Highlights of Peru

Highlights of Peru

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Lima
  • Explore the Colca Valley, home to the Andean Condor
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Titicaca to the floating Uros Islands
  • Visit Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire
  • Climb Machu Picchu and explore the Lost City of the Incas
  • Direct flights from London Gatwick are available with British Airways (regional departures also available) 
  • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements

An action-packed 14-day tour visiting the highlights of Peru

This two week adventure visits all of Peru’s most iconic landmarks. Spend a couple of nights in Lima and Arequipa, known as the 'white city' due to its buildings made out of white volcanic stone. Visit the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world and settle into traditional village life on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Other highlights include a visit to the former Inca capital of Cusco and the Sacred Valley with its colourful and bustling market towns. Finish your trip with a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Lima

Upon arrival, on the first day of your trip to Peru, you will be welcomed by our personnel at Lima airport and transferred to the selected hotel. After check in you will have a briefing in which you will be handed your “Travel kit” which includes all your travel documents such as itinerary, flight, train and bus tickets, and hotel information.

Overnight at hotel.  

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

Day at leisure

Free day to explore the City by your own. Overnight.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3 (Lima - Puerto Maldonado)

Flight: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Suggested Morning

At coordinated time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Start your journey arriving to Puerto Maldonado and checking-in at the Inkaterra Lounge. Immerse yourself in the rainforest navigating on an outboard dugout canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Hacienda Concepcion (approximately 25-minute navigation).

Taste a buffet lunch with organic ingredients and native flavours. After lunch, take a walk at Concepcion Trails, your inside property nature trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk navigate on canoe in the Twilight River excursion. Sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystems, Amazon creeks, nocturnal animals’ behaviour, and the southern constellations. In the evening enjoy a nice dinner at your main house.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4 ( Puerto Maldanado)

Journey Arequipa - Colca (Private Tour - 5 hours)

Get ready for a long trek through terra firma in the Tambopata National Reserve to Lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of the world.

Travel across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey and black caiman. Later you will take a 20-minute outboard-dugout canoe ride to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center where you will learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO). Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers (30 m) and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 feet high (28 m). Enjoy the breath-taking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans. After descending keep on feeling the incredible primary rainforest vibe going for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the aguajales and swamps. Return to the lodge and enjoy your dinner.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5 ( Puerto Maldanado - Cusco)

Flight Puerto Maldonado - Cusco

After breakfast buffet, take an outboard dugout canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado, where you will take your flight to Cusco. On arrival to airport, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel. The rest of the afterboon is free to acclimatize overnight.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 ( Cusco )

Leisure day

Free day to explore the City by your own.

Overnight.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 ( Cusco)

Free day for personal activities.

Suggested activity - Driven overland to the Sacred Valley and to the archaeological complex of Pisac, a journey which will take approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes. On the way, you will stop on route to take some pictures, and admire the Pucara Bulls on the roofs of Andean houses. These small bulls are thought to be amulets that bring wealth to each family who owns them; they are usually given as gifts on weddings. On arrival to the archaeological complex of Pisac, you will begin our tour of the site, during our hike around this area; appreciate the magnificent Andean terraces, which were built to expand the agriculture lands.

After we will visit the artisan market of Pisac a colorful local event that over the centuries has attracted local traders and remote communities from all over the valley, dressed in their traditional and colorful costumes enjoy the opportunity to interact with local people, appreciate their craftsmanship, handicrafts and local fruit and vegetable stalls. Lunch and after we will make our way to the town of Ollantaytambo, with its distinct Inca urban planning, visit the religious, astronomical and military complex and observe how the ancient Peruvians moved boulders of nearly 60 metric tons from one mountain to another and across the river and valley.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 ( Cusco - KM. 82 - Huayllabamba )

