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.
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.
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.
Through Faraway Peaks – Salkantay Trek
High on beauty, low on crowds – the Salkantay Trek is the ‘other’ Inca Trail. Trekking for three days through remote landscape, you’ll see the lesser explored. Unlike the classic Inca Trail, you won’t reach Machu Picchu on foot. Instead, you’ll make the final journey by bus well before the day trippers arrive, feeling rested and ready to explore.
Boat Trip to the Thundering Falls
The next few days are all about experiencing South America’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls. You’ll visit the Brazilian side of the falls with a private English-speaking guide, allowing you to ask questions along the way and experience the falls in your own time. As you look out across the river you’ll see the famous falls on the Argentinean side of the river. The Brazilians are known for saying: ‘Argentina may have the falls, but we have the view’… and it’s very true!
The next day you’ll head to the Argentinian side of the falls where you’ll see the Devil’s Throat. Here you can see the gentle river transform into a powerful thundering waterfall, plunging into the depths below. Next you’ll be whisked away to where the jet boat ride begins, and after you’ve suited up with a life-jacket you’ll sail across the river to the falls. The jet boat captain will take you as close to the falls as possible. You’ll receive a plastic bag to keep your camera in since there’s a good chance that you’ll get a soaking during the trip!
Revelling in Rio
Rio offers sweeping beaches, great food and a lively atmosphere. When you arrive you will be met by a guide who will take you through your itinerary and answer any questions. It’s about an hours transfer journey to your comfortable hotel right next to Copacabana beach, the perfect place for a stroll to watch the sunset behind the mountains. You’ll also spend a morning with a private guide and driver, so you can tick off some of those iconic sights.