Inca Trail and Amazon Tour
A luxury adventure to experience the grand landscapes, wildlife and culture of Peru
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Privately guided Inca Trail trek
- Private tours in Lima, Cusco and the Southern Peruvian Amazon
- Accommodation, domestic flights and transfers
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Created with the more adventurous traveller in mind, this trip is about experiencing the great outdoors and adventure activities of Peru from seeking out the tropical wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest to rafting in the Sacred Valley and trekking up through the cloud forests of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Your adventure starts with a night in Lima, Peru’s vibrant and exciting capital known for its culinary scene. From here, fly to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the southern Amazon, where you’ll take a boat deep into the heart of the forest and your lodge. Spend the next three days on expeditions out into this incredibly biodiverse place in search of howler monkeys, caimans and giant river otters while also learning about its unique culture.
Next fly into the Andes and the beautiful Sacred Valley where you’ll explore the salt terraces of Maras and the Inca ruins at Moray. You’ll also get the adrenaline pumping as you raft along the Urubamba River, navigating your way through rapids, waves and whirlpools, and zip lining.
You’ll then spend the next four days trekking the iconic Inca Trail, crossing epic mountain passes and discovering ancient Inca ruins en route on a privately guided trek to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu. After exploring the legendary site, head to the beautiful colonial city of Cusco for your final two evenings.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Lima airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Lima
Accommodation in Lima
Villa Barranco is located in a charming 1920’s house that has been carefully restored, fitting perfectly into the surrounding district of Barranco which is known for its arty feel, traditional architecture and laid-back bohemian vibe. There are nine rooms and suites, a some of which on the ground floor enjoy a private garden space, while those on the second have terraces of balconies. The style is simple, comfortable, with wooden floors, Persian rugs and huge beds. Enjoy views of the sea and surrounding neighbourhood from the rooftop terrace, with many cultural sites, bars and restaurants nearby.
- Five king bedded rooms, eight king two twin bedded rooms and four contemporary queen bedded rooms
- Restaurant, bar and lounge
- Living room
- Rooftop sun deck and patio
At last a hotel with lots of Limeño character and heritage. Combining intimate and modern boutique hospitality, with stylish, historical elegance, Hotel B offers both a polished and decidedly local stay to your time in Lima. Located in the city’s bohemian district of Barranco and housed in a historical Belle Époque mansion, once the palatial, ocean view residence of the Peruvian president Augusto Leguia, its architectural features and flair captures Peru’s colonial past in 21st century luxury. In fact, the Arts Hotel renovation team included sculptors from the Fine Arts academy and a host of talented carpenters under the direction of an Italian master woodworker. Each of its 17 rooms (coming in three different categories) all display chic furnishings and modern amenities, with contemporary style and smart design blended together in a very refreshing and unique way.
- 82 guestrooms
- Observatory Restaurant
- Rooftop pool
This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru. The hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to one of the most exclusive residential areas and commercial districts of Lima. Miraflores Park prides itself in offering outstanding personalised service and a home away from home atmosphere. With 82 rooms, the amenities include three massage rooms, a rooftop heated pool, state of the art gym and a special observatory restaurant with sea views while dining. This luxury hotel in Lima is a great place to relax before or after your visit to Machu Picchu and other destinations in Peru.
Enjoy the Capital of Peru, known for its excellent cuisine and good museums, as well as the historic down-town areas. Your Travel Designer can arrange a tour for you should you wish and you'll have all of our recommendations at hand for the best things to see and do in the city to make the very most of your stay.
Private transfer to Lima airport
Flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado
Southern Peruvian Amazon
Transfer from Puerto Maldonado airport to your lodge
Accommodation in Southern Peruvian Amazon
- 6 twin rooms
- 19 cabanas
- Eco Centre
The new more casual sister lodge to Reserva Inkaterra, Hacienda Concepción is more easily accessible and with the same values placed on sustainability, service and authenticity as its sibling. A plantation house from the 1950s, constructed in the typical Amazonian Hacienda style surrounded by 819 hectares of rainforest and on the grounds of what used to be a cacao and rubber plantation, this lodge also used to be an ecological research centre, which speaks for both its location and profound biological knowledge of the region. With an emphasis on your Amazonian experience, its 6 rooms and 19 cabanas are quite open to the exotic environment around you but are impressively clean, simple and comfortable. The cabanas are the same level of luxury as those of its sister, the Reserva Inkaterra. Next to a natural oxbow lake, the lodge acts as a buffer zone between the Tambopata National Reserve and the shores of the vast Madre de Dios River, so your daily river or land expeditions to explore the rainforest pretty much begin from the threshold of your room.
