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Day 1: arrive lima

Arrive in cosmopolitan LimaArrive in cosmopolitan Lima

On arrival at Lima airport make your way to the Ramada Costa del Sol, which is next to the airport. On check-in you will need to provide reception with your passport, immigration entrance slip and a credit card to cover any incidentals.

Meals
None
Lodging
Costa del Sol

Day 2: amazon

Explore the waterways of the AmazonExplore the waterways of the Amazon

Make your way back to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Tambopata Amazon. A short flight takes you deep in the Amazon rainforest. Here you will be met by your expert resident guide and taken to the docks to board a motorized dugout canoe for the trip to your jungle lodge. You will be able to leave any excess luggage at your guide's offices in Puerto Maldonado.

On arrival at the lodge you can choose from a number of activities: jungle hikes, canoe trips or simply taking a siesta and enjoying the sounds of the jungle from your hammock.

 
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hacienda Concepcion

Day 3: into the jungle

There are seven species of parrots in this region, including these scarlet macawsThere are seven species of parrots in this region, including these scarlet macaws

Today there are a huge variety of options to choose from. The jungle is usually alive very early in the morning so try to get out pre-dawn and explore, as this will be your best chance to see wildlife, including monkeys, birds, giant otters, and ants galore. This morning is also an excellent chance to learn about the rainforest from your expert resident guides, either on foot or by dugout canoe.

Later, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy a siesta and avoid the hottest part of the day. You can then take a canoe trip on a lake or explore more trails and catch a beautiful sunset over the Amazon basin.

The evening can be free to relax or—for those still eager to see wildlife—there are two more options: either head out on foot in search of nocturnal mammals, or take a canoe in the hope of glimpsing the rare black caimans that inhabit the nearby water. Also there is an opportunity to travel downriver and experience the canopy walkway.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hacienda Concepcion

Day 4: cusco

The city of CuscoThe city of Cusco

After an early morning breakfast, you'll make your way back to the aiport for your flight to Cusco. A representative will be waiting for you with a sign at the barrier outside the arrivals gate when you arrive in Cusco this morning, and they will escort you to the hotel. Begin acclimatizing to the rarefied air of this beautiful city (3,326m). After some time to check in, you'll take a short walking tour of the city, which is a great way to get your bearings (and also helps you get used to the altitude). The beautiful historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 with Inca and colonial architecture evident all around.

Later in the day your guide will give you a full briefing for the adventure ahead. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Casa Andina Cusco Private Collection (or similar)

Day 5: cusco inca sites

How did they build this thing without metal tools?How did they build this thing without metal tools?

Enjoy the morning by gentle horseback riding, which is a superb introduction to the Inca heritage of Peru. (No experience is needed and a support vehicle is on hand at times to take any non- or weary-riders.) You'll meet your mountain horses on the plains above Cusco, then after an instruction in the art of riding, start with a short ride to a large outcrop of rock known as Salumpuncu, or the ‘Temple of the Moon.' This ruin demonstrates the Inca’s impressive skill with stone. You can see how they manipulated the naturally occurring features of this huge rock into caves, seats, carvings, mummy-niches and an altar that is supposed to be bathed in moonlight on the full moon of the winter solstice. Next you'll cut across country following an old Inca road from Cusco towards Pisac. The traditional farming methods and highly adapted Andean crops are a treat to see still functioning. 

Meet your vehicle for a short transfer to visit the site of Puca Pucara. This delightful ruin on a small prominence is now believed to be a ‘tambo,' a rest house for traveling animals, goods and travelers, rather than the ‘red fort’ its name suggests. From here you visit the Inca ruin of Tambo Machay. This is popularly called the Inca’s Bath due to its finely preserved waterfalls, carefully diverted through fine stone channels. The Incas acknowledged water as one of the principal elements of life and revered it accordingly.

