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Peru - The ancient Inca Kingdom

  • Colonial Lima
  • The Amazon jungle along the Madre de Dois
  • Machu Picchu
  • The Sacred Valley
  • Pisac Market and the Salt Pans of Maras
  • Puno and Lake Titicaca
  • Cusco City Tour


Nearly half of Peru is covered by the world’s largest rainforest – the Amazon – and this is where we start our tour. Thousands of fascinating plant and animal species inhabit this mysterious humid verdure.

Peru’s earliest inhabitants date back to more than 13,000 years ago. One of the most important Peruvian cultures was the Inca, who lived in Peru around 600 years ago. Their capital, Cusco, is still a major city today and is a highlight on our itinerary along with the famed Machu Picchu, a famous ancient city in the Andes.

Other must-see attractions included in the tour is the Sacred Valley, Colonial Lima, Pisac Market and the Salt Pans of Maras.

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. It is also, according to Andean belief the birthplace of the sun. We end our tour in this place where time seemingly stood still.

From 12 to 27 May 2024 Live the Journey will travel to Peru. Join us on this journey of discovery through wild landscapes and ancient culture.

“Imagine breathing the purest air on earth or seeing a lake so blue that you have the sensation that you are touching the sky. Imagine gigantic trees which have been witnesses of history or canoeing down a river that flows into the mighty Amazon more than 4,000 kilometres away… Peru exceeded every expectation I had. It has an exuberant biodiversity and is the scene of extraordinary culture, colour and cuisine.” – Karien Schoeman



Depart from Johannesburg to Lima with a layover in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival in Lima, we will be met by our English-speaking driver-guide and transferred to our hotel, arriving late in the evening.

O/N at the Holiday Inn Miraflores or similar.


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We have the rest of the day at leisure to relax and acclimatise after the marathon flight.

Tonight, the group enjoys a Welcome Dinner together.

O/N at the Holiday Inn Miraflores or similar including welcome dinner.


14 MAY 2024: LIMA

After breakfast, we will be met at our hotel for a Lima Market Tour and Peruvian Cooking class.

Our first stop will be at a local market, where we will learn about the local products that are the basis of Peruvian cuisine and also taste some seasonal fruits. Then, with the help of a chef, we will participate in a cooking class in which we will learn the secrets of how to prepare the most representative dishes of Peru and for which we will be provided with all the ingredients. All this experience of flavours and ingredients will be complemented by a delicious lunch, the perfect closing to our great food adventure.

After lunch, we will be transferred back to our hotel. We spend the rest of the day at leisure.

O/N at the Holiday Inn Miraflores or similar including breakfast and lunch.


The morning begins with the sound of beautiful birdsong from the Amazon paradise. A hearty breakfast will provide the energy for a morning full of new experiences.

After breakfast, we hike into the depths of the forest on trails especially prepared with bridges to cross small gorges and rivers. During the journey we will observe the flooded forest and a variety of flora and wildlife, continuing to the majestic Lake Apu Victor with its crystal-clear waters, surrounded by marshes and giant trees. Later we will go up to the observation deck, offering panoramic views of the lake and surrounds. We head back to the Lodge to enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, accompanied by our specialist guide, we will visit Monkey Island, a unique place in the heart of Madre de Dios River situated about five minutes’ away from the Lodge. During the walk we will observe extraordinary landscapes with exuberant flora, sheltering a variety of monkey species in their natural habitat such as spider monkeys, capuchins, lion monkeys, squirrel monkeys, cotos and other animal species like the coati and sloths, and a great variety of bird species.

Finally, we complete our visit of the island enjoying an impressive sunset in the jungle. We return to the lodge and conclude this amazing day with a pleasant dinner.

O/N at the Ecoamazonia Lodge or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Limited Wi-Fi.)


Breakfast, check-out, and transfer to the airport. This morning we fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the southern Amazon jungle.

The bulk of your luggage will stay behind in Puerto Maldonado. Pack the essentials for the next few days in your backpack as there is no space on the boats going to the lodge for bulky suitcases.

Meet and greet upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, Peru’s Capital City of Biodiversity. We drive through this interesting city before proceeding to Puerto Capitanía to board a motorized riverboat. From here we navigate the Madre de Dios River to our lodge set in the jungle. During the journey, we will immerse into the fascinating natural environment of the Amazon. Upon arrival at the Ecoamazonia Lodge, we enjoy a welcome drink and get settled into our bungalows.

Later we proceed on a tour led by our specialist tour guide through an interpretive trail conveniently signposted to the Cocha Caiman, a small lake with an abundant presence of black and white caimans.

Enjoy your first spectacular sunset in the Amazon, an experience full of intensities and overwhelming colour ranges. Return to the lodge where a delicious dinner will await you.

O/N at the Ecoamazonia Lodge or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Limited Wi-Fi.)


