The Best of Peru On a Budget

16 Days from £4186 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Culture and Archaeology
Budget

Explore the highlights of Peru at an affordable price in this varied and well-priced tour. Begin with the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest’s Tambopata National Reserve, accompanied by a naturalist guide. Fly to Cusco, once the capital of the mighty Inca empire and now a lively city with a rich mix of Inca and colonial architecture. Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and explore that magnificent architectural testament to their culture. Travel through the magnificent Colca Canyon (reputedly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon) home to the Andean condor, often seen rising on the morning thermals. Experience Peru’s rich pre-Inca culture during a visit to Lake Titicaca. Finish the tour with a visit to Peru’s desert coast and the Paracas National Reserve, home to pelicans, Humboldt penguins, terns, cormorants, sea lions, fur seals, whales and dolphins. You have here a complete Peru programme of great depth and remarkably good value.

Itinerary

Price from £4186 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Evening departure from London and fly overnight to Lima

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Tambopata National Reserve

Early morning arrival in Lima and connect with flight to Puerto Maldonado. Met on arrival and transfer by road and boat to your rainforest lodge.

Staying at Posada Amazonas. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Tambopata National Reserve

Day of guided activities in the surrounding rainforest including visits to the macaw clay click, a canopy tower and excursions on the river and trails. Wildlife could include giant otters, numerous parrots and macaws and several species of primate such as saddleback tamarins and spider monkeys.

Staying at Posada Amazonas. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Cusco

Transfer by boat and road to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Cusco. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Inca Trail: Km 82 to Huayllabamba

Drive from Cusco to the start of the trailhead and begin walking the Inca Trail with your porters, admiring the views, Inca settlements and changing landscapes en route.

Staying at Camping. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Inca Trail: Huayllabamba to Pacaymayo

Continue to hike the Inca Trail, including to the highest point at 4,200 metres.

Staying at Camping. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 - Inca Trail: Pacaymayo to Winay Wayna

Continue to walk the Inca Trail, crossing high passes and visiting small Inca sites en route.

Staying at Camping. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Machu Picchu: end of Inca Trail

Arise before dawn and hike to the Sun Gate for magnificent views as dawn breaks across the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided visit including the residential, religious and agricultural sectors. There is time afterwards to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s Hut or just wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere. Your guide will tell you the story of the rise and fall of the ancient civilisations of the Andes, the tragic end of the Incas, and the unresolved mystery that this ‘lost city’ still remains. Return to Cusco by train in the afternoon.

Staying at Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Colca Canyon

Transfer to the airport and fly to Arequipa. Met on arrival and transfer across the puna to the Colca Canyon.

Staying at Classic Casa Andina Classic Colca. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Colca Canyon

Full day of guided activities in the Colca Canyon. Watch the magnificent Andean condors leaving their roosts and taking to the thermals. The Andean condor has the second largest wingspan of any flying bird and a close encounter with this majesty of the skies will surely leave a lasting memory. While exploring the 4,160-meter deep canyon, include a visit to the 2,000-year-old ancient villages, Uyo Uyo ruins and the amphitheatre where pre-Incas stored their seeds.

Staying at Classic Casa Andina Classic Colca. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Lake Titicaca

Transfer overland to Puno.

Staying at Tierra Viva Puno Plaza. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 12 - Lake Titicaca

Spend a full day exploring Lake Titicaca and visit some of the communities that make the the world’s highest navigable lake their home. Visit the floating islands of the Uros and see how the communities live. Visit Taquile Island, to marvel at past Inca settlements and interact with the communities that live here.

Staying at Tierra Viva Puno Plaza. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Paracas

Transfer to Juliaca airport, and fly to Lima. Met on arrival, transfer to the bus station and take the tourist class bus to Paracas.

Staying at Hotel Emancipador. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Paracas

Visit the internationally important Ballestas Islands by boat to watch thousands of seabirds including Peruvian boobies, Humboldt penguins, and Inca terms, as well as an abundance of sea lions. Return to the mainland to explore Paracas National Reserve, visiting the Julio C. Tello museum with its exhibits of the ancient Paracas culture (500 BC to 200 AD), and explore sheltered lagoons, rugged cliffs and small fishing villages.

Staying at Hotel Emancipador. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Transfer to Lima

Take tourist class bus back to Lima. Met on arrival and transfer to the airport. Fly back to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Lima on Iberia via Madrid, Air France via Paris, or KLM via Amsterdam. Flights are also available via the USA.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Back from Peru, we would like to say how much we enjoyed the trip…The organisation was excellent and the agent looked after us very well.. thank you for the good organisation. What a great country. I plan to go again with my husband.

Mrs J P - London WC1

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Tierra Viva Puno Plaza: -15.839617, -70.028431
Casa Andina Classic Colca: -15.640066, -71.602353
Hotel Emancipador : -13.835673, -76.251493
Posada Amazonas : -12.802218, -69.299800