Alpacas, Machu Picchu

Exotic Peru

Colonial Lima, then to the Andes for the Sacred Valley & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; plus explore rich South American heritage in Cusco

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8 days from $2149 $1849
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Feb. 22, 2017 departure from MIA*
Book by Oct. 4, 2016 to save up to $300!

Overview

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
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from Miami via LATAM Airlines, including fuel surcharges and airline taxes & fees
  • All flights within Peru
  • All ground transportation & transfers
  • Accommodations in first class hotels
  • Vistadome Train to/from Machu Picchu
  • 7 Meals: breakfast daily plus 1 dinner
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
Optional
  • 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)
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.
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Exotic Peru itinerary map 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.

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Oct 4
Fri Sep 9 2016 Fri Sep 16 2016 $1899   Departed
Fri Sep 16 2016 Fri Sep 23 2016 $1849   Departed
Sun Sep 18 2016 Sun Sep 25 2016 $2199   Departed
Wed Sep 21 2016 Wed Sep 28 2016 $1849   Departed
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 Closed
Wed Nov 16 2016 Wed Nov 23 2016 $2199 $1899 Closed
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
Wed Jun 14 2017 Wed Jun 21 2017 $2199 $1899 Available
Tue Jul 11 2017 Tue Jul 18 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

Exotic Peru
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$549
Optional Excursions
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit
Jan 24, Feb 22, Mar 21, Apr 19, May 10, May 24, Jun 14, Jul 11, 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, Jun 14, Jul 11, 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

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA)
Sep 18, Oct 7 unavailable
All other departures included
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Oct 7 included
Oct 19, Nov 16, Nov 25 +$150
Jan 24, Feb 22, Mar 21, Apr 19, May 10, May 24, Jun 14, Jul 11, Sep 19, Oct 11, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 13 +$195
Sep 9, Sep 16, Sep 18, Sep 21, Sep 30, Aug 22 unavailable
All other departures +$175
Los Angeles (LAX)
Sep 18 included
Oct 7 +$125
Sep 21, Oct 19, Nov 16 +$250
Jan 24, Feb 22, Mar 21, Apr 19, May 10, May 24, Jun 14, Jul 11, 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.

Deposit
Deposit $600

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima

Accommodations: 2 nights Atton San Isidro (2016), Marriott Courtyard Miraflores (2017), 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

Plaza de Armas, LimaFull 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.

OllantaytamboContinue 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

Accommodations: 1 night Casa Andina Classic (2016), El Mapi Hotel (2017), Machu Picchu. Included meals: Breakfast

  • Transfer to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu

Machu PicchuFull 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

Accommodations: 2 nights Casa Andina Private Collection (2016), Hilton Garden Inn Cusco (Sep 18, 2016 departure), Novotel Cusco (2017). 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

Machu Picchu panoramaFull 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

Plaza de Armas, CuzcoFull 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.

Ruins, Sacsayhuaman FortressNext, 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.

Market in ChincheroOptional 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
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.

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We just came back from Peru and it was an amazing trip. The pictures do not do this place justice. The tour was well organized with comfortable accommodations. Our guide Dante was very knowledgable and passionate about his culture. He went above and beyond his job. This is our 2nd trip with Friendly Planet. We will be planning future trips with them.

Anne Mok, Brooklyn NY

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