- Travel the whole country from north to south, from the Amazon to the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca
- Enjoy Nikkei cuisine in Lima, Andean architecture in Cusco, and get up close and personal with the giant waterfall of Gocta
- Chachapoyas, Machu Picchu, the treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas... it's all included Included in the itinerary
- All our usual additional services are included, such as fast-track airport services and our local Concierge network
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The length and breadth of Peru
Your tripA trip of this scale requires precise planning. Here's what we have carefully planned: From Lima, one flight north to Jaen, and one flight south to Arequipa. In the north, travel by a private car with a driver, for practical and comfortable journeys. In the south, take a comfortable bus to and from Lake Titicaca, then a car and train between the Cusco/Sacred Valley area and Machu Picchu. The hotels have been carefully chosen to ensure both authenticity and comfort. From a Nikkei restaurant in Lima to the salt mines of Maras in the Sacred Valley, this itinerary includes fascinating tours and activities with private guides, with some time here and there for some exploration of your own. The highlights include Chachapoyas, Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo. However, everything we do is tailor-made and this itinerary just gives a flavour of the types of holiday we can create. If, along the way, you have a last-minute request or a slight setback contact our local Concierge for support and advice.
So, onwards and upwards to the peaks of Peru... However, there's no need to rush. Your itinerary has been designed so you can acclimatise gradually: always take some time to catch your breath, don't overdo it and drink plenty of water.
Flight to Lima
You will be met by our team on the ground at the airport. Private Transfer. Two-night stay in Lima's bohemian district of Barranco. The Tudor-style hotel is the former home of one of Peru's most famous artists, Victor Delfin. an impressive garden and beautiful ocean views. Inside, white walls and dark wood work well in contrast, while paintings add vibrant splashes of colour. The bedrooms feature beautiful bedding, with views of the garden, And the breakfast isn't too bad either. Guests can relax at the swimming pool but Playa del Barranco is just below, at the foot of the small cliff.
Barranco's fame is nothing new; in the 19th century, Lima's aristocracy frequented its beaches. Today, creatives from all walks of life have set up in buildings and 'casonas' (big houses). Gallery owners, restaurateurs and cafe owners followed. As a result, Lima's Museum of Contemporary Art is an absolute must. The historic centre of Lima, otherwise known as Cercado, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers splendid examples of Spanish colonial architecture, such as Torre-Tagle Palace (18th century) and the Basilica Cathedral of Lima (17th century), which is home to the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who led the Spanish conquest of Peru. Visit one of Lima's fascinating museums. For example, at Museo Larco, explore more than 5,000 years of ancient Peruvian history up to the colonial period.
Included in the itinerary - Table reserved at one of the best restaurants in the world, Maido. Nikkei cuisine, created by the Japanese people of Peru, has established itself as a style in its own right and enjoys worldwide acclaim. Maido is a prime example of this exotic fusion thanks to the delicious creations of chef Mitsuharu Tsumura. A table will be waiting for you, with a taxi to get you there and back.
Optional - Private tour of Barranco.
Lima - Jaen - Cocachimba
Transfer to the airport and flight to Jaen. Transfer and two-night stay just north of Cocachimba. This hotel is all about its prime location: from the balconies, to the terraces, and even the swimming pool, the spectacular Gocta waterfall can always be seen from this beautiful mountain setting. The rooms are sleek and well-equipped, enhanced by traditional embroidered fabrics. The restaurant offers family cuisine, where the Andes meet the Amazon and, weather permitting, you can dine outdoors.
Included in the itinerary - Locals call Gocta Waterfall, 'La Chorrera', meaning 'the Fall'. And what a waterfall it is... water plunges from a staggering height of 1,640ft. It's one of the highest and most spectacular waterfalls on Earth. The waterfall is just a few miles from the hotel and as you get closer, the sound of the falls becomes deafening. The forest on the outskirts is particularly impressive for nature lovers; it's home to numerous species of bird, including the vibrant orange Andean cock-of-the-rock. To the south-west of Cocachimba is Chachapoyas, home to the funeral site of Sarcophagi of Karajia, where coffins carved into stone resembling limbless torsos stand proudly on the cliff edge - an absolute must for history buffs.
Cocachimba - Leymebamba
Included in the itinerary - Transfer to Leymebamba, at the source of the Utcubamba River. On the way, visit Chachapoyas. The city retains many buildings from Peru's time as a Spanish viceroyalty, which began in 1542, including an exemplary Plaza de Armas - an impressive square with low houses and the two looming towers of St. John the Baptist Cathedral. Farther south, the fortress of Kuelap, dating back to the tenth century, gives a great insight into the military engineering talents of the Chachapoyas, the Cloud Warriors.
