Experience a luxurious 14-day journey into Peru’s historical and natural wonders with this Cusco Machu Picchu Puno Plus tour. From the bustling city of Lima to the impressive Andean Highlands to the Amazon Rainforest, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of the land and explorable sites along the way. Land accommodations include your choice of 4-star, 5-star, or Boutique hotels, while spacious suites await you aboard the Aqua Nera for the Amazon cruise portion of the tour.
History and Art in Lima
Your tour begins in Lima, the colonial city full of world-class restaurants, historical architecture, ancient archeological sites, and modern neighborhoods. Starting in the city’s center, Plaza de Armas, you’ll enjoy views of spectacular Spanish colonial architecture and visit the interior of the impressive Convent of Santo Domingo.
You’ll also immerse yourself in the Bohemian district of Barranco, perhaps Peru’s best-kept secret. Enjoy a walking tour of this artsy area, followed by a traditional Peruvian dinner and show.
Andean Highlands and Machu Picchu
From Lima, you will fly to the Andean Highlands, arriving in Cusco before traveling to the Sacred Valley. Numerous excursions extend from here, including visits to Pisac, Maras, Moray, and various other uniquely Peruvian sites.
In addition to exploring these towns and sites, you’ll enjoy an Andean lunch in the Misminay community and participate in a traditional ceremony to Mother Earth in the Llaullipata National Park.
The highlight of your Andean Highlands adventure will be the trip to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Private guides will take you through this incredible site, pointing out important features and revealing the history of each key spot. The next day you’ll enjoy a rare second visit to the site where you can go at your own pace.
After a quick flight to Juliaca, you’ll be transported to Puno and enjoy the evening at your lakeside hotel. Early the next day, the tour heads to Taquile Island to observe the textile art and customs of the area and also visit the Huayllano community. After lunch, you’ll set sail across the lake to the famous Uros Islands in the middle of Lake Titicaca National Reserve.
Before leaving Puno and the Andean highlands, you’ll have a chance to see the famous stone funerary towers at the ancient site of Sillustani, final resting places for chiefs and dignitaries.
The Amazon Awaits
The last part of your tour takes you to the heart of the Amazon rainforest and the unique city of Iquitos. Learn about this location’s role in the 19th Century Rubber Era and enjoy a trip to see the ethnic art exhibited in the Amazon Regional Museum.
As evening approaches, you’ll embark on your luxurious floating accommodation, the Aqua Nera. Settle into your spacious suite before joining naturalist guides for a briefing of what to expect in the days ahead and enjoying your first chef-inspired meal in the Amazon.
Over the coming days you’ll embark on excursions aboard skiffs, including birdwatching, fishing for piranhas, lake swimming, and taking wildlife-rich rainforest walks to discover the rich flora and fauna of the region.
Before departing the Amazon, you’ll visit a local market and have a chance to see an Amazonian manatee rehabilitation center before your flight back to Lima.