16 Day Custom Peru Explorer

This once-in-a-lifetime itinerary takes you on a journey through varied and colorful Peru.

Explore the Sacred Valley with its famous sites of Ollyantambo and the Pisac Market, chill out in the colonial town of Cusco, then spend 4 days trekking the incredible Inca Trail to access Machu Picchu. Afterwards visit the rich Peruvian Amazon for a 4 day adventure in the Tambopata Reserve. End your trip in the vibrant coastal city of Lima.

Our custom itineraries provide you with the flexibility to book as much or as little as you want and maximize your time in Peru.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Lima Arrival

Upon arrival in Lima you will be met by and transferred to your nearby hotel, Ramada Airport Hotel. The remainder of the day/evening is at your leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Costa del Sol Hotel

Day 2 - Lima - Cusco

In the morning you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco (flight only included upon request). Upon arrival in Cusco our representatives will meet you and take you to to your luxury hotel, La Casona Inkaterra.

Overnight: La Casona Inkaterra (Breakfast Included)

Day 3 - Cusco

Experience and explore from La Casona, a destination as well as a hub to begin your discovery of the Andes. Visit the various valleys and villages surrounding the city, absorbing the magic and mysticism or chose to spend the day indulging in fine cuisine or pampering at the property's private spa. Enjoy the day at your leisure.

Overnight: La Casona Inkaterra (Breakfast Included)

Day 4 - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Enjoy a full day tour to the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley Peru is understood to be the land that extends between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This past heart of the Inca Empire starts just 10 miles outside of Cusco, and trips here reward visitors with incomparable Inca ruins, stunning Andes Mountains vistas, charming towns, a good climate, and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside. This full-day excursion includes a visit to the famous Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo fortress and surrounding ruins.

In the late afternoon you will check in to your nearby hotel, Urubamba Villas.

Overnight: Urubamba Villas (All Meals Included)

Day 5 - Sacred Valley - Inca Trail

This morning begin the Inca Trail trek! A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river.

We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 6 - Inca Trail

We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. We follow the trail to the floor of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where we make camp.

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 7 - Inca Trail

We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range.

We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley.

The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns.

At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).

Overnight: North Face Tent (All Meals Included)

Day 8 - Inca Trail - Aguas Calientes

We explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways spilling down the mountainside at Phuyupatamarca then begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to the site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.

In the afternoon we follow the last stretch of trail across a steep mountainside through a lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.

After enjoying your first visit of Machu Picchu, enjoy dinner and full nights rest at Inkaterra Machu Picchu.

Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu (All Meals Included)

Day 9 - Machu Picchu

We return to Machu Picchu by bus and spend the day in both guided and individual exploration, visiting the most fascinating features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement.

Some will want to take the optional hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu for an amazing overview of the site, while others may want to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners.

After a full-on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, we return to your hotel, Inkaterra Machu Picchu.

Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu (Breakfast Included)

Day 10 - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

After a delicious breakfast, discover the indulgences, amenities and excursions that await, on your Machu Picchu vacation. Nature activities abound, but ideal itineraries might include an Andean eucalyptus sauna, followed by massage or a star-lit plunge pool dip.

In the afternoon your private local guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the train station en route to Poroy. In the evening you will check back in at La Casona Inkaterra for a full nights rest, before your exciting Amazon adventure.

Overnight: La Casona Inkaterra (Breakfast Included)

Day 11 - Cusco - Tambopata

We will transfer you for an early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado (flight only included upon request). Our staff will welcome you at the airport and you will register at the Butterfly House. From there we'll drive to the Tambopata River boat dock. After a scenic boat ride, you will arrive at the majestic Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Enjoy the Trail System adventure and the Twilight River excursion or the nature presentation at the Eco Center with available cocktails. Travelling to Tambopata National Reserve offers a rare opportunity to discover a lively biodiversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and trees.

Enjoy a a delicious dinner as you marvel at the incredible surrounding environment. After some stargazing fall asleep to the sounds of the Madre de Dios River, from your comfortable cabana.

Overnight: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica (All Meals Included)

Day 12 - Tambopata

After breakfast you'll set off for a full day of activities including: an excursion to Lake Sandoval, the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, and the Anaconda Walk. You'll get a chance to see the record-setting numbers of animal species are concentrated within small areas, and the variety of plant life is greater than almost anywhere in the world. After dinner you'll have another chance to spot caiman on the lake, or perhaps take a night trail walk in search of the numerous creatures, including frogs, toads, owls, nighthawks, spiders and night monkeys, that make the forest such a busy and different place during the night.

