Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco
History & Culture
Peru is the land of Inca legends inspires wonder in all who dream of exploring it, bursting with colour and music, as well as home to some of the world’s most iconic sites and natural wonders.
Immerse yourself in the mystical postcard view of Machu Picchu before crowds come in, stroll around the beautiful Cuzco, hop on a boat to Uros Island made of reeds on Lake Titicaca and get acquainted with the less visited community of Llachon.
You will also listen to the stories about Mummy Juanita in Arequipa that depicts the tale of an Inca sacrificial ritual 600 years ago and witness condors soaring into the sky at the world’s deepest canyon.
Upon arrival, we will transfer to your hotel to settle in after a long journey. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to explore the city at your own pace or get a taste for the vibrant culinary scene in Lima.
Explore Lima’s historic centre (UNESCO). Start from Plaza de Armas’ Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and Government Palace. Continue to Santo Domingo Monastery (Lima’s oldest church with interesting relics) and Casa Aliaga (reportedly the continent’s oldest home and still family-owned after 17 generations). Sample local street foods such as Limeño bites as you continue to panoramic city view from a bell tower, roam the colonial and modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.
Thereafter, we visit Larco Museum which houses the country’s most extensive pre-Columbian art collection before concluding at the Bohemian coastal neighbourhood of Barranco, famed for its artist studios, open-air market, 19th-century plazas and casonas.
Fly Lima / Arequipa LA 2105 0955/1130 – Daily (1h35m)
Constructed with sillar, Arequipa is dubbed as the ‘White City’. Visit the extraordinary Santa Catalina Convent. Its architectonic style is mainly colonial, but of a Mestizo nature and once housed 450 nuns. Next to it is La Compania de Jesus Church with its sacristy and vivid murals. Stop in the upscale Yanahuara neighbourhood with its cobblestone avenues and old ashlar stone mansions.
After lunch at a popular picanteria, continue to the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries to see the Juanita Mummy. The discovery of this child-mummy gives the world an insight into the ritual of sacrifice to the Apus, the mountain gods by the mysterious Inca civilisation.
Rise early for a scenic 4.5-hour road trip via Pampa Cañahuas at Aguada Blanca National Reserve dotted with Vicuñas, Alpaca and Guanco herds. Ride along Chucura Volcanic Crater, Tocra’s lakes with its migrating birds and the altiplano. Reaching Mirador de los Andes in Patapampa (4,900m), enjoy a lookout point of snow-capped volcano peaks. Arrive in Chivay town where pre-Columbian terraces are still cultivated by the natives.
Travel to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint to see these majestic birds. Enjoy a 1-hour canyon walk with panorama of the 3,180-metre deep canyon. Continue to Antahuilque viewpoint to appreciate the magnitude of the 1,500-year-old terraces constructed by the Collaguas. Visit Maca Village, an Andean community that experienced earthquake in the November of 1991, and Yanque Village with its colonial churches and valley terraces.
Embark on a 6-hour journey along the Andean altiplanos. Along a paved highway, appreciate the high plateau sceneries, stone forest, rustic town and Lagunillas’ natural lagoon. Visit Sillustani, home to the best-preserved funerary towers, a pre-Incan burial ground offering archaeology and history in a stunning natural setting.
Board a private motor boat across the world’s highest navigable lake into the floating Tortora reed island of Uros and Llachon, a lesser-visited Quechua community. Enjoy authentic village walks, taste local cuisine, visit family houses, witness the farming and weaving activities of the locals (may vary if you stay at Titilaka).
Fly Juliaca / Cuzco LA 2123 0900/1023 – Daily (55m)
OPTIONAL: Enjoy a 10h30m train ride with PeruRail Titicaca or a 1-night Andes journey aboard the luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer from Puno to Cusco (departs Wed Puno-Cusco, Tue Cusco-Puno). It is possible to take day train from Cusco to Lake Titicaca, or vice versa. Chat with our Travel Specialists for details!
Upon arrival in Cusco, we descend 500-600m to Sacred Valley. Enjoy Pachamanca farm lunch with fresh ingredients cooked in a traditional “earth oven”, using wood-fired stones to marinate produces underground. Afterwards, explore Pisac market and Pisac Ruins, the largest fortress city of the Incas.
OPTIONAL: After lunch, proceed to the base camp where you will meet your specialist guide and climb 400m Via Ferrata (or trek up the mountainside which includes ziplines) to your transparent Sleeping Pod secured to the cliffside. Settle in for a delectable dinner with wine and enjoy a view of million stars above you before descending by heart-pumping zipline the next morning. (Note: Min. age 18, max. weight 120kg; no shower facilities; please bring your own water bottle and a small bag with comfortable clothes, long pants, hiking shoes, thermal jackets/clothes, toothbrushes and toothpastes.)
