Highlights of Peru In Style

12 Days & 11 Nights
  • Hike the Sacred Valley and trek the ‘Royal Inca Trail’ to Machu Picchu
  • Stay in stylish, award winning luxury 5* hotels and lodges
  • Journey across the High Andes and take a cruise across Lake Titicaca
  • Sip Pisco sour cocktails in Cusco’s artistic quarter of San Blas
  • Soak in the hot springs of Colca Canyon and spot soaring Condors high above
Discover Peru’s ancient Incan Empire, spending each night in the comfort of historical, stylish 5 * hotels and luxury lodges. Deep in southern Peru, your adventure begins in the colourful plazas and cobbled streets of Cusco. Trek into the hills above Cusco and explore the mighty 15th-century Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Venture into the Sacred Valley and hike the one day ‘Royal Inca Trail’, climbing ancient Incan stone stairways and along agricultural terraces to reach Inti Punkti (the sun gate) where the majestic hidden citadel of Machu Picchu reveals itself. Journey through the high snow-capped Andes to the shores of Lake Titicaca and take a cruise to meet the island communities of Uros and Taquile. Travelling west, head into the depths of Colca Canyon, where you can spot mighty condors soar in the thermals high above and relax in the natural hot springs of your stylish wilderness lodge. Perfect for rounding off the tour with a Pisco sour cocktail or two.
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What To Expect

Travel through Southern Peru staying in some of South America’s finest hotels and lodges. Explore natural wonders and UNESCO listed archaeological sites of the Incan Empire. Carefully crafted, this tour travels overland between each destination and includes 4 days of hiking along historic Incan trails, a comfortable boat cruise on Lake Titicaca and a private vehicle to explore the rugged beauty of Colca Canyon. With your guide always on hand, days can be flexed to suit your needs.

Tour Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Walking, Wildlife Watching, Cultural Activities | Walking as part of a multi activity trip., Trip includes wildlife watching as part of the itinerary, Trip includes cultural activities in the itinerary

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Special Occasions

Activity Level & Terrain

This adventure tour is graded moderate. The tour begins in Cusco which is at an altitude of 3400m. Spending the first 2 nights at this altitude helps your body acclimatise. For further information on altitude and acclimatisation we would happy to discuss this with you.

There are 4 guided hiking days (days 2-5) on this trip. Distances are between 6-11km with a maximum altitude of 3700m with day 4 being a challenging day of walking (with up to a 1300m of ascent). Your experienced hiking guide will help pace the day for you so you can take the day at a steady tempo. During each walking day, all you have to do is carry a small day pack (with your daily essentials) and enjoy the beauty of Peru. Although the paths are well maintained you will encounter some sections that have uneven ground underfoot, so should be happy to walk along uneven terrain. You will also encounter stretches of typical Incan stone stairs cases on several of the walks, so be prepared to tackle longer stretches of steps!

Travelling to Lake Titicaca and onwards to Colca Canyon uses a sensible combination of a private vehicle and a guided tourist coach service, which includes visits to archaeological sites, towns and villages. If you have any further questions about the travel included, please contact us.

Accommodations

During this trip, you will spend 10 nights in stylish 5* hotels and lodges and 1 night in a 4* hotel, some of which are regarded as South America's finest hotel and lodge experiences. Examples of the types of accommodation booked on this tour are listed below. On occasion, we may have to use alternate accommodation and will let you know at the time of booking should alternatives have to be

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 1 dinner is included. Typically, breakfasts consist of fruits, juices, breads, eggs, muesli, yogurts and a plentiful supply of tea and coffee.

Included lunches will be in a traditional restaurant or when walking, will be a picnic-style lunch. Picnic lunches are made up of sandwiches (made of different breads), fruits, sweet treats and local specialities. Your guide will arrange the picnic lunch for you.

Dinners are not included (with the exception of night 4). You can choose to dine at your hotel restaurant or in one of the many restaurants nearby.  Many of the hotel restaurants offer a gastronomic, contemporary twist on traditional Peruvian cuisine and rank as some of the best restaurants in southern Peru. There is also an excellent choice of cafes, bars and restaurants in Cusco and Arequipa, so we do recommend exploring the streets to sample the local fayre available.

Alcoholic drinks are not included and the consumption of alcohol should be limited when at altitude, especially during the first few days of your tour.

Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. We try to accommodate all requirements where possible but as some of the accommodations are in remote locations, dietary alternatives may not be possible without prior notice. It is essential you let us know at least a month in advance of any dietary needs. Should you have a specific diet, it is always worth bringing a small supply of your own snacks.

Extra Nights

You may like to add extra nights at any point on this tour. There is always plenty to see in Cusco or you may prefer an extra night to explore the city of Arequipa. If you are travelling via Lima, we can also easily arrange extra nights in the capital city if required. Extra nights can easily be added to your booking at any time.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you’re exploring with friends or family and prefer to have your own room, single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. This tour is not available to solo adventurers.

Included
  • 10 nights in 5* hotels & lodges, 1 nights in a 4* hotel
  • All transfers as described in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches & 1 dinner
  • National Park Fees & trekking permits
  • Train ticket from Aguas Caliente to Cusco
  • Lake Titicaca Cruise
  • 4 guided day walks
  • Private vehicle and guide in Colca Canyon
  • Optional guided tour of Arequipa
  • 24/7 local telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to Cusco / from Arequipa
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Lunches & dinners other than those described
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance (details of your travel insurance must be provided before travel)
  • Tips for your drivers, guides and local staff
Extras
  • Additional nights
  • Domestic flights within Peru

When To Go

This tour departs on any day of the week from mid-March through to early December. If you are planning on travelling from June through to August we suggest contacting us as soon as your travel plans are finalised as these can be very busy months on the trails.

Getting to the Start

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com  

Most travellers arrive into Cusco Airport via a 60-minute flight from Lima Airport which has excellent connections to North America and Europe. We would suggest checking Sky Scanner for the extensive flight options available.

You may prefer to have an overnight stop in Lima before travelling onto Cusco. Please let us know if you would like extra hotel nights in Lima.

Getting from the End

Depending on your onward travel plans, you can fly from Arequipa to Lima (approx 90mins), Cusco (approx 60 mins).

If you would like domestic flights in Peru arranged for you, we can include this as part of your package. Please let your adventure specialist know at the time of booking.

Luggage Transfer

On days when you will be travelling to a new destination, your main baggage will be transported for you. Please limit your main baggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco if you are returning there at the end of your journey.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Local Guides & Support

This trip is a private ‘day guided’ tour. This means each day (with the exception of day 6), a local expert guide (together with a private vehicle where required) will arrive at your accommodation each morning and lead you through the trails, towns and natural wonders of Peru.

Days are paced around your needs which means you experience the ultimate in hassle-free travel. In the evening you are free to spend the time as you wish. You will have also 24/7 telephone local partner support should you need to contact your guide or Macs Adventure at any time during the tour.

Equipment

While hiking you will only have to carry a day bag with water, snacks, and extra layers and your camera. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation and/or curtailment of your trip. Please ensure that you check your policy as it should include cover for trekking at altitude.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cusco Day 2 Hill of Cusco & Sacsayhuaman 4 miles / 6 km Day 3 Cusco to the Sacred Valley 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 4 Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 5 Guided explorations of Machu Picchu Day 6 Discover Cusco Day 7 Transfer to Puno, Lake Titicaca Day 8 Lake Titicaca Cruise Day 9 Private Transfer to Colca Canyon Day 10 Discover Colca Canyon & Cruz del Condor Day 11 Transfer to Arequipa Day 12 Onward Travel

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