Prepare to fall in love with the Peruvian way of life during this 12 days getaway to the likes of Lima, Cusco, Arequipa and Machu Picchu. Brimming with archaeological gems, vestiges of the Incan Empire and sun-dappled landscapes, picturesque Peru is the perfect place for unconventional sightseeing and city-hopping!
Situated in South America and fringed by Ecuador and Colombia (among others), Peru is an enchanting country replete with frozen-in-time villages, sprawling plazas and fertile countryside. Ancient ruins and archaeological wonders redolent of the Incan Empire era make this country one of a kind and a firm feature on many holidaymakers’ bucket-lists.
To kick off your tour, you’ll head to Lima, Peru’s capital, and brimming with historical clout in the form of World Heritage Sites and bustling plazas. The Plaza Mayor, Government Palace and City Hall are just some of the places you’ll visit before making your way to Arequipa.
Located on the southern coast and surrounded by three mighty volcanoes, Arequipa has an abundance of architecture constructed from white volcanic stone, making for some interesting scenery.
Midway through your trip, you’ll have already rubbed shoulders with indigenous communities, visited Lake Titicaca and sampled succulent Peruvian cuisine. And to cap off a fantastic getaway, you’ll then pay a visit to Cusco, the historical capital of the Incan Empire, and Machu Picchu, the world-famous Incan citadel.
Nestled in the southeast of Peru, Cusco is a World Heritage Site and haven for striking architecture. You’ll be able to feast your eyes on Qoricancha, the famous Sun Temple and elbow your way through crowds at San Pedro Market, spouting a chorus of ‘cuanto cuesta’s’ – finally putting that senior school Spanish to good use.
Last but certainly not least, you’ll make your way to Machu Picchu, stopping off in Aguas Calientes beforehand to watch the sun’s golden hue bleed over the horizon in the early morning. The 5.30 am start to your day of Machu Picchu exploration (cue plenty of selfie opportunities) is well worth it, as this 15th century ancient Incan citadel is a historical must-see in a league of its own.
Sightseeing tours of Lima, Cusco and a spellbinding visit to the iconic Machu Picchu!
- 2 night’s stay at the Casa Andina Miraflores Centro in Lima
- A lovely night spent at the Casa Andina in Arequipa
- An enjoyable night’s accommodation at the Casa Andina in Colca
- A fabulous 2 nights’ stay at the Casa Andina in Puno
- A splendid 4 nights spent at the Casa Andina Standard Plaza in Cusco
- An exciting night’s stay at the Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
- Return transfers and ground transportation
- Excursions to the Plaza Mayor, Government Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace in Lima
- Visit to the Cathedral and City Hall in Lima
- Witness the beauty of the Colca Canyon
- Excursion to the fabulous Uros Islands and Taquile Island
- Visits to the Pukara monument, La Raya border, Raqchi Inca Church and the Andahuaylillas Church in Cusco
- Tour of Urubamba Valley, the archaeological complex and Pisac’s market
- Explore Yucay Town and the Living Yucay Museum
- Marvel at the sensational Machu Picchu Incan citadel
- Enjoy walking tour in Machu Picchu
- Entrance fees as indicated in the program
- Meals as indicated in the program
- Local English-speaking tour guide on hand to help
Revel in the sights and delights of picture-perfect Peru!
- Discover the phenomenal Machu Picchu, an iconic 15th century Incan citadel
- Explore the 'Sacred Valley' during a full day tour to an archaeological complex and colourful Indian market
- Take a sightseeing tour of Cusco, a culturally diverse city filled with ancient ruins and archaeological wonders such as the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha)
- Visit the floating Uros Islands, home to indigenous communities who will invite you to experience their way of life
- Relax in the natural springs of Aguas Calientes
- Witness the beauty of the Colca Canyon, a habitat for the giant Andean condor
- See the sights of wonderful Lima, Peru’s capital and heaven for foodies and culture vultures
Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro (Lima, Perú) is a practical, safe place, comfortable and centrally located hotel, in the main tourist area of Lima: the district of Miraflores.
Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro's rooms are tastefully decorated with pine furnishings and a work desk.
The front desk at Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro is open 24 hours a day. Guests can also make use of the hotel's laundry services.
