15 days,Lima to Lima

Encounter unique wildlife in Paracas National Park and the Ballestas Islands, walk in the mysterious Nazca desert and view pre-Incan mummies, explore a historic convent in the colonial city of Arequipa, walk through ancient ruins and local villages in the Sacred Valley, taste the difference at a community-run restaurant, relax and take in stunning views on the train to Machu Picchu

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Spot wildlife, explore Incan culture and marvel at the mystery of the Nazca Lines - this tour of Peru’s highlights is perfect for those wishing to explore its cultural and historical treasures. Meet the vibrant local people of Lake Titicaca and delight in views of the Sacred Valley in comfort as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. Taking the train will allow you lots of time to explore ruins, museums and markets. With years of experience, we directly employ the best local guides so that you’re free to enjoy the beauty of the region and its people.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer. Ballestas Islands boat trip. Visit to the Chauchilla cemetery and potter's workshop in Nazca. Arequipa city tour including the Santa Catalina Convent. Guided boat tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca. Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project and lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village. Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 1 dinner. (Allow USD350-550 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (14 nts).
  • Private van, plane, train, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.
Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Paracas (1B)

Travel to Paracas National Park. Relax in this sleepy seaside town and sample Peru's national drink, the Pisco Sour.

Day 3 Ballestas Islands/Nazca (1B)

Visit the Ballestas Islands by boat to view sea lion colonies, penguins and other bird life. Continue south in the afternoon to Nazca with a stop at the Huacachina sand dunes and oasis.

Day 4 Nazca (1B,1D)

Tour of a pre-Inca cemetery in the Nazca desert to view 1,500 year-old mummies, bones and pottery on the desert floor. Also visit a local pottery studio for a demonstration, and this evening, enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style dinner. Option to take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.

Day 5-6 Arequipa (2B,1L)

Full day of driving down the coast to the colonial city of Arequipa. On Day 6, enjoy a city tour including a visit to the historic convent of Santa Catalina. Enjoy free time to explore the city and surroundings.

Day 7 Cusco (1B)

Fly to Cusco and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8 Sacred Valley (1B,1L)

Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including the Pisac ruins and market, a visit to the Planeterra-supported women's weaving project in a local community and Ollantaytambo town and ruins. Also visit the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village for lunch. Option for shopping at a local market.

Day 9 Aguas Calientes (1B)

Travel by train and enjoy stunning scenery as we follow the Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. Option to visit the local hot springs and market. Those who have pre-booked and purchased the '1-day Inca Trail' hike will disembark the train at 104 km and trek to the Sun Gate for the first glimpse of Machu Picchu before re-joining the group at Aguas Calientes for the night (based on permit availability).

Day 10 Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)

Guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu and optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

Day 11 Cusco (1B)

Enjoy the day at leisure with option to visit the many museums and ruins in and around Cusco. More active options including cycling, rafting or rock climbing.

Day 12-13 Puno/Lake Titicaca (2B)

Take in the scenic views while travelling through the high Altiplano region to Puno. Visit to the floating Islands of Uros and guided tour by boat of Lake Titicaca. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site ruins.

Day 14 Lima (1B)

Fly to Lima for the final night. Optional city tour, visits to museums, or free time to explore.

Day 15 Lima (1B)

Depart at any time.

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