The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Discover Peru and experience history, Machu Picchu, floating islands and Colca Canyon
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 45890
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.
Peru offers unsurpassed natural attractions to the traveller. The terrain is vast and varied, from soaring Andean peaks to the huge depth of the Colca Canyon to the Amazon rainforest. Of the world’s manmade structures, Machu Picchu is surely the most famous of the stunning remains of the pre-Spanish era. The Inca inheritance adds an extra dimension and the flora and fauna are as diverse as the scenery. The birdlife is incredible, and Peru offers the chance to see a fantastic number of species.
We start in bustling Lima with time to visit the highlights. We then fly into Arequipa where views are dominated by El Misti (5800m), the dormant but still impressive volcano. The climate here is warm and pleasant all year around. We have time to enjoy the colonial architecture and particularly a trip around the Santa Catalina monastery, dating from 1570. Next, we drive across the altiplano with herds of vicuna and llama grazing beside the road to the arid Colca Canyon, one of the natural wonders of the world. Watching condors rising on early morning thermals is a memorable experience.
We sail to Lake Titicaca’s unique floating islands and travel out to Taquile Island for probably the best walk of the holiday. The views across Lake Titicaca to the Andes range are as spectacular as any. Cuzco has amazing Inca temples and fortresses, and we visit one of the best Andean markets at Pisac during our stay in the Sacred Valley. The train journey to Machu Picchu is just as breathtaking as the Lost City of the Incas itself.
SIX FACES OF PERU*
For those looking to extend your visit to Peru, you can experience the majesty and diversity of the natural world and animals within. We fly from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonaldo, where we then continue by boat on the Madre de Dios River for 30 minutes to our jungle lodge for two nights. We will walk, canoe and explore the jungle with an expert local guide for unique insights. A canoe trip on Lake Sandoval offers the chance to spot otters, howler monkeys, macaws and caiman. See Tour Code 45900
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Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We depart from London on our direct British Airways flight to Lima. On arrival we transfer to the Lima hotel where we stay for one night. Dinner is not included tonight but the leader will point out options to those that wish to eat.
After breakfast we will have a day’s sightseeing in Lima including the Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco. We will visit the Larco Museum and take lunch at the museum restaurant. Late afternoon we fly to Arequipa (two nights) situated 2,335m above sea level, the most "colonial" city in Peru. It is a good place to begin our acclimatisation to high altitude. Please note dinner is not included this evening but the town square, a short walk from the hotel, has plenty of eating options. Your tour leader will advise.
This is the desert or arid region, some 600 miles south of Lima. Arequipa is known as the ‘White City’ because many of its buildings have been made from sillar, the white volcanic rock quarried locally. This morning we will take a bus to Carmen Alto for a morning walk. We start walking down from here, to the viewpoint of Yanahuara. We have a quick stop for some Queso Helado, an Arequipa classic treat. We continue to the Alpaca Workshop: “Mundo Alpaca”. After that we will keep walking to the first “Barrio” of Arequipa, Barrio San Lazaro, where we can appreciate all the architectural beauty of its mansions, temples, museums, theatres and the Plaza de Armas, built of ashlar. In the afternoon, we will visit the monastery of Santa Catalina to see the architecture, art and furniture of a world that has stood still since 1570. Our hotel is within walking distance of the monastery so we can return on foot.
This morning we depart by coach on the road through the magnificent scenery of the high pampa and over the 4,900m Patapampa Pass. This will be the highest altitude we reach on our holiday. This is the place the affects of altitude are most likely to be felt so we will not stop at the pass this time but descend to Chivay village and our hotel for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. On the journey herds of vicuna, lama and alpaca are often seen along with Andean bird life.
We visit the valley of the Colca Canyon, setting out early in order to see condors. On a good day these huge birds fly astonishingly close. Later we can walk to Cabanaconde village for lunch where we can also enjoy the beautiful view from “The Mirador”. You will visit the typical villages of Pinchollo and Maca, visit the church and the village of Yanque. We will walk to the ruins of Uskallaqta, that are on the way between the villages of Yanque and Chivay.
From Colca we take the road back over the Patapampa Pass and continue to Puno arriving late afternoon for a two night stay. The journey takes about 6hrs. This time, being better acclimatised, we can stop to sample life at high altitude. It is likely there will be patches of snow at the pass. We will stop briefly in the town of Coporaque. Before arriving at Puno, we will visit the funerary complex of Silustani where you can see a series of impressive tombs, known as ‘chullpas’.
