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See all the country’s must-do sites and treasures, on this adventure with a trek to Machu Picchu along the famous Inca Trail at its heart. Along the way, you’ll hike through unforgettable Andean scenery towards Rainbow mountain.

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Peru 

Walking part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is true bucket-list stuff, and with good reason: nothing can compare to your first sighting of this mysterious lost city high in the clouds. Beyond this ancient wonder, Peru offers a plethora of incredible natural and man-made sights. Tourism is just opening up on Rainbow Mountain, a 5,200m heap of Technicolour rock that makes for stunning hikes and brilliant photos, while many of the country’s remote villages remain peacefully sleepy. Populated by a fiercely proud people, the country’s ancient culture and customs are still in evidence today – as you’ll witness when you try the local cuisine in gourmet restaurants and bustling markets, meet families in rural village homes, and spend time on the islands of vast Lake Titicaca, where life has remained unchanged for centuries and the locals still wear traditional costume and harvest their crops by hand.

    TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Follow the Inca trail to the unforgettable ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Explore the spectacular scenery of Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  • Camp in the Andes, as you climb towards Technicolor Rainbow Mountain
  • Travel by boat to Lake Titicaca’s islands, where life has remained unchanged for centuries

This trip is similar to our Classic Peru Experience, with one big difference: we’ve added two days to hike the empty paths and snow-topped scenery of Rainbow Mountain. You’ll also see all of Peru’s most iconic sights with your private guide, as you visit Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca. Time may be short, but we’ve made sure that you get under the skin of each destination rather than simply tick them off. After acclimatising to the altitude in cosmopolitan Cusco, you’ll journey into the photogenic, ruin-strewn landscapes of the Sacred Valley, where tiny villages hide along squiggling roads. You’ll experience ancient and modern life here, mastering the art of ceramic decoration with a local family and visiting a village house among the sleepy, cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo, as well as climbing its Inca fortress ruins. Then it’s time for an undoubted holiday highlight: the three-hour Inca Trail trek through waterfall-scattered forest towards the Inca Gate of the Sun. There’s plenty more time to get to the heart of mysterious Machu Picchu, where mist clings to the monuments and impenetrable forest stretches all around. Then you’ll journey onwards to Rainbow Mountain and Lake Titicaca, which the Incas believed was the birthplace of the sun. This vast piece of water is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world – some of its islands rise as high as 4,050m, giving incredible views towards Bolivia. Criss-cross its water by private boat, visiting the reed-woven Uros Islands, whose people have maintained their traditional ways of life for centuries, and Taquile, where the residents still speak the ancient Inca language of Quechua.  


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers. 

During peak seasons, the availability of Inca Trail permits is limited. If unavailable, please consider the Surreal Peru itinerary. 

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Please have your passport and Debit/Credit card to hand. International flights are not included and we strongly recommend checking flight availability and pricing from your local airport before starting the booking process, but please don't actually book flights until you receive our booking confirmation email.

Experience start point: Cusco (CUZ). Arrive any time.

End point: Juliaca (JUL). Leave any time.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Day One

Arrive and Acclimatise

You’ll arrive in Cusco, ready for your private hotel transfer. Then it’s time to acclimatise to this seductive city, 3,399m above sea level. Packed with ancient temples, colonial mansions and grand cathedrals, the former Incan capital is the perfect place to start an adventure.

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: None


Day Two

Into the Inca Empire

Time for a morning foray into Cusco’s fascinating history, on a guided walk that takes in its most famous monuments. You’ll start in the grand main square of the Plaza des Armas, visiting its cathedral before wandering down tiny alleys and past high Incan walls on your way to the most important temple of Inca times: Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun.

The afternoon is free for further exploration. You might like to take an optional excursion through the Incan ruins dotted around Cusco. The adventure starts at the old citadel of Sacsayhuaman, which has spectacular views down towards the city. Then you’ll visit the mysterious temple of Qenqo, carved from a single monolith and thought to be the site of grizzly death rituals. Finally, it’s time to see the calm, fortress ruins at Puka Pukara and the aqueducts and waterfalls at Tambomachay, believed by some to be a spa resort for the ancient Incan elite (see Extras tab).

