Colonial Lima, then to the Andes for the Sacred Valley & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; plus explore rich South American heritage in Cusco
|Style||Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||June – November 2023||Group Size||16 travelers max|
|Themes||History & Culture, Bucket List|
|What to Expect||This fast-paced, partially escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.|
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Join us on a fascinating voyage of discovery as we visit some of the world's most splendid and remarkable sites. Like Greece with its Parthenon or Egypt and its Pyramids, Peru provides an unforgettable glimpse of the genius of a lost world. Highlights of this tour package to Peru include visits to Lima, the City of Kings and the country's capital; Cusco, the 11,000 ft high Inca capital; Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas and one of the most impressive archaeological discoveries of all time.
- Round trip flights from Miami via LATAM Airlines, including airline taxes & fees
- All flights within Peru
- All ground transportation & transfers
- 6 nights accommodation in first class hotels
- Vistadome Train to/from Machu Picchu
- 8 Meals: 6 breakfasts plus 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Optional second visit to Machu Picchu or opportunity to climb to Huayna Picchu
- Exciting excursions from Cusco to Tipon & Andahuaylillas and/or Chinchero & Maras (or Moray)
Why you'll love it
- Gaze upon the incredible pre-Columbian textiles, ceramics and jewelry at the Larco Herrera Museum in Lima.
- Shop for locally made clothing, ceramics and handicrafts at the Pisac Market.
- Discover Ollantaytambo, the best surviving example of Inca city planning.
- Marvel at the impressive architectural feat of Machu Picchu.
- Visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, a complex of massive walls that exhibit Inca power as well as the skills of Inca architects.
- Explore Cusco, one of Peru’s most visited cities that was once the capital of the Inca Empire.
- End your trip with an exploration of Puka Pukara, also known as the "red fortress", which is thought to have been a military stronghold.
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*, including Instant Savings discounts
Departs U.S.: Thu, Feb 16, 2023
Finishes: Wed, Feb 22, 2023
Feb 16 – Feb 22
Departs U.S.: Thu, Mar 16, 2023
Finishes: Wed, Mar 22, 2023
Mar 16 – Mar 22
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Finishes: Wed, Apr 19, 2023
Apr 13 – Apr 19
Departs U.S.: Thu, Apr 27, 2023
Finishes: Wed, May 3, 2023
Apr 27 – May 3
Departs U.S.: Thu, May 11, 2023
Finishes: Wed, May 17, 2023
May 11 – May 17
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Finishes: Wed, May 31, 2023
May 25 – May 31
Departs U.S.: Thu, Jun 8, 2023
Finishes: Wed, Jun 14, 2023
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Finishes: Wed, Jul 12, 2023
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Finishes: Wed, Jul 26, 2023
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Departs U.S.: Thu, Nov 9, 2023
Finishes: Wed, Nov 15, 2023
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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you book. More information Want to extend your trip?
Options & Fees
|Machu Picchu 2nd Visit1||$110|
|Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance2||$130|
|Tipon & Andahuaylillas Excursion||$90|
|Chinchero & Maras (or Moray) Excursion||$110|
1. Tickets for Machu Picchu must be purchased immediately after booking and are non-refundable.
2. Tickets for Huayna Picchu must be purchased immediately after booking and are non-refundable.
So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?
Flights & Departure Cities
This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Want to fly from another city? Flights from JFK or LAX may be available for an additional cost. Request this during the booking process in the Special Requests section, and we will check the availability and provide you with a price from this gateway and additional cost for early check-in and transfers. Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.
Day 1 Depart Miami/Arrive Lima
- Depart Miami on your flight bound for Lima, Peru
- Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in
- Please refer to your flight schedule for departure times, you must check in at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your flight's departure
- NOTE: Flights from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) depart the night before the departure dates listed above for Miami
Courtyard by Marriott Lima Miraflores or similar
Day 2 Lima
- After breakfast visit the Larco Herrera Museum
- Enjoy some free time for lunch
- In the afternoon embark on a panoramic tour of Lima
Courtyard by Marriott Lima Miraflores or similar BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
After breakfast, your exploration begins with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, boasting one of the most significant private collections of pre-Columbian artifacts. Its permanent exhibition includes a variety of colorful textiles, ceramics, and jewelry, but perhaps its most interesting collection consists of ancient erotic artifacts.
Next, enjoy some free time for lunch before embarking on a panoramic tour of Lima, driving by the Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Lima, the ornate Archbishop’s Palace, and other historic buildings. You will also visit the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Day 3 Sacred Valley
- Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco
- Explore Pisac Market and shop for unique crafts
- Continue to Ollantaytambo and tour the fortress and ruins
Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas or similar Breakfast & dinnerFull Day Itinerary
This morning, transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire (11,000 feet above sea level). Upon arrival, travel to nearby Pisac, a picturesque Andean village with a wonderful market. Here you'll have a chance to buy locally made ponchos, sweaters and other handcrafted clothing, ceramics, and hand-painted beads. Enjoy browsing the "locals" section of the market, where villagers come from miles around, dressed in traditional clothing, to barter and sell their produce.
Continue to Ollantaytambo (9,160 feet above sea level), located at the foot of spectacular Inca ruins, which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terraces, which helped provide an excellent defense. The stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. Afterward, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Machu Picchu
- Transfer to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
- Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
El MaPi Hotel or similar BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
It's a short drive from your hotel to the Ollanta railroad station, where you'll board the Vistadome train that will take you through the lush Urubamba Valley. The train ride passes through stunning scenery en route to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, one of the world's most spectacular and enigmatic archaeological sites. (8,000 feet above sea level)
Unknown to the outside world until archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu is now the most recognizable symbol of the Incan Empire. The complex is believed to have served as a country retreat town for Inca nobility, the complex consists of giant walls, terraces, and ramps constructed from precisely cut rock formations. This impressive architectural feat, combined with its breathtaking natural setting amid mist-covered green mountains above the rushing Urubamba River, makes for a visually stunning and mystical experience. Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening in Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu.
