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Peru Panorama

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The one that sees you walk in the footsteps of the Incas to Machu Picchu

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    11 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Mini-Van, Plane

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Raqchi

Peru Panorama

21 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Take a Lima city tour and admire the historical centre, Barranco & Miraflores
  • Included flight to Arequipa
  • City tour of Arequipa
  • Visit the Salinas & Aguada Blanca National Reserve
  • See El Misti, Chachani & Pichu Pichu volcanoes
  • Visit Cruz del Condor
  • Visit Maca
  • Ride on a triciclo in Puno
  • Visit Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca
  • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca from Puno
  • Visit Pukara, La Raya & Sicuani
  • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha
  • Visit Raqchi Inca ruins and experience a water ritual
  • Meet some resident llamas in a local farm in Cusco
  • Entry into the Sacred Valley & a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Pisac & Ollantaytambo
  • Visit Pisac town and Pisac Market
  • Try some local Chicha de Jora
  • Take the train to the gateway of Machu Picchu
  • Tour the Temple of Three Windows, the ceremonial baths & altar with our guide
  • Locally guided city tour
  • Explore the San Pedro Market & try some Peruvian snacks in Cusco

3 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Colca Canyon Zipline US$16.00
  • Hike the colourful contours of Rainbow Mountain from Cusco (subject to availability)
  • White water rafting along the Urubamba River in Cusco

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 10 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    10 nights in Hotel

    We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels, canyon lodges and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.

About this trip

Walk in the footsteps of the Incas on this 11 day adventure. Experience the Colca Canyon, see the King of the Andes at Condor Cross & get up close to the locals & their unique way of life on Lake Titicaca floating islands. Pump up the volume in Cusco where action & adventure await, then wrap up the experience at Machu Picchu - washed down, of course, with some Pisco Sours & good times in Peru’s culturally rich hotspots. You can choose to either trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or take it easy & go by train.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Lima

  2. 1 1 night

    Arequipa

  3. 1 1 night

    Colca Canyon

  4. 2 2 nights

    Puno

  5. via via

    Raqchi

  6. 1 1 night

    Cusco

  7. 1 1 night

    Sacred Valley

  8. 1 1 night

    Aguas Calientes

  9. 2 2 nights

    Cusco

+-1 more

DAY 1 - Lima

Lima

Welcome to Lima, adventurers! Steeped in Spanish colonialism yet buzzing with modern metro vibes, Lima is sure to ignite your love for Peru. Spend your morning marvelling at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bones or catacombs, then 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. And of course no trip to Lima is complete without devouring at least one portion of ceviche – it’s a pretty massive deal in the city. Round off the day watching the sun set over the Pacific, most likely with a pisco sour in hand…

Stay

Selina Miraflores (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take a Lima city tour and admire the historical centre, Barranco & Miraflores

DAY 2 - Lima to Arequipa

Lima

The skies are calling this morning as we board our included flight bound for the ‘White City’ of Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city which lies in the shadow of three majestic volcanoes.

Arequipa

The town of Arequipa, or La Ciudad Blanca, is both culturally and aesthetically astounding. A city tour will gets us orientated, taking in highlights including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Plaza de Armas, then this evening is all about something we reckon you’re going to love…food. 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.

Stay

Selina Arequipa (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Arequipa

  • City tour of Arequipa

DAY 3 - Arequipa to Colca Canyon

Arequipa

Are you ready for another nature masterclass? Waving farewell to Arequipa this morning, we’ll pass through Salinas and Aguada Blanco national reserve on route to one of the world’s deepest canyons.

Colca Canyon

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 is the same height as Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak. Those jaws will be on the floor as you catch a first glimpse of this epic natural masterpiece. Can you feel the tingles already?

Stay

Hotel Granada Colca (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve

  • See El Misti Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Colca Canyon Zipline

    US$16.00

DAY 4 - Colca Canyon to Puno

Colca Canyon

This morning promises to be pretty mega as we hop out of bed in search for the King of the Andes, otherwise known as the Andean Condor, which boasts a mega 3-metre wingspan. Fingers crossed luck is on our side – some days we may spot 10 condors, other days none – but that’s the fun of Mother Nature. Either way, 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. Back on the road, we’ll roll past quaint villages, stop for lunch in Chivay, then head on to the high plains of Peru.

Puno

Yet more natural beauty will be dished up this afternoon as we pull in to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Spend the evening settling in to our cosy hotel, our head into town for some dance floor action but a word of warning – Puno sits at an altitude of 3657 metres, so go easy on the piscos and the energetic dancefloor moves as the altitude could leave you feeling more breathless than normal. Tomorrow promises to be one to remember as we take to the lake for a taste of ancient Peruvian life…

Stay

Hotel Casona Plaza (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Cruz del Condor

  • Visit Maca

DAY 5 - Puno

Puno

Ready to explore this area in all its multi-coloured glory? We thought so. 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, which to this day remains one of the most culturally intact communities in the whole of Peru, and it’s here you’ll meet local weaving groups and stop for lunch.

