The lost city of Machu Picchu and the treasures of Peru are unveiled in this high-altitude adventure, combining scenic rail journeys with first class hotels. An unforgettable experience from start to finish includes Lima, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca and Cusco.
- Machu Picchu, Peru
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Days 1-2Plaza de Aramas, Lima
Depart from London Heathrow and fly via Amsterdam to Lima. Arriving in the late afternoon, transfer to the 4-star Casa Andina Select Miraflores, located in Lima's modern centre. On Day 2 take a guided tour of Peru's thriving capital which takes in the historic centre of colonial Lima, and includes the church of Saint Francis and the impressive cathedral. Later enjoy a tour of the Larco Herrera Museum, which was founded in 1926 and showcases 3,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history, followed by lunch at the museum's Café de Museo.
Days 3-4To the White City of Arequipa
Departing from Lima the next leg of your adventure is a short internal flight to Arequipa, a striking white-walled city flanked by three beautiful volcanoes. Here you stay in the 4-star Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa, and enjoy a morning sightseeing tour that includes the enormous complex of monastic buildings of the Santa Catalina Convent.
Day 5 - Into Colca ValleyEl Refugio, Colca Valley
Leave Arequipa in the morning, and travel to the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas, where you might be lucky enough to see some delightful vicuñas (Llamas). Your journey takes you up to Volcanoes Pass, from where there are amazing views across the Andes Mountains. The next destination is the Colca Valley, a fertile valley isolated in the middle of the mountains. Stay for two nights at the 4-star El Refugio del Colca, and afternoon arrival allows time for you to enjoy a local mountain walk, or simply to relax and enjoy the hotel's thermal baths.
Day 6 - Condors at Colca CanyonColca Canyon
You travel to Colca Canyon, home to the legendary condor, the bird with the largest wingspan in the world. Stopping at the 'Mirador Cruz del Condor', the perfect viewpoint from which to look 1,200m into the canyon and spot these magnificent creatures soaring on the thermal air currents.
Day 7 - PunoLake Titicaca
This morning continue across the Altiplano landscape to Puno, maintaining an average altitude of 4,500m on a spectacular journey that will take you past the bright-blue Lagunillas Lake and the city of Juliaca. Visit the Sillustani Necropolis, a fascinating archaeological site on the shore of the Umayo Lake, and enjoy a guided tour before continuing to Puno, located on the shores of the immense Lake Titicaca at 3,800m above sea level. Staying at the 4-star Casa Andina Private Collection Puno for this evening.
Day 8 - Lake TiticacaLake Titicaca
Enjoy a fabulous full-day excursion on incredible Lake Titicaca. Cruise across the lake by boat to the Uros floating islands, inhabited by an Aymara tribe whose origins are lost in time. Continue by boat to Taquile, one of the biggest islands in the lake. The island is home to the Aymara, a Spanish-speaking people who live in an almost economically-autonomous community. The excursion ends with an idyllic cruise back across the lake to Puno during the colourful sunset.
Day 9 - Andean Explorer to CuscoAndean Explorer
You spend today on one of South America's most iconic trains, the Andean Explorer, travelling north-west on the route of the Pan-American Highway past the varied scenery of towering mountains and rolling plains. During the 10-hour journey there is a pause at La Raya, the highest point on the route at over 4,200 metres, to visit a local handicraft market.Then onto Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire, where you will stay at the 4-star Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco.
Day 10 - Sightseeing in CuscoPlaza de Aramas, Cuzco
Go on a sightseeing tour of Cusco, visit the historic city centre and the elegant Plaza de Armas, surrounded by colonial buildings and dominated by the majestic Cathedral. Also visit the amazing fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a walled complex overlooking the city, and the Temple of Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) - a site of worship for the Incas, and once the home of 4,000 priests.
Day 11 - Machu PicchuMachu Picchu
Your journey today takes you to the highlight of the tour as you travel on the scenic rail route to Aguas Calientes to visit the 'Lost City of the Incas': Machu Picchu. A winding 8km bus ride takes you all the way up to the lost city itself, where you are greeted by one of the most incredible sights in the world. A local guide explains the fascinating history of this awe-inspiring site that was forgotten for 400 years and remained undiscovered until 1911. Machu Picchu is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, stay here for one night at the El MaPi Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 12 - Machu Picchu to the Sacred ValleyMachu Picchu
A free morning today gives you the opportunity to explore the area further - there are walks available to visit the nearby ruins of Inty Punku or to climb up to the Moon Temple on Wayna Picchu Mountain for views of the entire Machu Picchu ruins. In the afternoon take the train back to Ollantaytambo, and transfer to the 4-star Casa Andina Private Collection Yanahuara, located in the Sacred Valley.
Day 13 - The Sacred Valley of the IncasSacred Valley
Spend the day exploring the valley of the Urubamba River, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo, which is regarded as one of the finest examples of Inca architecture despite never being completed. Continue on to the village of Pisac and take in its grand Inca monuments as well as its colourful traditional market, before visiting Awanacancha with its varieties of Andean camel. Later return to Cusco for two more nights at the Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco.
Day 14 - Cusco at leisureCuzco
You are free to explore this fascinating city at leisure, where the legacies of the Incas and Conquistadors are inextricably entwined. There is much to see and do, whether you are exploring Inca ruins, visiting Colonial churches, bartering in the markets or simply enjoying a coffee on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas.
Days 15-16 - Cusco to LondonFly Home
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and today is the day you fly back via Amsterdam to London Heathrow arriving the afternoon of Day 16. Ready to plan your next exciting and awe inspiring journey across the globe.