Panoramic Peru


On this thrilling journey, discover the heart of the Inca Empire at Machu Picchu, encounter the colourful Quechua people and venture onto Lake Titicaca to meet the Uros people on their floating islands.

Places Visited

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DAYS 1-2: FLY TO LIMA
Fly to Peru’s historical capital Lima, arriving the same or following day. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (D)
DAYS 1-2: FLY TO LIMA
DAY 3: LIMA CITY TOUR
Founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro and originally named the City of the Kings, Lima has plenty of heritage, which you’ll begin exploring today. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage- listed historic centre to admire its colonial magni cence, before visiting the 17th century San Francisco church and Casa Aliaga, a beautifully preserved colonial mansion. Finish the day at the Huaca Pucllana archaeological centre. (B)
DAY 3: LIMA CITY TOUR
DAY 4: PALOMINO ISLANDS
This morning, board a yacht and set sail for the Palomino Islands. Just six miles off the coast, these 4 islands provide the perfect habitat for colonies of sea lions, Humboldt penguins and sea birds which you can spot, whilst also learning the important role they played in Lima’s history. Back on dry land, enjoy lunch in the fashionable Mira ores district. (B,L)
DAY 4: PALOMINO ISLANDS
DAY 5: PERUVIAN COOKING
Peruse delicious produce from every corner of Peru at the Mercado de Surquillo, before heading into the traditional Pueblo Libre district to browse the extensive collection of Pre-Colombian artefacts at the Larco Museum. Pick up tips on cooking Peruvian cuisine with a demonstration before tucking into a Creole lunch, giving you the chance to taste a variety of national dishes. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
DAY 5: PERUVIAN COOKING
DAY 6: EXPLORE AREQUIPA
Fly from Lima to Arequipa. Peru’s spectacularly situated second city is surrounded by volcanos and boasts some beautiful colonial architecture. Start to explore the city at the Carmen Alto viewpoint before visiting Yanahuara Quarter and admiring the UNESCO- listed Plaza de Armas and the Monastery of Santa Catalina. (B, D)
DAY 6: EXPLORE AREQUIPA
DAY 7: TRAVEL TO COLCA
Depart Arequipa and travel to Colca. En route, pass the Pampa Canahuas Reserve, spotting vicunas as you go. Stop at Vizcachani, Toccra Pampas and the Los Andes viewpoint which, at 4,800 metres altitude gives you magni cent views over the volcanoes of the area. Spend the afternoon at leisure with the option to visit the local hot springs. (B,L)
DAY 7: TRAVEL TO COLCA
DAY 8: COLCA CANYON
Colca is famous for its canyon, one of the deepest in the world and the huge condors that call it home. Head to Condor Cross where the views of the canyon are breathtaking and where you’re likely to see a condor or two gliding on the thermals. Visit several of the valley’s villages before travelling off towards Puno, on Lake Titicaca. (B,L)
DAY 8: COLCA CANYON
DAY 9: LAKE TITICACA
Cruise on Lake Titicaca. Visit the Islas Uros, oating islands constructed entirely from reeds. Meet the ancient Uros people who call them home and spend some time learning about their way of life out on the water with traditional dancing, cooking and basket weaving. Continue across the lake to tour the island of Taquile. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once a stronghold of the Inca, you’ll find ruins and wonderful textiles made by the island’s men. (B,L)
DAY 9: LAKE TITICACA
DAY 10: TRAVEL TO CUSCO
Transfer from Puno to Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. You’ll travel across the Peruvian altiplano, passing Andean peaks and crossing La Raya Pass, over 4,000 metres above sea level with spectacular scenery throughout. (B,L)
DAY 10: TRAVEL TO CUSCO
DAY 11: DISCOVER CUSCO
Home to an incredible Incan legacy Cusco has some of the richest heritage in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Qoricancha, the temple of the sun. Head just out of town to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara, the ‘Red Fortress’. (B)
DAY 11: DISCOVER CUSCO
DAY 12: URUBAMBA VALLEY
The Urubamba, or ‘Sacred’, Valley is home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes. Beginning in the charming town of Pisac, visit the excellent market to both mingle with the locals and to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts, then see fascinating terracing at the Pisac ruins. Later, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo. The town has some wonderfully preserved Incan houses, whilst above it there is an old Incan fortress, both of which you can explore. (B,L)
DAY 12: URUBAMBA VALLEY
DAY 13: HUILLOC COMMUNITY
Spend the day in the remote village of Huilloc, where you’ll catch a glimpse of the authentic culture of the valley’s Quechua communities. You’ll be able to interact with the villagers, share lunch with them and witness their day to day life. The women of Huilloc have a rich tradition of weaving, an art they still practice by hand today. The textiles they produce bear the same images as those of their ancestors; condors, cougars and huallata birds and can be purchased here. (B,L)
DAY 13: HUILLOC COMMUNITY
DAY 14: TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU
From Ollantaytambo board the panoramic Vistadome train to travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will ascend to the magni cent Machu Picchu. Long abandoned by the Inca, it came to international attention when it was stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and is considered one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. (B,L,D)
DAY 14: TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU
DAY 15: MACHU PICCHU
Enjoy some free time at Machu Picchu, exploring the complex as you wish - venturing up to the Intipunku, ‘Sun Gate’, is a rewarding climb. This afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo before transferring to Cusco. (B)
DAY 15: MACHU PICCHU
DAY 16: CUSCO AT LEISURE
Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco, exploring or relaxing as you wish. You’ll be transferred from the hotel to a restaurant for a farewell meal this evening. (B,D)
DAY 16: CUSCO AT LEISURE
DAYS 17-18: DEPART CUSCO FOR IRELAND
Fly to Ireland, arriving home the following day. (B)
DAYS 17-18: DEPART CUSCO FOR IRELAND

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Based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,390pp (Lima - Cuzco)
Single supplement from £1,390 (none if wiling to share)
Price listed is based on new bookings only


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