Highlights of Peru Trip Notes

Trip Overview


Discover the best of Peru on this 8-day trip to the country’s unmissable sights, from the wonders of Macchu Pichu and serene Sacred Valley to local villages packed with culture and tradition. Travel to the Inca Empire by train and explore at your own leisure, learn of the artisan craft of weaving wool and sip on Pisco Sour cocktails in the cosmo city of Lima. This 8-day circular route uncovers the highlights of South Peru with two included domestic flights to save on travel time.

Duration : 8 Days

Destination : Costa Rica

Start/Ends in : Lima / Lima

Group Size : 13-35 People

Age Req. : 18+

Trip Theme : Classic, Overland

Hotels : 4 Star

Departs : All Year Round

Why you will love this tour

  • * Uncover the highlights of Peru from the mountainside to local villages and bustling cities on this 8-day circuit.
  • * Stay in premium 4-star hotels with all breakfasts and 1 lunch included. Plus, save on travel time with two domestic flights.
  • * Experience pinch-yourself moments as you stand amongst the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Travel directly by train and private transfer for a full-day guided tour of Machu Picchu and surrounding Inca ruins.
  • * Visit Awanacancha to see the world’s most beautiful camelids! Snap a few Llama and Alpacas selfies, witness the ancient Inca art of weaving or purchase a few locally crafted clothing and souvenirs.
  • * Soak in the serenity of the Sacred Valley with optional walking tours to explore the impressive Inca ruins and terraces of Ollantaytambo & Yucay or the white and blush pools of Maras & Moray valley.
  • * Take in all the sites of Peru’s vibrant capital Lima, with optional cooking classes, biking tours and water fountain tours.

  • * Searching for a trip with a bit more adventure? Check out our 12-day Inca & Amazon Explorer tour with two nights in the Amazon Jungle and 4-day trekking experience.

Arrival Details

The group welcome meeting with your guide and other travelers is held around 18:30 at the hotel lobby on Day 1 of your tour unless otherwise notified.

Meeting and Finishing Point:

The meeting and finishing point for the tour is :

Aloft Lima Marriott Hotel – 4 Star

Address : Av 28 de Julio N 894, Lima 15047, Peru

Phone : +51 1 5264850

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200

Making Your Own Way to the Starting Point

We recommend using airport taxis. Lima International Airport (SJO) is just 21 kilometers from the hotel. It costs between 25-30 USD from the airport to the hotel and takes approximately 20 minutes.


Cusco: Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.

Huayllabamba: A town in Southern Peru, capital of the district Huayllabamba in the province Urubamba in the region Cusco. It is located in the Sacred valley.

Lima: Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac, and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country.

Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built-in the 15th century and later abandoned.

Sacred Valley: The Sacred Valley is in Peru’s Andean highlands. Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire.


Please note that the itinerary may be subject to small changes depending on the conditions during the tour. Alternative accommodation of similar standards may be used depending on the group size and hotel availability.

Welcome to Peru! Meet your guide and new tour mates in the hotel lobby at 6.00pm for an informal welcome meeting. Afterwards, get amongst the hustle of Lima for an optional group dinner or explore the streets as they come to life after dark!

Accommodation : Aloft Lima Marriott Hotel – 4 Star

Included Activities : Welcome Meeting

Optional Activities: Group Dinner

Fill up on breakfast before heading to the airport for an included flight to Cusco! The city of Cusco is the gateway to Peru’s incredible valleys, ruins, villages, and world-famous trails. Follow your guide around the centre of Cusco to discover in-depth the Capital of the Inca Empire! You’ll visit San Blas, a quaint neighborhood that is home to many renowned artists. Stroll along its cobblestone alleys as you make your way toward its iconic church, which features a beautiful pulpit carved from a single block of wood. Then, follow the guided walking tour towards Hatum Rumiyuq Street, translating to “Of the Old Rock”, to admire the famous Piedra de los Doce Ángulos (Twelve-Sided Stone). Feel free to join an optional city tour to leave no stone unturned or finish up a big day exploring Cusco with an optional cocktail making class to perfect the art of Peru’s favourite cocktail, the Pisco Sour!

