You'll be met on arrival at Lima Airport and transferred to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel, where you can enjoy a good night's sleep after your flight. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, indoor pool, spa and fitness centre, and you'll have time to relax before settling down for the night.
The Sacred Valley
This morning you'll make the short walk back to the airport to catch your flight to Cusco. On arrival at Cusco you'll be met and taken to Hotel Pakaritampu, a charming hotel set in pretty gardens in Ollantaytambo, 1½ hours from Cusco. Ollantaytambo is at a lower altitude than Cusco, so you'll be able to acclimatise to altitude more easily here.
Upgrade option - if you prefer you can stay in the Libertabor Tambo del Inka Hotel in nearby Urubamba.
Pisac And Ollantaytambo
This morning you will be taken to Pisac, to spend time at the bustling market for which this small town is renowned. You can browse and buy alpaca textiles, paintings, jewellery etc. and watch colourfully-dressed locals trading produce as they have done here for centuries before heading to the impressive archaeological site that sits above Pisac where your guide will explain the history of the site. After lunch you return to Ollantaytambo, to explore this fascinating town which was created by the Incas and features their characteristic narrow alleyways with houses and courtyards. Above the town are magnificent Inca ruins, with baths and a ceremonial complex, and some superb stonework. You'll return to your hotel in the evening.
Train To Machu Picchu
Today you will travel through the Andes in style, taking in the incredible scenery through the train's huge panoramic windows. On arrival at Aguas Calientes you board the bus for the short uphill journey to Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will give you a comprehensive tour of the site, helping bring this iconic citadel to life for you. Then you head back down the hill to Aguas Calientes in time for a late lunch and to check into El MaPi hotel. This bright, airy hotel has a spa with sauna, heated plunge pool and hydro-massage showers. Don't lose your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu - you'll be returning there tomorrow!
Upgrade option - Hotel Sumaq in Aguas Calientes.
After enjoying the generous breakfast buffet at your hotel you catch the bus back to Machu Picchu and you are free to explore the site at will, perhaps walking to the Inca Bridge or the Gate of the Sun. Then it's time to take the bus down to the station to catch the train back to Cusco and take in those views again. On arrival at Cusco you'll be transferred to the El Retablo Hotel. Enjoy the colourful décor, showcasing Peruvian art.
Upgrade option: Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel.
Sightseeing In And Around Cusco
Your guide will collect you after breakfast and take you on a half-day tour of Cusco, starting in the bohemian San Blas district, which is full of art galleries, craft shops and workshops. Then you'll go to the San Pedro market, where you will find, amongst other produce, a quite remarkable number of different varieties of potatoes! Then you’ll head to the Plaza de Armas - great for people watching - and visit the Cathedral and the Convent of Santo Domingo. The convent was built on the remains of Koricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun. Finally, you will drive north of the city to the ceremonial complex of Sacsayhuaman, before lunching at the Inka Grill restaurant and returning to your hotel.
Chinchero, Moray And Maras
Today you return to the Sacred valley. You'll be driven the 45 minutes from Cusco to Chinchero. Sitting at about 3,500m and built on a terrace, this was a very important town for the Inca Empire. The surrounding landscape is beautiful, and you'll be able to see the snow-capped Chicón and Verónica mountains. Chinchero is particularly known for its large Sunday market, which attracts traders from many communities. From here you will head to the white saltpans at Maras, which have been worked since pre-Inca times. And you'll go to Moray, a fascinating series of concentric terraces on the plateau, which some believe was an Inca agricultural research centre. You'll then have a snack before being transferred back to your hotel in Cusco.
Cusco To Puerto Maldonado
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken to Cusco airport for the 1-hour flight to Puerto Maldonado. You will be met on arrival at Puerto Maldonado and start your jungle adventure with a 45-minute road transfer to the Tambopata River followed by a 3-hour boat trip to the Refugio Amazonas, your home for the next two nights. Set in a private reserve within the Tambopata National Reserve buffer zone the lodge has a wellness centre, a shop selling artisanal crafts, and wonderful canopy views of the forest. One wall in each guest room is open to the great outdoors.
Upgrade option: Amazon Villa - a luxury private villa with hot tub, private dining and garden.
Day 9 And Day 10
For the next two days, whether you're staying at Refugio Amazonas or Amazon Villa, you will have an identical range of activities to choose from. Both are well located for wildlife viewing, and you can discuss your activity options with the staff. Activities on offer include watching parakeets and macaws at the clay lick, jungle night walks, oxbow lake boat trips, visiting the canopy tower, and taking a sunset river trip. Any youngsters in your party could well enjoy the children's rainforest trail. The lodge specialises in soft adventure such as kayaking and standing paddle-boarding. You could also hire a private, bilingual guide (additional cost), visit a jungle farm or take part in the Wired Amazon citizen science programme.
This morning your jungle adventure ends in the style in which it began, with a boat trip followed by a car journey to Puerto Maldonado from where you catch your plane to Lima. You'll be met on arrival at Lima airport and transferred to the Casa Andino Centro hotel in Miraflores. This comfortable modern hotel is close to Parque Central and Parque Kennedy and a short taxi ride from the Larcomar shopping centre. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in Miraflores itself, and Lima is renowned for its cuisine, so you will have no trouble finding a great place to eat.
Upgrade option: Hotel B in Barranco.
Lima And Home
This may be your last day in Peru, but you still have more to explore. Your guide will meet you after breakfast and take you on a sightseeing tour of Lima. This will be tailored to your interests, so you could, for example, choose to visit the Larco Museum, with its fabulous collection of pre-Inca gold, silver and ceramics. Lima's colonial buildings are also very impressive, with the 16th century Casa Aliaga being particularly interesting; it has been occupied by the same family since 1532 and its interior is beautifully preserved. Later in the day you will be transferred to the international airport for your flight home.
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