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The Ultimate Peru Adventure Tour

18 Days

Summary of Holiday

  • Raft the Inca’s sacred Urubamba River
  • Trek world famous Inca Trail and see sunrise at Machu Picchu
  • Sea kayak down the Tambopata River and experience jungle mountain biking
  • Visit the most remote lodge in Peru’s Amazon with spectacular wildlife

From trekking through cloud forests and ancient temples on the Inca Trail, to rafting in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to experiencing up close the unrivalled biological riches of the Amazon Rainforest, this trip is created with our more adventurous guests in mind and aim to share with you the best of adventure activities in Peru

Costs from from £2,318 per person

Price includes: All accommodation, all land transport, bilingual guides for all excursions (including a private guide for your visit to Machu Picchu), with all entrance fees, transport and some additional meals as detailed also included. Does not include: any flights, meals not detailed, tips, personal expenses, services not detailed.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Lima
Day 2 – Lima – Cusco
Day 3 – Cusco city tour
Day 4 – Rafting Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 5-9 – Inca Trail
Day 10 – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 11 – Cusco
Day 12-17 – Amazon
Day 18 – Lima – Home

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Lima Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from your journey. Overnight Lima.

Day 2 - Lima – Cusco You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Lima airport where you will catch your flight to Cusco. The rest of the day will be free to acclimatise. Overnight Cusco (B)

Day 3 - Cusco city tour  After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken on your tour of the city of Cusco, the ceremonial heart of the Inca Empire. Cusco was inhabited by ‘proto-Incas’ as early as the 12th Century AD and was completely rebuilt in the early 15th Century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-King and stood as the heart of the Incan kingdom. Inca walls remain the foundations of many of the city’s colonial buildings. You will also visit Saqsayhuaman, the monolithic Inca fortress overlooking Cusco, and the temple and amphitheatre at Kenko. Saqsayhuaman has some of the most impressive Inca walls in existence, built of hundreds of perfectly fitted stone blocks that weigh up to 130 tonnes each. The site is often called a fortress but more likely it was a sanctuary and temple to the sun. In the afternoon you will have some time to relax and explore Cusco on foot – a really beautiful city that is perfect for walking around. Overnight Cusco (B)

Day 4 - Rafting Sacred Valley of the Incas An active and fun day out as you raft down the Chuquicahuana section of the Urubamba River which has a rating of class III-IV. Our partners are the most established and respected rafters operating from Cusco and they pride themselves on providing quality and exciting excursions in a safe environment.

You will travel approximately 1.5 hours through the stunning and dramatic Andean mountains before reaching your destination on the banks of the river where your guides will prepare everything and give you a few safety instructions. This is an excellent route that progressively gets a little more challenging the further you get down the river. You will be on the river meandering and bumping through the canyon for approximately 2 hours.

After the rafting you will have a picnic where you can recover and dry! From here you return to Cusco. Overnight Cusco (B)

Day 5-9 - Inca Trail Sacred Valley & private camp at KM.82 Incomparable beauty, spectacular views plus outstanding Inca remains all joined by a well preserved cobblestone original Inca trail. Our local partners for the INCA trail have been organising exceptional Inca Trail experiences for over twenty years.

Using their expert knowledge our local partners have designed this Inca Trail itinerary spacing out the trekking days to smoothly gain altitude at the beginning and to evenly distribute you efforts during the rest of the trek.

They are the only operators to use the camp at Km. 82; where you can enjoy nature with the amenities of indoor plumbing toilets, hot showers and a wood fire sauna in the midst of this beautiful setting. This is the best way to begin the Inca trail: fresh and relaxed right from your tent. You will avoid the extremely early wake up in Cusco (4:30 a.m.) and 2 hour bus transfer to meet the crowds at the entrance to the Inca trail!

