Photo by Judy Vos

essence of peru

15 day escorted tour

  02 - 16 september 2023

After having to cancel our Peru tour in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, we are pleased to offer our escorted ESSENCE OF PERU tour in Sept 2023. In Peru, more than almost anywhere else on the planet, we can reconnect with “Pachamama”, Mother Earth and we welcome the opportunity to restore our minds, bodies and souls as we immerse ourselves in the Peace and the Spiritual energy in this land of the ancient Incas.

Our accommodation will be comfortable and authentic, having been chosen to blend in with the environment in each sector, thereby allowing us to connect with the locals and experience their lives in a more realistic way. The cuisine and the service will be first class and your experienced Tour Leader from Custom Touring will take care of everything, including luggage handling and all the tipping.

If you are of like mind as the world of travel returns to the new normal, join us on a tour you will never forget and fall in love, as we have, with a truly unique destination. Many special excursions have been included for our travellers, but it is not mandatory to join any of them, should you prefer to take some time out.

Jan 2023: We are aware of the current political unrest in Peru, and suggest you request a provisional reservation until the situation is resolved, which we hope will be long before our tour date. 

Map courtesy of Wikitravel, showing tour route

Lima - including a walking tour through the bohemian district of Barranco and a visit to the famous Larco Museum, the only one we have included in this tour
The Sacred Valley where we will visit the sacred sites in Pisac and Ollantaytambo, staying in these two towns for deeper connection with the local people.
A genuine Inca priest "despacho" ceremony, a beautiful prayer offering to Mother Earth
Machu Picchu, where we will stay in the delightful town of Aguas Calientes, (also called Machu Picchu Pueblo) from where we will visit the sacred citadel
Cusco where we will explore the various Inca remains surrounding the city and enjoy some free time.
An unforgettable full day train journey to Puno, aboard the luxury PeruRail Titicaca Train, the route being considered one of the most beautiful in the world
Lake Titicaca, including a boat trip to the Floating Islands of the Uros and lunch on Taquile Island.

rates are confirmed for sep 2023 and deposits will be required to secure places on this tour.

Please click on the link below to view the printable itinerary in pdf format.


To make the most of your time in South America, we are offering an optional add-on after the tour: 4 nights in the Peruvian Amazon in Tambopata National Reserve, in a choice of two jungle lodges. At the end of the escorted tour you would fly from Puno to Cusco (not Lima) and from there take a flight to Puerto Maldonado where your Amazon adventure will begin. This will be a private tour without a tour leader, but we will make all the arrangements for you. Here are the itineraries from each lodge - contact us for rates and to book this add-on option (subject to availability at the time) RATES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

RATES per Single and per person sharing in Double
5 day 4 night itinerary

Superior single
Superior double
Superior Rio Single
Superior Rio Double
Suite Amazonica Single
Suite Amazonica Double
Suite Tambopata Single
Suite Tambopata Double

USD 926
USD 776
USD 895

RATES per Single and per person sharing in Double
5 day 4 night itinerary

Single room
Double room
Single cabana
Double cabana

USD 930
USD 753
USD 862

Some memorable places we will visit during our tour. All photographs by Judy Vos, Custom Touring.

Larco Museum, Lima
Larco Museum
Chinchero Weavers
Ollantaytambo Citadel
Peru Rail to Aguas Calientes
PeruRail from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
Different view of Machu Picchu
Citadel at Machu Picchu
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Aguas Calientes
Islands of the Uros