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'Luxury Peru'

What makes this trip special?

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

The Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley was heaven on Earth for the Incas. You can easily see why. A lush steep-sided valley wih a wide floor brought alive by the Urubamba river tumbling through its fields and pastures. Great for country walks, striding out on the highlands above, exploring some very very fine Incan ruins, and shopping in local markets. Hearty food, sparklingly clean air - it's the kind of place you might feel you could live in some day.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Absolutely unmissable. One of the most world's evocative sites, an Incan sanctuary beautifully set among seemingly impenetrable mountains, lost for centuries. Approach it by the Inca Trail, or by rail. Truly wonderful.

Centre of the Incan world

Centre of the Incan world

Cusco

A hugely atmospheric city, steeped in its Incan past, with so much to explore. Fine temples of intricate stonework, narrow lanes running to wide plazas, vibrant traditional cultures, busy markets, lively arts, bustling restaurants, with the Andes on all sides. One of the world's great travel destinations.

By train across the Altiplano

By train across the Altiplano

Classic rail journey

One of the great rail journeys, by luxury train across the high plains of the altiplano. Pullman-style carriages and buffet cars, viewing platforms and silver service climb through mountain valleys passing beside, and often through, traditional villages and markets. On the Altiplano, llamas graze below wide views of spectral peaks, and tiny hamlets appear on a horizon lost beyond time.

Artists of the floating world

Artists of the floating world

Uros community, Lake Titicaca

Afloat on Lake Titicaca. An extraordinary existence, lived on 40 or so artificial islands woven from reeds harvested from the lake shore. The Uros consider themselves the oldest people on earth, with a welcome for their less blue-blooded visitors.

Textiles on the Lake

Textiles on the Lake

Taquile Island

Taquile Island is home to a self-sufficient Quechua-speaking traditional community, world-renowned for dramatic finely woven fabrics and traditional dress.

Luxurious seclusion

Luxurious seclusion

Suasi Island

A luxury lodge, Peruvian style, set on a small island on the far shore of Lake Titicaca. Mediterranean-influenced gardens, a club-style bar and good restaurant. A selection of easy walks with fabulous views. A great place to relax and restore.

Precolumbian treasures

Precolumbian treasures

Larco Museum

Peru's finest privately-owned museum, with an unrivalled collection of archaeological pieces from pre-Columbian Peru. Permanent exhibitions include a gold and silver gallery, galleries for each main region of the country, and specialist displays of stone, ceramics, metals and textiles. Its very nice restaurant is ideal for lunch.

Itinerary map for Peru 'Luxury Peru' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Lima
  • 2 Sacred Valley
  • 3 Sacred Valley
  • 4 Sacred Valley
  • 5 Machu Picchu
  • 6 Cusco
  • 7 Cusco
  • 8 Cusco
  • 9 Puno
  • 10 Suasi Island
  • 11 Puno
  • 12 Lima
  • 13 Lima
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Designer's notes

Nicely paced, with fine hotels, your own private guides for most excursions, few long drives, and enough time to relax and enjoy the places you are visiting, this is a close-to-perfect trip to Peru for just two weeks away.
Best from May to September, but also good in late March and April and in October too.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Luxury Peru'

DAY 1

Lima

You are met on arrival at Lima airport off your chosen international flight and are transferred to the nearby airport hotel.

DAY 2
BL

To the Sacred Valley

After breakfast you are collected from your hotel and escorted back to the airport for your flight to Cusco, where you are met on arrival and driven to the Sacred Valley for a 3 night stay. You will be touring en route to your hotel. First you pause at a village cooperative where llamas, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos are kept for their wool. There are demonstrations of shearing, spinning, dyeing and weaving the wool into traditional textiles. Entering the Sacred Valley, you visit the Incan site of Pisac, a complex of ruins high on a hilltop overlooking the small traditional town. Descending to the town you visit the daily market, with stalls of local produce and crafts, and travel along the Sacred Valley through fields and meadows beside the Urubamba river. You visit the small Inkariy Museum of Peru’s ancient civilisations, and arrive at your hotel further down the Sacred Valley.

DAY 3
B

A free day to relax and enjoy your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

DAY 4
BL

Your local guide comes to your hotel to accompany you on visits to three of the Sacred Valley’s most important sites. You first visit the intriguing circular Inca ruins on the altiplano at Moray, believed to have been a purpose-built agricultural research centre for high altitude crops. It is said that the stepped, circular terraces create 20 different micro-climates. Below Moray, on the steep sides of the Sacred Valley itself, you visit the spectacular salt-pans at Maras which date back to colonial times. Tiers of evaporation pools are fed by a natural salt spring, and carefully tended by local families to produce salt for the table. The array of glistening white arcs makes a spectacular sight. After lunch at a local restaurant, you arrive at the important Incan town of Ollantaytambo. You visit the Temple of the Sun, on a commanding site above the above the town, with walls of the finest Incan stonework and wonderful views across to mountain peaks of the Vilcabamba. You return to your hotel after a busy day.

