Days
13
Price from
€2,847EUR

From Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca, see the best of Peru on this intimate, flexible journey

Independent Journeys

Independent travel, without the stress. This tour has been specifically designed for independent travel for 1-3 people. It departs on any day and comes accompanied by a Peregrine guide in each location and 24/7 support from the local Peregrine office.
Services on this trip:
Please note, on this trip not all services are private. Services in the Amazon Jungle and Lake Titicaca are shared so you may be taking park in activities with likeminded travellers from other companies.


Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Country
Peru
Style
Independent Journeys
Code
PSPHJ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why we love this trip

  • Descend into the vast catacombs beneath Lima on an underground tour. This is a side of Peru's capital not many people have seen

  • Journey upriver to the Madre de Dios jungle region in a motorised canoe. The slow pace of the trip provides amazing opportunities to see native wildlife

  • Enjoy plenty of free time in Cuzco to discover the city's colonial and Incan architecture

  • Marvel at the unparalleled engineering of the Incas in the Sacred Valley. The ancient city ruins dotted along the slopes of the Urubamba Valley are a sight to behold

  • In the early hours of the morning, soak up a sublime sunrise from the gates of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, take a guided tour of the ruins and explore the area in your own time

  • Pay a visit to the Uros floating islands on spectacular Lake Titicaca. Meet the local tribespeople and pick up some locally handcrafted gifts

Is this trip right for you?

  • The Amazon Jungle can be very hot and humid, so it's important to drink plenty of water and wear light cotton clothing. Make sure you also bring tropical-strength insect repellant.

  • While accommodation in the Amazon is clean, comfortable and ideally located, it's pretty basic compared with other accommodation throughout the trip. Please remember that this is a very remote part of the world. As there's no electricity at night, the rooms are lit with candles and kerosene lamps.

  • As this is a private, independent journey, on some of the plane journeys you'll be unescorted. A local guide will drop you off the airport and another will meet you at the other end. This isn't a group tour, so you won't be accompanied by any other travellers.

  • It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.

  • Due to the high altitude of many of the places we visit some people can suffer from altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. If possible, arrive into Cuzco a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Welcome to Lima, Peru. On arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel in the well-known coastal suburb of Miraflores. In the afternoon around 2 pm, there will be a welcome briefing at the hotel with your Peregrine tour guide. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. Later in the day your leader will take you on a walking tour of downtown Lima, including the city's historical centre.

Flanked by streets of ornate mansions, palaces and churches, Plaza Mayor is the best place to start any exploration of Lima. Take a walk through the old streets to get a feel for colonial life. On one side of the plaza is the Cathedral of Lima, which houses the remains of Lima's founder, Francisco Pizarro. Visit the nearby San Francisco Monastery, with its catacombs containing some 70,000 human remains. Continue onto the Central market where you'll take a walking tour. The market has a huge variety of fresh produce on offer, including fruits, vegetables and even guinea pigs. You'll also have the opportunity to try some local Peruvian fruits and street food. The tour will finish in Lima main square, with the option to go for dinner in Down Town or back to Miraflores. Try one of the nation's favourite dishes, ceviche - raw fish marinated in lime juice and often served with hot peppers.
Accommodation
  • Antigua Mira Flores or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lima - Cathedral visit
  • Lima - Guided tour of Catacombs
  • Lima City Tour
  • Complimentary arrival airport transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado today, which should take around two hours. You won't be escorted during the flight, but you will be taken to the airport in Lima and met at the airport in Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, the lodge staff will take you to their office in town where you'll leave the majority of your luggage in safe storage. You'll continue travelling with a small pack with only the necessary items for your next two nights in the jungle. Shortly afterwards, take a motorised canoe up river to your jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios region. Posada Amazonas is a rainforest lodge that's just a 45-minute boat ride from Puerto Maldonado.

The lodge is owned by the indigenous Ese-Eja community of Infierno, offering a 30-metre canopy tower that provides spectacular views of the vast expanses of forest, Tambopata River and endless opportunities to witness Amazonian wildlife. Every room overlooks the tropical rainforest allowing guests to enjoy this unique ecosystem, even during their down time. The rooms are built with local materials such as wood, bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees, with each room having a spacious private bathroom with hot water. Use your evening getting to know the community and relaxing.

Notes: Numerous kerosene lamps and candles provide lighting. Electricity and internet are only available in the common areas of the lodge.

Please note: The services in the Amazon Jungle are shared services so you may be taking part in activities with likeminded travellers that have booked through other companies.
Accommodation
  • Posada Amazonas lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Amazon Jungle activities as mentioned in the trip notes
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning, head into the jungle of the Amazon with your local, multilingual guides, encountering magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. You may even spot an array of animals from macaws and monkeys to peccary, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies. The guides can also teach you about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants. After your hike finishes in the afternoon, you're then free to sit back and relax in the comfort of your lodge.
Accommodation
  • Posada Amazonas lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, travel back to Puerto Maldonado before taking the short flight to Cuzco. This flight will be unescorted, however you will be taken to the airport in Puerto Maldonado and met at the airport in Cuzco. On arrival, your local guide will take you on a walking tour, including a visit to the Coca Museum - where you can learn about the infamous plant that has been an essential part of life for centuries in the Andes - and the local San Pedro market.

