Luxury Peru & the Uyuni Salt Flats
Experience the very best of Peru and Bolivia in complete luxury. Starting in Lima you will explore this fascinating city with it's mix of colonial and modern architecture and some of the best cuisine in Latin America. Next, fly to Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas - the former heartland of the Incan empire and home to many fantastic Inca sites. Travel by train to the world famous ancient citadel of Machu Picchu - the Lost City, before returning to the ancient city of Cuzco which was once the Inca 'Capital of the World'. In La Paz, spend some time exploring the city before ending your trip with a stay at the luxury Kachi Lodge situated deep in the Salar de Uyuni - the largest salt flats on earth! There are a number of included activities that you can partake in during your stay that will allow you to experience the stunning landscapes, from trekking to 4WD adventures and downhill mountain biking.
• Lima • Cuzco • Sacred Valley • Machu Picchu • La Paz • Uyuni Salt Flats
Day 1: Lima Arrive in Lima and transfer to the luxury Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, located in the stylish suburb of Miraflores.
Day 2: Lima Enjoy a morning city tour of colonial and modern Lima, including a visit to the impressive pre-Inca adobe pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca. You will also explore the historic heart of the city, where the Presidential Palace and impressive colonial buildings surround the main square. Visit the wonderful Santo Domingo Convent, which dates back almost to the time of the conquistadors, and take the opportunity to explore the catacombs. Next, visit the excellent Larco Herrera Museum where you will enjoy lunch at the excellent restaurant on site. This museum, one of the best in Latin America, will provide you with an excellent insight into the Inca world you are about to visit. The impressive collection of over 45,000 artefacts will inspire and help you to understand the history of Peru in ancient Inca times.
Day 3: Lima > Cuzco > Sacred Valley Today you will fly to Cuzco and then travel by car to the Sacred Valley of the Incas via the colourful Pisac Market. On the way, stop and learn about the Andean members of the camelid family, including llamas, alpacas and vicunas, and hand feed them if you wish. After some time at the market, continue to the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, a luxury haven located in the heart of the beautiful Sacred Valley, your home for the next two nights. This area is some 800 metres lower than Cuzco and spending your first nights here significantly aids acclimatization to altitude.
Day 4: Sacred Valley Today's private tour includes several great highlights of the area. The first stop will be Maras, an amazing collection of over 3,000 salt ponds where the local Indians have been extracting this precious commodity since well before Inca times. Continue to the intriguing Inca agricultural experiment at Maras, famous for its impressive circular terracing, a marvel of engineering. Enjoy a delicious lunch and a Peruvian Paso horse show before visiting the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo, scene of one of the last great battles between the Inca and the Spanish conquistadors. Return late afternoon to your Sacred Valley hotel.
Day 5: Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu Take a scenic Vistadome train journey to Machu Picchu. On arrival enjoy a buffet lunch before a guided tour of the ruins. It was to Machu Picchu that the Inca royalty fled after the Spanish invasion, where they were never discovered by the conquistadors. Your guide will explain all about this magnificent historical gem allowing time for photographs before you return to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes for the night at a luxury award-winning hotel, set in a five-hectare garden.
Day 6: Machu Picchu > Cuzco There is time this morning for a second entry to Machu Picchu (at additional cost) or to explore the markets of Aguas Calientes. Return by rail to Cuzco and stay for two nights in the Belmond Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery located close to the heart of the old city.
There is the option today to upgrade to the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train when travelling back to Cuzco (additional cost applies).
Day 7: Cuzco Your private tour of Cuzco, also known as the Imperial City in Inca times, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will start your tour at the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult centre of the Sun God. The Dominicans built a church on top of the Inca temple, but there are still examples of the finest Inca stonework in Peru, including the walls of the old Temple which remains standing to this day.
Next, visit the Plaza de Armas, where you will see the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city. Continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will visit Kenko, an archaeological site where the Sun, Moon and Stars were celebrated. Continue with a stop at Puca-Pucara, a place that would have served as "tambo" or resting place and lodging of the Inca. Finally, you will visit the art workshop Inka's Expression, where you will appreciate a sample of the various uses of Peruvian natural products (plants, fruits, vegetables, among others) and will learn about their nutritional, healing and cosmetic properties.
Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. There are some superb restaurants in your hotel or the sister property next door, the Belmond Las Nazarenas.
Day 7: Cuzco > La Paz Today you will fly to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, which has a pronounced indigenous influence. On arrival transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8: La Paz Enjoy a private morning city tour, taking in the indigenous Witches Market followed by a visit to the colonial quarter which includes the San Francisco Church, the Gold Museum and Murillo Square, on which sit the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, and many other important buildings. Later visit the more affluent southern suburbs and enjoy a visit to the gallery and workshop of international renowned local ceramic artist Mario Sarabia before going to see the impressive lunar landscape in the Valley of the Moon. Enjoy a panoramic cable car ride on the 'Teleferico' as you return to your hotel.
Day 9: La Paz > Salar de Uyuni Today you will take a morning flight to the small town of Uyuni, gateway to the largest salt flats in the world. Transfer to the beautiful Kachi Lodge where you will spend the next 2 nights staying in a luxurious domed tent - a unique and memorable experience in one of the most beautiful areas of the Uyuni Salt Flats.
Day 10: Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) Enjoy a wide range of included activities at your lodge including cultural and village visits, a range of walking, trekking, 4x4 and mountain biking options in the salt flats and desert surrounds. In the evening enjoy some sensational stargazing from the onsite observatory.
Day 11: Uyuni > La Paz Transfer back to the airport in Uyuni and take a late afternoon flight to La Paz for overnight.
Alternatively - you could continue across the Salt Flats and enter Chile near San Pedro de Atacama, staying overnight in Villamar before your transfer. The cost for this would be available on request. Day 12: La Paz Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
• Private tour with English speaking local guides • 11 nights' accommodation in 5 star hotels & lodges • Transfers and transport • Flights from Lima > Cuzco > La Paz > Uyuni > La Paz • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Vistadome train journey from Cuzco to Machu Picchu return. An upgrade to the Hiram Bingham train is available one way at an additional cost. • 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 3 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
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Booking conditions • Price is based on flying to Lima on LATAM Airlines. If arriving on another airline please enquire for revised pricing.
• The prices do not apply during the Inti Raymi festival in June or during other selected public holidays in Peru. NB: Photo's of Kachi Lodge by Amazing Escapes.
• Price is based on flying to Lima on LATAM Airlines. If arriving on another airline please enquire for revised pricing. • The prices do not apply during the Inti Raymi festival in June or during other selected public holidays in Peru.
NB: Photo's of Kachi Lodge by Amazing Escapes.