Accommodation : San Agustin El Dorado Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Cusco Orientation Walk

Optional Activities :

Tasting & Pisco Sour Classes ~ 22 USD

Cusco Walking City Tour – 10 USD

(Depends on the group size)

Entrance Fees :

Full ticket in Cusco – 45 USD

Partial ticket in Cusco – 24 USD

Cathedral of Cusco – 9 USD

Archaeological Museum – 6 USD

This morning we’ll head towards the Sacred Valley, where our journey into the ruins and mystique of Peru truly begins! But first, we’ll visit Awanacancha – home to the world’s most beautiful camelids (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas, and Guanacos). After snapping a few Llama selfies and witnessing the ancient Incan art of weaving, hop back on board the coach and grab a window seat as we continue into the depths of the Sacred Valley. We’ll make another stop at Pisac, where Incan and colonial influences blend to create a unique way of life for the locals. Explore the quaint town famous for artisan markets where you’ll be able to splash some cash on fine jewelry, ceramic and textile craftwork! Visit the Amaru Community and learn of their rural way of life in the Sacred Valley. The community has preserved its pre-Hispanic ancestral customers and the villages open their doors to share their way of life, beliefs, traditions, and culture. Join the Amaru people for a traditional lunch surrounded by the serenity of Sacred Valley.

Accommodation : Tierra Viva Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch

Included Activities :


Pisac & Amaru Sightseeing

Today is all yours! Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Sacred Village at your own pace. If you’re feeling adventurous join an optional tour to Ollantaytambo and Yucay to explore the impressive ruins and iconic stone terraces along the hillside in the Sacred Valley. Or if you’re after something a little different than ruins and mountainside, join an optional tour to Maras and Moray. Here you’ll find thousands of salt pool terraces strategically dug into the mountainside of the Sacred Valley. These impressive white and blush pools of salt have been used for centuries to mine salt in the Sacred valley.

Accommodation : Tierra Viva Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Optional Activities :

Ollantaytambo & Yucay terraces Tour ~ 44 USD

Maras & Moray Tour ~ 52 USD

(Depends on the group size)

Get ready to tick off an iconic Wonder of the World at the awe-inspiring ancient city of Machu Picchu! We’ll arrive by train and private transfer before heading straight to the heart and soul of Machu Picchu, the mountain citadel itself! Up until 1911, the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu was buried in jungle growth amongst the mountains. Today, it is Peru’s premier tourist attraction, welcomed by misty mountain serenity and the beautiful stone architecture of temples, terraces, and palaces standing 2,420 metres in the sky! We will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas from the 15th century as we take a tour of the magical citadel led by our private local guides. Make the most of this bucket-list photo opportunity and soak in the surroundings!

Accommodation : Machu Picchu El Mapi Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Take it easy on your last morning in the Sacred Valley. Join an optional second visit to Machu Picchu and explore the archaeological ruins in-depth or hop on board a train to Ollantaytambo, a neighbouring town in the Sacred Valley. Snaking up the hills, you’ll find ruins and terraces dominate the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo from every angle. Find a nice spot in the quaint, cobblestone streets, and enjoy a traditional meal amongst the locals. This afternoon we’ll head back to the capital city, Cusco. Visit the Yucay Museo or Museum of living culture – Here we’ll learn about the washing, dyeing, spinning, and weaving processes all involved in creating Peru’s iconic textile wool goods.

Accommodation : San Agustin El Dorado Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Ollanta Train Ride & Sightseeing

Yucay Museum Visit

Today we’ll say goodbye to Cusco and hop onboard a short flight back to Lima! Take in all the city’s sights with a panoramic tour through Colonial Lima including views of the Main Square, Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, and City Hall, and learn about the fascinating local history.

