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Sacred Peru including

Tumbes Beach Stay

  • London
  • Lima
  • Arequipa
  • Puno
  • Cusco
  • Lima
  • Tumbes
  • London

4 NIGHTS from £574pp

Tour Highlights
  • White Sandy Beaches
  • Year Round Sunshine
  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Lima
  • Visit Lake Titicaca
  • See the ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Colca Canyon
  • Urubamba, The Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo
  • Volcanic city of Arequipa
  • Colonial city of Cusco

Extension from £574pp

Tour + Extension from £2815pp

To book call us on 0800 408 0506

Tumbes Beach Stay

Extend your stay in Peru and head to the beautiful beaches of Tumbes for 3 nights of relaxation. With an idyllic coastline and diverse wildlife, Tumbes offers a perfect end to the Sacred Peru tour.

A uniquely lush area of coastal Peru, Tumbes boasts beaches of white sand, warm clear waters and almost year round sunshine. Offering an expanse of ecological reserves and mangroves, choose to spend this extra time in Peru exploring the local area, enjoying water based activities and fresh seafood or simply unwind in the relaxing atmosphere surrounding the spell-binding beaches.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Lima

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Lima, via Bogota, Colombia.


On arrival in Lima, you will be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Lima to Arequipa

Known as the 'City of the Kings', today's tour combines the culture of historic downtown Lima with the modern district of Miraflores. You will first visit the main square to see the Cathedral, Government Palace and City Hall. Next see one of the best-preserved monasteries in Lima, the beautiful Santo Domingo Convent and then on to Miraflores, a bustling shopping area with stupendous views of the Pacific Ocean. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa to spend the night.

  • Breakfast

With its large traditional square and colonial buildings, Peru's second largest city Arequipa has a very Spanish feel. Known as the 'Cuidad Blanca' (White City) and set against the backdrop of the misty volcano, Arequipa offers some truly wonderful cultural and historic sites including the Church of the Society of Jesus, the frescoes of America's Sistine Chapel at the San Ignacio Dome and the labyrinth Santa Catalina Convent. The tour ends with a relaxed walk around the local areas of Cayma and Yanahuara. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

  • Breakfast
Arequipa & Colca Canyon

Today the tour moves on to the open plains of the Pampa Canaguas and Salinas where you will see llamas, alpacas, and guanacos roaming in the wild. The wetlands are teeming with different species of birdlife, and Patapampa, a high point offers stunning vistas of volcanoes. After about a five hour drive you arrive at Chivay, your base for the night where dinner is included.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Colca Canyon to Puno

An early start from Chivay sets you up for a spectacular scenic tour of the Colca Canyon with its terraced fields, hanging tombs and deep gorges, all culminating with a chance to see the majestic condors as they rise deep from within the canyon. You will then make your way back to the hotel and after lunch, commence your journey to Puno, arriving in the evening where dinner at your hotel is included.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's highlight is a trip to Lake Titicaca, the highest and largest navigable lake on earth. The views from Taquile Island that, on a clear day, can stretch to Bolivia are stunning and well worth the hour or so walk to the top from the port. Have a 'coca tea' break half way up before lunch is taken in a simple restaurant that overlooks the lake. Later you will walk back down to the port and board a boat for a brief visit to one of the floating reed islands to visit a local family home. Overnight is in Puno.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
Puno to Cusco

This morning you will travel from Puno to Cusco and be able to appreciate the surrounding valleys' wonderful landscapes en route. The journey includes a stop at La Raya pass, 4,300 metres above sea level, from where you will be able to take in some amazing vistas of the Andean snow-capped mountains. You will also stop at the Raqchi ruins, known as the Temple of the God Wiracocha, and Andahuaylillas village where there is a beautiful church from the 17th century. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before arriving in Cusco and transferring to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
Cusco to The Sacred Valley

Today the tour heads for Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where one of the highlights is a visit to the imposing Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo. En route you will visit a camelid compound to see these unique animals at close quarters as well as the colourful Pisac market where local Indians display and sell their handmade artefacts. Lunch is in a comfortable restaurant then the journey continues to reach your hotel for an overnight stay in the valley.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
The Sacred Valley to Cusco

Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and this morning you will be taken to the station to board the Vistadome train to start your adventure to this incredible site. The train will take you to the city of Aguas Calientes where you disembark and board a bus to the archaeological site. Constructed on a saddle between two Andean peaks, Machu Picchu was one of the greatest achievements of South American civilisation. After a guided tour of this 550-year-old citadel, there is some free time for you to explore and absorb the awe-inspiring atmosphere. You will then descend back to Aguas Calientes for lunch, then catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cusco by coach.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

This morning's city tour of Cusco will introduce you to this amazing colonial city built on the foundation of Inca palaces. Visit the 'Temple of the Sun' where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Later you will drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, then to the underground cave and temple of Kenko - one of the largest wak'as (holy places) in the region. Experience a panoramic view of Puca Pucara and, finally, stop at the living art workshop, 'Inka's Expression' to admire how the local artisans create wonderful silver pieces, paintings and wood carvings.

