Peru’s Ancient Marvels - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Delve into Peru's ancient citadels, Incan ruins, and splendid colonial architecture from Lima to the Sacred Valley.

Journey Overview

This itinerary is perfect for those keen to unravel Peru’s rich history and culture. Delve into ancient citadels, Incan ruins, and splendid colonial architecture from Lima to the Sacred Valley.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore the Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru’s ancient wonder.
  • See condors soar on the Colca Canyon thermals.
  • Discover history-rich Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
  • Visit Lake Titicaca’s floating reed islands.
  • Stay in standout hotels throughout.
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Land in Lima, Peru’s spotlight capital city, and you will be chauffeured straight to your hotel in the exclusive Miraflores district. If it’s late, you may just want to relax and order room service tonight.
Hilton Lima Miraflores

Day 2: Lima

Head straight to the Larco Museum for your first fix of ancient Peru. Its flower-filled gardens are worth a visit alone, not to mention its thousands of pre-Columbian artefacts, pottery, and Incan relics. Over the years, Lima has become a serious dining destination and foodies from all over the world make the pilgrimage to its restaurants. For lunch, you may want to try a trendy cevichería, completely queue-worthy. Make sure you leave space for dinner at one of the city’s finest eateries.
Hilton Lima Miraflores | Meals: BD

Day 3: Lima – Arequipa

Today, Design your Day – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:

Option 1: Scenic cycling in Lima. Hop on a bike and pedal along Lima’s seafront. Pause at the Bridge of Sighs, a local meeting point, and take in views over surfers and sweeping sea.

Option 2: Explore the ruins at Pachacamac. Take a trip to Pachacamac, a ruin dating back to 200 AD. It’s one of the most important pre-Hispanic settlements. Explore the tombs, terraced pyramids, and temples of early Lima.

Option 3: Take a cooking class. Head to the market with a local chef to source tuna, corn, aji (Peruvian chilli), and cuts of sirloin. Then whip up ceviche and lomo saltado for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for the next two nights.
Hotel Libertador Arequipa | Meals: B

Day 4: Arequipa

Welcome to Arequipa, fondly known as the White City for the gleaming volcanic stone used in much of its architecture. First stop, the historic Yanahuara district to see Andalucianstyle churches, the arched square, and views over the entire city. Then on to the colonial Church of San Francisco for a wander around its pretty plaza. End at the Santa Catalina, Arequipa’s most impressive site. Known as  the ‘city within a city,’ this 16th-century monastery comes complete with ornate chapels, geranium-filled doorways, colourfully  painted cloisters, and even an art gallery.
Hotel Libertador Arequipa | Meals: B

Day 5: Arequipa – Colca

The four-and-a-half-hour drive to the Colca Canyon is worth the views. Stop at Yura, a town known for its medicinal hot springs, used by the Incas for their healing qualities. You’ll pass plains dotted with wild vicuña, extinct volcanoes, and wetlands where you may spot an Andean flamingo. Pause at Abra Patapampa, the highest point of your journey (4,910 metres above sea level), then continue to your lodge in the Colca Canyon. It’s twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and you can spend the afternoon admiring the vastness from bubbling hot springs.
Colca Lodge | Meals: BL

Day 6: Colca

Wake up early to seek out condor soaring on the warm morning thermals. Peru’s national bird is somewhat elusive, but scouting it out with your expert guide is all part of the fun. From the teetering canyon rim, look out to see nearly two-metre wingspans and huge shadowy frames silently gliding through the canyon. If you’re lucky, you can get close to them perching in the sheer cliffs. Afterwards, stop in at the traditional villages of Maca and Yanque, which, although tiny and remote, boast ornate colonial churches.
Colca Lodge | Meals: B

Day 7: Colca – Puno

Set your sights on Puno, Lake Titicaca’s waterside city. The journey may be long (five hours), but you can stretch your legs hiking to the pre-Incan ruins of San Antonio. Then follow the highland road from which you might see roaming alpaca and llama. Reach the highest point in your journey at 4,528 metres before continuing to your hotel on the very edge of Lake Titicaca.
Hotel Libertador Puno | Meals: B L

Day 8: Puno

Sky-facing and mirror-like, Lake Titicaca is considered the highest navigable lake in the world. At a surface elevation of nearly 4,000 metres, its waters are home to indigenous communities where life is conducted as it has been for centuries. Take a boat to the Floating Island of Uros, cleverly made of tightly woven reeds. Learn how its people build their homes and live a traditional way of life. You’ll then visit Taquile island where a hike will reward you with views over the glittering blue waters, and a well-earned lunch.
Hotel Libertador Puno | Meals: BL

