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12 days
Kim MacQuarry

Immerse yourself in a mountainous landscape without equal. Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, and Machu Picchu: the legendary places of the Andes await.

For places that steal your breath and quicken your heartbeat go to the Andes of Peru. Admire the gorgeous white stone architecture of Arequipa and gaze at condors gliding over the depths of the Colca Canyon. Sail to the islands of Lake Titicaca and feast your eyes on sunsets over the world’s highest altitude navigable lake. Explore the narrow streets of Cusco, soak in the beauty of the Sacred Valley, and venture into the Andean cloud forest where the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu rests.

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Upon arrival at the Lima airport, meet our 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.

Meet our representative upon arrival at the airport for the short drive to your Arequipa hotel.

In the afternoon, start your exploration of the Arequipa historic center. The Plaza de Armas with its soaring Basilica Cathedral is especially stunning at sunset.

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.

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 a 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Meet your guide for a trip to the Sacred Valley. Your private tour visits the concentric circle terraces of Moray which descend nearly 500 feet (150 meters) 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.

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.

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Climb Huayna Picchu for views over the ruins or add an extra day in Machu Picchu.

Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Then meet our representative for a transfer to the airport to begin your journey back home.

You can also customize this itinerary to continue your exploration of Peru’s wonders.

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