Notes: Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness. Please see the 'Is This Trip Right For You?' and 'Fitness' sections in the trip notes for detailed information.
Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cuzco - Coca Museum
  • Cuzco - Cathedral Visit
  • Cuzco - Coricancha Archeological Site, guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Start today by visiting some of the surrounding archaeological sites with your local guide, including Q'enqo, Puka Pukara and Sacsayhuman. For art and history, the Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum can only be accessed with a Boleto Turistico (a ticket that covers archeological and cultural sites), which is included in the cost of your trip. This ticket also gives you access to the impressive stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman, where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you an idea of how highly developed Inca engineering actually was.
Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cuzco - Orientation Walk
  • Cuzco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by private bus for around two hours through the Sacred Valley, on the outskirts of Cuzco. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, this fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Venture to a community in the valley to learn about the local lifestyle. If your visit coincides with market day (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday), spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos. Continuing on, drive 20 minutes to Ollantaytambo. On your full day tour of the Sacred Valley, you'll see evidence of the Incas' engineering skills in the ruins of ancient aqueducts, irrigation canals, dams on the Urubamba River, imposing sets of terraces and centres of worship dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth).
Accommodation
  • Samanapaq hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sacred Valley - Local community visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu, your destination today is Aguas Calientas. Travel by train for around 90 minutes through the winding Urubamba Valley to reach town, where you can spend some free time in the afternoon exploring. Take a wander, grab some food or just relax in the comfort of your hotel. Tonight, you'll venture out for an included dinner.
Accommodation
  • Santuario Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
In the early morning at 5.30 am, take a bus along the winding road for around 30 minutes to Machu Picchu. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. On arrival, take a one to two hour guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy some free time afterwards to wander around on your own. Looking at Machu Picchu for the first time, as it sits against a backdrop of forested mountains, is a truly breathtaking experience.

After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cuzco for a well deserved shower and a Pisco sour. The rest of today and tomorrow will be free for you to continue exploring Cuzco. Your included "full boleto turistico" will give you access to visit more museums, such as the Qosqo Native Art Centre.

Notes: Due to Peregrine's internal safety policy, our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking trips to the mountaintop ruins of Wayna Picchu.
Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today enjoy free time to relax, shop or explore more of Cuzco's sights. Perhaps head to a cafe on the Plaza de Armas, or for those seeking an active adventure, try mountain biking in the hills surrounding Cuzco. For lunch or mid-morning coffee and cake, head to Yanapay Restaurant at 415 Ruinas St. This restaurant uses all its profits to support children in Cuzco through Aldea Yanapay and its social projects. For more info on Aldea Yanapay, visit: yanapay.facipub.com. If you have time, you may want to head to San Pedro Market for some shopping. In the evening, perhaps go out for dinner for your final night in Cuzco.
Accommodation
  • San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by bus for around six hours to Puno, which will be more or less a full day's journey. This scheduled tourist service will take you on decent roads through spectacular mountain scenery, with the chance to stop at several sites along the way, including adobe Inca ruins. Along the way you'll also make a short roadside stop at La Raya, which at 4,335 metres is the highest point of your journey. Continue driving through the large sprawling town of Juliaca on your way to Puno.

Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is famous for its traditional dances. Many festivals are celebrated here, so if you're lucky your visit might coincide with one of the colourful evening parades, when the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians.
Accommodation
  • Taypikala hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Puno sits on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Today take a tour of the lake by slow motorboat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. The Uros people built these islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes in ancient times. They're built completely from multiple layers of totora reeds, which grow in the shallows of the lake. Later on visit Taquile Island, on the Peruvian side of the lake, and peruse its residents’ renowned handicrafts, including woollen items. In the evening, retire to your eco-lodge on the private island of Suasi.

Please note: The services in Lake Titicaca are shared services so you may be taking part in activities with likeminded travellers that have booked through other companies.
Accommodation
  • Suasi Island Eco lodge (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, head back to Puno and then take an included flight to back to Lima (approximately one hour and forty minutes). A Peregrine representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you back to the hotel. The rest of your afternoon is then free to do as you wish. Possibly do some last minute shopping and try one last serving of ceviche.
Accommodation
  • Antigua Mira Flores or Similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your independent journey around Peru ends after breakfast this morning. There are no more included activities planned and you're able to leave the accommodation at anytime. This means departing flights can booked at a time of your choice.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Boat, Bus, Minibus, Plane, Train

Accommodation

Jungle lodge, Comfortable hotel, Eco Lodge

Included Activities

  • Lima - Cathedral visit
  • Lima - Guided tour of Catacombs
  • Lima City Tour
  • Complimentary arrival airport transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel
  • Amazon Jungle activities as mentioned in the trip notes
  • Cuzco - Coca Museum
  • Cuzco - Cathedral Visit
  • Cuzco - Coricancha Archeological Site, guided tour
  • Cuzco - Orientation Walk
  • Cuzco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)
  • Sacred Valley - Local community visit
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and Guided Tour

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Important notes

Independent Journeys

Independent travel, without the stress. This tour has been specifically designed for independent travel for 1-3 people. It departs on any day and comes accompanied by a Peregrine guide in each location and 24/7 support from the local Peregrine office. /journeys
Services on this trip:
Please note, on this trip not all services are private. Services in the Amazon Jungle and Lake Titicaca are shared so you may be taking park in activities with likeminded travellers from other companies.

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