Meet your horses again and ride far from the standard tourist route, off into the hills where you can enjoy beautiful scenery and great views down the Cusco valley. Visit another interesting Inca site called “Balcon del Diablo," before enjoying a late picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, time permitting, you can visit the fascinating Qenqo. This ‘waca’ contains some of the finest examples of Inca carvings in the area. The eroded limestone fissures have been artfully carved into zig-zag channels (from where Qenqo derives its name), pumas, condors, snakes and houses. Bountiful mummy niches in the caves, an amphitheater and the central phallic column all add to the mystery of its multi-functional use.

You can also visit the most stunning of Cusco’s ruins, Sacsayhuaman. Although the smaller stones of Sacsayhuaman were used to build modern day Cusco, the remaining stones are up to 8.5m high and weigh over 360 tons. The distinctive zig-zag ramparts are attributed to being puma teeth, lightning and also fortification. This major centre obviously had many functions with storehouses, administration buildings, a reservoir and a play area. It was also site of a crucial battle between the Incas & the Spanish. After a tour here, climb aboard the waiting vehicle and return to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Casa Andina Private Collection (or similiar)

Day 6: sacred valley

Gorgeous scenes in the Sacred ValleyGorgeous scenes in the Sacred Valley

Spend a day exploring the incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas, and really get to know this beautiful Andean valley by visiting all its best archaeological sites, markets and towns. This one-day Sacred Valley tour is a great way to spend a day acclimatizing while enjoying the amazing ruins, markets and scenery of Peru.

The first stop is at the

Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation center started by a family of biologists. In 2014, there were condors, pumas, llamas, alpacas, macaws and many other species, all rescued from poachers or festivals. Continuing, you'll stop at the Awana Kancha Camelid farm where you have the opportunity to see all four members of the South American Camelid family. There is also an amazing variety of Alpacas and a display of the different styles of wool produced. 

Your next stop is the picturesque Andean village of Pisac. The village is famous for its local market and superb artisan stalls throughout the week. Time can be spent shopping or, for the more energetic, visiting the extensive Inca ruins at the top of the hill. Old Pisac ruins have much to explore, with a circular hike along well-defined Inca trail that passes through royal buildings, look-outs, terraces, tunnels and irrigation channels. If time permits you may also visit a traditional bakery to try freshly baked bread and learn about the guinea pigs of Peru. 

After a delicious lunch in the Sacred Valley continue to Urubamba, a large town which you can explore. Later in the afternoon, visit the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo: this was the site of the last big battle between the Incas and Spanish before the remaining Inca rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba. In this lovely, well-preserved village and ruins you can still feel the true magic of the Incas. The hill-top, Inca sun temple displays some of the finest stonework in the area. The site was unfinished and some magnificent stones still lie un-erected, providing important clues to the building methods.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo

Day 7: inca trail or sacred valley hike, day 1

Ollantaytambo in the Sacred ValleyOllantaytambo in the Sacred Valley

Today you can choose to hike the Inca Trail for 4 days or stay in the Sacred Valley and enjoy day hikes. Both will end in Machu Picchu. (Inca Trail needs to be booked in advance as permits are necessary and sell out quickly.) 

Inca Trail:
Your Inca Trail guides pick you up this morning for the drive past the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and a chance to buy any last-minute supplies. After an interesting drive to the end of the road at Pisca K’uchu (km82), meet your support team of traditional porters before embarking on the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The trek undulates along the banks of the Urubamba river and you’ll camp the night at Llactapata (2,788m) beside some spectacular ruins which, if you have the energy, you’ll have time to explore. This is camping and trekking in style. While walking, all you need to carry is a daypack; all camping equipment and food is carried by the porters. All camp chores are done for you and delicious food is served by a cook and his helpers. 

Sacred Valley Hike:
Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo
Start with a visit to Chinchero church and its impressive Inca ruins. Chinchero is famous for its colorful Sunday market and its incredible weavings—you can visit a local cooperative and see how the locals weave their intricate designs before driving across the fertile plain of Chinchero, rich with grain, potatoes and beans. Labor-intensive local farming techniques are well demonstrated en-route.

