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Luxury Peru Adventure Tour – 12 Days

Itinerary

DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL (D)

A View Peru staff member will be waiting for your arrival at the Lima airport, from where they will transport you to the luxury hotel of your choice. Any questions you have will be answered and you will be briefed on your itinerary by your assistant. Waiting at your hotel for you will be fresh flowers and you will enjoy a massage as well as a first-class dinner at one of Lima’s famed gourmet restaurants. You have the evening to relax in your hotel to prepare yourself for the exciting tour ahead.

Day 2: Lima – Cusco (B, L, D)

After breakfast in Lima, you will be transported by your private assistant to the airport to catch your one hour domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be picked up and brought to your luxury hotel in the historic center of the city, where local fresh flowers, chocolate, and fruit will be waiting for you. After the opportunity to rest for a bit, you will be taken on a walking tour of the ancient capital of the Incas. The tour will include the colonial Cathedral, the Main Square, the Temple of the Sun, as well as the typical open-air San Pedro Market. Tonight you will have a 5-star massage in the oxygenated Inca Tak Spa, followed by a gourmet Cuscquenian dinner accompanied by a show.

DAY 3: RIVER RAFTING THE URUBAMBA RIVER (B, L, D)

You will be picked up after breakfast in your Cusco hotel to begin your adventure down the Urubamba River rapids. You will be taken on about an hour and a half drive to the departure point at the Cusipata River Camp. Here, professional river guides will give you a safety briefing as well as instruct beginners on how to paddle etc. After being suited up, you will begin the trip of about two and a half hours down the gorgeous Urubamba River. This river winds past remote villages, scenic ruins, and goreous mountain scenery. Rapids on the river range from Class II – III most of the year, however during the rainy season (Dec. – March) the rapids can be Class IV or even higher, making this the ultimate Peru adventure trip to pump your adrenaline. At the end of your adventure down the river, a camp will be waiting for you with your dry clothes, warm showers, and a prepared delicious gourmet picnic. After lunch, you have an option for an added price to zip-line four cables across the river (Ask for further details). You will spend the night in the Sacred Valley at a luxurious hotel in the quiant village of Urubamba where you will enjoy a gourmet meal.

DAY 4: MOUNTAIN BIKING TO MORAY AND MORAS (B, L, D)

Be sure you enjoy the hearty breakfast provided at your hotel to give you energy for your private mountian biking advenure today. You will be picked up at your hotel around 9:00am to make the short trip to the town of Chinchero where the biking route starts. This is a quaint village that still has the layout of the Inca town that it once was, with several ancient buildings still in use. Once the guide is done briefing you on safety and the route, you will be geared up with the highest quality biking equipment and ready to go. The journey begins riding towards the Lake Huaypo where you will continue to ride until you come across the terraced amphitheater of Moray. This ancient site was used as an agricultural laboratory to bio-engineer different breeds of plants to grow at different altitudes. From here, you will continue riding until you reach the cute colonial village of Moras which will finally lead you to the amazing site of the salt pans of Maras. These amazing pans were engineered to extract salt from the salt laden spring coming from the mountain, and have been used for centuries to evaporate the water leaving only the salt in the pans. The final descent of the trip will be a short downhill ride to the village of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley where a car will be waiting to bring you back to Cusco, where you will arrive around 4:00pm. This fairly easy bike ride takes you on about 35km of gorgeous back roads and foot trails leading through rural villages and isolated areas that you wouldn’t have the chance to see any other way. Return to your hotel in Urubamba where you will get a hearty dinner to replenish your body from today’s adventure, followed by a relaxing massage to prepare you for your Inca Trail trek.

