Peru For Less
Custom, private tours to Peru and Galapagos
Kim MacQuarrie
Explorer & Four-time Emmy Winner

A keen explorer and adventurer, Kim has won 4 Emmy Awards -- 3 of them for documentaries on the Peruvian Amazon. Kim’s newest book, Adventure in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, about a 4,500-mile journey from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego.

Visit Kim’s website, and explore his documentary films.

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Day 1
La Ermita Church with yellow-painted facade

Upon arrival at the Lima airport, meet a Incas Expert Travel representative for a transfer to your confirmed Lima hotel.

If arriving early, you can also take in scenic Parque del Amor (Love Park) in Miraflores for views of Lima's gorgeous coastline.

Arrive to Lima. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2
Lima city atop coastal cliffs that drop to Pacific Ocean

Lima is home to some of Peru’s oldest historical treasures. Join your guide for a private tour of Lima’s UNESCO-recognized Historic Center, home to the Governmental Palace, the Lima Cathedral, and San Francisco Catacombs. Your second stop is the world renowned Larco Museum, which houses the world's finest collection of pre-Columbian artifacts.

Private Lima City tour.
Day 3
Nazca Lines hummingbird glyph etched into brown desert

Your day starts early with a transfer aboard a comfortable first-class bus to Pisco. Store your luggage at the airport and the board a small aircraft for a thrilling flight over the Nazca Lines.

After landing, transfer to your Paracas hotel. Relax by the pool and enjoy the sunset over Paracas Bay.

Nazca Lines Flight. Overnight in Paracas.
Day 4
Paracas Candelabro glyph on desert hill

Embark on a 2-hour boat tour to the marine wildlife wonderland on the Ballestas Islands. Hear the roars of sea lions and see teeming colonies of sea birds. You make even spot dolphins and Humboldt penguins.

After the tour, take a bus transfer to Lima.

Ballestas Islands Tour. Return to Lima.
Day 5
White stone facade and twin clock towers of Arequipa Cathedral

Fly to Arequipa.
Meet your guide for a closer look at Arequipa’s mestizo baroque architecture. Visit San Ignacio Chapel, the imposing Basilica Cathedral, and the mini city of Santa Catalina Monastery. The tour ends with a drive to one of the city’s lookout points for views of the city framed by Misti Volcano.

Fly to Arequipa. Private Arequipa City Tour.
Day 6
Crowd gathers to take photographs at Cruz del Condor in Colca

The 3-hour drive from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon passes through the extraordinary landscapes of the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca. Before the descent, you’ll reach Patapampa Pass at an staggering elevation of 16,109 feet (4,910 meters).

Stop in Chivay village for lunch, visit Calera Hot Springs, and continue to your lodge for a relaxing night.

Drive to Colca Canyon. Hot springs and relax.
Day 7
Two condors glide side-by-side in Colca Canyon

In the morning, meet your guide for a drive to Mirador Cruz del Condor where you can see condors glide on thermal drifts over the gaping canyon below.

Return to Chivay for lunch and then begin the 5-6 hour drive to Puno. Remember that Lake Titicaca is at higher elevation than Colca Canyon. Take it easy, enjoy the sunset, and get some rest.

See condors soar. Transfer to Lake Titicaca.
Day 8
Uros island with reed boat in front

Departing from Puno port, begin your waterborne exploration of the world’s highest navigable lake. Stop at the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island to see how indigenous people maintain their traditions in an extreme high altitude lake environment.

Follow this with a visit to a local island. Depending on your preference, you can choose from a unique homestay experience in Amantani or a visit to the private island - Isla Suasi.

Experience Lake Titicaca.
Day 9
Andean woman with blanket load walks through arch with lake views

Take another day to further explore the island at your leisure. After lunch, board the boat back to Puno, enjoying one last look at the blue expanses of Lake Titicaca.

Explore Lake Titicaca. Return to Puno.
Day 10
Cusco house with stone foundation and whitewashed adobe walls

After breakfast, transfer to the bus station to begin the trip to Cusco. The comfortable, first-class bus includes stops along the way at important archaeological sites including Raqchi and Andahuaylillas.

Upgrade option:
*Ride aboard the luxurious Andean Explorer train to Cusco. Depending on the season, service is limited to 3-4 weekly departures.

Transfer to Cusco.
Day 11
Travelers at lookout point view Cusco red roofs and mountains

Begin your day with a private guided tour of Cusco’s most important sites. Start with a visit to the Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha. Later, see the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Shop with locals at San Pedro Market or wander the streets of bohemian San Blas.

Private Half Day Cusco City Tour.
Day 12
Snow-capped mountain ridges in Sacred Valley

Meet your guide to begin an exploration of the Sacred Valley. Your private tour visits the concentric circle terraces of Moray which descend nearly 500 feet into the earth, the multi-hued salt pans of Maras, and the monolithic fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour, catch the train to Aguas Calientes, base town for Machu Picchu.

Private Sacred Valley Tour. Train to Machu Picchu.
Day 13
Thick cloud cover caps panoramic vista of Machu Picchu ruins

Wake up early and meet your guide for a memorable walk through the “lost city of the Incas” and let yourself be swept away by the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Finish up with last photos and then return to Aguas Calientes town for the return trip to Cusco.

Upgrade options:
*Add an extra day in Machu Picchu.
*Climb Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view of the ruins.

Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco.
Day 14
Calm water creates mirror image of clouds, sky, rainforest

Begin your jungle adventure with a flight to Puerto Maldonado. Meet the lodge staff on arrival, transfer to the port, and board a motorized canoe to travel by river to your lodge.

Spend the rest of the afternoon acclimating to the rainforest environment. Your naturalist guide will tell you more about what to expect during your stay.

Arrival in Puerto Maldonado. Transfer to Lodge
Day 15
White-mustachioed Tamarin monkey on branch

Your excursions today will allow you to glimpse the incredible biodiversity of Peru’s rainforest. Visit an oxbow lake to observe hoatzin birds, squirrel monkeys, and giant otters. Learn about medicinal plants and how Amazonian communities use them. At night, join your guide to spot critters that only come out after dark.

Amazon Activities
Day 16
Amazon frog peers over green frond

Continue your exploration of the rainforest with a visit to a clay lick where parrots and macaws gather. Explore a trail that winds through giant ceiba trees reaching 150 meters tall. Travel by boat to an organic farm where locals cultivate a range of fruits and vegetables, some of which will be strange and others familiar.

Amazon Activities
Day 17
Low mist drapes over exuberant rainforest growth

After a final breakfast at the lodge, board a boat for the journey back to Puerto Maldonado.

Pick up any excess luggage at the lodge office and continue to the airport for your flight to Lima and onward to your next destination. Alternatively, you can continue your adventure by adding extra activities and destinations to this itinerary.

Departure from Puerto Maldonado

*All tours are private unless noted in your itinerary.

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