Peru - Land of the Incas
- Step back in time to discover the Land of the Incas on this 13-night holiday to Peru.
- Explore the cities of Lima & Cusco with half day guided tours & leisure time in each.
- Travel through the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon with stops in traditional villages along the way.
- Enjoy a full day tour to the world’s highest navigable body of water, Lake Titicaca.
- Discover the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo & its ancient fountain called ‘the bath of the princess.’
- Experience Peru's most iconic site, on a full day excursion to Machu Picchu.
- Includes 11 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, 1 night on a half board basis.
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Explore the Land of the Incas with us on this incredible 13-night guided holiday. With beautiful coastlines, the towering Andes mountain range, ancient Incan ruins and bustling cities filled with splendid colonial architecture, Peru is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. We’ll begin our journey in the sea-side capital city of Lima, a stunning contrast of high-rise modern buildings erected alongside pre-Columbian temples. We’ll take a unique excursion to South America's largest lake, Titicaca, and spend some time in the cosmopolitan city of Cusco. Of course, no trip to Peru would be complete without visiting the incredible Machu Picchu. On this once-in-a-lifetime trip, we’ll get to know the true nature of Peru, its people, history, and multi-faceted heritage.
- For departures from Dublin, outbound and return flights will be via Amsterdam.
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Travel to Lima - Peru
Arrive in Lima
We begin our journey to the Land of the Incas. Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met by our local representative in the airport before being transferred to your hotel, where you will have a 2-night stay.
Lima City Tour
On this half day excursion, enjoy a city tour of the bustling sea-side metropolis, Lima, with your expert local guide. You will visit sites such as the 16th century Plaza Mayor, the main square that is home to the Cathedral of Lima. With a colonial structure and façade, this impressive building contains the tomb of Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro. You will also visit the 17th century Monastery of San Francisco, a Spanish and Baroque style church and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for its library and catacombs, this convent boasts around 25,000 ancient texts and the catacombs contain around 70,000 burials, where bones line the wall and floors. Your tour will finish in the upmarket San Isidro district, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is home to the famous Larcomar shopping centre.
Spend the afternoon at leisure in Lima. Your local guide will be happy to offer suggestions of activities to suit your interests.
Fly to Arequipa
Transfer to Arequipa
After breakfast, transfer to Lima Airport for your internal flight to Arequipa with guide assistance. You will be met by our local representative in the airport before being transferred to your hotel, where you will have a 2-night stay. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to unpack, relax and explore your surroundings.
Arequipa City Tour
Depart this morning for a half-day guided tour of Arequipa, one of Peru's most charming colonial cities known as the White City (Ciudad Blanca). Walk among its beautiful buildings as your guide takes you on a journey back in time through one of the largest holdings of colonial art in the Americas. During this tour you will visit the Convent of St. Catherine and the magnificent Church of the Society of Jesus with its vividly-coloured murals. Continue to the Mirador del Carmen, a natural lookout point, from where you will be able to enjoy a spectacular view of the Chili River Valley and of the majestic volcano, Misti.
Free Time at Leisure
Enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful city of Arequipa at your own pace.
Excursion to Colca Canyon
Early morning departure from Arequipa to your hotel in Chivay through the Colca Canyon, a stunning natural wonder, including a scenic drive passing between the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. On the way, you will visit the picturesque towns of Callalli and Sibayo, and drive through a vicuña reserve (a relative of the llama). Lunch at a local restaurant is included en-route to your hotel.
Condor Cross & Puno
Transfer to Puno after Condor Cross
After breakfast, depart your hotel in the early morning towards "Condor Cross", considered the best location to admire the Colca Canyon and the majestic condors in flight. The condor is a wild bird, so while every effort will be made to see it in its natural habitat, sightings can never be guaranteed. Afterwards, continue overland to your hotel in Puno for a 2-night stay.
Full Day Excursion to Lake Titicaca
Start your full day excursion to Lake Titicaca with a visit to the Uros Islands, made of reeds and rising six metres above lake level. They are anchored by logs and connected to each other by ropes. The main activities of the people who live here are fishing and handcrafting several items that they sell to visitors. After lunch, continue to Taquile Island, a small spot of land in the middle of Lake Titicaca. This island has two essential characteristics; its geography, offering a spectacular view from its hills and its standing as a first-rate textile centre.
Transfer to Cusco
In the early morning, travel via coach from Puno to Cusco through the beautiful South Valley of Cusco. Your transfer will include several sightseeing and photo stops including one in La Raya, the highest point on the road between Puno and Cusco. En-route, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and continue towards Cusco where you will arrive in the late afternoon for a 5-night stay.
Tour of Cusco
Cusco City Tour
Today's half-day excursion will begin with a guided city tour of the city of Cusco. Here, massive Inca-built walls line steep, cobbled streets and form the foundations of modern buildings. The plazas are thronged with Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas, and ancient treasures are carefully guarded inside colonial mansions and churches. The Plaza del Armas is a highlight of the city. Afterwards, you will explore the ruins of the original city of Cusco, including Kenko, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman. The walled complex of Sacsayhuaman is a magnificent part of the city, while the nearby ruin Kenko is believed to have once been a place for sacrifices and mummification.
Free Time at Leisure
The afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Your guide would be delighted to recommend some hidden gems for you to discover.
Pisac & Ollantaytambo
Full Day Guided Tour of Pisac and Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full day guided tour to a typical market in Pisac, a picturesque town that is home to Inca ruins and a sacred shrine, before visiting the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Perched on a towering cliff top, this ancient site showcases towering pyramids, deep quarries and an ornate fountain called ‘the bath of the princess.’ Lunch at a local restaurant is included.
Guided Excursion to Machu Picchu
Prepare to witness one of the most stunning sites in the world on this full day excursion to Machu Picchu - travel to this historic site is by train. Become one with the gods as you stand high among the clouds, surrounded by deep valleys and towering mountain peaks at this 15th century Inca site that sits 2430 metres above sea level. Despite countless studies, knowledge of Machu Picchu remains incomplete. Some believe the citadel was founded in the waning years of the last Incas as an attempt to preserve their culture, while others think it may have been a royal palace, abandoned at the time of the Spanish invasion. Lunch is included during this full day excursion.
Free Time in Cusco
Spend your free day shopping, sightseeing or relaxing at your hotel. Your guide can recommend activities or suggest places to visit.
This afternoon you will transfer to Cusco airport for your internal flight to Lima Airport from where you will board your overnight flight.
Arrive home following your once in a lifetime trip to Peru.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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