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'A Month in Peru'

What makes this trip special?

The White City

The White City

Arequipa

Gleaming serenely in its 'eternal spring' sunshine, Arequipa's historical centre is a beautiful ensemble of baroque churches and fine colonial buildings in the white stone of the region. Narrow streets run between grand plazas, with views of 3 snow-capped volcanoes.

Condors

Condors

Colca Canyon

You wait in the early morning sun at a look-out above the world's deepest canyon. Soon condors begin to appear, riding the thermals from their roosts somewhere in the cliffs below. They rise up to your level, circling so close you can almost hear the wind in their wings. They circle again, and soar away to hunt over the altiplano, or to valleys a hundred miles away and more.

Artists of the floating world

Artists of the floating world

Uros community, Lake Titicaca

Afloat on Lake Titicaca. An extraordinary existence, lived on 40 or so artificial islands woven from reeds harvested from the lake shore. The Uros consider themselves the oldest people on earth, with a welcome for their less blue-blooded visitors.

Centre of the Incan world

Centre of the Incan world

Cusco

A hugely atmospheric city, steeped in its Incan past, with so much to explore. Fine temples of intricate stonework, narrow lanes running to wide plazas, vibrant traditional cultures, busy markets, lively arts, bustling restaurants, with the Andes on all sides. One of the world's great travel destinations.

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

The Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley was heaven on Earth for the Incas. You can easily see why. A lush steep-sided valley wih a wide floor brought alive by the Urubamba river tumbling through its fields and pastures. Great for country walks, striding out on the highlands above, exploring some very very fine Incan ruins, and shopping in local markets. Hearty food, sparklingly clean air - it's the kind of place you might feel you could live in some day.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Absolutely unmissable. One of the most world's evocative sites, an Incan sanctuary beautifully set among seemingly impenetrable mountains, lost for centuries. Approach it by the Inca Trail, or by rail. Truly wonderful.

A lodge in the Amazon rainforest

A lodge in the Amazon rainforest

Southern Amazon

Stay in a lodge in the Amazon rainforest reachable only by river. Once at the lodge guides take you on trips deep into the forest on foot or by boat, with so much to see and learn about its wildlife and how this complex ecosystem works.

Ballestas islands

Ballestas islands

The Poor Man's Galapagos

A collection of islands just outside of the Paracas National Reserce, these rocky islands are home to over 150 species of marine birds including the diminuitive Humboldt penguin and the Peruvian booby. The shore line is full of sea lions basking in the sunshine and doplhins and whales are also sometimes spotted.

Nazca lines

Nazca lines

Nazca lines

These mysterious geoglyphs were etched into the Peruvian desert by the Nazca people over 1,000 years ago. They are best viewed from the air where you gaze down on the huge stylised forms of animals and flowers. Little is known about the lines but your chatty pilot will no doubt enjoy recounting a story about how these ancient people drew an astonaut into the arid earth.

Mountains of gold

Mountains of gold

The Lord of Sipan

Royal tombs found deep within a pyramid held prodigious quantities of golden regalia and stunning artefacts with the mortal remains of the 'Lord of Sipan'. A new and very fine museum presents a magnificent display.

Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon

Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon

Moche civilisation

Two massive adobe pyramids mark the Moche's desert capital. Hidden in the desert for 1500 years, brightly coloured geometric friezes lead into temple altar sites whose functions included human sacrifice.

Spectacled Bear protection

Spectacled Bear protection

Chaparri Lodge and Reserve

An area of dry forest beneath a holy mountain protects the Spectacled Bear and an endangered guan. A masterclass in sustainability and conservation. One of our favourite lodges in the whole of South America.

Itinerary map for Peru 'A Month in Peru' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Lima
  • 2 Lima
  • 3 Arequipa
  • 4 Arequipa
  • 5 Colca Canyon
  • 6 Puno
  • 7 Puno
  • 8 Cusco
  • 9 Cusco
  • 10 Sacred Valley
  • 11 Sacred Valley
  • 12 Machu Picchu
  • 13 Machu Picchu
  • 14 Cusco
  • 15 Cusco
  • 16 Southern Amazon Lodge
  • 17 Southern Amazon Lodge
  • 18 Lima
  • 19 Paracas
  • 20 Paracas
  • 21 Chiclayo
  • 22 Chiclayo
  • 23 Chaparri Reserve
  • 24 Chaparri Reserve
  • 25 Trujillo
  • 26 Trujillo
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Designer's notes

If you are lucky enough to have a month at your disposal then you really should spend it in Peru.

