Colonial Arequipa, Ethereal Lake Titicaca, and the Mysteries of Machu Picchu


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. We’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 us into the world of the intriguing lake-dwelling Uru villagers. We’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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Arequipa / Colca Canyon

We begin with an exploration of 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, we visit traditional Indian villages and watch Andean condors circling up from the canyon depths. Our lodge, perched at 10,000 feet on the edge of the roaring Colca River, has rustic charm and wonderful mountain views.

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Days 4-6
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 live on floating reed islands and travel in totora reed crafts. Our elegant hotel, set on a private island in the lake, offers stupendous lake views from every room.

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Days 7-8
Sacred Valley of the Incas

Crossing the altiplano, a high and wild expanse backed by snow-capped peaks, we reach the Urubamba Valley, sacred to the Incas. We visit the villages of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, each with a majestic Inca fortress perched above and filled with intriguing stonework and engineering.

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Days 9-12
Machu Picchu / Cusco

We head by train to Machu Picchu, the archaeological wonder of the Americas, where we discover this awe-inspiring site with an expert guide and enjoy an overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, right next to the ruins (you can’t get any closer than this!). Cusco’s cobbled streets are inviting, and we’ll explore the Old Quarter, where ancient Inca walls were the foundation for colonial buildings, and hike amid imposing Inca monuments including Saqsayhuaman. Depart on Day 12.

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Stunning Inca ruins, traditional and contemporary Quechua cultures
The colonial heritage of Arequipa, the condors of Colca Canyon, and Lake Titicaca, sacred as the birthplace of the Incas
The stronghold of Machu Picchu and 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


Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6995  
Arrive: Arequipa, Peru
Depart: Cusco, Peru
Lodging: 11 nights hotels and inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking, Archaeology
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours at altitudes up to 12,500 feet

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