Best of Puno

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Puno
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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Sactus on Incahuasi Island
Map of Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 14 Days
Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 14 Days

Explore the best of three countries on this comprehensive 14-day itinerary, with cultural visits, archaeological sites, and more. Start in Peru for explorations of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, then head to Lake Titicaca to see the floating Uros Islands and visit the indigenous communities. Continue to Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flats to see massive flocks of flamingoes, then end the trip on Rapa Nui — home of the iconic stone moai.

Exploring Cusco, Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake 6-Days
Map of Exploring Cusco, Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake 6-Days
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.

Ruins of Machu Picchu
Map of Explore the Heart of the Inca Empire - 7 Days
Explore the Heart of the Inca Empire - 7 Days

This seven-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.

Rapa Nui Statues
Map of Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 16 Days
Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 16 Days

Explore the best of South America's cultural sites on this comprehensive 16-day itinerary. Start in Peru, where you'll explore ancient Inca sites & set sail on Lake Titicaca. Transfer to Bolivia for a three-day adventure in the Uyuni Salt Flats, then end your trip on Rapa Nui for an in-depth exploration of the culture that built massive stone moai.

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.

Mount Illimani in La Paz
Major Highlights of Peru & Bolivia - 12 Days

During this 12-day journey, you will witness the rich culture, history, and landscapes across Peru and Bolivia. The first half of the trip is in Peru, where you'll explore the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient ruins in Cusco. Go on a Sacred Valley tour of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and — last but certainly not least — Machu Picchu. After seeing the floating Uros Islands, you'll cross the border into Bolivia and explore the city of La Paz, with day trips to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku and the Uyuni Salt Flats.

A woman walking on Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca
Map of Highlights of Peru & Bolivia - 10 days
Highlights of Peru & Bolivia - 10 days

This colorful adventure around Bolivia and Peru introduces you to the best of both countries. You'll start in Cusco, touring the high-altitude Inca city and exploring the Sacred Valley before moving on to the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu. Then fly to La Paz to discover Bolivia's most beautiful landscapes, including the Salar de Uyuni salt flats and the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Accompanied by llamas, you'll hike around a lagoon on the last full day of the trip.

Machu Picchu is the grand highlight of Peru
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 10 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 10 Days

From Cusco to the Amazon rainforest, this grand Peru tour is ideal for adventurous travelers, nature lovers, and history buffs. The highlights are many: explore Indigenous/colonial Cusco, visit the Uros floating islands, and witness the majesty of Machu Picchu. Then travel south to Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon, where you'll stay in a rainforest lodge and embark on nature tours to spot exotic wildlife.

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.

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.

Enjoy live music and dancing on the luxury train to Puno
Map of Peru's Luxury Train Tour to Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 10 Days
Peru's Luxury Train Tour to Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 10 Days

Discerning travelers will love this 10-day journey, where you'll see the best of Peru on foot, by car, and even by luxury train. Dive right into the country's famous gastronomy in the handsome capital of Lima. Then, travel to the southern highlands to experience the Sacred Valley. From there, take a train ride to Machu Picchu for two days of tours and hiking before continuing south via another glitzy railway car to Puno, where you'll enjoy cultural experiences on the shores of Peru's biggest lake, Lake Titicaca.

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

From colonial cities to remote Inca ruins, this 10-day tour of Peru is ideal for travelers who like a bit of history with their adventure. Start by enjoying cosmopolitan Lima before jetting off to Cusco, a former Inca capital later conquered by the Spanish. From there, hit the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and finish the trip on the shores of mystical Lake Titicaca, where you'll visit floating islands.

Via Ferrata
Map of Adventurer's Trip to Peru - 10 Days
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.

