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16 Day Self-drive Inca Tracks Wildlife Tour in Peru
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Casa Andina Hotel, Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Off-road Wildlife Tour in Peru

The incredible route takes in an eclectic mix of historic haciendas, hotels, and lodges, with routes spanning the most spectacular mountain ranges, roads, and rivers in Peru. Imagine travelling through three climate zones, where you will reach off the beaten track locations others can only dream of, driving your own 4×4 self-drive expedition vehicle.

Key information

  • Group tour
  • Maximum group size: 4 persons per vehicle
  • Children policy: Children from 9 years old are allowed to join
  • Starting point and ending point: Lima
  • Park fees are not included and costs 48 GBP per person

Highlights

  • Self-drive tour
  • See various birds and other wildlife
  • Visit places such as Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Andahuaylas among others
  • 15 nights comfortable accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • Airport transfers

Styles


11 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Jorge Chávez International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be staying in the following accommodations:

  • First and fourteenth night: Casa Andina Hotel
  • Second night: Hacienda Hotel Majoro
  • Third night: Chalhuanca Mountain Lodge
  • Fourth night: Casa Cachora
  • Fifth to eighth night: Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco
  • Ninth night: La Mansion
  • Tenth night: Via Via Cafe
  • Eleventh night: Hacienda San Juan
  • Twelfth night: Rio Grande Lodge / Altares Cloud Forest Lodge
  • Thirteenth night: Hacienda Santa Maria

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

The Casa Andina Hotel is superbly situated in the Miraflores district of Lima, and a 10 minute stroll takes you along to the Pacific seafront park to the smart cliffside development of shops and restaurants at Larcomar. Surrounded by great eateries and cafes, its an ideal base from which to explore the buzzing city of Lima before a good night’s sleep prior to the start of your journey.

Hacienda Hotel Majoro

This elegant historic hacienda is set in the Nazca desert, with courtyards, pools, and beautiful decor recalling the origins of indigenous cultures but with a Spanish twist. This is welcome contrast to the hot dusty desert. Peacocks and Alpaca roam the 60-acre grounds, and after dinner here, you can star gaze from the poolside patio bar, or wander around one of the finest collections of pre-Inca textiles in South America, before turning in, ready for your drive to into the mountains.

Chalhuanca Mountain Lodge

Situated beyond the Pampa Galeras National Park,, Tampumayu Lodge is located next to the Chalhuanca River in a magnificent gorge, half-way between Nazca and Cusco. Its ranch style accommodations include a small chapel, a trout pool, and quiet gardens with alpaca and deer. With small bar and restaurant, this is one of the more remote locations.

Casa Cachora

With stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Salcantay towering over the nearby Apurimac Gorge (the world’s deepest canyon), this traditional private rustic Peruvian lodge offers exclusive 4×4 access. With lush tropical gardens and the buzz of humming birds, the peace of this secluded location is quick to charm. Everything served here is freshly produced on the farm from avocados to mangoes and honey. This is the starting point of the trail to the recently discovered lost city Inca citadel of Choquequirao.

Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco

This charming four-star hotel and converted convent from the 1600’s is close to the main plaza, among the narrow winding cobbled streets. Adjacent to the Korrekancha temple, and a five-minute walk from the old Plaza de Armas of the Inca Capital, there couldn’t be a more convenient base from which to explore Cusco. Log fires, a pleasant patio, and good restaurant will make your three-day layover for Cusco and Machu Picchu relaxed and memorable.

La Mansion

Located high in the Andes, is the small unremarkable town of Andahuaylas, which is the halfway point between Cusco and Ayacucho.

This simple, clean hotel offers a convenient overnight rest stop on your return North, with a hearty dinner at a small friendly restaurant nearby. Breakfast can be taken in the pleasant garden, before resuming our route towards Ayacucho.

Via Via Cafe

Set in a historic colonial building, and full of character, this lively café/hotel overlooks the main Plaza de Armas square in lovely Ayacucho, best described as a “mini Cusco”, and well off the tourist map.

Themed rooms on the second floor overlook a courtyard, and the old wooden balcony leads to the bar and restaurant overlooking the impressive Plaza. With rooftop views of many of the 32 colonial churches that dot the city, this is a great location to sip a Pisco Sour and people watch.

