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The Very Best of Peru including


  • UK
  • Lima
  • Puerto Maldonado
  • Cusco
  • Puno
  • Arequipa
  • Nazca
  • Paracas
  • Lima
  • UK

2 NIGHTS from £149pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a 2 night stay in Lima
  • Explore the ancient mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Discover the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest in Puerto Maldonado
  • Fly over the mysterious etchings of the Nazca Lines
  • Spot sea lions, penguins and dolphins on a Ballestas Islands boat ride
  • Visit historic city sights on tours of Lima and Cusco
  • Boat trip on Lake Titicaca, visiting Uros and Taquile Islands

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Extend your stay in Lima

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.

A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Lima offers rich history, great museums, pre-Columbian temples and colonial mansions. Discover more of the city or venture out to the nearby, bohemian district of Barranco where daily life is more relaxed and take a stroll around the old colonial and republican houses. The beautiful area of Miraflores, known for its gardens, parks and beaches, is also not to be missed.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Lima

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


On arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Peru's elegant capital. Your afternoon tour of Lima, the City of Kings, takes you past the stately Government Palace, located in the Main Square, to the city cathedral, where the remains of conqueror Francisco Pizarro lie. Explore the highly embellished cloisters and entryway of San Francisco Monastery and its network of underground catacombs, used as cemeteries during the colonial period. Wander through the picturesque neighbourhood of San Isidro and the modern district of Miraflores with its beautiful parks, squares, cafes and restaurants. Return to your hotel, re-joining your group later this evening for a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
Lima to Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the city of Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. Travel by boat to Corto Maltes Lodge, your Amazonian home, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, trek to a brazil nut harvesting camp and learn more about this important Peruvian staple crop and its cultivation. Back at the lodge, relax by the pool or unwind in a hammock on the terrace before a night-time pre-dinner boat excursion to observe lurking caimans and the nocturnal animals of the Amazon.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Puerto Maldonado

A 3-kilometre morning hike through the wildlife haven of Tambopata National Reserve takes you to Lake Sandoval where a ride in a rowboat allows you to appreciate the biodiversity capital of Peru. Spot river otters, macaws, howler monkeys and one of the world's biggest freshwater fish, the Paiche, from your lookout on the river and, conditions permitting, encounter the primates of the Amazon on Monkey Island. Ascend into the treetops after lunch and enjoy animal viewings and a spectacular sunset from the lodge's two lookout towers. A visit to a Shiringuero encampment gives insight into the collection of rubber and takes you into the evening, which can be enjoyed at your leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast, venture downriver by boat to a native farm for a tropical fruit tasting before visiting a native Machiguenga family, one of the ethnic groups of the Peruvian Amazon. Learn about the intriguing customs and language of this group, as they teach visitors about their ayahuasca ceremonies, hunting gear and medicinal plants before sharing one of their unique indigenous dishes. Return to the lodge for an afternoon at leisure and the chance to enjoy a refreshing swim, a cool cocktail or a relaxing massage (at a fee) before dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Puerto Maldonado to Cusco

Experience an early morning cacophony of sound and colour at a nearby clay lick, where parrots congregate to nibble on a type of clay native only to this region. After breakfast, a boat will carry you to the city centre of Puerto Maldonado where you can browse through regional products at a local market before catching your flight to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco, uncover the remnants of the city's Incan and colonial past on an afternoon tour. Marvel at the gold and silver leafed walls and skilful masonry of the Incas at Koricancha, enjoy the vibrancy of the colonial city square at the Plaza de Armas and visit the Cusco Cathedral with its ornately carved woodwork, crypts and paintings. Explore the masterfully constructed Incan rock fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the underground cave and temple of Kenko, then take in the panoramic views over the rocky ruins of Puca Pucara, an ancient military fort. Wander through Tambomachay, the Baths of the Inca where aqueducts and canals flow and pool in sacred baths, before stopping at "Inka's Expression" workshop to watch local artisans create beautiful silver pieces, paintings and wood carvings.

  • Breakfast

Journey by train to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu. A full-day tour takes you around the tombs, temples and palaces of this ancient city of ruins, believed to be built for an Incan emperor. A city never uncovered by colonizing Spaniards, the structures and agricultural terraces of Machu Picchu are an untouched testament to the culture of this lost civilization. Set between two forested Andean peaks beneath swirling clouds, with llamas often roaming the mountainside, the 550-year-old site offers spectacular views in addition to its archaeological wonders. Have lunch in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes and journey home by train after the day's tour.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
Cusco to Puno

Depart Cusco and travel to Puno, visiting a number of fascinating attractions along the way. Your first stop is Andahuayillas, the 'Sistine Chapel of America', which boasts church walls covered with frescoes and a gilded roof. Continue onward to Raqchi, an Inca archaeological park. Explore the towering Temple of Wiracocha, built to honour and appease the supreme god of the Incas before visiting The Raya, a well-placed viewpoint that provides panoramic vistas over the Andes. Arrive in Puno in the early evening, with the remainder of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Today's highlight is a trip to Lake Titicaca, the highest and largest navigable lake on earth. The views from the top of Taquile Island can stretch to Bolivia on a clear day and are well worth the hour-long walk from the port. After lunch in a simple restaurant overlooking the lake, follow 535 stone steps to a fantastic observation point. Later, walk back down to the port and board a boat for a brief visit to the floating reed island of Uros to visit a local family home before returning to Puno.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
Puno to Arequipa

