DAY 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome to Peru!
You will find us waiting for you when your international flight arrives in Lima. Look for the Kuoda sign with your name and the smile. We will escort your hotel and check you in. You’ll then be able to rinse away the feeling of a long flight and enjoy a good night’s rest before you begin the first day of your Peru adventure tour!
DAY 2: Lima to Paracas
Nazca Lines / Afternoon in Paracas
It will be an early start today as your guide and private driver will meet you at your hotel and whisk you through the arid countryside by car. Take in the barren beauty of this region of Peru as you head towards Pisco – not to be confused with the popular Peruvian libation!
You’ll arrive at the Pisco aerodrome to board a small plane and as the land swiftly drops away, you’ll begin to see a network of lines in the sand. Soon, they’ll resolve themselves into the forms of familiar plants and animals. Watch out for a monkey, a hummingbird, a condor, and an especially strange creature appropriately known as “the Spaceman”!
After taking in one of the world’s greatest archeological mysteries, you’ll touch back down to earth and have time to digest all of the theories that attempt to explain its existence. Your guide will recommend a good restaurant for your lunch and the afternoon is yours to spend as you please, relaxing in your hotel or on the beach.
DAY 3: Exploring the Natural Beauty of Paracas
Ballestas Islands / Paracas National Reserve
You have a date with Peru’s coastal wildlife this morning: At the Paracas Peninsula harbor you will board a speedboat and enjoy a scenic ride to the famous Ballestas islands.
Here, the cold plankton-rich Humboldt Current meets warmer tropical waters, creating ideal feeding grounds for a host of wildlife. As you speed toward the islands, you’ll see the mysterious ancient earthwork – the Candelabro. Shortly, the Ballestas Islands will appear, hollowed out by years of surf and wind. You won’t be able to leave the boats, lest you disturb the wildlife in this special place, but you will see sea lions basking on the shore, and a variety of sea birds, including Humboldt penguins.
After lunch, you will pick you up for a drive into Ica; the Pisco and wine-making capital of the region! Visit the city center and some of the vineyards to see how Peru’s signature drink is made.
The afternoon spells adventure as you strap into dune buggies. Watch the sand fly as you zoom around these beautiful, giant sand dunes. You’ll have the opportunity to give sand-boarding a go too!
DAY 4: Lima to the Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley / Awanakancha Living Museum
You will wake up refreshed and enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast in the hotel before we escort you to the airport for your morning flight to the capital of the former Incan Empire – Cusco! Watch from the windows as the desert coast rises into the snow-capped peaks of the Andes!
We will be waiting for you when touch down at our small Andean airport. Then, before you can even feel the altitude, we’ll take you into the Sacred Valley straight away.
Just 45 minutes outside of Cusco, true Peruvian countryside will stretch away on either side of you, cows and sheep grazing tranquilly road-side. Impossibly steep peaks rise in the distance. Your journey will take you to the Living Museum of Awanakancha, where you will see traditional weavers at work and come face-to-face with llamas, alpacas and other Andean camelids such as the ever elusive wild vicuña!
DAY 5: Engaging with the Sacred Valley
Bicycle Tour to Moray and Maras
After picking you up from your hotel this morning we will transfer you to Cruzpata on Maras’s plateau, where you will start your mountain bike adventure on quiet routes off the beaten tourist track. You will enjoy breathtaking views of impressive Andean peaks and a multitude of diverse cactus plants. You will also have a chance to interact with Andean villagers on their daily activities, and to choose an optional visit to the Inca experimental agricultural terraces of Moray.
After a picnic lunch, you will proceed on a dirt road to Maras, where you will stop and visit the Salt mines created by an ancient ocean. Here, you can purchase some of the world’s most pure pink salt which grows in caverns amongst rose quartz crystal.
DAY 6: Spend a Night in the Sky
ATV (Half Day) / Via Ferrata / Sky Lodge
Get ready for the fast and furious this morning, Peru style. Atop a four-wheeled chariot you will pass the Pumahuanca gorge and cross the farming communities of Rumichaca, Palcaraqui and Pumahuanca. Accompanied by scenic vistas, passing through native flora, you will continue along to Chicón gorge from which you can see mountains and glaciers. The route eventually takes you on to the town of Urubamba, where you will find the archaeological ruins of the palace of Huayna Capac and the traditional community of Chichubamba, known for its chicherías where they brew maize beer called chicha de jora.
After lunch, you will continue the adventure and enjoy an unparalleled mountain climbing experience – appropriate even for those with little to no experience. You will climb the vertical distance of 400 meters on the rock face called Via Ferrata to your final destination: the Skylodge Adventure Suite!
