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Peru Uncovered

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$3525

Days

14

Operated by Contiki
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Day 1

Lima

A new day, a new country! Spend your morning marvelling at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bones or catacombs.

Day 1
Decorated Church in Lima

Hit the Barranco district this afternoon to get a feel for its bohemian ambiance. A stroll over the Bridge of Sighs is also a must!

Day 1
Bridge of Sighs

Day 2

Arequipa

A city tour of Arequipa will gets us orientated, taking in highlights including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Plaza de Armas

Day 2
Plaza de Armas in Arequipa

Racoto Relleno (stuffed hot peppers) and Chupe de Camarones (crayfish chowder) are both on the menu, and after a busy day exploring this ancient city, we’ll sure be deserving of a feast.

Day 3

Colca Canyon

Waving farewell to Arequipa this morning, we’ll pass through Salinas and Aguada Blanca national reserve on route to one of the world’s deepest canyons.

Day 3
Road through Salinas & Aguada Blanco National Reserve

After a journey of windswept landscapes, sandstone cliff & stops for hot coca tea, we will arrive at the highest point of our entire journey, which at 4910 metres/16,108ft above sea level.

Day 4

Puno

The majestic view of the Colca Canyon never ceases to impress, and we know you’ll leave feeling like you’ve witnessed something truly special.

Day 4
Colca Canyon Road
Day 4
Colca Canyon Overlook

Yet more natural beauty will be dished up this afternoon as we pull in to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 4
Aerial View of Puno, Peru
Day 4
Lakeside Hostel in Puno

Day 5

Puno

Jumping in a triciclo (a three-wheeled bike taxi) we’ll bump our way down to the port and get our first taste of life on the Lake (fun fact – Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest freshwater lake). Our boat ride will take us first to Taquile Island.

Day 5
Lake Titicaca
Day 5
Archway on Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

After exploring, we’ll then jump back on the boat and make for the Uros Islands, or as they’re more commonly called, the floating islands

Day 5
Floating Islands of Uros at Lake Titicaca

Here, we’ll hang with locals, visit a fish farm and even explore the local museum (yes, on an island made from reeds).

Day 6

Cusco

Hitting the road again we’ll journey through the snow-capped surrounds of La Raya, stopping for lunch in the town of Sicuani.

Ancient Incan culture suggest that the Raqchi ruins are sacred for their powerful healing waters. Your entry tickets on us, and our local guide will paint the full picture as we explore the ruins.

Day 6
The Wiraqocha Temple in Raqchi
Day 6
Ruins of Raqchi or Temple of Wiracocha

Our final leg of the day lands us in Cusco, the hub of ancient Incan culture, for an evening of exploration and maybe even some after dark antics, Cusco style.

Day 7

Cusco

Today it's sun up 'til sun down in Cusco. Shop for artisan jewellery and woodworks, roam the cobble-stone streets or just stroll the San Pedro markets.

Day 7
San Pedro Market Stalls

Day 8

Sacred Valley

Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these furry favourites.

Day 8
Overlook the Sacred Valley
Day 8
Get up and close with some llamas!

Witness the ancient Incan art of weaving in practise by a group of talented local artisans.

Day 8
Observe Incan weaving from local artisans

Our explorations of the Sacred Valley will begin with a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins.

Day 8
Overlook the Ollantaytambo Ruins

The town of Ollantaytambo may be small in geographical terms, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude, with artisan shops and cafes spilling out onto streets, and the roaring Urubamba river.

Day 8
Stand over the Lower Urubamba River

Day 9

Aguas Calientes

For those embarking on our epic 1 day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. Descending into the site we’ll take in Wayana Picchu 'Little peak' – the iconic peak you’ll have seen in every picture ever – marvelling at the incredible handiwork of the ancient Incas.

This afternoon we’ll hop on the train to Aguas Calientes, a cute town in its own right complete with roaring river, quaint bridges and local haunts, but most famously known as the gateway town to Machu Picchu.

Day 9
Looking down on Aguas Calientes

Day 10

Machu Picchu & Cusco

Excitement levels at an all-time high, the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – it’s Machu Picchu time!

