Amazon, Andes & Altiplano
• Lima • Peruvian Amazon • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • Cuzco • Lake Titicaca
Explore the mighty Amazon on foot and on the river. In Cuzco, stay in a 16th century mansion once occupied by the first conquistadors from Spain. Highlights will include the iconic Belmond Hiram Bingham train from Machu Picchu and the luxury Peruvian Highlands sleeper train from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca and onto the delightful 'White City' of Arequipa. For those who relish history in comfort and style, this is the itinerary for you!
Day 1: Lima You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Lima Enjoy a morning city tour, exploring the historical centre with its impressive Presidential Palace and colonial buildings. See the Inca pyramid of Huaca Hullamarca and visit the Santo Domingo convent where you will have the chance to explore the catacombs. Later in the day visit the magnificent Larco Herrera Museum, home to a fantastic collection of Inca and Pre-Inca artefacts and weavings. Enjoy lunch in the excellent restaurant on site.
Day 3: Lima > Puerto Maldonado Fly to the jungle airport at Puerto Maldonado and transfer by boat on the Madre de Dios River to your very comfortable jungle lodge, home for the next three nights. In the afternoon begin sightseeing with your expert naturalist guide.
Days 4 & 5: Peruvian Amazon Spend the next two days and nights discovering the wonders of Amazonia. Partake in a wide range of activities including jungle and canopy walks, river trips, bird watching, night walks and piranha fishing expeditions. Your small group will have both a native Indian guide and an English-speaking naturalist, who between them will reveal the incredible diversity of flora and fauna found here.
Day 6: Puerto Maldonado > Sacred Valley Fly to Cuzco and transfer some 90 minutes to a lower altitude in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, making adjustment to altitude much more comfortable. Stay two nights in an idyllic setting, your base to explore the many surrounding Inca ruins and picturesque towns. Lunch and dinner are included today.
Day 7: Sacred Valley Enjoy a full day private sightseeing tour of the Sacred Valley. Your first stop will be Maras, an amazing collection of over 3,000 salt extraction ponds dating back over 2000 years. Then visit the incredible site of Moray with impressive circular terracing that was in Inca times an agricultural experiment. After a delicious lunch during which you also enjoy a traditional Peruvian Paso horse show, explore the hillside fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, scene of the last great battle between the Inca armies and Spanish conquistadors in January 1537.
Day 8: Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu Take the scenic 90-minute Vistadome train journey to Machu Picchu, and enjoy a two-hour guided tour of these fantastic ruins. Enjoy some time to explore the ruins independently, with lunch included at the excellent restaurant situated at the entrance to the ruins. Overnight in your 5 star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 9: Machu Picchu > Cuzco The morning is free to relax and perhaps enjoy one of the included guided tours on offer from the hotel. Later explore the markets of Aguas Calientes before returning to Cuzco aboard the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train that departs late afternoon. Enjoy excellent service, music and an exquisite dinner onboard before you disembark and transfer to the beautiful boutique La Casona Hotel, a restored former 16th century mansion. Spend three nights here in a stunning Patio Suite.
Day 10: Cuzco Enjoy a morning tour of the city of Cuzco and its surrounds. Visit San Pedro market and then proceed to the main square where you will enjoy a tour of the impressive Cathedral. See the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman and admire a stunning view across the city of Cuzco. You will also visit the Inca Temple of the Sun, Koricancha, considered the finest example of Inca stonework ever discovered.
Day 11: Cuzco Enjoy the day at leisure and explore the colonial city of Cuzco. There are a number of excellent museums, art galleries and excellent markets you may wish to visit, or just soak up the ambience of your wonderful hotel. You will be supplied with tickets that allow free entry to a number of historical buildings and other points of interest around Cuzco.
Day 12: Cuzco > Lake Titicaca This morning board the luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer train for your three day journey to Arequipa, enjoying wonderful cuisine and well-appointed cabins. Disembark at the interesting archaeological site at Raqchi and later stop at La Raya, the highest point on the journey. The scenery is wonderful and is complimented by entertainment provided on board. Late afternoon arrival in Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Spend overnight on board the train.
Day 13: Lake Titicaca > Arequipa After an early breakfast you will enjoy a range of cultural activities at Lake Titicaca. Take a traditional boat ride to the 'floating' Uros Islands which have been carefully created using woven reeds. The Uros have lived on these islands for centuries. Continue by boat to the beautiful Taquile Island to enjoy demonstrations from traditional dancers and artisanal weavers. Later in the afternoon return to the train and continue your journey onto Arequipa.
Day 14: Arequipa Admire the breath-taking scenery of Lake Languillas and visit the Sumbay Caves, home to fascinating 8,000 year old Neolithic cave paintings. Enjoy lunch on board the train as you continue towards the beautiful 'white city' of Arequipa. Transfer to your hotel on arrival.
Day 15: Arequipa Enjoy a tour of this very picturesque city, including a visit to the wonderfully restored Santa Catalina Convent which dates from 1579. Visit markets, and marvel at the beautiful cathedral on the lovely main square.
Day 16: Arequipa Transfer to the airport for departure.
• Private tour with English-speaking local guides • 15 nights' accommodation • Transfers and transport including the Vistadome, Belmond Hiram Bingham and Belmond Andean Explorer train journeys • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Flights Lima > Puerto Maldonado > Cuzco • 15 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Sundays, year round
Sundays, year round
Booking conditions • Price is based on flying to Lima on LATAM Airlines. If arriving on another airline please enquire for revised pricing
• You may commence the tour on other days by varying the order of the itinerary
• The prices do not apply during the Inti Raymi festival in June and during certain other public holidays
• Price is based on flying to Lima on LATAM Airlines. If arriving on another airline please enquire for revised pricing • You may commence the tour on other days by varying the order of the itinerary • The prices do not apply during the Inti Raymi festival in June and during certain other public holidays