What you can expect

Marvel at the lost city of the Incas at Machu Picchu

Explore the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco

Head to the gateway of the Amazon Rainforest at Puerto Maldonado

Discover the heart of the Inca Empire at the Sacred Valley

About the trip

When we think of Peru, we think of Machu Picchu and with it being one of the wonders of the world, that is understandable. The Inca ruins are the most visited in the country and will leave you speechless due to the sheer beauty of the archaeological site. Peru is famous for the Incas, with its former capital in Cusco, we will explore the modern day city with a mix of archaeological sites surrounding, as well as the Sacred Valley. As well as the Incas, there are plenty of other reasons for visiting this fascinating country. A perfect starting point is the capital Lima, steeped in history, perched on the Pacific coast, Lima has a rich cultural heritage with spectacular array of historic monuments and prominent examples of colonial architecture. Peru also boasts landscapes that will leave a lasting impression, from Lake Titicaca sitting at 13,000 feet, to the colourful mountains of Palcoyo, not forgetting the Andes mountain range. The Amazon covers a vast amount of South America, and Peru is known as the gateway and is a superb way to step into nature, witness wildlife in its natural habitat and learn about the eco system of the rainforest. Joining Solos on this tour of Peru will leave the memory and camera roll full of lasting memories.  

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What's Included

  • Return flights & Transfers
  • Internal Flights
  • Airport taxes & Charges
  • Single rooms
  • Solos Board - Breakfast daily, eight lunches and four dinners
  • Tour the cities of Lima and Cusco
  • Jungle activities when in Puerto Maldonado
  • Explore the Sacred Valley - Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo
  • Visit to Machu Picchu
  • Hike to Palcoyo Mountain
  • Boat trip on Titikaka Lake to the floating island of Uros and to the island of Taquile
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected

Itinerary

  • Depart UK with an overnight flight
  • Arrive into Lima
  • Tour or Lima
  • Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado
  • Puerto Maldonado
  • Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Palcoyo Mountain
  • Tour of Cusco
  • Bus from Cusco to Puno
  • Boat trip on Titikaka lake
  • Fly from Puno to Lima then onwards to the UK
  • Arrive into the UK
  • Insurance click here

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Overnight flight from the UK

Today we will depart the UK and head to Peru on a connecting flight.
DAY 2

Arrive into Lima

Once we arrive at Lima airport, we will transfer to the hotel. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes. This evening we will gather together for a welcome dinner and get to know our fellow travellers.
  • Dinner included.
DAY 3

Lima

After breakfast this morning, we will transfer to downtown Lima. We will visit Casa Aliaga, an old residence of the viceroyalty handed over by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 to one of his captains, and we will visit the Santo Domingo Convent, built during the 16th century. We will then head to the Casona San Marcos, the cultural centre belonging to San Marcos University, the oldest in America, where artistic work is exhibited, and dance and music workshops are given. We will take a visit Larco Museum, located in the traditional district of Pueblo Libre. It was founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926 and is located inside a viceregal mansion. The museum boasts an impressive pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver pieces, as well as erotic art. After lunch at the Café del Museo Larco we will transfer to Barranco, the bohemian district of Lima, known for its bars, museums, galleries and urban art.
  • Breakfast and lunch included.
DAY 4

Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado

Today we will have breakfast at the hotel and then head to the airport for out flight to Puerto Maldonado, known as the ‘Gateway to the Amazon.’ Upon arrival we will we will board a motorised canoe and head along the Madre de Dios River to our accommodation for the next couple of nights. Following lunch we will take a walk along the Concepcion Trails, winding through the property’s nature trails for an immersive introduction to the intricate ecosystems of the Amazon basin. Backed by the protected Tambopata National Reserve and built on the grounds of a former cacao and rubber plantation, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion harbours primary and secondary rainforest inhabited with exotic wildlife and tropical plants. At dusk witness the enchanting transformation of the rainforest from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment on a guided Twilight River boat ride, as animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the shadows of the night. Following this, we will get together for a the evening dinner. *Only medium-size luggage is allowed during the stay in the lodges of Puerto Maldonado. The maximum luggage weight allowed is 10kg (22lb). During the stay, larger luggage will remain stored
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
DAY 5

Puerto Maldonado

We will start the day early with a buffet breakfast before a visit to Lake Sandoval, a glassy, ox-bow lake located inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve, reached via a sun-dappled rainforest trail. We will board a dug-out wooden canoe to quietly paddle through a stream and glide onto Lake Sandoval, flanked by picture-perfect palms. This lake is home to many species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, black caimans amongst others. Return to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion in time for lunch. In the afternoon we climb the exhilarating Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. The Canopy Walkway is a sophisticated and safe 344 metre (1,135 feet) network of seven ecologically constructed hanging suspension bridges, strung between eight treetop observation platforms above the forest floor. This is an unforgettable opportunity to observe the rainforest from the rooftop and gain a sense of its size. Ascend the first vertiginous tower 38 metres (124 feet) above ground, keeping an eye out for bright toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Back at the lodge, we can venture out onto the Hidden Forest excursion. Armed with flashlights, as our senses heighten to the movements and sounds in the undergrowth of the forest, keep an eye for species that only emerge during night time. We also have the option to book for an indulgent therapy at the Nua spa, built in the middle of the rainforest .
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
DAY 6

Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco

We will have our final get up and breakfast in the rainforest this morning, waking to the sounds of the rainforest as parakeets chatter away in the trees and monkeys swing through the treetops. We will then head to the airport to head to Cusco. Once we arrive, we will transfer to our hotel in Urubamba in the Sacred Valley (transfer approx. 2 hours).
  • Breakfast included.
DAY 7

Sacred Valley - Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo

This morning we will have breakfast in the hotel and we will then have a day of discovering the Sacred Valley. We will begin with the archaeological vestiges of Maras and Moray. Maras is an impressive salt mine complex, these are huge salt deposits that were exchanged for other products from other parts of the Inca Empire. Moray’s archaeological vestiges are composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research centre. After lunch we will continue to discover more of the Inca Empire by visiting Ollantaytambo, which is a typical example of the urban planning by then Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. We will stop at various points to witness parts of Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo is considered one of the most remarkable archaeological sites of the Inca Empire.
  • Breakfast and lunch included.
DAY 8

Machu Picchu

Today will be one of the highlights of the tour, and no tour of Peru would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu. We will start this memorable day with breakfast at the hotel before heading to the train station to catch the train to Aguas Calientes, which takes roughly an hour and a half. Upon arrival we will see an artisanal market and we will then take a short bus ride to Machu Picchu, a symbol of the Incan Empire and built around 1450AD, is a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed to have served as a sanctuary and resting place for the Inca Pachacutec. Machu Picchu, which means ‘Old Mountain’, is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
  • Breakfast and lunch included.
 
DAY 9

Palcoyo Mountain

Todays adventure is to hike the impressive coloured mountain range of Palcoyo. Palcoyo acquires this colouration due to minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, among others, accumulated over millions of years and that nowadays offer a visual spectacle. Getting to the top of the Palcoyo mountain range is of a moderate level and very accessible as it is a 2-hour walk without significant slopes, reaching a maximum elevation of 4,900 meters above sea level. Upon arrival, we will marvel at the beautiful view of the mountain range and take time to appreciate the surroundings.
  • Breakfast and packed lunch included.
DAY 10

Cusco

This morning after breakfast, we will enjoy a guided tour of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco. We begin with a visit to the Convent of Santo Domingo, which was built over the Inca temple of Coricancha, one of the most important precincts dedicated to the cult of the sun. Ancient chronicles say that its walls were covered with gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. We will then head to the Cathedral, the most imposing building in the Plaza de Armas. We will then head to the hills of Cusco where the fortress of Sacsayhuaman is located and we will be treated to an impressive panoramic view of Cusco. We will continue to the archaeological site of Qenqo, where it is believed that the Incas practiced rituals related to agriculture. The tour then heads to Puka Pukara, known as the red fort, which boasts plazas, baths aqueducts and towers. It is believed to have been used by the Inca entourage while the leader rested in Tambomachay, which will be our final stop on the tour. The rest of the day is at leisure.
  • Breakfast included.
DAY 11

Cusco to Puno

Today we make the coach journey from Cusco to Puno. This scenic route will take us through the wonderful Andes. Our first stop will be in Andahuaylillas, located 40 kilometres from Cusco, here stands the Church of Andahuaylillas, nicknamed the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’ due to its impressive art found within it. We continue our journey on to Racchi, where the Wiracocha Temple is located, a surprising 30-meters wide by 20-meters high construction of rectangular shape. After a stop for lunch in Sicuani, we will have a brief stop at La Raya, the highest point between Puno and Cusco, sitting at 4,313 meters above sea level. Another stop off point at Pucara, which was a town first developed between the years 100 and 300 AC, this town was the first proper urban settlement of the lacustrine highlands. After the scenic drive and stop off points of interest, we will arrive into the city of Puno.
  • Breakfast and lunch included.
DAY 12

Titikaka Lake

This morning we will head to Titkaka Lake and take a boat trip to the islands of Uros and Taquile. After breakfast, we will transfer to the port of Puno, and board a boat which will take us to the floating island of Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that populates a series of artificial islands built with the totora, a type of reed that grows in the Titikaka lake, we will even see houses built from this reed. We will continue onwards to the island of Taquile, an island which was part of the Inca Empire and when here, we will learn about the history of the island while enjoying lunch. This evening we will gather for a final get together dinner with our fellow travellers and we can reminisce about our time spent in Peru.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 13

Fly from Puno to Lima and onwards to the UK

Today we have a final breakfast before heading to the airport to fly back to Lima, before an onwards journey back to the UK.
  • Breakfast included.
DAY 14

Arrive back into the UK

We will arrive back into the UK after a connecting flight from Lima.

Accommodation

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar);
  • Lima – Hilton Garden Inn Lima Miraflores – Two nights
  • Puerto Maldonado – Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion – Two nights
  • Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay – Urubamba – Two nights
  • Sonesta Hotel Cusco – Cusco – Three night
  • Hotel Posada Del Inca – Puno – Two nights

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