Inca trek day 1

Your Trek Leader will collect you from your hotel very early in the morning, 5:00 a.m. Depart from the city of Cusco (3,350 m / 10,990 ft.) and travel for one hour and a half by private bus to the village of Ollantaytambo, where we stop for 30 minutes, optional breakfast and snack. After, you will drive to km 82, the starting point of the Inca Trail, which will take approximately one hour, on arrival passport control and after you will enter the Machu Picchu National Park. Begin walking along the left bank of the Urubamba River as it runs northwest along the Sacred Valley following the trail along a flat terrain, observe the beautiful view of the snowcapped mountain called Verónica, regarded as the highest point of the Urubamba mountain range. Continue to the community of Miskay and the archaeological complex of Llactapata and after to the community of Tarayoc where lunch will be served. Continue walking to Huayllabamba, where evidence suggests that this might have been an important staging post on a network of roads extending from Cusco to Vitcos. Leaving the Urubamba Valley behind, you will walk approximately 2 hours to finally arrive to Huayllabamba (3,400 m / 11,154 ft.), where you will make your first camp.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 ( Hueyllabamba - Llulluchapampa -Pacaymayo )

Inca trek day 2

After breakfast, at 8:00 am you will leave Huayllabamba, and continue walking through the Llulluchapampa Valley (3850 m / 12631ft) with a steep four hours climb which will takes us through an area of rain forest. Lunch will be served. Continue walking for approximately one hour to the highest point in the trek, the Abra Warmihuañusca pass “Dead Woman’s Pass” (4,200 m / 13780 ft.), at this point, you will enjoy great panoramic views and see domesticated llamas and alpacas, make sure today you are well stocked with some chocolates and candies to keep your sugar level high, and help prevent altitude sickness. After a short rest, you will make your way down the deep valley of Pacaymayo (3580 m / 11745 ft.), walk for approximately two hours before making second camp.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10 ( Pacaymayo - Winaywayna )

Ince trek day 3

Today is the most challenging day, and also the most interesting, visiting several archaeological sites and passing through some amazing cloud forest. Very early in the morning, you will climb and walk 2 hours to the second pass, the Abra Runkuraqay, (3,970 m / 13022 ft.), and half-way; you will visit the archaeological complex, a site consisting of a small oval structure that are believed to have served the purpose of a watchtower. After going over the pass, you will descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud-forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3,624 m / 11,887 ft), a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals. You will then walk a further 30 minutes to Chakiqocha where you will stop for lunch. Continue walking towards the third pass, the Abra Phuyupatamarka “Town over the clouds” (3,650 m / 11,876 ft). Along this climb, you will be able to admire the magnitude of the Incas´ ancient craft, by walking along paths semi-detached from the mountain, and rocks that fill up ravines in a perfect order, saving the trail from the rough geography of the Andes. Entering an Inca tunnel, you will arrive finally to the complex that shares the same name as the pass and is regarded as one of the most complete and best preserved archaeological sites along the Inca Trail to MachuPicchu and from above, one can observe a sophisticated sacred complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations. Journey down along the long stone steps and appreciate the impressive view of the Urubamba Valley, before arriving to Wiñaywayna (2,650 m/ 8,694 ft.), the biggest archaeological site on the Inca Trail besides MachuPicchu, which consists of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, and a religious and urban sector. Here, you will camp and overnight.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11 ( Winaywayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco)

Inca trek day 4

After an early breakfast at 4.00 am, walk one hour and a half to Inti Punku “The Sun Gate” (2,710 m / 8,891 ft.) regarded as the front door to Machu Picchu and from where you will have a spectacular view of the Inca citadel. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu (2,400 m / 7,874 ft), you will have a guided tour of the ruins. Later, a shuttle bus will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will have time to relax and visit the hot springs (entrance is not included) and finally take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station, arrival and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 ( Cusco - Lima )

Flight: Cusco - Lima | morning - afternoon

At coordinated time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Lima and connect with your international flight

INCLUDES : Breakfast

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18th June 2018 - 30th December 2019

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