After breakfast, we embark on another adventure through the virgin rainforest. Accompanied by a local guide we will go on a hike deep into the jungle making our way to the Lost Lake (Lost Cocha or Cocha Perdida as it is also known). The Lost Lake is a refuge and feeding ecosystem for a tremendous diversity of animals. Here we will have a chance to observe a variety of animals such as otters, caimans, turtles, sachavacas, birds in every colour, and if we are lucky, possibly the majestic jaguar. This area is unique to the Ecoamazonia’s Ecological Reserve and as it is protected it remains intact with large marshes and natural springs. From the observation deck you will be able to appreciate the immense and magical rainforest. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a pleasant canoe ride around the lake returning to the lodge for lunch.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy another delicious dinner this evening.

O/N at the Ecoamazonia Lodge or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner. (no Wi-Fi)


After breakfast and check-out, we take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by outboard motorized canoe. Later we fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, via Lima. Situated in the Peruvian Andes this city was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel situated in the Sacred Valley.

O/N at the Casa Andina Premium Hotel or similar including breakfast, box lunch and dinner.


Today, we will visit the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. An exciting day awaits!

We leave our luggage at the hotel to be transferred ahead. Ensure that you have all your essentials for the day in your backpack.

We board the comfortable Vistadome train service to Aguas Calientes train station, enjoying spectacular views along the way. Upon arrival, we will board a bus that will take us to the entrance gate of the Machu Picchu citadel.

Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away. We will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as we explore this magical citadel.

At the scheduled time, we return to the Aguas Calientes train station to board the return Vistadome train service. Upon arrival at the station, we are met and transferred to our hotel for check-in.

O/N at the Costa del Sol by Wyndham or similar including breakfast and lunch.


Following breakfast, we depart on a day tour of the surrounding region. Our first stop is Chinchero village with an altitude of 3,772 metres above sea level, famous for the extraordinary beauty and quality of its textiles.

From here we head to the salt pans of Maras. The stark white of the steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes. The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times, is sure to amaze you.

Our journey continues to the archaeological site of Moray. Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site’s system of circular terraces descends 150 metres, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancement achieved by the Incas, who excelled at building masterful constructions in harmony with nature. We return to the hotel for dinner.

O/N at the Casa Andina Premium Hotel or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner.


We start our day with a visit to the nearby Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure built with huge carved rocks jointed with absolute accuracy. This citadel on the northern outskirts of the city is an astounding example of Incan military architecture and is, undoubtedly, the greatest architectural work of the Tahuantinsuyo (Incan Empire). It proves the undeniable strength and administrative capacity of the empire and its powerful logistical systems, capable of organising and mobilising such a structure.

We continue our exploration of the Imperial City with a visit to the San Pedro Market, which being the city’s main street market, will introduce you to the products of Cusco, overwhelming you with the sights, aromas, tastes, and colours of the region. Next, we head towards the Main Square, where we will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

We end the day with an exploration of the artistic and bohemian neighbourhood of San Blas, home to many renowned artists. Through narrow, cobblestone streets, we arrive at the main plaza of San Blas, which is surrounded by many well-known artisan workshops, such as Mendívil, Olave, and Mérida, among others. We will take our time to visit some workshops and contemplate the artist’s works. Our last stop for the day is the San Blas Church, built in 1563 on top of an Inca Sanctuary. The church is a simple structure, famous for its beautiful pulpit that is carved from one single cedar tree – representing one of the most exquisite works of wood carving in the Spanish churrigueresque style done by indigenous hands.

O/N at the Costa del Sol by Wyndham or similar including breakfast and lunch.


Enjoy breakfast this morning. Today we visit the Pisac Market. Pisac is a beautiful village where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants today. We will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where we find extraordinarily fine jewellery, ceramic and textile craftwork. A visit to Awanacancha completes the day.

We return to Cusco and spend the afternoon at leisure.

Alternatively, you may choose to join an optional full-day excursion to view the Rainbow Mountains. (Cost for this optional excursion not included.)

What are the Rainbow Mountains? Located in the Peruvian Andes it is 3-hour drive away from Cusco. The mountain is famed for its natural, multi-coloured beauty at a staggering 5,200 m above sea level. This rainbow-like appearance is created by the sediment of minerals throughout the area giving the mountain the turquoise, lavender, gold and other colours. It was only recently discovered due to the snow melting revealing the hidden gem that’s still considered holy by many until this day.

For those opting to do this excursion the programme will be as follows:
• Depart with breakfast and lunch boxes.
• 05h00 Transfer from Cusco to the Rainbow Mountains (approx. 3-hour drive).
• Upon arrival depart on a 3 to 4-hour hike to admire the beautiful mountains with their colourful line landscape.
• Start the return journey back to Cusco to arrive at around 18h30.
• A reasonable level of fitness is required for this high-altitude hike.
• Guests opting not to join this excursion will continue with the programme as normal.

All group members meet in the evening to enjoy dinner together.

O/N at the Costa del Sol by Wyndham or similar including breakfast and dinner.


Breakfast and check-out. Today we will drive to Puno via Andahuaylillas, Pucara and Raqchi. We will stop in La Raya for lunch. Upon arrival in Puno we transfer to our hotel for check-in and dinner.

