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Incas & Conquistadors of Peru + Lake Titicaca

Taquile, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Floating reed islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Floating reed islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Floating Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Llama at Machu Picchu, Peru
Sunrise over Lake Titicaca, Peru
Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
Barranco, Lima, Peru
Chincheros, Sacred Valley, Peru
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £2109 £1809
14 days

Holiday highlights

  • Take in the culture and restaurant scene of Lima.
  • Enjoy the superb mountain scenery, ancient ruins and traditions of Cusco.
  • Choose to stay overnight in the magical Sacred Valley.
  • An opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
  • Sail across Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
  • Fly from the UK to Lima, the social and economic heart of Peru. Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who christened it ‘City of Kings’. On arrival you are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel in the fashionable Miraflores district.

    Meals included: Meal on the transatlantic flight.

  • Spend the day getting to know this fascinating city, which you can discover on your own or take our half-day Colonial Lima excursion. The city tour includes a visit to the catacombs of the monastery of San Francisco and the cathedral of Lima where the conquistador Francisco Pizarro is buried. Afterwards, walk down the pedestrianised Jirón de la Unión street and explore the colonial centre, where you learn about the importance of Lima's balconies and finish with a pisco sour demonstration in one of the city's most iconic hotels, then enjoy the cocktail in the faded grandeur of the 1920s bar.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Take a morning flight to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire nestled in the Andes at 3,400 metres above sea level. Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously-inhabited city and is known for its many wonderful churches and courtyards and of course the magnificent Inca ruins.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend the day getting to know Cusco and acclimatising to the altitude. Discover the city’s fascinating Inca heritage on our half-day Inca Cusco excursion, which takes you to several Inca sites in and around Cusco, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and Qoricancha, one of the most important temples in the Inca Empire, and to the fascinating San Pedro Market.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend a further day exploring Cusco, or leave the city behind on our optional full-day Sacred Valley excursion, which takes you about 15km north of Cusco, as the condor flies, to the traditional village and archaeological site at Chincheros, above the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then descend into the Sacred Valley and enjoy a good lunch in a country restaurant before continuing to the fascinating ‘living Inca town’ of Ollantaytambo, where you explore some of the most important Inca ruins of the empire. Return to Cusco in the late afternoon, or if you would rather spend more time in the beautiful countryside take the optional Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion, where you retire to your beautiful country hotel in the heart of the idyllic Sacred Valley, a perfect place to relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch is included if you take the Sacred Valley excursion.

  • The second day of the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion begins with a visit to the 3,000 salt evaporation ponds of Maras for some of the most unusual views in the region, and the vast circular terraces of Moray, used by the Incas for agricultural experiments. After, visit the friendly, traditional Andean community of Misminay, where life in the village goes on much as it would have during the time of the Incas. Enjoy a locally prepared lunch and watch as villagers demonstrate farming techniques, both ancient and new. Return to your Sacred Valley hotel in the late afternoon for another evening of relaxation in the lovely gardens.

    Alternatively, if you have not taken the excursion, you are free to enjoy a further day in Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch is included if you take the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion.

  • A visit to the Machu Picchu is the highlight of many peoples’ trip to Peru. We offer various ways of experiencing the iconic lost city of the Incas.

    You can take our optional Machu Picchu excursion, which starts with a magical train ride, followed by a buffet lunch next to the ruins, then a guided visit to the ruins. Board the late-afternoon train to Cusco, arriving in the late evening. If you would like more time at Machu Picchu, you can also take an optional Night at Machu Picchu, where you check into your hotel, with the option of returning to the ruins on the following day.

    Alternatively, if you like the idea of arriving at Machu Picchu on foot but do not want to trek for days to get there, then our optional Short Inca Trail excursion is for you. This one-day, nine-mile hike climbs to the beautiful Wiñay Wayna ruins arriving at the Sun Gate in the late afternoon. You check into your hotel in the valley below and return to Machu Picchu for a guided tour the next day, before returning to Cusco.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included on both the Machu Picchu and Short Inca Trail excursions. Some hotels in Machu Picchu also include dinner.

  • If you walk the Short Inca Trail, today you return to the ruins and take a guided tour of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco in the evening.

    If you spent a Night at Machu Picchu after the Machu Picchu excursion, you can either spend a relaxing day in the valley or buy an entrance ticket to enter Machu Picchu again. Perhaps walk up to the Sun Gate above the ruins, with fantastic views of the surrounding area and the ruins themselves, climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (tickets must be purchased in advance, please ask us for details) or visit the Inca drawbridge. Return to Cusco in the evening.

    Alternatively, spend a free day in Cusco and get to know the city better; explore some of the Inca sites or try one of the many adventure sports on offer.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend a free day in Cusco. The colonial centre of Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a mix of colonial and Inca architecture, making it a truly fascinating place to visit. Perhaps explore some of the 500 Inca sites around the city, visit one of the many museums or wander the streets of the picturesque San Blas neighbourhood. The city is also an excellent place for shopping, with a huge range of local goods on sale from fine alpaca jumpers to traditional Andean paintings; it is very easy to spend hours wandering around the various market stalls. Alternatively, try one of the many adventure sports on offer.

    Read our blog to find out our Top 8 Things To Do In Cusco. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

     

  • Set off early for a fascinating full-day coach journey across the altiplano, including guided visits to the Inca site of Raqchi and the beautiful colonial church in Andahuaylillas. After lunch in Sicuani (included), visit the pre-Inca site of Pucara, before arriving in Puno, on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Believed to be the birthplace of the Incas, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world, at 3,800 metres above sea level.

    Alternatively, if you would like to make the journey from Cusco to Puno in a luxury sleeper train, you can opt for the overnight journey to Lake Titicaca on the Belmond Andean Explorer Sleeper Train. The luxury train sets off from Cusco in the morning, taking in beautiful highland scenery as you cross the altiplano. The night is spent on board the train, next to the lake.  In the morning take part in Lake Titicaca excursions before being taken to your hotel in Puno. The Belmond Explorer Sleeper Train is full board. If taking this option you will only spend one night in Puno. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch included at Sicuani if you travel by coach, lunch and dinner is included on the Belmond Andean Explorer. 

  • Take to Lake Titicaca, renowned for the cobalt blue hue of the waters and the clarity of the sky, for a full day exploring the islands by fast, comfortable boat. Visit the floating Uros Islands, made from reeds grown on the lake. The islanders also use the reeds for food and to make boats, which you can ride in. You then continue to Taquile Island, where the islanders have established their own distinct culture. Taquile Island produces some of the finest handicrafts in Peru, and crafts are still one of the most important activities for the islanders. After an energetic walk up the hill to the main village, have a lunch of fresh fish caught in the lake. Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

    If you are feeling adventurous, in the morning, take the optional Kayaking excursion to paddle across the lake and through the reeds in the early morning light, spotting birdlife on your way to the Uros Islands where you join the rest of the group for the rest of the day on the lake.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch included at Taquile Island.

  • Before leaving Puno and Lake Titicaca behind, pay a visit to the fascinating funerary towers of Sillustani on the shore of Lake Umayo near Puno. They were constructed by the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas and they offer an interesting insight into pre-Inca culture. There are over 60 towers at Sillustani, and the style of the Chullpa varies according to the person who was being buried. Then catch a flight to Lima, arriving in the afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Enjoy your final day in magical Peru. End your trip with the optional Peru on a Plate excursion, where you'll learn about the vast array of produce grown in the country, from exotic Amazonian fruits to the staggering array of potatoes on offer. Then try your hand at cooking up a 3 course meal of  traditional Peruvian dishes, under expert guidance. Alternatively, squeeze in some shopping in the fashionable district of Miraflores, perhaps visiting Larcomar on the cliff tops above the Pacific Ocean, or dine in one of the many excellent seafood restaurants. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, meal on the transatlantic flight.

  • Your flight arrives back in the UK.

Accommodation

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Accommodation in Lima

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Included
Exterior, Casa Andina Select Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
81%
81%
Service
85%
85%
Location
82%
82%

Standard Hotel: The Casa Andina Select hotel boasts a great location in Lima's Miraflores neighbourhood. It has a modern, functional decor and the rooms are light and comfortable. 

Why stay here: The hotel offers great efficient service and many convenient amenities. Live entertainment is often held in the lobby area.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi access.

• There is a restaurant and a bar.

• There is a gym, sauna, jacuzzi and salon.

About the room

All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee and are light and spacious.

Room types available

Superior room.

AC Miraflores by Marriott

£105
(£105 Single Supplement)
Llama favourite accommodation

***SPECIAL OFFER: Passengers travelling in 2022 have a free upgrade to an Ocean View Room***

Superior Hotel: This 139-room hotel in Miraflores has ocean views and excellent facilities including a European-style bar, rooftop restaurant, cocktail lounge and café. Rooms are stylish and well appointed, featuring luxury bedding and elegant bathrooms. The hotel has a good location in Miraflores, next to the upscale Larcomar shopping centre and nearby several attractions including Kennedy Park, Costa Verde and the Bridge of Sighs. There is a 24-hour fitness centre and high-speed WiFi throughout the hotel.   

