(Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Puerto Maldonado)
They don’t call them “Wonders of the World” for nothing. Visit 2 of Peru's major highlights - Machu Picchu and the Amazon jungle - on this Kensington Signature trip.
Explore lost ancient cities and lush tropical forests on this journey of a lifetime. Wander colorful markets of modern day and towering stone fortresses of days past. From the high sierra of the Andes, home to extraordinary pre-Columbian archaeological sites, to the Amazonian jungles, home to monkeys, sloths and a variety of colorful birds, the beauty and uniqueness of Peru must be experienced to be believed. At night, rest and relax in deluxe accommodations that offer well-appointed amenities and all the comforts of home.
Journey by train through stunning scenery toward Machu Picchu, where your private guide will lead you around the mysterious, lost city carved into the top of a magnificent mountain. A short flight over the inspiring landscape delivers you to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve where you will trek the Amazonian jungle in search of myriad wild creatures that call it home. Take the twilight river boat ride and witness the enchanting transformation as animals and birds of the daytime are replaced by species of the night. Visit the Tambopata National Reserve and get up close and personal with howler monkeys, macaws, anacondas and side-neck turtles. At the Inkaterra Canopy Center, walk through the treetops along a suspension bridge and enjoy landscapes and vistas that will make you never want to leave this magical country.
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A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Our local representative will meet you at the airport, walk with you to the lobby of the hotel and assist you with check-in.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Our local representative will meet you for a transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours
Take the rest of the day to acclimatize and enjoy time at leisure surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley.
Enjoy a full day private excursion to the Sacred Valley with your own private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide. Enjoy a visit of Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire, excellent sample of military architecture. Enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant (included ). Afterwards, visit the village of Pisac and attend the local agricultural open-market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
“Please note that due to weather conditions during the rainy season (December through March, and possibly longer) the Marinera dancers will not be performing during the show, however the Paso horse show will still take place”
Includes tourist ticket and entrance fees.
You will be met at the hotel lobby by our local representative, and transferred by private vehicle and professional driver from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo Train Station.
Upon arrival at the train station, board the Vistadome train for a 2 hour journey to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu. En route to Machu Picchu the train travels along the Urubamba River with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.
Please note you will travel independently from Ollantaytambo by train, and your guide will meet you on arrival at the station in Aguas Calientes. You will then embark on a private, guided tour of Machu Picchu, which is roughly 2-3 hours in length.
Note: When staying overnight at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes the following day will be at leisure, with no guide (unless otherwise specified). If you would like to have a guide please speak with your sales consultant about adding this service.
Note about luggage: When you board the train to visit Machu Picchu with overnight, bring only a small bag with you. Due to limited storage space on the train, passengers are asked to bring only one small piece of luggage. The rest of your luggage will be stored safely at your hotel and returned to you either in Cuzco or The Sacred Valley. Hand luggage on the train is limited to 11 pounds or 5 kgs.
*Note: train times and schedules may vary based on availability, your train times will be confirmed on your final itinerary.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!
After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Please note: For itineraries including an overnight stay at the Sanctuary Lodge (instead of Aguas Calientes) you will simply return to the lodge after your tour.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is provided for your convenience. Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, alternative date(s) will be provided where possible.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included. A limited number of hikers are allowed each morning and there are two scheduled times to do this hike, 7am and 10am.
The eternal guardian of the Sanctuary, Wayna Picchu (meaning “Young Mountain’ in Quechua) towers over the Incan city, and an amazing view can be appreciated from the top. The route to the top of the mountain is treacherous, with very narrow pathways, and to conquer the summit is truly a rewarding experience! Along the route and at the top of the mountain are sacred structures and eye-catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge. Depending on each person's hiking pace, this activity may take up to 3 hours. This activity is on your own; please speak to your sales agent about organizing a guide to accompany you. Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, either alternative date(s) will be provided where possible or arrangements to hike Montana Machu Picchu will be provided.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:25pm* and takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
High in the Andes, 3000m above sea level, lies the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Take a half day private tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Coricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, a locap representative will welcome and transfer you by bus (shared service) to the Butterfly House where you will register. Continue on to the wharf where you will board the boat that takes you down the river for about 45 minutes until you reach Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica!
The excursions at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica are included except those that require special schedules of private guide. Their duration varies: ¼, Half and Full day and they are classified in three difficulty levels: Easy (I), Moderate (II) or Difficult (III). They are all guided by trained professional interpreters in Spanish or English (other languages available upon request, subject to additional charge). Their knowledge and interpretive skills combine to provide understanding, insight and an enhanced experience of the surrounding environment. All activities and excursions are subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Suggested excursion on your first day: Enjoy the Trail System adventure and the Twilight River excursion or the nature presentation at the Eco Centre with available cocktails.
Trail System A walk to one of the trails that extend 7,3 kilometers (4,5 miles) in Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve and you will discover the incredible realm of the Amazon rainforest. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the environment of the jungle, as you walk past exotic rainforest trees, such as the lupuna tree and the beautiful ficus. Look down and spot the tiny lizards that rustle the leaves as they dart about on the forest floor. Gaze at the treetops and be amazed with the arena for bird watching. Observe the insect life – iridescent beetles and interpretation of the primary and secondary rain forest components, as well as human impact, and the relevance of the rainforests of the world. Duration: 1/4 day. Difficulty Level: I. Schedule: Morning and Afternoon Frequency: Daily Attractions: Footprints / Birds / Native skills / Ants / Medicinal plants. RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
Twilight RiverOn this guided afternoon boat ride, you will witness the enchanting transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment, as animals and birds of the daytime are replaced by species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits while searching for nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans. In addition, on a clear night the southern hemisphere stars can be appreciated. DURATION: 1/4 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I SCHEDULE: Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Photos & Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
Suggested excursions on your second day: Enjoy the excursion to Lake Sandoval in the morning and the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk in the afternoon.
