Machu Picchu is perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet Peru also offers a wealth of other magnificent ancient, colonial and scenic sights. Staying in good hotels with great character and with some free time to relax, this tour reveals Peru’s many wonders, including Cuzco and Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Lima with British Airways and transfer to the
Casa Andina Premium Miraflores for 2 nights. (N)
Morning tour of colonial and modern Lima,
including Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion
in Lima, and the architectural masterpiece of San
Francisco monastery. (B)
Fly over the Andes to Arequipa, a city of white
buildings and colonnaded plazas, surrounded by
the dramatic landscape of ice-capped volcanoes.
Stay at the Libertador for 2 nights. (B)
Full-day city tour, including the beautiful Santa
Catalina convent, which dates from the 16th
century, and the Juanita Mummy Museum. (B, L)
Drive into the Andes towards Colca Canyon
(approx 4 hours, partly on unpaved roads, with
stops en route). The scenery is breathtaking, with
the terraces of the Colca valley and herds of llamas
scattered around. Overnight at Aranwa Colca. (B, L)
Early morning excursion to Condor’s Cross, where
magnificent condors can be seen flying over the canyon. Visit the town of Maca, famed for its
pre-Columbian textiles, and continue by road to
Puno and Lake Titicaca (approx 6 hours). Stay 2
nights at the Hotel Libertador on the shores of the
lake. (B, L)
Full-day tour of the floating Uros reed islands and
Taquile island, with a home-cooked lunch prepared
by a local family. (B, L)
Take the new, stylish Belmond Andean Explorer
train to Cuzco. Relax over lunch or with a pisco sour
in the observation car as you pass through gentle
rolling Andean plains where vicuñas and alpacas
may be seen. Dinner and overnight on board
(bunk bed cabin). Upgrade to a twin-bedded cabin
from £60 per person. (B, L, D)
Disembark the train and travel by road to the
indigenous village of Chinchero to see its Inca
terraces and a traditional weaving demonstration.
Continue to the Sacred Valley and stay 2 nights
at Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley. (B, L)
Half-day visit to the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo,
an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity.
Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Drive to Ollanta and take the Vistadome train to
Machu Picchu. Tour the spectacular ruins and stay
overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu
(purchase ticket at time of booking). Return to
Cuzco by rail and transfer to the Casa Andina
for 3 nights. (B)
Morning tour of Cuzco, including the San Blas
district, the cathedral and the extraordinary
Temple of the Sun at Koricancha. Afternoon at
leisure in the Inca capital. (B)
Day at leisure or take an optional excursion to the
Pre-Columbian Art museum, Awanacancha llama
farm or the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. (B)
Fly to London via Lima with British Airways,
arriving the next day. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
The order of the itinerary allows gradual
adjustment to the altitude, while taking in the
major sights of Peru. There are some early morning
starts and long drives. Departures between
November and April will fly to Peru via Madrid.
On day 11, upgrade to Belmond Sanctuary Lodge from
£365, subject to availability.
This itinerary can
be taken privately, for which guideline prices are
shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your
exact requirements. Please call 020 3627 3097 or
The 13 June 2018 and 12 June 2019 departures
coincide with the Inti Raymi festival.
The itinerary includes a slightly different order, a
stay at the Sonesta Hotel in Cuzco and a full day of
ceremonial celebrations in honour of the sun god.
The Aranwa Colca is situated on the banks of the Colca river, 10 minutes from the village of Chivay. The hotel is built and decorated in a contemporary Andean style and has 41 rooms, suites and chalets, all with views towards the mountains. The restaurant and bar overlook the river and offer cuisine using Andean flavours and some locally grown ingredients. Amid the grounds are waterfalls, a watermill and trout pools. There is a chapel and a spa with indoor and outdoor swimming...
The Belmond Andean Explorer train is the only luxury sleeper train in South America. Travelling between Cuzco, Lake Titicaca and onwards to Arequipa, the train offers stylish overnight cabins, three-course gourmet meals created with local ingredients and excursions to local sights with expert guides along the way. There is a choice of 1- or 2-night journeys in both directions.
Features: 24 en suite cabins, 2 dining cars, lounge car, observation car, spa car.
Cabin amenities: Bunk beds, twin or double (available in suites only), en suite bathroom facilities with a shower, small...
Occupying an 18th-century mansion, the Casa Andina Premium Cuzco (formerly Casa Andina Private Collection Cuzco) is located in the old, colonial part of Cuzco, beside Limacpampa Square and just a few blocks walk from the main square. The hotel's guestrooms combine traditional local furnishings with modern comforts and overlook picturesque courtyards. There is a central patio with fountain, a colonial bar and stylish restaurant decorated with traditional paintings.