Today, you will marvel at the circular Inca terraces at Moray, designed as an experimental farm to optimally grow different species. Enjoy a mother earth to table lunch experience. Learn about the daily life of local farmers, explore the nearby hills to collect local plants used for diverse medicinal, utilitarian and aromatic purposes, proceed to a research centre to sample chocolates and other unique creations at a distillation lab. Conclude with a creative lunch menu of high-altitude ecosystems (opens Tue-Sun).
Thereafter, we make a short excursion to Mara Salt Mines. These salt-mines have been used since Inca time in the Tahuantinsuyo. You may see the local people demonstrate the ancient techniques of salt mining by hand to visitors. Return to Urubamba and enjoy some free time for optional hiking or lodge activities.
Depart early to Ollantaytambo archaeological site, which shows the best example of city planning done by the Incas. Its excellent construction with its strong walls was both a temple and a fortress. Afterwards, take a comfortable, scenic tourist train to Machu Picchu with boxed lunch onboard. (OPTIONAL: Upgrade to the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham Train with cocktails and gourmet meals.)
Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes Inca Rail 360 train 1130/1306 (1h39m)
Upon arrival, proceed to enjoy a tour of the ruins. Spend a night in Machu Picchu to explore the iconic site in the evening and early morning when the masses of tourists are gone!
You have the whole morning to explore Machu Picchu in further depth or the open-air market at Aguas Calientes with Andean curios and clothing. For the energetic ones, climb to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu with stunning bird’s eye view of the site (please book in advance as extra ticket is needed) before boarding a scenic train back to Cusco.
Aguas Calientes / Cusco Inca Rail 360 train 1612/1939(3h30m)
Upon arrival at Cusco, you will be transfer to your Cusco accommodation for check in.
Explore the exotic Inca capital of Cuzco (UNESCO). Walk through the vibrant bazaar and main streets with the Inca walls. Enter the Cathedral with beautiful cedar wood carvings such as the choir and the Pulpit, as well as the paintings of Cuzco School, and some silver objects.
Continue to the Sun Temple (Santo Domingo Church), one of the few places with both Spanish and Inca stonework in one complex. Continue to the huge stone construction of Sacsayhuaman Fortress, blessed with a great cosmic energy, thus believed to be an astronomic observatory and an Incan oracle.
OPTIONAL: Advanced reservation at delicious Cusco restaurants, gaining epicurean nods in recent years with its unique techniques which tap on local natural and nutritious ingredients.
You will have your tour guide, driver and vehicle at disposal before transferring to the airport.
Lima is famed as one of the world’s greatest culinary cities. From Michelin-starred chef restaurants to Limeno’s causal restaurants to fantastic seafood from the Pacific Ocean, there is something for every taste buds. Please note that advanced reservations is essential!
Autor Hotel Lima • Casa Andina Premium Arequipa • Aranwa Pueblito Colca Canyon • Casa Andina Premium Puno • Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley • El Mapi Aguas Calientes • Abittare or Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Autor is the quirky name for this small, curious and unconventional lodging, consisting of five houses sharing a courtyard in the heart of Miraflores. Centrally located albeit away from the chaotic core, Autor is a good choice for travellers with a taste for exploration (Refurbished: 2019; Rooms: 4)View More
A former Mint House and a national historical monument transforms into a hotel. It is located only 3 blocks away from the Main Square and the hotel features two wide colonial style courtyards. (Opened in: 2008; Rooms: 40)
Built in the style of a small village or “pueblito”, the hotel is made up of a series of colourful houses and chalets, which are set around pretty gardens at the side of the river. This peaceful riverside retreat located in the tranquil rolling hills of the Colca region is surrounded by agricultural lands and tiny villages. (Opened in: 2013; Rooms: 41)
Perched on the shore of Lake Titicaca at 3,800 meters above sea leve. Built using local materials and furnished in a modern rustic Andean style; the property features exposed stone walls, dark woods and local rugs and throws. (Rooms: 52)View More
A mountain chalet-styled retreat located in the Sacred Valley with views of the Andes .All the rustically decorated and comfortable rooms with fabulous views of the Andes. (Rooms: 85)
This small and casual hotel is located right in the heart of Aguas Calientes and is an excellent value option for the night whilst visiting the famous Inca citadel. The simple yet stylist rrooms are of a modest size and have all modern amenities. Bathrooms are simple and only have showers. A 30 minute one way bus journey takes you up to the citadel of Machu Picchu (Opened in 2011. Rooms: 130)
Abittare (Classic Room): A well-located good value range property in town, a perfect fit for travellers looking for simple. The interior design of the rooms is simple and elegant and all the rooms are spread across two floors arranged around open-air courtyards. (Rooms: 44)View More
