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Lima Llama Land

21 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Lima  |  from USD $3,929  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Absorb Peru’s majestic spirit completely with this all-encompassing tour of Peru. Starting and ending in the fascinating capital of Lima we journey through the lush Amazon Jungle, marvel at the magnificent Lake Titicaca, witness the barren Altiplano deserts, walk the trails of the Incas and meet the colourful locals.

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Day 1

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at Lima Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard at noon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. Later this evening our group welcome meeting takes place.
Overnight: Lima

Days 2-3

A short flight takes us to the jungle community of Puerto Maldonado, the starting point for our journey into the Amazon. From here a bus, followed by a motorised canoe ride downriver brings us to our jungle lodge. After lunch we take a short boat ride across the Madre de Dios River to Monkey Island with the possibility of spotting caiman from the boat. Monkey Island is renowned for its great variety of monkey species, as well as birdlife. Enjoy a wonderful sunset before heading back to the lodge for dinner.

After an early breakfast we set out on a guided walk of the rainforest. We’ll trek through dense jungle and marshland whilst our guide points out the various species of bird and plant found in the forest. We’ll learn about the delicate ecosystems of the Amazon and how plants are used in local medicine. There will also be the chance to take a canoe ride along one of the small lakes hidden away in the jungle. Keep your eyes peeled for caiman and, if you’re lucky, the rare giant otter. Later we enjoy the view of the lake and the canopy wildlife from a viewing platform. Here you’ll be able to see parrots, toucans, and herons as well as turtles and caiman. After lunch back at our jungle lodge we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon at the Gamitana River where you can try your hand at fishing or simply take a dip.
Overnight: Amazon  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4

Today we wake to the sounds of the jungle and we head back to Puerto Maldonado for our return flight to Cuzco where the rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating ancient capital.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Today we spend a full day visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the Pisac ruins and the famous traditional Indian market of the same name. We also visit the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.
Overnight: Ollantaytambo

Days 6-8

For those who have chosen to hike the Inca Trail Trek, we begin a once in a lifetime journey on the ancient trail of the Incas. During your hike you will cross spectacular passes and visit more Inca ruins en-route to Machu Picchu. A relatively easy 13km walk on day 1 will get you limbered up for the highest pass at Warmiwanusca (4200m) which we reach before lunch time on day 2. After the pass it is all downhill as the trail winds its way along ancient Inca stairs.
Overnight: Inca Trail (camping)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Days 9-10

This morning we rise early for the final walk to the Lost City of Machu Picchu and greet daybreak over the famous ‘Sun Gate’. Enjoy free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Later you will have the chance to soak your tired muscles in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes before returning to Cuzco by train. If you are not participating in the trek then you will visit Machu Picchu by train and have plenty of free time to enjoy the activities available in and around Cuzco.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 11

Leaving Cuzco, we'll drive along roads abundant with herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before reaching the Altiplano (high plain) where our journey takes us past hot mineral pools, snow capped mountains and through villages where the locals sell food, fur hats and alpaca sweaters. At the highest point, the La Raya pass at 4,321 metres, you can see the research station for high altitude animals.

The beautiful scenery is continual all the way to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which at 3,855 metres above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. We'll arrive in time so you can visit the colourful local market.
Overnight: Puno

Day 12

This morning we depart Puno for our overnight excursion we visit the floating reed islands in the Bay of Puno to see the Uros islanders way of life and we will have the option to ride in a traditional reed boat before continuing our boat journey to the island of Amantaní. Here we enjoy the hospitality of the local Aymara/Quechua families sleeping in their homes. We recommend you to purchase gifts for the families at the port of Puno before leaving to offer to the families – they will greatly appreciate this gesture.
Overnight: Lake Titicaca  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

This morning we visit Taquile Island, where the men stand around knitting distinctive woollen hats while the women work the fields. You can buy some of these unique handicrafts in the local cooperative shops. After lunch we board our boat for the return journey to Puno.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Arriving into Arequipa this morning we have much of the day free to explore this beautiful colonial city. Arequipa has a lovely central plaza dominated by a large cathedral. There are some fantastic restaurants in Arequipa and it is possible to enjoy many Peruvian delicacies here. Besides the stimulating architecture, one of the the main attractions is the Santa Catalina Convent, which is almost a city in itself with its maze of cobbled streets, cloisters and decorative buildings. Don't miss the nuns' café for excellent freshly baked treats! Another popular attraction is the acclaimed Museo Santury (also known as the Museo Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria) which houses many well preserved mummies. The most famous of the mummies is Juanita, a young Inca maiden who was sacrificed around the year AD 1450 atop the Nevado Ampato volcano to appease the gods and ask for a good harvest. Juanita was sacrificed then frozen by snowfall at the top of the mountain, hence her nickname ‘ice princess’. She was rediscovered in the 1990s when ash from the volcano melted the snow around her.
Overnight: Arequipa

Day 15

Today we visit nearby Colca Canyon, said to be one of the deepest in the world. En route we travel into the high, barren Andean landscape, passing through ghost towns destroyed by earthquakes while learning about the local fauna and flora of the region. After checking in to our hotel in Chivay, we can go for a walk to the entrance of the canyon. Later in the day we may possibly visit the nearby hot springs for a relaxing soak.
Overnight: Colca Canyon

Day 16
Cruz del Condor

This morning we travel to the Cruz del Condor (Condor's Cross) lookout point in search of the giant condors soaring out of the canyon on thermal currents. Afterwards we walk along the canyon's edge and then stop for lunch on the way back to Arequipa where we spend the night.
Overnight: Arequipa

