Lima to Cuzco

About this Adventure



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Duration: 17 days
Price: £640 GBP




Travel through the soaring Inca heartland, from the beaches of Lima to the streets of Cuzco, high up in the Andes.

Unlock the secrets of the many mystic sights as you explore the streets of Arequipa, trek along historic Inca pathways, explore the wildlife-studded Ballestas Islands and ramble over the ruins of Machu Picchu. From the colonial sights of Lima to the mighty Inca history in Cuzco, journey through the heart of Peru and discover the highlights of this fascinating country along the way.

Day 1 Lima

Get acquainted with Lima, Peru’s modern capital. There’s plenty to see in this bustling city, from colonial mansions to vibrant plazas, fine museums and ornate churches.

Day 2 Paracas/ Ballestas Islands

Leave the city behind and travel south along the coast of Peru. Pitch a tent in Paracas, which spans over 335,000 hectares and is one of the world’s most important marine reserves. Take a walk along the coastline and spot the vibrant birdlife Paracas is famous for.

Day 3 Nazca
Spot penguins, sea lions and boobies during a boat tour through the Ballestas Islands. Learn about the mysterious sand images on a Nazca Lines tour and perhaps take an overhead flight to fully appreciate the scale of this puzzling creation.

Day 4 Puerto Inca
The windswept graves at the Chauchilla Cemetery display the eerie skeletons and mummified bodies of the Nazca people, some of which date from 1,000 AD. Camp overnight near Puerto Inca.

Days 5-6 Arequipa
Explore the scenic city of Arequipa and perhaps stop by the Museo Santury to view Juanita, the ice princess. The body of this frozen Inca maiden is thought to be more than 500 years old, and was found at a sacrificial site on the summit of Nevado Ampato.

Days 7-8 Chivay/ Colca Canyon

Try to spot the mighty Andean condors as they silently take to the sky thousands of metres above the floor of the breathtaking Colca Canyon.

Day 9 Raqchi Homestay

Get to know a local family as guests at a homestay in Raqchi. Spend the evening huddled around a crackling fire, sharing a meal, and discovering traditional Peruvian song and dance.

Days 10-11 Cuzco
Arrive in the city set high city in the mountains of Peru, Cuzco. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with massive Inca stone walls and Spanish-colonial architecture. Perhaps enjoy a traditional dance performance or sign up for one of the many adventure activities on offer in Cuzco, including quad-biking and whitewater rafting.

Days 12-15 Quechua Community Trek/ Classic Inca Trail
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on an alternate Inca trail trek through the Andes. Go trekking through the snow-capped Cordillera Urubamba mountains, along winding mountain paths, past herds of grazing llamas. Meet local Quechua communities during the four-day hike before descending into the Sacred Valley to explore the massive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo.

Days 16-17 Machu Picchu/ Cuzco
Explore the crumbling ruins of Peru’s most frequented attraction, Machu Picchu, the ‘lost Inca city’. Brave the steep climb to the top of Huayna Picchu for a breathtaking overhead vista or find a spot near the Sun Gate to sit back and soak up the magical atmosphere.

For more information please follow the link below to Intrepid Travel.

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