Experience the ultimate luxury adventure of Peru on a 16 day custom expedition showcasing the country's highlights! Your journey begins in the capital of Lima to experience the metropolitan feel of the coast before heading to Arequipa and the famous Colca Canyon. Witness the spectacular beauty of one of the largest canyons of the world, witness condors flying overhead and amazing views as you make your way to Lake Titicaca. Immerse in the depth of Inca Culture on the shores of Lake Titicaca and enjoy one of Peru's unique boutique hotel. From there, continue on the Andean Explorer train to Cusco. The colonial city of Cusco, is an ideal basecamp to discover the history, admire the architecture and visit the Sacred Valley, tucked in between the striking Andes Mountains. From there, you will take the train winding along the Urubamba River until you've reached the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Discover the seemingly endless twists and turns of the ruins and admire the captivating scenery, as the centerpiece of your journey. Lastly, the Amazon Rainforest awaits, for the final stop of your trip. Observe the exotic wildlife, walk among the treetops and glide through the waters by canoe on this jungle escape.
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at the airport in Lima, you will be greeted by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. They will transfer you directly to the hotel, for a smooth and comfortable start to your adventure. Check into your room, get settled and enjoy a relaxing evening at your leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Lima, was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America. Over the past decade, Lima has been transformed to recapture it’s colonial history and charm. The three main areas of interest in Lima are Lima Downtown (Centroof Lima), Miraflores and Barranco. Lima Downtown is where the Main Square is located. This is the historical cornerstone of Lima’s foundation, from here avenues fanned out as the city grew. The Main Square is where one finds the historical Presidential Palace, the monastery Santo Domingo and the Cathedral, that dates back to the 16th century. The suburbs of Miraflores and Barranco are the focus of city’s action, night life and fine shopping. Lima is also known for exceptional restaurants and has been considered a gastronomy destination. Also you can find several museums dedicated to archaeology, history and also dedicated to the Chocolate.
Today, you will enjoy one of the most exciting and hands on ways to get to know the city of Lima! Savor the food, chat with real limeños and visiting the top restaurants, districts and historical points, that the locals prefer, for a more dynamic and unique experience. This tour has been designed as an ideal introduction to the city and Peruvian culture, so that you can get a real feel for it in only 5 hours.
Your adventure begins at a local roastery, where they hand-pick the coffee beans daily, for an organic Peruvian coffee treat. You will also tour the colonial streets of the bohemian district, Barranco, home to artists, musicians and the city’s top art galleries. From here, you will visit a traditional market in the San Isidro district to try exotic fruits, local products and learn the ancient myths and legends associated with them. The third stop is one of the city’s top seafood restaurants (cebichería), Embarcadero 41 Fusión, on Avenida La Mar in the Miraflores district – a stop that most travelers to Lima won't know to come by.
You will discover the secrets to the perfect Ceviche and Pisco Sour, as you prepare the dish and cocktail yourself, with the head chef and bartender. The last stop will be for lunch at la Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant within a pre-Incan archaeological complex – undoubtedly a highlight of tourism in Lima. This prestigious restaurant is so impressive that the King of Spain, Mick Jagger, Bill and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few, have made sure not to miss it during their trips to Lima. You will enjoy a variety of gourmet Peruvian dishes as well as four different desserts and another pisco-based cocktail. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Lima and transferred to your accommodations in Arequipa. (This service is on a private basis.)
Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, with a population of about 620,000, is truly a serene place. It is nourished by Baroque churches and Colonial buildings mostly of white, which adds an extra air of holiness. Indeed, white is everywhere: from the vistas of sandy rolling hills as you approach from the air to the bright shimmering buildings of the city center. The snowcapped volcano El Misti (19,150 feet) soars above the central Plaza de Armas, which is bordered by the twin spires of the Cathedral, spanning an entire side, and by two levels of double arcades on the three others. Radiating from the plaza are streets laid out in a gridlike pattern, making the city easy to explore on foot.
Today, you will be whisked away on a three day adventure through the scenic Colca Canyon! Your journey begins with a drive along the Yura's highway, with the chance to admire the snow-capped mountain Chachani towards Pampa Cañahuas, the Reserve of White Wash and Salt Mines. During this picturesque ride, keep your eyes out for the local wildlife, including the vicuñas, alpacas, llamas and numerous migratory birds soaring through the sky. You will continue on this same road, making stops en route to visit the towns of Chuccura and Patapampa. Upon arrival in the town of Chivay, you can enjoy some free time to relax and have lunch, before checking into your hotel. Unpack your things, get settled and enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish. A delicious dinner will be served later tonight, followed by a lovely night's rest.
