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About your trip
Experience Peru like never before on this nine-day trip. Start in Cusco, where you’ll try your hand at a Peruvian cooking class before embarking on a walking tour to see the city’s top sights. We’ll venture to Piuray Lagoon, where you can choose between a kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding session, before heading to the Sacred Valley. We’ll take in Maras and admire the Inca ruins at Moray, followed by a stop at the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. Ready for the main event? It’s off to the extraordinary 15th-century ruins of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes Mountains. Snap incredible photos at Colca Canyon before finishing in Arequipa. Your last sendoff is a foodie tour of the city’s sizzling picanterias (local lunch restaurants). All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.
- Cook up local dishes in a Peruvian culinary class in Cusco
- Kayak or stand-up paddleboard around Piuray Lagoon
- Explore the Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley
- Soak up the iconic vistas at Machu Picchu
- Spot condors on a spectacular Colca Canyon trek
- Eat your way through Arequipa’s best picanterias
Your adventure starts upon arrival at Cusco airport (CUZ), where you’ll meet one of our representatives before being transferred to your hotel. Get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at a local restaurant before hitting the hay before a big day tomorrow.
After breakfast, head out for a unique culinary experience: a guided visit to the traditional San Pedro market and a Peruvian cooking class. You’ll have the opportunity to make a classic pisco sour, an appetizer and a main course – and then taste test your creations, of course. In the afternoon, explore Cusco on a guided walking tour, stopping in for a Peruvian coffee tasting at Three Monkeys Coffee. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy how you like.
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll start your day with a splash – you have the choice between kayaking or a stand-up paddleboard session at Piuray Lagoon. Enjoy your time on the water, with the jagged peaks of the Andes mountain range as your backdrop. After lunch as a group, you’ll visit Parwa Cultural Center and take part in a weaving session. The rest of the afternoon is spent en route to your hotel in the Sacred Valley, where you have free time to explore in the evening.
This morning is an earlier start, as after breakfast you have a full day of exploring Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo. The first stop is Raqchi viewpoint, where you’ll want your camera ready to snap a few shots of the magnificent Urubamba (Sacred) Valley. Next, visit Moray – a fascinating archeological site full of Inca ruins. Stop for lunch at Chuncho, a restaurant and bar in Ollantaytambo that specialises in using traditional Peruvian ingredients. Visit Mayu Coffee to learn how to make out-of-this-world coffee at home (it’s all in the beans and grinding technique). In the evening, journey on the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll have dinner together before heading to bed.
This is it: today you finally visit the most iconic site in Peru, the epic ruins of Machu Picchu. As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, there’s a lot to see here – so you’ll have all day to explore. After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head out to learn about this epic attraction with a local guide. Break for lunch together at Cafe Inkaterra, and then spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Take the Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo, then transfer back to Cusco. The evening is yours to spend as you wish.
There’s a lot of ground to cover today, so you’ll bring a box breakfast along as you hit the road. The transfer from Cusco to Colca will take most of the day, but the extraordinary landscapes make the journey worthwhile – you’ll pass small native settlements, forests, lagoons and snow-capped mountains. The route travels through the traditional villages of Pitumarca, Combapata, Tinta, San Pedro and San Pablo, Sicuani, Condorma and Imata. Lunch is provided; you’ll have a free evening once you reach the hotel in Colca.
Fuel up with another early breakfast this morning, as we’ll be heading off to trek to La Cruz del Condor viewpoint – a rarely visited spot, where you’ll hopefully be able to spot Andean condors gliding through the air. At 1,200m (3,937ft) deep and a height of 3,000m (9,842ft) above sea level, Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll stop at Chivay for a chance to browse for souvenirs at the market. On the way to Arequipa, you’ll stop at the Abra de Patapampa viewpoint – where you’ll look out towards the ridge of volcanoes, including El Misti, rising into the crisp blue sky.
You’ll probably want to stick to a light breakfast today, as it’s best to show up hungry for today’s main excursion: a tour of Arequipa’s picanterias. You’ll visit four picanterias, local lunchtime restaurants featuring regional dishes, and see how they cook typical dishes – many meals here are cooked over a fire in clay pots. Sample the speciality dishes from each one to fuel up before your walking tour of Arequipa. As the second most populated city in Peru (after Lima), there’s lots to see here – including Santa Catalina Convent, which was originally built in 1579. In the evening, there’s the option to come together for a final group dinner.
After one last breakfast at the hotel, you have the choice to join an optional morning tour to the quarries at Añashuayco. Here, you’ll learn about the process of extraction and carving the famous “sillar” stone – the main building material used in Arequipa. You'll then be transferred to Arequipa airport (AQP), where the tour ends.
- Eight nights accommodation
- Eight breakfasts
- Seven lunches
- Three dinners
- Half-day local market tour and cooking class in Cusco
- Half-day Cusco walking tour
- Kayak or stand-up paddleboard at Piuray Lagoon
- Weaving session at the Parwa Cultural Center
- Full day exploring Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo (with lunch)
- Mayu Coffee Experience
- Full day excursion to Machu Picchu
- Excursion to La Cruz del Condor
- Abra de Patapampa viewpoint stop to see the volcanoes
- Picanteria tour
- Walking city tour of Arequipa, with Santa Catalina Convent
- Airport transfers from CUZ, to AQP
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Flights to and from the destination
Antigua Casona San Blas
This boutique hotel, in the heart of Cusco, blends tradition with modern charm. Hand-carved wood furniture features throughout the rooms, some of which are located in the newly restored casona – which dates back to the late 1700s. The property offers yoga classes and an array of massages in the spa, a perfect way to unwind after a long day exploring Cusco.
Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Hotel
You’ll find this 18th-century monastery in a unique natural setting, at the foot of a mountain. History seeps through the property, with wooden flooring and exposed beams or wood-panelled ceilings in the rooms. The courtyard, filled with flowers, is the perfect spot to sit back and relax.
El Mapi is a sleek, contemporary hotel, with excellent access to Machu Picchu. High ceilings and panoramic windows let in plenty of natural light, and rooms are kitted out with all the modern comforts any traveller needs. The on-site Spa del Bosque features a pine sauna, heated plunge pool and hydration zone, along with an array of treatments.
This refuge is a real oasis: it’s located along the Colca River, among the mountains and gardens, and with views of pollution-free starry skies at night. The rustic-style rooms are simply decorated, but each features a small terrace with a view of the surrounding landscape. If you need to relax, look no further – El Refugio is one of the few hotels in the area to boast their own private natural hot springs.
Casa Andina Premium Arequipa
This historic hotel, home to the Peruvian National Mint for several years in the late 1930s, dates back 225 years. Cosy rooms are traditionally furnished, with modern amenities. The location in Arequipa can’t be beat: it’s just five minutes away from the Plaza de Armas, the main square in the city.
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