  • Breakfast
Cusco to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to the UK via Bogota, Colombia.

  • Breakfast
Lima to Tumbes

Following your flight from Cusco to Lima continue on to your domestic flight to Tumbes. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast

This day is yours to spend how you wish.

  • Breakfast
Tumbes to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Lima and your ongoing flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


No visa is required for this tour of Peru.


You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover (Sacred Peru)£39£75£129
Up to 24 days cover (Chilie, Bolivia and Peru)£45£89£139
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

All flights are operated by LAN TAM Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

A Tour Leader will be with you on your trip starting in Arequipa on Day 3, ending in Puno on Day 12. Day 1, Day 2, Day 11 and Day 12 in Lima do not include a tour leader, however, transfers will be provided by a local English speaking guide.

Currency Information

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you depart US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2018 Dates
16 Aug 201831 Aug 2018£549£2399£2948
06 Sep 201821 Sep 2018£549£2199£2748
20 Sep 201805 Oct 2018£549£2169£2718
27 Sep 201812 Oct 2018£549£2199£2748
11 Oct 201826 Oct 2018£549£2049£2598
25 Oct 201809 Nov 2018£499£2069£2568
08 Nov 201823 Nov 2018£519£2099£2618
22 Nov 201807 Dec 2018£519£2129£2648
2019 Dates
10 Jan 201925 Jan 2019£519£1949£2468
24 Jan 201908 Feb 2019£519£2099£2618
14 Feb 201901 Mar 2019£549£2199£2748
28 Feb 201915 Mar 2019£549£2199£2748
14 Mar 201929 Mar 2019£549£2149£2698
25 Apr 201910 May 2019£549£2249£2798
09 May 201924 May 2019£549£2289£2838
30 May 201914 Jun 2019£549£2299£2848
13 Jun 201928 Jun 2019£549£2289£2838
27 Jun 201912 Jul 2019£549£2189£2738
11 Jul 201926 Jul 2019£559£2249£2808
22 Aug 201906 Sep 2019£549£2389£2938
05 Sep 201920 Sep 2019£549£2189£2738
26 Sep 201911 Oct 2019£549£2189£2738
10 Oct 201925 Oct 2019£549£2049£2598
31 Oct 201915 Nov 2019£549£2089£2638
14 Nov 201929 Nov 2019£519£2149£2668
28 Nov 201913 Dec 2019£519£2199£2718
2018 Dates
16 Aug 201831 Aug 2018£649£2399£3048
06 Sep 201821 Sep 2018£649£2199£2848
20 Sep 201805 Oct 2018£649£2169£2818
27 Sep 201812 Oct 2018£649£2199£2848
11 Oct 201826 Oct 2018£649£2049£2698
25 Oct 201809 Nov 2018£599£2069£2668
08 Nov 201823 Nov 2018£629£2099£2728
22 Nov 201807 Dec 2018£629£2129£2758
2019 Dates
10 Jan 201925 Jan 2019£629£1949£2578
24 Jan 201908 Feb 2019£629£2099£2728
14 Feb 201901 Mar 2019£629£2199£2828
28 Feb 201915 Mar 2019£629£2199£2828
14 Mar 201929 Mar 2019£629£2149£2778
25 Apr 201910 May 2019£629£2249£2878
09 May 201924 May 2019£629£2289£2918
30 May 201914 Jun 2019£659£2299£2958
13 Jun 201928 Jun 2019£659£2289£2948
27 Jun 201912 Jul 2019£659£2189£2848
11 Jul 201926 Jul 2019£659£2249£2908
22 Aug 201906 Sep 2019£659£2389£3048
05 Sep 201920 Sep 2019£659£2189£2848
26 Sep 201911 Oct 2019£629£2189£2818
10 Oct 201925 Oct 2019£629£2049£2678
31 Oct 201915 Nov 2019£629£2089£2718
14 Nov 201929 Nov 2019£629£2149£2778
28 Nov 201913 Dec 2019£629£2199£2828
Travelling alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single use where no single supplement will need to be paid. But hurry, these spaces are limited and subject to availability. If however once all the places are sold out and you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner.

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

Hotel Change

Please note that in 2017 the hotel in the Sacred Valley will be changed to the Hacienda del Valle.

What to expect

Fact File

Nuevo Sol

Average Flying time

16 Hours

Min/Max temperature

16 °C / 32 °C

Spoken languages


When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.






What to pack
  • Warm Clothes in case of cold weather (Jumper and Jacket)
  • Rain Wear for rainy season
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Long Trousers
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun cream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable shoes such as trainers
  • A pair of light boots and sandals
  • A torch and batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses and plastic bags
  • Towel and Swimsuit
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called Soroche or altitude sickness. Please seek medical advice for this
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