This fully customizable itinerary takes you to explore the diversity of Peru’s highlight destinations from the Andean peaks down into the Amazon rainforest while taking in its compelling history and colorful culture along the way. Ceviche in Lima is mouth-watering, the desert landscape of Ica and Nazca is magical, Arequipa’s colonial architecture is gorgeous, the Colca Canyon is breath-taking, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca are fascinating, the Inca ruins and Machu Picchu at sunrise are out of this world and the wildlife of the Peruvian Amazon is mind-blowing.
Lima: Explore Peru’s Capital
- 2 nights in the Peruvian capital, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
- Explore Lima’s Spanish colonial history & visit the Larco Museum.
- Enjoy Latin America’s gastronomy capital, try ‘ceviche’ & Pisco Sours.
Lima is often overlooked when compared to its South American counterparts of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. However, Peru’s capital city offers a beautiful colonial center and many charming plazas (squares) with monuments, statues, and water fountains. The gastronomy capital of the South America, Lima has some of the world’s best restaurants and you’ll have to make sure you try it out…especially the ceviche which is simply mouthwatering! Having sampled Peru’s world famous dish, there’s nothing better than washing it down with Peru’s national drink, the Pisco Sour…but be warned they are extremely sweet and delicious but they pack quite a punch, so be sure to pace yourself! Staying near the coast in an area with shops, cafés, flower-filled parks, pebbled beaches and restaurants, overall you’ll be more than pleasantly surprised at what this city has to offer.
Ica Dunes, Desert, & Mystery of Nazca
- 2 nights in the desert oasis of Huacachina and 1 night in Nazca.
- Visit the verdant Ballestas Islands and a thrilling dune buggy ride in Ica!
- Enjoy an optional flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.
A few hours south of Lima, the desert and sea come together in spectacular fashion. The adventures begin from the moment you arrive as you go on a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands known as the ‘Galapagos of Peru’ due to its sheer diversity of marine and bird life. You’ll be staying for 2 nights in the incredible desert oasis of Huacachina which is simply spellbinding and you’ll never get tired of the view of the oasis from the top of the surrounding sand dunes. The desert landscape will become your playground as you head out on an exhilarating dune buggy ride up, down and around the huge sand dunes, providing you with spectacular views from their summits. It’s then on to the town of Nazca where you’ll stay overnight. You’ll most probably be coming here due to your interest in seeing the world famous and mysterious Nazca Lines that have left archaeologists baffled for centuries! You can of course take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines to see these magnificent figures from above while staying here.
Arequipa & the Colca Canyon
- 2 nights to explore Arequipa’s beautiful colonial city.
- 2 nights in Colca Canyon, stunning scenery & local culture.
- Admire Condors soaring above the canyon, evening travel to Lake Titicaca.
Located in the southwest of Peru, Arequipa is known as the White City due to its beautifully preserved historical center filled with colonial architecture. Combining European and native characteristics into a unique style the city of Arequipa is one of the most charming cities to explore in Peru. Ask any Peruvian which city is the capital of food and you’ll be surprised to hear them not say Lima but Arequipa instead! You’ll have the fortunate task of eating your way through its huge menu of local dishes that will leave you more than satisfied. One of the main reasons people travel to Arequipa is down to its proximity to the Colca Canyon; home of the majestic and mighty Andean Condor. A colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, the Colca Canyon has a number of small villages filled with local traditions and culture and are some of the most well-preserved in the country. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States, the landscapes surrounding the Colca Canyon are simply breathtaking! This is one of the best places to spot the Andean Condor as it soars and glides through this vast valley. It is also the perfect place to stop off at and acclimatize before heading to Lake Titicaca.
Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca
- 3 days and 2 nights in Puno exploring the islands of Lake Titicaca.
- Acclimatize to the altitude, you’ll be at 12,555ft. above sea level!
- Visit the floating islands of Uros, meet local weavers on Titicaca.
Puno is located in the south of Peru on the shore of Lake Titicaca, one of South America’s largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. The city of Puno is also considered the folkloric capital of Peru due to its annual traditional festivals and strong local cultures. You’ll discover the magic of the stunning blue water of Lake Titicaca with the backdrop of the Andes and the history of being the origin of the Inca civilization. During your stay in Puno you’ll visit Taquile Island, where Inca laws and social systems are still practiced and where you’ll meet some of the skilled local weavers. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to walk on the the remote floating reed islands of Uros which is an unforgettable experience!
Machu Picchu & Surroundings
- 3 nights in Cusco, 1 nights in the Sacred Valley, 1 near Machu Picchu.
- Explore ancient Inca historical sites in the Sacred Valley & Cusco.
- Visit the breathtaking World Wonder of Machu Picchu!
Cusco was the historical Capital of the Inca Empire and the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the perfect place to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the Inca culture and civilization. Situated between Cusco and the World Wonder of Machu Picchu is the beautiful Sacred Valley which forms an essential part to your time in this amazing region and your understanding of the Inca way of life. The main reason many travelers come to this part of the world is to be able to visit the ancient Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Sitting on top of a mountain and one of the manmade Wonders of the World, no words can describe the awe-inspiring experience of being on Machu Picchu and exploring its history through the Inca ruins that can be found there.
The Peruvian Amazon
- The world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, the Amazon!
- Experience living deep within the Peruvian Amazon.
- Discover the diversity of the Amazon wildlife.
Arrive in the remote and pristine primary rainforest of the Peruvian Amazon. Your comfortable eco-lodge is situated deep within the rainforest and offers outstanding opportunities to see wildlife and the natural beauty of this unique ecosystem including oxbow lakes and clay licks. The climate is hot and humid and the experiences are spellbinding…staying and exploring the Amazon is an experience you will never forget!
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