Day 1: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Sat. 2 Jun 2018
You will be met at Cusco airport and driven to the lower altitudes of the traditional Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Day 2: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Sun. 3 Jun 2018
Active discovery of the Sacred Valley
Your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel for your private trip. You start the day with a full instruction in the art of stand-up paddle boarding, before practicing your new skills on this beautiful lake. It is actually really easy to learn and soon you will be gliding serenely glide across the emerald green lake, all under the watchful eyes of your expert stand up paddle guide. After a couple of hours of paddling and hopefully mastering this fun sport, you can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch.
You then have a short drive to the colonial village of Maras to begin your hike. Famous for its out-standing Spanish door arches and a vast church. Maras was also renowned for its spies due to the strategic location above the Sacred Valley. You take an old mule trail downhill to the the amazing salt-pans. Thousands of salt-pans cover the whole of the hill-side creating a stunning white landscape. They have been constantly worked since Inca times and were even mentioned in The Chronicles. Your vehicle will be waiting for you at the end.
Day 3: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Mon. 4 Jun 2018
Travelling to Machu Picchu by the Sacred Valley train is to arrive in true Orient Express style. You board the train in Urubamba and en route, complimentary drinks and lunch will be served. There is also an observation car for great views.
On arrival at Aguas Calientes, your guide will escort you to an awaiting bus for the 30 minute journey to the ruins. Once there, you will enjoy a fully guided tour of the ruins in the less busy afternoon.
The Sacred Valley train return from Machu Picchu gives you the chance to be one of the last to leave the ruins, before catching the bus to the train station and boarding this amazing train. A full 3 course dinner is served, along with optional Pisco tasting. On arrival at Urubamba, we transfer you back to your hotel for the night.
Day 4: Cusco
Tue. 5 Jun 2018
Enjoy a free morning to relax in your beautiful hotel grounds
We transfer you back to Cusco via Pisac town and a visit to the artisan market. On arrival in Cusco, we check into our hotel and the rest of the day ids free for you to explore this fascinating city.
Day 5: Cusco
Wed. 6 Jun 2018
This morning we will visit Cusco's most stunning ruin, the extensive Sacsayhuaman. Although the smaller stones of Sacsayhuaman were used to build modern day Cusco, the remaining stones are up to 8.5m high and weigh over 360 tons. The distinctive zig-zag ramparts that form are attributed to being puma teeth, lightning & also fortification. This major centre obviously had many functions with storehouses, administration buildings, reservoir and play area. It was also site of a crucial battle between the Incas & the Spanish.
A downhill brings us to San Cristobal church built on top of Inca Manco Capac’s Palace and a fantastic view point of Cusco. The final steps down the streets of San Blas bring us to the Plaza de Armas and a visit to the magnificent Cathedral. Afterwards a short walk past Inca walls brings us to Quoricancha - the Sun temple and the very centre of the Inca Empire. It also boasts some of the very best preserved Inca stone work in Cusco. Time, energy and tastes permitting, we can visit the local market, shop for souvenirs or wander through San Blas - the artisan part of Cusco city. After a couple of hours exploring this fascinating city at your own pace, your guide will bring you back to your hotel.
Lunch today is in a beautifully converted colonial building just off the main square complete with an in house factory and museum dedicated to Peruvian Coffee production.
We spend the next few hours at the Museo del Cafe, where our expert guide and barista introduces us to the magic of Peruvian coffee. We learn how to select our own beans, roast them to perfection, grind and serve them using a variety of coffee making processes. We then get to sample some of the freshest coffee you'll ever get to try and even have a go at becoming a proper barista including Latte art techniques - it is incredibly tricky but great fun!
Day 6: Cusco
Thu. 7 Jun 2018
Enjoy a free day in Cusco for some rest and recuperation. Whether your interest is exploring Inca ruins, visiting Colonial churches, bargain hunting in artisan markets, chocolate museums or just relaxing over a cappuccino on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, Cusco has it all.
Day 7: Tambopata National Reserve
Fri. 8 Jun 2018
We transfer you to Cusco airport in time for your onward flight.
