Colonial Lima, then to the Andes for the Sacred Valley & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; plus explore rich South American heritage in CuscoBook this package
based on Feb. 22, 2017 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 15 open departures, November 2016 – December 2017|
|Highlights||Larco Herrera Museum (Lima), Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Koricancha (Cusco)|
|Departs||Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)|
|Themes||History & Culture|
|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.|
|Already Booked?||Find everything you need to know before you go, including how to pay your balance due, passport & visa requirements, flight information, weather, and more.|
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 tour package to Peru include visits to Lima, the City of Kings and the country's capital; Cusco, the 11,000ft high Inca capital; Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas and one of the most impressive archeological discoveries of all time.
Dates, Prices & Options
Departure Dates & Prices
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Fri||Aug 19||2016||Fri||Aug 26||2016||$1899||Departed|
|Fri||Sep 2||2016||Fri||Sep 9||2016||$1849||Closed|
|Fri||Sep 9||2016||Fri||Sep 16||2016||$1899||Closed|
|Fri||Sep 16||2016||Fri||Sep 23||2016||$1849||Closed|
|Sun||Sep 18||2016||Sun||Sep 25||2016||$2199||Closed|
|Wed||Sep 21||2016||Wed||Sep 28||2016||$1849||Closed|
|Fri||Sep 30||2016||Fri||Oct 7||2016||$1849||Closed|
|Fri||Oct 7||2016||Fri||Oct 14||2016||$2324||$2024||Closed|
|Wed||Oct 19||2016||Wed||Oct 26||2016||$2149||$1849||Closed|
|Fri||Nov 4||2016||Fri||Nov 11||2016||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Wed||Nov 16||2016||Wed||Nov 23||2016||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Fri||Nov 25||2016||Fri||Dec 2||2016||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Fri||Dec 9||2016||Fri||Dec 16||2016||$2399||$2099||Closed|
|Tue||Jan 24||2017||Tue||Jan 31||2017||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Wed||Feb 22||2017||Wed||Mar 1||2017||$2149||$1849||Available|
|Tue||Mar 21||2017||Tue||Mar 28||2017||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Wed||Apr 19||2017||Wed||Apr 26||2017||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Wed||May 10||2017||Wed||May 17||2017||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Wed||May 24||2017||Wed||May 31||2017||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Tue||Aug 22||2017||Tue||Aug 29||2017||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Tue||Sep 19||2017||Tue||Sep 26||2017||$2149||$1849||Available|
|Wed||Oct 11||2017||Wed||Oct 18||2017||$2149||$1849||Available|
|Tue||Nov 14||2017||Tue||Nov 21||2017||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Tue||Nov 28||2017||Tue||Dec 5||2017||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Wed||Dec 13||2017||Wed||Dec 20||2017||$2199||$1899||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.
Options & Excursions
|Single Room Supplement||+$549|
|Machu Picchu 2nd Visit|
|Jan 24, Feb 22, Mar 21, Apr 19, May 10, May 24, Aug 22, Sep 19, Oct 11, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 13||+$85|
|All other departures||+$80|
|Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance||+$95|
|Tipon & Andahuaylillas Excursion|
|Jan 24, Feb 22, Mar 21, Apr 19, May 10, May 24, Aug 22, Sep 19, Oct 11, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 13||+$69|
|All other departures||+$68|
|Chinchero & Maras (or Moray) Excursion||+$89|
Flights & Departure Cities
|Sep 2, Sep 18, Oct 7||unavailable|
|All other departures||included|
|New York Kennedy (JFK)|
|Oct 19, Nov 16, Nov 25||+$150|
|Jan 24, Feb 22, Mar 21, Apr 19, May 10, May 24, Aug 22, Sep 19, Oct 11, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 13||+$195|
|Aug 19, Sep 9, Sep 16, Sep 18, Sep 21, Sep 30||unavailable|
|All other departures||+$175|
|Los Angeles (LAX)|
|Aug 19, Sep 2, Sep 21, Oct 19, Nov 16||+$250|
|Jan 24, Feb 22, Mar 21, Apr 19, May 10, May 24, Aug 22, Sep 19, Oct 11, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 13||+$275|
|Sep 9, Sep 16, Sep 30, Nov 25, Dec 9||unavailable|
|All other departures||+$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 Miami (MIA) on Sep 9 & Sep 18, 2016 departures 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.
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.
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, 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.
Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima
- Depart USA on your flight bound for Lima, Peru
- Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
- 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.
- Passengers departing Miami (MIA) on Sep 9 & Sep 18, 2016 departures 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.
Day 2: Lima
Included meals: Breakfast.
- After breakfast visit the Larco Herrera Museum
- Enjoy some free time for lunch
- In the after Lunch embark on a panoramic tour of Lima
Full Day Itinerary:After breakfast, your exploration begins with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, boasting one of the greatest 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 buildings. You will also visit the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Note: For the Mar 23, 2016 departure, the Cathedral of Lima will be closed due to Easter.
Day 3: Sacred Valley
Accommodations: 1 night Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner
- 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 (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 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
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 the Lost City of the Incas, 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 archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu is now the most recognizable symbol of the Incan 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. 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
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 6: Cusco
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Morning city tour of Cusco
- Visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress & Puka Pukara
- Afternoon at leisure or join the Tipon & Oropesa optional excursion
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, 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. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure or take advantage of an optional excursion to Tipon & Oropesa.
Optional Excursion: Tipon & Andahuaylillas, $69. This afternoon’s optional excursion begins with a scenic drive to Tipon, an impressive complex located 15 miles outside of 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 Apostol, considered the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” because of its ornate gold-leaf altar and beautiful artwork adorning its ceiling and walls.
Day 7: Cusco & Lima
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Day at leisure or join the Chinchero & Maras or Moray excursion
- Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima
Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy the day at leisure in this beautiful town in the high Andes Mountains. You may stroll through the main square, or wander through the many charming side streets. Alternatively, take advantage of an optional excursion to Chinchero and Maras or Moray. This evening, bid adiós to Peru as you transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight via Lima.
Optional Excursion: Chinchero & Maras or Moray, $89.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 techniques of weaving, dyeing and spinning. 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 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 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.
Day 8: Depart Lima/Arrive USA
- Return flights depart Lima shortly after midnight
- Arrive in the USA later this morning
We had never used Friendly Planet before. The tour we took had several repeat customers who spoke highly of the service. We were very impressed. Excellent guides, great accommodations and attention to detail. Possibly the best we've been on. Tour guides in Machu Picchu and Cusco were first class. Definitely recommend.
Terrance Hoffman, Hudson, FL
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