Tailor made holiday in Peru

“This trip packs a punch in just 17 days. You'll discover not just the best of Peru, but of South America - from the high Andes to the Amazon, via Inca ruins and soaring condors.”

Highlights

Arequipa | Condors at Colca Canyon | Puno | Lake Titicaca | Floating Uros and Taquile Islands | Cuzco | First class train ride across Altiplano | Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu by train | Aguas Calientes | Pisac | Puerto Maldonado | 3 days in Amazon Rainforest

Description of Tailor made holiday in Peru

This tailor made holiday in Peru covers a vast array of the country’s spectacular cultural sites, including the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, which you travel to by train at the end of the holiday. Starting in the capital city of Lima, with its impressive museums and sites, particularly the Centro Historico with its pre-Hispanic and colonial architecture.

From Lima you fly to another wonderful city, Arequipa in the south of Peru. The “white city” is famous for its whitewashed buildings, historic centre with a variety of architecture from through the ages, and exquisite location enveloped by volcanic peaks. On this tailor-made holiday you will have private drivers and guides, who will then take you into the rural wonders of the Colca Valley, where village life is still very traditional on the pre-Inca terraced slopes. Another treat in this region is Colca Canyon which, at 3,400 meters deep is one of the world’s deepest. Here you will not only see herds of llama and vicuna but also the canyon’s resident condors soaring up above on the thermals.

The next stop on this itinerary, which can be tweaked to suit your interests and timeframe of course, is Puno, gateway to the great Lake Titicaca. At an elevation of 3,800m, the town is a fascinating place where many people still wear traditional dress. Surrounded by mountains, the bright blue lake is a wonderful sight, as are its famous Uros Islands made of totora reeds which enable them to float. Learn about traditional dress and farming methods directly from islanders of Taquile Island.

The last few days are spent exploring the Sacred Valley and famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Starting in Cuzco, the former capital of the vast Inca Empire, take time to also explore the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. In the Sacred Valley you can visit the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo with your driver and guide before taking the train to Machu Picchu the next day. We highly recommend two visits to Machu Picchu so that you have enough time to fully take in the incredible ruins and tackle hiking Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu.

Please note: We find that the best time to travel to Peru is between the months of April and October, as there is plenty of sunshine and you avoid the highland rainfall that hits during outside these months.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor-made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
Our top tip:
Do book as far in advance as possible, especially if travelling in the peak months of July and August, to ensure tickets for Machu Picchu and the trains.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely/moderate.
Accomm.
Accommodation of your choice, including colonial haciendas and rainforestlodges.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, local and international flights (if booked), some meals, driver guide, listed activities.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Responsible tourism

Tailor made holiday in Peru

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Many tourists only spend one day at Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco on the evening train. By doing this they miss out on a stay in the wonderful Pueblo Hotel. With over 5km of ecolological walks in 12 acres of private cloud forest the hotel offers educational and recreational programs, including orchid and bird walking tours and expeditions throughout the day.

Our partners in the Amazon are committed to numerous research and conservation projects. Some examples of these efforts include working with lodges that strive to protect the rainforest from development and employing local people, giving them an opportunity to work and live well without engaging in activities that harm the environment like logging, hunting, or mining. Several lodges are also directly involved with additional projects including conservation research projects, promoting sustainable development practices locally, and implementing green initiatives at lodges themselves.

Community

We are well-equipped to take full advantage of the numerous cultural opportunities available at Lake Titicaca. While many itineraries will simply include a stop by the Uros Islands we always encourage going beyond these islands to the further flung communities on the western peninsulas and southern shore of the lake. In addition to time spent with local communities on day tours we can also arrange homestays with partner families.

Additionally, in the Sacred Valley we’re delighted to have partnered with Awamaki, a non-profit organization who assists artisan women to start and run their own businesses. The founding idea of the organization is that women are ideally placed to invest in their children, homes, and communities. The objective of their efforts is to provide women with a reliable source of income in order to increase their quality of life and well-being in addition to preserving cultural practices that have existed for centuries.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


EVERYTHING - it was just great!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To inform themselves very early (6 month before booking) to get the most out of it. We therefore had the best holidays ever and people we met on our tour were just jealouse, because we could do all the cool stuff (we had organised the permits for Huayna Picchu, the Trek to Huchuy Qosqo etc.)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes I do

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great!

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