Overview

Imagine yourself standing in the center of one of the world’s most impressive archeological sites, and one of the “new” seven wonders of the world – Machu Picchu. Viewing it at dawn or dusk creates a mystical feeling. From this Inca masterpiece, you can easily travel to explore other Inca Ruins in the famous Sacred Valley.

Often considered a destination for archeology lovers, Peru offers more than epic ruins. Desert-like coast, rugged mountains and lush rainforests provide visitors a chance to explore diverse cultures and pristine eco-systems.

Perhaps you would like to experience the famous Amazon Rainforest, staying in comfort at a beautiful Jungle Lodge.

Or marvel at the Nazca Lines and wonder who could have made those giant geoglyphs in the shapes of lizards, monkeys, dogs, hummingbirds, and even a space man.

 

Sample Itinerary

Welcome to Peru!
Most travelers start with Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu. If time permits consider Lake Titikaka, the Amazon Rainforests, or the Andean valleys.

Choose from any number of soft adventures; rafting, trekking, kayaking, camping and horseback riding in the mountains, jungles and deserts. Or, choose to be involved in social or nature conservation projects.

Choose from authentic and intimate lodges, luxury riverboats, private villas or haciendas.

Choose from especially-trained, English-speaking guides, guides specializing in photography, or even celebrity chefs!

Cregor Adventures is committed to responsible natural and cultural conservation, all the while capturing the essence of Peru. So choose your departure date and we’ll help you design your visit to emphasize the tastes, sounds and sights – elements that make Peru a unique destination of South America.

LIMA – Culture, crafts and culinary capital
Called Ciudad de los Reyes (City of Kings) by the Spanish conquerors, the capital city of Lima is much more than the gateway to Peru. With the country’s best museums – more than 20 of them, plus striking baroque and renaissance churches, colonial mansions and palaces, world-class restaurants and amazing shopping, Lima deserves more than a quick stopover.

Machu Picchu – The Most famous site in Peru
Visit the most famous site in Peru and one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. The Machu Picchu Historical Reserve is a magical place that fascinates through its vast archaeological remains, geological formations, unique flora and fauna and spectacular cloud forest. The most remarkable part of the reserve is the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, one of the world’s greatest sites.

Sacred Valley
Home of the finest Inca sites, the Sacred Valley offers a glorious beginning to a visit to the Cusco region and Machu Picchu. The Valley’s sublime climate, overwhelmingly beautiful scenery, picturesque villages, colorful folk arts and crafts and warm, friendly local people all reflect the Peru that visitors travel thousands of miles to see. Acclimate to the Andes and mingle with locals. Explore markets and archaeological remains, surrounded amidst the natural beauty.

Cusco
Vibrant is the word which best describes Cusco, capital of the vast Inca Empire some six hundred years ago, now the most important colonial center in the Andes, an axis of exploration and favorite destination for today’s international traveler. Understand Cusco, and you will understand the forces that make up Peru today.

Lake Titikaka – Stunning scenery and astounding altiplanos
Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake, at 3,810 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level. Sitting on the border between Peru and Bolivia, and surrounded by the Andean landscape, it might remind you of the Scottish highlands or Patagonia. With its clear air, crisp blue skies and intense sunlight shining on the vast pastures and small hamlets of the Quechua and Aymara cultures, Lake Titkaka is considered to be the origin of ancient cultures and the cradle of Inca civilization.

Arequipa – The White City
The second largest city and commercial capital of southern Peru, Arequipa is probably the most striking city in the country due to its elegant historic center with colonial buildings built of sillar, a porous white volcanic stone. Dubbed as “La Ciudad Blanca” or the White City, Arequipa is the gateway to Colca Canyon. Surrounding the city are three majestic snow capped volcanoes – El Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu with peaks reaching an average of 6,000 meters above sea level.

Amazon Rainforest – Rich Bio-diversity
The Tambopata National Reserve, located in the southern Peruvian Amazon Basin, is one of the last easily accessible virgin tropical rainforests in the world. The area contains enormous biodiversity and beautiful natural landscapes, spread over a vast 274,690 hectares (678,766 acres).

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Dates/Pricing

Prices vary according to your interests, length of stay, choice of accommodations, etc. Please contact Cregor Adventures for details.

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Accommodations

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Best nature retreat when visiting the enigmatic Lost City of the Incas

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is your ultimate cloud forest vacation paradise. The intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel is set in an Andean style village within a secluded 12 acre mountainside reserve. Follow the stone pathways along the terraced hills, melding with the sacred energy of the mountains. Indulge the hotel’s spa services which use sublime natural essences. A first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River.

(Buses to the Machu Picchu citadel begin running just before dawn in 15-minute intervals all throughout the day. The last bus returns at 5:30 pm.)

The Casitas
The hotel casitas with their terra cotta-tiles Pueblo roofs (crafted by local artisans), are set amongst lush gardens, beautifully landscaped for serenity and solitude. Every casita offers you a sanctuary for relaxation and repose at the foot of Machy Picchu, with :

  • Thick alpaca blankets & handmade wool coverlets
  • Crackling fireplaces
  • Comfortable spaces for sitting, dining
  • Spa-style bathrooms

Activities

Rest and relax or wander off to a nature adventure and exploration. Experience contemplative walks to sacred sites, or attempt a challenging Andean ascent. On the hotel grounds, soak in nature trails winding past waterfalls and gardens; your guide will explain the fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. Discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public (What could be more enchanting than the vibrant Waqnaki, and the legend of a lovesick Inca princess whose sadness was transformed into colorful teardrop petals?)

