Peru Highlands Explorer
A privately guided tour of Peru's cultural highlights, ancient civilizations and Andean highlands
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Two nights on the Belmond Andean Explorer
- Luxury accommodation, private transfers and internal flights
- Private tours in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Explore the living history and breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian highlands on this incredible adventure, visiting the country’s ‘must sees’ and some lesser known favourite spots of ours in fine style.
Journey from Lima to the Sacred Valley, iconic Machu Picchu and Cusco for an introduction to the Inca Empire and the rich culture of the mountains which still thrives today. Then board the opulent Belmond Andean Explorer – the most luxurious rail trip in South America – for a two-night journey to the shores of Lake Titicaca and on to the colonial gem of Arequipa, before a final two nights by the breathtaking Colca Canyon where you’ll encounter traditions which date back to before even the Inca Empire.
All your activities and tours are privately guided and are at your own pace, and the itinerary can easily be extended to take in other destinations or shortened should you require.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Lima
Accommodation in Lima
Villa Barranco is located in a charming 1920’s house that has been carefully restored, fitting perfectly into the surrounding district of Barranco which is known for its arty feel, traditional architecture and laid-back bohemian vibe. There are nine rooms and suites, a some of which on the ground floor enjoy a private garden space, while those on the second have terraces of balconies. The style is simple, comfortable, with wooden floors, Persian rugs and huge beds. Enjoy views of the sea and surrounding neighbourhood from the rooftop terrace, with many cultural sites, bars and restaurants nearby.
- Five king bedded rooms, eight king two twin bedded rooms and four contemporary queen bedded rooms
- Restaurant, bar and lounge
- Living room
- Rooftop sun deck and patio
At last a hotel with lots of Limeño character and heritage. Combining intimate and modern boutique hospitality, with stylish, historical elegance, Hotel B offers both a polished and decidedly local stay to your time in Lima. Located in the city’s bohemian district of Barranco and housed in a historical Belle Époque mansion, once the palatial, ocean view residence of the Peruvian president Augusto Leguia, its architectural features and flair captures Peru’s colonial past in 21st century luxury. In fact, the Arts Hotel renovation team included sculptors from the Fine Arts academy and a host of talented carpenters under the direction of an Italian master woodworker. Each of its 17 rooms (coming in three different categories) all display chic furnishings and modern amenities, with contemporary style and smart design blended together in a very refreshing and unique way.
- 82 guestrooms
- Observatory Restaurant
- Rooftop pool
This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru. The hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to one of the most exclusive residential areas and commercial districts of Lima. Miraflores Park prides itself in offering outstanding personalised service and a home away from home atmosphere. With 82 rooms, the amenities include three massage rooms, a rooftop heated pool, state of the art gym and a special observatory restaurant with sea views while dining. This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru.
Enjoy the Capital of Peru, known particularly for its excellent cuisine and good museums, as well as the historic down-town areas. your Travel Designer can arrange a tour for you should you wish and you'll have all of our recommendations at hand for the best things to see and do in the city to make the very most of your stay.
Start with a visit to one of Lima’s most emblematic and picturesque markets, where you can see, taste and purchase the most popular ingredients used in Peruvian cuisine. In the hands of our culinary expert, you may have the chance to try fruits from the coast, mountains and jungle, such as chirimoya, pacay, mango, passion fruit, aguaymanto, aguaje, and stop by the impressive seafood section selling the likes of prawns, shrimp, octopus and scallops. You also have the opportunity to try and buy dried fruits and browse the handicrafts on offer. You then go to La Picanteria, a restaurant owned by famous chef, Hector Solís. The restaurant looks to reproduce the rustic and traditional atmosphere of a picanteria and menus vary according to what's best in the market that day.
Private transfer to Lima airport
Flight from Lima to Cusco
Private transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel in the Sacred Valley
Accommodation in Sacred Valley
- 115 rooms
- Large Spa with 7 treatment rooms, Vichy shower, 3 hydrotherapy pools
- 3 restaurants
- Wine cellar
A brand new hotel and spa resort, the Aranwa Aqua is amongst the most luxurious and well equipped accommodations in the Sacred Valley. Set in the impressive grounds of an 18th century colonial hacienda the hotel boast full spa facilities to provide an extra level of relaxation after a day of exploring including many of the latest treatments and facilities. There are one hundred rooms and fifteen large suites (with jacuzzis and floor-to-ceiling windows) and guests can also enjoy three restaurants, a small on site museum and an art gallery.
