Lima is considered by many as the gastronomic capital of South America and we can book you in or just recommend the top restaurants.
Visist the most important sites of Lima and wrap yourself in its charm and tradition. Visit the impressive historical center and pass by the Main Square, The Government Palace, City Hall, The Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral. You’ll visit San Francisco Convent that displays the largest monumental group of Colonial Art found in America. Here you will find the subterranean crypts known as “the catacombs” or “catacumbas”. Finally, continue to the exclusive districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, from where you will enjoy an excellent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Fly to Cusco where transfer awaits to the Sacred Valley, a picturesque tour where you can see important archaeological remains, landscapes and village customs. This tour starts with a first stop at Awanacancha Complex, here you can have the chance to feed Andean Camelids such as “llamas” and “alpacas”; also you can have the opportunity to meet local people who will show you their techniques for weaving in their local sites.
The tour will include the visit of the typical Pisaq Market where you can buy local handcrafts and try the traditional local costumes. Then you will visit one of the best restaurants located in the Sacred Valley, the Wayra Ranch, here you will enjoy a delicious lunch and have the opportunity to see a beautiful display of Peruvian Paso Horse, known for their elegant and delicate walk. The show includes stylish Peruvian Horse Riders showing you an elegant exhibition. The Peruvian Paso Horse is unique in the elegance and softness of its walk. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Ollantaytambo Fortress, made up by series of overlapped steps and terraces, built to protect the city from any invasion coming from the jungle through this part of the valley. You’ll have the opportunity to walk the narrow streets of the village and get a first-hand feeling of this military, religious and cultural center of the Inca Empire.
Live one of the most fascinating and extraordinary experiences of the world: Machu Picchu. The adventure begins by embarking on one of the most beautiful railway routes in the luxury train Hiram Bingham, pass through picturesque Andean landscapes and enjoy the amazing lush jungle until you arrive to Aguas Calientes city; here you´ll take the bus for a 30-minute drive along a zigzaging path leading to the marvelous citadel. Machu Picchu may have been home to of Pachacutec, the first Inca emperor. Walk through passageways and alleys of the citadel and enjoy and take in this unique place in the world.
Admire the wonderful pre-Hispanic and colonial legacy of Cusco, an interesting journey where you will learn about the Temple of the Sun “Koricancha”, ancient place of worship to the Sun God of the Incas where the convent of Santo Domingo was located, admire the beauty of the Main Square of Cusco and observe the most known sculptures and paintings in Cuzcanian Art inside the cathedral. Continuing the city suburbs, we will visit the Inca complexes of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Sacsayhuaman Fortress, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its huge stones of its external walls, cut and assembled with stunning precision. At night, eat at one of the best gourmet restaurants of Cusco, located in the courtyard of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum of Cusco.
Embark on one of the most comfortable trains and go through beautiful Andean landscapes up to the city of Puno in the Altiplano. Riding the Andean Explorer train service is a unique experience, a journey between mountains and clouds, and between mountains and highlands. Ten-hour train journey, which ends at the majestic Lake Titicaca and in whose path, the traveler will see the changing landscapes among mountains, rolling plains, and the various weather of the area. The Andean Explorer has an exquisite area decorated with subtle, delicate style of the great Pullman trains of the twenties. It includes dining cars and bar. The Andean Explorer is one the most of luxurious and different way of travelling between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca.
Explore the floating Uros islands along with the Island of Taquile, on this full-day trip, one of our most popular excursions. Traversing the boundary of land, sky and water, the floating islands have been constructed from “totora”, or junco reed roots, by the Aymara-speaking Uros Titino people that inhabit them. Titilaka guests have exclusive access to some of the islands’ communities and their remarkable heritage, with a unique opportunity to interact with the skilled reed rafts-men and the expert women weavers, and see the ancestral techniques they still use to keep their islands afloat. On Taquile, one of Titicaca’s larger natural islands and home to several small Quechua villages, guests see the making of other traditional textiles, which are so unique UNESCO has designated them Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. You can then enjoy a picnic with a dazzling view of the deep blue skies mirrored by Lake Titicaca, with Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, or Royal mountain Range, on the horizon.
