Destinations Explored

1

Lima

2

Sacred Valley

3

Machu Picchu

4

Cusco

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Soak in 5,000 years of history, a vibrant food scene, and ample outdoor adventures on your trip to Peru. With this itinerary—which covers end-to-end transportation and tour coordination—you'll start in the bustling capital of Lima before heading to the heart of the Inca empire, the Sacred Valley, to adjust to the altitude before making your way to one of the most iconic ancient sites in the world: Machu Picchu. You'll end in Cusco, where the old Inca capital meets Spanish inquisition and modern-day urban life. 

Key Highlights

Introduction to Lima with a Private Expert Guide

Private Excursion to Ollantaytambo, Pisac Ruins and local Farm with Gourmet Picnic

Take in the ancient history of the site's temples, terraced hills, and plazas on a guided tour of Machu Picchu

Morning Hike up to see the views from the Famous Huayna Picchu

Best Times to Visit

May - October

Sample Trip Itinerary

Day 1-3

Lima

Accommodation in Lima

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Have an Introduction to Lima with a private expert guide

3-hour deep dive into the history of the city and country, visiting Plaza de Armas, National Palace, and its changing of the guards, Santo Domingo’s complex with Sevillana courtyard and ancient university, among others.

Embark on a Barranco-focused food tour

This four-hour walking tour (which includes breakfast and lunch) will introduce you to traditional local delicacies from a variety of small restaurants and shops. By the end, you'll visit eight different restaurants and taste 16 different foods and drinks—from Lomo saltado to ceviche and pisco sour. Along the way, you'll also discover Barranco, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Lima, and meet local artisans and entrepreneurs. 

Visit the Sea Lions and swim among them in Palomino Islands

"Calling all nature lovers, this tour allows you to swim alongside wild sea lions in their natural environment. Departing Lima, travel by boat to the Guanera Islands (Islas Guaneras), home to Humboldt penguins, guano birds, and sea lions. Plunge into the water to enjoy a supervised swim with the marine mammals before admiring rock formations and other wildlife on your return journey. Refreshments are included. Tour of the Guanera Islands (Islas Guaneras) from Lima An immersive experience designed for nature lovers Take a boat tour of the Guanera Islands, home to Humboldt penguins, guano birds, and sea lions Swim alongside sea lions in their natural environment Refreshments are included"

Day 4

Urubamba

Flight from Lima to Urubamba

Accommodation in Urubamba

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Embark on a private tour of Ollantaytambo & Pisac (farm visit & gourmet picnic lunch included)

On this private tour with round-trip transportation, you'll discover two ancient Incan sites alongside an expert guide: Ollantaytambo (known for its massive fortress and large stone, hillside terraces) and Pisac (known for its crafts market and hilltop citadel with temples, plazas, and a sundial). Along the way, you'll also make a pit-stop at a local farm to sample fresh-grown produce and refuel with a gourmet picnic lunch. 

Day 5-6

Machu Picchu

Train from Urubamba to Aguas Calientes

Accommodation in Machu Picchu

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Embark on a private guided excursion of Machu Picchu

A private tour from Aguas Calientes (with roundtrip transportation) is the best way to experience the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. During this excursion, you'll learn about the history of the ancient temples, sacrificial sites, and terraced hills as you capture postcard-perfect snapshots from the best vantage points. Be ready to meet some llamas as well! 

Climb the Famous Huayna Picchu on a morning Hike

If you want the bird eye view of Machu Picchu seen plastered over cafe walls the world over, then you need to climb Huayna Picchu. It is a steep climb, and not for those who have a fear of heights! Located directly behind the city, the towering mountain is actually a fairly straight forward climb and requires no technical ability. You will need to pay a bit extra though to get your climb permit. Hiking Tour: "This 2-hour hiking tour is a breathtaking complement to a visit to the Machu Picchu ruins. You will leave for Huayna Picchu mountain from Aguas Calientes, the small town that is nearest Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu’s peak towers over Machu Picchu – at the summit of Huayna Picchu, hikers will be 1,180 feet (360 m) higher than ruins of Machu Picchu, at 8,920 feet (2,720 meters) above sea level."

Day 7

Cusco

Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

Accommodation in Cusco

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Discover Cusco's colonial and Incan legacy on a private tour of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo

During this four-hour private guided tour, you'll dive deep into the colonial and Incan legacy of Cusco while admiring the Spanish architecture and art inside the cathedral. Your guide will also leave time for you to visit Qoricancha, an Incan temple-turned-monastery, as well as the ancient sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. 

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