Overnight stay on the western edge of Leymebamba. Your colonial-style hotel features traditional wooden balconies overlooking the street below, and a wooden gallery overlooking the small garden. Your room has everything you need for a peaceful and restful night. Unpretentious local cuisine is served in a cosy dining room.
Leymebamba - Cajamarca
Included in the itinerary - The museum of Leymebamba exhibits fascinating quipus - Inca accounting records in the form of knotted strings - as well as 219 Chachapoyas mummies, recovered from the cliff tombs above Laguna de los Condores in 1997.
Transfer to Cajamarca. Two-night stay in Los Banos del Inca. The hotel sits in the middle of a green garden and takes advantage of two hot springs, which supply large communal swimming pools and private pools. The spa also uses this water for its treatments, along with mud, essential oils and cocoa. The private and communal areas are all beautifully rustic. A relaxed cafeteria and a more formal restaurant cater for the hungriest of appetites... perfect after an energetic afternoon of riding.
Included in the itinerary - In Cajamarca, the Ransom Room still stands (just). This small but symbolic building is considered to be the place where the Inca Empire came to a bloody end. The last Inca, Atahualpa, was held here and the room would have served as a gauge for the gold and silver paid to redeem his freedom... However, the Spaniards executed him on the spot on 29th August 1533. Say farewell to the Inca Empire. In the old town, Belen's architecture consists of a church with an impressive facade from the 17th century, the men's hospital and the women's hospital, both of which were still in use until the 1940s. The sculptural craftsmanship on the facade of St. Catherine Cathedral is some of the most beautiful Andean Baroque architecture you'll see, despite never actually being completed.
Cajamarca - Arequipa
Transfer to the airport and flight to Arequipa via Lima. Transfer and a two-night stay just a few blocks from Plaza de Armas. The hotel is in an historic building that has been extended, the rooms are centred around a covered gallery courtyard and volcanic stone blocks add a minimalist but authentic touch. This hotel has fully-equipped rooms with modern bathrooms for a comfortable night's stay. The rooftop restaurant offers generous-sized portions of unpretentious, delicious cuisine on a beautiful terrace and the wines are exquisite.
The city is dominated by the seasonally snow-capped, symmetrical cone of the Misti Volcano. Spot the smoke rising from this 19,030ft-tall wonder of Arequipa. Wander to the Plaza de Armas and the famous Monastery of Santa Catalina, built in the 16th century in a beautiful Spanish-Moorish style. This amazing religious compound housed up to 450 people (of which a third were Dominican nuns, belonging to the best families in the country). The 20 or so nuns still present today occupy only a small part of the site that's now open for visits. The 17th century Jesuit Church, and the area surrounding has a mix of Baroque and Yanahuara buildings.
Optional - Tour of Arequipa and Santa Catalina Convent, with a private guide.
Arequipa - Puno
Tourist bus to Puno. Two-night stay in a hotel in the city centre. This hotel is simple but pristine, with pretty indigenous touches: walls are decorated with 'aguayo', traditional wool fabric from the Altiplano region, as well as figurines and watercolour paintings. The rooms and bathrooms are impeccable and comfortable. In the dining room, enjoy unpretentious Peruvian cuisine and a few international dishes, too.
Included in the itinerary - The floating reed islands of Uros Titinos and Taquile on Lake Titicaca. The artificial floating islands are made up of many overlapping layers of rushes – totora – a special subspecies of bulrush found in Titicaca. Some islands are still inhabited and traditional totora canoes come and go to transport residents. On Taquile, men knit and women weave - UNESCO added the island's textile art to their Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The island owes its existence to nature and in order to maintain a balance between community life and tourism, the residents manage both aspects themselves. Tours are given by a private guide.
Puno - Cusco
Transfer by bus to Cusco. Three-night stay three blocks from Cusco's main square, Plaza de Armas, in the old town. The hotel is a celebration of Peruvian folk art and Andean colours. The rooms are very well-designed and comfortable. Start the day off with a delicious breakfast to prepare you for a day of exploration and adventure.
At the centre of the world, the city was most likely built by the Killke people, a century before the arrival of the Incas, who then expanded it and made it the capital of their empire. The Spaniards partly destroyed it, but on its foundations built the noble city of Cusco. The capital of the Incan Empire is still, literally, the base of Cusco: most walls and foundations date back to the pre-Hispanic period and are found in many places (especially in the old colonial area of San Blas, where your hotel is located). The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin and the Church of the Society of Jesus, with gold and paintings from the Cusco School of Art (16th-17th centuries), both stand proudly on Plaza de Armas. Make sure to also visit Sacsayhuaman, one of the most impressive Inca ruins, located just over one mile north of Cusco. Admire the three levels of walls laid out in a zig-zag formation to represent the shape of a puma's head.
Optional - Private tour of Cusco; Boleto Turistico General ticket.
Cusco - Aguas Calientes
Transfer to Poroy train station and train to Aguas Calientes.