Witness the natural beauty of Peru on today's journey from Puno to Arequipa. Leaving in the morning, travel first to a lofty lookout point with far-reaching views over the Lagunillas Lagoon and the chance to spot rare Andean birds such as the giant Andean coot and the Andean goose. Stop at a restaurant for refreshments before visiting the plains of Pampa Canahuas where you can observe the unique 'vicunas', a local camelid, roaming the land. Arrive in Arequipa and check into your hotel before dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Arequipa to Nazca

A scenic 12 to 14-hour drive along the coastline takes you past dazzling white beaches, laidback coastal towns, arid desert plains and lofty mountain passes as you follow the great Pan-American Highway to the city of Nazca for your overnight night stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Nazca to Paracas

The origin and purpose of the Nazca Lines - a multitude of intricate geometric patterns and figures etched into the rock of Peru's Nazca Desert - has been the subject of mystery and research for decades. The hundreds of figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, llamas and lizards, some as long as the Empire State Building. Get a bird's eye view of this fascinating archaeological feature on a 25-minute flight over the lines (subject to weather conditions). Back on land, trace your way to Paracas, stopping to visit a local winery and explore a traditional pottery studio. Stunning Huacachina Lagoon, your next stop, is a palm-fringed oasis nestled in the barren desert region of Peru. With a handful of quaint shops and dwellings lining the water's edge, the lagoon makes for a unique and quirky pit stop before your overnight stay in Paracas.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Board a shared boat for the morning's excursion to the Ballestas Islands, and the chance to see porpoises leaping through the surf, pelicans and cormorants swooping over the water and the famous prehistoric Paracas Candelabra petroglyph etched into the waterside dunes. An afternoon at leisure gives you time to relax or explore the sights of Paracas at your own pace.

  • Breakfast
Paracas to Lima

Start your day with a scenic 4-5 hour drive along the Pacific Coastline from Paracas to Lima, stopping for lunch along the way. Check into your hotel in Lima, with the remainder of the day at leisure. Later, re-join your group for a farewell dinner that marks the end of your Peruvian adventure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Lima to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, via Sao Paulo, or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Continue your stay in Lima with some extended time to explore the many sights of Peru's capital city.

  • Breakfast

This day is yours to spend at leisure in Lima.

  • Breakfast
Lima to the UK

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

  • Breakfast

Important Information


British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa to travel to Peru. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding passport validity.


You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover (Sacred Peru)£39£75£129
Up to 24 days cover (Chilie, Bolivia and Peru)£45£89£139
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.

Flight Information

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.

Health and Vaccinations

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

Physical Accessibility

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.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning that a knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide will accompany you on all excursions.

Currency Information

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. 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 local currency.

Personal Expenses

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!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
Casa Andina Miraflores Centro
06 May 202022 May 2020£149£2889£3038SOLD OUT
20 May 202005 Jun 2020£149£2839£2988SOLD OUT
10 Jun 202026 Jun 2020£149£2849£2998Book Now
01 Jul 202017 Jul 2020£149£3199£3348Book Now
02 Sep 202018 Sep 2020£149£2849£2998Book Now
16 Sep 202002 Oct 2020£149£3129£3278SOLD OUT
30 Sep 202016 Oct 2020£149£2899£3048Book Now
14 Oct 202030 Oct 2020£149£2899£3048Book Now
28 Oct 202013 Nov 2020£249£2849£3098Book Now
11 Nov 202027 Nov 2020£149£2799£2948Book Now
25 Nov 202011 Dec 2020£149£2699£2848Book Now
2021 DATES
27 Jan 202112 Feb 2021£149£2999£3148Book Now
10 Feb 202126 Feb 2021£149£2999£3148Book Now
10 Mar 202126 Mar 2021£149£2999£3148Book Now
14 Apr 202130 Apr 2021£149£2999£3148Book Now
28 Apr 202114 May 2021£149£2999£3148Book Now
12 May 202128 May 2021£149£2899£3048Book Now
26 May 202111 Jun 2021£149£2899£3048Book Now
09 Jun 202125 Jun 2021£149£2999£3148Book Now
23 Jun 202109 Jul 2021£149£2999£3148Book Now
07 Jul 202123 Jul 2021£149£3199£3348Book Now
01 Sep 202117 Sep 2021£149£2899£3048Book Now
15 Sep 202101 Oct 2021£149£3199£3348Book Now
29 Sep 202115 Oct 2021£149£2969£3118Book Now
13 Oct 202129 Oct 2021£149£2969£3118Book Now
27 Oct 202112 Nov 2021£149£2899£3048Book Now
10 Nov 202126 Nov 2021£149£2899£3048Book Now
24 Nov 202110 Dec 2021£149£2799£2948Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary Changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times.

Please note

For departures 11/09/2019 and 09/10/2019 you will be staying at the Monte Amazonico Lodge in Puerto Maldonado

What to expect

Fact File

Nuevo Sol

Average Flying time

16 Hours

Min/Max temperature

10 °C / 33 °C

Spoken languages


When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.


Puerto Maldonado





What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Torch
  • Camera
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Long sleeve shirt and trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • Multi-plug travel adapter
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • Altitude sickness medication
  • First aid kit
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