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You can use the guided tour below as a basis for your own trip, but you have the freedom to add things on and take things off.
Initially we'll have a brief chat about the key places you'd like to visit and the main experiences you'd like to enjoy. We'll discuss preferred standard of hotels, how long you'd like to be away for, and your price range.
Then it's over to us to put it all together and come up with a great itinerary that works as smoothly as possible. You can tweak as much as you like until it's right for you.
This is our most popular guided tour, run by Cox and Kings, with several dates available in 2021. If you prefer to do this on a private basis then please let us know.
Average price approximately £3200 per person
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Lima with British Airways and transfer to the Casa Andina Premium Miraflores for 2 nights.
Next day, morning tour of colonial and modern Lima, including Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima, and the architectural masterpiece of San Francisco monastery. (Breakfast)
Fly over the Andes to Arequipa, a city of white buildings and colonnaded plazas, surrounded by the dramatic landscape of ice-capped volcanoes. Stay at the Costa del Sol Wyndham for 2 nights. (Breakfast)
Next day, full-day city tour, including the beautiful Santa Catalina convent, which dates from the 16th century, and the Juanita Mummy Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Drive into the Andes towards Colca Canyon (approx 4 hours, partly on unpaved roads, with stops en route). The scenery is breathtaking, with the terraces of the Colca valley and herds of llamas scattered around. Overnight at Aranwa Colca. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Early morning excursion to Condor’s Cross, where magnificent condors can be seen flying over the canyon. Visit the town of Maca, famed for its pre-Columbian textiles, and continue by road to Puno and Lake Titicaca (approx 6 hours). Stay 2 nights at the Libertador on the shore of the lake. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Next day, full-day tour of the floating Uros reed islands and Taquile island, with a home-cooked lunch prepared by a local family. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Take the stylish Belmond Andean Explorer train to Cuzco. Relax over lunch or with a pisco sour in the observation car as you pass through gentle rolling Andean plains where vicuñas and alpacas may be seen. Dinner and overnight on board (bunk bed cabin). Upgrade to a twinbedded cabin from £105 per person. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Disembark the train and travel by road to the indigenous village of Chinchero to see its Inca terraces and a traditional weaving demonstration. Continue to the Sacred Valley and stay 2 nights at Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Next day, half-day visit to the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast)
Drive to Ollanta and take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Tour the spectacular ruins and stay overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket at time of booking). Return to Cuzco by rail and transfer to the Casa Andina Premium Cuzco for 3 nights. (Breakfast)
Next day, morning tour of Cuzco, including the San Blas district, the cathedral and the extraordinary Temple of the Sun at Koricancha. Afternoon at leisure in the Inca capital. (Breakfast)
Next day, day at leisure or take an optional excursion to the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Awanacancha llama farm or the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. (Breakfast)
Fly to London via Lima with British Airways, arriving the next day. (Breakfast)
Take a short flight to Puerto Maldonado and then a boat ride to your accommodation, and you'll have a magical couple of days of being in the rainforest and wildlife viewing. Typically, you'll look for macaws, black caimans, giant otters and monkeys.
The Inca Trail is a once in a lifetime adventure, and involves around 4-5 days walking. We have several options to book, with some tours that also take you to other parts of Peru, and some that mainly concentrate on doing the Inca Trail. There are varied standards of service, so if you'd like a more comfortable experience with full service camping then that's fine.
Please note that permits are usually issued around October for the following year, and can quickly be sold out, so if you are keen to get this booked please contact us as early as possible.
Q. Should I do a guided or independent tour?
A. The main advantages of a guided tour are threefold. One, there will be a guide for all the main sightseeing, and usually the feedback from guests is excellent. Two, you don't need to do much worrying about getting around and transport as everything is done for you. And three, you can enjoy the company of other like minded travellers who are sharing your experiences. But a tailor made tour allows you to choose things in much more detail - how long to spend in each place, the standard of hotels, how long you spend at each sightseeing attraction, and of course the date of travel. You would be on your own, in respect of there being no other travellers, but you would have a driver, a guide for most places, and all the transfers would be arranged for you.
Q. When is the best time of year to go?
A. Our summer (May to September) is best - wet weather at other times of year can cause problems.
Q. Do you get altitude sickness?
A. The tour listed above is designed so that you acclimatise slowly to the height, but the key point is that you should go easy at the beginning and drink lots of mint tea. On my own trip I completely ignored this advice in order to capture a sunset photograph, and ended up with a headache.
Q. Who are the flights with?
A. We generally use British Airways who have a direct flight to Lima.
Q. What's included in the package?
A. All international flights, internal flights, transfers, trains, accommodation, and some of the sightseeing would be included in the quotation.
Q. Does a tailor made holiday cost more than a group tour?
A. Yes, the group tour above costs on average £3200 per person, and doing it on a private basis would be around £3800 per person.
As with most of my holidays I had a maximum of 2 weeks so it was a tight squeeze to fit everything in, plus the fact that I wanted to visit the Amazon. In the end we settled on an itinerary that included Lima, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest.
The highlight was of course visiting Machu Picchu, but to see it at it's best you need to be up early! I think we took the 5.30am shuttle up to the ruins, with just a handful of other tourists. By 9am, it was much much busier.
The luxury train was sadly not in operation then, so we took the bus between Cuzco and Puno (for Lake Titicaca) - the scenery is spectacular.
And finally I would definitely recommend the Amazon if you have the time. Lots of mosquito spray was needed, and it was fairly hot and humid, but a great experience to hear (and see) macaws, howler monkeys and caiman.
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