DAY 5: INCA TRAIL (Urubamba – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA – YUNCACHIMPA) (B, L, D)

We will pick you up from Urubamba to travel further into the Sacred Valley to the town of Ollantaytambo to have an optional breakfast and stock up on any last-minute supplies you might need. From Ollantaytambo we will go to the official head of the Inca Trail at Km 82 where we will take care of all registration needs and meet up with the rest of the group. The crossing of the Urubamba River (2200m) will officially commence the beginning of the Inca Trail. Today is the warm-up day for the rest of the trek, as it is quite easy and calm. In Miskay we will have lunch along the river and the nearby ruins of Llactapata where you can explore after lunch and your guide will brief you on the trek to come . From here, the trek continues to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170ft), followed by an ascent to our campsite at Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826ft). From this site you will have an amazing view of the great Nevado de Veronica’s snow-capped peak. At the campsite, a gourmet dinner prepared by local chefs will be waiting for you, accompanied by champagne and a massage tent for you to pamper yourself once again. All nights on your luxury Inca Trail trek will include gourmet dinner, champagne, a massage tent, as well as the only hot showers on the trail!

DAY 6: INCA TRAIL(YUNCACHIMPA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA – WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS – PACAYMAYU – RUNKURAKAY PASS – CHAQUICOCHA) (B, L, D)

This is free hike day, meaning that everyone should walk at whatever speed is most comfortable for them, as this is the most difficult day of the trek. In the early morning we will trek through the Llullachapampa Valey (3850m/12631ft) where you will see the cold mountain scenery change to a gorgeous, humid cloud forest. From here will will begin the strenuous ascent of Dead Woman Pass, the first 3km of the 6km uphill trek are extremely steep but you will enjoy the environment of the humid woodlands and the sounds of rivers and creeks. Continuing for about 2-3 hours, you will finally reach the peak of the infamous Dead Woman Pass, or Warmihuañusca (4200m/113780ft). Here, you have accomplished the most difficult part of the Inca Trail and will have a well earned break to rest and to take advantage of this amazing photography opportunity. From here, you will trek down a long steep down hill to the Sunrise, Pacaymayu, River that leads to more ruins at the Runkurakay Pass (3050m/10007ft). Finally, in the afternoon you will reach Chaquichocha where your camp will be all set up with the highest end equipment in the industry. Here, relax and stretch your tired body with a massage and replenish your soul with a luxury meal to reminisce about the amazing day of hiking that you just accomplished with the amazing views over the surrounding mountains that this campsite provides.

DAY 7: INCA TRAIL (CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA) (B, L, D)

Day three of the Inca Trail is known as the most beautiful, as you walk through varying gorgeous environments including the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. We will cross a second pass (3950m) walking by two beautiful lakes, from where we will take a gentle climb through the thick cloud forest. The forest leads to a small Inca tunnel before the third pass of the journey(3700m) that gives you amazing views of the Urubamba River Valley. Near the pass, we will visit the ancient ruins of Phuyupatamarca “Town Above the Clouds” (3600m/11811ft) that features many Inca baths. After Phuyupatamarca, we continue to the ruins of Wiñaywayna “Forever Young” (2650m/8694ft) where you are free to explore for a little bit. From here, the Inca stairs you have been following turn into a zig-zagging path up the mountain, leading to a red-roofed white building that serves as our campsite for tonight. Here, there are bottled drinks for sale to compliment your luxury meal and massage.

DAY 8: INCA TRAIL (WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU) (B, L, D)

An early rise today to ensure that we can catch the sunrise over Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu. After breakfast at 4:30am, we will head over to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) with our flashlights, to get to the best point to view the sunrise. From here, we will take the final descent of the trek which will take about an hour, and end at the majestic Machu Picchu (2400m/78744ft) around 8:00am. Here you have reached the highlight of your trip to South America at one of the top tourist destinations in the world. You will get a private guided tour of about two hours followed by the rest of the day to explore the lost city of the Incas at your leisure. Hours can be lost exploring the gorgeous streets of Machu Picchu, or you could climb Huayna Picchu for the best panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Once you have had your fill of the ruins, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you will  have time to refresh your body in the hot springs. In the evening you will have plenty of time to relax from the impressive trek you just accomplished followed by a delicious, hearty dinner.

