Included: Accommodations, as noted (personal tents); One inflatable sleeping pad, sleeping bag and pillow per person; Meals, as noted (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner) chef and cooking equipment; 1 Emergency horse; First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle; Toilet tent; Private guided excursions and activities with bilingual guides, as noted; Airport transfers and ground transportation, as noted; Entrance fees for scheduled sightseeing; Assistance with concierge services (restaurant reservations, spa services, etc); 24x7 in country support.
Not Included: Domestic flights; International flights; Passport and visa fees, if applicable; Airport taxes, if applicable; Gratuities for guides, drivers and hotel staff; Any activities or meals not mentioned above; Personal expenses such as communications charges, laundry service, spa treatments, etc.; Early check-in or late check-out at hotels; Excess baggage fees; Travel and medical insurance (please ask for quote). .
With its contrasting landscapes, varied ecosystems and fascinating cultural highlights, an adventure tour to Peru is filled with excitement at every turn. From Machu Picchu to the Amazon, Cusco to the Sacred Valley, this active vacation is perfect for anyone seeking the best adventure experiences in Peru. Arrive in Lima and, if time allows, opt for a guided tour to get to know this cosmopolitan city a little better. Then, make for the Sacred Valley for outdoor activities like horseback riding, kayaking and hiking, before heading on to Machu Picchu–one of the New Wonders of the World and top travel destination in South America. After taking a couple of days to really get to know this iconic citadel, travel on to Cusco, where impressive architecture is met with vibrant culture. From here, fly down to the Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, for a couple of days immersed in this captivating, biodiverse rainforest, enjoying wildlife safaris and canopy walks in the company of passionate, naturalist guides. Incorporating action, culture and wildlife, this Peruvian adventure tour takes you to the highlights of the country while including as many activities as possible, with wonderful Inkaterra hotels in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon.
Touch down in Lima’s international airport and, depending on your time of arrival, head straight to the Amazon on a connecting flight. Otherwise, walk to your nearby hotel, the Wyndham, accompanied by a private guide. Although you are staying close to the airport ahead of a flight to the Amazon Rainforest tomorrow, you could take advantage of any free time in Lima to enjoy some of the city’s highlights.
If opting for a guided city tour, many of Lima’s main attractions can be enjoyed including the pretty Plaza Mayor, colonial buildings such as the Government Palace or Basilica and Convent of San Francisco. Then there are the boutiques, leafy residential areas and vibrant Pacific Ocean boulevards of Barranco and Miraflores. For gourmands, a culinary tour in Lima serves as a worthy introduction to both the country and the cuisine it’s so famous for.
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LIMA / SACRED VALLEY
After breakfast, you are taken to Lima Airport for an assisted check-in ahead of your flight to Cusco. Here, you are met by a private guide and driver, setting off to the Sacred Valley. Along the way to your hotel, stop at the Awanacancha Textile and Camelid Center. Meet the Llamas and Alpacas, while also witnessing local women at work, dexterously weaving the wool into elaborate textiles, which you can purchase from the souvenir store.
To finish this enchanting day, enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal at the authentic Hacienda Huayoccari, a working farm which serves up traditional dishes using whichever seasonal ingredients are grown onsite. The surrounding Sacred Valley views here are simply stunning, tempting you to head out and explore it all on horseback with the hacienda’s guides.
Overnight Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Begin day three of your essential Peru tour with a relaxing and scenic kayaking session on Piuray Lagoon, a beautifully tranquil spot surrounded by grass covered plains, native forest and undulating mountains. Your paddle can be taken at a leisurely pace, making the most of your surrounds before a picnic by the lake shore.
Then, take your pick from Inkaterra’s long list of available excursions this afternoon. Maybe unwind with a leisurely hike through the Sacred Valley countryside, or take a spectacular trek along the Huasi Challa hillside and Huayoccari viewpoint, if feeling a little more adventurous. You could learn about the local agriculture, growing and harvesting at the Inkaterra Ecological Farm, or, for something even more serene, head out on a birdwatching walk in search of Hawks and Hummingbirds before a twilight stroll through the beautiful mountains.
