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Six Faces Of Peru

Discover the different aspects of Peru in the the lost land of the Incas. Temples, lakes, mountains and fascinating local heritage.

From£3,499

  • Peru

  • 17 nights
  • Pioneer

    Sightseeing

  • Apr

    May

    Sep

Moderate

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Moderate

Grade 4 Sightseeing

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Gain a deeper understanding of Peru with guides throughout.
  • Explore Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate and amongst the ruins.
  • Guided tours of Cuzco, Lima, and visit Taquile and floating islands of the Uros Indians.
  • Watch condors fly in Colca Canyon plus walk in the Sacred Valley.
  • Walk, canoe and explore Amazon Rainforest flora and fauna.
  • Specialist local guides throughout the holiday.

Peru offers unsurpassed natural attractions to the traveller.  The terrain is vast and varied, from soaring Andean peaks to the huge depth of the Colca Canyon to the Amazon rainforest. Of the world’s manmade structures, Machu Picchu is surely the most famous of the stunning remains of the pre-Spanish era. The Inca inheritance adds extra dimension and the flora and fauna are as diverse as the scenery. The birdlife is incredible, and Peru offers the chance to see a fantastic number of species.

We start in bustling Lima with time to visit the highlights. We then fly into Arequipa where views are dominated by El Misti (5800m), the dormant but still impressive volcano. The climate here is warm and pleasant all year around. We have time to enjoy the colonial architecture and particularly a trip around the Santa Catalina monastery, dating from 1570. Next, we drive across the altiplano with herds of vicuna and llama grazing beside the road to the arid Colca Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world. Watching condors rising on early morning thermals is not uncommon.

We sail to Lake Titicaca’s unique floating islands and travel out to Taquile Island for probably the best walk of the holiday. The views across Lake Titicaca to the Andes range are as spectacular as any. Cuzco has amazing Inca temples and fortresses, and we visit one of the best Andean markets at Pisac during our stay in the Sacred Valley. The train journey to Machu Picchu is just as breathtaking as the Lost City of the Incas itself.

We fly from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonaldo, where we then continue by boat on the Madre de Dios River for 30 minutes to our jungle lodge for two nights. We will walk, canoe and explore the jungle with an expert local guide for unique insights. A canoe trip on Lake Sandoval offers the chance to spot otters, howler monkeys, macaws and caiman.

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Lima (British Airways)
  • Internal flights (LAN)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken in the hotels or in local restaurants
  • Five lunches
  • English speaking local guide throughout
  • All local transport costs
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Accommodation

We depart from London our direct British Airways flight to Lima. On arrival we transfer to the Lima hotel where we stay for one night. Dinner is not included tonight but the leader will point out options to those that wish to eat.

Transfer Time = 45mins

Day 2

Arequipa

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

After breakfast we will have a day’s sightseeing in Lima including the Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco. We will visit the Larco Museum and take lunch at the museum restaurant. Late afternoon we fly to Arequipa (two nights) situated 2,335m above sea level, the most "colonial" city in Peru. It is a good place to begin our acclimatisation to high altitude. Please note dinner is not included this evening but the town square, a short walk from the hotel, has plenty of eating options. Your tour leader will advise.

Day 3

Arequipa

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    0/100m

This is the desert or arid region, some 600 miles south of Lima. Arequipa is known as the ‘White City’ because many of its buildings have been made from sillar, the white volcanic rock quarried locally. This morning we will take a bus to Carmen Alto for a morning walk. We start walking down from here, to the viewpoint of Yanahuara.  We have a quick stop for some Queso Helado, an Arequipa classic treat. We continue to the Alpaca Workshop: “Mundo Alpaca”. After that we will keep walking to the first “Barrio” of Arequipa, Barrio San Lazaro, where we can appreciate all the architectural beauty of its mansions, temples, museums, theatres and the Plaza de Armas, built of ashlar. In the afternoon, we will visit the monastery of Santa Catalina to see the architecture, art and furniture of a world that has stood still since 1570, hotel is within walking distance of the square so we can return to the hotel on foot. 

Day 4

Colca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning we depart by coach on the road through the magnificent scenery of the high pampa and over the 4,900m Patapampa Pass. This will be the highest altitude we reach on our holiday. This is the place the affects of altitude are most likely to be felt so we will not stop at the pass this time but descend to Chivay village and our hotel for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. On the journey herds of vicuna, lama and alpaca are often seen along with Andean bird life.