Hacienda San Juan

Just outside the village of Pampas, our family constructed this beautiful Hacienda in the 1700’s. Lovingly restored, it is now a stables and centre for dairy production. In a delightful setting nestled between high peaks at the head of the valley, the old chapel and grounds make for an enjoyable stroll while horseback rides are available into the surrounding woods and hills.

With roaring log fires in the two lounges, an excellent bar, and farm produced food prepared by our staff, this is one of our clients favorites.

Altares Jungle Lodge

Luxury and jungle don’t usually go together, but set in the cloud forest overlooking the delightful outpost of Oxapampa is the Altares Lodge. The smell of wood fired pizza ovens usually greets us, and the beautiful cabanas built into the hillside, each with its own private balcony and wonderful views beckon.

The clubhouse and restaurant also offer stunning views, and jungle wildlife walks and zipline are offered into the lush forest, surrounding this peaceful retreat.

Hacienda Santa Maria

This colonial adobe hacienda is another very special location, situated in the flower growing valley of Tarma. The deeds signed by King Philip of Spain are just one indication of the historic significance of Hacienda Santa Maria, and its walled garden and 300 year old rooms have changed little since the early Spanish settlers reached this remote valley.

With its own small chapel and courtyard, flower laden gardens, and creaking wooden balconies, this is a relaxing step back to another simpler time.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Your Peru tour starts here! To get the adventure off to a good start, you will be welcomed at Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) by a private driver who will ensure safe passage to your first night hotel. Located in the upmarket Miraflores district of Lima, the Casa Andina Hotel is ideally situated to experience your first taste of Peru.

After a short welcome briefing with the guide who will be accompanying you for the next two weeks, you are free to enjoy the evening and rest up for your departure south next morning.

Day 2: Lima to Nazca

After an early breakfast and a briefing from your guide, it is time to embark on your tour of Peru. Aboard one of Peru Safari's high quality 4×4 vehicles, you’ll head south out of Lima on the Panamerican Highway.

Time permitting, you will take a drive through the Paracas National Wildlife Reserve, a desert sanctuary for birds and seals.

Then it is on for lunch at the amazing oasis of Huacachina, where you will have the opportunity to head into the desert to experience one of the fabulous additional activities we offer.

After lunch overlooking the oasis, you will head south to the next destination, the Mummies of Chauchilla. This pristine ancient site contains mummified remains of the pre-Inca Nazca culture, incredibly preserved and dating back thousands of years.

From there, you will head to your base for the night, the historic and elegant Hacienda Majoro. Set in 60-acre grounds in the Nazca desert with its roaming alpaca and beautiful decor, you get a real sense of both the indigenous and Spanish influences. Time to eat dinner, star gaze, and relax.

Day 3: Nazca to Chalhuanca

Get ready to continue your adventure at dawn. You will head for the 2,000-year-old desert city of Nazca with its system of valleys that were originally inhabited by the Nazca people. Here, there is an optional opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime experience - the Nazca Lines From The Air.

Onwards from Nazca, you will be driven to Puquio, a small traditional town of both Incan and Spanish architecture. This winding trip takes three to four hours and in the first 90 kilometers ascends to 4,000 meters above sea level. As the landscape gets greener and you climb further into the Andes, you’ll now feel like you are really touring Peru.

Entering the Pampa Galeras National Wildlife Reserve, you’ll witness the herds of wild vicuña, famous for their fine wool that’s often called the ‘Gold of the Andes’. The snowcapped peaks, pink flamingos and occasional condor make for a spectacular drive. A picnic lunch with the wild vicuñas, in amongst the golden pampas grass and beautiful lagoons enhance this truly magical experience.

Then it is time to descend to your base for the night, a lodge next to the Chalhuanca River at Tampamayu.

Day 4: Chalhuanca to Cachora

Today you will climb higher into the Andes, heading ‘off road’ to the tiny hamlet of Cachora. Here is the opportunity to stay at a traditional Peruvian lodge with stunning views of the snowcapped peaks of Mount Salkantay.

A time to relax in the tranquillity of the location, with its lush tropical gardens and amazing views from the full-length windows of the house. All food served is fresh from the farm, including delicious avocados, mangoes, yoghurt, and cheese. Unwind in peace with dinner round a roaring log fire and moonlit views of the immense peaks.

For those still craving excitement, Peru Safari offers an optional trip to the mountain peak.

