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The Essence of Peru Tour
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Buildings and mountain of Arequipa, Peru
Travelers look at valley from viewing platform near Machu Picchu
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The Essence of Peru Tour

The Highlights of Peru: Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Nazca Lines, Arequipa & Lima

15 Days / 14 Nights
From 2890
* flights not included


Historic Lima, the Ballestas Isles (the ‘Galapagos of Peru’), Nazca Lines, the white city of Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, mystic Cuzco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: this is THE classic highlights of southern Peru. Winding up the Andes, the gradual climb allows for easier adaption to the altitude, with each day’s highlights exceeding the last’s.

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Embark on a two-week journey to the Land of the Incas, where the remnants of their magnificent civilization continue to capture the imagination. Starting in the City of Kings, Lima, you’ll learn about the history of the Spanish conquistadors. Journey into the heart of Peru, visiting the mysterious Nazca Lines, the beautiful bay of Paracas, the mythical Lake Titicaca, and of course, the city in the sky, Machu Picchu.

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  • Lima, Arequipa & Cuzco City Tours

  • Paracas Bay Beach Resort

  • Ballesta Islands Cruise

  • Nazca Lines Overflight

  • Colca Canyon & Condor Mirador

  • Lake Titicaca & Floating Islands

  • Tour of Machu Picchu


  • 14-Nights accommodations
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
  • All tours, transfers, entrance fees, and train rides/bus transportation
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Day 1Arrive in Lima, the City of Kings

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Upon arrival at the Lima airport, you will be greeted by one of our travel representatives and transferred to your Lima hotel. Spend the day at your leisure exploring the fascinating, sprawling capital of Peru. You can also take this chance to try the delicious Peruvian cuisine at one of the local restaurants since Lima is known as the gastronomic capital of South America.

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Day 2Lima to Paracas Bay

Day 3Ballestas Islands & Ica Tour

Day 4Nazca Lines Flight & Transfer to Arequipa

Day 5Arequipa City Tour

Day 6Transfer to the Colca Canyon

Day 7Colca Valley Tour & Cruz del Condor

Day 8Arrival in Puno

Day 9Uros Floating Islands & Sillustani Ruins Tour

Day 10Transfer & Tour from Puno to Cuzco

Day 11Sacred Valley: Pisac Market & Inca Ruins