Day 10
Conquer Machu Picchu

We’ll be treated to a guided tour of the site taking in such wonders as the Temple of the Three Windows and Wayana Picchu. And of course you’ll have some alone time to explore the area as only you can do

Day 10
Room of the Three Windows
Day 10
Personally explore Wayana Picchu

Back on the train we’ll de-brief on our once-in-a-lifetime experience as we head back to Cusco. Now you’ve got you’re bearings you can really get lost amongst the market stalls and cobbled streets.

Day 10
Plaza de Armas in Cusco

Day 11

Cusco

Grab a lie in at the hotel then sip fresh mountain coffee in the Plaza de Armas, or maybe take a stroll around town to pick up an alpaca sweater.

Day 11
Coffee break in the Plaza de Armas

Day 12

Jungle Lodge

Saying a final farewell to Cusco, we’ll hop on our included flight over the Andes to the city of Puerto Maldonado. With the sound of macaws and toucans welcoming us in, this can only mean one thing…it’s jungle time.

Day 12
Aerial View of the Andes Mountains

A quick tour of the city will reveal colourful fruit stalls, open air markets and locals going about their day.

We’ll work up a pre-dinner appetite by hiking to the canopy tower, then after a tasty home-cooked dinner. Tonight, you'll fall asleep in your open-walled room to the exotic sounds of the surrounding jungle.

Day 12
Canopy Tower in the Amazon
Day 12
Sunset View from Jungle Lodge

Day 13

Puerto Maldonado

Our morning catamaran cruise will have us spotting prehistoric hoatzin birds and giant river otters. The rest of the afternoon is all yours – canopy climbing or kayaking ticking any of the boxes?

Day 13
Jungle Kayaks
Day 13
Get close with Giant River Otters
Day 13
Canopy Climbing
Day 13
Become Engulfed by the Jungle

Tired and hungry after another adventure filled day, we’ll head back to Puerto Maldonado to make camp for the night.

Day 14

Lima

Today our Peruvian encounter comes to an end, you'll be leaving with countless memories and a whole army of new friends.

Day 14
Friendships for life!

We'll arrive back in Lima where our trip ends on arrival.

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Peru Uncovered

from

$3525

Days

14

Operated by Contiki
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Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

A new day, a new country! Spend your morning marvelling at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bones or catacombs.

Day 1
Decorated Church in Lima

Hit the Barranco district this afternoon to get a feel for its bohemian ambiance. A stroll over the Bridge of Sighs is also a must!

Day 1
Bridge of Sighs

Day 2

Arequipa

A city tour of Arequipa will gets us orientated, taking in highlights including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Plaza de Armas

Day 2
Plaza de Armas in Arequipa

Racoto Relleno (stuffed hot peppers) and Chupe de Camarones (crayfish chowder) are both on the menu, and after a busy day exploring this ancient city, we’ll sure be deserving of a feast.

Day 3

Colca Canyon

Waving farewell to Arequipa this morning, we’ll pass through Salinas and Aguada Blanca national reserve on route to one of the world’s deepest canyons.

Day 3
Road through Salinas & Aguada Blanco National Reserve

After a journey of windswept landscapes, sandstone cliff & stops for hot coca tea, we will arrive at the highest point of our entire journey, which at 4910 metres/16,108ft above sea level.

Day 4

Puno

The majestic view of the Colca Canyon never ceases to impress, and we know you’ll leave feeling like you’ve witnessed something truly special.

Day 4
Colca Canyon Road
Day 4
Colca Canyon Overlook

Yet more natural beauty will be dished up this afternoon as we pull in to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 4
Aerial View of Puno, Peru
Day 4
Lakeside Hostel in Puno

Day 5

Puno

Jumping in a triciclo (a three-wheeled bike taxi) we’ll bump our way down to the port and get our first taste of life on the Lake (fun fact – Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest freshwater lake). Our boat ride will take us first to Taquile Island.

Day 5
Lake Titicaca
Day 5
Archway on Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca

After exploring, we’ll then jump back on the boat and make for the Uros Islands, or as they’re more commonly called, the floating islands

Day 5
Floating Islands of Uros at Lake Titicaca

Here, we’ll hang with locals, visit a fish farm and even explore the local museum (yes, on an island made from reeds).