- 43 casitas
- Adjoining ranch and stables
Set among beautiful gardens in the magnificent location of the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna is a charming and comfortable hotel with wonderfully relaxing amenities. Your bungalow, or ‘casita’, is designed with Andean touches and stylish interiors and boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. Spend your days exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you can partake in exciting activities such as horse riding, bird watching and para-gliding. Back at Sol y Luna the indulgent spa, sauna and pool is a peaceful place for you to unwind, while the dining consists of a restaurant, Killa Wasi, where Peruvian and European cuisine is served and a bar, Chicha Wasi, where you can enjoy authentic pisco sours. You can also enjoy traditional Andean cuisine at Wayra, a separate restaurant set in the hotel’s Wayra ranch, paying homage to the wealth of natural ingredients cultivated in the Sacred Valley since the time of the Incas.
- 12 rooms and 24 casitas
The Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a modern take on a traditional hacienda, wonderfully located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas between Cusco and Machu Picchu, its sizable estate backed by green mountains and overlooking terraced fields below. The view is shared by all 12 rooms in the Casa Hacienda and 24 standalone casitas. Architecture and interiors are inspired on the area’s cultural history, with colonial furniture, authentic Inca masks and handcrafted woodwork giving a genuine sense of place. Food is centred around an ‘earth to table’ concept, with produce from the hacienda’s organic plantation. Quinoa, Urubamba giant corn, medicinal herbs and a variety of potatoes are farmed with traditional hand tools and oxen, as done centuries ago, and guests are welcome to join in picking their own crops. The most recent addition to the hacienda is the Mayu Spa, which means river in Quechua. It is nestled between the organic orchard and an peppertree forest and offers treatments using natural products derived from native medicinal herbs.
- 22 rooms
- Private villas for families and groups of friends
This is without doubt one of the most comfortable and luxurious places to stay in the Sacred Valley. Set in a beautiful spot by the Urubamba river the hotel is close to the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. The construction and design of the twenty-two rooms is in keeping with the rustic surrounds of this historic location with extensive use of natural materials, yet never compromising on luxury. The hotel has a good restaurant and a high quality 230 square metre spa in which to relax after a day exploring the area. There are two very spacious and well-appointed villas suitable for families or groups of friends travelling together.
- 50 rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Dining room
- Bar and living room
Tucked away in one of the Sacred Valley’s most secluded haciendas, next to the tiny village of Urquillos and close to many of the area’s most important Inca settlements, explora Valle Sagrado is the wonderful hub from which to explore this incredible region of Peru. Carefully built within an ancient corn plantation set on Inca terraces, 50 rooms – six of which are suites – drink in views of the surrounding fields and mountains. Each is modern in its simplicity and thoroughly comfortable. There is an outdoor swimming pool, with hot tubs, massage room, steam rooms and saunas all set within a carefully preserved colonial building, Pumacahua House. A communal dining room, bar, library and living area sit at the heart of the property. Guests stay here on a three night all inclusive basis, discovering the area with a selection of over 20 exploration activities. These include a range of hikes to colonial towns, snowcapped mountains, high altitude lagoons and Inca archaeological sites, half and full day mountain bike rides and tours to Cusco, Machu Picchu, or more off-the-beaten track locations.
Northwest of Cusco, the Sacred Valley is one of the most beautiful and historically important parts of Peru. The Valley was one of the bases of Inca civilization, the river that winds its way through believed to be aligned with the cosmos. The valley is also home to many indigenous people living the same way they have been for centuries and it’s possible to visit local markets and communities.
Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the Sacred Valley and take you on a full day private tour. Start at the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo. The site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and is one of the most important if not visible vestiges of how the Incas inhabited and functioned in their cities making it a fascinating place to explore. There is a fortress at the top of the hill (and quite a few steps) which is particularly interesting to investigate for the techniques the Incas used in its construction.
