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An Adventure Holiday in Peru- Machu Picchu & Cusco

Surf in Lima, Zip line the Sacred Valley, visit Machu Picchu in style and make a Pisco Sour

13 days

from £4,095pp (excluding flights)

This Peru holiday is action packed, visiting the main sites of Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu but in a different and more adventurous way. If lying on a beach is not your idea of a good holiday, this is the trip for you.

  • Learn to surf in Lima, Peru’s capital city.
  • Stay in Perspex pods in the Sacred Valley, hanging on the mountain side
  • Visit Machu Picchu and ride the luxury Hiram Bingham Orient Express train
  • In Cusco learn to make a Pisco Sour, Peru’s signature drink

Start this holiday in Lima, the coastal capital of Peru. Take a surf lesson, learn a new skill and get a different view of the city. The first taste of Peruvian pre-Inca culture will be during dinner at an archaeological site, a spectacular setting at night, when the ruins are lit up.

Spend time in the Sacred Valley, a place with local markets, Inca sites and amazing mountainous scenery. Leave the crowds behind and head through this valley by bike, a great way to experience rural Andean life.  For a real adventure, climb up the rock face in the Sacred Valley via a series of via ferrata paths. Sleep the night in a Perspex pod looking out at the stars, before zip lining back down to the valley floor the next morning.

Visit the iconic site of Machu Picchu before travelling on the Hiram Bingham, a beautiful Orient Express train. End the holiday in Cusco, the capital of the Incas, a wonderful place to wander and soak up the history. Take a cooking class in one of the best restaurants in town and learn how to make Peru’s most famous drink, Pisco Sour.

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4095 £ 900

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Lima overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Lima


Lima, the 'City of Kings', is a vibrant and bustling metropolis worthy of exploration. Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is known as the 'Gateway to Peru' and combines colonial splendour, prestigious museums and beautiful parks with lively nightlife and ample opportunities for sampling its world-famous cuisine.


You will be staying at Hotel B, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Surf Lesson
Today head off into the water for a two hour private surf lesson. The coast near Miraflores and Barranco in Lima is a great place to learn to surf or improve techniques.


Dinner at Huaca Pucllana
Restaurant Huaca Pucllana is located on a pre-Inca archaeological site, a spectacular setting at night when the site is lit. The gastronomic experience is phenomenal. Traditional Peruvian dishes include ceviche, guinea pig, beef heart and a fantastic array of wild vegetables grown across the country in the different microclimates. They also make a mean Pisco Sour.


You will be staying at Hotel B, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Fly Lima to Cusco


Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, was founded around 1100 AD. It is a beautiful city of Spanish and Inca influences with endless colonial sights to see including churches, monasteries and convents interspersed with Inca foundations, walls, doorways, and arches. Cusco is a major town, and is one of the cultural centres of Peru.

Direct transfer from Cusco to Scared Valley


Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred directly to the Sacred Valley, this is a journey of approximately one hour.


The Sacred Valley of the Incas is nurtured by Rio Urubamba, which carves a fertile chasm from Pisac in the east to Ollantaytambo in the west. To the Incas, Rio Urubamba symbolised the flow of life, and is guarded by the watchful gaze of numerous ancient citadels perched on the lofty mountain ridge above. As a result, fascinating insights await the intrepid traveller.


You will be staying at Sol y Luna Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Half Day Biking in the Sacred Valley
Begin this tour in Pisac, a small town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Wander around the plaza and artisan market stalls.
From here the bike riding begins with a ride down into the Andean village of Taray and the start of the alternative Sacred Valley descent. This dirt track undulates between local villages and haciendas. See traditional farming methods still in use against the backdrop of glaciated mountains and Inca ruins.
Stop for a picnic lunch en-route.
The support vehicle will be on hand for the final section; carry on through the villages of Qoya, Lamay and Calca. If feeling strong then continue to Urubamba or even Ollantaytambo itself.


You will be staying at Sol y Luna Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Via Ferrata climb in the Sacred Valley
This afternoon travel to the Sacred Valley to climb 400 metres up the valley rock face by via ferrata path and view the Sacred Valley from an angle that most people never see. A via ferrata is a series of pathways and ladders used to climb a mountain whilst being permanently attached to a safety cable. No prior climbing experience is needed.

