Peru: Land of the Incas
DISCOVER THE INTRIGUING LAND OF THE INCAS
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
The rim of the Colca Canyon winds past traditional Indian villages, and ancient trails through the Sacred Valley lead through to the fortress of Ollantaytambo. More Inca secrets can be discovered following a trek to Sun Gate, with stunning views across awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.
- Lovely character lodges and hotels in great locations
- Time to explore Machu Picchu once the crowds have gone
- Plenty of time in Cuzco to see the Inca capital at leisure as well as the surrounding sights
- Walks with first class guides, discovering the scenery, culture and rich history of the Andes
A mix of 3 and 4-star hotels, spa-resorts and lodges, all chosen for their location, comfort and character. Each accommodation has individual character and gives an excellent snapshot of both modern and traditional Peru.
Hotel Boulevard, Lima - 1nt
In Lima we stay at the 4-star Hotel Boulevard in the modern Miraflores area of the city. The hotel offers a warm welcome, comfort and good service. It has a swimming pool and fitness centre.
Hotel Maison D'Elise, Arequipa - 1nt
Moving on to the white-walled colonial city of Arequipa our accommodation is at the Hotel Maison D'Elise. The 43 comfortable rooms offer air-conditioning, TV, safe and mini bar.
Colca Lodge, Colca Canyon - 2nts
Stay at the relaxing haven of the Colca Lodge. Unwind in the private thermal springs and take in your natural surroundings and stunning panoramic views. There's also an eco-spa where you can indulge in a massage, spa pool and sauna.
Casa Andina, Puno - 2nts
To the shores of Lake Titicaca and Puno, where we stay at the Casa Andina. Rooms open to balconies with lake or garden views and feature television, wireless internet and safe. The restaurant serves delicious local specialties and dishes made from local lake fish.
Quinta San Blas, Cusco - 3nts
In Cusco stay at the Quinta San Blas (3 nights); this converted Republican house is set in the quaint neighbourhood of San Blas. It has all the amenities without detracting from its ancient history. It is well located near the Bohemian San Blas Plazza and three blocks from the main Plaza de Armas. We spend 2 nights here to start with, then return to Cusco after our travels, for a further night.
Boutique Hotel Lizzey Wasi, Sacred Valley - 2nts
Our base in the Sacred Valley is a delightful Andean-style hacienda lodge located in Urubamba town. With a friendly restaurant and bar, the hotel is set in a side street, a short walk from the centre of Urubamba. Once inside the grounds, you find yourselves in a peaceful oasis, with delightful gardens, stunning mountain views and it is a perfect place to relax.
Inti Inn, Machu Picchu - 1nt
At Machu Picchu we stay at the Inti Inn, a basic but comfortable guest house in Machu Picchu Town, formerly known as Aguas Calientes, in the valley below the ruins.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Peru, Land of the Incas itinerary
A mixture of part day walks and full day hikes ranging from 2-8 miles (3.25-12.75km), mostly on historic trails past Inca ruins, small villages and in timeless valleys.
Day 1: Outward Flight
Arrival in Lima (1 night).
Day 2: Arequipa
Fly to the attractive colonial city of Arequipa (1 night). Admire views of the spectacular volcanoes that surround the city. An afternoon’s walking tour explores the charming Santa Catalina Monastery, and visits the “Ice Maiden” – Juanita.
Days 3-4: Colca Canyon
Driving out of Arequipa we enjoy spectacular views of the mountains surrounding the city before climbing high into the Andes and descending into the Colca Canyon (2 nights).
The next day we have an early morning drive to Cruz del Condor, in search of one of the world's largest birds. Afterwards we take a walk along the canyon rim or to nearby ruins, experiencing local culture and admiring the local weavings as we wander through the villages.
Days 5-6: Lake Titicaca
We head to Puno (2 nights) and the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route we enjoy a walk to the fascinating pre-Inca burial chambers at Silustani. Our drive takes us through the high Andes, passing stunning lakes, herds of the wild vicuña, accompanied by far-reaching vistas.
The following day we take a boat trip across Titicaca’s sapphire waters to the famous floating reed islands of Uros and Taquile, for a walk traversing the island.
Days 7-8: Cusco
Today we board the bus from Puno to Cusco (2 nights). Cutting across the Peruvian Altiplano, through high plains, rich with llama herds, and passing time-forgotten mountain villages. We'll make several stops along the way, including the Pukara museum, Abra La Raya, Raqchi, Andahuaylillas and includes a buffet lunch stop. On arrival at the ancient Inca city of Cusco, we transfer to our hotel, before stretching our legs with an exploration of the city’s spectacular Plaza de Armas.
An early start, beginning with a visit to the Inca ruin of Tambo Machay, close by is our second stop, Puca Pucara. We now cut across country following the old Inca road from Cusco to Pisac, with views of traditional Andean farming and crops en route. Near Cusco, we visit the fascinating Q’enko, and the most stunning ruin, the extensive Sacsayhuaman.
Days 9-10: Sacred Valley
Head into the Inca heartland of the Sacred Valley (2 nights), our first stop is the picturesque Andean village of Pisac. Afterwards, a short journey brings us to Urubamba for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Inca fortress town of Ollantaytambo.
The Maras–Moray walk combines big views, local farming techniques, Inca ruins, ancient towns and astounding saltpans. We begin with the plains of Chinchero, before reaching the Inca ruins of Moray, where we explore these fascinating ruins. Mule trails then take us to the ancient town of Maras from where we descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, are some of the most astounding saltpans covering the hillside.
