This sample luxury tour encapsulates the best of Peru. Over the course of eight days, you will immerse yourself in all things Peruvian, experiencing the rich history, mouth-watering cuisine and multi-layered culture, as well as witnessing the soul-stirring landscapes and landmarks of the Andes Mountains. This luxury tour to Peru kicks off in Lima, South America’s oldest and largest city. From there, you’ll journey via Cusco into the Sacred Valley, a serene and wonderfully slow-paced region that’s studded with Inca ruins, time-worn towns and authentic markets. It’s here where you’ll get your first taster of the locals’ warmth and hospitality. Next, you’ll travel in style by luxury train up to Peru’s superstar attraction: the famed “lost” Inca citadel of Machu Picchu – a sight so stunning that even the most jaded of travelers can’t help but go weak at the knees. After a private tour of Machu Picchu with your very own guide, it’s on to the Cusco, a city that the Inca’s called the “Navel of the Universe.” Lose yourself among its colonial churches and ancient Inca-era pathways before returning to Lima. In this luxury Peru tour, a true Peruvian experience is calling!
- Pet llamas, alpacas and other wool-producing Andean camelids at the Awanakancha Living Museum.
- Find out what’s in store for the future with a private coca leaf reading with a local shaman.
- Sick of blurry, poorly lit holiday photographs? Spend a day with a professional local photographer who will capture the special moments on your behalf.
- Revel in the gorgeous views as you tuck into lavish picnics that come complete with glassware, crockery and even a professional waiter to serve you.
- Wellness aspect: Enjoy spa treatments and deluxe services throughout your trip
- Marvel at the skill of the Peru’s highland weavers, who use the same methods practiced by their ancestors.
- Enjoy an atmospheric ride on the luxury, vintage-style, Belmond-owned Hiram Bingham Train.
- Take an exclusive private tour of Machu Picchu and enjoy an extra day to explore the famous citadel at your own pace.
- Take in the colonial architecture and Inca-era stonework of the vibrant, history-filled city of Cusco.
- Tour art studios and get an insider perspective on local culture through artist encounters.
- Sample ceviche and other delectable renowned Peruvian specialties at some of the country’s top restaurants.
- Stay in the finest hotels South America offers.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Arrival in Lima – Welcome to Peru!
Day 2: Over the Andes to the Sacred Valley – Flight from Lima to Cusco / Private Car to the Sacred Valley
Day 3: Delving into past and present in the Sacred Valley – Private Tour of Pisac’s Artisan Market and the Inca Ruins at Ollantaytambo
Day 4: The Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu – Private Tour of Machu Picchu
Day 5: Hiking Huayna Picchu – Hike a coveted limited-entry hike with your guide
Day 6: Visiting fascinating ruins and meeting our friends in a local community – Private Tours of Moray and Maras, followed by a visit to a little-known local community
Day 7: Exploring the Imperial City of Cusco – Private walking tour of Cusco
Day 8: Bidding farewell to Peru
DAY 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome to Peru!
As you pass through arrivals at the airport in Lima, we’ll be waiting for you – just look for the Kuoda sign with your name on it. We’ll show you to your luxury hotel and assist with check-in. After a long flight, there’s nothing better than a shower and a sleep to shake off the jet lag so we’ll leave you to it until the following morning.
DAY 2: Over the Andes to the Sacred Valley
Flight from Lima to Cusco – Private Car to the Sacred Valley
After a restful night, you can refuel with a complimentary buffet breakfast in your deluxe hotel before we bring you to the airport for your morning flight to Cusco. As you fly, be sure to glance out the window every now and then. From 10,000 feet, the views of the desert coast rising into the snow-capped Andean peaks are phenomenal.
We’ll be waiting once you touch down to take you for an exquisite lunch. Then, before the effects of the altitude hit, we’ll whisk you into the lower Sacred Valley, where you can more easily acclimatize. Though just 45 minutes from Cusco, the Sacred Valley feels like a whole other world: cows and sheep graze by the road-side, bucolic terraces line the hillside and impossibly steep peaks rise in the distance. En route here, we’ll stop off at the Awana Kancha Living Museum, where you can marvel at nimble-fingered weavers at work and come face to face with llamas, alpacas and other Andean camelids.