O/N at the Jose Antonio Puno Hotel or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Another special day awaits! After breakfast we depart on a full day standard boat excursion to Uros and Taquile Islands, enjoying an extraordinary journey across the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. We travel to legendary places where time seems to have stood still. The first stop will be Uros floating islands. These are a peculiar grouping of around 40 small islands made totally of totora, a natural reed that grows around the lake. The cheerful inhabitants will invite you to get to know their traditional lifestyle and customs.

We continue our extraordinary voyage across the placid waters of the lake towards the picturesque Taquile Island, a peaceful place where old Quechua traditions live in perfect balance with modernity. Discover a landscape distinct from the other islands thanks to the Incan terraces filled with local flowers and crops. The rich colours of the clothing worn by the local inhabitants will amaze you; admire their beautiful hand-made fabrics. Most importantly, enjoy the unbelievable hospitality of the islanders, known as Taquileños, who will make your visit to the island a memorable one. Before making our way back to Puno, we will enjoy lunch at a local home.

O/N at the Jose Antonio Puno Hotel or similar including breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Breakfast and check-out. Transfer to the Juliaca Airport for our flight back to Lima.

Upon arrival in Lima, we depart on a city tour focusing on colonial Lima. We start by exploring the Main Square on foot taking in the exteriors of the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral of Lima, all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence. Walking through the Cathedral’s numerous chapels, we'll travel through the past and discover various architectural styles (from Renaissance to Neo-Classical) and learn about the religious history of Peru.

We will also visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Our tour ends with a visit to San Francisco Convent built in the 17th century and its “Catacombs” – the ancient underground cemetery of Lima.

We enjoy dinner at our hotel tonight.

O/N at the Holiday Inn Miraflores or similar including breakfast and dinner.


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. You have the day at leisure.

You may choose to join an optional excursion to view the mysterious Nasca Lines.
(Cost for this optional excursion is not included.)

What are the Nasca Lines? The Nazca Lines in southern Peru are a group of pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into desert sands. Covering an area of nearly 1,000 sq. kilometres, these depict about 300 different figures, including animals and plants. Composed of over 10,000 lines, some of which measure 30 meters wide and stretch more than 9 kilometres, the figures are most visible from the air.

The programme for those opting to do the Nasca Lines excursion will be as follows:
• 06h00 Transfer with private vehicle and guide to the Pisco airport (approx. 4 hours’ drive from Lima). Depart with breakfast box.
• Enjoy a scenic flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes (remember your Passport).
• If you suffer from motion sickness it is a good idea to take the necessary medication as the aircraft will do several passes over the various sites.
• Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant after the flight.
• Approximate return journey to Lima commences at 14h30 (approx. 4 hours’ drive).
• Guests opting not to join this excursion will have the day at leisure in Lima.

We enjoy our final dinner in Lima tonight.

O/N at the Holiday Inn Miraflores or similar including breakfast and dinner.


Sadly, our tour of Peru ends this morning. Enjoy breakfast before transferring to Lima Airport for our overnight flight to Johannesburg, via Sao Paolo.

Meals: Breakfast.



12 May 2024 – 26 May 2024



Per person sharing: USD 3 785 (± ZAR 71,915)
Single Supplement: USD 760 (± ZAR 14 440)

Average rate of exchange used USD 1.00/ ZAR 19.00 for Rand price indicated. Please use as a guideline only – final cost subject to rate of exchange at the time of confirmation and payment. Flights excluded.


  • Meet and greet upon arrival. 
  • Transfers and excursions a on private basis (except for the excursions at the lodge in the Amazon which are done on shared basis).
  • English-speaking local guides in each region.
  • 15 Nights’ accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels.
  • 15 Breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified.
  • Return Vistadome Train ticket to/ from Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip coach ticket to the Machu Picchu ruins.
  • South African tour leader accompanying the group.
  • Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels.


  • All international and local flights (quoted and booked separately)
  • Visa Fees, if applicable
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers and dining room tips
  • Optional excursions as specified
  • Drinks
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
  • Comprehensive travel insurance


Approximate total economy-class international flight cost per person including airport taxes ex Johannesburg: From R29,500.00 per person.

Approximate total economy-class local flight cost per person including airport taxes. The routing will be Lima - Puerto Maldonado – Cusco - Lima:  From R10,000.00 per person.  

This estimated total is for return international flights from Johannesburg plus all three domestic flights within Peru. Flight costs are an estimate only and can only be confirmed on day of booking as it is subject to airport tax fluctuations and seat class availability.


  • This tour requires a minimum of 8 guests to offer it at the quoted price.
  • Prices for flights, airport taxes or park entrance fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be for guests’ account.
  • South African nationals do not require a visa at present for Peru, passports must be valid at least 6 months after tour dates, with sufficient blank pages.
  • Passengers arriving to Peru must present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate and it is advised that you take malaria precaution as well as medication for altitude sickness as much of the tour will be conducted a higher-than-normal altitudes.
  • This tour will be making use of local tourist guides in each of the areas that will be visited. Their in-depth knowledge of their local area and cultures, will enhance your tour experience.


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