Best of Peru

15 days from £871 (was £1,089)

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the highlights of picturesque Peru
  • Tour the compelling Colca Canyon
  • Hike the iconic Inca Trail!
  • Explore vibrant Lima
  • View the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu ruins!

Trip Summary

Discover the very best of what Peru has to offer without breaking the budget! This amazing trip will see you diving into lively Lima, Peru’s cosmopolitan capital, and taking an awesome excursion to the captivating Colca Canyon! This is the deepest canyon in the world, so definitely one to tick off the bucket list! Thrill seekers will love the opportunity to hike along the Inca Trail and experience majestic mountain views and explore Machu Picchu alone the way.

This trip will also immerse you into the authentic culture of Ccaccaccollo and introduce you to the charming colonial architecture of Arequipa, and you’ll also have plenty of free time to get to grips with Cusco, a gateway to the ancient Incan Empire. This trip is bound to inspire and intrigue, and you’re invited to the adventure!

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Trip Info

Day 1: Lima

Lima welcomes you today! You’re free to arrive at any time and make your way to our first hotel. You should be able to check in from approximately 3pm. There’s a Welcome Meeting at 5pm, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and discuss the details of the trip. Until then, explore lively Lima!

Day 2: Lima to Nazca

Today we’ll head south to Nazca, home to the mysterious Nazca lines. We’ll be boarding a local bus to make the 8 hour journey to Nazca, and once you arrive there’s an optional guided tour through the Desert Cemetery and Potter’s Studio, where you’ll be able to spot mummies and traditional pottery for a glimpse back into Nazca’s history. Modern artists are still at work creating beautiful pottery, and on your tour you’ll get the chance to stop at an artisan’s workshop and see the masters at work!

Day 3: Nazca to Arequipa

You’ll have free time in Nazca today. A major attraction for most visitors is a flight over the Nazca lines, so you may opt to do this during your free time! The origins of these lines are still largely unknown, and they lend Nazca a mysterious yet intriguing vibe. You’ll also be getting a taste of Peruvian culture this evening when you help with the preparation of a traditional dinner. You’ll be participating in the ancient ‘Pachamanca’ ceremony of wrapping delicacies in banana leaves and slow cooking them! Tonight, you’ll board the overnight bus to Arequipa where you can kick back and doze off before you arrive in Arequipa tomorrow!

Day 4: Arequipa

You have free time today to make the most of amazing Arequipa! This region is filled with beautiful colonial architecture built from stunning white volcano stone, and has been dubbed the ‘white city’. Its landscape is unique and inspiring as 3 volcanoes form a stunning backdrop! Perhaps head over to the Monasterio de Santa Catalina or wander around the Historic Centre of Arequipa where you’ll be able to grab a tasty bite to eat and experience Arequipa’s historical charm for yourself!

Day 5: Arequipa to Chivay

Today we’ll head over to Chivay in a private vehicle. The journey should take approximately 5 hours, and once you’ve arrived you’ll enjoy an exhilarating tour of the Colca Canyon where you’ll get to take a dip in hot springs and spot llamas and alpacas! We’ll be able to stop at picturesque viewpoints, and maybe even see Andean condors flying over the Andes. Bliss!

Day 6: Chivay to Cusco

Today you’ll be stopping off at some local villages on the way to meet the locals and see some older sections of the Canyon. Colca Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world, and you’ll love the opportunity to snap some more amazing photos! You’ll then make the 5 hour journey back to Arequipa in a comfortable private vehicle before catching the overnight bus to Cusco. Get comfy and share memories of your amazing Colca Canyon tour!

Day 7: Discover Cusco

You have a free day in Cusco today! Cusco is a city set amidst the Andes, and it features some truly awe-inspiring scenery! You may want to spend a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful Spanish architecture, or head to the Centro Historico De Cusco to try out a delicious restaurants and experience authentic local life. For thrill-seekers, there’s the opportunity to go mountain biking or white water rafting. Your guide will have plenty of ideas so make sure you ask for some top tips to ensure you get the most out of compelling Cusco!

Day 8: Cusco to Ccaccaccollo

Today you’ll take a visit to the Ccaccaccollo community! You’ll be heading to the community centre where women weave and sell traditional textiles, and you’ll be learning about traditional dyeing and weaving techniques. Tonight you’ll be staying with a local Quechua family where you’ll learn a few Quechua words to impress your friends back home with! You’ll help to prepare a traditional meal, learn about Quechua culture and maybe even play a game of soccer with the locals!

Day 9: Ccaccaccollo to Ollantaytambo

Today, you’ll travel to Ollantaytambo in a private vehicle, where you can opt to take a tour of the Ollantaytambo Ruins, an ancient site that showcases some stunning Incan architecture! You can also embark on an optional guided tour of the Pisac Ruins, where you’ll see rolling emerald valleys and grand mountain peaks. You’ll be hiking tomorrow, so get some rest tonight before your big adventure!