- 35 raised, private cabanas
- Main dining room and bar
- Canopy walkway
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is located in an exuberant private Amazon nature reserve right on the banks of the Madre de Dios river and adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve. What’s more this eco-lodge’s thirty five cabanas are made of local materials whilst still incorporating contemporary amenities and standards that belies its remoteness. The reserve has several nature trails and a first class spa on the grounds. The restaurant uses only fresh and local ingredients for all meals. Relax during the day on the second floor lounge, or have a cocktail that evening at the bar. The hotel’s excursions include hikes, canoeing, visits to local villages, and a thrilling walk through their treetop canopy bridge.
The last great natural wilderness, the Amazon is a truly awesome location that needs to be experienced to be fully understood. Peru’s Amazon region, called Madre de Dios, is located in the southeastern part of the country just north of Lake Titicaca and is home to the pristine Tambopata National Reserve. It’s a magnificent place to see hyacinth macaws, monkeys, caiman, giant otters and other amazing wildlife in one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.
Transfer to Puerto Maldonado airport
Flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco
The Sacred Valley
Private transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel in the Sacred Valley
Accommodation in The Sacred Valley
- 115 rooms
- Large Spa with 7 treatment rooms, Vichy shower, 3 hydrotherapy pools
- 3 restaurants
- Wine cellar
A brand new hotel and spa resort, the Aranwa Aqua is amongst the most luxurious and well equipped accommodations in the Sacred Valley. Set in the impressive grounds of an 18th century colonial hacienda the hotel boast full spa facilities to provide an extra level of relaxation after a day of exploring including many of the latest treatments and facilities. There are one hundred rooms and fifteen large suites (with jacuzzis and floor-to-ceiling windows) and guests can also enjoy three restaurants, a small on site museum and an art gallery.
- 12 rooms and 24 casitas
The Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a modern take on a traditional hacienda, wonderfully located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas between Cusco and Machu Picchu, its sizable estate backed by green mountains and overlooking terraced fields below. The view is shared by all 12 rooms in the Casa Hacienda and 24 standalone casitas. Architecture and interiors are inspired on the area’s cultural history, with colonial furniture, authentic Inca masks and handcrafted woodwork giving a genuine sense of place. Food is centred around an ‘earth to table’ concept, with produce from the hacienda’s organic plantation. Quinoa, Urubamba giant corn, medicinal herbs and a variety of potatoes are farmed with traditional hand tools and oxen, as done centuries ago, and guests are welcome to join in picking their own crops. The most recent addition to the hacienda is the Mayu Spa, which means river in Quechua. It is nestled between the organic orchard and an peppertree forest and offers treatments using natural products derived from native medicinal herbs.
- 22 rooms
- Private villas for families and groups of friends
This is without doubt one of the most comfortable and luxurious places to stay in the Sacred Valley. Set in a beautiful spot by the Urubamba river the hotel is close to the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. The construction and design of the 22 rooms is in keeping with the rustic surrounds of this historic location with extensive use of natural materials, yet never compromising on luxury. The hotel has a good restaurant and a high quality 230 square metre spa in which to relax after a day exploring the area. There are also two very spacious and well-appointed villas suitable for families or groups of friends travelling together.