Why stay here? This elegant hotel offers a range of great dining options including Lima’s only rooftop restaurant that overlooks the ocean ​​and boasts leadership by one of Peru’s best chefs.

Hotel facilities

  • Free WiFi is available in all areas.

  • There is a European and Peruvian fusion restaurant, rooftop restaurant, cocktail lounge, cafe and deli.

  • 24-hour fitness centre

  • The hotel offers room service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, express check-in and shops.

About the room

All rooms have air-conditioning, soundproof windows, WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room type

Deluxe City View Room*

*NB. Passengers travelling in 2022 have a free upgrade to an Ocean View Room.

Accommodation in Cusco

Los Portales

Included
Exterior, Los Portales, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
69%
69%
Service
81%
81%
Location
85%
85%

Standard Hotel: Located opposite the Inca Temple of the Sun, this comfortable hotel has a restaurant and bar. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? This hotel boasts simple but stylish décor and a good location in the historic centre of Cusco.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a gift shop and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Superior room

Casa Andina Premium Cusco

£175
(£175 Single Supplement)
Entrance, Casa Andina Premium, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
90%
90%
Service
91%
91%
Location
96%
96%

Superior Hotel: This 94-room hotel is located three blocks from the main square. The beautifully restored colonial mansion has lovely public areas and a good restaurant. The comfortable rooms are around the three interior patios.

Why stay here?  This hotel is a lovely colonial building with attractive courtyards where you can get away from the city bustle. The rooms are comfortable, and many of them have colonial features.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a bar and an outdoor terrace area.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, shops on site, laundry facilities and dry cleaning. There is also an ATM/cash machine on site.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi is available for a fee, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available
Superior rooms, Imperial suite

Hotel Aranwa

£280
(£280 Single Supplement)
Courtyard, Hotel Aranwa, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
88%
88%
Service
89%
89%
Location
95%
95%
Llama favourite accommodation

Boutique Hotel: This 43-room hotel is built in an elegant 16th century colonial house with a beautiful central patio. The hotel has a good restaurant and bar. The rooms are very comfortable, and well appointed with oxygen systems and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. 

Why stay here? This hotel is a very beautiful colonial house which makes excellent use of the central courtyard. The rooms are extremely comfortable.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace area.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, shops on site, laundry facilities and dry cleaning.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Deluxe room
Classic room

Accommodation in Lake Titicaca

Hotel Lago Titicaca (ex Libertador)

Included
Birds eye view, GHL Lago Titicaca, Puno, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
Overall
78%
78%
Service
75%
75%
Location
83%
83%

Superior Hotel: This 111-room hotel is located on Isla Esteves, an island just off the mainland and is connected by a causeway. There is a jacuzzi, sauna, a good restaurant and bar. Rooms are comfortable, with heating, en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi. All rooms have lake views.

Why stay here?  This is a good hotel, with great views. The modernist style is a bit incongruous with the surroundings, but general spaces are spacious and attractive. Although the rooms are comfortable, the hotel is not at the same standard as the superior hotels in Cusco.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, bar, spa and outdoor terrace area.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, shops on site, laundry facilities and dry cleaning. There is also an ATM/cash machine on site.

About the room

All rooms have air-conditioning, free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a coffee/tea maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Accommodation in Sacred Valley (optional excursion)

Hacienda Urubamba

Optional Excursion
Main House, Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
96%
96%
Service
95%
95%
Location
94%
94%

Standard Hotel: This fantastic hotel has a picturesque setting in the Sacred Valley, with 36 well-appointed spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms and beautiful views. There are extensive gardens, a restaurant and bar.

Why stay here: Immersed in the countryside of the Sacred Valley, with sweeping views of the imposing mountains, all rooms boast great views. It is impossible not to relax here.

Hotel facilities
• WiFi 
• Restaurant and bar, with a complimentary pisco sour included
• Afternoon tea and turndown service is included, and there is a 24/7 reception desk

About the room
Rooms are en-suite with a king size bed, and seating area and a small dining area, as well as a scenic terrace. There is also a safe, minibar, and flat screen television.

Room types available
Urubamba superior deluxe rooms

Accommodation in Machu Picchu (optional excursion)

El Mapi

Optional Excursion
Entrance, El MaPi, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
74%
74%
Service
71%
71%
Location
89%
89%

Standard Hotel: A good 90-room hotel, located on the main street of Aguas Calientes. The hotel reception is constructed from recycled materials. There is a restaurant, bar, a small garden and a spa. Rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and free WiFi.

Why stay here?  This is a very good standard hotel, with clean and simple rooms, and it is a great base for visiting Machu Picchu.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge

• There is a restaurant, a bar and a spa

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, laundry facilities, wake up calls and binoculars are available for rent

About the room

Rooms are simply yet comfortably decorated, in a smart modern style. All rooms have free WiFi, a telephone, air-conditioning, a TV, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer (on request) and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room

Machu Picchu Pueblo Inkaterra

Optional Excursion
Eco Center, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
83%
83%
Service
91%
91%
Location
88%
88%
Llama favourite accommodation

Superior Hotel: A beautiful, rustic-style hotel set in five hectares of tropical gardens and orchid trails. The 85 rooms are located in small clusters in the hotel grounds and have en-suite bathrooms. There is a small outdoor pool, spa and free WiFi in the common areas. The price includes a good dinner and a guided nature tour.

Why stay here?  This is our favourite hotel at Machu Picchu, with large attractive rooms. It is worth spending time exploring the beautiful gardens or taking one of the included nature tours. A unique offering is the sanctuary for the endangered spectacled bear, endemic to  the Andes region. 

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a cafe, restaurant, bar and garden. There is also a spa and sauna offering various treatments including massages, hot stone treatments and body wraps.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, a gift shop, luggage storage, laundry facilities and binoculars are available for rent.

About the room

All rooms are spacious with air-conditioning, separate seating areas, a telephone and en-suite bathrooms. Some rooms also have WiFi and fireplaces.

Room types available

Superior room

Sanctuary Lodge

Optional Excursion
Entrance, Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
Llama Travel Customer Ratings
Overall
91%
91%
Service
91%
91%
Location
99%
99%

Superior Hotel: This 31-room hotel, located just outside the ruins, is the closest hotel to Machu Picchu. There is a small garden and the views of the surrounding mountains are wonderful. The rooms are comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, and free WiFi. Mountain view rooms are available for a supplement. All meals are included.

Why stay here? The reason to stay here is the amazing location, but the excellent service and attractive gardens mean that a stay here is special in any case. 

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There are two restaurants, including the Tampu, an eatery exclusive to hotel guests, and a bar/lounge area. There is also a spa offering a range of massages and aromatherapy treatments. There are also beautiful gardens with landscape views.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a tour information desk, luggage storage, a gift shop and laundry facilities.

About the room

Rooms are comfortable and well equipped. Rooms with views are available for a supplement. All rooms have air-conditioning, free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available

Standard room
Standard patio room
Superior Terrace room
Deluxe room (with mountain view)
Deluxe Terrace room (with mountain view)

Accommodation in Belmond Andean Explorer Sleeper Train (optional excursion)

Belmond Andean Sleeper Train

Optional Excursion

Luxury Sleeper Train: The Andean Explorer travels between Cusco and Arequipa through stunning Peruvian Highland scenery. There are four cabin types to choose from, all boasting en suite bathrooms, large windows and sophisticated decor. There are also two dining room carriages, a lounge carriage, and an observation carriage with a bar, which is open all day. The bunk cabin is the standard option. It is possible to upgrade to the twin cabin or suite for a supplement. All meals and drinks (excluding premium alcohol brands) are included.

Why take the train: Travelling by train in South America is a novel experience, and the Andean Explorer is one of a kind in Peru. Furthermore, the train's high standards mean that not only will you enjoy a scenic journey, but it will be an exceptionally comfortable one at that. 

Train facilities

• Two on board dining carriages

• Observation car with a piano bar

• Lounge carriage complete with a baby grand piano 

• All food and drinks are included (excluding premium alcohol brands)

Bunk Bed Cabin

Cabin size: 2.7m x 2.05m

Two single bunk-style beds, one on upper and one on lower berth

Beds are 1.86m x 0.67m

During the day the bunks fold so there is one banquette

Wardrobe

En suite shower, washbasin & WC

Twin Bed Cabin(available for a supplement)

Cabin size: 3.6m x 2.05 m

Two single beds side by side

Beds are 1.86m x 0.67m

During the day, one folds into a seat so there is a seat and a banquette

Wardrobe

En suite shower, washbasin & WC

Suite (available for a supplement)

Cabin size: 6.4m x 2.05m

Double bed is 2m x 1.35m

Small sitting area with 2 chairs and a table

Long wardrobe

A larger en-suite with shower, washbasin, WC, pedastal & vanity 

If you'd like to read a first-hand account of a night on the Belmond Andean Explorer Sleeper Train, you can do so on our blog here.

