Peru Adventure Holiday
A classic combination of the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Cusco
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 and tour of Machu Picchu
- Luxury city accommodation throughout
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
- Meet and greet airport service
At a glance
This ten-day trip is a classic Andean adventure including Machu Picchu and Cusco, with the added bonus of trekking the famous Inca Trail. This epic and challenging hike is a wonderful way to reach the Lost Incan City and soak up the incredible history of this area.
After a night in Lima, you will fly to Cusco to spend three days acclimatising. Explore the beautiful colonial city, discovering its bustling markets and learning how to whip up delicious Peruvian cuisine. You will also head to the Sacred Valley for a full day of cycling.
After meeting your highly knowledgeable team of guides and porters, you will start your trek which takes you through the remarkable landscapes of the Andean mountains, passing waterfalls, flora and fauna and some Andean wildlife. Reaching the magnificent and awe-inspiring Incan citadel of Machu Picchu on the last day offers the sweetest and most rewarding finale.
Once at Machu Picchu, you will have time to relax with a night at a luxury lodge and some time to explore this fascinating ruin by yourself before catching the train to Cusco for your final night.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Lima airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Lima
Accommodation in Lima
- 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 museums, as well as the historic down-town areas. 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 Cusco
Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco
Accommodation in Cusco
- 55 oxygen-enriched suites
- Outdoor pool
- Poolside bar
Palacio Nazarenas, a beautifully-restored old palace and convent, is Belmond’s latest hotel in Cusco and another triumph on the same par as the nearby Monasterio. The hotel has been conscientiously renovated so that guest bask not only in modern luxury but in the history of Cusco, with cloistered gardens, fountains, walls of Incan stones, lovely terraces and flowered patios to wander amongst. The style is sympathetic to the colonial era in regards to its lavishness but also outfitted to modern demands and designs. For example, all of its rooms are oxygen-enriched to help ease the altitude for visitors, and it boasts the city’s first outdoor pool.
- 126 Rooms
- Select rooms oxygen enriched
- Two Restaurants
- 2 Restaurants
- Lobby bar
Cusco’s most famous and prestigious hotel, Monasterio is a beautifully restored monastery in the heart of town just steps away from the main plaza, finest restaurants and best museums. Built around Incan foundations, adorned with antique Spanish design, the hotel is an important historical landmark and is protected by the National Institute of Culture. The 126 unique rooms offer a great mix of elegance and comfort, ranging from cozy quarters to expansive suite. The hotel also goes the extra mile in terms of guests’ comfort with the provision of some oxygen enriched bedrooms to help acclimatize to the high altitude. There are two restaurants – Illariy in the cloisters opening out over the leafy courtyard where you’ll find delicious breakfasts and light lunches, and El Tupay which serves fine international cuisine created from local ingredients, often accompanied by opera. The relaxed lobby bar is the place to sip pisco sours after a day exploring.
- 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.
- 32 rooms
Meaning market in Spanish, El Mercado is located on the grounds of a former market in the centre of Cusco. Just a few blocks from Plaza de Armas, this charming hotel makes for an excellent base to explore the surrounding area. Traditional architecture runs throughout the property with a large courtyard and elegant accommodation boasting original interiors. Choose from comfortable rooms or spacious suites which feature luxuries such as a private terrace, dining and living room, romantic fireplace and standalone bath tub. Other amenities here include La Bodeguita Restaurant and La Taberna Bar, while the staff provide a wonderfully warm welcome.
- 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. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Your personal travel designer will be able to recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.
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.
Enjoy a day trip to the Sacred Valley and explore this epic landscape by bike. Starting at the Paucarbamba bridge, you will receive a safety briefing and get your bikes adjusted before begining your ride. Follow a trail that runs alongside the Urubamba river, the sacred river of the Incas, until you reach the town of Pachar. From here you'll take an easy descent through an ancient Inca trail that passes through farming fields and Inca terraces until you get to the Inca bridge. Once your cycle is over, you will return to Cusco.
The Inca Trail
This classic four-day trek over Peru's most unforgettable landscapes brings you 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.
Departing from your hotel, you will hike across the Urubamba River Bridge, then follow the river until you reach a lookout point over the impressive Inca city of Llactapata. Continuing through the valley, your hike climbs for around five hours until you reach the Wayllabamba Community, where you will set up camp for the evening. Throughout the day you will enjoy spectacular views of the Vilacnota Ridge and pass plenty of wild flora and fauna along the way.
It's an early start today as you begin your trek back down to Wayllbamba, from where you'll embark on a steep ascent that stretches for around 9km. During this climb you will see the landscape change from sierra to puna, and you will cross your first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass). 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. 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, it will also be the most impressive and the most interesting as you journey from Pacaymayo to Wiñaywayna.
After breakfast you will climb from Pacaymayo to the second pass, the Abra de Runkurakay (3970m/13022ft). Halfway up you will stop to visit the archaeological complex of the same name, 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. Phuyupatamarca is 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 - its name fittingly translates as ‘town over the clouds’. Continue your trek down the stone steps that lead to Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft), an impressive Inca complex made up of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector, and all close to where camp will set up that evening.
Your final day on the Inca Trail begins with an early start 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 is well worth the mesmerising spot you arrive at to see the sun come up over the sacred citadel (weather permitting).
After arriving at the site after your trek, you will leave your backpacks and enjoy a private tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. Your guide will really bring it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. After your tour, you'll descend to Aguas Calientes for a delicious lunch at the rustically elegant Inkaterra hotel, before an afternoon at leisure. You can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.
Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.
Accommodation in Machu Picchu
- 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.
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.
- 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.
You have the morning free to explore the famous site on your own.
Train from Machu Picchu
Trains from Machu Picchu
- Toilet facilities
- Comfortable leather seats
- Snack service
The Vistadome train takes you to the magnificent ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in superb modern comfort. As per its name, the train has wide glass windows built into the roof and sides of the carriages so you really do get to see the rich Peruvian countryside rushing by. Large leather seats, air conditioning, heating, and good service reflects all the contemporary efficiency and standards of Peru Rail too. If you’re looking immerse in the surroundings this is a unique way to connect with the scenery en-route to Machu Picchu. Traditional snack food is provided on board made using local ingredients for an experience of the Andean cuisine. On the return trip you can also watch live traditional dance performances, inspired from the ancient cultures of this region.
- Dining and bar car
- Observation car
- Multiple carriages to relax
- Brunch and dinner served
You cannot traverse the Peruvian landscape to Machu Picchu in more style, luxury, and romantic charm than by the Hiram Bingham train. Named after the man who discovered the Incan hilltop citadel in 1911 and owned by Orient Express, you are driven to Poroy station just outside Cusco to board the exclusive blue and gold painted carriages and for just over three hours you are resplendently transported to Aguacalientes, the town beneath the ruins. Aboard, the 1920s Pullman carriages reflect the opulence of the locomotive era bedecked in polished brass, wood panels and rich, comfy seating. There is also a period observation car at the rear. Brunch on the outward journey and dinner on your return are included. These are taken in the very elegant dining car replete with white-linen tablecloths, clinking crystal, and you are looked after by the smartest team of waiters. Whilst feasting on fine Peruvian cuisine the steamy forest scenery unfolds right in front of you and there is a great bar car that often has live music on the return leg, or you can just simply relax into a snug armchair in one of the carriages. Escorted to the Lost City of the Incas there is a small-group guided tour included, but for those who would like a more exclusive visit we can easily arrange a private one for you.
Private transfer from Ollanta Station to your hotel in Cusco
Enjoy this beautiful city and Unesco World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city.
Private transfer to Cusco airport
Flight from Cusco to Lima
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