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Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Itinerary

Tailor Made Peru: From the Andes to the Amazon

Day 1: Arrive Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Belmond Miraflores Park

Day 2: Cusco | In the Footsteps of Incas

Fly to Cusco, an Andean community and former ancient capital of the Inca Empire. You are met and transferred to lunch before continuing to Awana Kancha, a center where South American camelids — llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas — are bred. While there, learn about the renowned fibers created from their coats, as well as the ancient weaving techniques, which are still used today. Then, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado   |   Meals: B L

Day 3: Urubamba | Hacienda Lunch

Visit the massive fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone structure that climbs massive terraces to the top of a peak; it was the valley’s main defense against the Antis and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Then, delve deeper into local culture with lunch at a local hacienda. Continue to the market in Chincheros before returning to your hotel.

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Machu Picchu | Bingham’s Stunning Discovery

Journey deep into the Andes toward Machu Picchu on board the glass-topped Vistadome train, gazing out at the spectacular Peruvian countryside en route. Arrive and check in to the only hotel located on site at Machu Picchu, exploring the breathtaking Incan city from sunrise to sunset. Overlooking the Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of trees atop a mountain by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu forever holds the secret of its passing — its Incan inhabitants left no written records of its purpose. Built in the 15th century at the height of the Inca Empire, it was most likely the estate of an emperor. Curiously, excavations here have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. Tour the ruins with your expert guide, and then enjoy exploring on your own. You may view the Temple of the Sun or Intihuatana, a ritual stone that may have been an astronomical clock or calendar. As you wander, sense the majesty of the age-old stone walls and picture life as it might have been for the leaders, warriors, priests and craftsman who once inhabited this Incan citadel some 8,200 feet above sea level. Tonight, rest easy in your accommodations, designed to echo the soaring natural surroundings and the sense of adventure they so stylishly enhance.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Cusco | Walking the Spectacular Ruins

Rise with the sun to walk through Machu Picchu in the early morning mist before the crowds arrive, for an experience some consider the spiritual highlight of the journey. You may opt for a hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the entry point to the ruins from the Inca Trail, or trek up to Huayna Picchu, the high mountain that forms the backbone of the ruins, to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area. After your explorations, bid adieu to this “Lost City of the Incas” and return to Cusco aboard the Vistadome train, savoring incomparable views of the mountain scenery that surrounds you.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: Cusco | Seeing Sacsayhuaman

Discover Cusco on a city tour that includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple, a Dominican church built on the foundations of the Koricancha, the Incas’ principal religious building. Later, explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Compiled of massive stones, the largest of which may weigh as much as 200 tons, the walls were cut and placed together with incredible precision and without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress, which witnessed the greatest battle between the Spanish and the Incas, overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco. Later, visit San Pedro market, and then spend your afternoon at leisure.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio   |   Meals: B

Day 7: Lima/Iquitos | Cruising the Amazon

Fly to Lima and connect with your flight to Iquitos. You are met and transferred to your luxury vessel to begin your cruise on the mighty Amazon. This evening, attend a welcome dinner.

'Delfin II'   |   Meals: B L D

Days 8-9: Amazon River | Resplendent Nature

Spend two days plying the Amazon River, disembarking each morning and afternoon by skiff or to hike (weather permitting). Explore the Belluda Caño Stream — a black water tributary — keeping watch for parrots, macaws, monkeys, Morpho butterflies and hawks. Or, you may discover the El Dorado River’s gray and pink river dolphins, with the opportunity to swim near them. The following day, set out to see the Pacaya River, exploring wildlife at sunrise and sunset; or, visit Atun Poza to see species of egrets, herons and hawks. In the evening, attend a farewell dinner.

'Delfin II'   |   Meals: B L D

Day 10: Depart Iquitos

After a morning exploration of the Yarapa River, complete with local village visit, disembark in Nauta. En route to the Iquitos airport, visit a manatee rescue center to interact with these endangered species. Fly to Lima. Then, board your homebound flight.

Meals: B







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