Day 9: Aguas Calientes – Amaru Textile Workshop – Cusco (B, L, D)

After watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu and a bit of time for a second day at Machu Picchu, you will be transported to the train station. You will get off at the Ollantaytambo station where we will be waiting to transfer you in private vehicle to the ancient village of Amaru, where you will recieve a textile workshop. The community will welcome you with traditional music and flowers as a symbolic offering the Mother Earth (Pachamama). Following the ceremony, you will accompany the textile craftspeople in collecting things such as flowers from the surrounding natural area that will be used to make the dye. Next you will get a demonstration of how the wool has been dyed for centuries. Once the wool is ready,you are ready to start weaving your Andean textiles with the community members. They will teach you technique and you get a first hand look at who the world famous Andes textiles are made by hand. Following the interactive demonstration you will head to the community’s shop. Here is an ideal place to buy textiles because you just spent the afternoon with the people who made them, therefore you can be sure you will be supporting the local community. Following lunch in the Sacred Valley, you will be brought on a ruins tour to the four archaeological sites just outside of Cusco. This includes the ancient Inca baths thought to be a spa for the travelling elite called Tambomachay as well as the military base and administrative center of Puca Pucara. Continuing on, the tour will bring you to the rock monolith of Qenqo thought to represent a puma, and finally you will be see the formiding fortress of Saqsayhuaman overlooking be picturesque city of Cusco. After this long day, you will be returned to your luxury Cusco accommodation for dinner and a well earned evening of relaxation.

DAY 10: CUSCO – PUNO (B, L, D)

In the morning you will be transferred to the train station to board the luxurious Andean Explorer Train to Puno. This trans-altiplano train takes you across the vast plain stretching from Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. You will have endless opportunities for gorgeous scenic photographs and will to see alpacas and vicuñas in their natural environment. A delicious lunch will be served onboard and a stop will be made at the highest point in the journey, La Raya (4319m), so this is sure to be an enjoyable journey. Upon arrival in Puno, you will be picked up and brought to your hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

(NOTE: The Andean Explorer Train only runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, if you need to travel on another day you can take either a private car or a flight to nearby Juliaca.)

Day 11: Kayaking Lake Titicaca (B, L, D)

Today you will enjoy the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, in the best way possible – on kayak! You will be brought to the base camp of the kayak departure, where you will be briefed on safety and instructed on how to operate these top of the line, ocean kayaks. You will begin by paddling along the Capachica Peninsula where you will observe gorgeous landscapes and isolated rural villages living off of the lake. Your first stop will be at the floating reed islands of Uros where a local guide will show you how they made these islands out of reed platforms no more than 30-40cm thick! The communities moved onto the lake to avoid violent communities on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You will also get a short ride in one of the local handcrafted reed canoes that they have conitnued to use for centuries. From Uros, you will continue paddling to the island of Taquile where you will be greeted by locals dressed in their gorgeous traditional woven clothing. Here you will get a guided tour of the island, followed by a traditional lunch from the lake itself. From Taquile you will paddle to the exit site on the shores of the lake and be transported back to your Puno hotel where you will enjoy an amazing dinner watching the sunset over the sparkling lake.

DAY 12: PUNO – JULIACA – LIMA (B, L)

It is recommended to rise early to have breakfast to the gorgeous sunrise over Lake Titicaca. From Puno, you will be brought to an excursion to the Sillustani towers on the shores of the sacred Lake Umayo. These tours were used to prepare the dead for the afterlife and for funeral services for many ancient civilizations until the Spanish arrived and conquered the area. Within the towers built completely out of volcanic rock, there are more than ninety tombs holding the remains of ancient elite inhabitants of the area. From here, we will continue to the Juliaca airport, where you will catch your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you have the privilege of enjoying the VIP Sumaq Lounge (Voted best in South America) where you can await your return flight home in luxury.

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Prices

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Hotel Category Basic 2 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars + 4 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars Lux
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Include / Not Include

Price Includes

  • 9 nights at luxury, high-end hotels with private bathrooms and breakfast included & local taxes
  • 3 nights of all-inclusive luxury camping
  • All indicated pick-ups and transfers in private service with English-speaking guide
  • Meals indicated: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Hiram Bingham train tickets, Aguas Calientes – Cusco
  • Andean Explorer Train tickets, Cusco – Puno
  • All entrance fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Domestic flights
  • Meals not indicated
  • Additional expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, etc.
  • Travel insurance

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