- Take a walking tour through Lima
- Explore the Sacred Valley
- Hike part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Look for animals in the Amazon
|Day 1||Arrival to Lima||Lima|
|Day 2||MEDLIFE Community Development Tour||Lima|
|Day 3||Lima City Tour||Lima|
|Day 4||Lima to Cusco & the Sacred Valley||Sacred Valley|
|Day 5||Weaving & Village Visit||Sacred Valley|
|Day 6||Ollantaytambo & Incan Lunch||Sacred Valley|
|Day 7||Inca Trail Day Hike||Aguas Calientes|
|Day 8||Machu Picchu & Travel to Cusco||Cusco|
|Day 9||Adventure Sports or Cusco City Tour||Cusco|
|Day 10||Cusco to the Amazon||Tambopata|
|Day 11||Explore the Amazon Jungle||Tambopata|
|Day 12||Animals of the Amazon||Tambopata|
|Day 13||Return to Lima & Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Welcome to Peru! You'll fly into Lima, the country's colorful capital. After a morning arrival, you can either explore the city at your leisure or opt for a culinary tour.
If you choose the tour, you'll start your experience touring a local market where you can see the fresh produce used in food preparation. Afterward, spend some time in a restaurant learning about the ingredients used to make a Peruvian dish. You'll experience the different styles of dining that Lima has to offer and learn from expert chefs how to cook a variety of Peruvian specialties, like ceviche and pisco sours.
Day 2: MEDLIFE Community Development Tour
Get a glimpse into the nonprofit world as you meet up with representatives of MEDLIFE (which stands for Medicine, Education, and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere), an organization that works with low-income communities on community development projects and access to healthcare.
Day 3: Lima City Tour
Take a tour through the city today that showcases the contrast between old and new. Visit the colonial architecture and impressive squares of the historic downtown, alongside manicured gardens and statues of Peru's heroes. Explore sites such as the cathedral, Plaza de Armas main square, and San Francisco convent. You'll also visit the upscale coastal Miraflores district, strolling along the cliffs in Malecon Park and an ancient olive grove in nearby San Isidro.
If you prefer a different type of activity, try out a cooking class or art tour instead.
Day 4: Lima to Cusco & the Sacred Valley
Transfer from your hotel in Lima to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Once you land, take a scenic private drive to the Sacred Valley. Stop along the way to visit llamas and alpacas at Awanacancha, and to explore the Pisac ruins and an artisanal market.
Day 5: Weaving & Village Visit
Spend today in the Andean highlands as you meet a traditional weaving community of the Sacred Valley. This experience is led by the non-profit organization of Awamaki, a group that works to preserve rural textile traditions and empower women and girls with education and financial independence.
During the experience, you will visit a community where the women will share their artisanal skills, teaching you the entire textile creation process from spinning yarn to natural dyeing to weaving your own small bracelet. Enjoy a typical lunch in the home of one of your new friends before heading back to your hotel.
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Day 6: Ollantaytambo & Incan Lunch
Begin your adventures today at the ancient fortress of Ollantaytambo. Take a short but steep hike to visit the terraced ruins, learn about the genius of Incan architecture, and take photos of the valley below.
Following the exploration, head to a nearby organic farm for a pachamanca lunch. In the indigenous language of Quechua, pacha means earth and manca means pot. The phrase refers to a cooking technique used by ancient cultures like the Incas to cook their food with hot stones beneath the ground. First, you will witness the burying of your food as your hosts begin the pachamanca, then enjoy a tour of the organic farm before sitting down to eat. Afterward, visit the onsite cañazo (sugar cane liquor) distillery and coffee roasting facility for demonstrations and tastings.
Day 7: Inca Trail Day Hike
One of the most iconic trekking routes in all of South America, the Inca Trail follows the footsteps of the Inca, traversing sub-tropical forests and high mountains.
Get an early start to catch a train to Kilometer 104 point, where you will begin your trek. You'll trek upwards, following the original stone Inca Trail to the beautiful Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, where you'll break for lunch. Continue the trek to Inti Punku, the sun gate where you’ll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu, then walk down into the citadel to explore this ancient wonder.
Once you've finished your expedition, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll spend the night.
Day 8: Machu Picchu & Travel to Cusco
Revisit Machu Picchu today on a guided half-day tour. This time you'll make your way to the site by bus and follow your expert through the UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been astonishing travelers for years. Learn about the Incas who built the site as you visit their temples and terraces before you board a train to Cusco.
Day 9: Adventure Sports or Cusco City Tour
You have two choices as to how you spend your day today.
Option one is an eco-friendly adventure sports outing. Journey to a high-altitude lake in the Cusco region where you can kayak or standup paddleboard in remote tranquility. Paddle along the reed-covered shores while you look out for birds and smile at locals passing by. During your time at the lake, you can choose to stick to just one sport or try them both, depending on your interests.
If you'd prefer to stay urban, take a tour through the cobblestone streets of one of the most beautiful cities in South America. On this half-day Cusco tour, you'll visit the historical landmarks of the city center including the Plaza de Armas, the Spanish colonial Santo Domingo Cathedral, and the Incan temple of Qoricancha. See the archaeological sites surrounding the city including the hilltop Sacsayhuaman with polished stones and panoramic views, the former military site of Puca Pucara, Quenqo temple, and the mysterious Tambomachay.
Day 10: Cusco to the Amazon
Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Once you arrive, you'll meet another transfer to journey into the Amazon. You'll be staying in a sustainable lodge first established as a research station for scientists. Protection and conservation of the Amazon are central to their mission, along with working with the local community to ensure they benefit from tourism.
Take a motorized canoe to Refugio Amazonas, where you will be able to choose from a range of afternoon activities to explore the forest.
Day 11: Explore the Amazon Jungle
Enjoy a walk to the canopy tower where you can see the spanning forest above the treeline; head to a nearby macaw clay lick to spot the colorful parrots of the region; or visit a lake to find monkeys, sloths, and river otters. After your morning adventure, head even deeper into the forest to the most remote Amazon lodge in Peru—Tambopata Research Center.
Day 12: Animals of the Amazon
Another day in the Amazon means more time to explore this biodiverse region. Quietly walk through the forest on the lookout for peccaries or the elusive jaguar. In the evening, head out in the dark for a night walk in search of some of the jungle's smaller residents.
Day 13: Return to Lima & Depart
Head back to Lima to catch your flight home or continue to your next adventure.