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The Criollo Tour

15 Night Itinerary from £4,4204,183$5,188

Private Individual Tour

 

Discover Peru's diverse landscapes and history, from the coastal desert to the altiplano, the high peaks of the Andes to the lush Amazon rainforest

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Travel Route

Tour Highlights

  • Discover historic Lima with its fascinating museums and excellent fusion cuisine
  • Explore the coastal desert region including a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines
  • Explore the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca, home to traditional Andean life and customs
  • High mountain peaks around Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • The 'Vistadome' train train to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas
  • Stay at an eco-friendly Amazon Rainforest lodge deep in the jungle
  • Chance to see the rare giant otter, caiman and many species endemic to Peru

We can modify and adapt this tour itinerary according to your preference or start afresh completely. Contact us so we can provide a guaranteed price for this tour, based on your preference of hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

The Criollo Tour
Travel Itinerary

Lima - 1 Night

Day 1 - Welcome to Lima

Day 1

Welcome to Lima

Take a BA flight direct to Lima, arriving same evening. Lima is known as the "City of Kings" and has an interesting and attractive historic centre containing valuable examples of colonial and republican architecture. The commercial and administrative centre of the Spanish empire in South America, bringing a period of prosperity to the city until an earthquake in 1746. The wide streets, huge plazas and old houses with ornately carved balconies are a legacy of this period.

You will be met at the airport by your tour guide who will take you to your hotel for a 1 night stay and given a short walking introduction to the local area. It is also an opportunity for our guide to provide advice, explain your programme and answer any questions you may have. Your guide will make suggestions about where to go, restaurants, and places to visit that may be of particular interest to you.

Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza is a deluxe oceanfront boutique hotel surrounded by a lush gardens, located in Miraflores, one of Limas most exclusive residential districts.

A modern exterior hides a touch of finesse throughout the hotel, whose 81 rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with marble and granite bathrooms and king size beds. The observatory Restaurant on the 11th floor offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, while the more formal Traguluz restaurant is the jewel of crown in Lima's dining scene. The Belo Bar is a favourite place to relax and afternoon tea is now available in the lounge. The hotel also has a fitness centre, squash court, sauna, massage centre and business centre.

Accommodation is based on room and breakfast.

Hotel "B"

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

A superbly renovated family house in the bohemian area Barranco, Arts Hotel "B" is a fusion of high-ceiling historical elegance and modern cultural sophistication. The rooms are spacious and elegant with modern amenties, some with balconies overlooking the boulevard or the square. The restaurant offers excellent modern Peruvian cuisine, providing the highest levels of service.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima - First Hotel

The stylish Casa Andina Private Collection is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to many excellent restaurants. The 148 rooms are furnished in the modern European style, with modern amenities and private facilities. There is a lounge, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and adjoining sandwich cafe for light snacks.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Nazca Lines - 1 Night

Day 2 - Nasca Lines

Day 2

Nasca Lines

Journey South along the Panamerican Highway, through the coastal desert to Ica, passing small asparagus fields that break up the vast desert landscape. It is hard to believe that the desert is in fact very fertile. When the El Nino phenomenon occurs, the desert transforms, blossoms and the sand becomes covered by a blanket of green.

You arrive at Nasca in the afternoon, where you will take a flight over the Nasca Lines. These are an incredibly precise collection of figures and lines, as yet unexplained but may represent an astronomical calendar. The images include that of a monkey, hummingbird, whale and astronaut. Overnight in Ica.

Ballestas Islands - 1 Night

Day 3 - Excursion to Ballestas Islands

Day 3

Excursion to Ballestas Islands

Early morning start to the Paracas Peninsula for a boat ride to the Ballestas Islands, in a national Reserve  boasting one of the highest concentrations of rare marine birds in the world. The islands are a hive of activity throughout the year with birds vying for positions and many nests are perched precariously on tiny ledges high above the water. The islands themselves are beautiful, with eroded caves, inlets and sea lions frolicking around in our wake. We will see gannets, pelicans and maybe the elusive Humboldt Penguin. We return to Lima in the evening, where we stay overnight.

Arequipa - 1 Night

Day 4 - Discover Arequipa

Day 4

Discover Arequipa

Early morning flight to Arequipa, Peru's second largest city set in a rich green valley at the foot of the mighty El Misti Volcano. Transfer to your chosen hotel for a 1 night stay. The buildings in the centre have been built almost exclusively of the volcanic material 'sillar', a white, porous rock, giving Arequipa its nickname of 'The White City'. Your guide will meet you at your hotel for a delightful tour of the city visiting the church of La Compania and other colonial buildings, including the Plaza de Armas and Cathedral. The Santa Catalina Convent once housed some two hundred nuns and is a fascinating maze of colourful alleyways and rooms. 

