FROM: USD $1,285

Packing the highlights of Peru into one 17-day adventure, this overland expedition includes the wildlife of the Ballestas Islands, the desert oasis of Huacachina, Colca Canyon, Arequipa and the world-famous Nazca Lines. Take the Wild Andes Trek, the classic Inca Trail or scenic train to Machu Picchu.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Cusco to Lima

Trip Highlights

Machu Picchu - explore this spectacular Inca citadel set high in the Andes Mountains
Huacachina - sandboard in the desert surrounding this oasis town
Arequipa - discover this UNESCO-listed city and the historic Santa Catalina Convent
Raqchi - spend a night at a homestay with a local Quechua family
Trek the Inca Trail, get off the beaten track on the Wild Andes Trek or opt to take the train to Machu Picchu
Ballestas Islands - enjoy a boat trip to view Humboldt penguins and other native wildlife
Nazca - view the mysterious Nazca Lines with an optional flight
Colca Canyon - catch sight of condors flying above one of the world's deepest canyons
Cusco and the Sacred Valley - discover the heart of the Inca Empire, explore Pisac and the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo

Included

Choice of the unique Wild Andes Trek, the classic Inca Trail Trek or taking the train to Machu Picchu
Option 2 - Inca Trail Trek - 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners. 10 nights simple hotels, 4 nights camping, 1 night hostel and 1 night homestay
Boat trip to see the seals & seabirds of the Ballestas Islands
Guided tour of the Sacred Valley
2 night stay and guided trip to see Colca Canyon and condors
All camping fees and appropriate equipment
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek - 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners. 11 nights simple hotels, 3 nights camping, 1 night hostel and 1 night homestay
Option 3 - Machu Picchu by Train - 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners. 13 nights simple hotels, 1 night hostel, 1 night camping and 1 night homestay
Visit to the ancient Nazca sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and nearby Cahuachi Pyramid
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Quechua Indian homestay, community crafts project and guided visit to the Raqchi ruins
Services of two crew (drivers/tour leaders) and local guides along the way

Not Included

Items of a personal nature, additional meals and drinks
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
Local Payment: $1200pp, paid in USD
International flights and visas
Sleeping bag and roll mat - please bring your own for camping

Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Welcome to Peru and its colonial capital Lima! Make your own way to our joining hotel, where we have a group meeting at 6pm to meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city or relaxing after your journey.
Overnight: Lima

Day 2

Ballestas Islands & Huacachina

Lima - Ballestas Islands - Huacachina. Today we have an early start to beat the rush hour and drive south to Paracas National Park. Here we catch a local boat for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands, where we get the chance to view incredible resident wildlife such as Humboldt penguins and large colonies of sea lions.

After lunch, we continue south to reach Huacachina, a stunning desert oasis town surrounded by palm trees and towering sand dunes. Tonight we have the option to spend the evening sand boarding and dune buggying.
Overnight: Huacachina  |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Nazca Lines

Huacachina - Nazca. This morning we continue our drive south to reach Nazca, a village that’s world-famous for being home to the mysterious Nazca Lines. Created over 1,000 years ago, the Nazca Lines are a series of geometric shapes and figures etched into the desert plateau and their purpose remains unknown to this day. This afternoon we have the option of a 30-minute flight in a small aircraft to enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Nazca Lines from above.
Overnight: Nazca

Day 4

Puerto Inca

Nazca - Purto Inca. Today we enjoy an included visit to the ancient sites of Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, which was once one of the most important ceremonial centres for Nazca culture in Peru. In the afternoon we continue our drive to Puerto Inca, a coastal resort boasting scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, and camp on the beach.
Overnight: Puerto Inca  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-6

Arequipa

Puerto Inca - Arequipa. Today we start our drive inland and journey to the beautiful city of Arequipa. Also known as the ‘White City’, Arequipa boasts stunning colonial buildings built from soft, white volcanic rock. The city is also set against a breathtaking backdrop of the snow-covered volcano El Misti, salt lakes, thermal springs and high-altitude deserts.

Day 6 offers free time to explore independently or take one of our optional activities. Perhaps go whitewater rafting on the Chili River, learn how to make Peruvian cuisine in a cooking class or tour Arequipa's Santa Catalina Convent.
Overnight: Arequipa (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Days 7-8

Colca Canyon

Arequipa - Chivay. This morning we enjoy some more free time in Arequipa, before driving to the highland town of Chivay after lunch. This rural town is the gateway to the magnificent Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world.