Guests can enjoy an extensive buffet breakfast at Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro's restaurant. There is also a large selection of upmarket restaurants and bars surrounding the hotel.
Casa Andina Standard Arequipa is nice, classic and well located hotel just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas by car and a minute walk from the Monasterio of Santa Catalina.
It has 105 comfortable and practical rooms with impeccable finishes. Colourful and spacious, each rooms is fitted with modern comforts such as cable TV, fast speed pre-paid wireless internet service and down comforters.
Guests can also find samples of local handicraft in Casa Andina Standard Arequipa’s gift shop.
Casa Andina Standard Arequipa is a short walk away from the historic attractions in Yanahuara. It is also within walking distance of the up-market restaurants and shopping stores of Arequipa.
Casa Andina Standard Colca lies in Chivay at the edge of the Colca Valley. The hotel may be situated in town, but the property feels quaint with an old-world charm as the cottages are built in the style of a little village with gardens and patios all around.
The 52 rooms at Casa Andina Standard Colca are built in the style of little stone cottages.They are cozy with rustic décor, thatched roofs and tiled floors and offer heating lamps and blankets for chilly mountain nights. The rustic accommodation is simply furnished and comes equipped with a work desk and a heater for the Andean climate.
The hotel has its own planetarium with nightly shows and a telescope. It also has a bar and restaurant with nightly entertainment of local musicians and dancers performing Andean and Colca musical traditions.
The hotel restaurant serves a variety of Peruvian cuisine and is supplied by its own vegetable garden.
Casa Andina Standard Puno is a comfortable property that offers spacious common areas, including a living area with a fireplace, and spacious guestrooms that ooze charm and comfort.
When you stay at this property you'll enjoy a peaceful stay just five minutes away from the Jiron Lima pedestrian avenue, where you'll find an exclusive area for shopping, along with popular bars and restaurants in Puno.
Spacious and sunny, each room also has with down comforters. Facilities include satellite TV, fast speed pre-paid wireless internet service and a large seating area.
The restaurant at Casa Andina Standard Puno serves a variety of local and international dishes in its full buffet breakfast.
Casa Andina Cusco Standard Plaza is, as the name suggest, set right beside the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. This gives travelers instant access to some of Cusco’s best attractions, restaurants, and shops.
The hotel’s 38 rooms are cozy and clean and spread over four floors. The rooms have a simple, straightforward design and sport beds with crisp white linens. All rooms have a private bathroom with a hot water shower and hair dryer. There is a safety deposit box for storing valuables and a desk where you can work on a laptop.
Thinking about the comfort of our guests, hotel offer services like: rooms clean and comfortable, Free coca tea, Breakfast room, Internet WiFi, etc.
The breakfast includes a nice selection of food, including fresh fruit, cereal, eggs, bread, cheese, ham, pancakes, yogurt, juice, tea, and coffee. The restaurant has excellent views of Cusco’s the red-tiled rooftops.
Casa Andina works to reflect local styles and flavors and give travelers a genuine Peruvian experience.
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu is a modern and friendly hotel that offers a convenient location in Aguas Caliente.
The hotel has 53 new and comfortable rooms some of the room have river wiew. that will allow you to have the necessary tranquility, to rest and to recover energies to enjoy the tour of the citadel.
At Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu guests will find a 24-hour front desk, a restaurant, a bar and a snack bar. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage, laundry service and currency exchange service.
Located in Puerto Maldonado in the Madre de Dios Region, Corto Maltes Amazonía provides bungalow accommodations deep in the amazon jungle.
The Corto Maltés Amazonía lodge has 27 comfortable bungalows built of wood, and are beautifully finished. Each bungalow is divided into rooms with single, double or triple occupancy. Each bungalow and each room has a private bathroom with 24-hour hot water, and a large terrace with hammocks where you can enjoy the excellent view of the Madre de Díos River and the jungle surrounding us.
If you wish to buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home, the Corto Maltés Amazonía has a boutique decorated with typical Amazonian and Peruvian handicrafts.
The lodge kitchen offers continental breakfasts, and lunches and dinners. The menu is a fusion of international cuisine and typical products of the region. The bar has been built to create a welcoming place for you to enjoy a cold drink, or try typical alcoholic drinks from the region. The bar plays music, and is equipped with games and a pool table.