Included in the itinerary - This scenic train's winding route is a truly breathtaking experience. Machu Picchu, the citadel created by the Inca Emperor Pachacutec, is one of the most iconic sites on the planet, and for good reason. The beauty of the mountains, the scale of the design, the logistics and engineering it took to build along with the strength, energy and creative genius shown by the Incas are all beyond comprehension. A private guide will help you go beyond the mere feeling of wonder and teach you about the awe-inspiring majesty of one of the most impressive places on Earth.
Overnight stay at the northern edge of Aguas Calientes. The contemporary building is beautifully decorated with dried branches of eucalyptus. The interior features a stylish black and white monochrome design and the rooms boast fresh Peruvian cotton sheets. The a la carte restaurant offers national and international cuisine with organic ingredients wherever possible. The spa, complete with organic spa products, is located on the upper floor, with big windows that open out onto the rainforest.
Aguas Calientes - Urubamba
Included in the itinerary - In the morning, enjoy another tour of the ancient city suspended over the Urubamba River to get a deeper cut of all it has to offer. Then, climb Machu Picchu Mountain, a staggering 10,112ft above sea level. The climb is tough but the spectacular views make it worth every step.
Transfer to the train station and take a train to Ollantaytambo. Transfer to your hotel in Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Three-night stay in the north-western part of the town. The contemporary Andean architecture means this hotel enjoys beautiful natural light. The interior design features white wood furniture to create a light and stylish look. The rooms are pristine and minimalist with a laidback charm and stunning views of the surrounding scenery. The gardens are the perfect setting for relaxing during the day and gathering around the fire in the evening. and the Andean-style breakfast is served from 05:00 am for those who want to pack as much as possible into their days. perfect for those eager to get out and explore. The small spa, with its sauna, jacuzzi and wide selection of massages, provides valuable relaxation services after a long day exploring.
Included in the itinerary - Trip to the local markets, which are a riot of colour. Enjoy a tour in a private car with a driver. Start with Pisac: Enjoy the famous market with its endless produce including fresh cheese, chicken, herbs, bread, cabbages, guinea pigs, corn and potatoes, then explore the ancient agricultural terraces and Inca citadel, dating back thousands of years. At the other end of the valley, the fortified site of Ollantaytambo is a beautifully preserved example of Incan urban design.
Included in the itinerary - Travel by car and then, with a private guide, explore the impressive concentric terraces of the Incan agricultural site of Moray. The centre works towards the artificial creation of different climatic conditions to allow for the acclimatisation of allogeneic plants. Then, head downhill through picturesque farmland, dominated by the Vilcabamba mountain range, towards the salt mines of Maras, whose thousands of basins make up a strange, white, honeycomb landscape. This day in the countryside involves about three hours of walking.
Urubamba - Return flight
Private transfer to Cusco airport and return flight via Lima. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
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Tour of Barranco - Lima
With a private guide, explore one of the most prominent districts in the capital. Artists, creatives and gallery owners have created a wonderful fusion of bohemia and beauty. This district is full of nostalgic charm, enhanced by the sight of the beautifully-restored tram rattling through the colourful streets. Browse the shops where craftsmanship and design are skilfully and wonderfully combined to create authentic products. The neighbourhood's beaches became fashionable at the turn of the 20th century and still bask in their glory days.
Optional - two hours
In Arequipa, the Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena
is one of Peru's most famous religious monuments. Founded in 1579 and built with white tuff (igneous rock) from the Chachani Volcano and pink tuff from the Misti Volcano, it became over time something of a city within the city. Its structure has been added to over the years, particularly with Baroque buildings, but it hasn't lost any of its original charm. Tour of the Monastery of Santa Catalina and the main buildings of Arequipa with a private guide.
Option - Half day
Boleto Turistico General ticket - A must for Cusco and the Sacred Valley
This ticket is valid for ten days and offers admission to a wide range of museums and sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Included Included in the itinerary: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the shrine of Qenqo, the fortress of Puka Pukara, the sacred archaeological site of Tambomachay, the Inca agricultural terraces of Tipon, the charming town of Chinchero, Cusco's regional historical museum and contemporary art museum, etc.
Cusco, capital of Tahuantinsuyu, the Inca Empire
With a private guide, visit the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin and the Temple of the Sun - the Qoricancha - on the foundations of which the convent Santo Domingo was built in the 16th century. Venture as far as the sacred site of Qenqo, just under four miles north-east of Cusco, and Puka Pukara, the red fortress, a military structure belonging to the capital's defence system. In the distance, the snow-capped peaks of the Ausangate glisten against the blue sky. Round off your time in Cusco at Tambomachay, a ruin whose function is unclear but consists of a series of aqueducts, canals, and waterfalls and Sacsayhuaman, where three levels of walls are laid out in a zig-zag formation to represent the shape of a puma's head.
Option - Half day
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