Empires of Peru: Kuelap and Machu Picchu
(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)
Overview & Highlights
A good value holiday which delivers a varied flavour of Peru’s multi-layered history of sophisticated pre-Conquest indigenous empires in their magnificent natural settings.
Surely no country in the world can compete with Peru for the sheer richness and variety of its history of empire. Waves of indigenous cultures, each with its own distinctive traditions, have left a huge cultural legacy. Ruined temples and fortresses abound, artistic artefacts have been discovered all around the country, and the descendants of these peoples maintain a strong identity linking them with their past.
With constantly improving infrastructure in Peru, it is now possible to discover the different vestiges of this heritage in what were once remote locations difficult (and expensive) to access. This exciting good-value holiday takes you to the archaeological sites of northern Peru, including cliff-top Kuelap of the mysterious Chachapoyans, the Moche temples on the desert coast and, of course, Cusco and the remarkable Inca citadel at Machu Picchu.
- Lima: Larco Museum
- Cocachimba: Trek to Gocta Falls
- Cocachimba: Tour of Kuelap ruined walled city
- Chiclayo: Sipán and Tumbas Reales Museum
- Chiclayo: Sican Museum, Túcume
- Trujillo: Full day visit to archaeological sites including Chan Chan
- Cusco: City tour
- Cusco: Full day visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas including Pisac
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
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Arrive in Lima and transfer to hotel in Miraflores.
Private guided visit to the Larco Museum.
Fly to Jaen in northern Peru, continue to Chachapoyas.
Full day guided discovery of Kuelap fortress; on to Gocta Falls..
Hike to Gocta Falls.
Continue by road to Chiclayo.
Drive to Trujillo, coastal colonial city.
Guided visits to Moche monuments.
Explore Trujillo then fly to Cusco.
Guided tour of Cusco.
Guided explorations of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Guided tour of the Inca citadel Machu Picchu.
Day at leisure in Cusco.
Transfer to airport to connect with your international flight home.
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Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
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Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Millie Davies - Travel Expert
Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.
Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert
Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.