Highlights

  • Stay aboard South America's first luxury sleeper train visiting Cusco, Lake Titicaca and Arequipa
  • Bike, hike, or visit traditional weaving communities in the Sacred Valley
  • Take in Lima's historic sites with a specialist guide in history and folk art

Luxury Peru by Rail features Peru’s first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer, taking in dramatic scenery from Cusco to Arequipa via Puno on Lake Titicaca. This itinerary covers the top destinations in Peru including Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu in 11 days. Explore Lima with a specialist guide for an in-depth insight into life in the capital – past and present. Choose from a variety of activities in the Sacred Valley such as stand up paddle boarding, biking, hiking or connecting with local weavers in rural villages. Take the renowned Belmond Hiram Bingham train from the wondrous ruins of Machu Picchu, and admire the cobbled streets of Cusco. This Luxury Peru by Rail journey can be personalized to suit your interests and travel style.

Daily Summary 11 Days / 10 Nights

Day 1 Lima Arrival in Lima. Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park.
Day 2 Lima Lima's city highlights with a specialist guide and a walking tour of shops and galleries in Barranco. Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park.
Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley Fly Lima to Cusco. Visit Pisac archaeological site and market. Overnight at Belmond Rio Sagrado.
Day 4 Sacred Valley Paddle boarding and biking OR visit Chinchero, Maras and Moray OR visit traditional weaving communities. Overnight at Belmond Rio Sagrado.
Day 5 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
Day 6 Machu Picchu – Cusco Second Day at Machu Picchu with optional hikes. Belmond Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. Overnight at Belmond Nazarenas.
Day 7 Cusco Appreciate Cusco's cobbled-street charm with a tour of the city's key sites. Overnight at Belmond Nazarenas.
Day 8 Cusco - Lake Titicaca Transfer to Cusco train station to board Belmond Andean Explorer for a 3 day, 2 night journey.
Day 9 Lake Titicaca Activities on Lake Titicaca. Overnight on Belmond Andean Explorer
Day 10 Arequipa Arrival in Arequipa (Or early departure from train at Km 93 to visit Colca Canyon). Transfer to hotel. Overnight Libertador Arequipa.
Day 11 Arequipa - Lima Tour of the White City. Transfer to airport for flight to Lima. International departure.
  • Day 1
    LimaView on map
    Arrival to Peru

    An English-speaking Aracari representative will be expecting you from your international arrival and give you a customized welcome pack with a booklet of your trip itinerary and other useful information before whisking you off to your hotel, assisting you with all check-in procedures.

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  • Day 2
    LimaView on map
    Lima's city highlights

    One of the main fascinations of Lima is the concentration of ancient history in the area; not only do the origins of the city pre-date the Spanish foundation of the city by several millennia, its museums are full of the artistic treasures of magnificent pre-Columbian civilizations that flourished throughout the coastal deserts of Peru. Begin to unravel this multifaceted history and discover the complex past of this fascinating city accompanied by a specialist guide.

    Visit an ancient adobe pyramid right in the middle of the city, Huaca Huallamarca, which dates back to around 200 BC. Continue on to the colonial area of Lima, featuring the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful baroque style buildings. In the afternoon, explore the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco.

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  • Day 3
    Lima – Cusco – Sacred ValleyView on map
    Pisac Market & Ruins

    Fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to the Sacred Valley. En route stop at Awanacancha ranch to meet the different camelids that live in the Andes such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Visit Pisac market and ruins. With Inca masonry of superlative quality, the stunning terracing at Pisac follows the contours of the mountain. The views of the valley will leave you in awe.

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  • Day 4
    Sacred ValleyView on map
    Choose from adventure and cultural activities

    Choose from a range of activities today in the stunning Sacred Valley.

    Stand up paddle boarding & biking: Paddle board surrounded by views of snow-capped mountains and high altitude plains. After a gourmet picnic lunch on the shores of the lake, set off down dirt roads and llama tracks by bike to the pre-Inca salt mines of Maras.

    Visit Chinchero, Maras, and Moray: Visit the ruins of Chinchero and its neighboring local Sunday market. After lunch visit the salt pans of Maras which have been in use since pre-Columbian times. Nearby Maras lie the enigmatic Inca terraces of Moray, which were likely used for agricultural experimentation.

    Day with the Weavers: Visit one of the rural village communities supported by the non-profit organization The Center for Traditional Textiles. Learn about traditional weaving from the artistans and enjoy lunch in the community.

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  • Day 5
    Sacred Valley – Machu PicchuView on map
    Vistadome train to Machu Picchu

    Drive to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. On arrival in Aguas Calientes you will board a bus to reach the entrance of Machu Picchu. The main destination on many travelers’ lists, the ‘lost city of the Incas’ is a man-made marvel that has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of the most expansive empires in Latin American history.