Excursions

Excursions Package

Machu Picchu Excursion Package Save £71

Take the Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Inca Cusco and Colonial Lima excursions together for a discounted price.

from £519
Short Inca Trail Excursion Package Save £41

Take the Short Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, Inca Cusco and Colonial Lima excursions together for a discounted price.

from £589
(£40 Single Supplement)

Colonial Lima

£40
Cathedral, Lima Excursion
Llama Travel Customer Rating
75%
75%

Discover ‘the City of Kings' on foot on this half-day guided walking tour of the centre of Lima. Drive from your hotel to the centre and delve back in time as you visit the macabre catacombs of the San Francisco Monastery and the ornate basilica cathedral, the final resting place of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Walk down the pedestrianised Jirón de la Unión street and learn about Lima’s famous UNESCO cultural heritage balconies where women could watch the activity on the street below during the 17th and 18th centuries. The tour finishes with a pisco sour cocktail demonstration in the bar of the Gran Hotel Bolivar, an iconic hotel which opened in 1924 and attracted stars including John Wayne, Mick Jagger and Orson Welles.

Full Description:

Get picked up from your hotel and driven to the historic centre; one of the most important cities in Latin America during colonial times, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the whole excursion on foot, strolling through vibrant squares and pretty streets lined with colonial buildings. Explore the San Francisco Convent, considered one of Lima’s landmarks, where you will find the catacombs, Lima's oldest and most famous cemetery, where skulls and bones of the city are found neatly arranged in geometric figures. Return to daylight and walk towards the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will find the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral. Learn about the famous balconies in downtown Lima, which allowed a safe space for the elite women during the Spanish Colonial rule of the 17th and 18th centuries. The intricate carvings were designed for women to be enclosed behind elegant partitions, allowing them to look out on the streets of Lima without passersby gazing up at them. Explore the cathedral, where Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador whose expeditions led to the Spanish conquest of Peru, is buried in a chapel with stunning mosaics covering almost every surface.  Walk along Jirón de la Unión, a pedestrianised promenade full of street performers, shops and inspiring architecture, leading to the beautiful San Martín Square. Enjoy the grand finale to your Lima experience with a fabulous pisco sour demonstration and tasting in the bar of the famous Gran Bolívar, Lima’s oldest hotel from 1924, before returning to your hotel.

Inca Cusco

£85
Sacsayhuamán, Cusco, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
85%
85%

Start by discovering modern-day Cusco with a visit to the bustling San Pedro Market, a local market where you can sample exotic fruit and soak up the colours, flavours, smells and traditions of Cusco, then step back in time for a guided tour of Cusco’s most interesting ancient Inca sites. Visit Qorikancha, the Inca temple of the sun and explore the incredible citadel and fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which stands above the city and was the location for a vital battle between the Incas and the Conquistadors.

Full Description:

The half-day tour begins with a visit to the San Pedro Market, where you can find traditionally-dressed vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and meats to pachamama dolls, souvenir knick-knacks and coca leaves, thought to help with altitude sickness. Get lost in the labyrinth-like market, where all your sense will come into play. If you’re feeling brave, try haggling for a snack as the local ‘caseritas’ compete with each other to get you to their stall. Continue to Qorikancha Temple, an Inca palace in the heart of the city, dedicated to the worship of the sun god Inti and the most sacred building in the empire. Admire the fine Inca stonework before entering the church of Santo Domingo, which was built on the site of the Inca temple by Francisco Pizzaro after the Conquistadors raided and melted down the gold from the original temple. Continue ascending to the epic Sacsayhuaman fortress, site of an infamous battle between the Incas and Conquistadors, strategically located at the top of a hill with glorious views overlooking the city. When you can tear yourself away from the panorama, take a moment to appreciate the fantastic masonry of the fortress, which is built from enormous stone blocks, some weighing up to 150 tonnes, which the Incas expertly shaped. The tour finishes at the Plaza de Armas, where you have time to take photos of the impressive main square before returning to your hotel.

The Inca Cusco excursion includes the Cusco tourist ticket, which gives you access to many additional sites in and around the city.

Sacred Valley

£85
Chinchero ruins, Sacred Valley
Llama Travel Customer Rating
94%
94%

Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a Peruvian paradise where the bubbling Urubamba River weaves its way between terraced slopes, Inca ruins and dreamy villages with the snowcapped Andes towering above. On this full-day excursion, visit the colonial village of Chincheros and the superb Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo.

Full Description:

The full-day tour of the Sacred Valley departs Cusco in the morning, visiting Chincheros, a small village located high up on the windswept Andean plains. Attend a demonstration where the townsfolk show how to spin, weave, thread and dye fabrics using traditional Andean techniques. Chincheros was believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow, and with the bright bunting strewn across the streets and the colorful attire of the villagers, this will probably be one of the most colourful places you will see in Peru. Perhaps try your hand at weaving the cloth yourself before exploring the archeological ruins in the area and the charming local village. Descend into the Sacred Valley for lunch in a country restaurant, and then travel to the fascinating town of Ollantaytambo, an Inca military, religious, and agricultural hub. Ollantaytambo is now a ‘living Inca town’ and the best surviving example of Inca town planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Ollantaytambo is also well known as the site of many fascinating Inca ruins, including the Ollantaytambo fortress on the outskirts of the settlement, where the Incas successfully, albeit briefly, held off the Conquistadors, and the semi complete, but no less impressive, temples of the sun and moon. Explore the superb ruins and old-world town before returning to Cusco in the evening. 

If you would like to spend more time in the Sacred Valley, you can extend your stay by  taking the Two Nights in the Sacred Valley excursion; see below for more details. If you need help deciding,  you can see our blog post Should I take the One or Two Day Excursion Option? 

Machu Picchu

£380
Machu Picchu, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
96%
96%

Rediscovered in 1911, the Inca site of Machu Picchu is one of the great wonders of the world. The archaeological ruins combine perfectly with the incredible mountain scenery to present an unforgettable sight. The Spanish never found and looted the site which explains its excellent state of conservation. Explore the iconic lost city on a day trip to the ruins, returning to Cusco in the evening. You can also spend a night near the ruins to extend your stay.

Full Description:

On the full-day excursion to Machu Picchu, you depart early in the morning, taking a bus and then the Vistadome train, with wonderful views of snowy peaks of the Andes as the train descends the beautiful Urubamba Valley. The vegetation becomes increasingly tropical as you approach the cloud forest below Machu Picchu.

The journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu normally takes around four hours, arriving at around 10am. Then take a shuttle bus for the 20-minute journey up the switch-back road to the entrance of Machu Picchu. You have an early buffet lunch next to the ruins, before entering the site at around midday. You are immediately confronted by a combination of stunning mountain scenery and well-preserved Inca ruins, making this one of the wonders of the world. These were only rediscovered in 1911 after lying abandoned for centuries.

Take a fascinating guided tour of the site, visiting the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Intihuatana, which the Incas used to ‘tie’ the sun to the earth at the winter solstice. 

You board the late-afternoon train to Cusco, arriving in the late evening. Alternatively, spend a night at Machu Picchu to give yourself more time to get to know the area.

Two Nights in the Sacred Valley

£160
(£35 Single Supplement)
Misminay Community, Sacred Valley, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
96%
96%

Soak up the magical atmosphere of the Peruvian countryside with two overnight stays on this extended excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Relax in the gardens of your beautiful hotel in the heart of the valley. Visit the salt evaporation ponds of Maras, the amphitheatre-like terraces of Moray and the Andean community of Misminay and discover why the Sacred Valley was known as "the breadbasket of the Incas".

Full Description:

If you opt to add this two-night extended excursion, then rather than returning to Cusco at the end of the Sacred Valley excursion (detailed above), you are instead taken to your attractive hotel in the heart of the valley, where you can enjoy the evening relaxing in the gardens.

Set out early the next morning to explore some of the most unusual and interesting sites in the region. You start out at Maras, home to a surreal landscape of over 3,000 terraced salt evaporation and extraction ponds. Continue to Moray, where the Incas used the natural formations of the landscape to build circular and semi-circular agricultural terraces into the top of a limestone hill overlooking the Urubamba Valley. These were used by the Incas as a kind of botanical laboratory, with the crops experiencing different temperatures and altitudes depending on where they were planted on the terrace. So using trial and error, the Incas were able to determine the optimal conditions for growing their various crops. Many believe that the Incas first chose to populate this area as its fertile soils, hot springs and abundant wildlife were signs that the valley was dear to the heart of Pachamama, their Mother Earth. This decision proved key to the success of the empire, as the Sacred Valley produced abundant crops to feed cities like Cusco and provided food for the Inca armies.

