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.
Coastal Road to Nazca
Explore the other Peru, a surreal mix of enigmatic etchings, giant sand dunes, sea lion colonies and desert lagoons. Surf down the golden dunes and drift around the Islas Ballestas, spotting wild dolphins and penguin. It’s a bizarre and beautiful adventure. Whisking you from Lima to Arequipa over five days, this trip will show you the hidden surprises of the Peruvian coast, shrouded in mystery and near-permanent garùa mist. With huge variety and heart-warming local people, it’s an eye-opener.
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.
Authentic Andes – Lares Trek
Take the mountain paths less travelled on the Lares Trail to Machu Picchu. A great alternative to the busy Inca Trail, you’ll pass remote villages and glassy lakes nestled between snowy peaks. If you’re after an authentic taste of life in Andes, this is the trek for you. With all of the adventure and none of the hoards, it’s a challenge for your feet and your mind that ends with mist-swirled Machu Picchu.
Amazon Jungle Lodge
Explore the Amazonian rainforest by motorised canoe, spotting monkeys and watching parrots at the clay licks. During this trip, you’ll spend three nights hidden away in the Amazonian rainforest, staying at a rustic jungle lodge perched on the banks of the river. By day, you’ll glide down the Tambopata River and learn about the flora and fauna. By night, you’ll set out in search of the caimans hiding in the darkness.