On day 8 we take a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the canyon. We spend a good amount of time at each one to give ourselves the best possible chance of spotting the canyon’s resident condors. These birds are among the largest in the world that can fly, with a wingspan of over 3 metres. On our way back to Chivay we visit a couple of local communities, then spend the afternoon either exploring or taking an optional trip to bathe in the nearby hot springs.
Overnight: Chivay (2)  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 9

Raqchi

Chivay - Raqchi. Driving through the stunning Peruvian highlands, we reach the small village of Raqchi where we enjoy a homestay as guests of the local villagers. This evening we take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony and listen to the local musicians play.
Overnight: Raqchi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 10-11

Cusco

Raqchi - Cusco. This morning we explore the Temple of Wiracocha, one of the largest Inca sites in Peru, before visiting a local artisan centre to see a pottery demonstration. In the afternoon we drive to Cusco, the former Inca capital and gateway to the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu.

On day 11 we have free time to explore the captivating city of Cusco. Perhaps take part in an optional activity such as mountain biking, white-water rafting or a Spanish class. In the evening we have a full briefing with our local trekking guides on the Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails to prepare us for the next few days.
Overnight: Cusco (2)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 12

The Sacred Valley

The next four days will be spent either trekking on our pioneering Wild Andes route, on the Classic Inca Trail or, for those not wishing to hike, enjoying free time in Cusco and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package.

Both the Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trek are of similar length and difficulty, however the Wild Andes trek sees far fewer crowds and takes you through more pristine Andean scenery. Although you won’t trek to Machu Picchu via the famous Sun Gate, you will arrive well-rested after spending the night before in a comfortable hotel. For more information please refer to the Trip Notes.

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
We leave Cusco early this morning to enjoy a fascinating tour of the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman and to visit the small Quechua-speaking village of Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration. After a picnic lunch at a stunning viewpoint, we visit Quillarumiyoc temple and begin our trek to Zurite where we stay in a colonial house and experience local village life. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac and free time to explore the impressive archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. We spend the night in a comfortable hotel before our trek starts the following morning. (Breakfast & Lunch)

Option 3 - Train Package
Leaving Cusco with those embarking on the Wild Andes Trek, we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a scenic drive via the town of Pisac to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch we return to Cusco, where we stay in a centrally located hotel for a further three nights. (Breakfast & Lunch)

PLEASE NOTE: You must advise at time of booking if you wish to book the classic Inca Trail Trek (which is subject to availability) or the non trekking Train Package, otherwise you will automatically be put on the Wild Andes Trek.
Overnight: Zurite/Ollantaytambo/Cusco  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Wild Andes / Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Zurite - Amaruwatana. After a hearty breakfast, our trek today takes us through Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple) and we explore this Inca archaeological site. We then follow an ancient path to the top of our first pass at 4,400 metres, where we enjoy stunning views of the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. We then make our way down to spend the night at our camp in the Sambor Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Ollantaytambo - Wayllabamba. After breakfast, we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho, where we begin the Classic Inca Trek with our crew of local porters and cooks. Crossing the bridge over the River Urubamba, we follow the trail along the left-hand side of the water, whilst soaking up beautiful views of the snow-capped Mount Veronica and Inca ruins at Llactapata. We then have a gradual climb for approximately five hours through lush farmland and woodland to reach our camp at an elevation of 3,000 metres at Wayllabamba. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
Today is free to explore Cusco and its incredible colonial architecture, museums and churches. Enjoy dining on Peruvian cuisine in the city’s delicious restaurants or shop for local textiles and handicrafts. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Amaruwatana/Wayllabamba/Cusco  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Wild Andes / Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Amaruwatana - Ancascocha. This morning we have an early start for a two-hour trek to the top of our second pass at 4,700 metres. From here we enjoy fantastic views of the rock formations below us, with the chance to spot local wildlife such as foxes, eagles and Andean ibises. We then descend for two hours and arrive at a stunning highland valley to have lunch beside the glacial Kengo Mayu River. We continue trekking downhill to our campsite in the Ancascocha area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo. Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo. Today is the most challenging day of the Inca Trail as we ascend for four hours through Andean cloud forest and highland puna to reach ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, the highest point of our trek at 4,200 metres. At the top we are rewarded by magnificent views of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges and from here we descend for two hours to our second campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
Today is another free day to enjoy all that the city of Cusco has to offer. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Ancascocha/Pacamayo/Cusco  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15

