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Lima – Arequipa – Puno – Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Lima 16 Days

Arequipa – Puno – Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Lima 16 Days - 2024

Find your perfect itinerary with our selection of Peru tours. Experience the best of Peru with our all-inclusive trip! Explore the vibrant city of Lima, marvel at the stunning Colca Canyon, and discover the unique culture of the Uros Islands. Take in the breathtaking views of Cusco and the Rainbow Mountain, and ride ATVs through the rugged terrain. Visit the ancient city of Machu Picchu and immerse yourself in the local history. End your adventurte in the Amazon rainforest of Puerto Maldonado. Visit one of the most fascinating countries on the planet with local guides and first-rate accommodations, and cross some top destinations of your bucket list. Book your tour now and make unforgettable memories.


Day 1: Arrival in Lima.

Your incredible journey will begin with our friendly representative who will be waiting for you at the airport exit in Lima holding and orange sign marked “Sam Corporations”. (send your flight details) After a warm welcome, transfer to your reserved hotel in our private van. The guide will give you a quick run down about what to expect/prepare for in the following morning and will happily answer any questions you may have or assist you if needed.

  • 4* Accomodation: Casa Andina Premium, Costa del Sol Ramada, Novotel
  • Meals: None

Day 2: Lima City Tour: Ancient, Colonial and Modern – Flight to Arequipa.

After breakfast, you are picked up at the hotel by the guide and driver to begin your tour in Lima’s historic city center.

Visit the Main Square and the Cathedral, where Conquistador Francisco Pizarro is entombed. Tour the Convent and Church of San Francisco, which hold the oldest collection of colonial art in the Americas, with an exquisitely carved wood, a library of ancient manuscripts and the Sacristy with paintings by Zurbarán and Rivera.

The grand courtyard of the main cloister is decorated floor-to-ceiling in blue and white Sevillian tiles, depicting scenes from the bible that dates back to the 16th Century. Moroccan-style arches lead us to the Catacombs, a subterranean crypt from the colonial period, where the bones of 25 thousand colonial-era Lima residents are entombed.

Then tours of the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca adobe pyramid in the heart of the seaside district of Miraflores; Parque del Amor (Park of Love) and other attrations in the Miraflores district. Lunch.
Excursion to the Larco Museum, with its magnificent collection of Moche portrait vessels, erotic pottery and gold, silver and stone artifacts and textiles from Peru’s pre-Columbian civilizations. In the afternoon we will head to the Airport for our flight to Arequipa.

  • 4* Accomodatios: Casa Andina Premium, Costa del Sol Ramada, Novotel
  • Meals: None

Day 3: Arequipa City Tour

Day 3 begins with your tour guide picking you up from your hotel. This morning a tour of beautiful Arequipa. This historic town is surrounded by spectacular mountains, including the volcano El Misti. A fascinating feature of the city is its many beautiful buildings made of a light-colored volcanic rock called sillar.

The City Tour is the best way to see the beauty of Arequipa. The tour offers a glimpse of the cathedral of Arequipa and the convent of Santa Catalina, famous since the 16th century for its narrow streets and unique styles. Currently, 450 nuns call ther convent their home.
We will aslo visit the museum Santuarios Andinos and the beautiful and famous “Ice maiden”

  • 4* Accomodatios: Casa Andina Premium, Costa del Sol Wyndham Arequipa
  • Meals: None

Day 4: Arequipa Chivay.

Our tour will start between 7:30am and 8:15am, depart by bus towards the Colca Canyon. We’ll have stops in Pampa Cañahuas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, which is home to herds of Vicuñas, Llamas and Alpacas and migratory birds (flamingoes, seagulls Andean, wild ducks, etc.) So, you can stop to get that all-important selfie with an Alpaca! Stop on The Viewpoint of the Andes, which is the highest part of the road, from where we appreciate much of the Western Cordillera. Arrive to Chivay at 1:30 p.m. after lunch, we will settle in our lodging in Chivay.

In the afternoon, visit the hot springs La Calera of Colca Canyon to relax in the warm outdoor pool surrounded with beautiful sights of huge mountains. Then, back to Chivay for dinner in a restaurant of your choice followed by a cozy night in your hotel.

  • 4* Accommodations: Aranwa, Casa Andina.
  • Meals: None

Day 5: Chivay – Colca Canyon – Cruz Del Condor – Chivay – Puno.

After breakfast, we’ll depart to the “Condor’s Cross”, or natural viewpoint: “Cruz del Condor” around 6:00am. There we’ll hopefully see the world famous Andean condor birds soaring majestically above us as they effortlessly glide on thermal drifts. We will take you to different viewpoints of the canyon, to allow you to explore it and appreciate its sheer size. This incredible canyon is the second deepest in the world!