You must see the iconic sites of the Incan heartlands around Cusco and Machu Picchu, and the extraordinary Lake Titicaca, but a little extra time allows you to go beyond these-into the Amazon, up to the kingdoms of the northern coast, down to the Nazca lines-and to spend a little longer in each place.

Time that will be richly rewarded.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'A Month in Peru'

DAY 1

Lima

You are met at Lima airport from your international flight and driven to your hotel in the city for 2 nights. Rest of the day free.

DAY 2
B

A day in Lima to explore this wonderful city. You are collected from your hotel for a morning tour with a guide. On towering cliff tops at Miraflores you visit the Parque del Amor, where mosaics decorated with romantic poetry look out over the Pacific. In the midst of the city itself you visit the site of Huaca Pucllana, a centre for the pre-Incan ‘Lima’ culture. At the Plaza de Armas, the heart of colonial Lima, you see the Government Palace and the City Hall, and step inside the Cathedral if it is open for visitors (the pre-Incan Huaca Huallamarca pyramid is the alternative). Finally you visit the impressive San Francisco Monastery, the height of Spanish baroque; its library and catacombs date from the earliest colonial times. You are returned to your hotel with the afternoon free to rest or explore Lima by yourself..

DAY 3
B

Larco Museum, then fly to Arequipa

This morning a private driver collects you from your hotel and takes you to the Larco Museum, a privately owned museum of pre-Hispanic art. You could take lunch al fresco on the pretty patio at the museum (which is not included) before being driven directly to the airport for a mid-afternoon flight to Arequipa, where you are met and taken to your hotel.

DAY 4
B

Arequipa

After a leisurely start, this morning you are taken to visit the Andean Sanctuaries Museum and ‘Juanita’ a 600 year old Incan ice mummy. After lunch you are given a tour of Arequipa, starting in the district of San Lazaro, then to Carmen Alto with its fine views across to the 3 majestic snow-capped volcanoes which stand over the city, and to the district of Yanahuara. You return to the colonial centre and visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the evocative Santa Catalina Monastery. You should also have time to stroll around the city by yourself. You might visit the bustling market or browse the city’s shops for llama, alpaca and vicuna woollens–some are of very highest quality. .

DAY 5
BL

Colca Canyon

This morning you are picked up from your hotel for the journey by road across high Andes plains to the Colca Canyon. You pass through the foothills of Chachani Volcano through the private reserve of Pampa Canahuas, which protects wild vicunas. The road ascends to the Patapampa look-out point (4910m), and then down to Chivay (3600m), at the head of the Colca Canyon. Here you stop at a local restaurant for a simple lunch. You are dropped off at your hotel with the rest of the afternoon free to relax or explore. You are acclimatising, so you should take it easy. In the evening you could visit the thermal baths above Chivay, or perhaps do some star gazing–there is an astronomical observatory and small planetarium with nightly talks; low key but fun.

DAY 6
BL

Very early this morning after breakfast you are picked up and driven along a road that follows the contours of the valley through traditional villages beside pre-Incan farming terraces above the river as it plunges into its deep canyon. Reaching the Condor Cross viewpoint high above the canyon a succession of condors rise from the canyon to wheel on morning thermals below and above you. You return via the colonial-era hamlets of Maca and Yanque and lunch in Chivay. After lunch you set off to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, by tourist bus. This is a journey of about 5 hours with several stops to stretch your legs and take photos on the vastness of the high altiplano. Arriving at Puno you are met and driven to your chosen hotel, with an evening free to explore the town.

DAY 7
BL

Lake Titicaca

A day on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. Leaving Puno by boat, you visit the floating islands of the Uros community not far from the city. You walk, squidgily, on the spongy reeds and learn about their extraordinary way of life. Your boat navigates onwards for 1½hr to reach the rocky island of Taquile, home to a community of master textile makers. The women spin yarn and weave with backstrap looms to create intricately designed ‘chumpi’ belts, while the men fish, grow potatoes on their terraced plots, and do the knitting. It's a bit of a puff up a well-paved slope to the village at the top of the island where you are rewarded with a traditional lunch and a great panoramic view of Lake Titicaca. There are opportunities to hear about their traditions, and to buy their high quality handicrafts.

