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Sacred Peru with Lima

12 Day Escorted Tour With 3 Day Extension

Peru, Latin America
Challenging Pace

Delve further into The 'City of the Kings' with an extended stay in Peru's capital city of Lima. Brimming with heritage, you will have free time to explore the city to gain further insight into the local area and ancient cultures.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a 2 night stay in Lima
  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Lima
  • Visit Lake Titicaca
  • See the ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Colca Canyon
  • Urubamba, The Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo
  • Volcanic city of Arequipa
  • Colonial city of Cusco
Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only


Day 1
UK to Lima

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Lima, via Bogota, Colombia.

Day 2

On arrival in Lima, you will be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3
Lima to Arequipa


Known as the 'City of the Kings', today's tour combines the culture of historic downtown Lima with the modern district of Miraflores. You will first visit the main square to see the Cathedral, Government Palace and City Hall. Next see one of the best-preserved monasteries in Lima, the beautiful Santo Domingo Convent and then on to Miraflores, a bustling shopping area with stupendous views of the Pacific Ocean. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa to spend the night.

Day 4


With its large traditional square and colonial buildings, Peru's second largest city Arequipa has a very Spanish feel. Known as the 'Cuidad Blanca' (White City) and set against the backdrop of the misty volcano, Arequipa offers some truly wonderful cultural and historic sites including the Church of the Society of Jesus, the frescoes of America's Sistine Chapel at the San Ignacio Dome and the labyrinth Santa Catalina Convent. The tour ends with a relaxed walk around the local areas of Cayma and Yanahuara. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Day 5
Arequipa & Colca Canyon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today the tour moves on to the open plains of the Pampa Canaguas and Salinas where you will see llamas, alpacas, and guanacos roaming in the wild. The wetlands are teeming with different species of birdlife, and Patapampa, a high point offers stunning vistas of volcanoes. After about a five hour drive you arrive at Chivay, your base for the night where dinner is included.

Day 6
Colca Canyon to Puno

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

An early start from Chivay sets you up for a spectacular scenic tour of the Colca Canyon with its terraced fields, hanging tombs and deep gorges, all culminating with a chance to see the majestic condors as they rise deep from within the canyon. You will then make your way back to the hotel and after lunch, commence your journey to Puno, arriving in the evening where dinner at your hotel is included.

Day 7

Breakfast & Lunch

Today's highlight is a trip to Lake Titicaca, the highest and largest navigable lake on earth. The views from Taquile Island that, on a clear day, can stretch to Bolivia are stunning and well worth the hour or so walk to the top from the port. Have a 'coca tea' break half way up before lunch is taken in a simple restaurant that overlooks the lake. Later you will walk back down to the port and board a boat for a brief visit to one of the floating reed islands to visit a local family home. Overnight is in Puno.

Day 8
Puno to Cusco

Breakfast & Lunch

This morning you will travel from Puno to Cusco and be able to appreciate the surrounding valleys' wonderful landscapes en route. The journey includes a stop at La Raya pass, 4,300 metres above sea level, from where you will be able to take in some amazing vistas of the Andean snow-capped mountains. You will also stop at the Raqchi ruins, known as the Temple of the God Wiracocha, and Andahuaylillas village where there is a beautiful church from the 17th century. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before arriving in Cusco and transferring to your hotel.

Day 9
Cusco to The Sacred Valley

Breakfast & Lunch

Today the tour heads for Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where one of the highlights is a visit to the imposing Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo. En route you will visit a camelid compound to see these unique animals at close quarters as well as the colourful Pisac market where local Indians display and sell their handmade artefacts. Lunch is in a comfortable restaurant then the journey continues to reach your hotel for an overnight stay in the valley.

Day 10
The Sacred Valley to Cusco

Breakfast & Lunch

Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and this morning you will be taken to the station to board the train to start your adventure to this incredible site. The train will take you to the city of Aguas Calientes where you disembark and board a bus to the archaeological site. Constructed on a saddle between two Andean peaks, Machu Picchu was one of the greatest achievements of South American civilisation. After a guided tour of this 550-year-old citadel, there is some free time for you to explore and absorb the awe-inspiring atmosphere. You will then descend back to Aguas Calientes for lunch, then catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cusco by coach.