DAY 7: Chinchero in the Sacred Valley
Ziplining in The Sacred Valley / Weaving tutorial in Piuray Lake
Take your breakfast from a spectacular height at the Sky lodge Suite or Platform, then swiftly descend the mountain, slicing the air as you go, using six different Zipwires.
After lunch at a lovely restaurant near Pachar in the Sacred Valley, we will take you to visit our friends in a small Sacred Valley village. Surrounded by towering mountains and hugging the shore of the striking blue Lake Piuray, agriculture dominates life in this close-knit place. The women of the village are weaving masters, who use Incan techniques, materials and patterns. They will happily explain their craft to you, before making the journey back to your hotel.
DAY 8: The Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu
One-day Inca Trail Trek / Machu Picchu
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll take the train from Ollantaytambo to kilometer 104 of the Inca Trail. From here, you and your knowledgeable guide will walk the lovely uphill path to the ruins of Wiñaywayna. As you walk, your guide will point out orchids and other jungle plants, the Urubamba River will rush below you and you’ll marvel at the Inca’s strength and ingenuity. When you reach the ruins, you’ll rest, explore and enjoy a delicious al fresco lunch.
Then you’ll hit the trail once again. A walk of approximately two hours brings you to the famous Sun Gate. You’ll approach this stone construction, catch your breath and then lose it again as you see Machu Picchu, nestled and hidden between steep peaks below your gaze.
You’ll tread in the footsteps of the Incas as you descend over ancient paving stones to the city. You’ll take in the perfection of the stone construction and the audacious buildings in this stunning location before heading to your hotel.
DAY 9: Machu Picchu on Your Own Terms
Private Tour of Machu Picchu / Climb to Huayna Picchu
You’ll enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before meeting your guide for your visit to Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city and also will accompany you on a climb to Huayna Picchu, where you will be privy to an extraordinary viewpoint of the world wonder. After lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, you can re-enter with your guide or explore Machu Picchu on your own.
At the end of the day, you will travel by train back to Cusco. Enjoy the scenery of Peru’s Sacred Valley and the relaxation of train travel; not to mention a complementary fashion show! We will meet you at the station upon arrival and escort you to your hotel.
DAY 10: Touring Cusco
Private Tour of Cusco and the Surrounding Inca Ruins / Andean Horseback Riding Around Cusco
From the Santo Domingo monastery, built on top of the ancient Inca temple of the sun, to the fascinating Pre-Columbian Art Museum, you will learn about the astonishing mix that is Cusco. You will visit beautiful Bohemian San Blas, see where the locals shop at the open-air San Pedro market and pass the famous 12-angled Inca stone that has become the brand symbol for Cusqueña beer.
In the afternoon, you will meet some new four-legged friends to see Cusco from a slightly higher vantage point. The horseback ride lasts two and a half hours, and will take you through fields, Andean-style villages and views of Inca sites and vestiges. You will enjoy a wonderful view of Cusco City on your way to the Temple of the Moon, where you will leave your horses and drive back to Cusco and to your hotel.
DAY 11: Peru’s White Water
River Rafting in the Southern Valley
Wake up with a gleam in your eye for this last day of adventure that lies before you! After breakfast, you will be whisked away to the countryside of the Southern Valley. You’ll pass fields with grazing cows and sheep, tended by women in traditional full skirts and braids, adobe houses and colonial churches.
After ninety minutes, you’ll arrive in the small town of Chuquicahuana, where the guides will pump up the raft and give you gear and a safety briefing. And then it’s to the water! You’ll spend 2-3 hours negotiating the Vilcanota River and taking in the stunning scenery – dry mountains, green fields, small farmsteads, and incredibly big blue sky. You’ll even take on class II to class IV rapids!
DAY 12: Cusco to Lima to Home
This morning we will collect you from you hotel and take you to the airport for your return flight to Lima. Our host will be waiting for you and will escort you to the Miraflores district, where you will have some free time for the afternoon. Overlooking the Pacific, this modern district of Lima is incredibly hip. Catch some wind on a paragliding tour of the seaside cliffs of the green coast! You can enjoy the same seaside parks and boutiques that you saw from up above a few days before and enjoy delicious criolla food like fresh, citrusy ceviche or causa – an incredible combination of spicy mashed potatoes and creamy seafood filing!
As the adventure and action come to a final close, we will bring you to the airport for your journey home. We will help you to check in and wish you buen viaje!