Colonial Lima, then to the Andes for Cusco, the Sacred Valley & the awe-inspiring Incan city of Machu Picchu; also Puno & ancient Lake TiticacaBook this package
based on Nov. 21, 2016 departure from MIA*
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|Style||Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||Scheduled Dates; select from 11 open departures, November 2016 – November 2017|
|Highlights||Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca|
|Departs||Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)|
|Themes||Active, Family Friendly, History & Culture, Premium|
|What to Expect||This fast-paced, 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.|
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Join us on a fascinating voyage of discovery as we visit some of the most splendid and awesome sites in the world. Peru, like the Parthenon in Greece or the Pyramids of Egypt, provides an unforgettable glimpse of the genius of a lost world. Highlights of this vacation 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 archeological discoveries of all time; and Lake Titicaca, among the highest and most beautiful lakes in the world.
Dates, Prices & Options
Departure Dates & Prices
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Mon||Aug 15||2016||Thu||Aug 25||2016||$3399||Departed|
|Mon||Sep 12||2016||Thu||Sep 22||2016||$2999||Closed|
|Mon||Nov 21||2016||Thu||Dec 1||2016||$3499||$3099||Available|
|Sat||Jan 21||2017||Tue||Jan 31||2017||$3599||$3199||Available|
|Sat||Feb 4||2017||Tue||Feb 14||2017||$3499||$3099||Available|
|Sat||Mar 18||2017||Tue||Mar 28||2017||$3599||$3199||Available|
|Sat||Apr 29||2017||Tue||May 9||2017||$3599||$3199||Available|
|Sat||May 27||2017||Tue||Jun 6||2017||$3599||$3199||Available|
|Sat||Jun 24||2017||Tue||Jul 4||2017||$3599||$3199||Available|
|Sat||Jul 22||2017||Tue||Aug 1||2017||$3599||$3199||Available|
|Sat||Aug 19||2017||Tue||Aug 29||2017||$3599||$3199||Available|
|Sat||Sep 16||2017||Tue||Sep 26||2017||$3499||$3099||Available|
|Sat||Nov 11||2017||Tue||Nov 21||2017||$3599||$3199||Available|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.
Also check out our 2015 departures.
Options & Extensions
|Single Room Supplement||+$1199|
|Maras or Moray Excursion||+$20|
|Machu Picchu 2nd Visit|
|Jan 21, Feb 4, Mar 18, Apr 29, May 27, Jun 24, Jul 22, Aug 19, Sep 16, Nov 11||+$85|
|All other departures||+$80|
|Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance||+$95|
|Paracas Optional Pre-Tour Extension|
|Jan 21, Feb 4, Mar 18, Apr 29, May 27, Jun 24, Jul 22, Aug 19, Sep 16, Nov 11||+$899|
|All other departures||+$999|
|Single Room Supplement||+$149|
Flights & Departure Cities
|All other departures||included|
|Los Angeles (LAX)|
|Aug 15, Nov 21||unavailable|
|All other departures||+$300|
|New York Kennedy (JFK)||+$300|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.
Passengers departing New York (JFK) must check-in the night before the listed departure dates for their overnight flights arriving in the morning of Day 1. An additional hotel night is included to guarantee rooms will be ready for early check-in. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.
Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
How to Make a Reservation
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.
We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.
Accommodations: 2 nights The Westin Hotel, Lima.
- Depart the USA on your flight bound for Lima
- Arrive in Lima, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel
- Passengers departing JFK must check-in the night before Day 1
Day 2: Lima
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.
- City tour of modern and colonial Lima
- Group dinner at a local restaurant
Full Day Itinerary: Today embark on a city tour of both modern and colonial Lima. See the Monastery of San Francisco, famous for its library and catacombs, and the historical city center, based around the beautiful and sprawling Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas). The grand Cathedral of Lima, the ornate Archbishop's Palace, and the Government Palace, also known as the Casa de Pizarro, line the plaza. Both the Government Palace and the cathedral were first built by Francisco Pizarro when he founded the city in 1535 to govern the conquered Incan empire (though both have been rebuilt since). Visit the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences facing the ocean. Tonight join your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3: Cusco & Sacred Valley
Accommodations: 2 nights Tambo del Inka Resort, Sacred Valley. Included meals: Breakfast.
