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.
- 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
- Sacred Valley of the Incas – roam around the Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets
- Inca Trail Trek - complete one of the most famous treks in the world with spectacular scenery en route
- Machu Picchu - explore the spectacular Inca citadel set high in the Andes Mountains
- 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.
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. 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.
Day 4-5: Cusco
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.
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. The final destination of the day is the remarkable citadel of Ollantaytambo and its Incan fortress.
Day 7-9: Inca Trail ( overnight in Inca Trail (camping))
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.
Day 10: Machu Picchu
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.
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
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.
- 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 5 dinners
- 9 nights 4 star hotels & jungle lodge, 1 night 3 star hotel in the Sacred Valley and 3 nights
camping on the Inca Trail
- 2 economy flights: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco
- Airport transfers on day 1 & day 14
- Guided tour of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
- Excursions to the Amazon Jungle and Lake Titicaca
- 4 day Inca Trail Trek (alternatively hike the Lares Trek)
- Escorted by English-speaking local tour leader (in Peru for groups of 6 or more)) & specialist local guides for trek and included sightseeing
- Transfers & transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles, tourist bus Cusco - Puno and local bus from Puno - La Paz
- Entrance fees and Cusco Tourist Ticket
NB - the following are not included:
-International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
-Items of a personal nature and additional meals
-Tipping - refer to the Tipping paragraph in the Trip Notes for further information
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