The coloured dress and bowler hat of the weather beaten lady selling
potatoes in every shape, size and colour. The disdainful stare of a
llama as you cross the altiplano. The cacophony of macaws at the salt
lick in the rainforest. The views across Lake Titicaca from Taquile, a
view fit for the gods. All the colourful shades of Peru.
We start in Lima, the bustling capital, with time to see the
highlights. We fly up to 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. It looks little changed in all
that time. Next we drive across the altiplano with herds of vicuna and
lama grazing beside the road to the arid Colca Canyon, one of the
natural wonders of the world. Watch condors rising on early morning
thermals, it is not uncommon to feel the draft as they soar close by,
unconcerned by your presence.
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. Finally, by the Madre de Dios River in
the Amazonian rainforest, we can enjoy unimaginable flora and fauna
more diverse than anywhere else in the world!