Peru Uncovered

Amazon, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Puno, Colca Canyon & Arequipa

From £4000 per person in low season
From £5500 per person in high season

based on 16 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Shared transfers

  • Selected experiences

Based on 2 adults sharing

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At a Glance

  • Famed for its outstanding diversity, this itinerary is packed with dramatic and spectacular landscapes and takes you on a journey to discover the very best of Peru.

  • Experience one of the world’s most iconic treks as you hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and delve into the pristine wilderness of the Amazon Rainforest in search of wildlife.

  • Immerse yourself in Peru’s diverse culture and discover its ancient history as you step onto the floating reed islands of the Uros on the shores of Lake Titicaca and explore the remarkable colonial city of Cusco.

  • Wander around the whitewashed city of Arequipa flanked by spectacular volcanoes and witness the mighty Andean Condor swooping through the skies of the impressive Colca Canyon.

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Between April and November is the best season to visit these parts of Peru. The rainy season is typically from December to March, with the heaviest rains arriving in January and February.

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Insider's View

This itinerary will be on most people's bucket list. Having travelled all over Latin America, spending time in Cuzco before trekking to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail was one of my most enjoyable experiences.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

Discover Peru's unmissable highlights on this adventurous itinerary, hike to the lost city of Machu Picchu along the classic Inca Trail, visit the communities on the floating islands on Lake Titicaca and observe a rich array of wildlife in the Amazon Rainforest. This is an incredible bucket list itinerary.

  1. Fly to Lima

  2. Days 1-2: Lima, Peru

    On arrival into Lima, you will be met and escorted to the airport hotel where you will stay for the first night before flying out early the next morning to the Amazon. It’s a conveniently located hotel, just opposite the airport terminal, where you can freshen up after the long international flight and have your first taste of Peruvian cuisine before a comfortable night’s sleep.

    Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (1 night)

  3. Days 2-5: Puerto Maldonado

    The real adventure begins today when you board your morning flight to Puerto Maldonado in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Upon arrival, transfer overland and then by boat to your lodge nestled deep within the Amazon. You’ll begin spotting wildlife from the moment you start travelling along the river, so make sure you have your eyes peeled and camera ready. All meals (delicious and hearty) and excursions to explore the jungle are included during your stay at the lodge.

    There are plenty of ways to get under the skin of this pristine wilderness; from hiking an extensive network of verdant jungle trails, boat trips to remote spots deeper within the forest and canoeing along narrow creeks whilst observing wildlife in complete silence. See giant otters frolicking in the waters, playful monkeys swinging through the tree-tops and a plethora of neon-coloured birds fluttering overhead. For a unique perspective, clamber to the top of the canopy tower to observe wildlife residing at different levels within the trees and enjoy a spectacular sunrise. Back at the lodge, you can relax in a hammock with a cold beer or even have a massage whilst still enjoying the sights and sounds of the jungle.

    Accommodation: Refugio Amazonas (3 nights)

  4. Days 5-7: Cusco

    Leave the Amazon behind as you take a short flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, the city which once sat at the centre of the Inca empire. It’s important to acclimatise to the altitude in Cusco, so you’ll enjoy some time at leisure to explore the cobbled streets at your own pace. Visit the magnificent Cathedral which houses invaluable colonial works of art, witness the amazing geometry of the Stone of Twelve Angles and marvel at the Koricancha temple all within a short walk of your hotel. If you want to test run your walking boots, take the hiking trail up to the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo which overlook the city and offer a spectacular vista.

    Accommodation: El Retablo (2 nights)

  5. Days 7-10: Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

    With your backpack ready and boots laced up, you’ll depart in the morning towards Piskacuchu (2,700 meters above sea level), where the legendary Inca Trail begins. The scenery along the way to Machu Picchu is absolutely breath-taking and changes as you cross through a variety of ecosystems and altitudes. Cross the bridge and walk along the shore of the Urubamba River as it flows northwest through the Sacred Valley. Arrive in the Inca city of Patallacta (2,750 meters) and continue trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River, gradually climbing for about five hours until you reach your first campsite in the Wayllabamba village (3,000 meters). Accommodation throughout is in tents with a sleeping bag and mat to keep you toasty and warm, and you’ll be cooked delicious hot meals to maintain your energy levels.