Enjoy a picnic lunch for an amazing cross-cultural experience and to be part of a special ceremony of song and traditional offerings to Pachamama, meaning Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing with many sacred medicines involved, including Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mana Coca, Agua Florida, Condor's Feathers, Grandfather Puma, Essences and Incenses. Many pre-hispanic instruments that have no musical register are used to help heal through joy, love, color and life.
The Vistadome train takes you to the magnificent ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in superb modern comfort. As per its name, the train has wide glass windows built into the roof and sides of the carriages so you really do get to see the rich Peruvian countryside rushing by. Large leather seats, air conditioning, heating, and good service reflects all the contemporary efficiency and standards of Peru Rail too.
Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints.
Accommodation in Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is only steps away from the train ride to the breathtaking views of the Incan citadel. The hotel consists of several whitewashed cottages in an Andean village located in the heart of Agua Calientes, part of the historical Machu Picchu attraction. Tea time and evening nature shows are offered each day, and the hotel has a spa and yoga facility. The spacious rooms all have a fireplace and thick, handmade alpaca wool blankets cover each bed making it a perfect place for simple relaxing before and after your Machu Picchu excursion.
- 60 rooms
An excellent option in the Machu Picchu area, the Sumaq is located outside of the town of Aguas Calientes on a stretch of the Urubamba river. 60 rooms and suites are decorated to a clean modern finish with flourishes and details inspired by the Inca citadel, with views of the river and mountains. One of the real highlights here is the restaurant, by our reckoning one of the best in the Machu Picchu area. Aside from visiting the famous citadel above, you can partake in Peruvian cooking classes, witness traditional ceremonies and shamanic rituals, and head out on hikes through the lush valley in search of unique species of flora and fauna.
- 31 rooms
- Two restaurants
The Sanctuary Lodge is certainly one of the best located hotels in the world, being the only accommodation located inside of Machu Picchu. There are stunning views from many of the rooms and the hotel is within walking distance of the Incan ruins. The gorgeous garden is a wonderful place to have breakfast or a cocktail in the evening while relishing in the peace of the surroundings. Given the location, space is at an economy so the standard rooms are not overly spacious. However, this is a small price to pay for such a stunning location. All meals are included in the cost.
Discover the Machu Picchu citadel by climbing up either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Both scenic sites offer incredible, sweeping views, but vary in route. Huanya Picchu is a steeper route for the confident hiker as you pass sheer drops and takes around 2 hours. Machu Picchu Mountain is a rewarding 3 hour ascending hike taking you away from the larger crowds to enjoy the vistas.
Catch the Vistadome Train from Machu Picchu to Poroy Station in Cusco.
Accommodation in Cusco
- 16 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa, sauna and massage rooms
- Hydro massage pool
Casa Cartagena has a uniquely sharp and contemporary look in a town dominated by colonial style hotels. The boutique hotel has a sleek, minimalist concept with clean, white lines and modern furnishings for the interiors, whilst the historical exterior has been renovated beautifully in keeping with the surrounds of the city. Service is attentive and professional and the hotel sits just 200 metres from the main historic square of the city. The sixteen rooms are spacious and airy, and the central courtyard is beautifully lit up by a large luminescent globe.
- Five rooms
- Flat screen TVs with cable
Located half way between Sacsayhuaman and the cosmopolitan Plaza de Armas, the Palacio Manco Capac is an ancient republican country house reinvented as a charming boutique hotel. With an enviable location high on the slopes of San Cristobal Hill, the hotel was built on the ancient site of the palace of Manco Capac, founder of the Inca Empire. During your stay, you’ll enjoy commanding views as well as an intimate connection to the area’s majestic past. The hotel has just five rooms, each with an elegant bathroom been made of the finest peruvian travertine. The intimate size of the hotel ensures that you’re guaranteed a cosy and welcoming atmosphere combined with personalised service and the utmost in attention to detail. Traditional Peruvian food and elements from worldwide cuisines combine with organic, local produce to create a delicious menu to accompany your stay. Situated in Quinta Qolqampata in the San Cristobal neighbourhood, just 20 minutes from Alejandro Velasco Astete airport, convenience is met with the calm surroundings of a beautiful eucalyptus forest. Punctuate your stay with bucolic walks around the property amidst Inca ruins. Horse riding, bike riding, yoga and a host of other activities can be organised to your liking.
