Explore from the southern coast of Peru to the Andes.
In addition to frequent internal flights, Peru has an excellent bus network, and its trains can be one of the most impressive ways to navigate the Andes.
In the Amazon, of course, the only way to do it is by boat. Don’t spread too much; Traveling is even more exhausting at altitude, and it is better to allow extra time on your itinerary in Peru to enjoy the surrounding towns and markets instead of simply visiting great places like Machu Picchu, the Colca Canyon or the floating islands.
Peru is well placed to travel forward, since Lima is a regional flight center, so it can continue to Ecuador and Galapagos. Alternatively, cross the border into Bolivia on Lake Titicaca. See more of our main highlights of Peru on our interactive map, below.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO LIMA AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL
Welcome to Lima! Upon arrival to the airport, your guide will meet you to kick off your adventure. You’ll be transferred to your hotel in Miraflores and briefed on the details of the journey. Dinner is on your own tonight.
DAY 2 TOUR LIMA AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS
After breakfast (around 8:30am), you’ll head to the Larco Museum which was founded in 1926 by Rafael Larco Hoyle, one of the earliest Peruvian archeologists. Here, you’ll see examples of pottery and gold and silver artifacts of ancient Peruvians dating back to 3,000 B.C. After enjoying a traditional coastal lunch at Larco restaurant, we’ll continue on to Pachacamac, an archeological site about 1.5 hours from Lima. After exploring this pre-Inca and Inca site, we’ll head back to our hotel for dinner at your leisure in one of the many fantastic restaurants Lima has to offer.
DAY 3 TRANSFER TO PARACAS FOR TOUR AND OVERNIGHT STAY
After an early breakfast, we’ll head out on a three-hour coach ride to explore the deserts of Peru, south of Lima. We’ll set out on the ocean to witness spectacular marine wildlife at Paracas National Park, after which we’ll check into our hotel on the bay and head to lunch at a traditional restaurant in Paracas. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to take a walk before enjoying dinner at sunset, served at our hotel
DAY 4 OASIS TOWN OF HUACACHINA; OVERNIGHT STAY IN NAZCA
After breakfast, we’ll head out by coach to a local winery in Ica for a welcome drink and tasting of traditional, local wines and pisco. After lunch on property, you’ll spend the afternoon on an adventure in the sand dunes near Huacachina for some gorgeous views of town. By late afternoon, we’ll continue by coach on to our hotel in Nazca. Later that evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel before calling it a night.
DAY 5 TOUR OF NAZCA LINES AND TRANSFER BACK TO LIMA FOR OVERNIGHT STAY
This morning, you’ll wake up to some of the most beautiful desert views in Peru. After breakfast, we’ll head to the airport to catch our 35-minute flight over Nazca and the famed Nazca Lines, carved into the desert by ancient Peruvians. You’ll have two hours of leisure time to walk along Nazca boulevard in search of lunch at a local restaurant before we head out on a six-hour coach ride to Lima. We’ll arrive in the evening around 6:00pm for dinner on your own in the city and an overnight stay in Miraflores.
DAY 6 FLIGHT TO JULIACA – OVERNIGHT STAY IN PUNO
After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport to catch our two-hour flight to the town of Juliaca, where you’ll take a thirty-minute coach transfer to your Puno hotel on Lake Titicaca. You’ll have the afternoon free to acclimate and relax in Puno, taking in the sunset over Lake Titicaca that evening.
DAY 7 LAKE TITICACA, FLOATING ISLANDS OF UROS; OVERNIGHT ON AMANTANI ISLAND
Enjoy your morning coffee with sunrise views over Lake Titicaca. After breakfast, we’ll head to the marina and board a boat for a one-hour cruise to the island of Uros. Walk about the island and experience the culture and local community traditions. After lunch on the island, we’ll continue by boat to the island of Amantani, where we’ll be greeted by local families. The group will split up amongst the families and we’ll stay as guests in their homes and enjoying a homemade dinner that evening. Our afternoon activities will include hiking to the top of the island and relaxing in the afternoon sun.
DAY 8 LAKE TITICACA AND BACK TO PUNO FOR OVERNIGHT STAY
After saying your goodbyes over breakfast with your local family, we’ll get the group together and head back out on the lake for a boat ride to Taquile Island, where we’ll witness traditional folkloric dances performed by the island community. We’ll enjoy a two-hour walking tour, followed by a traditional lunch and mid-afternoon boat ride back to Puno. In Puno, we’ll check-in for the night at the same hotel we stayed at on day six.
DAY 9 COACH TRANSFER FROM PUNO TO CUSCO
This morning, we´ll begin our journey to the city of Cusco. Along the way, you’ll be able to see outstanding panoramic views as the landscape changes from the highlands to the sierra. Stops along the way include the Pukara pre-Inca temple, Raqchi Inca temple, Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of America”, and other colorful places to enjoy the local culture. We’ll arrive to Cusco by late afternoon and head to the hotel for our welcome dinner.
