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Internationale groepsreis RCGS: Essential Peru with Jill Heinerth

Discover the highlights of southern Peru, from Nazca to Arequipa with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society accompanied by cave diver, and underwater explorer, Jill Heinerth.


  • Discover the iconic Machu Picchu by train with a guided tour. Homestay on traditional Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca. See Colca Canyon and its soaring condors. Wander through the colonial city of Arequipa and the Santa Catalina Convent. Drive deep into the Andean highlands and the Apurimac Valley. Special departure accompanied by Jill Heinerth


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Route 15 daagse Groepsrondreis RCGS: Essential Peru with Jill Heinerth

This special departure of our incredibly popular Essential Peru is led by writer, photographer, and filmmaker Jill Heinerth, having over thirty years of filming, photography, and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world. Heinerth is a Fellow of the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame, was awarded the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration from the RCGS, and the William Beebe Award from the Explorers Club.A spectacular journey through Peru's varied landscape encompassing coastal desert, snow-capped Andean peaks, the high altiplano, and lush cloud forest. The most famous sites are all visited including the mysterious Nazca Lines, awe-inspiring Machu Picchu in its incredible mountaintop setting, Lake Titicaca, where the night is spent in an island homestay, and the remarkable 3000m deep Colca Canyon. On the way, we encounter traditional culture, condors, llamas, and a warm welcome from the Peruvian people.

  1. Dag 1 - Start Lima.
  2. Dag 2 - Drive south along the coast and sail to the Ballestas Islands, home to the highest concentration of marine birds in the world; overnight in Ica.
  3. Dag 3 - On to Nazca; see the Nazca lines; optional scenic flight.
  4. Dag 4 - Turn inland from coastal desert, climbing high into the Andes.
  5. Dag 5 - Drive to Cuzco (3400m) visiting Inca sites on the way.
  6. Dag 6 - Free day to explore Cuzco.
  7. Dag 7 - Train to Aguas Calientes; tour of Machu Picchu.
  8. Dag 8 - Free morning or optional second visit to Machu Picchu; afternoon return to Cuzco by train and by road.
  9. Dag 9 - Free day for optional excursions.
  10. Dag 10 - Drive to Lake Titicaca (3800m), with stops en route; boat to Amantani Island for homestay.
  11. Dag 11 - Explore the island; afternoon boat to Puno visiting the floating reed islands.
  12. Dag 12 - Drive across the altiplano to Colca Canyon.
  13. Dag 13 - Morning condor viewing; afternoon drive past huge volcanoes to the 'White City' of Arequipa (2350m).
  14. Dag 14 - Morning visit Santa Catalina Convent; afternoon fly to Lima.
  15. Dag 15 - End Lima.
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