Next, visit the traditional and friendly Andean community of Misminay, where locals prepare lunch for you before demonstrating ancient agricultural techniques dating back to the Incas. The families in Misminay typically live in small one or two-room houses made of adobe, and they raise guinea pigs, cows, and sheep. If you wish, you can help them plow or harvest their crops, depending on the time of year.

Return to your hotel in the Sacred Valley in the late afternoon. The following day, travel to Machu Picchu or return to Cusco. The price of this excursion includes two nights in the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a picturesque hotel with great views of the valley.

Night at Machu Picchu

£45
(£40 Single Supplement)
Machu Picchu, Peru

After taking the Machu Picchu excursion, spend a night in the shadow of one of the wonders of the world in a choice of three hotels: the cosy El Mapi; the enchanting Machu Picchu Pueblo; and the sophisticated Sanctuary Lodge, which is sensationally located just outside the ruins. Staying overnight gives you the opportunity to re-enter and further explore Machu Picchu the following day.

Full Description:

By spending a night near the ruins, you have more time to explore the site in the afternoon, which is often the best time, with fewer people present. Then descend to the valley below and check in to your hotel. Llama Travel offers a choice of three hotels you can stay in:

The El Mapi, a comfortable hotel situated on the main street of Aguas Calientes, is included in the excursion price. A stylish and contemporary hotel set among pleasant landscaped gardens, the El Mapi has simple, yet comfortable, rooms which are well furnished and decorated. There is also a restaurant, bar and a small garden and the hotel is also conveniently located close to buses that depart for the ruins. The price includes dinner in the hotel.

For a supplement* you can stay in the Machu Picchu Pueblo, a lovely colonial-style hotel set amongst 12 acres of tropical gardens filled with hummingbirds, butterflies and orchids. Rooms are in small clusters in the grounds and are comfortable, spacious and all unique, with lovely views of the forested gardens and a homely touch added by alpaca blankets and comfortable seating areas. There are small outdoor hot tubs and Andean saunas, and the price also includes a good dinner at the restaurant. Guided nature tours of the orchid trails and bird watching tours are also included in the price.

For a supplement* you can upgrade further to the Sanctuary Lodge, sensationally located just outside the Inca ruins, granting easier access to Machu Picchu. Rooms are comfortable and well furnished, there is a small interior garden with a variety of flowers and orchids and stunning panoramic views of the mountains. There are also two restaurants and a bar, and all meals are included during your stay.

After a relaxing night in the valley, you can also purchase a ticket for a second entrance to Machu Picchu, so you are free to make the most of another day in the ruins. Perhaps stroll to the Sun Gate or to the Inca Drawbridge, or – for the more adventurous – climb to the summits of either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views across the lost city.

*Please ask us for details regarding hotel upgrade prices at Machu Picchu

Next Day Entrance to Machu Picchu

£75
Machu Picchu, Peru

Return to Machu Picchu to make the most of your time here, exploring the wonderful lost city of the Incas. Discover the beautiful surrounding area; stroll to the famous Sun Gate, hike to the Inca Drawbridge or trek to the lofty heights of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views.

Full Description:

After a restful night in the valley, return to Machu Picchu to further explore the majestic ruins. Perhaps wake up early to observe the ruins in the soft morning light, or have a lie in and visit later in the morning. A great way to see a different aspect of Machu Picchu is to walk to the Sun Gate for fabulous views of the lost city from above, or hike to the Inca Drawbridge, about a 30-minute walk from the citadel, for stunning views of the surrounding mountains.  No guide is included on this day, so you can explore at your own pace.

For more of a challenge you can trek to the spectacular summit of Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu’s iconic sugar loaf mountain. Hike along rocky precipices and up ancient Inca staircases while the lost city majestically unfurls below you. Enjoy the fantastic views before hiking to the mysterious Temple of the Moon, an Inca ceremonial temple of impressive stonework set within an overhanging cave in the mountainside. The climb to Huayna Picchu takes approximately one hour in each direction and involves very steep drops and ladders up cliff faces. The walk to the Temple of the Moon takes approximately two hours each way, and the path is quite narrow with steep drops at certain points. Please note that guides do not accompany you to Huayna Picchu or the Temple of the Moon, and that the National Institute of Culture limits the number of people who are able to climb Huayna Picchu or visit the Temple of the Moon each day, and permits must be bought well in advance.

For an alternative adventure, the hike to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain, where Inca priests once performed rituals, is a great option. The views are even more spectacular than from Huayna Picchu, and the although the trekking is longer, it is less vertical. Machu Picchu Mountain is over twice the height of Huayna Picchu and is a more gradual assent and the pathways are wide and well-marked. Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel above the Sun Gate, overlooking the Inca site and Huayna Picchu. A round trip will take around four hours but it is definitely worth the effort. The trail to the top of the mountain takes you up ancient stone steps crafted by the Incas, with beautiful vistas of the Urubamba River, the surrounding mountain scenery and spectacular aerial views of the famous Inca ruins. Please note that guides do not accompany you to Machu Picchu Mountain, and that the National Institute of Culture limits the number of people who are able to climb Machu Picchu Mountain each day, and permits must be bought in advance.

The Peruvian Ministry of Culture has introduced regulations controlling entrances to Machu Picchu. There are now hourly slots for each ticket, and it is not possible to enter the site prior to the time stated on the ticket.  There is a maximum stay of four hours in Machu Picchu. The site is open from 6am to 5.30pm, with the last entrance at 3pm. The authorities prohibit re-entry to the site, so once visitors leave the site of Machu Picchu, they will not be able to visit again on the same ticket. A guided visit is necessary for a first visit to the site, although for second entrances the following day, a guide is not required.

For visits to Machu Picchu on the second day, Llama Travel will purchase tickets for the earliest time slot available. We will purchase the 6am tickets if they are available. It is possible to enter the site at any time after the stated time on the ticket, but not before. In the afternoon take the train back to Cusco.

Short Inca Trail

£420
(£40 Single Supplement)
Short Inca Trail, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
98%
98%

If you like the idea of arriving at Machu Picchu on foot, after trekking through the Andes, but do not want to walk for four days to get there, our Short Inca Trail is the perfect option. This one-day hike climbs from the Urubamba River Valley to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna before arriving at Machu Picchu in the evening. You have a full tour of the ruins the following day, before returning to Cusco.

 

Full Description:

Travel by road and train to the starting point of the trail at Chachabamba, km 104 of the train line. The first part of the trail climbs steeply, arriving at the spectacular Inca site of Wiñay Wayna in about three hours. The walk offers some wonderful views of the ruins of Choquesuysuy, visible below Wiñay Wayna, and the trail passes a waterfall.

The ruins of Wiñay Wayna are some of the most beautiful in the Inca Empire. The site was mainly agricultural, and the curved terraces on the incredibly steep slope are breathtaking. Apart from the terracing, the site includes a complex of accommodation and ceremonial structures. Next to the structures there is a series of ten baths, joined by small waterfalls. Given the importance of water in Inca ceremonies, this seems to indicate the religious importance of Wiñay Wayna.

After a packed lunch, you continue the trail, the path following the contour of the mountain as you walk from Wiñay Wayna to the Intipunku (Sun Gate), taking about two hours. As you climb the final few steps and arrive at the Sun Gate you are greeted by your first, spectacular view of Machu Picchu. The trail down to the ruins themselves takes about half an hour.

You do not visit the site on the first day, as it is too late. Instead, you descend by bus into the valley where you spend the night in your hotel. Aguas Calientes is named after the hot springs, where you can bathe.

In the morning, take the bus up to Machu Picchu, where your guide will give a tour of the ruins, before you catch the afternoon train and bus back to Cusco, arriving in the evening.

The excursion includes a professional guide, train, bus and entrance tickets and hotel accommodation. A packed lunch on the first day and breakfast at your hotel on the second day are included. Some hotels also include dinner. An overnight bag will be taken to your hotel in Aguas Calientes while you are on the trail.

The nine-mile long trail climbs rapidly for the first half of the walk, climbing from 2,000 to a maximum altitude of 2,700 metres, so a good level of fitness is required. It may not be suitable if you suffer from vertigo.

Belmond Andean Sleeper Train

£480
(£340 Single Supplement)
Andean explorer train
Llama Travel Customer Rating
94%
94%

Introduced in May 2017, the Belmond Andean Explorer is South America's first luxury sleeper train, offering a lavish way to experience one of the world's highest railway lines and Peru’s fantastic highland scenery, with all meals and drinks included. The adventure begins in Cusco in the morning, with lunch on board as you cross the altiplano. A gourmet dinner is served in the dining carriages, with the train arriving at Lake Titicaca in the evening. Passengers spend the night on the train, next to the lake, awaking to sunrise views across the lake. Enjoy breakfast on board before joining the Lake Titicaca excursion, and checking into your hotel in the afternoon.