Wake up this morning in awe of the incredible views of the surrounding landscapes. You will depart from your hotel and head to the Cross of the Condor Viewing Point, where today's excursion begins. Here, you will have the opportunity to observe one of the deepest canyons in the world, as well as the impressive flight of the Condors. Watching these majestic birds soar above the deep mountain crevasses is truly a sight you will never forget. Following this exhilarating experience, you will return to Chivay in time to enjoy a traditional lunch.
Later this afternoon, you will visit Cabanaconde, where the local people produce corn. You will learn all about their production processes and techniques, before continuing your exploration to the rural villages of Macca and Yanque. You will also have a chance to visit the beautiful churches of the Colony’s time. Stop at the Mirador from Antahuilque, for one final exploration, before transferring back to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Make the most of your final day in the stunning Colca Canyon region, with visits to the fascinating villages of Coporaque, Chinina, Ichupamp and Uyu Uyu. Heading this far off the beaten path will be a truly special Peruvian experience, not had by many travelers. The friendly locals offer their hospitality and generosity, as they welcome you into their home and share their day to day life. As the afternoon arrives, it will unfortunately be time to say goodbye to this beautiful area and continue your adventure onward. Continue your adventure to Lake Titicaca.
Upon arrival, you will check into the Titilaka Boutique Hotel. This will make for a seamless and exciting start to your Lake Titicaca adventure! Your scenic drive will take you through Juliaca and the port city of Puno. When you have reached the Lodge, check into your room, make yourself at home and admire the surrounding views, as you adjust to this beautiful destination.
Today's lunch will be served from 12:30 to 3:00 PM and the delicious dishes will be based on the region’s local cuisine. After some more time to relax or explore on your own, you can enjoy tea time at 3:30 PM, followed by an afternoon excursion in the area. Perhaps, you may be interested in hopping in a boat and rowing through the reeds near the lodge, where you can observe interesting endemic birds and striking landscapes of the area's unique geography. Evening cocktails will be served from 6:30 PM tonight, followed by dinner from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. After dinner, you are encouraged to mingle with the other guests and interpreters to share your experiences and stories. (This service is on a group basis.)
Wake up this morning at your leisure and indulge in breakfast in bed as you enjoy a magnificent sunrise, if you wish. Once you are up and ready to go this morning, your guides will take you by car and boat to visit the legendary islands of Uros and meet one of traditional local families that live there. This fascinating cultural experience is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
The Uros Floating Islands are located near the protected National Reserve of Titicaca. The people of Uros are a proud culture who, due to persecution by other groups, found refuge by living on manmade islands many years ago. They call themselves kot-suña or, "people of the lake", who claim to have "black blood", as they are immune to the cold and consider themselves to be owners of the lake and its waters. During this excursion, you will learn all about their history, uses for totora reeds and custom traditions. You will also have plenty of time to explore one of these impressive islands. This fascinating region is a must for travelers to the area, so you can expect to see many other visitors in the region.
Return to the lodge this afternoon for a delicious lunch and relaxing siesta. Following tea time, you can bike the fields of Plateria. This biking excursion will quickly become one of your favorite cycling memories. The fields of Plateria, the district where Titilaka is located, provide the perfect setting for active exploration. Follow country roads along the grand lake and diverse terrains, where you will observe the local villager’s rural way of life. You will see those washing clothes, herding their animals and tending to their children. These are conditions for a great adventure outdoors, you set the pace and direction, but make sure to head back to the lodge by 6:30 PM in time for cocktails and dinner! (This service is on a group basis.)
After breakfast this morning, it will sadly be time to check out of the lodge and transfer to the train station. Depending on the train schedule you may like to enjoy one last adventure en route to town, with a guided excursion to Sillustani. This is a spectacular peninsula facing the Umayo lagoon and home to the area’s best preserved remains. In addition to its unique geography, this site was a burial ground for the Pucara, Tiahuanaco and Ccolla pre-Inca cultures, long before the Inca expansion. The tower-like structures known as Chullpas, which symbolized life and birth, are ancient and impressive tombs for chiefs and other dignitaries. This is an impressive site that combines archaeology, history and an amazing landscape.
Following your final exploration in Lake Titicaca, you will bid farewell from the train station for your adventure to Cusco. (This service is on a group basis.)
On arrival at the train station, you will board the luxury all-day train from Puno across the high plains to Cusco. 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 Cusco, a private vehicle will pick you up from the train station and transfer you to your hotel for your stay.
Cusco is a beautiful city with well preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst. The city is surrounded by a number of ruins, the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which dozens of Pizarro's men charged uphill to battle the forces of the Inca. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in traditional clothing--and its substantial tourist-fueled night life.
The city of Cusco itself, represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets, you will be able to see the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in the traditional clothing.
