Highlights of PeruReference WW41236
Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers in Peru's mountain wilderness. Explore the remains of the Incas' final stronghold in the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu, visit beautiful colonial towns and discover the world's highest navigable lake on this fascinating trip.
Today you'll fly to Lima, the 'City of Kings'.
Founded in 1535 by the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, much of Spain's colonial influence can still be seen in Lima. Beautiful squares, fine churches and mansions have changed little since the 17th century. Must-see sights include the cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the Presidential Palace, which all feature on our included tour. The pre-Inca and Inca artefacts in the city's many museums are also fascinating and you'll have a chance to see them too. Get to know your travelling companions over a drink this evening.
It's important to allow your body time to acclimatise to the high altitude in Peru, so we've left today free for you to do just that.
Cuzco, the former Inca capital, features a fascinating combination of Inca and colonial architecture in its mansions, churches and cobbled streets. Discover the city and the surrounding Inca sites, including the mighty ruins of the stone Sacsayhuaman Fortress, on a tour today.
Lovely Andean handicrafts and silver jewellery can be found at Cuzco's markets and boutiques. There is also a lively social scene – perhaps spend time with your fellow travellers in one of the inviting cafés or bars. Today you'll also visit a school in the Chocco rural community which is supported by Just You Cares.
The famous ruined city of Machu Picchu was rediscovered by the American, Hiram Bingham, in 1911. Perched above a steep valley, swathed in dense jungle and often referred to as the 'Lost City', this is a truly incredible site. We travel to Machu Picchu by narrow gauge railway and take the bus up to mist-shrouded mountain tops and the captivating ruins. A Local Guide will accompany us and be on hand to answer questions. Wandering around the site and exploring the ruins for yourself is one of the greatest ways to experience Machu Picchu.
The Valley of the Incas is awash with intriguing sites and fascinating tales. The colourful village of Pisac is teeming with enticing markets and shops selling all manner of handicraft items - it's a lovely town with a real local feel and you may choose to spend some time here today.
The impressive Inca ruins of the Ollantaytambo fortress and temple offer an insight into the distinctive Inca building style and also deserve your attention. The site was being built at the time when the Spanish invaded, therefore much of the building was abandoned and remained unfinished.
Today we're going to travel to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We'll travel through magnificent scenery and make several stops en route. First we'll visit Andahuayluillas, where a beautiful 17th century church contains an organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Next we'll call at the ruins of Racchi, and after an included lunch we'll see the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, before arriving in Puno.
Covering a vast 3,500 square miles, Lake Titicaca forms the natural border between Bolivia and Peru. At 12,500ft up in the mighty Andes, it's the world's highest navigable lake as well as the legendary birthplace of the Incas. On today's excursion we will board a boat and cruise to the floating Uros Islands. Here we'll admire homes made from a thick type of reed called 'tortora'.
This evening we gather for a farewell dinner in Puno, where we can enjoy views over Lake Titicaca. Later we'll fly to Lima.
On the morning of day 10, relax in your hotel or take the opportunity to explore Lima before departing on your return flight to the UK, arriving on day 11.