Set off in the morning across the Peruvian highlands, taking in the striking scenery through the large windows of the observation car. Move to the dining carriage for a delicious lunch of Peruvian-influenced cuisine, as you enjoy the incredible views. In the evening, peruse the library carriage’s books on local culture, history and natural wonders, or sip a cocktail in the piano bar car, before heading back to the dining carriage for another gourmet meal.

The train arrives at Lake Titicaca after dark. After dinner passengers retire to their cabins for a night spent on the train, beside the lake. In the morning, enjoy a scenic breakfast on board the train, before disembarking for the Lake Titicaca islands of Uros and Taquile. Learn about the cultures and lifestyles of the indigenous people on the islands. Check in to your hotel in Puno after the excursion.

Accommodating up to 48 passengers, there are a variety of cabin options, from bunk cabins, which have a long banquette that transforms into an upper and lower bunk, twin cabins that have a banquette and a comfy seat, transforming into two single beds at night, and suites which boast a double bed, small seating area with chairs and a table. All cabins are en-suite. There are also two dining carriages, a piano bar car, a library car and a spa carriage. Perhaps the best place to enjoy the scenery though is the observation carriage and its terrace.
Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast the following morning are included, as are all drinks (excluding premium alcohol brands).

For a first-hand account of a journey on the Belmond Andean Explorer Sleeper Train, read the blog post here.

Kayaking on Lake Titicaca

£55

Paddle through the reeds of Lake Titicaca, bathed in early morning light as you make your way across the highest navigable lake in the world. Kayaking is a more adventurous yet peaceful way to explore Lake Titicaca, accompanied only by your qualified guide and the sounds of nature. After visiting the Uros Islands with the rest of your group, who have arrived by boat, continue to Taquile Island by speedboat. 

Full Description:

Early in the morning, you are met by your guide to start your kayaking adventure amidst stunning natural landscapes. After receiving an initial safety briefing, start paddling through the reeds for around an hour across the Titicaca National Reserve, observing local flora and fauna and learning about daily life on the lake as you make your way across the azure waters. Listen to birdsong including Andean flickers, Andean swallows, finches and wrens. After visiting an island made entirely of rocks, continue through to approach the Floating Uros Islands, where you are greeted by a family from the amazing community who handmade the islands using the lake’s reeds. Join the rest of your group, who have arrived by boat, and enjoy the rest of the day crossing the open lake and visiting Taquile Island before returning to Puno in the afternoon.

This excursion is taken in addition to the included boat visit on Lake Titicaca.

Peru on a Plate

£110
Peru on a Plate, Lime, Peru
Llama Travel Customer Rating
94%
94%

Discover the mouth-watering flavours and aromas of Peruvian food on this half-day cooking class in the heart of Lima, Peru’s gastronomic capital. Before the class, visit a food market, where colourful produce from the Andean, Amazonian and coastal regions of Peru is sold. Then, continue to the kitchen, where you first have a fruit tasting, sampling cactus fruits and Amazonian fruits that are little-known outside of Peru. In the cooking class that follows, you prepare and eat a 3-course meal of traditional Peruvian dishes and receive all the information you need to re-create the recipes back home.

Full Description:

Peruvian gastronomy has become world-renowned in recent years, and this half-day cooking class is the perfect introduction to some of the best Latin American cuisine. In the class, you will be guided through the preparation of three typical Peruvian dishes, resulting in a delicious three-course lunch. In the morning, you are collected from your hotel and accompanied by a guide to one of Lima’s lively food markets in the district of Miraflores, where you source some of the ingredients for the class. Each vendor has a stall overflowing with fresh, colourful produce, and the guide will introduce the more exotic ingredients, explaining their origins and culinary uses. You then walk a short distance to a nearby kitchen where a range of Peruvian-grown fruits are prepared for a fruit tasting; including cactus fruits, citrus fruits and Amazonian fruits to tantalise your taste buds. Following this tasty mid-morning snack, you start to prepare a three-course meal, comprising some of Peru’s most popular and iconic dishes. Guidance is given at every stage, and all ingredients and equipment are provided. It is then time to consume the dishes you have created, which are designed to showcase the best of Peruvian cuisine. Once you have finished eating, relax for a while on the rooftop terrace beside the kitchen. The excursion ends in the venue where the cooking class takes place. Afterwards, explore the area of Miraflores further, or make your way back to your hotel, which is a short walk away. Recipe cards are sent electronically after the class so the meals can be replicated upon your return to the UK.

Extensions

Galapagos Islands & Ecuador extension

from £2349

5 days Extension

The idea of combining the incredible sights of Peru with the natural wonders of the remote Galapagos Islands is a very attractive option, and we have put together the following extensions to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands that you can add to your holiday in Peru. The Galapagos Islands are expensive. However, for those who are lucky enough to visit the islands, this is a truly unforgettable experience.

We offer 5-, 7- and 8-day cruises as well as a 5-day hotel-based visit to the Galapagos. All Galapagos extensions also include 2 nights in Quito or Guayaquil on the Ecuador mainland before and after the Galapagos. More nights may be necessary to fit in with the start of the cruise.

Boats

Galapagos Solaris (8 day cruise)

A great-value comfortable motor yacht carrying 16 passengers in 11 cabins. 7-night cruises starting on alternate Fridays.

Galapagos Archipel (8 day cruise)

A spacious and comfortable catamaran carrying 16 passengers in 8 cabins. 7-night cruises starting on alternate Mondays.

Galapagos Treasure (5 or 7 day cruises)

A superior catamaran with 9 cabins with private balconies, air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. There is an alfresco dining area, sun deck, Jacuzzi, bar and lounge. 4-night cruises starting on alternative Saturdays.

Hotel - Galapagos Island Stay (5 day hotel based)

If you prefer to stay in a hotel rather than cruise, take our Galapagos Island Stay extension, which includes 4 nights hotel accommodation and naturalist excursions on each day. Stay in the Galapagos Suites hotel in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.

If you are interested in adding an extension to the Galapagos Islands, please get in touch with us for more details.

Rio & Iguazu Falls extension

from £1349

7 days Extension

This extension allows you to combine your adventure in Peru with a visit to the spectacular Iguazu Falls and the excitement of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The Iguazu Falls are possibly the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Stretching for over a mile and a half, with over 270 falls up to 80 metres tall, the falls are located in lush sub-tropical forest straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil. Staying in a hotel in Argentina, this extension allows you to visit both sides of the falls. Rio de Janeiro has one of the world’s most stunning natural settings, with beautiful bays, hills rolling into the ocean and tropical beaches. Enjoy the bustling life on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and dance to the rhythms of the samba, perhaps visiting a samba show.

Itinerary

Day 1 Iguazu Fly from Lima to Puerto Iguazu, where you are met at the airport and taken to your hotel in Argentina (3 nights).

Day 2 Iguazu Visit the Brazilian side of the falls where you follow the walkways, seeing the cascades from the waters’ edge below and from above. Take the visitors’ train to the walkway from where you see the mighty Devil’s Throat falls from above.

Day 3 Iguazu Free day. Explore the Argentinian side of the falls by yourself, from where you can appreciate the grandeur of the falls. You can also take an adrenalin-filled (and drenching) boat ride to the base of the falls. If you would prefer a guided tour, take the optional Argentinian Iguazu Falls excursion.

Day 4 Rio Fly to Rio de Janeiro (3 nights).

Day 5 Rio Free day in Rio. You can explore the city, taking the cable car on the Sugarloaf and enjoy the stunning views from the Christ the Redeemer statue. If you prefer a guided tour, please ask us for details.

Day 6 Rio Free day in Rio. Take the Santa Teresa tour to get an authentic feel for one of the city's most picturesque neighourhoods. Alternatively, relax on the beach.

Day 7 Fly overnight to the UK.

Day 8 Arrival in the UK.

 

Hotels

Iguazu Hotels

Hotel Mercure - Standard Hotel

This 100-room hotel is located amidst jungle foliage, just 20 minutes from the Puerto Iguazu airport. It provides excellent amenities and modern facilities which embrace the natural setting. Rooms boast large windows, private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning, while there is also a gym, spa, restaurant, bar, and pool set in a luscious garden.

Loi Suites - Superior Hotel

A beautiful hotel surrounded by subtropical jungle, a great location just 15 minutes from the Iguazu falls. There is a spa, sauna, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a lounge area. The air conditioned en-suite rooms are comfortable, and have WiFi.

Hotel Melia Iguazu - Superior Hotel

This 176-room hotel is located in the Iguazu Falls National Park itself, with views of the falls. This hotel has beautiful gardens, a swimming pool, gym, spa treatments, restaurant and bar. The comfortable rooms are well appointed with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. There is WiFi available throughout the hotel for a fee. Standard rooms have a jungle view; falls view rooms are available for a supplement.

