Peru: Follow the Amazon to its source

Explore Lima, the Amazon river, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca with this luxury itinerary.

Day 1

Lima, Peru
Welcome to Lima! Upon arrival at Lima Airport, you will be met in the arrival area by guest services and enjoy a private transfer to B Arts Boutique Hotel, in an Aposento room.

Day 2 (Breakfast, Dinner)

Lima, Peru
Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel for a private guided tour of the Larco Herrera Museum escorted by one of the curators of the museum.
The connoisseur of fine seafood will especially appreciate Chef Rafael Osterling’s EL Mercado restaurant. (Lunch reservation at El Mercado to be paid directly.)
Afterwards explore Barranco, Lima’s smallest yet most lively district with its bohemian charm and eccentric mesh of past and present. The Barranco of today hosts many artists, writers and musicians and is the hub of creativity in Lima. Let Barranco romance you..
This evening, enjoy your choice of dinner in the home of a local chef or a tasting dinner at Central Restaurant. Virgilio Martinez, the chef of Central, is the most innovative chef of Peru.

Day 3 (Breakfast, Dinner)

10:15hrs Private transfer to Lima Airport.
LAN PERU flight # 2372 (subject to change)
Departure at 13:15
Arrival at 15:10
Private guides will await in the luggage port and gather your belongings to transfer you to the embarkation port in Nauta. The ride will take approximately 1:30hrs. After boarding the Delfin Amazon vessel and you settle into your Whirlpool Suite, the dining room is ready to treat with fantastic Amazon delights. After dinner stargaze on the upper deck whilst cruising into the depths of the Amazon rainforest.

Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Belluda Caño & Dorado River adventure! Today involves both a jungle hike and skiff ride. Wildlife encounters include gray and pink river dolphins, snail kites, festive parrots, endangered scarlet macaws, olive spotted hummingbirds, Amazonian parrotlets and wood creepers, among others. When the sun goes down, flood lights ignite the black river as you embark upon night safaris in search of Caimans on the river’s edge.

Day 5 (B,L,D)

Experience Atun Poza and the Pacaya River at the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru’s largest protected area with a mean annual rainfall of nearly 3,000mm which is by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world. Filled with lakes, palm swamp sand streams, the reserve becomes a flooded forest in the rainy season and is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. Try your luck at piranha fishing!

Day 6 (B,L,D)

Zapote River and Supay Cocha. This is a good opportunity for kayaking to spot prehistoric looking iguanas lazing in the sun. Squirrel Monkeys are very active at this time of the day when they move in large noisy troops in the forest. Later, dive into the Amazon and float along this mighty river.

Day 7 (B,L)

On board your skiffs stop at a local village on the river to meet the tribe. The women of this village have the most amazing arts and crafts market. Then en route to the Iquitos airport visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals were you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list.
Departure from the Iquitos International Airport to Lima.
LAN PERU flight # 2399 (subject to change)
Departure at 18:40
Arrival at 20:25
Private transfer to B Arts Boutique Hotel, in an Aposento room.

Day 8 (B,L)

Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley
0830hrs Private Transfer to Lima airport, depart Lima International Airport to Cusco.
LAN PERU flight #2037 (Subject to change)
Departure at 11:05
Arrival at 12:25
Welcome to Cusco! Private transfer with excursions en route to your hotel in the Sacred Valley – Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection in a Deluxe Room.
Start the altitude acclimation with a touch of the real Andean life by visiting the town and markets of Pisac, all abustle with locals from the surrounding villages. Explore the mountaintop complex including overlooks, terraces and the main temple located next to the town of Pisac. A gourmet box lunch to be enjoyed along the way.

Day 9 (B,L)

Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo trek
Get off the beaten track on a delightful hike through the Sacred Valley and lunch at Hacienda Huayoccari. This is a fantastic warm up hike before Salkantay, exploring local villages, Inca ruins and spectacular views (3-5hrs duration).

Day 10 (B,L)

Sacred Valley/Cusco
Start today with a touch of real Andean life by visiting the Urubamba market. Be witness to the younger generation mixing with their traditional roots in a clash of cultures and colours and authentic dress.
Afterwards: The Seminario Ceramics workshop, where after careful study and contextualization of pottery techniques and styles utilized in Peru’s ancient cultures, Pablo Seminario created a new proposal for ceramic art that is apt for today’s modern world. (box lunch en route)
En route to Cusco visit the main ruins in the outskirts of the city; Tambomachay, Quenko, Puca Pucará, and finally Sacsayhuaman, which in Quechua means “satisfied falcon”, is the most impressive ruin above the city. Descend on foot into Cusco from Sacsayhuaman, a local’s back alley entrance into the city. Return to Cusco via the Antisuyo Inka trail.
Dinner reservation at Cicciolina to be paid directly.

Day 11 (B)

Rest well and eat well! Explore Cusco through your camera lens on a unique expedition through the hidden nooks and crannies only a local knows how to find. In the evening you have a briefing with the rest of your group and guides for the ultimate Machu Picchu trek that starts the following morning.

DAY 12: (B,L,D)

Cusco to SORAYPAMPA (3,800 m/12,500 ft)
7:00hrs Pick up to go to Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort in Soraypampa. En route take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). In Marcoccasa begin the ‘Mountain Lodges of Peru’ trek to Machu Picchu starting in Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity to acclimate and enjoy a mild and beautiful 4-hour trek on the first day. (Hiking level: moderate). (Optional: guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge in the vehicle).
An evening briefing by the fireplace is followed by aperitifs and dinner.
Note: Lunch on DAY 1 is a box lunch.