Your excursion will then take you out of Cusco, to visit the main Inca ruins in the Cusco valley. This will include stops at Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, Kenko, Sacsayhuaman and some lesser known ruins as well. These impressive sites serve as a great introduction to Inca history, and by walking around them, you will continue to acclimate to the high altitude of Peru. After your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel with the remainder of your day to enjoy at leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco, to embark on a full day private excursion to the Sacred Valley. Your tour includes visits to the famous Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo fortress. Along the way, you will stop for lunch at a restaurant that serves some of the most delicious local cuisines.
The Sacred Valley of Peru is understood to be the land that extends between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This past heart of the Inca Empire starts just 10 miles outside of Cusco, and trips here reward visitors with fascinating Inca ruins, picturesque Andes Mountains views, charming towns, a pleasant climate and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside. When your exploration is complete, you will be transferred to your overnight accommodations in the Sacred Valley, with the rest of the evening at your leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be whisked away on a half day private tour of Maras & Moray. To begin this excursion, you will visit the famous circular ruins of Moray. Here, you will have time to explore these fascinating ruins and learn all about their unique history from your expert local guide. Moray is believed to be an Incan agricultural center used to improve high altitude crops – an essential commodity for the huge Incan armies and road building teams that supported the empire.
From there, your adventure continues to the ancient town of Maras, with its outstanding Spanish door arches and beautiful church. Maras is famous for its spies, due to its strategic location above the Sacred Valley. After exploring this site, you will drop back down into the charming Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way, your guide will point out some of the most astounding salt-pans covering an entire hillside, which you can admire. At the end of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodations. (This service is on a private basis.)
Enjoy an early morning visit to the fabled ruins, spending today in both guided and individual exploration. Take your time to investigate the multitude of hidden nooks and corners, as you discover the most fascinating features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement. Just when you think you've seen it all, turn the corner and let another perspective of the ancient ruins and pristine landscape captivate you.
After an overwhelming adventure of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, a delicious lunch will be served at the famed Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, before taking the return shuttle down to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Back in town, you will get settled into your cozy hotel, where dinner will be served on property for you later this evening. (This service is on a private basis.)
Return to Machu Picchu this morning and spend the day in individual exploration, visiting features of the ruins that you may have missed yesterday. The number of hidden twists and turns you can encounter are truly immeasurable! Unlike your touring experience from yesterday, today we have also included the permit for you to embark on an unforgettable hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu. This grueling trek is up steep, exposed steps and is not for the fainthearted! However, once you are rewarded with even the first glimpse of the astounding "condor's eye" view above the ruins, every step of hard work will be worth it.
Following your exploration, you will ride the return shuttle down to Machu Picchu Pueblo, where you will board the Vistadome train for your journey onward. Upon arrival at the train station, you will be greeted by a driver and transferred to your overnight accommodations.
Upon arrival at the Puerto Maldonado Airport, you will be met by an Inkaterra representative and transferred to the boarding wharf. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest, as you take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room. Take a siesta if you wish, followed by a refreshing tea to get ready for the afternoon excursion.
Take a look at your Inkaterra Explorer Guide, to choose from the various excursions available at the lodge. On your first day, we recommend a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the jungle environment, winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects.
For the afternoon, we recommend a guided boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Here, you will have the opportunity to witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world. Animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you are immersed into their paradise, you will learn about their habits, as you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and big caimans.Enjoy dinner back at the lodge tonight, served in the main dining room from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabaña, or join your fellow explorers to discuss your experience in the rainforest, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night. (This service is on a group basis.)
Rise early or sleep in late this morning — the choice is yours. A full buffet breakfast begins at 5:30 AM, for those who want to avoid the heat and enjoy nature at its fullest, but continues until 9:30 AM, for those wanting to sleep in. Following breakfast, you may wish to embark on the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. At lunch time, you will head back to the lodge for some relaxation and reminiscing on your morning adventure.
In the afternoon, consider exploring the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk. Ascending the first tower, 29 meters above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network, linking eight observation platforms. During this 1.5 hour expedition, be on the lookout for bright toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. If you wish, you may extend the experience to marvel at the sunset from one of the towers. After you descend from the Canopy, venture onto the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush eco system, you may observe the various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, abundant flora, trees and even the snakes of this flooded marshland. The walk will finish back at the lodge, where you can enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center, before a delicious dinner at 7:30 PM. (This service is on a group basis.)
Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye to the colorful Amazon! This morning, you will be transferred back to the Puerto Maldonado Airport in good time to board your departing flight. (This service is on a group basis.)
Hotel B is a luxury boutique property located in the bohemian seaside neighborhood of Barranco. The property serves as a comfortable and intimate home base for exploring the wonders of Lima. The historic building was originally constructed in 1914, as a seaside retreat for Lima's elite and was recently restored to its former glory, following an extensive two year renovation. An eclectic blend of museum-quality artwork is highlighted throughout the hotel, celebrating Peruvian and international artists. Famed chef Oscar Velarde designed the restaurant's menu, featuring fresh Peruvian ingredients, complimented by Mediterranean flavors.