Arrive at the circular Inca ruins of Moray where you’ll have time to fully explore these fascinating ruins. Moray is believed to be an Incan agricultural centre used to improve high altitude crops—an essential commodity for the huge Incan armies and road building teams that supported the empire.

Next, continue to the ancient town of Maras, with its out-standing Spanish door arches and a vast church. Maras is famous for its spies, due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley. En-route are some of the most astounding salt-pans covering the whole of the hillside. These salt-pans were mentioned in conquering Spanish’s chronicles.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch for Sacred Valley; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for Inca Trail Trek
Lodging
Hotel Pakaritampu for Sacred Valley; camping for those on Inca Trail

Day 8: inca trail or sacred valley hike, day 2

Inca paths will provide lifelong memoriesInca paths will provide lifelong memories

Inca Trail:
Today trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. From there you will follow ancient Inca paths past hummingbirds and stunted cloud forest. The camp is at Llulluchupampa (3,680m)—a beautiful grassy area with outstanding views down the valley.

Sacred Valley Hike:
Huilloc, Puma Marca, Ollantaytambo
Drive up to the small traditional hamlet of Huilloc. This traditional community is well known for being the birthplace of many of the porters who hike the Inca Trail and for their continued use of Quechua, the language of the Incas. Huilloc is also famous as a weaving center, and you will be able to see traditional ponchos being made and worn before commencing your hike.

Start with a short steep climb up to Puma Marca, a remarkably well preserved and extensive Inca ruin with spectacular views down the valley towards Ollantaytambo. Later follow an Inca Trail along the steeply terraced valley down towards Ollantaytambo, where you will have lunch. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch for Sacred Valley; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for Inca Trail Trek
Lodging
Hotel Pakaritampu for Sacred Valley; camping for those on Inca Trail

Day 9: inca trail or sacred valley hike, day 3

Views along the Inca TrailViews along the Inca Trail

Inca Trail:
Possibly the hardest day of the trek, rise early and head to the top of Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s pass, 4,200m). This is the highest point of the trail before you descend into the Pacasmayu valley and then climb again, passing the first of many Inca ruins. Your second pass of the day (3,998m) gives you spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Walking on a well-preserved Inca pathway, you pass Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in-depth tour and explanation before passing through a tunnel and a gentle climb, which brings you to Phuyupatamarca ruins (the place above the clouds), your campsite for the night (3,650m).

Sacred Valley Hike:
Cochuasi, Awana Kancha, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero
Today you visit the museum of Inkariy in the Sacred Valley. This new museum has an interactive display of many of the different cultures that have appeared in Peru over the last centuries. It gives a fantastic insight into how rich and diverse the history of Peru is, not confined to just the Inca, Nazca and Moche cultures, but also many many more.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch for Sacred Valley; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for Inca Trail Trek
Lodging
Hotel Pakaritampu for Sacred Valley; camping for those on Inca Trail

Day 10: machu picchu

Amazing Machu PicchuAmazing Machu Picchu

Inca Trail:
After an early morning to catch the sunrise on the surrounding snow-capped mountains of Salcantay (6,200m) and Veronica (5,800m), say a farewell to your porters with a traditional song and dance. Your final day of hiking brings you down into the cloud forest on a series of Inca stairways to Winay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally, contour through cloud-forest to Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun and get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Pass through the ruins, catch a bus down to your hotel in the colorful town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and celebrate your return to civilization.

Sacred Valley:
Today catch a train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly known as Aguas Calientes), and enjoy the journey that follows along the impressive Urubamba river to the base of Machu Picchu itself. Arriving in Machu Picchu Pueblo you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.

 
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
El Mapi

Day 11: machu picchu / cusco

You won't want for contact with llamas in the Andes of Peru.You won't want for contact with llamas in the Andes of Peru.