- 43 rooms
- Oxygen enrichment
- flat screen televisions
- Bar and restaurant
- 4 treatment rooms
- Ipod docks
- Steam Room and Dry Sauna
- Steam Room
- Dry Sauna
The Aranwa is an excellent boutique option in Cusco. Decoration is a mixture of colonial style, modern furniture and opulent restored antique pieces from the owner’s personal collection. The hotel retains a historic feel whilst modern touches make your stay that much more comfortable. The forty three rooms are equipped with such features as iPod docks, oxygen enrichment (optional) and large, all marble bathrooms with jacuzzi’s or colonial style claw-footed bath tubs.
- 11 Suites
- Lounge and dining room
This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the center of Cusco surrounded by cobblestone streets, museums and next door to Plaza Las Nazarenas. This really is the premier property in Cusco and a real delight to stay at. La Casona is a beauitfully and carefully restored colonial manor house from the 16th century with modern luxuries. With only eleven suites surrounding a courtyard, the atmosphere is very private and charming. Each room is furnished with period antiques and has a fireplace and heated floors. Other hotel amenities include a library, restaurant, lounge, spa, butler services and Peruvian cooking classes.
- 126 Rooms
- Select rooms oxygen enriched
- Two Restaurants
- 2 Restaurants
- Lobby bar
Cusco’s most famous and prestigious hotel, Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery in the heart of town just steps away from the main plaza, finest restaurants and best museums. Built around Incan foundations, adorned with antique Spanish design, the hotel is an important historical landmark and is protected by the National Institute of Culture. The 126 unique rooms offer a great mix of elegance and comfort, ranging from cozy quarters to expansive suite. The hotel also goes the extra mile in terms of guests’ comfort with the provision of some oxygen enriched bedrooms to help acclimatize to the high altitude. There are two restaurants – Illariy in the cloisters opening out over the leafy courtyard where you’ll find delicious breakfasts and light lunches, and El Tupay which serves fine international cuisine created from local ingredients, often accompanied by opera. The relaxed lobby bar is the place to sip pisco sours after a day exploring.
- 55 oxygen-enriched suites
- Outdoor pool
- Poolside bar
Palacio Nazarenas, a beautifully-restored old palace and convent, is Belmond’s latest hotel in Cusco and another triumph on the same par as the nearby Monasterio. The hotel has been conscientiously renovated so that guest bask not only in modern luxury but in the history of Cusco, with cloistered gardens, fountains, walls of Incan stones, lovely terraces and flowered patios to wander amongst. The style is sympathetic to the colonial era in regards to its lavishness but also outfitted to modern demands and designs. For example, all of its rooms are oxygen-enriched to help ease the altitude for visitors, and it boasts the city’s first outdoor pool.
Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. Capital of the Incan Empire from the early 14th century until its Spanish conquest, Cusco is a beautiful city where you can find Incan ruins next to (or underneath) but Spanish colonial architecture.
Today you will visit the Imperial City, a living example of the mixture of the Andean and Spanish cultures. You start your trip visiting the Santo Domingo Convent, built over the Koricancha Palace.
Later, you will stop at the Main Square, where you can find the Cathedral of Cusco. Going on with the tour, you will visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, which is the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Built by the Incas, it served an important military function and was the site of a major battle with the Spanish in 1536. The complex was constructed out of massive stones, some weighing as much as 300 tons, cut to fit together without the use of mortar.
Later, you will take a look at the archaeological sites of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, located north east of the city.