Day 5

Colca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

We visit the valley of the Colca Canyon, setting out early in order to see condors. On a good day these huge birds fly astonishingly close. Later we can walk to Cabanaconde village for lunch where we can also enjoy the beautiful view from “The Mirador”. You will visit the typical villages of Pinchollo and Maca, visit the church and the village of Yanque. We will walk to the ruins of Uskallaqta, that are on the way between the villages of Yanque and Chivay.

Day 6

Puno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From Colca we take the road back over the Patapampa Pass and continue to Puno arriving late afternoon for a two night stay. The journey takes about 6hrs. This time, being better acclimatised, we can stop to sample life at high altitude. It is likely there will be patches of snow at the pass. We will stop briefly at in the town of Coporaque. Before arriving at Puno, we will visit the funerary complex of Silustani where you can see a series of impressive tombs, known as ‘chullpas’. 

Day 7

Puno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    180m

Puno lies on a bay of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,827m. It sits amidst bleak, almost treeless countryside, with the peaks of the Cordillera Real in the far distance. The local people have retained many ancient customs, which with the existence of pre-Hispanic and colonial monuments make the area another fascinating region to visit. We will visit the Island of Taquile in Lake Titicaca the home of skilled weavers and knitting men. The walk across Taquile Island for many will be the most spectacular walk of the holiday. It takes about an hour to walk up from the jetty to the town where we can take lunch is a local cafe, we then descend back down to the boat. We also stop to see some of the ‘floating’ islands of the Uros Indians in the lake. 

Day 8

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

We travel by road the 250 miles from Puno through mountainous country to Cuzco (approx. 8 hours) for one night. Today lunch is included in local restaurant on route. Close to Cuzco we stop at Piquillacta for our walk to Huacarpay Lagoon. The area includes four permanent lagoons, a seasonal lagoon and marshes that connect the bodies of water. We visit Cuzco for several reasons not least for its Inca and Spanish colonial remains and the local people who have retained their original clothing and customs but also for the outstanding beauty of the scenery. This region has a strong character of its own. The city is sited at over 3,000m in the Andes. Little is known of its history before the arrival of Pizarro’s rampaging armies. During our stay here we have an opportunity to see the magnificent architecture of the convents and churches.

Day 9

Yucay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    140/540m

We leave Cuzco early and drive out to the Sacred Valley to walk down from the ruins above Pisac into the market, another walk with spectacular views. We descend on a good path but there is some exposure The walk takes about 2hrs at a gentle pace with plenty of time to enjoy and photograph the view. The market in Pisac at the end of the walk is probably the best place to buy local crafts on the holiday. We stay one night in the Sacred Valley.

Day 10

Machu Picchu

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning, we will visit Ollantaytambo, a typical example of the extraordinary urban planning of the Incas. The town offers cobbled and winding streets, the ruins scattered everywhere, and agricultural terraces above. Among the ruins, we will visit the old fortress and the temple, from where we can enjoy magnificent views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Later, we take an afternoon train for Machu Picchu. We travel the 70 miles by train for a night in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (one night) below Machu Picchu. The train journey takes about 90mins through spectacular scenery and is another highlight of the holiday. On arrival in Machu Picchu Pueblo it is short walk to the hotel. Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.

Day 11

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

We have an early start and take minibuses up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the early morning light and a full guided tour of the ruins before the midday crowds arrive. We will have plenty of time to take in the site, undoubtedly one of the wonders of the world. There is a very good reason why Machu Picchu is a world renown tourist site. We should also have time to walk up to the Inti Punku gate. This is the end of the Inca Trail and offers a great view over the site. The walk climbs on a well trodden, if rocky, trail. We catch the early afternoon train back to Cuzco and to our hotel where we stay three further nights.

Day 12

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/250m

We begin with a coach journey to Qenqo 20 minutes outside Cusco, this place of worship is located at what is now known as the Socorro hill. We will start walking down from here, to the viewpoint of Cristo Blanco, this statue is 8 meters high and is located on the Pukamoqo hill (Red Hill), stop for some pictures and keep going to Sacsayhuaman. This is an enormous construction on the outskirts of Cuzco of whose walls Pedro Sancho wrote in 1534: "Spaniards who have seen them say that not even the Bridge of Segovia nor any construction of Hercules or the Romans can be compared to this". It is possible for clients to walk back down to Cusco from Sacsayhuaman for those who would like. Back in Cuzco we will spend time with our local guide taking the myriad city sights.