DAY 8
BL

Across the Altiplano by train

A scenic journey by comfortable tourist bus across the altiplano from Puno to Cusco, with a lunch break and comfort stops at archaeological sites and places of cultural interest. At the Pucara Museum with its stone monoliths and ceramics you might buy a pair of little bulls, the ‘Toritos de Pucara’ that bless houses throughout the Andes from their rooftop perches (they stand on the roof of our meeting room in London too!). At Racchi, the temple of the Wiracocha god has an immense 20m high adobe wall that once supported the largest single roof in the Incan empire. There is also a stop at the beautiful chapel in Andahuaylillas. At the end of a journey of about 8 hours, sometimes longer in wet weather, you arrive at Cusco for 2 nights. We can arrange for you to fly to Cusco or travel by train if you prefer.

DAY 9
B

Cusco

This morning your local Cusco guide meets you at your hotel to visit Incan sites around the city. At the great fortress and sun temple of Saqsawaman you walk among massive Incan stone walls at the jaguar’s head of the Incan city, with wonderful views across Cusco and beyond. At the small site of Qenko you delve into Incan beliefs, entering passages carved into a sacred rock that lead to its revered divining stone. You visit Incan baths at Tambo Machay, where a mountain spring cascades from a rock channel at just the right height for a (rather short) Inca to enjoy. At nearby Puca-pucara you see a lovely example of a classic Inca post-house, or tambo, of the kind that marked each day’s journey on Incan roads throughout their empire. In the afternoon you tour the city itself. Stopping beside the church of San Cristobal there is a lovely panorama of Cusco on your way to bustling St Peters Market–its aisles stuffed with Andean produce. You next visit Qoricancha, the most important temple in Incan times, with walls once lined with gold. In the oldest, most atmospheric part of Cusco you visit the narrow street of Hatunrumiyoc flanked by the walls of the palace of Inca Roca (on which the Spanish built their Archbishop’s Palace–now the Museum of Art). A long sloping wall of magnificent Incan ‘pillow’ stonework of green diorite runs beside the alley; near the centre is a 12 sided stone intricately worked to fit each neighbour exactly. Hatunrumiyoc runs towards the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s impressive main square, where you visit the Cathedral. Later you should have some free time left to explore this lovely city yourself and perhaps choose your restaurant for dinner.

DAY 10
BL

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today you enter the Sacred Valley. On the drive from Cusco you pause at Awancancha where you can get up as close as you might wish to llamas and alpacas, whose wool is shorn, dyed and woven on site by traditional methods. You continue to Pisac and visit the Incan hilltop fort guarding the valley. Terraces on the hillside below are still in use. Descending to the town you stop to visit the daily market. You visit the Inkariy Museum, which focuses on Peru’s ancient civilisations, before arriving at your hotel in the Sacred Valley for 2 nights.

DAY 11
BL

This morning you are driven on country roads to visit the dramatic Incan site at Moray, where deep depressions cut into the land were terraced to create what is thought to have been a centre for Incan agricultural experiments. You continue to the salt pans above Maras. Here complex channels divert the stream from a naturally salty spring into several hundred shallow, terraced ponds tiered into a narrow hillside–an array of white arcs glistening against the greens of the Sacred Valley below. In the afternoon you visit the very important Incan ceremonial site dramatically set above the town of Ollantaytambo, with temples, observatories, grain stores and stone-walled terraces.

DAY 12
B

A morning free to relax and soak up the special ambience of the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon you board the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo–a 1½ hour ride into the secret mountains of the Vilcabamba. On arrival you are escorted to your hotel in the village for the night.

DAY 13
B

Machu Picchu

First thing this morning you head up with your guide by bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu itself. At the 'Lost City of the Incas' you have a guided tour of the principal parts of the citadel. Afterwards you have free time to explore, hike to the Inca bridge or the Watchman's hut, or just relax in this special place. (Permits obtained in advance are needed to hike up Huaya Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.) You descend in the late afternoon for the train back to Cusco, where a vehicle is waiting to transfer you to your hotel for 3 nights.

DAY 14
B

Cusco

Two free days to enjoy the amazing city of Cusco.

DAY 15
B

Free in Cusco.

DAY 16
BLD

Southern Amazon

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado in the southern Amazon. You are met on arrival by a representative from your jungle lodge and transported by river to the lodge, usually with other guests arriving that day.

DAY 17
BLD

Exploring the life of the rainforest from your jungle lodge.

DAY 18
BLD

Exploring the life of the rainforest from your jungle lodge.

