Essential Peru

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4.8 Based on 59 Reviews
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7532
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Lima, Peru
  • Ends Lima, Peru
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discover Machu Picchu by train with guided tour
  • Enjoy a homestay on the traditional island of Amantani in Lake Titicaca
  • See Colca Canyon and its soaring condors
  • Wander through the colonial city of Arequipa and the Santa Catalina Convent
  • Drive deep into the Andean highlands and the Apurimac Valley
Start and end in Lima, the "Essential Peru" tour is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 15 days. You will travel through Amantani, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes and 7 other destinations in Peru. "Essential Peru" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Journey through the vastly contrasting visual and cultural landscapes of Peru, including coastal desert, snow-capped Andean peaks, the altiplano and cloud forest. Along the way, visit world-renowned highlights, including: the mysterious Nazca Lines; Machu Picchu; Lake Titicaca, where we spend the night in an island homestay; and the 9,843ft (3,000m) deep Colca Canyon. We also encounter traditional culture, condors, llamas, and a warm welcome from the Peruvian people.
  • Day 1: Start Lima
  • Day 2: Drive south to Paracas and tour the Ballestas Islands; to Ica
  • Day 3: On to Nazca; see the Nazca Lines; optional scenic flight
  • Day 4: Turn inland from coastal desert, climbing high into the Andes
  • Day 5: Drive to Cuzco, visiting Inca sites on the way
  • Day 6: Free day to explore Cuzco
  • Day 7: Train to Aguas Calientes; tour of Machu Picchu
  • Day 8: Free morning or optional second visit to Machu Picchu; afternoon return to Cuzco by train and by road.
  • Day 9: Free day for optional excursions
  • Day 10: Drive to Lake Titicaca, with stops en route; boat to Amantani Island for homestay
  • Day 11: Explore the island; afternoon boat to Puno visiting the floating reed islands
  • Day 12: Drive across the altiplano to Colca Canyon
  • Day 13: Morning condor viewing; afternoon drive past huge volcanoes to the White City of Arequipa
  • Day 14: Morning visit Santa Catalina Convent; afternoon fly to Lima
  • Day 15: End Lima
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
4.8 - Excellent
Based on 59 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jan 12 2020
5 - Excellent
Essential Peru
We were on the same trip as Neil Thomas and agree with everything that Neil has written in his detailed review. One part of the trip that Neil didn't mention was the Nazca Lines. From ground level these look like very... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 19 2019
4 - Very Good
Llamas and Alpacas: Machu Picchu Dreaming
It took me a while to love Peru. It didn't help that our flight from Gatwick was delayed nearly 24 hours, resulting in us missing the first part of the adventure, and then enduring two very long travel days. However, once we... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 26 2019
5 - Excellent
Spectacular scenery and costumes
A very well planned and varied itinerary that takes you up to the high altitude gradually. A lot of travelling but the spectacular scenery takes your mind off the long journeys. Good attention to health and safety throughout. ... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 20 2019
5 - Excellent
Amazing Peru!!
From start to finish this trip ticked all the boxes. Yes it's full on, Peru is a huge country and this holiday maximises your time to visit all the most interesting places and areas. The scenery whilst travelling around is... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Essential Peru tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 25 May 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 May 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Essential Peru tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Essential Peru tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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