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Overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Titicaca, Puno makes an ideal base for exploring the many wonders of the world’s largest high-altitude lake. Formed some 60 million years ago, the lake plays a central role in Andean mythology, and it is considered the birthplace of the Inca civilization. Visits to the lake's islands connect travelers with age-old ways of life. On the floating islands of Uros, the locals use reeds to make their homes, their boats and handicrafts. On Isla Taquile, Quechua-speaking islanders maintain centuries-old weaving traditions and the hills have terraces that pre-date the Incas. A short drive west of Puno, the funerary towers of Sillustani look like something from another world. 

The lake is a great place for adventure while also learning about Andean culture. Previous kimkim travelers have enjoyed kayaking trips to various Titicaca islands, stopping for shoreside relaxing and a bracing swim (for the hearty few). Overnighting in local island communities provides an even more immersive Titicaca experience. Wherever you go, you’ll see spectacular scenery: arid landscapes, topaz blue waters and the chiseled peaks of the Andes soaring overhead.
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Exploring Cusco, Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake 6-Days
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Exploring Cusco, Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake 6-Days

Experience the best-loved highlights of Peru in just six days with this efficient tour. Start with sightseeing in Lima, before getting whisked away to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Here, you'll enjoy a tour of the city, along with the important towns and archeological sites of the Sacred Valley. Spend a full day exploring Machu Picchu with an expert guide, and finish your trip marveling at the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.

Explore the Heart of the Inca Empire - 7 Days
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Explore the Heart of the Inca Empire - 7 Days

This 7-day journey highlights all of the iconic landscapes, famous Incan ruins, and cultural experiences that make Peru a sought-after destination. Stroll the textile markets of Cusco, visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, spend a day at the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, and more.

Reed boats on Lake Titicaca
Map of Lake Titicaca & Short Inca Trail - 8 Days
Lake Titicaca & Short Inca Trail - 8 Days

Experience Peru's cities, Machu Picchu, and the largest lake in South America on this 8-day tour.  Start with cultural and culinary tours in metropolitan Lima before continuing to the Sacred Valley. You'll also visit the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, where wildlife and handicrafts abound. Cap it off with a one-day hike of the Inca trail, ending with a visit to the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu. 

Reed boats on Lake Titicaca
Map of Lima, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 8 Days
Lima, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 8 Days

Explore Peru's cities, Machu Picchu, and the largest lake in South America on this 8-day exploration of local Peruvian culture.  Start in metropolitan Lima and explore the vibrant food scene and history. Continue to Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire, and visit ancient ruins and colorful textile markets. Next, spend a day visiting the iconic Machu Picchu ruins. Finally, venture to Lake Titicaca to see its floating islands and intricate hand-made crafts.

Reed boats on Lake Titicaca
Cusco, Short Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca - 9 Days

Explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, along with Machu Picchu, and the largest lake in South America on this 9-day exploration of local Peruvian culture.  Start in metropolitan Lima, then head to Cusco to experience the local culture and culinary traditions. Continue on to the Sacred Valley to visit its ancient ruins and colorful textile markets. Next, spend a day visiting the iconic Machu Picchu ruins. Finally, venture to Lake Titicaca to see its floating islands and intricate hand-made crafts.

Machu Picchu awash with sunlight
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 9 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 9 Days

This 9-day Peruvian tour is perfect for travelers who have a thirst for adventure. After a night in the bustling capital, you'll head to the Amazon rainforest for two nights at a beautiful eco-lodge known for hiking and viewing wildlife. Then, head to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to discover colorful textile markets and monolithic ruins. Top it all off with a guided tour of Machu Picchu before finishing on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Machu Picchu
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 10 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 10 Days

From Cusco to the Amazon Rainforest, this highlights tour is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure. Explore the ancient Inca capital, tour the Sacred Valley, and take in the majesty of Machu Picchu. Finally, travel east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the Amazon. Spend a few days viewing wildlife like the giant river otter and numerous parrot species, and spend your nights in the comfort of an eco-lodge.

The Inca ruins of Winay Wayna along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Excursion - 10 Days

From bustling cities to remote Inca ruins, this 10-day tour of Peru's highlights is perfect for adventurous travelers. Discover Peru's metropolitan culture in Lima, then continue to the Incan capital of Cusco. Tour the Sacred Valley before embarking on the Inca Trail, finish your trek in Machu Picchu. Finally, head to Lake Titicaca for cultural experiences among the lake's islands. 

Via Ferrata
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Adventurer's Trip to Peru - 10 Days

This 10-day tour combines Peru's highlights for an active and fun getaway. Explore Lima and stroll around its bohemian sea-side neighborhoods. Go shopping for fresh produce at a local mercado before heading to a cooking class to get an authentic taste of Peru. View some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs then try your hand at sandboarding on the nearby dunes. Next, head south to Cusco. Explore the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu, colorful textile markets, and bustling plazas of southern Peru. Embark on an exciting via ferrata and zip-lining adventure and hike to the peak of Huayna Picchu mountain for some stunning views. Finally, travel to Lake Titicaca to experience the beauty and culture of its islands.

Machu Picchu
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 11 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 11 Days

From the hustle and bustle of Cusco to the remote Machu Picchu citadel and Amazon Rainforest, this 11-day highlights tour is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure. Spend a few days in the Amazon viewing wildlife like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge. Then, explore the colorful textile markets and monolithic ruins of the Sacred Valley, and take in the majesty of Machu Picchu. Finally, head to Lake Titicaca to experience the region's rich culture and beautiful landscapes. 

