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Peru: 14 Nights
Day 1 - London/Lima
Fly from London to Lima. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Miraflores.
Day 2 - Lima/Reserva Amazonica
Early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado, from where you transfer by motorboat down the Madre de Dios River to the Reserva Amazonica Lodge. Afternoon guided walk along the extensive system of jungle trails.
Day 3 - Reserva Amazonica
Morning excursion to visit the flooded wetlands ecosystem. Afternoon boat ride up the river to Lake Sandoval. Here there is a chance to see parrots, piranha and giant otter.
Day 4 - Reserva Amazonica/Sacred Valley
Return to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Transfer by road to the Sacred Valley. Visit the famous market at Pisac and the formidable fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Day 5 - Sacred Valley
Morning visit to the local community of Chinchero and continue on a walking tour of the Sacred Valley, including the Maras salt mines.
Day 6 - Cusco/Salkantay Lodge
Depart Cusco by road for the Salkantay Lodge in the beautiful valley of Soraypampa. En route, visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi, before starting on foot along an old route called the 'Camino Real' (Royal Path).
Day 7 - Salkantay Lodge
Use the day for rest, acclimatisation or activities. Options include a trek to a glacial lake where the more adventurous might take a swim.
Day 8 - Salkantay Lodge/Wayra Lodge
Today involves an early start hiking up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is a pass at 4,638 m. From the pass descend to Wayra Lodge.
Day 9 - Wayra Lodge/Colpa Lodge
The trek heads downhill through increasingly verdant scenery towards the Salkantay River. The Colpa Lodge is located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. Enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub, with views of the mountains.
Day 10 - Colpa Lodge/Lucma Lodge
An early start leads down to the Santa Teresa River Valley, through banana and coffee plantations. Short drive to the 'Llactapata Inca Trail', which leads to Lucma Lodge.
Day 11 - Lucma Lodge/Machu Picchu
Today offers a challenging pass to climb, but the views are excellent and include a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a view few tourists ever glimpse. An added value are the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Stay at Aguas Calientes on the banks of the Urubamba River.
Day 12 - Machu Picchu/Cusco
Rise early for a chance to admire these breath-taking ruins at sunrise and take a tour around these magnificent ruins. In the afternoon, return by rail and road to Cusco.
Morning tour of the city, visiting the Cathedral, Koricancha Temple and Plaza de Armas and continue to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
Day 14 - Cusco/Lima
Morning flight to Lima. Afternoon visit of the city, including the Archaeological Museum, the Presidential Palace and the church of San Francisco.
Day 15 - Lima/London
Fly overnight from Lima to London via Madrid.
Best time to be there
Being such a geographically diverse country the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. May to October is the best time to travel although the Amazon area is hot and humid throughout the year.
Lima - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid
GMT -5 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area.
The Hotels you (Charlie Lockwood) selected were superb in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, what a pleasure it has been to stay in the Orient Express Hotels, everyone was so helpful, the exception being the Four Seasons Hotel in Buenos Aires equally superb.
- TW, London