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. Stepping off the boat you’ll feel like you’re walking on a water bed – unsurprising given the islands are made entirely from reeds. Here, we’ll hang with locals, visit a fish farm and even explore the local museum (yes, on an island made from reeds). The island community survives by selling textiles and totora reed boats to tourists, so after stocking up on one-off souvenirs, it’s back on the boat as we head home for the night to Puno.

Stay

Hotel Casona Plaza (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Ride on a triciclo in Puno

  • Visit Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca

  • Island boat trip on Lake Titicaca from Puno

DAY 6 - Puno to Cusco via Raqchi

Puno

Heading out of Puno this morning we'll make our way to Pukara to visit a small museum offering up archaeological findings and Peru’s iconic ceramic bulls. Hitting the road again we'll journey through the snow-capped surrounds of La Raya, stopping for lunch in the town of Sicuani. Eagle eyes, this is llama country, so have those cameras at the ready.

Raqchi

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. The Temple of Wiracocha is the pride of the site, and we'll learn that the ruins were built as a village defence. History lesson complete we'll head on to Cusco, the next stop of our adventure.

Cusco

Our final leg of the day lands us in Cusco, the hub of ancient Incan culture. This place is a feast for the senses and will call you out for an evening of exploration and maybe even some after dark antics, Cusco style.

Stay

Selina Saphi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Pukara La Raya and Sicuani

  • Entry to the Temple of Wiracocha

  • Visit Raqchi Inca ruins and experience a water ritual

DAY 7 - Cusco to Sacred Valley

Cusco

Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley on our private coach, this is where our journey into the ruins and mystique of this land truly begins. But first, llamas. An iconic symbol of Peru, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these furry favourites up close, and we’re talking the whole humpback family – llamas, vicuna and alpacas. #llamaselfie achieved, we’ll then stop off to witness the ancient Incan art of weaving in practise by a group of talented local artisans. Throughout the journey, play close attention to your surrounds – there’s the chance to spot the Incan farming technique of terracing, as well as the ‘salineras’ (salt mines). Want to know what the Peruvians do for fun? You’ll get the chance to play the traditional game of “Sapo”, and exactly what that entails we’ll leave to the imagination…

Sacred Valley

Our explorations of the Sacred Valley will begin with a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Our Local Guide will give you the d-l on both, visiting the circular terraced Pisac ruins first which date back to the 1400’s. Moving on to Ollantaytambo, base camp for those taking the trek tomorrow, we’ll appease dry mouths with some homemade Chica de Jora brew. This tiny town 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 providing the perfect natural background noise. For those embarking on the Inca trail tomorrow this is your final chance to stock up on last minute essentials (socks, socks and more socks). For all others, spend your time soaking in the vibes, hanging with other travellers and just getting a feel for this iconic little town.

Stay

Sol Natura Hotel Ollantaytambo (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Meet some resident llamas in a local farm in Cusco

  • Entry into the Sacred Valley and Pisac ruins

  • Visit Pisac town and Pisac Market

  • Try some local Chicha de Jora

DAY 8 - Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes or Inca Trail Trek

Sacred Valley

For those embarking on our epic 1 day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. With just 3.5 hours on foot and 6-kilometres to cover, the enchanting site that awaits us will make it all worthwhile. 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. Satisfaction levels at an all-time high and with a big ol’ smile on your tired face, we’ll head back to Aguas Calientes and a squishy hotel bed you couldn’t be more deserving of. 


For those not embarking on the Inca Trail, the morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes

Can you feel the excitement mounting? Yep – those are pretty much the feels when Machu Picchu is quite literally on the horizon. 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. We’ll meet up with those who opted for the one day trek, and basically spend the evening hyping each other up for what’s to come tomorrow.

Stay

Inka Tower Machupicchu Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Take the train to the gateway of Machu Picchu

DAY 9 - Machu Picchu to Cusco

Aguas Calientes

Excitement levels at an all-time high, the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – it’s Machu Picchu time! Built around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the new world. 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 (the peak you’ll of seen in every Machu Picchu image ever), and of course you’ll have some alone time to explore the area as only you can do. This is one big old tick off the life goals list, so enjoy every single second of it.

Cusco

Back on the train we’ll de-brief on our once-in-a-lifetime experience as we head back to Cusco. Last time round was all about getting acquainted with the city, so now you’ve got you’re bearings you can really get lost amongst the market stalls and cobbled streets, maybe even going truly local by trying out a serving of cuy.

Stay

Selina Saphi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry into Machu Picchu Sanctuary

DAY 10 - Cusco

Cusco

We're heading back to Cusco, and as you know the city so well by now, the whole day is yours to explore. Walk the gilded cathedrals, explore some Incan temples or get some fine alpaca knits to take home with you.

Stay

Selina Saphi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided city tour

  • Explore the San Pedro Market & try some Peruvian snacks in Cusco

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Hike the colourful contours of Rainbow Mountain from Cusco (subject to availability)

  • White water rafting along the Urubamba River in Cusco

DAY 11 - Depart Cusco

Cusco

Having bonded deeply over the moving spiritual quest time to say our goodbyes. We'll share one last breakfast together before going our separate ways and continuing on to our next adventure - armed with incredible memories that will stay with us for a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.