The lodge offers a spa staffed by trained masseuses offering a variety of massages ideal after an excursion or for simply relaxing during your stay.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN LIMA
Upon arrival in Lima, one of our representatives will pick you up in private transportation and take you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN LIMA
Day 2 LIMA CITY TOUR (BREAKFAST INCLUDED)
After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Lima’s main cultural attractions, including Huaca Pucllana and other colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall and the Central Bank Museum.
OVERNIGHT IN LIMA
Day 3 LIMA – AREQUIPA (BREAKFAST INCLUDED)
Following a hearty breakfast, our representative will pick you up from the hotel (time to be confirmed) and take you to the airport. From here, fly to Arequipa and transfer you to your hotel.
You may spend the day relaxing at the hotel or can choose the Optional Arequipa sightseeing at an additional £50 per person in which you will visit the convent of Santa Catalina and wander the white city and its hidden crevices. The historical centre is abundant with wonderful architecture, characterized by the prominence of ashlar. This is a soft volcanic stone of white/pink colour, both lightweight and weatherproof. Later, head back to your hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN AREQUIPA
Day 4 AREQUIPA – CHIVAY (BREAKFAST INCLUDED)
Visit the home of the condor! You’ll be picked up at 8am and head off on a bus journey of around 4 hours including stops along the way to marvel at fantastic landscapes and one-of-a-kind scenery. Arrive at Chivay and settle in to your hotel. In the afternoon, if you wish you may visit the thermal baths which are approximately 3 km away at a cost of 10 soles pp (self guided)
In the evening enjoy an optional folkloric show with dinner.
OVERNIGHT IN COLCA
Day 5 CHIVAY – PUNO (BREAKFAST INCLUDED)
Enjoy an early breakfast at around 5.30 am and then head to Cruz del Condor, a truly magnificent area where you can witness the beauty of the Colca Canyon and maybe even spot some condors. Afterwards, we’ll make our way back to Chivay and stop off at a few small villages on the way.
You can enjoy a delicious lunch in Chivay (not included in the package) and then set off to Puno, the folklore capital. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for an overnight stay and make sure you keep to the main, well-lit areas if you decide to go out. The main street is brimming with lots of mini restaurants and other shops which offer the perfect souvenirs for your host family on your island trip (gifts are not obligatory but definitely appreciated!).
OVERNIGHT IN PUNO
Day 6 PUNO – TITICACA LAKE (BREAKFAST & LUNCH INCLUDED)
After breakfast between 7 am and 8 am you’ll be taken to the port of Puno and board the motor-boat to take you to the Uros Islands, located 25 minutes from the port. You’ll visit two of the 65 floating islands and find out about the history and lifestyle of the people who reside there. Speak to the locals and visit their homes during this hour-long visit.
Next we’ll set sail for Taquile Island, a 2-hour journey. The island houses a close-knit Quechua-speaking community, bursting with ancient agricultural terraces and ruins dating back to pre-Inca times. Community and family values are invaluable to the Taquile population, possibly due in part to their isolation from the mainland until the 1950's. Weaving is a tradition dating back to early civilisations and thus strives to keep pre-Inca Andean cultures alive. You’ll find garments such as the “chullo”, a knitted hat with an earflap and “the calendar waistband.” Upon arrival at the island, meander along a narrow path and feast your eyes on incredible views of Lake Titicaca, after which you’ll have some free time to explore the island at your own pace. Later, return to Puno.
OVERNIGHT IN PUNO
Day 7 PUNO – CUSCO
Make your way to the capital of the Incas! Pick-up will be at 7.10 am when you’ll be whisked off to the bus station to catch the bus to Cusco. This isn’t just any old bus though; it’s more like a sightseeing tour! Stopping off at 4 interesting sites along the way, you’ll benefit from a few guided tours.
Pukara: The oldest and most well-known ceremonial centre of the altiplano, you’ll find an abundance of sculptures and tombs here.
La Raya: As the halfway point between Cusco and Puno and standing 4335m above sea level, La Raya plays host to stunning landscapes and a wide variety of intriguing animals such as the llama, alpaca and vicuña. It also forms the border between the Quechuan culture and the Aymaran culture.
Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This is an Inca Church of epic proportions! It’s 100m long, 26m wide and 14m high. You’ll find the temple is divided into two naves and each one has 11 humungous columns!
Andahuaylillas: South America’s Sistine Chapel, the Andahuaylillas Church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art.
OVERNIGHT IN CUSCO
Day 8 CUSCO AT LEISURE OR TAKE AN OPTIONAL CITY TOUR
Enjoy breakfast and today will be at leisure OR enjoy an optional Cusco city tour at an additional £65 per person. We’ll pick you up at around 8am from your hotel and kick-start the tour by visiting the following places:
The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
Sacsayhuaman: Majestic area with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
Puca Pucara: (reddish place) used as a military control centre.
Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a centre of adoration and worship of water.
OVERNIGHT IN CUSCO
Day 9 SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast will be followed by a full-day tour to the “Sacred Valley.” Depart from your hotel at 8am with pick-up service. During this full-day excursion to the Urubamba Valley you’ll visit the archaeological complex and Pisac’s colourful Indian market. Haggle ‘til the cows come home and interact with local craftsmen selling a wide range of handicrafts.
After stopping off in Pisac, visit Yucay Town and the Living Yucay Museum. Proceed to Urubamba and then to Ollantay Tambo, whose narrow streets and picturesque canals haven’t changed much at all from the time of the Inca Empire.
OVERNIGHT IN CUSCO
Day 10 CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU
Get ready for Machu Picchu!
Pick-up time will be 8am (to be confirmed) and you’ll proceed to the train station where your train will leave at around 11.50am (time subject to change). You’ll soon reach Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you’ll spend the night and relax with a hot bath in the natural springs (thermal baths cost 20 soles per person).
In Aguas Calientes there are a myriad of things you can do to occupy your time. For example, you could visit the Machu Picchu “Manuel Chavez Ballon” museum and orchid exhibition (open 9 am-4.30 pm and a 35-minute walk from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas.)
OVERNIGHT IN MACHU PICCHU
Day 11 MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Machu Picchu in all its glory – you’re in for a treat!
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, your guide will pick you up at 5.40 am from your hotel once you’ve had some breakfast. Take the bus to glorious Machu Picchu to witness the impossibly beautiful sunrise and then head off on a walking tour (2 hours approx.). Next, explore the mysterious city by yourself. Meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (take a bus or walk) for lunch (not included) and collect your train tickets back to Cusco. Then, hop on a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and ride a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
You may also choose to visit an optional Wayna picchu Mountain at an additional cost.
OVERNIGHT IN CUSCO
Day 12 TRANSFER TO CUSCO AIRPORT OR TAKE AN OPTIONAL EXTENSION
After a hearty breakfast, be sure to rest up and enjoy your last day at leisure before heading to the airport to catch your flight back home OR you may choose to continue with our Amazon extension. We’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. Any luggage that you do not require during your stay in the rainforest can be safely kept in our storage room. This is to facilitate the transport by boat to the lodge.
We will embark for our lodge traveling on the river-vessel “Puerto de Capitanía”. It is 40 minutes of navigation on the Madre de Dios River.
After arrival at the facilities of the Lodge Corto Maltes Amazonía you will be received with refreshments made from seasonal fruits. Later, your guide will give you the necessary information for your stay and hand over the keys to your bungalow and security safe, followed by the lunch and some time to rest until the first excursion.
Trek to a Brazil nut harvesting camp: Around 3:30 pm, depart for your first contact with the jungle. You will be accompanied by your guide, who will show you the tropical trees, medicinal plants and other aspects of the exuberant nature among the 60 hectares of Brazil nut concession that Corto Maltés Amazonia stewards. Visit an active Brazil nut camp, where harvesters stay for the duration of the season. The Brazil nut (also known as castaña, as it is known locally) is one of the most important economic activities in the Madre de Dios region. The time for this trek is 2 hours.
Free Time: Back at the Lodge you can relax by the pool or in the hammocks on the terrace of your bungalow, savor an exotic cocktail at the bar, enjoy a relaxing massage by our qualified staff, visit our shop for a handcrafted souvenir of the rainforest or head to the riverside to view the breathtaking sunset.