Cusco city center
Map of Peru Cities & History: Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca - 11 Days
Peru Cities & History: Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca - 11 Days

Explore Peru's coast, mountains, and southern region in this 11-day trip. Start in metropolitan Lima, then continue to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, to explore archaeological sites and the stunning Sacred Valley. Visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel, then keep going south to Lake Titicaca—South America's largest lake—to explore cultures who predate the Inca by millennia. Take a tour onto the lake to see the floating reed islands, textile weaving, and ancient stone ruins. Whether by plane or bus, you will be amazed at how quickly the landscape changes as you discover Peru.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Map of Essential Peru - 12 Days
Essential Peru - 12 Days

From the Colca Canyon to Machu Picchu, this 12-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines, some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, before exploring Lima and the colonial city of Arequipa. Then visit Lake Titicaca, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. Cap off your trip by walking in the footsteps of the Incas on a short hike to Machu Picchu. 

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 12 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 12 Days

From Lima to the Amazon, this 12-day itinerary has it all. Take in the sights, aromas, and tastes of Lima then head to Lake Titicaca to explore the region's history and beautiful Islands. Next, travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about its culture and ancient ruins, including a visit to Machu Picchu. Finally, head east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point for your journey to the rainforest. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Colca Canyon
Peruvian Landscapes & History Adventure - 13 Days

Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, and beyond: this itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Explore metropolitan Lima before heading to Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. Then, explore the colorful textile markets of Cusco and small towns of the Sacred Valley, hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and top it off with a day exploring the iconic citadel ruins.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Map of Essential Peru - 14 Days
Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Map of Best of Peru - 14 Days
Best of Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Spend some time exploring Lima before heading to the colonial city of Arequipa to explore one of the world's deepest canyons. Depart for Lake Titicaca, a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, ending at Machu Picchu.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Map of Peru Highlights: Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, & Amazon Adventure - 15 Days
Peru Highlights: Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, & Amazon Adventure - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary starts in Lima before heading east to Puerto Maldonado, gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Spend three days viewing wildlife while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge. From there, head to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, where you'll visit Rainbow Mountain and spend a day trekking to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail. Finally, travel to Lake Titicaca to explore the region's history and beautiful islands.

Machu Picchu
Lares Trek & Lake Titicaca Exploration - 15 Days

Trek through the Lares Valley, where you'll pass between glacier-capped mountains where llamas and alpacas graze in the surrounding hills. You'll visit the town of Lares, a colorful traditional town in the heart of the valley. Combined with the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this is a trek that combines two wonderful valleys & mountain ranges with very different ecologies & landscapes. Next, enjoy a kayaking adventure on Lake Titicaca and delve into the beauty and history of the region. 

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Map of Peru Highlights: Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, & Amazon Adventure - 16 Days
Peru Highlights: Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, & Amazon Adventure - 16 Days

Experience the best of Peru with this comprehensive tour. Spend three days at an ecolodge in the Amazon Rainforest, where you'll view wildlife like the giant river otter and multiple parrot species. Next, travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about its ancient ruins and take short treks to Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu. End your trip at Lake Titicaca, immersing in the culture of this region's famous Islands.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 14 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 14 Days

From Lima to the Amazon, this 14-day itinerary has it all. Take in the sights, aromas, and tastes of Lima, then head east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point for your journey to the rainforest. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge. Next, travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about its culture and ancient ruins, including visits to Rainbow Mountain as well as Machu Picchu. Finally, travel to Lake Titicaca to explore the region's history and beautiful Islands. 

Apu Ausangate
Peruvian Trekking Excursion: Ausangate, Colca Canyon, & Lake Titicaca - 21 Days

This three-week itinerary is ideal for avid hikers looking for a unique adventure. Explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco before embarking on the 5-day Ausangate trek, a beautiful and off the beaten path trek to Machu Picchu. During the trek, you’ll discover the beauty and rugged highlands of the Ausangate region, hike past glacial lakes, and wander amidst herds of alpacas. After completing the trek, venture to Machu Picchu citadel to explore Peru's most iconic ruins. Next, head out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa, then travel to Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons. After trekking through the canyon, depart for Lake Titicaca to spend a few days hiking, kayaking, and exploring the region's rich history, culture, and natural beauty. 

Aerial view of the Nazca Lines
Map of Peru's Cultural Highlights & Nazca Lines - 11 Days
Peru's Cultural Highlights & Nazca Lines - 11 Days

From Lima to the Nazca Lines to iconic Machu Picchu, this 11-day adventure brings you to Peru's cultural and historic highlights. Start in the metropolitan city of Lima, then head south to Paracas. See the massive Nazca Lines from the window of an airplane, try sandboarding on nearby dunes, explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, visiting ancient Inca ruins and busy textile markets, then spend a day visiting the famed ruins of Machu Picchu. Finish your trip exploring the islands and cultures of Lake Titicaca.

Other popular travel destinations in Peru
Sacred Valley · Machu Picchu · Aguas Calientes · Lima · Cusco · The Amazon · Southern Peru · Northern Peru · Paracas · Arequipa & Colca Canyon · Nazca · Colca Canyon · Arequipa · Tambopata · Mancora