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Best of Peru

An in-depth tour of Peru: Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca, 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 February – December 2021 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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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 archaeological discoveries of all time; and Lake Titicaca, among the highest and most beautiful lakes in the world.

LATAM Airlines

Package 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
  • 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 to the Maras salt mines or Moray concentric terraces

Why you'll love it

  • Spend your day exploring modern and colonial Lima, 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.
  • Haggle for handmade traditional crafts in Pisac's busy market.
  • Tour the well-preserved ruins of Ollantaytambo, once a stronghold of Inca resistance to Spanish colonization.
  • Learn about the traditional techniques of weaving, dyeing and spinning in Chinchero's vibrant artisan weaver’s complex.
  • Explore awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, a sprawling Inca citadel built on steep escarpments shrouded by mist.
  • Visit Sacsayhuaman, an Inca fortress built with stone extracted from quarries over 12 miles away.
  • Discover Cusco, capital of the ancient Inca Empire located at 11,000 feet above sea level.
  • Interact with the Uros, an ancient people who build their homes, furniture, boats, and even the floating islands they live on with Lake Titicaca's abundant totora reed.
  • Admire the beautiful woven goods created by Taquileños, the locals of the largest island on the Peruvian side of the lake, Taquile.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Dates & Prices

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Departs U.S.: Sat, Feb 6, 2021
Finishes: Mon, Feb 15, 2021
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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?

Options & Fees

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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.

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

Departure Airports
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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA/Arrive Lima

  • Depart the USA on your flight bound for Lima
  • Arrive in Lima, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel

The Westin Lima Hotel

Day 2 Lima

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

The Westin Lima Hotel Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Lima Cathedral

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

  • 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

Tambo del Inka Resort Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Ollantaytambo, Peru

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.

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 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

  • Morning visit to the ancient village of Chinchero and weavers market
  • Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion to Maras or Moray

Tambo del Inka Resort Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Women weaving, Chinchero

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
Salt mines, Maras

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 archaeological site of Moray consisting of enormous terraces in concentric rings which allowed ancient farmers to create diverse micro-climates and harvest a variety of crops.

Day 5 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

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Machu Picchu

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 archaeologist 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

  • Morning at leisure or optional second visit to Machu Picchu
  • Return to Ollanta station by Vistadome train then transfer to Cusco by bus

Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Aguas Calientes

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
Huayna Picchu

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

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

Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Cuzco at night

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

  • 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

Libertador Lake Titicaca Puno Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Cathedral in Puno

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

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

Libertador Lake Titicaca Puno Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Uros floating island, Lake Titicaca

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 & Depart Peru

  • Morning at leisure
  • City tour of Puno
  • Transfer to the Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima
  • Arrive in Miami later tomorrow morning
  • Flights departing Lima to Los Angeles (LAX) will depart just after noon tomorrow, arriving in LAX tomorrow evening.

Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Panoramic view of Lake Titicaca

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.

Passengers returning to LAX will stay at the Hotel Costa del Sol-Ramada

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.

Hotels

The Westin Lima Hotel

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Tambo del Inka Resort

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

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Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection

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Libertador Lake Titicaca Puno

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