Lima to Cusco Peru tour
Description of Lima to Cusco Peru tour
This two-week tailor-made tour of Peru takes you from cosmopolitan Lima to colonial Cusco, via some of Peruís most spectacular Andean landscapes and enduring, traditional cultures.
Expertly-guided English-speaking group tours are combined with free time for you to explore at leisure. Starting in Lima youíll discover contrasting colonial central squares and modern, leafy shopping districts before boarding a short flight to Arequipa.
From this beautiful, volcano-backed city, youíll take a guided tour out through traditional villages to the showstopping Colca Canyon, where you can soak in natural hot springs and watch Andean condors rise up on the morning thermals at the Cruz del Condor. Your insight into Peruís unique Andean culture continues at Lake Titicaca and in the Sacred Valley, where you have an opportunity to spend the night in the ancient, Quechua-speaking village of Ollantaytambo. Finally, youíll discover Cuscoís exquisitely preserved Incan and colonial past on a private guided walking tour of the city.
Dawn and dusk visits to Machu Picchu are the crowning glory of your two weeks. Watch as the iconic Incan citadel emerges from the morning mist and marvel as the changing light uncovers hidden corners of Incan stonework. A guided tour will uncover stories of its remarkable history.
Included in this trip are all your guided tours with an English-speaking guide, transfers and transport with a Spanish-speaking driver, entrance fees, B&B accommodation and other meals as specified. International and domestic flights are available separately.
PlanetOn our Andean Treasures holiday we take great care to preserve the environment in the areas you will be visiting. By travelling overland from Arequipa to Puno, and from Puno to Cusco, (in shared or public transport where possible) you will reduce the domestic flights needed to get around the country and lower the carbon footprint of your trip.
We are proud to support our local operator in Arequipa in annual clean-up and reforestation campaigns. We provide responsible travel guidelines to all our travellers with advice on how they can help to preserve the environments they are visiting Ė recycling containers are available on tour buses in the Colca Canyon and in hotels in Arequipa and Colca.
The hotel in the Colca Canyon has been built in harmony with the environment in a way to minimise interference with the natural surroundings. Only local materials (stone, earth and straw) have been used in the construction of the hotel and natural hot springs on site.
PeopleWe work with local operators and accommodation owners who share our commitment to responsible travel wherever possible. We work with different local operators in each destination to fairly distribute income from tourism.
We are respectful towards the communities that we will take you to visit, and you will always be accompanied by a local guide. The family run tour operator you will travel with in the Colca Canyon recently organised and financed the restoration of the public library in the village of Corporaque, so that the wider community benefits from tourism, not just those directly involved.
Our local operator in Cusco is owned and run by a local family who take pride in employing local people and in giving back to the wider community. On this tour you will visit the workshops of local artisans in the Sacred Valley where you will learn about traditional weaving and silver smith techniques and have the opportunity to buy handicrafts direct from the artisans who make them.