Be dazzled by Peru’s myriad treasures on a 15-day tour of its highlights. Encounter the vibrant local culture of Lake Titicaca, walk the halls of a historical convent in colonial Arequipa, and delight in views of the Sacred Valley from the comfort of the train to Machu Picchu. Marvel at the strange, mysterious beauty of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether watching for wildlife or exploring Incan culture, strike travel gold in this incredible country.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Travel to Paracas National Park. Relax in this gorgeous seaside spot and sample Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour. (1B)
Take a boat to the Ballestas Islands to view sea lion colonies, penguins, and other bird life. Visit the Tacama Winery to learn about Peruvian wine and pisco production. This afternoon, continue southward to mysterious Nasca, with a stop at the Huacachina sand dunes. (1B)
Tour a pre-Inca cemetery in the desert at Nasca to get up close with 1,500-year-old mummies and pottery. Then visit a traditional pottery studio. Later, sit down for a pachamanca-style dinner. Opt to take a flight over the beguiling Nasca Lines. (1B, 1D)
Make the full-day drive down the coastal desert to colonial Arequipa. The next day, take a city tour, including a visit to the Santa Catalina convent. Then enjoy a cooking class led by one of the chefs at a traditional picantería restaurant. (2B, 2L)
Fly to Cusco and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend the next day discovering the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo, an eatery supported by G Adventures. (2B, 1L)
Embark on a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. Opt to visit the town’s hot springs, butterfly house, or botanical garden. (1B)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu alongside a local guide. Enjoy free time to discover the ruins on your own or hike to the Inca Bridge before returning by train to Cusco. (1B)
Enjoy free time in historical Cusco, with options to visit museums and ruins or go white-water rafting or paragliding. This evening, look to the stars through the telescopes of the local Cusco planetarium. (1B)
Take in scenic views while traveling through the high Altiplano region to the town of Puno. The next day, enjoy a guided boat tour of Lake Titicaca, visiting the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile. Also visit the Luquina community and sit down for a traditional lunch in a home there. Later, make the optional trip to the Sillustani burial towers. (2B, 1L)
Fly to Lima for our final night. Opt to visit a museum or enjoy free time to explore. (1B)
Depart at any time. (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys blend fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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