Wild Andes / Inca Trail

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Ancascocha - Ollantaytambo. Today we descend through the tall granite walls of the Silque Canyon, crossing several small bridges to reach the Camicancha area and a magnificent viewpoint looking out towards Mount Veronica. From here, we have just a short trek to Chilca where our trail ends and we transfer to Ollantaytambo. After a well-earned shower and rest at our hotel, we enjoy an included guided tour of the world-famous Temple of the Sun. (Breakfast)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Pacaymayo - Winay Wayna. This morning we ascend up ancient stone paths and steps to reach the well-preserved Inca ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca, which is also known as the ‘Town above the Clouds’. We then descend to our final night’s camp by the Winay Wayna ruins, which offers panoramic views of the valley below. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
Today we transfer to our hotel for the night in the fortress city of Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon we are joined by our tour leader and the Wild Andes trekkers. We enjoy a guided tour around the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous Temple of the Sun. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Ollantaytambo/Winay Wayna/Ollantaytambo  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Machu Picchu

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek & Option 3 - Train Package
Ollantyatambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Today we take an incredibly scenic train journey to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here we board a local bus that winds up the mountainside to Machu Picchu, the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. Here we enjoy a guided tour and plenty of free time to explore this iconic sight, which was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon we return to Ollantaytambo by train and then drive back to our hotel in Cusco. (Breakfast)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu. Leaving Winay Wayna, we descend through highland jungle to Intupunku, the ‘Sun Gate’ leading to Machu Picchu, where we catch our first views of this historical wonder at sunrise. Our local guide shows us the site's most important features and explains its history and mythology, before free time to explore the ruins at your own pace. Later we head down to Aguas Calientes and take the train to Ollantaytambo, finally returning to Cusco for a well-deserved rest. (Breakfast)
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast

Day 17

Cusco

Today marks the end of our adventure through Peru! There is no accommodation included on the trip tonight, however our reservations team are happy to arrange this for you if you would like to extend your stay in Cusco.
Breakfast

Is This Trip Right For Me?

Overlanding is not a style of travel that will suit everyone so please carefully read the Trip Notes before selecting this tour and be realistic about your ability and desire to join such a trip. If you’re the adventurous type who’d rather spend a night roughing it in a rainforest than luxuriating in a boutique hotel, then overlanding is for you. You just need the right attitude, an open mind, and a desire to participate fully in the trip.

Overland travelling can be demanding and challenging. On your trip you’ll travel in a purpose-built expedition vehicle on an off-the-beaten-track adventure along rugged roads, sometimes across vast distances. You will find the drive times noted on the Trip Notes.

On an overland journey you are more than just a passenger, these are full participation trips and everyone gets involved and pitches in! You will also be expected to erect your own tent and help with camp chores including cooking meals for the group on a rota basis. Like all great adventures, the more you put in the more you'll get out!

The type, variety and standard of accommodation can vary greatly from very basic rooms without electricity or running water to comfortable hotels with good facilities. Generally in hotels most rooms will be twin-share, but some may be triple/quad-share. Hostels are nearly always multi-share and may be mixed sex.

The campsites we use range from basic to those with excellent facilities, including swimming pools, restaurants and a bar. On some occasions we wild camp with no facilities, which means there are no toilets - just the vast expanse of the great outdoors and a shovel!

Our overland journeys are designed to offer freedom, and many of our routes have a large degree of flexibility rather than a strict hour-by-hour or even day-by-day itinerary. We intend to follow the planned route but exact night stops and inclusions cannot be guaranteed and it sometimes happens that we decide to make a change to our planned itinerary.

How Challenging Is This Trip? Footsteps of the Incas is great for lovers of culture and history or for those who want a trekking challenge (Inca Trails). There is plenty of insight into local life and stunning drives across remote Andean Scenery. Mainly small comfortable hotels, plenty of opportunities to try the local cuisine. This trip is strenuous in parts and includes a multi-day trek at high altitude, walking for 5-8 hours per day. Some areas that you travel through may be physically challenging; for example you may be at altitude some of the time and you may be camping for several nights. The pace of the trip can be tiring at times and some facilities will be basic. However there will also be plenty of time to relax and some comfortable accommodation.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown above are per person travelling.

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Local payment - $1200pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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Prices & Dates

This trip operates in reverse. Please refer to the Trip Notes below the tour dates for details.

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Local payment - $1200pp, paid in USD

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
Sold out
2020
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
USD $1,300
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USD $1,300
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USD $1,300
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USD $1,365
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USD $1,365
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USD $1,365
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2021
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USD $1,310
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Lima
Ends
Cusco
Departs
May - December
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 22
Hotel Rating
Simple Hotels, Hostels, Homestays & Camping
Local Payment
$1200pp, paid in USD
Tour Guide
Escorted by a Tour Leader
Meals
Breakfast: 15, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 5
Visiting
Countries

Extra Tour Info

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