Day 5 - Inca Trail - Sacred Valley Your day starts at 7:30 a.m. when you will be picked up by a private vehicle from your hotel and you have today to explore with your guide the Sacred Valley before you begin the official Inca Trail the following morning. Your first stop of the day will be a hike on Inca trails trough the magnificent Inca citadel of Pisac, considered one of the most outstanding Inca remains because of the quality of the stone work and breathtaking location overlooking the Sacred Valley. From here you will be driven further down the mountain for a short visit to the colonial town followed by a quick stop at their famous Indian handicraft market. After lunch in Urubamba in a local restaurant, you will head further into the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, considered the most authentic living Inca town. Continuously inhabited since Inca times until the present, conserving its original urban layout and stone walled homes, a walking tour through the extensive ruins and cobblestone paved narrow streets of Ollantaytambo will make you feel like you are travelling back in time. From here you’ll travel for 40 minutes on a mostly unpaved road to the beautifully situated permanent campsite “Camp Km. 82” on the banks of the Urubamba River. Located at 2700 meters above sea level (8,900 feet), it offers indoor plumbing, hot showers and a firewood sauna. From the camp you enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Mt. Veronica (20,275'). This private camp is the starting point of The Inca Trail and is a wonderful place to relax and prepare for the challenge ahead. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Inca Trail - KM.82 to Huayllabamba You will meet your porters and pass through the Machu Picchu control station before beginning The Inca Trail! The trail starts by following the Urubamba River, and after a couple of hours of gentle hiking you reach a point to view the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata. You continue hiking, this time away from the Urubamba River ascending and following the Cusichaca River towards the village of Huayllabamba, you have a picnic lunch nearby and continue ascending to our campsite right below the 2nd Park Control Station with splendid views of Mount Veronica. You will find your tents set up and ready for you. You will have time to rest a little before being served dinner (B, L, D)
• Total distance: 12 km (7,47 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours
• Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
• Campsite altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Day 7 - Inca Trail - Huayllabamba to Pacaymayu After enjoying the beauty of this special campsite you begin this challenging day: Today you go over the highest pass of the trail. You ascend through an interesting cloud forest of native trees before reaching the lunch spot at “Llullucchapampa”. You have lunch enjoying views of the far away Huayllanay Glacier and the high pass known as “Warmiwañusta” or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200 meters above sea level). After lunch, you slowly ascend towards the high pass, taking time to stop and have a little break whilst being rewarded with spectacular views. After reaching the pass you will begin to descend to the campsite at Pacaymayu. (B, L, D)
• Total distance: 11 km (6,84 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
• Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
• Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

Day 8 - Inca Trail - Pacaymayu to Winaywayna An early nourishing breakfast bolsters your energy for a day’s hike on the original cobblestone paved trail left by the Incas. You can appreciate the lovely changes in vegetation and geology as you pass through different ecological zones. You climb up and over the second high pass at 3,950m. On a clear day, your efforts are rewarded with unparalleled views of the snow covered peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the lush valley vegetation. Masterful Inca engineering is today’s highlight along the trail as you explore the Inca remains of Sayajmarca at 3,640m. You will have a picnic lunch and continue to the incomparable site of Phuyupatamarca, at 3,680m. You continue on to the campsite at Wiñay Wayna, where you have time to soak up some of the magical charm of the marvellous ruins nearby. (B, L, D)
• Total distance: 16 km (9,94 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 8 hours
• Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)
• Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)

Day 9 - Inca Trail - Winaywayna to Machu Picchu Today you will have an early rise if you wish to see the sun rise over Machu Picchu. This morning you will say your farewells to the porter and chef as they will not accompany you to Machu Picchu. After breakfast, we hike a couple of hours to reach Inti Punku, The Sun Gate. From here you will get your first glimpses of the spectacular city of Machu Picchu. From here you enjoy the sun rising over the mountain peaks and see the suns rays lighting up this ancient citadel. A quick descent along the wide royal Inca road and you enter the mysterious citadel for an in depth tour before exploring the site at your own pace. In the afternoon you catch the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes down below by the Urubamba River. (B, L)
• Total distance: 4 km (2,49 miles)
• Estimated walking time: 2 hours
• Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)
• Machu Picchu altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)

Day 10 - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu-Cusco An early start if you wish to get to Machu Picchu in time for the sunrise. This morning a chance to explore the ruins at your own pace and soak up the amazing setting. If you are feeling adventurous we can organise for you to climb up Huayna Picchu , a steep climb, but you will be rewarded with amazing views looking back over Machu Picchu. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco. You will be met at the train station and taken back to your hotel.

Day 11 - Cusco Today you are free to explore this beautiful ancient city at your own pace. There are excellent bustling artisanal markets where you can pick up great locally made souvenirs. Cusco is also a fantastic city to relax and observe local life whilst sipping a traditional coca tea. Overnight in Cusco (B)

Day 12 - 17 - Amazon Rainforest Adventure

Day 12 - Arrival in Amazon An early rise as you are picked up from your hotel to catch your flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon rainforest. You will be met at the airport and driven ten minutes to our partners Puerto Maldonado headquarters. From here you will be taken from the Tambopata River Port and take a boat ride for two and a half hours to Refugio Amazonas. You will pass the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. After dinner you can take part in a Caiman search out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas. (B,D)

Day 13 - Amazon – Canopy Tower A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A banistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground to increase your view over the primary forest that extends out over the Tambopata National Reserve.

You can then take part in an easy paddle up a section of the Tambopata River whilst keeping an eye open as you spot different species en route. After lunch you take a four and a half hour boat transfer through the heart of this pristine rainforest. As you cross the confluence with the Malinowski River you will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. The more remote you get sightings of Capybara, Caiman, Geese, Macaws and other large species become more frequent.

The lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. In the afternoon you will do the Overlook Trail, a three to five kilometre hike that leads you to a location that gives you a magnificent view of the winding Tambopata. This part of the forest is also great for spotting Howler and Dusky Titi Monkeys. After dinner, scientists at the lodge will provide an in depth look at the biology of Macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Amazon – Macaw Clay Lick & Sea Kayaking down the Tambopata Before breakfast you will visit the Macaw Clay Lick, on most clear mornings dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colourful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. You will be discretely placed only fifty meters from the cliff where you can observe the large brightly coloured macaws and several species of smaller parrots ingesting clay.

Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active. After observing the macaws you will follow the 5km Floodplain Trail for five kilometres through the rainforest. Your guide will help you look for Squirrels, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys.

In the afternoon will get the chance to try Sea-Kayaking down the gentle Tampopata River for a few hours. After dinner you will have the option of taking part in a night hike. This is when most of the mammals are active. The bizarre and strange noises enables your guide to help you track down the nocturnal creatures. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Palm Swamp & Canopy Climbing  This morning you visit the Palm Swamp. Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake, it provides both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year. Demand for these fruits and the great conditions for planting rice makes the palm swamp one of the most threatened habitats.

After lunch you will be replicating the daily work of the resident macaw researchers as you try your hand at canopy climbing. You climb 30 metres up a tree with a rope, harness and jumar. Once at the top you will be rewarded with a spectacular macaws eye view of the pristine Amazon rainforest.

Firme Trail-An entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes is covered by this five kilometer trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As we walk near the limits of the swamp we will also keep our eyes open for rare tapir tracks. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center (B,L,D)

Day 16 - Amazon – Mountain Biking  After breakfast you will take a 3.5 hour boat ride back up the river to Refugio Amazonas. Today you will see the jungle from a different perspective as you loop 10km through mature forest on a mountain bike. After Lunch you have the opportunity to go and visit a local farm run by the charismatic Don Manuel from the Condenado community. He grows a variety of unknown and popular Amazon crops. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (B,L,D)

Day 17 - Amazon – Lima Today you make your way back to the Puerto Maldonado and then catch your flight to Lima. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in Lima for the night. Time to relax in the afternoon or explore the area around your hotel and sample some of Lima’s amazing cuisine. (B)

Day 18 - Lima – Home  Today you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Your Hotels

The price quoted is based on 3 * hotels. Here is a selection of what we think are the best hotels in the places you will visit ranging from 5* boutique hotels, to characterful 3* hotels and everything in between.

Cusco Hotels

Palacio NazarenasPalacio Nazarenas

Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent was opened in 2012 after years of restoration...

MonestarioMonestario

Set in the heart of Cusco this former monastery built around Incan foundations and adorned with sumptuous colonial style combines historical charm with luxury...

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

The Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco is located in a beautiful eighteenth century house, recently remodelled, with stately colonial courtyards....

Cusco Saphi HotelCusco Saphi Hotel

Located in the central part of town, the Cusco Saphi Hotel is part of the excellent local Tierra Viva Hotel group, and is a great mix between Cusco’s rich history...

Casa Andina Classic Cusco Cathedral Casa Andina Classic Cusco Cathedral

A great value option, which really sets itself apart from other similar hotels thanks to its superb location, as close as it can be to the Cathedral of Cusco on the main square....

Sacred Valley Hotels

Tambo del Inca Tambo del Inca

Nestled in the Sacred Valley, just 50 minutes from Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in the Sacred Valley and arguably one of the best in Peru...

Casa Andina Private Collection Valle SagradoCasa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Set over more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Part of the Casa Andina group...

Pakaritampu, OllantaytamboPakaritampu, Ollantaytambo

A charming little hotel, with 20 rooms, set in beautifully landscaped gardens with wonderful views to the mountains beyond...

Machu Picchu Hotels

Sanctury LodgeSanctury Lodge

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is arguably one of the best situated hotels in the world. The only hotel located inside Machu Picchu it offers amazing views...

Inkaterra Pueblo HotelInkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Pueblo roofs of terra cotta tile, crafted by local artisans, peek from lush gardens, artfully landscaped for serenity and solitude in this charming hotel set in the heart...

Sumaq HotelSumaq Hotel

Set at the foot of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu on the banks of the Urubamba (known in this stretch as the Vilcanota River) river....

El Mapi HotelEl Mapi Hotel

A contemporary hotel, with very good service also run by the excellent Peruvian hotel Chain Inkaterra. Set in the village of Aguas Calientes....

Lake Titicaca Hotels

Titilaka HotelTitilaka Hotel

A beautiful hotel located on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The styling fuses modern ambiance with the colourful heritage of the region...

Isla SuasiIsla Suasi

The only private island in Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water. Featuring panoramic lake views from every room, surrounded by terraced gardens...

LibertadorLibertador

The Libertador Lake Titicaca, offers fantastic views across the lake from throughout the hotel. A larger hotel than we would usually use, with 123 rooms...

Tierra Viva Puno PlazaTierra Viva Puno Plaza

Tierra Viva Puno Plaza is located in Grau Street, at the heart of the city of Puno, just a block away from Puno´s Cathedral and Main Square...

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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