Day 13 (B,L,D)

This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon guests’ level of acclimatization. The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a half-day hike (3-4 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging) to a glacial lake where the more adventurous might take a very short swim. This activity is excellent for acclimatization and a first immersion into high-mountain trekking. In the
afternoon, choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in an outdoor jacuzzi. In the evening, your guide will brief the trekking party on gear and the itinerary for the next four days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken at the Lodge.

DAY 14: (B,L,D)

Stay: Lodge to Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu – Wayra Lodge
This is the big day: the start of the 4-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an early start, hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. The highest point on the trek is a pass at 4,600 m (15,000 ft). From the pass continue descending toward the Wayra Lodge (“Wayra”: wind; ‘the place where the wind lives’) your destination for the evening. A hot lunch is taken en route. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. (Hiking time: 4-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 5-7 hours. Hiking level: challenging with a 15,000ft mountain pass).

DAY 15: (B,L,D)

Following the long first day enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Begin trekking by hiking downhill above the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. Arrival at the next lodge encounters a “Pachamanca”-style lunch with traditional underground stone cooking. The Colpa Lodge is located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor hot tub in this lodge has prominent views of lush green mountains and a small, far-away, local town. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (Hiking time: 3-4 hours. Hiking level: easy to moderate).

DAY 16: (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast, head down the Santa Teresa River Valley through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations, bananas, ‘granadillas’, and orchards. After another hour of trekking, a private vehicle arrives to take you to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (30-minute drive) to the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. Arrive in time to allow for exploration of the small village of Lucmabamba and possible meeting with members of the local community. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 6-8 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging, basically due to distance, not terrain).

DAY 17: (B,L,D)

LUCMABAMBA to AGUAS CALIENTES (1,900 m/6,200 ft)
After an early start head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,700 m/8,900ft) for a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a view few tourists ever glimpse; as well as visit the Llactapata Ruins, recently restored. Then begin the final descent to the Aobamba River (2-3 hour descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short (30 minutes), scenic train ride away. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging).
Arrive in Aguas Calientes to check-in to your hotel for the night, Machu Picchu Pueblo.

DAY 18: (B,L)

MACHU PICCHU (2,450m/8,000 ft) TO CUSCO
Wake up bright and early for an optional hike to Huyanapicchu with your guide before the guided tour of Machu Picchu. A complete guided tour of Machu Picchu will also be provided (2 hours). You will have about 4 additional hours to explore the site on your own.
Afterwards, return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure. The train takes you to Ollantaytambo (1½ hrs), where a private vehicle awaits to return to Cusco (1 ½ hrs).

DAY 19: (B,L,D)

Cusco to Lake Titicaca
This day will surprise you from early start to end. The exploration begins in Cusco as you drive towards the south rising to the altiplano of Puno. En route the sites include churches, pre-Inka ruins and nature, but the highlight is a diversion from the usual 8hrs drive in the mysterious canyon of Tiahani. (box lunch en route)
Dinner and overnight at Relais & Chateaux Titilaka Lodge in a Dawn room.

DAY 20: (B,L,D)

Lake Titicaca
Explore the mystical lake all day by visiting distinct islands. Taquile Island is a living museum, a secluded island of weavers whose textiles have been hailed as heritage masterpieces by UNESCO.
Picnic lunch with the locals on Taquile before heading to the legendary islands of Uros and meet one of the traditional families that live there. The Uros Floating Islands are located near the protected National Reserve of Titicaca. Learn about their history, uses for totora reeds and customs.
Return to Titilaka in time for afternoon tea followed by happy hour and dinner.

DAY 21: (B,L,D)

Lake Titicaca
Today you will explore the lake cultures and sites found on land. Head south by car to visit three archaeological remains of the Aymara civilization as well as the local textile community of Copamaya. Picnic lunch en route. Return to Titilaka in time for afternoon tea followed by happy hour and dinner.

Day 22 (B)

Lake Titicaca to Lima
Depart on international flights home
Stay: Lake Titilaka Hotel – Dawn Room
10.00hrs Transfer to Julicaca airport
Departure from the Juliaca International Airport to Lima.
LAN PERU flight # 2096 (subject to change)
Departure at 13:15
Arrival at 14:55
Lodge-to-Lodge Trek, Machu Picchu

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US$16,735 (approximate AUD value based upon rate of exchange at time of print A$21,212) per person based on twin share (high season) Year-round travel to Peru.
Itinerary can be customised to suit individual needs


All breakfasts, selected lunches & dinners, full board on Delfin, Mountain Lodges accommodation & Titilaka, noted entrances to sites, domestic flights, all private transfers, all services with private guide (English speaking or other languages available upon request).


International flights, visas, additional meals, personal expenses, gratuities & travel insurance.



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The are three distinct geographical regions in Peru, the coast, the mountain highlands and the Amazon - each with their own distinct climate. Generally, the Peruvian winter (Jul-Sep) is the driest season and the best time to visit if you are planning to head to the Cusco area or trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Summer (Dec-Feb) is the wettest season and sees frequent, heavy showers with high daytime temperatures and cooler nights.  




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