• Lima • Cusco • Machu Picchu
• Nature Reserve • Nasca Lines •Arequipa • Colca Canyon
• Lake Titicaca
Peru is a large, mountainous country that straddles the equator, with a climate ranging from temperate to tropical all year. The rare combination of breathtaking Andean landscapes, abundant wildlife, rich history and exotic culture has the impact to captivate visitors perhaps more than any other South American country.
On this tour we explore 5 very diverse areas of Peru. We start and finish in the capital city of Lima, which features ruins from the Inca period, interesting art galleries and museums, churches and cathedrals that date from the 16th century and other major historical sites.
Our next stop is on the coast at the Paracas Nature Reserve. Nature and ecology come together in the only marine reservation in Peru. The reserve is dedicated to the protection and conservation of marine ecosystems and to the history of pre-Inca culture. UNESCO classifies it as a Natural World Heritage Site. Not only will we see wildlife unique to the region but also the famous Nasca Lines. These huge line drawings and figures on the coastal plain pre-date flight by many centuries and yet they can only be seen from the air - a mystery that remains unsolved! Our visit here will include a flight over these celestial artworks.
After the coast we head into the mountains and volcanoes of Arequipa. This is a land of snow-capped volcanoes, deserts, thermal hot springs and the world's deepest canyons. From Arequipa we travel to the
Colca Canyon to marvel at the scenery and the flight of the Andean Condors.
Then we will continue to Puno, for a fascinating journey on Lake Titicaca to the man-made floating Islands of Uros and Taquile, where we discover an ancient way of life whose traditions have remained unchanged for centuries.
Our last stop is the lovely colonial city of Cusco, with an excursion to the fabled Machu Picchu. This magical and spectacular site, discovered less than 100 years ago, is located 13,000' above sea level in a deep valley of the towering Andes Mountains. It is considered one of the most well preserved and beautiful ancient cities on the planet.
*** This tour is suitable for the fit and active traveller.