This epic three week Peru trek explores the best this country has to offer, from the coastal Ballestas Islands (known as, 'Peru's Galapagos') to the mysterious Nazca Lines, colonial Arequipa and the immense Colca Canyon. The adventure continues to Lake Titicaca and Cusco's Sacred Valley, before the true highlight - hiking the Inca Trail and capturing a sublime sunrise over Machu Picchu!
Day 1, Lima
Arrive into Lima and transfer (not included) to our gateway hotel and explore the city at your leisure. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally
Day 2, Paracas
Embark on your journey south along Peru's Pacific desert coast. Visit the coastal ruins of Pachacamacto, and continue on to the fishing village of Paracas. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally.
Day 3, Huacachina
Enjoy a scenic boat cruise to the Ballestas Island to see thousands of sea birds circling overhead along with sea lions basking in the sun. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally.
Day 4, Nazca
Next, try sand boarding or visit the baffling effigies known as the Nazca Lines and contemplate their arcane meaning as archaeologists have been doing for centuries. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally.
Day 5-6, Arequipa
Continuing down the increasingly rugged coast, we climb to panoramas over the ocean and arrive to the colonial city of Arequipa, Peru's second-largest city. Choose to visit the Santa Catalina Convent and peruse museums and galleries in this handsome city. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally.
Day 7-8, Colca Canyon
Then, a spectacular drive over a 5,000 metre pass and through a vicuña reserve brings us to the Colca Canyon, where we will walk to the rim of the upper canyon watching for condors, before soaking in local thermal springs. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally.
Day 9-11, Puno, Lake Titicaca
Fully in the Andes now, we make our way to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Here we navigate the lake via the floating reed-islands of the Uros Indians and stay the night on tranquil Amantani Island in a rustic village home. Accommodation: Hotels & basic homestay included. Meals paid locally.
Day 12, Cusco
Next, we continue the journey to Cusco across the Altiplano, passing snow-capped peaks with breathtaking vistas. Cusco is alive itself, with a bustling nightlife, thriving indigenous population and aesthetic ruins and architecture, it is easily one of the most memorable and exciting cities in the Andes and the gateway to the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally.
Day 13-14, Sacred Valley
Take time to relax and acclimatise for the challenge that lies ahead. Yucay offers an abundance of optional activities, including white-water rafting and mountain biking. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally.
Day 15-17, Inca Trail Hike
During our four day Inca Trail trek, we will pass through various micro-climates and experience spectacular sights before coming face-to-face with Machu Picchu. Accommodation: 3 nights camping on Inca Trail + 1 night Machu Picchu hotel included | Meals on Inca Trail hike included.
Day 18, Machu Picchu
Arrive at Machu Picchu on the final day of the trek, with ample time to explore and snap phenomenal photographs of this once-lost city, at the Inca empire. Accommodation: Hotels included. Meals paid locally.
Day 19-20, Cusco
A dreamy train ride back to Cusco for one more day of cultural exploration is a great way to finish this tremendous Andean experience. After an included walking tour, shop in the eclectic markets and meet people from all over the Andes before flying back to Lima. Accommodation: 2 night Cusco hotel included. Meals paid locally.
Day 21, Cusco to Lima
Tour ends at approx 14:00 at Lima Airport on day 21. Note: Due to new restrictions concerning the issue of trekking permits for the inca trail, we recommend you book at least 6 months in advance of your departure date. You must provide us with your passport details at time of booking so that we can secure a trekking permit for you. Alternative Inca Trail Itinerary will be offered when the Inca Trail permits are sold out. Details provided at the time of booking.