There are few countries on the planet as wrapped up in mystery as Peru. If you’re ready to delve into an ancient world, rich with history, then it’s time to head to Peru and discover everything it has to offer, from the epic Inca Trail and the mighty Amazon, to Lake Titicaca and the legendary lost city of Machu Picchu.
Lima - Puerto Maldonado. This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival we’ll travel by canoe to our wonderful jungle eco lodge. A lunch buffet, bursting with local flavours, is served on arrival before we embark on a walk along the property’s nature trails. As we walk, a guide will tell us about the importance of the rainforest and the vital role it plays in the equilibrium of the planet. At dusk we get back in the canoes and get the chance to observe nocturnal animals and learn about the constellations.
The following day starts with an excursion on the lodge’s private cocha. During the trip we’ll be able to try our hand at some native fishing techniques, such as the ‘catch and release’ method. We’ll disembark the boat near the remains of the old Fitzcarrald steamboat and learn about its history. The next activity of the day is a boat trip to Rolin, a river island with a rich ecosystem. We’ll explore the island whilst admiring the vegetation and looking for birds before making our way back to land to seek out one of the lodge’s clay licks.
Overnight: The Amazon | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco. On day 4 we travel back to Puerto Maldonado by canoe and fly onwards to Cuzco, where you can relax and adjust to the altitude. The following morning we embark on a guided tour through the captivating city of Cuzco, taking in some of its most famous landmarks as we do. Along the way we will see the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Kenko Amphitheatre and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, just to name a few. The rest of the day is free.
Overnight: Cusco | Breakfast x 2
Cuzco - The Sacred Valley. Bidding farewell to Cuzco we travel on to the Sacred Valley today. Our first stop is the popular Pisac markets where we will have the chance
to see the variety of colourful handicrafts on offer. The final destination of the day is the remarkable citadel of Ollantaytambo and its Incan fortress.
Overnight: Sacred Valley | Breakfast
Sacred Valley - Km. 82 - Huayllabamba - Pacaymayo - Winaywayna. On day 7 we begin our trek of a lifetime along the famous Inca trail. We start the day by transferring by road to Km. 82 where we’ll meet our trekking guide and start trekking along the Urubamba River followed by the Kusichaca River. We’ll walk a total of 11km today before arriving at our first campsite in Huayllabamba.
The next day encompasses 7km of walking starting from our campsite in Huayllabamba. We’ll continue along to the Warmihuanusca Pass, from where you will be able to see the start of the path to the Runkurakay ruins. At the end of the gorge is an area called Pacaymayo and this is where we will spend the night.
The following morning we continue along the Inca Trail, taking in several different ruins as we go. Our first stop of the day is at the Runkurakay circular ruins, followed by the Sayacmarca ruins and then on into the jungle until we reach the ‘Lago Seco’. After crossing this natural feature, we will come across ‘The Tunnel’. We will move forward until we arrive at the Phuyupatamarca ruins. The final stretch of today’s journey leads us to Winaywayna, the second most important Incan site after Machu Picchu.
Note:If the Inca Trail is not available we offer the Lares Trek for a small supplement, please refer to the Trip Notes for further information.
Overnight: Inca Trail (camping) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Winaywayna – Machu Picchu - Cuzco. On the final day of our momentous trek we set off early in the morning and trek along a picturesque trail towards the Inti Punku (Gate of the Sun) where we catch our first glimpse of the magnificent Machu Picchu. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the remarkable lost city of the Incas, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a place that will leaving a permanent footprint on your memory. After a guided tour and plenty of free time to roam around the ruins, we head down to the town of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cuzco later today.
Overnight: Cusco | Breakfast
Cuzco - Puno. After an early breakfast, we’ll travel by bus to Puno, passing by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, with spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters. Along the way we’ll make a couple of stops, the first one being in Andahuaylillas to see the Church of San Pedro, which has been given the nickname the Sistine Chapel of the Americas. Moving along, we pass through herds of llamas and spectacular landscapes until we get to Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre. Here, we’ll be able to lay eyes on the Temple of Kalasaya, remnants of a Pucara structure. After a stop for lunch at a countryside restaurant, we continue on to Puno, our base for the next two nights.
The following day we take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca to see the remarkable floating islands of Uros. These unique islands are made of a certain type of reed called totora, which enables it to float, despite the weight of a civilisation upon it. We’ll then move on to Taquile Island, where we can mingle with the Quechua-speaking locals and see the island's archaeological sites. Later this afternoon we return to Puno.