Overnight: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica (All Meals Included)

Day 13 - Tambopata

Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the Inkaterra Lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rain forest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds, until the Sanipanga landing point.

Navigate your way back downstream, appreciating the abundant flora and fauna along the way.You will return to Gamitana Farm to do a short guided tour to see how local farmers raise fruits and vegetables. Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon pamper yourself with a spa service. ENA is Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica’s unique Spa, combining classic nurturing with the exotic ingredients of the Amazon. All of our Spa products are 100% natural, derived from nature botanical extracts, thus providing spiritually soothing experience that is entirely local. The ENA Spa is located on the banks of the Madre de Dios River, facing Rolin Island, providing a great spot for watching Amazonian sunsets, adding to the relaxation of the traveler's experience.

Overnight: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica All Meals Included

Day 14 - Tambopata - Lima

Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 45-minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, where you may visit Inkaterra Butterfly House, before your flight back to Lima (flight only included upon request). Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, as how case for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects.

In the afternoon you will check in at Miraflores Park hotel, set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, it has breathtaking views out to sea. From exquisite ocean views to the fine cotton linen on the beds, from the size of the showerheads in the marbled bathrooms to the top of the line in-room business amenities, every detail of the room has been designed with the utmost care to pamper and please.

Overnight: Miraflores Park Plaza (Breakfast Included)

Day 15 - Lima

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is a cosmopolitan and vibrant metropolis with a beautiful and historical center that boasts exquisite buildings dating back to colonial times.

Miraflores Park Hotel enjoys a privileged location in the heart of the Miraflores district in Lima, and exciting options are available for entertainment and leisure outside of the hotel. You also have the option to take a guided colonial city tour that includes a visit to the famous Larco Herrera Museum and a farewell dinner at La Rosa Nautica (not included).

Tomorrow you will transfer to Lima International airport and fly home.

Overnight: Miraflores Park Plaza (Breakfast Included)

Accommodation Information

Ramada Costa del Sol Hotel

Experience the unexpected at the newly constructed Ramada Costa del Sol hotel located in the Lima International Airport. We are much more than just a place to stay before a flight. Enjoy a delicious meal in our restaurant featuring a variety of local and International cuisine. Our prime location within the terminal is ideal for both your travel plans and exploring Lima's area attractions.

La Casona Inkaterra

A colonial manor house —perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco— centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco’s present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past.

Re-live the layered heritage at La Casona while you enjoy complete relaxation in calm and serene surroundings, your quiet oasis amidst the vibrant capital of the Incan empire.

Urubamba Villas

At Urubamba Villas each villa has a distinctive character, enhanced by decorative niches with local handicrafts, plus brightly colored hand-woven textiles and rugs to accent earth-tone adobe walls. Intimate terraces and well-tended gardens lure you outdoors; a warm fireplace and cozy open floor plan invite you inside. You will find the Villas an ideal place to start your unforgettable adventure or relaxing retreat that fit harmoniously with the Sacred Valley’s living culture with their facilities and amenities, authentic hospitality and indulgence.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

From the moment you are welcomed at the Aguas Calientes train station, impeccable services are apparent. Travel across the bridge to Peru’s Garden of Eden. Savor a cup of tea by a crackling fire in the hotel reception lounge. Enjoy fine Andean cuisine with contemporary flair overlooking the Vilcanota River, or in your room.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

On the banks of Amazonian Peru's Madre de Dios River, and at the edge of a private ecological reserve, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica's 35 thatched-roof cabanas, with their hammocks, crisp white linens, lanterns, and organic bath products, offer simple, low-impact elegance. Opened in 2009, the Canopy Tree House, 90 feet above ground, takes jungle luxury to the next level. Watch the sunset through the treetops, then fall asleep to a tucan serenade, all with your personal butler just a walkie-talkie call away.

Miraflores Park Plaza

Miraflores is one of the most exclusive residential and commercial districts of Lima, Peru. This city (labeled "the city of kings”) represents an eclectic mix of the modern and historic Peruvian lifestyle. The Miraflores Park Hotel, with its 82 rooms, is a small boutique hotel, set in a park on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean and affording almost all of the rooms with stunning views.

From the exquisite ocean views to the fine cotton linen on the beds, from the size of the showerheads in the marbled bathrooms to the top of the line in-room business amenities, every detail of the room has been designed with the utmost care to pamper and please.

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