DAY 5
B

Machu Picchu

This morning you board a ‘Vistadome’ scenic train for the wonderful ride on the single track that follows the Urubamba river as it tumbles deeper into the mountains, arriving at the busy village of Machu Picchu Pueblo, below the ruins. You check in at your hotel and take lunch there or in the village, then travel by bus up to Machu Picchu itself, the Lost City of the Incas, perched on a mountain top at 2400m and lost for 400 years until its rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911. By ascending to the ruins shortly after lunch the main morning crush of day trippers should have begun to disperse. With luck you will experience Machu Picchu in relative peace, just as it should be. We could arrange for you to walk the ‘Royal Incan Trail’ to the citadel, if permits are available; please ask us well in advance.

DAY 6
B

You might like to return to Machu Picchu to see it in the early morning, and before the site gets too busy. We provide tickets for this just in case. In the late afternoon, after a day in this unforgettable place, you take the train through to Cusco, the imperial capital of the Inca Empire. (It is possible to upgrade to the legendary Hiram Bingham train, with dinner on board, for this memorable journey). In Cusco you stay 3 nights at a central hotel.

DAY 7
B

Cusco

After breakfast, you visit the ruins of the massive Incan Saqsawaman complex overlooking the city, with guide. In the afternoon you explore the city of Cusco itself on a guided tour. Starting in the San Cristobal Plaza, with its panoramic view over the city, you visit St Peter’s Market, packed with stalls selling all kinds of local produce, including more varieties of potato and maize than you imagined possible. You visit the astonishing Qoricancha Temple, whose walls were once lined with gold, the Hatun Rumiyoc, pass through the craft quarters of the city, and visit the Inca Roca Palace (today the Archbishop’s Palace). You pass dramatic Inca walls and stop at the famous stone with twelve sides, before continuing to the main square and Cusco’s Cathedral, which houses priceless colonial paintings including a Peruvian interpretation of the Last Supper where guinea pig is served.

DAY 8
B

A free day to explore Cusco by yourself.

DAY 9
BL

Lake Titicaca

You are collected from your hotel for your flight to Juliaca where you are met and driven to Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca for an overnight stay. We can arrange for you to reach Puno by luxury scenic train if you prefer.

DAY 10
BLD

Suasi Island

At 7am Suasi Island Lodge's own boat departs from its pier in Puno ferrying you and other guests across Lake Titicaca to their private island close to the distant shore. On the way you call at the floating reed islands of the Uros community. You walk, squidgily, on the reeds and learn about the Uros people’s extraordinary way of life. To keep afloat the islands are topped up with fresh reeds every 2-3 weeks. The Uros see themselves as the oldest and most distinguished community on the earth, and are very hospitable to the upstarts who come to visit. Your boat then reaches the rocky island of Taquile, home to masters of textile crafts. The women spin yarn and weave using backstrap looms to create intricately designed belts while the men fish, cultivate potatoes and are experts at knitting. There will be an opportunity to hear about their traditions and buy their high quality handicrafts. Crossing Lake Titicaca you arrive on the other side at Suasi Island and dock at the small pier below your lodge. You arrive around midday, in time to settle into your room before lunch. On sunny days lunch may be served on the garden terrace overlooking the lake, or even at the waters edge. In the late afternoon you might join others for a walk on the island with the resident guide, perhaps to a hill top lookout for a superb view across Lake Titicaca at sunset. After dark on a clear night the skies are ideal for star-gazing the southern constellations.

DAY 11
BL

A morning free to relax or explore Suasi island on foot or perhaps by kayak. The boat departs shortly after midday, returning directly to Puno for 1 night, a crossing of a little less than 3 hours. A picnic lunch is provided on board, but bear in mind that the lake can get choppy: you may prefer to wait until you reach dry land. To avoid the crossing you could at extra cost stay on the island and leave next morning. A short zodiac ride takes you to the shore, and the rough road direct to Puno’s Juliaca airport.

DAY 12
BD

Lima

From Puno, you visit the pre-Incan cemetery of the Hatun Colla chiefs in Sillustani, on the shores of Lake Umayo. This is famous for its funerary towers or ‘chullpas’ up to 6 metres tall. Continuing to the airport at Juliaca you catch your flight to Lima, where you are met on arrival and driven to your hotel in the Miraflores district, with some free time to relax.

