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HERO Peru Machu Picchu

Experiences

An adventure through Peru’s Incan heritage and captivating landscapes

The cradle of an extraordinary civilization, Peru today is a place of cosmopolitan cities, biodiversity hot spots, and overwhelmingly wondrous landscapes. A huge country full of surprises, with the most extraordinary being the ruins of the Incans.

When to go
Feb-Sept
From price
$15,000 pp*
Ideal length
10 nights

SURFING LIMA & DESERT ATV RIDE

Begin your adventure in Peru’s vibrant capital city of Lima. While exploring its colorful, idiosyncratic neighborhoods, stop in at its stately museums, contemporary art galleries, and absorbing pre-Colombian temples.

Epic surfing opportunities are on the doorstep in this buzzing city, with Punta Hermosa Beach renowned for its superb waves including Pico Alto—one of the biggest breaks in South America. Spend a day surfing with surfing world champion Sofia Mulanovich (South America’s first), who has spent more than eight consecutive years ranked as one of the top five surfers in the world.

Continue south to the parched Paracas Desert with its fascinating history, culture, and sensational landscapes. Spend an afternoon riding ATV buggies across the dunes, stopping for sundowners as the sun slips below the horizon. Cruise out onto the ocean to explore the scenic bays of the Peruvian coast. Sail to Islas Ballestas, a nature reserve hosting the largest populations of penguins, Peruvian boobies, and sea lions on the coast.

Witness the skill and creativity of the ancient Peruvians as you visit the Nazca Lines—geoglyphs and oversized lines engraved on the desert floor. Let Pelorus take you on an exclusive flight over the Nazca Lines to see this collection of more than twenty huge desert images, including a monkey, spider, and hummingbird.

CUSCO & SACRED VALLEY

Fly to Cusco, the heart of the former Incan Empire located at an altitude of over 11,000ft above sea level. The city is also the gateway to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Explore this historic city’s cobblestoned streets, colonial architecture, and colorful local fashions. A knowledgeable Pelorus guide will lead you on an eye-opening tour of Cusco’s Incan ruins and elucidate the Incas’ remarkable construction methods.

Journey through the foothills of the Andes, via a narrow, winding road, to reach the Sacred Valley—both an important archaeological site and an adventurer’s paradise. Explore the Incan ruins scattered throughout the valley, as well as the local Peruvian villages and markets.

See the Sacred Valley in novel fashion as you ride the rapids during your own private white-water rafting adventure. Quad bike through the hills, before stopping for a picnic lunch by the lakeshore. Set out on a secluded scenic hike through the mountainous terrain, accompanied by exotic bird calls and inquisitive llamas.

MACHU PICCHU & LAKE TITICACA

Rising from the mist and lush cloud forest, the ancient city of Machu Picchu is a sight that never disappoints. Spend the afternoon alongside your expert guide exploring the magnificent ruins and discovering the secrets of the Incan Empire. Stay the night in the town, rising early the following morning to hike, along the renowned Inca Trail, to the Sun Gate for a unique perspective of Machu Picchu.

Fly into the Peruvian Amazon before transferring to a boat and navigating the rich brown waters of the Madre de Dios River. Stay in an exclusive, secluded eco-lodge, far from civilization (and any phone signal).

Discover the Amazon rainforest, hiking through this immense jungle ecosystem and encountering its countless, fascinating flora and fauna. Sloths, snakes, monkeys, and a cacophony of bird species have their habitats here, as well as caiman whose eyes glint in the torchlight during your evening boat exploration. Fall asleep to the sounds of the forest in your comfortable lodgings. 

Your final Peruvian adventure transports you to the shores of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water lying 12,500ft above sea level. Believed by many to be the birthplace of the Incas, Lake Titicaca will complete your journey and round out your education of Incan history.

Explore the floating islands of the Uros Titino communities, and discover the Totora plant, which serves as the unique building material for their homes, fishing vessels, and the very islands on which they live. You will have the unique opportunity to become personally acquainted with the expert weavers who call this place home. Head out onto the lake by kayak, paddleboard, and sailboat to explore this tranquil, historic body of water at your own pace.

* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 2 adults traveling for 10 nights excluding international flights.