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Land of the Incas Tour

With its mix of native Indian and European cultures, Peru and the 'Kingdom of the Sun' encapsulates the essence of South America and can be experienced on our Land of the Incas tour. As well as having some of the most remarkable ruins at the Lost City of Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley around Cuzco, Peru is home to the UNESCO colonial city of Arequipa, the deepest canyon in the world at Colca, and the floating Uros islands on Lake Titicaca. With a stunning variety of landscapes, Peru is one of the most spectacular countries on earth.

Please see 2019 group tour departure dates below, private tours depart daily, on request.

11 October

15 November 

 

Duration
13 days
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
a close up of a flower garden in front of a building

Trip highlights

  • Lima's colonial architecture
  • White city of Arequipa
  • Colca Canyon and Cruz del Condor
  • Floating islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Inca heritage in Cuzco and Sacred Valley
  • Spectacular views of Machu Picchu

Meet and transfer to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro as “The city of the kings”, Lima became the capital and most important city of the Spanish Viceroyalty. Today it is still Peru’s most important city as it gives home to about 9 million people, almost 30% of the national population. The historical city centre comes with splendid colonial style architecture, ample squares as the Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor) and grand churches which yielded it the declaration as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In its modern quarters such as Miraflores and San Isidro, you can find present day architecture, rich entertainment possibilities and a great number of first class hotels and restaurants.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores or similar

Today you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour through Lima. The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral are still the most important places in town. You will then visit the beautiful San Francisco Monastery which displays the largest collection of religious art in South America. The highlight of this convent is the visit to the underground vaults known as “catacumbas” or catacombs.

Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the Coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific Ocean.   

Enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art.

The afternoon is at leisure.

We recommend adding on an optional visit to the water park, which includes a dinner show (payable locally). You will visit the Parque de la Exposición, one of the biggest water parks that exists within a city. There you can marvel at different shapes of fountains illuminated with different colours. The highlight of each evening is the music show at the biggest fountain. After the show, you will stop at a famous restaurant in Barranco to enjoy a buffet dinner and a spectacular show of traditional folk dances from Peru.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores or similar

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you will then enjoy tour of a Chinchero community located 28km away from Cuzco . Here are the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as beautiful colonial temples built on Inca’s foundations. However, the main attraction is the Sunday market originally dedicated to the people of the valley to barter their products.

Afterwards, you will be driven to “El Mirador de Racchi” where you will have a splendid view of the Sacred Valley. Here you will enjoy a typical lunch, before being transferred to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness or similar

After breakfast the rest of the morning is at leisure or you can choose to book an optional excursion. The optional excursions available are a visit to Moray and Maras (4 hours), a little Andean community which is famous for its embedded amphitheatre, or an easy and relaxing trek to the terraces of Yucay (one hour).

In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to Ollantaytambo, an Inca community. Towering above the town you will find the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Steep stone terraces rising from the edge of the town lead up to the fortress ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing visitors to step out and admire the amazing view. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness or similar

Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town.

Machu Picchu, called the Lost City of the Incas, is a beautifully located stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era. Stone upon stone, fitted together perfectly without any cement, with exquisite detail and discrimination worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure - it is one of the most impressive sites in the world.

Enjoy a guided visit of around 2 hours of the ruins and return by bus and train to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cuzco. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Cuzco Boutique or similar

Enjoy a half day city tour of Cuzco, visiting the exact centre of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. Here you will see the cathedral built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. The next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings and then on to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin site that stands above Cuzco, offering fabulous views over the city. Visit a number of other Inca ruins, including Tambo Machay, the bath of the Inca, Kenko, and Puca Pucara, then return to your hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Cuzco Boutique or similar

Today you will embark on a full day bus tour from Cuzco to Puno. You will travel through the Peruvian highlands along snow covered peaks of the Andes and small villages.

On route you will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi and the small town of Pucara.

Upon arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca or similar

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Puno’s dock where you will depart towards the Uros Islands on Titicaca Lake. The Uros are 40 small floating islands made of packed totora (reed), located within the Titicaca National Reserve. Here the inhabitants of the lake, the Uros, live just as their ancestors did, maintaining their customs and idiosyncrasies. 

After visiting the Uros Islands you will continue by boat to Taquile Island. There are no roads or electricity on Taquile and the locals have maintained their traditions and culture and many still wear traditional dresses. The Taquileños are known for their high-quality handicrafts, especially for the knitting, which is exclusively performed by males. In the main square there is a cooperative shop, selling woollen goods and hand-woven items, as well as a small church.

A lunch at Taquile Island is included.

Suggested Accommodation

  • GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca or similar

Today you start your excursion to the Colca Canyon. This canyon has a length of more than 100km and its deepest point is 3,400m. Visit the Aguada Blanca National Park where Vicuñas and Alpacas can be seen. The view of volcanoes Misti, Chachani, Ampato and the still active Sabancaya is just fantastic. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant before heading back to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Colca Lodge or similar

After an early breakfast start your trip to the lookouts Cruz del Condor, located at the deepest point of the canyon. Afterwards you will visit the colonial churches in Maca and Yanque as well as different lookouts with beautiful views.

You will have lunch in Chivay and then arrive in Arequipa in the late afternoon. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Andina Premium Arequipa or similar

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to start the city tour through Arequipa, the so called 'White City', departing through the old neighbourhoods of San Lázaro. Then visit Arequipa's Cathedral and the main square with its three portals. After, continue your visit to the Santa Catalina Convent, a beautiful and romantic place with the pure style of different Spanish cities.

You have the afternoon free at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Andina Premium Arequipa or similar

This morning you will visit four restaurants called “Picanterías”. In these restaurants you will learn how the typical dishes from Arequipa are prepared, maintaining their customs and traditions such as cooking with firewood in earthenware pots.

At each Picantería you will taste some of the most representative dishes such as: Adobo Arequipeño, Zarsa de Patitas, Sencca, and Chupe Shrimp (soup). All dishes are accompanied by a traditional drink called Chicha de jora.

For this tour we would recommended to have only a light breakfast.

After the food tasting, lunch is included at a local restaurant.

The afternoon is at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Andina Premium Arequipa or similar

After breakfast, transfer to Arequipa airport for your onward flight back to Lima.