Puno lies on a bay of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,827m. It sits amidst bleak, almost treeless countryside, with the peaks of the Cordillera Real in the far distance. The local people have retained many ancient customs, which with the existence of pre-Hispanic and colonial monuments make the area another fascinating region to visit. We will visit the Island of Taquile in Lake Titicaca the home of skilled weavers and knitting men. The walk across Taquile Island for many will be the most spectacular walk of the holiday. It takes about an hour to walk up from the jetty to the town where we can take lunch is a local cafe, we then descend back down to the boat. We also stop to see some of the ‘floating’ islands of the Uros Indians in the lake.
We travel by road the 250 miles from Puno through mountainous country to Cuzco (approx. 8 hours) for one night. Today lunch is included in a local restaurant en route. Close to Cuzco we stop at Piquillacta for our walk to Huacarpay Lagoon. The area includes four permanent lagoons, a seasonal lagoon and marshes that connect the bodies of water. We visit Cuzco for several reasons not least for its Inca and Spanish colonial remains and the local people who have retained their original clothing and customs but also for the outstanding beauty of the scenery. This region has a strong character of its own. The city is sited at over 3,000m in the Andes. Little is known of its history before the arrival of Pizarro’s rampaging armies. During our stay here we have an opportunity to see the magnificent architecture of the convents and churches.
We leave Cuzco early and drive out to the Sacred Valley to walk down from the ruins above Pisac into the market, another walk with spectacular views. We descend on a good path but there is some exposure The walk takes about 2hrs at a gentle pace with plenty of time to enjoy and photograph the view. The market in Pisac at the end of the walk is probably the best place to buy local crafts on the holiday. We stay one night in the Sacred Valley.
This morning, we will visit Ollantaytambo, a typical example of the extraordinary urban planning of the Incas. The town offers cobbled and winding streets, the ruins scattered everywhere, and agricultural terraces above. Among the ruins, we will visit the old fortress and the temple, from where we can enjoy magnificent views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Later, we take an afternoon train for Machu Picchu. We travel the 70 miles by train for a night in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (one night) below Machu Picchu. The train journey takes about 90mins through spectacular scenery and is another highlight of the holiday. On arrival in Machu Picchu Pueblo it is short walk to the hotel. Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.
We have an early start and take minibuses up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the early morning light and a full guided tour of the ruins before the midday crowds arrive. We will have plenty of time to take in the site, undoubtedly one of the wonders of the world. There is a very good reason why Machu Picchu is a world renowned tourist site. We should also have time to walk up to the Inti Punku gate. This is the end of the Inca Trail and offers a great view over the site. The walk climbs on a well trodden, if rocky, trail. We catch the early afternoon train back to Cuzco and to our hotel where we stay three further nights.
We begin with a coach journey to Qenqo 20 minutes outside Cuzco, this place of worship is located at what is now known as the Socorro hill. We will start walking down from here, to the viewpoint of Cristo Blanco, this statue is 8m high and is located on top of Pukamoqo hill (Red Hill). We stop for some pictures and keep going to Sacsayhuaman. This is an enormous construction on the outskirts of Cuzco of whose walls Pedro Sancho wrote in 1534: "Spaniards who have seen them say that not even the Bridge of Segovia nor any construction of Hercules or the Romans can be compared to this". It is possible for clients to walk back down to Cusco from Sacsayhuaman for those who would like. Back in Cuzco we will spend time with our local guide taking in some of the myriad city sights.
This is planned as a free day for you to relax or explore Cuzco in more depth. There are plenty of options to consider.
Today we will walk out from Cuzco into the surrounding hills. The Qhapaq Ñan or Inca road starts in Plaza de Armas and climbs up through the attractive San Blas district to eventually arrive at the archaeological site of Inkiltambo. Our guide will take us round the site and explain what we are seeing. Later we can return to Cuzco for our final night in Peru. We have private transport back to the hotel but those who prefer could walk back.
We will fly from Cuzco after breakfast to Lima to connect with our overnight to London.
We arrive back in the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
1st Sep 2021 - 16th Sep 2021 (15 Nights)
29th Sep 2021 - 14th Oct 2021 (15 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The Hotel Antigua building dates from 1923. Featuring antiques and original art, the pleasant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TVs and safes. Breakfast served in a chic restaurant. There's a courtyard garden with a fountain to be enjoyed by guests.