Day 13

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This is planned as a free day for you to relax or explore Cuzco in more depth. There are plenty of options to consider.

Day 14

Jungle Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We fly from Cuzco down the Andes to Puerto Maldonaldo. We will be welcomed at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and taken to the boat dock on the Tambopata River. Here we board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River. We travel about 30 minutes down river to the landing stage where we disembark. We will walk about 3km (2 miles), stopping to watch birds and butterflies, before reaching another pier where we take boats to the lodge. We navigate the flooded forest of palm trees that leads to Lake Sandoval. The crew will row the boats across to the lodge as engines are prohibited on the lake. Along the way look out for the huge paiche (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220lbs) and the giant otter. After arrival at the lodge and a brief rest, we set out by boat to explore the eastern end of the lake, hopefully encountering hundreds of blue-and-yellow and red-breasted macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. From the boats we should get some great views of the wildlife. We return to the lodge at dusk for dinner. After dinner we take the boat out again, in search of caiman. These can grow up to 4m long. They are now extremely rare in the Amazon but are still common in this protected lake. On clear nights we travel further by boat for a view of the vast southern sky, unobstructed, with its magnificent views of constellations and the Milky Way.

 

Day 15

Jungle Lodge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

Just before dawn we will go out on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise; and hope for an encounter with the giant otters who active at this time of day. Most of the birds that inhabit the lake are also very active. Later we will walk the trail through the understory of primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Chestnut trees that abound here. After lunch we rest for an hour and then explore the west side of the lake where we will have chances to observe different species of monkey. Before dinner there is a video presentation on the Peruvian Jungle. After dinner those who would like will have the opportunity to go caiman spotting on the lake.

Day 16

Lima

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we make a final paddle through palm swamps on the west end of the lake. On the clearer mornings a glorious sunrise and its reflection can be seen in the lake. We return to the Madre de Dios River and head towards Puerto Maldonado and from there on to the airport. From here we fly back to Lima for our last night.

Day 17

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

We have free time in Lima, before transferring to Lima airport and flying direct overnight to London.

Day 18

Travel

We arrive back in the Uk.

From (GBP)£3,499

Departure dates for your selected tour

14th May 2021 - 31st May 2021 (17 Nights)

29th Sep 2021 - 16th Oct 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Flights: Gatwick-Lima (c12hrs 30mins), British Airways.
  • Internal flights (LAN)
  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Your Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Accommodation

We depart from London our direct British Airways flight to Lima. On arrival we transfer to the Lima hotel where we stay for one night. Dinner is not included tonight but the leader will point out options to those that wish to eat.

Transfer Time = 45mins

Day 2

Arequipa

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

After breakfast we will have a day’s sightseeing in Lima including the Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco. We will visit the Larco Museum and take lunch at the museum restaurant. Late afternoon we fly to Arequipa (two nights) situated 2,335m above sea level, the most "colonial" city in Peru. It is a good place to begin our acclimatisation to high altitude. Please note dinner is not included this evening but the town square, a short walk from the hotel, has plenty of eating options. Your tour leader will advise.

Day 3

Arequipa

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    0/100m

This is the desert or arid region, some 600 miles south of Lima. Arequipa is known as the ‘White City’ because many of its buildings have been made from sillar, the white volcanic rock quarried locally. This morning we will take a bus to Carmen Alto for a morning walk. We start walking down from here, to the viewpoint of Yanahuara.  We have a quick stop for some Queso Helado, an Arequipa classic treat. We continue to the Alpaca Workshop: “Mundo Alpaca”. After that we will keep walking to the first “Barrio” of Arequipa, Barrio San Lazaro, where we can appreciate all the architectural beauty of its mansions, temples, museums, theatres and the Plaza de Armas, built of ashlar. In the afternoon, we will visit the monastery of Santa Catalina to see the architecture, art and furniture of a world that has stood still since 1570, hotel is within walking distance of the square so we can return to the hotel on foot. 