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Three

Village Life

Journey into the lush green landscape of the Sacred Valley, to find out about life outside the city, both ancient and modern. The first stop on your day-long adventure will be Moray, where a mysterious pattern of circular terraces (thought to be an Incan agricultural laboratory) blends beautifully into the surrounding foothills. After that, visit the spectacular terraced salt flats at Maras, which have been harvested since pre-Incan times. Situated at the mouth of a ravine, they’re a holiday must-snap. In Maras village, you’ll spend time with a local family who will teach you the art of decorating Peruvian ceramics during a private workshop: you’ll leave with your own ornament as a souvenir. Your final stop on the excursion will be the village of Ollantaytambo, occupied since the 13th century and nicknamed the ‘Last Inca Village in Peru’. Life continues largely unchanged in its cobbled streets and squares. You’ll visit the fortress ruins that climb into the mountains above the village (where the Incans defeated the conquistadors in battle). Then you’ll get an insight into daily life here, spending time in a typical Ollantaytambo home that’s been occupied by the same family for generations.

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Four

Walk Through the Clouds to Machu Picchu

You’ll take a car to Ollantaytambo, ready to board the fast train to the Machupicchu Park. After checking documents with the rangers, it’s time for a three-hour Inca Trail trek past tumbling waterfalls, rare orchids and mountain birds, towards the steeply terraced ruins of Wiñaywayna, 9514 feet above sea level. You’ll break for a packed lunch here and have time to explore the ruins and their museum, as well as Inti Punku, the Inca Gate of the Sun, from where you’ll get your first glimpse of the incredible site of Machu Picchu. After that, you’ll cross the rainforested ridge towards one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times. Once there, you’ll have time to learn more about the city and explore its many monuments, before taking the bus down to Agua Calientes, your home for the night. 

Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Meals included: Breakfast; packed lunch; dinner


Day Five

Exploring a Lost City

Having got your bearings yesterday, you’ll board an early morning shuttle bus to Machu Picchu for a guided exploration of the site. You’ll find out about its discovery by Hiram Bingham, as well as the theories on the mysteries surrounding how and why it was built. You’ll also adventure through its main plaza, Temple of Three Windows, Circular Tower, sacred sundial and burial grounds. After your morning’s exploration, you’ll leave your guide and board the Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy station in Cusco. The train has panoramic windows, allowing passengers incredible views over snow-capped mountains which segue to green-swathed foothills, tiny villages and forgotten ruins. Upon arrival in Cusco, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Six

Towards Rainbow Mountain

Leave Cusco after breakfast, on the 83-mile journey towards Vinicunca, known as Rainbow Mountain thanks to its undulating patterns of bright colour, caused by the erosion of its surface. As the drive takes you up into the Andes, you’ll stop at the picturesque stone village of Checacupe, then climb to 3,600m to buy supplies in Pitumarca, the last village with shops before you begin your trek. From here, the route follows an unpaved path upwards towards Quesoyoni (4,376m), where you’ll meet the horsemen who will accompany you on your hike. Once the horses are loaded up, it’s time to start walking: following a stream uphill past herds of llama and alpaca towards Anantapata, where you’ll find amazing views of nearby Ausangate Mountain. You’ll have lunch here, before a two-hour climb to the Anantapata Pass, with snow-capped views of the Vilcanota mountain range from 5,010m up. Then it’s an hour’s downhill hike to your campsite home for the night.

