- Sacred Valley
- Machu Picchu
Explore Machu Picchu in depth with your private guide.
Stay in the Amazon rainforest and learn about its flora and fauna.
See several Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley.
Take the Andean Explorer train to Lake Titicaca and visit a remote lake community.
What our specialists say...
This itinerary is for those looking to explore several of Peru’s most famous sights in the course of one trip. It combines time in the southern Amazon with some Inca sites of the Sacred Valley – including Machu Picchu. Finish with a day at Lake Titicaca to visit its floating reed islands and a remote lakeside community. A private guided tour of Machu Picchu and several Sacred Valley sites, as well as a city tour of Cuzco, is included. You’ll travel mostly by private transfer and internal flights, but you’ll also experience a luxury train journey on the Belmond Andean Explorer.
We recommend this trip for:
- Puerto Maldonado
- Hacienda Concepcion
- Puerto Maldonado
- Sacred Valley of Incas
- Sacred Valley of Incas
- Machu Picchu
Itinerary idea in detail
Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Lima.
Day 2 Hacienda Concepcion
Lima , Puerto Maldonado , Hacienda Concepcion
On arriving in Lima, catch a connecting flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Southern Amazon. The flight lasts around an hour and a half. You're met at the airport by a representative from your lodge and board a motorised canoe with a small group of other guests. It takes roughly half an hour by river to reach your lodge. Rest and relax on arrival at the lodge, or you may start the lodge's programme of activities that evening.
Day 3 Hacienda Concepcion
Over the next few days explore the rainforest with your lodge guides. The exact order of activities and trips may vary. Today, for example, you might walk one of the trails around the lodge, identifying vegetation such as bread fruit trees and rubber trees. After lunch and some downtime, at dusk you could take a canoe trip on the river, looking for nocturnal wildlife.
Day 4 Hacienda Concepcion
This morning you may canoe on the nearby oxbow Sandoval Lake, learning about its formation, vegetation and wildlife, which includes blue and yellow macaws, and red howler monkeys. In the afternoon, walk on the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and learn about its conservation work. In the evening, head out on a night walk to spot wildlife emerging at dusk.
Day 5 Cuzco
Hacienda Concepcion , Puerto Maldonado , Cuzco
Travel back to Puerto Maldonado's airport by shared transfer and fly to Cuzco. On arrival, you're met and transferred to your hotel in the historic former capital of the Inca Empire. We suggest spending the rest of the day relaxing, perhaps taking short walks and getting used to the altitude.
Day 6 Cuzco
This morning you're picked up from your hotel by your driver and guide for a private half-day tour of Cuzco and several nearby Inca sites. Visit a former Temple of the Sun, and head out of the city to explore ruins such as Tambo Machay, an Inca fountain, and Quenqo Temple, a huge carved monolith. You have the afternoon free - this could be spent ambling around the colonial backstreets and markets.
Day 7 Sacred Valley of Incas
Travel by road out of Cuzco with your private guide and driver and enter the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, enjoy a private guided tour of key sights such as the Pisac market and terraces, and the fortress town of Ollantaytambo which offers impressive views out across a mountainous valley. Stay the night in a hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Day 8 Machu Picchu
Take the train to Machu Picchu, accompanied by your guide. This journey follows the rushing Urubamba River and it's a good way to see Peruvian and Andes scenery. You arrive at the site in the afternoon and take a private tour of the ruins with your guide. They show you the site's highlights, such as the Intihuatana Stone, known as the 'hitching post of the sun'. At the end of your visit you'll stay the night in Aguas Calientes.
Day 9 Cuzco
This morning you have the opportunity to explore Machu Picchu again at your own leisure. We recommend arriving early to explore the ruins in the morning, when the light falling over the stones can give the site a real aura of mystery. You might like to walk the short trail to the nearby Inca Bridge. This afternoon, take the train from Aguas Calientes back to Cuzco, where you're met and taken to your hotel by private transfer.
Day 10 Puno
Take a private transfer to Cuzco railway station to board the Andean Explorer train. Journey across the altiplano to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On the way, you can gaze out at green valleys, mountain passes and glacial peaks. A three-course lunch plus afternoon tea is served on board, and the journey lasts around ten hours. Arriving in Puno, you're met by your private guide and driver and transferred to your hotel.
Day 11 Puno
Explore Lake Titicaca with your private guide and boatman. Travel across the water for half an hour to reach the Uros Islands. These spongy floating islands, made entirely out of the tortora reeds that grow by the lake, were once inhabited. Then continue by boat for two hours to the traditional community of Llachon. Here you'll have lunch with the local people and climb the peninsula for views over the lake. The return journey to Puno takes around two hours.
Day 12 International return flight
Day 13 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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