(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.
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.
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 and the rest of the afternoon is to be spent at leisure!
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.
Admission for your second entrance to Machu Picchu is included 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.
Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train. The journey through the Andes takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board.
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.
Lodge staff will welcome you at the Puerto Maldonado airport, and take you on a short shuttle transfer to the river.
Join a motorized canoe transfer on the Madre de Dios River, and after approximately 45 minutes, you'll arrive to the lodge.
After a delicious lunch at the lodge, you'll gather with your explorer guide and choose from the various excursions available at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. As a first day, a suitable recommendation is a guided walk along the trail system where you'll discover the Amazon Basin.
This trail offers an excellent introduction to the jungle environment, winding past impressive trees such as the staggeringly tall kapok, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and observing exotic insects. Also on your first night, try a twilight river excursion — a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman.*Please note: this is a sample itinerary, subject to change based on weather conditions, and your individual desires.
Wake up late or rise early — the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m., for those who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This morning you may visit the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. 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, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica for lunch.
After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 95 feet above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. Be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish you may extend your excursion and appreciate the sunset from one of the towers. The excursion finishes by returning to the lodge.
After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 650-foot wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush eco system, you may observe the various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, abundant flora, trees and there is a possibility to see snakes of this flooded marshland. The walk finishes by returning to the lodge.
Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the Inkaterra lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds, until the Sanipanga landing point. Navigate your way back downstream, observing the abundant flora and fauna along the way. Return to Gamitana Farm to do a short guided tour to see how local farmers grow fruits and vegetables. After lunch, enjoy an excursion to Hacienda Concepcion, with over 200 different plant species, and learn about the uses and benefits of local flora. This is followed by a 30 minute canoe trip to look for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and exotic herons. Later on, consider the Rainforest by Night 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. Return to the lodge.
After check-out this morning, you'll return to the Puerto Maldonado airport via motorized canoe, followed by a shuttle.
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.
Located within Jorge Chávez International Airport, the Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada offers guests first class infrastructure and service that will make their stay in the capital a true pleasure. Thanks to its strategic location, you will be able to save time during your stay and optimize your rest. In this way, you will benefit from a perfect combination of time, pleasure and relaxation. Enjoy a delicious meal in the 24-hour restaurant featuring local and international cuisine. Take advantage of a 24-hour spa, which offers relaxing massages, a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Connect to your friends and family using the free Wi-Fi Internet access, or cool off and go for a swim in the indoor pool. The caring staff is happy to take care of your every need, from assisting with meeting services to recommending the best places to visit in historical and colonial Lima.
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 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.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family hotel with ample experience in luxury hospitality, an experience that makes Sumaq a hotel dedicated entirely to its guests. Staying at Sumaq means enjoying Machu Picchu’s most beautiful landscapes, where you will find lush vegetation, enormous mountains, valleys, the Vilcanota River, a waterfall and ancient trails. Every guestroom at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a luxurious private retreat where travelers begin and end each day in complete comfort. In addition to its exclusive service, Sumaq Hotel offers a privileged location in the Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, on the banks of the Vilcanota River near the main tourist attractions.
The Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, reflects the luxury of colonial times. Guest Rooms are equipped with all necessary facilities to offer the perfect rest in palace style, combining comfort with an exquisite design inspired by history. Overlooking the grand colonial courtyard, the rooms of the “Cuatro Bustos” mansion are a jewel of great historical and cultural value. The Palacio del Inka Hotel is located opposite to the Temple of the Sun or “Koricancha”, and within walking distance to the main square. Situated in the center of the city, the hotel is encircled by Inka foundations topped with colonial constructions, museums, storied archeological sites, premier restaurants, and vibrant local markets.
Exotic, yet accessible, the Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica Lodge is situated in a private reserve, surrounded by a vast Peruvian Rainforest. Climb the banks of the meandering Madre de Dios river, and enter another world. Wake to a symphony of tropical birdsong; end your days by lantern light, falling asleep to the gentle night noise of the Amazon rainforest. As Peru’s pioneer in nature travel and research, Inkaterra provides an unforgettable introduction to this amazing realm of incomparable biodiversity. Inspired by native Amazon design, the private thatched roof cabañas combine natural materials with contemporary amenities. Four cabaña options are offered, creating the most luxurious of all lodges in the Peruvian Amazon.
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. Every guest room, suite and executive room within the Hilton Lima Miraflores Hotel is designed to reflect a refreshing sense of hospitality with a Peruvian feel. Each spacious room boasts stylish décor and is infused with natural light from the large windows. 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.
December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
"Fabulous trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima. Trip of a lifetime with a sensational group of guides, drivers, and transfer staff! Loved the Sanctuary Lodge! A must! Thank you, Nella Huaringa, for planning this amazing journey! Thanks for making sure we didn't miss a thing on our itinerary even when we lost a travel day, due to a broken airplane that turned back midair, on our way to Lima. We appreciate your service above and beyond. "
December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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