Peru! Who has never dreamt of wandering through the ruins of Machu Picchu or watching the sunrise on the shores of Lake Titikaka. A land of intense tradition, colour and beauty, Peru is an endless feast for the senses.
Our Project Manager Lucia Gomez Mendieta has put together a whole host of options to choose from, including accommodation, activities, local experts and transportation. Here are some of our favourites, packed into a 15-day program for you to enjoy.
Part 1: Lima
Day 01: Flight Oslo – Madrid – Lima
Arrival in Lima
Stay at the four-star Villa Barranco, a republican house from the 1920s restored with great care and respect for the original architecture. It is located in Barranco, the cultural, bohemian and artistic neighborhood of Lima and considered to be one of the best boutique hotels in Lima.
Private City Tour
Your local guide will pick you up from Villa Barranco and take your round the bohemian neighborhood, home to the aristocracy during the summers of the 19th century. You’ll then head out to explore Colonial Lima including the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent and Catacombs and the Larco Musuem.
Photography Tour with Christian Declercq
Armed with a camera, Christian Declercq—a true master of photography – has revealed some of Lima’s most photogenic corners and shared them with other photographers. This tour explores the city in a different way to more traditional city tours and is ideal for photography enthusiasts, Instagrammers, or travelers keen to experience something different.
Part 2: Sacred Valley
Encircled by the majestic Andes Mountains, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a vast, undulating landscape of lush agrarian terraces, pre-Colombian ruins and Spanish colonial churches.
Flight Lima-Cuzco then onwards to the Valle Sagrado.
Stay at the four-star Sol y Luna (Relais & Chateaux) in cozy “casitas” houses made of local stone and uniquely decorated, with 2 gastronomic experiences in 2 restaurants.
Full Day Private Tour of the Valle Sagrada (Moray-Mara-Ollantaytambo)
The archaeological site of Moray was used as an agricultural testing ground, with a famous system of circular terraces descending 150 m into the ground, a testament to the level of advancement of the Incas. The journey will continue to the Salt Pans of Maras, before visiting one Ollantaytambo, of the last remaining Inca towns, once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress.
Part 3: Machu Picchu
Train to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu and Visit of Machu Picchu.
The Peru Rail Vistadome train offers a unique and different way to travel to Machu Picchu. Each of the cars features panoramic windows, making you feel truly part of your surroundings.
Stay at the four-star Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. The property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.
Huayna Picchu visit:
The ascent traces a route of approximately 2 kilometres and for most adventurers this is the best part of their visit to Machu Picchu.
Train Vistadome return to Cuzco.
Stay at the five-star Inkaterra La Casona, boutique located in the traditional Plaza de las Nazarenas, surrounded by vibrant, cobble-stoned streets. The hotel reflects the encounter of cultures and traditions across centuries, with halls decorated with colonial furniture, Pre-Columbian textiles and original murals. 11 stunning suites offer fireplaces, heated floors and extra-large bathtubs, with doors giving onto the main indoor courtyard.
Part 4: Cuzco
Discover Cusco and its surrounding area with Jean-Jacques Decoster, PhD in Anthropology and one of the leading experts in the field of Latin American anthropology. with doctorates in Anthropology and in Social Sciences, and a life spent as a teacher of History at Cusco’s San Antonio Abad National University.
Dinner in the Gold Room:
History, art, gold and gastronomy meet for a culinary experience surrounded by authentic gold artworks, as the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art opens the doors of its dazzling Gold Room for a private seven-course dinner.
Part 5: Puno
Peru Rail Titicaca Train to the city of Puno:
Take an unforgettable ourney in Pullman-style cars from the imperial city of Cusco to the legendary Lake Titicaca. This train departs from Wanchaq station in Cusco—built in the 19th century—for Puno, a historic city on the shores of Titicaca, and the ideal starting point for exploring the area around the lake. The ten-hour train ride begins early in the morning. During the journey, this exclusive train’s cars—including its restaurant, bar and observation cars—serve as our viewing platforms as you take in the highland surroundings composed of enormous snow-capped peaks that soar above the grasslands.
Stay at the five-star Titilaka Lodge, located 1 hour from Puno on a tranquil private peninsula shared only with the local Aymara community. Surrounded on three sides by pristine lake and with four acres of grounds, Titilaka is the perfect base to explore this undiscovered corner of the earth. The hotel has 18 fully-equipped lake-view rooms, 2 private beaches, outdoor wrap-around terraces, an overwater deck and boardwalks.
Full day private boat tour on Lake Titicaca:
Explore the Uros floating islands and the Island of Taquile on this full-day trip with lunch included.
Watersports on the Lake:
Choose among kayaks, Canadian canoes, paddle boards, and sunfish sailboats or try them all as you explore this wonderful body of water.
Part 6: Madrid
Day 12: Flight Puno – Lima / Lima – Madrid.
Arrival in Madrid.
Stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Madrid, a luxury Belle Époque palace located in the famous Golden Triangle of Art of Madrid. For over 110 years, the hotel has hosted royalty, dignitaries and some of the most distinguished guests from around the world.
Day 14: Madrid. Private City or Food Tour.
Day 15: Flight Madrid- Oslo
Do you want to create your dream trip to Peru? Contact Stig to be put in touch with a Travel Manager who will plan every single step with you.