Day 17

Today we have a full day free to further explore the city of Arequipa before we board our overnight bus to Nazca.
Overnight: Overnight Bus

Day 18

We arrive into Nazca this morning, an oasis town is famous for the strange parallel lines and geometrical figures etched into the desert floor. Although there is a viewing tower, these strange designs can only be fully appreciated from the air. You can take a fascinating flight (optional) over the lines and shapes, which include a monkey, hummingbird, condor, spider and even a spaceman. The designs are thought to have been made by three different groups of people: the Paracas (900 -200 BC), the Nazca (200BC -600AD) and then new migrants from Ayacucho around 630AD. You can also take optional tours to visit the underground aqueducts, gold mines and ceramic shops. We'll have a chance to visit the extraordinary Chauchilla Cemetery where you can see the ancient mummies which still have skin and hair intact.
Overnight: Nazca

Day 19

Today we head deep into the desert towards the Huacachina oasis where you have the chance to try your hand sand boarding down the enormous sand dunes, which is a lot of fun, but be careful, they are very steep! The brave can go for a dip in the murky lagoon, which is said to contain therapeutic properties.

We then travel to the Atlantic coast to the town of Pisco, from where the Peruvian national drink, the pisco sour gets its name. The following morning we move along the coast to neighbouring Paracas where we take a motorboat out to explore the Ballestas Islands. The islands, sometimes known as the ‘poor man's Galapagos', are teeming with over 150 species of bird life (including penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans). The islands are also home to thousands of sea lions and boast some amazing rock formations. Although it is not possible to set foot on the islands, you will experience the magnificent sight and sounds of the vast array of wildlife and maybe even spot seals and dolphins playing around the boat. Our boat trip also takes us past the mysterious Candelabra figure etched on the side of a mountain. Best viewed from the sea, many believe the Candelabra is linked to the Nazca Lines.
Overnight: Pisco

Day 20

We arrive at our final destination, Lima, where you can spend a day visiting the city’s fine museums, the vibrant markets or the catacombs of San Francisco Church.
Overnight: Lima

Day 21

Today our tour concludes with hotel check out. Happy Travels!

Inca Trail , Lares Trek or Machhu Pichhu by Train

If you have always dreamed of trekking the Inca Trail you will need to book your trip in advance (4 months is ideal) as the number of Inca Trail permits is limited to 500 per day. Booking early gives us the best opportunity for securing one of these permits.

When booking your tour with us we'll need your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. With this information we can then apply for a permit.

If the Inca Trail is unavailable, you can opt to hike the Lares Trek. With its breathtaking passes, glacial lakes and hot springs, this less crowded option, which also ends with a full day’s visit to Machu Picchu, is thought to be equally if not more spectacular than the Inca Trail. Alternatively you could also choose to spend your time in Cuzco and take a day trip to Machu Pichhu by train.

Trip Highlights

Lima - free time to explore the capital's vibrant markets and spanish colonial museums
UNESCO-listed Arequipa
Lake Titicaca and Altiplano with mineral pools and snow capped mountains
The Sacred Valley and Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo
Exploration of the Amazon Rainforest with local guides
Pisco & Nazca with an optional flight over Nazca Lines
The Colca Canyon with plenty of stops at Miradors to catch sight of Condors
Cuzco - UNESCO listed and historical capital of the Inca Empire
Inca Trail, Sun Gate and Machu Picchu ruins

Included

Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
15 nights simple hotels, 3 nights camping, 1 night homestay, bus 1 night
Guided tour of Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu - awesome!
Guided tour of Lake Titicaca, Amantani and Taquile Islands
Escorted by a tour leader, Local guides whilst on Lake Titicaca, hiking the Inca Trail and whilst in the jungle
Economy class flights: Lima - Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
6 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Guided tour of the Amazon
4 day Inca Trail Hike with local guide
Touring of the Nazca Lines
Relevant transport by public bus, local flight, train, boat and hiking
Entrance fees to Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

The tour was very well organised and everything ran to schedule. The days were well planned so that there was a mixture of things to do and relaxation. All staff and tour leaders were excellent and always showed passion when talking about the country and enjoyed sharing their experiences. Accomodation was good and always offered comfort.

John Maund

The tour was very good and covered so much ground.

We were only a small group of eight people, but we all felt this was just the right mix as we all got on so well together.

Paul Oldman

Great tour, very well organised and showed a great variety of

activities and areas of Peru.

Stuart Leigh

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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When booking a trip that includes the Inca Trail, this section of the holiday can not be confirmed until an Inca Trail Permit is obtained. It is essential at time of booking that you provide us with your full name as it appears in your passport, date of birth, nationality and passport number. Once the permits go on sale for your Inca trek date, we will confirm within 72 hours. After your permit has been obtained we cannot make any changes to it what so ever. If amendments are required you would need to pay for the cost of a new permit.

Booking your holiday more than 3 months in advance greatly increases your chances of obtaining one on the 500 Inca Travel permits allocated per day.

If the Inca Trail is not available you will then be given options of hiking the Lares trek or visiting Machu Picchu by train.

DEPOSIT: Please note that you will need to pay our standard tour deposit plus a non-refundable Machu Picchu deposit. This is not an extra payment and will be deducted from your final tour payment. Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details.

Tour Details
Starts
Lima
Ends
Lima
Departs
May to December
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 6
Extra Tour Info
The Inca Trail
Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit
Style of Group Travel
More about our group tours to South America

The tour was very well organised and everything ran to schedule. The days were well planned so that there was a mixture of things to do and relaxation. All staff and tour leaders were excellent and always showed passion when talking about the country and enjoyed sharing their experiences. Accomodation was good and always offered comfort.

John Maund
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