Peru Discovery

Discover Machu Picchu, the most-well known symbol of the Incan empire, explore the streets of Cusco, the historical capital of Peru, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Peruvian culture.

When: Year-round

Duration: 7 days/ 6 Nights

Trip Highlights

  • Machu Picchu: Known as the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu remains the most well-known symbol of their Empire. The city was built in 1460 AD and avoided destruction by Spaniards due to its isolation in the Andes.   As centuries passed, the fortress became overgrown by vegetation, and virtually disappeared from sight. Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911 and the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Since then, it has become known as one of the Wonders of the World.
  • Cusco: UNESCO World Heritage Site considered the historical capital of Peru. Radiant by day, Cusco’s main square dresses itself up at night with soft yellow lights illuminating the Cathedral’s facades. Developed under Incan rule in the early 1200s, Cusco is now a thriving city, but visitors can still discover remnants of the city’s ancient past.

OTHER PERU ITINERARIES

Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Peru adventure that meets your needs.

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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1 Arrival in Lima ~ Greeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel Casa Andina Private Collection in Miraflores for overnight stay.

DAY 2 Lima ~ Your first full day in Peru begins with breakfast at the hotel and a relaxing morning after your late evening arrival the night before. This afternoon, you’ll set out for a guided city tour of Lima with stops at the Lima Cathedral, San Francisco Convent and catacombs, and Larco Herrera Museum. Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection in Miraflores. (B)

DAY 3 Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley ~ Start the day with breakfast and then you’ll be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco and off to the Sacred Valley. Along the way, you will visit Nilda Callañaupa´s Native Weaving School (hosted by Nilda herself). Textile production has profound historic and cultural significance in the Andes, and Nilda Callañaupa´s project is part of a highly successful National Geographic Society-supported initiative to rescue and revive this way of life. Women are the owners and drivers of this activity, fundamental to the family and social structure of these highland communities. You’ll spend time with Nilda while having lunch at her house and learning traditional weaving methods. Continue your afternoon with a guided tour of Ollantaytambo Fortress. Overnight at Hotel Pakaritampu. (B,L)

DAY 4 Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu ~ After breakfast, head to nearby Ollanta train station to board the first-class Vistadome train for a scenic ride through the valley’s dramatic scenery. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you’ll head up to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu for your guided tour. It is easily worth investing your entire day into discovering this ancient city, so lunch is provided. Relax this evening at the luxurious Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. (B,L,D)

Machu Picchu ~ Known as the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu remains the most well-known symbol of their Empire. The city was built in 1460 AD and avoided destruction by Spaniards due to its isolation in the Andes. As centuries passed, the fortress became overgrown by vegetation, and virtually disappeared from sight. Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911 and the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Since then, it has become known as one of the Wonders of the World.

Machu Picchu, Peru

DAY 5 Machu Picchu/Cusco ~ This morning you have the opportunity to learn more about Inkaterra’s conservation efforts in Peru, including a tour of their Spectacled Bear Project. This afternoon, board the Vistadome train for your transfer back to Cusco. Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection. (B)

Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the historical capital of Peru. Radiant by day, Cusco’s main square dresses itself up at night with soft yellow lights illuminating the Cathedral’s facades. Developed under Incan rule in the early 1200s, Cusco is now a thriving city, but visitors can still discover remnants of the city’s ancient past.

DAY 6 Cusco ~ Spend the day exploring the city of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afternoon guided city tour with stops at Cusco Cathedral, Korikancha, and San Pedro Market. The San Pedro Market provides a unique opportunity for a deep cultural experience. Learn about native Andean customs and habits in this vibrant spot. Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection. (B)

DAY 7 Cusco/ Lima/ Departure ~ Transfer to the Cusco airport for your flight to Lima and your overnight flight home. (B)

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DETAILS

MEALS: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Pricing from $2415/ person based on double occupancy.

Package includes private transfers and tours, entrance fees as listed, Vistadome train tickets, noted meals, tips for luggage porters at airports, English-speaking guides, internal flights (Lima-Cusco; Cusco-Lima). A donation to local conservation efforts in Peru will be made on behalf of all trip participants.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, airport exit taxes, second day entrance fee and bus ticket to Machu Picchu, optional activities, personal expenses, travel insurance, and gratuities for your guides and drivers.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.