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Best of Peru

Peru offers so much variety and this itinerary combines it all. From colonial Lima, we fly across the Andes to our Amazon jungle lodge and with our naturalist guides explore this diverse environment. While in Cusco and the Sacred Valley we wander some of South America's best markets and discover a variety of Spanish and Inca heritage. The discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 revealed an incredible Inca architectural masterpiece, and this startling find provides a grand finale to our trek along the Inca Trail. On the trail, we ascend from the jungle to the snow capped Andean peaks to complete our spectacular approach to Machu Picchu. Travelling onto Lake Titicaca, we visit the Uros Indians who live on floating reed islands and enjoy a night in a homestay on an island before returning to Lima.

Inclusions

15 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
airport transfers if arriving on the first or last day
expert bilingual guide for each section
group medical kit
comfortable and central hotels
private internal transportation
the use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket, thermarest and headtorch
group camping equipment
porters to carry personal gear
sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including Machu Picchu entrance fee)
Hightlights
Experience iconic Machu Picchu at the best time of day
Undertake the quintessential Peruvian trek, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and experience dramatic mountain views
Enjoy the cultural delights and vibrant markets of Cusco
Embark on a scenic walk in the stunning Sacred Valley to view ancient Inca salt pans
Experience picturesque Lake Titicaca and floating Uros Islands
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $3,790
Start Location
Lima, Peru
End Location
Peru
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Adventure, Relaxing
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Jun 201801 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
19 Jun 201804 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
23 Jun 201808 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
26 Jun 201811 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
30 Jun 201815 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
03 Jul 201818 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
07 Jul 201822 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
10 Jul 201825 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
14 Jul 201829 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
17 Jul 201801 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
21 Jul 201805 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
24 Jul 201808 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
28 Jul 201812 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
31 Jul 201815 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
04 Aug 201819 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
07 Aug 201822 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
11 Aug 201826 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
14 Aug 201829 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
18 Aug 201802 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
21 Aug 201805 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
25 Aug 201809 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
28 Aug 201812 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
01 Sep 201816 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
04 Sep 201819 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
08 Sep 201823 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
11 Sep 201826 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
15 Sep 201830 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
18 Sep 201803 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
22 Sep 201807 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
25 Sep 201810 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
29 Sep 201814 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
02 Oct 201817 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
06 Oct 201821 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
09 Oct 201824 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
13 Oct 201828 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
16 Oct 201831 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
20 Oct 201804 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
23 Oct 201807 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
27 Oct 201811 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
30 Oct 201814 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
03 Nov 201818 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
06 Nov 201821 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
10 Nov 201825 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
13 Nov 201828 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
17 Nov 201802 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
20 Nov 201805 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
24 Nov 201809 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
27 Nov 201812 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
01 Dec 201816 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
04 Dec 201819 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
08 Dec 201823 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
11 Dec 201826 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,790
02 Mar 201917 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
05 Mar 201920 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
09 Mar 201924 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
12 Mar 201927 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
16 Mar 201931 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
19 Mar 201903 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
23 Mar 201907 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
26 Mar 201910 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
30 Mar 201914 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
02 Apr 201917 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
06 Apr 201921 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
09 Apr 201924 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
13 Apr 201928 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
16 Apr 201901 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
20 Apr 201905 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
23 Apr 201908 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
27 Apr 201912 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
30 Apr 201915 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
04 May 201919 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
07 May 201922 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
11 May 201926 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
14 May 201929 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
18 May 201902 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
21 May 201905 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
25 May 201909 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
28 May 201912 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
01 Jun 201916 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
04 Jun 201919 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