 

Rio de Janeiro Hotels

Arena Leme - Standard Hotel

With a fabulous seafront location at the quieter end of Copacabana, next to the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Arena Leme Hotel offers sophisticated accommodation in one of Rio’s most tranquil neighbourhoods, right on the beach. In a modern glass-fronted building overlooking the Atlantic, the hotel has a rooftop pool and terrace with sun loungers overlooking the ocean.

Hotel Windsor California - Superior Hotel

Located on the seafront of Copacabana Beach, Windsor California Hotel enjoys a prime location in Rio de Janeiro, 15 minutes from the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. The hotel overlooks the ocean and has facilities such as a swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant, spa and bar.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Rio and the Iguazu Falls, please get in touch with us for more details.

Salt Flats of Bolivia (from Lake Titicaca)

from £1699

6 days Extension

After exploring the ancient wonders of Peru, this 5-day extension provides an opportunity to visit Bolivia, one of Latin America’s most authentic destinations. Situated in central South America, the Andes are a major feature, with much of the western part of the country sitting at over 3,000m. It has a large and visible indigenous population, and enough breath taking landscapes to keep one enthralled indefinitely. The most famous natural site is the Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest salt flats in the world. Covering over 10,000 square kilometres, this is a Bolivia highlight and much of this extension is spent exploring the flats and the fascinating sites surrounding it. Bolivia also has its fair share of ancient ruins, ensuring that travellers leave with a sense of the richness of Bolivia.

Itinerary

Day 1  La Paz Set off from Puno in the morning for a drive across the highlands to Copacabana, a charming Bolivian town on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approxmiately 3,5 hours). Visit sites like the town's grand church with its revered Virgen Morena statue, before taking an hour-long boat ride to Island of the Sun on Lake Titicaca.  Enjoy a traditional highland lunch in Huacani before boating round to Yumani, to see the Inca stairs leading down to the spring water of eternal youth. Get back on the boat to visit the ruins of the Pilkokaina Inca Temple. An hour-long boat ride takes you back to Copacabana, whence you set off on the 3,5 hour drive to La Paz. You will be dropped at your hotel in the centre of the city.  

Day 2 La Paz This high-altitude city is sits at 3,650 metres and is surrounded on all side by the Andes Mountains. After breakfast, take a guided tour of the city, visiting the famous witches market, where herbal medicines and other curiosities are sold from small shops on winding cobbled streets. Also visit the San Francisco Church and Murillo Square, the central plaza where you will find Bolivia’s parliament. Have the afternoon free to explore the city at your own pace or revisit places that particularly piqued your interest.

Day 3 Uyuni Take a morning flight to Uyuni, the large town on the edge of the salt flats. You will be met at the airport by your guide, before getting into the 4x4 vehicle that will take you around the area over the coming days. Drive straight from the airport to the train cemetery, one of Bolivia’s stranger sights. Here rusty decommissioned trains lie forlornly in the desert, seemingly miles from any tracks. The next stop is the town of Colchani. Here you can see an artisanal salt-processing plant and learn about the salt extraction process.

A short drive away, is the Ojos de Aguas, where you can see how the salt flats are formed. Next, head out to the salt flats, where a sea of snow-white salt opens out ahead of you. Take advantage of the lack of perspective to take some fun photographs, before moving on to Incahuasi Island, a fascinating location with a hill of cactuses and low shrubs (an hour drive away). Here, you will enjoy a picnic lunch on the salt flats, before exploring the island, climbing to the summit for an incredible 360 degree vista of the whiteness stretching out in every direction. A walk around the entire island helps you to appreciate the emptiness and quietness of this desert.
You then drive back across the salt flats to your hotel near the town of Colchani, a unique construction built of salt bricks. After dinner, spend the evening relaxing and perhaps stargazing, with the clear skies and lack of light pollution giving incredible views of the skies (2 nights).

Day 4 Uyuni After breakfast set off for Coquesa, a small village at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano. Admire the views of the flats on the 90-minute drive. Upon arrival, visit the archaeological site where well-preserved mummies can be seen. You can then take an optional three-hour walk to the viewing point of the volcano, with its incredible multi-coloured surface, made of minerals of reds, creams, greens and oranges. A packed lunch is included on the walk. If you prefer a shorter walk, this can also be arranged.

Depart Coquesa in the mid-afternoon, going back on the salt as you drive to Campana Island, another curious island of cacti in the salt flats. Explore this less-visited island, before watching the sun set on the salt flats. A spectacular sight, as the sun lowers, the salt crystals reflect the colours of the sky and shadows extend into the distance on this never-ending surface.
You drive back to your hotel, arriving in time for dinner and another night in the salt hotel.

Day 5  La Paz In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to La Paz. You are met at the airport and travel an hour and a half out of La Paz on a scenic journey through the Bolivian highlands to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku. This site was constructed by the Tiwanaku, one of the most ancient civilisations in the Americas. They are also considered amongst the most advanced people for their time, and you can admire the stonework evident in the Kalasasaya Temple, such as the Ponce and Fraile monoliths. Visiting the two local museums reveals the Tiwanakus were also skilled at pottery and you can see more of their stonework too.

After the Tiwanaku visit, you have lunch then return to La Paz (1 night).

Day 6 Lima In the morning, transfer to the airport in La Paz for your flight to Lima, where you are taken to your hotel.

Hotels

La Paz Hotel

La Casona – Standard Hotel
La Casona is a characterful boutique hotel in the historic centre of La Paz. A beautiful colonial building dating back to the 17th century, it is within walking distance of many of La Paz’s main attractions. All rooms have TV, en-suite bathrooms, WiFI and safes. There is a restaurant and rooftop terrace.

Uyuni Hotel

Palacio de Sal – Standard Hotel
Palacio de Sal is a one-of-a-kind hotel, built almost entirely out of salt blocks. It sits on the edge of the salt flats, giving it a unique location. There are 30 igloo-style rooms, with conical salt-ceilings, each with en-suite bathroom and heating.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Bolivia, please get in touch with us for more details.

Chan Chan & Sipan extension

from £749

3 days Extension

The north coast of Peru is probably the richest archaeological area in all of the Americas. The colonial city of Trujillo is beautiful in its own right, but also has the largest adobe city in the world nearby: Chan Chan. Here, 35,000 Chimu people lived, before the Incas laid siege to the city and conquered it in the 15th century. The Moche temples of El Brujo and the Huaca de la Luna contain some of the finest painted friezes in Peru, and it is likely that human sacrifices were performed here. Near Chiclayo is the site of Sipan, where the incredible treasures of the Lord of Sipan were only discovered in 1987 after looted relics alerted archaeologists to the tombs. The fantastic Royal Tombs museum houses many of the treasures found in the tombs, including coral breastplates and gold necklaces with delicate designs.

Itinerary

Day 1 Trujillo Morning flight to the colonial city of Trujillo. Visit Chan Chan, the capital of the Chimu Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. Also visit the coastal town of Huanchaco, where fishermen still use reed boats (1 night).

Day 2 Chiclayo A morning visit to the Huaca de la Luna and the Huaca del Sol near Trujillo. The former contains incredible painted friezes, still bright after almost 2,000 years. In the afternoon, take a three hour drive along the coast to Chiclayo. En route, you visit the Moche temple of El Brujo, with amazing bas relief friezes (1 night).

Day 3 Lima A morning visit to the archaeological site of Sipan, one of the richest treasure troves ever discovered. Here, the Moche people buried their most important leaders almost 2,000 years ago. You then visit the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, home to the fabulous riches found in the tombs, including those of the Lord of Sipan and the Old Lord of Sipan. Evening flight to Lima (1 night).

Note: it may be possible to spend an extra night in Trujillo. Ask us if you are interested in this option.

 

Hotels

Hotel in Chiclayo - Casa Andina Select Chiclayo

This 129-room hotel now managed by the Casa Andina group is ten minutes walk from the main square. There is a pool, restaurant and bar. The rooms are large and comfortable with air conditioning, balconies, en-suite bathrooms and free wifi.

Hotel in Trujillo - Hotel Costa Del Sol, Trujillo Downtown

This 79-room hotel is located right on the main square in Trujillo. The comfortable hotel has a small pool, a good restaurant, a bar, sauna and gym. The comfortable rooms have en-suite bathrooms with air conditioning and free wifi.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Chan Chan and Sipan, please get in touch with us for more details.

Mancora Beach extension

from £569

4 days Extension

After exploring the myriad fascinating attractions that Peru has to offer, you may find yourself in need of a relaxing few days. This beach extension takes you to Mancora, on Peru’s north coast, where you can ease into beach life and give yourself a few days to process all the things you’ve seen and learnt in Peru. The climate here is warm, dry and sunny all year round, and the ocean remains a pleasant temperature for swimming year round too. The nearby town itself has a laid back surfer vibe with some good eateries on the main street, and a row of informal cafes right on the beach. Your time in this small town will be spent swimming and strolling along the beach, enjoying fresh seafood and soaking up the sunshine in the relaxing atmosphere of your hotel.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mancora Fly to the town of Talara and take a 90-minute transfer to the Arennas Mancora Hotel, arriving in the late afternoon.