Private transfer to Cusco train station
Accommodation in Andean Explorer
- En-suite cabins for up to 48 guests
- Two dining cars
- Lounge car
- Observation car
Belmond’s Andean Explorer travels between Cusco, Lake Titicaca and Arequipa along one of the world’s highest train routes in unmatched style and comfort. En-suite cabins accommodate up to 48 passengers, with double, twin and bunk bed configurations. Interiors are inspired by Peru’s traditional hand-woven fabrics and the soft tones of alpaca wool. The lounge car features a baby grand piano and is the perfect place for guests to come together and enjoy a drink from the bar. There are two dining cars serving contemporary cuisine using season, local produce from the Peruvian Andes, and masterminded by the team at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Cusco. There is also an open-deck observation car from which to enjoy the breathtaking scenery while sipping on a Pisco sour.
Board the Belmond Andean Explorer train in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire. Settle down and unwind in your luxurious cabin as the train begins its journey southeast towards Puno. Savour your first lunch on board in one of the elegant dining cars, where refined Andean specialities are served with contemporary flair.
After, disembark to visit Raqch’i. Once an important control point for the Incas, it is today a fascinating archaeological site brimming with history. Return to the train just in time for tea. Soak up the sensational sunset over La Raya Mountain range, before preparing yourself for an elegant dinner on board. Afterwards, perhaps head to the bar car and chat to your fellow travellers as the train continues to Lake Titicaca, where it will stable for the evening.
Awake early to catch the breathtaking sunrise across Lake Titicaca, before enjoying a delicious breakfast on board. Today’s tours explore the eclectic beauty and rich diversity of life on Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and home to many islands. First you’ll take a traditional boat ride out to the Uros Islands, stunning man-made lands carefully created from woven reeds that are constantly being replenished.
Continue on to Taquile island, a beautiful island with a way of life barely touched by time. Enjoy a private lunch on Collata Beach, with demonstrations from traditional dancers and artisanal workers.
Return to the train for tea as your journey continues on to Arequipa. In the afternoon take the opportunity to disembark and find out more about this stunning city, considered one of the most important settlements in Peru. Return to the train for a final delicious dinner, before retiring to your cabin for a restful night.
Enjoy breakfast before setting off on an early morning excursion to the spellbinding, rugged scenery of Lake Lagunillas. Afterwards visit Sumbay Caves, home to fascinating cave paintings that are estimated to be almost 8,000 years old. Return to the train for lunch as the trains continues to Arequipa where you will disembark.
Arequipa is renowned for being one of Peru’s prettiest townships, and nicknamed the ‘White City’ for its beautiful architecture built from the local sillar, a pale volcanic rock. Its monuments, cultural buildings, home and day-to-day life is best admired from a comprehensive city tour such as this. You will be collected from your hotel by your expert, local guide and walked through the UNESCO Historic Centre and Plaza de Armas with its splendid Cathedral before stopping at the Jesuit Church.
Built in 1579 and enlarged in the 17th century, the Santa Catalina Monastery is a self contained complex just off Arequipa’s central square. The founder of the monastery was a rich widow, Maria de Guzman. The monastery accepted only women from upper class Spanish families, with each family paying a dowry of 2,400 silver coins, equivalent to about $150,000 today. At its height, the monastery housed approximately 450 people, about a third of them nuns and the rest servants, before being reformed by a a strict Dominican nun in 1871 who sent the rich dowries back to Europe, and freed all the servants and slaves, giving them the choice of either remaining as nuns or leaving. Today, there are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex; the rest of the monastery is open to the public.
Finally, proceed to the Amato's Princess Museum, where you'll see the momia Juanita (Juanita mummy). Discovered in September 1995 by the anthropologist John Reinhard in the heights of Ampato Volcano at 6380 m.a.s.l, she is believed to have been an offering to the Apus over 500 years ago. Her discovery astonished scientists due to the conservation of her body.
Accommodation in Arequipa
- 41 rooms
- Two courtyards
- Rooftop terrace
This hotel, located in the White City Arequipa, is a national historic monument. Formerly a mint house, it is now one of the best hotels in the city and one of the best in Peru. The luxurious and spacious colonial suites have been beautifully converted and it’s very evident that you are staying in part of Peru’s rich history. We recommend these above the more modern rooms at the rear of the property. There are two beautiful courtyards, restaurant, bar and very accommodating staff.
