Amazing Peru

An in-depth tour of Peru: Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca; optional Nazca Lines visit; upscale hotels throughout

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 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 January – December 2020 Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes ActiveHistory & CultureGrand Tours
Activity Level Moderate
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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Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from Miami via LAN Airlines, including fuel surcharges and airline taxes & fees, with other gateways available on request
  • All flights within Peru
  • All ground transportation & transfers
  • 9 nights in Superior and Deluxe hotels with private bath
  • 13 Meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors & guides

Optional add-ons

  • Afternoon excursion from the Maras salt mines or Moray concentric terraces
  • Pre-tour optional extension to Paracas with optional Nazca Lines overflight

Why you'll love it

  • From the Monastery of San Francisco and the Plaza Mayor to the grand Cathedral of Lima and the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, enjoy spending your day exploring modern and colonial Lima.
  • Stop by the Andean village of Pisac, where villagers dressed in their traditional clothing come from miles away to sell their handicrafts.
  • Travel 9,160 feet above sea level to Ollantaytambo, a village in the Sacred Valley and home to ancient ruins and a massive Inca fortress with massive stone terraces.
  • Legend has it that Chinchero is the birthplace of the rainbow, and you'll get the chance to explore this colorful region as well as the vibrant artisan weaver's complex, learning the traditional techniques of weaving, dyeing and spinning.
  • Hop on board the Vistadome train and travel 8,000 feet above sea level to marvel at the impressive architectural feat of Machu Picchu.
  • Did you know Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America? Enjoy your visit to this beautiful lake and, according to Andean legend, the birthplace of civilization.
  • When visiting the floating island of Uros, take the chance to observe the locals that still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds, weaving, sailing and living in houses made of totora reeds.
  • Gaze upon the beautiful woven goods created by Taquileños, the locals of the largest island on the Peruvian side of the lake, Taquile.
Amazing Peru itinerary

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.

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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 reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

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Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$1199
Optional Excursions
Maras or Moray Excursion +$20
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit +$100
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance1 +$115

1. Tickets for Huayna Picchu must be purchased immediately. Therefore, payment must be collected at the time of selecting this option and is non-refundable. After we process your reservation, we will send you a separate link to make this payment.

Paracas Optional Pre-Tour Extension1
Paracas Extension +$999
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199

1. The Paracas extension is a pre-tour extension. Passengers taking the pre-tour extension will depart from the U.S. 2 days before the departure dates shown above. This extension requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate at published prices,

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.

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Miami (MIA) included

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 LAX may be available for an additional cost. Ask us for a quote when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima

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

Day 2: Lima

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • City tour of modern and colonial Lima
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant

Lima CathedralFull 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.

  • 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

Men of Cusco © Mylene D. Auriol, PromPeruFull Day Itinerary: This morning, 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.

Ollantaytambo, PeruContinue 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 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

Peruvian boyFull 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 per person. 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 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 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

Ruins of Machu Picchu © PromperuFull 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

Machu PicchuFull 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, $100 or $115 per person. 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: $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 7: Cusco

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure
  • Afternoon city tour of Cusco
  • Visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress & Puka Pukara

Cuzco at nightFull 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

PunoFull 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 & dinner.

  • Morning tour of Lake Titicaca and the floating island of Uros & Taquile
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner

Uros floating island, Lake TiticacaFull 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. Later this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 10: Puno & Lima

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure
  • City tour of Puno
  • Transfer to the Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima

Lake TiticacaFull 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 to Miami (MIA) depart Lima shortly after midnight, arriving in MIA later this morning
  • Flights departing Lima to Los Angeles (LAX) will depart just after noon today, arriving in LAX this evening. Passengers will stay at the Costa Del Sol Lima Airport hotel on day 10.

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
  • Passengers departing LAX depart one day earlier
  • Upon arrival, enjoy breakfast at the Costa del Sol airport hotel
  • Continue down the Pan-American Highway to Paracas

Plaza de Armas, LimaFull 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.

Image of a dog, Nazca LinesOptional Excursion: Nazca Lines Overflight, $260 per person.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 3: Ballestas Islands, Paracas & Lima

Included meals: Breakfast

  • Boat exploration of the Ballestas Islands
  • Return to Lima to begin the main tour, continue with Day 1

Sea lions, Ballestas IslandsFull 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.

 

Important Notes

  • 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.

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