arrival in Lima (1 night).
Day 2: fly to the
attractive colonial city of Arequipa (1 night). Admire views of the
spectacular volcanoes that surround the city. An afternoon’s
walking tour explores the charming Santa Catalina Monastery, and
visits the “Ice Maiden” – Juanita.
Days 3-4: the Colca
Canyon, hot springs, and the relaxing sanctuary of Colca Lodge (2
nights). Visit Cruz del Condor, where these majestic birds are seen
swooping and diving on the thermals. Walks take us along the canyon
rim, and to nearby ruins, passing through villages where we can
watch local textile weaving.
Day 5: to Puno (2
nights) and the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route we enjoy a walk to
the fascinating pre-Inca burial chambers at Silustani. Our drive
takes us through the high Andes, passing stunning lakes, herds of
the wild vicuña, accompanied by far-reaching vistas.
Day 6: a boat trip
across Titicaca’s sapphire waters to the famous floating reed
islands of Uros and Taquile, for a walk traversing the island.
Days 7-8: travel by
the beautifully restored Orient Express train on a breathtaking
journey across the altiplano to Cusco (2 nights). Easy strolls
explore this fascinating city, with visits to numerous outlying
forts and temples as well as the fabulous markets, churches and the
ancient ruins of the city.
Days 9-10: into the
Inca heartland of the Sacred Valley (2 nights), with an afternoon
walk to Pisac ruins. We follow ancient Inca trails to the ruins of
Maras and Moray, the spectacular fortress of Ollantaytambo and the
colourful local craft markets.
Day 11: by train to
Chachabamba to enjoy a “taste” of the Inca trail. Our route, the
Royal Inca Trail, was the ceremonial path of the royal Incas en
route to the sacred site of Machu Picchu. Pass picturesque ruins
surrounded by wild orchids at Winay Wayna, and continue through
cloud forest on a trail to the Sun Gate, for our first glimpse of
the ancient city of Machu Picchu. We relax tonight in Machu Picchu
Town (1 night).
Day 12: the Lost
City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. An extensive tour of the ruins
introduces us to its fascinating history. For those with extra
energy, there’s the chance to climb Huayna Picchu for superb
vistas, before returning to Cusco (1 night) for our final evening.
Day 13: some last
minute shopping or sightseeing before flying to Lima and our flight
Extend your stay in Peru. Spend 3
days/2 nights at our Jungle Lodge in the heart of Tambopata National
The Tambopata National Reserve and
the adjacent Bahuaje-Sonene National Park, are home to over 20,000
plant species, over 900 species of birds, 91 mammals, 1,230
butterflies, 127 amphibians and reptiles, and much more. A
visit to our well-appointed jungle lodge is one of the best ways to
see rainforest wildlife that is available in a short stay. Six
species of monkeys live in the surrounding forest, a
family of Giant Otters are regularly seen fishing in a nearby oxbow
lake, a large flooded palm grove harbours hundreds of Red-Bellied
Macaws, and at nightfall Black Caimans, the rarest of the
crocodilians, head out into the lake to fish.
Day 13: To the jungle
lodge: Transfer to Cusco airport for a
short but spectacular flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado deep in
the Amazon rainforest, where you will be met by your expert resident
guide and taken to the docks to board a motorised dugout canoe for
the trip to your jungle lodge. You will be able to leave any excess
luggage at their offices in Puerto Maldonado. On arrival at the
lodge you can choose from a number of activities, from jungle hikes
to canoe trips or simply take a siesta and enjoy the sounds of the
jungle from your hammock. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
Day 14: There
are a variety of options to choose from; the jungle is alive early
in the morning so if you can get out pre-dawn and explore, it is
your best chance to see wildlife. There is plenty of time to have a
siesta to avoid the hottest part of the day, before a canoe trip on
a lake, or explore more trails and catch a beautiful sunset over the
Amazon basin. The evening can be free to relax or head out on foot
in search of nocturnal mammals, or by canoe in the hope of glimpsing
the rare black caimans that inhabit the nearby waterways. (Breakfast,
lunch and dinner included.)
Day 15: After a
dawn breakfast we return to Puerto Maldonado to catch the flight to
Lima and onto your International connection. (Breakfast included.)