Day 5: Cachora to Cusco

Nicely refreshed, you will drive the edge of the world’s deepest canyon, the Apurimac Gorge, on a precipitous track towards Cusco.

Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is recognized as the Historical Capital of Peru.

With its Incan majesty and Andean baroque style, this will remain your base for the next three days.

With palaces, museums and Inca ruins, there are so many places to explore in the Cusco valley. You will set up residence in a charming four-star hotel in the winding cobbled streets off the main plaza. The converted convent provides the perfect starting point from which to explore the local area.

Day 6: Cusco

Today will be your chance to explore the city of Cusco at your own pace. The many museums, palaces, and churches can be explored easily on foot. Peru Safari offers an optional afternoon guided tour of the city including the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Meals are not included today to give you the freedom to do as you choose. Whether it be a coffee in the plaza or sampling Peruvian cuisine at one of a number of great eateries Peru Safari can recommend, you are guaranteed to enjoy your stay in this hippy-chic town.

Day 7: Machu Picchu

Probably on the wish list of everybody taking a tour of Peru is a trip to Machu Picchu. The majestic 15th century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains will take your breath away.

Perched at 7,970 feet above sea level overlooking the Urumbamba River below, it is a must see for all Peruvian Adventurers.

There are no roads nearby, and Peru Safari offers three add-in options to reach Machu Picchu, which include the strenuous two-day Inca trail hike.

The most popular option by far though is the fabulous Vista Dome train, with Belmond Sanctuary lunch and a private guided tour. This is no ordinary rail journey.

The site’s excellent preservation, the quality of its architecture, and the breath-taking mountain vista has made Machu Picchu one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today. After spending time exploring this amazing place, you will return late afternoon by rail to Cusco.

Day 8: Cusco

After the excitement of Machu Picchu, this day offers you the opportunity to relax in and around Cusco. For those still in search of adventure, Peru Safari offers a range of optional trips and activities as follows:

  • A tour along the beautiful Rio Urambamba Sacred Valley with its stunning scenery and Inca sites, including Pisac Andean Market
  • A tour of the more ‘offbeat’ Inca sites of Maras and Moray.
  • A full day river rafting down the Canyon. This popular activity is a thrilling experience that offers two unforgettable hours running the rapids on the upper Urabamba River

Note: If you opt for the Machu Picchu Trek instead of by Vista Dome train, then this includes day 8.

Day 9: Cusco to Andahuaylas

After three fabulous days exploring Cusco, you will bid farewell and take the road north towards what Peruvians call the eyebrow of the jungle. It’s an isolated area of subtropical forest and huge mountains and serves up some truly spectacular roads. Home to endangered species such as the Spectacled Bear and the Andean Condor, you will navigate our way around this little explored region.

On arrival at the ancient stone of Saywite, an intriguing secluded Inca sacred site, you will have a picnic in lovely surroundings. This route will then take you on some spectacular tracks via Piramide Sondor. At over 3,500 meters, its views are remarkable.

Passing along Lake Pacucha, you will eventually reach the small town of Andahuaylas and the simple hotel accommodation for the night.

Day 10: Andahuaylas to Ayacucho

Today you will head into some of the most awesome scenery and roads in Peru, as you traverse the Andes ridge heading north, high above the Amazon jungle to the east and the Pacific coast to the west.

You will pass through Andean Indian villages located on the windswept plains with breath-taking views overlooking the snow-capped peaks beyond. Locals still go about their business in traditional dress and frequently travel by horseback.

You will then head down into the city of Ayacucho. Richly decorated churches dominate the vivid cityscape and houses are hung with wooden balconies. Ayacucho has authenticity and history dating back several centuries to its colonial heyday.

Your accommodation for the night in this attractive town will be a lively café-hotel overlooking the plaza and cathedral. It has a great restaurant that serve some excellent local dishes.

Day 11: Ayacucho to Pampas

From Ayacucho, you will follow the spectacular narrow pass along the Rio Mantaro Gorge for some exciting on and off-road adventure. This road requires concentration and a steady nerve and is followed by a steep ascent on an equally challenging track (peaking at 5000 meters).

You will then descend to the next accommodation. Situated near to Pampas, the Casa Hacienda San Juan is owned by our family. This historical colonial building and hacienda sits in beautiful countryside and is only accessible by 4×4. With its own church in the grounds and elegant terraces, this is very different from a normal hotel or lodge.

