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Peru Highlights

Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca

This two-week tour of Peru will have you exploring the country's wealth of highlights, from the ancient Inca fortress of Machu Picchu and spectacular Andean scenery to the calm waters of Lake Titicaca with its unique indigenous communities.

At a Glance

  • Affordable introduction to Peru - ideal for first-time visits

  • Includes a stay on Lake Titicaca where you can visit the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians

  • Visit the spectacular salt lagoon terraces at Maras in the Sacred Valley

  • Climb Huayna Picchu for a classic birds-eye view over Machu Picchu

  • Check out the buzzing restaurant scene in Lima or Cuzco

Adventure, Culture, Rail, Eco/ethical tourism

Description

Begin by flying into Lima for two nights at the comfortable Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, exploring Peru's lively capital and foodie paradise. Enjoy a tour of the center and take in the rich history of this diverse country with a visit to one of the city's many fascinating museums.

The following day, fly to Cuzco and transfer to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley to the beautiful Hotel Sol y Luna. The valley runs almost from Cuzco to Machu Picchu and is a holy place for the Inca people, boasting a greater density of archaeology here than anywhere else on Earth. The valley is incredibly beautiful with high snow-capped peaks guarding the sacred Urubamba River and plenty of colorful market towns and ancient sites to explore. Spend your time here exploring and making the most of the many adventures on offer here, including horse riding, rafting and paragliding.

Next, board the Vistadome train for a thrilling train journey to Machu Picchu, where you will receive a private guided tour of this most iconic of ancient sites. Stay overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, a comfortable base in Aguas Calientes which sits at the base of the site.

Return by train and road to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, and one of the most interesting cities in the Americas. Spanish colonial architecture sits on top of Inca masonry, and there are many narrow streets and squares, great museums and wonderfully evocative sites like the temple of Sacsayhuaman to explore. We have suggested the boutique Inkaterra La Casona, which is well located near the peaceful Plaza la Nazarenas.

Next fly to Puno and transfer to the Libertador, located with fabulous views on the shores of Lake Titicaca. While here, take a boat trip onto the lake to visit the fascinating indigenous communities that live on floating reed islands, or perhaps visit the imposing Sillustani graves.

Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Lima
2 nights

Lima, Peru

Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
2 nights

Fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley

Hotel Sol y Luna
1 night

Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Peru

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
3 nights

Cuzco, Peru

Inkaterra La Casona
2 nights

Andean Explorer train to Puno

Libertador Puno
Fly home

Location & Directions

Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca

Begin in Peru's Capital and gastronomic heartland, Lima, staying for two nights at the Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores. From here, fly to Cuzco and begin your journey towards Machu Picchu, stopping in the Sacred Valley on route for a stay at Sol y Luna, enjoying encounters with indigenous communities, vibrant markets and adventure activities galore. Continue on to Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, staying at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo and rising early to explore the site. Next stop is Cuzco, a charming colonial city with cobbled streets and plenty to explore, staying at the beautiful Inkaterra La Casona before heading down to your final destination, Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, staying at Libertador Puno only 5-minutes away from downtown Puno.

When to go

April to October is best for time for visiting Peru’s Andean region and main highlights. It is typically sunny in the day and cold at night due to altitude. Heavy rains last from December to end of February with January and February being the wettest months. Peru is very popular in the high season, especially during their many cultural festivals such as Inti Raymi on 24 June, so best to book well in advance.

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