Overlooked by the Andes mountains, enjoy the views, sublime weather, and now UNESCO-protected colonial splendour of Arequipa, known as the 'White City' (thanks to its buildings being constructed from white volcanic 'sillar' rock). We can organise many interest-led, private tours here with our team of expert, local guides to explore the history, Andean culture, fascinating architecture, to the culinary delights of Arequipa and expeditions to the Colca Canyon - just talk to our travel designers about how you would like to spend your time here.
Usually an early morning departure, you'll be collected from your hotel in Arequipa for your private transfer to the Colca Canyon across the Pampa Cañahuas, which lies in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. You leave the city via Yura, a district characterised by its rugged scenery, hills and ravines. This is quite a splendid drive as you enter the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive plain where you can spot the herds of alpacas, llamas and possibly wild vicuñas. Continue on through the fascinating volcanic landscape to the village of Chivay for lunch before arriving at the Colca Valley and your hotel in the area. This transfer will take about four hours.
Accommodation in Colca Canyon
- 32 rooms, three suites and six villas
- One heated indoor and one outdoor swimming pool
- Restaurant and bar
- Lookout tower
Stretched along a bend in the Colca River is the Aranwa Resort and Spa. With a beautiful backdrop of Andean mountains and a strong sense of colonial tradition, this property idyllically blends nature with comfort and history. The accommodation choices range from a room, suite or villa. All boast mountain and valley views and contemporary comfort, while some feature balconies to enjoy those panoramic vistas. Foodies can participate in a culinary experience at the old water mill where you grind grains down and prepare pizza and bread for the clay oven based in the restaurant – which serves delicious Andean meals. There is of course plenty of activity to try here with stunning mountain bike rides through the Colca Canyon, plus relaxation at the luxurious spa or one of the two swimming pools.
- Hot springs
This charming lodge is in a beautiful setting next to the Colca River. The design and construction is in keeping with the historic setting, using traditional style structures built of stone, mud bricks and thatch. Sitting 3,250 metres above sea level, the hotel is nestled amongst hundreds of pre-Inca grassy terraces and its design has been influenced to complement its surroundings. There are 45 rooms which are simply but comfortably furnished with wood panelling and some have fireplaces. Guests can enjoy views across the gardens from their private terrace. A highlight of the property is its access to four thermal spring pools, set in the stunning scenery. There is also a range of spa treatments to choose from and horseback riding trips across the valley. In the evenings there are several gourmet dining options, sample Alpandina cuisine in the main restaurant or the barbecue bar offers Peruvian specialties served on the banks of the Colca River.
- 20 private casitas
- Vegetable garden
- Small farm
Belmond Las Casitas is an exquisite luxury accommodation which provides guests with their own private ‘casita’. The location is perfect, set in the wonderfully idyllic Colca Valley. Each casita has heated floors, a private terrace, and heated plunge pool from which you can enjoy the sunset. The bathrooms have marble floors, indoor and outdoor showers and a glass rooftop over the bathtub to gaze at the stars at night. The theme of each casita is being a part of nature and truly relaxing. One of the most unique elements of this accommodation is its huge vegetable gardens, farm, and greenhouses where guests have the option to pick each ingredient for their meal that evening. Otherwise, the restaurant serves gourmet cuisine throughout the day.
Blending a dramatic geography of volcanoes and canyons with sleepy Andean valleys, Incan ruins and centuries-old colonial villages, the Colca is one of Peru's most beautiful and traditional of locations. Packed with adventure activities from white water rafting, hiking and spotting the soaring Andean condor, mix this with its hot springs and relaxing right down to life at a slower pace.
Head to the Cruz del Condor to view the incredible Colca Canyon. This is the most popular point for viewing the canyon – it’s around 1200m (3937 feet) deep here – and you can almost guarantee seeing several huge condors circling up from the depths against the breathtaking scenery. A short walk will show you pre-Inca terraces where people still grow Andean products like corn, quinoa, kiwicha and others.
Explore the nearby towns of Yanque and Maca to see their colonial churches, meet the locals and see their unique crafts.
Private transfer from the Colca Canyon to Arequipa
Flight from Arequipa to Lima
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