Day 4

Colca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning we depart by coach on the road through the magnificent scenery of the high pampa and over the 4,900m Patapampa Pass. This will be the highest altitude we reach on our holiday. This is the place the affects of altitude are most likely to be felt so we will not stop at the pass this time but descend to Chivay village and our hotel for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. On the journey herds of vicuna, lama and alpaca are often seen along with Andean bird life.

Day 5

Colca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

We visit the valley of the Colca Canyon, setting out early in order to see condors. On a good day these huge birds fly astonishingly close. Later we can walk to Cabanaconde village for lunch where we can also enjoy the beautiful view from “The Mirador”. You will visit the typical villages of Pinchollo and Maca, visit the church and the village of Yanque. We will walk to the ruins of Uskallaqta, that are on the way between the villages of Yanque and Chivay.

Day 6

Puno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From Colca we take the road back over the Patapampa Pass and continue to Puno arriving late afternoon for a two night stay. The journey takes about 6hrs. This time, being better acclimatised, we can stop to sample life at high altitude. It is likely there will be patches of snow at the pass. We will stop briefly at in the town of Coporaque. Before arriving at Puno, we will visit the funerary complex of Silustani where you can see a series of impressive tombs, known as ‘chullpas’. 

Day 7

Puno

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    180m

Puno lies on a bay of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,827m. It sits amidst bleak, almost treeless countryside, with the peaks of the Cordillera Real in the far distance. The local people have retained many ancient customs, which with the existence of pre-Hispanic and colonial monuments make the area another fascinating region to visit. We will visit the Island of Taquile in Lake Titicaca the home of skilled weavers and knitting men. The walk across Taquile Island for many will be the most spectacular walk of the holiday. It takes about an hour to walk up from the jetty to the town where we can take lunch is a local cafe, we then descend back down to the boat. We also stop to see some of the ‘floating’ islands of the Uros Indians in the lake. 

Day 8

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

We travel by road the 250 miles from Puno through mountainous country to Cuzco (approx. 8 hours) for one night. Today lunch is included in local restaurant on route. Close to Cuzco we stop at Piquillacta for our walk to Huacarpay Lagoon. The area includes four permanent lagoons, a seasonal lagoon and marshes that connect the bodies of water. We visit Cuzco for several reasons not least for its Inca and Spanish colonial remains and the local people who have retained their original clothing and customs but also for the outstanding beauty of the scenery. This region has a strong character of its own. The city is sited at over 3,000m in the Andes. Little is known of its history before the arrival of Pizarro’s rampaging armies. During our stay here we have an opportunity to see the magnificent architecture of the convents and churches.

Day 9

Yucay

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    140/540m

We leave Cuzco early and drive out to the Sacred Valley to walk down from the ruins above Pisac into the market, another walk with spectacular views. We descend on a good path but there is some exposure The walk takes about 2hrs at a gentle pace with plenty of time to enjoy and photograph the view. The market in Pisac at the end of the walk is probably the best place to buy local crafts on the holiday. We stay one night in the Sacred Valley.

Day 10

Machu Picchu

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning, we will visit Ollantaytambo, a typical example of the extraordinary urban planning of the Incas. The town offers cobbled and winding streets, the ruins scattered everywhere, and agricultural terraces above. Among the ruins, we will visit the old fortress and the temple, from where we can enjoy magnificent views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Later, we take an afternoon train for Machu Picchu. We travel the 70 miles by train for a night in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (one night) below Machu Picchu. The train journey takes about 90mins through spectacular scenery and is another highlight of the holiday. On arrival in Machu Picchu Pueblo it is short walk to the hotel. Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.

Day 11

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

We have an early start and take minibuses up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the early morning light and a full guided tour of the ruins before the midday crowds arrive. We will have plenty of time to take in the site, undoubtedly one of the wonders of the world. There is a very good reason why Machu Picchu is a world renown tourist site. We should also have time to walk up to the Inti Punku gate. This is the end of the Inca Trail and offers a great view over the site. The walk climbs on a well trodden, if rocky, trail. We catch the early afternoon train back to Cuzco and to our hotel where we stay three further nights.