After one to two hours climbing arrive at the Skylodge, a transparent capsule that hangs on the side of the rock face. Settle in to watch the sunset, eat a tasty meal cooked by your guide and then an incredible night asleep under the stars high up in the Sacred Valley.


You will be staying at Skylodge, Half board

Day 7

Zip Line down the Sacred Valley
This morning, after breakfast in or on top of the Skylodge, begin the descent back to the valley floor by a series of seven zip wires ranging in length from 150 to 700 metres, totalling 2,800 metres. An exhilarating way to view the stunning scenery of the Sacred Valley.


You will be staying at Sol y Luna Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu


Travel by Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu, a journey of one hour 40 minutes. The vistadome has large picture windows to admire the dramatic scenery and enjoy views of the valley as it narrows alongside the Urubamba River.

Please note there are strict luggage guidelines of one piece of luggage i.e. a rucksack weighing no more than 5 kg and not exceeding overall dimensions of 157 cm. Arrangements can be made in advance for excess luggage to be left at your previous night's hotel and transferred to your return hotel in Cusco.


Half Day Tour of Machu Picchu
Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, your overnight bag will be transferred to the hotel. From the centre of Aguas Calientes a twenty minute bus ride will take you up the mountainside to reach the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the ruins as part of a small group. Lunch is included (buffet style) and will be served at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Feel free to re-enter the ruins in the afternoon, it is often quieter, on the same ticket - remember to get it stamped to allow for re-entry.

Machu Picchu, the incredible Inca citadel perched high above the cloud forest is quite simply astonishing. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is incredibly well-preserved and intricate Inca stonework abounds.

Indisputably a wonder of the world it is an almost unfathomable achievement of human culture and architecture and the very definition of 'must see'. The site was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and is perched at an altitude of 2,380 metres in beautiful tropical cloud forest.


You will be staying at Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Half board

Day 9

Hiram Bingham Train from Machu Picchu to Cusco


Morning free to independently explore the surrounding area, rise early to watch sunrise over the ruins (a new bus and entry ticket will need to be purchased in advance), relax in the hot springs, explore the local markets or activities on offer at the hotel.
For the serious climber it is possible to reach the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, it is a steep climb and takes approximately 90 minutes to climb. A permit is needed and must be booked in advance.

At approximately 1800 hours, depart on the Hiram Bingham train service to Poroy just outside Cusco. The Hiram Bingham train has beautiful 1920s Pullman carriages furnished in polished wood and brass, dinner is included in the dining car during the journey. Disembark at Poroy and travel back 20 minutes by road to Cusco, the view of the Plaza del Armas and city lights is stunning.


You will be staying at Inkaterra La Casona, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Half Day Cooking Class with Lunch
Begin this cooking class with a visit to San Pedro market to see and buy local produce. Next, the cooking class begins at MAP Café, one of the best restaurants in Cusco. It is a very special place, located inside the Pre-Columbian Art Museum of Cusco. Learn about the flavours and ingredients used in traditional dishes before cooking and eating lunch.


Free Time in Cusco
Time to yourself to explore Cusco.


You will be staying at Inkaterra La Casona, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Evening Pisco Sour Making Experience
Learn how to make the most famous drink in Peru - part pisco, part lime juice, part simple syrup and a lot of shaking. This activity takes place at the Pisco museum, a place where the walls are adorned with photos outlining the pisco making process.

Blend your own infusion of mango, coca leaf, licorice or hot pepper, then sit back, relax and listen to live music for the rest of the evening, of course with a Pisco Sour in hand.


You will be staying at Inkaterra La Casona, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Fly Cusco to Lima

Fly Lima to Madrid overnight

Day 13

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Built in the style of a traditional Andean village, Inkaterra Machu Picchu occupies a riverside location within a 12-acre private reserve of tropical cloud forest....

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Sol y Luna Lodge

Sol y Luna Lodge

Surrounded by the majestic Sacred Valley, the charming Sol & Luna Hotel has 43 cottages and rooms with private terraces....

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Inkaterra La Casona

Inkaterra La Casona

Inkaterra La Casona is a 16th century Spanish colonial mansion, originally built on the site of the palace of Inca Manco Capac, founder of the Inca Empire....

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Hotel B

Hotel B

Hotel B is a contemporary arts-boutique hotel built in a restored mansion and set in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco, surrounded by galleries, historic houses and museums....

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Skylodge

Skylodge

The Skylodge Adventure Suites are located 400 metres up a cliff face in the Sacred Valley....

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