In the morning return to Machu Picchu for a fully guided tour of the residential, religious and agricultural sectors. There is time afterwards to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s Hut or  just wander through the ruins, soaking up the atmosphere. (Please note Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain now require an extra, limited-availability permit. Please inquire at time of booking if you require one.)

In the afternoon, board the train for an interesting ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here your waiting transfer whisks you back to Cusco and your hotel. Then, if you have the energy, you can explore Cusco’s excellent nightlife.

 
Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Casa Andina Private Collection (or similar)

Day 12: cusco / lake titicaca

Visit the floating villages of Lake TiticacaVisit the floating villages of Lake Titicaca

This morning you will board the luxury all-day train from Cusco and ride across the high plains to Puno. This is one of the “Great Train journeys of the World." The waiter service and entertainment is everything you would expect of the ‘Orient Express’ service.

On arrival in Puno, you are met at the train station and transferred to your Puno hotel. (Train must be booked on a Mon, Wed, Fri or Sat.)

 
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Casa Andina Puno Private Collection (or similar)

Day 13: lake titicaca: uros and taquile islands

Hike along the lake shore of Lake Titicaca.Hike along the lake shore of Lake Titicaca.

You will board a shared fast boat for a cruise on Lake Titicaca where your own private guide fully explains the local history, traditions and agricultural methods as you visit the amazing floating reed islands of Uros. Then journey to Taquile Island for lunch where, if you wish, an extremely tough climb to the top of the island is rewarded by spectacular views of Lake Titicaca. After, return to Puno and back to your hotel.

 
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Casa Andina Puno Private Collection (or similar)

Day 14: lake titicaca / lima

Upon leaving your hotel—if time allows before your flight—you can visit the circular pre-Inca burial towers of Silustani, before traveling to Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transfered to your hotel. 

 
Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Casa Andina Miraflores Private Collection Lima (or similar)

Day 15: lima / paracas

Pick up from your hotel is early this the morning (6am). Drive down the Pan American highway to Ica, with your accompanying guide explaining the sites on the way. Arriving at Ica airport you board your plane for the approximately 90-minute flight. On arriving back at the airport, continue to the desert oasis of Huacachina for a tour including a visit to the vineyard Bodega Vitinicola, famous for its production of various Piscos and wines which you have the opportunity to try. In the late afternoon continue onto Paracas and your hotel for the night.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Libertador

Day 16: ballestas islands / lima

This morning head down to the port for your tour of the Ballestas Islands, a national marine reserve. Known as a mini Galapagos, this important wildlife reserve has an amazing quantity of marine life. From Humboldt penguins to seals, sea lions and dolphins, plus thousands of marine birds, these amazing islands are a true haven for wildlife.

On the way there, pass local fisherman and see El Candalbro, a geoglyph etched onto the hillside. The source and reason for this is still unknown, though there are many different theories. Your return journey to Lima is via the Pan American highway.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Casa Andina Miraflores Private Collection Lima (or similar)

Day 17: depart

Today you will be transferred to airport in time for your flight to Lima and your connection home. 

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$5,595
6-7 people: $5795 8+ people: $5595 Domestic Flights not included
Single Supplement:
$1,095
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
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17 days
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Peruvian Panorama

Canoe the Amazon, hike to Machu Picchu, explore Lake Titicaca, and more!

overview

There are numerous iconic, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences you can have in Peru, which is why we tried to fit as many of them into this action-packed itinerary as possible. From the steamy Amazon rainforest to the mysterious Incan ruins to the breathtaking high Andes, Peruvian Panorama will leave you with a balanced taste of this vast country. This trip is perfect for those adventurers looking for a fast-paced, all-encompassing experience.

Your exploration will include the options of hiking the famous Inca Trail or day hikes in the scenic Sacred Valley, both culminating at the 15th-century Inca site, Machu Picchu. Walking, photographing, and admiring this astonishingly old and well-preserved city is often the highlight for travelers in Peru. 