Day 12

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/250m

We begin with a coach journey to Qenqo 20 minutes outside Cusco, this place of worship is located at what is now known as the Socorro hill. We will start walking down from here, to the viewpoint of Cristo Blanco, this statue is 8 meters high and is located on the Pukamoqo hill (Red Hill), stop for some pictures and keep going to Sacsayhuaman. This is an enormous construction on the outskirts of Cuzco of whose walls Pedro Sancho wrote in 1534: "Spaniards who have seen them say that not even the Bridge of Segovia nor any construction of Hercules or the Romans can be compared to this". It is possible for clients to walk back down to Cusco from Sacsayhuaman for those who would like. Back in Cuzco we will spend time with our local guide taking the myriad city sights.

Day 13

Cuzco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This is planned as a free day for you to relax or explore Cuzco in more depth. There are plenty of options to consider.

Day 14

Jungle Lodge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We fly from Cuzco down the Andes to Puerto Maldonaldo. We will be welcomed at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and taken to the boat dock on the Tambopata River. Here we board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River. We travel about 30 minutes down river to the landing stage where we disembark. We will walk about 3km (2 miles), stopping to watch birds and butterflies, before reaching another pier where we take boats to the lodge. We navigate the flooded forest of palm trees that leads to Lake Sandoval. The crew will row the boats across to the lodge as engines are prohibited on the lake. Along the way look out for the huge paiche (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220lbs) and the giant otter. After arrival at the lodge and a brief rest, we set out by boat to explore the eastern end of the lake, hopefully encountering hundreds of blue-and-yellow and red-breasted macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. From the boats we should get some great views of the wildlife. We return to the lodge at dusk for dinner. After dinner we take the boat out again, in search of caiman. These can grow up to 4m long. They are now extremely rare in the Amazon but are still common in this protected lake. On clear nights we travel further by boat for a view of the vast southern sky, unobstructed, with its magnificent views of constellations and the Milky Way.

 

Day 15

Jungle Lodge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

Just before dawn we will go out on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise; and hope for an encounter with the giant otters who active at this time of day. Most of the birds that inhabit the lake are also very active. Later we will walk the trail through the understory of primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Chestnut trees that abound here. After lunch we rest for an hour and then explore the west side of the lake where we will have chances to observe different species of monkey. Before dinner there is a video presentation on the Peruvian Jungle. After dinner those who would like will have the opportunity to go caiman spotting on the lake.

Day 16

Lima

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we make a final paddle through palm swamps on the west end of the lake. On the clearer mornings a glorious sunrise and its reflection can be seen in the lake. We return to the Madre de Dios River and head towards Puerto Maldonado airport. From here we fly back to Lima for our last night.

Day 17

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

We have free time in Lima, before transferring to Lima airport and flying direct overnight to London.

Day 18

Travel

We arrive back in the Uk.

From (GBP)£3,499

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Apr 2021 - 24th Apr 2021 (17 Nights)

1st Sep 2021 - 18th Sep 2021 (17 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Flights: Gatwick-Lima (c12hrs 30mins), British Airways.
  • Internal flights (LAN)
  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Antigua

The Hotel Antigua building dates from 1923. Featuring antiques and original art, the pleasant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and safes. Breakfast served in a chic restaurant. There's a courtyard garden with a fountain to be enjoyed by guests.

Crismar Hotel

Located in the Centro Histórico, Hotel Crismar is a 3-minute walk from both the Basílica Catedral de Arequipa and Plaza de Armas, the main square and a 5-minute walk from the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. Relaxed, simply decorated rooms come with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and minifridges. There's an informal restaurant and a bar. Breakfast is buffet style.

Casa Andina Classic Colca

The Casa Andina Colca Canyon is located in Chivay town a short walk from the Inca Bridge. The rooms are decorated in the local style and offer free Wi-Fi. Other amenities include a planetarium, a massage room and a cosy restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas amongst other things.

Casona Plaza Hotel Puno

The Casona Plaza Hotel is conveniently located one block from the central Plaza da Armas and 2 blocks from the cathedral in Puno. It features comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV, and coffee making facilities. It offers a country-style wine bar filled with artisan art. A breakfast with tropical fruits, natural juices and scrambled eggs is served. Guests can enjoy regional cuisine and an extensive wine list at the restaurant.

Wyndham Cusco Sacsayhuaman

Set on hillside with views of the city, the Wyndham Cusco Sacsayhuaman is 3 km from Cusco Cathedral. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, free Wi-Fi, minibar and flat-screen TV. Amenities include a lobby bar with a fire pit, restaurant that has panoramic city views and an exercise room with hot tub and spa.

