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'Peru in Our Winter'

What makes this trip special?

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.

Largest ancient city in the Americas

Largest ancient city in the Americas

Chan Chan

A city built entirely of adobe covering a huge 20 sq km area, the home of the Chimu whose kingdom stretched from Guyaquil nearly to Lima until conquered by the Incas. Ten citadels of boldly-carved walls with labyrinths of passages were lost to the desert sands. A small but impressive fraction has so far been uncovered and opened to visitors. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lady of Cao

The Lady of Cao

A Moche Priestess

A heavily-tattooed mummy, wrapped in many layers of textiles, with ceremonial weapons and quantities of jewellery. She was discovered in 2006 in a pyramid complex beside the ocean, with interior walls decorated with coloured geometric reliefs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Itinerary map for Peru 'Peru in Our Winter' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Lima
  • 2 Lima
  • 3 Lima
  • 4 Trujillo
  • 5 Trujillo
  • 6 Chiclayo
  • 7 Chiclayo
  • 8 Chiclayo
  • 9 Arequipa
  • 10 Arequipa
  • 11 Arequipa
  • 12 Sacred Valley
  • 13 Cusco
  • 14 Cusco
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Peru in Our Winter'

DAY 1

Lima

You are met on arrival at Lima airport and transferred to your chosen hotel in the city. The rest of the day is free to relax after your journey.

DAY 2
B

Your guide comes to your hotel for a morning tour of Lima as an introduction to the city. You visit the Parque del Amor in Miraflores for its views of the Pacific, and visit the pre-Incan site of Huaca Pucllana. In Lima’s historic centre you pass the Government Palace and the City Hall on the Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. You also visit the impressive San Francisco monastery a highlight of Spanish colonial baroque with one of the oldest libraries in South America. You are returned to your hotel with the rest of the day free for you to get to know Lima for yourself. You are returned to your hotel with the rest of the day free for you to get to know Lima for yourself.

DAY 3
B

Today is free for you to explore Lima independently. We suggest joining a shared tour in the evening which visits the Larco Museum, with its world-renowned private collection of pre-Columbian art, and stops at a tavern in the Pueblo Libre district for local snacks and maybe a pisco sour (Peru’s gift to the world). It continues to the Park of the Magic Water Circuit on Wednesdays to Sundays, or the artsy Barranco district on other evenings.

DAY 4

Trujillo

A morning flight to Trujillo in the north, where you are met on arrival and driven to your hotel for two nights. In the afternoon your private guide takes you on a walking tour of Trujillo with its illustrious past and a pleasant ‘eternal spring’ climate.

DAY 5
BL

This morning you visit the major archaeological sites outside the city: the Sun and Moon pyramids of the Moche civilisation and Chan Chan from the Chimu era, followed by a catch of the day lunch at the nearby fishing village of Huanchaco. Fishing boats made of reeds line the beach.

DAY 6
B

Chiclayo

You are collected from your hotel by a private driver for the journey on the desert coast road to Chiclayo (3hr). The Andes are the closest to the ocean in this part of Peru so the mountain profiles to your right are impressive. You stop to visit the Lady of Cao museum en route. The afternoon is free to relax. Your hotel has a pool and there are several interesting sites in the area, which we can arrange for you to visit at modest extra cost. These include the Bruning Museum, the Valley of the Pyramids at Tucume, the Lord of Sican museum, and Batan Grande. Let us know your preference in advance.

DAY 7
B

Morning visit to the archaeological excavation site of the Huaca Rajada–an adobe pyramid 45min drive SE of Chiclayo where the treasures of the Lord of Sipan were found. In the afternoon visit the world-class Royal Tombs Museum where the treasures from that pyramid are beautifully displayed.

DAY 8
BLD

Chaparri Reserve

Today you head into the countryside to the Chaparri Reserve, a protected dry forest that is home to a range of endemic and threatened species, most notably Spectacled Bear and the endangered White-winged Guan. It is a 2h drive from Chiclayo, the final 15km is unpaved. Return at the end of the day.

DAY 9
B

Arequipa

Transfer to Chiclayo airport for a flight to Lima and onwards flight to Arequipa. You are met on arrival and driven to your hotel. In the afternoon you might stroll by yourself in Arequipa’s colonial centre to visit the Santuarios Andinos Museum, with its 600 year old Incan ice maiden.

