Itinerary Details

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a Rahhalah representative who will take you to the hotel (located in Miraflores, the most beautiful and safest area of Lima, facing the Pacific Ocean). You will relax for the rest of the day, exploring the city at your own pace.

Overnight at Casa Andina Select Miraflores – Superior Room or similar.

After breakfast, you will embark on an exploration of the capital city of Peru. You will start with a short visit to a local farmers’ market where you will learn about various Peruvian fruits, the famous potatoes, local vegetables, fish, and other ingredients used in the local cuisine.

Afterwards, you will be driven to the City of the Kings to explore its beautiful monuments, including numerous colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, central Plazas like San Martin and Plaza de Armas, the baroque cathedral, the Governors’ Palace, the Archbishop's Palace with its big wood-carved balconies, and the convent of San Francisco: home to the largest collection of religious art in the Americas. Underneath the convent, there is a vast network of catacombs that served as a cemetery during the colonial period.

The tour will end with a visit to the famous “Park of Love” where you will enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon, exploring at your own pace the relaxing Miraflores parks, the local, Peruvian Indian markets, or the chocolate museum.

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Early in morning, you will head to the airport for your flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, perched on the mountains, at an altitude of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) above sea level.

Upon your arrival there, you will be welcomed by your new local guides and will be driven to the Sacred Valley (located at an altitude of 2,870 meters (9,416 feet) above sea level) for an initial exploration and, above all, an adjustment to the altitude shock.

Awanacancha Farm: feeding Llamas and Alpacas!
First, you will stop at the Awanacancha farm, where you will have the opportunity to feel Llamas and Alpacas, take pictures with them, learn how these stunning animals are the camels of the Andes, and explore the traditional, colorful textiles made by the Quechua weavers.

Pisac Market & Empanadas
Second stop: the peaceful Quechua village of Pisac, an ideal place to immerse into the Quechua culture. You will spend time exploring its famous Peruvian Indian market and interacting with Quechua families who sell unique handicraft and souvenirs, some of them wearing traditional outfits. Last but not least, you will taste the delicious, local empanadas baked in a wood-burning oven.

You will then be driven to your hotel, where you can relax and enjoy a free afternoon, adjusting to the altitude.

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After breakfast, you will head to Pachar village: the starting point of an unforgettable whitewater rafting adventure on the Urubamba River.

Upon arrival, you will attend a safety briefing by the river guide, which will focus on paddling commands, capsize drills and actions when overboard. You will be provided with helmets, wetsuits, splash jackets and a personal flotation device.

You will start with a quick practice on easy waters surrounded by beautiful mountains and archaeological remains, before heading towards Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces. On the way, you will enjoy class II-III rapids and you will finish by “El Resbaladero” (The Slide): a great class III rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools. After the rafting adventure, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Ollantaytambo and Qosqo Ayllu
In the afternoon, you will head to Ollantaytambo: a picturesque small town located in the Sacred Valley. Besides its streets, lined with traditional buildings, some of which built on top of old, Inca houses, you will also explore Qosqo Ayllu: the ancient Inca town that preserves the original walls and layout from the Inca era and remains inhabited to this day. Finally, you will climb the Inca terraces of the Ollantaytambo fortress, from where not only you will enjoy amazing views of the valley, but you will also learn how the Incas created one of their last stands against the Spanish.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own pace, relaxing before embarking on Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

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In the morning, you will ride the train through the Sacred Valley up to Km 104 of the railroad to Machu Picchu: the starting point of your hiking adventure.

Upon arrival at Km 104 (trailhead), you will cross the foot bridge over Vilcanota River, pass the checkpoint (you need to show your passport), and start hiking on the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu.

On the way, you will first stop by the Inca Ruins of Chachabamba, considered an important religion site and a guardhouse to control the access to Machu Picchu.

After a 4-hour uphill hike, you will reach the Wiñaywayna Ruins: the largest and most amazing Inca site on the Inca Trail, where you will have enough time to explore the terraces, houses, and magic scenery.

After a picnic lunch, you will hike through a cloud-forest reaching finally Inti Punku, known as “The Sun Gate,” located at an altitude of 2,745 m (9,005 ft). Inti Punku is a stone threshold, the sacred entrance to Machu Picchu and a spiritual symbol to those open to Machu Picchu’s energy. The path further descends to the “Hidden City” of Machu Picchu (altitude 2400 m), where you are expected to arrive late in the afternoon. Leaving the exploration for the next day, you will board the bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo, altitude 2000 m) where you will stay overnight.

Estimated train journey time: 1h 40 mins.
Estimated hiking distance: 11 km (7 miles).
Estimated hiking time: 7 hours.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes at Casa Andina Standard Hotel – Superior Room

After breakfast, you will ride again the bus to Machu Picchu (a 25-minute ride) where, with the help of a private English-speaking guide, you will go back to the 15th century and the last days of the Inca era.

