- Visit the Ballestas Islands wildlife preserve, where you will encounter sea lions, penguins, cormorants, and an abundance of other birds and marine life.
- Tour Colca Canyon, a dramatic cleft offering unmatched views.
- Journey to Titicaca, the largest freshwater lake in South America. Snow-capped peaks make for a dramatic backdrop against deep blue waters and picturesque ruins.
- Visit Cusco, a city high in the Peruvian Andes. Formerly the capital of the vast and mighty Incan Empire, Cusco is host to impressive archaeological sites. Characterized by Spanish colonial architecture, mountainous vistas, and thriving modern culture with ancient historical roots, it is indeed a city like no other.
- Explore Machu Picchu and immerse yourself in the history of a civilization like no other.
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners.
- 3-Star Hotels, guest houses
- Full Guide Service and entrance fees
Imagine a journey deep into the heart of the Inca Empire, walking in the footsteps of the
Have you ever dreamt of exploring the ancient ruins of a lost civilization? Your Escape to Peru
will take you on an unforgettable tour through the Sacred Valley, the main artery of commerce
and life for the ancient Inca Empire.
You’ll also have the chance to journey 2,430 meters above sea-level to the dramatic forested
slopes of the Andes Mountains. We will take you along the same ancient trails that have guided
the steps of pilgrims, tourists, and locals for hundreds of years.
From there, you can explore one of the world’s most famous and celebrated historical sites, the
terraced ruins of the ancient and mysterious Machu Picchu.
All from $3,495 per person.
Ready To Go?
Your Escape to Peru adventure begins the moment you disembark at the airport in Lima!
Once you arrive at your hotel, you will meet with your tour assistant. Your assistant will review the itinerary for the next few days with you. They will also guide you to the restaurants, amenities, and attractions available to you in Lima.
You are free to explore Lima that first night on your own, but feel free to ask your assistant any questions you may have or ask for recommendations. They are there to help make your trip as exciting and enjoyable as possible.
We’ll arrive in Pisco early in the day so you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore at your leisure. Take the opportunity to walk around town, explore the historical sites, try the incredible local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding nature.
Pisco is home to the Paracas culture, a thriving pre-Incan civilization that lasted from around 900 BC until about 200 AD. The culture gives its name to the Paracas region.
Pisco is the staging point for your journey to Ballestas Island, so at 6:30, we will meet up at the hotel to discuss tomorrow’s tour through Peru’s most famous wildlife refuge.
Many of our tour participants cite this as one of the major highlights of their Peruvian adventure! If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you will be blown away by the living wonder of the Ballestas Islands refuge.
Ballestas showcases spectacular biodiversity. The place is home to more than 160 species of marine birds— including cormorants, boobies, pelicans, and Humboldt penguins. You’ll also get to enjoy close encounters with sea lions and other marine mammals. Be sure to bring your camera! Even if you’re only a casual wildlife photographer, you’re bound to want to take some unbelievable shots of this fantastic place.
After your tour of Ballestas Island, we will drive to the desert oasis of Huacachina. Huacachina is a gem—a glittering emerald lagoon surrounded by palm trees and huarangos (carob trees in case you’re wondering).
Stretching around this little peaceful oasis are miles of dunes. As for activities, you can take a ride in a dune buggy, go sandboarding, or just relax around the lagoon! How you spend your evening is up to you! At 10 pm, we take the bus to Nazca, where we will spend the night.
Fans of anthropology and the occult alike will be fascinated by the next stop. The Nazca Lines are a series of enormous ancient glyphs spanning the Nazca Desert. There are more than 70 glyphs in total, and while some are simple designs, others are quite elaborate portrayals of animals like monkeys, lizards, and spiders. No one is sure who made these designs (or why), but most scholars believe they originated with the Nazca people between 500 BC and 500 AD. Thanks to the windless desolation of the plateau, these designs have been remarkably preserved across the ages.
Want to know the best part? You get the best possible view of the Nazca Lines because we take you overhead on a scenic flight! This is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience like no other.