Hotel Del Pilar

The Hotel Del Pilar Ollantaytambo has 16 rooms all equipped with Wi-Fi, hot water, Cable TV and private bathroom fitted with showers. Guests can relax with a drink by the fireplace or enjoy a meal at the restaurant with international and local cuisine.

El Mapi Hotel

El Mapi Hotel is set on a street lined with cafes and restaurants, with views of cloud forest. It is a 3 minute walk from Machu Picchu train station. The bright, modern rooms feature Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. A breakfast buffet is included. There’s a relaxed cafe, a sleek bar, and a serene spa offering cloud forest views.

Sandoval Lake Lodge

Sandoval Lake Lodge is located 30 mins along the river from Puerto Maldonado. It is 30m from Sandoval Lake and 200m from the observation tower. Room feature private bathrooms with showers, safety deposit boxes and fans.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Sightseeing Grade 4 holiday. It combines sightseeing around outstanding pre Hispanic sites of which Machu Picchu is the most celebrated example, and walking in the Peruvian Andes. This walking will generally be on good paths with plenty of stops so our local guides can bring to life the significance of what we are seeing. There are plenty of opportunities for walking through beautiful scenery. The walks will be at high altitude, for instance the Taquille walk starts on the shores of Lake Titicaca at about 3800m. The walks will be at a slow pace to take account of the altitude and will typically last a maximum of 3hrs. Paths are generally good underfoot. However they are sometimes stony and steep for short sections so walking poles can be useful.

Walks & Excursions

Each evening, the leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. If you do not wish to join in the planned activities, please let the leader know. 

This holiday is predominantly sightseeing although as most of the sightseeing is done on foot you will still have plenty of opportunities to exercise. We have some excellent walks through stunning scenery but these are generally half-day walks taken at a gentle pace as we will be walking at high altitude. Good examples of the walks are the descent from Pisac Ruins to Pisac Market, a leisurely descent through stunning scenery and ancient ruins, Sacsayhuaman to Chacan and the walk across Taquile Island. These walks will take about 3 hrs. Obviously the visit to Machu Picchu will involve a lot of walking but it could not really be described as a walk. Do not worry unduly about walking at high altitude: we will walk at a slow pace stopping regularly to take in the stunning views. 

Please note: This itinerary has been planned to be busy and full-packed so that you make the most of your time and experience as much as possible. There will be some free time during the tour, for you to explore on your own or relax, and details will be confirmed locally by your leader.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Holiday Currency

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (PEN). US Dollars are also widely accepted in tourist shops. ATMs dispense either Nuevo Sol or US Dollars. It is normally better to pay in Nuevo Sol and you will get a poor exchange paying in dollars.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly with British Airways from London Gatwick direct to Lima and vice versa.

Within Peru we travel by air, rail, small boat and road as per the itinerary above. Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately ten days before departure.

As we travel between eight hotels, and you will have to handle your own baggage, please try to travel reasonably light. You should be able to lift and carry your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels there may be some long walks between the rooms and lobby area, which may include steps. Your luggage should be kept to a maximum of 20kg (44lbs).

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for Peru

For entry into Peru a passport is required which should be valid for 6 months beyond your intended stay. Your passport is often required when checking into hotels and when changing money, so carry it with you on these occasions. It is also an excellent idea to memorise your passport number for the form filling. No visas are required for UK nationals.

Meals

The holiday is on a half board basis with breakfasts and dinners provided in hotels or local restaurants. Meals commence with breakfast on Day 2. Lunch is included on 4 days. Also please note we will provide lunch on Day 2 instead of dinner.

The food is generally excellent with potatoes, beans and rice predominate in the mountains and fish, particularly served raw as ceviche, a Peruvian classic, common on the coast.  Vegetarians are generally well catered for but some patience at mealtimes may be required.

On arrival at hotels you will on occasion be offered a Pisco Sour, the national drink.  It consists of Peruvian Pisco brandy, lime (or lemon) juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and bitters.  It tastes rather like angels crying on your tongue as any Peruvian will tell you.   Please do not confuse Peruvian Pisco with Chilean Pisco, both nations claim the spirit as their national drink.

