Peru in 12 Days
Sacred Inca & Ultimate Amazon Experience
Discover Peru and its ancient Inca Empire. Explore Lima, the gastronomic capital and uncover the mysteries of the Sacred Valley and the Inca capital of Cuzco before reaching Machu Picchu, a Wonder of the Modern World. An adventure of a lifetime awaits in Puerto Maldonado as you explore the dense Amazon rainforest from the comforts of your lodge and discover its rare, diverse wildlife.
12 days trip including flights*
10 days and 9 nights in destination
NYC - LIM
NYC - LIM
LIM - NYC
LIM - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Arrive at your US departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Lima*. Night on board.
* Important: If your outbound flight leaves at dawn (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the selected departure day.
Arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, situated on the Pacific Coast. Transfer to the hotel, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city's colonial streets and magical plazas at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy an informative and interesting city tour of Lima, including its Historic Centre and the Santo Domingo Convent. Start by exploring the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before heading to the Historic Center. Visit the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo and walk to the Plaza de Armas to admire the exquisite colonial architecture that surrounds it. Next, stop in the Parque del Amor, from where you can take beautiful photos of the Peruvian coastline. Overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cuzco. Arrive in Cuzco, the former Inca capital, and transfer to the Sacred Valley, on the way stop at Awanakancha and savour the opportunity to explore this living museum, where ancient customs and traditions have been preserved across the centuries. Watch local communities creating beautiful handmade textiles and soak up the beautiful views, unchanged by time. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the lively immaculate scenery of this iconic region. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.
Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting day at Machu Picchu awaits you this morning as you set off for the train station to board the Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes, admiring the landscape along the way. Arrive and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu*, a true wonder of the world and one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Spend some time discovering the ruins and being amazed by the terraces and enjoying a tour of the different sections of the site. Return to Sacred Valley. Arrive and overnight stay in Sacred Valley.
Note: The baggage policy on board the Expedition train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb.
* Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. $2 per bag.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Cuzco, with the opportunity to enjoy optional Sacred Valley excursions along the way, to experience the best of the region.* Arrive in Cuzco and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, enjoying the lively plazas at night. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
* Optional Essence of the Sacred Valley Excursion: Visit Chinchero and the PARWA Centre, to appreciate the colourful traditional textiles. Next, visit the church of Chinchero before heading to the Racchi panoramic viewpoint for a fantastic view across the valley. Explore Ollantaytambo and its Inca fortress. Lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco' included granting entrance to the Sacred Valley and surrounding sights.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off on a fascinating half-day tour of Cuzco. Begin in the iconic Plaza de Armas, and visit the Cathedral. From here, walk to the Koricancha Temple, an impressive ancient Inca palace, in honour of the Sun God. Today, a Dominican church stands on the site. Finally, visit the lively San Blas neighbourhood, known for its artists, shops and artisan workshops. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of the city and sampling the local cuisine. Overnight stay in Cuzco.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado*, nestled in the dense Amazon rainforest, close to the Bolivian border. Be picked up and taken to the local office where you'll have the chance to unload any unnecessary luggage to lighten the load for your journey into the Amazon**. From Capitania Port, take a 50-minute boat ride on the Madre de Dios River, enjoying your first glimpse of the dense Amazon rainforest. On arrival at the lodge, get inmmerse in the middle of the pristine nature and get settled in your room. After lunch, take some time to relax before heading off in the mid-afternoon on a guided jungle-walk*** to get to know the tropical trees and abundant nature of the local area to come face-to-face with the beauty of this diverse ecosystem. Look out for rare and unique bird species and weird and wonderful insects during your first Amazon experience. Back at the lodge, hang out in the hammocks or enjoy a cocktail at the bar before enjoying an unforgettable Caiman Safari**** boat trip, to get up-close to the emerging nocturnal wildlife as night begins to fall over the Amazon. Witness the transformation as an orchestra of sounds emanates from the nocturnal wildlife of the rainforest. You'll have a great chance of spotting larger animal species once night falls. Dinner and overnight stay in the Amazon.
* Please, note that the order and times of the excursions may be modified as your guide sees it convenient in coordination with the management, considering the physical condition of the passengers and the weather conditions at the time of your visit.