Just 30 km from Nazca, we will land and embark on an expedition to the archaeological cemetery of Chauchilla. Thousands of graves here have been opened here by robbers, which is a tragedy for archeologists, but it does provide you with an amazing chance to view of the skeletons, broken pottery, and other artifacts left behind.
At 10 pm, we will take the bus to Arequipa. We will remain on the sleeper motorcoach overnight.
We will spend the entire fifth day exploring Arequipa! Arequipa is the third most populated city in Peru. The backdrop of the town is dominated by three awe-inspiring volcanoes, and the city itself was constructed from volcanic rock. Founded by the Spanish Conquistadors in 1540, Arequipa offers unparalleled examples of Spanish colonial architecture and native building techniques.
While in Arequipa, you can opt to tour the city, or take a hike up Volcano Misti. You can also try out the delicious local cuisine, go shopping, or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
At 18:30, we will meet at the hotel to talk about what’s next before we retire for the night.
Colca Canyon and Mirador Cruz del Condor
If the natural beauty of Peru’s scenery is what drew you to this South American adventure, days 6-7 will likely be your favorites! In the morning, our tour guide will meet you at your hotel for a 6-hour bus ride to Chivay, a picturesque little town near Peru’s famed Colca Canyon. Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and the distance from top to bottom is more than 3,993 meters in some areas. The open space is vast and indescribable, and you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of this natural wonder.
In the afternoon, we will explore Chivay itself. You can also choose to relax in the hot springs of Calera (for an additional fee). We’ll spend the night in Chivay, and the next day we will take the bus to Mirador Cruz del Condor. This is the most famous view of the canyon and a spectacular place to behold the Andean condors that give the area its name in flight. After visiting Mirador Cruz del Condor and the nearby villages along the canyon’s edge, we will return to Arequipa for another night.
Ready To Go?
We’ll get an early start in the morning and disembark from the Arequipa bus terminal for a six-hour ride to Puno. On the journey, you’ll behold spectacular views of the mountains surrounding Arequipa as well as the flatlands of Puno and Lake Titicaca.
You’ll experience all eight of the natural regions of Peru on your journey. When you arrive at the Puno bus station, we’ll be there to pick you up and drive you to the hotel.
At 18:30, we’ll brief you on the next leg of your trip before you retire for the night.
This is another of the big highlights of your Peruvian adventure! We will travel by private car for Lake Titicaca for an unforgettable two-day experience where we will visit the Uros floating islands, constructed entirely out of reeds.
We will then take a boat trip to the Peninsula of Capachica. Here you will be able to walk along an ancient Incan trail which has been beautifully preserved, and you’ll experience many of the same sights and sounds the Inca would have experienced on their journeys. Along the way, you will be able to look out across some incredible views of Lake Titicaca. Imagine it, the beautiful blue waters, the vast open sky, the snow-capped peaks, and the stark beauty of a high-altitude wilderness like no other. You get to eat a relaxing picnic lunch by the lake while basking in the picturesque splendor of your surroundings. After that, we’ll take a motorboat to Ticonata Island.
Ticonata Island is an extraordinary place. About twelve years ago, the natives were almost entirely gone; there were only a couple of families still living there. Thanks to a community project, a dozen families now reside on the island and teach visitors about the ancient traditions of the Ticonatas. It’s perhaps worth mentioning that only a few visitors are permitted on the island at any one time, so this is a truly unique opportunity.
After you have settled in, you can take a short hike to the top of the hill where you will see an ancient ritual site the locals still use. The hill provides a stunning view of the sunset, so be sure to bring a camera. After sunset, you’ll get to enjoy an authentic dinner and watch native dances performed by the islanders around a traditional bonfire. This is a fantastic chance to get a genuine, personal insight into the culture and traditions of this unique group of people.
