Destinations Destinations
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Family
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Season Season
January - December

Good to know

  • Private tour: all days & activities tailored to your preferences
  • Explore at your pace, choose your own travel dates
  • Explore the Amazon from a jungle lodge
  • See Machu Picchu, Cusco & Sacred Valley with your own expert guide
  • 24/7 in-country support and assistance
  • Carefully-selected, quality assured hotels

Combine Peru's two finest gems in one trip: the biodiverse wonderland of Puerto Maldonado in the southern Amazon basin, and the incredible cultural heritage of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Start your trip in Lima before heading to a remote jungle lodge to explore the rainforest with expert guides, before arriving up into the high Andes to marvel at Machu Picchu, historical Cusco and the many ruins of the beautiful Sacred Valley.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

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This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A SA Expeditions travel expert will be happy to advise.

Arrival to Lima

Welcome to Peru! Today is a transit day, and after a long flight you're probably looking forward to a nice meal and some relaxation. A representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The Costa del Sol hotel is located right across the street from the airport and is the best choice for travellers connecting to Cusco early the next morning. But if you want to spend longer exploring Lima, you’ll have the time to head into the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores. Peru's capital city is well worth exploring - get in touch if you'd like to tailor this itinerary with more time in Lima.

Into the jungle

From Lima you will depart for Puerto Maldonado, in Peru's southern Amazon. At the airport you will be collected and taken via covered canoe to your jungle lodge to begin your Amazon adventure. Along the way, keep your eyes open for the abundant exotic wildlife living along the banks. You'll arrive at the lodge with time to settle in before embarking on two days of exciting day-time and night excursions accompanied by expert nature guides. You'll navigate the shores of Sandoval oxbow lake by kayak searching for black caimans, giant river otters, and innumerable species of birds and monkeys. Later you'll ascend an observation tower in the jungle canopy, from which you will be able to experience the life of the colourful macaws, parrots, and other jungle birds.

If you have time it's well worth extending your stay in the jungle for a day or two. Get in touch now for a custom itinerary.

Featured Accommodation
Reserva Amazonica

Reserva Amazonica

Hacienda Concepcion

Hacienda Concepcion

Posada Amazonas

Posada Amazonas

Explore historical Cusco

Today you’ll make the leap from sea level to 11,500 feet as you travel from the jungle to Cusco for the second part of your Peruvian odyssey. The first day you will be free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude. If you're feeling up to it, the city centre is pedestrian-friendly and makes for a great stroll. We’re happy to recommend the city's best options for dining and shopping, in line with your specific interests or needs.

The next morning you'll take a full-day private tour of Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. You'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Inca complex with impressive stonework, and Koricancha, one of the most important Inca temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!). You’ll also stop at Cusco Cathedral where you'll learn about the intricacies of the Cusco school of art and view fascinating historical artefacts.

Private tour of the Sacred Valley

Prepare to have your breath taken away! On a full day private tour of the Sacred Valley you'll visit the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you’ll be treated to a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will stay in comfort to await the highlight of your tour.

Private tour of Machu Picchu

This is one for your bucket list. Uncover the mystical secrets of Machu Picchu during a private, expert-guided tour of the famed citadel. You'll have the opportunity to visit the most important parts of the ruins to wonder at how they were constructed. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins and valley beneath you. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. After a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life, you’ll depart from Aguas Calientes by train for Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cusco hotel.

International departure

A representative will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the Cusco airport for your flight to Lima and onward connection.

More time? We highly recommend spending longer in Lima for a tour of the city, including the Larco Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its famous catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and contemporary Miraflores. For longer extensions this trip can be easily customised to include the Galapagos Islands, Iguazu Falls, or Patagonia. Get in touch now for a custom itinerary.

Where to stay

Sample accommodations & classes

Casa San Blas, Cusco


Peru's Classic (three-star equivalent) hotels provide the optimal combination of quality and value...

Expect to pay $465 per night
Isla Suasi, Lake Titicaca


Peru's superior (four-star equivalent) hotels offer fine rooms, exclusive service and excellent dining...

Expect to pay $531 per night
Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu


Peru's five-star hotels are world class, offering impeccable service and unbeatable facilities...

Expect to pay $580 per night
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Price guide

Pricing varies by accommodation class and group size. Get in touch for more details.

Class Price per person
Classic $3,590
Superior $3,790
Deluxe $4,290

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

Carefully-selected, quality assured hotels including unique, independently-owned boutiques. All hotels can be upgraded or changed on request.

Included Guided excursions

All trips and excursions accompanied by expert, bi-lingual guides to help you get an inside view on Peru.

Included Ground transfers

All airport collections and hotel transfers in private cars and comfortable minivans.

Included Hotel breakfasts

All breakfasts and some lunches included. Your guides will happily advise on local restaurants for evening meals.

Included Camping equipment

All camping gear and equipment supplied (on trekking tours where required).

Included Internal flights

Domestic airfare / internal flights are included in the price.


What people are saying about SA Expeditions

Eric and Katie

We would highly recommend SA Expeditions if you want to travel with less stress and some extra comfort. We were beyond pleased with our adventure! We greatly appreciate you for helping us through the Lima airport, it would have taken us a long time to figure out. Our Machu Picchu, Sacred valley, Textile, Salt flats, and Ollantaytambo were really neat. The Wayna Picchu hike was worth it and we felt was the highlight of Machu Picchu. We were very pleased with our room and travel accommodations. We will definitely be in touch if we decide to go back!


I could not be more pleased with the trip arranged by SA Expeditions. I found SA on line and they had very positive reviews. The entire trip to Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu was arranged in two days and I left on my originally scheduled departure date. When my flight from the US were delayed SA tracked the changes and still arranged for pick up and escort at the airport even at 4:30 a.m. arriving 6 hours late. When I arrived in Cusco I was met by my guide Martin and spent the next five days with him and our driver. It was a totally private tour through the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. The hotels were high 4-5 star and beautiful. Martin was knowledgeable, considerate and a lot of fun. As a woman traveling alone it could have not been better. Returning to Lima I was picked up by Ruth my guide and driver. They were equally as knowledgeable and paid attention to every detail. Thanks to SA I had a wonderful experience. Jeanie my travel coordination did a fantastic job of putting together a high end trip with little time and stayed in touch throughout the trip to make sure it was running smoothly. I would recommend anyone looking for a South American adventure book work with SA. I certainly plan to use them again.


We had an amazing trip! Every aspect is something we would recommend to others. The SA Expeditions planning experience with, the flexibility when we had to make changes to our itinerary, personal 1-1 connection to an expert made the process very smooth and enjoyable. The hotels were exactly what we had hoped for – authentic yet comfortable. Casa Cartegna service was impeccable and the location very convenient. We loved the court yard, the breakfast was delicious, well beyond what we anticipated and the tea service was a nice touch. Machu Picchu was by far our favorite day. Our driver, airport escort and guides were all top notch, friendly, helpful. In all cases I felt like we were in good hands, we enjoyed ourselves and we learned a lot about Peru. Dimas was a great guide and an incredible story teller, had helpful recommendations, stopped and took many photos for us – he always knew the best spots. He answered all our questions and was flexible when we wanted to stay longer or switch the order of something. He made a very positive impact on our experience for sure. The idea to get a room at the hotel for the long layover was great – we were very happy we did that. This is a trip we will never forget. Something we have dreamed about and the experience exceeded our expectations.



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