**Luggage left behind is kept in safe storage.
*** Duration: 1/4 day / Physical rating: light.
**** Duration: 1/4 day / Physical rating: light.
Full-board. Your first adventure of the day is a visit to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway*, composed of numerous hanging bridges, platforms and observation towers, from which you can get a great view of the dense rainforest and gain a different perspective of this complex ecosystem. Look out for treetop dwelling wildlife such as monkeys and birds. Afterwards, visit the Carachamayo Natural Pool**, to learn about the significance of water sources such as this and about local fishing techniques. Return to the lodge to relax a while before heading off in the evening on a night-time jungle walk*** to enjoy the cacophony of animal sounds and to search for the Amazon's more elusive animals. Soak up this once-in-a-lifetime experience, surrounded by the dense rainforest, alive with activity! Overnight stay in Puerto Maldonado.
Please, note that the order and times of the excursions may be modified as your guide sees it convenient in coordination with the management, considering the physical condition of the passengers and the weather conditions at the time of your visit.
* Duration: half day / Physical rating: moderate.
** Duration: half day / Physical rating: moderate.
*** Duration: 1/4 day / Physical rating: light.
Breakfast at the hotel*. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and spend your last evening in Peru at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lima.
* Check-out is aproximately at 10:00am. Lunch is not included on your day of depature, but can be requested in advance (additional cost).
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.
Arrive in US and end your trip.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Arawi Miraflores Express, Arte Hotel Lima, Ayenda Andesmar, Ayenda La Luna Inn, Ayenda La Paz Apart Hotel, Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro, Ibis Larco Miraflores, Mercure Ariosto Lima.
Included activity for day 3
Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx
City Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima
Tour through the modern districts of Miraflores and San Isidro and the historic center to enjoy the incredible colonial legacy. Visit to the Chocolate Museum and stop at the Parque del Amor.
What's included: Transfer from/to hotel, guide, entrance fee Convento Santo Domingo
Included activity for day 5 in Machu Picchu
Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination
Visit to Machu Picchu by Expedition or Voyager Train
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu, a true wonder of the world! Discover these ancient Inca ruins, perched high in the Andes, for a truly unforgettable experience!
Included activity for day 7 in Cuzco
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx
Half-Day Cuzco Tour
Begin your tour in the Plaza de Armas and visit the Cathedral, Koricancha Temple and the San Blas Neighborhood.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 5
Upgrade: Go and Return 360° train to Aguas Calientes
Upgrade to the 360° train to Aguas Calientes which has an open-air observatory wagon with bar and higher and wider panoramic windows.
Suggested activity for day 6 in Sacred Valley
Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx
The Essence of the Sacred Valley (with lunch and 'Boleto Turisitco')
Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo, PARWA Traditional Textiles Centre and Chinchero. Lunch and BTCP included.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Lima - US.
- Internal flights: Lima - Cuzco, Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado - Lima.
- Train Journey from Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes on board the Expedition Train. *more information
- 9 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.See hotels included
- 7 breakfasts and full-board in Puerto Maldonado.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide. **more informationSee itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* You can choose to upgrade to a different train for this journey in the next step of the booking process.
** The order and duration of the excursions included in the Amazon itinerary are subject to changes depending on the weather conditions.
We strongly recommend you consult your GP regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness.
Warning: Please note that when filling out the Health Form required to enter Peru, in the Nationality section, you must write EEUU (instead of USA), in order to generate a valid form.
- Entry requirementsPassport with at least six months validity. One page required for stamp.
- VisaFree visa on arrival.
- CurrencyPeruvian Sol.
- Electricity220V, 60 Hz. U.S. style plug. Check the voltage.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
- Time zoneUTC - 05:00.
- Tourist Office websitehttps://www.peru.travel/en-us/
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Exoticca Travel Stories
Creating unforgettable memories, one traveler at a time
The trip was amazing...
The guides were informative and made interesting stops along the way during our transfers. We added the tour of the Sacred Valley and saw the Temple of the Sun, which was a highlight after being at Machu Picchu the previous day. We saw even more of the Inca's amazing architecture and terraces.