This 13-day itinerary is the quintessential holiday to discover the most iconic sites of Peru from the exotic Amazon Jungle to Lake Titikaka and the magnificent Incan ruins. Begin your trip in Peru’s most vibrant capital, Lima, and take a leisurely stroll across the city to discover some of its most famous culinary gems. Then, venture deep into the Amazon rainforest on a luxurious river cruise on a mission to witness the incredible wildlife from jaguars to piranha and elusive pink dolphins. Spend the rest of your journey on the Andean mountain, learning everything about the Incas – their daily life and beliefs, their mystifying fortress, and the birthplace of their god
There is no better introduction to Lima than through the fascinating gastronomy that defines the capital city today. We will start off the day with a sip of aromatic coffee that is roasted to perfection using handpicked organic beans from Peru countryside. Then, your private guide will walk you through the bohemian Barranco neighborhood, one of the hippest district in the city, with colorful street art, hidden bars and restaurants, beautiful museums, and delicious food in every corner. Here, release some new flavors to your mouth as you tasting through fruit and vegetables that you have not seen before and having fun with Pisco Sour tasting and your self-made ceviche. Finally, at our last stop, a gourmet Peruvian lunch and dessert will be served to you amid views of pre-Incan ruins
Your Amazon itinerary will depend on your traveling season and the vessel you choose, but all of them are equally breathtaking; you are in the most biologically diverse places on earth after all. Your skiffs will be your best friend as you set out to search for unique wildlife in the deep waterways and visit remote villages, but canoe and kayak are also available for those who are more adventurous. As you glide through the jungle symphony, your naturalist guide will point out a vast array of wildlife, including the elusive pink dolphin, and, at some point, teach you how to fish the aggressive piranhas. You will also do some jungle walk inside Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve in order to get closer to different creatures of the Amazon, such as frogs, snakes, mammals, and insects. Enjoy an inspiring Amazonian cuisine every time you get back on board in the evening, followed by a pampering massage or an exciting stargazing experience
After spending the last few days in the wilderness, embrace the Latin charm of Lima once again and enjoy an overnight stay before we move on to the Andean Highlands tomorrow morning
Get your first glimpse of authentic Andean culture by visiting a local community with your private guide. The wonderful villagers will show you their way of life, beliefs, music, and traditional techniques, such as farming and weaving. This is a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself into a new culture and involve in their daily task from harvesting their farm produce to selecting the plants for textile dyeing process. Nearby the village, we will also visit the colorful Pisac Market, where you can try to bargain with vendors for trinkets, jewelry, or alpaca jumpers. The tour will end at a small llama and alpaca farm where you can get to know South American camelids in an interactive way and hand-feed their favorite food
There are a lot of archeological sites scattered around the Sacred Valley, but Ollantaytambo stands out from the rest as the only places where the Inca successfully repelled Spanish forces. From high above the stone terraces, the Inca army showered the incoming Spanish with arrows, spears, and boulders while flooding the plain below – an ingenious and effective method of defense. The site is also a temple with a ceremonial center built for worship by Emperor Pachacuti
On this half-day tour, you will discover two of the most famous Inca sites around the Sacred Valley, starting with the circular-shaped terraces of Moray. Many, including historians, believe that this was an experiment site used by the Inca people to determine which elevations worked best for different crops. The second site is Maras salt pans, which have actually been developed way before the Incas time. The first pond was built between the year 500 and 1,100 and has grown to over 5,000 today, but the method of harvesting and its beauty remains unchanged.
Travel to Machu Picchu in avant-garde style abroad the luxurious Hiram Bingham train. Named after the explorer who rediscovered the Inca citadel, Hiram Bingham’s striking blue and gold livery stand out against Peru’s verdant landscapes. Throughout your journey, enjoy the elegant dining car, the bar car, and the observatory, where you can take in the unmatched scenery in the open air while sipping on a traditional Peruvian cocktail and listening to live local music.
Take a comprehensive tour of Machu Picchu with an expert guide to gain a firsthand understanding and an intimate appreciation of this ancient citadel. You will discover the essential key sites such as the Main Temple, the Royal Tomb, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Temple of the Three Windows, along with some hidden viewpoints for you to snap a postcard-perfect photograph. For adventurous travelers, we can also arrange an easy hike on one of the surrounding trail or a challenging trek to Huayna Picchu if desired
Uncover the many layers of Cusco’s vivid history on this private tour of the city. Serves as the main gateway to Machu Picchu, the Andean city of Cusco has a fascinating cultural mix between Spain and the Incas. Perhaps the most obvious example is Qorikancha and the Church of Santo Domingo, which together form a single monument. Built by the Incas to worship the sun, Qorikancha was destroyed partially right after the Spanish had conquered the city. The remaining structures were incorporated into the construction of the Church of Santo Domingo, which stands today to display the harmonious relationship between the two nations. Other magnificent sites on this tour are the colonial structures that surround Plaza de Armas and an enormous Sacsayhuamán fortress that was constructed from huge stones that were transported over great distances
Embark on another scenic train journey from Cusco to Puno (10 hours) and be swept away by the breathtaking landscape as you cross the dramatic Peruvian Andes.
At a staggering 3,800 m above sea level, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America, the highest navigable body of water in the world, and, according to the Incas, where God created the sun. It is also home to numerous populated islands, each with their own distinctive culture, which we will explore in-depth on this full-day tour. One of the most popular is Uros, an artificial island artfully constructed from interwoven reeds that are constantly being replenished. The Uru people that subsist on the island are mostly hunters and fishermen, but also live from tourism by selling colorful handicrafts. Another island untouched by modernity is Taquile, which, different from Uros, is famous for its agriculture and high-quality textile making. Relax and enjoy a traditional lunch with the locals before we take a gorgeous cruise back to your hotel
Combine this itinerary with other wonderful South American Experiences
Extend your trip to the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon and spend your days spotting Andean condor in the wild or taking one of the scenic hiking and biking trails
Sail the pristine waters around the archipelago of Galapagos and head offshore to meet the giant tortoise, marine iguana, sea lions, and abundant of birdlife
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