Peru Luxury Adventure & Amazon

Peru Luxury Adventure & Amazon

Experience the hidden treasures of Peru on this remarkable handcrafted luxury adventure through a country full of mystery and awe. Immerse yourself in the local culture, cuisine and scenery in the capable hands of your expert guide. Cusco, one of the oldest continually habituated cities of the western hemisphere and once the capital of the extensive Inca Empire. Experience the sheer splendor of the Sacred Valley, with ancient civilizations, towering snow-capped Andean mountains and impressive ruins, each with their own perplexing architecture and fascinating history. You will walk for a day along the Inca Trail as you enter the once-lost Citadel of Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. A country so memorizing, you should expect your mind and soul to wander and wonder.
For a complete change of scenery, end your trip in the Tambopata National Reserve, one of the most bio-diverse regions of the planet.

Quick Summary

Itinerary Detail

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive Lima
Daily Summary

After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, you are met and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Lima

Peru is said to be a country of contrasts and Lima encapsulates many of them. Called the “City of the Kings’ by the 16th C Spanish conquistadors, today’s Lima combines traces of pre-Inca and Inca civilizations with colonial architecture and modern commercial and residential neighborhoods. Lima is home to some of the best museums of South America and beautiful churches and convents that are reminders of Peru’s rich religious and colonial past. Underrated as a tourist destination, Lima has excellent restaurants, good music, great neighborhoods for walking, and is also home to the famous Peruvian Paso horses.

Lima City Tour - Half Day

Enjoy a half day city tour of Lima. Lima’s historical heart is filled with beautiful colonial buildings and churches. Visit the Plaza Mayor, dominated by the rich ochre hues of the Cathedral and the Government Palace. San Francisco Monastery is beautiful in its own right with an interior with Moorish features and with interesting underground catacombs. San Martín Plaza is quite photogenic with its terra cotta-colored buildings. Outside the historical center you’ll see the upscale residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro, including a stop overlooking the coastline. This tour requires a morning arrival in Lima.(This service is on a private basis.)

Day 2: Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley
Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo - Full Day Tour
Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo - Full Day Tour
Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo - Full Day Tour
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Depart Lima to Cusco
  • Domestic Flights: Flight Lima to Cusco
  • Tour: Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo - Full Day Tour
  • Accommodation: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
  • Meals: B, L
Flight Lima to Cusco
Flight Lima to Cusco. Times TBA.
NOT INCLUDED IN LAND PRICE

This morning you are collected from your hotel and transferred by private vehicle to the Lima Airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snow-capped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Flight cost not included.

Sacred Valley

The Urubamba valley is still considered sacred by local people and its air of mysticism can be felt wherever one goes. Rural farming and weaving communities have retained unchanged their ancestral customs and traditions. The Sacred Valley's beautiful scenery will take your breath away, but if your passion is culture, traveling through the valley will take you to incredible Inca archaeological sites, filled with history.

Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo - Full Day Tour

After collecting your luggage at Cusco Airport you are met by a representative of Maxim Tours and taken directly to the Sacred Valley. There will be a stop at Awanacancha, a camel farm and weaving center and then you drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where a unique Indian Market takes place daily. The variety of products offered is overwhelming, from pottery with reproductions of archaeological pieces, to all kinds of textiles, jewelry and Peruvian handicrafts. During your visit to this bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the artisans and indigenous traders. Grab the items you like, you will hardly see the same one again.

Stop for lunch in one of the country hotels then continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is included. After the tour you are dropped at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.


Day 3: Sacred Valley

Moray Terraces, Maras Salt Pools - Full Day
Moray Terraces, Maras Salt Pools - Full Day
Moray Terraces, Maras Salt Pools - Full Day
Daily Summary

Moray Terraces, Maras Salt Pools - Full Day

Morning excursion to the Inca agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to disappear into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters). It is believed that the terraces, built over containing walls filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, enabled the Incas to grow more than 250 plant species.

Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites. (The sequence of this tour may be reversed)

Day 4: Machu Picchu

One Day Inca Trail with Vistadome Train
One Day Inca Trail with Vistadome Train
One Day Inca Trail with Vistadome Train
Daily Summary

One Day Inca Trail with Vistadome Train

This morning you’ll be picked up at your hotel and transferred by private vehicle to the train station. You’ll be riding on the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Your guide accompanies you on the train and will assist with boarding formalities and will be able to answer any questions you may have. Carriages have beautiful panoramic windows offering enhanced scenic views and photographic opportunities.

Machu Picchu is reached by a 90 minute train ride from Ollanta Station in the Sacred Valley through the spectacular scenery of the Urubamba Valley. High on jungle-covered hilltops in the midst of the cloud forest, Machu Picchu was not known to the Spanish Conquerors, so much of the ancient city remains – temples, palaces, and astronomical observatories of intricate stonework. Surrounded by verdant landscapes and misty mountain peaks you’ll surely speculate about the true origins of this unique site.