Overnight in Surine Qocha (4,795m)

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner


Day Seven 

Bright and Beautiful

You’ll continue your hike this morning, breakfasting early in order to reach beautiful Vinicunca after an hour and a half’s walk. Swirled with candy-like patterns of turquoise, orange, brown and red, it’s a stunningly surreal sight – especially with the snowy peak of Ausangate as a backdrop. There will be plenty of time to take pictures and savour the atmosphere, before a downhill hike through the grassy Kairahuire valley, stopping for lunch at 4,350m. Then you’ll continue your descent down to Quesoyoni, ready for the drive back to Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch


Day Eight

Towards Lake Titicaca

Leave Cusco for the final time, on the long bus journey to the city of Puno, on the shore of Lake Titicaca. You’ll break up the journey with plenty of stops, accompanied by the tour-bus guide. First, at the sleepy town of Andahuaylillas, you’ll see the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’, an intricately-decorated 16th-century church that’s packed with murals and gold leaf. Then you’ll visit Raqchi, home to the country’s only surviving adobe Incan ruins. Finally, in the enchanting little town of Pukara, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant, shop for the town’s famous ‘Toritos de Pucara’ pottery and see the pre-Incan treasures of the Museu Litico de Pucara. Upon arrival in Puno, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, ready to explore Lake Titicaca in the morning.

Overnight in Puno

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch


Day Nine

Life on the Lake

You’ll be picked up at your hotel and taken to Puno’s dock, ready for a day-long boat trip on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. First stop is the Uros Islands: these manmade reed islands, floating within the Titicaca National Reserve, are named after the builders who have lived here for centuries, maintaining their traditional way of life and living in small houses that they also weave from the reeds. Next, you’ll head for the island of Taquile, whose inhabitants still speak the Incan language of Quechua. You’ll notice their colourful clothing, made using weaving techniques that are central to their culture and practiced by everyone. You can buy some garments for yourself, or simply savour the uniqueness of the unspoiled landscape: there are no roads, only agricultural terraces and paved walking paths that criss-cross the countryside. On clear days, you can see as far as Bolivia from the highest point in the island, at almost 4,050m. After your boat trip, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Puno.

Overnight in Puno

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch


Day Ten

Altiplano Adventures

There’s the chance to see the pre-Incan cemetery of Sillustani on your way back to the airport. In a dream-like setting on the shore of Lake Umayo, backed by the wild emptiness of the Altiplano, these funerary towers stand sentinel high above the water. There will be time to explore, before driving onwards towards Juliaca and the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast


Overall meals included: 9 Breakfasts; 5 lunches; 2 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers, trains tickets and internal flights, unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Excursion to Rainbow Mountain
  • Boat excursion on Lake Titicaca

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry

For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

If you intend to travel solo, please click here

Children: This experience is not recommended for children under 12. Children aged 8 and older can go under parent's responsibility.

Note: This trip includes a trek to Machu Picchu. If you’d prefer not to do this, please see the Surreal Peru extended itinerary or the shorter Cultural Peru itinerary. If you're looking for a shorter version of this itinerary, please see Classic Peru.


BOOK ONLINE below now, or CALL 0208 432 0885 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri for assistance with booking 

Please have your passport and Debit/Credit card to hand. International flights are not included and we strongly recommend checking flight availability and pricing from your local airport before starting the booking process, but please don't actually book flights until you receive our booking confirmation email.

Experience start point: Cusco (CUZ). Arrive any time.

End point: Juliaca (JUL). Leave any time.

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See below for your hotel options

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


Click on the accommodation names to find out more from the hotel websites:

Classic: Premium: Deluxe:
Suenos Del Inka Hotel Novotel Cusco Palacio del Inka
Hotel Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu Hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca 
Hotel Hacienda Puno Hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Extras

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Optional Extras

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Optional Excursion through Incan Ruins

The adventure starts at the old citadel of Sacsayhuaman, which has spectacular views down towards the city. Then you’ll visit the mysterious temple of Qenqo, carved from a single monolith and thought to be the site of grizzly death rituals. Finally, it’s time to see the calm, fortress ruins at Puka Pukara and the aqueducts and waterfalls at Tambomachay.

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