Stay with a local family in the floating islands of Peru's Lake Titicaca
Map of Epic Family Tour of Peru: Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 10 Days
Epic Family Tour of Peru: Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 10 Days

Calling all intrepid family explorers! Create memories to last a lifetime with this 10-day trip to Peru, perfect for families with active older kids seeking adventure. Experience the sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle, discover Machu Picchu's ancient Inca ruins, and live among locals on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca—immersing yourselves in Peruvian culture against a backdrop of natural wonders.

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.

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. 

La Paz in Bolivia
Discover the Highlights of Peru & Bolivia - 9 Days

Witness the ancient beauty and natural wonders of Peru and Bolivia during this 9-day journey. Start in Cusco, where you'll explore the local markets, historic streets, and ancient ruins. Head to the Sacred Valley where you'll visit Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Fly to La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, and take day trips to the Uyuni Salt Flats and archaeological site of Tiwanaku. Head back to Peru via catamaran cruise ship to Sun Island, the birthplace of the Inca Empire, and finish your trip on the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island.

Start your trip with free time to explore Lima's colonial architecture (and food scene)
Map of Lima, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lima, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

Nine to 10 days is a great length for a Peru trip with stops in Lima, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as eight days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include the Amazon or Amantani Island. See more itineraries below.

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.

Boats on Lake Titicaca
Journey to the Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 13 Days

Explore the Amazon jungle, the ancient city of Machu Picchu, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and more on this exciting 13-day adventure through Peru. You'll get oriented in Lima before heading into the rainforest for several days of wildlife spotting and excursions on the jungle river. Then transfer to Cusco to explore the ancient Inca capital and the nearby Sacred Valley. Discover Machu Picchu at dawn before traveling onward to Puno. You'll spend a few days traveling around Lake Titicaca, visiting islands and learning about indienous cultures, at the end of the journey.

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.

Machu Picchu ruins
Peru & Bolivia Highlights: Machu Picchu, Titicaca Lake & Uyuni Salt Flats - 11 Days

Experience the rich culture, tastes, and history across Peru and Bolivia during this exciting 11-day trip. Start in the imperial city of Cusco in Peru, where you'll visit ancient temples and religious sites that speak to its incredible history, then pop by the San Pedro Market for local produce and treats. Explore the Sacred Valley and see the ruins of Machu Picchu. Cross the border into Bolivia and explore the city of La Paz, then spend the next three days touring the Uyuni Salt Flats and all its wonders. Wrap up your journey with a catamaran cruise to the city of Puno and a scenic drive accompanied by llamas through the Andes.

The ancient city of Cusco
Culture, Nature, and Adventure in Peru - 19 Days

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights, outdoor wonders, and cultural traditions of Peru during this 19-day trip. Start in the city of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you'll witness 16th-century monuments and take a food tour filled with Pisco sours and Peruvian sweets. Visit the city of Arequipa, which gets its "White City" nickname from buildings made of white volcanic stone, and explore the culturally rich islands of Lake Titicaca. See archaeological sites in the city of Cusco, such as the Coricancha or "Temple of the Sun." Then, do a hike of the Inca trail, which will give you sweeping scenic views and access to ancient ruins and landmarks, including Machu Picchu.

Impress the kids with a visit to see llamas and alpacas in Peru
Map of Epic Family Adventure in Peru: Amazon Rainforest, Sacred Valley & Lago Titicaca - 14 Days
Epic Family Adventure in Peru: Amazon Rainforest, Sacred Valley & Lago Titicaca - 14 Days

Two weeks of nonstop adventure and bucket-list activities make this Peruvian itinerary the perfect choice for curious, active kids and teens. Set off from Lima for the Amazon rainforest, where you'll spot sloths and pink dolphins, take nighttime jungle excursions, and try your hand at traditional fishing. It's on to the Sacred Valley to learn about Inca astronomy, hike alongside llamas, and explore the mighty Machu Picchu. After a scenic trip by vintage-style train, end at Lago Titicaca to explore its floating islands by kayak.