Located in the lovely area of Historical Center, Libertador Arequipa Hotel enjoys a commanding position in the sightseeing and culture hub of Arequipa. From here, you can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. You can take pleasure in touring the city's top attractions, such as, Iglesia de San Francisco, Cusipata and ROCIO. The property offers many facilities on site to enrich your stay. For your comfort and convenience, you can make use of free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, car park and room service. The hotel's hot tub, fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, massage are all ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Whatever your reason for visiting Arequipa, the Libertador Arequipa Hotel is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.
The Eco-spa at Colca Lodge is blessed with hot springs whose water is rich in lithium, an element that promotes relaxation. The spa at Colca Lodge exploits geothermal energy not only for use in the various rituals and services offered to visitors, but also as a way of avoiding environmental pollution. All of the spa's treatments start at the hot springs, be they massages, applications, or facial-care routines. This detail, together with an impressive view of the Colca Valley as an incomparable natural backdrop, enables guests to enjoy an unequalled natural relaxation experience which is continued in the hands of the hotel's capable staff.
Titilaka was created to provide an alternative for travelers seeking an authentic, intimate and comfortable encounter with the cultural nuances and natural splendor of Lake Titicaca. Located just an hour east of Puno, on a remote portion of the lake shore, Titilaka houses only 18 suites, categorized as 'sunrise' or 'sunset.' Each suite is replete with radiant floor heating, extra large soaking tubs and sumptuous daybeds beneath panoramic windows overlooking the lake. Even better than the contemporary luxury of the property though, is the unique opportunity to interact with the local indigenous populations. These authentic experiences are what truly set Titilaka apart. A visit to the floating islands of Uros and to the charming Island of Taquile are offered, but the magic really begins with exploring the neighboring communities and landscape around the hotel, which, due to the property's location, are virtually exclusive experiences for guests of the hotel.
Inkaterra La Casona was the first boutique hotel in Cusco, and still remains the best. Located in a carefully restored 16th-century Spanish Colonial mansion, the opulent period interiors are discretely closed to the curious public behind a heavy, intricately carved wooden door facing the flower-filled Plaza Nazarenas. This quiet area of Cusco, which today is a highly coveted locale among discerning guests, was formerly reserved for the homes of Inca elite, the warrior class and institutes of higher learning. With just 11 suites that surround a central garden, La Casona provides an intimate residential feel, capturing the sense of privacy and privilege experienced by those who once lived here.
Surrounded by spectacular Andean vistas and located halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is the perfect base to explore the heart of the Incan Empire, the Urubamba Valley. Often referred to as the Sacred Valley, this lush strip of fertile farmland is replete with beautiful ancient terraces. The rich cultural treasures of this land are often condensed into a day trip from Cusco in the rush to get to Machu Picchu, but travelers in the know will appreciate a few days in the Urubamba Valley where authentic immersion in the Andean heritage is possible. With only 36 rooms on property, your experience here will be personalized, intimate and unforgettable.
Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel perfectly compliments a visit to Machu Picchu, providing you with a deeper understanding of why the Incas chose this hidden location in the Andean cloud forest to build their marvelous citadel. Nestled among 12-acres on the outskirts of Machu Picchu Pueblo, it is also a peaceful haven away from the tourist crowds that are inevitably a fixture of any visit to Machu Picchu. The lodge is laid out like a traditional Andean Village. You will follow stone pathways to your room, crossing gurgling water channels within a cloud forest dripping with exotic orchids and buzzing with colorful hummingbirds. The property was designed in traditional Andean style, using local materials of stone, adobe, stucco and eucalyptus. The expansive grounds offer a perfect refuge for bird watching and trained naturalist guides can also lead you on a variety of thematic nature walks in the morning and afternoon.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an award-winning eco-lodge situated along the steep banks of Peru's meandering Madre de Dios River, at the heart of a 29,650-acre private ecological reserve. Your exotic Amazon immersion begins almost immediately. You will travel to the lodge in comfortable outboard dugout canoes, leaving civilization behind on a 45 minute scenic river journey. Tree-trunk boardwalks wind through the property, designed in the fashion of a native Ese’ Eja village. Private thatched-roof cabanas, built on raised platforms in the indigenous style, surround a stunning open-air main building and dining room, that blend almost seamlessly into the jungle. Luxurious furnishings, amenities and delectable food offer an elegant complement to the simplicity of the jungle. Accompanied by expert local guides, you can explore the surrounding Amazon Rainforest on jungle hikes, canoe trips and along the Canopy Walkway, a series of 7 hanging bridges suspended nearly 100 feet off the ground.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.