Luggage on the train to Machu Picchu is limited to 11lbs per person. Please pack a separate 2-day bag for the Machu Picchu portion of your itinerary. If you are leaving from the Sacred Valley, your local guide will transfer your excess luggage to your hotel in Cusco where it will be waiting when you return from Machu Picchu. Additionally, you may bring a smaller backpack for your essentials during the Inca Trail Hike. Your other bag can stay on the train and will be collected by the hotel bellboys and delivered to your hotel and will be waiting for your when you arrive later this evening.

Disembark at Km.104 on the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad (starting point of the hike), where you arrive at approximately 10:00 am (subject to change based on train schedules). Start with a visit to the Chachabamba archaeological complex (7,052 ft), located very close to the control point. After checking in, embark upon a 5 mile ascending trail, which after four hours, brings you to the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (8,692ft). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. On the way, enjoy magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley, the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex located on the other side of the river, and a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from Wiñaywayna. Continue on, climbing to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, gaze upon the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From the Sun Gate, descend to Machu Picchu. High on jungle-covered hilltops in the midst of the cloud forest, Machu Picchu was not known to the Spanish Conquerors, so much of the ancient city remains – temples, palaces, and astronomical observatories of intricate stonework. Surrounded by verdant landscapes and misty mountain peaks you’ll surely speculate about the true origins of this unique site.

Includes: Guided Baby Inka hike (private guide), packed lunch during hike, guided tour of ruins, entrance fee & roundtrip Vistadome train ticket
Total distance: 13 km (8,08 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
Difficulty degree of this hike: Moderate
Departure and arrival times are approximate

You are escorted to the bus by your guide. You’ll then take the 25-minute scenic ride down the mountain to your hotel in the town of Machu Picchu. The driver will stop the bus at the entrance to your hotel or nearby, depending upon your hotel location. Just mention the name of the hotel to the driver when you board the bus. You will walk to your hotel.

Day 5: Cusco

Machu Picchu and Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco
Machu Picchu and Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco
Machu Picchu and Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco
Daily Summary

Machu Picchu and Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco

Check-out is 9:00am. You will give your bag to the hotel reception for safe keeping and can use the hotel facilities until departure. The hotel porters will transfer your bags to the train station this afternoon.

This morning you will be met at your hotel by your local private guide who will escort you on the bus back up to the ruins for a morning tour. You will explore areas not covered the day before, such as living quarters and recently excavated areas. After the tour you may have some time to explore the bustling town of Machu Picchu with its many cafes, shopping stalls and art galleries. Bus fare, guide and second day entrance fee is included.

Late in the afternoon, you take the bus, exclusively for Hiram Bingham passengers, to the train station in Machu Picchu. Pick up your bag from the fenced-in area before boarding your train. Board your train for the three hour return journey to Cusco (departure time to be advised locally - your guide will have given you boarding time instructions). A cocktail and gastronomic dinner is served enroute.

You will be met at the Cusco Poroy train station and transferred to your hotel by shuttle vehicle where your luggage will also be waiting.

Huayna Picchu Option

Should you opt to hike Huayna Picchu instead of a second day tour of the ruins, please note that the number of hikers is limited to 400 per day and the +-2 hour hike begins at 2 set times - 7:00am & 10:00am (exact times cannot be guaranteed until booked and paid for). If you wish to climb Huanya Picchu, we recommend you make these arrangements ahead of time. Additional entrance fees and costs will apply.


Day 6: Cusco

Cusco Walking Tour
Cusco Walking Tour
Cusco Walking Tour
Daily Summary

Cusco Walking Tour

Today we’ll have a walking tour of Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere! The tour includes important landmarks of Cusco, including Cusco’s fabulous cathedral with Spanish/Inca art and architecture, rivaling the cathedrals of Europe. Plus we will visit Santo Domingo Church, and the Plaza de Armas. Along the way we will stroll through the artisans’ areas and markets, getting a feel for this enchanting city. Once the center of the Inca civilization, modern Cusco is a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. (2 ½ h). The rest of the day is free to explore Cusco on your own. (This service is on a private basis.)


Day 7: Tambopata National Reserve (Amazon Basin)

Tambopata National Reserve
Tambopata National Reserve
Tambopata National Reserve
Daily Summary
Flight Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
Scheduled flight Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
PRICE NOT INCLUDED IN LAND PRICE

You are collected from your hotel and taken by private vehicle to the Cusco Airport. (This service is on a private basis.)

Board your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Tambopata National Reserve

The Tambopata National Reserve is 274,690 hectares (1,061 square miles) of preserved land in Southeastern Peru. The Reserve has many diverse habitats, including lowland Amazon rainforest, riverine forest, and oxbow lakes. It’s crossed by three rivers: the Malinowski, the Tambopata, and the Madre de Dios rivers.
Because of the Reserve’s protected status and secluded location, it’s incredibly biodiverse. The Reserve plays host to over 1,000 species of butterflies, 100 species of mammals, around 600 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and plants. In fact, this reserve and surrounding region is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet!


