Peru Adventure Tour
Peru Adventure tours have been gaining interest amongst travellers for the past two decades. Hiking the Inca trail is the most famous but Cordillera Blanca in Huascaran National Park, is dedicated high-altitude trekking around craggy snow-covered peaks. White-water rafting is in Urubamba Valley and around Arequipa and the Colca Canyon in southern Peru. While advance rafting journeys are on Tambopata River in the Amazon jungle and Río Majes, Río Colca, and Río Cotahuasi.
This private Peru tour features the best of the spectacular landscapes and fascinating culture around Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Beginning in Cusco, tour the outstanding Inca archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo and visit Awanakancha, where South American camelidae are bred. Next, embark on a deluxe four-day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and explore the ruins with your private guide. Then, ride the luxurious Hiram Bingham train back to fascinating town of Cusco.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY PERU ADVENTURE…
And, explore Sacsayhuaman, the historic capital of the Inca Empire.
This tour begins in Cusco, where you will be met and transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley). With your private guide, tour the outstanding pre-Inca and Inca archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo. Visit Awanakancha, where South American camelidae are bred. Learn about the llama, alpaca and vicuna fibres as well as the ancient weaving techniques that are still in use. Eroute, bargain hunters can stop at the handicraft market in Pisac.
Next, embark on a deluxe four-day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Of all the popular treks in South America, the Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu is the one most travellers want to do. Our trek is supported by a private guide and porters, so you can take in stunning views of the mountains and jungle along the way. At the end of each day, enjoy gourmet cuisine, the services of a private masseuse to help soothe your muscles, and accommodation in deluxe tents.
After arriving at Machu Picchu, explore the ruins with your private guide, and then spend one night at a lodge next to the site, which allows you to access the grounds in the early morning and late afternoon, when fewer tourists are present.
Then, ride the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to fascinating Cusco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once ruled by the Incas in 1200AD, until the Spaniards arrived, this town with beautiful colonial architecture and Inca remains is the most popular tourist attraction in the country. Do not miss the archaeological sites on the outskirts of the city, such as Sacsayhuaman. In the evenings, enjoy dining reservations at Cusco’s top restaurants.
On the final day, fly back to Lima where you will be assisted to the international terminal for your onward flight.
The principal international airlines are Lan and Avianca. There are no direct flights from London but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers.
Prices of flights to Peru from London are fairly consistent around the year, with a slight rise in the summer and over the major holidays. It’s best to avoid buying international air tickets in Peru, where prices are inflated by a high tax. If you’re uncertain of your return date, it will probably still work out cheaper to pay the extra for an open-ended return than to buy a single back from Peru.
Peru Luxury Adventure
Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Cusco
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1, 2 &3 – Arrive
Lima/ Cusco/ Sacred Valley Arrive in Lima and transfer to Cusco. Meet and greet and private transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley).
Next day private touring in the valley or option for day hike. This is an active tour joined mostly with active enthusiasts who prefer short hikes along with sightseeing around the valley. Your private guide will include the outstanding pre-Inca and Inca archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo.
On third day, we can arrange half-day adventure activities like white water rafting, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (B)
Day 4 to 6 – Luxury Trek
Inca Trail Embark on a deluxe four-day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of South America’s greatest and most memorable adventures. Your private guide and porters will escort you on this spectacular hike through the Andes as you walk in the footsteps of the Inca, explore their fascinating structures, and take in stunning views of the mountains and jungle along the way. At the end of each day, enjoy gourmet cuisine, the services of a private masseuse to help soothe your muscles, and accommodation in deluxe tents.
Overnight: Luxury camping (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Private Touring
Machu Picchu After arriving at Machu Picchu, explore the ruins with your private guide, and then spend one night at a lodge next to the site, which allows you to access the grounds in the early morning and late afternoon, when fewer tourists are present.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B)
Day 8 & 9 – Private Touring & Transfer
Cusco In the morning take a private touring around Machu Picchu before returning for lunch. Take the afternoon luxury Hiram Bingham train to Cusco and stay in an oxygenated room at one of the city’s finest and most historic hotels.
Next day, take private touring with your guide, walk through Cusco’s narrow streets, and learn about the city’s Inca and Spanish history. Also visit markets, galleries, boutiques and artisan workshops according to your interests. Time permitting; perhaps opt to see important archaeological sites on the outskirts of the city, such as Sacsayhuaman. In the evenings, enjoy dining reservations at Cusco’s top restaurants.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Palacio Nazarenas (B)
Day 10 – Depart
Lima Private transfer to airport for flight to Lima. Airport assistance to connecting international flight.
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
Make this your holiday
Overview Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of South America and a mind-bendingly fascinating history, with archaeological sites to match. Here the Andes attain the height of their glory, building the world's great centres of ancient civilization and their remains fascinate travellers and archaeologists alike.
The city of Cuzco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and once the centre of the Inca Empire, flaunts its glorious legacy, not only in its architecture, ruins and museums but also in the people, who speak the Inca language, Quechua.
Where to go Begin your tour in the sprawling capital city of Peru. It is worth to spend a day or two in Lima, seeing its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.
Peru is known for its archaeological sites of which Machu Picchu is most famous. But along the coast, there are more fascinating archaeological sites, as well as glorious beaches and charming towns. South of Lima are the bizarre Nasca Lines, the drawings so monumentally huge that some can only be seen from the sky. And the National Reserve of paracas is inhabited by an enormous variety of birds, amongst which are Humboldt Penguins, Flamingoes and Pariguana.
North of Lima lie the great adobe city of Chan Chan and the Valley of the Pyramids. The surfing hangouts of Puerto Chicama and trendy Máncora beach are big draws along this stretch, but almost all of the coastal towns come replete with superb beaches, plentiful nightlife and great food.
For High Mountain trekking and climbing is the town of Huaraz, 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway for visitors to the Callejón de Huaylas, the spectacular range with some of the highest peaks in Peru. The other key attraction here is the remains of the temple complex of Chavín de Huantar, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, to the east of Huaraz.
For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Peruvian Amazon, known as "Amazonia", is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. Jungle treks, lasting from a day to a week or more, are organised from Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, are in the South while the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is in the North.
Finally for Machu Picchu, you will travel to Cuzco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes and palatial ruins in Peru, and by magnificent hiking country. You will visit the Urubamba valley, also called the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas.
When to go January – April: This is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy.
During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the rains begin to ease and more visitors begin to arrive. This is a good period to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.
May – September: This is the best time to visit Peru, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. This being the high tourist season, most hotels get booked hence it is advisable to book early. More importantly, The Inca Trail that has limited spaces hence those wishing to travel from June onward should book at least six to nine months in advance.
October – December: The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. Water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, but it also makes it easier to explore smaller tributaries.
Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.
If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region) - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office.
If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).
Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get your entry stamp when you arrive in Peru.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.
Customs: British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.
If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.
For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk