Peru has always fired the traveler’s imagination, and we’ve crafted a magnificent journey exploring its exquisite landscapes, the treasures of the Inca Empire, and the fascinating cultures of the Andes. You’ll discover the colonial splendor of Arequipa and volcano-lined Colca Canyon, with its traditional Indian villages, and at breathtaking Lake Titicaca (12,500'), the mystical lake of Inca legend, our stay on a private island brings you into the world of the intriguing lake-dwelling Uru villagers. You’ll follow the route of the Incas through the Sacred Valley to sublime Machu Picchu, where our stay at the Sanctuary Lodge, in a spectacular setting right at the ruins, offers unmatched access to one of the most legendary sites in the world. Our journey ends in Cusco, the cradle of Inca civilization.
Having traveled throughout Latin America over the years, I can unequivocally state that this was the best tour trip ever! The diverse ways of traveling, the specific sites we visited, the literature available, and the many hours of talking together about these matters and others resulted in forming friendships, obtaining a solid understanding of Inca history, seeing some of the very best exhibits in the country, and certainly some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
— Susy H., San Francisco, CA
Arequipa / Colca Canyon
We begin our journey in Arequipa, a World Heritage Site with a beautifully preserved colonial center of white stone architecture. In astonishing Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, you’ll visit traditional Indian villages and watch Andean condors circling up from the canyon depths.
Puno / Lake Titicaca
Vast Lake Titicaca has an otherworldly, top-of-the-world feel, and we’ll explore it on hikes and boat rides, and meet the lake-dwelling Uru, who travel in totora reed crafts. Our elegant island hotel offers stupendous lake views from every room.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
In the Urubamba Valley, visit the villages of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, each with a majestic Inca fortress perched above it filled with wonderful examples of stonework and engineering.
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Heading by train to Machu Picchu, you’ll discover this awe-inspiring site with an expert guide and overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, right next to the ruins. Cusco’s cobbled streets are inviting, and you’ll explore imposing Inca monuments including Saqsayhuaman. Depart on Day 12 via Lima.
Stunning Inca ruins, traditional and contemporary Quechua cultures
The colonial heritage of Arequipa, the condors of Colca Canyon, and sacred Lake Titicaca
The stronghold of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Inca capital
Superb hotels, including Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Cusco’s 5-star Hotel Monasterio, and Suasi Island, the only hotel on a private island in Lake Titicaca
11 nights hotels and inns
All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking, Archaeology
Cultural exploration and walking tours at altitudes up to 12,500 feet