Overnight Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
OLLANTAYTAMBO / MACHU PICCHU
Today, prepare for the iconic Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, which is even more jaw-dropping in reality than you could ever imagine. A private transfer whisks you off to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where you board the Vistadome to Aguas Calientes. This journey isn’t your usual train ride, but an immersive experience with dancers, food and spectacular views of the shifting Sacred Valley scenery outside.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, your guide greets you and together make the onward bus journey up from town. Before exploring Machu Picchu properly, take lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge to enjoy first class food with unbeatable views of the ruins. Then, it’s time to uncover the iconic delights of Machu Picchu, an ancient wonder of the world and top highlight of South America, with a private guided tour followed by leisure time.
Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
Wake up in your charming guest room at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, enveloped by 12 acres of woodland and the trickling Urubamba River. While here, why not make use of the Andean sauna and spa, before venturing to Machu Picchu. You might want to climb up Wayna Picchu, the citadel’s distinctive jagged peak, or discover the Inca Bridge, reached via a 30-minute trek along the cliffside.
Another Machu Picchu activity is trekking to a privileged viewpoint of the Incans themselves, the Sun Gate or ‘Inti Punku’. This was the original gateway to the Lost City for anyone walking the Inka Trail, and can be easily reached in a day. Upon your return to Aguas Calientes, tuck into a delicious lunch before boarding the Vistadome train once more, this time making for the great Andean city of Cusco.
Overnight Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel
CUSCO CITY TOUR / CHOCOMUSEO & MUSIC WORKSHOP
The charming town of Cusco is a highlight of any essential Peru tour, perched up in the Andes, surrounded by rippling peaks and ruins. Cusco is ancient, dating back 3,000 years, and you can learn all about this magnetic city on a guided walking tour. Begin at the archaeological site of Sacsayhuamán, a vast complex that stands guard over the city. Next, the Cusco’s warren of cobblestone alleys and vibrant markets, the Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption on Plaza de Armas and Church of Santo Domingo, home to the original ‘Temple of the Sun’, Qoricancha; the most sacred site of the Inca.
This afternoon, it’s a slight change of pace with a fun-filled chocolate making workshop at the nearby ChocoMuseo before a delicious lunch opposite the central Cathedral in Plazas de Armas, and later, visiting a musical workshop.
Overnight Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
CUSCO / PERUVIAN AMAZON – TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE
Savor your final breakfast in Cusco before the next stage of your Peru adventure vacation begins, with a private transfer to the airport, and flight to Puerto Maldonado. This is your entry point to the southern Peruvian Amazon, where you are greeted by guides and taken to your jungle ecolodge, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, on an exhilarating river journey by motorized canoe.
Although you are surrounded by the lush greenery of the Tambopata National Reserve, there are still luxuries to be enjoyed at this sublime Amazon ecolodge. Make the most of a jungle spa, generous buffet meals at the rustic chic restaurant, and beautifully designed cabanas bedecked in local wood and crisp white drapes. Don’t hesitate to explore the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, with 4.5 miles of walking trails.
Overnight Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
PERUVIAN AMAZON – TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE
At Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, guided excursions are all included and help you delve deeper into the rainforest. This morning, there’s an opportunity to canoe along Lake Sandoval, spotting species like the endangered Giant River Otter, Red Howler Monkeys, Macaws and Yellow-spotted Sideneck Turtles. Take in the extraordinary sight of this tranquil lake, edged by tall, leafy trees that makes for a beautiful backdrop for this canoeing excursion.
After lunch back at Inkaterra, gear up for an afternoon activity walking along the lodge’s very own canopy walkway, towering at 30m above ground level for the best views of resident wildlife, including Toucans, Woodpeckers and Trogons. Make your way up the tower for your first glimpse of the treetops, navigating hanging bridges while keeping an eye out for all the many species that dwell up here.
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PUERTO MALDONADO / LIMA / DEPARTURE
Tuck into a delicious Inkaterra breakfast this morning before setting off by motorized canoe to Puerto Maldonado, where you can enjoy one final excursion before catching your flight. The Butterfly House is home to around 1250 species, that flutter between the tropical plants and flowers within a pretty garden, created specifically for these creatures. Tour the garden with one of the Butterfly House’s biologists, before heading on to the airport nearby for your flight to Lima, and from there, home.