Peru in Depth
Some of the world’s most astonishing attractions await within Peru. Peru conceals some of the world’s most astonishing attractions: from the modern culinary hub of Lima to the rainforest wonders of the Amazon; Incan treasure and the ruins of Machu Picchu plus the altiplano landscapes and islands of Lake Titicaca. Wherever you find yourself, there are unique hotels, welcoming locals, world class food and all delivered in customary A&K style.
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Day 1: Arrive Lima
Welcome to the City of Kings. Perched on cliffs by the Pacific Ocean, Lima enjoys wide acclaim on the world food scene. Receive a warm welcome by your A&K representative and transfer to your boutique hotel in the Barranco neighbourhood. Spend time orientating yourself with a leisurely walk in the bohemian art district, which promises history, colour, and culture at every turn.
Hotel: Hotel B, 3 nights
Day 2: Lima
Taste the real Peru with a revealing culinary experience. Take a trip to the local market to source fresh ingredients, and with a pisco sour in hand, you’ll become sous chef for the morning as a local chef shares Lima’s classic recipes. After enjoying the spoils of your labour, unlock the secrets of the “City of Kings” on a walking tour led by a local expert. Get the key to one of South America’s oldest houses, Casa Aliaga dating back to the founding of Lima in 1535, amongst hidden courtyards and ramshackle rooftops. Stand in Lima’s birthplace, Plaza Mayor, and admire architectural masterpieces including the historic cathedral, grand presidential palace and Santo Domingo Convent.
Day 3: Lima
Lose yourself this morning amongst more than 45,000 classified pre-Columbian archaeological objects in the fascinating and intriguing Larco Museum, a one-time private mansion and one of the city’s best museums. Then, embark on your own treasure hunt through the city, discover Lima’s emerging art scene or find something closer to home during your time at leisure. Later enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, or other refreshment, admire the hotel’s unique art collection and enjoy a private viewing of the extensive collection at the adjoining Lucia de la Puente Gallery.
Day 4: Lima – Amazon
Begin with a private transfer to the airport for your flight east to Puerto Maldonado, on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, a tributary of the Amazon near the borders with Bolivia and Brazil. Cruise slowly by boat through enchanting rainforest to arrive at your eco-luxury lodge. Drop your bags and spend the afternoon exploring the trails winding through the surrounding rainforest. Spend time with one of the naturalists to discover the selection of included shared excursions on offer during your stay. The hotel also serves as a research centre, and no fewer than 540 bird species have been spotted in its grounds. Later, opt for the twilight boat tour and watch as animals and birds of the day give way to species of the night.
Hotel: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, 2 nights
Day 5: Amazon
Rise early to enjoy nature at its fullest. Choose to visit Lake Sandoval in the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake, home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Later, the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway beckons. High above the forest floor, you’ll discover the perfect lookout for bright toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Return to earth to explore an utterly different ecosystem on the Anaconda Walk over the Aguajales swamps.
Day 6: Amazon – Cusco – Sacred Valley
Return along the Madre de Dios River to Puerto Maldonado and head to the Butterfly House, a garden fluttering with rare species. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco and onwards by car to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (2,900 metres). It is difficult to imagine anywhere better to soak up the tranquillity of the mountain-ringed valley than your luxury property. Take time to acclimatise the local way – with rest and coca tea.
Hotel: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, 2 nights
Day 7: Sacred Valley
Once the epicentre of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley is speckled with little-known but spectacular ruins, many of which remain unexplored. Visit a remote village seemingly frozen in time. Experience complete cultural immersion as you delve into the ancient agricultural methods used for centuries in this challenging Andean mountain environment. Join in the daily activities and discover how local communities live today. Learn how vibrant food is being cooked in wood-fired, mud-brick stoves. Watch a demonstration of age-old textile artistry and uncover secrets to natural dyeing. Return to your lodge and spend your afternoon at leisure, enjoying the amenities of your accommodation before dinner.
