- Explore Lima’s foodie scene, dining at Central Restaurant, ranked no.2 in the World's Top 50 Restaurants list for 2022.
- Alight a Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and explore one of the world's most important archaeological sites.
- Spend a day in the wilderness in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit the pre-Columbian sites of Maras and Moray.
- Take in the wonders of historic Cusco and discover one of the most charming restaurants in the city: Cicciolina.
- Spend an unforgettable day on the ocean with a wonderful Paracas local – hunting scallops and spotting wildlife.
- Journey to a beautiful intimate winery and discover the secrets of Peru’s most famous tipple.
Beginning in Lima, you’ll unravel the rich history of this bustling metropolis before tasting your way through the city’s world-renowned foodie scene. Accompanied by our culinary connoisseur, discover the sights and smells of Mendiburu Market in Miraflores – visiting the stalls and haunts most popular with locals – before dining at the world-famous Central Restaurant, ranked no.2 in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants list for 2022.
It’ll be to the mountains next, and the high-altitude Andes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Immersed in the astonishing beauty of wild Peru, you’ll visit the rural market town of Pisac, before spending a day on the lake of Piuray – high in the Andes.
Never to be missed from a luxury Peru vacation – the spellbinding Machu Picchu will mark the midway point of your private voyage. A luxury Machu Picchu train will carry you to the ruins where you’ll spend two days exploring the ancient wonder – before exploring the charming, cobbled streets of Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire.
After all that adventure, it’s the bliss of the beach that’s calling. Nestled between the stunning beauty of the Bay of Paracas and the mystical tranquility of the desert, you’ll spend the final few days of your luxury Peru vacation. Out on the water, you’ll pluck fresh scallops from the ocean during an unforgettable day with a Paracas local, and on dry land – a charming intimate vineyard will provide a fascinating insight into Peru’s most famous tipple.
As ever, this private itinerary can be adapted entirely to suit personal travel tastes and interests. Aracari can curate the most appropriate experience for you; be it a family vacation, a honeymoon, or a trip with friends, as well as shorter or longer vacations, or combining many other destinations across South America.
- Day 1
LimaView on map
Arrival to Peru
Your Aracari representative will welcome you to your luxury South America vacation. As you might expect from our standard of luxury travel to South America, you will be greeted on the runway tarmac as you alight from your plane.
You’ll be presented with your welcome pack, before being whisked off to your hotel, where we will assist with all check-in procedures. Overnight at Hotel B.
Depending on your arrival time today we recommend dining at one of Lima's top restaurants such as Central Restaurant – home to some of the best food in South America. Famous the world over, Central was recently ranked No. 2 in the World's Top 50 Restaurants list for 2022. This gastronomic haven delivers ambitious and worldly fusion from chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz, whose signature menu is a series of modern, molecular dishes showcasing ingredients native to Peru.Accommodation options
- Day 2
LimaView on map
Discover the rich history of Lima, before discovering the authentic flavors of the city with a private foodie tour and cooking class.
Unravel Peru’s multifaceted history and discover the complex past of the city with a visit to an ancient adobe pyramid right in the heart of Lima. Huaca Huallamarca, which dates to around 200 BC, served a variety of functions, including a religious temple and a cemetery, for the populations that inhabited the area.
You’ll then continue your journey to the colonial area of Lima featuring the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful neo-colonial style buildings. You will also have a chance to visit Casa Aliaga, reportedly the oldest home on the continent and one that is still family-owned after 17 generations.
Of course, should you wish to visit a particular site such as La Casona de San Marcos; the Convent of San Francisco and its catacombs; Huaca Pucllana; or the Museo de la Inquisition – this can be arranged for you. It’s also possible to organize private cocktails at Casa Aliaga too if you’re interested in an afternoon tipple.
If you are interested in learning more about Peru’s history, this experience can also include visits to two exclusive museums, otherwise – your afternoon will be dedicated to uncovering Lima’s foodie scene.
Famed for its status as one of the best culinary destinations in the world, Peru’s distinctive cuisine is shaped by its diverse geography, long history, and rich cultural makeup. And during one of the most unique experiences in Peru – you’ll be introduced to many of the nation’s colorful dishes.
Heading to Mendiburu Market in Miraflores with Our Friend in the City – a Lima local and foodie expert, you’ll spend an hour exploring many of the traditional stands showcasing Peruvian produce and delicacies, before sampling delicious juices made from Peru’s richest and most exotic fruits.
For lunch, it’ll be a place popular among locals for its to-go Peruvian classics. It’s a must-see, and on your visit, you can sample cold dishes such as Ceviche seafood dishes, or classic Peruvian appetizers such as the delicious Causa Limeña – made from Peruvian yellow potatoes, peppers, and tuna. Then for dessert, there is no better choice than a cafeteria, and pastry house with personality, technique, and a lot of heart. Each day, at least 10 different coffee varieties are on offer, as well as freshly prepared pastries – of which ‘the alfajor’ is our favorite!Accommodation options
- Day 3
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Visit ancient Pisac and explore the sights and smells of the famous market in the mountains
Today you’ll fly to Cusco, assisted by our representatives in Lima who will take care of all check-in procedures for your domestic flight. Upon arrival in the mountainous region of Cusco, you will be met by another member of our team and be driven to the Sacred Valley. On route, you will stop at Awanacancha camelid ranch, a traditional Peruvian farm where you will be invited to meet the herds of native llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos.