DAY 10 CITY EXPLORATION TOUR AND FREE AFTERNOON
After breakfast, we´ll meet for our half-day city tour which includes all of the significant pre-Inca and Inca historic sites, as well as remarkable colonial art from the 17th century. We’ll visit the Qorikancha, Basilica Cathedral, Saqsayhuaman and Q’enqo, after which you’ll be free to have some lunch and spend the afternoon exploring Cusco.
DAY 11 CUSCO TO SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
This morning, we’ll board our coach and head to the highlands and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We’ll have fantastic views of the valley and its towns, surrounded by glaciers and snow-capped peaks. We’ll make a few stops and check out some the colorful, local town of Pisac and its famous street market before we head on to our buffet-style lunch in the heart of the valley. After lunch, we’ll head on to Ollantaytambo, one of the most impressive towns and Inca sites in the valley, a place with rich history and traditions preserved over the centuries. After a tour of the town, we’ll take a short, thirty-minute coach ride back to our hotel for the evening.
DAY 12 SACRED VALLEY TO MACHU PICCHU
Spend the morning after breakfast enjoying the views from our hotel and listening to the birds sing their songs. Afterwards, we’ll head across the valley, back to Ollantaytambo train station to board a late-morning Vistadome train headed to Machu Picchu, a two -hour ride complete with breathtaking views of the valley and the jungle. Upon arriving to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), we’ll check into our hotel and drop off our luggage before we grab our boxed lunches and head up the mountain by bus to the entrance of the famed Machu Picchu archeological site. Here, we’ll have a guided tour with a knowledgeable, professional guide. At late afternoon, we’ll head back to the hotel and dinner will be at your leisure.
DAY 13 SECOND VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU; OVERNIGHT STAY IN CUSCO
In the morning, you’ll head back to Machu Picchu to explore what you missed out on the day before. There are optional hikes up to the Sun Gate, Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains (The last two depending on booking and travel requests). After a morning of exploration, we’ll take the bus back down to Machu Picchu town for a traditional, buffet-style lunch, then continue on to Ollantaytambo to catch our train back to Cusco. Choose to have dinner from a variety of restaurants recommended by your tour leader before heading back to the hotel in Cusco for the night.
DAY 14 TRADITIONAL PACHAMAMA CEREMONY; LATER AFTERNOON TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hotel before we leave the town to head up to higher elevation to a ceremonial archeological site of Cusco. With our local quechua-speaking priest, we’ll watch an Inca ceremony and call upon the APUS mountain gods to show them our gratitude for such a great experience during our Peruvian journey from the coast to the highlands and the Andes. We’ll enjoy our last lunch as a group to share memories and say our goodbyes before we begin transfers to the Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima.
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
- All transportation while on tour, including train to and from Machu Picchu and regional flights between Lima, Cusco and Puerto Maldonado
- Admission to all archeological sites
- Qosqo Expeditions Guide
- Camping equipment
- Inca Trail permits
- Gratuities for transportation, restaurant and hotel services
- Some meals during your free time as mentioned in the itinerary
- Sleeping bags (We have them for rent)
- Gratuities for your guide
Additional Information and Recommendations:
- We recommend this adventure from March to October.
- All our adventures can easily be customized as you wish.
- Most of our adventures include a farewell meal which allows us to give back to the community through a local, charitable organization.
- Machu Picchu is a fantastic spot to do some bird watching, so don´t forget your binoculars!
- Peru uses Soles as currency, but dollars are widely accepted all over the region and both currencies are available in most ATMs. We encourage you to have local cash on hand.
- Read more of our travel tips here: www.qosqoexpeditions.com/recommendations
Begin your Peruvian adventure exploring the wild and scenic southern coastline where charismatic wildlife species such as sea lions and penguins call home. Enjoy the fun and excitement of the dunes over Huacachina oasis and experience Peru´s fertile wine country. Cross the shimmering, blue waters of Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in the traditional ways of the local island cultures. Travel to Cusco and Sacred Valley in the heart of the Andes and see the history of the Incas come to life. Finally, witness one of the world´s most marveled and iconic destinations – Machu Picchu.
Peru Travel information
When to travel to Peru? Considering that Peru is categorized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries on earth, you have a variety of climates and seasons to consider. That being said, you can visit Peru year-round depending on where you would like to visit. However, if you are looking to explore the Amazonian rainforest or traverse through the Andes Mountains, many travelers choose to avoid the rainy season which runs from November to March with its peak between January and February. Visiting from April through October lands you in the generally dry winter season, which is an excellent time to visit Machu Picchu, experience a world-class trek, traverse the exotic Amazon Rain forest not to mention the other amazing destinations Peru has to offer. Speak with a Qosqo Expeditions Designer today to discover the best time for you to experience a luxury tour of Peru.
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Lima, Peru`s Capital City
Peru`s Population: Approx. 31 million
Official Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Official Currency: Peruvian Sol
12 designated UNESCO sites