Day 8: Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu
Begin your pilgrimage to Machu Picchu (2,400 metres), stopping en route at the imposing fortress of Ollantaytambo, where the Incas celebrated their greatest victory over the invading Spanish. Board the picture-windowed Sacred Valley train, accommodating just 33 passengers, the train exudes the elegance of the 1920s. Sit back and relax and absorb the majestic Andean landscape while enjoying a gourmet lunch as the train winds through the mountains and cloud forest to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in a hidden tangle of trees, the true history of Machu Picchu will forever remain an enigma, as the Incas left no written records. Unravel its mysteries as you explore with your expert guide. Return to your hotel, an intimate styled Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways. Relax in a hidden corner or indulge in an invigorating spa based on a mystical Andean approach.
Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Day 9: Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Spend time exploring the natural beauty of your lodge, seek out the more than 200 species of birds or delve deeper into the mysteries of the ancient citadel with the opportunity to climb to the “Inti Punku”, the famous Sun Gate. Or, for superior views across the ruins, hike further to the highest mountain, Huayna Picchu, or continue a leisurely tour of the rambling stone terraces. Later board the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo and continue by road to Cusco, the former ancient capital of the Inca Empire.
Hotel: La Casona Inkaterra, 3 nights
Day 10: Cusco
Sitting at an altitude of 3,400 metres, Cusco’s rich tapestry of Spanish and Quechua influences is yours to uncover this morning on foot. Considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in the Americas, the cathedral in the central Plaza de Armas will leave you breathless. Seek out the fresco of ‘The Last Supper’ with Jesus eating guinea pig, a sacred motif of Incan paganism. Explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Compiled of massive stones, the walls were cut and placed together with incredible precision and without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress, where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place, overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and the spectacular lush countryside.
Day 11: Cusco
Appreciate a day at leisure. Stroll the cobblestone plazas and winding alleyways, or search for treasures in one of the fascinating markets that dot the city. Alternatively take the hike to the statue of Christ at the top of the valley overlooking Cusco and soak in the breathtaking views of the entire city below. Late afternoon accompanied by your Guardian Angel, take a private tour of your historic boutique accommodation. Learn about the restoration process that brought this colonial building back to its original glory and stories from the manor’s long past. Later join a local shaman for a unique coca leaf reading. The coca leaf is integral to Andean life besides being used in celebration ceremonies, funerals, labour, and religious practices, among other occasions.
Day 12: Cusco – Juliaca – Lake Titicaca
Private transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Juliaca and be met on arrival by a representative of the hotel. Proceed to Puno, situated between the mountains and the shores of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. Journey onwards to your luxury lodge set on a secluded private peninsula, and en route stop at Sillustani, the region’s largest and most important pre-Hispanic funeral grounds. Settle in and soak up the exceptional views from your lake facing room, the ultimate place for discovering this mystical land and birthplace of the Incan civilisation.
Hotel: Titilaka , 2 nights
Day 13: Lake Titicaca
Tucked between snow-capped mountains along the border of Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is not only the world’s highest navigable lake at 3,182 metres, it’s also one of the most beautiful. And there are endless ways to explore. Shared excursion options include day trips to the Uros floating islands and the Island of Taquile, trekking along the Colla Route, part of the original network of Incan roadways to the market, birdwatching with specialists, visits to colonial temples, and more. After a day exploring, there’s no better place to re-energise than back at your lodge surrounded by the astounding Andean terrain.
Day 14: Lake Titicaca – Depart Puno
Return transfer to Puno’s Juliaca airport and en route stop and see Lampa, a colonial-period architectural gem and previous Spanish colonial stronghold. Arrival at the airport where your journey ends. Alternatively travel across the border into Bolivia and appreciate another part of Lake Titicaca.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs Lima daily:||$13,295.00||Price on Application|
|Meals:||13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle|
|Flights:||Air Ticket: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco - Juliaca|
|Rail:||Train Ticket: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo|
|Accommodation:||13 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||English Speaking guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.