08 Jun 201923 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
11 Jun 201926 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
15 Jun 201930 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
18 Jun 201903 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
22 Jun 201907 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
25 Jun 201910 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
29 Jun 201914 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
02 Jul 201917 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
06 Jul 201921 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
09 Jul 201924 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
13 Jul 201928 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
16 Jul 201931 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
20 Jul 201904 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
23 Jul 201907 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
27 Jul 201911 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
30 Jul 201914 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
03 Aug 201918 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
06 Aug 201921 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
10 Aug 201925 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
13 Aug 201928 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
17 Aug 201901 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
20 Aug 201904 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
24 Aug 201908 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
27 Aug 201911 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
31 Aug 201915 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
03 Sep 201918 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
07 Sep 201922 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
10 Sep 201925 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
14 Sep 201929 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
17 Sep 201902 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
21 Sep 201906 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
24 Sep 201909 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
28 Sep 201913 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
01 Oct 201916 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
05 Oct 201920 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
08 Oct 201923 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
12 Oct 201927 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
15 Oct 201930 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
19 Oct 201903 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
22 Oct 201906 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
26 Oct 201910 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
29 Oct 201913 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
02 Nov 201917 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
05 Nov 201920 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
09 Nov 201924 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
12 Nov 201927 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
16 Nov 201901 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
19 Nov 201904 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
23 Nov 201908 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
26 Nov 201911 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
30 Nov 201915 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
03 Dec 201918 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
07 Dec 201922 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,790
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel where you are free to rest in the hotel or just wander around Miraflores, the area of Lima where our hotel is located. Some of Lima's best galleries and shops and restaurants are located in this area. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima is the oldest capital in South America, with a superb combination of Spanish Colonial and 19th century European architecture. If you have time to visit a museum we would recommend the brilliant Larco Herrera Museum which also has an excellent onsite restaurant or the Museo de La Nacion or the Larco Herrera Museum. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro or similar.
Day 2
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado via Cusco. This provides an opportunity to experience a real jungle frontier town. You'll be met at Puerto Maldonado airport by your tour guide, you'll drive 15-minutes to local Puerto Maldonado office where you'll be given a smaller kit bag to place your clothes and etc. that you'll require over the coming days in the jungle. Your suitcase and larger luggage will be locked in the Puerto Maldonado storage room until you return to collect it. From there you'll drive 20 mins by private vehicle to the port to board a large dugout can. The 40 min trip up river is smooth, but each guest must wear a life jacket. We reach the access point to the trail that leads to Lake Sandoval and after a 1 hour walk through the jungle we jump on board a smaller dugout can where we boat along a narrow canal. Within 10 mins the canal opens up to the spectacular views of Sandoval Lake. We slowly travel in the can across the breadth of the lake to reach the Sandoval Lake Lodge. The rainforest (both pristine primary and secondary growth forest) surrounding the lodges is a naturalist's paradise. (It is important to be aware that the lodge is comfortable but basic - only one of the lodges - Sandoval Lake Lodge - has electricity or hot water for instance). During the remainder of the day we go for walks with our naturalist guide along forest trails. After dinner we get a chance to relax and discuss with resident naturalists the research projects taking place in the area. Serenaded by a chorus of jungle noises we go to sleep in the lodge's comfortable double rooms. Note: While staying at the Amazon jungle lodge you may be with other people from other operators worldwide in a group.
Day 3
Today is spent going on a long jungle walk to find monkeys and capybaras. We'll also take cans out on to some of the jungle lagoons in the area. On the shores of these lagoons there are often lots of hoatzin to be seen - a really remarkable bird. Before the evening meal we head out for a short river trip using torches to look for cayman - this always proves to be exciting. PLEASE NOTE: it is important to be aware that the programs may vary according to flight schedules, weather, river height, group sizes, etc and participants should be aware there is no guarantee of seeing specific animals or birds and in general you may not see much wildlife since the rainforest provides such good camouflage for its inhabitants - but you will have a good chance to experience true rainforest first hand.
Day 4
Early morning departure after breakfast for the downriver trip to Puerto Maldonado and the short flight back to Cusco 11,200' (3,400m), arriving there around midday. After your transfer to our hotel located in the historic centre you will have some time to explore the city and also enjoy a few hours of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimatisation to the altitude. In the evening you will meet with your guide and others joining the trip at 6pm at your hotel for a trip briefing. Here you will receive your kitbags and jackets for your trek. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.
