As a country, Peru brims with romantic sentiment musically, gastronomically, and geographically. Andean huaynos (Peruvian folk genre) are known for their romantic melancholy, their lyrics often calling out for a lost loved one or celebrating the torn emotions of an eternal love, while the percussive cajon of Afro-Peruvian criolla music beats to the tune of two dancing hearts. Peruvian dishes like ceviche or lomo saltado marry fresh and local ingredients to create endless moments of savory, tangy, spicy, and citrusy bliss. Not to mention the stark mountain landscapes that quite literally take ones breathe away at upwards of 13,000 feet, and the northern Peruvian coast line, only a few hours away by plane, that offers sun, surf, sand, and solitude. The following personalized itinerary takes you on an exclusive tour of Peru’s most romantic venues, exploring its sights, sounds, and tastes. Are you ready to fall in love again?
- Fall in love with Peru’s wide-eyed llamas, alpacas and delicate vicuñas at Awanakancha Living Museum.
- Walk the grounds of a stoically beautiful hacienda that specializes in corn production practices dating back to the Incas; try one of the world’s most unique corn varieties locally called choclo also known as Giant White Corn!
- Get cozy spending a night in the coveted Sanctuary Lodge of Machu Picchu, which is as close to the impressive ruins you can get after the sun goes down.
- Take the harrowing journey up Mountain Huayna Picchu that lovingly overlooks and protects the Machu Picchu ruins below.
- Spoil your taste buds as you embark on a journey tasting three exquisite Peruvian products: coffee, chocolate and pisco!
- Practice yoga by the shore of crystalline Lake Piuray before connecting with the still water on a stand-up paddle or kayak.
- Explore the vibrant marine life, idyllic beaches and soft sunsets of Peru’s Northern Coast.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Welcome to Peru! – Arrival in Lima
Day 2: Over the Andes to the Sacred Valley – Flight from Lima to Cusco / Private Car to the Sacred Valley
Day 3: Exploring more of the Sacred Valley – Pisac Market and Local Farm Estate
Day 4: Wed with Andean Spirits as Your Witness – Traditional Andean Wedding Ceremony
Day 5: The Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu!
Day 6: Machu Picchu on your own terms – Free day in Machu Picchu
Day 7: Get a Taste for Cusco – Free Morning / Peruvian Tasting Workshop
Day 8: Relax on Lake Piuray – Yoga Practice by the Water, Paddle-Boarding and Lake-Side Picnic
Day 9: Towards Idyllic Beaches – From Cusco to Tumbes / Road Trip to Mancora
Day 10: Beachside Paradise – Free Beach Day in Mancora
Day 11: Explore a Marine Wonder Land – Snorkeling in Organos Bay
Day 12: Heading Home – Say Goodbye to Peru
DAY 1: Welcome to Peru
Arrival in Lima
After your international flight touches down in Lima, look for the Kuoda sign and team member who will escort you to your airport hotel. Seeing as you´ll most likely be arriving late from your international flight, the Wyndham Costa del Sol’s proximity to the airport is preferred for optimal rest and comfort before heading back to the airport in the morning for your flight to Cusco!
DAY 2: Over the Andes to the Sacred Valley
Flight from Lima to Cusco – Private Car to the Sacred Valley
After a complimentary breakfast in the hotel and much-needed refueling, we will bring you to the airport once again for your morning flight to Cusco. We’ll do our best to secure you a window seat so you can witness the surreal view below of coastline that morphs into jagged mountain peaks within minutes.
We will be waiting for you when touch down at our small Andean airport and will take you to a lovely lunch for two. Then, before you even have the chance to feel the altitude, we’ll whisk you into the Sacred Valley.
Just 45 minutes outside of Cusco, true Peruvian countryside will stretch away on either side of you, cows and sheep peacefully grazing road-side. This journey will take you to the Awanakancha Living Museum, where you will interact with traditional weavers at work and come face to face with llamas, alpacas, and other cuddly Andean camelids.
DAY 3: Exploring more of the Sacred Valley
Pisac Market and Local Farm Estate
Today you will start off in the small valley town of Pisac where you will visit the native village and its vibrant artisan market. With colorful textiles, sturdy ceramics, and well-crafted silver, this market truly holds something for everyone!
Toward the afternoon, live a true cultural experience and discover the area’s farming traditions and corn production practices that date back to the Incas! The variety grown in the hacienda we’ll visit is called “choclo,” or Giant White Corn, a unique variety in the world due to its exceptional characteristics and giant size, and the fact it can only be grown in the Sacred Valley of the Incas! Savor your time on the farm by visiting their stables housing the renowned Peruvian Paso horse, known for its smooth gait and friendly disposition. Hop in the saddle for a quick sample ride if you are up to the task!
DAY 4: Wed with Andean Spirits as Your Witness
Traditional Andean Wedding Ceremony
Performed by an Andean shaman amidst the splendor of Peru’s sierra, and in the presence of the Apus (mountain spirits) and Pachamama (Mother Earth), an Andean wedding ceremony is an incredibly mystical and meaningful way for a couple to bind their lives together or renew their vows to one another.
The ceremony begins in the morning and will include rites of purification and flowering, as well as rites of the four elements – water (purity), fire (strength), air (the Apus) and earth (Pachamama). Together with the help of your shaman you will make an offering to Pachamama, asking that she protect your union, before exchanging symbolic presents and drink to ensure the strength of your union.