In the afternoon, join your guide on a walking tour of Miraflores and enjoy an optional bike tour along the boardwalk and the luxurious districts of Lima. Miraflores offers stunning cliffside views perfect for a scenic cycle. Alternatively, join an optional Peruvian cooking class where you’ll learn the country’s best dishes and shop for fresh products at a local market. In the evening, head out for an optional tour of one of the world’s most impressive water fountain performances – the Magic Water Circuit of Lima – We’re talking lights, music and interactive displays! Or explore the colourful streets of Lima after dark at your own pace.

Accommodation : Aloft Lima Marriott Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Lima City Tour

Optional Activities :

Cooking classes with local market visit ~ 97 USD

Biking tour in Miraflores ~ 62 USD

Water Fountain Tour ~ 34 USD
(Depends on the group size)

Entrance Fees :

Larco Museum – 10 USD

Gold Museum – 10 USD

All good things must come to an end! Finish up an epic 8 days of exploring Peru with new travel mates over one last breakfasts and a final farewell. Hotel check out is at 11.00am. Feel free to enjoy Lima on your own pace until your departure.

Meals Included : Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions

The tour price covers the following services:

Accomodation : 4 Star Hotels

Airport Transfer: Airport transfers for the included domestic flights on the tour

Meals : 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Transportation : A/C Vehicle, train, domestic flights from Lima to Cusco & Cusco to Lima

Guide : Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

Sightseeing : Cathedral of Cusco, Archaeological Museum, San Blas, Awanacancha
Pisac & Ccorccor, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Machu Picchu, Ollanta, Yucay Museum, Larco Museum, Gold Museum

What is NOT included in the tour price?

  • Any flights not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Hotels & Accommodation

Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender in a twin or triple room, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement. You may choose the solo room option when booking online or contact us to arrange a private room. Your tour leader will allocate rooms upon arrival at the starting hotel in accordance with the rooming lists, last minute changes may not be guaranteed.


Aloft Lima Marriott Hotel features an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant, bar lounge, and coffee shop.


The EcoAmazonia Lodge is located in the middle of these 10,000 hectares of ecological reserves known as The Tambopata; only 30km from Puerto Maldonado Jungle.


San Agustin El Dorado is the ideal hotel in Cuzco, it is located in a privileged area of the historical Cuzco, between the Main Square and the Koricancha.


Located in Sacred Valley, 50 minutes from the center of Cusco, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring Machu Picchu.


Please find below the approximate driving times between the destinations visited in Costa Rica. We will always strive to take a short break every few hours to enable passengers to stretch their legs, purchase snacks and use wash facilities during long drives.


• Cusco to Lima: 1 hr 10 min


• Cusco to Sacred Valley: 25km, 1 hr 15 min


Please note that entrance fees to sights and optional activities are not included in the tour price. Optional activities are not operated by Travel Talk and may require a certain number of attendees to run. Your guide will be happy to inform you further about the available optional activities at the start of your tour. Optional activities are also listed under each day in your tour itinerary.

Optional Activities

Tasting & Pisco Sour Classes — USD 22

Cusco Walking City Tour USD 107

Sillustani Tour USD 20

Cooking classes with local market visit USD 97

Biking tour in Miraflores USD 62

Water Fountain Tour USD 34

Entrance Fees

Full ticket in Cusco USD 45

Partial ticket in Cusco USD 24

Cathedral of Cusco USD 9

Archaeological Museum USD 6

Larco Museum USD 10

Gold Museum USD 10


Peru has some of the most unique souvenirs in the world from textiles to dried sweet corn, bracelets, ponchos, woven rugs, and of course, alpaca clothing. Leaving Peru with an alpaca souvenir is almost a rite of passage, on par with trekking to Machu Picchu. You’ll find many local and authentic markets selling varieties of alpaca products in the rural villages of Peru. Simply as your local guide where they recommend!


Tipping is appreciated for good service in Peru. Generally, a 10% tip is a welcome gesture for good service in any restaurant, café or formal bar with service in Peru. If taxi drivers provide a good service, we recommend adding a few Sol to the fare or rounding to the most suitable denomination. You may also consider tipping your leader and driver for outstanding service at the end of your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference.