- 43 casitas
- Adjoining ranch and stables
Set among beautiful gardens in the magnificent location of the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna is a charming and comfortable hotel with wonderfully relaxing amenities. Your bungalow, or ‘casita’, is designed with Andean touches and stylish interiors and boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. Spend your days exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you can partake in exciting activities such as horse riding, bird watching and para-gliding. Back at Sol y Luna the indulgent spa, sauna and pool is a peaceful place for you to unwind, while the dining consists of a restaurant, Killa Wasi, where Peruvian and European cuisine is served and a bar, Chicha Wasi, where you can enjoy authentic pisco sours. You can also enjoy traditional Andean cuisine at Wayra, a separate restaurant set in the hotel’s Wayra ranch, paying homage to the wealth of natural ingredients cultivated in the Sacred Valley since the time of the Incas. The hotel is also recognised for its community initiatives, particularly in education. After 10 years of working with different schools and programs, Sol y Luna opened the Sol y Luna Intercultural School, providing educational services to a number of local students.
Spend your days relaxing and exploring the incredible scenery of the Sacred Valley. North west of Cusco, it is one of the most beautiful and historically important parts of Peru. The Valley was one of the bases of Inca civilization and several of their finest works were built in this region making it a fantastic place to take in the ancient culture of Peru. The valley is also home to many indigenous people living the same way they have been for centuries and it’s possible to visit local markets and communities.
Today, you'll enjoy an excursion to the Maras salt terraces and the Moray Inca terraces for some soft hiking in these spectacular landscapes.
From your hotel your guide will take you to the 300-metre rock face in Pachar, and with safety equipment and instructors you’ll begin the climb that will give you fantastic views over the valley and spectacular mountain scenery. Once at the top, you’ll rappel back down and enjoy a picnic lunch with fantastic panoramas in front of you. After lunch you’ll get to zipline across canyons and rivers before being ferried back to your hotel for the evening.
A great expedition for those looking to combine the wild beauty of the Sacred Valley with a bit of adventure and thrill. You will be collected from your hotel for an early morning transfer through the Andes to Pachar. Here you will receive a safety talk and your equipment, and after a brief period practising on the flatter parts of the Urubamba river, your rafting experience, led by trained professionals, will begin.
First you will past the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, through class II and III rapids. Once through these you will go onto the final leg of the journey with ‘El Resbaladero’ (The Slippery One) which has strong class III rapids, waves and whirlpools. After this there will be time to go ashore, dry off, change your clothes and then sit down for a tented picnic lunch on the river bank.
The Inca Trail
A classic four-day trek over Peru's unforgettable Andean landscapes to one of the greatest mysteries of the Inca Empire, the Sacred City of Machu Picchu. Not only will the scenery move you but your personal guides will fill you in on the incredible history, legends and beliefs of the Incas perpetuated still today by the local Quechuan communities which you will also happen upon. The route will involve visits to archeological sites, dramatic mountain vistas and dense cloud forests rich in Andean flora and fauna. You will reach Machu Picchu at sunrise on the fourth day.
On your first day you will be collected from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley at around 4-4.30am for private transportation to Piskacuchu (2700m/8856ft) located along the Machu Picchu railroad and the starting point of the Inca Trail. A hike across the Urubamba River bridge will take you northwest along the shore to the Sacred Valley followed by a trail along flat terrain to arrive at Miskay (2800m/9184ft). You will then ascend to a lookout point over the impressive Inca city of Llactapata (2750m/9020ft. The trek will continue along the valley created by the Kusichaca River gradually climbing for about five hours to reach the Wayllabamba Community(3000m/9840ft) where your camp will be set up for the evening. Throughout the day's hike you will enjoy the spectacular view of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba where the impressive Veronica peak reigns at 5832 meters above sea level. Not to mention the diversity of wild flora and fauna that can be found all along the valley.
Today your route will take you from Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo. Waking up at around 6am you will set off after breakfast for your hike back to Wayllabamba from which point you begin the most difficult part of the trek. This consists of an abrupt and steep ascent that stretches for about 9 km, and along this climb you will see the landscape change from sierra to puna (a dry and high area with little vegetation). This will take you to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman´s Pass) at 4200m/13776ft. Here you will see domesticated llamas and alpacas grazing on ichu, one of the few plants that grow at high altitude. You'll also cross an area of cloud forest, home to many different kinds of birds like hummingbirds and sparrow as well as the Andean Spectacled bear. We advise that on this day especially, your day pack is well stocked with candies, chocolates and coca leaves that will keep your sugar levels high, and help with altitude sickness. Immediately after the pass, you will descend into the Pacaymayo valley (3600m/11808ft) where camp will be set up for the evening.
