Lima - Optional pre main trip extension

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative who will drive you to the hotel in Miraflores, the most beautiful and safest area of Lima.
Lima, the capital city of Peru, overviews the Pacific Ocean, boasts a beautiful seafront promenade (the Miraflores Boardwalk) and an old city full of colonial architecture and history, while it is famous around the world as a culinary destination.
Enjoy your first day in Peru, exploring the neighborhoods at your own pace.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores Hotel – Superior Room (or similar), in Lima.

After breakfast, you will embark on a full-day exploration of the Peruvian capital, visiting main highlights and local markets, while enjoying the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and walks in the historic center.

Surquillo Market
You will begin your day with a short walk through the Miraflores streets towards the local Market of Surquillo, where your guide will explain the ancient “secrets” of Peruvian gastronomy, will highlight the numerous types of potatoes found in Peru and the spices and seasonings used in the local cuisine, and will help you taste some of the exotic seasonal fruits as well.

The artsy neighborhood of Barranco
Next stop: Barranco, the most artsy and bohemian neighborhood of Lima facing the Pacific Ocean and home to some Colonial-style houses, beautiful street art and art galleries.
From there, you will head to the picturesque bridge “el Puente de los Suspiros” (the “Bridge of Sighs”) and a cliff from where you can enjoy unique views of the Pacific Ocean.

The Historic Center of Lima
After lunch, you will be driven to the Historic Center of Lima, where you will learn about the colonial past of Peru and how it is still reflected in modern times.
The Historic Center of Lima, known as “the City of the Kings”, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 to honor the value of the numerous historic monuments concentrated in the area and the role that Lima played in the history of the New World from the 16th to the 18th century.

You will walk through the main old streets of Lima Antigua exploring its beautiful monuments and the colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies (Lima has more than 1500 balconies), where the first Spanish families lived during the colonial period.
Walking along the Plaza de Armas, you will see the baroque Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace with its big carved wooden balconies, and you will visit the convent of San Francisco which houses the largest collection of religious art in the Americas and an extensive network of catacombs that served as cemetery during the colonial period.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores Hotel – Superior Room (or similar), in Lima.

After an early breakfast, you will head to the airport to board your flight to Cusco city: the old capital of the Incas, located at an altitude of 3,400m. There, your main adventure begins – the hike on the Inca Trail – starting from Day 1 as described in Part B below.

Recommended domestic flight: Departing Lima from 7 am to 10 am.
(Not included – can be arranged at an extra cost that usually amounts to 300 - 400 USD).

Peru: The Ultimate Experience

Upon your arrival at Cusco, a Rahhalah representative will welcome you and drive you straight into the Sacred Valley (altitude 2,870m).

On the way, you will visit the Awana Kancha Center: a hillside farm of alpaca, llama and vicuna, where you can feed the animals and take photos with them while learning how the Quechua weavers use their wool to make top-quality textiles.

Then, you will stop at Pisac village which offers a unique combination of ancient Inca ruins and a modern-day indigenous (Peruvian Indian) market. There, you will have the opportunity to immerse into the local culture, interacting with the Quechua families, admiring their colorful attires, and maybe even tasting delicious Empanadas baked in a wood-burning oven.

Afterwards, you will reach your hotel and you will spend the afternoon relaxing and acclimatizing to the altitude.

In the evening, you will regroup to enjoy a welcoming dinner on the Andes.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Valley Hotel – Superior Room (or similar)

After breakfast, you will drive to Pachar, the starting point of your ziplining adventure.
With its 7 lines, ranging from 150 to 700 m (a total of 2800 m), the Sacred Valley Zipline allows all visitors to explore this magnificent area from above in a safe and fun way.

