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.
Following Ancient Footsteps – Inca Trail
Over five days, you’ll complete the classic Inca Trail, twisting into the mountains for 44km along an ancient Inca trade route. You’ll cross mountain passes measuring a heady 4,200m, sleeping in tents on the way and stop to soak up the incredible scenery. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but when you see Machu Picchu emerge between the morning clouds, you’ll efforts will be rewarded a thousand times over.