As well as being the longest day of your trek, today will also be the most impressive and the most interesting as you journey from Pacaymayo to Wiñaywayna.
After breakfast and pack up of the camp you will climb from Pacaymayo to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft), halfway up which you stop to visit the archaeological complex with the same name. This is a site, located at 3800m/12464ft, which consists of a small oval structure that is believed to have served as a watchtower. From here you go over the pass to descend towards Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and enter the cloud forest to finally arrive at Sayacmarca (3624m/11887ft): a beautiful complex made up of a semicircular construction, terraces, narrow streets, liturgical fountains, patios and irrigation canals
To arrive at the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700m/12136ft), it is an easier climb along which you can appreciate the magnitude of the Incas ancient craft, with paths semi-detached from the mountain and rocks placed so that they fill up the ravines in perfect order. You will then go through an Inca-built tunnel to arrive at the aforementioned pass and down to the complex of the same name. Phuyupatamarca also happens to be one of the most complete and best-preserved archaeological complexes along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and is located on the highest point of a mountain and its name fittingly translates to¨town over the clouds¨. From various lookout points you can observe this sophisticated and sacred complex made up of water fountains and impressive views of the Urubamba River valley. You continue your trek down the long descending stone steps that lead to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, and all close to where camp will set up that evening. Tonight's campsite will be hosted at a trekker lodge with a bar and bathrooms with hot shower facilities. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, you will enjoy a delicious farewell dinner at the camp.
Day four and your final day on the Inca Trail begins with an early start of 4am in order to reach Machu Picchu's Intipunku or Sun Gate in time for sunrise. This will take around an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones that traverse these cliffs of highland jungle, but this is all well worth the mesmerising spot you arrive at to see the sun come up over the sacred citadel (weather permitting). From Intipunku you descend to Machu Picchu which you enter 40 minutes later from the highest point through the 'House of the Guardians'. There will then be a complete guided tour around the site, taking approximately two hours after which you can enjoy some free time to rest, stroll around the citadel or climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain to appreciate spectacular views of the ruins, valleys and mountains that surround it, or perhaps visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. After this you will meet in the village of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. You have reached the end of your trail, well done!
Accommodation in Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is only steps away from the train ride to the breathtaking views of the Incan citadel. The hotel consists of several whitewashed cottages in an Andean village located in the heart of Agua Calientes, part of the historical Machu Picchu attraction. Tea time and evening nature shows are offered each day, and the hotel has a spa and yoga facility. The spacious rooms all have a fireplace and thick, handmade alpaca wool blankets cover each bed making it a perfect place for simple relaxing before and after your Machu Picchu excursion. Inkaterra is a leader in ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru. They have a commitment to research, and sharing knowledge about biodiversity and culture with the world through authentic travel experiences. Because of this, they have been granted the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by Control Union Green Choice and the Sustainable Tourism Standard Conservation Award. They are also Rainforest Alliance verified and there is no single-use plastic at the property.
- 60 rooms
An excellent option in the Machu Picchu area, the Sumaq is located outside of the town of Aguas Calientes on a stretch of the Urubamba river. 60 rooms and suites are decorated to a clean modern finish with flourishes and details inspired by the Inca citadel, with views of the river and mountains. One of the real highlights here is the restaurant, by our reckoning one of the best in the Machu Picchu area. Aside from visiting the famous citadel above, you can partake in Peruvian cooking classes, witness traditional ceremonies and shamanic rituals, and head out on hikes through the lush valley in search of unique species of flora and fauna.
- 31 rooms
- Two restaurants
The Sanctuary Lodge is certainly one of the best located hotels in the world, being the only accommodation located inside of Machu Picchu. There are stunning views from many of the rooms and the hotel is within walking distance of the Incan ruins. The gorgeous garden is a wonderful place to have breakfast or a cocktail in the evening while relishing in the peace of the surroundings. Given the location, space is at an economy so the standard rooms are not overly spacious. However, this is a small price to pay for such a stunning location. All meals are included in the cost.