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  • Day 6
    Machu Picchu – CuscoView on map
    Machu Picchu visit and Belmond Hiram Bingham train

    This morning return to the ruins with your guide. Optionally hike to the Sun Gate, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, offering spectacular panoramic views. Following your visit, take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes and board the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to Poroy station where you will transfer to your hotel in Cusco. A gourmet dinner is included on board the train, with an open-bar and live music for entertainment.

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  • Day 7
    CuscoView on map
    Cusco walking tour

    Since its narrow alleyways were originally designed by the Incas as a city for walking, start your exploration of Cusco on foot. Begin at the Plaza de Armas, the Main Square, which is marked by the exquisite Spanish Colonial architecture and ornamentation imposed by Spanish colonists to exert religious and political influence. Underneath it all, however, you can clearly see remnants of Inca Cusco in the solid stonework. Visit Koricancha, the most sumptuous “Sun Temple” in the Inca Empire, and the breathtaking Cathedral, a repository for Cusco’s colonial art, as well as many other important archaeological relics and artifacts. You will also stop by the colourful San Pedro market and pass through the charming neighborhood of San Blas. Next, visit Sacsayhuaman, an Inca citadel atop a hill, on the outskirts of the city. Not only are the imposing terraces of masterful stonework a sight to behold, but the vistas overlooking the sienna rooftops of Cusco provide a whole new perspective to the city you traversed.

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  • Day 8
    Cusco - Lake TiticacaView on map
    Belmond Andean Explorer luxury train journey

    This morning board the Belmond Andean Explorer luxury sleeper train to Lake Titicaca. En route visit the Inca ruins of Raqchi. A gourmet lunch, tea and snacks are included in the dining car and lounges. Take in the sunset over La Raya, the highest point of the journey, where you will make a brief stop to admire the view and visit a small artisanal market. Arrive at Lake Titicaca at night and stay overnight on the train.

  • Day 9
    Lake TiticacaView on map
    Village visits on Lake Titicaca

    Bright and early this morning enjoy breakfast on board as you take in the sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting islands on the lake. Cruise to the Uros Islands, made from totora reeds. Continue on to Taquile Island. Lunch will be waiting for you at a private location on Collata Beach where locals will perform a typical dance and a presentation of artisanal works. In the afternoon, you will return to the dock in Puno for tea time before you board the train and depart for Arequipa. In the evening dinner will be served on board before stopping in Saracocha for the night. Stay overnight on the Belmond Andean Explorer.

  • Day 10
    ArequipaView on map
    Arrival in Arequipa

    After breakfast visit the Sumbay Caves and then journey on to the city of Arequipa where you will arrive in the afternoon. You can optionally extend your trip and disembark before reaching Arequipa to visit the Colca Canyon. The Colca Canyon is one of the highlights of Southern Peru, where you can spot Andean Condors, take a dip in natural thermal baths, visit Spanish colonial towns, hike, horse-ride and relax in the natural surrounds.

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  • Day 11
    Arequipa - LimaView on map
    Arequipa's city higlights and departure

    Known as the 'White City', explore Arequipa by starting in the Plaza de Armas, one of the most impressive main squares in Peru. Visit the city's higlights, including the Jesuit church of La Compañia. You will also visit Santa Catalina monastery, Arequipa’s must-see site. The expansive convent is a ‘city within a city,’ with narrow twisting streets, tidy plazas, colorful courtyards, and simple living quarters. Exlplore Santa Teresa convent, a fascinating ‘living museum’ where nuns still dwell and worship. Built in 1710 the building is beautiful and historic, with rooms adorned with colonial art older than the convent itself. Also enjoy a visit to the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries, where the frozen body of Juanita, an Incan sacrifice, is on display. At the end of the day fly from Arequipa to Lima for your international departure flight.

Aracari specializes in tailormade travel. Here are just some of our further trip suggestions. Contact us for more bespoke ideas to inspire your travels.

Some optional activities

  • Extend your stay and visit the breathtaking Colca Canyon
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Itinerary pricing as of 2018

Basic Pricing - US$9,048

This is a sample itinerary and can be tailored to your interests and travel style.

  • Based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy
  • Price per person for the full 11-day itinerary
  • Based on a selection of hotels: Belmond Miraflores Park, Belmond Rio Sagrado, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Belmond Andean Explorer, Libertador Arequipa

What's Included?

This itinerary is based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy, excluding flights (international and domestic).

  • Includes all specified services in the itinerary description
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • A welcome pack on arrival including: a pre-loaded cell phone to contact your travel consultant at any time, a printed booklet packed with insider tips alongside your detailed itinerary and up-to-date recommendations on dining and shopping
  • Hand-selected English-speaking guides
  • Specialist guides (where noted)
  • 24-hour support from our locally based team
  • 10 nights in a hand-picked selection of Peru’s finest accommodations - all personally tried and tested
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