Caiman safari: 7:00 pm. Before dinner, we will leave for a nocturnal boat trip to observe caimans and, with a bit of luck, other animals which populate the riverbank at night. 8:00 pm enjoy dinner in the riverside dining room.
OVERNIGHT IN PUERTO MALDONADO
Day 13 PUERTO MALDONADO
Wake up at 5:30 am for some coffee or tea before leaving for Lake Sandoval. Your guide will hand out a bagged breakfast and snack for the excursion.
LAKE SANDOVAL: 6:00 am: After roughly 20 minutes of travel on the river Madre de Dios, we arrive at the landing stage of Lake Sandoval. During a 3 km hike through the wild vegetation, we will enter the territory of Tambopata National Reserve, where you will have the chance to admire giant trees, different snakes, monkeys (squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys and capuchin monkeys) and various birds (notably the Hoatzin – also known as the stink bird-, kingfishers and snakebirds).
Once on Lake Sandoval, we will embark in small rowboats in search of giant river otters. We will also have the possibility to spot a good number of other reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural habitat. Guide will find an opportune spot where you can continue to observe the nature while enjoying breakfast. For the return trip, make sure you have gathered your belongings and we will row back to the pier.
OPTIONAL MONKEY ISLAND: This activity depends on the season and the discretion of your guide. There are times that due to flooding it is nearly impossible to disembark and walk around the island. There are also times in the year for mating and reproduction, and it is important to leave the wild monkeys alone, without human interruption. On Monkey Island about 5 species of monkeys live in the wild. The animals are accustomed to visitors and can come very close. Therefore it is very important to always follow the instructions of your guide.
LUNCH: Around 1:30 pm, return to the Lodge for lunch.
VISIT TO THE LOOKOUT TOWER AND THE SHIRINGUERO CAMP: 3:30 pm, visit one of the two lookout towers of Corto Maltès Amazonía, with a height of 20 and 42 meters and designed for bird watching and the viewing of other types of animals living at this altitude in the canopy. In addition, you will enjoy an incredible view of the sunset. (The guide will consult with the guests on their preferences and adapt this excursion accordingly.)
There will also be a visit to a Shiringuero encampment, which is another one of the most important economic activities in the Madre de Dios region. This is a reproduction of a real camp, in which you can see the process of collecting rubber (better known as latex), and see how it is used for many products.
Free time: You will then have some free time to enjoy the pool or a massage, get refreshed at the bar or visit our souvenir shop.
Later enjoy delicious dinner.
OVERNIGHT IN PUERTO MALDONADO
Day 14 PUERTO MALDONADO - LIMA - UK
CLAY LICK: Wake up at 5:30 am for some coffee or tea before leaving for a 20-minute walk to the clay lick, where you will have the possibility to observe 3 to 5 types of parrots.
The parrots come to the clay lick to ingest a particular kind of clay, only found in certain areas of this region. The clay is vital for the metabolic regulation of the birds, and therefore is host to a colorful and veritably delightful and exciting event.
BREAKFAST AND FREE TIME: 8:00 am. Breakfast and free time.
VISIT OF THE LOCAL CITY MARKET: After breakfast, we will return to the city of Puerto Maldonado by boat.
One of our vehicles will receive you at the port. After a short stop at our office, we will drive to the local market where the local population supplies itself with foods and other products. During a short visit of around 20-minutes, you will be able to appreciate the different typical products of the area.
NOTE: The order and schedules of the excursions can be modified according to your guide, and as seen fit through coordination with the management by considering the physical condition of the passengers, and the climate of the moment.
We will then head to the airport to check-in for your respective flights.
END OF TOUR
- Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
- We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
- Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis unless otherwise stated.
- The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken.
- Anything not included in the package will be charged separately.
- For 18 Oct departure we will give Hotel El Conquistador or similar in Arequipa and Hotel Casona Plaza Ecolodge Colca or similar in Colca.
- Max 7 kg on overnight to Machu Picchu, suitcases will be held in Cusco for pax.
- Optional Arequipa City Tour can be arranged on Day 3 at an additional £50 per person.
- Optional Cusco sightseeing tour is available at an additional £65 per person.
- Amazon Extension can be added at an additional £379 per person.
- Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
- Early Check in / Late Check out.