If you’re looking for a great way to spend your vacation in under two weeks (here’s looking to you, our American friends!), then the Peru Express tour is the perfect choice. Full of amazing and iconic sites, from the capital of Lima to the Floating Islands of Uros and Machu Picchu, many of Peru’s highlights can be enjoyed on this 12-day tour that includes a wide range of meals, English-speaking guides, private transport, and clean, safe, comfortable accommodation.
The Peru Express 12-day tour at a glance:
- Lima: Peru’s capital is full of stunning architecture around every bend, and is quickly gaining the attention of travel lovers that are realising that there is much, much more to Peru than Machu Picchu. You’ll get to experience the bustling streets of Lima with a walking tour, which includes Huaca Pucllana (a massive archaeological site in Miraflores), Plaza de Armas (which is the city’s main square and popular meeting spot for locals), the Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, and more!
- Sacred Valley and the Ccaccaccollo Community: There aren’t many places in the world where you get the chance to learn first-hand about indigenous culture, but the Ccaccaccollo Community is one of them! Leaving from Cusco, we’ll visit the Quechua-speaking women who create remarkable designs in their weaves, using traditional iconography that spans back centuries and techniques just as old.
- Machu Picchu: Peru’s number one attraction and arguably that of South America, the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu paint a formidable picture of a long-lost civilisation that stood the test of time, its community lost to all but the closest living locals until 1911, when it was re-discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham. Ask any traveller worth their salt what their top five bucket list contains, and you’re guaranteed that it includes Machu Picchu. It truly lives up to the hype, the excitement, and the magic!
- Aguas Calientes: This quaint town sits at the base of Machu Picchu, surrounded by rocky mountains and thermal hot springs. It’s the perfect place to relax before and after your ascent to Machu Picchu, especially with a traditional meal of ceviche and a Pisco Sour at one of the bars that overlook the tranquil river that cuts through the town.
- Cusco: Such a gem of a town, and for more reasons than one. You will get to explore Cusco with a city tour that takes you to Koricancha temple—regarded by historians as one of the most sacred Incan temples ever built, which contained life-sized states of plants and animals made out of pure gold and silver. A true spectacle that was sadly lost during the period of Spanish colonisation. You’ll also see the Cusco Cathedral, the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the Tambomachay Archaeological Complex amongst many other interesting sights!
- En route to Puno: We make the most out of our road trips, and will stop by Andahuaylillas (known as The Sistine Chapel of South America), the Raqchi temple, Pukara (where you’ll get to see sculptures and tombs), and La Raya—14,222 ft above sea level with views to die for. Bring a fully charged camera, but don't get stuck behind it during your visit: The scenery is something to take in, absorb, and be inspired by. In short: Experience it first, and Instagram it later!
- Uros and Taquille Islands: Visit rural communities steeped in ancient Peruvian culture, some of whom live on floating islands constructed from reeds. It’s a remarkable site and impossible for most people to understand the craftmanship, technique, and engineering that has gone into creating floating homes since if ever one of us tried it, we’d sink to the bottom of the lake! But don’t worry, because the friendly locals are kind enough to teach you about how the islands are made, and what life is like for them in the vast outdoors, where nature is your neighbour and the serenity, ever-present.
Learn more about the Peru Express tour here, and enquire today about making a booking for when travel opens up.