A Peruvian Odyssey
Embark on an enchanting voyage through Peru, where ancient wonders and natural beauty converge. Discover Lima's treasures, explore the Sacred Valley, and unveil the mystique of Machu Picchu.
Step into a world where history, culture and magnificent landscapes seamlessly intertwine, promising an unforgettable journey through Peru's heart and soul.
Your adventure begins in Lima, a vibrant metropolis perched on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Stroll through its historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the captivating Larco Museum, which unveils the secrets of ancient Peruvian civilizations.
Journey onwards to the Sacred Valley, a serene haven of natural beauty and cultural intrigue. Engage with local traditions in Chinchero, marvel at the ingenious Moray terraces, and be entranced by the captivating Maras salt mines. The enchanting village of Ollantaytambo invites you to step back in time and relive the Inca era.
The pinnacle of your adventure awaits at Machu Picchu, the awe-inspiring Lost City of the Incas. Climb the Urubamba River canyon to witness this architectural marvel, with its terraced landscapes and enigmatic charm. Capture these moments forever as you traverse ancient stairways and ceremonial sites, creating memories that will linger long after you've left.
This trip offers an unparalleled experience of cultural immersion, natural wonder, and historical insight.
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Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Your journey begins in Lima, where you'll be greeted with warm hospitality and transported to the Villa Barranco hotel where you'll spend two nights. As you step into the capital city, you'll be enchanted by its juxtaposition of modernity against the backdrop of the vast Pacific Ocean. Lima's unique blend of history, culture, and cuisine awaits your exploration.
Day 2: Lima's Treasures
Delve into Lima's rich heritage as you embark on an exclusive tour of the Historic Centre. Admire the architectural treasures that grace this UNESCO World Heritage Site, revealing centuries of history.
The Larco Museum beckons, offering a captivating journey through Peru's ancient civilizations.
Strolling through the bohemian district of Barranco, you'll feel the creative pulse that has drawn artists and writers for generations.
Day 3: Sacred Valley Serenity
Arriving in Cusco, you'll be whisked away to the Andenia Hotel Boutique, a haven of tranquillity and natural beauty where you will spend two nights. A spa treatment awaits, a soothing balm after your travels, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated for the days ahead. Allow the picturesque landscapes and serene surroundings to wash over you, creating a sense of calm and connection.
Day 4: Sacred Valley Delights
Today, the Sacred Valley unfolds its treasures. Chinchero's charm and vibrant traditions will leave a lasting impression.
Moray's remarkable terraces offer a glimpse into ancient agricultural ingenuity, while Maras' colonial-era salt mines showcase human innovation and nature's artistry.
The day culminates in Ollantaytambo, a living testament to Inca history, where you'll explore the temple and immerse yourself in its rich heritage.
Day 5: Starlit Soak at Starlodge
In the afternoon you will travel to Starlodge (base platform at 9,433ft.) Elevate your senses as you ascend an idyllic platform nestled high in the Andean landscape. A gentle walk leads you to your cosy pod, offering both comfort and a touch of adventure. As the evening descends, find yourself unwinding in a bubbling jacuzzi, gazing at the endless expanse of stars above. This celestial retreat is a moment of pure serenity and connection with nature.
Day 6: Enroute to Aguas Calientes
Boarding the train to Aguas Calientes, you're embarking on a journey of both physical and emotional significance. An Andean Marriage Arac Masin ceremony awaits, a symbol of the deep connection between tradition and love. This immersive experience is a testament to the rich cultural tapestry that has woven itself into every corner of Peru.
Day 7: Machu Picchu
Today marks a pinnacle moment as you uncover the enigmatic wonder of Machu Picchu. Travelling through the awe-inspiring Urubamba River canyon, you'll be greeted by the mesmerizing sight of the Lost City of the Incas.
The terraces, stairways, and ceremonial sites unveil a civilization's legacy, leaving an indelible mark on your soul.
As you bid farewell to this ancient marvel, the train journey back to Cusco offers a moment of reflection on the incredible journey you've undertaken.
Day 8: Cusco's Majesty
Venturing beyond the surface of Cusco, you'll explore Sacsayhuamán's colossal stones and intricate design, providing a window into Inca engineering prowess. The ancient temple of Qenqo, Puca Pucará's watchtower, and the masterful Tambomachay spring to life, showcasing the city's multifaceted history. In the afternoon, San Blas' artistic charm unfolds, revealing a blend of Inca and Spanish influences. The Cathedral and Koricancha, a testament to opulent Incan spirituality, complete the day's cultural odyssey.
