19 DAYS ●
On this thrilling journey, discover the heart of the Inca Empire at Machu Picchu, encounter the colourful Quechua people and venture onto Lake Titicaca to
meet the Uros people on their floating islands.
Our Panoramic Peru itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Peru's historical capital, Lima, arriving the same day due to crossing the International Date Line en route. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your
hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure. The following day is free to relax and explore while guests continue to arrive before a welcome dinner held in the evening. (D)
Founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro and originally named the City of the Kings, Lima has plenty of heritage, which you'll begin exploring today. Start in the
UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre to admire its colonial magnificence, before visiting the 17th century San Francisco church and Casa Aliaga, a beautifully
preserved colonial mansion. Finish the day at the Huaca Pucllana archaeological centre. (B)
This morning, board a yacht and set sail for the Palomino Islands. Just nine km off the coast, these 4 islands provide the perfect habitat for colonies of sea lions, Humboldt penguins and sea birds which you can spot, whilst also learning the important role they played in Lima's history. Back on dry land, enjoy lunch in the fashionable Miraflores district. (B,L)
Peruse delicious produce from every corner of Peru at the Mercado de Surquillo, before heading into the traditional Pueblo Libre district to browse the extensive collection of Pre-Colombian artefacts at the Larco Museum. Pick up tips on
cooking Peruvian cuisine with a demonstration before tucking into a Creole lunch, giving you the chance to taste a variety of national dishes. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
Fly from Lima to Arequipa. Peru's spectacularly situated second city is surrounded by volcanos and boasts some beautiful colonial architecture. Start to explore the city at the Carmen Alto viewpoint before visiting Yanahuara Quarter and admiring the UNESCO-listed Plaza de Armas and the Monastery of Santa Catalina. (B,D)
Depart Arequipa and travel to Colca. En route, pass the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, spotting vicuñas as you go. Stop at Vizcachani, Toccra Pampas and the Los Andes viewpoint which, at 4,800 metres altitude gives you magnificent views over the
volcanoes of the area. Spend the afternoon at leisure with the option to visit the local hot springs. (B,L)
Colca is famous for its canyon, one of the deepest in the world and the huge condors that call it home. Head to Condor Cross where the views of the canyon are breathtaking and where you're likely to see a condor or two gliding on the thermals. Visit several of the valley's villages before travelling off towards Puno, on Lake Titicaca. (B,L)
Cruise on Lake Titicaca. Visit the Islas Uros, floating islands constructed entirely from reeds. Meet the ancient Uros people who call them home and spend some
time learning about their way of life out on the water with traditional dancing, cooking and basket weaving. Continue across the lake to tour the island of Taquile.
Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once a stronghold of the Inca, you'll find ruins and wonderful textiles made by the island's men. (B,L)
Transfer from Puno to Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. You'll travel across the Peruvian altiplano, passing Andean peaks and crossing La Raya Pass, over 4,000 metres above sea level with spectacular scenery throughout. (B,L)
Home to an incredible Incan legacy Cusco has some of the richest heritage in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Qoricancha, the temple of the sun. Head just out of town to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara, the 'Red Fortress'. (B)
The Urubamba, or 'Sacred', Valley is home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes. Beginning in the charming town of Pisac, visit the excellent market to both mingle with the locals and to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts, then
see fascinating terracing at the Pisac ruins. Later, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo. The town has some wonderfully preserved Incan houses, whilst
above it there is an old Incan fortress, both of which you can explore. (B,L)
Spend the day in the remote village of Huilloc, where you'll catch a glimpse of the authentic culture of the valley's Quechua communities. You'll be able to interact with the villagers, share lunch with them and witness their day to day life. The women of Huilloc have a rich tradition of weaving, an art they still practice by hand today. The textiles they produce bear the same images as those of their ancestors; condors,
cougars and huallata birds and can be purchased here. (B,L)
From Ollantaytambo board the panoramic Vistadome train to travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will ascend to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Long abandoned by the Inca, it came to
international attention when it was stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. (B,L,D)
Enjoy some free time at Machu Picchu, exploring the complex as you wish - venturing up to the Intipunku, 'Sun Gate', is a rewarding climb. This afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo before transferring to Cusco. (B)
Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco, exploring or relaxing as you wish. You'll be transferred from the hotel to a restaurant for a farewell meal this evening. (B,D)
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia, arriving home in 2 days due to crossing the International Date Line once again. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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