DAY 10

Today you are picked up and taken on a tour of Arequipa, starting in the district of San Lazaro, and Carmen Alto with its view across farming terraces to the three majestic snow capped volcanoes Misti, Chachani and Picchu Picchu which stand over the city, the district of Yanahuara. You return to the colonial centre and visiting the Plaza de Armas, Cathedral and Santa Catalina Monastery, one of Peru’s most important religious buildings. Your afternoon is free to explore. The market is a treat, with huge numbers of different types of potato and corn on display, and a ‘witches market’ of folk remedies. Arequipa has good shops for high quality llama, alpaca and vicuna woollens.

DAY 11
B

This morning you are taken to visit the Monasterio de la Recoleta Museum (closed Mondays), which dates from the 1600s. Then at Casa del Moral you taste the life of the colonial elite in a mansion built in 1730, one of Arequipa’s best examples of colonial baroque architecture. Its ornate sillar façade is decorated with pumas with serpents flowing from their mouths; period furniture, paintings and sculptures within. Your afternoon is free. We would suggest a visit to the Sta Catalina convent, although this would make a lot of religious architecture in one day. The Mario Vargas Llosa exhibit would make for balance.

DAY 12
B

The Sacred Valley

Morning flight to Cusco and onwards by road to the Sacred Valley, stopping at Awanacancha, where you can pet and feed Andean camelids such as llamas and alpacas, and where the locals show their traditional spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. At Pisac you visit the daily market in the main square. There is a charming small ‘botanical’ garden with hollyhocks, cacti, arums, agapanthus and varieties of pulses, corn cobs and potatoes, just off the main square (modest entry fee locally) if you wish. You drive through the main part of the Sacred Valley to reach the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo with its temples, observatories, grain stores and stone-walled terraces. Overnight in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, your base for one night.

DAY 13
B

Machu Picchu

You board a train at Ollantaytambo and travel beside the Urubamba River into the mountains of the Vilcabamba to reach Machu Picchu Pueblo where a bus takes you to the citadel of Machu Picchu ‘The Lost City of the Incas’. Here you have a guided tour of the ruins, its terraces and ceremonial shrines, perched high among the mountains with dramatic views in all directions. You return by bus down the mountain to the village for a late lunch at one of the restaurants in the area (not included). At the arranged time, you catch a return train and onwards by road to your hotel in Cusco, your base for the next 2 nights.

DAY 14
B

Cusco

This morning you visit the nearby ruins of Tambomachay with their water foundations, Qenko amphitheatre, Puca-pucara (the Red Fortress) and the mighty Sacsayhuaman Fortress. After lunch you explore Cusco itself. You’ll see a blend of Spanish colonial architecture over Inca foundations, and learn about Incan society and the remarkable story of its downfall. Visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun and the 17th century baroque cathedral, then explore San Blas the artists’ quarter with steep streets and old Inca buildings and Spanish mansions.

DAY 15
B

Transfer to Cusco airport for a flight to Lima in time for international flights departing in the late afternoon. If you have more time you could visit the Amazon near Iquitos, which is the better Amazon option at this time of year.

Guide prices for 'Peru in Our Winter'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Mid-range hotels 2 people sharing £3,120
Mid/upper range hotels 2 people sharing £3,355
Upper range hotels 2 people sharing £3,770
Top range hotels 2 people sharing £4,930
Prices are per person and include:
  • all transport within Peru (inc all domestic flights: LIM-TRU; CIX-LIM-AQP; AQP-CUZ; CUZ-LIM)
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • meals as indicated: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • all excursions as described
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc

Customer reviews for 'Peru in Our Winter'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

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Seasonal information for 'Peru in Our Winter'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
2 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
3 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
4 Trujillo 25°C rainfall 1mm
5 Trujillo 25°C rainfall 1mm
6 Chiclayo 30°C rainfall 2mm
7 Chiclayo 30°C rainfall 2mm
8 Chiclayo 30°C rainfall 2mm
9 Arequipa 22°C rainfall 28mm
10 Arequipa 22°C rainfall 28mm
11 Arequipa 22°C rainfall 28mm
12 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
13 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
14 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm

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 'Peru in Our Winter'

Days 1 - 3

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 4 - 5

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
Days 6 - 8

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 9 - 11

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 12

San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta

Sacred Valley
rating

Average rating 5.0 (1 ratings)

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
Days 13 - 14

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
Day 15

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