Classic Peru

Highlights

Meet Peru's locals on a Lake Titicaca homestay, Step back in time in the Sacred Valley, Be awestruck by Ollantaytambo, Witness the glory of ancient Peru in Machu Picchu, Bask in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, Get a feel for Cuzco in the Plaza de Armas

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Visit South America and travel to Peru on an adventure from mountains to jungle, and seasides to great plains. Visit Peru's incredible natural and historical highlights on this awesome adventure. Retrace the steps of the Incas to Machu Picchu, admire colonial cities, explore vibrant markets and meet the locals in this South American country with a difference. Return home with incredible memories of the panoramas and people of Peru.

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Lima is a large, fascinating hotchpotch of architectural styles, coastal scenes, world cuisines, impressive museums, traditional culture and modern arts and nightlife.
Day 2 Cuzco
Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner.
Day 3 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
The Sacred Valley was once the heartland of the Inca Empire and now contains picturesque villages and impressive archeological sites. Located in the Urubamba Valley, the city of Ollantaytambo is an incredible archeological site and the starting point of the classic Inca Trail trek.
Day 4 Machu Picchu/Cuzco
Built sometime in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, the staggering ruins of Machu Picchu were thought to be an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti. A World Heritage site set amongst red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture.
Day 5 Cuzco
Soak up more of Cuzco's sights, either by venturing to the stone ruins that dot the city's outskirts or through hitting the mountain bike trails further afield.
Days 6-7 Puno/Lake Titicaca
Puno is a colourful town on the Peruvian shores of Lake Titicaca, expect to see traditionally dressed locals, chaotic markets and, if lucky enough, even dancing in the streets. Crossing the border of Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and has some fascinating islands and hefty-sized frogs living within its waters.
Days 8-9 Lima
Return to Puno for a flight back to Lima. Spend another night in this cosmopolitan capital city before this wonderful Peruvian journey finishes up.