Day 5
Today we have a guided tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We explore the city by foot to appreciate its superbly constructed Inca walls and architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. This also includes a visit of Koricancha, the Golden Temple of the Sun, in ancient times. After this we take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman along with Tambomachay, better known as 'the bath of the Inca. Both sites are spectacularly set above the city. In the afternoon you may have time to explore some of the central parts of the city and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open-air artisan markets and shops. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.
Day 6
We leave Cusco and head to the Chinchero Plateau to explore Chinchero, an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salcantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Next we visit the mysterious concentric circular terraces of Moray which, according to some scholars, could have been an agricultural research centre. From here we head to the salt mines of Maras. This village is a salt-producing centre that dates back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are thousands of salt pools all carved into the mountain side. We walk down through the salt pans to the Sacred valley for a lunch break before heading to our hotel in Ollantaytambo. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy beauty of this famous valley. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar.
Day 7
Today we enjoy another day in the beautiful Sacred Valley with a tour of Ollantaytambo. During our time in Ollantaytambo we visit its remarkable temple/fortress set high on a ridge above the village. We also explore the quaint village itself with a fascinating mixture of Inca and Colonial architecture. This evening we have a pre-trek briefing with our trekking guide at our hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar.
Day 8
You will be picked up early from your hotel in the Sacred Valley for the drive to Chilca or Piscacucho where we start our first day of trekking. At this point we meet our cooks, porters and camp staff before setting off on this famous 'Royal Highway of the Incas', built more than 500 years ago. The first day involves approximately five to six hours of walking. During the first few hours of walking we follow the course of the famous Urubamba River before stopping to admire the archaeological site of Patallacta 2750m (9,020ft) an ancient Inca city built on a series of terraces below the trail. From here we continue to follow the narrow valley of the Cusichaca River to camp at one of two sites near the village of Huayllabamba 3,100m (10137ft). This means we avoid the very crowded camp sites within the village used by most of the trekkers on the Inca Trail. Overnight: Campsite. *Important: Please be aware that, because of the Peruvian authorities' rules on the Inca Trail, there may be changes in the actual trek itinerary and the campsites we use.
Day 9
After breakfast, we begin the most difficult part of the trek. We continue up this narrow valley on the left bank of the river - whose source is one of the great glaciers of Mt Salcantay. We then start the steep climb up our first pass, Warmihua usca, which is also the highest point of the journey at 4,200m (13,700ft). After a rest at the pass and time to take in the spectacular views we descend steeply into the Pacamayo Valley 3,500m (13,700ft) where we spend our second night on the Inca Trail. Overnight: Campsite.
Day 10
Today is the longest day (eight to nine hours of walking) but also the most impressive and interesting because of the amount of archaeological complexes and cloud forest we will find as we walk. After breakfast in our campsite in the verdant Pacamayo Valley we start ascending towards the small but impressively set ruins at Runkuraqay and on to Cochapata set just below the second pass at 3,900m (12,800ft). From here we walk the short distance to the pass and then descend past a mysterious small green lake to the large ruins of Sayacmarca and on to the last pass at 3,800m (12,450ft) which is more like a low ridge-line than a true pass. From here we get a great view down into the forested gorge of the Urubamba River set more than 1700 metres below us. A short hike from here takes us over the Phuyupatamarca Pass at 3,700m (12,140ft), aptly named the 'City in the Clouds'. We walk down along an incredibly well preserved section of the Inca Trail with great white granite slab walls and staircases all impressively set in high jungle to our final campsite at Wi ay Wayna 2,679m (8,790ft). Overnight: Campsite.
