Romantic Honeymoon in Peru
This 14-day tour of Peru is the ideal introduction to the country, ticking off all of the key sights in two weeks of exploration. Starting in the foodie capital of Lima, explore the city’s colonial charms before heading to no-less beautiful Arequipa and the magnificent depths of Colca Canyon. Take a boat trip to the islands of Lake Titicaca, followed by guided tours around Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The highlight of your journey is undoubtedly the once-forgotten Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, which you’ll have two opportunities to explore.
- Tour Lima’s colonial landmarks including Plaza de Armas
- Watch condors soaring on thermals in Colca Canyon
- Explore the fascinating reed islands of Lake Titicaca
- Enjoy staying in the beautiful Sacred Valley with its incredible views
- Tour Machu Picchu with a guide and learn about the 15th-century citadel
Day 1 – Arrive in Peru
Fly to Peru and land in the capital city, Lima. On arrival you will be driven to your hotel in the city.
Day 2 – Explore Lima
Lima is a culturally-rich capital city, set on the Pacific Coast with a well-preserved colonial centre including its 16th-century cathedral and the Plaza de Armas in the heart of ‘old Lima’. Explore Lima’s colourful streets on a half-day city tour, taking in its colonial buildings and modern high-rises. The city has a burgeoning restaurant scene which we’d recommend you explore over dinner.
Day 3 – Fly to Arequipa
Known as the ‘white city’, Arequipa is grafted from silvery volcanic rock that glows in the high-altitude sun. Fly to the city and enjoy an afternoon tour, looking out across the view of Arequipa’s three surrounding volcanoes and UNESCO-listed historic core.
Day 4 – Drive to the Colca Valley
Drive to the Colca Valley, crossing the High Andean plateau.
Day 5 – Discover Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon is a deep river canyon – famed as one of the world’s deepest. A popular trekking destination, exploring on foot is the ideal way to acclimatise ahead of your walk around Machu Picchu later in your tour. You’ll have a full day to explore the canyon at your own pace, including its remote villages, terrace farms, the Colca River (raft if you wish) and the La Calera hot springs.
Day 6 – Drive to Puno
Visit Condor’s Cross, situated atop one of Colca Canyon’s steepest, forested slopes. An early start affords the best chance of seeing the families of condors which nest here, and you may spot the giant Andean condor gliding on the thermals with a wingspan of up to three metres. Later drive to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
Day 7 – Sail across Lake Titicaca
Spend the day exploring Lake Titicaca, sailing across the lake to some of its islands. Isla de Taquile is a tiny speck just 1.6 kilometres wide, but it’s renowned for its fine, handwoven textiles. The Uros Islands are more fascinating still: created entirely from the buoyant totora reeds that grow in the shallows of the lake, everything on the islands is also made of the partially-editable reed, from homes to boats.
Day 8 – Drive to Cusco
Travel by bus to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire.
Day 9 – Explore Cusco
Cusco was known to the ancient Inca as the ‘bellybutton of the world’, thanks to its abundant and fertile farmland. Today, the city is still famous for its food, most of which is grown and harvested in the mountains, and for its colonial splendours and ancient ruins – which you’ll explore on a guided tour.
Day 10 – Tour the Sacred Valley of the Incas
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of Peru’s most scenic regions, its dramatic Andean countryside speckled with villages and high-altitude hamlets. Explore the ruins and settlements linked by trails.
Day 11 – Climb Machu Picchu
Travel by train up to Machu Picchu, where you’ll tour the breathtaking citadel with an expert guide. Explore the stone-walled terraces, intriguing buildings and 15th-century ruins, including Intipunku (the Sun Gate) and the soaring peak of Huayna Picchu, from which you’ll have staggering views over the ruins. Stay overnight in Aguas Calientes for the best early-morning access to the site the following day.
Day 12 – Travel to the Sacred Valley
A free morning in Aguas Calientes means time to revisit Machu Picchu if you wish (and we recommend you do). In the afternoon you’ll then take the train to Ollantaytambo, set amid snow-capped peaks on the banks of the Urubamba River. Stay overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Day 13 – Enjoy the Sacred Valley
You’ll have one final day in the Sacred Valley to enjoy the spectacular scenery.