A short flight takes you to Puerto Maldonado, situated deep in the Amazon rainforest. Here you will be met by your expert resident guide and taken to the docks to board a motorized dugout canoe for the trip to your jungle lodge. You will be able to leave any excess luggage at their offices in Puerto Maldonado. On arrival at the lodge you can choose from a number of activities: jungle hikes, canoe trips or simply taking a siesta and enjoying the sounds of the jungle from your hammock.
Day 8: Tambopata National Reserve
Sat. 9 Jun 2018
For the next two days there are a huge variety of options to choose from. The jungle is usually alive very early in the morning so try to get out pre-dawn and explore, as this will be your best chance to see wildlife. There are monkeys, birds, giant otters, ants galore, and a chance to learn about the rainforest from your expert resident guides either on foot or by dugout canoe. There is plenty of time to have a siesta to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Day 9: Tambopata National Reserve
Sun. 10 Jun 2018
You can then take a canoe trip on a lake or explore more trails and catch a beautiful sunset over the Amazon basin. The evening can be free to relax or for those still eager to see wildlife there are two more options: either head out on foot in search of nocturnal mammals or take a canoe in the hope of glimpsing the rare black caimans that inhabit the nearby water. Also there is an opportunity to travel downriver and experience Inkaterra's Canopy walkway.
Day 10: Lima
Mon. 11 Jun 2018
After a dawn breakfast we return to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight to Lima, This flight sometimes stops in Cusco, en route.
The person meeting you will be holding a board with your name on it. They will then help you with your baggage to the awaiting minibus for your transfer to your hotel. This interesting journey lasts for about forty-five minutes.
Day 11: Lima
Tue. 12 Jun 2018
ood is one of the great ways to get to know a place and its people. Lima has established itself as one of the gastronomic capitals of the world, so what better way to get to know it, than through a half day spend with a local chef.
First, she will pick you up and take you to visit her local market where you can meet the stall holders she buys her ingredients from- Peru is famed for the freshness and huge variety of ingredients available, thansk to the vast range of ecosystems encompassed by the country.
Having bought the necessary ingredients, you go to her Barranco apartment, drop the good off, before taking a short walking tour of places such as El Puente de Suspiros, Las Pallas, Dédalo or the Modern Art Gallery, stopping along the way for a coffee at one of her favourite organic coffee shops.
Then it is time to return to the apartment, to cook a complete menu using the fabulous seasonal ingredients, including a Pisco Sour of course and enjoy with a view over the sea.
The price includes: Private culinary guide. Visit to the market. Organic gourmet coffee at local cafeteria. Private hands on cooking class. Walking tour around Barranco. Lunch or dinner and drinks. Printed recipes. Culinary souvenir, transportation.
In the afternoon, we will explore the best of Lima:
From modern and cosmopolitan Lima, Peru's Capital City, you will go back in time through the Colonial and Pre-Hispanic stages of Peruvian History. Drive through Lima's first freeway, built during 1960s and 1970s to arrive to the Downtown Lima, historic site per UNESCO, where you will appreciate its impressive monuments and imposing architecture from the colonial times.
You will visit Convento de Santo Domingo (circa 16th century), one of the best preserved monasteries in whole of Lima where you will be able to see the old Lima from its tower. Visit continues to the Larco Museum, featuring the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous "erotic" archaeological collection. Finally, you will be able to try a dessert based with an endemic Peruvian fruit "lucuma" at the Cafe del Museo.
Day 12: End of Itinerary
Wed. 13 Jun 2018
For your free morning in Lima we have many suggestions: the ‘City of kings’ boasts a stunning Colonial centre, many fine museums including the Gold museum, Museum of the Nation and the Larco museum (most museums are closed on Mondays), a zoo, some ancient mud pyramids including Pachacamac to the south or Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores. There are also many relaxing parks along Miraflores sea-front and Park Kennedy in Miraflores. Alternatively fine ice cream, shopping, coffee and a multi-screen cinema can be found in Miraflores Ovalo or Larcomar shopping. Reception can assist with a tour or friendly taxi.Your hotel reception can provide you with a city map.
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Lima airport for your onward flight. The drive takes approximately one hour (dependent on traffic). For national flights you must check-in two hours and for international three hours before your flight departure time. Once at the airport, please head straight to the domestic check-in desks in the center of the building.