Day 11
After breakfast we walk the last few kilometres to finally reach Inti Punku (The Gateway to the Sun) awe-inspiringly set above the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu 2,400m (7,900ft). Your first view of the ruins really ds take your breath away! We will enjoy a guided tour of the sanctuary followed by time to explore this fascinating site at your own pace (with the accompaniment of the guide). We return by bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at your own expense, there are many options to choose from) and check in to our hotel to recharge or this is a good time for a well deserved soak in the nearby hot springs (optional). We say farewell to our guide and some of the Inca Trail trekkers returning to Cusco this afternoon. Overnight: El Mapi Hotel or similar. *Important: Peruvian authorities have implemented entry restrictions to protect Machu Picchu from the impact of its immense popularity. As of January 2018 there are two time slots (morning and afternoon) in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a limited number of hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Additionally, all visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times. These changes have been made to improve the visitor experience and in an effort to deal with overcrowding. World Expeditions endeavour to ensure you get the most of your Machu Picchu experience regardless of these restrictions.
Day 12
This morning we get up early to savour the views and atmosphere of the mystical morning light over Machu Picchu. We are treated to a unique second visit to Machu Picchu including another guided tour visiting the sites that you may have missed yesterday in this colossal sanctuary. After the official tour ends, you will have more time in the company of the guide to continue exploring this incredible site. In the afternoon or early evening we depart from Machu Picchu for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco. Overnight: Casa Andina Cathedral Hotel or similar. NB - depending on train schedules, we may arrive into Cusco very late at night. OPTIONAL HUAYNA PICCHU CLIMB OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN CLIMB - For the more adventurous, you can purchase an additional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain permit (ask us for costs), and forego the guided tour of Machu Picchu which is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please be aware that this is NOT a guided climb, and it takes minimum 2.5 hours (45 mins up & 45 mins down and some time at the top). Both climbs are very steep (including many small and narrow steps) and can be slippery and are quite very exposed with vertiginous drops. Before purchasing the permit on your behalf (non-refundable and non-transferable), we require any passengers to sign a waiver form. Note - there are limited Huayna Picchu permits and they sell out fast, if you are interested in this option, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.
Day 13
A good day to relax, do your washing and re pack after the trek and perhaps a chance to do some 'tourist shopping', selecting from a great variety of expertly made craft work - including alpaca sweaters and hats, ceramics, weavings and traditional Andean instruments. In the evening we prepare for the next stage of our journey through the Andes. Overnight: Casa Andina Cathedral Hotel or similar.
Day 14
We depart early in the morning for the 6 to 8 hour journey by private vehicle* to Puno set on the shores of Lake Titicaca at 12,630' (3,820m). The road takes us south along the great valley below Cusco and then as we head further south we start to climb towards the great continental divide at La Raya. To the east we see some of the strange peaks of the Carabaya Range. From the pass we descend quickly onto the vast dry altiplano with its isolated villages and herds of Andean camelid including the alpaca and vicu a. Our first glimpses of lake Titicaca remind us that this is hardly a lake - its more like a vast inland sea that also happens to be the highest navigable lake in the world! We spend our night at our hotel in Puno. *Note: For smaller groups of 2 - 5 passengers we use the first class public bus to Puno.
Day 15
Puno is a typical high Andean town, set on the great altiplano that surrounds the lake and stretches all the way to La Paz. After breakfast we head down to the old lake port with its century old steamers still tied up at the wharf. From here we board small motor boat to cruise out to visit the famous Uros Islands. These islands often given the misnomer of 'floating islands' are in fact tortora reed mats that grow out of the shallower waters of the vast bay of Puno. The islands have for centuries been occupied by the small Uros community who continue their traditional methods of 'farming' and fishing the lake. From here we continue to the islands of either Taquile or Amantani where we spend a night in a local island home. These islands have been occupied by traditional farming communities and spending a night gives us a good chance to learn more about the Andean people and their traditional lifestyles. Overnight: Homestay
Day 16
Return by boat to Puno and drive to Juliaca airport for flight to Lima airport where your services end.