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overview

There are numerous iconic, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences you can have in Peru, which is why we tried to fit as many of them into this action-packed itinerary as possible. From the steamy Amazon rainforest to the mysterious Incan ruins to the breathtaking high Andes, Peruvian Panorama will leave you with a balanced taste of this vast country. This trip is perfect for those adventurers looking for a fast-paced, all-encompassing experience.

Your exploration will include the options of hiking the famous Inca Trail or day hikes in the scenic Sacred Valley, both culminating at the 15th-century Inca site, Machu Picchu. Walking, photographing, and admiring this astonishingly old and well-preserved city is often the highlight for travelers in Peru. 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive lima
    Arrive in cosmopolitan LimaArrive in cosmopolitan Lima

    On arrival at Lima airport make your way to the Ramada Costa del Sol, which is next to the airport. On check-in you will need to provide reception with your passport, immigration entrance slip and a credit card to cover any incidentals.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Costa del Sol
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: amazon
    Explore the waterways of the AmazonExplore the waterways of the Amazon

    Make your way back to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Tambopata Amazon. A short flight takes you deep in the Amazon rainforest. Here you will be met by your expert resident guide and taken to the docks to board a motorized dugout canoe for the trip to your jungle lodge. You will be able to leave any excess luggage at your guide's offices in Puerto Maldonado.

    On arrival at the lodge you can choose from a number of activities: jungle hikes, canoe trips or simply taking a siesta and enjoying the sounds of the jungle from your hammock.

     
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hacienda Concepcion
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: into the jungle
    There are seven species of parrots in this region, including these scarlet macawsThere are seven species of parrots in this region, including these scarlet macaws

    Today there are a huge variety of options to choose from. The jungle is usually alive very early in the morning so try to get out pre-dawn and explore, as this will be your best chance to see wildlife, including monkeys, birds, giant otters, and ants galore. This morning is also an excellent chance to learn about the rainforest from your expert resident guides, either on foot or by dugout canoe.

    Later, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy a siesta and avoid the hottest part of the day. You can then take a canoe trip on a lake or explore more trails and catch a beautiful sunset over the Amazon basin.

    The evening can be free to relax or—for those still eager to see wildlife—there are two more options: either head out on foot in search of nocturnal mammals, or take a canoe in the hope of glimpsing the rare black caimans that inhabit the nearby water. Also there is an opportunity to travel downriver and experience the canopy walkway.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hacienda Concepcion
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: cusco
    The city of CuscoThe city of Cusco

    After an early morning breakfast, you'll make your way back to the aiport for your flight to Cusco. A representative will be waiting for you with a sign at the barrier outside the arrivals gate when you arrive in Cusco this morning, and they will escort you to the hotel. Begin acclimatizing to the rarefied air of this beautiful city (3,326m). After some time to check in, you'll take a short walking tour of the city, which is a great way to get your bearings (and also helps you get used to the altitude). The beautiful historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 with Inca and colonial architecture evident all around.

    Later in the day your guide will give you a full briefing for the adventure ahead. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Casa Andina Cusco Private Collection (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: cusco inca sites
    How did they build this thing without metal tools?How did they build this thing without metal tools?

    Enjoy the morning by gentle horseback riding, which is a superb introduction to the Inca heritage of Peru. (No experience is needed and a support vehicle is on hand at times to take any non- or weary-riders.) You'll meet your mountain horses on the plains above Cusco, then after an instruction in the art of riding, start with a short ride to a large outcrop of rock known as Salumpuncu, or the ‘Temple of the Moon.' This ruin demonstrates the Inca’s impressive skill with stone. You can see how they manipulated the naturally occurring features of this huge rock into caves, seats, carvings, mummy-niches and an altar that is supposed to be bathed in moonlight on the full moon of the winter solstice. Next you'll cut across country following an old Inca road from Cusco towards Pisac. The traditional farming methods and highly adapted Andean crops are a treat to see still functioning. 