Then we will return to Chivay, making stops in some typical villages such as: Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque to explore some beautiful colonial churches. Make one last stop in Chivay for a buffet lunch. (not included)

We will be departing to Puno at 1pm. Along the way stopping at Patapampa and Lagunillas viewpoint Situated on the half way between Puno and Arequipa. There are several beautiful small lagoons called “Lagunillas”, where its possible to see Andean Flamingos and other Andean birds and trout farms fishing on their artisan boats. Here stop for a snack while enjoying the spectacular views and peaceful atmosphere. We will arrive in Puno around 7pm and then give you transport to your hotel.

  • 3* Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic Puno or Tierra Viva Puno
  • 4* Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection or Sonesta Puno
  • Meals: None

Day 6: Puno – Uros Islands – Taquile Island – Puno

After breakfast, the tour leader will pick you up and take you to the port of Puno. There, embark on a 30-minute boat ride until arriving at the impressive floating islands. Be welcomed by the extremely friendly locals, who will show you the island and the products they weave. Later, take a two-hour boat ride to arrive at Taquile Island. The inhabitants still live according to their ancestral traditions and dress with gorgeous colored traditional ropes. They are also famous for the magnificent weavings which are traditionally made by men, not women. Have some time to learn about ancestral farming techniques and try to use a few Inca tools. Have lunch in a traditional restaurant, (included) where you can try delicious local dishes. Then, we take the boat back to Puno and transfer to your hotel for the end of the tour.

  • Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch
  • 3* Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic Puno or Tierra Viva Puno
  • 4* Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection or Sonesta Puno

Day 7: Puno – Tour To Cusco.

Pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am to take you to the bus station to take a luxury bus to Cusco. First visit La Raya, the border between the regions of Cusco and Puno, where the most traditional animals of Peru can be seen: llamas and alpacas. In Pucara, we will visit a museum where it is possible to see some pre-Inca remains. Then, stop at the Racchi Inca ruins, which used to be a religious and resting place for Inca travelers. During the trip, stop to visit famous Inca ruins, museums and the Andahuaylillas Church, which is considered to be the Sistine Chapel of South America because of its amazing frescos. At 5:30 pm we arrive in Cusco.

  • 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels
  • Meals included: Lunch.

Day 8: Cusco City Tour – Sacsayhuaman – Nearby Ruins – Cathedral

Sleep in and enjoy a lazy morning. We will pick you up at 10am at your hotel and we will start our visit of the Imperial City of Cusco. A living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish cultures, this city will be one of the highlights of your trip. We walk to the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God. You will have plenty of time to enjoy these beautiful sights and capture their beauty with your camera. Visit and recieve a tour of the Cathedral of Cusco. After the tour, we visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman with its military Inca architecture, which dominates the city.

Finally, we go to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Puca Pucará, and Tambomachay, located in the north east of the city. After a busy day filled with rich history, we take you back to your hotel.

  • 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels
  • Meals: None

Day 9: Sacred Valley Tour + Atv

We start this beautiful day at 7:00am, the guide will pick you up at the Cusco hotel in our private van. Our route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to the town of Pisac. Stop first at the Mirador of Taray to enjoy an expansive view of the Urubamba Valley and its traditional farming villages. See how little the agriculture in the Sacred Valley has changed in the past five hundred years.

Drive to the archeological site of Pisac, where you visit an impressive Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. Admire the carefully engineered farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel. Head down to the colorful market of Pisac, spend time visiting/shopping and then drive to Urubamba for lunch. (included)
On our way to an ATV camp, the guide covers the correct use of the ATVs so we are ready to go to the Salt Mines. Explore the incredible salt mines of Maras. A natural spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of water heavily laden with salt, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a very high quality pink salt just as the Incas have done for centuries.

Back to our ATVs, travel to the archaeological site of Moray which is an agricultural laboratory from the time of the Inca, where they created various micro-climates for growing food. After our guided tour of this incredibly unique site, return to our ATVs and make our way through the Maras Moray area back to the ATV camp. By our private van we make our way to Ollantaytambo, our last stop.
Drive to Ollantaytambo where we have time to explore the Inca village that has remained intact since Inca times. Later, have a tour of the massive Inca Ruins with the tour guide. We explore the architecture of the Sun Temple at the top of the large hillside terraces. Our guide explains the importance and significance of this impressive site for the Incas during the beginning of the Spanish conquest.

After our tour of Ollantaytambo ends, we drive you back to Cusco arriving around 6:30pm.