- After breakfast, 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
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and located 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 their traditional clothing, to barter and sell their produce.
Continue to Ollantaytambo (3,000 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 a series of steep terraces which helped provide excellent defenses. 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. Afterwards, check in to your hotel for overnight.
Day 4: Sacred Valley
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Morning visit to the ancient village of Chinchero and weavers market
- Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to Maras or Moray
Full Day Itinerary: This morning visit the ancient village of Chinchero and its beautiful colonial church built upon the original foundations of Tupac Yupanqui Palace. Legend has it that Chinchero is the birthplace of the rainbow and perhaps that has something to do with the vibrant textiles that are produce here. You will have time to explore Chinchero’s artisan weaver’s complex, and discover the traditional techniques of weaving, dyeing and spinning. Return to your hotel mid-day and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure enjoying the hotel’s amenities or alternatively, join an optional afternoon excursion to Maras or Moray.
Optional Excursion: Maras or Moray, $20. Visit Maras or Moray this afternoon on an optional excursion. During the dry season (May through late-November) visit the salt works of Maras, consisting of about 3000 small pools, constructed on a mountain side. The ancient Inca would irrigated 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 archeological site of Moray consisting of enormous terraces in concentric rings which allowed ancient farmers to create diverse microclimates and harvest a variety of crops.
Day 5: Machu Picchu
Accommodations: 1 night Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.
- Transfer to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
- Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
Full 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, passing through stunning scenery en route to Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular and enigmatic archaeological sites in the world (8,000 feet above sea level).
Unknown to the outside world until archeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu is now the most recognizable symbol of the Inca Empire. 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, in combination with its breathtaking natural setting amid mist-covered green mountains above the rushing Urubamba River, makes for a visually stunning, and even mystical, experience. Later, return to your hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Machu Picchu & Cusco
Accommodations: 2 nights Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection, Cusco. Included meals: Breakfast
- Morning at leisure or optional second visit to Machu Picchu
- Return to Ollanta station by Vistadome train then transfer to Cusco by bus
Full 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 for overnight.
Optional Excursion: Second Visit to Machu Picchu, $85 or $95. Early this morning, there will be an opportunity to independently visit Machu Picchu for a second time, and for the more adventurous, to test their limits with a climb to Huayna Picchu, the sharp peak which towers above the citadel. Entrance to Machu Picchu: $85 per person. Entrance to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu: $95 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.
Day 7: Cusco
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Morning at leisure
- Afternoon city tour of Cusco
- Visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress & Puka Pukara
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, the remainder of the morning is at leisure. This afternoon, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cusco. You'll see the Plaza de Armas, 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, you will 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, but within months of their arrival, the temple was stripped and the gold plundered as treasure for Spain.
Next, continue to the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an emblematic Inca construction built in the 15th century. The size of the fortress and its massive stones are remarkable, and the manner in which 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.
Day 8: Cusco & Puno
Accommodations: 2 nights Libertador Lake Titicaca, Puno. Included meals: Breakfast
- Transfer to the airport for your flight to Juliaca
- Free time to explore the city of Puno and grab a bite to eat
- Transfer to your deluxe lakeside resort for check-in
Full Day Itinerary:After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Juliaca. Upon arrival, board your motor coach and drive to Puno located on the shores of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet above sea level). Upon arrival in Puno, enjoy some free time to explore the city and grab a bite to eat. Later on, transfer to your deluxe lakeside resort for check-in.
Day 9: Puno & Lake Titicaca
Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.
- Morning tour of Lake Titicaca and the floating island of Uros & Taquile
- Afternoon at leisure
Full Day Itinerary:This morning you'll visit beautiful Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and, according to Andean legend, the birthplace of civilization. Legend holds that Mama Ocllo and Manco Capac, the founders of the Inca Empire, appeared from the deep waters of this lake. A highlight of your tour is a visit to the floating island of Uros, where many of the inhabitants still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds, weaving, sailing and living in houses made of totora reeds which grow abundantly in the lake.
Continue to Taquile, the largest island on the Peruvian side of the lake. Taquileños, the Island locals, are famous for their beautiful woven goods, widely regarded as some of the highest quality handicrafts in Peru. Here, you'll also be able to take in magnificent views of the lake, which looks like an ocean surrounded by mountains. Return to Puno this afternoon.
