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Discover Peruvian treasures—from colonial Arequipa to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Watch for wildlife off the Ballesta Islands, explore iconic ancient ruins, and marvel at the strange, mysterious beauty of the Nazca Lines. Meet the vibrant people of Lake Titicaca, and delight in views of the Sacred Valley from the comfort of the train to Machu Picchu.
Tour pre-Inca and Inca sites with
expert guides—from the Nasca
Lines to Machu Picchu.
Sample pisco at an Ica Valley
winery, and help a chef prepare
local dishes in Arequipa.
Cruise around the Ballestas Islands,
spotting penguins, sea lions, and
Itinerary - 15 Days
Day 1 — Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Day 2 — Paracas
Travel to Paracas National Park. Relax in this gorgeous seaside spot and sample Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour. (1B)
Day 3 — Ballestas Islands/Nasca
Take a boat to the Ballestas Islands to view sea lion colonies, penguins, and other bird life. Visit the Tacama Winery to learn about Peruvian wine and pisco production. This afternoon, continue southward to mysterious Nasca, with a stop at the Huacachina sand dunes. (1B)
Day 4 — Nasca
Tour a pre-Inca cemetery
in the desert at Nasca to get up close with
1,500-year-old mummies and pottery. Then visit
a traditional pottery studio. Later, sit down for
a pachamanca-style dinner. Opt to take a flight
over the beguiling Nasca Lines.
Days 5 & 6 — Arequipa
Make the full-day drive
down the coastal desert to colonial Arequipa.
The next day, take a city tour, including a visit to
the Santa Catalina convent. Then enjoy a cooking
class led by one of the chefs at a traditional
picantería restaurant. (2B, 2L)
Days 7 & 8 — Cusco/Sacred Valley
Fly to Cusco and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend the next day discovering the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo, an eatery supported by G Adventures. (2B, 1L)
Day 9 — Aguas Calientes
Embark on a
scenic train ride along the Urubamba River to
Aguas Calientes. Opt to visit the town’s hot springs, butterfly house, or botanical garden. (1B)
Day 10 — Machu Picchu/Cusco
the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu
Picchu alongside a local guide. Enjoy free time to
discover the ruins on your own or hike to the Inca
Bridge before returning by train to Cusco. (1B)
Day 11 — Cusco
Enjoy free time in historical
Cusco, with options to visit museums and ruins
or go white-water rafting or paragliding. This evening, look to the stars through the telescopes of the local Cusco
Days 12 & 13 — Puno/Lake Titicaca
scenic views while traveling through the high
Altiplano region to the town of Puno. The next
day, enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca,
visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile.
Also visit the Luquina community and sit down
for a traditional lunch in a home there. Later, make the optional trip to the Sillustani burial towers. (2B, 1L)
Day 14 — Lima
Fly to Lima for our final night.
Opt to visit a museum or enjoy free time to
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $899
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. The following optional activities are
at an additional cost: flight over the Nasca Lines,
Aguas Calientes hot springs visit, excursions in
Cusco, and museum visit in Lima.
Meals Included 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches,
1 dinner. Allow an additional $455–595 for meals
Transportation Private van, plane, train, boat
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.