Day 6

Cusco

Hitting the road again we’ll journey through the snow-capped surrounds of La Raya, stopping for lunch in the town of Sicuani.

Ancient Incan culture suggest that the Raqchi ruins are sacred for their powerful healing waters. Your entry tickets on us, and our local guide will paint the full picture as we explore the ruins.

Day 6
The Wiraqocha Temple in Raqchi
Day 6
Ruins of Raqchi or Temple of Wiracocha

Our final leg of the day lands us in Cusco, the hub of ancient Incan culture, for an evening of exploration and maybe even some after dark antics, Cusco style.

Day 7

Cusco

Today it's sun up 'til sun down in Cusco. Shop for artisan jewellery and woodworks, roam the cobble-stone streets or just stroll the San Pedro markets.

Day 7
San Pedro Market Stalls

Day 8

Sacred Valley

Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these furry favourites.

Day 8
Overlook the Sacred Valley
Day 8
Get up and close with some llamas!

Witness the ancient Incan art of weaving in practise by a group of talented local artisans.

Day 8
Observe Incan weaving from local artisans

Our explorations of the Sacred Valley will begin with a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins.

Day 8
Overlook the Ollantaytambo Ruins

The town of Ollantaytambo may be small in geographical terms, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude, with artisan shops and cafes spilling out onto streets, and the roaring Urubamba river.

Day 8
Stand over the Lower Urubamba River

Day 9

Aguas Calientes

For those embarking on our epic 1 day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. Descending into the site we’ll take in Wayana Picchu 'Little peak' – the iconic peak you’ll have seen in every picture ever – marvelling at the incredible handiwork of the ancient Incas.

This afternoon we’ll hop on the train to Aguas Calientes, a cute town in its own right complete with roaring river, quaint bridges and local haunts, but most famously known as the gateway town to Machu Picchu.

Day 9
Looking down on Aguas Calientes

Day 10

Machu Picchu & Cusco

Excitement levels at an all-time high, the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – it’s Machu Picchu time!

Day 10
Conquer Machu Picchu

We’ll be treated to a guided tour of the site taking in such wonders as the Temple of the Three Windows and Wayana Picchu. And of course you’ll have some alone time to explore the area as only you can do

Day 10
Room of the Three Windows
Day 10
Personally explore Wayana Picchu

Back on the train we’ll de-brief on our once-in-a-lifetime experience as we head back to Cusco. Now you’ve got you’re bearings you can really get lost amongst the market stalls and cobbled streets.

Day 10
Plaza de Armas in Cusco

Day 11

Cusco

Grab a lie in at the hotel then sip fresh mountain coffee in the Plaza de Armas, or maybe take a stroll around town to pick up an alpaca sweater.

Day 11
Coffee break in the Plaza de Armas

Day 12

Jungle Lodge

Saying a final farewell to Cusco, we’ll hop on our included flight over the Andes to the city of Puerto Maldonado. With the sound of macaws and toucans welcoming us in, this can only mean one thing…it’s jungle time.

Day 12
Aerial View of the Andes Mountains

A quick tour of the city will reveal colourful fruit stalls, open air markets and locals going about their day.

We’ll work up a pre-dinner appetite by hiking to the canopy tower, then after a tasty home-cooked dinner. Tonight, you'll fall asleep in your open-walled room to the exotic sounds of the surrounding jungle.

Day 12
Canopy Tower in the Amazon
Day 12
Sunset View from Jungle Lodge

Day 13

Puerto Maldonado

Our morning catamaran cruise will have us spotting prehistoric hoatzin birds and giant river otters. The rest of the afternoon is all yours – canopy climbing or kayaking ticking any of the boxes?

Day 13
Jungle Kayaks
Day 13
Get close with Giant River Otters
Day 13
Canopy Climbing
Day 13
Become Engulfed by the Jungle

Tired and hungry after another adventure filled day, we’ll head back to Puerto Maldonado to make camp for the night.

Day 14

Lima

Today our Peruvian encounter comes to an end, you'll be leaving with countless memories and a whole army of new friends.

Day 14
Friendships for life!

We'll arrive back in Lima where our trip ends on arrival.