Lake Titicaca - 1 Night

Day 5 - The Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

Day 5

The Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

Fly to Juliaca and onto Puno, on the shore of Lake Titicaca. Transfer to your hotel for a 1 night stay. Afternoon guided excursion to the floating reed islands of Uros. The Indians inhabited the reed islands over five hundred years ago when the Uros built floating homes to isolate themselves from the Collas and the Incas. Although the Uros Indians of these islands have intermarried with Aymara Indians and no pure-blooded Uros now exist, many of the inhabitants still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on lake plants. The totora reeds which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake are used for their boats, houses and islands. 

Suasi Island

Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Resort

Casa Andina's Private Collection hotel stands on a sunny and sheltered hillside next to magnificent flower-filled Andean terraces, and each room has lake views. The morning boat trip out to Suasi takes you past the floating reed islands of the Uros, and Taquile Island - with a stop at each. A variety of activities is on offer to fill your stay: trek the island's trails to visit protected areas and see its flora or any of the three resident South American camelids (llama, alpaca and vicuña); you can visit an Andean farm and see tiny plots where aromatic and medicinal herbs are cultivated.

Casa Andina Tikarani

Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Hotel

The Casa Andina Classic Tikarani is a few minutes’ walk outside of Puno city centre, including Lima Street which is very popular amongst tourists and locals alike. The hotel lobby boasts a stone fireplace, ideal for warming up after being out in cold weather. It has 53 rooms, all with TV, telephone, en-suite bathroom and mini-bar. The restaurant serves typical Andean cuisine.

Libertador Hotel

Puno & Lake Titicaca - First Hotel

The Libertador Luxury Hotel is a beautiful and spacious hotel sets on the Esteves Island overlooking Lake Titicaca, the world´s highest navigable lake. All the rooms have a wonderful panoramic view, from where you can see the most beautiful sunrises. The hotel is located only 5 minutes from downtown Puno, 45 minutes from the airport in Juliaca, and 3 hours from the Bolivian border.

 

Cusco - 4 Nights

Day 6 - Train Journey to Cusco

Day 7 - Excursion to the Sacred Valley

Day 8 - Exploring Cusco

Day 9 - At Leisure in Cusco

Day 6

Bus or train journey to Cusco

Today is one of the highlights of the tour with a scenic journey by bus (tourist), private vehicle (first), Peru Rail train or the luxurious Andean Explorer (with lunch, high tea and entertainment included) to Cusco. Travelling across the Andean altiplano is an unforgettable experience. You will stop at local villages, meet local people and have the chance to haggle for local textiles and other crafts. The trains stop at remote stations, where you can get off the train and explore. The journey passes dramatic landscapes of snow capped mountains and wide panoramas.

On arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in Cusco, staying for 4 nights.


Day 7

Excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Enjoy our extensive, special full day tour of the Sacred Valley. We begin by visiting the market at Chinchero, where locals come to barter and sell local produce and handicrafts. Also visit a local weaving collective, to learn the traditions of weaving by hand on a back-strap loom. Next you will proceed to Moray, thought to have been an open-air crop laboratory of the Incas, followed by the pre-Inca salt pans of Maras. After lunch, visit the stunning fortress town and ruins of Ollantaytambo. This large archaeological complex is believed to have been a significant agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre. The town itself is geometrically perfect; with straight streets, trapezoidal doors and Inca drainage systems. Finally we travel to the colonial town of Pisac, built on the ruins of an Inca citadel and located at the entrance to the immensely fertile Urubamba "Sacred" Valley. Here you can see the bustling market and watch the sunset over the mountains from the ruins. 


Day 8

Exploring Cusco

Enjoy an included morning guided tour of Cusco today. Beginning in the main square of Cusco we visit the cathedral, built by the Spanish on Inca foundations and with an unusually variation of the Last Supper. From the city centre we travel into the mountains above Cusco to visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko. The mighty fortress and complex of Sacsayhuaman was built with massive stones, some weighing over 100 tons and placed together like a jigsaw. On the return we stop at a vantage point for a superb view of the city and the surrounding mountains, before returning to your hotel. 


Day 9

At Leisure in Cusco

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax enjoying the unique atmosphere in Cusco. 

Maytaq Wasin

Cusco - Tourist Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Incan empire, only a few steps away from the main plaza, the Maytaq Wasin Hotel is contemporary in design, boasts high ceiling and plenty of natural light. There is a shaded terrace with views of the hills and chic common areas with modern decor. The hotel is only 150 metres from the Inca Museum and steps away from the main Plaza de Armas. Rooms have cable TV, modern private bathooms with shower.

Accommodation is on a room and breakfast basis.

 

La Casona

Cusco - Deluxe Hotel

The first luxury boutique hotel in Cusco, with a unique mix of culture and tradition. Carefully restored from its former life as a 16th century mansion to retain its historical heritage, La Casona presents modern luxury without sacrificing authenticity. Eleven spacious suites surround a sumptuous courtyard. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by residents in centuries past.

