Peru Revealed: Our Signature Journey
The enduring appeal of Peru makes this Andes and Amazon itinerary a favourite amongst Revealed Travel passengers (and our staff) and provides a superb introduction for the first-time traveller to Latin America. The heart of the journey is time spent of the Andes, combining the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu with Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire. The Sacred Valley is at a lower altitude than Cuzco and is a great place to acclimatise before travelling by train to the “lost city” of Machu Picchu. With a few days in the Amazon rainforest and the itinerary topped and tailed in Lima which is the exciting gastro-centre of South America you have all the ingredients for a memorable holiday.
Please contact us to discuss extensions to Lake Titicaca, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, the Nazca Lines and to the lesser-explored northern areas of Trujillo, Chan Chan, Chachapoyas and Kuelap.
Highlights: Lima – Cuzco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu – Amazon Jungle
Length: 14 Days/13 Nights
Costs: From £2,432 pp excluding transatlantic flights
Peru Hotels: Premium, Upper, Mid-Range & Value
We book a full range hotels, hideaways , haciendas and lodges throughout Peru to suit all levels, from de luxe premium properties to four star and mid-range hotels through to budget accommodation providing value for money. We have outlined here some of our preferred hotels, based on our considerable experience over the last 10 years as travel specialists for Peru and helpful feedback from our passengers.
If there is a particular property not listed here where you would like to stay, please let us know, We are here to help.
Days 1-3: Lima
The colonial part of town has been steadily restored over the last 25 years and there are some lovely squares, museums, buildings and churches to visit. The district of Miraflores is today the vibrant heart of the modern city. The Larcomar centre has a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes with great ocean views.
The Belmond Miraflores Park is a superb hotel overlooking the Pacific, with excellent service and attention to detail. Facilities include a heated roof-top swimming pool.
A charming coverted mansion in the artistic Barranco district of Lima which has become one of our favourite boutique hotels amongst discerning travellers to Peru.
The Hotel de Autor is located in the heart of Miraflores, about 10 minutes’ walk from Larcomar. The hotel contains rooms that are both spacious and contemporary.
A good value, combination of modern facilities, comfortable rooms and a personal service located close to the Larco Mar centre of Lima’s Miraflores district.
Days 3-6: Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is dotted with villages, Inca sights and Andean markets. Do climb to the top of the fortress of Ollantaytambo to see the size and scale of the stonework. The Maras salt pools have been in use since Inca times to harvest salt. The circular terraces at Moroy appear to have been used by the Incas as an agricultural research station.
A choice of deluxe rooms, superb suites or luxurious villas in delightful grounds next to the Urubamba River. Belmond is a brand of outstanding quality in Peru.
This delightful family-run property has 43 suberb casitas and was set up to support a school providing education and support for local families in the Sacred Valley. Recommended.
This is an ideal property for those wanting a locally-owned mid-range hotel in Ollantaytambo, a good base from which to visit the attractions of the Sacred Valley.
The Samanapaq is a friendly, good-value independent hotel in Ollantaytambo which has consistently received favourable comments and reviews from travellers.
Days 6-7: Machu Picchu
There are regular train services run by Peru Rail and Inca Rail between the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. We recommend the Vistadome or the Expedition services as standard.
We will arrange transfers from your hotel to the train station in the Sacred Valley and will tie-in your entrance tickets to Machu Picchu to coincide with your train.
Machu Picchu is Latin America’s foremost archaeological site and whether you are arriving by train or on foot a visit to this Inca landmark is always something special and exciting, even for frequent travellers to Peru.
Machu Picchu was made famous by Hiram Bingham, an amateur archaeologist and academic who later became a US Senator, on whom, it is said, the character of Indiana Jones is based.
We prefer the hotels in the local village, but do let us know if you wish to stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge as there are only a few rooms and early booking is essential. Note that staying here does not give you any preferential access to the site.
This hotel is an excellent choice for independent travellers. Friendly and fun, located in the heart of the local village.
This hotel is located in the quietest area of Aguas Calientes, the local village for Machu Picchu, facing the Urubamba River.