Day 10: Ollantaytambo to Wayllabamba Camp

Today you’ll take aprivate vehicle from Ollantaytambo to the starting point of your hike! You’ll then be trekking for approximately 6 hours over the Inca Trail. This is a fairly easy trek that will give you a gentle start to the next few days of hiking, and you’ll be passing scenic rivers and a small local village. Enjoy the view of the mountain peaks as you trek!

Day 11: Wayllabamba Camp to Paqaymayo Camp

We’ll wake up bright and early today to begin climbing the path to Warmiwanusca. Today we’ll be covering the highest point of the trek. Most hikers will arrive into camp by early afternoon, but of course this time may vary! You’ll face strong weather on this leg of the trek, but we’ll be taking it slow and drinking plenty of water along the way. Spectacular views await you, and there’ll be time to relax and recharge once you’ve reached camp. This is a truly rewarding part of the trek!

Day 12: Paqaymayo Camp to Winaywayna

Today we’ll be making the approximately 9 hour trek to Winaywayna. We’ll be crossing two passes and trekking through Incan constructions. If it’s a clear day, you’ll enjoy mesmerising views of the Urubamba Valley. Once we’ve reached 3,650m we’ll get to the Phuyupatamarca, also known as the ‘town above the clouds’. Watching clouds float alongside the ruins is truly breathtaking, and tonight we’ll be camping near the ruins themselves or at the Winay Wayna ruins.

Day 13: Winaywayna to Cusco

Today is the final day of our unforgettable hike. We’ll rise early at approximately 03:30am to walk to the checkpoint and experience the awe-inspiring views of the unbeatable Machu Picchu ruins. We’ll then hike down for a guided tour of the ruins. This site has been voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and it’s sure to take your breath away! You’ll have plenty of time to explore, discovering the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows, and learning about the intriguing history of Machu Picchu.

After our tour, we’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo and then settle into our private vehicle to make the 2 hour journey back to Cusco. Tonight, perhaps opt to celebrate your trek with a pub crawl and dance the night away with your group!

Day 14: Cusco

You’ll have free time to relax and recharge after your trekking adventure today! You’ll be back in Cusco where you can take an optional city tour, and culture vultures will be pleased to know that there’s a treasure trove of archaeological sites to visit such as the Saksaywaman citadel, and the ruins of Puka Pukara. Perhaps head to the Inca site of Moray or marvel at the paintings in the beautifully embellished Cusco Cathedral. Later, perhaps opt to check out Cusco’s lively nightlife scene and watch the sun go down on another amazing day in Peru!

Day 15: Departure

You’ll be leaving Cusco today, so you might want to head out to see those last must visit sights before you depart! If you’d like to extend your travels, your tour guide can help you out with any arrangements you’ll need to make. Be sure to swap details with your group. You’ll be heading home having made amazing memories and awesome friends!

Please note itinerary and activities are subject to change. 

2018 Departures: Please note that from 1st January 2018, this trip will be a 14 day itinerary. Contact us for further details. 

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Accommodation & Meals

You’ll experience a range of accommodation types during this trip. You’ll have 8 nights in simple hotels on a shared room basis, 2 nights on an overnight bus, 1 night at a home stay and 3 nights of camping. This variety of accommodations will give you a fantastic and authentic overview of Peru!

Food in Peru is flavourful and vibrant! During this trip you have 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners included. You’ll have the opportunity to get out and try some delicious traditional meals in your free time, and we’ve listed some dishes that you should definitely try during your time in Peru!

  • Ceviche: Tender raw fish is marinated in singy citrus juice. The acid in the juice cooks the fish slightly and lends it a lovely, tangy flavour.
  • Lomo Saltado: A delicious stir fry featuring beef, peppers, potatoes and usually served with rice.
  • Anticuchos: Grilled meat marinated in tantalising spices.
  • Rocoto Relleno: Arequipa is famous for this dish. Spicy peppers stuffed with minced beef and melted cheese. True comfort food!
  • Pollo a la Brasa: Chicken is coated with the flavours of red pepper, garlic and cumin and roasted to perfection.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18 and the maximum age is 39.

Visa and Passport Information

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects. It is your sole responsibility to stay up to date with the current visa laws of the countries you are visiting and adhere to them.

 

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Whats Included

  • Accommodation
  • Transfers between destinations
  • Transfers between activities included in the itinerary
  • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Nazca Pachamanca ceremony
  • Overnight Colca Canyon trip
  • Authentic home stay
  • Women’s Weaving Project visit
  • Inca Trail hike with the services of local guide, cook and porters
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu 

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expense
  • Meals unless specified
  • Optional Activities
  • Onward Travel
  • Airport Transfer

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