The Best Of Peru
• Cruise the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, and visit the Uros community who live on its islands.
• Explore the Amazon Rainforest and learn about its unique flora and fauna.
• Discover the most spectacular of the Incan sites and one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. You will feel on the top of the world!
• Explore Cusco, the Capital of the Incan Empire and discover its awe – inspiring streets and Pre-Hispanic buildings.
• Watch the Sunset on the Pacific Ocean in Lima and enjoy the city’s stunning architecture.
• Savor Peruvian cuisine, with its exquisite and unique flavors. It has been recognized around the world as some of the finest there is.
• Be dazzled by the unparalleled beauty of the Sacred Valley and its ancient Incan monuments and villages.
Day 1: Lima
Day 2: Lima: City tour / Lunch & Barranco
Day 3: Lima – Puerto Maldonado
Day 4: Puerto Maldonado
Day 5: Puerto Maldonado – Cusco – Sacred Valley
Day 6: Machu Picchu, Citadel Excursion
Day 7: Chincheros – Maras & Moray – Cusco
Day 8: Cusco: City tour & San Pedro Market
Day 9: Cusco – Puno: From Cusco to Lake Titicaca
Day 10: Lake Titicaca: Uros & Taquile Islands
Day 11: Puno – Lima
The title says it all…with this 11-day tour, you will not be short on photos and great memories to share with your family and friends. With this tour, you will cover the 3 main regions of Peru: coast, high sierra and Amazon Rainforest. Take in the immense bio-diversity that this nation has to offer and explore the most important sites of the Incan Empire and the mythical legend of its origin, Lake Titicaca. After a short flight or bus ride, you will be amazed at how quickly the landscape changes when en route to the different parts of the ever-impressive country.
Upon your arrival to the Lima Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will provide a brief introduction to the city and our services while driving you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax and get acquainted with the city at your own pace. Depending on your arrival time, we have plenty of suggestions for you so you can make the most of your first day in Lima.
Lima:City tour – Lunch – Barranco
Get ready to explore Lima and all it has to offer! Our tour starts in the morning with a visit to the Historic Downtown area. First, you will stop off at the Main Square, where you will walk through its most important streets and observe its architectural monuments like the Cathedral and the Government Palace. Afterwards you will head to the San Francisco Convent and its renowned catacombs. Lunch will be at a traditional restaurant where you will enjoy classic Peruvian cuisine, as well as learn how to prepare a Pisco Sour, Peru´s signature drink.
You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along beautiful streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), the source of inspiration for one of Peru’s great composers, Chabuca Granda.
Lima – Puerto Maldonado
Early in the morning, you will be met by our representative at your hotel and escorted to the airport. You will fly to Puerto Maldonado, where you will be welcomed by an Inkaterra representative.
You will start this rainforest adventure by navigating a motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción. Here, you will enjoy a traditional lunch with organic ingredients from the region.
In the afternoon, you will take a walk through Concepcion Trails, an immersive tour of the jungle and learn about its particular flora and fauna as well as its uses for the native communities. At dusk, you will enjoy a Twilight River excursion via motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River. You will be able to learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, and nocturnal animal behavior.
Today get ready for a full on Amazon experience! You will start with a trek into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is the biodiversity capital of Peru. You will navigate by dugout canoe across this mirrorlike oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey, black caiman, and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche.
After lunch we will start the famous Inkaterra Canopy & Anaconda Walk. A 20-minute boat ride will take us to the Inkaterra interpretation center, where we will ascend a 98-foot (30-meters) tower and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops more than 90 feet in he air! From here we will have the most breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys, and other beautiful, exotic animals. After descending, we will keep going along the 656 ft / 200 m wooden bridge over the swamps.
In the evening we can either take it easy or go on a Hidden Rainforest Excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rainforest that gives way to nocturnal animals with fascinating behavioral patterns and enhanced senses they have adapted to survive in this unique environment.
Puerto Maldonado – Cusco – Sacred Valley
After breakfast, you will embark on a boat ride back to Puerto Maldonado, where you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Cusco. Upon arriving in the City of Cusco, you will be welcomed by a Peruvian Sunrise representative, who will drive you along scenic roads to your hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
For lunch, you will enjoy a traditional Peruvian – Andean cuisine at the Tunupa Restaurant, conveniently located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Urubamba River. In the afternoon, you will continue on to visit Ollantaytambo, an old Inca fortified village where we may observe some of the best examples of Inca architecture in the region. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions.