    Meet your vehicle for a short transfer to visit the site of Puca Pucara. This delightful ruin on a small prominence is now believed to be a ‘tambo,' a rest house for traveling animals, goods and travelers, rather than the ‘red fort’ its name suggests. From here you visit the Inca ruin of Tambo Machay. This is popularly called the Inca’s Bath due to its finely preserved waterfalls, carefully diverted through fine stone channels. The Incas acknowledged water as one of the principal elements of life and revered it accordingly.

    Meet your horses again and ride far from the standard tourist route, off into the hills where you can enjoy beautiful scenery and great views down the Cusco valley. Visit another interesting Inca site called “Balcon del Diablo," before enjoying a late picnic lunch.

    In the afternoon, time permitting, you can visit the fascinating Qenqo. This ‘waca’ contains some of the finest examples of Inca carvings in the area. The eroded limestone fissures have been artfully carved into zig-zag channels (from where Qenqo derives its name), pumas, condors, snakes and houses. Bountiful mummy niches in the caves, an amphitheater and the central phallic column all add to the mystery of its multi-functional use.

    You can also visit the most stunning of Cusco’s ruins, Sacsayhuaman. Although the smaller stones of Sacsayhuaman were used to build modern day Cusco, the remaining stones are up to 8.5m high and weigh over 360 tons. The distinctive zig-zag ramparts are attributed to being puma teeth, lightning and also fortification. This major centre obviously had many functions with storehouses, administration buildings, a reservoir and a play area. It was also site of a crucial battle between the Incas & the Spanish. After a tour here, climb aboard the waiting vehicle and return to your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Casa Andina Private Collection (or similiar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: sacred valley
    Gorgeous scenes in the Sacred ValleyGorgeous scenes in the Sacred Valley

    Spend a day exploring the incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas, and really get to know this beautiful Andean valley by visiting all its best archaeological sites, markets and towns. This one-day Sacred Valley tour is a great way to spend a day acclimatizing while enjoying the amazing ruins, markets and scenery of Peru.

    The first stop is at the

    Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, a one-of-a-kind rehabilitation center started by a family of biologists. In 2014, there were condors, pumas, llamas, alpacas, macaws and many other species, all rescued from poachers or festivals. Continuing, you'll stop at the Awana Kancha Camelid farm where you have the opportunity to see all four members of the South American Camelid family. There is also an amazing variety of Alpacas and a display of the different styles of wool produced. 

    Your next stop is the picturesque Andean village of Pisac. The village is famous for its local market and superb artisan stalls throughout the week. Time can be spent shopping or, for the more energetic, visiting the extensive Inca ruins at the top of the hill. Old Pisac ruins have much to explore, with a circular hike along well-defined Inca trail that passes through royal buildings, look-outs, terraces, tunnels and irrigation channels. If time permits you may also visit a traditional bakery to try freshly baked bread and learn about the guinea pigs of Peru. 

    After a delicious lunch in the Sacred Valley continue to Urubamba, a large town which you can explore. Later in the afternoon, visit the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo: this was the site of the last big battle between the Incas and Spanish before the remaining Inca rebels fled into the jungles of Vilcabamba. In this lovely, well-preserved village and ruins you can still feel the true magic of the Incas. The hill-top, Inca sun temple displays some of the finest stonework in the area. The site was unfinished and some magnificent stones still lie un-erected, providing important clues to the building methods.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: inca trail or sacred valley hike, day 1
    Ollantaytambo in the Sacred ValleyOllantaytambo in the Sacred Valley

    Today you can choose to hike the Inca Trail for 4 days or stay in the Sacred Valley and enjoy day hikes. Both will end in Machu Picchu. (Inca Trail needs to be booked in advance as permits are necessary and sell out quickly.) 

    Inca Trail:
    Your Inca Trail guides pick you up this morning for the drive past the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and a chance to buy any last-minute supplies. After an interesting drive to the end of the road at Pisca K’uchu (km82), meet your support team of traditional porters before embarking on the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. The trek undulates along the banks of the Urubamba river and you’ll camp the night at Llactapata (2,788m) beside some spectacular ruins which, if you have the energy, you’ll have time to explore. This is camping and trekking in style. While walking, all you need to carry is a daypack; all camping equipment and food is carried by the porters. All camp chores are done for you and delicious food is served by a cook and his helpers. 