Walk around the lush surroundings and get different views of Machu Picchu
Map of Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

Twelve to 14 days is a great length for a Peru trip, with stops in Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 10 or 11 days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Arequipa, Cabanaconde, and Amantani Island. Keep reading for more inspiring Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley itineraries.

Stay in your own luxury casita with a plunge pool before exploring Machu Picchu (photo courtesy of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel)
Map of Luxury Peru Train Adventure: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 7 Days
Luxury Peru Train Adventure: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 7 Days

Spend a week journeying around Peru as you explore Cusco, relax in the gorgeous Sacred Valley, visit the ancient Inca gem of Machu Picchu, and enjoy two luxury train rides. Starting in the ancient imperial city of Cusco, you'll immerse yourself in local culture plus dine at some of the finest restaurants in the country. Then, visit luxury lodges (and their pools!) in the unspoiled Sacred Valley, followed by a scenic three-day train ride south to lesser-known marvels, like Lake Titicaca and the vast Colca Canyon.

Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu with your family
Map of Epic Family Tour of Peru: Wildlife, Culture & Ancient Ruins  - 14 Days
Epic Family Tour of Peru: Wildlife, Culture & Ancient Ruins - 14 Days

This thrill-filled family tour is perfect for travelers with older kids and teens. Start in the capital city of Lima, where you'll stroll historic plazas and local parks. Then, it's off to explore the mysteries of the Amazon rainforest. See monkeys, caimans, and tropical birds in their natural habitat, walk high among the trees on a canopy tour, and cruise the river at night to see nocturnal creatures. End with food tours in Cusco, a walk with the ancients at Machu Picchu, and the mystical floating islands of Lago Titicaca.

Climb your way to your accommodation on a cliffside (photo courtesy of Skylodge)
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Luxurious Peru Adventure for Active Travelers - 14 Days

Active types will love this luxury tour across Peru's highlights, from its Spanish-colonial cities to its Inca monuments and citadels. Arrive in Lima, where you'll dine on Peruvian cuisine amid views of pre-Hispanic pyramids before trading city life for sandboarding on the otherworldly desert oasis at Ica. From there, you're off to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, and the nearby Machu Picchu, followed by a hike to one of Peru's famous rainbow mountains and time on the mystical waters of Lake Titicaca.

Stay two nights in a luxe 16th-century building while exploring Arequipa (photo courtesy of CIRQA)
Map of Luxury Southern Peru: Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu - 14 Days
Luxury Southern Peru: Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu - 14 Days

Canyons, lakes, colonial cities and ancient Inca ruins—you'll explore all this and more over two weeks in Peru. Enjoy first-class amenities as you travel in style, beginning with fine dining, art, and culture in the dynamic capital of Lima. Then, visit the nation's most awe-inspiring landmarks, like spotting condors at Colca Canyon, exploring Lake Titicaca, and horseback riding around the Spanish-colonial city of Cusco. You'll also hike at your own pace around that great citadel in the clouds, Machu Picchu.

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.

A condor flying high over Colca Canyon
Discover the Highlights of Peru - 14 Days

This wide-ranging two-week tour leads you around Peru's most exciting destinations, from the cobblestoned streets of Cusco to the colorful landscapes of Rainbow Mountain and the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Kick off the adventure in Lima, exploring the city's food scene on a gourmet walking tour. Then climb aboard a small plane for a ride high over the world-famous Nazca Lines, spot condors in beautiful Colca Canyon, and explore Lake Titicaca on a traditional boat. You'll base yourself in Cusco for the latter part of the trip, enjoying excursions to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and the region's vibrantly hued mountains. With a mix of cultural sightseeing and outdoor adventures, this 14-day journey around Peru is unforgettable!

