Arequipa to Machu Picchu Peru tour

“This three-week tour delves into the Inca heartlands of Peru and Bolivia, meeting their modern day descendants and warming up after the Andean chill in the Amazon jungle.”


Arequipa | Condors in Colca Canyon | Lake Titicaca | Puno | Uros Islands | Copacabana | La Paz | Cuzco | Ollantaytambo | Train ride to Machu Picchu | Puerto Maldonado | Amazon rainforest | Optional: excursions to Isla del Sol, Tiwanaku, Chullpas at Sillustani, Chacaltaya, Maras salt Pans, white water rafting, cycling, horse riding

Description of Arequipa to Machu Picchu Peru tour

Peru is a huge and widely varied country, encompassing three of South America’s most dramatic natural landscapes: the Amazon rainforest, the Andes mountain range and the desert. This three-week, Arequipa to Machu Picchu Peru tour leaves plenty of time to explore each of these incredible ecosystems, whilst discovering Peru’s legendary Inca past.

The colonial city of Arequipa, with its pearl-white architecture and flower-filled plazas, gives way to the desolate high plains and an extinct volcano leading up to the Colca Canyon – one of the best places in the world for spotting the magnificent condor. The Peruvian Andes are dotted with tiny Quechua villages where the lifestyle has changed little over the centuries and traditional, colourful dress is still worn, and there will be opportunities to stop by and meet the residents on your journey from Arequipa to Machu Picchu. You can even meet local people in Lake Titicaca who live on floating islands constructed from reeds.

From here, you’ll cross over into Bolivia to explore the high-altitude city of La Paz, before flying back up to Cusco and spending a couple of nights in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a great base for visiting Inca ruins, salt pans and indigenous villages. This is only two hours by train from Machu Picchu – just as astounding to modern day explorers as it was when it was rediscovered over a century ago.

Finally, you’ll fly down to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Basin to discover the rainforest alongside superb naturalist guides. You’ll travel on foot and by boat, looking out for the jungle wildlife.

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Our top tip:
We recommend bring around $40 per day to cover additional meals.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 people. Min. age generally 12.
Activity level:
Standard hotels, almost all with private bathrooms and hot water. Some more basic hotels used.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Accom., listed activities, tour leader, transport and local flights.
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
Holiday type

Small group adventure holiday

This trip is run by a company which specialises in only Central and South America holidays. Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip and how many others are booked on it) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone, with your partner or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places, whilst being led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Tourism to Peru has boomed over the past few decades. For this reason there is even greater emphasis for tours to be carried out in a responsible and sustainable manner.

The hotels we use on this trip are all small, independently run hotels, staff serving you may well be the owners, and without a doubt all will be employed from the local or regional community. The same goes for the agencies and local operators we use along the way, many who have been with us since we started over 30 years ago; we look forward to seeing and working with them, and they in return provide us with their first class, local knowledge and experience to enhance the enjoyment of our tours.

Peru has some of the finest accessible wildlife and jungle lodges of the Amazon, and we choose to stay in one where their commitment to sustainability and research is exemplary. As a member of the Rainforest Alliance the lodge continues to move boundaries in this field through the structure of the cabins, daily practices of the lodge and importantly work in the region and they have also been credited with awards and commendations including being a finalist in Tourism for Tomorrow 2008.

2 Reviews of Arequipa to Machu Picchu Peru tour

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Condor spotting, Machu Picchu and riding the Telefonicas over La Paz

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you're interested in architecture, nature and wildlife, go for it. Dress for trekking

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Particularly noticeable (reducing environmental impacts and supporting conservation) in the Amazon Rainforest

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely amazing. Tiring living out of a suitcase for the best part of 3 weeks but well worth it

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Condors. Mountains; Machu Picchu; Alpacas; La Paz; Titicaca; ....

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you have plenty of camera capacity. Be prepared for good food and hot nights.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes , especially in the jungle section.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good variety, pace and comfort

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