    Sacred Valley Hike:
    Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo
    Start with a visit to Chinchero church and its impressive Inca ruins. Chinchero is famous for its colorful Sunday market and its incredible weavings—you can visit a local cooperative and see how the locals weave their intricate designs before driving across the fertile plain of Chinchero, rich with grain, potatoes and beans. Labor-intensive local farming techniques are well demonstrated en-route.

    Arrive at the circular Inca ruins of Moray where you’ll have time to fully explore these fascinating ruins. Moray is believed to be an Incan agricultural centre used to improve high altitude crops—an essential commodity for the huge Incan armies and road building teams that supported the empire.

    Next, continue to the ancient town of Maras, with its out-standing Spanish door arches and a vast church. Maras is famous for its spies, due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley. En-route are some of the most astounding salt-pans covering the whole of the hillside. These salt-pans were mentioned in conquering Spanish’s chronicles.

    The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch for Sacred Valley; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for Inca Trail Trek
    Lodging
    Hotel Pakaritampu for Sacred Valley; camping for those on Inca Trail
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  • Day 8: inca trail or sacred valley hike, day 2
    Inca paths will provide lifelong memoriesInca paths will provide lifelong memories

    Inca Trail:
    Today trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. From there you will follow ancient Inca paths past hummingbirds and stunted cloud forest. The camp is at Llulluchupampa (3,680m)—a beautiful grassy area with outstanding views down the valley.

    Sacred Valley Hike:
    Huilloc, Puma Marca, Ollantaytambo
    Drive up to the small traditional hamlet of Huilloc. This traditional community is well known for being the birthplace of many of the porters who hike the Inca Trail and for their continued use of Quechua, the language of the Incas. Huilloc is also famous as a weaving center, and you will be able to see traditional ponchos being made and worn before commencing your hike.

    Start with a short steep climb up to Puma Marca, a remarkably well preserved and extensive Inca ruin with spectacular views down the valley towards Ollantaytambo. Later follow an Inca Trail along the steeply terraced valley down towards Ollantaytambo, where you will have lunch. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch for Sacred Valley; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for Inca Trail Trek
    Lodging
    Hotel Pakaritampu for Sacred Valley; camping for those on Inca Trail
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  • Day 9: inca trail or sacred valley hike, day 3
    Views along the Inca TrailViews along the Inca Trail

    Inca Trail:
    Possibly the hardest day of the trek, rise early and head to the top of Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s pass, 4,200m). This is the highest point of the trail before you descend into the Pacasmayu valley and then climb again, passing the first of many Inca ruins. Your second pass of the day (3,998m) gives you spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Walking on a well-preserved Inca pathway, you pass Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in-depth tour and explanation before passing through a tunnel and a gentle climb, which brings you to Phuyupatamarca ruins (the place above the clouds), your campsite for the night (3,650m).

    Sacred Valley Hike:
    Cochuasi, Awana Kancha, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero
    Today you visit the museum of Inkariy in the Sacred Valley. This new museum has an interactive display of many of the different cultures that have appeared in Peru over the last centuries. It gives a fantastic insight into how rich and diverse the history of Peru is, not confined to just the Inca, Nazca and Moche cultures, but also many many more.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch for Sacred Valley; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for Inca Trail Trek
    Lodging
    Hotel Pakaritampu for Sacred Valley; camping for those on Inca Trail
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  • Day 10: machu picchu
    Amazing Machu PicchuAmazing Machu Picchu

    Inca Trail:
    After an early morning to catch the sunrise on the surrounding snow-capped mountains of Salcantay (6,200m) and Veronica (5,800m), say a farewell to your porters with a traditional song and dance. Your final day of hiking brings you down into the cloud forest on a series of Inca stairways to Winay Wayna, another interesting ruin full of swallows and orchids. Finally, contour through cloud-forest to Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun and get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Pass through the ruins, catch a bus down to your hotel in the colorful town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and celebrate your return to civilization.