Once back on the road, you will continue onto the famous Pisac market and ruins. As you meander through the sights and smells of the market stalls, you’ll be able to purchase fresh produce and street food, as well as traditional handmade art and crafts. The Inca masonry at Pisac is also wonderfully preserved, and you’ll learn about its history as you take in views of the incredible mountain terraces below.
For this evening’s overnight stay, you’ll be transferred to Los Qolqas. Burrowed in the heart of the Sacred this eco-retreat is found nearby to the town of Ollantaytambo. As part of this private South America tour, Aracari guests will spend the afternoon and night here, immersed in the natural beauty of the magnificent mountainous surroundings and marveling at relics left behind by lost civilizations.Accommodation options0
- Day 4
Sacred ValleyView on map
Spend the morning in nature on the remote Piuray Lake before exploring the Pre-Columbian sites of Maras & Moray
During the fourth day of your luxury Peru vacation, you’ll spend the morning immersed in nature, canoeing kayaking, or paddleboarding on Piuray Lake, a protected haven for endemic Andean birds deep in the Sacred Valley.
Located in a picturesque plain surrounded by towering Andean peaks, Piuray Lake is an idyllic setting just one hour away from both Cusco and the Sacred Valley on a well-paved road. Not only is it a sublime body of water high in the Andes, but Piurary Lake is also a protected natural reserve, ensuring its waters are kept clean and the surrounding habitat is well preserved. Such preservation has made the area a true haven for endemic Andean birdlife, creating a unique experience for birdwatchers and nature lovers. As you canoe, paddleboard, or kayak through the calm waters, you will have the chance to spot an array of these endemic birds, including Andean ducks, ruddy ducks, and coots.
After a few hours on the lake, your local hosts will prepare a Pachamanca – a traditional Andean Buffet, enjoyed from the lounge tent with uninterrupted lake views.
After lunch, you’ll head for a guided visit of the breathtaking Maras salt pans, which have been in use since Pre-Incan times. As well as stopping at the enigmatic Inca terraces of Moray. Likely used for agricultural experimentation, Moray consists of several enormous circular terraces, which are truly a sight to behold.Accommodation options
- Day 5
Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu View on map
Alight a Vistadome train to Machu Picchu: an ancient wonder of the world.
Today you’ll board a Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, featuring spectacular panoramic windows offering impressive views of the surrounding Valley. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours to Aguas Calientes, the town closest to the ruins. Alternatively, you can upgrade to the Hiram Bingham luxury train to Machu Picchu – and of course, we can also arrange private charter train services.
Spend the afternoon exploring the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the world's most important archaeological sites. Set among mist-shrouded mountains, this man-made marvel has become a symbol of the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history: the Incas. Your expert guide will explain the history and purpose of this awe-inspiring site during a 2-3 hour guided visit.Accommodation options
- Day 6
Machu Picchu - Cusco View on map
Take in the sublime beauty of Machu Picchu
Return to Machu Picchu with your guide early in the morning, hiking to Huayna Picchu. Offering spectacular panoramic views, Huayna Picchu rises 260 meters (850 ft) higher than Machu Picchu. The Incas built a trail up the side of the mountain and on its top, temples, and terraces.
Afterward, take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo for your private transfer to Cusco, taking approximately 2 hours. Or upgrade to the luxurious Hiram Bingham train for your ride to the ancient city. Then check in to your blissful hotel suite in Cusco for an evening of restful relaxation.Accommodation options
- Day 7
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Discover Ancient Cusco and its fascinating history before an exclusive private tour of its hidden secrets. In the evening, dine at the chef´s table at the atmospheric Cicciolina.
You’ll start your exploration of Cusco on foot, beginning 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. From here you’ll visit Koricancha, the ‘Sun Temple’, and the Cathedral - a repository for Cusco’s colonial art.
You’ll head next to the colorful San Pedro Market and the charming neighborhood of San Blas, before finally arriving at 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 rust-colored rooftops of Cusco provide a whole new perspective to the city you’ve just traversed.
After lunch, you’ll begin your discovery of the lesser-visited Cusco sites. As in every city, there are famous sights and there are those which are hidden gems only known to connoisseurs or visitors who have more time and want to cover the less obvious. As you’d expect from luxury South America travel with Aracari, these are the sort of sights included in this experience.
During this leisurely visit, you will have the opportunity of exploring the culture, art, and architecture of this historic city through the centuries, as you stroll along its cobblestoned streets and peek into the interiors of small museums, convents, and archaeological sites you would have otherwise not noticed.