On the second day, we’ll enjoy a traditional breakfast and then take the boat to Amantani Island. This 2-3 hour ride offers incredible views of the lake. Once we arrive, we’ll get to meet the natives of Amantani Island. There are many easy, relaxing walks you can take around the village and the surrounding area. You’ll eat lunch at a local house and have a chance to learn about the area, and it’s people firsthand.
Finally, the boat will return us to Puno, concluding the Lake Titicaca experience. From there, we will proceed to Cusco.
Now comes another of the most exciting highlights of your Peruvian journey, a visit to Cusco! We will pick you up from the hotel early in the morning and drive you to the bus station in one of our private vans. The ride to Cusco is a beautiful six-hour trip through some of the most unique scenery you will ever behold. You’ll get to enjoy more views of the flatlands surrounding Lake Titicaca, transitioning into the soaring peaks of the Andes. At the highest point in the ride, you’ll reach La Raya at 4,313 meters above sea level.
Once you arrive at the Cusco bus station, we’ll pick you up in our private vehicle and drive you to your hotel. After you settle in, you’ll meet with your tour guide. We’ll show you around the city and introduce you to the best that Cusco has to offer! Don’t worry—you’ll get time to explore on your own tomorrow.
Day Off in Cusco
Cusco is too remarkable a city to just pass through without exploring. That’s why we’re giving you the entire twelfth day to explore the city at your leisure. You pick the pace and the activities. Shop, eat or check out the surrounding countryside. There are plenty of rafting, horseback riding, and biking tours available for an additional fee! At 18:30, meet back up at the hotel for a briefing on tomorrow’s tour of the Sacred Valley.
Sacred Valley, Pisaq, and Ollantaytambo
Now comes the most exciting part of the tour for ancient history buffs: a tour through the heart of ancient Incan civilization!
After breakfast, your tour guide will drive you to the Sacred Valley in our private car. Along the way, you’ll see stunning valley views and the lovely Andean villages of Taray, Qorao, and Huancalle. We’ll stop at some “miradors” (viewpoints) along the route to Pisaq. You’ll behold the mighty Urubamba River and the snow-capped peaks rising 5,000-6,000 meters.
In Pisaq, you will explore the archaeological site of Pisac, including the famous Intihuatana (The Hitching Post of the Sun), a protruding rock used as a calendar or clock by the ancient Incans. You’ll also get to see the Incan agricultural terraces, many of which are still used for farming today. Following that, you will have the opportunity to shop for traditional Andean wares in the market. Around noon, we’ll drive to Ollantaytambo. We’ll stop for a buffet lunch in a gourmet restaurant along the way.
Ollantaytambo is an impressive site. There is still a traditional town here today, as well as the ancient ruins of the royal estate of Emperor Pachacutec. The estate includes beautifully preserved bathhouses, temples, storehouses, quarries, and fortifications. When the Spanish conquered Peru, it served as the base of the resistance leader, Manco Inca. Many of the people living in Ollantaytambo today still occupy the houses their ancestors resided in generations before.
Following a guided tour of Ollantaytambo, we will take a train to Aguas Calientes, the staging post for your journey to Machu Picchu. This ride takes an hour and 45 minutes.
Your magical journey to Peru culminates in a trek to famous Machu Picchu. The bus ride from Aguas Calientes is only 30 minutes, leaving you the rest of the day to explore. No one knows for sure what Machu Picchu’s purpose was to the ancients, but its significance is undisputed. During the tour, your guide will share history and theories with you. Once the tour is complete, you’ll be free to wander around the ruins at your own pace. You can choose to hike to the nearby dramatic viewpoint of the Sun’s Gateway, take an easier stroll to an ancient drawbridge, or just lose yourself in the history and wonder of this ancient city and its beautiful terraces.
When the day concludes, we’ll take the train back to Cusco.
Lima and Home
On the final day of your tour, we will return to Lima for your return flights home. If your flight departs in the evening, we’ll set up a city tour for you or give you suggestions for shopping and dining within the city.
Ready to embark on a two-week vacation to Peru and create memories that last a lifetime? Let’s get started now!