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Covering the superlative highlights of Southern Peru from the Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca to the pièce de résistance – Machu Picchu, as well as incredible gastronomy in Lima, this whirlwind itinerary offers several exciting optional excursions including spending the night in a glass pod hanging off a cliff, and a day trip to the rainbow mountains near Cuzco. Besides the luxurious terra firma accommodation throughout, we recommend the 2-night journey on the first luxury sleeper train in South America.

11 DAYS CLASSIC PERU

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

LIMA / AREQUIPA

Explore the bustling metropolis of Lima from colonial architectures to dining at up-and-coming restaurants, all against surreal backdrops of the surrounding volcanoes.

2

DAY

AREQUIPA / COLCA CANYON

Get acquainted with the herds of Guanaco and Alpaca at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Drive along the edge of the Chucura Volcano crater to the Andes Lookout. Head to Chivay, near the Colca Valley.

Optional: Luxury 2-night Train from Arequipa to Cuzco

3

DAY

COLCA CANYON / LAKE TITICACA

Spot the majestic Andean Condor at the Condor Cross Lookout. Make your way through unique landscapes of the high mountain plain to Pampa Cañahuas. Observe the Andean flamingos against the contrasting colours of the Lagunillas. Head to Puno, a city built on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

4

DAY

LAKE TITICACA

Step onto the floating islands of Uros and learn about their heritage and ancestral techniques used to keep the islands afloat. Continue to the Llachon for authentic village walks, weaving activities and local cuisine.

5

DAY

LAKE TITICACA / CUZCO / URUBAMBA

Fly to Cuzco and drive to the Sacred Valley. Visit impressive Inca complexes, discover archaeological site of Pisac and walk through artisan markets.

6

DAY

URUBAMBA / MARAS / MORAY / URUBAMBA

Walk through Moray's stunning circular terraces and Maras' salt pans. For the active, traverse Moray to mars by short hike (approx. 2-3 hrs)

Optional: Overnight in a cliff-hanging glass pod for a one-of-a-kind adventure!

7

DAY

URUBAMBA / OLLANTAYTAMBO / M.P. PUEBLO

Visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo before boarding your train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Nestled amongst rugged forested mountains, explore the spectacular Machu Picchu.

Optional: Short full-day Inca Trail Trek

8

DAY

M.P. PUEBLO / OLLANTAYTAMBO / CHINCHERO / CUZCO

Spend the morning to exploring Machu Picchu at your own leisure. Train back to Ollantaytambo and drive to Cuzco. En route, visit a weaving cooperative. 

9

DAY

CUZCO

Visit the vibrant San Pedro Market and the UNESCO Inca capital of Cuzco. Explore Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, site of many Incan festivals.

Optional: Full-day Cuzco Southern Valley OR  Rainbow Mountain

10

DAY

CUZCO / LIMA

Explore the colonial streets of Lima to the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Indulge at one of the top tables in this widely considered culinary capital of South America.

11

DAY

LIMA

Immerse in the extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in the Larco Museum. Tour the Bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco, known for its artist studios and open-air markets before transferring to the airport. 

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotel B, Lima
Cirqa, Arequipa
Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon
Explora Valley Sagrado, Urubamba
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Titilaka, Lake Titicaca
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