La Casona (Cusco)
La Casona is a colonial manor house —perhaps the first constructed by the Spanish in Cusco. It is located on what was once an Incan settlement and later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants. Today, it is part of Cusco’s main square.

Suites
The eleven suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. You will appreciate Cusco’s unique mestizo grandeur in the blended Spanish design. Enjoy its contemporary fixtures integrated with the original facilities, traditional colors, murals, and stone reflecting the patina of several centuries.

La Casona is a quiet oasis amidst the vibrant capital of the Incan empire.

Cusco and La Casona, is a wonderful hub to begin your discovery of the Andes. Visit the various valleys and villages surrounding the city, absorbing the magic and mysticism; or organize your excursions to other travel destinations in Peru.

Activities
Discover every facet of Cusco and the surrounding region – creative crafts or colonial churches, traverse temples or pueblo picnics.

Hotel Monasterio (Cusco)
A former monastery built on Inca stones, this is a haven of near-religious calm. Yet, just outside its tranquil cloisters is Cusco’s lively city centre, where brightly clad traders sell their wares, trekkers prepare to hike the Andes trails and Peruvian musicians gather enthusiastic crowds.

Lake Titilaka (Lake Titicaca)
The Titilaka Lodge is an “experiential” lodge, located on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The Lodge provides guests a luxurious refuge to explore the natural, cultural and historical resources of this remote, mystical region.

Set between the water, mountains and sky, Titilaka is a contemporary lodge offering luxury and comfort while integrating aspects of the environment and at the same time paying homage to the cultures of Lake Titicaca.

From the impressive facade to the crisp dining room, the decor fuses modern ambiance with the colorful heritage of the region. Large windows allow guests to enjoy the stunning outdoors. Those looking for closer contact with the outside need only step out to the wrap-around terraces.

The Rooms
Eighteen fully serviced lake-view rooms feature heated floors plus an array of amenities that ensure a comfortable stay. King, Dawn, Dusk and Corner suites have spa bathrooms with oversized tubs and massage showers. Guest rooms that ensure a calm and quiet atmosphere are essential to create a welcome haven for re-energizing after a day of chosen excursions by boat, mountain bike, on foot or car.

Activities
Titilaka was created to be a comfortable hub where one could rest after visiting the more frequented sites of Peru. Yet it was also created as an “experiential” hotel, offering an opportunity to delve deep into authentic cultural experiences.

The Lake is home to Aymara and Quechua cultures, as well as varied flora, fauna and stunning landscapes. As a result, the various activities and excursions reflect the uniqueness of the location and its people. Guests will be able to see firsthand the nature and culture that makes the Peruvian altiplano so special.

Some of those activities include: visiting the Uros floating islands, learning about the Aymara sky and constellations through the eyes of the Incas, visiting the weaving community of Copamaya, and visiting the Island of the Sun (Bolivia).

We encourage guests to participate in a variety of ¼ day activities and ½ excursions that cover a variety of interests. Additionally, we also offer full day excursions for those keener on exploring the surrounding areas, including Bolivia.

Reserva Amazonicas
Climb the banks of the Madre de Dios river, and enter another world. Wake to a symphony of tropical birds; end your days by lantern light, falling asleep to the gentle night noise of the Amazon rainforest.

Pristine, remote, yet easily accessible (only a 25 minute flight from Cusco), Reserva Amazonica is adjacent to the lush Tambopata National Reserve, known as the Biodiversity Capital of Peru. The Lodge is a welcome haven, situated at the heart of a 17,000 hectare (42,008-acre) private ecological reserve.

Rustic Elegance

  • Screened porch & hammocks
  • Tropical ceiling fans
  • Warm water showers
  • Lanterns
  • Low–impact electricity
  • Organic bath products
  • Robes & slippers

Activities
Reserva Amazonica offers you more than a dozen excursions. Your guide will meet with you upon arrival, to shape an ideal itinerary based on your interests, desired activity levels, weather conditions, and length of stay. Choose from different activities such as:
Challenging jungle treks & vigorous paddles.
Enchanting & accessible rainforest trails.
Thrilling treetop canopy bridge.
Bird watching, plant study, native communities & more.

Hiram Bingham (Train)
Once only accessible on foot, today there is a truly relaxing way to reach Machu Picchu: aboard the Hiram Bingham train. Wind past soaring mountains and the crashing waters of the Urubamba river – towards the citadel discovered by the explorer from whom it takes its name.

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Extensions

There are a number of additional travel options with direct flights from Lima. Two of the more popular options are Easter Island and Ecuador (Galapagos). Please contact us and we will be happy to help you with any arrangements.

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Postcards from Past Adventurers

Peggy and Frank,

The trip was wonderful. The weather was great, only heavy rain the last morning in the Amazon Basin, and the hotels and guides were perfect. Machu Picchu was amazing. We could not have enjoyed it more.

Thank you for your help and planning. We all had a fantastic time and would be happy to recommend the trip to others.

Would like to go back to visit the southwest and see the Lake islands and the Nasca signs.

Thanks again for your coordination and assistance. Have a great 2012.

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E. Dobbs Georgia Highlights of Peru
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