Day 2 Mancora After an action packed tour of Peru, how you spend your time in Mancora is completely up to you. The hotel has a stylish bar and restaurant and a lovely pool area overlooking the beach. Spend today sipping cocktails by the pool and enjoying the view, taking a sunset stroll along the beach. Alternatively head into town to discover the little souvenir shops and restaurants, and watch some of the goings-on at the beach.

Day 3 Mancora Have another relaxing day lazing on the beach and by the pool, or you could take advantage of some of the hotel’s in-house excursion options, perhaps going on a deep-sea fishing expedition, horse-riding on the beach or whale-watching. For something a little less demanding, you could have a treatment at the spa before enjoying a delicious meal of Peruvian-fusion food at the hotel restaurant.

Day 4 Lima Today you catch a flight back to Lima for your final night in Peru.

Please note that an extra night in Lima is sometimes required, depending on flight times.

Hotel

Arennas Mancora – Standard Hotel

The Arennas Mancora is a stylish boutique hotel situated on Las Pocitas beach, approximately 15 minutes from the town of Mancora. Employing a minimalist décor style, the hotel lets the setting do most of the work. Situated right on the beach, the hotel is built around oasis-like gardens, with common areas such as the pool, restaurant and bar located right in front of the beach. Garden View rooms are elegant with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and private terraces. Ocean View rooms are available for a supplement. The beautiful restaurant serves up Peruvian fusion dishes and there is a varied cocktail menu. The Arennas Mancora provides a wonderful setting for relaxing by the sea.

If you are interested in adding a beach extension to Mancora, please get in touch with us for more details.

Salt Flats to the Atacama Desert

from £2149

8 days Extension

This 7-day extension provides the opportunity for travellers to admire Bolivia’s rural landscapes, on an overland journey from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. The extension takes you to many interesting sites in Bolivia, from La Paz, a bustling city where you can shop at the traditional witches’ market, to ancient archaeological sites and the striking salt flats of Uyuni. From Uyuni, set off on a two day overland journey which reveals brightly-coloured lagoons populated by flamingos, small villages where farmers herd their llamas down the main street, geothermal geysers and surreal valleys dotted with oddly-shaped rocks. On the second day on the road, cross the isolated border into Chile and drop down into the town of San Pedro de Atacama, in the heart of the Atacama Desert.

Itinerary

Day 1 La Paz Fly from Cusco to La Paz. Transfer to your hotel in the historic centre of La Paz. This high-altitude city is sits at 3,650 metres and is surrounded on all side by the Andes Mountains. In the afternoon take a guided tour of the city, visiting the famous witches market, where herbal medicines and other curiosities are sold from small shops on winding cobbled streets. Also visit the San Francisco Church and Murillo Square, the central plaza where you will find Bolivia’s parliament. (1 night)

Day 2 Tiwanaku Drive across the Bolivian highlands for about 90 minutes, to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku. This site was constructed by the Tiwanaku people, one of the most ancient civilisations in the Americas. They are also considered amongst the most advanced people for their time, and you can admire the stonework evident in the Kalasasaya Temple, such as the Ponce and Fraile monoliths. Visiting the two local museums reveals the Tiwanakus were also skilled at pottery and you can see more of their stonework too. Return to La Paz in the afternoon.

Day 3 Uyuni Salt Flats Take a morning flight to Uyuni, the large town on the edge of the salt flats. You will be met at the airport by your guide, before getting into the 4x4 vehicle that will take you across the altiplano over the coming days. Drive straight from the airport to the train cemetery, one of Bolivia’s stranger sights. Here rusty decommissioned trains lie forlornly in the desert, seemingly miles from any tracks. The next stop is the town of Colchani. Here you can see an artisanal salt-processing plant and learn about the salt extraction process.

A short drive away, is the Ojos de Aguas, where you can see how the salt flats are formed. Next, head out to the salt flats, where a sea of snow-white salt opens out ahead of you. Take advantage of the lack of perspective to take some fun photographs, before moving on to Incahuasi Island, a fascinating location with a hill of cactuses and low shrubs (an hour drive away). Here, you will enjoy a picnic lunch on the salt flats, before exploring the island, climbing to the summit for an incredible 360 degree vista of the whiteness stretching out in every direction. A walk around the entire island helps you to appreciate the emptiness and quietness of this desert.

You then drive back across the salt flats to your hotel near the town of Colchani, a unique construction built of salt bricks. After dinner, spend the evening relaxing and perhaps stargazing, with the clear skies and lack of light pollution giving incredible views of the skies (1 night).

Day 4 Uyuni to Villa Mar Depart the salt hotel after breakfast, and set off on bumpy roads across the Bolivian altiplano, an arid but beautiful landscape that is none-the-less rich in birdlife and varied scenery. Along the way, pass through the rural villages of Culpina K and Alota, where indigenous Bolivians go about their lives at an exceptional altitude, selling textiles and vegetables in markets and farming llamas amongst other things. Pass through Stone Valley, where wind erosion has formed the rocks into interesting shapes, and see the Canyon of the Fallen Soldier, the Vinto Lagoon and the Catal Lagoon. Stop briefly at the Tomas Lakjas Fort, before arriving at your hotel in the evening. 

Day 5 Villa Mar – Laguna Colorada – San Pedro de Atacama Set off from your hotel in the morning for the Laguna Colorada, a bright red lake, thanks to the algae and plankton that live in its waters. The flamingos here eat the same plankton and as a result are a particularly vibrant pink. Continue onwards to the Sol de Mañana geysers, a geothermal field where chutes of steam rise out of the earth, followed by the Dali Valley, where surreal rock formations dot the otherwise empty landscape. Also visit the Chalviri thermal spring, where you can take a dip in the warm waters and enjoy the view. Finally, visit the Laguna Verde – another coloured lake, this time green, before crossing the border post into Chile. Descend to the town of San Pedro de Atacama, in the heart of the Atacama Desert, where you will spend the night.

Day 6 Santiago In the morning, transfer to the airport in Calama for your flight to Santiago, where you are taken to your hotel.

Day 7 Overnight flight to the UK

Day 8 Arrive in the UK

Hotels

La Paz Hotel

La Casona – Standard Hotel
La Casona is a characterful boutique hotel in the historic centre of La Paz. A beautiful colonial building dating back to the 17th century, it is within walking distance of many of La Paz’s main attractions. All rooms have TV, en-suite bathrooms, WiFI and safes. There is a restaurant and rooftop terrace.

Uyuni Hotels

Palacio de Sal – Standard Hotel
Palacio de Sal is a one-of-a-kind hotel, built almost entirely out of salt blocks. It sits on the edge of the salt flats, giving it a unique location. There are 30 igloo-style rooms, with conical salt-ceilings, each with en-suite bathroom and heating.

Villa Mar Hotel

Hotel Mallku Cueva – Standard Hotel
A basic hotel with a lovely isolated location, the main building sits in a rocky outcrop, with views across the highlands. Rooms are simple but comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and heating. There is a dining room where dinner and breakfast are served.

Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama

Hotel Altiplanico – Standard Hotel
This beautiful 29-room hotel, located just outside the town of San Pedro in large grounds, is constructed from adobe blocks. There is a restaurant, bar and open air unheated pool. The simple rooms are attractively decorated, with en-suite bathrooms, private terraces and free wifi.

Hotel Tierra Atacama – Superior Hotel
This 32-room hotel, located 2 kilometres out of San Pedro, has stunning views across the desert to the volcanoes. There is a good restaurant and bar, a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and spa treatments available. The large, modern rooms have heating, free wifi and en-suite bathrooms and are decorated with textiles and crafts from the area.

Santiago Hotels

Plaza San Francisco – Standard Hotel
Located in the centre of Santiago, this hotel is within walking distance of many tourist attractions. The spacious rooms are air-conditioned and each one has an en-suite bathroom and wifi. The hotel also boasts an on-site restaurant and gym.

Cumbres Lastarria – Superior Hotel
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria is a 70-room hotel in a lovely part of Santiago. There is on-site restaurant, situated on the 8th floor, which offers great views. There is also a pool and fitness centre. The en-suite rooms are modern with wifi and safes.

If you are interested in adding an extension to Bolivia and the Atacama Desert, please get in touch with us for more details. Note that it is also possible to extend your stay in the Atacama Desert. Please ask us for details.

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Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

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Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Getting there

  • A holiday in Latin America inevitably means long haul flights, and at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Most airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy
    British Airways World Traveller Plus, Air France Premium Voyageur and Virgin Premium Economy seats are available. These provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    KLM, Iberia and United offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost. KLM seats can be booked through Llama Travel. United and Iberia seats can be reserved with the airlines one month prior to departure.

