The Peru Experience
Arequipa + Puno + Racqui + Cusco
There aren’t very many places in the world where you can visit the home of an ancient Incan civilization, stroll picturesque cities and travel on a luxury sleeper train heading to the heart of the Andes.
And you didn’t come snatched for nothin’! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ on top of the stunning landscape of Machu Picchu wearing the most colorful threads will be enough to shut down the gram, no cap.
Whether you are soaking it in on the train against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery or exploring the flavors of the country at the local marketplaces, the breathtaking scenery will make you feel blessed to experience the beauty of the Peruvian Culture.
Priceless moments with new friends, historical exploration, and pampered relaxation await on your Up in the Air Life journey through Peru.
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Here's your trip at a glance.
WHERE YOU'LL GO
From visiting dazzling cities to exploring the Andean mountains, this trip offers a wide variety of scenery (and selfie) opportunities. You will be able to check must-see sites like Uros and the Taquile Island, Arequipa, Cusco, The Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu off your bucket list.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
This trip is your chance to be a bougie explorer. From dining on food created by the finest chefs and learning about the magical wonders of Peru to discovering exotic scenery and immersing yourself in local life, you will experience Peru's multifaceted culture in pure style.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Our accommodation is so extra. After a long day wandering around the ruins, finding the best deals in the market, or enjoying local culinary delights, you will relax in unique 18th-century colonial mansions and a luxury sleeper train to discover the magic of Peru while you are traveling. Only the best for Lifers!
Explore the day-by-day itinerary.
THIS TRIP IS FOR YOU, IF:
THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU, IF:
Welcome to Arequipa! (AQP)
Framed by three volcanoes, Arequipa is filled with baroque buildings constructed from sillar; a white volcanic stone. The day is yours to unwind and relax or to explore the city.
In the evening we will connect to officially kick-off our Peru experience at the Welcome Dinner.
Rise and shine! Enjoy your free morning with a self-guided tour before we board the Belmond Andean Explorer in the evening.
This sleeper train is South America’s first luxury explorer featuring two dining cars, a lounge car, an observation car, and a spa car. Each cabin includes an en suite bathroom, wardrobe closet, air conditioning, and electrical outlets. Interior designs are inspired by the textures of Peru’s handwoven fabrics and the soft tones of alpaca wool. Anticipate a series of unique dining experiences, sampling the full spectrum of Peruvian flavors against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery. As we depart from the Arequipa Train station, it’s time to enjoy our first nightly feast on our way to Cusco!
Awake early for a spellbinding experience as you witness the sunrise across Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world. Enjoy breakfast on board to fuel you for a full day of adventure.
We begin the day with a ride in a traditional boat to visit Uros. Our exploration continues on to Taquile Island, known for its stunning agricultural terraces.
The last stop on our adventure for the day is a private lunch at Collata Beach with local entertainment.
We will return to the station in time for a delicious afternoon tea before boarding the train and continuing our journey to Cusco.
As evening descends, relax in the lounge or indulge in a spa treatment before we enjoy another tempting dinner.
Another delicious breakfast with stunning views awaits you this morning. En route to our final destination, we’ll stop in Raqch’i to explore this fascinating archaeological site that was once an important Inca settlement.
Before you know it, we will arrive at the former capital of the Incan empire, Cusco.
After you check in at the hotel, the rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore on your own or simply relax and get acclimated to the altitude. In the evening, your Up in the Air Life Tour Leaders will gladly provide you with some great dining and entertainment suggestions.
The luxury continues today as we make our way to Machu Picchu in style! We suggest a light morning snack at the hotel before we board the Hiram Bingham train!
Heading towards Machu Picchu, your experience begins with a delicious welcome cocktail. Then savor a brunch and gourmet lunch as you admire the ever-changing scenery in the early light.
Make sure you are photo ready as our private guide takes us to the top of one of the World Wonders. Before heading back to the train, there will be a short stop at the Sanctuary Lodge for afternoon tea and more picturesque views.
The return journey can feel like a different world. See the Sacred Valley from a new perspective as the day draws to a close, and anticipate a true fine dining experience and entertainment.
El día es tuyo! The day is yours!
You have a full day in Cusco to Tour the Sacred Valley.
Shop in one of the many artisan markets, or relax and recover from your Machu Picchu experience.
In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner to end our bucket list adventure.
No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.
YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:
Connect with amazing people.
We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.
and authentic hospitality.
Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.
Be pampered with only the best.
There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.
Feel safe and secure.
Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.
Say "goodbye" to FOMO.
Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.
HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
The Peru Experience
What is included:
Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow up.
- This trip is 8 days and 7 nights in Arequipa, Puno, Cusco, and Lima, Peru
- Up In The Air Life Onsite Staff
- Local Peru Train Staff + Tour Guides
- 2 nights stay the luxury Belmond Andean Train
- 1 day trip on the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu
- 2 nights stay at luxury Belmond Hotel Monasterio
- 2 night stay at an Upscale Hotel in Arequipa
- Intracountry flight from Cusco to Lima
- Daily gourmet breakfast, 3 gourmet lunches, and 5 gourmet dinners
- All food on the luxury Belmond Andean train is curated by Chef Diego Muñoz
- Soft drinks & non-premium alcoholic beverages while on the luxury trains
- One-day entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, including guided tour
- Private Collata Beach experience with traditional performance
- Traditional boat ride to Uros and Taquile Island and Tour of Raqchi
- 3 Afternoon tea times on the luxury trains
- Daily Cocktail Reception on the trains
- Live entertainment on the Hiram Bingham train
- Farewell Event in Lima
- All Ground transportation for hosted activities
- VIP Meet + Greet Private Airport Transfer
- Personalized Swag Bag
What is not included:
We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!
- Roundtrip international airfare. You need to book a multi-segment ticket arriving in Arequipa (AQP) and departing from Cusco (CUZ)
- 2 Dinners and 3 Lunches are not included
- Passport/Visa Fees. You do not need a Visa if you are a U.S. citizen. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the time of travel with at least 2 free visa pages.
- Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel medical insurance is required
- Tips and Gratuities
Can you envision yourself on this trip?
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