The Casa Andina Classic Hotel is less than 10 minutes' walk from both the 16th-century Santa Catalina Monastery and lively Plaza de Armas in the centre of Arequipa. It is ideally located for our explorations. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a terrace with views of El Misti.
The Casa Andina Colca Canyon is located in Chivay town a short walk from the Inca Bridge. The rooms are decorated in the local style and offer free Wi-Fi. Other amenities include a planetarium, a massage room and a cosy restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas amongst other things.
The Hacienda Hotel is close by Puno Cathedral, the Museo Carlos Dreyer and about 10 minutes walk from the shore of Lake Titicaca. The rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a bar and restaurant with views of the lake and the cathedral.
The Yawar Inka Hotel is on a tree-lined boulevard a short distance from the centre of Cuzco. The warmly decorated rooms provide free Wi-Fi, smart TVs, safes and minibars. Amenities include a restaurant and cafe/bar.
In a superb location in the Sacred Valley, the Sonesta Posada is a former monastery built in the 18th century in the traditional Hispanic hacienda style. It has beautiful gardens through which friendly alpacas roam free. Friendly staff and an excellent restaurant all add to the experience of your stay. All rooms come with a safe, hairdryer, bathroom, telephone, cable TV and heater. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
El Mapi Hotel is set on a street lined with cafes and restaurants, with views of cloud forest. It is a 3 minute walk from Machu Picchu train station. The bright, modern rooms feature Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. A breakfast buffet is included. There’s a relaxed cafe, a sleek bar, and a serene spa offering cloud forest views.
This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for Peru
For entry into Peru a passport is required which should be valid for 6 months beyond your intended stay. Your passport is often required when checking into hotels and when changing money, so carry it with you on these occasions. It is also an excellent idea to memorise your passport number for the form filling. No visas are required for UK nationals.
The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.
The holiday is on a half board basis with breakfasts and dinners provided in hotels or local restaurants. Meals commence with breakfast on Day 2. Lunch is included on 3 days. Also please note we will provide lunch on Day 2 instead of dinner.
The food is generally excellent with potatoes, beans and rice predominate in the mountains and fish, particularly served raw as ceviche, a Peruvian classic, common on the coast. Vegetarians are generally well catered for but some patience at mealtimes may be required.
On arrival at hotels you will on occasion be offered a Pisco Sour, the national drink. It consists of Peruvian Pisco brandy, lime (or lemon) juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and bitters. It tastes rather like angels crying on your tongue as any Peruvian will tell you. Please do not confuse Peruvian Pisco with Chilean Pisco, both nations claim the spirit as their national drink.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Country Specific Kit
Wildlife and scenery viewing experiences are always improved with binoculars. For seeing a bird in the treetops or picking out some detail on the horizon they are invaluable. If you have a pair, please bring them with you on your holiday. On some holidays it will be appropriate to have them with you all the time. Sometimes you might prefer to avoid carrying the extra weight. Your tour leader will always be happy to advise which days it will be particularly useful to take them.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Peru
Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Peru
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Peru.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid immunisation is recommended.
You might also like to consider immunisation against Rabies, Diphtheria and Yellow Fever.
There is a risk of Malaria in some low altitude regions and a very low risk in other parts of the country.
Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Peru; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.
Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
You should also be aware of issues associated with travelling at high altitudes. The lower atmospheric pressure at higher altitudes results in less oxygen finding its way into the blood. Problems usually start for most people at around 2,500 to 3,000 metres. If you reach this altitude gradually the body can accustom itself to having less oxygen, and once you are above it if you gain further height slowly you are less likely to have problems. It is important on arrival at destinations at this kind of altitude to rest for a few hours and not to over-exert yourself in the first day or two, as over-exertion can make altitude problems more likely. Local people also swear by coca leaf tea, which you will probably be offered on arrival, as a means of preventing or treating altitude problems. It is harmless and if you drink plenty of it, it will at least help you to avoid dehydration, something else that makes altitude problems more likely, so drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol!) at these high altitude destinations. Anybody who has a medical condition affecting blood circulation or breathing or has any other worries should consult their doctor before departure.
Altitude sickness can affect travellers whose itineraries take them above about 2,500m although some individuals can experience a milder form above about 1,900m.
Early symptoms include a headache, nausea, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and insomnia.
Further Travel Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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