10-DAY PERU HIGHLIGHTS
Our 10-day itinerary is specially designed for families, couples, and groups of friends who want to experience the best of Peru in an itinerary that covers all of Peru’s geographic diversity through the coast, deserts, the highlands, and the Amazon rainforest.
Some of the highlights of this trip include Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Lake Humantay (or Rainbow Mountain) in Cusco; Tambopata National Reserve in Puerto Maldonado; the Oasis of Huacachina and Ballestas Islands in Ica (south of Lima).
Our team will take care of everything you need to enjoy your trip with comfort, safety and tranquility: transfers between hotel and airport, tour transportation, professional guides, train and bus tickets, hotels (optional) and tickets to Machu Picchu.
Our itinerary can be changed according to your arrival and departure dates and times, as well as the tours that can be in small groups or private. Contact our specialists to receive more information and alternatives for your trip!
Day 1: WELCOME TO LIMA
Welcome to Peru and Lima! Upon arrival, our local staff will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores. Depending on your arrival time you can take a City Tour to see the best attractions of the city or explore the surroundings of Miraflores on your own.
Day 2: LIMA – ICA – HUACACHINA
This day we will leave Lima to Paracas, where we will board a speedboat for our tour of the Ballestas Islands – natural habitat of hundreds of native and migratory species such as sea lions, Humboldt penguins, dolphins, pelicans, among other species. In the afternoon, we head to the Huacachina oasis for our adventure in buggies and sand boarding on the dunes around the oasis where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset before the journey back to Lima.
Day 3: LIMA – CUSCO
Upon arrival in Cusco our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to take you safely to your hotel. On this day we recommend a good rest and a light diet in order for your body to acclimate better to the altitude of more than 3400m above sea level.
Day 4: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES
Enjoy a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting two of the most important historical and cultural centers in the Cusco region: Pisac and Ollantaytambo. In the late afternoon, board the train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night before your visit to Machu Picchu
Day 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
This day you will take the much dreamed-of guided tour of the magical lost city of Machu Picchu, lasting approximately 2 hours – more than enough time to learn the history of this sacred place and take the best photos. After the tour ends, we return to the small town of Aguas Calientes, from where the train leaves for the destination station, and finally our transportation from the station to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 6: RAINBOW MOUNTAIN
Get up close to the rare beauty of the Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca, the second most visited destination in the country and one that needs no introduction. It is a mandatory stop for everyone in Cusco on a tour where you can also enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the southern valley of Cusco and observe alpacas and llamas along the way.
If you prefer you can take the Lake Humantay tour instead.
Day 7: CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO – TAMBOPATA
Arrival at the airport in Puerto Maldonado. Enjoy a 25-minute boat ride to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion lodge. Plunge deep into the rainforest with a hike through the Concepcion Forest trails and take a boat ride on the Twilight River as the nocturnal animals begin to awaken.
Day 8: TAMBOPATA
Hike through the rainforest and sail across Lake Sandoval. Walk the Canopy Walkway for panoramic views and observe the secret activity of wildlife under the darkness, exploring the rainforest at night.
Day 9: TAMBOPATA
Discover many of the rainforest’s tropical plants up-close at our organic bio-orchard followed by a visit to Palmetum, where you will see a collection of Amazonian palms. Paddle on an ox-bow lake, and test your fishing skills on the lookout for piranhas. Visit to Inland Collpa.
Day 10: PUERTO MALDONADO – LIMA
On this day we depart by boat from our lodge along the river and before leaving you at the airport for your departure flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima.
It is included
IT IS INCLUDED:
- Airport shuttles and transportation
- Group guided tours (English speaking guides)
- Round trip trains and buses to Machu Picchu
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
- Buffet lunch on Sacred Valley
- Breakfast and lunch on Rainbow Mountain/Humantay Lake
- Full board meal in Tambopata lodge
- 3 nights Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción lodge in Tambopata
- 6 nights of hotel in Cusco (optional)
IT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Tourist ticket
- Entrance fees in Maras Salt Mines
- Meals not mentioned
- Travel insurance – strongly recommended!
What To Bring
- Original passport (mandatory to enter Machu Picchu)
- Personal luggage for Machu Picchu (5 kg max allowed in the train)
- Daypack for personal items
- Money in soles for entrance fees, water, snacks and other expenses during each tour
- Comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear (hiking boots recommended)
- Waterproof clothes and rain cover
- Insect repellent
- Water (1.5L per day)
- Scarf or hat in order to protect against the intense sunlight
- Warm jacket for the evening/wind
- Personal medications
Accommodation, transfers, and flights are included?
The lodging and transfers in Tambopata are included as part of the tour and cannot be excluded. For the other days, you can choose if you want to hire only the tours or tours + lodging. Flights are not included but we will give you recommendations for airlines and schedules.
Why is the tourist ticket not included?
The Boleto Turístico (tourist ticket) is a personal ticket and is not sold in advance. It must be purchased in Cusco or at the entrance of the visited sites where this ticket is required.
Check our guide with all the information about the tourist ticket.
What to do with my luggage during the trip to Machu Picchu?
The maximum volume allowed on the trains is 5 kg per person, so you should travel with as little as possible, as all the rest of your luggage should stay at your hotel in Cusco during the two day trip. If you check out when you travel to Machu Picchu, you can leave your luggage in the hotel’s storage room.
What time will I enter Machu Picchu?
The entrance times for this tour is from 7am on, but it may vary according to ticket availability at the time of booking. Remember: the earlier you make your reservation, the more likely you are to get the best times.
Do I need a yellow fever vaccine to visit the Peruvian Amazon?
The yellow fever vaccine is not required for your entry into Peru but may be required upon your return to your country. For more information, please contact the health authorities in your home country.
Can I reverse the order of the itinerary?
Yes, our itinerary is 100% customizable and you can change the order of visits according to your travel plans and schedule. Please note that some flights are restricted to specific days of the week and this will directly affect your itinerary.
Flexible cancellation/ change
- Cancel your tour 48 hours in advance and be reimbursed for the full amount
of the tour. If you cancel the tour after these 48 hours prior to your tour no
refund will be processed.
- The policy to reschedule or to make any amendment allows the update to be
made no more than 5 days prior to the date of your tour and it is valid until
December 30th, 2022.
- The itinerary may be subject to changes due to unforeseen circumstances,
beyond the control of the operator, changes without prior notice