Custom Luxury Peru Explorer

No trip to Peru would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu and this custom itinerary combines a vist to the mystical Inca citidel as well as allowing sufficient time to explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as well as the beautiful Lake Titikaka.

Please note that this itinerary is just a suggestion and it can be revised in anyway necessary to meet your trip priorities, hotel preferences and time restrictions. Pricing will be based on time of year and your preferred type of accommodation.





Detailed Itinerary



Day 1 - Lima - Arequipa


Upon arrival in Lima international airport you will be assisted to your domestic flight to Arequipa. Known as the “White City”, Arequipa is located in southern Peru at an elevation of approximately 7,500 feet and is surrounded by the towering peaks of El Misti, Chachani, and Picchu Picchu.


Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection - Arequipa



Day 2 - Arequipa - Colca


Following breakfast transfer to Colca Canyon one of the deepest canyons in the world. This remarkable drive takes you through Inca and pre-Inca terracing, which will astound and amaze.

Spend today enjoying the sights of Colca Canyon. The canyon is reportedly the deepest in the world, thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. Unlike most of the Grand Canyon, portions of the Colca canyon are habitable, with pre-Columbian terraced fields still supporting agriculture and human life. Your guide will explain its significance and give you great insight into the people who inhabit it.


Overnight: Las Casitas del Colca (All Meals Included)



Day 3 - Colca


This morning after breakfast you will visit the Condor research area to watch the magical birds in flight and explore the Yanque Church. Later this morning you will be lead on a very special meditation while watching the condors soar above the clouds. It is the belief of the local people that the condors actually take your thoughts and wishes to Pachamama.

In the afternoon you will transfer back to your hotel and enjoy a free evening reflecting on your experiences.


Overnight: Las Casitas del Colca (All Meals Included)



Day 4 - Colca - Arequipa - Puno

After breakfast you will return to Arequipa (journey 5 hrs) and transfer to the the airport for you flight to Puno.

Upon arival you will be met and transferred to your Puno accomodation at Titilaka. Enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel, and use the rest of the evening to relax.



Overnight: Titilaka (All Meals Included)



Day 5 - Puno

Early in the morning, boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros Indians, who build their homes on “floating islands” of totora reeds and are known for their boats made of the same material. Then continue to Island of Taquile. Members of this self-supporting Aymara community receive visitors to show them their costumes and show them around the island. Taquile is renowned for its fine decorative weavings.


Overnight: Titilaka (All Meals Included)



Day 6 - Puno - Cusco

You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco and you will be met and transferred to Casa Cartagena for overnight.

Overnight: Casa Cartagena (Breakfast Included)





Day 7 - Cusco

Enjoy today at your leisure. Cusco is a beautiful city with well preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst.

The city is surrounded by a number of ruins, the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which dozens of Pizarro's men charged uphill to battle the forces of the Inca. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in traditional clothing--and its substantial tourist-fueled night life.


Overnight: Casa Cartagena (Breakfast Included)



Day 8 - Cusco - 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. After your day exploring the Sacred Valley you will make your way to Libertado Tambo del Inka for overnight.


Overnight: Libertador Tambo del Inka (Breakfast and Lunch Included)



Day 9 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

We take the train from Ollantaytambo, following the Urubamba river to Km.104 of the railroad, here we cross a footbridge to begin our hike at the Inca site of Chachabamba. After a brief visit to this lovely ruin with its water channels and fountains, we start the four-hour ascent that will take us past spectacular overlooks above the great valley, then below a lovely waterfall near the delightful site of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). We ascend through this largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites, passing its chain of ritual baths and elegantly curved terracing, and then joining the main Inca trail. We follow it across a steep mountainside and up narrow stairways through 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.

We walk the last half-hour or so down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and through the heart of Machu Picchu. Return to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge near Machu Picchu's gate for overnight.


Overnight: Sanctuary Lodge (All Meals Included)



Day 10 - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We enjoy an early morning guided visit to the fabled ruins, spending the day in both guided and individual exploration. After we visit the most fascinating features of this astounding and mysterious Inca settlement, some will want to take the optional hike to an amazing overview of the site, while other may prefer to investigate Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners.

In the evening return to Cusco by train.


Overnight: Casa Cartagena (Breakfast and Lunch Included)



Day 11 - Cusco

Sadly, today ends your Peru excursion. You will be assisted to the airport for flight to Lima and onwards.


Overnight: Casa Cartagena (Breakfast Included)







Accommodation Information


Casa Andina Private Collection - Arequipa

Restored to its original grandeur, this storied sillar (white volcanic stone) colonial mansion is one of the finest hotels in Arequipa’s historic center – and is as much living museum as it is hotel. Inhabiting the 1794 former Casa de la Moneda (Mint House)—a National Historic Monument—it is Arequipa’s finest hotel and one of the most sumptuous hotels to stay in all of Peru.



Las Casitas del Colca

Las Casitas del Colca is Peru's hidden gem, a collection of luxurious cottage villas with a fabulous spa, set in the peace and serenity of the remote Colca Canyon. Nestled high in the Andes, this Orient-Express secluded retreat offers a rare opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of Peru. Spot condors high overhead, hike through the fields or visit the hotel’s farm. Spend time in harmony with this lush valley’s nature and local community, with complete freedom to do as much or as little as you wish.



Titilaka

Experience Lake Titicaca, on a secluded private peninsula at Titilaka. Indulge and immerse in the splendor and spirit of the lake at Titilaka. Surrounded by stunning scenery and astounding Andean geography, Titilaka’s contemporary design integrates with the natural environment, paying homage to the ancient Titicaca, origin of the great Inca culture.



Casa Cartagena

Experience an innovative concept in hospitality that combines Peru’s cultural and historical heritage with European luxury and style. The property consists of 16 exquisitely decorated luxury suites will make of your stay a pleasant and memorable experience.



Libertador Tambo del Inka

Nestled in the Sacred Valley, just 50 minutes from the city of Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in Peru from which travelers can reach Machu Picchu, the mystical Inca citadel. This spectacular resort & spa invites you to relax and indulge the senses, offering unparalleled service and limitless opportunities of discovery for groups, weddings, meetings and incentive travel around Peru.



Sanctuary Lodge

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. Uniquely, it offers its guests the opportunity to explore this great site late in the evening and early in the day. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: this delightful Orient-Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.

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