National Geographic Journeys

Inca Explorer

  • Duration 15 Days | Round-trip Lima
  • Group Size Max 16
  • From $4,559 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

 

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.

 

Trip Highlights

    • Tour pre-Inca and Inca sites with expert guides—from the Nasca Lines to Machu Picchu.
    • Sample pisco at an Ica Valley winery, and help a chef prepare local dishes in Arequipa.
    • Cruise around the Ballestas Islands, spotting penguins, sea lions, and more.

Itinerary - 15 Days

Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 Paracas

Travel to Paracas National Park. Relax in this gorgeous seaside spot and sample Peru’s national drink, the pisco sour. (1B)

Day 3 Ballestas Islands/Nasca

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)

Day 4 Nasca

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)

Days 5 & 6 Arequipa

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)

Days 7 & 8 Cusco/Sacred Valley

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)

Day 9 Aguas Calientes

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)

Day 10 Machu Picchu/Cusco

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)

Day 11 Cusco

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)

Days 12 & 13 Puno/Lake Titicaca

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)

Day 14 Lima

Fly to Lima for our final night. Opt to visit a museum or enjoy free time to explore. (1B)

Day 15 Lima

Depart at any time. (1B)

About National Geographic Journeys

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.

Inca Explorer

From AUD$4,559 Call 1300 363 742

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