Day 9: Mancora's Beach Bliss
Embrace the tranquility of Mancora's northern beaches, where the rhythmic waves invite you to unwind. Your carefully chosen hotel provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation, as you soak in the ocean views and savor the beauty of the moment.
Days 10 & 11: Mancora's Oceanic Retreat
Spend these days immersed in the soothing embrace of the ocean. Whether you're strolling along the sandy shores, indulging in water activities, or simply basking in the sun's warm glow, Mancora offers a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Your cosy beachfront haven ensures that every moment is one of comfort and bliss.
Day 12: Journey Homeward
As your remarkable journey comes to an end, you'll be transferred to the airport.
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Peru Holidays, South America Holidays
12 days from £5,665pp excluding international flights.
Our rates include:
Transfers, visits and excursions mentioned in the trip.
11 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast with breakfast included.
This trip excludes:
International flights to and from UK (expect these to cost from £1,600 pp for economy flights. Please note; pricing can change significantly depending on the time of year and how far in advance flights are booked.
International flights to/from your home country.
When to go to Peru
Peru is a country that can be visited year-round, as it has a diverse climate and a range of activities to suit every season. Here's a short month-by-month guide to help you decide when to visit:
January is a great time to visit the coastal regions of Peru, including Lima, Paracas, and Mancora. The weather is warm and sunny along the coast, making it perfect for beach activities and water sports.
Coastal Areas (Lima, Paracas, Nazca): Warm and humid with temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F).
Highlands (Cusco, Machu Picchu): Rainy season, so expect occasional showers and some trekking routes may be closed.
In February, you can experience the vibrant Carnival celebrations in various cities like Cajamarca and Puno. The festivities feature colorful parades, music, and dancing, offering a unique cultural experience.
Coastal Areas: Remains warm and humid with temperatures similar to January.
Highlands: Still the rainy season, but rainfall starts to decrease towards the end of the month. Some trekking routes may be accessible again.
March is an excellent time for outdoor activities in the Andes as the rainy season starts to wind down. It's a good month for trekking and exploring the natural beauty of the mountains.
Coastal Areas: The weather remains warm, but humidity starts to decrease.
Highlands: The rainy season is ending, and the landscape is lush and green.
It's an ideal time to visit the jungle regions, where you can witness lush vegetation and a variety of wildlife.
Coastal Areas: Autumn sets in, temperatures begin to drop, and fog becomes more common in Lima.
Highlands: The start of the dry season, making it an excellent time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu.
May is a shoulder season with generally mild weather and fewer tourists. It's a good time to explore popular destinations like Machu Picchu and Cusco before the peak tourist season begins.
Coastal Areas: Foggy mornings in Lima, but the sun usually breaks through later in the day.
Highlands: The dry season continues, with pleasant and sunny days.
June is an excellent month to visit Cusco and attend the Inti Raymi festival, which celebrates the Incan sun god Inti. This festival features colourful processions and ancient rituals, adding to the cultural richness of the experience.
Coastal Areas: Cool temperatures in Lima due to the influence of the cold Humboldt Current.
Highlands: One of the best months to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, with minimal rainfall and comfortable temperatures during the day.
July is the peak tourist season in Peru, especially around Independence Day (July 28th). It's a great time to visit all regions of the country, including the coast, mountains, and rainforest.
Coastal Areas: Lima's winter, cool and misty.
Highlands: Dry season continues, but July also marks the beginning of the high tourist season. Plan ahead and expect crowds
August is a good time to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but make sure to book in advance, as permits can sell out quickly during this popular time of year.
Coastal Areas: Similar to July, cool and misty in Lima.
Highlands: High tourist season continues. It's essential to book treks and accommodations in advance.
September is a transition month when the crowds start to thin out, and the weather remains pleasant in most regions. It's a good time for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
Coastal Areas: Springtime starts, and temperatures begin to rise in Lima.
Highlands: Crowds start to thin out, but the weather remains favourable.
October is another shoulder season with fewer tourists. The weather is still favourable, making it an ideal time for exploring different parts of the country.
Coastal Areas: Pleasant spring weather in Lima.
Highlands: The dry season continues, and this month is still a good time to visit.
November marks the beginning of the rainy season on the coast, so it's best to focus on the Andes and the Amazon during this month.
Coastal Areas: Springtime in Lima, with warmer temperatures.
Highlands: The dry season ends, and the rainy season begins, so expect occasional showers.
It is festive time in Peru, with various Christmas and New Year celebrations taking place throughout the country. Coastal regions are popular for holiday getaways, with warm weather and beach activities.
Coastal Areas: Warm and comfortable temperatures in Lima, ideal for beach activities.
Highlands: The rainy season continues, but it's still possible to visit. Just be prepared for wet conditions.
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