DAY 5: The Lost City of the Incas
Prepare for a climactic day! In the morning, we will take you to the Ollantaytambo Train Station from where we will board the train to Aguas Calientes. Watch as the cloud jungle passes by through large glass windows! After arriving to Aguas Calientes you will take a bus that follows a switchback trail to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
You will then ascend stone steps, through heavy tree cover to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu! The incredible Inca stone construction will shine from below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. Your expert guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city.
Lunch will be at Sanctuary Lodge whenever you get hungry. You will have the afternoon free in case you want to explore the citadel ruins further.
A beautiful way to bring the day to a close is to stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge which is the only property located adjacent to Machu Picchu complex. Toast your love to the tune of sparkling wine in the presence of archaeological greatness!
DAY 6: Hiking Huayna Picchu
Hike one of the Coveted, Limited-Entry Hikes at Machu Picchu
At the appropriate time this morning, board the bus with your guide and return to the front gates of Machu Picchu.
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.
Descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and 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 7: Get a Taste for Cusco
Free Morning / Peruvian Tasting Workshop
First on the agenda today is a free morning to peruse your hotel and/or Cusco at your leisure – feel free to simply relax and enjoy each other’s company! In the afternoon you will make your way to the Coffee Museum, just a short walk from your hotel, where a stimulating aroma will welcome you in. After a workshop detailing coffee’s history as well as how it is grown, sorted, and roasted, you will be whisked away to the Chocolate Museum.
Did you know that Peru is the birthplace of chocolate as we know it today? Here you will learn about its spectacular history and the unique process, from plant to plate, that chocolate undergoes. Best of all, make your own chocolate truffles to bring home with you! Lastly, you will find yourself in the Republica del Pisco to taste an assortment of the Peruvian spirit-of-choice and sample some inspired Peruvian fusion appetizers. This is the perfect way to know which Pisco variety you will want to take home with you when it’s time for some Pisco Sours!
DAY 8: Relax on Lake Piuray
Yoga Practice by the Water, Paddle-Boarding and Lake-Side Picnic
This morning your chariot awaits to take you and your loved one to an incredibly serene setting: the crystalline Lake Piuray in the Sacred Valley. Once lake-side, you will engage in a gentle yoga practice before breaking the calm water’s surface by way of stand-up paddle board or kayak.
While you engage with the palpable power of the lake, a gourmet picnic lunch of grilled chicken and vegetables will be laid out for you on dry land. After lunch, you will have leisure time to relax by the water and take in the seemingly endless peaceful vibrations before heading back to Cusco.
DAY 9: Towards Idyllic Beaches
From Cusco to Tumbes / Road Trip to Mancora
Time for a change of scenery today! Early this morning we will pick you up from your Cusco hotel to send you on your way to Tumbes in the north of Peru via a connecting flight in Lima.
A host from your beachside resort will be waiting to meet you at the airport in Tumbes, ready to accompany you on a breathtaking coastal road trip to Mancora.
Check in to your beautiful hotel and instantly begin enjoying its comforts on this simply lovely stretch of coast.
DAY 10: Beachside Paradise
Free Beach Day in Mancora
Spend the day reveling in the luxury and tranquility of your hotel and enjoying these wonderful beaches. Relax, take a surf lesson, or ask your hotel about sites of interest and places to visit whilst you are here.
DAY 11: Explore a Marine Wonder Land
Snorkeling in Organos By
Snorkel in the lively Organos Bay and discover its unique marine wonder world, including a coral reef and its colorful inhabitants. This beautiful bay is an ideal spot to enjoy snorkeling, an activity suitable for almost every level of expertise.
If it is your first time snorkeling, you will be given some basic techniques so that you will be able to learn all you need in just one day. The only requisite is to know how to swim! Delight your senses and encounter the magic of the northern coast.
DAY 12: Heading Home
Say Goodbye to Peru
Saying goodbye truly is such sweet sorrow, so we will do our very best to make the journey home as smooth as possible! Enjoy one final morning on the beach before packing up your stuff to start making your way home. A representative from your hotel will drive you back to the airport for your evening flight to Lima.
Our Kuoda Lima host will then meet you at the airport, help you check in for your international flight, and wish you “buen viaje!”
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- Share a leisurely horseback ride on the outskirts of Cusco city surrounded by mountains and the Sacsayhuaman Incan ruins.
- Participate in the building of a traditional Peruvian cooking pit called a Pachamanca, which is assembled using hot Andean stones, and delight in the veritable feast that follows!
- Visit a Sacred Valley brewing company in a picturesque location and sample their locally inspired craft beers.
- Tour one of Cusco’s open produce markets to handpick some fresh ingredients before entering the kitchen and learning how to make some traditional Peruvian dishes from local chefs.
- Spend the afternoon getting to know the a Quechua weaving community near the ancient salt flats of Maras, learning about ancient patterns and techniques handed down through generations.
- Personalized itinerary planning: Work with an expert 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 100% 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!
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This sample itinerary brings you to the heart of Peruvian culture and hospitality, all the while celebrating your love for one another. This Romantic Andean Getaway will serve as the perfect inspiration for you!
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