On this thrilling journey through the wonders of Peru, you’ll experience the very best the country has to offer; from Lake Titicaca through the heart of the Inca Empire to the captivating Machu Picchu.
Our Panoramic Peru tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Visit the incredible old Incan city of Machu Picchu
Experience the culture and colours of Lake Titicaca
Take a walk around Peru's spectacularly situated and beautiful second city
Spot condors - the biggest flying birds on Earth - at the magnificent Colca Canyon
Our Authentic Experiences Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Browse the colourful produce at a market, taking a selection of fresh ingredients to the house of a welcoming local family where you will use them as part of a cooking class, preparing a delicious regional dish.
Visit the indigenous Uros people, a community who live on floating islands made of reeds on the waters of Lake Titicaca, and spend some time learning about their fascinating culture.
Learn all about the subtle flavours of 'Pisco', Peru's national beverage and tipple of choice, at a tasting in Lima.
Fly to Peru's historic capital Lima, arriving the same day. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before an evening welcome dinner where you will have your first taste of Peruvian cuisine.
Originally named the 'City of Kings', you will enjoy a tour of Peru's capital today. Start the morning with a stroll through the colourful fruit market, tasting tropical juices along the way, before heading to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre to admire its colonial magnificence. Later, visit the ancient ceremonial centre called Huaca Pucllana an archaeological centre. Later this afternoon head on a walking tour to Barranco followed by a culinary highlight of Pisco tasting and dinner.
Fly to Cusco. Transfer to the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes. Stop at a small and scenic town otherwise hidden in the Peruvian Andes, to learn from a member of the local families all the intricacies of traditional iconography. At the end of the tour, transfer to your hotel in Sacred Valley.
Begin in the charming town of Pisac, visit the colourful market to mingle with the locals and browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts. After tour the Potato Park to learn about the unique process of potato cultivation, and see the beautiful flora and fauna of Peru! Travel to the Chawaytire community and have a tasty lunch made from local products and the native potatoes. After lunch visit Ollantaytambo to see the well preserved Incan houses and explore the old fortress.
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 ancient city of Machu Picchu. Long abandoned by the Inca, Machu Picchu came to international attention when it was stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911. It is now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the small town of Aguas Calientes, visit the thermal baths for a relaxing soak or purchase a second entrance to visit Machu Picchu again. In the afternoon take the train back to Poroy and transfer to Cusco.
Home to an incredible Incan legacy, Cusco has some of the richest heritage in Latin 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'. This afternoon there is the option to take part in a chocolate-making tour.
Travel from Cusco to Puno, journeying through the spectacular Peruvian highlands on board a train that offers four dining cars, a bar car and an observation car. Along the way you will enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared with exquisite Andean ingredients and there will be music and dance shows on board.
Journey by boat across Lake Titicaca to the floating islands of Uros, which are constructed entirely from reeds. Spend some time exploring and meeting the local Uros people before continuing to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taquile. Once a stronghold of the Inca, you'll find wonderful textiles here. After your tour of the island, head back to Puno.
Today start early to travel towards Chivay village, passing through Lagunillas and Tocra along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for flamingos, Andean ducks and llamas. Reach Pata Pampa at 4,820 metres altitude, where you can admire the volcanoes of Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca and Mismi (the source of the Amazon River), as well as views of the Cordillera Chila. Once in Chivay, enjoy the view of the terraces of the Colca Valley before bathing in the natural hot springs.
Depart Colca and travel to Arequipa. En route, head to Condor Cross where the views of the Colca Canyon are breathtaking – keep an eye out for a condor or two gliding on the thermals. You'll also visit several of the valley's villages and viewpoints. On arrival, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Peru's spectacularly situated second city is surrounded by volcanoes and boasts beautiful colonial architecture. Start the day exploring 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. Continue to San Camilo market to buy ingredients which, with the help of a local family, you will use to cook a local dish before sitting down to enjoy lunch together. Catch a flight back to Lima, with a farewell dinner this evening.
Fly to New Zealand, arriving home two days later.
Places Visited: Lima (2N+1N) - Cusco (2N) - Sacred Valley (2N) - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (1N) - Machu Picchu - Puno (2N) - Colca (1N) - Arequipa (1N)
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