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.)
  • Private van, plane, train, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.
  • Comfort hotels (14 nts).

Day 1Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2Lima/Paracas(1B)

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

Day 3Paracas/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 4Nazca(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. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Pachamanca-style dinner. Option to take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.

Day 5Nazca/Arequipa(1B, 1L)

Full day of driving down the coast to the colonial city of Arequipa.

Day 6Arequipa(1B)

Enjoy a city tour, including a visit to the historic convent of Santa Catalina. Enjoy free time to explore the city and surroundings.

Day 7Arequipa/Cusco(1B)

Fly to Cusco and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8Cusco/Urubamba(1B, 1L)

Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley with guided hikes at ruins and a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project in a local community. Enjoy lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village.

Day 9Urubamba/Aguas Calientes(1B)

Travel by train and enjoy stunning scenery following the Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. Option to visit the local hot springs and market.

Day 10Aguas Calientes/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 11Cusco(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 12Cusco/Puno(1B)

Take in scenic views while travelling through the high Altiplano region to Puno.

Day 13Puno(1B)

Enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Option to visit the Sillustani burial site.

Day 14Puno/Lima(1B)

Fly to Lima for the final night. Option to visit museums or enjoy free time to explore.

Day 15Lima(1B)

Depart at any time.

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