Features: 93 rooms, restaurant, bar, massage room, ATM, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, heating.
Please note, the hotel will be closed for renovations from 3 January to 11 July...
The Casa Andina Premium Miraflores (formerly Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores) is located in the heart of the Miraflores district of Lima, close to Kennedy Park. It is a medium-sized hotel with rooms decorated in a contemporary style with local Peruvian textiles and art.Features: 148 rooms, restaurant, cafe, swimming pool, gym, sauna, ATM, Wi-Fi.Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, heating, coffee...
Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley (formerly Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley) is located near Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley, and is surrounded by Andean peaks. It is part of a small resort offering charming rooms, a restaurant with a local ambience, and a bar with an outside terrace where you can take in the sights and sounds of the Peruvian countryside.Features: 92 rooms, restaurant, lobby bar, fitness room, spa service, Wi-Fi.Room amenities: Television, heating, safe,...
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is situated in 13 acres of cloud forest garden beside the Urubamba River, a 5-minute walk from the station at Aguas Calientes. The hotel consists of 85 rooms in Andean village-style cottages nestled amidst the gardens and each accommodation offers spacious private bathrooms, phone and large beds. There is a restaurant with views over the river, a cafe & bar and a spa. The beautiful orchid gardens attract a variety of birds and butterflies, creating a tranquil atmosphere, and there is an small organic tea plantation. There are regular buses to the site of Machu Picchu, a journey of 30...
The Libertador Lake Titicaca is a first-class hotel situated on the peninsula of Isla Esteves, offering spectacular views over Lake Titicaca. There are spacious public areas, modern rooms with lake views, a restaurant serving fine cuisine, a bar and a games room. This is an excellent base for lake...
Hotel Libertador overlooks Selva Alegre, the city's largest park, and has an imposing view of the Misti volcano. Its location is very quiet, yet the historic centre is a short drive or 20-minute walk away. Built in 1940 in a colonial style, the hotel has a modern infrastructure and excellent facilities and offers 88 spacious rooms, a spa, modern gym and swimming pool. In Los Robles restaurant you can enjoy typical Arequipena and international food or you can relax at Los Montoneros bar on the terrace by the pool and...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Extend your tour with a visit to the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, known for its seductive culture and excellent cuisine, and a visit to the Iguazú Falls. Please note that entry fees at Iguazú /Iguaçu are not included.
Fly to Buenos Aires and transfer to the Intersur Recoleta for 3 nights or optional upgrade to the Brick Hotel (please enquire for prices). (B)
Morning city tour including the colourful port district of La Boca and elegant Recoleta. Take an optional excursion to the Pampas or a boat trip to Colonia in Uruguay. (B)
Fly to Iguazú and visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Stay inside the park for 2 nights at the Sheraton Iguazú Hotel (upgrade to a falls-view room or the luxurious Belmond Hotel das Cataratas from £60 per person). (B)
Day at leisure to explore the Argentinian side of the falls from your hotel. (B)
Fly to London via Rio with British Airways, arriving on the following day. (B) (N)
Northern Peru contains a wealth of pre-Inca archaeological sites. This extension ventures off the tourist trail and combines the most important of these with the colonial city of Trujillo.
Fly to Chiclayo, via Lima. Transfer to Casa Andina Select for 2 nights and visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan to see gold and turquoise pottery and textiles. (B)
Transfer by road to Trujillo, via El Brujo pyramid complex and the Lady of Cao Museum. Stay 2 nights at the Libertador Trujillo. (B)
Tour the Sun and Moon pyramids and Chan Chan, ancient capital of the Chimu culture. (B, L)
Fly to Lima and on to London. (B)
This extension offers an opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos islands that helped shape Darwin’s theory of evolution. Experience the unique ecology and wildlife of the islands from the comfort of your chosen boat. Clients taking this extension will fly to Peru with Avianca via Bogotá.
Fly to Quito, via Lima. Stay for 2 nights at the Hilton Colon/ Casona de la Ronda. (B)
Day at leisure or optional tour of colonial Quito. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to the Galapagos. Board your selected Galapagos vessel for a 3-or 4-night cruise (please see pages 44-45 for details). (B, L, D)
Explore the islands, including Santa Cruz, Santiago, Genovesa, North Seymour and San Cristóbal. (B, L, D)
Fly to Guayaquil and on to London via Bogotá with Avianca. (B)
Travel along the coast south of Lima to see the Nazca Lines, mysterious drawings in the desert depicting animals and geometric shapes left by pre-Inca civilisations. Take a boat to the Ballestas islands, home to sea lion colonies, Humbolt penguins and an incredible concentration of sea birds.
