Sometimes it simply takes a different perspective to get the very best out of a holiday. On this 14 day itinerary we are not trying to re-invent the wheel, we are just taking you to some of Peru's best loved destinations, whilst showing them to you with a different perspective. Avoiding the major crowds and making use of all of the local knowledge from the indigenous communities, families and guides that will make this trip so very special.From the depth of the Amazon-Rain forest to the slopes of Machu Picchu the experiences within this itinerary will show you a side to this incredible country that not many visitors get a chance to see.
Day 1: Welcome to Peru! You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Depending on what time you arrive, you may be able to explore some of Lima if you have the energy!
Day 2: Lima, the capital and largest city of Peru was founded by Spanish conquerors in 1535 as the ¨City of Kings¨. Today you will explore this interesting city on foot under the guidance of our expert local guides. (B)
Day 4: The Sacred Valley of the Incas is an incomparable and beautiful stretch of small villages, acres of colorful flowers, vibrant Peruvian markets and ancient archaeological sites spread across broad plain and rugged mountain slopes less than an hour from Cusco and held in high value soce the time of the ancient Incas. Even though the villages in the Sacred Valley have welcomed tourism for a number of years they remain utterly traditional. Quechua-speaking locals work on the fields with primitive tools and use methods unchanged since the days of the Incas. Because of its importance our local parters in Peru decided to make their own version of a Sacred Valley Tour. Not only will we will operate it in the opposite direction to avoid the crowds, this tour also includes introductions or visits to several responsible initiatives (cafes, shops and restaurant) that put all their earnings of tourism to a very good use.(B/L/Snack)
Day 5: The first inhabitants of the Sacred Valley were the Machus, whom the Incas called Chumpi that later denominated into Chumpe. Upon arrival, the community will welcome you and you will start by "Unveiling the Andean Textile". This will be a trip to the past that shows the close relationship of its inhabitants with nature, interpreted in beautiful pieces of textile. You will learn the traditional method of developing textiles as well as have a delicious traditional lunch.(B/L)
Day 6: The morning and early afternoon is free for you to explore the amazing town of Ollantaytambo. It is a town that is so suited to wandering and exploring a your on pace. You can visit the imposing ruins that surround the town, or take time to eat some of the delicious restaurants. In the late afternoon you will take the train up to Aguas Calientes ready for your trip to Machu Picchu the next day. (B)
Day 7:From Aguas Calientes you will take the early bus to Machu Picchu. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is one of the most famous and spectacular sets of ruins in the world - a visit to Peru would not be complete without it. You will have a guided tour in the morning, after which you will have time to yourselves before heading back down to Aguas Calientes to catch your train back to Ollantaytambo. (B)
Day 8: After breakfast private transfer back to Cusco via Maras & Moray. The impressively deep amphitheater-like terracing of Moray, reached via the small town of Maras, is a fascinating spectacle. Different levels of concentric terraces are carved into a huge earthen bowl, each layer of which has its own microclimate, according to depth. After lunch you will head back to Cusco where you will have the afternoon free to relax enjoy this amazing town.(B)
Day 9: In the morning you will set of with a local guide for a walking tour to the most interesting places in Cusco. Explore the archaeological sites of Qenqo and Sacsayhuaman on foot, then walk through the neighbourhood of San Blas and enjoy a coffee break at a wonderful café run by the local community (included). The tour finalizes in the city centre with a visit to the famous Qoricancha (Sun Temple). You will then have the afternoon free to enjoy Cusco at your own pace. (B)
Day 10: Fly to the Jungle town of Puerto Maldonado Airport and take a two and a half hour boat journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle. You will have a delicious lunch before having the afternon to settle in. After dinner join a night walk when most of the animals are active. The frogs are easier to see with their fascinating shapes and colours and sounds. (B/L/D)
Day 11: After breakfast venture out onto the adjacent lake by canoe or catamaran, looking for wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman, horned screamers, macaws and otters that are sometimes seen in the area. Back on land, a 30 minute walk from the lodge takes you to the 25 metre scaffolding canopy tower, complete with staircase running through the middle and providing safe access to the platforms above. After lunch you will visit a farm to learn about local agriculture and take a walk to learn all about t the medicinal uses of the various plants and trees of the region. (B/L/D)
Day 12: Witness the audio and visual spectacle of a clay lick, watching vibrant coloured macaws, parrots and parakeets feast on clay. Species such as dusky-headed and cobalt-winged parakeets are often seen and with luck we may also see mealy and yellow-crowned Amazons, blue-headed pionus, severe macaw and orange-cheeked (Barraband`s) parrots. Later, a short hike from the lodge brings us to a beautiful Brazil nut forest that has been harvested for decades. Here you can learn about the whole process of the rainforest’s only sustainably harvested product, from collection through transportation to drying. (B/L/D)
Day 13: After some more early morning activities and your last jungle breakfast, you will return to Puerto Maldonado for your flight back to Lima and your last afternoon and evening in this amazing country. (B)
Day 14: Free morning (depending on the time of your flight) before being transferred to the airport in time for your return flight home!(B)
Prices from: £1800 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide, 24 hour assistance
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.
Best Time To Travel
Best time to visit: Dec - Apr
Andes: Oct is the driest season offering the best views, however it is cooler. Nov to Apr is warmer but wetter with lots of cloud cover obstructing the views.
The Amazon: Jul & Aug bring the most rain but the Amazon really is a year round destination.