This evening, dine at the atmospheric Cicciolina. A Cusco institution for almost 20 years, this tapas restaurant and wine bar can be found in a magical setting overlooking the terracotta tiles of the city. Expect a menu of European dishes made with local Andean ingredients, making for delicious fusion and a wonderful way to spend an evening during this private Peru tour.Accommodation options
- Day 8
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Fly from Cusco to Lima and journey to the Paracas National Reserve filled with fantastic beaches, marine life, and relics of ancient Paracas culture.
On the eighth day of your private Peru tour, you’ll leave the mountains behind you as fly from Cusco to Lima, where you’ll be greeted by an Aracari representative as you head to the wild coastline of Paracas. The journey takes around 3 hours taking you directly to your hotel – the beautiful seafront La Hacienda Bahía Paracas.
Framed by scenic ocean views, lush tropical gardens, and the elegant architecture of a classic coastal manor, La Hacienda Bahía Paracas hotel is nestled between the stunning beauty of the Bay of Paracas and the mystical tranquility of the desert. You’ll spend the afternoon here, relaxing and settling into the final hotel of your luxury Peru vacation.Accommodation options
- Day 9
ParacasView on map
Spend an unforgettable day on the ocean with a wonderful Paracas local – hunting scallops and spotting wildlife, before enjoying a delicious fresh seafood lunch.
You’ll be collected early this morning and taken via private transfer into the Paracas Reserve to meet your host at his camp. Taking a seat on the verandah, you’ll enjoy the tranquil view of the beautiful reserve and hear about the bird and marine life, as well as fascinating facts about the Reserve's history and geography.
Then you’ll board the boat, gently cruising the waves to reach your first stop: a scallop farm located in the middle of the bay. You’ll witness how the scallop farmers collect the shellfish and hear how the abundance of nutrients in this particular spot contributes to the quality and quantity of the scallops. Then you’ll have the chance to taste freshly plucked scallops, seasoned lemon and salt, and washed down with a regional white wine.
Whilst you tuck into the scallops, the speedboat will cruise for about 20 minutes, when it’s not uncommon to see dolphins swimming nearby to the boat. You’ll then reach the edge of the Bay where the ‘Candelabro’ - or candlestick - becomes visible. The candlestick is a magnificent ancient carving etched into the desert that was created by ancient Peruvians – similar to the origins of the Nasca lines. Here you will briefly stop for a swim at ‘Playa Pirata’, meaning pirate beach, and there’s a possibility of some close encounters with Humboldt penguins and sea lions.
By the time you return to the bay, it will be close to noon. Swim, relax on the veranda, or use the paddle boards and kayaks to explore the wonderful peaceful bay at your own rhythm. Before being served a delicious scallop paella, prepared for you on-site.Accommodation options
- Day 10
ParacasView on map
Journey to the beautiful intimate winery of San Nicolas in Paracas and discover the secrets of Peru’s most famous tipple.
For the penultimate day of your luxury Peru vacation, you’ll visit a charming local winery producing Peru’s most famous tipple: Pisco. You’ll be collected mid-morning and journey for around 30 minutes to the quiet, picturesque San Nicolas Winery.
Arriving at the lush vineyards, you’ll witness the expansive orchards stretching across the property under the Paracas sun. It’s here you will be greeted by your guide for the day, either a host or hostess, who works directly at the winery producing their premium pisco.
The first stop is the San Nicolas winery´s cultivation area, the beginning of the Pisco-making process, where the grapes are grown on the vine. Your expert guide will explain more about the processes involved in creating Pisco and tell you about what makes their own brand of Pisco – ‘Pisco 1615’ unique. ‘Pisco 1615’ prides itself on representing both the more modern Pisco and rescuing the history of the spirit, incorporating the past into the present with their contemporary knowledge of distillation and mixology.
If visiting the winery between February and March – the harvesting season – then your guide will hand you your own basket so that you can begin to pick your own grapes directly from the vine. Here, you’ll learn about the different types of grapes grown in the area.
A masterclass in mixology led by the winery’s bartender will teach you the best cocktail combinations for Peruvian pisco and after which you’ll sit down to a delicious, freshly prepared lunch served at a table overlooking the beautiful vineyards.
Returning to your hotel in the late afternoon, you’ll enjoy your final evening in Peru in the luxury and comfort of La Hacienda Bahía Paracas.Accommodation options
- Day 11
Paracas - LimaView on map
Journey home after an unforgettable luxury Peru vacation
You will be met at your hotel by our Aracari representative and transferred to Lima airport for your international flight home. We will assist you with everything you need for a smooth departure.
Journey pricing as of 2022
Basic Pricing - US$6,400 per person
This is a sample journey and can be tailored to your interests and travel style.
- Based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy
- Price is per person for the full 11-day itinerary
This journey is based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy, excluding flights (international and domestic).
- Includes all specified services in the journey 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 journey 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 hotels - all personally tried and tested
Peru Mountains to BeachAn 11-day luxury Peru vacation
- Domestic flights (quoted separately).
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Insurance.
- International Flights and airport taxes.
- Neither personal expenses nor any other service not specified in the itinerary.
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