  • 3* Accommodation: Pakaritampu Hotel or El Alberge
  • There are no 4* hotels in Ollantaytambo
  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel – Lunch

Day 10: Ollantaytambo – Km104 – WiÑAy Wayna – Sun Gate – Machu Picchu

We start this exciting day early; the guide will pick you up at 5:30am. When you arrive at the train station, the guide will give you your lunch to add to your daypack. The train departs Ollantaytambo at 6:10am and have just over an hour on the train to enjoy the scenery before arriving to your trek starting point. 

Get off the train at the famous Km104, where your hike begins! (2,000m/6,560 ft. above sea level) After crossing the Urubamba river on a picturesque foot bridge, show your passport at the checkpoint and get to visit your first Inca archeological site! The first hour and a half are a gentle trek upward, with several shelters along the way to pause for a bit, to get out of the sun, or rain, depending on the season. Along the way, stop at several outlooks where you have an expansive view of the Urubamba River. Pass through several microclimates, including a cloud forests, so be ready for damp or even rain at any season of the year. The next hour and a half are a slightly steeper uphill trek with a beautiful waterfall as your reward at the end of the trail!

As you walk below the waterfall, be sure to gaze up at the spectacular Wiñay Wayna as you pass (2,600m/8,500ft above sea level) These amazing Inca ruins have a fascinating history and some parts are still hidden by the dense jungle. Close to Machu Picchu, we are hiking through lush sub-tropical jungle. The guide will tell you all about the ruins, plus the incredible flora and fauna of this microclimate and answer any questions you have before the short 5 minute walk to your lunch spot.

Have lunch at the Wiñay Wayna campground, which is the last campground for those hiking the
Classic Inca Trail. Enjoy your hearty, gourmet lunch and admire the tropical flowers around the campground. Be sure to notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you book!

After lunch, continue our mostly flat hike to the Sun Gate. Before you reach the Sun Gate there is a set of steep stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca known as the “Monkey Stairs”. As you walk through the Sun Gate, experience your first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu Citadel, so take some time to savor the moment and take plenty of photos. The last hour down from the Sun Gate provide many opportunities to take more photos of Machu Picchu. There are also a couple more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu, make sure to go slowly, enjoy your time walking in the footsteps of the Inca on the Inca Trail and ask your guide questions about these historical places on the hike to Machu Picchu.

Once you reach Machu Picchu, take more photos from the viewing platforms above the site, the famous one being the “House of the Guardians”. Here you can take the famous postcard pictures of Machu Picchu.  Arrive in the afternoon, as the archeological area starts to empty of tourists. This gives you the opportunity to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shots. Take your time to enjoy this magical experience before you take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to check into the hotel. Have a delicious dinner, then have time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the Hot Springs or just go to your hotel to rest after such an exciting day.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel, picnic lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • 4* Accommodation:  El Mapi or Tierra Viva Machu Picchu (superior room)
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

You can leave an overnight bag at the Ollantaytambo train station to be sent by train directly to Aguas Calientes.

Day 11: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary sight and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you a guided tour of Machu Picchu, which takes about two hours. See many of the most important parts of Machu Picchu Citadel and learn the history and significance of each building.
When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or Hot Springs.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, the driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 7:00pm.

  • Meals included: Breakfast at your hotel
  • 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels


  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $67 USD.
  • Early trains can be organized by requested and it has to be done by booking time.
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike depends on availability and let us know about it at booking time.

Day 12: Rainbow Mountain.

Your amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure begins with pick up from your hotel at 4am! Set out on our drive for 3 hours through the South Valley, on our way to the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m/15,216 ft). The drive is dark so have time to rest or nap before reaching our beautiful destination.

The herds of alpacas and llamas near your breakfast place will entertain you in the early morning. Enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast, then get back in the van for the last drive to the trailhead. We start on our hike following a lovely stream, with views of the Ausangate Mountain and glaciers. This is a great place to interact with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive. Learn about their traditional clothes and the significance of the different hats worn by the men. Ask your guide to teach you a few words of Quechua!

After hiking up for about 1.5 hours, finally reach our destination: Rainbow Mountain! (5,020m /16,466ft). After admiring the unique beauty of this colorful landscape, have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the view. We recommend the short hike up the neighboring mountain to get a better view of the vibrant colors and a better angle for your photos. Spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Afterwards, we hike across to the Red Valley for 45 minutes to enjoy the rich red Valley and Mountains. Finally we walk back the same trail we hiked up back down to the the trail head, where our driver will be awaiting us. Drive back down the mountain to a buffet lunch where we can reflect and share photos.

