Peru Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 12 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2
from £4,499pp £4,349pp with flights

Discover fascinating Inca heritage amidst the imposing landscapes of the Andes. Explore the colonial city of Arequipa with its famous Santa Catalina Covent then journey through the mountains to the Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, this is home to condors; with a wingspan of around 3 metres these birds are perfectly designed to soar on the thermals rising from the canyon walls. The rim of the canyon winds past traditional Peruvian villages which give a fascinating insight into local culture. Ancient trails through the Sacred Valley lead you to the fortress of Ollantaytambo – a wonderful example of intricate Inca stonework. More Inca secrets await discovery following a trek to the Sun Gate, with stunning views over the awe-inspiring and enigmatic Machu Picchu – the sprawling ruins of an Inca citadel.

Holiday Highlights

  • Lovely character lodges and hotels in great locations
  • Time to explore Machu Picchu once the crowds have gone
  • Plenty of time in Cusco to see the Inca capital at leisure as well as the surrounding sights
  • Walks with first class guides, discovering the scenery, culture and rich history of the Andes
  • Option to extend your stay with Amazon Jungle lodge.

What’s included

  • 12 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • All internal flights
  • A full programme of guided walks, led by an expert local guide and experienced tour conductor
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel in private air conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, our day-by-day descriptions will help you understand where you’ll be exploring and what you’ll be doing. The itineraries are put together carefully to give you the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons. In the wake of disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak to planning, this is particularly relevant to itineraries in 2021.

Arrival in Lima (1 night).

Fly to the attractive colonial city of Arequipa (1 night). Admire views of the spectacular volcanoes that surround the city. An afternoon’s walking tour explores the charming Santa Catalina Monastery, and visits the “Ice Maiden” – Juanita.

Driving out of Arequipa we enjoy spectacular views of the mountains surrounding the city before climbing high into the Andes and descending into the Colca Canyon (2 nights).

The next day we have an early morning drive to Cruz del Condor, in search of one of the world's largest birds. Afterwards we take a walk along the canyon rim or to nearby ruins, experiencing local culture and admiring the local weavings as we wander through the villages.

We head to Puno (2 nights) and the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route we enjoy a walk to the fascinating pre-Inca burial chambers at Silustani. Our drive takes us through the high Andes, passing stunning lakes, herds of the wild vicuña, accompanied by far-reaching vistas.
The following day we take a boat trip across Titicaca’s sapphire waters to the famous floating reed islands of Uros and Taquile, for a walk traversing the island.

Today we board the bus from Puno to Cusco (2 nights). Cutting across the Peruvian Altiplano, through high plains, rich with llama herds, and passing time-forgotten mountain villages. We'll make several stops along the way, including Abra La Raya, Raqchi, Andahuaylillas and includes a buffet lunch stop. On arrival at the ancient Inca city of Cusco, we transfer to our hotel, before stretching our legs with an exploration of the city’s spectacular Plaza de Armas.

First we visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheatre. Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy.

Next is the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3700m (12,000 feet) and the Red fort of Puca Pucara.

Our hike today starts about ten kilometres out of Cusco as we cut across country from Puca pucara following a river that used to be a major water supply for the Incas who canalised it with their usual amazing precision stonework which we can still glimpse in places. We hike through an impressive eucaliptus forest and following an Inca trail through a beautiful queuña native forest past where the river goes through natural tunnel.

We emerge beside recently restored Inca terraces that signal the start of the impressive Inkilltambo ruins (formally known as Inca Carcel). These ruins have only started to be studied and it is thought up to 95% of it is still to be explored.

We'll have our lunch nearby and explore these ruins and then continue along an Inca trail passing some interesting remains of colonial kilns.

Depending on energy levels and time permitting we can either hike out to Cusco city or from here, a short drive brings us back to Cusco and the end of our tour.

Head into the Inca heartland of the Sacred Valley (2 nights), our first stop is the picturesque Andean village of Pisac. Afterwards, a short journey brings us to Urubamba for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo.

The Maras–Moray walk combines big views, local farming techniques, Inca ruins, ancient towns and astounding saltpans. We begin with the plains of Chinchero, before reaching the Inca ruins of Moray, where we explore these fascinating ruins. Mule trails then take us to the ancient town of Maras from where we descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, are some of the most astounding saltpans covering the hillside.

Travel by train to Chachabamba to enjoy a “taste” of the Inca trail. Our route, the Royal Inca Trail, was the ceremonial path of the royal Incas en route to the sacred site of Machu Picchu. Pass picturesque ruins surrounded by wild orchids at Winay Wayna, and continue through cloud forest on a trail to the Sun Gate, for our first glimpse of the ancient city of Machu Picchu. We relax tonight in Machu Picchu Town (1 night).

The next day we explore the Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. An extensive tour of the ruins introduces us to its fascinating history. For those with extra energy, there’s the chance to climb Huayna Picchu for superb vistas, before returning to Cusco (1 night) for our final evening.

Some last minute shopping or sightseeing in Cusco before flying to Lima and our flight home.

Peru Itinerary Map

Wyndham Costa del Sol, Lima - Peru

In Lima we stay at the Wyndham Costa del Sol. This modern hotel is well equipped with a spa, pool and hot tub.

Hotel Maison D'Elise, Arequipa - Peru

Moving on to the white-walled colonial city of Arequipa our accommodation is at the Hotel Maison D'Elise. The 43 comfortable rooms offer air-conditioning, TV, safe and mini bar.

Colca Lodge, Colca Canyon - Peru

Stay at the relaxing haven of the Colca Lodge. Unwind in the private thermal springs and take in your natural surroundings and stunning panoramic views. There's also an eco-spa where you can indulge in a massage, spa pool and sauna.

Casa Andina, Puno - Peru

To the shores of Lake Titicaca and Puno, where we stay at the Casa Andina. Rooms open to balconies with lake or garden views and feature television, wireless internet and safe. The restaurant serves delicious local specialties and dishes made from local lake fish.

Quinta San Blas, Cusco - Peru

In Cusco stay at the Quinta San Blas (3 nights); this converted Republican house is set in the quaint neighbourhood of San Blas. It has all the amenities without detracting from its ancient history. It is well located near the Bohemian San Blas Plazza and three blocks from the main Plaza de Armas. We spend 2 nights here to start with, then return to Cusco after our travels, for a further night. 

Boutique Hotel Lizzey Wasi, Sacred Valley - Peru

Our base in the Sacred Valley is a delightful Andean-style hacienda lodge located in Urubamba town. With a friendly restaurant and bar, the hotel is set in a side street, a short walk from the centre of Urubamba. Once inside the grounds, you find yourselves in a peaceful oasis, with delightful gardens, stunning mountain views and it is a perfect place to relax.

El Mapi, Machu Picchu - Peru

At Machu Picchu we stay at El Mapi, a contemporary and comfortable hotel in Machu Picchu Town, formerly known as Aguas Calientes, in the valley below the ruins.

What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug

Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • walking (‘approach’) trainers
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £649
12 nights
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:

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