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Peru Encompassed

21 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Lima  |  from USD $4,120  |   Guaranteed Departures  2 reviews

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 friendly locals.

Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

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

The Amazon

Lima - Amazon. 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 on day 3 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 Jungle  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4

Cuzco

Amazon - Cuzco. 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

Ollantaytambo

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. If you are doing the Inca Trek to Machu Picchu, tonight you will stay in Ollantaytambo. If you are doing the Lares Trek or have opted to take the train to Machu Picchu, this afternoon, you will return to Cuzco where you will spend the night.
Overnight: Ollantaytambo  |  Breakfast

Days 6-8

The Inca Trail

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 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 9

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - Cuzco. 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 explore the markets at Aguas Calientes before returning to Cuzco by train.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast

Days 10-11

Cuzco

Spend the next two days at leisure in Cuzco. You can explore the city's amazing churches, colonial buildings and picturesque streets, many of which have Inca walls, arches and doorways. On a hill overlooking the city stands the ceremonial fortress of Sacsayhuaman, where some of the most spectacular Inca walls can be found, including a massive 130 ton stone. There are also many optional excursions and activities available such as white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking and canoeing on offer.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 12

Puno

Cuzco - Puno. 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. After a full day of travel from Cuzco, we'll arrive in time so you can visit the colourful local market.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Lake Titicaca

The next morning from Puno we take a day trip to Lake Titicaca itself. 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.

Next stop is Taquile Island, an island on Lake Titicaca still holding up many of the traditions values and customs it was built on. Learn about the way of life, from the reasons for why they do their hair the way they do and how they dress. Famous for their textiles and clothing, you will be able to pick up a homemade gift or two from the main square.
Overnight: Puno  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Arequipa

Puno - Arequipa. Next stop is Arequipa where 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  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Colca Canyon

Arequipa - Colca Canyon. Today visit the 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  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Cruz del Condor

Colca Canyon - Arequipa. Early 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  |  Breakfast

Day 17

Free day in Arequipa

Arequipa - Nazca. 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  |  Breakfast

Day 18

Nazca Lines

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  |  Breakfast

Day 19

The Ballestas Islands

Nazca - Pisco. 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  |  Breakfast

Day 20

Lima

Pisco - Lima. Today we return to Lima where our adventures began. You will have a final night before your tour comes to an end.
Overnight: Lima  |  Breakfast

Day 21

Lima

Today our tour concludes after hotel check out. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Breakfast

Inca Trail, Lares Trek or Machu Picchu 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 Picchu by train.

Prices & Dates

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.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons.

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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.

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 of the Incas
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
Huacachina Oasis and a boat tour of the wildlife rich Ballestas Islands

Included

Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
14 nights in simple hotels, 2 nights in a jungle lodge, 3 nights camping, 1 night on an overnight bus
4 day Inca Trail Hike with local guide
Day trip to Lake Titicaca
Entrance to & guided tour Colca Canyon
Guided tour of the Sacred Valley
Relevant transport by private mini bus, public bus, local flight, train, taxi and boat
Entrance fees to Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
19 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
2 night Amazon excursion
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Visit Huacachina Oasis
A boat tour of the Ballestas Islands
Escorted by a tour leader with local guides for included excursions
2 economy class flights: Lima - Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco

Not Included

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

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 2 recent reviews

Excellent tour with a wide range of activities and experiences, a good balance of free time. Our tour leader Herman was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable with a clear love of his job and of trying to make the experience as good as possible for all on the tour. He took the time to get to know each individual in the group, made sure everyone was involved and generally ensured that everything ran smoothly.

• Submitted 22 Jul 2016
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Fab trip to get a snapshot of many different areas of Peru. Loved the mix of city, jungle, mountains and desert. Happy with the time we spent in each place.

Great, efficient guide. Really looked after us. Informed us of all the important things we needed to know so we didn't have to worry about much at all except seeing and doing as much as we could.

• Submitted 25 Mar 2016
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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 • Submitted 19 Mar 2010

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 • Submitted 19 Feb 2010

Great tour, very well organised and showed a great variety of activities and areas of Peru.

Stuart Leigh • Submitted 19 Jan 2010

Tour Details
Starts
Lima
Ends
Lima
Departs
Year Round
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 18, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 5
Extra Tour Info
Visiting Machu Picchu
The best ruins, when best to visit, places to stay & more
The Inca Trail
Information on obtaining your Inca Trail permit
Style of Group Travel
More about our group tours to South America

Excellent tour with a wide range of activities and experiences, a good balance of free time. Our tour leader Herman was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable with a clear love of his job and of trying to make the experience as good as possible for all on the tour. He took the time to get to know each individual in the group, made sure everyone was involved and generally ensured that everything ran smoothly.

Gemma Kelly
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