Amazon & Machu Picchu

12 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:


A typical 4* holiday costs from

£4,945 per person


(Based on two people travelling. 3* can be a lot cheaper, and peak season or 5* hotels can be substantially more expensive.)


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Day 1
You will fly into Lima today, which is situated on the Pacific coast. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will give you an overview of the city to help you make the most of your time in this cosmopolitan capital.
Day 2
Your guide and driver will meet you today for a morning tour of the most important parts of the city. Your tour will focus mainly on the impressive historical sights of the central colonial part of the city, such as the cathedral, Aliaga's house, and Larco Museum. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3
An early start for your flight into the Amazon rainforest. Using a combination of vehicles, motorised canoes, and paddle boats, you will travel to your lodge, your home for the next three nights. All your wildlife activities and meals are included during your stay, along with experienced naturalist guides.
Day 4
Your first full day of group activities. Mornings offer the best chance to spot wildlife, so be prepared for early starts and busy days of wildlife spotting! Typical activities include nature walks, canopy tower climbs, and leisurely trips by paddle canoe. Your expert naturalist guide will scan the treetops and water’s edge, pointing out lurking caiman, playful river otters, or perhaps a swooping, colourful macaw along the way.
Day 5
Your second day of activities in the Amazon. Lodges are set in dense rainforest with surrounding walking trails to explore. Your nature walks will typically take place within the lodge grounds, where a specialist guide will take you on a short circuit in search of curious amphibians, plants, insects, and birds. You may also take a relaxing boat trip around one of the region’s pristine lakes.
Day 6
Heading back to the airport today for your flight to Cusco, the historical capital of the Inca empire. Upon arrival, you will be driven to your hotel in the historic centre, an area filled with pretty plazas, boutiques, and restaurants.
Day 7
You will meet your private guide for a half-day walking tour of the impressive city of Cusco, visiting its impressive cathedral and Coricancha, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. This is a great way to orient yourself and ensure you don’t miss the key attractions of the historic centre.
Day 8
Today, you have free time to Enjoy this intoxicating city, which is a delight to stroll around with its cobbled streets, atmospheric squares, and attractions such as the Inca Temple of the Sun. There are countless handicraft markets and museums (including a chocolate museum!). We also recommend making the effort to see some of the impressive Inca ruins in the surrounding hills (do let us know if you would like to pre-book a tour).
Day 9
You will take a spectacular train journey to Machu Picchu. On arrival, you will take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. You will have an afternoon tour before returning to the small town, where you will spend the night. Lunch is included.
Day 10
You have tickets for a second entry to Machu Picchu this morning to explore by yourselves. You can also climb Huayna Picchu this morning for spectacular bird's-eye views over the Incan city (not included but can be added). You will return to Urubamba; in the Sacred Valley by train in the afternoon for your overnight stay.
Day 11
Today’s tour visits some of the most remarkable sites in the Sacred Valley. The local market at Chinchero is one of the most colourful in the Andes, as is the imposing Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo and Pisac, a small village in the Sacred Valley known for its bustling market and the impressive fortress that sits high on a mountain ridge.
Day 12
You will be transferred to the airport for your overnight international flight home via Lima.
Day 12
Arrive home today.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Peru is a country of striking contrasts, from the dense and steamy jungles of the Amazon Basin to the rugged splendour and colourful historic towns of the high Andean plateau. If you are equally enthralled by wildlife as well as history and culture, then this is the journey for you. Despite these extremes of climate and culture, the two are easily combined via a very short internal flight for a diverse trip without too much internal travel.

Your holiday starts with a day to explore vibrant Lima’s historic centre and unwind on the coast. You then fly south-east to Puerto Maldonado, the most accessible gateway to Peru’s lush Amazon Basin, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Colourful macaws, giant river otters, monkeys, reptiles, and amphibians are among the unique flora and fauna here at your riverside lodge. Then head to Cusco to explore its colonial splendour, scale the steps of the citadel at Machu Picchu, and relax in the beauty of the Sacred Valley.

2 nights Lima – 3 nights Amazon – 3 nights Cusco – 1 night Machu Picchu – 2 nights Sacred Valley – 1 night on plane


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