outskirts.

  • Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activities

  • Cusco – Cathedral tour with Specialist Historian Guide
  • Cusco – Coricancha Temple
  • Cusco – Walking tour

Optional Activities

  • Cusco – Inca Museum (entrance fee) – PEN10

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m

In the morning we gonna pick up you at 7:00 , from your hotel, then we will go by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the Inca once built important cities such as Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Urubamba. This spectacular cities amidst the breathtaking Andean landscape were designed in harmony with nature and are a dream for anyone who likes to visit archaeological sites and ruins. For the tour, we will use the tourist ticket “Boleto Turistico Parcial” . This lush valley was known as Wilcamayo to the Incas and has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. Our first place to visit is Chincheros where you can see the andean terraces, temples, also you can enjoy  the typical market of Chincheros, then we will visist Moray, and Salineras at midday we go to Urubamba city where is the lunch stop, then we will go to the inca city of Ollantaytambo, where our tour guide will show you the most important places of this inca remain. The day will end at your hotel located in the Sacred Valley.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Valle Urubamba
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Included Activities

  • Ollantaytambo – Archaeological site
  • Chinchero – Archeological site
  • Moray – Archeologicla site
  • Maras – Salt mines

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2000 m

Enjoy the beauty of the Sacred Valley in the morning before you are picked up at noon and taken to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Your train ride to Machu Picchu, “the lost city of the Incas”, begins there. A member of the hotel staff will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes and walk you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can explore the town of Aguas Calientes or visit the thermal baths and relax. In the early evening your tour guide will visit you at the hotel to discuss the day ahead with you.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

The bus takes you up to the wonderful citadel in about 30 minutes. During the approximately two and a half hour guided tour through the citadel, you will visit the following sights in different order, depending on the fixed circular route: the main square, the round tower, the holy sundial, the royal rooms, the temple of the three windows and the cemeteries. You will then leave the facility together with your guide and take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. From there you will travel the first part of the route by train and then a transfer will take you to your hotel in Cusco.

Note: In order to better control the number of visitors to Machu Picchu and to avoid long waiting times for entry, the famous Inca site can only be visited at fixed times. In addition, the ruins may only be visited in the company of a guide who will lead you on one of three fixed circular routes around the site. After the two and a half hour tour, you will have some time to stroll around the facility on your own as part of your assigned shift. The Ministry of Culture may make changes at short notice. If your booking is affected, we will inform you in good time.

  • Accommodation: Tierra Viva Cusco Hotel or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

Depending on your flight, you will be brought to the airport and start your journey home or your follow-up program. We hope you had a wonderful trip and that you will remember the many unforgettable experiences for a long time.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast
warm jackets
Hydration bladder
wool socks
camera
scarf
first aid kit
hiking shoes
Dry bags
Trekking Poles
sun cream
Snack
sun hat
bathing suite
rain coat
Sandals
insect repellent
Passport
Down Jackets
toilet paper
daypack
Wool cap
head lamp
gloves
sun glasses
cap
extra cash
Trekking pants

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 4850 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 4850USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 4750USD Per Person
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Why travel with Andean Great Treks

LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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