This custom tour to Peru has it all! Explore the colonial cities of Lima and Cusco, get lost in the Amazon Rainforest and travel back in time to discover the Machu Picchu ruins just as Hiram Bingham did many years ago. Peru is a land of incredible natural beauty, rich cultural traditions and inspiring ancient ruins. The lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is just one of many sites making this a premier destination for the explorer-at-heart. Even amid the natural splendor of the country, it is difficult not to notice the cultural, historical and political roots of Peru, observable in the diverse architecture, food and people.
Welcome to Peru! On arrival at the Lima airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the day free.
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 be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day free.
Today you will enjoy a guided group tour of the city and surrounding ruins.
Cusco 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. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in traditional clothing.
We then head out of Cusco to visit the main Inca ruins in the Cusco valley, visiting 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. After your tour you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
After your tour you will be transferred to your hotel.
Today you will be picked up at your hotel Cusco by your guide and head to the Sacred Valley for a full day group tour.
The Sacred Valley 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 incomparable Inca ruins, stunning Andes Mountains vistas, charming towns, a good climate, and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside.
This full-day private excursion includes a visit to the famous Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo fortress and surrounding ruins and lunch.
After your tour you will be transferred to your accommodations in the Sacred Valley.
This morning you will walk to the train station to board your train to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Machu Picchu ruins for a full day of exploration.
We enjoy an early morning visit to the fabled ruins, spending the day in both group guided and individual exploration. After we visit the most fascinating features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement, some will want to take the optional hike to an amazing overview of the site (Huayna Picchu entrance ticket not included), while other may prefer to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners.
In the afternoon, after lunch at El Mapi, you will be transferred back to the train station for your train to Cusco. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Cusco.
Today you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to the Amazon!
Upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado Airport you will be greeted by a lodge representative and transferred to La Hacienda Concepcion Lodge, visiting the Inkaterra Butterfly House in Tambopata en route. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest as you take a 25-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River. Upon arrival at the lodge, settle into your beautiful cabana and enjoy lunch in the dining room. Today you are able to choose from a variety of included excursions available.
After lunch, take a walk through Concepcion Trail, 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.
This evening we recommend the Twilight River excursion. On this guided afternoon boat ride you will witness the enchanting transformation as the rainforest transforms into a thriving nocturnal environment. As you explore, search for nightjars, owls, capybara and caiman, learning about their habits as you share their paradise. On a clear night, the stars of the southern hemisphere seem to stretch on forever against the deep black sky.
Return to the lodge and enjoy a nice dinner in the Casa Grande´s dining room. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabana, or join the lodge staff to talk about the experience of life in the rainforest, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.
New experiences are ahead and after taking a nutritious buffet breakfast, get ready for a long trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the Reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. Navigate by dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche (Arapaima gigas).
You'll return back to the lodge for lunch. After your meal you'll head back out to enjoy the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda. Take a 20-minute ride by outboard motorized canoe 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 ft. high (28 m). Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans (Ramphastos tucanus), woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) and the three-toed sloth (Choleopus hoffmani). After descending keep on feeling the incredible primary rainforest energy going along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the swamps (aguajales). You will learn about the fauna and flora of this flooded ecosystem.
At night get ready for an adventure during the Hidden Rainforest excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rainforest that gives way to nocturnal animals who display intriguing behavior patterns, and enhanced senses as adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal living nature sounds, and penetrate this hidden world. End up your day with a pleasant dinner at the lodge.
After breakfast, you'll have a chance to revisit the Butterfly Farm before we return to Puerto Maldonado Airport to catch your ongoing departure flight.
On arrival in Lima you will be met by your private driver and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the day free.
Enjoy the morning free.
This afternoon you will head off on a group tour of Lima. We start our tour with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid” a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological center built in the 4th century A.D. and considered a “sacred village” by the Incas. The Viceroyalty of Perú was the most important of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital. Next, we visit the Historical Center of Lima, where you will appreciate more than fifty monuments and Colonial locations, such as the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace.
After passing by several Colonial buildings, you will arrive to the modern and exclusive residential district of San Isidro called the “garden district” where you will find numerous parks, including the Olivar de San Isidro set in an olive grove. This district is characterized by green areas and lively commerce and it maintains the solemnity of a luxurious suburb. You will visit the Central Park of Miraflores, which has a small amphitheater and a circular open area for the exhibition of Peruvian handicrafts.
After the 4-hour tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport in good time to board your departing flight. We hope you enjoyed this amazing experience in Peru and we wish you a pleasant flight home.
Featuring a restaurant, El Tambo 2 offers accommodations in Lima. Free Wi-Fi access is available here. Miraflores main square is located 800 meters away. Rooms at El Tambo 2 feature air conditioning, cable TV and a private bathroom. A breakfast buffet is included. At El Tambo 2 guests will find a 24-hour front desk, a bar and a snack bar. Other facilities offered include grocery deliveries, a tour desk and luggage storage. The property offers free parking. El Tambo 2 is located 200 meters from the bus station and 700 meters from Larcomar Shopping Center.
Amaru Hostal is located in the heart of the neighborhood of the artists, on "San Blas Hill" (Cuesta de San Blas). The special colonial architecture offers guests a calm atmosphere with gardens and magnificent panoramic views just two blocks from the Main Square of Cusco. Services include single, double and triple rooms; a coffee shop; tv lounge and library; laundry and luggage storage.
Yanahura, magical place of the Sacred Valley is found in the heart of the valley of the Incas, most known for its cloudless skies and captivating environment, it has maintained intact the mysteries of the former priests of ancient Peru. The peace that encircles Yanahura is still felt today even in the wake of modern civilization. It is in this place, just 10 minutes from the Ollantaytambo Train Station, you will find Hacienda del Valle. Located at the stop of Yanahuara, the hotel is proof of the mixing of cultures that can be found in the Andes. Within its walls you not only find a comfortable refuge with the highest standards of quality in tourism, but also find a combination of an elegant atmosphere with the magic and relaxation that is sought after in the Sacred Valley.
Hatun Inn is known for the high quality in its services and friendly people. Located in the most attractive destination in Peru, this boutique hotel offers all the amenities that travelers expect while offering a unique experience. We have 14 rooms, many of which have lovely views of the Urubamba River and beautiful scenery. Ensuite bathrooms with Jacuzzi,, in-room breakfast, TV LCD 32" with best programming from cable and Wifi and superb local cuisine are also on offer.
Built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, on the grounds of what was back in the 50’s “Fundo Concepción”, an Amazon Catholic medical mission center, our children friendly lodge is located in an enchanting and serene lush setting within 819 hectares of natural rainforest. The rainforest acts as a buffer zone between the Tambopata National Park Reserve and the shores of the vast Madre de Dios River, making the location of this new lodge quite unique and wonderfully remote. Hacienda Concepcion features supremely comforting main lodge, Casa Grande with 8 generous sized twin rooms and 7 individual Cabañas, built in the typical Amazon style. High ceiling with hand-woven, thatched roofing, a spacious dining area are decked out with locally-crafted, warm colored furnishings made of reclaimed new lumber. You will gaze out into the forest on its covered porches overlooking the “Cocha” – perfect for wildlife spotting in a fresh but stylish atmosphere and a caring service put together to offer the kind of jungle getaway you truly deserve.