- Machu Picchu
Trek the Inca Trail to discover Machu Picchu among the peaks of the Andes.
- Soar point
Head to the lookout at Condor Cross to witness the majesty of the world’s largest bird, the Andean Condor
- Authentic Latin America
Immerse yourself in the colours and contrasts of this culturally-rich land.
- Lake Titicaca
Meet the Uros community who live on floating islands made of reeds.
- All breakfasts and more
Discover authentic Latin America on foot...
Allow the rich culture of one of the most historic countries on earth to stimulate your senses. Experience the traditions, indulge in the cuisine, savour the aromas and immerse yourself in the stunning natural scenery of Peru on an epic journey that promises to take you back in time more than 1,000 years. Visit breathtaking ruins, seek out rare wildlife and wander colonial cities including Lima and Cuzco…
12 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner
- Bottled water during excursions
- Saga tour manager and local walking guides
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
- Dinner show in Cuzco
- Visit the Church of St Peter the Apostle in Andahuaylillas and the Incan remains of the Temple of Viracocha
- Lake Titicaca by boat, visiting the islands of Uros and Taquile
- Andean condor spotting in Colca Canyon
- Arequipa city tour with visit to Santa Catalina
Day 1 UK-Lima
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening for your overnight flight to South America.
Day 2 Lima
Arrive in Lima. Transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Jose Antonio Lima, where you will stay overnight. Tonight you can look forward to an included welcome dinner at the hotel where you can meet other members of your small group of fellow travellers. D
Day 3 Lima-Cuzco-Sacred Valley
Take an onward flight to Cuzco this morning, then take an approximately two-hour transfer to the locally rated 4-star Sonesta Posada del Inca in the Sacred Valley for a two-night stay.
Day 4 Sacred Valley
Lace up those walking boots this morning as you can look forward to an included full-day excursion allowing you to trek Moray and Maras. Transfer to Moray this morning to explore the ancient terraces which pre-date the Incas. The vast amphitheatre comprising four circular farming terraces are nearly 11,500 feet above sea level and were used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. After a packed lunch head to Maras and embark on a scenic three-hour, four-mile hike downhill to see the salt flats at Salineras, where salt has been mined for hundreds of years from thousands of ponds and pools fed by underground saltwater springs. Continue to walk down to the Urubamba River to meet your coach back to the hotel. B, L
Day 5 Sacred Valley-Macchu Picchu
A long day of adventure on the Inca Trail begins with a train ride through the Sacred Valley and up into the mountains, where the lofty ruins of Machu Picchu hide among the peaks. Disembark along the way close to the Inca site of Chachabamba and after a brief visit to the site, begin a four-hour trek to Wiñaywayna, a beautiful Inca ruin, which translates as Forever Young, with stunning scenery. You’ll pause en route for an included packed lunch. The moderate-grade walk will include an ascent of some 2,000 feet of altitude but passes an array of flora and fauna, including orchids along the way. Cross the stone threshold to the Machu Picchu site through Inti Punku – the Sun Gate – and enjoy breathtaking views before joining a guided tour of the historic site. Afterwards trek down to the bus stop – taking your total distance covered on foot today to around eight miles – before transferring to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night in the locally rated 3-star Tierra Viva Hotel, where dinner is included. B, L, D
Day 6 Macchu Picchu-Cuzco
Enjoy another short trek this morning. This afternoon you will return to the valley and transfer to Cuzco, where you spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Jose Antonio Cuzco with breakfasts included. B
Day 7 Cuzco
This morning join an included tour to see some remnants of the Incan era, including a temple dedicated to the sun god, as well as the elegant Spanish colonial additions to the city. The tour also visits nearby ruins, including the incredible fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built using stones of mind-boggling scale. You can opt to take a guided trek from the fortress back into the centre of the city. This afternoon is at leisure, and tonight enjoy an included dinner show at a local restaurant. B, D
Day 8 Cuzco-Puno
he coach journey to Puno is long but promises to be very rewarding, punctuated by a visit to Andahuaylillas to see the Church of St Peter the Apostle and its flamboyant interior. En route you’ll also visit the Incan remains of Raqchi, home to the monumental walls of the Temple of Viracocha, and enjoy an included lunch. Arrive at Puno for a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Jose Antonio Puno on a bed-and-breakfast basis. B, L
Please note: You can opt to make the scenic journey from Cuzco to Puno by train for an additional charge.