    Sacred Valley:
    Today catch a train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly known as Aguas Calientes), and enjoy the journey that follows along the impressive Urubamba river to the base of Machu Picchu itself. Arriving in Machu Picchu Pueblo you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.

     
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    El Mapi
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  • Day 11: machu picchu / cusco
    You won't want for contact with llamas in the Andes of Peru.You won't want for contact with llamas in the Andes of Peru.

    In the morning return to Machu Picchu for a fully guided tour of the residential, religious and agricultural sectors. There is time afterwards to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s Hut or  just wander through the ruins, soaking up the atmosphere. (Please note Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain now require an extra, limited-availability permit. Please inquire at time of booking if you require one.)

    In the afternoon, board the train for an interesting ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here your waiting transfer whisks you back to Cusco and your hotel. Then, if you have the energy, you can explore Cusco’s excellent nightlife.

     
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Casa Andina Private Collection (or similar)
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  • Day 12: cusco / lake titicaca
    Visit the floating villages of Lake TiticacaVisit the floating villages of Lake Titicaca

    This morning you will board the luxury all-day train from Cusco and ride across the high plains to Puno. This is one of the “Great Train journeys of the World." The waiter service and entertainment is everything you would expect of the ‘Orient Express’ service.

    On arrival in Puno, you are met at the train station and transferred to your Puno hotel. (Train must be booked on a Mon, Wed, Fri or Sat.)

     
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Casa Andina Puno Private Collection (or similar)
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  • Day 13: lake titicaca: uros and taquile islands
    Hike along the lake shore of Lake Titicaca.Hike along the lake shore of Lake Titicaca.

    You will board a shared fast boat for a cruise on Lake Titicaca where your own private guide fully explains the local history, traditions and agricultural methods as you visit the amazing floating reed islands of Uros. Then journey to Taquile Island for lunch where, if you wish, an extremely tough climb to the top of the island is rewarded by spectacular views of Lake Titicaca. After, return to Puno and back to your hotel.

     
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Casa Andina Puno Private Collection (or similar)
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  • Day 14: lake titicaca / lima

    Upon leaving your hotel—if time allows before your flight—you can visit the circular pre-Inca burial towers of Silustani, before traveling to Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transfered to your hotel. 

     
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Casa Andina Miraflores Private Collection Lima (or similar)
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  • Day 15: lima / paracas

    Pick up from your hotel is early this the morning (6am). Drive down the Pan American highway to Ica, with your accompanying guide explaining the sites on the way. Arriving at Ica airport you board your plane for the approximately 90-minute flight. On arriving back at the airport, continue to the desert oasis of Huacachina for a tour including a visit to the vineyard Bodega Vitinicola, famous for its production of various Piscos and wines which you have the opportunity to try. In the late afternoon continue onto Paracas and your hotel for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Libertador
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  • Day 16: ballestas islands / lima

    This morning head down to the port for your tour of the Ballestas Islands, a national marine reserve. Known as a mini Galapagos, this important wildlife reserve has an amazing quantity of marine life. From Humboldt penguins to seals, sea lions and dolphins, plus thousands of marine birds, these amazing islands are a true haven for wildlife.

    On the way there, pass local fisherman and see El Candalbro, a geoglyph etched onto the hillside. The source and reason for this is still unknown, though there are many different theories. Your return journey to Lima is via the Pan American highway.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Casa Andina Miraflores Private Collection Lima (or similar)
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  • Day 17: depart

    Today you will be transferred to airport in time for your flight to Lima and your connection home. 

    Meals
    Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
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$5,595
6-7 people: $5795 8+ people: $5595 Domestic Flights not included
Single Supplement:
$1,095
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
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