Discover the Machu Picchu citadel by climbing up either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Both scenic sites offer incredible, sweeping views, but vary in route. Huanya Picchu is a steeper route for the confident hiker as you pass sheer drops and takes around 2 hours. Machu Picchu Mountain is a rewarding 3 hour ascending hike taking you away from the larger crowds to enjoy the vistas.
Catch the afternoon Vistadome train from Machu Picchu town to Ollanta station, in a comfortable journey that takes about one hour and thirty minutes.
Private transfer from Ollanta Station to your hotel in Cusco
Accommodation in Cusco
- 16 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Spa, sauna and massage rooms
- Hydro massage pool
Casa Cartagena has a uniquely sharp and contemporary look in a town dominated by colonial style hotels. The boutique hotel has a sleek, minimalist concept with clean, white lines and modern furnishings for the interiors, whilst the historical exterior has been renovated beautifully in keeping with the surrounds of the city. Service is attentive and professional and the hotel sits just 200 metres from the main historic square of the city. The sixteen rooms are spacious and airy, and the central courtyard is beautifully lit up by a large luminescent globe.
- Five rooms
- Flat screen TVs with cable
Located half way between Sacsayhuaman and the cosmopolitan Plaza de Armas, the Palacio Manco Capac is an ancient republican country house reinvented as a charming boutique hotel. With an enviable location high on the slopes of San Cristobal Hill, the hotel was built on the ancient site of the palace of Manco Capac, founder of the Inca Empire. During your stay, you’ll enjoy commanding views as well as an intimate connection to the area’s majestic past. The hotel has just five rooms, each with an elegant bathroom been made of the finest peruvian travertine. The intimate size of the hotel ensures that you’re guaranteed a cosy and welcoming atmosphere combined with personalised service and the utmost in attention to detail. Traditional Peruvian food and elements from worldwide cuisines combine with organic, local produce to create a delicious menu to accompany your stay. Situated in Quinta Qolqampata in the San Cristobal neighbourhood, just 20 minutes from Alejandro Velasco Astete airport, convenience is met with the calm surroundings of a beautiful eucalyptus forest. Punctuate your stay with bucolic walks around the property amidst Inca ruins. Horse riding, bike riding, yoga and a host of other activities can be organised to your liking.
- 43 rooms
- Oxygen enrichment
- flat screen televisions
- Bar and restaurant
- 4 treatment rooms
- Ipod docks
- Steam Room and Dry Sauna
- Steam Room
- Dry Sauna
The Aranwa is an excellent boutique option in Cusco. Decoration is a mixture of colonial style, modern furniture and opulent restored antique pieces from the owner’s personal collection. The hotel retains a historic feel whilst modern touches make your stay that much more comfortable. The forty three rooms are equipped with such features as iPod docks, oxygen enrichment (optional) and large, all marble bathrooms with jacuzzi’s or colonial style claw-footed bath tubs.
- 11 Suites
- Lounge and dining room
This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the center of Cusco surrounded by cobblestone streets, museums and next door to Plaza Las Nazarenas. This really is the premier property in Cusco and a real delight to stay at. La Casona is a beauitfully and carefully restored colonial manor house from the 16th century with modern luxuries. With only eleven suites surrounding a courtyard, the atmosphere is very private and charming. Each room is furnished with period antiques and has a fireplace and heated floors. Other hotel amenities include a library, restaurant, lounge, spa, butler services and Peruvian cooking classes.
Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. Cusco, the former Inca capital, is a fascinating mix of ancient Andean culture and Spanish colonialism. In the city you’ll see beautiful churches built on top of giant Inca walls, grand central plazas, fabulous markets and cobbled streets lined with colourful textiles. Outside the city you’ll find lots historical Inca ruins to explore.
Begin your day with a visit to Cusco’s central market, a wonderful way to discover the Andean culture and daily life. This vibrant spot, with its dazzling displays of fresh produce and fascinating local products, could keep you entertained for hours.
Today you will become an honorary Peruvian chef! You'll make two appetisers, a main course, enjoy a Pisco tasting and learn how to make a Pisco sour. You'll also enjoy delectable bite-sized appetisers throughout the class prepared by Marcelo Batata's restaurants.
Private transfer to Cusco airport
Flight from Cusco to Lima
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