Day 5 Machu Picchu & Cusco
- Morning at leisure or optional second visit to Machu Picchu
- Return to Ollanta station by Vistadome train then transfer to Cusco by bus
Novotel Cusco or similar BreakfastFull Day Itinerary
Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the quaint town of Aguas Calientes, revisit the citadel at Machu Picchu or trek to the top of Huayna Picchu on an optional excursion. This afternoon, journey back to Ollanta station by Vistadome train, then continue to Cusco by motor coach. Upon arrival, check into your hotel overnight.Optional Excursion: Second Visit to Machu Picchu, $100
Early this morning, have an opportunity to independently visit Machu Picchu for a second time. For more adventure, test your limits by climbing to Huayna Picchu, the sharp peak that towers above the citadel.
Entrance to Machu Picchu: $100 per person. Entrance to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu: $115 per person. Price includes reserved ticket and roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Please contact us to reserve this option in advance as availability is limited.
Note: We are not able to secure your ticket for the Machu Picchu Second Visit and Huayna Picchu entrance until we receive your valid passport information. Tickets are only issued by the Peruvian authorities upon receipt of valid passport details.
Day 6 Cusco
- Day at leisure or join one (or both!) optional excursions
Novotel Cusco or similar BreakfastFull Day ItineraryOptional Excursion: Chinchero & Maras or Moray, $105
This morning's optional excursion begins with a visit to the ancient village of Chinchero and its beautiful colonial church built upon the original foundations of Tupac Yupanqui Palace. Explore Chinchero's artisan weaver's complex and discover the traditional weaving, dyeing, and spinning techniques.
Next, depending on your departure date, you will visit Maras or Moray. During the dry season (May through late November), visit the salt works of Maras, consisting of about 3,000 small pools constructed on a mountainside. The ancient Inca would irrigate these pools with brackish spring water and allow them to evaporate to produce salt for the empire. During the rainy season (late November through April), visit the archaeological site of Moray, consisting of enormous terraces in concentric rings which allowed ancient farmers to create diverse microclimates and harvest a variety of crops.Optional Excursion: Tipon & Andahuaylillas, $85
This afternoon's optional excursion begins with a scenic drive to Tipon, an impressive complex located 15 miles outside Cusco. Tipon is an ancient marvel of engineering consisting of twelve agricultural terraces and an advanced irrigation system that is still used by the local population to this day. Next, continue to Andahuaylillas and visit the Church of San Pedro Apóstol, considered the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas" because of its ornate gold-leaf altar and beautiful artwork adorning its ceilings and walls.
Day 7 Cusco & Lima
- Morning city tour of Cusco
- Visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress & Puka Pukara
- Afternoon at leisure in Cusco for last minute shopping and exploration
- This evening transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, arriving in Miami the following morning
Breakfast & lunchFull Day Itinerary
After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cusco. See the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Inca Empire, where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. Here, you'll visit Cusco's beautiful 16th-century cathedral. Then, just a few blocks away, discover the ruins of the Koricancha, an important temple built to honor Inti, the Incan sun god. When the conquistadors first arrived in Cusco, the temple was covered in sheets of solid gold and adorned with golden statues. However, within months of their arrival, the temple was stripped, and the gold was plundered as a treasure for Spain.
Then, visit the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an emblematic Incan construction built in the 15th century. The size of the fortress and its massive stones are remarkable, and how they were transported, cut, and laid is still a mystery. Next, travel to Puka Pukara, also known as the "red fortress," which is thought to have been a military stronghold. It has many rooms, courtyards, bathrooms, aqueducts, and towers to explore.
Return to Cusco for lunch at a local restaurant. The balance of the afternoon is yours to explore Cusco and shop for last-minute souvenirs. Why not make your way to the San Blas neighborhood, known as the "Balcony of Cusco"? Here you'll find excellent workshops and art shops of some of the best artisans specializing in goldsmithing, pottery, and wood and stone carving. This evening, bid adiós to Peru as you transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight via Lima, arriving in Miami the following morning.
The high altitudes reached on this trip (up to 11,000 feet above sea level) and the amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, require that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult your physician if you have any concerns regarding your ability to handle these conditions.
Make the Courtyard by Marriott Lima Miraflores your home base during your trip to Peru. Featuring a fantastic location in Lima's Miraflores district, this superior 4-star hotel provides sophisticated lodging with service to match. The hotel places you within reach of many of Lima's most notable attractions, such as Parque Kennedy and the Barranco district. Whether you're in Lima for business or pleasure, the Courtyard Lima Miraflores can help you make the most of your visit.
The Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley has been referred to a true traveler's paradise. Indeed, with its red-tiled roof and well-kept green gardens, the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley is as picturesque as the mountains and valleys that surround it. Inside, the hotel boasts some of the best amenities in the region—a luxury spa, a renowned gourmet restaurant, and its very own planetarium and observatory. Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just 10 kilometers from Ollantaytambo train station, the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley is close to Machu Picchu and some of the other most important archeological sites in the region, such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Chincheros, Moray, and Maras.
El MaPi Hotel is located in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo, a few steps from the town center and museum. The hotel is efficient, people friendly. and the design brings together a blend of classic, modern, and recycled materials.
In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.
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