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Andean Discovery in Peru

Have an awesome Andean adventure and hike the Inca Trail!

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Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12

Trip code: JML

Duration: 21 days

Guided group tour of Peru and Bolivia
Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!
Accommodation & loads of activities inc.

Dive into an authentic Andean adventure with this 3 week trip through the breathtaking landscapes of Peru. The highlight of the trip has to be the 4 day trek on the Inca Trail, where you’ll spend your days hiking through the most spectacular landscapes in the world, and your nights camping under the stars. Check out the mystical Nazca Lines, spend a night in a local homestay on the shores of Lake Titicaca, explore the colonial architecture, museums, and vibrant nightlife of Arequipa and Cusco, watch majestic condors soaring through Colca Canyon, and tick a big one off the bucket-list as you watch the sun come up over the one-and-only Machu Picchu. Add to that a night of partying in vibrant La Paz, Bolivia, and a ready-made group of mates to enjoy it all with, and you’ve got the dream trip on your hands!

Trip Highlights

  • Spend four amazing days hiking and camping the iconic Inca Trail, ending with sunrise over magical Machu Picchu
  • Sail across the shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca, visit a floating island made of reeds, and spend a night in a local homestay on the lake’s shores
  • Take an overnight excursion to Colca Canyon for epic views, condor spotting and hot springs
  • Hit the dunes with an epic sandboarding and dune buggy experience in the beautiful oasis town of Huacachina
  • Party the night away at altitude in Bolivia’s La Paz, the highest city in the world
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  • 20 nights’ accommodation
  • 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Experienced tour guide
  • All on-trip transport
  • Local guides
  • Welcome meeting
  • Sunset sandboarding & dune buggies
  • Huacachina winery visit
  • Colca Canyon
  • Condor viewpoints
  • Colca local villages & old terraces
  • Women’s weaving coop
  • Sacred Valley Brewery
  • 4-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Specialist Inca Trail guide
  • Sunrise at the Sun Gate
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Lake Titicaca guided boat tour
  • Taquile island
  • Weaving cooperatives
  • Lake Titicaca homestay
  • Floating islands of Uros
  • La Paz nightlife
  • 24 hour emergency support

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities
  • Sleeping bag on Inca Trail

Day 1: Lima. Touchdown in Lima at a time that suits you and make your way to our starting hotel in the lively Miraflores district. Take an optional city tour or join a Peruvian class. Tonight, get to know the gang at a welcome meeting, before heading out for some ceviche and a few piscos.

Please note: If you would like to join the Lima cooking class, we recommend that you book an additional pre-trip night of accommodation.

Day 2: Lima to Huacachina. Take a local bus to Huacachina, an amazing oasis town with a mythical lagoon at its centre. Drop your stuff at our lodge and get ready for a thrilling experience as we head into the surrounding sand dunes for an epic sunset sandboarding and dune buggies experience!

Day 3: Huacachina to Nazca. Spend the morning enjoying your beautiful oasis setting before hopping in our private vehicle and hitting the highway to Nazca. Stop at a local winery on the way for a tasting before arriving in Nazca town in time for a few beers with your new mates.

Day 4: Nazca to Arequipa. Start your day with an optional flight over the Nazca Lines or a tour of Chauchilla desert cemetery as well as stopping for a visit to an artisan pottery. Tonight, we’ll take the overnight bus to Arequipa, catching up on some zzzzs as we travel.

Day 5: Arequipa. Arrive in the stunning colonial city of Arequipa. Take the day to explore, joining our optional city tour or pay a visit to the Juanita Museum. Spice lovers have to hit one of the ‘picanterias’ tonight for some fiery local fare from shrimp to alpaca!

Day 6: Arequipa to Colca Canyon. Take a full day and night excursion to the jaw dropping Colca Canyon. Take in awe-inspiring vistas of rugged cliffs, pre-Incan agricultural terraces, and the occasional condor. Then opt for a soak in some local hot springs – bliss!

Day 7: Colca Canyon to Arequipa. We’re up with the birds today (literally), as we travel to a condor viewpoint to try and catch sight of these majestic birds in flight. Then head back to Arequipa, stopping on the way at some local villages. Tonight, head out for a drink in lively Calle Zela.

Day 8: Arequipa to Cusco. You’ve got the whole day to spend in lovely Arequipa. Join the optional activities that you missed last time, or just chill in some of the local cafés or bars. Tonight, board the overnight bus to Cusco and snuggle down ready for sweet dreams of pisco sours. 

Day 9: Cusco. You’ve got a full day to explore colonial Cusco at your own pace. We’ve got loads of optional activities on offer, including a city tour, visit to the Inka Museum, a visit to the historic La Merced church and convent, and a cooking class.

Day 10: Cusco. You’ve got another free day to explore Cusco’s many riches. Take an optional hike to Rainbow Mountain for surreal landscapes of maroon, turquoise and gold, wander round the Plaza de Armas, and check out the Cathedral. After dark, enjoy another night in the city’s lively bars.

