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Combine exciting outdoor activities with history and culture in Cusco and a one-day trek of a lifetime on the famous Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on this adventure holiday in Peru.

At A Glance

-Inca ruins and Colonial churches in Cusco
-Rafting instruction on Rio Urubamba
-Canoe trip to Pisac with artisan market
-Mountain bike descent to the saltpans of Maras
-Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
-Luxurious suites surrounded by natural mountain paradise

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Highlights

This Air & Space adventure holiday to Peru takes you to one of the most exciting countries in South America combining the spectacular scenery of the Andes with a wealth of history and vibrant culture.

Specifically designed for the needs of the modern adventurous family, our local experts will accompany you throughout your trip ensuring just the right amount of exploration, fun and relaxation.

From Cusco, the former Inca Capital, you’ll explore rarely visited ruins on horseback, raft and canoe the Rio Urubamba and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas by mountain bike.  Having acclimatised to the altitude, the world-famous Royal Inca Trail awaits, an awe-inspiring trek leading to Machu Picchu, bound to be the highlight of your Peruvian adventure.

Programme

On arrival there will be time to acclimatise exploring the former Inca Capital and Spanish Colonial city of Cusco, your base for the next 3 nights.

From Cusco ride through rarely visited ruins on horseback, raft and canoe the fun and scenic Rio Urubamba with an instructor and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  Visit the quaint town of Pisac with its extensive artisan market before retiring for the evening at a charming hacienda near Urubamba, your home for the next couple of nights.

The mountain bike descent on Day 5 provides fun for all the family with the final stretch through the spectacular working saltpans of Maras.  And for those who get weary there’s a constant support vehicle on hand. Relax in the evening surrounded by beautiful gardens or visit nearby Urubamba for some top quality ceramics.

On Day 6 you’ll take the train to 104km to start the Royal Inca Trail, making the assent to Wiñay Wayna, a beautiful Inca ruin full of swallows and orchids. A contour path through the cloud forest leads to Inti Puncu, the gateway of the Sun and your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

Day 7 Returning first thing after a night in Aguas Calientes, you have Machu Picchu virtually to yourselves with a private guide before boarding the afternoon train back to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Celebrate in style over dinner in one of Cusco’s excellent restaurants.

Day 8 Free day in Cusco for sightseeing.

Day 9 Transfer to Airport for connecting flight home or join an extension either to overnight on an island in Lake Titicaca or explore the Amazon rainforest from a delightful Jungle lodge to make a perfect two week break.

Personalise Your Adventure

On a Powder Byrne adventure holiday in in Peru you will visit some amazing locations and take in stunning scenery. With so many opportunities throughout your trip, we've provided a few highlights below.

TRAIN TO TITICACA & OVERNIGHT ON AN ISLAND

Take the Orient Express train to Titicaca - One of the "Great Train journeys of the World" and overnight in Puno.

Lake Titicaca homestay on Amantani Island - Spend the next couple of days on a cruise boat out onto Lake Titicaca, a unique experience visiting a collection of floating islands made out of reeds, home to Aymara-speaking Uros people.  Continue your journey on to Amantani, where you’ll stay overnight as guests of one of the local families, returning via the more prosperous Taquille Island, famous for its weaving and knitting.

AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE

Stay in a well-appointed jungle lodge in the excellent lowland rain forest of the Tambopata National Reserve, a fantastic way to see some of the world's best rain forest wildlife available during a short stay.

Cusco to Puerto Maldonado to Jungle Lodge - A short flight from Cusco takes you deep in the Amazon rainforest where you will be met by your expert resident guide who’ll escort you on a trip down river to your jungle lodge, complete with hammock.

Jungle Activities - The jungle is usually alive very early in the morning so head out pre-dawn and discover monkeys, birds, giant otters, ants galore and learn about the rainforest from your expert guides either on foot or by dugout canoe. Take a canoe or explore the trails and catch a beautiful sunset over the Amazon basin before an evening relaxing.

Price Guide

Prices start from £2,669 per person for a nine day adventure holiday in Peru.

Call us on 020 8246 5300 for a personalised quotation matched to your precise requirements.

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Getting There

We recommend you fly KLM from London Heathrow to Lima via Amsterdam. Alternatively, you can also fly with Iberia (now codeshare with BA) via Madrid.

On arrival in Lima, an internal flight will be arranged to Cuzco.

Essential Information

VisasNo visa is required for visitors from the UK, most Western European countries, the USA and Canada.
Health AdviceConsult your GP for advice on vaccination requirements for Peru at least 6 weeks prior to travel.
Please be aware, also, that this trip is at high altitude.
WeatherThe best time to visit is during the cooler dry season from May to September.
CurrencyNuevo Sol (S), American Dollars (USD) are also widely accepted.