Day 11
Cusco to Lima


This morning's tour of Cusco will introduce you to this amazing colonial city built on the foundation of Inca palaces. Visit the 'Temple of the Sun' where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral with its carved woodwork and paintings. Later, you will drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, then to the underground cave and temple of Kenko - one of the largest wakas (holy places) in the region. Experience a panoramic view of Puca Pucara and, finally, stop at the living art workshop to admire how the local artisans create wonderful silver pieces, paintings and wood carvings. Later thi

Day 12
Cusco to Lima


Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Lima. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 13


This day is spent at leisure, allowing you to explore the many sights of Lima.

Day 14
Lima to the UK


After breakfast transfer to Lima International airport for your flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Hotel Casa Andina Classic Centro

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Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £2,848
1 Date
26th Jan - 8th Feb
February 2023
from £2,898
1 Date
23rd Feb - 8th Mar
March 2023
from £2,898
1 Date
23rd Mar - 5th Apr
April 2023
from £3,048
1 Date
27th Apr - 10th May
May 2023
from £2,918
2 Dates
4th May - 17th May
25th May - 7th Jun
June 2023
from £3,098
1 Date
22nd Jun - 5th Jul
July 2023
from £3,348
1 Date
6th Jul - 19th Jul
August 2023
from £3,098
2 Dates
24th Aug - 6th Sep
31st Aug - 13th Sep
September 2023
from £2,898
2 Dates
14th Sep - 27th Sep
28th Sep - 11th Oct
October 2023
from £2,648
2 Dates
12th Oct - 25th Oct
26th Oct - 8th Nov
November 2023
from £2,748
1 Date
16th Nov - 29th Nov


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Casa Andina Miraflores Centro
2 nights
Lima, Peru
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Casa Andina Miraflores Centro
1 nights
Lima, Peru
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Tour Reviews

Christopher Bull

09 Sep 19

Generally very good with three that were outstanding: Hacienda Concepcion (Amazon), Chivay, Sacred Valley. Superb holiday, one of the best we have done yet with Mercury. So many highlights to enjoy, outstanding guides throughout, great value for money.

Jessica Williams

24 Jul 19

Really enjoyed all hotels during the tour! All were in good locations with good facilities!

Michael Antrobus

16 Jun 19

All hotels very satisfactory.

Gerald Potten

22 May 19

All hotels were very good for the star rating. Some were a little noisy, but otherwise very good.

K Griffiths

20 May 19

Tour leader in Peru Fernando was excellent.

Gillian Tully

08 May 19

Good locations, lovely beds but a few problems with showers and noise

Len Goodes

21 Nov 18

For where we were I thought the hotels were of a good standard. Another good tour at an affordable price.

Cath Mccoo

15 Oct 18

Hotels were clean + comfortable. Very limited public space in all of them. Delivery of luggage at all hotels was quick + well managed. This is my 2nd tour with Mercury. Both tours have been very well organised and ran smoothly. As a solo traveller this has been very reassuring.

J Reid

19 Jul 18

Hotels in the center of town, safe surroundings for evening walks.

Margaret Maw

04 Jul 18

Would have liked tea making facilities in rooms

Wendy Wilcoxon

04 Jul 18

Good locations and clean & comfortable

Susan Morgan

11 Feb 18

Loved the Hotel prior to the Macchu Pichu trip and the Inka terra and Chivay lodges. Some Andinis were better than others. The one in Lima was a bit dreary though the rooms themselves were fine and location good.

Penri Williams

25 Oct 17

Hotels were clean and breakfasts were excellent

Guides were excellent

Wayne Smith

29 Sep 17

The Hotels used where all pretty good.

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Important Information

No visa is required for this tour of Peru.

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices <br /><br /> <table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover (Sacred Peru)</td><td>£39</td><td>£75</td><td>£129</td></tr><tr><td>Up to 24 days cover (Chilie, Bolivia and Peru)</td><td>£45</td><td>£89</td><td>£139</td></tr></tbody></table> For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

All flights are operated by LAN TAM Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

A Tour Leader will be with you on your trip starting in Arequipa on Day 3, ending in Puno on Day 12. Day 1, Day 2, Day 11 and Day 12 in Lima do not include a tour leader, however, transfers will be provided by a local English speaking guide.

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you depart US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!