Days 8 - 9: Tambopata National Reserve (Amazon Basin)

Full day Tambopata
Full day Tambopata
Full day Tambopata
Daily Summary

Full day Tambopata

2 days exploring this remote and memorizing part of the Amazon Basin on excursions that you arrange directly with the lodge.

Because of the Reserve’s protected status and secluded location, it’s incredibly biodiverse. The Reserve plays host to over 1,000 species of butterflies, 100 species of mammals, around 600 species of birds, and hundreds of species of trees and plants. In fact, this reserve and surrounding region is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet!

Day 10: Depart

Depart
Daily Summary
  • Transfer: Depart Tambopata
  • Domestic Flights: Flight Puerto Maldonado to Lima
  • Meals: B
Flight Puerto Maldonado to Lima
Flight Puerto Maldonado to Lima.
NOT INCLUDED IN LAND PRICE

Enjoy breakfast before departure. A 45-minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado in time for your flight.

Accommodation

Belmond Miraflores Park
Belmond Miraflores Park
Belmond Miraflores Park
Belmond Miraflores Park
Belmond Miraflores Park

Belmond Miraflores Park

Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Belmond Miraflores Park takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about this great capital city. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, it has breathtaking views out to sea. This luxury hotel combines personalised service, exceptional dining and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore. Colonial architecture, superb museums with Inca gold and Pre-Columbian antiquities, and glamorous shops, bars and restaurants are all just moments from the hotel.

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains, lies Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. Set on the banks of the rushing Urubamba River, this luxury hotel is built in natural materials to resemble an authentic Andean village. Situated at a lower altitude than nearby Cusco, the hotel provides the perfect environment in which to acclimatise, and is an ideal base to explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. So savor fresh produce in the restaurant, enjoy a local Sacred Valley massage or spend a few soothing minutes feeding the hotel's baby alpacas. Slip into the spirit of Peruvian life.

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a signature luxury property adjacent to Peru’s premier tourist attraction with a recently refurbished interior inspired by thousands of years of Andean culture. With an unequalled location at the foot of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, and steps from the beautiful Vilcanota River, Sumaq offers impressive views of the mountains and dramatic landscapes, five-star service, authentic Peruvian cuisine, and a mystic connection with local traditions.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio Cusco
Belmond Hotel Monasterio Cusco
Belmond Hotel Monasterio Cusco
Belmond Hotel Monasterio Cusco

Belmond Hotel Monasterio Cusco

High in the Andes, more than 3,000 meters above sea level, lies the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. At the heart of Cusco is the 16th-century Hotel Monasterio, originally built as a monastery in 1592. This unique hotel museum is an architectural treasure built on Inca foundations with a beautiful chapel adorned with extraordinary gold ornaments. It combines the solemnity of a colonial monastery with the luxury, elegance, comfort and excellent quality of a modern five-star hotel. Hotel Monasterio has 126 rooms many of them with charming views of the city, the colourful rooftops of Cuzco or the beautiful inner courtyards of the hotel. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the renovation of the Hotel Monasterio was the oxygen-enrichment of a number of our rooms. The decoration and furnishings combine the best of modern and traditional Spanish colonial style.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an award-winning eco-lodge situated along the steep banks of Peru's meandering Madre de Dios River, at the heart of a 29,650-acre private ecological reserve. Your exotic Amazon immersion begins almost immediately. You will travel to the lodge in comfortable outboard dugout canoes, leaving civilization behind on a 45 minute scenic river journey. Tree-trunk boardwalks wind through the property, designed in the fashion of a native Ese’ Eja village. Private thatched-roof cabanas, built on raised platforms in the indigenous style, surround a stunning open-air main building and dining room, that blend almost seamlessly into the jungle. Luxurious furnishings, amenities and delectable food offer an elegant complement to the simplicity of the jungle. Accompanied by expert local guides, you can explore the surrounding Amazon Rainforest on jungle hikes, canoe trips and along the Canopy Walkway, a series of 7 hanging bridges suspended nearly 100 feet off the ground.

Why Maxim Tours?

Why Maxim Tours?

Uncommon Safaris for Discerning Adventurers

Experience Matters

Since 1993 Maxim Tours’ passion for exotic destinations has made us a highly sought after Boutique Tour Operator for discerning travelers. After three decades we continue to exceed our clients' expectations. Our approach over these many years is simple; offer the very best service and travel experience at the most competitive prices while balancing the importance of sustainable tourism with a high quality travel product.

Premier Guides 

Maxim Tours' guides have a reputation for being the best in the business. Experts in their fields, friendly and interesting,  a good guide will bring the most out of every excursion while creating lifelong memories.  

24/7 Support

At no time during your adventure will you be alone. Our local partners are available 24/7 in the event you need any assistance while traveling. We will monitor your progress and take care of any unexpected developments so that your trip continues unhindered.

Responsible Tourism

Responsible and sustainable tourism should be more than just a phrase - it has to be an ongoing and tangible commitment to balancing tourism with the upliftment of local communities and preservation of the natural environment. Maxim Tours actively supports camps and lodges whose business models reflect this commitment.