Day 9: Puno – Cusco

A driver will take you to Puno station where you’ll board a train to Cusco. Sit back in a Pullman-style carriage and watch the landscape unfold from vast plains to emerald mountain slopes. There’s an observation car where you can take in the views with a pisco sour. You can also enjoy a three-course lunch. Arrive into Cusco and a driver will take you to your central hotel.
Palacio del Inka | Meals: BL

Day 10: Cusco

It’s time to explore history-rich Cusco. Once the Incan capital before the Spanish crushed their civilisation, today you can witness both colonial architecture and Incan remains on just about every corner. Sights include the 16th-century cathedral on the bustling Plaza de Armas, and Coricancha, a former Inca palace turned Spanish church. Head to Sacsayhuamán on Cusco’s outskirts, where Incas shaped giant polished boulders into a cyclopean fortress. There’s time to see San Pedro market’s jostling fruit stalls before lunch.
Palacio del Inka | Meals: B

Day 11: Cusco – Sacred Valley

This morning, your driver will take you to the Sacred Valley, Peru’s spiritual land of giant mountains and traditional towns. Drop into the town of Pisac, famed for its Sunday markets bursting with colourful textiles, handicrafts, and fruit gathered by the Quechan communities. Then visit Hacienda Sarapampa where you can learn how the locals harvest the giant white corn, Peru’s staple ingredient. Continue to your hillside hotel tucked away in the valley.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba | Meals: BL

Day 12: Sacred Valley

Take the morning to visit Chinchero, a pretty market town and hot spot for local textiles. Here you can mingle with the Andean community whose ancient weaving techniques, medicinal remedies, and adobe brickwork survive today. Return to your hotel in time for tea. You may want to do a spot of bird-watching or stroll around the farmland.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba | Meals: BL

Day 13: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

This morning, you’ll be driven to Ollantaytambo to take a look around its imposing fortress, once an Incan lookout point. While school is in session, visit the AKP-supported Kuychi Centre to meet pupils from the Children of the Rainbow School. Then catch the train to the town of Aguas Calientes where a bus will take you to the very last citadel in pre-Columbian society. No matter how many photos you’ve seen, nothing can prepare you for Machu Picchu’s wide avenues, cascading terraces and intricate stonework. All this cradled by steamy forest and sky-piercing mountains. Spend time navigating this ancient wonder before heading down to your hotel.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo | Meals: BLD

Day 14: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Return to Machu Picchu for a second look. You may want to linger here or walk to the iconic Sun Gate. For those intrepid enough can hike up the neighbouring Huayna Picchu mountain, at 2,693 metres it has staggering bird’s-eye views. In the early afternoon you’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo where your driver will take you to Cusco. Celebrate the last night at a standout restaurant.
Palacio del Inka | Meals: BLD

Day 15: Depart Cusco

This morning your driver will take you to Cusco airport from where you’ll depart.
Meals: B

Show Full Itinerary
Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Hilton Lima Miraflores

Peru’s Ancient Marvels - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Taking prime position in the glam Miraflores district, Hilton Lima Miraflores is an elegant retreat – one of the brand’s finest. Some o ... Read more

Hotel Libertador Arequipa

Peru’s Ancient Marvels - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Set in a lovely colonial town, the Libertador has been remodelled, and offers 88 rooms including 6 suites all within the city's largest ... Read more

Colca Lodge

Peru’s Ancient Marvels - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Tucked away in the world’s second deepest canyon, Colca Lodge is the perfect base to pursue the condor, one of the wonders of the natur ... Read more

Palacio del Inka, Cusco

Peru’s Ancient Marvels - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Once the 16th-century home of Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conqueror of Peru, Palacio del Inka is steeped in history. Today its state ... Read more

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Peru’s Ancient Marvels - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Built in the heart of the Urubamba Valley, among the flowers and trees that carpet the mountainous region, Inkaterra Urubamba has been ... Read more

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Peru’s Ancient Marvels - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Located just a short shuttle ride from the entrance to Machu Picchu, the lodge serves as an excellent base from which to explore. Skill ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Mar 18, 2020 - Apr 1, 2020
Price AU$9,345pp Single Supplement AU$2,395 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Mar 25, 2020 - Apr 8, 2020
Price AU$9,345pp Single Supplement AU$2,395 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Apr 15, 2020 - Apr 29, 2020
Price AU$9,345pp Single Supplement AU$2,395 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Apr 29, 2020 - May 13, 2020
Price AU$9,345pp Single Supplement AU$2,395 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.