DAY 19
B

Lima

Back to Puerto Maldonado this morning for your flights via Cusco to Lima, where you are met and driven to your hotel.

DAY 20
B

Paracas

You are collected from your hotel in Lima in the morning for the journey by shared minibus to your hotel in Paracas for a 3 night stay, with the afternoon to relax by the pool or walk on the shore. Paracas seafood is fabulous.

DAY 21
BL

Ballestas Islands and the Nazca Lines

After an early breakfast take a 2hr shared boat trip to see the Ballestas Islands, Peru’s ‘Little Galapagos’, an important marine sanctuary and seabird colony. Your open boat takes you among the islands, but not ashore. Return mid-morning, in time to get ready for your flight over the Nazca Lines At the time of writing, flights over the Nazca Lines are operated with Cessna Grand Caravans with 12 passenger seats, each a window seat, but plane types vary. The whole flight lasts 70min from Ica. You do not land at the lines. The pilot and co-pilot fly over twelve of the Nazca figures so that passengers on both sides of the plane can enjoy them. They identify them as they appear. On your way to Nazca look out for the natural oasis at Huacachina. When the flight returns to Ica you will met and transferred back to your hotel in Paracas. The rest of your afternoon is free.

DAY 22
B

A morning relaxing by the coast before you cruise by express bus back to Lima (you are driven to the bus station and helped aboard). You are met on arrival and driven to the airport for your flight to Chiclayo where you are met and driven to your hotel.

DAY 23
B

The Moche

A day to discover the remarkable Moche civilisation. First you visit the desert site of the Huaca Ventarron temple pyramid. A section of mural has been dated to 2000BC making this the oldest surviving adobe pyramid in the Americas. You visit the nearby Huaca Rajada pyramid where the stunning artefacts of the Lord of Sipan were found. Its treasures are on show at your next stop–the Royal Tombs Museum at Lambayeque, a building designed to reflect the pyramid's multi-levelled, dark interior. The dazzling splendour of its collection will amaze you–and make you wonder why Sipan and the Moche are not much more widely recognised.

DAY 24
B

Sican Treasures

This morning you explore the Pomac Forest and the Batan Grande pyramids of the Sican culture, then visit the Sican Museum. You are later driven to the delightful Chaparri Lodge, your base for 2 nights. Somewhat isolated, with little English spoken (so not for everyone), this lodge is one of our absolute favourites in Peru.

DAY 25
BLD

Chaparri Reserve

A free day today to explore the Chaparri Reserve, which protects a dry forest habitat that is home to a range of endemic and threatened species, most notably the Spectacled Bear (of Paddington Bear fame) and the endangered White-winged Guan. You may like to rise at dawn, grab a coffee and sit quietly by a small pool to watch the hummingbirds drink and bathe.

DAY 26
B

Trujillo and the Lady of Cao

A leisurely start before the journey south to Trujillo on the Pan-American Highway. You pass through lush valleys that recalling the ancient civilisations whose irrigation systems brought life to this desert. You visit the El Brujo archaeological complex with its Moche polychrome reliefs and the Museum of the Lady of Cao, arriving in Trujillo in the afternoon with the evening to explore the city’s atmospheric colonial centre.

DAY 27
BL

Pyramids and cities

This morning you visit the Moche pyramids of the Sun and the Moon where wall after adobe wall of vivid friezes were hidden for over 1500 years, then on to Chan Chan, the largest adobe city ever built, the imperial capital of Chimu civilisation whose empire stretched 600 miles from Guayaquil in Ecuador to the Carabayllo Valley north of Lima. Lunch at the fishing village of Huanchaco famous for its reed boats: a farewell to this amazing region, returning to overnight in Trujillo.

DAY 28
B

Departure return to Lima for eve flights home

A morning free in Trujillo. You may like to visit the quirky toy museum, or the elegant mansion that was home to Simon Bolivar. There’s also the Casa de la Emancipacion where independence from Spain was declared. In the afternoon you are driven to Trujillo airport for a flight to Lima in time for onwards international connections in the late evening.

