This itinerary is perfect for those who want to see iconic Peru while enjoying the creature comforts of luxurious accommodation. The trip starts in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley where you can see Inca sites as well as Andean markets and surrounding villages. You will then spend five days trekking to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Trail, staying in luxury mountain lodges. From the highest point on the trek you can enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction and the south face of Salkantay towering above you. Another highlight includes witnessing a distant view of this iconic wonder of the world from the southwest. Very few tourists will experience this special view and the recently restored ruins at Llactapata.
Complete the trip with a visit to Puno on Lake Titicaca and the floating Uros Islands. You will travel through the magnificent Andean Mountains, the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River, the Andean Plains and a short scenic stop in La Roya, the highest point on the route. During your stay in Puno head by boat to the Tortora reed island of Uros before continuing to Taquile Islands where the people are famous for their colourful, fine weavings and their hospitality. You will leave feeling as though you have experienced the real Peru.
London - Cuzco
Depart London Heathrow for your flight to Cuzco via Bogota.
On arrival you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel. El Mercado Tunqui is the hotel offering from the Mountain Lodges of Peru, a wonderful base for exploring the historic city of Cuzco.
Accommodation: El Mercado Tunqui
Cuzco - Sacsayhuaman
Enjoy a half day city tour of Cuzco, the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca.
Today you can further discover the city and prepare for your trek. The pre-departure meeting for the trek is held at the El Mercado Tunqui.
Cuzco - Salkantay Trail
An early morning start with a 7am pick up from Cuzco and 3.5 hour transfer to the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort. En-route take a short break at the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo and onwards through the mountains to the village of Molllepata. Your starting lodge, in the valley of Soraypampa, is reached via a winding mountain track. Spend your first afternoon at leisure to acclimatisation and enjoy the fresh mountain air. As the sun sets , warm yourself by the fire as the following days activities are explained before tucking into a hearty dinner.
Salkantay Lodge at Soraypampa (3,600m/11,800ft)
At Soraypampa the most popular choice is the half day hike to the glacial lake where you can take a short swim. For most this will be their first experience of trekking at high altitude! Afternoon is at leisure – take a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi or just read your favourite book. In the evening, the guide will run through a full brief of the forthcoming days itinerary.
Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge at Huayraccmachay (3,900m/12,000 ft)
Early morning start to hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay. Here you will traverse the highest point on the trek at 4,600m (15,000 ft) where at the top you can enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction and the south face of Salkantay towering above you. At this point you may spot Andean condors as they are often visible in this area. From the pass continue the descent towards Wayra Lodge.Total trek time is around 4-6 hours.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Huayraccmachay to Collpa Lodge at Collpapampa (2,800m/9,000 ft)
After the previous days long trek enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before setting off downhill and onto the next lodge. As your venture to lower altitudes the landscape becomes increasingly lush and green. Your next overnight stop at Collpa Lodge overlooks the verdant mountains, a small town in the distance and a small town in the distance. For lunch you will enjoy a pachamanca-style meal (subject to availability) and learn about this traditional underground stone cooking method.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Collpapampa to Lucma Lodge at Lucmabamba (2,100m/6,600 ft)
Today's trek is through the Santa Teresa River Valley and more populated rural areas with plantations of coffee, bananas, granadillas and orchards. Lunch is served along the river picnic style. From this spot you will be transferred to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail.
From the head of the trail it is a short climb (30 minutes) to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. On arrival you will have time to visit the small village of Lucmabamba and meet members of the local community.
Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes (2,000 m/6,600 ft)
Another early start for the final day of your trek to Machu Picchu. Uphill trekking for around two hours takes you to Llactapata pass (2600m/8500ft) where there is a distant view of this iconic wonder of the world from the southwest. Very few tourists will experience this special view and the recently restored ruins at Llactapata. Lunch is provided at the observatory with a view of Machu Picchu.
The final descent to the Vilcanota River takes around 2-3 hours, downhill, through lush bamboo forests. Finally take the scenic train to Aguas Calientes, the closet village to the ruin and overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel.
Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Machu Picchu to Cuzco
Following an early breakfast at the hotel take the bus up the switchback road to Machu Picchu. Your local guide will provide a full guided tour of this extensive site followed by around 4-6 hours of free time to explore the citadel at your own pace. Return to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus for lunch before taking the Vistadome train to Ollanta or Poroy, and transfer by road to your hotel in Cuzco.
Accommodation: El Mercado Tunqui
Cuzco - Puno on Lake Titicaca
A spectacular journey begins today to Puno. Travel through the magnificent Andean Mountains, towering over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River, the Andean Plains and a short scenic stop in La Roya, the highest point on the route. Early evening arrival to Puno and the Casa Andina Private Collection hotel which is located on the shores of this shimmering lake.
Accommodation: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno
Lake Titicaca & Uros Island
Today you have a full day group tour to Uros & Taquile Islands. A 3 hour boat trip on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, will take you to the Island of Taquile. To reach the hub of the island one must make a walk of stone steps but the effort is well rewarded by the views of the Lake and its surrounding mountains. The people of Taquile are famous for their colourful, fine weavings and their hospitality. On the return trip to Puno you will make a stop on Uros Island, built on layers of the totora reeds, hence the name "floating island". Here the Uros Indians live as they have done for generations, seeking out a living by fishing and selling handicrafts.
Lake Titicaca - London
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to London via Lima and Bogota. Whilst in Lima you may wish to visit the famous Huaca Pucllana ruins or enjoy lunch in Miraflores or Barranco overlooking the Pacific Ocean
Pricing Information & Dates
14 day tour, from £3790 per person
Price includes international flights, accomodation based on two adults sharing, daily breakfast and all meals on the trek.
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This stunning honeymoon takes you to the iconic sights of Peru; the awe inspiring Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the floating communities of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3,800 metres above sea level.
The timeless and unbeatable atmosphere of Machu Picchu is a wonderful romantic choice for an adventurous honeymoon. Machu Picchu has fascinated and intrigued people since its discovery at the beginning of the 20th century with exciting new trails regularly found. The start of the trek to the most famous archaeological site on this continent is in the enchanting valley of Soraypampa, taking Rainbow Tour’s travellers through a less travelled but more scenic and exclusive route then the well trodden Inca Trail. You will look on this wonder of the world from the southwest, experiencing views very few tourists have seen as well as exploring the recently restored ruins of Llcatapata. An incredible moment to enjoy together on your honeymoon. The accommodation choices along the trail all provide the perfect place for you to relax and unwind, enjoying your secluded intimate surroundings while putting you feet up after trekking the picturesque and scenic routes.
While these Inca ruins are considered the main attraction of this vibrant country there are plenty of other sights on offer. Before heading off for the start of your trail you will spend time in Cuzco, the colonial city built on the remains of the ancient Inca palace, exploring the fascinating ruins surrounding the city. While here you will be staying in El Mercado Tunqui built on and inspired by a former market only a couple of blocks away from the Plaza de Armas. El Mercado brings the community spirit of a market and Cuzco to their visitors, with a warm friendly Peruvian welcome and exceptional service.
Once you have returned back to Cuzco after your Machu Picchu adventure, you will be whisked off for a scenic journey to Puno on Lake Titicaca. Visiting the Uros & Taquile islands, also known as the floating islands, you will get a glimpse of Peruvian culture and community meeting the friendly and welcoming Taquile people.