Day 11-12: Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
Travel by train to Chachabamba to enjoy a “taste” of the Inca trail. Our route, the Royal Inca Trail, was the ceremonial path of the royal Incas en route to the sacred site of Machu Picchu. Pass picturesque ruins surrounded by wild orchids at Winay Wayna, and continue through cloud forest on a trail to the Sun Gate, for our first glimpse of the ancient city of Machu Picchu. We relax tonight in Machu Picchu Town (1 night).
The next day we explore the Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu. An extensive tour of the ruins introduces us to its fascinating history. For those with extra energy, there’s the chance to climb Huayna Picchu for superb vistas, before returning to Cusco (1 night) for our final evening.
Days 13-14: Return Journey
Some last minute shopping or sightseeing in Cusco before flying to Lima and our flight home.
Extend your stay - Amazon jungle lodge extension
Extend your stay in Peru. Spend 3 days/2 nights at our Jungle Lodge in the heart of Tambopata National Reserve.
The Tambopata National Reserve and the adjacent Bahuaje-Sonene National Park, are home to over 20,000 plant species, over 900 species of birds, 91 mammals, 1,230 butterflies, 127 amphibians and reptiles, and much more. A visit to our well-appointed jungle lodge is one of the best ways to see rainforest wildlife that is available in a short stay. Six species of monkeys live in the surrounding forest, a family of Giant Otters are regularly seen fishing in a nearby oxbow lake, a large flooded palm grove harbours hundreds of Red-Bellied Macaws, and at nightfall Black Caimans, the rarest of the crocodilians, head out into the lake to fish.
Day 13: To the jungle lodge: transfer to Cusco airport for a short but spectacular flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado deep in the Amazon rainforest, where you will be met by your expert resident guide and taken to the docks to board a motorised dugout canoe for the trip to your jungle lodge. You will be able to leave any excess luggage at their offices in Puerto Maldonado. On arrival at the lodge you can choose from a number of activities, from jungle hikes to canoe trips or simply take a siesta and enjoy the sounds of the jungle from your hammock. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
Day 14: there are a variety of options to choose from; the jungle is alive early in the morning so if you can get out pre-dawn and explore, it is your best chance to see wildlife. There is plenty of time to have a siesta to avoid the hottest part of the day, before a canoe trip on a lake, or explore more trails and catch a beautiful sunset over the Amazon basin. The evening can be free to relax or head out on foot in search of nocturnal mammals, or by canoe in the hope of glimpsing the rare black caimans that inhabit the nearby waterways. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
Day 15: Fly to Puerto Maldonado, then onward to Lima, then home: after a dawn breakfast we return to Puerto Maldonado to catch the flight to Lima and onto your International connection. (Breakfast included.)
A full passport valid for the duration of the stay is required to enter Peru.
No visa is required by British citizens with full right of residence in the UK. Other nationals should check with their nearest Peruvian embassy for details of entry requirements.
Visitors are issued with a tourist card on arrival. Keep this safely as you will need to present it on your departure.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Vaccines: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid & Tetanus vaccinations are recommended. Malaria, Rabies and Yellow Fever are sometimes recommended too. Altitude sickness is also a risk, our itinerary is planned to help reduce this.
Travelling in Peru does not carry major health risks, provided simple precautions are followed.
The tour has been devised to ensure that acclimatisation to altitude takes place gradually, so that by the time you go on your hikes in the Cusco region you should be well acclimatised. To reduce any symptoms of altitude sickness, you should drink at least 2 litres of water per day.
Peru has very distinct climate zones between the coastal plain, the highlands and the Amazon basin. The holiday departures are planned for when the weather is generally at its best in the mountains, generally from March/April to October when the days are usually dry, clear and warm, with perhaps the occasional cloudy and rainy day. Temperatures drop considerably in the evenings and at night due to the altitude, so taking layered clothing is essential. During this season Lima and the coastal plain, where we spend a short amount of time, is often enveloped in a fine mist.
The unit of currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/). US Dollars are the easiest currency to change and usually offer the best rate. Please ensure that you have access to emergency funds, a credit card being the most convenient.
Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and stores, but usually a charge will be added. Often the most convenient and economical way to obtain money is to use a credit or debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM machine. Visa cards are the most widely accepted by ATM’s. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
Please ensure you advise at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. Once on the trip it may be difficult to cater for dietary needs that haven't been advised ahead of time.
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab
Efrain has been working as a professional guide in Peru for the last 12 years. He is a local Peruvian leader and has led all our holidays since we first introduced Peru to our Worldwide Journeys.
He has travelled all over Peru leading treks and exploring. Efrain’s boundless energy and enthusiasm have always been much appreciated by our groups. He is married with three children, and between work and family commitments, he still found the time to train and compete in the London Marathon in 2012, dressed as a chaski runner. In 2014 he was named the ‘World’s Best Guide’ by Wanderlust magazine.
In any other free time he has, Efrain also volunteers with the charity Chicuchaswasi, which looks after girls in extreme poverty and he is a member of the board.
Efrain’s passion for Peru is infectious and his efforts will ensure you a fabulous holiday.
Here is an example of what our guests say about him:
“Very knowledgeable, passionate about his country”
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Dates & Prices
Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.
|2 Sep 2018||
LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|2 Sep 2018||LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas - Without||12||£3,635.00||Book Now|
|30 Sep 2018||
LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas & Amazon Jungle Lodge
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|30 Sep 2018||
LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|30 Sep 2018||LPWHW - Peru Land of the Incas - Without||12||£3,635.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- 12 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
- All internal flights
- A full programme of guided walks, led by an expert local guide and experienced tour conductor
- Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel in private air conditioned coach/minivan
Other important information
- Single room: £530 (2018)
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person