Overnight: Puno | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2
Puno - La Paz. Bidding farewell to our Peruvian tour leader we travel by public bus around the shores of Lake Titicaca and across the border to La Paz in Bolivia, where we spend our final night.
At an altitude of 3660 metres, La Paz is one of the world’s highest cities. The imposing Mount Illimani looms in the background whilst below lies a valley full of sensational surprises. Buildings cling to the sides of the canyon that the city was built in and spill spectacularly downwards. Sprawling shanty towns give way to affluent high-rise apartments as the city’s central tree-lined thoroughfare runs through the downtown core. Here you’ll find grand government buildings, impressive museums, and vibrant markets, including the Witches’ Market where you can pick up anything from dried frogs to llama foetuses for Aymara rituals.
On day 14 our tour comes to an end with a transfer to the airport. Alternatively opt to extend your stay to explore La Paz and perhaps visit the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats - we can arrange a private tour for you upon request.
Breakfast x 2
Option to end in Lima & take the train to Machu Picchu
End this tour in Lima This tour ends in La Paz giving you the freedom to further explore Bolivia independently. Alternatively, opt for our Puno to Lima flight bolt-on to return to Lima on day 13 of your tour. Includes: one way flight from Puno to Lima, hotel accommodation in Lima on day 13 and airport transfers.
Take the train to Machu Picchu If you do not wish to trek you can take the train to Machu Picchu on our Amazon, Incas & Titicaca tour, spending three nights Cuzco (in place of the Inca Trail). Whilst in Cuzco you'll enjoy a cooking class and visit to a local market, in addition to an excursion to visit Chinchero village and its fascinating market. For more information please refer to the trip notes. Please note that only breakfast is included on these days, if you choose not trek.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Hotel Jose Antonio Lima , Lima
The modern and well-designed Jose Antonio Hotel offers a comfortable stay in Lima's flourishing Miraflores district. The contemporary guestrooms feature classy neutral decorations and furnishings with an excellent selection of amenities. The hotel's Las Espuelas restaurant serves delicious Peruvian and international cuisine in an elegant setting whilst the La Jalca bar is a great place to unwind over a cocktail. The Jose Antonio Hotel is located in the residential district of Miraflores with many options for shopping and dining nearby. The international airport is 30 minutes away and it's only a 20 minute drive to the historic centre of Lima.
Inkaterra Haciencda Concepcion, Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon
Built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is a rustic chic jungle lodge. Guests stay in rooms or cabanas, all with beautiful interiors, delightful en suites and comfortable beds. Meals are served in a buffet style, using only the best local ingredients and especially good homemade breads. The lodge also a friendly bar with free Pisco sours served between 5 and 7pm! Positioned within walking distance of the beautiful and secluded Lake Sandoval in the Peruvian Amazon.
Xima Cusco Hotel, Cusco
Boasting a fantastic location by Cusco’s largest craft market, Xima Cusco Hotel is just a short walk from the city’s main square, as well as plenty of local shops and restaurants. Its modern guestrooms provide free internet access and a flat-screen TV, with some also featuring a balcony with views over Parque Orellana. The hotel’s spa offers a range of massage treatments using techniques from the Inca culture, the perfect way to unwind after visiting the world-famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet in the Atrium Café.
La Casona de Yucay, Sacred Valley
Located in the spectacular Sacred Valley, this Peruvian property exudes local charm and has a stunning mountainous backdrop to match. The hotel itself is situated in a colonial house dating back to the 1810, which has since been remodelled and now consists of 54 cosy guest rooms; a restaurant serving a variety of international and local dishes; and bar serving nibbles and traditional Peruvian Pisco Sour. The courtyard with its chairs and tables is the perfect place to sit back and appreciate the view.
Hotel Jose Antonio, Puno
Set on the banks of Lake Titicaca you cannot go wrong with the view from this hotel in Puno. This modern property boasts spacious and comfortable guest rooms outfitted with air-conditioning, safety deposit boxes, TVs and a fully stocked mini bar. The hotel restaurant Sillustani enjoys fantastic has floor to ceiling windows serves up a delectable menu. When you return from a day of sightseeing why not grab a drink from the bar and admire the vista from the lounge. While Hotel Jose Antonio might be located a taxi ride from Puno, but its well worth it for the view.
El Rey Palace, La Paz
Located in the heart of La Paz, just 1km from Plaza Del Monticulo and 1.5km from Plaza Murillo, El Rey Palace is in a perfect location to explore the highlights of the city. The hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms, with king size beds and modern amenities. A generous buffet breakfast is provided in the mornings and free Wifi is available throughout the hotel.
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