A well-fashioned journey contrasting the dramatic volcanoes and terraced landscapes of Arequipa and the Colca Canyon against the stunning scenery and colourful rural villages of Lake Titicaca and the iconic Inca sites of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley.
Ideal length: 16 days
Price from: AUD $9,850 pp
- Lima, home to Astrid and Gaston, is unquestionably the gastronomic capital of South America. With an innovative and exciting dining scene it is a must for all foodies!
Acclimatise in pretty Arequipa and rise for breakfast with the condors in the Colca Canyon.
Cross the high mountain plains from Puno (Lake Titicaca) to Cuzco on the ‘Andean Explorer ‘, one of the world’s great train journeys.
Explore the pretty mountain towns and colourful markets of the Sacred Valley.
And of course, no trip to Peru would be complete without Machu Picchu. This spectacular Inca capital is absolutely worth making a fuss about.
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LIMA ~ 2 NIGHTS
The Peruvian capital is heaven for lovers of fine food, art and design. Explore the historic architecture within the “City of Kings” before an indulgent dinner at one of Latin America’s top restaurants; Central or Astrid and Gaston, a must.
Love to cook? Have a celebrated local chef guide you through selecting the freshest and finest market ingredients for your personal gourmet cooking experience in their seaside home.
Overnight: Hotel B
AREQUIPA ~ 2 NIGHTS
Fly south to the ‘white city’ of Arequipa, also known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Located at the foot of the ice-capped El Misti, one of three dramatic volcanoes surveilling it, Arequipa is one of prettiest cities in Peru.
A luncheon of regional cuisine seasoned with rocotos (large chili peppers) at a local ‘Picanteria’. Spicy fresh water prawns, citrusy avocado salad and ‘Rocoto Relleno’ are amongst the favourites. Arequipa is also home to fine Peruvian chocolate.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private
COLCA CANYON ~ 2 NIGHTS
Stunning vistas, soaring condors, hot springs and a canyon twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Want more? How about a spot of trout fishing…
Overnight: Colca Lodge
Soaring condor in the Colca Canyon, Peru
LAKE TITICACA and FLOATING ISLANDS ~ 2-3 NIGHTS
Continue by private vehicle to Lake Titicaca where, according to Andean belief, the sun was born. Visit the floating Uros Islands made entirely of tatora reeds and meet thir tradional inhabitants. Explore the beautiful lake surrounds on foot or on horseback, spot the llamas dotting the landscape.
Overnight: Titilaka Boutique Hotel
Art filled Titilaka Boutique hotel, an elegant all inclusive retreat with breath stealing views and exceptional Peruvian cuisine.
Traditional tatora reed boats, Lake Titicaca, Peru
CUZCO ~ 2-3 NIGHTS
At the height of both clouds and luxury, train across the altiplano to Cuzco aboard the Orient Express’ Andean Explorer. Atmosperic Cuzco offers colonial grandeur, cobblestoned streets, indigenous fiestas and far-fetched foodie treats.
A long Cicciolina lunch of squid ink linguini with prawns, lemon grass and coconut milk. And if feeling inquisitive, visit vibrant San Pedro market filled with delicious Peruvian treasures including exotic juices and fresh pastries traditionally stuffed with ‘dulche de leche’ and alcohol soaked fruits.
Overnight: Palacio del Inca
The courtyard at Palacio del Inca hotel in Cuzco
MACHU PICCHU ~ 1 NIGHT
Watching the sunrise above the ‘lost city’ and over the Andes is one of life’s most magical moments. It’s quite easy to feel like royalty from a time long past. This awe-inspiring ancient city is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and there is no doubt as to why.
Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
SACRED VALLEY ~ 2-3 NIGHTS
Follow the snaking Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley with its artisan market towns and terraced hillsides to your garden-set lodge. A hands-on Chefs table experience is possible here, as is an extra day for visiting the ruins of Maras and Moray.
Overnight: Sol y Luna
A hands-on Chef's table experience is available if you fancy.
Terraced Inca salt ponds of Maras
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Extend your Peru trip to the wilds of the Amazon on a 3 or 4 night luxury cruise or lodge stay.
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