From Lima to La Paz, explore the vast Amazon Jungle and meet the islanders on Lake Titicaca, learn to cook tasty Peruvian cuisine in Cuzco, discover the wonders of the Sacred Valley and enjoy an incredibly scenic train journey to the spectacular 'lost city' of Machu Picchu.
- The Amazon – spend two nights in the jungle and explore the world’s largest tropical rainforest
- Cusco – take in the highlights of the captivating capital of the Inca Empire on a guided tour and explore the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Also enjoy a cooking class and a visit to Chinchero Village
- Sacred Valley of the Incas – roam around the Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets
- Machu Picchu – take a scenic train ride to explore the spectacular Inca citadel, which is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
- Puno & Lake Titicaca - visit the Uros floating reed islands & Taquile Island on South America's largest lake
- Lima - independently explore the capital of Peru with its vibrant markets & spanish colonial museums
- La Paz - independently explore one of the highest cities in the world
As standard they must be ages 16 or older to join this group tour. However, those aged 13+ may be considered on a case by case basis.
- South America
Day 1: Lima
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at the Lima airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel in the popular Miraflores district of the city. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city before our welcome meeting at 6pm this evening where you will meet your tour leader.
Day 2-3: Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon ( overnight in The Amazon)
Lima - Puerto Maldonado. Transferring to the airport this morning we board our flight to Puerto Maldonado. We’ll then travel by canoe to our wonderful jungle Eco lodge. After lunch we will embark on a walk along the property’s nature trails. Your guide will explain the importance of the rainforest and the vital role that this ecosystem plays in the equilibrium of the planet. As the sun begins to set we head back in the canoes, hopefully spotting some of the nocturnal animals that are found in this area as well as learning about the constellations.
Day 3 starts with an excursion on the lodge’s private cocha. You'll be able to try your hand at some native fishing, one of the main techniques being the 'catch and release' method. Disembarking the boat we'll visit the remains of the old Fitzcarrald steamboat to learn. After this take a boat trip to Rolin, this river Island has an an abundant and interesting ecosystem. Exploring the island you can admire the vibrant vegetation, also be sure to keep an eye out for the birds who will be making their way back to land.
Day 4-5: Cusco
Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco. This morning travel back to Puerto Maldonado before flying onwards to Cuzco, after arriving into Cuzco you'll have the chance to relax and adjust to the altitude. On the morning of day 5 enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of the beautiful city of Cuzco. Along the way we will see famous landmarks such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Kenko Amphitheatre and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to do any independent exploring of Cuzco.
Day 6: Sacred Valley
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. Then we travel on to the remarkable Ollantaytambo fortress which was constructed to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands.
Day 7: Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cuzco. From Ollantaytambo we'll take a scenic train journey to Aguas Calientes early this morning, remember to look out the windows as the scenery along the way is utterly breathtaking. Upon arrival we board the bus up to Machu Picchu where you'll enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent lost city and have plenty of free time to explore and take photos.
For many visitors to Peru, Machu Picchu is the main highlight and rightly so, with it's incredible history and beautiful views it's a truly mystical part of the country. Macchu Picchu was built in the 15th, believed to be as an estate for the Inca Empror Pachacuti, it was abandoned only a century after completion during the Spanish conquest, however, it lay largely unknown until 1911 when the American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham brought it to the worlds attention. Later this afternoon take the train back to Cuzco.
Day 8: Cusco
This morning enjoy a visit to the local San Pedro Market, where we have an introduction to the local produce and the diversity of ingredients used in Peruvian cuisine. Departing the market, we visit an Andean Kitchen and Chicheria, where, amongst other things, we learn about the process of making Chicha, a beverage the Incas believed to be sacred. From here we walk to a fully equipped cooking studio, where a Professional Peruvian Chef will show us how to prepare the most popular and tasty dishes of Peru. Today's culinary tour includes a refreshing drink, appetizer, main course, dessert and, of course, the famous Pisco Sour.
Day 9: Chinchero
This morning set off in the direction of the Sacred Valley to the town of Chinchero, an authentic Andean village with lots of character, where we will find the colonial church that houses a large collection of painting from the Cusqueñan School of Art. With breathtaking views across the Sacred Valley and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay to the west.
Chinchero is well known for its continuing tradition as a commercial town and on Sundays the townsfolk gather in the main square to trade their products in a bartering system.
Day 10: Cusco
Enjoy a free day in Cuzco today to explore the city at your own pace. This evening you will be rejoined by the trekkers from the Inca Trail for your final night in Cuzco before leaving for Puno the following morning.
Day 11-12: Lake Titicaca (Peru)
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.
Day 13-14: La Paz ( overnight in La Paz (1))
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.
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