    Business Class

    British Airways Club World has seats which convert into full flat beds and have a privacy screen.

    Iberia Business Plus between Madrid and Latin America offers seats which convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Madrid, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    KLM World Business Class offers seats that convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Amsterdam, seats are usually the same as in economy class. Air France Affairs Class offer seats which convert into virtually flat beds. Between the UK and Paris, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    United Business First between the UK and the US offers seats which convert into full flat beds. Between the US and Latin America, seats are more spacious than in economy.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of your luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For flights within Latin America, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot always guarantee specific seats.

  • If you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Depending on the route and the airline, a stopover may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • All people flying to the USA, even if only in transit to Latin America, must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the USA and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the USA. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    As your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page.
    Additionally, if the passport was issued, renewed/extended between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006 it must contain a digital photograph. If the passport was issued, renewed/extended on or after October 26, 2006, it must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.
    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    ESTA Visa Waiver Program - **** Action by you may be required ****
    The US State Department has introduced a mandatory electronic system to help speed up the US immigration process for travellers on the Visa Waiver Program. All Visa Waiver Program travellers must fill in a form on the US State department website. This can be found at (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov). Please enter this into the address bar on your web browser. There is a $14 charge per person to apply for this. DO NOT search for this website via a search engine, such as Google, as it will take you to an incorrect website. Although this can be filled in up to 72 hours before travel, we recommend that you fill in this form as soon as possible so any issues can be identified immediately. To apply please scroll to the bottom of the green area and press the apply button on the left hand side of the page. Please make sure that this form is filled out for all the passengers on your booking. If you require more detailed instructions, please visit www.LlamaTravel.com/ESTA.

    If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, or if your passport does not meet the relevant criteria, then you will require a US visa before you travel. Even if you are given authorization on the ESTA website, some travellers may not be eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. If in doubt, please consult the US embassy website.

    Advanced Passenger Information - **** Action by you is required ****
    The US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight. This is in addition to the information to be submitted for the Visa Waiver Program which you may have already completed. Please visit our website where you will find details on how to submit this information using the airlines website. www.LlamaTravel.com/USAPI.

    Please complete this procedure as soon as possible. If your passenger information is not entered into the flight booking we are unable to issue your flight tickets. This may result in your flight booking being cancelled and high charges being incurred.

Before you Go

  • Some countries in Latin America have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents will give you your hotel and excursion vouchers when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy. A list of insurance companies that our customers have found suitable is available from us. Please advise your insurer of any pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are booking a holiday involving high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail, make sure that you are covered for this. If you are planning on carrying out any other activities, please ensure your insurance policy will cover you for these. Note that cancellation cover is often only available if insurance is purchased within two weeks of booking your holiday.

  • Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 2361); Brazil (020 7747 4500); Colombia (020 7589 5037); Bolivia (020 7235 4248); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042); Mexico (020 7499 8586), Panama (020 7409 2255). You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

  • In Cusco and the highlands of Peru, daytime temperatures tend to be around 20 degrees centigrade. However, night time temperatures drop rapidly, sometimes to below freezing. The coast can be warmer, although night temperatures can be cool, especially between May and September. The jungle is usually hot and humid, although between May and September there are sometimes cold fronts, and temperatures can drop to 5 degrees. Therefore, a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cold weather is advisable. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended. Lip balm is recommended and insect repellent is advisable, especially for jungle areas and around Machu Picchu.

    Electricity in Peru is 220V, and plugs are of the flat two-pin type.

    It is a legal requirement to carry identity documentation when in Peru. Therefore, having a copy of your passport with you at all times is recommended.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

    You require your passport when visiting Machu Picchu. Please make sure you bring this, otherwise you may not be able to enter the site.

    If you are walking the Inca Trail or the Short Inca Trail, please take the passport that you had when you initially booked if this has changed since booking. Otherwise you will not be permitted to start the trail.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Travelling in Peru

  • The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (approximate exchange rate: S/.3 = US$1). Most items in Peru are priced in Nuevo Soles, but the US dollar is used in some cases. Travellers should take US dollars and not UK sterling, which is not widely accepted in any form. Credit and debit cards can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. These dispense both Nuevo Soles and US dollars. Please note that it can be difficult to use US dollar notes which have even the smallest tear. When changing US dollars into Nuevo Soles, always use a reputable place to change: banks, hotels or exchange shops. Do not change money on the street if you can avoid it.

    When travelling to some of the more remote areas (e.g. the jungle, Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon), it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money or change travellers cheques. If taking travellers cheques, a high commission may be charged, especially if changing directly into dollars (this is often less if changing into Nuevo Soles). Some hotels do not change travellers cheques so you may need to change them in a bank or exchange shop, therefore, please bear in mind opening hours.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance. Llama Travel does not arrange any adventure activities directly and we cannot verify the safety measures of any local operators.

  • Excursions are operated together with other travellers. These will usually be in English, although groups are sometimes a mix of English and other languages. A minimum of 2 people is required for some excursions. On some occasions, the order of excursions may vary. Many excursions are with non-Llama Travel passengers, especially on wildlife excursions.

  • If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. For general excursions, if you want to tip guides, US$2 – 3 per person per day is usual if you are in a group. Approximately US$1 is usual for drivers or transfer staff. As tipping is not necessarily normal in restaurants, please give any tips directly to the person you would like to tip to ensure that they get it.

    For the four-day Inca Trail, tipping is normal as the guides, porters and cooks usually provide an excellent service. We recommend tipping around US$40 -60 per trekker for the whole trail, depending on the size of the group. For small groups (fewer than 6 trekkers), tipping per trekker is usually higher than for larger groups (more than 10 trekkers), as the number of support staff per trekker is higher.

    For the Short Inca Trail, around US$15-20 is normal for the two-day excursion.

    If you would like to tip your guide in the jungle, approximately US$10 per person per day is recommended.

  • To phone the UK from Peru, dial the international dialing code for the UK (0044) and then the UK telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Telephone cards are the easiest way to use public telephones, and can be bought in convenience stores.

    To phone Peru from the UK, dial the international dialing code for Peru (0051) and then the Peruvian telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Some UK mobile phones work in Peru, but must be tri-band. Check with your mobile phone service provider if your telephone will work.

  • Probably the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will still operate this just for you. All our holidays are guaranteed to operate if we have two passengers or more.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. In some places, the excursions are operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

  • Lima is the culinary capital of Peru, and possibly of all South America, and the city is full of good places to eat, ranging from the cheap and cheerful, to among the best, and most expensive, in all the Americas. Many serve traditional Peruvian food, as well as the standard international restaurants. Seafood is among the best choices. There are many restaurants serving good value set lunches, especially around Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. Most of the best restaurants are in Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco.

    Most of the restaurants in the centre of Cusco offer a range of international and Peruvian food, and cater for tourists as well as locals. Many local dishes are based on highland crops, such as potatoes and quinoa, and there are many excellent soups. You may want to try an ancient Inca delicacy – guinea pig! This is usually served in picanterias, which are restaurants specializing in local dishes. Prices in restaurants aimed at tourists generally range from around $10 - $20, although even upmarket restaurants often have good value set lunches.

    The hotels on the shore of Lake Titicaca offer a good selection of highland and international food. Additionally, there is a wide range of restaurants in the city of Puno, especially on Jr. Lima near the main square.

    Arequipa has a strong culinary tradition, and there is a wide variety of local dishes available. Soups are particularly popular. Additionally, Rocoto Relleno (stuffed spicy pepper) is another local favourite well worth trying, although make sure you specify if you do not want it too spicy. Most picanterías (restaurants serving traditional Arequipeño food) are outside of the centre, and a taxi should be taken. There are several restaurants on the balconies in the Plaza de Armas giving fine views of the Plaza.

  • All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately US$15 – 20 for a meal, although many restaurants have excellent value set lunches for less than this. Hotel restaurants, especially in superior hotels, can be more expensive. Additionally, there are many upmarket restaurants, particularly in Lima and Cusco, where you should expect to pay up to US$50 per person, or possibly more. However, these still offer excellent value for money compared to equivalent restaurants in the UK, and we find that many of our customers treat themselves to a special meal in Lima at the end of their holiday.

    Bar prices are similar to the UK and a small bottle of beer usually costs around US$2-3 in a hotel bar. Wine, particularly imported wine, can be quite expensive.

    We find that many people take advantage of the excellent crafts markets in and around Cusco, so please allow for this if you are likely to buy such items. The prices vary significantly depending on the quality of the items, and detailed crafts can be expensive.

    There are also many excellent shopping opportunities in the cities, with excellent alpaca clothing and jewellery shops. These generally take credit cards, although a discount is sometimes possible for cash payments.