The hotel has a restaurant, bar and free Wi-Fi. Rooms have cable TV, minibars and a seating area. They feature dark wood sculpted panels and elegant furniture. There are deep burgundy sofas and rich rugs and fabrics. Accommodation comes with daily buffet breakfast with regional products. 

 

 

Monasterio de Cusco

Cusco - Deluxe Hotel

Built 300 years ago atop Inca foundations, this building was originally the Seminary of San Antonio Abad. In 1995, the seminary was tastefully converted into a hotel while still preserving its original architecture of arched galleries surrounding two elegant colonial style courtyards. It has now become Cuzco's premier hotel, providing its guests with a museum setting of Inca and Spanish traditions. The hotel is conveniently situated very close to the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and museums are located. All of the 124 rooms have en-suite bathrooms, telephone, mini-bar and cable TV and many of them are oxygen-enriched. The hotel also has a bar, restaurant and café.

Machu Picchu - 2 Nights

Day 10 - Journey to Machu Picchu

Day 11 - Return to Cusco

Day 10

Journey to Machu Picchu 

Travel aboard Peru rail's "Vistadome" train from the Sacred Valley to the Aguas Calientes village located at the foot of Machu Picchu. This is a spectacular journey through a dramatic and changing landscape with some fantastic views. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide and travel via a winding road up the mountain before finally glimpsing the magical site of Machu Picchu. Check into the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge for a 1 night stay. Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of this incredible site and learn about the history and culture of the Incas in this ancient wonder of the world. 


Day 11

Return to Cusco

The morning is free to explore Machu Picchu. You may wish to climb Huayna Picchu, a steep climb but well worth it for the fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, there is a gentle climb, back along the Inca Trail, to Intipunku the Gate of the Sun, and the first sight one has of the complex if walking the Inca Trail. In the afternoon, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and the train back to Ollantaytambo Station and onto Cusco, where we stay for 1 night.

Casa Andina Classic

Machu Picchu - Tourist Hotel

Located by train station, the hotel is modern, functional but bland, useful for an overnight stay. The standard rooms have no windows but others look out over the station or behind to the Urubamba river.

Inkaterra Pueblo

Machu Picchu - First Hotel

Conveniently located next to the train station in Aguas Calientes, all cabanas have spacious rooms with en-suete bathrooms and are set amongst dense vegetation with gardens spread through the grounds, linked by winding paths. there is a restaurant & bar, a spa, walks and an orchid trail, that combined with the lush vegetation of the grounds, create a sense of tranquility & relaxation.

Sanctuary Lodge, Belmond Hotels

Machu Picchu - Deluxe Lodge

Set in its own gardens and the only hotel in such close proximity to the magical ruins, the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge offers twenty-nine well-appointed rooms and two suites. Also located just outside the gates to the Lost city of the Incas, this beautiful hotel is the only one to command views of the site. An Orient Express owned hotel, the service is impeccable and the food is excellent. Accommodation includes room, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In nearby Aguas Calientes hot springs you can enjoy a soothing bath at the end of a long day of exploring. Enjoy lunch in the cafeteria overlooking the citadel of Machu Picchu, where you can choose from a wide variety of dishes and enjoy a spectacular view. There is also an indoor dining room where a delicious breakfast buffet and international cuisineare available.

The Lodge has 31 rooms and one suite, bar, restaurant, self service autlet and a cliffhanging snack bar, with one of tha best views of the Sacred Mountain. All rooms have Television, laundry service, mini bar, Idd telephone.

 

Amazon Lodge - 2 Nights

Day 12 - Amazon Lodge & Canopy Tower

Day 13 - Wildlife Safari & Community Visit

Day 12

Amazon Lodge & Canopy Tower

We fly to Puerto Maldonado today, where you will be greeted and travel by motorised canoe for the one and a half hour journey to Posada Amazonas where you stay for 2 nights on a full board basis. You will receive an orientation and briefing on the lodge and the eco-tourism project before the afternoon visit to the canopy tower. From the top you not only get spectacular views of the river and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy. 


Day 13

Wildlife Safari & Community Visit

Up at dawn this morning to visit the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake in search of morning wildlife. Here you take a long, easy canoe ride looking for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin and wading birds. We return to the lodges via jungle trails in time for a visit to a small parakeet clay lick. In the afternoon, visit the community's ethnobotanical centre, which studies the relationships that exist between peoples and plants. 

Posada Amazonas

Tambopata Amazon Lodges - Tourist Lodge

Posada Amazonas is a 30-bedroom rainforest lodge perfect for your first taste of the Amazon’s natural wonders. Despite being relatively close to Puerto Maldonado, the Posada Amazonas offers ample opportunities to see wildlife such as squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, parrots and macaws. Native guides and naturalists are always on hand to answer your questions about the rainforest ecosystem or the local community.

