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If you have a passion for ancient history, Hispanic heritage and outdoor pursuits, this inspiring tailor-made itinerary is the one for you. From magical Machu Picchu to the Bolivian salt flats, the destinations are varied and unforgettable, while a range of guided itineraries ensure you get the very most from your South American adventure.
Sample authentic Peruvian food in Lima – the country’s culinary capital – on a foodie itinerary with a friendly local
Ride the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo towards Machu Picchu, enjoying views over the amazing Andean scenery from the panoramic windows
Tour the beautiful city of Cusco with an expert guide, learning more about its rich heritage
Take some seriously impressive snaps of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat on planet earth!
Spend two days with an expert guide exploring the 'Lost City of the Incas', Machu Picchu, staying overnight adjacent to the archaeological treasure. Enjoy a guided itinerary of the iconic ruins and explore after most other visitors have left, as well as choosing from a variety of scenic hikes in the area.
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While in Lima, a foodie tour with a friendly local introduces you to the city’s local markets, artisan eateries and traditional bodegas. The Hispanic history is next to discover as an expert guide leads you around a range of fascinating sights – from the Cathedral and Convent of Santo Domingo, to the supposed oldest house on the Southern continent, Casa Aliaga!
Take a private car transfer to Lima Airport for your flight to Cusco. From here, take a private car transfer to Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley. On the way, a range of stops include a llama and alpaca ranch, as well as a guided visit of the market and famed terraced ruins.
Stay amid the stunning Sacred Valley in a luxury property that has been inspired by the luminous setting and the Inca heritage. Exploring the town of Ollantaytambo and its huge Inca fortress ruins with a guide, walking the streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Visit the traditional Hacienda Huayoccari estate, enjoying a tour of its private art collection and a three-course Peruvian meal with amazing views.
Take a private car transfer to Ollantaytambo train station for your Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. From here, take a bus to Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu.
No Peruvian adventure is complete without a trip to Machu Picchu, a real bucket-list destination that showcases the ingenuity of the Inca empire. An expert guide will join you for a two-day tour of this hillside marvel, staying overnight at the beautiful Belmond Sanctuary Lodge adjacent to the archaeological site. There is the option of various hikes on your second day – whether to the stone Inca bridge, or the strenuous trek up Machu Picchu Mountain.
Take a private car transfer to Ollantaytambo train station for your Vistadome train to Cusco. From here, take a private car transfer to Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.
In the captivating city of Cusco, an expertly guided tour will introduce you to the heritage highlights, as well as San Pedro market and the Sacsayhuaman ruins. A tour and lecture with specialist guide Lisy Kuon – an anthropologist, humanitarian, writer, and expert in colonial history and architecture – will show you around the national historic landmark Belmond Monasterio Hotel.
Take a private car transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to La Paz. From here, take a private car transfer to Atix Hotel.
La Paz is the highest administrative capital in the world at over 3,500 metres above sea level! Explore this fascinating city with a guided tour, experiencing the true melting pot of cultures.
Take a private car transfer to La Paz airport for your flight to Uyuni. From here, take a private car transfer to Luna Salada.
Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat on the planet, a truly breathtaking landscape that appears as a natural mirror. After marvelling at the flats, head south towards the colonial town of San Cristobal, the world’s largest source of silver! Visit the charming church and look out for birdlife along the Alota Ricer, before exploring the Valley of Rocks and the flamingo-surrounded lagoons of the area.
Take a private car transfer to Uyuni airport for your flight to the UK, via La Paz.
On this fantastic six-hour tour, you can get to know Peruvian food in Lima’s local markets and eateries. Peru is well-known as one of the best foodie travel destinations in the world, its distinctive cuisine characterised by the country’s colourful dishes, diverse geography, long culinary history, and rich cultural make-up. On this sampling tour, you’ll be led by a so-called ‘Friend in the City’, a local guide, as you experience some of the most coveted flavours of Peru. You’ll explore a local market, traditional bodegas, and artisan eateries that offer a wide-ranging snapshot of Peru’s top ingredients, produce, and innovative new food offerings. These include the Surquillo No.1 market and the La Preferdia Bodega, popular among locals for its to-go Peruvian classics. Other options include the El Cacaotal chocolate house and Bisetti Tostaduria café for the perfect cup of Peruvian coffee.
One of the main fascinations of Lima is the concentration of ancient history in the area; not only do the origins of the city pre-date the Spanish foundation of the city by several millennia, its museums are full of the artistic treasures of magnificent pre-Columbian civilizations that flourished throughout the coastal deserts of Peru. Begin to unravel this multifaceted history and discover the complex past of this fascinating city with a visit to the colonial area of Lima - featuring the Cathedral (limited hours on Sunday: 1pm-5pm), the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful neo-colonial style buildings. You will also have a chance to visit Casa Aliaga, reportedly the oldest home on the continent and still family-owned after 17 generations.
