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Some of the highlights included are:
- Look out for pelicans, red-footed boobies and even penguins at the Islas Ballestas
- Discover the floating islands of Lake Titicaca
- Observe the giant desert inscriptions that make up the Nazca Lines
- Uncover the beauty of the Sacred Valley and the ruins at Machu Picchu
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- Small Group Journey with maximum group size 16
- All international & internal flights with LATAM Airlines
- 14 nights’ accommodation
- Lima walking tour
- Ballestas Island & Guided tour
- Arequipa walking tour
- San Ignacio Chapel visit
- Santa Catalina Monastery
- Cathedral visit
- Sillustani archaeological site visit
- Chocolate Museum visit & hot chocolate
- Sacred Valley & local community visit and lunch
- Machu Picchu entrance and guided tour
- 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch
- Arrival transfers & all internal transport
Need to know
- Arrives: Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM)
- Time difference: GMT-6
- Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a tourist visa for stays under 6 months
- Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
- Currency: Nuevo sol (PEN)
- Flying time from UK: around 15 hours including stopover
- Plug type: Two prong flat or round blade plug
- Voltage: 220V
Fly from the UK to Lima.
Fly from the UK to Lima.
Sample Peruvian street food at the Central Market before heading to local favourite Alameda de Chabuca Granda, where you can try ‘Picarones’ (a type of doughnut) and a sweet porridge known as ‘Mazamorra Morada’. Finish the day by journeying onto wildlife-rich Paracas, a national park where desert, beach, sky and sea meet.
Lima walking tour
Weather permitting, you’ll set sail for Islas Ballestas, famed for its pelicans, sea lions, flamingos, penguins and red-footed boobies. After getting up close to these majestic creatures, continue onto the 2nd-century town of Nazca. The pre-Colombian geoglyphs that have been carved into the desert floor here are world famous. It is thought the sand etchings were created more than a millennium ago and, from above, reveal a whole range of shapes – from swirls and zigzags to animal outlines. Observe them from the viewing platform or opt for a flightseeing tour if you wish.
Ballestas Island – Guided tour
Flanked by mountains, high-altitude deserts and yawning canyons, it is undoubtedly one of the prettiest cities in Peru. Pay particular attention to the 5,822-metre-high El Misti, a perfect cone volcano which towers over the city. The next day, enjoy a walking tour of Arequipa’s labyrinthine alleyways. You’ll visit the main square, take in the colourful murals of the San Ignacio Chapel and stop off at the Santa Catalina Monastery – which offers a fascinating insight into colonial times here.
Arequipa walking tour San Ignacio Chapel visit Santa Catalina Monastery Cathedral visit
The town of Puno is a fusion of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture and is beloved for its traditional customs, folklore and dances. The next morning, embark of a Lake Titicaca boat tour to visit the floating islands, all of which are unbelievably made from totora reeds. Pick up some local knitted wares on Taquile Island and soak up the majestic views across this magnificent body of water.
Sillustani archaeological site visit
When you reach the former capital of the Inca Empire you’ll have plenty of time to acclimatise to the altitude – and time to realise that there’s more to this pretty town than its close proximity to Machu Picchu. Your tour leader will take you out on a tour of the area, stopping to admire the Qoricancha temple, the San Pedro Market and San Blas Square, to name a few. Also included is a trip to the Chocolate Museum, but the rest of the evening here is to spend at your leisure: perhaps head out in search of some delicious Peruvian food.
Chocolate Museum visit & hot chocolate
Onto the meandering Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River, where you’ll enjoy lunch with a local community before heading to the town of Ollantaytambo. With its storehouses and agricultural terraces, this town offers the photo opportunity.
Sacred Valley – local community visit and lunch
Tucked within a cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu, it is the gateway to this ancient site. Spend the afternoon at your leisure – perhaps soak in the hot springs, admire the lush scenery of the botanical gardens or visit the butterfly house (all optional, extra cost). For the adventurous, there’s also the option to undertake the 1-day Inca Trail (must be pre-booked). On this tour you will visit the Inca ruins of Chachabamba and trek uphill to the Inca sites of Winay Wayna (Forever Young) and Inti Punku (The Sun Gate). From here you can gaze across at Machu Picchu in all its splendour…
They will introduce you to this magnificent site, and give you plenty of time to take photos – although nothing beats seeing it in person. Explore the Inca city as it’s bathed in soft morning light, and embark on your guided tour of the complex. You’ll learn all about the history of this World Heritage-listed gem and have the chance to decide for yourself what its origins are – was it a luxury country retreat for the Incas, a sacred site or an astronomical observatory?
Machu Picchu entrance and guided tour
Visit any sights you missed out on, or take up a tour – your Flight Centre Travel Expert can arrange, cooking, biking and foodie tours for your last day in this city.