Discover the very essence of Peru staying in the heart of the lush Amazon rainforest and journeying to the incredible Inca city of Machu Picchu with time in the country’s most vibrant cities.
Day 1: Lima
Upon arrival at Lima Airport you’ll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard at noon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. Later this evening our group welcome meeting takes place.
Days 2-3: Amazon Jungle
Lima – Amazon Jungle. Today the adventure truly begins! A short flight takes us to the jungle community of Puerto Maldonado, the starting point for our journey into the Amazon and a good place to pick up any last minute snacks in the busy markets. From here a bus followed by a motorised canoe ride downriver brings us to our jungle lodge. After lunch we take a short boat ride across the Madre de Dios River to Monkey Island with the possibility of spotting caiman from the boat. Monkey Island is renowned for its great variety of monkey species, as well as birdlife. Enjoy a wonderful sunset before heading back to the lodge for dinner.
After an early breakfast we set out on a guided walk of the rainforest. We’ll trek through dense jungle and marshland whilst our guide points out the various species of bird and plant found in the forest. We’ll learn about the delicate ecosystems of the Amazon and how plants are used in local medicine. There will also be the chance to take a canoe ride along one of the small lakes hidden away in the jungle. Keep your eyes peeled for caiman and, if you’re lucky, the rare giant otter. Later we enjoy the view of the lake and the canopy wildlife from a viewing platform. Here you’ll be able to see parrots, toucans, and herons as well as turtles and caiman. After lunch back at our jungle lodge we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon at the Gamitana River where you can try your hand at fishing or simply take a dip.
Day 4: Cuzco
Amazon Jungle – Cuzco. Today we wake to the sounds of the jungle we head back to Puerto Maldonado for our return flight to Cuzco where the rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating ancient capital.
Day 5: The Sacred Valley
Enjoy a full day of guided touring around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First on the itinerary are the Pisac ruins. Marvel at the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains with its hilltop location. Next we visit the famous traditional Indian market of the same name. Enjoy the colourful atmosphere and stock up on souvenirs. We stop for lunch before continuing along the valley to the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here, enormous Inca terracing sweeps down the side of a steep mountain and makes for a challenging climb.
Day 6: Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cuzco. Today we head to the legendary lost city of Machu Picchu. Once a completely self-contained city, Machu Picchu was surrounded by agricultural terraces with enough crops to feed the entire population and natural springs provided the city’s water. Today you can explore the remarkably preserved palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, surviving intact due to the city’s isolation. Our guide will bring the history of this enchanting place to life on a guided tour and then there will be time to independently explore. Later we return to Cuzco.
Day 7: Cuzco – Lima
Cuzco – Lima. This morning you will be transferred to Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima, also known as the “City of the Kings”. Here you will be met and transferred to our hotel for one more night. You then have a free afternoon for last minute sightseeing and shopping.
Day 8: Lima
Today our exciting adventure comes to an end. If your flight doesn’t leave till later in the day consider some final sightseeing our souvenir shopping.