DAY 13
B

Most of today is free for you to enjoy Lima in your own way. You might make a special thing of lunch, sampling Lima’s very fashionable, and excellent, gastronomy. We could arrange a guide for you today at modest additional cost. At the appropriate time you are taken to the airport by private vehicle for your chosen flight home. You could extend this trip in several ways, eg to include an Amazon cruise, or a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Guide prices for 'Luxury Peru'

Optional upgrade to Highram Bingham train to & from Machu Picchu: £450 (2 people sharing)

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Mid/upper range hotels, mostly private services 2 people sharing £3,450
Upper range hotels, mostly private services 2 people sharing £4,095
Top range hotels, mostly private services 2 people sharing £5,090
Ultra range hotels, mostly private services 2 people sharing £6,375
Prices are per person and include:
  • all transport within Peru (inc domestic flights Lima-Cusco- Juliaca-Lima)
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • meals as indicated B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • all excursions, private basis (except boats and trains which are shared)
  • Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu village
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc

Customer reviews for 'Luxury Peru'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

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Seasonal information for 'Luxury Peru'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
2 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
3 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
4 Sacred Valley 16°C rainfall 143mm
5 Machu Picchu 22°C rainfall 187mm
6 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
7 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
8 Cusco 17°C rainfall 155mm
9 Puno 15°C rainfall 160mm
10 Suasi Island 14°C rainfall 198mm
11 Puno 15°C rainfall 160mm
12 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm
13 Lima 27°C rainfall 2mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Luxury Peru'

Day 1

Hotel B

Lima

A contemporary hotel set in a mansion within the Barranco district of Lima. The hotel is divided into two parts, the historic mansion which has 10 rooms and the new contemporary wing which has 7 rooms. All rooms have complimentary wireless internet, complimentary local calls, minibar, plasma TV and iPod docking station. The hotel's restaurant serves a wide range of dishes, blending traditional Peruvian and Mediterranean flavours.

Other guest areas include a lounge, library and rooftop space with views overlooking Barranco and the Pacific Ocean.

Hotel B
Atelier Room
Days 2 - 4

Tambo del Inka

Urubamba, Sacred Valley

Tambo del Inka is a luxury hotel located in Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley. It is perfectly situated for exploring the nearby towns and archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

The hotel's leisure facilities include a luxury spa, a fitness centre and two swimming pools while the restaurant serves Peruvian dishes made from organically grown local produce. There is also a sleek hotel bar that overlooks the Sacred Valley.

Tambo del Inka
Outside of the hotel
Day 5

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is situated just outside the ancient Incan citadel offering guests easy access to the ruins.

The hotel has 32 classically decorated rooms with views of the lovely hotel gardens. Many of the rooms have outdoor terraces with views of Machu Pichhu.

The on-site 'Tampu' restaurant offers international and Peruvian a la carte cuisine in a stylish setting while the 'Tinkuy Buffet' restaurant serves a daily lunch buffet to guests of the lodge and visitors to Machu Picchu.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Hotel
Days 6 - 8

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Cusco

Set behind Cusco's central square, Hotel Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent. Beautifully restored it is now one of Cusco's most exclusive hotels blending a mixture of contemporary and traditional styles. Many of the suites incorporate original features of the building including Incan walls, colonial arches and original handcrafted ceilings.

There is a spa offering a wide range of treatments, an outdoor swimming pool and a stylish bar and restaurant serving a range of cuisines.

Palacio Nazarenas has 55 suites, all with oxygen enrichment for those worried about Cusco's high altitude.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Pool and dining area
Days 9 - 11

Titilaka

Lake Titicaca

A 50 minute drive from Puno, through the beautiful countryside surrounding Lake Titicaca, Titilaka is an upper range lodge positioned on the shores of the lake. The lodge's contemporary style seemlessly integrates with its environment and the cultues of Lake Titicaca. All 18 rooms have panoramic windows with views across the lake, and hotel facilities include outdoor terraces, 3 lounge areas, dining room, wine cellar, a fully equipped media & reading room and a massage room. Wi-Fi is available as well as an international phone service. The dining room serves contemporary Peruvian dishes with fresh local ingredients, and there is also a cocktail bar with complimentary bar service available during selected hours. Guests choosing to stay on their "Experience Package" can select from a menu of activities all of which are available at no extra cost. The list of excursions avaialble is extensive and includes: Boat excursions on the lake to Los Uros and Taquile island, an Aymara excursion to see local communities daily lives, dingy sailing, cycling, star gazing, rafting through the reeds, day hikes across the altiplano, visits to local market places, birdwatching and while transferring to/from Juliaca airport can include excursions to Sillustani burial towers and/or the small pink-stone town of Lampa.

Titilaka
Lodge exterior
Day 12

Belmond Miraflores Park

Lima

Belmond Miraflores Park is an all-suite luxury hotel set in cliff-side gardens in a privileged  location in Lima's fashionable Miraflores district. There are fantastic views out to the Pacific and over the city. The hotel has 13 suite-types all decorated in elegant cosmopolitan styles with marble bathrooms. The 'Tragaluz' garden restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a focus on Asian, Mediterranean and Peruvian styles. Breakfast is served on the 11th floor 'Observatory' restaurant, beside an outside heated infinity pool, with breath-taking views over Lima and the Pacific Ocean. The 'Belo' is a chic contemporary bar.

Belmond Miraflores Park
Rooftop pool