Your day-by-day itinerary
Markets and Plazas of Lima
Amble among the colonial facades and high rises of Lima, veiled in fog and packed with verve. A proud Latino city perched on crumbling cliffs with a blooming food scene, Lima fizzes with energy. Staying in a traditional posada, you’ll be shown around Miraflores food market and the charming colonial centre by a local Limeño guide.
Culture and Cookery in Arequipa
You won’t forget a visit to Arequipa, surely one of Peru’s most charming cities. Wander along cobbled streets to the local market and enter an explosion of colour, sounds and smells. Step inside a local home and learn the secrets of how to cook perfect quinoa, chicha or caldo verde. In the evening you can visit Basilica Cathedral and watch local life unfold with a pisco sour.
Explore the Cobbled Streets of Cusco
Explore Cusco, the Inca heartland and a city of colourful contrasts. During this trip, you’ll spend two nights in Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Travellers from all over the world meet here before heading into the mountains, making it a lively hub of restaurants, bars and museums. Scattered with Inca ruins and colonial churches, it’s a brilliant place for an atmospheric wander.
Trails and Valleys - Short Inca Trek
If the idea of camping leaves you cold, try this quick Inca trek. Spend a day exploring the snow-capped Andes, marvel at Machu Picchu and sleep in a comfy bed. During this trip, you’ll trek the final part of the Inca Trail, arriving at Machu Picchu in the later afternoon light. You’ll spend a night in a cosy local posada in Aguas Calientes. The next morning, you’ll visit the Sacred City again for sunrise.
After your time exploring the ancient Inca ruins, you’ll hop on a train to the village of Ollantaytambo, your first stop in the Sacred Valley. It’s the best-preserved example of Inca city planning, so it’s packed with fascinating sights. Head up to the Inca fort, with sweeping views, you can watch as the town awakes for the day before exploring its unique Inca courtyards. The following day you’ll journey on to the village of Urubamba, where you’ll have plenty of time to relax.
Sail to the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on earth. You’ll stay in Puno, on the shores of the lake, and glide across the shimmery waters of Titicaca during the day. Lake Titicaca was a sacred place for the Incas, believed to be the birthplace of the sun. Sitting at over 3,800 metres above sea level, it’s steeped in crisp beauty with clear starry nights.
In Search of the Sun God
Coming from Puno you’ll travel across the border into Bolivia by bus. Your hotel is located right by the lake and you’ll arrive just in time for lunch. In the afternoon we’ve planned a boat trip across the lake to Isla del Sol, the birth place of the first Inca King. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this beautiful island with your guide, arriving back in Copacabana in the late afternoon.
Wandering through the Lanes of La Paz
When you arrive into La Paz our representative will be waiting for you. They’ll drop you off at your colonial hotel in the centre of La Paz, within walking distance from the Witch’s Market and the San Francisco Cathedral. Since it’s impossible to know how your body will react to the altitude, there are no activities planned. If you feel okay, you can walk through the city and enjoy your stay at your own pace.
A Pinch of Salt
After you arrive in Uyuni, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this dusty little town – it isn’t much to look at, but there are a few restaurants and bars to keep you occupied. The following day you’ll travel with a small group by jeep, with an English-speaking guide, across the world’s largest salt lake. The surreal views of endless white salt against an electric blue sky make for some great pictures. In the afternoon you’ll be driven back to Uyuni where you’ll spend another night in the same hotel.