Guide prices for 'A Month in Peru'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Mid-range hotels, mostly shared tours 2 people sharing £5,145
Upper range hotels, mostly shared tours 2 people sharing £6,595
Top range hotels, mostly private tours 2 people sharing £9,740
Prices are per person and include:
  • all transport within Peru
  • Domestic flights (LIM-AQP; CUZ-PEM; PEM-LIM; LIM-CIX; TRU-LIM).
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • all excursions described, led by English speaking local guides
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc

Customer reviews for 'A Month in Peru'

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Seasonal information for 'A Month in Peru'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
2 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
3 Arequipa 22°C rainfall 28mm
4 Arequipa 22°C rainfall 28mm
5 Colca Canyon 20°C rainfall 73mm
6 Puno 15°C rainfall 160mm
7 Puno 15°C rainfall 160mm
8 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
9 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
10 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
11 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
12 Machu Picchu 22°C rainfall 187mm
13 Machu Picchu 22°C rainfall 187mm
14 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
15 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
16 Southern Amazon Lodge 31°C rainfall 328mm
17 Southern Amazon Lodge 31°C rainfall 328mm
18 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
19 Paracas 27°C rainfall 0mm
20 Paracas 27°C rainfall 0mm
21 Chiclayo 30°C rainfall 2mm
22 Chiclayo 30°C rainfall 2mm
23 Chaparri Reserve 30°C rainfall 16mm
24 Chaparri Reserve 30°C rainfall 16mm
25 Trujillo 25°C rainfall 1mm
26 Trujillo 25°C rainfall 1mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'A Month in Peru'

Days 1 - 2

Casa Andina Standard, Miraflores Centro, Lima

Central Miraflores

A modern hotel located in the heart of the Miraflores area of Lima. The hotel comprises of 58 contemporary rooms all equipped with free WiFi, a hairdryer, cable TV, air conditioning and a direct-dial telephone. The hotel features a restaurant serving a buffet breakfast.

Casa Andina Standard, Miraflores Centro, Lima
Traditional room
Days 3 - 4

San Agustin Posada del Monasterio

Arequipa

Located only two blocks from the Plaza de Armas (main square) in central Arequipa, Posada del Monastero is a sensible mid-range choice, from where you can explore the city. All 47 of its rooms are simply decorated and comfortable, with good amenities.  

The hotel's restaurant and lobby bar serve a selection of Peruvian and international food and drink.

San Agustin Posada del Monasterio
Standard Double Room
Day 5

Casa Andina Standard Colca

Chivay

Located close to the Colca Canyon in the village of Chivay, the accommodation consists of 51 rooms in semi-detached stone cottages with thatched or clay roofs, scattered around the grounds with stone paths interconnecting them.  The hotel features an onsite planetarium with daily English & Spanish presentations. The pitched-ceiling restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and in the evenings local musicians and dancers performing Andean and Colca musical traditions.

 

Casa Andina Standard Colca
Hotel
Days 6 - 7

Eco Inn Lago Titicaca (Xima Hotel)

Puno
rating

Average rating 5.0 (1 ratings)

Located on the outskirts of the town of Puno, the Eco Inn looks over the magnificent Lake Titicaca. All 61 rooms at the hotel have Cable TV, telephones, safety deposit boxes, Wi-Fi access and hairdryers, and some rooms have views over the lake. The Araya restaurant is located on site and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner should you not wish to take a taxi the short distance into town.

Eco Inn Lago Titicaca (Xima Hotel)
Hotel exterior
Days 8 - 9

Casa Andina Standard Koricancha

Cusco

Removed from the hustle and bustle of the centre but still just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel has 53 traditional rooms built around 2 interior colonial courtyards which are brightly decorated with traditional textiles from Cusco. Rooms feature: heating, cable TV, down comforters, free high-speed internet access, direct-dial telephone, safety deposit box, hair dryer.

Casa Andina Standard Koricancha
Inner courtyardh4gh
Days 10 - 11

San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta

Sacred Valley

The San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta Hotel is a beautifully renovated monastery originally built in the 17th Century and located in Urubamba in the Sacred Valley, nearby the main visitor sites of Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Maras and Moray. The hotel has attractive gardens and 32 rooms set around their internal courtyard. Bedrooms are equipped with cable TVs, safety deposit boxes, heaters whilst there is Wi-Fi in the public areas of the hotel. There is also a restaurant and bar on site should guests wish to eat at the hotel.

San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta
Outside
Day 12

El Mapi

Machu Picchu Pueblo
rating

Average rating 4.5 (4 ratings)

El Mapi is Inkaterra's new, 48-room, functional,  contemporary style hotel located in the centre of Machu Picchu Pueblo - the village at the base of Machu Picchu's mountain. Bedrooms are small but well appointed each with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal amenities, 32" flat screen TVs and tight-focus reading lights. There is a cafeteria offering organic salads, fresh sandwiches, homemade soups and pastries which is open until 11pm and a bar with free Wi-Fi. Oxygen is available upon request.