Embark on the 3-hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 5:00pm.

**** There is an option to rent a horse from local people right at the starting point of the trek!

  • 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels
  • Meals: Breakfast – Lunch.

Day 13: Cusco – Flight To Puerto Maldonado

Arrive in Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios, then have the rest of the day to walk around the town at your leisure. Explore the buzzing city and its beautiful gardens with rare flora and fauna that can be found nowhere else in the world.

  • 3* Accommodation: 
  • Meals: None

Day 14: Sandoval Lake Full Day Tour

We will pick you up from the hotel and will head to the Capitania Port in Puerto Maldonado. Board a motorboat and navigate down the Madre de Dios River watching animals such as turtles, caimans, lizards, and cute river otters playing around on the shores. After about half an hour, we get to a checkpoint of the Sandoval Lake Reserve.

Walk for 5 km to reach Sandoval Lake, here we will board a canoe and cruise around the lake. See giant river otters, black caimans and prehistoric birds such as shansho, herons, cormorants, kingfisher, etc. For dinner, we return to the lodge. After dinner we undertake an evening caiman observation as these animal come out at night. Our professional naturalist tour guide shows and explains to us all about these spectacular animals. From there we float the Madre de Dios River by a motorboat towards Puerto Maldonado where we spend the night.

  • 3* Accommodation: 
  • Meals: Lunch

Day 15: Thank you – Departure from Puerto Maldonado

It is time to say goodbye to your new friends and tour guide. You will take the journey back to the city to the airport for your national flight to Lima.

  • 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada or Casa Andina Private Collection
  • Meals: None

Day 16: Departure from Lima.

Enjoy your remaining time in lima. Then, when you are ready, we will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the airport.

  • 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada or Casa Andina Private Collection
  • Meals: None


  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel (Please send us the flight information)
  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • All entrance tickets for the different archeological sites
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip train ticket (Expedition service) Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Hotel at Aguas Calientes with private room, bathroom, and wifi
  • Round trip Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco via private van


  • Water and snacks
  • Huayna Picchu – $75 USD
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train – $67 USD
  • Hotel upgrade – Request pricing at booking time
  • Meals
  • Tips for your guide


Please Contact our Friendly Sales Staff for Price Information

All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with a maximum of 8!


  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Huayna Picchu Climb: $75 USD This needs to be booked in advance, please let us know at the time of booking.
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train: $67 USD (Aguas Calientes to Poroy at 4:43pm)
  • La Cabaña Hotel 3: $60 USD per person Upgrade Tierra Viva Hotel: 4 $90 USD per person
  • El Mapi Hotel: 4*¨$120 USD per person
  • Hotel single supplement: $40 USD per night


Please read the following information carefully. It will help answer all of your questions about our services and the LIMA, AREQUIPA, PUNO, CUSCO, PUERTO MALDONADO TOUR.


We will pick you up from the Lima airport and take you to your hotel in Lima. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading SAM CORPORATIONS outside the arrivals terminal. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter.


The Briefing will be held in your hotel the night before your tour departure.


Absolutely! During the Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be kept in our office or stored at your hotel, both are free.


First, to book you’re the LIMA, AREQUIPA, PUNO, CUSCO, PUERTO MALDONADO TOUR we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here – BOOK NOW.

We will need the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). This information is necessary to purchase the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, other sites and  the train tickets:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

Second, we require a deposit per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbols on our booking page. Contact our staff for deposit price.


Unfortunately, no. Once we purchase Machu Picchu tickets, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after we bought the tickets. Tickets are also not transferrable nor refundable. If you cancel your Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek, the deposit is non-refundable!


YES! You MUST bring your original passport with the SAME passport number you sent to us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, Train Ticket, any entrance ticket, and reservations. They will check when you enter Machu Picchu and to board the train.

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, please send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we can update your information when we receive a COPY of your new passport for a fee of $25 USD per person. We MUST have a COPY of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport, keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee, you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport, but you will need to show both passports, old and new to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.

Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into Peru. Peruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.


Of course! We will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley when we return from the tour. We will also pick you up from the Sacred Valley if you are staying there.


We are a local, sustainable & responsible tour operator which functions according to the ethical principles of tourism. Protect the environment and help the indigenous communities by respecting their culture and religion. We have trained all of our staff to know, understand, and respect the local communities and the people living there.


  • A small backpack or carry bag (large bags are not allowed on the train or in Machu Picchu)
  • Comfortable shoes/hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • A fleece or jacket
  • Basic toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat for the sun
  • Original passport (you cannot enter Machu Picchu without it)
  • Please check our packing list for clothing recommendations.

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