One of the region´s largest and most important pre-Hispanic archeological sites, Sillustani features Inca and pre-Inca funerary towers, or “chullpas”, overlooking Lake Umayo. These imposing structures were built exclusively to house the remains of nobles and other distinguished individuals. The complex has a range of chullpas in varying architectural styles, reflecting the region’s changing power dynamics between cultures including the Pucara, Kolla, and, of course, the Incas. You will be able to note the pre-Inca towers’ more rudiminetary style and smaller size compared to the larger and more sophisticated Inca chullpas. Constructed from rocks weighing up to six tons, the complex’s largest chullpa, known as the Lizard Tower, is estimated to have taken more than 50 years to build. Combining archeology, history, and unforgettable views, Sillustani is a must-see location. Arrive at the airport and fly back to Lima.
Fly from Lima to Iquitos travel on an asphalt road where you can enjoy what is known as the forest of “Terra Firme”, forest that does not flood. We travel until we reach the river port for the City of Nauta, to the shore of the Marañón River and board the Dolfin boat. Spot the amazonian Dolphins whilst you enjoy the most fantastic panoramic view from the observation terrace where the barista mixes exotic cocktails made from local fruits and Pisco, under the spell of a beautiful Amazonian night and with the sweet breeze of the rainy forest, the talented Personnel will delight you with a small event of live music.
Hike through the forest in search of wildlife and getting to know the biodiversity of this area from Squirrel Monkeys to tropical birds, visit another protected site the, “Cuenca YanaYacu Pucate”, where you will find a small black Lagoon with PINK Dolphins.
Visit a private reserve where you will row the Tawampa lagoon until you reach the primary Forest area, and reach the longest suspensión bridges. Experience fishing in search of the famous piranhnas and in the evening with lanterns you will go in search of nocturnal animals such as alligators, snakes, serpents, nocturnal birds, and frogs among many.
Enjoy a wonderful experience visiting the community of San Francisco, here we will have the opportunity to see and share in the cultural riches and the amazing talent of the local artisans. You will be amazed at the quality of their work made from exotic Woods, seeds, and palm fibers. Enjoy the simplicity and warmth of the locals in this area, while discovering the folklore that distinguishes them. Arriving the bank waters of the Amazon, you will continue enjoying the many dolphins that always come to greet visitors. Return to the port of Nauta and then to the City of Iquitos to fly back to Lima. Along the way you will have the opportunity to visit the IIAP facilities (Peruvian Amazon Research Institute) where you can feed the mantees, and endangered species.
Transfer to Paracas where you will discover the mystery of the Nazca Lines and appreciate them by air in a small aircraft. You will fly over these mysterious drawings made in the sand that represent several animal shapes such as a spider, a monkey, a dog, a humming bird, a condor, amongst others; all of these having huge dimensions that vary from 50ft to 985 ft. in length and one foot depth. Dr. Maria Reiche, German archeologist who dedicated her life to studying the lines described it as the largest astronomical calendar in the world. In the evening admire the sunset and try different snacks in an environment specially designed for you. This activity can include sand boarding.
Departure to the pier to board comfortable sailboats and sail the Ballestas Islands. In this area of important marine fauna and here you will find large colonies of sea birds such as: the guanay, the booby, the tendril plus some examples of Peruvian penguins (Humboldt), a lot of seals (fur seals and sea lion) besides other species. In the afternoon transfer to Lima.
The best time to travel to Peru is during the dry season which runs from May to September. May is a good month as it is just before the busy season. The rest of the rain it’s rainy season.
British and Irish nationals do not require a Tourist Visa when traveling as tourists to Peru neither do nationals from other EU countries
The local currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol S/. ( Sol means sun)
In case of altitude sickness, rest well during the first days avoiding physical strain; drink mate with coca leaves or take coca pills. Drink plenty of fluids, particularly in high altitude zones, using only bottled or previously treated water. Purchase your food at restaurants, avoiding street food.f