Day 1: Lima
Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Lima
City tour of Lima for an introduction of the countries rich heritage including a guided visit to the National Museum of Archaeology, the Gold Museum and the Larco Herrera Museum. Return to your hotel.
Day 3: Lima- Caral
Full day's guided visit to Caral, the oldest civilisation in the Americas. Dating back to over 3000BC, this earliest of settlements developed almost simultaneously with the civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China. Full day tour before returning to Lima and your hotel.
Day 4: Lima -Trujillo
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Trujillo. Reception and transfer to your hotel. Free day to explore Trujillo, the third largest city in Peru, at your own leisure.
Day 5: Trujillo - Chan Chan
After breakfast, a guided visit to the metropolis of Chan-Chan, the ancient capital city of the Chimu Empire. It is the largest pre-Columbian city in South America, built entirely of mud and adobe brick. A stop is made at Huaca Dragon to visit this restored, pyramidal shaped adobe temple consecrated to the rainbow, and with beautiful bas-reliefs. A visit to the small nearby archaeological museum concludes the tour. Return to your hotel.
Day 6: Trujillo - Chiclayo
Short journey by bus to Chiclayo. Reception and transfer to your hotel. Trip to the wonderful Brunning museum, housing artefacts from several cultures. Lunch followed by a visit to both the Sipan and Sican museums. The day concludes with a visit to the Tucume complex, where over 26 pyramids are located. Return to your hotel.
Day 7: Chiclayo - Chachapoyas
After breakfast, bus journey to Chachapoyas, the capital of the Amazonas department. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Day 8: Chachapoyas - Utcubamba Valley - Lamud Village
A full day's tour starting in the valley of Utcubamba heading towards the village of Lamud. From here, at a distance, you can see the standing mud coffins of Lamud decorated with anthropomorphic reliefs and with feline paws and human heads. The Sachapuyans, after placing the coffins in these strategic locations on the cliffs, destroyed the paths which led to them thus avoiding any disturbance of their dead. After lunch, return to Chachapoyas.
Day 9: Chachapoyas - Tingo - Kuelap
Early departure from Chachapoyas to Tingo. Ascent to the ruins of Kuelap, the huge fortress dominating the skyline above the Amazonas landscape and hailed as the Machu Picchu of Northern Peru. To get a good view of the whole complex, a climb to the Kuelap watch-tower, where the gigantic outer walls and the whole extension of this former fortress can be fully appreciated. In the afternoon, return to Tingo and then to Chachapoyas. Accommodation.
Day 10: Chachapoyas - Chiclayo
After breakfast, return to Chiclayo by bus. Reception and transfer to the hotel.
Day 11: Trujillo - Huaraz
Trip to Trujillo and onward to Huaraz, the capital of the Peruvian Andes.
Day 12: Huaraz
Arrival early morning. Free day. Opportunity to visit the nearby pre-inca Wilcahuain complex.
Day 13: Huaraz - Chavin de Huantar - Lima
Trip to Chavin de Huantar, site of the oldest pan-andean civilisation dating back to 2000BC. Located on the outskirts of the village of the same name, a tour of the ruins is followed by lunch. The site has many galleries and subterranean tunnels and houses many carved stone figures of anthropomorphic semblances reminiscent of the Maya culture. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture discovered and is known as Chavin-Kotosh. The most remarkable piece of carving is "El Lanzon", a granite carving 4.5 metres in height. Its head is built into the roof of the gallery and its base into the floor, making it immovable. An anthropomorphic figure with feline teeth, it is thought to indicate an important ceremonial, religious artefact. Return to Huaraz where the journey takes you over the continental divide at the high Kawish pass.
Return to Huaraz and then by luxury night bus return to Lima.
Day 14: Lima - Cuzco
Early arrival in Lima. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital. After the one hour flight, reception and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, a guided tour of Cuzco including the cathedral, Qoricancha temple, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco, Qenko and Puka Pukara. Return to the hotel. Dinner in the evening followed by a folkloric show.
Day 15: Cuzco - Sacred Valley
Full-day excursion to Urubamba, the sacred valley of the Incas and to the ancient Inca market town of Pisac. Lunch in Urubamba. A visit will be made to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish. A chance to explore the ruins before returning to Cuzco and the traditional market town of Chinchero. Return to your hotel.
Day 16: Cuzco - Machu Picchu
Transfer to the railway station for the train to Aguas Calientes. Full day's guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Accommodation overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Day 17: Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Opportunity to enjoy a wonderful sunrise over Machu Picchu and some personal time for private reflection. Return to Cuzco in the evening. Reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day 18: Cuzco - Tipon
Trip to Tipon, just south of Cuzco. A walled complex with many stone aqueducts, Tipon is believed to have been a refuge for the Inca hierarchy. Return to your hotel.
Day 19: Cuzco - Puno
Transfer to the railway station for the wonderful trans-altiplano Inca express. Lunch onboard the "Orient Express" of Peru. Reception and transfer to your hotel in Puno.
Day 20: Puno - Lake Titicaca
After breakfast, a tour by boat to the island's of Uros and Taquile on Lake Titicaca. A tour of the reed islands of Uros before continuing to Taquile, where members of this self-supporting island will welcome you and offer a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs. Lunch on the island and an opportunity for some spectacular views over the haunting beauty of Lake Titicaca.
Return to Puno and your hotel.
Day 21: Puno - Juliaca - Lima
Journey towards Juliaca, and an excursion to the Silluastani towers. These ancient funereal towers dating back to pre-inca times are examples of the most ancient cultures found on the altiplano. Transfer to Juliaca airport for the flight to Lima. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Day 22: Lima
Leisurely day with plenty of opportunity for shopping before your transfer to the airport and your return flight home.
Our price Includes:
Price includes international return flights from London, all accommodation in 4 & 5 star hotels with the best 3 star hotels in Chachapoyas and Huaraz, all private tours with entrance tickets, fabulous train journeys including the Vistadome train and all domestic flights in Peru.
Our price does not include:
Meals not specified, airport taxes and travel insurance are not included in the quote.