To reach the starting point of the zipline, you will hike for 30-40 mins, and then you will go on a small (4 meters) Via Ferrata climb. Each line is different from the other so you will start with an easy and short one, and the circuit will allow you to upgrade on the way. You will enjoy a three-hour ziplining adventure, before driving back to your hotel in Ollantaytambo to relax.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Valley Hotel – Superior Room (or similar)

Today, you will explore the Sacred Valley by rafting down the Urubamba River. Whether you are a seasoned rafter or a first-time adventurer, rafting on this river offers an unforgettable experience filled with thrilling rapids, stunning scenery, and a deep connection to the remarkable surrounding landscape.

After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and drive (approx. 20 min) to Pachar. There, you will receive the necessary gear (wet-suits, jackets, helmets, life jackets, paddles) and the safety briefing by professional guides who are experienced in river navigation.

As you set off on the raft, you will immediately be immersed in the rushing waters of the Urubamba River. The river flows through a picturesque landscape of towering mountains, lush valleys, and remote villages, offering breathtaking views at every turn. The rapids of the Urubamba River vary in intensity (II-III rapids), catering to both beginners and experienced rafters. Your skilled guides will navigate the raft through the twists and turns of the river, maneuvering through exhilarating rapids and providing expert guidance along the way.
You will finish in the Cachiccta area, from where you will be driven back to your hotel.

Rafting duration: two hours.

Meeting the Huilloc Community
In the afternoon, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the rich heritage and traditions of the Huilloc community that boasts a vibrant culture. You will visit this village and immerse yourself in their ancient customs, embracing the concept of "allin kausay," which embodies “living in harmony”. During the community visit, you will marvel at the remarkable Inca terraces with their thousand steps, situated at an elevation of 3,600 meters.

Throughout the activity (expected to last around 5 hours), you will actively participate in Andean rituals, expressing reverence for the Earth through offerings to Pachamama while accompanied by traditional chants. This connection with nature fosters a sense of unity and enables us to appreciate the significance of Andean Medicine. You will gain insights into the healing properties of medicinal plants, as well as the local flora and wildlife. Witnessing agricultural practices in the fields, you will learn about ancient harvesting techniques that serve as the foundation of sustenance.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Valley Hotel – Superior Room (or similar)

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to embark on a fascinating journey through history and culture by visiting the Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This immersive experience (expected duration: 4 hours) will transport you back in time to explore the ancient Inca civilization and marvel at the impressive architectural wonders they left behind.

The tour begins with a scenic drive through the picturesque Sacred Valley, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and traditional Andean villages. Upon reaching Pisac, you will be greeted by the majestic ruins perched on a mountainside, overlooking the valley below.

Led by knowledgeable and passionate guides, you will walk along ancient stone pathways, learning about the history, significance, and engineering marvels of the Pisac ruins. As you ascend the terraces and intricate structures, you will be captivated by the intricate stonework and ingenious agricultural terraces that once sustained the Inca civilization.

At the top of the site, you will be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of the Sacred Valley, offering a glimpse into the strategic significance of Pisac as a military and agricultural stronghold.

After the guided tour, you will have some free time to explore the site at your own pace, allowing you to soak in the spiritual atmosphere and capture stunning photographs of this ancient wonder.

In the afternoon, you will drive to Ollantaytambo. There, you will explore the Inca terraces of the Ollantaytambo fortress (estimated duration: 3 hours). As you take in the breathtaking views, you will also learn about the historical significance of this site, particularly how the Incas made a final stand against the Spanish.

Your tour also encompasses a visit to Qosqo Ayllu, an ancient Inca town that has preserved its original walls and layout since Inca times. Remarkably, this town is inhabited to this day, providing a unique glimpse into the enduring legacy of the Inca civilization.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Valley Hotel – Superior Room (or similar)

Early in the morning, you will head to the train station to board the train that will take you to Km 104: the starting point of your hiking adventure (duration of the trip: around 1h40m).