The comfort rooms have lovely, varnished tropical hardwood floors, are 45 square meters, and have an open verandah that looks out into a roadless, wild tropical rainforest preserve. They are available as singles, doubles or twins, and each is equipped with a mosquito net over large, comfortable beds, two hypoallergenic pillows per person, a hammock, and a reading table.

Reserva Amazonica

Tambopata Amazon Lodges - Deluxe Lodge

The wildlife in the area is remarkable, from giant and colourful macaws, to toucans, parrots, tapirs, tamarind monkeys, owls, Southern Amazon Red squirrels, as well as a large variety of monkeys. Reserva Amazonica also holds the world record for ant species in a single place (362 species).

The lodge offers spacious facilities and well-equipped private cabins, guaranteeing guests an authentic, safe and comfortable stay in the rainforest, combining cozy accommodations with warm hospitality, a dedication to conservation and the opportunity to discover magnificent naturally camouflaged wildlife in the jungle.

The lodge boasts 30 private cabanas and 3 suites built with local materials in native style. Service areas are located in a two story wooden pavilion with a cathedral ceiling housing the dining room, bar, the main lounge and a mezzanine over looking the rainforest, where visitors can relax while contemplating the unique scenery. 

Each day and evening there are excursions on offer, both along the river tributaries and along the paths in the forest. Night excursions are also a possibility. As well as viewing the native wildlife, guests also learn about the medicinal properties of the plants endemic to the area and learn more about life in the Amazon. There are also evening presentations.

Included Entrance Fee to the Tambopata Research Center. All meals are included (drinks are extra), as are explorations part of your itinerary (and additional ones are payable locally). Please note that guests can take a maximum of 10kg to the lodge, the rest can be left in the lodge's office in Puerto Maldonado.

Tambopata Lodge

Tambopata Amazon Lodges - Lodge

Libertador Tambopata is situated on the banks of the Tambopata River in the Tambopata National Reserve, a protected area located in the southeastern region of Madre de Dios. The lodge has 59 cabins made from wood and thatched with woven leaves and screened to protect from insects, each with private bathroom. There is no electricity, lamps and candles are used at night. Opportunity to see caiman, otters and many birds. Guided daily walks with specialist guides. 

Return via Lima - 2 Nights

Day 14 - Fly to Lima

Day 15 - Return to the UK

Day 16 - Arrive in UK

Day 14

Lima

Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Lima, where we stay for 1 night. In the afternoon, enjoy an included tour exploring both colonial and modern districts of the city. Following an earthquake in 1746, the city was elaborately rebuilt and the wide streets, vast plazas and old houses with ornately carved balconies are a legacy of this period. We visit the Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera in the suburb of Pueblo Libre, which showcases remarkable chronological organised galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It also features the finest gold and silver collection from ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection. 


Day 15

Lima

Final day at leisure in Lima. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. 

 

Allpa

Lima - Tourist Hotel

This small contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, with plenty of access to local conveniences such as restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and modern although simple in character, and all with modern amenities such as WiFi, air conditioning and private facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving international dishes.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Hotel "B"

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

A superbly renovated family house in the bohemian area Barranco, Arts Hotel "B" is a fusion of high-ceiling historical elegance and modern cultural sophistication. The rooms are spacious and elegant with modern amenties, some with balconies overlooking the boulevard or the square. The restaurant offers excellent modern Peruvian cuisine, providing the highest levels of service.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

Country Club

Lima - Deluxe Hotel

Located just 7 miles from the international airport in the exclusive residential area of San Isidro with a pleasant view overlooking Lima Golf Club. 

Opened in 1927 and declared a Peruvian Cultural Monument, the historic Country Club offers luxurious and lavish accommodation in single or double air conditioned rooms equipped with cable TV, minibar and internet access. Each room is adorned with traditional Andean textiles. Dine in the award-winning hotel restaurant or enjoy a cold drink at the bar. For something light try the hotel snack bar. Work out in the hotel gym or take a leisurely swim in the pool. Guests interested in golf can gain access to Lima Golf Club.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis.

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The Criollo Tour
Travel Details

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,419 £5,065 - £4,901 £5,547 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £447 + £627 - + £447 + £627 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £1,446 + £1,906 - + £1,446 + £1,906 -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €4,181 €4,924 - €4,736 €6,765 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €515 + €722 - + €514 + €-565 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €1,663 + €2,193 - + €1,663 + €906 -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $5,186 $6,091 - $5,861 $6,765 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $626 + $878 - + $626 + $879 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $2,025 + $2,669 - + $2,024 + $2,670 -

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What's Included

  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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