Remember, your Kuoda guide and driver are at your disposal. If you see a scene that has you reaching for a wide-angle lens or you just feel like stopping to stretch your legs, just let them know and they’ll be happy to oblige.
DAY 3: Delving into past and present in the Sacred Valley
Private Tour of Pisac’s Artisan Market and the Inca Ruins at Ollantaytambo
Today, you’ll get to experience Peru’s intriguing combination of past and present. First, we’ll bring you to the mountainside market town of Pisac to witness the hub of clamor and color that is its artisan market. With colorful textiles, all manner of dyes, deftly shaped silverware, sturdy ceramics and seemingly endless varieties of fresh vegetables, it is no overstatement to say there is something here to please everyone. Accompanying you will be your very own professional photographer, who will capture the best shots of you and the market so you can focus solely on shopping.
Next on the agenda for this exclusive tour of Peru is the handsome old Inca town of Ollantaytambo. This warren of arm’s-width cobblestone alleyways is one of just a few places in the Sacred Valley to have retained its traditional Inca urban planning. Look for the trickling street canals running down the cobbled lanes, the multi-family houses with interior courtyards and the unusual trapezoidal doors – all remnants from the Inca era.
From there, it’s just a short hop (well, more of a climb) up past the agricultural terraces of the slope for a private tour of one of Peru’s most captivating Inca sites: the Temple of the Sun. Enjoy an Inca’s-eye view of the valley, and have your private guide point out the old Inca food storehouses and the distant quarries where the stone for Ollantaytambo was sourced. Then imagine the grueling physical work required to transport the gigantic rocks to this site without the aid of load-bearing animals or even the wheel.
Later, you’ll be taken back to your charming casita at Sol y Luna hotel. Spend your evening sipping your way through a tasting of some of the region’s best wines.
DAY 4: The Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu
Morning Train through the Cloud Forest, Private Afternoon Tour of Machu Picchu
Prepare for a climactic day! In the morning, we will board the train in Ollantaytambo for our journey to Machu Picchu. Watch the cloud jungle pass by through the large glass windows! Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, we’ll tuck in to an early lunch in order to refuel before ascending to Peru’s lost citadel.
After a bus ride to the gates of this wonder of the world, you will pass through the main gates with your private guide to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu. The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. Your expert guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city.
Upon conclusion of your tour, retire to your hotel for the evening. Enjoy an excellent dinner on-site at your hotel and fall into bed, relishing in your exclusive proximity to Peru’s lost citadel!
DAY 5: Hiking Huayna Picchu
Hike one of the Coveted, Limited-Entry Hikes at Machu Picchu
At the appropriate time this morning, return to the front gates of Machu Picchu with your private guide.
We have secured hiking permits for you to scale the iconic sugarloaf peak in the background of the classic Machu Picchu postcard photo – Huayna Picchu! Delight in an alternate perspective of Machu Picchu from the top of what is certainly a true feat of engineering. Enjoy a delicious lunch on-site at the Sanctuary Lodge whenever you get hungry.
Descend to Aguas Calientes for your return train to Ollantaytambo. We will be waiting in the station for you and will bring you to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
DAY 6: Visiting fascinating ruins and meeting our friends in local community
Private Tours Moray and Maras, Followed by Visit to a Little – Known Local Community
Following breakfast, your personalized tour of Peru will continue with a trip to the enigmatic Inca ruins at Moray. Visually, these stepped-terrace ruins resemble an ancient amphitheater, though some experts believe they served as agricultural laboratories where the Incas could experiment with new farming techniques. Of course, this is just conjecture, and – even after decades of research and hypotheses – the true purpose of Moray remains something of a mystery. Today, you’ll have the chance to inspect the site yourself and form your own theories.
Depart from Moray and continue on to the small town of Maras, home to a series of curious-looking salt pans. Comprised of thousands of milky pools, each set on its own terrace along the hillside, the salt pans are strangely surreal in appearance and wonderfully photogenic. The pools are individually owned and have been passed down through the local families since pre-Inca times.