Machu Picchu private tour
Upon your arrival to Machu Picchu, you will explore the impressive Inca city and learn about its history, who lived here, how it was discovered in the beginning of the 20th century and why the Spaniards never found it. You will gain some insight into the various features of the city and have free time to enjoy the energy and ambience of Machu Picchu at your own pace.

Huayna Picchu Mountain
After your Machu Picchu tour, you hike on the Huayna Picchu mountain, whose familiar peak towers over the sanctuary.
Hiking time: 1 hour (ascent); 1 hour (descent).
Summit elevation: 2,693 meters (8,835 feet) above sea level.

Upon your return from Huyana Picchu, you will board the bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) where you will enjoy lunch and some free time for shopping before boarding again the train back to Ollantaytambo. There, the driver will wait for you to take you to Cusco (altitude: 3,385 m).

Estimated train journey time: 1h 35 mins.

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After a leisurely morning, you will embark on a private tour around Cusco, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will start with a smooth walk to the main attractions of the city, such as its main square Plaza de Armas and the Cusco Cathedral built in 1559 and hosting an impressive collection of more than 400 paintings from the 16th and 17th century artistic style known as “Cusco school”. Next, you walk through the narrow Inca streets close to the Plaza and appreciate the massive Inca walls which are the foundations of city.

You will also visit one of the most impressive Inca temples: Koricancha, known as the Temple of the Sun. During the Inca times, the walls of this temple were lined in sheets of solid gold and its courtyard was decorated with statues and ornaments made of gold as well. Finally, you will stop at the Santo Domingo Church built by the Spanish colonists.

After exploring Cusco, you will head to Sacsayhuaman: an amazing Inca fortress with perfectly fitted walls made of massive stones. You will delve further into the Inca culture as you continue to Qenko, a site of carved living rock, Puca Pucara, an Inca lodging site, and finally Tambo Machay, known as the Baths of the Inca. You will end the day enjoying amazing panoramic views of Cusco and its surrounding area.

Estimated guided tour time: 4 hours.

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After an early breakfast, you will head to Phulawasipata (a 3-hour drive), from where you will embark on a hiking adventure on the Ausangate mountain, towards the highest point of the Rainbow Mountain. On the way, you will enjoy amazing landscapes and the different types of South American camelids.

You will then return to Phulawasipata and, from there, drive to Cusipata for a picnic lunch, before returning to Cusco for the night.

Estimated hiking distance: 7 km/4 miles.
Estimated hiking time: 4 hours.
Summit elevation: 5,200 m (17,060 feet) above sea level.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Premium Cusco Hotel – Superior Room or similar.

After an early breakfast, you will go to Cusco airport to fly back to Lima and, from there, catch your flight back home.

Note: it is recommended that your international departure flight depart after 6 pm.

Optional Amazon Extension (3 days)

After an early breakfast, you will head to Cusco airport to board your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Upon your arrival at Puerto Maldonado, you will be welcomed by the local Rahhalah guide who will take you to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge office where you will register, leave the excess luggage in a safe deposit and then depart for the Tambopata River Port (in Infierno), to take the boat to the Refugio Amazonas Lodge (inside the Tambopata Reserve). During your boat trip, you will enjoy a box lunch.

Estimated boat-ride time: 2.5 hrs.

When at Refugio Amazonas, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you on important navigation and security tips.
Please note that your guide will always provide you with any necessary information prior to every excursion. Your itinerary may be modified due to weather conditions that may affect access to certain areas.

After dinner, you will enjoy a caiman search, walking by the river’s edge, scanning the banks with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection on the caiman eyes.

Overnight in Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Superior Room or similar.

After breakfast, you will paddle around the lake on a canoe or catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman, and horned screamers, hoping to see otters and macaws as well.

A thirty-minute walk from the Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25-meter scaffolding canopy tower. The tower has been built on high ground, enhancing views of the rainforest forest up until the Tambopata National Reserve. From there you will see toucans, macaws, and raptors.

After lunch, you will visit a farm owned and managed by Don Manuel (from the community of Condenado) who grows a variety of popular and exotic Amazon crops.

Late in the afternoon, you will enjoy an ethnobotanical tour packed with interesting information about the variety of plants and trees (like Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, to name but a few) that are used by the local population for medicinal purposes.

After dinner, there will be a presentation about ecotourism projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Superior Room or similar.

After breakfast, you will head to the airport of Puerto Maldonado city to fly to Lima (after retrieving your luggage from the Refugio Amazonas Lodge), and, from there, catch your flight back home.

Note: It is recommended that your international departure flights should be after 6 pm.