- Natural landmarks sightseeing
- Cultural, religious and historic sites
- Young Adults
- Discover the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the colonial cities of Cuzco and Arequipa
- Have the option to walk the classic Inca Trail, at no extra cost – must be requested at time of booking
- Spend two nights deep in the Amazon
- Visit Lake Titicaca's traditional island communities
- See beautiful Arequipa plus Colca Canyon and its condors
This trip is the perfect introduction to the highlights of one of the most diverse countries in South America. Our journey contrasts the incomparable scenery of the Andes with the lush vegetation of the Amazon Rainforest and the barren coastal desert, as we discover ancient cities, buildings and fortresses of colossal size in settings of amazing beauty. For walking enthusiasts, there is the option to trek the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (at no extra cost), and for wildlife lovers, the Ballestas Islands and the rainforest are sure to impress.
Day 1: Start Lima.
Day 2: Free morning; afternoon city tour.
Day 3: Drive to Paracas, visiting Pachacamac and Pucusana.
Day 4: Sail to Ballestas Islands; continue to Nazca via Ica.
Day 5: Drive along coast then turn inland to Arequipa (2350m).
Day 6: Arequipa city tour, including Santa Catalina Convent.
Day 7: Drive to Colca Canyon.
Day 8: To Colca Canyon; explore and search for condors.
Day 9: Drive via Sillustani to Puno (3800m), by Lake Titicaca.
Day 10: Morning explore Uros floating reed islands; afternoon sail to Taquile island.
Day 11: Drive across the altiplano to Cuzco (3400m).
Day 12: Morning Stand-up Paddle boarding; afternoon cooking class
Day 13: Free day in Cuzco for optional activities
Day 14: Visit Pisac market and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley.
Day 15: Free morning in Ollantaytambo and then travel to Aguas Calientes
Day 16: Morning guided tour of Machu Picchu; afternoon return to Cuzco.
Day 17: Tour of Cuzco and Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
Day 18: Fly to Puerto Maldonado; travel by boat into rainforest; afternoon jungle
Day 19: Jungle exploration by boat and on foot.
Day 20: Fly to Lima; end Lima.
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners included. Additional meals on Inca Trail option.All accommodation All transport and listed activities
- Inca Trail permit (if Inca Trail option selected at time of booking)
- Travel insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request)
- Visas or vaccinations
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Peru Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 13 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 13 September 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Peru Explorer 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.Visa
For this Peru Explorer 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.
What is the best month to visit Peru? Can I visit Peru during the off-season?
The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed for travelers. Find more information here.
Is Peru expensive to visit? How do the ATMs work?
Peru is not expensive for travelers and we recommend it as a top pick for visitors on a budget. Most travelers can get by on USD 30 to USD 40 per day, including transport, accommodation, and food. Tackling the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu are must-do attractions but also relatively costly. ATMs are the quickest way to withdraw neuvos soles, as the country’s currency is called, on the road and visa cards are easily accepted. Many ATMs have an English language option, too. They can be found in some airports, inside banks, and as stand-alone units in major towns and cities. If you are looking for other destinations to visit on a budget, find more information here.
How many days do you need in Peru?
Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks. This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru, however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru.
Do they speak English in Peru?
Spanish is the most-spoken European language in Peru, alongside several local languages like Quechan and Aymara. Those involved in the tourism industry and those in popular destinations such as Lima and Cusco will speak some English, while guides leading tours for English-speaking travelers will have a good hold of the language. However, knowing a few words of Spanish is always useful.
What is considered rude in Peru? What cultural notions should I be aware of?
Personal contact is an important part of Peruvian culture. Not only do Peruvians tend to stand closer to each other than you might at home, but physical contact (especially on one’s arms and back) is also common. You should avoid the desire to step away, as this is considered offensive. Greetings are important, with handshakes along with a few words of greeting being common. Give the elderly your respect if you are young and leave your seat on public transportation for them.