Casa Andina Premium Cuzco: is located in a restored 18th century Casona (manor house) in the heart of historic Cusco. This quaint hotel is full of colonial character and offers travellers good value and the coziness of a boutique hotel with the comforts of a much larger establishment. Wander through beautiful courtyards, breathe easily with oxygenated rooms, and warm yourself by the cozy fireplace at the Casa Andina Premium Cusco. Certainly, one of the most memorable hotel of the entire Casa Andina hotel. (Rooms: 94)View More
Hotel B or Belmond Miraflores Park Lima • CIRQA Arequipa • Belmond Las Casitas Colca Canyon • Titilaka Lake Titicaca • Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado Sacred Valley • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu • Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco
Hotel B is Lima’s only luxury art boutique and one of the best hotels in Peru and a member of Relais & Chateaux collection. This stylish and luxury abode is located in Barranco, Lima’s bohemian art district. The hotel is housed in a historic building which served as a seaside retreat during the presidency of Augusto Leguia in the 1920s. The property is relatively small and therefore does not have the space for some of the standard facilities of a five-star hotel like a pool or gym. (Opened in: 2014; Rooms: 17)
Belmond Miraflores Park : Considered as one of the most luxurious hotel in Lima. It is located in an exclusive residential area; the hotel is renowned for its incredible ocean view. All rooms are luxuriously appointed with modern amenities. (Rooms: 89)
A historic parador-style estate turned contemporary hotel, this 11 charming rooms is located one block from the main square in Arequipa. You will enjoy your stay between the hotel’s naturally pitted volcanic sillar walls, together with up to date with clean linens, unique furnishings and stylised sculptures. Not forgetting the free-standing mirrored pavilions bathrooms within the room! Your stay at this hotel will include either a lunch or dinner at the hotel (Opened 2019, Rooms: 11)
Located on a cliff overlooking the banks of the Colca River, the luxurious and peaceful 20 casitas property sit on 59 acre of land within the Colca Valley. Each 20 m² Casita is beautifully decorated has its own private terrace, a heated plunge pool, indoor and outdoor showers and spacious internal accommodation including a foyer and a lounge. (Opened in : 2014; Rooms: 20)
A member of the Relais & Chateaux collection, this all suite lodge is set on an exclusive private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. This contemporary style all-inclusive luxury resort that offers gourmet dining and a wide range of authentic activities by boat, by road, on foot or on horse-back. (Refurbished: every year the hotel closes for 15 days to go under a complete maintenance. Rooms: 18)View More
This Andean-styled hotel is located on the banks of the Urubamba River and boasts truly spectacular views is one of the best luxury accommodation in the Sacred Valley. Rooms are in terracotta tiled bungalows, stylishly furnished with local textiles and artwork, all have under floor heating and spacious bathrooms. There are no televisions in any of the rooms given that the main draw of the property that it offers a reprieve from stress and bustle. This tranquil hideaway is truly the perfect base to explore the Sacred Valley. (Refurbished: 2013. Rooms: 18)View More
The only hotel situated adjacent to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The property provides a range of small but comfortable rooms with a prime location. Rooms sizes starts from 15m sq and are well appointed. Your stay includes all 3 meals at the hotel. (Refurbished: 2017. Rooms: 31)View More
Located right next to its sister property - Belmond Monasterio Hotel. This is one of Cuzco's finest hotels. This all-suite hotel was built on the site of a former palace and 16th-century convent. The hotel combines Inca tradition with modern services and facilities including a personal butler, an outdoor heated swimming pool (the only one in Cuzco), excellent spa and lounge with snooker table. (Refurbished: 2017. Rooms: 55)
This vertigo-inducing mountainside sleeping pods is the ultimate adventure experience for adventurous travelers looking for something quirky and different. This is certainly one of the world’s most unique places to sleep- in one of three transparent egg-shaped sleeping that cling to the side of the canyon, securely suspended 400 m up. To access the pods, visitors must climb the 400 metre Via Ferrata, or trek up the mountainside which includes ziplines. The only way to enter is through a portal door on the top of the pods, and guests are fastened to safety cords until they are climbing inside for their own safety. Waking up to sweeping 360o views of Peru’s Sacred Valley is not for the faint hearted! Private sleeping pods - complete with dry ecological toilet, double beds and lights are powered by solar panels will provide you with a comfy spot for the night. (Opened in 2013. Rooms: 3)
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