    Upon leaving Wayllabamba you’ll embark on the most difficult part of the trek, which consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for nine kilometres as you climb towards the Warmiwañusqa (Dead Woman’s) pass. Along this climb, the landscape changes from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). This is the highest point of the trek (4,200 meters), with spectacular views before the trail descends into the Pacamayo Valley (3,600 meters), where you will camp overnight. Total distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles). Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours.

    On the third day, climb original Inca steps towards the second high mountain pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3,970 meters) where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the snow-capped mountains and then weave through an Inca tunnel before reaching the third pass and, soon after, the ruins of Phuyupatamarca. This is followed by a steep descent to Wiñaywayna (2,700 meters); an impressive complex made up of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. This will be your final campsite and you’ll find a restaurant, bar and bathrooms with hot showers if you want to freshen up. Total distance: 16 kilometres (9.9 miles). Estimated walking time: 8 hours.

    Accommodation: 3-Night Inca Trail Trek (3 nights)

  6. Days 10-11: Machu Picchu

    On the fourth and final day, you’ll get up early to leave Wiñaywayna and climb up to Intipunku, also known as the Sun Gate, where with any luck you’ll witness the sunrise before descending towards Machu Picchu for a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel. In the afternoon, take the short bus ride to Aguas Calientes where you’ll check into your hotel and enjoy a well-earned afternoon at leisure. With a heaving souvenir market, thermals baths and plenty of restaurants and bars, there’s plenty to keep you occupied as you reminisce about the epic journey you’ve just completed. Total distance: 4 kilometres (2.4 miles). Estimated walking time: 2 hours.

    Accommodation: El MaPi (1 night)

  7. Days 11-12: Cusco

    You’ll have the morning free in Aguas Calientes to do as you please. Perhaps you just want to relax and soothe those achy joints. The more adventurous may choose to hike up to one of the vantage points high above Machu Picchu for a literally breath-taking bird’s eye view of the citadel down below. In the afternoon, you’ll board the train back to Cusco whilst enjoying spectacular views from the comfort of your seat. You’ll stay in Cusco for one more night before the adventure continues.

    Accommodation: El Retablo (1 night)

  8. Days 12-14: Puno & Lake Titicaca, Peru

    This morning, set-off for Puno and the shores of Lake Titicaca, onboard a luxurious train for unforgettable journey lasting about ten hours, travelling between mountains and clouds, snow-capped peaks and highlands. Relax as you take in the scenery from the observation car and experience gourmet food and an indulgent afternoon tea before pulling into Puno at dusk.

    Your hotel enjoys stunning views over Lake Titicaca so it’s worth getting up early to witness the magnificent sunrise whilst enjoy your breakfast before heading out full-day guided tour. Visit the inhabited floating islands of the Uros, which are man-made from tortora reed, and learn how the community use it for just about every purpose imaginable in order to survive on the lake. Then head out across the lake by boat and experience the extraordinary lifestyle of traditional weavers living on the island of Taquile and discover their unique history and amazing textiles.

    Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Puno (2 nights)

  9. Days 14-16: Colca Canyon

    From Puno, journey through a desolate and windswept landscape, passing lagoons filled with pink flamingos, towards the Colca Canyon for spectacular scenery and an insight into the region's fascinating culture. Visit remote villages, wander through bustling local markets and walk across Inca terraces. Keep your eyes peeled for mighty condors soaring overhead and get up close to fluffy llamas grazing on the land. Back at the hotel enjoy a heavenly rejuvenating soak in natural hot springs and a delicious dinner of Peruvian classics.

    Accommodation: Colca Lodge Spa and Hot Springs (2 nights)

  10. Days 16-17: Arequipa

    Following another spectacular road journey, you’ll arrive in the gorgeous whitewashed city of Arequipa which boasts a stunning volcanic backdrop. The colonial centre and main square are easy enough to explore and there are some fantastic museums (our favourite is one that houses the remains of several Inca mummies). Head up to one of the rooftop bars to toast your final evening in Peru and book a table at one of the city’s exquisite restaurants serving modern twists on local cuisine.

    Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Arequipa (1 night)

  11. Fly home via Lima

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a final stroll around town before flying back to Lima, ready to check in for your onward flight home.

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Amazon, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Puno, Colca Canyon & Arequipa

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