Lake Sandoval A 30-minute boat ride takes you to the Tambopata National Reserve, where wildlife surrounds you as you enjoy the one and a half hour walk along three kilometers of trails to reach Lake Sandoval. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, also called “shanshos”, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. You will spend two hours on the lake, looking at all is has to offer. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II SCHEDULE: Morning and Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Photos / Ants & Canoe RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN Except during the months of rain, between december & march.
Canopy Walkway and the Anaconda Walk A five-minute boat ride takes you to the Inkaterra Canopy Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 29 meters above the forest floor, you will literally walk through the treetops for one-and-a-half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be unimaginable from below, while on the look-out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and –with luck- monkeys or sloths. After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush eco system, you may observe the various species of amphibians, serpents, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this flooded marshland. The walk finishes by returning to the lodge. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II SCHEDULE: Morning and Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily INCLUDED: Canopy kit ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Photos & Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
Suggested excursions on your third day: Enjoy the excursion to the Gamitana Creek in the morning and indulge in a Spa Treatment followed by the Rainforest by night walk.
Gamitana Creek Long walk following the Gamitana creek. 1 ½-hour walk through a narrow trail towards “Sanipanga”. 1-hour canoe ride down stream to the Gamitana Model Farm. Interpretation of creek ecosystems. Walk through the Model Farm. Return to the lodge by boat. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: III SCHEDULE: Morning FREQUENCY: Daily MEAL: Large Snack ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Fishing / Native skills / Native food / Canoe
Rainforest by Night Walk through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2-hour excursion. Biological activity differs greatly between night and day in the Amazonian ecosystem. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night. DURATION: 1/4 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I SCHEDULE: Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Footprints / Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.
A shared transfer to the airport is included in your reservation. The transfer involves a combination of boat ride and road transfer. Visit the Inkaterra Butterfly house on the way to the airport.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Explore Lima on a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima with a private guide and driver. Visit the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral at the Plaza Mayor (closed on Sundays), along with the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores for a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Conveniently located beside the Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima, the Ramada Costa del Sol is a great choice for travelers. The 130 guest rooms include mini bars and climate control. Breakfast offers a lovely range of options, with all the necessities required to start the day off. Try the hotel restaurants which feature items from across the world. Spend time using the sauna and massage services for a relaxing stay.
Nestled in the Sacred Valley, located 2 hours from the city of Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in Peru from which travelers can reach Machu Picchu, the mystical Inca citadel. The hotel features 128 elegantly designed rooms and suites with mesmerizing views of the Andes and the Vilcanota river. Peruvian cuisine, recognized as one of the best in the world, may be appreciated in the spectacular Hawa restaurant, designed with a perfect balance of indigenous elements such as woods and textiles. It offers a unique opportunity to explore new flavours. Unwind and relax in their luxurious spa where you can choose from a stunning array of pampering massages and exclusive therapeutic treatments featuring ancestral Incan ingredients, all surrounded by sweeping views of the Andes.
The new luxury accommodations at Sumaq Hotel in Machu Picchu are remarkable, with unparalleled natural surroundings and solitude. The 60 rooms offer stunning views of the river flowing below, as well as private balconies. Enjoy high-quality toiletries and bath products. The hotel's considerate staff are willing to go to all lengths to ensure guests are pleased with their stay. Chefs whip up mouth-watering cuisine, with ingredients and methods taken from across the world. Local specialties are also available. Test out the hotel spa, or take a short walk to the train station, where more restaurants and markets are available for the guests to enjoy.
The Palacio del Inka Hotel is located opposite to the Temple of the Sun or “Koricancha”, and walking distance to the main square. From here, you can visit one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, a place that will be steeped in the memory of every traveller. A stay at Palacio de Inka Luxury Collection is more tan a refined visit; it’s the key that unlocks authentic locales for today’s seasoned global explorers.
The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is a true escape, seated on the edge of Peru's Madre de Dios River in the Amazon rainforest's tropics. This remote camp, surrounded by miles of jungle land, promises 34 cabañas with rustic, comfortable accommodations that include hammocks and lantern lighting. The lodge's dining area serves local, fresh culinary surprises in a la carte style and buffet. Taken in the Amazon Pavilion, one may gaze out the window at the vegetation and wildlife. The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is recognized for its range of activities, from the Butterfly House to the Jungle Canopy Adventure. Make time for the native community teachings, trips along the lakes, fishing, and trail walks.
Hilton Lima Miraflores is conveniently located in the heart of the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru. Just 11 miles from the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), the hotel offers a prime location in the vibrant Larcomar entertainment area. Enjoy nearby activities including shops, theatre, museums, restaurants and parks. The hotel combines traditional 18th-century Peruvian architectural elements with contemporary decor to create the perfect ambience while delivering the impeccable service that travelers demand.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out. I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
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