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
Machu Picchu view and mountains
Woman walks through cloth market
Rock arch over section of ocean
Straw Lake Titicaca boat sits near village
Paragliders over Lima, Peru

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

Summary

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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Tour Highlights

  • 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

Included

  • 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

Peru flag in front of yellow building

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

Day 12Full Day Machu Picchu Tour

Day 13Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes

Day 14Cuzco City Tour & Dinner Show

Day 15Return to Lima & Lima City Tour

Estimated Tour Price Without Flights

Prices vary according to several factors including: season, number of people traveling, shared vs private excursions, when you book and rooming arrangements. These are from prices based on low season.

We can customize anything for any time of year! Contact us for an exact quote for your trip.

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Hotel
Luxury

From 5555 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
  • Arequipa Hotel Libertador Arequipa
  • Colca Valley Casitas del Colca
  • Cuzco JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
  • Lima JW Marriott
  • Nazca DM Hoteles Nasca
  • Paracas Paracas Luxury Collection
  • Puno Hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Hotel
Superior+

From 4160 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Premium
  • Colca Valley Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca
  • Cuzco Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
  • Lima Estelar Miraflores
  • Nazca DM Hoteles Nasca
  • Paracas Aranwa Paracas
  • Puno Casa Andina Premium
  • Sacred Valley Aranwa Sacred Valley
Hotel
Superior

From 3540 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Select
  • Colca Valley Colca Lodge
  • Cuzco Novotel
  • Lima Estelar Miraflores
  • Nazca Casa Andina Classic
  • Paracas La Hacienda Bahia Paracas
  • Puno Sonesta Posadas del Inca
  • Sacred Valley Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
Hotel
Standard

From 2890 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes El Mapi
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Standard
  • Colca Valley Mama Yacchi
  • Cuzco Terra Andina
  • Lima Allpa
  • Nazca Casa Andina Classic
  • Paracas San Agustin
  • Puno Casa Andina Standard
  • Sacred Valley Pakaritampu
Hotel
Luxury

From 5800 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
  • Arequipa Hotel Libertador Arequipa
  • Colca Valley Casitas del Colca
  • Cuzco JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
  • Lima JW Marriott
  • Nazca DM Hoteles Nasca
  • Paracas Paracas Luxury Collection
  • Puno Hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Hotel
Superior+

From 4400 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Premium
  • Colca Valley Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca
  • Cuzco Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
  • Lima Estelar Miraflores
  • Nazca DM Hoteles Nasca
  • Paracas Aranwa Paracas
  • Puno Casa Andina Premium
  • Sacred Valley Aranwa Sacred Valley
Hotel
Superior

From 3580 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Select
  • Colca Valley Colca Lodge
  • Cuzco Novotel
  • Lima Estelar Miraflores
  • Nazca Casa Andina Classic
  • Paracas La Hacienda Bahia Paracas
  • Puno Sonesta Posadas del Inca
  • Sacred Valley Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
Hotel
Standard

From 2920 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes El Mapi
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Standard
  • Colca Valley Mama Yacchi
  • Cuzco Terra Andina
  • Lima Allpa
  • Nazca Casa Andina Classic
  • Paracas San Agustin
  • Puno Casa Andina Standard
  • Sacred Valley Pakaritampu
Hotel
Luxury

From 6650 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
  • Arequipa Hotel Libertador Arequipa
  • Colca Valley Casitas del Colca
  • Cuzco JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
  • Lima JW Marriott
  • Nazca DM Hoteles Nasca
  • Paracas Paracas Luxury Collection
  • Puno Hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Hotel
Superior+

From 5240 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Premium
  • Colca Valley Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca
  • Cuzco Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
  • Lima Estelar Miraflores
  • Nazca DM Hoteles Nasca
  • Paracas Aranwa Paracas
  • Puno Casa Andina Premium
  • Sacred Valley Aranwa Sacred Valley
Hotel
Superior

From 3765 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Select
  • Colca Valley Colca Lodge
  • Cuzco Novotel
  • Lima Estelar Miraflores
  • Nazca Casa Andina Classic
  • Paracas La Hacienda Bahia Paracas
  • Puno Sonesta Posadas del Inca
  • Sacred Valley Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
Hotel
Standard

From 3075 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Aguas Calientes El Mapi
  • Arequipa Casa Andina Standard
  • Colca Valley Mama Yacchi
  • Cuzco Terra Andina
  • Lima Allpa
  • Nazca Casa Andina Classic
  • Paracas San Agustin
  • Puno Casa Andina Standard
  • Sacred Valley Pakaritampu
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