Days 7-10: Cuzco
Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire and is built in the Spanish colonial style upon Inca foundations. Cuzco is friendly, vibrant and exciting and there is always plenty to do here with a good choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs and fantastic handcraft shops. The Fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco has impressively carved stone rocks up to 4 meters high.
Dating from 1592 this is former monastery on the site of an Inca palace. Now a Belmond property it is one of our favourite hotels in South America, highly recommended.
This is a boutique colonial property with just 11 rooms, dating from the 16th century. The property is part of the award-winning Inkaterra group. Simply superb!
The Aranwa is a 16th century colonial mansion which has been converted into a delightful boutique hotel surrounded by an attractive courtyard.
Tierra Viva has four hotels in Cuzco combining good value with a touch of charm and a bit of character, all located a few minutes’ walk from the Main Square.
Days 10-13: Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is a wildlife adventure with guided walks, bird-watching and monkey-spotting. The Tambopata National Park, near Puerto Maldonado, is home to over 20,000 plant species and is teeming with birds, mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.
Located in 12,000 hectares, the Reserva Amazonica offers a choice of half and full-day guided excursions including rainforest walks, trails and river excursions. The Reserva has a 30m-high rainforest canopy walkway.
The Posada Amazonas is a superb base from which to explore the Amazon rainforest in all its glory. This jungle hotel combines fascinating adventure and sense of discovery with touches of comfort and luxury.
Approximately half an hour by boat down the Madre de Dios river from Puerto Maldonado. The Hacienda has 19 bungalows and 6 family rooms.
This lodge has just 27 wooden bungalows on stilts in the Tambopata rainforest on the River Madre de Dios near Lake Sandoval.
Days 13-14: Lima
Peru Revealed: Our Signature Journey
14 Days/13 Nights
Indicative Costs (excluding transatlantic flights)
Premium Accommodation: From £4,438 pp
Upper Accommodation: From £3,453 pp
Mid-Range Accommodation: From £2,659 pp
Value Accommodation: From £2,432 pp
Indicative Costs are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
Transatlantic flights are not included: we will book your transatlantic flights in economy, premium economy, business or first class according to your preference.
Domestic flights within Latin America are included in economy class. Please contact us to discuss upgrades.
Additional supplements apply for special events such as the Inti Raymi festival, Christmas & the New Year, Full Moon at Machu Picchu.
Please contact us for costs for families and for parties of 3 or more passengers and also for travel in 2021.
What’s included in the price: All accommodation and meals as detailed; Local taxes & service charges associated with included accommodation – All transfers & sightseeing as detailed; various activities; ATOL protection; Research, sourcing, design and preparation of your tailor-made holiday itinerary and quote; booking admin and processing; The services of our local ground agent who will coordinate your stay and ensure that everything runs smoothly including access to a local English language 24/7 telephone help line.
What’s not included in the price: Transatlantic flights; any national park entry fees which have to be paid locally; drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature; meals and optional excursions not listed as included; personal travel insurance; passport and visa costs (e.g. costs associated with obtaining an American ESTA visa waiver, if flying via USA); Airport departure tax on leaving Peru, payable locally in US$ and currently US$ per person.
Please contact us to discuss extensions to Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, the Colca Canyon or Kuelap in Peru or to combine this itinerary with the Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro or the Galapagos Islands.
Seasons and Climate
Peru is a year-round destination. The dry season is from April to October but bear in mind it can be cold up in the Andes in June-August. The wet season runs from November to March.
British nationals travelling on a full, valid British passport do not require a visa for entry to Peru. You should ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival.
We will book internal flights and will arrange all transportation within Peru though our ground agents locally. We have been working with them for years so we know you will be in very safe hands.
It is advisable to check your immunizations for Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. If you have been to Africa within 3 months of arriving in Costa Rica you may need to provide proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever.
Costs in Latin America are subject to $/£ exchange rates. At present we are working on a current exchange rate of 1.2932 (as at 07 January 2020) although this may be subject to change.
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