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Tour the best Peru has to offer on this 16 day holiday traveling along the desert coast, up to the altiplano and down to jungle clad ruins. From your first sip of a Pisco Sour to your last cup of corn chicha, you're sure to be charmed by the smiles, laughter and generosity of this Andean country. This tour of Peru includes the countries greatest highlights -- the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon, the islands of Lake Titicaca, and the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Lima
Day 2 : Paracas
Day 3 : Islas Ballestas and Paracas National Reserve
Day 4 : Nazca Lines/ Arequipa
Day 5 : Free Day Arequipa
Days 6-7 : Colca Canyon
Day 8 : Drive to Puno | Lake Titicaca
Day 9 : Islands of Lake Titicaca
Day 10 : Visit Taquile Island | Return to Puno
Day 11 : Journey to Cusco
Day 12 : Journey through the Sacred Valley
Day 13 : Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu
Day 14 : Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco
Day 15 : Explore Cusco
Day 16 : Fly Lima and Return Home


  • View sea lion colonies lounging on rocks in the Ballestas Islands
  • Take a short flight for a bird's eye view of the Nazca lines
  • Explore the deepest canyon in the world, Colca Canyon
  • Visit the floating islands of the Uros people on Lake Titicaca

Places Visited

  • Peru
  • South America
  • Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
  • Amantani Island
  • Arequipa
  • Colca Canyon
  • Cusco
  • El MaPi Inn
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Nazca
  • Paracas
  • Puno
  • Sacred Valley


Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

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Trip Snapshots

Uros Island - Floating island at the Titicaca Trekking through Peru Machu Picchu Spider, Nazca Lines Arequipa Artistically terraced agricultural slopes Meeting locals during a tour of Peru intricate weaving

Day 1 Arrive Lima

Day 2 Paracas

The morning is free to wander around Miraflores and explore Colonial Lima. In the afternoon you'll catch a bus to the beach town of Paracas, where the desert meets the ocean. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the sands of southwestern Peru.

Day 3 Islas Ballestas and Paracas National Reserve

Referred to as a Little Galapagos, this morning you'll depart by boat to the Ballestas Islands. Sea lion colonies lounge on the rocks and thousands of sea birds (such as Guanay Cormorants and Peruvian Boobies) circle overhead and strut along the rocky shoreline. After your island visit, it's off to the giant sand dunes of Paracas National Reserve for a bit of hiking. In the afternoon, bus to Nazca.

Day 4 Nazca Lines/ Arequipa

  • 1 Breakfast
Since their discovery 70 years ago, these puzzling drawings in the earth have intrigued visitors and scientists. To get a bird's-eye view of the Nazca lines, take a short flight this morning. Afterwards, it's off to Chauchilla cemetery where thousand-year-old mummies lie in the open, and ancient bones and pottery shards litter the ground - an archeologists playground! This evening, take an overnight bus trip to Arequipa (8 hour trip on a bus with reclining "sleeper" seats).

Day 5 Free Day Arequipa

Located 7750 feet above sea level and surrounded by snowy peaks, Arequipa delights visitors with its colonial charm and friendly inhabitants. Visit the Santa Catalina Monastery (a 4.5 acre maze of gardens, plazas, and churches in the town center), people watch in the main plaza or just relax in the colonial hotel.

Day 6-7 Colca Canyon

As rich in history as the Cusco area, Colca's pre-Inca terraces rise straight up the canyon and ancient tombs can be found perched on vertical canyon walls. You'll leave Arequipa early this morning for the deepest canyon in the world. The drive takes you back in time, past herds of llamas and alpacas and through 400-year old colonial towns where residents raise potatoes and tend sheep according to the rising and setting of the sun. During your two nights in the canyon at the Colca Lodge take ample time to relax in the hot springs! One morning you'll head to the Cruz del Condor where you'll have your best chance to see the Andean condor. In the afternoon you'll walk along the canyon edge to the pueblo of Cabanaconde for a taste of village life in the Colca.

An optional one-night homestay on Day 2 with a local family is available for travelers wanting to experience the daily and communal life in a Peruvian village. Travelers will return to the Colca Lodge for the night of Day 7. Click here for homestay details.

Day 8 Drive to Puno | Lake Titicaca

After breakfast transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approximately 5-6 hours). Feel free to make short stops for photos and village visits along the way. Arrive at mystical Lake Titicaca in the early afternoon. Legend has it that the first Inca rose out of its azure waters. Transfer to your hotel and explore on your own this afternoon.

Day 9 Islands of Lake Titicaca

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart this morning with your guide to thet the floating islands of the Uros people. Peru's floating islands are built using the buoyant totora reeds that grow along Lake Titicaca, and these reeds are interwoven to make homes, boats, and crafts.

We continue to Amantani Island, a quiet island known for its hilltop ruins that honor Pachamama and Pachatata (Mother and Father Earth). Here we meet our host families whose generosity is apparent with their open arms (and open doors to their homes) and smiles. Explore this island with your guide and then settle in to share a short day in the lives of the Aymara.

Day 10 Visit Taquile Island | Return to Puno

After breakfast and bidding farewell to your host family, travel to Taquile Island. Climb the steps to the plaza at the center of the island for breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

In the afternoon, return to Puno and relax this evening on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 11 Journey to Cusco

A luxury-class bus takes us from Puno to Cusco. Along the way, enjoy optional visits to the "Sistine Chapel" of Peru and a pre-Incan site, as well as a huge lunch featuring traditional Peruvian cuisine. Entrances to the sites are additional (around $10 per person), but the lunch is on us!

Arrive in Cusco in the early afteroon and enjoy the rest of the day!

Day 12 Journey through the Sacred Valley

You'll test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area. You may hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac, or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras and its pre-Columbian salt mines (still in use today with salt being collected in traditional fashion) as well as the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery to experiment with and modify different varieties of crops. Eventually, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo where you can relax for the night. Relax in front of a fire in the shadow of one of the great Inca citadels.

Day 13 Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu

In the morning, visit the ruins and town of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco in 1537. The ruins feature expansive terraces and well-preserved architecture, and the town is still laid out as it was during the Incan empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.

Board the train and follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu, Peru. Tour ancient canals that still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. As visitors, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water. After the tours of Machu Picchu, you'll return to the village of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu). Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world.

Day 14 Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco

Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)

Day 15 Explore Cusco

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own. Travelers can go on a city tour of the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of SUVs). You can also wander through the bustling Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, shop for love potions in the local markets, or people watch from the cafes and restaurants that line these lovely streets. For those bursting with energy, horseback riding, mountain biking, or even whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) can be arranged.

Travelers will also have the opportunity to visit the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, a local organization committed to preserving the region's weaving traditions. (If visiting the Sacred Valley on Sunday, you will visit their center in Chinchero instead). Watch weavers demonstrate their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru's most well-known art form.The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco's varied and exciting nightlife.

Day 16 Fly Lima and Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) - Hotels

Amantani Homestay

Arequipa - Hotels

Colca Canyon - Hotels

Cusco - Hotels

Lima - Hotels

Nazca - Hotels

Paracas - Hotels

Puno - Hotels

Sacred Valley - Hotels

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  • 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
    • 9 Nights Hotel
    • 2 Nights Lodge
    • 3 Nights Community Stay
  • 14 Days Private Guide Service


  • Internal Flights
    • $250 Cusco-Lima
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $255 Meals not Included
  • $43 Airport Departure Tax
  • $135 Optional Excursions
    • Nazca fly-over is US$70-90, Return visit to Machu Picchu is $60
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