As everything in our world seems to get faster and faster, we believe in the importance of slowing down and enjoying well-deserved experiences, such as a luxury trip to Peru. While budgeting a week in Peru makes for a nice quick getaway, to truly experience the country and its astonishingly varied landscapes, stunning scenery, compelling history, and culture, we encourage travelers to take their time and opt for two-week or longer itineraries to slowly experience the destination at a pace that feels neither rushed nor too undemanding.
Slow travel is undoubtedly the best way to experience Peru, and its many incredible destinations – from the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu, tucked away in the majestic Andes Mountains to the intriguing and mysterious Nazca Lines to the glistening Lake Titicaca, to the vast, diverse Amazon rainforest and back to the Lima, the gastronomical capital of the Americas – Peru is a destination for travel lovers, foodies, and nature enthusiasts alike. The country boasts rainforests and ruins, snow-capped mountains and dazzling beaches, 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a lively, complex culture that blends and preserves thousands of years of traditions, local dialects, indigenous foods, Hispanic roots, and immigrant customs from the many cultures and influences from East to West. The country is one that you’ll want to keep coming back to – and whether it’s your first time, or you’ve become an expert in Peruvian travel, there is always more to see. At Kuoda, we believe the ultimate luxury is personalization, and our travel designers are eager to create the most custom-tailored trip that everyone in your travel group is sure to remember for a lifetime. We’ve compiled our favorite itineraries for a two-week Peruvian adventure, below for your first, second, and hopefully third time back to our beautiful home country.
– Itineraries for a first-time trip to Peru
The Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
Lima – Puerto Maldonado – The Tambopata Jungle – The Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco – Lake Titicaca – Lima
Two weeks to see Peru’s most famous sites on a luxury trip to Peru? Get your suitcase ready. From the verdant Amazon interior to the mist-shrouded Andean summits to the stark high plains, this sample itinerary of Peru spotlights the sheer diversity of the country’s landscapes. After a brief stay in Peru’s exciting capital, Lima, leave the urban environs behind for a luxury escape to a jungle lodge set in the midst of the Puerto Maldonado jungle. Here, you’ll discover just how the so-called “lungs of the world” function as well as glimpse the seemingly never-ending number of species that creep, crawl, swing, and slither their way around. Swap the jungle for the heady heights of the Andes as you immerse yourself in a unique hybrid culture that blends aspects of the country’s Inca and colonial histories. This is also when you’ll get to finally lay your eyes on Peru’s star attraction: Machu Picchu. The fun continues with a luxury journey to the crystalline waters of Lake Titicaca. Want to see additional destinations? Have specific hotel requests? Kuoda is here to ensure your luxury trip to Peru is as customized as possible.
View a 12-day/11-night sample itinerary
Discover Southern Peru
Lima – Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Lake Titicaca – Cusco – The Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Moray – Maras – Lima
Explore the fascinating history and vibrant scenery of southern Peru, a destination unlike any other. Dine on authentic cuisine, discover Incan citadels, enjoy postcard-worthy landscapes, and embark on one of the world’s most notable bucket list experiences. Journeying through this southern region on a luxury trip to Peru will make for an unforgettable first-time trip. Your expedition begins in Arequipa, where you will learn about Peru’s colonial history. From there, travelers will be immersed in the majesty of Colca Canyon, full of natural hot springs and wildlife spotting opportunities. After sailing across the world’s highest navigable lake, you will trek through Cusco and the Sacred Valley where the heart of the Incan empire once beat strong. To end your trip, you’ll get to experience the magnificent Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, South America’s most noteworthy ancient site. Get all your travel inspiration from this sample itinerary, and Discover Southern Peru with a customized itinerary from Kuoda!
View a 13-day/12-night sample itinerary
– Itineraries for a second-time trip to Peru
Cruising the Amazon River
Lima – Cusco – The Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco – Iquitos – The Amazon River – Lima
An Amazon luxury cruise is unlike any other cruise experience and brings you to a place often mythologized in adventure stories and films, and a destination of which many intrepid travelers dream: the Amazon rainforest. During your four-night luxury Amazon River cruise, you’ll travel along the main branch and the tributaries of this mighty and vital waterway for a glimpse of monkeys, macaws, and many more of Peru’s most curious animal inhabitants. Depart from the isolated jungle city of Iquitos and float further into the depths of the rainforest, where you’ll enjoy excursions and activities including piranha fishing, jungle trekking, and wildlife watching. Expect to see all kinds of jungle creatures and critters, from graceful and elusive pink river dolphins to slow-moving sloths, as well as feathered fliers of every imaginable color. Wind down from the adventures of the Amazon with an equally awe-inspiring trip to the New World Wonder of Machu Picchu and the former Inca capital of Cusco, to visit rural communities in the Sacred Valley towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo before scaling the ancient stone stairway up Machu Picchu’s neighboring peak, Huayna Picchu. On this trip, expect to discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine at the country’s finest dining establishments. Additionally, get ready to immerse yourself in local life with a visit to a remote Andean village that is, for most travelers, uncharted territory as well as enjoy enriching experiences with local artists at their workshops. The possibilities are endless! We’re excited to learn more about you to craft your dream adventure for your second visit to Peru.
View an 11-day/10-night sample itinerary
– Itineraries for a deep-dive into Peru
Salkantay Trek + Machu Picchu
Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley – Salkantay Trek – Machu Picchu – Cusco – Lima
For a deeper look into the history of the Incan Empire beyond the traditional yet beautiful Inca Trail, we encourage you to take the road less traveled. For those who want to discover a more scenic and lesser-trodden trail, we have a seriously attractive alternative for you: the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Though it is nowhere near as well-known as its famous counterpart (the Inca Trail) it is, unquestionably, just as magical. Take a deeper dive into Peruvian culture and history in this sample tour through the Andes and travel around the serene Sacred Valley where age-old ways of living and working with the land are still practiced, meet the local inhabitants (both the human and animal varieties), and delve into the world of the Incas. Wander the capital Incan city of Cusco with your private guide, discovering local highlights and hidden treasures at your own pace. Delight in luxury trek amenities, such as deluxe lodges, Jacuzzis, and nightly massages. Finally, embarking on the Salkantay Trek you’ll ultimately reach what for many is the top bucket-list destination: Machu Picchu! Relish a luxury tour to Machu Picchu with your very own expert guide to explain the complex history, architecture, and theories surrounding the site.
View a 12-day/11-night sample itinerary
– Experience A Luxury Trip To Peru With Kuoda
Going beyond a traditional tourist experience is at the heart of what we do. On your luxury trip to Peru with Kuoda, we’ll make sure you truly get to experience the communities, diverse landscapes, food, history, and culture of the places we take you to, and a part of this is respecting the land, people and resources by traveling slower and more sustainably. Trust us, it’s worth the extra time away.
If you’re ready to take the leap and plan a luxury trip to Peru, talk to a Kuoda travel expert and we will help create the ultimate itinerary for your next adventure.