The salt flats of Uyuni
Highlights of Peru and Bolivia - 14 Days

This sweeping two-week tour of Peru and Bolivia takes you to several of South America's most breathtaking natural wonders and cultural attractions. Start with sightseeing in Lima and Cusco, then explore the ruins of Machu Picchu and hike around photogenic Rainbow Mountain before heading to Lake Titicaca. You'll visit the lake's floating islands and learn about indigenous traditions before crossing over to Bolivia. Then enjoy several days discovering the otherworldly landscapes of the salt flats of Uyuni, visiting the ancient Andean ruins at Tiwanaku, and riding high above La Paz in the city's modern cable car system.

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 trek 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. 

Lake Titicaca
Highlights of Southern Peru & the Andes - 10 days

Beginning your 10-day adventure in Lima, you then fly to the southern colonial city of Arequipa and explore nearby Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, before continuing to Puno on Lake Titicaca, Peru's most dramatic lake. You will next get to visit the lake's iconic islands, including the Uros Islands and Taquile Island. You then travel overland on the scenic 'Route of the Sun' to ancient Inca capital Cusco. Your trip finishes with some adventures in the beautiful terrain surrounding Cusco, including the Sacred Valley, world-famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu and the geological wonder of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Aerial view of Cusco
Discover the Highlights & Culture of Peru - 15 days

Experience the beautiful landscapes, culture, and history of Peru during this 15-day journey. Explore Lima, Peru's largest city, and explore its historical center that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Sacred Valley via quad and hiking, and visit the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu. Take the time to walk the city of Cisco at your leisure, and sample all the local Peruvian flavors along the way. You'll also get to hike through the Andean landscape, accompanied by llamas, to the blue lagoon of Uyumayo.

Finish the adventure with a guided tour of colonial-era Arequipa
Map of Peru in a Nutshell: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno & Arequipa - 16 Days
Peru in a Nutshell: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno & Arequipa - 16 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this exciting Peru tour promises an extraordinary exploration of the country's rich heritage and natural wonders. Over the course of 16 days, you'll embark on memorable experiences from savoring Peruvian cuisine with a Lima food experience to tracing the footsteps of ancient civilizations with the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You'll also ride the luxury Titicaca Train from Cusco to Puno, seek thrills with a zipline over the Sacred Valley, and soak in thermal hot springs.

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.

Take a day trip from Cusco to hike in the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountains
Map of Best of Peru's Historical Sights & Epic Landscapes - 16 Days
Best of Peru's Historical Sights & Epic Landscapes - 16 Days

This multifaceted adventure covers the marks of Peru's ancient Inca civilization and its colonial history, plus awe-inspiring landscapes and city attractions in Lima and Cusco. Over the course of 16 days, you'll explore breathtaking ruins and sites, from the enigmatic Nasca Lines to the majestic Machu Picchu. You'll also hike in the beautiful rainbow mountains, admire the towering peaks of the Andes, and spend two nights in the lush Amazon rainforest.

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. 

The Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
Highlights of Southern Peru & the Andes & Short Inca Trail - 11 days

You will begin this 11-day adventure in Lima, before flying to southern colonial city Arequipa and exploring nearby Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons. You next continue to Puno on Lake Titicaca, Peru's most dramatic lake, and get to visit the lake's iconic islands, including the Uros Islands and Taquile Island. Afterwards, you travel overland on the scenic 'Route of the Sun' to ancient Inca capital Cusco. Your trip finishes with adventures in the beautiful terrain surrounding Cusco, including trekking the Short Inca Trail to the magical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

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.

Stay two nights on a luxury train as you travel from Cusco to Colca Canyon (photo courtesy of Andean Explorer, a Belmond Train)
Map of Luxury Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Southern Peru - 14 Days
Luxury Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Southern Peru - 14 Days

Experience the best of southern Peru on a luxury trip that combines world-famous landscapes with city culture in Lima and Arequipa. After a street-art tour in the nation's capital, you'll travel to the Sacred Valley to walk in the footsteps of Incas at Ollantaytambo and ride the rails to the sky-high ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. The luxury train adventure continues to Lake Titicaca and the vast Colca Canyon for more hiking, followed by relaxation in the charming colonial city of Arequipa.