* The above sequence of visits is a suggested tour. Depending on your interests, within the specified time of 4 hours, this program can be reorganized to feature the following sites: Huaca Huallamarca, La Casona de Marcos, the Convent of San Francisco and its catacombs, Huaca Pucllana, and the Museo de la Inquisition. It is also possible to organize cocktails at Casa Aliaga, upon request and at an extra cost.
En route to the charming hillside village of Pisac, stop for a short visit at Awanacancha, a friendly farm housing an array of camledis that are often found in the Andes, including llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Meet, feed and learn more about these cheeky, charming creatures and the differences in how their fur is used. For example, Alpacas have ultra-thick wool commonly used for textiles, while the vicuñas are smaller and have delicate fur that grows much more slowly; as such, it is considered among the finest in the world, often with a large price tag to match.
This immersive guided tour begins with the sights and sounds of Pisac's famous market, filled with a variety of traditional Peruvian handcrafts and fresh, local produce. From here, you'll continue on to the Pisac ruins; showcasing Inca masonry of incredible quality, the ruins are home to stunning agricultural terraces that artfully follow the contours of the mountain, boasting breathtaking views of the valley below. Explore at your own pace in this marvellous setting, home to fascinating ancient cemeteries, alters, temples and wells.
Visit the fabulous town of Ollantaytambo and its two expansive Inca ruins, located in the Sacred Valley of southern Peru, and prepare to feel as though you've stepped back in time. The town is unique in that it still preserves its original Inca plan, with residents living in traditional cancha enclosures, once occupied by the Inca elite. The archaeological compound found here is a remarkable spectacle and a site of great historical significance; it was here that one of the greatest battles of the Spanish Conquest was fought, and one of the few in which the Incas defeated the Spaniards. The region also offers access to some incredibly scenic hiking routes.
Tucked away in the Sacred Valley, off the main tourist trail, lies the traditional estate of Hacienda Huayoccari, owned by the prestigious Lambarri family, one of the oldest land-owning families in Cusco. A visit here is an exclusive opportunity to understand the rich history of the rural area, as well as enjoying lunch in beautiful surrounds. Drive through cultivated fields and eucalyptus forests to reach the estate, where you can enjoy a tour of the Hacienda's private art collection – comprising an array of pre-Columbian, Incan, colonial and contemporary works of art. This is followed by a three-course meal in the historic and elegant wood-panelled dining rooms, with views out over the valley. Peruvian flavours create classic, hearty dishes with sophisticated presentation, made with fresh ingredients sourced from the valley and from the grounds of Hacienda Huayoccari.
The main destination on many travellers’ lists, Machu Picchu - or the ‘lost city of the Incas’ - is a man-made marvel that has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. Only a century ago were the incredible ruins uncovered; a two year-excavation led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the National Geographic Society of Washington DC allowed Machu Picchu to gain the prominence that it deserves. Enjoy a two-to-three hour guided visit of Machu Picchu before spending the remainder of the afternoon exploring the ruins after the majority of visitors have left the site. Then walk a short distance to stay overnight at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, right next to the ruins. The next day, a choice of guided hikes include to the Inca Bridge, the Inti Pinku gateway, up the Huayna Picchu mountain or the more rigorous Machu Picchu mountain.
Cusco, standing at 3,400m above sea level, is easily one of the most beautiful towns in Peru. It literally translates to the 'navel' of the earth and was the capital of Tahuantinsuyo (the Inca Empire); an empire that, at its peak, stretched northwards to the south of Colombia, southwards to northern Chile and Argentina, and eastwards across the Andes to the Amazon basin. After being transported from your hotel to the charming city centre, begin your visit in the Plaza de Armas. Make your way around the city as you learn more about the enriching and important historical moments that took place in the streets and buildings around you. Visit the Renaissance-style Cathedral, certainly one of the most imposing structures in the city, and admire the exquisite stonework of Koricancha, or the Inca "Sun Temple." You’ll also get to walk around the bustling, open-air San Pedro market, where you will be mesmerized by the variety of unique fruits, before sojourning to the outskirts of the city to view the important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
With all of the incredible and historic architecture throughout the city of Cusco, Monasterio Hotel is often overlooked, yet this remarkable building is perhaps one of the finest in Cusco! Enjoy a visit to the Monasterio Hotel accompanied by charismatic anthropologist, humanitarian, writer, and expert in colonial history and architecture, Lisy Kuon. Traverse through the various rooms and passageways within the hotel, examining the fine paintings, elegant décor, incredible architecture and cloistered courtyard with its glorious fountain and illuminated, 300-year-old cedar tree. Following the walking portion of your tour, take a seat and continue discovering the unique and interesting history of this historic landmark as you enjoy a drink with Lisy.
Peru’s dry season falls between May and October, with sunny days and blue skies making it the best time to visit, while April to October is the best time to visit Bolivia.
11 NIGHTS FROM £9,095 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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