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PERU Lost Civilisations and Natural Wonders 18 nights from £3749^ Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £155 if not required§ Experience the true wonders of Peru's lost civilisations on this journey from the Peruvian Amazon, through the towering Andes and on to the deserts of the Pacific coast. Go in search of the Andean condor and the three-toed sloth, explore colonial cities, tropical rainforests and the Sacred Valley, paddle in a dug-out canoe, and cruise Lake Titicaca! Machu Picchu hidden among the mountain peaks ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Lima. Fly overnight to Lima. Day 2: Lima. Arrive in Peru's capital Lima this morning and stay for the next two nights. D Day 3: Lima. An included tour of the city reveals its colonial elegance, from the vast cathedral to the 17th-century San Francisco Convent. Visit the Larco Museum which covers 3,000 years of pre-Columbian history, and features some diverting examples of erotic ceramic art! B Day 4: Puerto Maldonado. Fly to Puerto Maldonado and transfer by motorised canoe to your lodge, which is set beside the Madre de Dios river in the Peruvian Amazon. Join a guided walk along the lodge's nature trails, and later on take to the river to explore the waterways by twilight. B, L, D Lima Paracas Peru Amazon Rainforest Machu Picchu Puerto Maldonado Sacred Valley Ollantoytambo Sacsayhuaman Cuzco Andahuaylillas Raqchi nights in hotel Colca Lake Titicaca Puno Arequipa Day 5: Puerto Maldonado. This morning you hike through the jungle to Lake Sandoval, home to black caimans, giant otters and the arapaima ­ the Amazon's biggest fish ­ which you explore by dugout canoe. Venture to the canopy walkway where, along with white-throated toucans, woodpeckers and trogon, you might also spot squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Tonight, journey into the rainforest in search of nocturnal wildlife. B, L, D Day 6: Cuzco-Sacred Valley. Spend some time this morning at a butterfly house before flying to Cuzco. Transfer to Yucay in the Sacred Valley for a two-night stay. B Day 7: Sacred Valley. At leisure. On an optional excursion you can admire the union of colonial and Incan architecture in the town of Pisac, where you can peruse the market in search of colourful textiles and ceramics. Then head to Ollantoytambo, an incredible Incan town now largely in ruins, but with many surviving structures, including lengthy walls, terraces and towers. Even the streets are intact! B Day 8: Machu Picchu-Cuzco. A long day of adventure begins with a train ride through the Sacred Valley and up into the mountains, where the lofty ruins of Machu Picchu hide among the peaks. Tour this mysterious ancient site before returning to the valley and transferring to Cuzco, where you spend the next two nights. B, L Day 9: Cuzco. Cuzco was the imperial capital of the Inca Empire and during today's tour you'll see some remnants of that era, including the temple of the sun god, as well as the elegant Spanish colonial additions to the city. Afterwards you'll scout out some nearby ruins, including the incredible fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built using stones of mind-boggling scale. B, D Day 10: Puno. The journey to Puno is punctuated with a visit to Andahuaylillas to see the Church of St Peter the Apostle and its flamboyant interior. You'll visit the Incan remains of Raqchi, home to the monumental walls of the Temple of Viracocha, before arriving at Puno for a two-night stay. B, L Day 11: Lake Titicaca. Head out onto Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros community, who make their homes on artificial floating islands made of reeds. Then visit Taquile Island, where the inhabitants have used the typical Incan terraces to cultivate crops and colourful flowers. B, L Day 12: Chivay. Take a scenic drive to Chivay in the stunning Colca Valley, traversing the dramatic mountain pass of Patapampa en route. Stay overnight in Colca. B, L, D Day 13: Arequipa. Scale the slopes of Colca Canyon to the Condor's Cross, where you can observe Andean condors ­ the world's largest flying bird ­ soaring overhead. Continue to the Choquetico to see the intriguing tombs hewn into the wall of the valley, then transfer to Arequipa for a two-night stay. B, L 120 To book, please visit your Travel Agent