After lunch with a view, we’ll bring you up to a pint-sized highland hamlet, which hugs the shore of the breathtaking Lake Piura and is hemmed in by cloud-skimming mountain peaks. The village’s isolated setting means few travelers ever come this way, and traditional crafts and ancestral ways of life flourish here. Talk to the friendly residents, some of whom are master weavers who deftly produce textile masterpieces using long-established techniques. Depending on when you visit, you may even get to meet the local kids who attend Kuoda’s after-school program – these ever-curious children love to chat to visitors and to show off their art creations!
At the end of the day, we will deliver you back to the luxurious and stylish Plaza Nazarenas Hotel, where you can get some much-deserved R&R. Get pampered in the Hypnoze spa and take a dip in the heated pool before heading to bed.
DAY 7: Exploring the Imprerial City of Cusco
Private walking tour of Cusco
On day seven, it’s time to get acquainted with Cusco, a gorgeous city that wins the heart of most every traveler that passes through it. Get to know the real Cusco during a private city tour. Wander the pretty streets in the company of a knowledgeable guide, who will help illuminate the history of this glorious place. As you explore the city’s sights, from the Santo Domingo monastery (a colonial structure built on top of the ancient Inca temple of the sun) to the treasure-packed Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Cusco’s striking cultural blend will soon become apparent. Roam the atmospheric streets of the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, which is known for its free-spirited scene; see where the locals make their grocery runs at the open-air San Pedro market and pass the famous 12-angled stone, whose image appears on the bottle of the local Cusqueña beer.
Later, you’ll be giving the chance to participate in a coca leaf reading ritual or in Pachamama, a private ceremony during which you can make offerings to Mother Earth. By dinner time, you’ll be poised to sample Cusco’s famed dining scene. Your guide will be happy to recommend some of the city’s top restaurants as well as offering other sightseeing suggestions should you wish to squeeze in more exploring.
DAY 8: Cusco to the “City of Kings” in Lima & than Home
Fly to Lima, making the most of your last day in Peru by strolling the seaside Miraflores district
Going home is the worst part of any private Peru vacation but at Kuoda, we’ll do our best to make it as smooth and painless as possible. First, we’ll bring you to Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima. In Lima, a Kuoda host will meet you and take you to the much-loved Miraflores district.
Modern and hip Miraflores overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has no shortage of things to do: you can soak up the scenery at seaside parks, browse the boutiques and delight in the ever-delicious criollo food. Standouts include cebiche (citrus-cured seafood) and causa (a winning combination of spicy mashed potatoes and creamy seafood filling).
As your departure times draws nearer, we will meet you and bring you to Lima airport for your journey home. Thank you for traveling with Kuoda Travel, and buen viaje!
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- Trot around the Sacred Valley on a Peruvian paso horse, with an authentic “challan” (Peruvian horseman) leading the way.
- Sit down with a shaman for a private meditation ceremony.
- Observe local weavers at work during private demonstrations.
- Hone your kitchen skills during Peruvian cooking classes with celebrated chefs.
- Take a day hike along part of the famed Inca Trail and arrive in Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate entrance that afternoon.
- Lunch on hearty Peruvian fare hosted by a local family, who will welcome you into their private home.
- Amp up the adrenaline with exhilarating adventure activities, such as riding the fast-flowing rapids of the Vilcanota River or zooming along zip lines in the Andes.
- Personalized itinerary planning: Work with a Kuoda Travel Designer to create the trip of your dreams.
- Kuoda hosts take the hassle out of traveling. They’ll be there to assist you – whether with luggage, check in, transport or translating – at every destination during your private tour of Peru.
- Got a question or query? Kuoda operate a 24-hour, seven day a week customer service operation and can provide updates and assistance whenever you need it.
- With Kuoda, you’ll never be bundled in with big groups; each visit, activity, tour and experience will be completely private and conducted by your very own expert, English-speaking guide.
- Our private tours of Peru are fully flexible, which means we can modify them to suit your travel mood. So if you want to cut an activity or add on a new one, just say the word!
- All necessary adventure and trekking equipment will be provided so all you need bring is yourself.
- Receive a customized Kuoda Travel kit upon arrival.
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