Machu Picchu, Citadel Excursion
After a very early rise, you will board the train from the Ollantaytambo Station heading to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). This train journey is a spectacle in itself! You will be able to appreciate Peru’s immense biodiversity as you witness the landscape transition from Andean green fields to lush rainforest, descending alongside the Urubamba River.
Upon your arrival to the Aguas Calientes train station, you will take a 20 minute bus ride up to the spectacular site of Machu Picchu. You will explore this enigmatic sanctuary where your expert guide will lead you through the ruins, providing archaeological and historical information on key areas of interest, including The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana (the Sun Dial) and the Sacred Plaza. You will appreciate the most amazing views from the top of the citadel! This is an opportunity to revel in the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant and spectacular archaeological sites of the world, set high in the cloud forest.
You will also have the opportunity to see Llamas meandering around in their natural environment.
After descending to Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will have some free time for lunch, and wander through this picturesque town. In the afternoon, you will board the return train to Ollantaytambo Station, where one of our representatives will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Chincheros – Maras & Moray – Cusco
Today you will experience a full-day private guided excursion throughout the Sacred Valley on our way back to Cusco.
First, you will visit the ruins of the Andean village of Chinchero, located high-up on the windswept plains of Anta (12,342.52 feet). You will find yourself surrounded by gorgeous views overlooking the Sacred Valley and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. This excursion combines Incan ruins with a typical Andean village, a colonial church, some wonderful mountain views, and a colorful traditional market.
We continue on to visit the sites of Maras and Moray. En route, you will witness some of the best sites in the valley. First, we will stop at the ancient salt mines, nearby the town of Maras, then, at the huge circular agricultural terraces at Moray built by the Incas in natural sinkholes on a limestone plateau overlooking the Urubamba Valley. Afterward we will head to Cusco where you will spend the night.
Cusco, City tour & San Pedro Market
Today we will explore the amazing city of Cusco, which was the Capital of the Inca empire and one of the most historical cities in the Americas.
In the morning, you will begin your tour visiting the Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, one of the most important military and ceremonial centers in Incan times. We will continue our tour strolling through the main square, where you will be able to explore the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. Just a few blocks away, you will explore one of Cusco’s most impressive buildings, Qoricancha or The Temple of the Sun, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. As you return to the lower part of the city, you will stop off at the San Pedro Market, where you will be mesmerized by the variety of unique and traditional produce and discover new aromas and tastes of the region.
Cusco – Puno: From Cusco to the Titicaca Lake
Today we will embark on the most scenic trip of the Peruvian Andes!
On board a comfortable bus, we will pass different Andean villages, snow capped mountains, and herds of Llamas. Some of our stops include: Andahuaylillas, also known as the Sistine Chapel of America; Racchi, ruins of a well known Inca Temple to the God Wiracocha and La Raya Pass, which is the highest point of the Peruvian Altiplano. We will have lunch at a traditional Andean restaurant before we arrive to Puno, the site of Lake Titicaca.
Lake Titicaca: Uros & Taquile Islands
Today we will explore the world’s highest navigable lake, Titcaca, and explore its unique and breathtaking islands.
We start by visiting the floating Islands of Uros. There are around 40 small islands made totally of totora, a natural reed that grows around the lake. The friendly island inhabitants will invite you to get to know their traditional lifestyle and customs.
Continuing our journey across the waters of the lake, we will arrive to Taquile Island, a quaint and picturesque place with a unique landscape due to the Incan terraces built around it. Here we will be able to learn ancestral weaving techniques from the locals…amazing! We will have lunch in Taquile before heading back to our hotel in the afternoon.
Puno – Lima
In the morning you will be transferred to the Juliaca airport to take your flight back to Lima and connect with your international flight home.
Price per person (based on 2 people):
Standard: $ 2049 – Comfort: $ 2240 – Premium: $ 3335
Hotels subject to change.
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights with breakfast, as described in the itinerary.
- Private transportations hotel / airport in every destination.
- Private guided excursions as described in the itinerary.
- Guided Amazon Excursions in shared service.
- Lake Titicaca excursions in shared service.
- Panoramic bus tickets: Cusco – Puno.
- All admission fees.
- 6 Lunches included.
- 2 Dinners included.
- 1 Box Lunch on Day 8.
- Train tickets to & from Machu Picchu.
- Bus tickets to & from Machu Picchu.
- International & domestic airfares, unless specifically mentioned.
- Travel insurance.
- Items of personal nature such as gratuities, internet charges, excess baggage charges, laundry, beverages and meals not described in the itinerary.