Lake Titicaca

Shimmering heart of the Andean universe

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A tranquil expanse of turquoise water seemingly at the roof of the world, Lake Titicaca was revered as the birthplace of Peru's original civilisations and the centre of the indigenous cosmos. Puno, on the lake's western shores, is a functional but pleasant enough city and makes a good springboard for the islands that dot the shimmering waters. Some of these islands are overdone tourist traps, but get further afield and explore the birthplace of an entire civilisation.

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  • Lima


    Peru's unfairly overlooked capital
    Peru's sprawling capital city is often overlooked by time-poor visitors en route to more photogenic locations, but dwell a while and you'll find a complex city with onionskin layers of history and excellent museums, a proud contemporary culture, genuinely diverse neighbourhoods, and a world-leading food scene...Read more
  • Cusco


    Capital of the Inca
    Seat of the Inca Empire, Cusco is the epicentre for Peru's tourism industry, drawing millions of visitors en route to Machu Picchu and adventures in the Sacred Valley...Read more
  • Sacred Valley

    Sacred Valley

    Peru's spiritual heartland
    As the Urubamba River descends from Cusco, eventually connecting with tributaries of the mighty Amazon, it has carved out a sweep of valley whose beauty defies imagination...Read more
  • Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu

    Peru's archaeological rock star
    If you're coming to Peru you'll almost certainly visit the ruins that have come to define the entire country...Read more
  • Arequipa


    Peru's elegant White City
    Peru's second city is an elegant, refined counterweight to Lima's unbridled freneticism...Read more
  • Colca Canyon

    Colca Canyon

    Flight of the condor
    Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon but a fraction of the width, the Colca Canyon cuts a dramatic scar across Peru's southern Andes...Read more
  • Puerto Maldonado

    Puerto Maldonado

    Accessible Amazonian adventures
    Puerto Maldonado, in Peru's southern Amazon, is the most accessible entrance to the jungle...Read more
  • Iquitos


    The jungle city
    Famous for being accessible only by air or boat, Iquitos lies in Peru's distant north-eastern Amazon with a distinct frontier vibe to match...Read more
  • Chavín de Huántar

    Chavín de Huántar

    "Birthplace of South American culture”
    If you have an interest in Andean civilisation, Chavín de Huántar is vastly more significant than the famed Machu Picchu, but with a fraction of the crowds...Read more
  • Choquequirao


    Machu Picchu without the crowds (for now)
    Machu Picchu 2...Read more
  • Trujillo

    Northern historical heartlands
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  • Chiclayo

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  • Chachapoyas & Kuelap

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  • Huaraz

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  • Arica

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  • Manú National Park

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  • Choquechaca

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Highlights of Peru

A grand tour of Peru's mountain civilisation
Approx. 12 days
Lima (1 days) → Arequipa (2) → Colca Canyon (1) → Lake Titicaca (2) → Cusco (2) → Sacred Valley (1) → Machu Picchu (1) → Lima (1)
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Things to do in Lake Titicaca

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The lake at the top of the world
Lake Titicaca

The lake at the top of the world

Lake Titicaca, on the shores of the town of Puno, is the world’s highest navigable lake. A quality tour will show you some incredible views, a storied indigenous history and beautiful remote islands, while avoiding some of the over-visited tourist traps.

Stay in an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca

Stay in an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca

Isla Suasi, in a quiet corner of Lake Titicaca, is the only privately-owned island on the lake and is home to an incredible eco-lodge. Suasi promises the soothing isolation of island life, gentle strolls, and exploring the shoreline by canoe.

Where to go in Peru

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