The Southern Explorer

15 days from £3,395pp

Ready to soak up the sights of Peru? You’ll start off in Lima where you’ll see all the capital city attractions. You’ll shop at the San Camilo market in the stunning city of Arequipa before heading to the Colca Valley, home to one of the world's deepest canyons, to spot the majestic Andean Condors swoop across the valley.

Water lovers will love kayaking on beautiful Lake Titicaca and exploring the surrounding landscape, and history buffs will go mad for the charming city of Cuzco. Arriving by train, you'll visit Inca sites and the Temple of the Sun. You’ll take a step back in time at the Sacred Valley, visiting the extraordinary archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, before having your breath taken away at Machu Picchu. Trek to Wayna Picchu for spectacular views over the site, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Spot soaring Andean Condors at the Colca Canyon

  • Explore Inca ruins in Cuzco and admire the well preserved colonial architecture

  • Kayak on Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, & the birthplace of the Incas

  • See the capital city sights in Lima, Latin America's best kept secret

  • Pick up a bargain at the San Camilo market

  • Explore the UNCESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu

  • Watch local weavers in the Sacred Valley

  • Take a scenic train journey from Lake Titicaca to Cusco

  • Tour the beautiful city of Arequipa

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Peru includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-2

Lima

Capital City

The day for your Peruvian adventure is here at last! You’ll touch down in the capital city of Lima where you’ll be met by a guide and taken to your hotel to settle in. Culture vultures are in for a treat on day two when you’ll undertake a half day city tour. Starting in downtown you’ll see the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and Lima Cathedral. From there you’ll visit Aliaga House before checking out the epic book collection and network of catacombs on show at Saint Francis’ Church. You’ll also swing by the Larco Museum to have a gander at the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artefacts, not to mention the erotic art on display. You'll also visit a chocolate workshop, and learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour at a museum dedicated to this Peruvian staple!

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3-4

Arequipa

City

Today you’re off to Arequipa, a stunning Peruvian city framed by three volcanoes. During your time here you’ll visit Santa Catalina, a convent built in 1579. In the main square you’ll check out the City Palace and Cathedral; the latter is widely considered the most important neoclassic religious building in the country. Afterwards, shoppers will be in their element at the San Camilo market, whose structures were designed by Gustave Eiffel. Sip freshly squeezed fruit juice or treat yourself to a queso helado (traditional ice cream) and watch the world go by.

Places to Stay

5-6

Colca Valley

General Tour & Wildlife

En route to Colca Valley you’ll enjoy a scenic journey taking in the various volcanoes before stopping off for some local lunch. On day six you’ll head to the Colca Canyon - one of the world’s deepest canyons - where you’ll visit the Condor Cross. From here not only will you enjoy breath taking views across the canyon, but you’ll also have the chance to spot the Andean Condor bird. After the albatross, the Andean Condor has the largest wingspan of all flying birds and from here you can watch them effortlessly ride the thermals. Birdwatching enthusiasts would do well to remember their binoculars. On the way back you’ll get to stop off at three local villages before stopping to admire the views at Antahuilque.

Places to Stay

7-8

Lake Titicaca

General Tour + Activiy & Adventure

It’s time to head to the city of Puno, on the banks of Lake Titicaca and the best way to enjoy it? A full day of kayaking! On day eight you’ll head out into the world’s highest navigable lake and explore it by kayak. You’ll stop for lunch at a sandy beach where you’ll enjoy an Andean picnic feast; think potatoes, corn and chicken cooked traditionally with hot stones.

Places to Stay

9-10

Cuzco

City

Ready for a train adventure? Today you’ll hop aboard and travel from Puno to Cuzco, passing through captivating landscapes of Peruvian highlands. During your journey you’ll enjoy a gourmet lunch as well as a music and dance show. In Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, you’ll visit Sacsayhuaman, a 15th century Inca stone fortress and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. From here you’ll carry on to the San Blas neighbourhood, once inhabited by Inca nobility. After checking out the impressive architecture, wander the cobblestone streets and purchase handcrafts from the local artists. You’ll finish up at Coricancha, known as The Temple of the Sun, a temple once plated with gold which was sadly removed during the Spanish conquest.

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11

Sacred Valley

General Tour

You’ll kick-start day eleven with a trip to Chinchero town, once one of the most important villages of the Sacred Valley during the Inca Empire. Here you’ll meet local weavers who will demonstrate traditional techniques; afterwards you can purchase an authentic poncho or shawl to take home with you. You’ll carry on to Maras, known for its hillside salt pools that date back to Inca times. After a delicious lunch you’ll visit the Inca City of Ollantaytambo where you’ll visit the extraordinary archaeological complex.

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12-13

Machu Picchu

General Tour

Today you’re off to one of the world’s greatest archaeological destinations and UNESCO World Heritage Site - Machu Picchu. After a scenic train journey and short transfer you’ll arrive at Machu Picchu where you can explore inside the citadel, as well as the Sun Gate and Inca Bridge. You’ll be back the next day for an hour long trek up Wayna Picchu from where you’ll enjoy a magnificent bird’s-eye view of the site.

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14-15

Cuzco

City

On day 14 you’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there make your way to Cuzco. Your time in the city is yours to spend as you please; soak up ancient Andean culture, feast on Peruvian delights or simply sip a Pisco Sour and take in the city.

On Day 15 you’ll head home with plenty of travel memories from your adventure around Peru.

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