Day 9 Lake Titicaca
You’re in for a treat on today’s included excursion, which promises to immerse you in the customs and traditions of authentic Latin American life. Head out onto the waters of Lake Titicaca – the highest in the world – to visit the Uros community, who make their homes on artificial floating islands made of reeds. Then visit Taquile Island, where the inhabitants have used the typical Incan terraces to cultivate crops and colourful flowers. Enjoy lunch at a local home on the island. Please note: The islands have several steps to climb. B, L
Day 10 Puno-Colca
Enjoy a scenic drive to Chivay in the stunning Colca Valley, traversing the dramatic mountain pass of Patapampa en route. Spend the night at the locally rated 3-star Casa Andina Classic Colca, where dinner is included tonight. B, L, D
Day 11 Colca-Arequipa
This morning scale the slopes of Colca Canyon to the Condor’s Cross, where you can see majestic Andean condors – the world’s largest flying bird – soaring overhead. Pass through Choquetico, home to intriguing tombs hewn into the wall of the valley, then after an included lunch transfer to Arequipa for two nights at the locally rated four-star Casa Andina Select Arequipa. B, L
Day 12 Arequipa
Arequipa has a lower altitude and is flanked by three volcanic peaks. An included half-day city tour also takes in Santa Catalina, a huge monastery with brightly painted walls, originally built in 1579 and enlarged in the following century to more than 20,000 square metres. Some 20 nuns still reside in the northern corner of the complex. Should you wish to explore the treasures of the city further, perhaps join an optional tour and seek out ‘Mummy Juanita’ at the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries at the Catholic University. Also known as Lady of Ampato after the mountain on which she was discovered in 1995, she was a young girl killed as an offering to the Inca gods in the mid 15th-century. Her body was naturally mummified in ice and remains incredibly well preserved. B
Day 13 Arequipa-Lima
Transfer to the airport this morning and fly to the Peruvian capital. Check in to the locally rated 3-star-plus Jose Antonio Lima for an overnight stay with breakfast included. After an afternoon at leisure to get your bearings you can look forward to a memorable farewell dinner this evening at the Huaca Pucliana Restaurant. Adjacent to the ruins of the same name – a vast pyramid built on seven levels using millions of clay bricks – is a restaurant with spectacular views of its illuminated surroundings after dark. The pre-Inca site, which is believed to be around 1,500 years old and among the oldest in the city, once served as an important ceremonial site dedicated to the God Pachacamac in the Lima Culture. B, D
Day 14 Lima-UK
This morning, an optional tour of the city reveals its colonial elegance, from the vast cathedral to the 17th-century San Francisco Convent. An alternative optional city tour includes a visit to the Larco Museum. Housed within a huge Spanish mansion and covering 3,000 years of pre-Columbian history – it also features some diverting examples of erotic ceramic art! This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B
Day 15 UK
Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service home.
4 nights pre-extension. Including 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Enjoy a night at the Jose Antonio or Novotel in Cuzco with breakfast included before transferring to spend three nights in the Amazon with a full-board stay at the Hacienda Conception.
Post-holiday extension - Including 2 breakfasts
Enjoy an additional two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hacienda Paracas on Peru’s west coast, renowned for its beaches. Enjoy an included trip to the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to sea lions, pelicans and Humboldt penguins and enjoy an included flight over the famous Nazca Lines.
Instead of travelling from Cuzco to Puno by coach on Day 7 of your holiday, you might opt to take the chance to make the spectacular journey by rail aboard the Titicaca Train.
The train departs from historic Cuzco and climbs gradually into the mountains as it winds its way south to scenic Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
The journey follows the meandering Huatanay and Vilcanota rivers through the countryside, past picturesque villages and eucalyptus groves into deep valleys in the shadow of the might Andes.
After leaving the rolling green hills of Cuzco behind, keep an eye out for alpaca as your train rolls through the Andean Plains. Midway through the journey you will stop at La Raya, a cold and remote town adrift in an ocean of grassland and, at 4,321 metres above sea level, the highest point on your journey. Perhaps stretch your legs and take in the views of the snow-capped peaks around you.
Your train continues on towards Puno, creeping through the bustling market town of Juliaca on the way, and eventually arrives at the sprawling town, founded 350 years ago, which surrounds the Cathedral Basilica of St. Charles Borromeo – a grand cathedral dating back more than 250 years.
Lunch is included while additional food and drink services are available throughout the 10-hour journey at an additional cost.
Walks are challenging, some at altitude and covering uneven terrain, ascents and descents. The moderate-grade walk on Day 4 will include an ascent of some 2,000 feet of altitude and a distance of some 12 kilometres. There are some shorter walks and most days involve some walking.