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Trailblazer Peru

9 days from £3,808pp

Peru

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Lima. Overnight in nearby hotel.

Touch down in Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital city. Upon arrival you’ll be met at the airport by a friendly guide who will take you to your comfortable, modern airport hotel for one night. As most flights arrive in the evening, this gives you time to recover from your journey, before heading to the Amazon the following morning.

Day 2

Fly to Puerto Maldonado, transfer to Amazon jungle lodge in pristine nature reserve.

After breakfast at the hotel, return to Lima airport and catch your flight to Puerto Maldonado. This lively tropical town lies south of the Amazon river, in the lush Madre de Dios department. Here the tangled forests and meandering river channels are characterised by many ox-bow lakes, which shelter giant otters and caiman.

Transfer to Posada Amazonas on a two-hour boat trip up the Tambopata River, keeping an eye out for colourful birds and shy wildlife among the dense forests lining the riverbank.

You’ll spend the next three nights staying at a remote and comfortable jungle lodge, located within the pristine Amazon rainforest of the Tambopata Candamo Reserve. Here a guide will help you choose from a unique set of activities to create your own personal jungle discovery over the next few days.

While there’s plenty of adventure whilst exploring the rainforest, there is also much in store for your relaxation time, whether lounging in a locally-crafted hammock, opting for an Amazonian massage, or enjoying the delicious indigenous specialities such as pork chops with cocona fruit and banana cakes known as tacacho.

Tambopata

Days 3-4

Choose from a range of included excursions around the jungle.

Night walks in the forest, piranha fishing, wildlife spotting and covid-conscious visits to indigenous villages are just the beginning at Posada Amazonas, which offers probably the largest range of excursions found in the Amazon. Guided by biologists and tourism professionals from nearby indigenous settlements, each adventure is unique and innovative.

Head out in search of river otters, build your own raft and join a canopy tour for a dizzying view over the bird-filled treetops. Hop aboard a catamaran to glide across the glassy-calm waters of ox-bow lakes, spotting caiman along the way, or wake at dawn to visit parrot licks.

Energetic visitors will enjoy longer hikes and mountain bike trails, while foodies can tour traditional jungle farms where exotic crops such as copoazu, fish-eye chilis, and cocona fruit are grown.

Macaw

Day 5

Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, transfer to explora in the Sacred Valley.

Return by canoe to Puerto Maldonado to catch a flight to Cusco, from where you’ll travel through breathtaking rural Andean landscapes to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It’s a little under two hour’s drive along the vast Urubamba river, which is bordered by broad, fertile fields ripe with fruits and cereals. During the Incan Empire the Valle Sagrado was home to tens of thousands of inhabitants, whose mysterious temples and imposing fortresses are still visible to this day.

Spend four nights at explora Valle Sagrado, a first-class hotel built in the style of the airy, spacious Spanish-colonial haciendas of the 17th century. Here guests are encouraged to switch off and fully experience the beauty of the surrounding environment. Unwind completely in the spa, complete with an outdoor pool, steam rooms and sauna; enjoy engaging presentations on the history, geography and wildlife of the region; or join one of the many excursions available to guests.

The gastronomic experience at explora Valle Sagrado was designed exclusively by the world-class Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez. With all your drinks and meals included, you’ll savour cuisine inspired by the ingredients and traditions of the Andes throughout your stay.

explora valle sagrado

Days 6-8

Excursions in the Sacred Valley, including a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

The wide range of activities on offer at explora have been imaginatively designed so as to avoid the crowds and head off the beaten track. You’ll discover gorgeous, isolated locations on alternative routes to the most popular sites, travelling with a specialist guide to sacred Inca temples and trading posts, farming villages, indigenous markets and mountain trails. A trip to the beautiful colonial city of Cusco is also possible, where you can discover it’s remarkable architecture, cathedral and museums.

One day will be spent visiting Machu Picchu, undoubtedly one of South America’s most iconic and enigmatic sites. You’ll board an early morning train from Ollantaytambo to visit the breathtaking ruins that were discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The Lost City of the Incas has remained perfectly preserved since it was abandoned in the early 16th Century – this dramatic citadel is surrounded by rainforest-clad Andean mountains, and offers staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers, fountains and the famous sundial to explore.

inca trail

Day 9

Transfer to Cusco airport. Fly to Lima, take international flight home.

Transfer to Cusco airport. This scenic journey takes about 1¾ hours. Fly directly to Lima, where you’ll catch your international flight home.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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