Peru Sample Itinerary
Fly in to Lima, the vibrant capital city of Peru. Spend the day exploring this bustling metropolis, taking in the colonial styled architecture and numerous excellent museums and galleries. The old monastery with its catacombs is particularly good. It is also home to some of South America’s best restaurants and, of course, the famous Pisco Sour.
Continue exploring Lima. There are a number of free walking tours you can join in the city centre and numerous buses to take you to the trendy, seaside suburb of Miraflores or the hip streets of Barranco. Treat yourself to a couple of piscos in the evening before heading to the Water Fountain Park, lit up in all its glory
Take a short flight up to Iquitos, check in to your hotel and then spend the afternoon visiting local attractions such as the Manatee Rescue Centre, Butterfly Garden and the bustling market as well as taking in the town’s old Spanish architecture with original tiles imported from Seville in the late 1800s.
Day 5 –6.
Further jungle expeditions, including swimming with pink dolphins, fishing for piranhas, night time excursions looking for cayman crocodiles, hunting for sloths, tracking down anacondas and…for the very lucky, sighting jaguar, are just some of the things that will make your time in your jungle lodge memorable.
The former capital of the Incan Empire sits at an elevation of 3,400 metres so you will want to take today pretty easy as you get used to the high altitude. Cusco is mainly known as the gateway to the beautiful Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, however, it is easily a worthy destination in its own right due to its historical importance in South America, beguiling blend of cobblestone streets, colonial period architecture and an unmistakable Peruvian street spirit.
Continue exploring the town as you get further used to the high altitude. Take a cooking class, learn how to make your own chocolate, haggle for souvenirs in the local market or take a walk up the surrounding hills for a commanding view over the rooftops of this ancient city.
This evening will see you meeting with your Inca Trail guide and preparing for your upcoming trek.
Day 11 - 13.
Get picked up in Ollantaytambo and start your trek to Machu Picchu. You will spend the next 3 days hiking along parts of one of the original Inca Trails, taking in Inca ruins and fabulous scenery along the way. You will have your own guide, porters and chef to keep you comfortable and safe along the way.