The accommodation is comfortable and there will be a wood fired oven dinner in the evening. This is then followed by drinks around a roaring log fire to ensure a wonderful ambiance.

Day 12: Pampas to Tarma

Today you will head for the bustling mountain city of Tarma. This area is the center for flower growing in Peru and is set in a lush valley between the high Andean mountains. Once again, you will experience some spectacular scenery and roads en route.

On arrival mid-afternoon, you will head for your accommodation, Peru Safari's 17th century hacienda in the mountains. The overnight stay at this rustic hacienda (with its own chapel in the courtyard) includes a hearty dinner in the fresco clad dining room, or barbecue in the gardens. The log fire and local Pisco liquor make for the ideal nightcap and conclusion to another day's touring.

Day 13: Tarma to Pampa Hermosa Jungle or Oxapampa Jungle

In the morning, you will descend steeply from Tarma towards the Amazon and La Merced. As the heat rises and the scenery changes, you will continue downriver before taking a steep and challenging 4×4 route up to either the Pampa Hermosa National Sanctuary or the jungles of Oxapampa (seasonal conditions dependent).

This area is a magnet for birdwatchers. Among many vibrantly colorful species found here is the wonderful Peruvian cock-of-the-rock bird, as well as macaws, parrots and toucans. La Novia falls thunder from the valley sides, and the “Jurassic Park” like atmosphere of the steep jungle contrasts sharply with the descent from the Andes earlier in the day.

Peppered with jungle rivers and waterfalls, the gorge makes for a delightful drive with its lush tropical scenery, giving a real taste of the steamy rain forest with its rare bird life, river otters, monkeys, and deer.

You will either spend the night at the Rio Grande Lodge, riverside at San Ramon, or in the cloud forest at Altares Cloud Forest Lodge, overlooking Oxapampa.

Day 14: Pampa Hermosa Jungle or Oxapampa Jungle to Tarma

After your night in the jungle, a relaxed breakfast is followed by an optional jungle walk and zipline adventure. You will leave the reserve before lunchtime and start our ascent back into the Andes, with lunch at a typical riverside restaurant.

The second stop will be Sugar Loaf Bridge. Here you will leave the vehicles and follow a hidden trail into the jungle for about an hour to a secluded waterfall. Surrounded by butterflies and tropical birds, these truly peaceful surroundings will be another unforgettable experience from your tour of Peru.

Picking up the cars again, you will continue back to Tarma and the family Hacienda. After dinner, there will be another opportunity to experience the fiery spirit of Pisco whilst sitting by the log fire and recounting traveler’s tales of your Peru adventure.

Day 15: Tarma to Lima

You will descend from the Andes to Lima via the snow line at the 4900 meter Ticlio Pass. After an early breakfast, you will join a remote off-road track high in the Andes, before starting the busy winding Carretera Central supply route down to the bustling noisy suburbs of Lima to spend the final night in the Miraflores district to relax.

Day 16: Departure

You can check out late before your flight home with private transfers to the airport, having had the experience of a lifetime.

Location

This tour will take you from Lima to Nazca, Chalhuanca, Cachora, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Andahuaylas, Ayacucho, Pampas, Tarma, and Hermosa Jungle or Oxapampa Jungle in Peru.

Food

During this tour, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner except for the three city stop lunch and dinners, where you can explore local cuisine at your own pace. Daily morning coffee, tea, and cakes will be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner (except for the three city stop lunch and dinners)
  • Daily morning coffee / tea / cakes
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Local VAT
  • Fully comprehensive vehicle hire insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Expedition vehicle hire
  • Services of escort guides
  • Safety vehicle
  • Some additional optional 4×4 experiences
  • Guided treks on foot

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Fuel (approximate budget of 200 GBP for the trip total. Fuel is very inexpensive in Peru)
  • 3 city stop lunch and dinners
  • Optional add-on tours such as Nazca flight and dune buggies
  • Machu Picchu tour tolls
  • Nazca airport tax
  • Entrance fees to selected archaeological sites(48 GBP per person)
  • Additional nights in Lima (outside of tour dates)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bosque del Tolomuco will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Jorge Chávez International Airport Airport transfer included: Jorge Chávez International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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