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

Your first stop will be Chachabamba, considered an important religious Inca site and a guardhouse to control the access to Machu Picchu. Then, you will continue with a 4-hour uphill hike to Wiñaywayna Ruins: the largest and most amazing Inca site on the Inca Trail, where you will have enough time to explore its terraces and houses, while enjoying the magical scenery.

After a brief lunch break (lunch box), you will hike through the cloud-forest until the stone threshold of Inti Punku, known as “The Sun Gate,” located at an altitude of 2,745 meters (9,005 ft). It is a unique place to enjoy panoramic views of Machu Picchu. You will finally arrive in the “Hidden City” of Machu Picchu late in the afternoon, from where you will board the bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Hiking details:
Hiking distance: 11 kilometers (7 miles).
Hiking time: 7 hours.

Accommodation in Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina Standard Hotel – Superior Room (or similar).

Note that:
*Aguas Calientes is located at an altitude of 2000 meters (6,562 ft) above sea level.
*Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 2400 meters (7,874 feet) above sea level.

After breakfast, you will be met by your guide and embark on an adventure of a lifetime that takes you back to the 15th century (estimated guided touring time: 2.5 hours).

You will explore this impressive Inca city and learn about the history of this site, who lived here, how it was discovered in modern times and why the Spaniards never found it. You will have some insight into the various features of this sacred city and free time to enjoy the site at your own pace.

After visiting Machu Picchu, you will board the bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) where you can stroll around in the picturesque town, shopping or trying the local cuisine.

Accommodation in Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina Standard Hotel – Superior Room (or similar).

In the morning, you will board the train back to the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo train station, you will be welcomed by the driver who will take you to Cusco.

Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the ancient capital of the Incas at your own pace.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Cusco – Superior Room (or similar)

Enjoy a relaxing morning, strolling through the streets of Cusco: one of the most beautiful towns in Latin America.

In the afternoon, you will go on a guided tour around the town (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), visiting its most remarkable landmarks like the main square known as Plaza de Armas, and the 16th-century Cathedral that boasts an impressive collection of more than 400 paintings from the Cusco art school dating to the 16th and 17th century. The tour includes a visit to one the most impressive Inca temples: Koricancha, known as the Temple of the Sun. During the Inca times, the walls of this temple were lined with sheets of solid gold, and its courtyard was decorated with golden statues and ornaments. You will finish with a visit to the Santo Domingo Church built by the Spanish colonists, before moving outside the city for an exploration of other famous Inca monuments.

First, you will head to Sacsayhuaman, an amazing Inca fortress whose main walls, built with massive stones, are perfectly fitted. You will learn more about the Incas’ construction and engineering secrets, before continuing to Qenko, Puca Pucara (an Inca lodging site), and Tambo Machay (known as the Baths of the Inca).

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Cusco – Superior Room (or similar)

In the morning, you will head to Cusco airport for your departure flight. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your trip to trek on the famous Rainbow Mountain.

Rainbow mountain trek - Optional post main trip extension

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 (5,200 m altitude). On the way, you will enjoy amazing landscapes and the different types of the 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.

Hiking details:
Estimated hiking distance: 7 km (4 miles).
Estimated hiking time: 4 hours.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Cusco – Superior Room (or similar), in Cusco.

In the morning, you will head to Cusco airport for your departure flight or you can further extend your trip with an exploration of the Amazon rainforest.

Explore the Amazon - Optional post main trip extension

After an early breakfast, you will head to the 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.

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.

Accommodation: Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Superior Room (or similar).

After breakfast, you will paddle around the Oxbow 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.
Afterwards, you will go on a 30-min walk towards the 25-meter scaffolding canopy tower. The tower has been built on high ground, allowing stunning 360-views of the rainforest up to 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. He grows a variety of popular and exotic Amazon crops and will introduce you to the mysteries of the local flora.

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 the ecotourism projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Accommodation: Refugio Amazonas Lodge - Superior Room (or similar).

After breakfast, you will head to the airport of Puerto Maldonado 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 is after 6 pm.