Day 11: Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Travel into the Sacred Valley today to visit a women’s weaving co-op. Meet the adorable alpacas that provide the wool, and learn all about weaving. Stop this afternoon at the Sacred Valley Brewery for a tasting session, before arriving in Ollantaytambo.

Day 12: Inca Trail start. Journey to Km 82, where our spectacular Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu begins. Trek past winding rivers, and rustic villages, marvelling at amazing views. The first day is fairly easy walking (5-6 hours, 11km) and ends in Wayllabamba where we’ll set up camp and enjoy dinner.

About the trail

There are lots of ways to experience the Inca Trail, but the route we take is one of the best. It starts with a relatively easy day of trekking to allow you to acclimatise, takes you through the most spectacular scenery, and gives you lots of cultural experiences. Our trail averages 6 – 9 hours’ trekking a day for the first three days and about 2 hours in the approach to Machu Picchu on day 4.

Please note: A crew of local porters, cooks and guides will take care of all the details of the hike. The porters carry most of the equipment so you’ll just need a small daypack with water, raingear, snacks, and a camera.

Day 13: Inca Trail. Strap on the hiking boots again ready for another incredible day on the Inca Trail (6 – 7 hours, 12km). The trekking will be more challenging as we climb the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman's Pass), the highest point of the trek. You’ll definitely be ready for a rest by the time we reach camp mid-afternoon!

Day 14: Inca Trail. We’re crossing two passes and travelling through a number of ancient ruins and cloud forest today (9 hours, 16km). We’ll either camp at the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, or continue on to the Wiñay Wayna ruins. Spend the evening chatting and feasting under the stars.

Day 15: Machu Picchu to Cusco. This is the day we’ve all been waiting for as we hike towards the Sun Gate before sunrise for our first glimpse of Machu Picchu’s jaw-dropping ruins - there are few travel experiences that can measure up! Take a guided tour of the site, and visit the Inca Bridge, before catching the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Grab a bite to eat before taking the train to Cusco.

Day 16: Cusco. You’ve got another free day to explore Cusco. Join one of our optional activities that you haven’t done yet, from the Inka Museum to the Cusco city tour, or just spend your time watching the world go by from one of the bars or restaurants on the main plaza.

Day 17: Cusco to Puno. We’ve got a full day of travel ahead on a local bus, but with views like these you won’t mind. Nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is known for exceptional natural beauty and vibrant indigenous traditions. Drop your bags and head out to explore.

Day 18: Lake Titicaca islands. We’re taking a boat across beautiful Lake Titicaca today. Our first stop is Taquile Island where we’ll have lunch and stop at one of the local weaving cooperatives. Then we’ll cruise to another village where we’ll be spending the night with a local family in a homestay.

Day 19: Lake Titicaca to Puno. Spend the morning with your host family, or join an optional kayaking trip. Take the boat back across the lake after lunch, stopping at Uros, a fascinating network of floating islands made out of reeds. Arrive in Puno in time for an optional tour of some burial towers.

Day 20: Puno to La Paz (Bolivia). Take the local bus across the border into Bolivia before arriving in lofty La Paz. This afternoon join an optional excursion to the Witches’ Market, visit the Valley of the Moon, or take a guided tour of the city. It’s our last night together so go large or go home!

Day 21: La Paz. The time has come to pack your bags and say your goodbyes. Your trip guide can help book any onward travel or airport travels, while you get planning your next trip!

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You should arrange your own flight into Jorge Chavez International Airport in Callao, Lima. The airport is around 45-minutes’ drive from your starting accommodation, in the Miraflores district, and the simplest way to get there is by taking a taxi. Just beyond the customs and immigration area, towards the exits, there is an official taxi stand where you can pay a fixed price for the taxi. There are no included activities planned on your first day so you are free to arrive at any time. Please note: we can arrange a private transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a travel advisor for more information.

The trip ends on day 21 in La Paz. El Alto International Airport (LPB) is just 8km away. Return airport transfers are not included either so you’ll need to arrange your own transfer. Your tour guide can help with this.

20 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. You’ll spend 10 nights in simple hotels, 4 nights in multi-share hostels, 2 nights on overnight transportation, 3 nights camping and 1 night in an authentic homestay on Lake Titicaca. Some nights will be in multi-share rooms with 4 – 6 group members sharing. Most accommodation will feature shared bathrooms.

15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners are included on this trip. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

This trip is designed for travellers aged 18 and 39.

Normally, you don’t need a visa to travel to Peru if the purpose of the visit is tourism, and you can visit Bolivia for up to 90 days without a visa. Your passport should be valid for six months from your date of arrival in both countries.

Visa rules are subject to change. You should check with the relevant embassies before travelling.

Please note: The Ministry of Health in Bolivia has indicated that those visiting yellow fever risk areas in Bolivia should carry a yellow fever vaccination cardAs we are not medically trained we are not able to advise you about vaccinations - you should make an appointment with your GP before travelling to get up-to-date information and advice about receiving the vaccination and other health considerations.

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