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TailorMade Peru: Andes & Machu Picchu
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Make it truly your own. Start with this TailorMade sample itinerary, then work with our Private Travel team to customize the tour. There are so many incredible ruins, rural experiences, and stunning landscapes to see in Peru. So we've created this itinerary as a starting point so you can change it to how you like to travel. Machu Picchu, jungle rainforests, and archaeological wonders await you.

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Supplier Tour ID: PHPTTM.C/250607
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Lima, Peru
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Paracas
  • Nazca
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Colca Canyon
  • Puno
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Tambopata

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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Day 2: Lima/Paracas

Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling in a private vehicle to Paracas.
Take the morning to explore more of Lima before journeying down the coast to Paracas. Walk the town's lively peatonal (pedestrian avenue) and find a café to sample some Peruvian food, such as ceviche or papa a la huancaina (potatoes with a chili cheese sauce).

Try your first Pisco sour while staying in Pisco's neighbour of Paracas.

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Day 3: Paracas/Nazca

Visit the Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.
Visit the popular Ballestas Islands, an excellent chance to view a lively sea lion colony, pelicans, penguins, and other varieties of birdlife. Back on land, catch a bus south to Nazca. On the way, pass by the pleasant colonial town of Ica.

Ica enjoys a dry, sunny climate year-round and is known for its huge sand dunes. Located around the nearby oasis of Huacachina, the dunes are perfect subjects for photography and for a favourite local pastime: sandboarding. Apart from the dunes, Ica is famous for its wines and there are several wineries and distilleries in the area.

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Day 4: Nazca/Arequipa

Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio and enjoy a flight over the Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.
Travel south to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries, the Nazca Lines. The lines consist of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. From the ground we can make out very little, enjoy the best view from the air.

Remains of the Nazca culture are still visible during our included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla, with 2000-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The tour also includes a visit to an artisan's workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery.

Later, board a night bus to Arequipa.

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Day 5: Arequipa

Enjoy a city tour of Arequipa and visit the Santa Catalina Monastery.
Explore Arequipa, the 'white city' and visit the Santa Catalina Monastery on a city tour.

For those spicy food lovers, checking out one of the “Picanterías” is a must. Arequipa holds a variety of regional food— alpaca, shrimp, pork, lots of soups, and spicy sauces waiting for you to dig in.

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Day 6: Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Travel to Chivay, a village near Colca Canyon, for an optional dip in the thermal baths. Continue on to nearby Colca Canyon for the day, take a guided tour to spot condors.

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Day 7: Colca Canyon/Puno

Travel by bus to Puno. Arrive with a little time to wander the markets and explore the city.
Climb over the mountains today, descending at Puno, which is on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 2000m, and the views from its Islands are stunning.

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Day 8: Puno/Lake Titicaca

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.
Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands.

After, cruise to another village for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake. This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions.

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Day 9: Lake Titicaca/Puno

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno.
Spend the morning with the homestay families, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).

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Day 10: Puno/Cusco

Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.
The trip from Puno to Cusco takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Check out a bit of Cusco, find a spot for dinner, or get prepared to head into the Sacred Valley.

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Day 11: Cusco

Enjoy a half-day tour of Cusco's main sights. Walk around the Plaza de Armas (main square) and explore this city steeped in one of the world's most alluring and ancient cultures. Visit Qenqo, Koricancha, the Cathedral, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, and the archaeological site of Sacsaywaman. After, enjoy a free afternoon.

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Day 12: Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting the Pisac ruins. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the Ollantaytambo ruins.
Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre see local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management. After, stop for lunch at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Continue on to tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site.

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Day 13: Ollantaytambo/Cusco

Return to the Sacred Valley with your CEO to explore the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and the ancient Incan agricultural terraces of Moray. Continue on a scenic drive through small villages and stunning views of the Andean countryside. Stop for a picnic lunch at Piuray Lagoon and opt to explore by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Return to Cusco for the evening.
Leave the hikers to start their trek and head out to explore Moray and Maras ancient Incan ruins. Drive a little more than an hour to get to the Moray archaeological site. Tour these unique Inca ruins, consisting of circular terraces and a sophisticated irrigation system located at 3500m (11483 ft). Learn about the history and study of this fascinating site – speculation has it that it was an Inca agriculture experiment station.

Visit the impressive Maras Salt Mines, after Moray. See thousands of individual ancient salt pools spilling over a hillside. Learn about the different varieties of salt, and try the renowned pink salt, famous worldwide.

Enjoy a scenic drive through Andean farmland on the way to Piuray Lagoon. Set out on a scenic drive above the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop along the way to lookout over small farms carved into the hills and small villages dotted along the landscape. Enjoy a picnic lunch at picturesque Piuray Lagoon, opt to relax, explore the lagoon by kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

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Day 14: Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore the city or take advantage of the many optional activities available.

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Day 15: Cusco/Aguas Calientes

Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

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Day 16: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.
Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll). Opt to visit the Inca Bridge (a 15-min walk one way) for no additional charge, if time allows.

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Day 17: Cusco

Enjoy a free morning in Cusco before visiting a local market and learning about Peruvian cuisine in a cooking class.

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Day 18: Cusco/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.
After a brief stop in Puerto Maldonado to store large luggage, drive to the pier and travel by covered motorized boat to the jungle lodge. En route, see birds typical of the river or forest edge. The Tambopata Rainforest holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Local community members make up the majority of the lodge staff, including multilingual naturalist guides. Here you have the opportunity to learn from them not only about the area's rich flora and fauna, but also about their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

Later on, get the lowdown on local flora and fauna, and grab a flashlight to discover what's living around lodge grounds. Receive help from the talented, expert naturalist guide to locate heaps of hidden creatures! Keep an eye out for snakes, tarantulas, owls, and poison dart frogs, just to name a few.

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Day 19: Tambopata

Enjoy guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole or visiting a nearby plantation. Go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.
Head out early to catch the jungle at its wildest (and coolest). Walk slowly through the forest searching for wildlife before heading out on an oxbow lake by canoe. Search for anaconda, the elusive giant river otter or black caiman. Even if you don't spot these shy creatures, there are plenty of other birds, interesting plants and other animals to discover.

After dark head out by motorized canoe to search for caimans on the river banks. Enjoy a lesson on caimans from the expert guide. Take advantage of the keen eyes of the expert naturalist guides – they are truly spectacular at spotting these elusive smaller cousins of alligators hiding on the muddy banks.

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Day 20: Tambopata/Lima

Fly back to Lima for a final night in the city.
Have a final delicious Amazonian breakfast before heading back towards the airport by motorized boat and van. Fly to Lima and opt for a final night out for dinner or Pisco Sours.

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Day 21: Lima

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay Experience & Boat Tour, Puno Your Discover Moment: Tambopata Jungle Lodge 3D/2N, Puerto Maldonado
    • Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour
    • Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio guided tour
    • Flight over Nazca Lines
    • Arequipa City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery
    • Colca Canyon Overnight
    • Floating islands of Uros visit
    • Lake Titicaca guided tour
    • Sacred Valley guided tour
    • Pottery making demonstration
    • Cusco Stay
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • Cusco Cooking Class
    • Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3 days)
    • Guided excursions with naturalists
    • Rubber boot use
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (16 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), homestay (1 nt)
    • 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private van, plane, train, boat, canoe
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit a winery and pisco distillery to taste local spirits
  • Spot condors in Colca Canyon
  • Learn about rural life at a Taquile Islands homestay
  • See Cusco's sites at your leisure
  • Tour the Incan agricultural ruins of Moray
  • Wake up early to see Machu Picchu at dawn