Classic Peru Journey

Written by  Jayne Potulny

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This ultimate journey is the perfect introduction to the snow-capped lands of Peru where Incan tribes once flourished and Spanish Conquistadors ruled.

While flying into Lima, secure a window seat for a great view of the beautiful landscape. Fly southeast for a few days in The Tambopata Reserve, a tropical jungle, which is home to an abundance of native wildlife. Enter the ancient capital of the Inca Empire in Cusco where you venture back in time to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Take the winding narrow railway to the secret ceremonial city of Machu Picchu. Fly to the culturally rich Arequipa where you will travel to the massive Colca Canyon to catch a glimpse of the soaring Andean condor. Fly to Paracas to see the diverse marine life. Visit the Ballestas islands with its captivating wilderness of exotic birds, dolphins and sea lions. The flight home takes you over the mysterious geoglyphs of Nazca Desert.

Paracas National Reserve

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Fly into Lima
Day 2-4: Fly to Peurto Maldonado. Canoeing in the Tambopata Reserve. Hiking along the river.
Day 5: Fly to Cusco
Day 6: Take a train to the Urbamba Valley.
Day 7-8: Train back to Cusco for sightseeing.
Day 9: Fly to Arequipa.
Day 10-11: Rent a car and drive to Colca Canyon.
Day 12: Drive back to Arequipa.
Day 13-14: Fly to Paracas.
Days 15: Fly home

Comments by other travellers


I am afraid, it is not possible to flight from Arequipa to Paracas (only if it is charter flight, you can either drive from Arequipa to Paracas (12 hours approximately), or you can flight from Arequipa to Lima and drive from Lima to Paracas (3 hours 30 minutes approximately). The overflight Nasca Lines can be done from Pisco airport (10 muntes from Paracas)


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Thanks for that - very useful.

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Peru, Cusco, Peru, Lima, Peru
Adventure, Active, Gap Year, Journeys
Best months
May, June, July, August, September
2 Weeks
Price range
Moderate, Premium
Physical level
Moderate activity
Traveller type
Backpacker, Young couple, Group

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