Hotel Changes

The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Holiday Specific Kit

We recommend that you to pack your clothing and equipment in a strong suitcase or holdall and take a small rucksack to carry those items you will need during the day. You will also require a small bag for the two night trip to the Amazon jungle and for your trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

New regulations on travelling to Machu Picchu mean we are no longer allowed to take suitcases on the train to and from Machu Picchu. Now our main suitcases are left under lock and key in Cuzco and we need an overnight bag for the night in Yucay and the night in Machu Picchu. Apparently there is a weight limit of 5kg for the bag you take on the train to Machu Picchu. This weight limit is not strictly enforced but please pack lightly. The rules for the site at Machu Picchu say that your rucksack should not be more than 20 litres as they want to avoid damage to the site from huge backpackers’ sacks. This is not rigidly enforced if you have a small enough looking pack. The rules also state that you are not allowed to bring walking poles unless you are ‘elderly or infirm’. No precise definition of who falls into these categories is given. If you bring poles they must have rubber ends on them and you should put them inside your rucksack along with your food (which is also banned). No rucksack searches are made.

For visiting the jungle the process is more straightforward. We take all luggage on the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Suitcases are left at the hotel's main office in Puerto Maldonado. You then need your overnight bag for the two nights in the jungle. Our local agent supplies clients with a small bag which is convenient for carrying water, binoculars etc. We pick up suitcases before boarding the plane back to Lima

We also recommend you take a waterproof jacket, trousers, some long-sleeved shirts, warm fleece together with thin jumpers, woollen socks, shorts and lighter summer clothes, swimwear and a towel. Also consider bringing wet wipes, universal sink plug and swimwear. Binoculars are essential for wildlife viewing the jungle. There is no electricity in the Amazon lodge after ten o’clock each night when they turn off the generator so a torch is strongly recommended.

Country Specific Kit

Wildlife and scenery viewing experiences are always improved with binoculars. For seeing a bird in the treetops or picking out some detail on the horizon they are invaluable. If you have a pair, please bring them with you on your holiday. On some holidays it will be appropriate to have them with you all the time. Sometimes you might prefer to avoid carrying the extra weight. Your tour leader will always be happy to advise which days it will be particularly useful to take them.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Peru

Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The following books have been recommended by previous clients:

  • Three Letters from the Andes - Patrick Leigh Fermor, Penguin
  • The Penguin History of Latin America - Edwin Williamson
  • Eight Feet in the Andes - Dervla Murphy, Flamingo
  • The Conquest of the Incas – John Hemmings
  • Inca Kola ~ A Travellers tail of Peru – Matthew Parris

Many local libraries stock a good selection of travel guides/books which may offer you more information on Peru. You may find the following website useful: Peru State Tourism: www.peru.info

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Peru

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Peru.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisation against Rabies, Diphtheria and Yellow Fever.

There is a risk of Malaria in some low altitude regions and a very low risk in other parts of the country. 

Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Peru; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. 

Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.  

You should also be aware of issues associated with travelling at high altitudes. The lower atmospheric pressure at higher altitudes results in less oxygen finding its way into the blood. Problems usually start for most people at around 2,500 to 3,000 metres. If you reach this altitude gradually the body can accustom itself to having less oxygen, and once you are above it if you gain further height slowly you are less likely to have problems. It is important on arrival at destinations at this kind of altitude to rest for a few hours and not to over-exert yourself in the first day or two, as over-exertion can make altitude problems more likely. Local people also swear by coca leaf tea, which you will probably be offered on arrival, as a means of preventing or treating altitude problems. It is harmless and if you drink plenty of it, it will at least help you to avoid dehydration, something else that makes altitude problems more likely, so drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol!) at these high altitude destinations. Anybody who has a medical condition affecting blood circulation or breathing or has any other worries should consult their doctor before departure.

High Altitude

Altitude sickness can affect travellers whose itineraries take them above about 2,500m although some individuals can experience a milder form above about 1,900m. 

Early symptoms include a headache, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and insomnia.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Peru

  • Capital

    Lima

  • Currency

    Nuevo Sol

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -05:00

  • Flight duration

    12hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 90mm

  • February

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • March

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 97mm

  • April

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 53mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • July

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • August

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 19mm

  • September

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 31mm

  • October

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 50mm

  • November

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • December

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

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