El Mapi
Superior room
Days 13 - 15

Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel

Cusco

Located about an 8 minute walk away from the main square in Cusco's historical centre, Tierra Viva Saphi hotel is a comfortable mid-range option.

All 20 rooms have private bathrooms, cable TV, complimentary internet access, telephone, heating, hair dryer and safety deposit boxes.

 

Tierra Viva Saphi Hotel
Outside of the hotel
Days 16 - 18

Hacienda Concepcion

Madre de Dios River

Hacienda Concepcion is a scenic 30 minute boat ride from Puerto Maldonado and is set on a former cacao and rubber plantation. The lodge has 8 rooms and 12 cabañas all with mosquito nets, private bathrooms with hot water. Electricity is provided by a generator which runs from 04.00-15.00 and 18.00-23.00. This is the sister property of nearby Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, and therefore guests can take an excursion to walk along its canopy walk bridge if they wish. The lodge offers good value for money, and has some of the best appointed rooms in the region offering not only a taste of the Amazon but also a nice place to simply relax for a few days and read books amid nature after a busy tour.

 

 

 

Hacienda Concepcion
Cabaña
Day 19

Casa Andina Standard, Miraflores Centro, Lima

Central Miraflores

A modern hotel located in the heart of the Miraflores area of Lima. The hotel comprises of 58 contemporary rooms all equipped with free WiFi, a hairdryer, cable TV, air conditioning and a direct-dial telephone. The hotel features a restaurant serving a buffet breakfast.

Casa Andina Standard, Miraflores Centro, Lima
Traditional room
Days 20 - 21

San Agustin Paracas

Paracas

A comfortable, clean and well located hotel, San Agustin Paracas has 123 rooms with views over the hotel's large swimming pool and out to Paracas Bay. Rooms on the second and third floors have balconies but be aware that there is no lift. Rooms are equipped with a TV, digital phone, hair dryer and safe.

San Agustin Paracas
Hotel swimming pool
Days 22 - 23

Costa del Sol Wyndham, Chiclayo

Chiclayo

Costa del Sol Wyndham Chiclayo is located in the heart of the city centre a short walk from Plaza de Armas. The central location means that there is limited outdoor space, but each of the 82 rooms and suites have cable T.V, A/C, safe, Wi-Fi, mini-bar and double-glazed windows. There is a small rooftop swimming/plunge-pool and terrace area with sun-loungers, gym, sauna and jacuzzi, massage room. The hotel's 'Paprika' restaurant specialises in local cuisine and there is also a bar, and 24hr business centre. The hotel is adjacent to the "Tutenkamun" casino.

Costa del Sol Wyndham, Chiclayo
Hotel exterior
Days 24 - 25

Chaparri Lodge

Lambayeque

Chaparri is an eco-lodge with simple yet charming facilities approx 75km inland from the city of Chiclayo (mostly unpaved). The adobe construction bedrooms have private bathrooms and solar heated showers. There is no mains electricity so you will need to pack a torch. It is owned and staffed by people from the community, it is a masterclass in sustainable tourism, the greenest lodge in Peru with the first reed bed water treatment facility, a solar powered fridge for cold beers but please note: very little English is spoken. This makes a delightful place to relax amid nature. You may like to rise at dawn, grab a coffee then sit down quitely by a small pool to watch the local hummingbirds come to drink and bathe. There are nature trails on the property of varying length, with a 8km hike for those who like to stretch their legs, there are good birdwatching opportunities and knowledgeable resident guides (Spanish speakers), horseriding or you can simply relax in a hammock and read a book amid peace and tranquility if you prefer. As well as Spectacled bear in the rescue cenre, White-tailed Deer and Sechuran Foxes can often be watched from the al fresco dining area while lunch is served. There is also a herpitarium for snake enthusiasts.

Chaparri Lodge
Lodge exterior
Days 26 - 27

Costa del Sol Wyndham Trujillo

Trujillo

This resort type property with 120 rooms all with Air conditioning, flat screen TVs and safety deposit boxes, is set around 2 impressive swimming pools amid manicured lawns. A nice, quiet haven on the outskirts of the city it is just 15 minutes from airport or a short taxi ride from downtown Trujillo. There is a restaurant, a gym and spa with dry sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and massage services. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Costa del Sol Wyndham Trujillo
pool from balcony