Essential Information: Peru

Passport & Visas

Australia, New Zealand, British, Canadian and America (USA) passport holders do not require a tourist visa to visit Peru and may be eligible to stay for up to 6 months, depending upon nationality. Some other nationalities may be required to apply for tourist visas through an embassy or consulate of Peru. Please ensure that you check with the Peruvian Embassy or Consulate of your country for an up-to-date visa.

Passport validity entry requirements: Travellers entering Peru must also carry a passport or travel document with a minimum of 6 months validity remaining.

This information is provided only as a guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when traveling.

Travel Advice

We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to Peru and following the advice of the UK Foreign Office (FCDO). For the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/peru

We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:

Australia – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

Canada – https://travel.gc.ca/

New Zealand – https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

USA – https://travel.state.gov/

Travel Insurance

All passengers travelling with Travel Talk are required to have personal travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance for you in place, you may read more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/travel-insurance

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited is of utmost priority. As we monitor and comply with the official advice from the UK Foreign Office, as well as World Health Organization and government authorities regularly, we have implemented several policies and precautions on our tours for your wellbeing. You may find our Safe Travels Protocols at https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels

Travel Talk Adventures has received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.

Please make sure to regularly check your Government’s travel advice before travelling and be well-informed of any requirements. Your tour guide will also notify you of the regulations and protocols to follow throughout your trip with us.

Please note that if any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary or possess a potential risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to remove them from all or part of a trip.

Please consult with your doctor for the latest medical travel information and any vaccinations you may need. We recommend that you bring any personal medical requirements and medications with you as these may be difficult to obtain while on tour.


The weather in Peru can be split into two seasons: wet and dry. The best time to visit Peru if planning to visit or trek to Machu Picchu is during the dry season between May and October. During these months, Peru sees minimal rainfall with bright blue skies in the Andes and chilly nights. The climate significantly alters by altitude with mountainous regions such as the Andes and Inca Trail seeing major drops in temperature overnight. The summer months (wet season) of December to March are warmer but travellers can expect more rain with the wettest of these months being either January or February. Meanwhile, the Amazon rainforest has a tropical climate and is hot and humid with rainfall year-round.

For more, check out our Peru weather guide.

Money Matters

The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (PEN). For context, 1 USD equates to approximately 3.5 Sol. Credit and debit cards are accepted at major hotels and tourist attractions across Peru but are not accepted for small payments such as meals or snacks. We recommend carrying Sol cash to cover daily expenses, especially when travelling through regional areas or trekking the Inca Trail. ATMs are common and US dollars is a legally accepted currency in major cities but is typically reserved for more expensive purchases. We recommend you do not exchange bulk sums of money at the airport, as the exchange rates are usually
more favourable in the major cities. Your tour leader will be happy to help if you need any assistance.

Please remember that everyone has different spending habits, some prefer to spend more on souvenirs, some on experiences and others on a night out! Make sure to budget your trip to your spending habits for shopping, drinking, and tipping

Tipping is appreciated for good service in Peru. Generally, a 10% tip is a welcome gesture for good service in any restaurant, café or formal bar with service in Peru. If taxi drivers provide a good service, we recommend adding a few Sol to the fare or rounding to the most suitable denomination. You may also consider tipping your leader and driver for outstanding service at the end of your trip. The amount is entirely a personal

Eating & Drinking

Peru is widely regarded as a dream destination for food lovers. So much so, that in 2016 was crowned ‘World’s Leading Culinary Destination’ by the World Travel Awards for the fifth year in a row! Peruvian food is a mixture of hot and cold on the same plate with ingredients and cooking techniques from Africa, Europe and East Asia coming together to create culinary delights. When travelling to a new destination with menus in foreign languages, it can often be tricky to know what to order for a truly authentic experience. So, here are a few of our favourite, authentic Peruvian dishes to get you started. For more, check out our Peru food guide.

Ceviche: This coastal dish consists of raw fish marinated in lime juice, chillies and onions. Ceviche is considered Peru’s signature dish and is best enjoyed with sweet potatoes and corn.

