The Wonderful Wildlife Highlights of Peru

16 Days from £5101 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Culture and Archaeology
Photographic

In designing this tailor-made itinerary, we have picked the very locations to produce a well-rounded, absorbing wildlife holiday utilising accommodation of a very high standard.

Travel by canoe to a remote lodge in the Amazon with fantastic wildlife; explore the mystic Sacred Valley of the Incas; marvel at the ‘lost’ citadel of Machu Picchu; savour a classic rail journey; observe Andean condors in the Colca Canyon; and immerse yourself in the abundant marine wildlife of the Paracas National Reserve. Truly a Peru wildlife holiday of the very best.

Itinerary

Price from £5101 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Depart London. Overnight flight to Lima.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Peruvian Amazonia

Arrival in Lima and connect with flight to Puerto Maldonado. Met on arrival and transfer by road and boat to your lodge.

Staying at Refugio Amazonas. Includes Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 - Peruvian Amazonia

Morning activities at the lodge including a trip to the 25-metre high canopy tower for fantastic views over the treetops. Look for birds and other wildlife including howler and squirrel monkeys, and capybara once you return to the lodge. Later travel by boat upstream to much more remote lodge.

Staying at Tambopata Research Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Tambopata National Reserve

Guided small group activities including a visit to the macaw clay lick to witness the huge flocks of various macaws and parrots consuming clay to aid their digestion of acidic fruits. Other activities include walking the trails through different types of forest to look for wildlife. Seven species of primate occur here and many are often sighted, and large herds of peccaries occasionally forage close to the trails.

Staying at Tambopata Research Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Tambopata National Reserve

Guided small group activities including walking the trails through different habitats such as native bamboo tickets, flooded forest, wetlands and terra firme forest to see a diversity of flora and fauna. Another visit to the clay lick is also possible.

Staying at Tambopata Research Centre. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Aguas Calientes

Transfer by boat and road to Puerto Maldonado. Fly to Cusco and transfer by road to Ollantaytambo. Take the evening train to Aguas Calientes.

Staying at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 - Machu Picchu

Guided visit of Machu Picchu. The famous lost city of the Incas is one of the most evocative places in Peru, if not globally. Your guide will tell you the story of the rise and fall of the ancient civilisations of the Andes, the tragic end of the Incas, and the unresolved mystery that this ‘lost city’ poses. Afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own, or return to your hotel to enjoy some of the inclusive activities on offer.

Staying at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inclusive activities at hotel including a nature and bird watching walk in the cloud forest and along the Urubamba River. If preferred, a second visit to Machu Picchu can be arranged (in advance at additional cost). Afternoon train to Poroy (Cusco) and transfer to your city hotel.

Staying at Costa del Sol Picoaga. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Tour of Cusco

Guided tour of the important Inca and colonial sites of Cusco including Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and Qorikancha, as well as surrounding Inca sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Tambo Machay. The afternoon is at leisure.

Staying at Costa del Sol Picoaga. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Colca Canyon

Transfer to the airport and fly to Arequipa. Met on arrival and transfer to the awesome Colca Canyon.

Staying at Colca Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11 - Colca Canyon

Full day to explore the magnificent Cola Canyon including a visit to the Cruz del Condor to watch the Andean condors leaving their day roosts and flying past, often at close range. Also visit some of the villages and pre-Inca terraces in the Canyon, some of which have histories dating back 2,000 years.

Staying at Colca Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12 - Lima

Return to Arequipa, and enjoy a city tour including Santa Catalina Monastery, the neighborhood of San Lazaro and the Plaza de Armas, then transfer to the airport, fly to Lima and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Casa Andina Miraflores Centro. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Paracas National Reserve

Transfer to the bus station and take the tourist class bus service to Paracas.

Staying at Doubletree Resort Paracas. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Paracas National Reserve

Morning boat trip to the Ballestas Islands to observe internationally important breeding flocks of seabirds including Peruvian boobies, pelicans and Humboldt penguins, and a large colony of sea lions. Then return to dry land and visit the Paracas National Reserve including the Julio C. Tello museum where exhibits of Paracas culture from 500 BC to 200 AD can be seen, and explore the dramatic coastline. The afternoon is at leisure.

Staying at Doubletree Resort Paracas. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Transfer to Lima

Transfer by bus to Lima and then transfer to the airport. Overnight flight to London

Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes Breakfast.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Lima on Iberia via Madrid, Air France via Paris, or KLM via Amsterdam. Flights are also available via the USA.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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Include kayaking, paddle boarding or canopy climbing in the Amazon (at additional cost).

Climb Huayna Picchu, the sugar loaf mountain behind the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Note this activity needs to be booked in advance because visitor numbers are strictly controlled.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Here is some feedback on our holiday to Peru…We were very impressed by your overseas agents – the transfers were on time, not too early and were smooth and professionally undertaken. The hotels in Lima and Cusco were excellent and well placed for the various attractions. The guides on the tours here were knowledgeable and with a pleasant manner…Thanks for an enjoyable holiday.

Ms D W & Ms W F – Gwent

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Hotel Costa del Sol Picoaga: -13.516208, -71.980885
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel: -13.157982, -72.522838
Colca Lodge : -15.650301, -71.668876
Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro : -12.117654, -77.028294
Hotel Doubletree Paracas : -13.856590, -76.252076
Refugio Amazonas : -12.875474, -69.409697
Tambopata Research Centre: -13.127970, -69.616045