Fly to Lima and drive to Paracas (approximately 3.5 hours). Stay at La Hacienda Bahia, set in the bay, for 2 nights. Upgrade to Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, from £115 per person. (B)
Transfer to nearby Pisco airport and take a light aircraft to Nazca for a flight over the bizarre desert geoglyphs. (B)
Morning cruise to the Ballestas islands to observe cormorants, Peruvian boobies, pelicans and noisy sea lions. Transfer to Lima airport and take an overnight flight to London with British Airways (B)
The Peruvian Amazon has remarkable bio-diversity and the area around Puerto Maldonado provides an excellent opportunity to see a great variety of wildlife, birds and flora. Guided walks and boat trips give an insight into the rainforest’s extraordinary ecosystem.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and transfer by motorised canoe to the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion for 2 nights (individual bungalow). Upgrade to the sister property Reserva Amazonica (please see page 17) available from £225 per person (Superior river-view bungalow). Please note that electricity is generally limited in jungle lodges. (B, L, D)
Explore the surrounding rainforest, rivers and Sandoval lake, habitats for macaws, black caimans, giant otters and monkeys. The Inkaterra canopy walkway consists of hanging bridges that allow you to observe the incredible rainforest from the treetops. (B, L, D)
Return to Puerto Maldonado. Fly to Lima and on to London with British Airways. (B)
Combine your trip to Peru with vibrant Brazil. Visit Rio de Janeiro’s celebrated landmarks and the awe-inspiring Iguaçu Falls, surrounded by dense tropical vegetation. Clients taking this extension will leave a day earlier and not have a day at leisure in Cuzco. Please note that the entry fees at the Iguazú and Iguaçu national parks are not included.
Morning flight to Iguaçu via Lima and stay for 2 nights at the Recanto Park Hotel. (B)
Full-day tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of these amazing falls. (B)
Fly to Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon and transfer to the PortoBay Rio Internacional for 2 nights (Superior partial ocean-view room). (B)
Full-day tour of Rio, including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf mountain. (B)
Day at leisure or take optional excursions. In the evening, transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
TMP2018: 14 Nights
We have just returned from the most amazing trip to Peru. The highlight of the holiday was without doubt walking the Inca trail. What an experience. I wanted to thank you for all your help and advice. The itinerary you prepared for us was perfect.Mrs Thorne
There were absolutely no points in the holiday where I felt anything less than ravished by the scenery and captivated by the people and places we visited.Mr Anthony Suggitt
Loved the variety included in the holiday and the visit to Machu Picchu will never be forgotten.Mrs Carole Wilson
One of the best holidays we have ever taken with several inspiring moments of which Machu Picchu has to be the top.Mrs Angela Lawes
Seeing the citadel of Macchu Picchu in the flesh at close hand ranks with the awesome sights of the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids and the Treasury in Petra for instance. To this must be added the visit to see the Condors up close. Fabulous.Mr Derek Lowdon
Three equally moving scenes - the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the town of Cusco, and Machu Picchu. The trip brought out the rich, and extensive, cultural heritage of Peru through the variety of places that our tour included.Mr Iain Sim
There were too many 'wow' moments to single out any one occasion. We think the fact that Cox & Kings had organised everything and there was minimal hiccups so making the whole trip inspirational was a credit to you all. Many thanks.Mr David Cowdry
The holiday was very diverse and each day we had new and exciting experiences.Ms Margaret Newton
Visit to Machu Picchu. Absolutely magical.Mr George Hunter
Almost too many [inspirational moments] to choose from - Lake Titicaca and its islands, Colca Canyon, Pre-Inca terraces, Alto Plano, native craftwork, Machu Picchu, Native South American peoples and their history, customs, values and characters, being at Machu Picchu on my 67th birthday... Ms Lesley Evans
The high plains (Alto Plano) were fantastic to experience and to see the people who survived there. View down into Chivay was very impressive. Drive up to Macchu Pichu was hairy but well worth it - the views were breathtaking at the top. Train from Puno to Cusco was very very enjoyable. We were not looking forward to a 10 hour train ride but thoroughly enjoyed it. Peru Rail staff very well turned out and very helpful and service on train excellent. Mr Roger Cockle
We experienced a wonderful holiday and a friendly group of travelling companions; it was good to be part of a small group with a considerate and efficient tour escort.Mrs Brenda Everest
Perhaps the most strikingly beautiful city in Peru, Arequipa has leafy squares, fine...
Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchantin...
Lima lies on the Pacific coast and offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, a...
One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on...
The Colca Canyon is an area of outstanding scenic beauty with huge patchworks of pre-Inc...
Puno lies on the western shore of Lake Titicaca and is used as a base to visit the the...
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the perfect place to explore, relax and unwind either...