Lomo Saltado: Considered a staple in Peru’s mainstream cuisine, Lomo Saltado is made with beef sirloin strips marinated in soy sauce, vinegar and spices which are then stir-fried with tomatoes and onions. The dish is frequently served with potatoes or fries and rice.

Cuy al Horno: Cuy al Horno is guinea pig that is stuffed with herbs, baked and then served whole – head and all! Traditionally, this dish is reserved for special occasions, however it is common across menus in Cusco with many foreigner’s game to try.

Aji De Gallina: A creamy curry-like dish of shredded chicken prepared with cream, ground walnuts and cheese. The curry chicken is often served on a bed of rice, boiled potatoes, and black olives to give it a rich, chowder-like consistency.

Juane: This traditional Amazonian boiled dish was invented to eat on the go. It consists of rice, meat, eggs, and olives rolled into a ball and wrapped in a macaw flower leaf.

Choritos a la chalca: This dish consists of mussels marinated in lime juice and then filled with onions tomatoes and corn kernels.

Picarones: Donuts made from squash and sweet potato and served up with lashings of sweet syrup. You’ll find these deliciously sweet treats sold on the streets of Lima.

Drinking alcohol is typically done as a social activity in Peru and is often a community-orientated process. Pisco is considered Peru’s signature and most popular spirit, made from pressed grapes, and used in cocktails or drank straight. Pisco Sour is a must-try cocktail including a bizarre combination of pisco, egg
white, and lime juice. It’s a strong and sour drink that you’ll have the chance to make and try for yourself in an optional cocktail-making class in Cusco. Pilsen Callao, Cusqueña, and Cristal are the three most popular

Essentials to Bring & Internet

-Face mask/cover and hand sanitiser enough for your personal use throughout the trip – See more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/

-Travel Documents: Passport, Visa (if required), flight or transport ticket (and photocopies)

-Travel Talk Tour Voucher (printed or digital)Travel Insurance Policy (and photocopy)

-Personal medical kit and medicine

-Money (cash, credit card, travellers’ cheques)

-Power Adapter

-Reusable water bottle

-Ear plugs and eye mask

-Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

-Comfortable, closed walking shoes

-Wind/water proof jacket

-Warm clothes, hat, and gloves for cold weather

-Sandals, swimwear, shorts for warm weather

Internet Access

Most cafes, hotels, and restaurants in large cities of Peru provide free Wi-Fi, but the connection may be spotty or slow. If you wish to use your own 3G/4G Data, be sure to enable data roaming on your mobile, however, it may be limited in rural and remote areas. Purchasing a Peruvian SIM card for the duration of your tour may be a cost-effective alternative. Make sure that your phone is unlocked before you leave home so a local SIM will be compatible. Your guide will be able to provide advice on where to purchase SIMs.

Solo Travellers

We have many solo travellers joining our tours. Solo travellers will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender. If you would like a private solo room, please contact us. You may see out solo travels page for more details.

Rules to Follow

We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate any form of violence (physical or verbal), bullying or harassment involving customers, partners, Travel Talk staff or locals. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a passenger are forbidden.

We will not tolerate any illegal activity, including but not limited to: use and possession of illegal drugs, trespassing, and disrupting public order. If you consume alcohol, please ensure that you drink responsibly and follow the local laws and regulations.

You must follow the advice of your tour leader and local officials regarding health and safety measures. We operate all tours under Safe Travels protocols for the wellbeing of our passengers, staff and communities visited. Please ensure that you have read the https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/ and are fully prepared for your trip.

If someone is acting inappropriately regarding these matters, please notify your tour leader immediately or contact us on the emergency contact number provided below.

Your tour leader has the right to remove from the group anyone not abiding by these rules, with no right of compensation or refund. See more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/booking-terms/

Please remember that our travellers come from different parts of the world and will have various needs and preferences. Be understanding and patient with your fellow travellers, and always strive to be on time.

Responsible Travel

We believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with you, we strive to make a positive impact on local people and economies, respecting the local culture, environment, social fabric and customs; encouraging respectful and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Read more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/responsible-travel/

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