Day 10: Puno & Lima
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Morning at leisure
- City tour of Puno
- Transfer to the Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima
Full Day Itinerary:After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure enjoying the hotel’s amenities and amazing views of Lake Titicaca. After check-out, embark on a city tour of Puno starting at the city’s colorful markets. Next, see its beautiful 18th century cathedral located on the main square and other important landmarks along Lima Street, Puno’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. The tour concludes at the Puma Uta viewpoint with a breathtaking panoramic view of Puno and Lake Titicaca. Finally, bid adiós to Peru as you transfer to the airport in the nearby city of Juliaca for your overnight return flight via Lima.
Day 11: Depart Lima/Arrive USA
- Return flights depart Lima shortly after midnight
- Arrive in the USA later this morning
Paracas Optional Pre-Tour Extension
Take advantage of your already-included international airfare by joining our pre-tour extension to Paracas, Peru. Passengers taking the Paracas Extension will depart the U.S. 2 days before the departure dates shown and join the main tour on Day 1 of the itinerary above.
Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima & Paracas
Accommodations: 2 nights Hacienda Bahia Paracas. Included meals: Breakfast
- Depart Miami shortly after midnight on your flight bound for Lima (JFK & LAX depart one day earlier)
- Upon arrival, enjoy breakfast at the Costa del Sol airport hotel
- Continue down the Pan-American Highway to Paracas
Full Day Itinerary:Your exciting journey to Peru begins as you depart Miami just after midnight on your flight bound for Lima, "City of the Kings”, Peru's diverse capital city. (You must check-in no later than 9pm of the night before your scheduled departure.) Arrive to Lima early this morning. After customs formalities, you will be met and escorted to Costa del Sol Hotel, located within the airport, for breakfast. Afterwards, depart for Paracas, taking the Pan-American Highway south along the Pacific coast. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.
Day 2: Paracas
Included meals: Breakfast
- Full day at leisure or optional Nazca Lines overflight
Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the town of Paracas or enjoy the amenities of your seaside resort. Alternatively, take advantage of an optional excursion and see the famous Nazca Lines.
Optional Excursion: Nazca Lines Overflight, $240.Enjoy a breathtaking flight over the famous Nazca Lines, one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world. Debate surrounds the origin, function, and creators of these large-scale geoglyphs. However, consensus exists on at least two characteristics of these designs—they're pre-Inca, and they're truly fascinating. Because of their large size, the designs are best viewed from above. You'll have the opportunity to experience this superb vantage point on a small plane that flies over the Nazca Lines. After this unforgettable experience, return to Paracas for overnight. (The Nazca Lines flight excursion is subject to weather conditions and availability. This excursion can only be purchased locally.)
Day 2: Ballestas Islands, Paracas & Lima
Accommodations: 2 nights The Westin Hotel, Lima. Included meals: Breakfast
- Boat exploration of the Ballestas Islands
- Return to Lima to begin the main tour
Full Day Itinerary:This morning transfer to Paracas Bay port to board your boat to the Ballestas Islands. As you sail, be on the lookout for the strange cactus-like engravings on the sand cliffs, believed to be created by the designers of the Nazca Lines. Sail along the coast of the Paracas National Reserve, the best shorebird sanctuary in South America. Numerous species of birds populate these islands, including cormorants, gannets, gulls, terns, pelicans, Humboldt penguins and other species, as well as a large colony of sea lions, (The Ballestas Islands boat excursion is subject to weather conditions.) This afternoon, return to Lima, in preparation for the next exciting leg of your journey.
See Day 1 of the tour itinerary above for the continuation of your touring program.
- The high altitudes reached on this trip (Cusco is at 11,000 feet above sea level) and the amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, requires 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.
- In order to visit so many of Peru's must-see sights, this tour requires several long bus rides as well as early morning departure times in order to comply with flight and train schedules. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.
The trip last May to Peru and Ecuador was one of the best vacation experiences I have ever had. The food was excellent and the other 7 couples on the tour were super. Machu Picchu, Lima, Quito, Lake Titicaca, and the Galapagos Islands were all fun to visit. I will be touring with Friendly Planet again this May to Japan.
Arthur Low, Sunnyvale, CA
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